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APPLE “Made in USA?”

 

Trump signals the end of ‘Made in China’

November 25, 2016 7:00 pm JST

HIROSHI MURAYAMA, Nikkei senior staff writer.

Various news reports have recently suggested that Hon Hai Precision Industry, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer of Apple products, is considering shifting production from China to the U.S. The speculation is nothing new. But this is the first time it has reared its head since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election.

The president-elect’s campaign-trail threats of slapping heavy tariffs on Chinese exports have brought something new to the equation.

On Nov. 18, the Nikkei newspaper reported the move from Taipei, citing sources close to the matter. In June, Apple allegedly asked Hon Hai to shift production of the iPhone to the U.S. With the campaign in full swing, the Republican presidential candidate was pulling no punches in his criticism of Apple for outsourcing work to China.

“Made in China” losing ground

Hon Hai is the world’s largest electronics manufacturing services company. By making goods for big names like Apple, the company has grown significantly over the years. Though based in Taiwan, Hon Hai in many ways, epitomizes China as the world’s factory. The company accounted for around 6% of China’s entire trading value around 2011. Earlier this year, it acquired Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp.

Apple is reportedly considering moving iPhone production to the U.S.
However, due to the rising labor costs, Hon Hai and Apple have reduced their dependence on China and expanded into countries like Brazil and India. Previous rumors about a production transfer to the U.S. were based on similar lines, but never actually materialized because producing in the U.S. would have been too costly. Trump’s proposed duties on Chinese goods, however, make the idea seem a lot more realistic.

Even without the proposed tariffs, Chinese-made goods are already becoming less competive in the U.S. “Made in China is disappearing from the U.S. market,” one story warned last year. The story has been circulated by Chinese media several times since. The article explained that of seven items of sportswear the reporter bought in the U.S., including brands like Nike and Adidas, only one was made in China. The others were made in Vietnam, Indonesia, Egypt, Bangladesh or Thailand.

The story also claimed electronics companies such Panasonic and Samsung Electronics were intent on leaving China, apparently with some degree of urgency.

The image of China as a workshop churning out goods sent all over the globe emerged early this century. By the mid-2000s, exports accounted for 30% of China’s gross domestic product. This came in stark contrast to Japan, whose exports accounted for only around 10-15% of GDP at the time.

 

 

 

Official -TRUMP WON MICHIGAN

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The numbers are in:
Trump wins Michigan by 10,704.

The Green Party is crowdfunding $2.5 million to challenge the 2016 election results in three states.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pumps his fist after speaking to a crowd during a rally at the Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center in Warren on Oct. 31, 2016.

In the closest race for president in Michigan’s history, Republican Donald Trump is hanging on to a 10,704-vote win over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The Michigan Secretary of State posted results Wednesday that were submitted by the state’s 83 county clerks on Tuesday after the votes were reviewed and certified by each county.

Before that compiled count, Trump held a 13,107-vote lead over Clinton. But after each county certified its results, the lead shrunk to 10,704, with the biggest chunk coming from Wayne County, which showed that Clinton had gotten 565 more votes than originally tallied by the county.

 

The state’s Board of Canvassers will officially certify the results on Nov. 28. The electoral college in all the states, including Michigan’s 16 electors, will cast their votes on Dec. 19.

“Many people have asked about Michigan’s process for counting ballots and certifying election results. Please be aware that all 1,521 Michigan cities and townships completed ballot counting and reported unofficial results by the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9,” according to a statement on the Secretary of State’s website. “The county canvassing boards, as they do after every election, then began their work to review and certify the results from each precinct.”

Across the nation, Trump won 306 electoral votes — including Michigan’s 16 — to 232 for Clinton. In the popular vote, Clinton holds a lead of more than 2 million votes.

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Trump is the first Republican presidential candidate since 1988 to win Michigan.

