Saturday, November 17, 2018

President Trump Honors Black Civil War Soldiers with National Monument


By Warner Todd Huston


President Donald Trump created the first national park to honor black people who fought in the Civil War with the designation of Camp Nelson in Nicholasville, Kentucky, as the nation’s newest National Monument.

The media paid little attention, but President Trump signed the proclamation on October 26 making Camp Nelson a national monument, Daily Wire noted.

“Camp Nelson was one of the largest Union Army recruitment centers for African American Union soldiers, then known as United States Colored Troops,” Trump’s proclamation states. 

“During the war, thousands of enslaved African Americans risked their lives escaping to Camp Nelson, out of a deep desire for freedom and the right of self-determination. Today, the site is one of the best-preserved landscapes and archeological sites associated with United States Colored Troops recruitment and the refugee experiences of African American slaves seeking freedom during the Civil War.”

The Civil War recruitment and training camp “was organized around an 800-acre core, included more than 300 buildings and tents that housed a quartermaster commissary depot, ordnance depot, recruitment center, prison, and a hospital,” the proclamation says.

“Camp Nelson reminds us of the courage and determination possessed by formerly enslaved African Americans as they fought for their freedom,” the proclamation continued. 

“The broader Camp Nelson archeological record also provides opportunities for research and scholarship related to military history, race, identity, and gender during the Civil War — a pivotal chapter of the Nation’s history.”

More than 10,000 African American soldiers enlisted at and were trained at Camp Nelson during the war and added to the 23,000 Kentucky blacks who fought for the Union Army and the 179,000 total black troops who served during the war.

The inclusion of blacks into the U.S. war effort was hailed as the biggest step toward certifying that they would be considered U.S. citizens from that point forward.

Famed anti-slavery advocate Frederick Douglass celebrated the black soldier saying, “Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letter, U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pocket, there is no power on earth that can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship.”

Frederick Douglass and Family: (Seated–His second wife, Helen Pitts Douglass), (StandingHis sister-in-law, Eva Pitts). Douglass once wrote on Abraham Lincoln’s Leadership in war: “In all my interviews with Mr. Lincoln I was impressed with his entire freedom from prejudice against the colored race.” Photo: National Park Service. REFERENCE: Encyclopaedia Britannica.

While Kentucky was a slave state as the war started and initially tried to stay neutral as the fighting flared, the state eventually became a federal stronghold.

Indeed, despite its southern leanings, more Kentucky men served in the Union Army than served in southern forces. About 125,000 Kentuckians fought for the north during the war while only about 33,000 went into the thin gray ranks.

Forty-thousand African Americans died nation-wide during their service between 1862 and 1865.

Friday, November 16, 2018

President Trump Issues a Warning on Press Conferences After Credential Debacle


By Katie Pavlich | Townhall


Speaking at the White House Friday afternoon, President Trump warned he will end press conferences earlier if decorum among reporters is not kept.

"People have to behave. We're writing up rules and regulations," Trump said. "I think you were treated very unfairly. Both of you. Because you had somebody interrupting you. With the rules and regulations, we will end up back in court and we will win."

"Decorum. You can't take three questions and four questions. You can't stand up and not sit down," he continued. "We want total freedom of the press. It's more important to me than anybody would believe. But you have to act with respect when you're at the White house, and when I see the way some of my people get treated at news conferences, it's terrible. So we're setting up a certain standard, which is what the court is requesting. We always have the option of leaving and the other media and press in the room won't be happy."

His comments came shortly after a federal judge ruled the White House must immediately reinstate the press credential for CNN's Jim Acosta. 

Acosta was banished from the White House last week after he gave a monologue, refused to give up the microphone and physically pushed away the arm of an intern.

“Today, the court made clear there is no absolute right to access the White House. In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass. We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future. There must be decorum in the White House,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said about the ruling.

Really? Broward County Missed Recount Deadline By Two Minutes...Results Not Accepted


By Matt Vespa | Townhall


They said it would be done in time. They said it was going to get done. It was a herculean effort—and they failed. Broward County, Florida—a Democratic bastion—has been a problem child in the ballot counting process of the state’s elections. Palm Beach County, another liberal stronghold, isn’t much better.

The county was taking its sweet time counting the ballots. Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who had declared victory over incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, sued them for their lack of transparency in the process.

