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Now Batting For The White House: Van Hipp

Donald Trump needs a Willie Mays. And there is one in the minors that should be called up.

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President Trump’s winning percentage on National Security Advisor appointments has been less than sterling. Oh, the batters were all great players, but either bad luck or poor sportsmanship robbed the President of the talent needed.

The MVP – the Babe Ruth – retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was beaned by a bush league hurler on the first pitch of the Administration. Rather than suspend the head-hunter, the Dark League front office permanently side-lined Flynn.

Another masher, H.R. McMaster followed Flynn in the line up, but tended to grip the bat too hard and was not well liked in the club house.

And then there was John Bolton. Bolton, too, is a heavy hitter known for being aggressive at the plate, but, like McMaster, he didn’t play well with others. He routinely ignored the Manager’s signs and refused to bunt, preferring to swing for the fences on every pitch.

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The great manager Leo Durocher once said, “Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.” So, it is in the complicated, high tension and rapidly changing environment of national security and geopolitics. A White House National Security Advisor cannot be a one or two talent player. (S)he must not only know the game, but also the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition as well as her/his teammates. The Hall of Fame NSA’s of recent memory were just that: McGeorge Bundy, Henry Kissinger, Brent Scowcroft and Condoleezza Rice were all multi-talented competitors on offense and defense. It is that level of talent President Trump needs today, particularly with the opposition on the schedule.

Leo Durocher had the luxury of managing the greatest multi-talented player that ever laced up spikes; Willie Mays. Expert in the “5 tools,” (hitting, hitting with power, speed, catching and throwing) the “Say Hey Kid was as unselfish as he was talented. He played the game hard, but clean and he never showed up any other player, be he teammate or foe.

Donald Trump needs a Willie Mays. And there is one in the minors that should be called up.

Van Hipp.

 

Hipp, Chairman of American Defense International, Inc. a Washington, DC based consulting firm specializing in government affairs, business development and public relations and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army and Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Navy. His book, “The New Terrorism: How to Fight It and Defeat It,” was published in February 2015. One hundred percent of all proceeds go to scholarships for the children of fallen Guardsmen and Guardsmen wounded in action in the War on Terror

A fixture on Fox News as well as online and print publications, Hipp is a recognized expert on a variety of critical geopolitical topics. He is also particularly well respected in the military and intelligence communities.

Hipp is one of those rare “5 tool” players the President – the country – needs in the heated competition of national and foreign policy.

  1. He is well schooled in the issues of the day. He also knows the opposition as well as he does his own teammates.
  2. Respected in D.C. as well as our foreign partners, Hipp’s reputation is as sterling as is his intellect.
  3. Hipp will not be the clubhouse problem that has plagued too many White House advisors. A calm demeanor accompanied the charm of the southern gentleman that he is will unite the National Security Council and bring respect throughout that community.
  4. Rare in D.C. is the man or woman without ego, but Hipp is as close to being that as can be found. He subscribes to the Ralph Waldo Emerson’s great wisdom, There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.”
  5. President Trump has been mocked by the Left for demanding loyalty from his Cabinet. It’s an asinine complaint as loyalty is paramount to any leader. “Buying in” to a leader’s vision is necessary to success no matter if it’s politics, business or sports. Van Hipp is as solid a loyalist that can be found (see also #4 above). But it must be emphasized that his loyalty is to the mission and to him, the mission is the safety and security of the United States, politically, militarily and economically. Were the President to offer the position to him, Hipp would reject it in an instant if he did not believe that was also the President’s vision and mission. And should he assume the title, no one – NO ONE – will be as loyal to country and President – in that order.

There are many people available to President Trump for consideration to succeed John Bolton as National Security Advisor. It is necessary for him and the United States that he chose a person who will augment the team and be, himself or herself a star as well.

Mr. President, there is a Willie Mays available. Put him in, Coach!

Say hey, Van Hipp.

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Veterans Day, 2019: Remembering America’s Beloved Veterans

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America is a singularly different nation where it concerns our military veterans, and not just on Veterans Days. We love them. We even have a national holiday to honor them. This is not so in most of the rest of the world. Elsewhere soldiers are not as loved as they are here in these great United States.

