Leave the Jokes to the Comedians


Leave the Jokes to the Comedians

by Amy Lignor


People fall into specific “categories.” Of course, these categories were set by someone else who basically just had a louder mouth or deeper pocket than the rest of the people speaking at the time.

In this article, however, there is no such thing as Democrat or Republican. Why is that? Because if you really believe that People fall into specific “categories.” Of course, these categories were set by someone else who basically just had a louder only one of these two particular categories consistently gave America the “best of the best” then you most certainly haven’t paid one bit of attention to history. Some Presidents were bad; others good. Yet all made mistakes. It came down to how they handled them as to how well they actually did their jobs. Some stopped wars; others created them.

To this day (and you can find this in any poll you’d like to look up), a man by the name of Abraham Lincoln remains the most “popular” President that the U.S. ever voted into office. Now…remember, this is a man who did oversee a war – the worst war for America, in fact, because it was simply us against us. Perhaps it was the way he fought; what he declared; how he handled some of the worst situations ever seen; whatever it was, Abraham Lincoln has kept his title of “Honest Abe” in the largest number of households across this country. (That’s both Democrat and Republican households, folks.)


The upside of America has always been freedom. There are millions who back up an idiotic campaign that then, perhaps four years later, stop hailing and start ‘turning away’ from. This works the opposite way as well. There are those who rail against an idea, law or movement just to – perhaps, four years later – state that they absolutely supported that idea and the others who did not were idiots. In other words, we have the freedom of indecision. We have the freedom to change our minds. And we have the freedom to make a joke if we feel like it. Perhaps right now, however, people are discovering that this recent joke has gone too far.


You’re all immigrants. I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in. Unless you are a Native American (keyword: native) reading this article, you are an immigrant. Somewhere in your background came a family who worked, who tried, who perhaps faced tyranny, oppression and WALLS that they could not get over in order to be free and at least get a “shot” at something better. Were all your relatives criminals? I doubt that. Did all of them ruin America? Actually, no. They started it. They made mistakes. They faced indecision, war, etc. But it was how they handled these situations that made them who they were at their very core. Some were wrong; you can bet on that. In fact, if you reach the age of five there’s a 100% chance you’ve made a mistake along the way.

Now, with something that really started as nothing more than a joke, a man wants you to believe that America is being completely and utterly destroyed by immigrants – illegal immigrants, of course. Therefore, in order to stop this, we shall simply “close our borders” to various countries and people. (Well, the countries that he does not have personal businesses operating in.) No offense to anyone out there, but crime will occur with illegal or legal immigrants at the helm. Why? Because there will always be crime. There will always be bad people who make bad decisions. That is a simple fact; nothing more.

In the driver’s seat, in 2017, is a man who knows how to collect cash but has absolutely no political background whatsoever. This is a man who is now walking through halls, marching past paintings of former Presidents who stood for something. Some stood for idiocy, I grant you that. All made a bad decision or two during their time. But many made this country what it is today: a place where people want to live. Can all that work be undone by a big mouth or a bad joke? I hope not.


The one we are supposed to hail now in America is one who has late night talk show hosts gaining more comedy fodder, and the likes of SNL placing him in the category of “Mr.” and most certainly NOT “Mr. President.” Will he have good days and do the right things? That’s a chance every voter who sided with this man took. And all those others who simply thought it was a funny joke at the time. In the end, walls and borders and a path of hate and dominance will most certainly destroy what this whole country was built on. By starting out this way, it would not be a stretch to see this country get to the day when the inscription on Lady Liberty will have to be changed. If so, maybe that’s the day everyone will see that the jokes should be left up to the comedians who get paid to make them. Because, whether Republican or Democrat, this one is absolutely not funny.