A judge later found that both counties' operations violated public records laws; they weren’t giving regular updates on ballots that were outstanding.

With Scott leading with less than half of one percent, a mandatory machine recount was executed.

Broward waited until Tuesday to start counting ballots.

They supposedly finished on time Thursday; Palm Beach failed to reach the deadline.

Yet, now, we’re hearing they were two minutes late.

All that work was done for nothing, as the recount tabulations were not accepted; the original unofficial results were used.

In the gubernatorial race, Democrat Andrew Gillum only gained a vote on Republican Ron DeSantis, who still leads by a little over 33,600 votes.

That election is over, but Gillum has refuses to concede (via Sun Sentinel):

Amid a dizzying whir of legal action, questions over uncounted ballots and the failure of two South Florida counties to meet the deadline, a machine recount produced little change in the overall results to three statewide races Thursday.

[…]

In the governor’s race, the recount showed that Democrat Andrew Gillum trailed Republican Ron DeSantis by 33,683 votes, a net gain of 1 vote for Gillum from the unofficial results reported last week. The margin was 0.41 percent out of more than 8 million votes cast, outside the 0.25 percent threshold needed for a manual recount.

Although the lead appears insurmountable, Gillum would not concede and called for counting to continue. He stopped short, however, of filing a lawsuit to demand that.

[…]

The machine recount in the Senate contest between Nelson and GOP Gov. Rick Scott saw Scott’s lead grow by 41 votes, to 12,603 overall. That’s a margin of 0.15 percent, enough for a manual recount.

Scott urged Nelson to forgo the hand recount and concede the race.

[…]

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Walker chided the state and Palm Beach County election officials for not anticipating issues with the election.

“We have been the laughingstock of the world, election after election, and we chose not to fix this," Walker said in court.

In Palm Beach, the county’s Election Office was unable to complete a recount because of malfunctioning vote-counting machines. The county had to revert to its initial, pre-recount numbers as part of the new statewide results.

“It was a heroic effort and we just completed uploading our Saturday results, as was required by law,” elections chief Susan Bucher announced on Thursday as the 3 p.m. deadline passed.

Broward County election officials missed the deadline by two minutes, so state officials used their unofficial totals reported last week.

The Senate race now goes to a hand recount—and Broward continues to be a textbook case of incompetence in American elections. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Young black conservatives unite around President Trump



Brandon Tatum (third from right) is Director of Urban Engagement at Turning Point USA, and he told Fox News that the YBLS is symbolic for black voters. “YBLS is important because it gives an example to this country that black voters are not monoliths and think for ourselves,” said Tatum.  (Photo: Christopher Howard/FOXNews)

Chants of ‘We love Trump, U-S-A!’ echoed across the East Room of the White House before, during, and after President Donald Trump’s address to hundreds of young black conservatives.

The President’s address was part of the Young Black Leaders Summit (YBLS), a four-day conference focused on millennial-aged, conservative black Americans. The student-activist group, Turning Point USA, hosted the event.

Brandon Tatum is Director of Urban Engagement at Turning Point USA, and he told Fox News that the YBLS is symbolic for black voters. “YBLS is important because it gives an example to this country that black voters are not monoliths and think for ourselves,” said Tatum.

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Turning Point’s Communications Director Candace Owens (pictured) told Fox News that the YBLS is working to change the narrative when it comes to President Trump and the Democratic Party for black Americans. (Photo: Christopher Howard/FOXNews)

Turning Point’s Communications Director Candace Owens told Fox News that the YBLS is working to change the narrative when it comes to President Trump and the Democratic Party for black Americans.

“Despite all of the lies and propaganda, black Americans are waking up,” said Owens. “Black Americans are realizing that this person you’ve painted as a monster seems to be bringing results that you’ve promised for decades and never delivered.”

President Trump touted historic gains for black Americans during his tenure in office which included a 5.9 percent unemployment rate for in May 2018. It’s the lowest black unemployment rate in recorded American history and also contributes to a closing gap between black and white unemployment.

“For decades policies advanced by Democrats have and eliminated opportunity and wiped out good paying jobs and even great paying jobs for the black community,” declared President Trump. “The results really speak for themselves, it was just announced last quarter that the economy beat all expectations, growing at 3%, 3.5%, and now they think it could be well into the fours.”