Is that because the United States is the Sparta of the world, loving war more than anything else? Hardly. In fact it’s because our soldiers bring peace wherever they go, not perpetual war.

In other countries, soldiers are often the dregs of society, living off the people while at the same time lording over them with machine guns and violence.

In other countries the military is feared by both the people and the government because all too often the army is used to take power and steal away the government for its own aggrandizement. There is no accident that the word “coup” is one rarely spoken in the USA unless when viewing foreign news.

In other countries when people see soldiers they fear them, they loathe them. In other countries they don’t want to sit near soldiers on public transportation, they avoid eye contact. Here we shake their hand and ask if they need anything.

In the USA we respect our soldiers because as a rule they respect We The People as much as they respect the law.

When an American sees a soldier an American feels pride, not fear. When an American learns of a fellow’s service, an American is compelled to thank him for that service.

So, from us to you, our dear military veterans, we thank you. We thank you for putting your lives on hold while serving us, while making sure we are safe and able to go about our business unafraid of danger, and time and again for putting your own safety at risk.

Happy Veterans Day to you all.

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Mike Rowe Blasts Student-Loan Crisis: ‘We’re Rewarding Behavior We Should Be Discouraging’

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Mike Rowe Blasts Student-Loan Crisis: ‘We’re Rewarding Behavior We Should Be Discouraging’

Mike Rowe blasted our country’s massive student loan debt as “nuts” saying that children are learning poor behavior by borrowing money they most likely won’t payback.

“This is why, in my opinion, we have $1.6 trillion of student loans on the books and 7.3 million open positions, most of which don’t require a four-year degree. We’re just disconnected. We’re rewarding behavior we should be discouraging. We’re lending money we don’t have to kids who are never going to be able to pay it back to train them for jobs that don’t exist anymore. That’s nuts.”

Watch the short clip below:

TDC:

If you want to know how Mike Rowe feels about something, just ask him. He’ll tell you in no uncertain terms.

Rowe, the host of “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” and former host of of the hit TV show “Dirty Jobs,” appeared Thursday on Fox Business to promote his new book “The Way I Heard It.” On the show, Rowe was asked by host Stuart Varney what he thought about the $1.5 trillion federal student loan debt.

“We have unintendedly maligned an entire section of our workforce by promoting one form of education, in my opinion, at the expense of all of the other forms,” he said.

“Forty years ago, colleges needed a PR campaign,” Rowe added. “We needed more people to get into higher education, but when we gave the big push for college back the in ‘70s, we did it at the expense of alternative education. In other words, we told people, ‘If you don’t get your degree, you’re going to wind up turning a wrench.’ ” More

Watch the full video below:

Got to love Mike, he’s this generation’s, Paul Harvey. As usual, he nails it! The left doesn’t care about exploding student loan debt, they only want free college so that they can get even more people into their indoctrination mills.

The government loan programs have made the American taxpayer liable for any student defaults. Neither the banks loaning the money or the universities have any liability for bad loan decisions. This is a travesty. 

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30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Thirty years ago today the dreaded Berlin Wall fell in Germany. It is a day that should be celebrated in every school.

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Thirty years ago today the dreaded Berlin Wall fell in Germany. It is a day that should be celebrated in every school, but a day few are remembering as more Americans than ever are falling for the lies of socialism.

The Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, freeing half of an entire country from a 30-year-long prison sentence.

The loathsome wall was erected between the eastern and western sectors of the German city of Berlin starting in the year1961. On August 13 of that year, East German troops positioned themselves by the Brandenburg Gate and started sealing off the communist-controlled sector of the city.

The wall ran 155 kilometers around West Berlin and prevented all residents from being able to move freely between the east and west sectors.

The wall finally fell on Nov. 9, 1989, marking the beginning of the end of the communist-led regimes from Central Europe to Soviet Russia.

The wall was a prison made by communists and socialists to keep the western world out. It also served as a stark warning to citizens of the communist sector: cross and die. It is estimated that at least 80 East Berliners were gunned down by communist troops for trying to cross the wall to freedom in the west.