Source:  GIG News

The Dreams from Obama’s America


The Dreams from Obama’s America

Dinesh Sharma

Source: Dinesh Sharma

Obama will be remembered as one of the greatest political orators of our times. His soaring rhetoric that swooned the audience in 2004 in Boston (There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.[1]), not too far from where the patriots fired the Heart-broken, American, Hillary Rodham Clinton, farewell address, politicsopening salvo of the American Revolution, was on display again at the farewell address at McCormick Place (Yes, we can. Yes, we did.[2]), near the South Side of Chicago where the young Barack broke his teeth in community organizing and electoral politics.

“It’s good to be home,” he told his followers, some of whom had waited for hours in the freezing temperatures near Lake Michigan to get a glimpse of their political avatar.

Obama’s peppered grey hair, hardened brow and wizened face showed the pain and sorrow of his nation — wary of two long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — and still reeling from the ominous rise of ISIL and ongoing security challenges.      

Heart-broken at the bitter loss of his chosen successor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, his followers seemed inconsolable — chanting repeatedly — “Four more years! Four more years!” Many were teary-eyed and weeping, overcome with nostalgia.

How could a president who still enjoys 60% approval[3] be denied long coat-tails as a symbolic third term? How could Americans who voted for the first Black president twice be so fickle and turn on him, despite the record of landmark achievements?

No doubt, the president accomplished a great deal in eight years, but his victories now rest on icy shores of Lake Michigan as a ‘hostile takeover’ of his legacy is already underway by the Trump supporters and the GOP in an attempt to “Repeal and Replace” the Affordable Care Act.

Obamacare, as it is known, is the first legislation on the chopping block. Republicans have attempted to repeal it multiple times; they may finally succeed, even though the GOP has no replacement in place.[4] What will happen to more than 20 million newly insured citizens, cried out Senator Bernie Sanders in the halls of Congress?

Obama’s regulatory regime, Dodd-Frank Act, may also be expunged as the millionaires and billionaires fill the Trump cabinet.[5] We have seen seven years of continuous job-growth and a buoyant market. Will the market remain steady or will it go through cyclical gyrations again?

Obama’s multilateral foreign policy may be gutted for a more muscular approach — attempting to reclaim American power around the globe — in the Middle East, Pacific, and Europe. “Make America Great Again” at home will translate to “America First” abroad.[6] Obama’s foreign policy achievements in Cuba, Iran, India and the Asia-Pacific may be reversed. Will this approach generate more anti-Americanism abroad?

Heart-broken, American, Hillary Rodham Clinton, farewell address, politics

Source: The Global Obama, Sharma and Gielen (Routledge, 2014)

President’s attempts to heal the racial divides at home, as the first Black president, seem now to be overwhelmed by the rise of Alt-Right and White ethno-nationalism.[7] Will Americans be able to unify under the new president?

President’s senior advisor David Axelrod has said, Trump is the antithesis of Obama.[8] This may be true just as the election of President Obama was partly a reflection of “the Bush fatigue” eight years ago.

Bruce Levine, a clinical psychologist writing in Huff Post diagnosed the problem — stripped of false realities, Americans are facing a political “psychotic break.” Levine said, “Every so often, the American societal-political veil lifts, and what was clear to George Carlin and other cynical nonvoters is difficult to deny even for voters skilled at denial.”[9] American dream seems to be in abeyance .  

President’s farewell address sounded the alarms on at least three big issues: growing inequality, racial division, and post-truth politics.[10] Add to this the growing sense of cyber-security threats — potential hacking of 2016 elections by the Russians confirmed by the intelligence community — the vulnerabilities of the American system seem precarious.[11] We know the DNC computers and the Federal personnel files have already been compromised by foreign entities.[12]  

Heart-broken, American, Hillary Rodham Clinton, farewell address, politicsThe Democrats lost more seats in the past eight years than in any previous administration in recent times.[13] Obama’s popularity may have waxed and waned through the two terms, but his approval abroad[14] and in the bi-coastal — multicultural, multiethnic, multiracial — enclaves of the new America, the so-called Obama coalition, always remained relatively high.[15]

He will always be America’s first Black president, with roots in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific — who could walk and chew gum at the same time — and who inspired the world to believe that King’s dream can come true — “I have a dream today. …That one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”[16]

Source: Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia, Sharma, Dinesh (Praeger, 2012)

In the long span of history, Obama’s legacy will be a shining moment at the onset of the 21st century when America rose up and lived out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”[17]

We must carry forward the dreams from Obama’s America!

