Our Big (Um, Little) Doob Adventure — Part Two

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IMG_9821Last week, we told you about how we worked with an outfit called Doob to create little 3D-printed replicas of ourselves, and promised to show you some more photos of the end results. Herewith, then: the end results. Photographed outdoors and in, uptown and down, it’s us in miniature, taking over NYC.

First, we unboxed ourselves near Times Square —

IMG_9806IMG_9812IMG_9826Then a subway ride down to Washington Square Park put us squarely in the midst of the International Women’s Day march.

IMG_5578IMG_5593IMG_5598IMG_5607In City Hall Park, where the mayor does his work, we found a central spot where brides and grooms and tourists pose for selfies, and we thought, why not?

IMG_5838IMG_5893IMG_5923It turned into a teaching moment when a young boy with mom in tow walked over.

IMG_5875“What are those…bumps?” the curious lad asked, pointing. Never too young to hear the answer. Chests come in different shapes and sizes. The explanation…

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Hawaii: No Vetting For Potential Terrorists, But Six Month Quarantine For Your Dog! WTF?

If you travel to Hawaii and you bring a dog, even if the dog is a guide dog for a blind person, it is subject to a six-month quarantine to determine if it is a risk to the citizen’s welfare and safety.

But apparently they have no problem with allowing potential terrorists to enter with no more than a passport and plane ticket.

Trump’s travel related executive order was all set to go, but needed to be revised. Now Judge Watson’s restraining order prohibits the executive order from working as designed, putting American citizens at risk due to lack of extreme vetting. The executive order provides an extra layer of security for travelers and citizens alike, but some democrats and liberals feel as though the extreme vetting is too extreme and causes an inconvenience due to the temporary halt in travel for some people. You know, those “some people” who could be terrorists.

Hawaii claims that the EO violates the Constitution’s protections against religious discrimination, but Hawaii has to go beyond what the EO actually says to support this claim.

On page 40 of its memorandum, Hawaii says, “It is well established that evidence of purpose beyond the face of the challenged law may be considered in evaluating Establishment and Equal Protection Clause claims.”

But the “evidence of purpose beyond the face” of the EO consists primarily of statements President Trump made before he took the oath of office to become the president.

According to Eugene Kontorovich, a Northwestern University law professor, “there is absolutely no precedent for courts looking to a politician’s statements from before he or she took office, let alone campaign promises, to establish any kind of impermissible motive.”

Moreover, the claim that it is a Muslim ban is contradicted by Iraq’s removal from the list because arrangements have been made for the Iraqi government to provide the information needed for effective vetting of Iraqi nationals.

Now they pour in, unvetted. Here comes the good part…

Hawaii State law governs the importation of dogs, cats and other carnivores into Hawaii. Normal quarantine is 180 days at the Animal Quarantine Station (AQS) on Oahu.

120 days! WTF? 

They can qualify for the 5-Day or Less Quarantine, with extreme vetting…

  • You must start preparation at least 4 months prior to arrival. Sometimes it is even longer.
  • Your pet must have 2 rabies vaccinations at least 30 days apart.
  • The second rabies vaccination must be given at least 3 months prior to arrival in Hawaii.
  • Your pet must pass a blood test that shows a response to the vaccine. This blood test must be passed at least 4 months before arrival in Hawaii.
  • Your pet must be micro-chipped and dna markered.
  • Due to the minimum requirements, puppies and kittens would be at least 9 months of age before they can qualify for direct release.
  • This includes direct release at the Kahului Airport, if you meet requirements.

And the Governor claims that Trump’s order violates Due Process??

Direct Release/Quarantine FAQs [Download PDF]

For best and most complete information and to download forms, access the state website at:

The Animal Quarantine Station can also be reached at:

phone:  808-483-7151
email:  rabiesfree@hawaii.gov
mail:  Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Animal Quarantine Station
99-951 Halawa Valley St.
Aiea, Hawaii 96701-5602

Source: Direct Release – Hawaii Quarantine Laws


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Here’s what You Missed In Donald Trump’s Address to Congress | Michael Spencer | Pulse | LinkedIn

Facing a sharply divided Congress, just over one month into his term marred by nationwide protests against early policies of the POTUS and perhaps the lowest job-approval rating of any new president in the last 60 years, many onlookers wanted to see him succeed!

The New Trump

This nearly felt like a new Trump, as if he pivoted and showed new colors of his oratory skill and charisma.

It amounted to a very different speech to his inaugural address to the nation, much moreupbeat in sections. Opponents criticize the President, who seemed to glimmer in a constantly slew of well-crafted clichés, that his policy details were thin and quite ungrounded.

The speech was ceremonial and an expensive speech (high on promises) full of glowing patriotic rhetoric and beautiful language that had the hint of action plans, with a few carefully chosen surprises. It showed a new sophistication of statesmanship that impressed many onlookers. Many of his emotional appeals were successfully embedded into the occasion.