While the wall was intact, the world and modernity passed by the citizens of East Germany. East Germans will still living like it was 1961 when the wall finally fell.

Last week, a statue to Ronald Reagan was unveiled in Berlin to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall. Regan defied international convention and his own speech writers to deliver a searing speech on June 12, 1987, demanding that the Soviets tear down the Berlin Wall. It took another 2 years, but that wall finally fell.

This is the sort of prisons socialism builds.

And yet, today Democrats in America are increasingly fascinated by socialism and communism and more Democrats than ever would love to vote for a socialist.

It only goes to show how our left-wing educational establishment has failed this country.

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William Shatner Gets Into Epic Twitter Feud With Millennials

“Sweetheart, that’s a compliment for me.” -William Shatner. 😂

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William Shatner Gets Into Epic Twitter Feud With Millennials

“Star Trek” actor William Shatner got into a Twitter feud with millennials calling him a boomer: ‘That’s a compliment for me.’

He takes ‘entitled’ millennials to task in a heated Twitter exchange, calling one a diva and corrects her grammar after she blamed his generation for the ‘hardships’ she faces.

In case you didn’t know the phrase ‘OK Boomer‘ is used to show youthful annoyance at older people. 

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“Star Trek” actor William Shatner got into a heated Twitter exchange with millennial users who incorrectly targeted him with the popular “OK Boomer” jab.

For those unfamiliar, “OK Boomer” is a popular phrase used to dismiss the opinions of baby boomers that younger people deem irrelevant or uninformed. Shatner was commenting on a back-and-forth between “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron and viewers upset about Sean Spicer’s continued presence on the show when one of his followers directed the “OK Boomer” jab at the 88-year-old actor.

Shatner was born in 1931 and is, by definition, not a boomer. More

Boomer is the new dirty word to describe opposition to the socialist left. I love that he stands up to SJW’s, snowflakes and PC nonsense. Far better than the virtue-signaling celebrities that are now so prevalent.

Thank you, captain! I’d take Boomer over whiny, entitled millennial any day. I agree it’s a compliment even though I’m a gen X’er.

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Gov’t to Raise Vaping Age Limit to 21, Ignoring Black Market’s Role in Deaths

The feds are really missing the mark here.

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There are few instances in which our government is more inept than when it is attempting to tackle the issue of illegal drugs.  Sure, there are plenty of bonehead moves outside of drug policy, but there is little doubt that the war on drugs takes the cake.

First, let’s look at what’s legal and what’s not.

Opioids:  Perfectly legal to possess and use, so long as a doctor said so.  But these pain pills have become the plight of the suburbs, as their active ingredient is the same as we find in heroin.  Instead of track marks, your average suburban junkie could instead be having a glass of chardonnay at the local Applebee’s while getting loaded from the pills in their purse.

Adderall, which we give our nation’s youth:  Perfectly legal with a doctor’s note.  Again, this is nothing more than the corporately-manufactured version of methamphetamine.  Heck, even generic Adderall simply comes in a bottle marked “amphetamine”.  They aren’t even trying to hide it.

But marijuana, a plant that makes some people feel a little funny, is highly illegal at the national level.  Furthermore, the black market created by this prohibition has killed and incarcerated untold numbers of Americans – including a rash of vaping-related deaths earlier this year.

Those deaths, which were falsely attributed to e-cigarettes, came after counterfeit marijuana vaping liquids were cut with vitamin e acetate – a compound that will turn phase into a gas at vaping temperatures, but then reconstitutes itself as a gel-like liquid as it cools.  That meant that users were coating their lungs with the normally harmless substance, essentially drowning themselves from the inside, unknowingly.

Now, in a stunning act of ignorance, the federal government has decided to move against the e-cigarette companies as opposed to tackling the black market of counterfeit marijuana vape cartridges.

The United States plans to raise the age limit for vaping to 21, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, adding that his administration would issue its final report on such products next week.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, did not give further details about the administration’s regulatory plans or give a specific date for any announcements.