Dinesh Sharma, Associate Research Professor at SUNY Binghamton University. is the author of “Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia” and “The Global Obama.”

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDoT43BlJUo

[2] https://www.whitehouse.gov/farewell

[3] http://www.politicususa.com/2017/01/10/obamas-approval-rating-hits-60-percent-prepares-bid-nation-farewell.html

[4] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/us/politics/health-care-congress-vote-a-rama.html?_r=0

[5] https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-10/trump-s-transition-team-pledges-to-dismantle-dodd-frank-act

[6] http://www.whio.com/news/trump-signals-shift-from-obama-focus-multilateralism/rKu6nfuKJo8bPxhCiSkYeK/

[7] http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/richard-spencer-speech-npi/508379/

[8] https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/25/opinion/campaign-stops/the-obama-theory-of-trump.html

[9] http://brucelevine.net/stripped-of-false-realities-americans-political-psychotic-break/

[10] https://www.whitehouse.gov/farewell

[11] https://www.dni.gov/index.php/newsroom/press-releases/215-press-releases-2016/1423-joint-dhs-odni-election-security-statement

[12] http://motherboard.vice.com/read/fbi-flash-alert-hacking-group-has-had-access-to-us-govt-files-for-years

[13] http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/14/obamas-legacy-democratic-losses-party-chaos/

[14] http://www.pewglobal.org/2016/06/29/as-obama-years-draw-to-close-president-and-u-s-seen-favorably-in-europe-and-asia/

[15] http://www.gallup.com/poll/121199/obama-weekly-job-approval-demographic-groups.aspx

[16] http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

[17] http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – Is Lincoln Coming Back as a Vampire Hunter?


1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Is Lincoln Coming Back as a Vampire Hunter?

by Amy Lignor


For those who may be unaware (although, it’s hard to believe anyone can be considering how many books were sold), a fantastic writer named Seth Grahame-Smith penned a novel a few years back Is Lincoln Coming Back as a Vampire Hunter?talking about our “honest” President returning as a Vampire Hunter and slaying all the ones who deserved slaying. Oddly enough, what once sounded like fun sci-fi now seems like it’s something Lincoln might be thinking about doing. Why, you ask? Well, before continuing, it’s important to note that this article is nothing about who should win the upcoming election. Democrat, Republican, Independent…Tasmanian devil – frankly, it’s the best of a bad situation. This article is really all about the massive changes in politics that can be seen more than ever, through the words being spoken in 2016.


“If we ever forget we are ‘One Nation under God,’ then we will be a nation gone under,” said Ronald Reagan. Well…so much for that one, aye?


“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Yup. That’s Honest Abe who stated these words, and if he saw the internal combustion happening now, he’d be shell-shocked.


“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance,” James Madison noted during his time. When, exactly, did that change?


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” FDR was adamant about this. Even though his bank account was just fine, he truly felt like a chicken should be in every pot.


The first big kahuna, however, chimed in with what seems to be the most profound when speaking about this election: “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” Makes you wonder if George Washington would change his mind, or at least find a way to “edit” some of the ‘dumb’ comments being made so freely.


Is this an overstatement? Well…let us see:


Climate change is a topic that many don’t agree on, yet saying, “There could be some man-made something. But you know, if you look at China, they’re doing nothing about it,” seems more than a bit moronic.