Congress will be Worth Following in the Months Ahead

The relationship of the maverick populist President with congress will be one of the fascinating relationships in the evolution of many of the new policies of the new administration.

Last night Trump gave his first address to joint Congress, what did we learn? Trump truly felt presidential and is showing signs of the president he can become. This includes improving oratory flair, relationship with the press and him gaining experience in diplomacy. His tone was charismatic and inspirational, he spoke to the middle class voter.

There were not many details. He did not talk about Russia. He gave a campaign type speech, and was striking in it lack of impulse, but was uplifting and forthright with improved script-writing and delivery.

I’ve put some notes in bullet form, I do not verify their full integrity or the perfection of their translation. Though if you prefer, you can read the full text here.

The speech was high-minded and aspirational, but did not give many details as to the future policy changes, just the broad strokes most of which we had heard before.

Trump is redefining his role as the leader of the free world, and rejecting it in a sort of way, resigned and happily preferring to be simply, the leader of the United States.

Notes are in point form, so you can enjoy some of the natural language used.

Key Points of Address

  • We must restart the engine of the American economy. We must make it much harder for companies to leave our country.
  • The challenges we face are great, but our people are greater.
  • Buy American, Hire American
  • Everything that is broken in our country, can be fixed. Why not join forces to finally get the job done, and get the job done right?
  • Delivering a message of unity and strength
  • We are one people with one destiny, and we are all made by the same God.
  • A new National pride is sweeping across our Nation
  • We are witnessing a renewal of the American spirit
  • Action is not a choice, it is a necessity. We must save Americans from thisimploding Obamacare disaster.
  • I will not allow the mistakes of decades past to tarnish our legacy
  • American footprints on distant worlds are not too big of a dream.
  • What will America look like as we reach our 250th anniversary of Independence? (in 2026)
  • I’m going to bring back millions of jobs and do this also by reworking our immigration system by introducing merit-criteria much like other countries have.
  • We’ve watched our middle-class shrink, but have ignored the fates of our children
  • We’ve spent trillions of dollars over-seas (actually $1.6 trillion from 2001 to 2014), while our own infrastructure suffered
  • Families want a fair shot for their children and hearing for their concerns
  • Dying industries will come roaring back to life (GDP rose at a 1.9 percent annual rate in the final three months of 2016)
  • We’ll make our communities safer for everyone.
  • Americans spent 6 Trillion dollars in the Middle East which made our own infrastructure suffer
  • We must give our citizens the ability to purchase health insurance across State lines that will create a truly competitive market.
  • My job is not to represent the world, but to represent the people of America.
  • America is ready to forge new partnerships with those where mutual interests align. America is friends today with former enemies.
  • The time for small thinking is over, the time for trivial fights is gone.

Key Policy Points

  • We’ll rebuild our military and our infrastructure.
  • We will repeal and replace Obamacare; with reforms that expand choice and reduce costs while promoting better healthcare.
  • We’ll make child care affordable and that new families have paid family leave.
  • 94 Million Americans are outside of the workforce. We’ve lost more than one fourth of manufacturing jobs since we joined NAFTA.
  • We will be implementing one of the largest increases in National defense spending in the history of the country.
  • We strongly support NATO, that defeated fascism and communism. But our partners, must meet their financial obligations.
  • Our trade deficits were nearly 800 billion dollars.
  • We will implement tax reductions that will stimulate our business sector.
  • We will provide massive tax relief for our middle class.
  • Free trade must be fair trade, we need to heed Lincoln’s advice and his words.
  • America must put its own citizens first, because only then can we make America great again (applause)
  • We’ll give our Military the resources our heroic warriors deserve
  • Above all else, we will keep our promises to the American people
  • New American pipelines will be made with American steel
  • We’ve withdrawn the U.S. from the TPP
  • We’ve formed a council with the Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau, to boost women entrepreneurs.
  • We have formed a task-force to deal with the criminal cartels that have spread all across our Nation.
  • We must restore rule of law integrity at our borders.
  • We must work to bring down the artificially high price of drugs, and bring them down immediately!

Key Updates

  • Many companies are investing Billions of dollars in the United States to create new jobs (Softbank, Wal-Mart, Intel and many others)
  • We’re taking steps to protect our Nation from radical Islamic terrorism. The majority of terrorists have come from outside of our country.
  • Stock markets have gained nearly 3 Trillion dollars in value since the election (a record)
  • We’ve placed a hiring freeze on non-essential federal workers.
  • We’ve implemented a five year ban on becoming lobbyists for officials.
  • We’ve created a de-regulation task-force inside of every government agency
  • For everyone one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated
  • We’ve cleared the way for the Keystone and Dakota pipelines that will assist in the ceration of new jobs.
  • We will begin construction of a great Great wall along our Southern Border
  • We will work with our allies to extinguish our vile enemy ISIS from the planet.