The vote totals that will be submitted to the state Canvassers Board on Nov. 28 are:

Donald J. Trump, Republican: 2,279,543
Hillary Clinton, Democratic: 2,268,839
Gary Johnson, Libertarian: 172,136
Jill Stein, Green: 51,463
Darrell L. Castle, U.S. Taxpayers: 16,139
Evan McMullin, write-in: 8,177
Emidio Mimi Soltysik, Natural Law: 2,209
Michael Maturen, write-in: 517
Tom Hoefling, write-in: 95
Laurence Kotlikoff, write-in: 87
Ben Hartnell, write-in: 39
Monica Moorehead, write-in: 30
Cherunda Fox, write-in: 10
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CHINA’S ECONOMIC WOES

imagesChina Struggles to Steady Yuan’s Decline

The central bank wants to let some of the air out of the yuan, but the currency risks falling faster than it would like.

China is facing an uphill battle to maintain an orderly depreciation of the yuan as investors pile up bearish bets against the currency outside the mainland.

The gap between the yuan’s value against the dollar in the domestic market and in what is known as the offshore market in Hong Kong, has been widening in recent days. On Wednesday, this so-called spread reached 0.0333, its widest since the beginning of October (apart from the day after the U.S. election), although it narrowed a touch on Thursday.

While the Chinese authorities strictly limit the way the yuan trades at home, it can be bought and sold more freely in Hong Kong. But its value against the dollar is usually about the same in both markets.

The widening gap now is complicating the central bank’s strategy of letting some air out of the currency at a pace Beijing dictates. The two yuan markets at home and in Hong Kong often feed off each other. Moreover, a weaker yuan offshore could encourage more Chinese businesses and individuals—the mainstay of the mainland market—to seek to convert their currency into dollars, potentially adding downward pressure on the domestically traded yuan.

China has tolerated a weaker yuan since early October, right after its entry into the International Monetary Fund’s elite group of reserve currencies, acknowledging that a cheaper currency is the price of using easy money to prop up the economy.

The pace of depreciation has quickened since Donald Trump’s surprise U.S. presidential-election win sent the greenback soaring and emerging-market currencies tumbling. The yuan is down 6.2% against the dollar this year in onshore markets, reaching 6.9152 against the dollar on Thursday, with more than a third of the drop in the past two weeks.

The People’s Bank of China is unwilling to let the currency slide too far, too fast, for fear that might lead to destabilizing capital flows out of the country.

Investors in offshore markets have, though, been pounding the yuan weaker, in the apparent belief that the central bank may struggle to control the pace of its decline.

“The PBOC may intervene” to shore up the yuan, said Prashant Singh, a senior portfolio manager at Neuberger Berman in Singapore. But he said he expects the Chinese currency to fall further because of the gloomy outlook for global trade and the diverging economic trajectories in the U.S. and China.

“Central-bank-led interventions are typically temporary in nature,” Mr. Singh added. “The fundamental factors still point to weakness.”

Already, in the past week, some state-owned banks—which often act as proxy for the People’s Bank of China—have sold dollars to support the yuan after it dropped to its lowest level against the dollar in eight years onshore, traders say.

The central bank has also been setting the yuan’s daily official rate against the dollar, known as the “fix,” somewhat stronger than implied by the greenback’s strength against other global currencies in recent days, according to analysts, indicating its desire to avoid too sharp of a decline. The yuan hasn’t fallen as much against the dollar as have other currencies such as the yen, the euro and the Korean won recently.

The PBOC didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Earlier this year, when the gap between the yuan’s value at home and in Hong Kong also widened, the Chinese central bank directed state-owned banks to buy large quantities of yuan in the Hong Kong market, sending overnight borrowing costs to elevated levels that effectively prohibited investors from wagering against the currency.

This time around, however, short-term overnight borrowing costs in Hong Kong have remained around levels that analysts consider normal, suggesting little intervention offshore.

‘We don’t need to worry too much about the short-term depreciation of the yuan.’

—Yu Yongding
One factor that might have limited China’s ability to intervene more aggressively, analysts say, is its shrinking foreign-exchange reserves. The stockpile, still the world’s largest of its kind, fell to $3.12 trillion last month, its lowest since 2011. That compares to a record $4 trillion in June 2014.

Some analysts within China, including prominent economist Yu Yongding, are now urging the central bank to adopt a more flexible exchange-rate regime to help the yuan find its true market level.

The costs of intervention, they say, have become too high and could encourage capital flight. They have called on Beijing to take the step before Mr. Trump takes office in January: The New York businessman has pledged to label China a currency manipulator and to slap higher tariffs on Chinese goods.