Violence has taken center stage in this country. From police shooting people to people shooting people to even idiots dressing up like clowns (literally) to scare and harm various neighborhoods in various states. Of course something needs to be done about violence, yet we have a candidate that shrugs (after the Umpqua Community College mass shooting) and states, “These things happen.”


Lincoln wanted everyone treated equally…right? Well, one of our candidates chimed in, (at a kick-off rally back in June) with the words: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” And his solution? “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”


Is Hillary Clinton free of dumb remarks? Nope. When she was asked about her emails (a subject that seems to have been going on almost as long as whether or not Tom Brady of the Patriots deflated footballs during Deflategate), stated: “What? With like a cloth or something?”


Course, that’s not all. The supposed choices for second-in-command also made sure to have a debate that was not about issues, so much as it was about how many barbs can two people throw at each other during a given amount of time? (Did you count? They seemed to outnumber what came up in normal conversations between Taylor and Burton during their marriages).


Most likely (or we should hope) none of these particular comments will show up engraved on a collectible U.S. coin in the future. History certainly has had its horrific moments. America has had its battles, arguments, and nasty things occur because of loud mouths and not-so-interested minds. But when it comes to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the way 2016 is going, this address may just end up to be nothing more than a comic strip. Tours will still be given, of course, but perhaps the guides will have to speak about what history was like before the presidential seat was vacated by men who didn’t need Facebook, Twitter, etc.


And if you happen to see a really tall man with a beard, wearing a top hat, standing with an axe in his hand outside the address, you’ll know that Lincoln did get so mad on the “other side” that he decided to become that novel character after all.


Source:  Baret News

Ambassador Philip Kapneck: A Gentleman and A Statesman

During the past few years when the recession was starting to take hold and change the American way of life and the American dream, there were those who worked harder and longer each day to help their fellow citizens, keep their heads above water. One of these individuals was Maryland Trade Ambassador Philip Kapneck who was able to contact and reconnect with business and industry he attracted to the USA over the past 30 years, that created jobs for individuals in Maryland.

Since the recession, Ambassador Kapneck called on the same companies he helped to set up their businesses in past years, and surfing the wave of goodwill, he was able to find jobs for people who lost theirs with other companies. While this was not one of his duties, he felt that it was essential to help those in need of work.

Ambassador Kapneck does not want any notoriety or press coverage about his work, but it seems that the press has a yearning to cover his unselfish work in helping others.

People like Ambassador Kapneck and their hard work are responsible for 2011’s third straight month in creating new employment over the 200,000 mark in the USA.

Through research we were able to supply a list of some positions that Ambassador Kapneck held and some he is still holding as follows:

  • Delegate to the Maryland State Convention
  • He was appointed by Governor Marvin Mandel to open Maryland’s first overseas office in Brussels, Belgium as the State’s Trade Ambassador. He assisted the Federal Government in “Invest in the USA.”
  • He was appointed by Secretary of Business and Economic Development to represent the State of Maryland with international companies in Asia and the South Pacific.
  • He was appointed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Rowlings as Special Advisor Ambassador/Maryland Trade Ambassador to assist companies in New Zealand and Australia doing business in the USA.
  • He has been appointed by each administration to date, since his first appointment to Belgium over 30 years ago, and is still serving as Maryland Trade Ambassador.

Ambassador Philip Kapneck has the ability to achieve the goals set before him, and always extends a helping hand, when it is possible to do so. This has made him an icon in his own time, from his success in attracting business and industry to the creation of jobs.

To learn more about Hon Philip Kapneck: Trade Ambassador Kapneck Official Site: http://tradeambassadorkapneck.com.

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About the Author:

Award winning journalist, Judyth Piazza is also the founder of the Student Operated Press (www.thesop.org) and content Manager/Editor for Newsblaze (www.newsblaze.com) and Vero Beach Local News (www.verobeachlocalnews.com).