Aftermath and Alternative Facts (cited from fact-checking sources)

  • The national debt ballooned from $10.6 trillion to $19.9 trillion under President Obama, according to the Treasury Department, which is nearly more than all other presidents combined.
  • On manufacturing, the U.S. has lost roughly one-third of its manufacturing jobssince NAFTA was approved, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
  • According the U.S. Census Bureau, the trade deficit with the world last year was $734 billion.
  • Every year since 2009, drug deaths have outnumbered deaths by firearms, motor vehicle crashes, suicide, and homicide, according to the DEA’s 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment. In 2014, approximately 129 people died every day as a result of drug poisoning.
  • report from the State Department in 2014 estimated the Keystone pipeline project, through direct and indirect spending, could result in over 40,000 jobs. But most of those jobs are not permanent — instead the State Department estimated that the Keystone jobs would mostly be four or eight months long, and many would not be construction-related.
  • Of 82 people the government determined were inspired by a foreign terrorist group to attempt or carry out an attack in the U.S., just over half were native-borncitizens.
  • On Tax Cuts for the Middle Class: The richest 1 percent would see an average tax cut of nearly $215,000 a year, while the middle one-fifth of the population would get a cut of just $1,010, according to the Tax Policy Center, a joint project by the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute.

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Undecided Swing State Voter List Hack From MoveOn.Org, You Can Call Them For Donald Trump Now!

MoveOn sent me a request to call undecided voters for Hillary Clinton. Guess what, it ISN’T a secure page. You can go there and be one step away from connecting for Donald Trump! Below is what they sent me, including the link.

This election will come down to one thing: voters turning out to cast their ballots on November 8. That’s why MoveOn members from all over the country are standing #UnitedAgainstHate. We’re calling voters in critical swing states right now to make sure every voter casts their vote for Hillary Clinton. Together, we can stop Donald Trump’s message of hate.

By now, we all know the stakes of this election—and the choice between a dangerous authoritarian demagogue or a woman of great experience and commitment, running on the most progressive major-party platform ever.

We all know the real threat that Donald Trump could win. The polls have tightened to a dead heat this week, with Trump ahead in many battleground states. And we know that his supporters are committed to voting. We know control of the Senate is utterly up in the air.
And we all know what we have to do to win: turn out progressive voters.

But if you’re not sure how to do it, here’s the good news: MoveOn has made it easy for all of us, wherever we live, to talk to the voters who could decide this election.

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Anticipating The High Brow “Define Trump” Chris Wallace Debate… — The Last Refuge

David Mamet had a famous saying, essentially: …‘in order for genuine liberals to continue their illogical belief systems they have to pretend not to know a lot of things’… By pretending not to know, there is no attachment to any adverse consequences. In essence, liberalism maintained -in the face of overwhelming empirical evidence- requires feelings […]

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#TRUMP: the COMING LANDSLIDE: Ancient Prophecy Documentary of Donald Trump / 2016 {VIDEO}

Do the secrets of the ancient past prophecy a LANDSLIDE VICTORY for Donald TRUMP?

The truth is there are prophecy a plenty surrounding this Trump vs. Clinton 2016 election (Trump v Clinton 2016 presidential election). The bulk of prophecy focuses on Trump…. Donald Trump…. a man (Trump) commonly now seen (in prophecy circles) as a “modern “Cyrus”.

We delve into the heart of prophecy looking at the mathematical enigmas surrounding Trump, the ancient texts eerily seeming to foreshadow Trump, the financial Trump coincidences & property Trump coincidences that appear to match with ancient records… from both the Bible and Babylon.

Begging the question, can mysteries from some 2,500 years in our past actually be a foreshadowing of the future of the United States, and even possibly predict a LANDSLIDE victory for Donald Trump. As absurd as this could easily sound, the journey through the prophecy of the past and comparisons with Donald Trump may — at minimum — astound you?

Further we take a ride through the mathematics surrounding Trump — which again strangely stretches from the ancient past (of King Cyrus, no-less) to modern day…. again seeming to fascinatingly encircle Donald Trump.

NOTE that this video (Trump prophecy) was uploaded 2 days following the first presidential debate (Trump v Clinton 2016).

