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Wednesday, June 27th, 2018



Pompeo on What Trump Wants

An interview with Trump’s top diplomat on America First and ‘the need for a reset.’

The secretary of state in Washington, June 22.
The secretary of state in Washington, June 22. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGE


Is the Trump administration out to wreck the liberal world order? No, insisted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in an interview at his office in Foggy Bottom last week: The administration’s aim is to align that world order with 21st-century realities.

Many of the economic and diplomatic structures Mr. Trump stands accused of undermining, Mr. Pompeo argues, were developed in the aftermath of World War II. Back then, he tells me, they “made sense for America.” But in the post-Cold War era, amid a resurgence of geopolitical competition, “I think President Trump has properly identified a need for a reset.”

Mr. Trump is suspicious of global institutions and alliances, many of which he believes are no longer paying dividends for the U.S. “When I watch President Trump give guidance to our team,” Mr. Pompeo says, “his question is always, ‘How does that structure impact America?’ ” The president isn’t interested in how a given rule “may have impacted America in the ’60s or the ’80s, or even the early 2000s,” but rather how it will enhance American power “in 2018 and beyond.”

Mr. Trump’s critics have charged that his “America First” strategy reflects a retreat from global leadership. “I see it fundamentally differently,” Mr. Pompeo says. He believes Mr. Trump “recognizes the importance of American leadership” but also of “American sovereignty.” That means Mr. Trump is “prepared to be disruptive” when the U.S. finds itself constrained by “arrangements that put America, and American workers, at a disadvantage.” Mr. Pompeo sees his task as trying to reform rules “that no longer are fair and equitable” while maintaining “the important historical relationships with Europe and the countries in Asia that are truly our partners.”




Monday, January 29th, 2018



Single-Payer Health Care Isn’t Worth Waiting For

An orthopedic surgeon challenges Canada’s ban on most privately funded procedures.

January 22, 2018

Sally C. Pipes   Ms. Pipes is president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute and author of “The False Promise of Single-Payer Health Care,” forthcoming from Encounter.
When Brian Day opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996, he had a simple goal. Dr. Day, an orthopedic surgeon from Vancouver, British Columbia, wanted to provide timely, state-of-the-art medical care to Canadians who were unwilling to wait months—even years—for surgery they needed. Canada’s single-payer health-care system, known as Medicare, is notoriously sluggish. But private clinics like Cambie are prohibited from charging most patients for operations that public hospitals provide free. Dr. Day is challenging that prohibition before the provincial Supreme Court. If it rules in his favor, it could alter the future of Canadian health care.

Most Canadian hospitals are privately owned and operated but have just one paying “client”—the provincial government. The federal government in Ottawa helps fund the system, but the provinces pay directly for care. Some Canadians have other options, however. Private clinics like Cambie initially sprang up to treat members of the armed forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers, those covered by workers’ compensation and other protected classes exempt from the single-payer system.

People stuck on Medicare waiting lists can only dream of timely care. Last year, the median wait between referral from a general practitioner and treatment from a specialist was 21.2 weeks, or about five months—more than double the wait a quarter-century ago. Worse, the provincial governments lie about the extent of the problem. The official clock starts only when a surgeon books the patient, not when a general practitioner makes the referral. That adds months and sometimes much longer. In November an Ontario woman learned she’d have to wait 4½ years to see a neurologist.


Single-Payer Health Care Isn’t Worth Waiting For


Saturday, December 2nd, 2017


 Thanks to Mike Scruggs for sharing this video.  His comment is below.  Nancy

This video is a perceptive analysis by the Canadian “Black Pigeon” website, whose author is obviously a media professional. This deals with “political correctness” and its ultimate extreme, which I sometimes refer to as “Salem Witch Trial hysteria.” It is all a destructive fear of admitting and telling the truth despite sometimes tremendous social or physical intimidation. 