Attendees of the summit gathered outside of the White House following the President’s address, inspired to tell their own journey into conservatism. (Photo: Christopher Howard/FOXNews)

“I don’t have a lot of people in my community who are like-minded as me, and I’m used to getting racial slurs thrown at me like a coon or Uncle Tom,” YBLS attendee Shawn Gamble told Fox News. “I wanted to come here to connect with other black conservatives.”

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Skin in the Game


By Walter E. Williams | Townhall


In describing the GOP tax cuts, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that they and bonuses American workers were getting were "crumbs." They were "tax cuts for the rich." Some argued that the tax cuts would reduce revenues. Pelosi predicted, "This thing will explode the deficit." 

How about some tax facts?

The argument that tax cuts reduce federal revenues can be disposed of quite easily. According to the Congressional Budget Office, revenues from federal income taxes were $76 billion higher in the first half of this year than they were in the first half of 2017. The Treasury Department says it expects that federal revenues will continue to exceed last year's for the rest of 2018. 

Despite record federal revenues, 2018 will see a massive deficit, perhaps topping $1 trillion. 

Our massive deficit is a result not of tax cuts but of profligate congressional spending that outruns rising tax revenues. 

Grossly false statements about tax cuts' reducing revenue should be put to rest in the wake of federal revenue increases seen with tax cuts during the Kennedy, Reagan and Trump administrations.

A very disturbing and mostly ignored issue is how absence of skin in the game negatively impacts the political arena. 

It turns out that 45 percent of American households, nearly 78 million individuals, have no federal income tax obligation. 

That poses a serious political problem. 

Americans with no federal income tax obligation become natural constituencies for big-spending politicians. 

After all, if one doesn't pay federal income taxes, what does he care about big spending? Also, if one doesn't pay federal taxes, why should he be happy about a tax cut? What's in it for him? 

In fact, those with no skin in the game might see tax cuts as a threat to their handout programs.

Whenever tax cuts are called for, it's not long before they are called tax cuts for the rich. 

Let's look at who pays what in federal income taxes. Using IRS data for 2015, the latest year available, the Tax Foundation reports that the top 1 percent of earners made about 21 percent of the nation's income, but their share of federal income taxes was 39 percent. 

They paid more in income taxes than the bottom 90 percent, who paid 29.4 percent of federal income taxes (http://tinyurl.com/y7t4ljv8).

In 2015, the top 50 percent of taxpayers paid 97.2 percent of all individual income taxes. 

Also, the top 1 percent had an income tax rate of 27 percent, while the bottom 50 percent had a tax rate of less than 4 percent. 

It turns out that 892,420 households -- out of roughly 34 million total households -- paid 39 percent of federal taxes that year. 

Most Americans have little or no federal income tax obligation, so how in the world is it possible to give a tax cut to them?

Another part of the Trump tax cuts was with corporate income -- lowering the rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. 

That, too, has been condemned by the left as a tax cut for the rich.

But corporations do not pay taxes. Why? 

Corporations are legal fictions. Only people pay taxes. 

If a tax is levied on a corporation, it will have one or more of the following responses in order to remain in business. 

It will raise the price of its product, lower its dividends to shareholders and/or lay off workers. 

Thus, only flesh-and-blood people pay taxes. 

We can think of corporations as tax collectors. 

Politicians love our ignorance about this. 

They suggest that corporations, not people, will be taxed. 

Here's how to see through this charade: Suppose a politician told you, as a homeowner, "I'm not going to tax you. I'm going to tax your land." 

I hope you wouldn't fall for that jive. 

Land doesn't pay taxes.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The clash between Macron and Trump


 By Gavin Mortimer | The Spectator-USA 


It’s no good the French president warning against the rise of nationalism without addressing the causes.

So Donald Trump has come and gone, and he left behind a bemused French press. Frankly, they don’t know what to make of the American president other than he demonstrated yet again ‘his bravado and unpredictability’.

The media class in France has always been close to the political establishment (hence the history of romantic liaisons between the two) and journalists have a reciprocal respect for the political class that borders on deference.

That is why President François Mitterrand was able to keep both his love-child and his cancer secret until the final weeks of his 14-year presidency.

Trump does neither deference nor respect, and from the moment he touched down in France on Friday evening he appeared intent on antagonizing his host.

First there was the tweet in which he declared ‘President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the US subsidizes greatly.’