Trump prophecy documentary is written, directed and produced by Trey Smith / God in a Nutshell project: http://godinanutshell.com

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Here’s 45 Times Olympic Flip Flopper Clinton Endorsed The TPP And What She Will Really Do If Elected

We all know that Hillary Clinton is an Olympic Champion at flip-flopping, making Trump look like a weekend warrior at the practice. She swings with the public mood winds and in recent past used to support the Iraq War, TPP and oppose gay weddings.
As Barack Obama said in 2008, “Hillary Clinton will say anything to get elected.”
As Secretary of State, she called the TPP a “gold standard” trade deal, only signaling her opposition when it became clear her primary and general election opponents both opposed the deal.
In her second memoir, Hard Choices, released in 2014, Clinton lauded the deal, saying it “would link markets throughout Asia and the Americas, lowering trade barriers while raising standards on labor, the environment, and intellectual property.” She even said it was “important for American workers, who would benefit from competing on a more level playing field.” She also called it “a strategic initiative that would strengthen the position of the United States in Asia.”
However, the recently published paperback version of “Hard Choices” fails to include her support of the international trade pact, raising criticism about Clinton “reinventing herself” for the general election race.
In April 2008, before the Pennsylvania primary, where she was trying to woo white working-class men, she said of a Colombia deal that she “will do everything I can to urge the Congress to reject the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.”

But again, as secretary of state, she changed her tune.

“We think it’s strongly in the interests of both Colombia and the United States,” Clinton said two years later. “And I return very invigorated … to begin a very intensive effort to try to obtain the votes to get the free trade agreement finally ratified.”

Clinton now claims to oppose TPP although her chosen Vice Presidential running mate is fully in favor of it:
“I am having discussions with groups about the treaty itself. I see much in it to like. I think it’s an upgrade of labor standards. I think it’s an upgrade of environmental standards, I think it’s an upgrade in intellectual property protections,” Kaine explained.
Kaine’s praise of the TPP’s expansion of intellectual property rights stands in opposition to concerns from many that the agreement will expand patent monopolies over life-saving drugs. The medical charity group Doctors Without Borders has warned that TPP provisions would make some pharmaceutical drugs too expensive for the world’s poor.
The Democratic platform writing committee has voted not to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), avoiding an awkward scenario that would have put its statement of values at odds with President Barack Obama.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said she will ultimately flip-flop on the trade deal.

McAuliffe, a close political ally of the Clintons, expressed confidence that Hillary Clinton would ultimately support passage of the TPP, despite claiming to oppose the trade deal during her primary battle with Senator Bernie Sanders.

Donald Trump gave a major speech June 22, attacking Clinton for “corruption.” A major portion of the speech was dedicated to his opposition to TPP, and claims that Clinton actually supports the agreement, only claiming to oppose it to get votes. He said:

“Hillary Clinton has also been the biggest promoter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will ship millions more of our jobs overseas — and give up Congressional power to an international foreign commission.Now, because I have pointed out why it would be such a disastrous deal, she is pretending that she is against it.”