“We have capital controls as the last line of defense,” Mr. Yu wrote in an article published in state media this week. “We don’t need to worry too much about the short-term depreciation of the yuan.”

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Write to Lingling Wei at lingling.wei@wsj.com and Saumya Vaishampayan at saumya.vaishampayan@wsj.com

AL QAEDA FAVORS REFUGEE INVASION

9/11 mastermind: Al Qaeda favors ‘immigration’ to defeat USA

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The jailed architect of 9/11 revealed that al Qaeda’s plan to kill the United States was not through military attacks but immigration and “outbreeding nonmuslims” who would use the legal system to install Sharia law, according to a blockbuster new book.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed also predicted that intelligence officials using so-called “enhanced interrogation” techniques such the waterboarding he experienced would eventually come under attack from weak-kneed U.S. politicians and media.

In Enhanced Interrogation, CIA contractor James Mitchell tells for the first time about his role interrogating al Qaeda principals, many like KSM still jailed at Guantanamo Bay. He details accounts of waterboarding and other interrogation sessions of the nation’s most notorious enemies.

None more so than Mohammed. Among the most facinating aspects of the book are chatty discussions between KSM and Mitchell long after the waterboarding and before he was delivered to the prision at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he clammed — and lawyered — up.

In his book, Mitchell is not pushing for a return to waterboarding, especially for run-of-the-mill battlefield prisoners. He does, however, back aggressive interrogation the worst terrorists trained or willed to not cough up any secrets because he said it worked.

He quotes another terrorist, Abu Zubaydah, who said waterboarding was effective. In the book:

“While we were waiting, Bruce and I talked with Abu Zubaydah about waterboarding. By then he had been cooperating for several months, and even though I hadn’t seen him for a couple of weeks, I was confident he would help if he could. I thought he was the best source available to help us fully understand how Islamic terrorists were likely to respond to the waterboard and how we could avoid using it, if possible. We told him that we didn’t like doing it. We asked him to help us come up with some way to get the brothers to provide information we could use to stop attacks, information they were trying to protect, without the use of waterboarding or other harsh interrogation techniques.

“No, no,” Abu Zubaydah said adamantly. “You must do this for all the brothers. If you don’t and he talks, the brother has sinned. Allah will punish him.”

“I’m not following,” I said, thinking I had misheard him. “You think we should use harsh techniques more often?”

“No,” he said. “Not more often; only enough. Allah does not expect more of a man than he is capable,” Abu Zubaydah explained.

Snippets obtained by Secrets from the book set for release next Tuesday from Crown Forum show that Muslim terror groups had a much bigger plan to crush America than just through attacks like 9/11.

Instead, the plan is to fill the country with like-minded Muslims through the country’s easy immigration laws and by having babies, and then using the U.S. legal and welfare system to turn the country into a system like Iran.

Consider this passage in the book, Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying to Destroy America, where KSM reveals the plan to Mitchell:

“It would be nice,” he said, if al Qaeda or like-minded Islamists could bring America to its knees with catastrophic attacks, but that was unlikely to happen; “not practical” is the wording he used. From his perspective, the long war for Islamic domination wasn’t going to be won in the streets with bombs and bullets and bloodshed. No, it would be won in the minds of the American people.

He said the terror attacks were good, but the “practical” way to defeat America was through immigration and by outbreeding non-Muslims. He said jihadi-minded brothers would immigrate into the United States, taking advantage of the welfare system to support themselves while they spread their jihadi message. They will wrap themselves in America’s rights and laws for protection, ratchet up acceptance of Sharia law, and then, only when they were strong enough, rise up and violently impose Sharia from within. He said the brothers would relentlessly continue their attacks and the American people eventually would become so tired, so frightened, and so weary of war that they would just want it to end.

“Eventually,” KSM said, “America will expose her neck to us for slaughter.”

Since the attacks, and during President Obama’s two terms, Muslims from several countries that harbor terrorists have flooded into the U.S. And Obama has promised to open the borders for Syrian refugees whose backgrounds are difficult to investigate. President-elect Trump has vowed to reverse Obama’s plans.

In talks with the terrorist, Mitchell said that KSM discussed waterboarding and other interrogation techniques and said that if the tables were turned, “he would do the same thing to protect his way of life.”