Hon Philip Kapneck Working For The People

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” Thomas Jefferson

Hardworking people that are working for the people try to cut cost anyway that they can to help decrease America`s budget deficit and create jobs for Americans. Trade Ambassador Philip Kapneck has helped to create jobs for more than 30 years and has attracted business and industry to Maryland while working many years, without remuneration.

Ambassador Kapneck was first appointed by Governor Marvin Mandel to open Maryland`s first overseas office in Brussels, Belgium as the State`s Trade Ambassador. Ambassador Kapneck has been appointed by each administration to date since his first appointment to Belgium. He assisted the Federal Government in “Invest in the USA”. Ambassador Kapneck works tirelessly for the people of Maryland, creating jobs by bringing companies to Maryland that are unique and useful, and that need a quality workforce.

Ambassador Kapneck has introduced many companies to Maryland by helping these companies get established in the State of Maryland. Once they are established he continues to assist them in contacting other business operations which in turn makes the new companies a valuable part of the state economy and in turn, this helps to reduce unemployment numbers.

Ambassador Philip Kapneck is the true meaning of the inaugural speech once given by President John F. Kennedy. “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”

A State Official said that Ambassador Kapneck is not looking for publicity or public recognition for his work; he just wants to help people.

To find out more about Trade Ambassador Philip Kapneck, visit http://tradeambassadorkapneck.com/.

Each week we will highlight people working for the people and making America stronger.

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Urgent Action Needed Now: Florida House to Vote on Abortion Ban

As we write to you the Florida House of Representatives is preparing to vote on an amendment to ban private insurance plans from covering abortion. This amendment goes farther than any other law in the nation by banning ALL insurance plans sold in the state from providing insurance coverage for abortions, whether a plan is offered through an exchange established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or a plan that an individual or employer already holds. This amendment does not even offer the option of a rider or separate premium to purchase abortion coverage.

This means that the state of Florida is willing to do what the federal government promised not to do, taking away health care coverage that citizens in this state currently have now.
Call Representative Deborah Mayfield at (850) 488-0952 and urge them to oppose the abortion ban amendment to HB 885. Tell the person that answers the phone:
I urge Rep. Mayfield to oppose the abortion ban amendment to HB 885, filed by Reps. Gaetz, Dorworth and Plakon.

As filed, this amendment denies women the ability to obtain insurance coverage, even with their own private dollars, that includes abortion coverage.
The government should not dictate personal, private medical decisions, nor interfere with the private insurance market.

The legislature has the opportunity to prevent unintended pregnancies in Florida by supporting the Prevention First Act and Healthy Teens Act.
The Florida legislature has a history of interfering with the personal decisions of a woman and her doctor, while doing nothing to reduce the need for abortion by preventing unintended pregnancies.

Now more than ever we need to make a stand. We are asking all of our activists to phone their State Representative and ask them to vote against this dangerous amendment. Help us act before it is too late!

Thank you for your action,

Stephanie Kunkel

Aircell Launches Inflight Internet Seminar Series

Aircell, the airborne communications company, based in Orlando, Florida, just launched a new educational series, “Getting Your Business Aircraft Online: The Seminar.”

Planning to stop in multiple cities across the US in 2010; the tour gives business aircraft operators a complete understanding of the latest generation of inflight connectivity.

“There has been a wholesale shift in inflight Internet capabilities for business aviation in the past year — it’s an entirely new landscape.” – Aircell Senior VP, General Manager John Wade

Wade said there is confusion in the market because some providers hype the virtues of a single network or an equipment package. Aircell provides a chance for operators to get a balanced, straightforward overview of the three high-speed data networks available for aviation – Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, Ku-band Satellite and Aircell High Speed Internet. Aircell’s 2010 Inflight Internet Seminar Series provides thta overview, according to Wade.

Although there have been many advances, none of the airborne networks represent everything to everyone, whereas ground-based mobile networks are often very similar, airborne network capabilities can vary drastically. Wade says it is therefore critical for operators to have a clear understanding of what’s available.