But as members of the Obama administration can attest, Clinton was one of the leading drivers of the TPP when Secretary of State. Here are 45 instances when she approvingly invoked the trade bill about which she is now expressing concerns:
“First and foremost, this so-called pivot has been about creative diplomacy:Like signing a little-noted treaty of amity and cooperation with ASEAN that opened the door to permanent representation and ultimately elevated a forum for engaging on high-stakes issues like the South China Sea. We’ve encouraged India’s “Look East” policy as a way to weave another big democracy into the fabric of the Asia Pacific. We’ve used trade negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership to find common ground with a former adversary in Vietnam. And the list goes on.”
“We also discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership and we shared perspectives on Japan’s possible participation, because we think this holds out great economic opportunities to all participating nations.”
“…let me offer five big-ticket agenda items that we absolutely have to get right as well. This starts with following through on what is often called our pivot to the Asia Pacific, the most dynamic region in our rapidly changing world. Much of the attention so far has been on America’s increasing military engagement. But it’s important that we also emphasize the other elements of our strategy. In a speech in Singapore last week, I laid out America’s expanding economic leadership in the region, from new trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership to stepped-up efforts on behalf of American businesses.”
“…We are welcoming more of our neighbors, including Canada and Mexico, into the Trans-Pacific Partnership process. And we think it’s imperative that we continue to build an economic relationship that covers the entire hemisphere for the future.”
“And with Singapore and a growing list of other countries on both sides of the Pacific, we are making progress toward finalizing a far-reaching new trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The so-called TPP will lower barriers, raise standards, and drive long-term growth across the region. It will cover 40 percent of the world’s total trade and establish strong protections for workers and the environment. Better jobs with higher wages and safer working conditions, including for women, migrant workers and others too often in the past excluded from the formal economy will help build Asia’s middle class and rebalance the global economy. Canada and Mexico have already joined the original TPP partners. We continue to consult with Japan. And we are offering to assist with capacity building, so that every country in ASEAN can eventually join. We welcome the interest of any nation willing to meet 21st century standards as embodied in the TPP, including China.”
“…we need to keep upping our game both bilaterally and with partners across the region through agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. Australia is a critical partner. This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field. And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world’s total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment.”
“Our diplomats work side by side at regional organizations to address shared security challenges and hammer out new economic agreements, and we congratulate Australia upon becoming a new nonpermanent member of the Security Council. Our growing trade across the region, including our work together to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership, binds our countries together, increases stability, and promotes security.”
“That means finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will lower trade barriers, raise labor and environmental standards, and drive growth across the region. And it includes, of course, working closely together at the upcoming East Asia Summit to advance a shared agenda.”
“That means pushing governments to support high-standard trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to drop harmful protectionist policies. It means playing by the rules, respecting workers, and opening doors qualified women. And most of all, it means doing what you do best: build, hire, and grow.”
PRIME MINISTER KEY: “Secretary Clinton and I discussed the broad range of issues in the Asia Pacific region as we look towards the APEC summit in Russia in around 10 days time. New Zealand warmly supports the United States rebalancing towards the Asia-Pacific and we welcome the opportunities to cooperate further. In that context, we discussed our ongoing efforts to negotiate, alongside a number of other countries, a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.”
SECRETARY CLINTON: “I’m also very committed to expanding investment and trade in the region, in pursuit of sustainable economic growth. Later today, I’ll meet with local pearl vendors from here in the Cook Islands who are running their businesses while also protecting marine resources.”
“We’ve also made workers rights a centerpiece of a new far-reaching trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We are working with Vietnam, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and others in these negotiations.”
“So we’re working on expanding it through a far-reaching, new regional trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would lower trade barriers while raising standards on everything from labor conditions to environmental protection to intellectual property. Both of our countries will benefit. And in fact, economists expect that Vietnam would be among the countries under the Trans-Pacific Partnership to benefit the most. And we hope to finalize this agreement by the end of the year.”
“Domestic and international businesses alike continue to face rules that restrict their activities, and that, in turn, deters investment and slows growth. So we are encouraging the Government of Vietnam to keep on the path of economic and administrative reform to open its markets to greater private investment. And through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we’re working with Vietnam and seven other nations to lower trade barriers throughout the region, as we ensure the highest standards for labor, environmental, and intellectual property protections. Vietnam was an early entrant to the TPP, and we’re hoping we can finalize the agreement this year. And the economic analysis is that of all the countries that will be participating — Australia, Canada, Mexico, others — of all the countries participating in the TPP, Vietnam stands to benefit the most. So we’re hoping to really see this agreement finalized and then watch it take off.”
“We also discussed the opportunity to strengthen our economic relationship, and the United States welcomes Japan’s interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which we think will connect economies throughout the region, making trade and investment easier, spurring exports, creating jobs. The TPP is just one element of our increased focus on the Asia Pacific, but it is important that we recognize that the Japanese-American relationship is really at the cornerstone of everything we are doing in the Asia Pacific. We are not only treaty allies; we are friends and partners with common interests and shared values.”
“Finally, we discussed the maturing economic relationship between our countries as well as our shared commitment to enhanced development, trade, and investment. We would like to see the Philippines join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade community. The foreign secretary raised the Philippines’ interest in seeking passage of the Save our Industries Act, and we have conveyed that message to the United States Congress.”