U.S. health officials have been sounding the alarm amid a nationwide outbreak of serous lung illnesses linked to vaping, and have raised concerns about the use of electronic smoking devices, particularly among youth.

To make matters ever more remarkably asinine, 21 years is already the legal age that you must be to purchase and use marijuana products in states where it is legal.  Were the federal government to nationally legalize marijuana it would not only completely decimate the black market that caused these deaths, but it would also decrease the number of underaged users at the same time, were they to adopt similar guidelines.

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Joy Behar Says Trump Rallies Are Full Of Paid Actors

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Joy Behar: Trump thinks his voters are stupid; rallies are fake, full of paid actors.

Joy Behar claimed the ad was fake just like the people who go to his rallies: “To me that says that the Republican party thinks that their constituents are stupid because it says nothing. Those are all paid actors just like the ones who go to his rally.”

News Busters:

Just when you think things can’t get any more ridiculous on The View, the hosts spend time whining the President’s son’s Halloween costume is insensitive to animals. On Friday’s show, they also complained about a 2020 Trump campaign ad, which Joy Behar declared was full of paid actors “just like the ones who go to his rallies.”…

Afterward, all of the hosts, saved for Miami resident Ana Navarro, cheered President Trump’s decision to move his home residence to Florida. Behar actually thought this would hurt President Trump because New Yorkers didn’t like Trump so that meant Floridians wouldn’t either when he moved there because #logic:

“When he lived in New York, New York did not vote for him. Now they’re going to get to know him a lot in Florida, they will not vote for him there either!” she gushed. The hosts went on to trash a 2020 Trump campaign ad against impeachment.

“There was not one black woman in that ad!” Hostin gushed, repeating “They couldn’t pay a black actress, enough money to be in it!” More

Joy Behar is so blinded by her hatred of Trump, that she has convinced herself that the support shown by people at his rallies cannot possibly be genuine.

She is just a talking head. She parrots all the lies, spews all the hate, regurgitates all the poison from the leftist MSM and Deep State trolls. She’s a puppet, that’s all.

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Kentucky Supreme Court Sides with Christian Business Owner in Free Speech Case

The Kentucky Supreme Court has given a Christian business owner a win for refusing to do business with radical gay activists.

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has given a Christian business owner a win for refusing to do business with radical gay activists.

In a win for free speech and freedom of religion, the court ruled that a Kentucky t-shirt maker does not have to make shirts for radical gays.

It is a case that has bounced around the courts for seven long years. Lexington, Kentucky, resident Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands On Originals, reused to make t-shirts for the Lexington Pride Festival, hosted by the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization.

The refusal caused the radical gay group to sue Adamson for violating their rights.

But now the state’s highest court has put the last nail in the radical gay’s case.

In its opinion, the court said, “this matter must be dismissed because the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization, the original party to bring this action before the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission, lacked statutory standing to assert a claim against Hands On Originals under the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government ordinance.”

Justice David Buckingham agreed and cited recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent prohibiting compelled speech: “Hands On was in good faith objecting to the message it was being asked to disseminate. … Forcing free and independent individuals to endorse ideas they find objectionable is always demeaning.”

“Today’s decision makes clear that this case never should have happened,” said Jim Campbell, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, who argued the case, in a statement. “For more than seven years, government officials used this case to turn Blaine’s life upside down, even though we told them from the beginning that the lawsuit didn’t comply with the city’s own legal requirements. The First Amendment protects Blaine’s right to continue serving all people while declining to print messages that violate his faith.”

Back in 2012, Adamson reused to make the shirts, but gave a recommendation for another shop that would make the shirts for the same price.

Adamson also said he isn’t against gay people as individuals.

“I have gay customers and employ gay people,” Adamson said in a video op-ed for The Daily Signal in 2017. “For example, we have printed materials for a local band called Mother Jane whose lead singer is a lesbian. That was never a problem for us because, as I said, we’ll work with everyone, but we can’t print all messages.”

Indeed, he also noted that he would never make shirts that say “Homosexuality is a sin.”

“I didn’t feel right making that one either. I don’t think that’s how Jesus would have handled the issue; Jesus would have balanced grace and truth,” he said in 2012.

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