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MORE SPONGING OFF AMERICA
By Don Surber, December 28, 2018 DonSurber@gmail.com
Melanie Phillips, a British
journalist, is a polite lady. She explained President Trump's laissez-faire
foreign policy in polite terms.
"But for the West in general, Trump’s decision has significance far beyond Syria or Iran. It signals the end of America’s role as world policeman — the end of what might be called the Pax Americana dependency culture," she wrote.
But we all know it as sponging off us.
We keep buying the keg, and they keep complaining the beer is too warm. Except the British, of course. They say it is too cold.
Canadian broadcaster Gordon Sinclair blasted this ingratitude in a commentary on June 5, 1973, when we were at a low point. He spoke of all the times we helped a neighbor (even 10,000 miles away) with little appreciation and no reciprocation.
"When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke. I can name to you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble," he said.
"Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
"Our neighbors have faced it alone and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. and when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles."
That was 45 years ago.
Finally, a president is ending this nonsense.
Phillips wrote, "He is scandalized by the way in which Europe and the rest of the West have leached off American blood and treasure to safeguard their own security. That’s why he has insisted that other members of NATO increase their contributions to the budget.
"That’s why he is so disdainful of E.U. countries that rail at America even while they are relying on its military and intelligence umbrella to keep them safe.
"That’s why, announcing that Saudi Arabia had responded to the U.S. pullout from Syria by saying it would help finance the rebuilding of the country, he tweeted: 'See? Isn’t it nice when immensely wealthy countries help rebuild their neighbors rather than a Great Country, the US, that is 5000 miles away.'"
Let the Arabs take care of Arabia, the Koreans take care of Korea, and the Europeans take care of Europe.
Her column was in support of supporting Saudi Arabia in its struggle in Yemen against Iran. Sadly, our Congress chose Death to America Iran over the 80-year ally in Riyadh.
That $170 billion Obama and a Republican Congress have Iran paid for lobbying. And likely that lobbying involved money or favors changing hands.
The Swamp is draining. Americans will take care of America.
Edward Poitevent’s family has owned land in Louisiana since the end of the Civil War. The land in St. Tammany Parish is rich in lumber and is the major source of his family’s livelihood. In 1953, after nearly losing their property during the Great Depression, the Poitevent family signed a 90-year lease which has allowed the family to keep the land. And in the 1990s, Weyerhaeuser Company acquired the Poitevents’ lease for its timber operations.
Edward considers the land as much more than an investment. “It’s like a piece of family silver or a treasured piece of art. It’s a family asset and I’d love to be able to pass it on to my own children,” he says.
But in 2012, under cover of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared more than 1,500 acres of property owned by Edward and Weyerhaeuser a critical habitat for the dusky gopher frog.
No one in the entire state of Louisiana has spotted the frog in 50 years. The only place the frog is found today is nearly 70 miles away from Edward’s property in Mississippi. In fact, the critter’s official name was the Mississippi Gopher Frog until 2012—right about the time bureaucrats arbitrarily decided that if Edward drastically overhauled his property—at his own expense—the frog might be able to survive in Louisiana too.
By locking down land on behalf of a frog that doesn’t live there, the feds froze an estimated $34 million in economic activity. Nor can Edward use his own land for anything else in the future—a literal death knell to his property rights.
If overreaching government agents can do this to Edward, they can designate any piece of land a critical habitat for practically any animal. No one’s land is safe.
PLF has fought for Edward and his family business, Markle Interests, LLC, since the beginning, when the feds first forced their way onto his property with their bogus designation. On October 1, 2018, Edward took his fight to the U.S. Supreme Court as party to a separate case filed by Weyerhaeuser.
In a unanimous decision, the High Court agreed that the Fish and Wildlife Service could not designate our clients’ property critical habitat unless it showed the property was in fact habitat, which it has yet to do. Further, the Court rejected the agency’s position that its decision was not reviewable by judges. The decision opens the courthouse doors to land owners like Edward Poitevent, who stand up to the federal government when it overreaches.