He also predicted the downfall of the techniques and persecution of those involved.

From the book:

KSM wagged his finger professorially at us and warned, “Soon they will turn on you.” He prophetically predicted that the press and some members of my own government would turn on me and Bruce and others like us who took aggressive action to prevent the next 9/11 attack and save American lives.

Warming to the topic, KSM smiled and said the media, either on purpose or without realizing it, would promote Islam’s cause and champion tearing down the measures put in place to protect the American people after 9/11. He said the media would promote al-Qaeda’s cause by framing the war against Islam (his characterization, not mine) as morally wrong, impossible to win, and fraught with unacceptable losses. He said the media’s response was one of Allah’s “gifts,” one of the ways Allah preordained for Americans to set aside those things which kept us safe and prevented attacks in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

KSM said, “Your own government will turn on you. Your leaders will turn on you. They will turn on you to save themselves. It will play out in the media and strengthen the hearts of the brothers. It will recruit more to Allah’s cause because the press coverage will make the U.S. look weak and divided.”

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com

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LEFTY MEDIA PROPAGANDISTS

Media falsely spins Trump’s NYT climate comments – Trump cited Climategate, restated skepticism of ‘global warming’ – Read full transcript
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Trump to NYT warmist Tom Friedman: ‘A lot of smart people disagree with you’ on climate change.

Trump correctly cited the Climategate scandal: ‘They say they have science on one side but then they also have those horrible emails that were sent between scientists…Terrible. Where they got caught, you know, so you see that and you say, what’s this all about.’

By: Marc Morano – Climate DepotNovember 23, 2016 9:40 AM with 1086 comments

Climate Depot Analysis

The media spin on President Elect Donald J. Trump’s sit down with the New York Times on November 22, can only be described as dishonest. Trump appears to soften stance on climate change & Donald Trump backflips on climate change  & Trump on climate change in major U-turn

The ‘fake news’ that Trump had somehow moderated or changed his “global warming” views was not supported by the full transcript of the meeting.

Heartland Institute President Joe Bast had this to say about the full transcript of Trump’s meeting: “This is reassuring. The Left wants to drive wedges between Trump and his base by spinning anything he says as “retreating from campaign promises.” But expressing nuance and avoiding confrontation with determined foes who buy ink by the barrel is not retreating.” The Heartland Institute released their skeptical 2015 climate report featuring 4,000 peer-reviewed articles debunking the UN IPCC claims.

Trump’s climate science view that there is “some connectivity” between humans and climate is squarely a skeptical climate view. Trump explained, “There is some, something. It depends on how much.”

Renowned Princeton Physicist Freeman Dyson: ‘I’m 100% Democrat and I like Obama. But he took the wrong side on climate issue, and the Republicans took the right side’

Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Dr. Ivar Giaever, Who Endorsed Obama Now Says Prez. is ‘Ridiculous’ & ‘Dead Wrong’ on ‘Global Warming’

Green Guru James Lovelock reverses belief in ‘global warming’: Now says ‘I’m not sure the whole thing isn’t crazy’ – Condemns green movement: ‘It’s a religion really, It’s totally unscientific’

Politically Left Scientist Dissents – Calls President Obama ‘delusional’ on global warming

Trump cited his uncle, a skeptical MIT scientist: “My uncle was for 35 years a professor at M.I.T. He was a great engineer, scientist. He was a great guy. And he was … a long time ago, he had feelings — this was a long time ago — he had feelings on this subject.” (Yes, other MIT scientists are very skeptical as well. See: MIT Climate Scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen Mocks 97% Consensus: ‘It is propaganda’

It is also worth noting that Trump’s often cited 2012 tweet about climate change stating “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” was clearly a joke and he has said it was a joke. It is further worth noting that climate skeptics do not believe the conecpt of “climate change” was “created” by China.

And in what has been described as “fake news”, the publisher of NYT tried to sell CO2-induced storms to Trump; but Trump refused to accept the claim.
NYT’s Arthur Sulzberger: ‘We saw what these storms are now doing, right? We’ve seen it personally. Straight up.’

Trump countered: ‘We’ve had storms always, Arthur.’