Then he made it known he wouldn’t be attending Macron’s Peace Forum, and nor did he board the official fleet of buses that transported the world’s leaders to the Arc de Triomphe for Sunday’s service of remembrance.

Instead The Donald traveled in The Beast, the presidential Cadillac that was also seen on Saturday when he left the Élysée Palace after lunching with Macron and his wife.

It wasn’t lost on the French press that as they waved off their American guest they were enveloped in exhaust fumes. For a couple who never stop talking about climate change, the look on the Macrons’ faces was priceless.

The two presidents have little in common these days, their bromance now a distant memory, and according to Le Figaro Trump ‘thumbed his nose’ one final time at his host on Sunday when he visited the American military cemetery at Suresnes on the outskirts of Paris. ‘This moment really is the best moment of these two days,’ he said during a lengthy speech.

In skipping Macron’s peace forum, Trump missed the French president and other world leaders railing against what they regard as the dangerous rise of nationalism.

German chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of the threat of ‘blinkered nationalist views’, echoing the sentiments of Macron earlier in the day at the service of remembrance under the Arc de Triomphe: ‘Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,’ he said. ‘By pursuing our own interests first, with no regard to others, we erase the very thing that a nation holds most precious, that which gives it life and makes it great: its moral values.’

Trump, who a few days earlier had declared himself a proud nationalist, listened to those words with a ‘stony face’, in contrast to his vivid reaction to Macron’s idea of a European army.

If there was anger on the part of the American president, there would also have been amusement.

If Europe can’t even come up with a coherent policy in the face of a migrant crisis, what chance does it have of assembling a functional army?

As long ago as 2002 the respected French think-tank, Institut Montaigne, warned that ‘the countries of Europe, with the exception of the United Kingdom, have proceeded to dismantle their military and diplomatic functions to a point beneath the threshold of credibility.’ 

France has been taking its defense more seriously for a number of years (in marked contrast to Britain), but as Le Figaro declared earlier this year: Britain and France are the ‘only European powers capable of carrying out foreign operations’.

There is a respect between the French and British military that doesn’t exist elsewhere in Europe, which makes it all the more inexplicable that Theresa May hasn’t made more of this reputation in her Brexit negotiations.

An EU without British military savoir-faire is a continent left dangerously inexperienced and vulnerable.

To coincide with President Trump’s visit to Paris, the left-wing Le Monde ran a series of articles on what it called the ‘crisis of Transatlantic relations’. In the weekend edition the newspaper described the ‘anxiety’ within the EU at Trump’s attitude towards Nato, and in particular his criticism of Germany’s contribution over the decades.

But, says the paper, it hasn’t escaped Brussels’s notice that Italy and central Europe have been spared the president’s opprobrium because ‘his administration supports populist or anti-system movements that divide Europe’.

Macron and Merkel can inveigh against nationalism as much as they like but in doing so they demonstrate their fear that they are losing the ideological battle with voters who on the subject of sticking up for one’s civilization are more in tune with Trump.

‘Will Europe,’ asks Le Monde, ‘which has stood firm and united in the face of Brexit and even Russia, be capable of overcoming the divisions faced with an America that is turning against it?’

It’s not just America turning against European leaders, it’s also the people they purport to lead, and when Macron criticizes those who pursue their own interests first ‘with no regard to others’, they nod in agreement.

Isn’t that what the EU has done for years with its immigration policy?

It’s no good the French president warning against the rise of nationalism without addressing the causes, and because he isn’t, the European elections are going to painful for progressives like him.

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Admitted ‘Non-Citizens’ Voted in 2016 Election


By NTK Staff

Dr. Brenda Snipes admitted that "some non-citizens and felons have voted" in the 2016 elections.

Dr. Brenda Snipes, the Broward County supervisor of elections who is embroiled in controversy over her office’s handling of the 2018 midterm elections, admitted in 2017 “that some non-citizens and felons” voted in the 2016 elections, despite not being eligible.

While defending her office “against a suit brought by the American Civil Rights Union” over the county’s voter registration list, Snipes admitted that “some non-citizens and felons have voted” in the 2016 elections.

According to the Sun Sentinel:

“Snipes acknowledged the processes her office have been using aren’t perfect and that some non-citizens and felons have voted despite not being eligible — especially right before major elections when groups are actively registering new voters. But Snipes said the precautions her office takes are important to make sure eligible voters aren’t removed from the lists by mistake.”