“Now President Obama and I have said many times that this will be America’s Pacific century, and we are focused on the broader Pacific. But remember, the Pacific runs from the Indian Ocean to the western shores of Latin America. We see this as one large area for our strategic focus. That’s why we’re working with APEC; that’s why we’re creating the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We recognize the mutual benefits of engagement between the Americas and the rest of the Pacific.”
“As part of that same trip last November, the President built momentum for a new far-reaching trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership that we are negotiating with eight other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. This agreement is not just about eliminating barriers to trade, although that is crucial for boosting U.S. exports and creating jobs here at home. It’s also about agreeing on the rules of the road for an integrated Pacific economy that is open, free, transparent, and fair. It will put in place strong protections for workers, the environment, intellectual property, and innovation — all key American values. And it will cover emerging issues such as the connectivity of regional supply chains, the competitive impact of state-owned enterprises, and create trade opportunities for more small-and-medium-sized businesses.”
“Big or small, we’re standing up for an economic system that benefits everyone, like when our Embassy in Manila worked with Filipino authorities on new intellectual property protections or when our negotiators ensure that the new Trans-Pacific Partnership requires that state-owned enterprises compete under the same rules as private companies.”
“This is a very consequential relationship. The multidimensional growth of our relationship with Singapore is an example of the importance that the United States sets on strengthening our engagement in the Asia Pacific. We are working together on a full range of issues, including moving forward on a high-quality trade agreement through the Trans-Pacific Partnership process.”
“The minister and I also discussed a number of bilateral and regional issues and reviewed the close and ongoing collaboration between Japan and the United States in the aftermath of last March’s earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis. We discussed Japan’s recent move to pursue consultations on joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations to resolve longstanding trade concerns in order to deepen the economic ties to the benefit of both our countries. I also urged that Japan take decisive steps so that it accedes to The Hague Convention on International Parental Child Abduction and address outstanding cases.”
“Now let me describe briefly four ways that we want to work with you: first, by lowering trade barriers; second, by strengthening the investment climate; third, by pursuing commercial diplomacy; and fourth, by supporting entrepreneurs. We’re excited about the innovative trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. That would bring economies from across the Pacific, developed and developing alike, into a single trading community, not only to create more growth, but better growth.”
“Together we hope to deliver an array of benefits to the people, including more foreign investment to create new jobs, a more streamlined court system that can deliver justice and protect local businesses, better services, and more resources to fight poverty. Over time, these steps will better position the Philippines to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which we hope will dramatically increase trade and investment among the peoples of the Pacific.”
“There is new momentum in our trade agenda with the recent passage of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and our ongoing work on a binding, high-quality Trans-Pacific Partnership, the so-called TPP. The TPP will bring together economies from across the Pacific, developed and developing alike, into a single 21st century trading community. A rules-based order will also be critical to meeting APEC’s goal of eventually creating a free trade area of the Asia Pacific.”
One of America’s great successes of the past century was to build a strong network of relationships and institutions across the Atlantic — an investment that continues to pay off today. One of our great projects in this century will be to do the same across the Pacific. Our Free Trade Agreement with South Korea, our commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, are clear demonstrations that we are not only a resident military and diplomatic power in Asia, we are a resident economic power and we are there to stay.”
“We are working to encourage trade through the Trans-Pacific Partnership and through APEC, whose leaders the President will be hosting this fall in Hawaii. Together, we are strengthening regional institutions like the East Asia Summit and ASEAN. And as Secretary Panetta will explain, our military relationship is deepening and becoming even more consequential.”
“That is the spirit behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the so-called TPP, which we hope to outline by the time of APEC in November, because this agreement will bring together economies from across the Pacific—developed and developing alike—into a single trading community.”
“The United States is pushing forward on comprehensive trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and our free trade agreement with South Korea. We are also stepping up our commercial diplomacy and pursuing a robust economic agenda at APEC. India, for its part, has concluded or will soon conclude new bilateral economic partnerships with Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and others. The more our countries trade and invest with each other and with other partners, the more central the Asia Pacific region becomes to global commerce and prosperity, and the more interest we both have in maintaining stability and security. As the stakes grow higher, we should use our shared commitment to make sure that we have maritime security and freedom of navigation. We need to combat piracy together. We have immediate tasks that we must get about determining.”
“We looked ahead to the East Asia summit where President Obama will participate for the first time, and the United States will send our largest, most senior delegation ever to the Pacific Island Forum in New Zealand later this year. We talked about developments in Fiji, and both New Zealand and the United States agree that the military junta must take steps to return Fiji to democracy. And we agree on the importance of pursuing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will provide a free trade agreement for nine countries across the region, including both of ours. We’re making steady progress on this. We hope to be able to have the negotiations complete by the time we all meet in Hawaii for APEC toward the end of this year.”
“And both of us understand the benefits of deeper economic integration and fair trade. Minister Rudd was very influential in helping us to work toward a greater, more relevant involvement in the Pacific-Asian institutions, such as joining the East Asian Summit. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is exploring ways to expand opportunity, is critical, and APEC and ASEAN are two other organizations where we work together.”
“We will be hosting the 2011 APEC summit in Hawaii later this year. We are pushing to advance economic integration, remove trade barriers, and make sure that our national regulations line up in a way that encourages trade. We are also working hard on the trans-Pacific partnership, a cutting edge regional free trade agreement that would eventually cover an area responsible for over 40 percent of global trade.”
“As countries step up on the global stage, they will make essential contributions to helping all of us meet some of those most important challenges. Mexico, for example, made a crucial contribution to the fight against climate change through its remarkable leadership in Cancun last year. Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina in the G-20; Chile and Mexico in the OECD; Chile and Peru in the Trans-Pacific Partnership; and along with Mexico in APEC, these are all helping to build a foundation for balanced global growth, a transparent global economy, and broad-based opportunity. “