Trump is accurately citing the latest climate science by noting that extreme weather is not getting worse. See: 2016 ‘State of the Climate Report’

The U.S. has had no Category 3 or larger hurricane make landfall since 2005 – the longest spell since the Civil War.
Strong F3 or larger tornadoes have been in decline since the 1970s.
Sea level rise rates have been steady for over a century, with recent deceleration.
Droughts and floods are neither historically unusual nor caused by mankind, and there is no evidence we are currently having any unusual weather.
Trump’s claim to have an “open mind” on U.S. climate policy and his comment that “I’m going to take a look at” withdrawing from the UN Paris agreement are more nuanced than his previous blunt statements that the U.S. will cancel the UN agreement. But those comments in the context of the interview are hardly a flip-flop or major signal of changing views on the issue.

(Climate Depot Note: UN Paris climate deal ‘is likely to be history’s most expensive treaty’ – ‘Cost of between $1 trillion and $2 trillion annually’

University of Pennsylvania Geologist Dr. Robert Giegengack noted in 2014, “None of the strategies that have been offered by the U.S. government or by the EPA or by anybody else has the remotest chance of altering climate if in fact climate is controlled by carbon dioxide.”

In layman’s terms: All of the so-called ‘solutions’ to global warming are purely symbolic when it comes to climate. So, even if we actually faced a climate catastrophe and we had to rely on a UN climate agreement, we would all be doomed!)

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Donald Trump’s New York Times Interview

President-elect Donald J. Trump during a meeting at The New York Times’s offices in Manhattan on Tuesday.

[….] THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, opinion columnist: Mr. President-elect, can I ask a question? One of the issues that you actually were very careful not to speak about during the campaign, and haven’t spoken about yet, is one very near and dear to my heart, the whole issue of climate change, the Paris agreement, how you’ll approach it. You own some of the most beautiful links golf courses in the world …

[laughter, cross talk]

TRUMP: [laughing] I read your article. Some will be even better because actually like Doral is a little bit off … so it’ll be perfect. [inaudible] He doesn’t say that. He just says that the ones that are near the water will be gone, but Doral will be in great shape. (Note: Trump’s Seawall Is About His Business, Not Global Warming – ‘Only shows Trump uses climate alarmism to benefit his business’)

[laughter]

FRIEDMAN: But it’s really important to me, and I think to a lot of our readers, to know where you’re going to go with this. I don’t think anyone objects to, you know, doing all forms of energy. But are you going to take America out of the world’s lead of confronting climate change?

TRUMP: I’m looking at it very closely, Tom. I’ll tell you what. I have an open mind to it. We’re going to look very carefully. It’s one issue that’s interesting because there are few things where there’s more division than climate change. You don’t tend to hear this, but there are people on the other side of that issue who are, think, don’t even …

SULZBERGER: We do hear it.

FRIEDMAN: I was on ‘Squawk Box’ with Joe Kernen this morning, so I got an earful of it.

[laughter]

TRUMP: Joe is one of them. But a lot of smart people disagree with you. I have a very open mind. And I’m going to study a lot of the things that happened on it and we’re going to look at it very carefully. But I have an open mind.

SULZBERGER: Well, since we’re living on an island, sir, I want to thank you for having an open mind. We saw what these storms are now doing, right? We’ve seen it personally. Straight up.

FRIEDMAN: But you have an open mind on this?

TRUMP: I do have an open mind. And we’ve had storms always, Arthur.

SULZBERGER: Not like this (sic!).

TRUMP: You know the hottest day ever was in 1890-something, 98. You know, you can make lots of cases for different views. I have a totally open mind. (Note: EPA Says That The Worst Heat Waves Occurred in The 1930s)

My uncle was for 35 years a professor at M.I.T. He was a great engineer, scientist. He was a great guy. And he was … a long time ago, he had feelings — this was a long time ago — he had feelings on this subject. It’s a very complex subject. I’m not sure anybody is ever going to really know. I know we have, they say they have science on one side but then they also have those horrible emails that were sent between the scientists. Where was that, in Geneva or wherever five years ago? Terrible. Where they got caught, you know, so you see that and you say, what’s this all about. I absolutely have an open mind. I will tell you this: Clean air is vitally important. Clean water, crystal clean water is vitally important. Safety is vitally important.