PLF preserves and advances the American ideals of individualism and liberty, establishing a rule of law under which every person is secure in their inalienable rights to live responsibly and productively in pursuit of happiness.
The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought Captain John DS. Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo's position was LAT 0º 31' N and LONG 179 30' W. The date was 31 December 1899. "Know what this means?" First Mate Payton broke in, "We're only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line". Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ship's position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather & clear night worked in his favor. At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line!
The consequences of this bizarre position were many:
The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & in the middle of summer.
The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter.
The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899.
In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900.
This ship was therefore not only in:
Two different days,
Two different months,
Two different years,
Two different seasons
But in two different centuries - all at the same time!
SUNRISE SIDE REPUBLICAN
The officers are: Linda Glomski, President, 739-7170, Coletta Marvin, Vice President, 820-0230, Sonia
Glass, Secretary, 739-9731, and Rachel McCready Treasurer, 362-2337.
Don't forget, dues were due in January, they remain the same at $20. You can send dues and correspondence to SSRWC P.O. Box 234 Tawas City, MI 48764.
The next business meeting will be in April, 2019.
The public is welcome and invited.
CALL TO CONVENTION OF THE IOSCO COUNTY REPUBLICANS
Official Call to the Iosco County Convention. There shall be a meeting of the duly elected Precinct Delegates and the At-Large Delegates to the County Convention at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the home of Maureen Rudel, 910 E. Bay St., East Tawas, MI 48730. The purpose of this meeting shall be to elect Delegates and Alternates to the February 23, 2019 State Convention to be held at the Lansing Center in the City of Lansing. The purpose of the State Convention is as follows:
• Receiving reports of the election in the fourteen (14) congressional district caucuses of:
o 14 Congressional District Chairs (1 per congressional district) and the other officers;
o 98 members of the Michigan Republican Party State Committee (one of whom shall be the Congressional District Chair) (7 per congressional district);
o 14 Convention Vice Chairs (1 per congressional district);
o 14 Assistant Secretaries (1 per congressional district)
• The election of:
o one (1) State Chair
o one (1) Co-Chair (who, pursuant to Article III A of the Bylaws of the Michigan Republican State Committee, shall be the running mate of the Chair)
o one (1) Coalitions Vice-Chair
o one (1) Outreach Vice-Chair
o one (1) Grassroots Vice- Chair
o one (1) Ethnic Vice-Chair
o one (1) Administrative Vice-Chair
o one (1) Youth-Vice Chair (who, pursuant to Article IV A of the Bylaws of the Michigan Republican State Committee, shall, when elected, not have obtained the age of 25)
• Transacting other such business as may properly come before the State Convention
Precinct delegates and certain at-large delegates given the preference under Rule 8 of the Convention Rules, but who do not attend the County Convention, must notify the chair of the County Executive Committee, David Chandler or Maureen Rudel, in writing of the person’s intention to become a delegate or alternate delegate to the state convention. The notification can be in any written form, including by letter or email, and must be received by the Chair of the County Executive Committee or Maureen Rudel by no later than the start of the County Convention. Failure to provide the notification as provided herein shall mean that the person shall not be given the preference under Rule 8 of the Convention Rules. It is not necessary to send a notification if a person attends the County Convention.
Only Precinct Delegates elected at the August 7, 2018 Primary Election, the most recent Republican nominees for County and State Legislative offices, incumbent members of Michigan Legislative offices, the Michigan Congressional Delegation, the Republican National Committeeman and National Committeewoman from Michigan and Michigan Republican Party Officers (see Rule 5B) where such person resides in the county in question will be seated and considered eligible to vote at this convention.
Chair, Iosco County Republicans
MEETING -- Thursday,
February 7, 2019 after the Convention
910 E. Bay St., East Tawas
Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes
All Republicans are welcome to attend and contribute their thoughts to our discussions.
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