“The United States is also making important progress on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will bring together nine APEC economies in a cutting-edge, next generation trade deal, one that aims to eliminate all trade tariffs by 2015 while improving supply change, saving energy, enhancing business practices both through information technology and green technologies. To date, the TPP includes Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Peru, Vietnam and the United States.”
“We are taking steps to ensure that our defense posture reflects the complex and evolving strategic environment in the region and we are working to ratify a free trade agreement with South Korea and pursuing a regional agreement through the Trans-Pacific Partnership to help create new opportunities for American companies and support new jobs here at home. Those goals will be front and center when we host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Hawaii later this year.”
“Now, we’ve seen how bilateral trade benefits both sides. Our challenge now is to broaden those benefits. That means we have to look for even more opportunities to increase trade and investment between us. And it means that we work harder to broaden the benefits of trade even beyond our two countries. Australia is an important partner in negotiating the ambitious new multilateral trade deal called the Trans Pacific Partnership. Over time, we hope to deliver a groundbreaking agreement that connects countries as diverse as Peru and Vietnam with America and Australia to create a new free trade zone that can galvanize commerce, competition, and growth across the entire Pacific region.”
“To continue this progress, we are both pressing ahead on something called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It’s an ambitious multilateral free trade agreement that would bring together many more nations of the Pacific Rim. Australia and the United States are helping to lead those negotiations and we’re also working through APEC, which the United States will host in Hawaii in 2011. We see that as a pivotal year to drive progress on internal economic changes that will open more markets and make sure that any growth is more sustainable and inclusive. And finally, we believe that the United States and Australia have been at the forefront of organize the entire region for the future.”
“We are looking for ways to broaden and deepen our economic ties and build on the strong foundation we already have. And we think that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a very exciting opportunity. This multilateral free trade agreement would bring together nine countries located in the Asia Pacific region — New Zealand and the United States, Australia, Chile, Singapore, Brunei, Peru, Vietnam, and Malaysia. By eliminating most tariffs and other trade barriers, and embracing productive policies on competition, intellectual property, and government procurement, we can spur greater trade and integration not only among the participating countries, but as a spur to the entire region.”
” Well, let me say that we discussed at some length, both the foreign minister and I and then the prime minister and I, the way forward on trade. We are very committed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and New Zealand, again, is playing a leading role. And we want to expedite the negotiations as much as possible. So we are exploring ways that we can try to drive this agenda. I am absolutely convinced that opening up markets in Asia amongst all of us and doing so in a way that creates win-win situations so that people feel that trade is in their interests.”
“That is why the United States is very pleased by Malaysia’s decision to join the negotiations for the Trans Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership. This regional trade agreement will promote shared success by expanding markets and building a level playing field for workers in every country that participates.”
“Finally, we are pleased that Malaysia joined last month’s negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. That is a pact that would expand markets and create a level playing field for people in every country that does participate. I know there are tough issues to work out, as there always are with these agreements, but Malaysia’s leadership in this region for greater economic growth is absolutely essential.”
“And I think we have tremendous opportunities here. But I know when I leave tomorrow, the work to make those opportunities into realities falls to all of you. So I know a lot is expected of you, but we’re going to be doing even more in Malaysia. We have a lot of plans for educational exchanges. We have some very exciting work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, enhancing trade and investment (inaudible) that will promote closer cooperation.”
“So in our meetings with your government officials and even in my conversation with the prime minister earlier today, we of course talked about our bilateral relationship but we also talked about the role that Malaysia is playing in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new free trade agreement that will enhance market access, but also working to support Afghanistan and the people there with training and medical services.”
“I n trade, our two countries have already made great progress. Fifteen years ago, our bilateral trade was about $450 million. Last year it was more than $15 billion. And the foreign minister and the prime minister and I talked about how to expand this trade relationship, including through the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The United States, Vietnam, and seven other countries finished a third round of negotiations on the TPP this month and we hope that Vietnam can conclude it in internal process and announce its status as a full member of the partnership soon.”
“We are also pressing ahead with negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an innovative, ambitious multilateral free trade agreement that would bring together nine Pacific Rim countries, including four new free trade partners for the United States, and potentially others in the future. 2011 will be a pivotal year for this agenda. Starting with the Korea Free Trade Agreement, continuing with the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, working together for financial rebalancing at the G-20, and culminating at the APEC Leaders Summit in Hawaii, we have a historic chance to create broad, sustained, and balanced growth across the Asia Pacific and we intend to seize that.”
“On the economic front, we’ve expanded our relationship with APEC, which includes four of America’s top trading partners and receives 60 percent of our exports. We want to realize the benefits from greater economic integration. In order to do that, we have to be willing to play. To this end, we are working to ratify a free trade agreement with South Korea, we’re pursuing a regional agreement with the nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and we know that that will help create new jobs and opportunities here at home.”
“And I am very much supportive of Vietnam’s participation as a full member in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. As Vietnam embarks on labor and other reforms, the American businesses that are investing in Vietnam can provide expertise that will aid Vietnam’s economic and infrastructure development.”
“In addition, the United States is engaging in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations as a mechanism for improving linkages among many of the major Asia-Pacific economies. And to build on political progress, we must support efforts to protect human rights and promote open societies.”