And you know, you mentioned a lot of the courses. I have some great, great, very successful golf courses. I’ve received so many environmental awards for the way I’ve done, you know. I’ve done a tremendous amount of work where I’ve received tremendous numbers. Sometimes I’ll say I’m actually an environmentalist and people will smile in some cases and other people that know me understand that’s true. Open mind.

JAMES BENNET, editorial page editor: When you say an open mind, you mean you’re just not sure whether human activity causes climate change? Do you think human activity is or isn’t connected?

TRUMP: I think right now … well, I think there is some connectivity. There is some, something. It depends on how much. It also depends on how much it’s going to cost our companies. You have to understand, our companies are noncompetitive right now.

They’re really largely noncompetitive. About four weeks ago, I started adding a certain little sentence into a lot of my speeches, that we’ve lost 70,000 factories since W. Bush. 70,000. When I first looked at the number, I said: ‘That must be a typo. It can’t be 70, you can’t have 70,000, you wouldn’t think you have 70,000 factories here.’ And it wasn’t a typo, it’s right. We’ve lost 70,000 factories.

We’re not a competitive nation with other nations anymore. We have to make ourselves competitive. We’re not competitive for a lot of reasons.

That’s becoming more and more of the reason. Because a lot of these countries that we do business with, they make deals with our president, or whoever, and then they don’t adhere to the deals, you know that. And it’s much less expensive for their companies to produce products. So I’m going to be studying that very hard, and I think I have a very big voice in it. And I think my voice is listened to, especially by people that don’t believe in it. And we’ll let you know.

FRIEDMAN: I’d hate to see Royal Aberdeen underwater.

TRUMP: The North Sea, that could be, that’s a good one, right?

[…]

MICHAEL D. SHEAR, White House correspondent: Mr. Trump, Mike Shear. I cover the White House, covering your administration …

TRUMP: See ya there.

[laughter]

SHEAR: Just one quick clarification on the climate change, do you intend to, as you said, pull out of the Paris Climate …

TRUMP: I’m going to take a look at it.

Full interview

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Bjorn Lomborg: Trump’s climate plan might not be so bad after all – Clexit ‘will will stop the pursuit of an expensive dead end’ – ‘So Trump’s promise to dump Paris will matter very little to temperature rises, and it will stop the pursuit of an expensive dead end’

‘The Trump Taboo’ at UN climate summit: He is ‘omnipresent…even though nobody is saying his name’ – ‘There is a taboo word at this year’s 22nd UN climate change summit: Trump. The president-elect is omnipresent in Marrakesh. You can feel him lurking behind talks on low-carbon economies and in the cracks between climate-induced loss and damage. He’s never directly addressed, but he’s always in the room. You can tell from the anxiety in people’s voices and their disapproving headshakes, heavy with concern for what the future for action on climate change holds.’

Trump casts HUGE shadow over UN climate summit

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Sisi praises Trump, expects more US engagement in region
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Cairo (AFP) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi praised US President-elect Donald Trump and said he expected greater engagement in the Middle East from his administration, in an interview with Portuguese media.

The former Egyptian army chief had strained relations with outgoing President Barack Obama’s administration, which had temporarily suspended military aid after Sisi toppled his elected predecessor in 2013.

“Personally I respect and appreciate” Trump, Sisi said according to an English translation of his remarks to Portuguese news agency LUSA published on Saturday.

“I believe that President-elect Trump will be more rigorously engaged with the issues of the region,” he said.

“As a matter of fact President-elect Trump has shown deep and great understanding of what is taking place in the region as a whole and what is taking place in Egypt,” he added.

“That is why I am looking forward, and I am expecting more support and more reinforcement of our bilateral relations”.

Trump’s tough-on-terrorism rhetoric has appeal among Egyptian officials, as the country faces a jihadist insurgency that has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers.

The insurgency took off after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, unleashing a deadly crackdown on supporters.

Sisi, who had met Trump in September in New York, downplayed Trump’s calls to ban or extremely vet Muslims entering the United States.

“We have got to draw a distinction between the rhetoric that takes place within presidential campaigns and the real and actual administration of a country after the inauguration of a president,” he said.

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2016 SLAUGHTER HOUSE

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The Kentucky House, which will have a Republican majority in 2017 for the first time in nearly a century. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) –   Republicans added to their historic 2014 gains in the nation’s state legislatures with the addition of five state House chambers and two state Senate chambers in last week’s election, while Democratic control was reduced to levels not seen since the Civil War.

Republicans are now in control of a record 67 (68 percent) of the 98 partisan state legislative chambers in the nation, more than twice the number (31) in which Democrats have a majority, according to the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

“That’s more than at any other time in the history of the Republican Party,” according to NCSL. “They also hold more total seats, well over 4,100 of the 7,383, than they have since 1920.”

Next year, the GOP will control both legislative chambers in 32 states – an all-time high, according to NCSL – while Democrats will have total control of just 13 state legislatures.

In 24 of the 32 states with Republican-controlled legislatures, voters have also elected Republican governors. In contrast, Democrats have a “political trifecta” in just six states.

Since 2009, when President Obama took office, his party has lost a total of 919 seats in state legislatures nationwide, according to NCSL data.

In 2009, Democrats had total control of 27 state legislatures, and held a majority in at least one chamber in eight more states where power was divided. In contrast, Republicans controlled just 14 state legislatures.

During Obama’s first year in office, Democrats held 1,024 of the 1,971 total state Senate seats in the nation, compared to 889 in Republican hands. They also held 3,058 of the total 5,411 state House seats, compared to 2,334 for Republicans.

In addition, there were 28 Democratic governors, compared to 22 Republican governors.

However, near the end of Obama’s two terms in office, the partisan balance in the nation’s state legislatures has been completely reversed.

As of Nov. 7, 2016, there are just 823 Democratic state senators out of a total of 1,972 seats nationwide, according to NCSL data. Meanwile, Republicans have increased their ranks to 1,089.

Likewise, of the 5,411 state House seats, there are now 3,029 Republicans compared to 2,340 Democrats – a mirror image of both parties’ status in 2009.
(Source: National Conference of State Legislatures)

The Democrats’ prior advantage in the nation’s governors’ mansions when Obama took office has also been lost. There are currently 31 Republican governors, 18 Democratic governors and one Independent (Gov. Bill Walker of Alaska).

“Republicans grabbed more of America’s statehouses and governors’ mansions during the Obama administration than at any time in the modern era,” the Washington Post’s Amber Phillips reported.

Last week’s historic flip of the Kentucky House – the last Democrat-controlled legislative chamber in the South – to Republican hands for the first time in nearly 100 years underscores the point.

In 2010, Democrats in the Kentucky House held a solid 65-35 majority.  Six years later, the GOP now has a supermajority, and will control 62 of the chamber’s 100 seats.

“Democrats are now basically extinct in the South,” Phillips noted.

“Republicans bested expectations,” said Dan Diorio, a policy expert at NCSL. “Having already reached the peak of control in party history, Republicans will maintain a similar level of control in a year when many expected Democrats to net seats and chambers.”

”Anyone who said that Donald Trump was going to be a drag on down-ticket races is certainly eating their words right now,” Lisa Nelson, CEO of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) told CNSNews.com.

“When I talk to the states, most of them say they picked up state Senate or House seats because of Donald Trump. And I think that’s because of the forgotten man or woman people are talking about, who hadn’t shown up to vote in the past.”

Although most of the mainstream media failed to predict that Trump would win, those following state legislative races were not surprised by his victory, Nelson added.

“People in the states saw this race tightening easily a week before the election. In particular, I was talking to somebody in Wisconsin who said they were going to pick up seats because of Donald Trump on the ticket, and sure enough they did,” she told CNSNews. “A lot of those voters ‘came home’ in the last week or two. They were talking, but a lot of the media wasn’t listening.”

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COMMENTS

MEGA DEMOCRAT LOSS

dnc-cry-baby-sealWHAT THE DEMOCRATS LOST IN 2016

They are completely unhinged now. The Democrat Party lost virtually all political power. Just days before the General Election which also included the Presidential Election, delusional Democrats were falsely exuberant, boldly predicting a total washout by the Republicans and their candidate Donald Trump – the consummate outsider. They taunted at every opportunity, “There’s no way in hell a racist, misogynist, narcissistic bully can beat Hillary Clinton; he’s not qualified; she has 30+ years experience in government, she is the only qualified candidate!”