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Trump Against the World, and He’s Winning – Canada Understands – They Blew It With Justin Trudeau

What Donald Trump has in his arsenal are the American people who have reached their wit’s end, and that is an even more formidable force.

Trump Against the World, and He’s Winning – Canada Free Press

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A crippling defect in our national psyche makes otherwise reasoning people assume that past noble behavior or past events render some individuals immune to criticism for their current actions. This national weakness plays into the hands of those who would exploit it.

By now, all should know that the Muslim father, Khizr Khan, who attacked Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention, is a proponent of sharia law—the same Islamic law that is diametrically opposed to the Constitution of the United States. Khizr Khan, it seems, is actively working to bring more sharia-compliant Muslims into America. Whatever his intent, sharia-compliant Muslims jeopardize our constitutional freedoms. Besides the article referenced below, others have exposed Khizr Khan, and only useful idiots who choose ignorance are still mouthing his “patriotism.”

Nothing excuses Khizr Khan’s Islamist leanings. Likewise, John McCain’s suffering imprisonment at the hands of the enemy in the Vietnam War does not excuse his current performance. He is being challenged for his Senate seat because, of late, he has not served his constituency well.

I grow weary of hearing about John McCain’s war record every time a legitimate criticism is lodged against his legislative record or ideological positions he has taken. Many men were imprisoned in the war along with John McCain, some for considerably longer. Some of them never returned. Nothing that McCain did or suffered in the past ameliorates present behavior, unless he was mentally impaired by his service, and he was not. And his physical impairment should have no bearing on his commitment to American citizens, given that he chose to serve them as a politician.

That said, I think the way that Khan’s behavior against Trump has been excused out of hand is disgusting. Equally appalling is how establishment types like John McCain are parading their holier-than-thou attitude toward Trump for not pandering to Khan. The vast majority of American families who lost children in war do not worship a faith that extols sharia law. Khan’s embrace of sharia puts him in an entirely different category. One that should be suspect.

Many Americans view Trump’s response to Khan differently from John McCain’s, Rudy Giuliani’s, Newt Gingrich’s, and a host of other politicos and talking-heads. The critics are rushing to tell Trump how he should have handled the situation. For the sake of “focus,” they say he must pretend no other opponents exist except Clinton. Somewhat like saying it’s impossible for a candidate to walk and chew gum at the same time, if he wants to win an election.

Giuliani and Gingrich are both establishment, and established, politicians. Although establishment types, they were astute enough to recognize the will of the people concerning Donald Trump. Even so, both men may well harbor some degree of envy, having failed in their bids for the office Trump is likely to achieve. Additionally, Gingrich displays a large ego; he expects to be heard and heeded. Trump’s team, however, considering they have made it to this point without Gingrich or any other politician like him, is understandably hesitant to embrace his every suggestion. And I’m sure he has offered many. Trump alluded to as much in one of his campaign rallies.Trump’s establishment supporters seem hell bent on criticizing every move that he makes that’s out of line with what they would do.

I see in such behavior something a bit sinister. While cloaked as positive feedback, it seems somewhat of a ploy to turn him into a politician—the very class that so many Americans currently despise. It appears to escape all those taking a critical stance toward how Trump is executing his campaign that the vast majority of Trump’s supporters applaud how he is handling himself. It’s the media and the political class who are disturbed.

Herman Cain, himself a former presidential candidate, explained it as two simultaneous forces: one, the ground campaign, which the masses of voters are supporting and the other, the media-driven campaign, which the masses are ignoring.

The current meme is that the polls tell the story. Trump must listen to his naysayers because the polls say Hillary is outdoing him; the polls say “the race will be very close.” Does anybody not see the numbers of people at Trump’s rallies (in the multiple thousands) and those at Clinton’s rallies (sometimes in the thousands and sometimes only the hundreds)?  Because the media (including Fox News) refuse to emphasize this disparity in participation, does not negate the disparity.

Further, has anybody wondered if the polls from media outlets, all of whom oppose Trump, might be intentionally agenda-driven and way off the mark? I certainly have. In the primaries, Trump often overshot the poll estimates. (See a discussion below on polling from The Conservative Treehouse.)

The constant drum beat from politicos is that campaigns have always been done a certain way, and candidates must fall in line. Trump, therefore, must become the typical politician or he will surely lose the race. Never mind that following the old play book has not worked very well for Republican presidential candidates in the recent past.

My humble opinion is that this race will not be close. I think a majority of Americans now fully understand what’s going on. Arrayed against Donald Trump, they see progressive globalists from outside the country and within (establishment types in both parties, what some call the “UniParty”); an incredibly corrupt Democrat party and corrupt candidate in Hillary Clinton; an extraordinarily hostile, mediocre media devoid of journalistic principles; and those large egos among his “supporters” who will be taken down a notch if Trump succeeds in doing it his way and not theirs.

What Donald Trump has in his arsenal are the American people who have reached their wit’s end, and that is an even more formidable force.

Source: Trump Against the World, and He’s Winning

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