SURPRISE!

Here is the obvious damage control report:
◆ House
◆ Senate
◆ White House
◆ Supreme Court
◆ 32 state governorship
◆ Global Warming Hoax
◆ O’BUMMYCARE
◆NAFTA
◆ DACA & DAPA (Dreamers)
◆ Anti 2nd A gun confiscation
◆ Anti 1st A free speech suppression

What is not so obvious
What we cannot easily see beyond the tip of the giant iceberg melting away below the surface – in waters warmed by Republican-caused Global Warming.  Their party, “the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored…” is being trampled upon.

The Holy Bible cites many examples of the seven years of plague and misery, which coincides with the eighth year of Obama’s destructive reign. In his first year in office, he set about the implementation of his plan to undo God’s Divine Gift to the citizens of the United States – the most Blessed, most generous and rightly prosperous nation this earth has ever witnessed. For allowing him the presidency, we had to endure seven years of biblical setback. Let us pray the Lord spare us from such an unworthy mistake again.

MEGA LOSERS! Their loss is MASSIVE, INCALCULABLE.

TRIUMPH! Make America Great Again!

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Make America Great Again!

CONGRATULATIONS USA!
It’s been a long time coming, and I firmly believe we are on the precipice of a revival that happens but once every 100 years. There is much to be done, and we could not have selected a more energetic and capable leader than President-Elect Donald Trump, and Vice-President Elect Mike Pence.  Patriotic Americans wish them every success during their term. May God continue to Bless the USA as we Make America Great Again!

Repairing the Obama Disaster

There is no denying anymore that this great nation has suffered tremendously during a bastardized Obama Regime; a regime filled with markers more akin and commonplace in third-worldly nations on the African continent; leads one to pause and wonder if it is purely coincidental, or is more plausible that Obama is, after all, the proud son of an African Marxist.

And why is that so? Was the upending of our traditions purposeful? Is it even fair to accuse Obama of commanding a 5th Column whose strategic objective was to chip away at our institutions while the main column marched along as though nothing untoward happened?

Then let us be fair and objective and begin by identifying some “probable cause” as prescribed by the 5th Amendment, which teaches us to avoid pressing false charges. We shall employ the method of Comparative Analysis in an attempt to assign weight and credibility.

BLACK LIVES vs. BLUE LIVES

Observation of media accounts in summary:

SCENARIO #1 – DEAD BLACK GUY
Anytime a black man died during some interaction with the police, President Obama wastes no time calling a press conference and immediately accuses the police of targeting and somehow persecuting young black men for no apparent reason. THEN…
Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch would jump into her plane – fueled and waiting – so she can be on scene ready to sic the FBI and her own prosecutors on the police department involved, in a fashion with all the appearances of a military siege. We Conservatives call that excessive and heavy-handed and more akin to 3rd world BS.

SCENARIO #2 – DEAD COP
Encouraged and practically cheered on by POTUS (President of the United States) and protected by the nation’s top cop Loretta Lynch, some misguided blacks and some white anarchists targeted the police-at-large. Every week, one-two or three police officers would get shot or killed in an ambush; this is unprecedented, and simply cannot happen spontaneously.

And the response or reaction from POTUS or Atty Gen Loretta Lynch? NOT A DAMN THING.

Q: DO YOU SEE THE 5TH COLUMN NOW?
Obama is not a sneaky little bastard by accident; NO, he is is sneaky little bastard BY DESIGN. He learned from the cleverest Marxist, introduces through his Kenyan Marxist father – a seditious Communist named Saul Alinsky who molded Hillary Clinton too.

(to be continued…)

Author’s note: Some articles on this website are a work-in-progress, a true “living document” by any definition. In contrast, the Leftist Progressives will claim that the US Constitution is a “living document.” IT IS NOT, NOR WAS IT MEANT TO BE. RULES ARE WRITTEN FOR A REASON, AND CAN ONLY CHANGE WHEN AMENDED. PERIOD. Listen to Liberals, and you will lose your faculties “progressively.”