It is even pushing some Western nations to cultural and political suicide.   Mike Scruggs


Public Lies, Private Truths: Why Communism FELL & Trump WON

Published November 30, 2017


Wednesday, October 25th, 2017


This is a very important audio interview that Gadi Adelman, a counter terrorism expert,  just sent of his Israeli Talk Radio interview with Sara Carter of Circa News    – – BIO OF SARA CARTER
(She is an absolutely  fascinating and accomplished woman and award winning investigative journalist)   Nancy  P.S. WARNING –   I’m flying home tomorrow and have an unbelievable back log of articles to send out !!! 

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”
Edmund Burke 1729-1797

Lan astaslem (لن استسلم‎)
“I will never surrender/I will never submit”.



Monday, October 2nd, 2017




October 1, 2017

Suspect in Canada terror attack is Somali refugee, police say

The suspect accused of stabbing a police officer before crashing a speeding U-Haul van into a crowd of people in Edmonton, Canada, had come to the country from Somalia trying to claim refugee status, police revealed.

Officers took the 30-year-old suspect into custody and he apparently acted alone, Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said. Officers said pending charges included terrorism and five counts of attempted murder, but they did not reveal his name.

An Islamic State flag was found in the car that hit the officer, according to Knecht.

The suspect was known to both Edmonton police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Marlin Degrand, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said the man was flagged in 2015 for extremist ideologies and police interviewed him at the time, but he said charges were not warranted after an “exhaustive investigation.” It was not clear when he first traveled to Canada.

“We condemn the cowardly terror attacks on a police officer and pedestrians that occurred late last night in Edmonton, Canada. Law enforcement authorities from the United States are in touch with their Canadian counterparts to offer assistance with the ongoing investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, as we hope for their speedy and complete recovery,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters.



Friday, July 28th, 2017


This is another article I will post under CULTURE ROT on our website  !   Nancy

These period-friendly boxers help transgender  men  look good and feel good

Pads and pantyliners were designed to fit perfectly in feminine underwear. After all, women are the only people to get periods, right?

Wrong. Transgender men and masculine-presenting people menstruate, too. But traditional boxers aren’t designed to securely hold period products.

To solve this issue, a new company created an innovative and gender-affirming solution: menstruation-friendly boxers.

The company, called Pyramid Seven, hopes to include transgender men and gender-nonconforming people in the conversation around menstruation through its inclusive designs. The company’s comfortable and stylish boxer briefs were created with an extra panel to help support period products.


Click on the link above to read the entire article and view the Canadian video








Monday, March 11th, 2013


A Chinese oil company this month bought a small but significant player in the Canadian oil sands, the third-largest deposit of accessible oil in the world and the source of more than a quarter of U.S. oil imports. The sale of Nexen Inc. to the Chinese National Offshore Oil Company for $15.1 billion was the largest Chinese overseas acquisition ever and continues a patient, strategic Chinese campaign to secure energy assets in North America.

Also this month, the U.S. State Department issued its latest environmental report card on the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring more of that oil-sands crude from Canada to Nebraska and on to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Americans have a love-hate relationship with Canadian oil, as thousands of anti-Keystone demonstrators in Washington recently reaffirmed. The Chinese are clearly not so conflicted.

What these events made obvious is that if people think Canadian oil will stay in the ground if we just don’t build Keystone XL, they are wrong.

National oil companies like CNOOC, which is 70 percent owned by the People’s Republic of China, already control more than 80 percent of the world’s oil reserves. Of the 20 percent that remain open to market-based development, 60 percent are in Canada, almost all in the oil sands region of Alberta.

That fact has not escaped the attention of China, whose rapid growth has been fueled by quantum leaps in oil consumption.

Until 1993, China was self-sufficient in oil. Today it has to import almost 60 percent of the oil it consumes, and it is the world’s second-largest oil user after the United States. By 2035, the U.S. Energy Information Administration expects China to import 75 percent of its oil needs.

This voracious thirst for petroleum has driven the Chinese to sign long-term oil contracts with countries such as Venezuela, another traditional U.S. oil supplier, and aggressively explore opportunities in energy-rich and investment-friendly Canada.

As one Canadian energy executive who has worked closely with Chinese oil companies explained, China has piles of cash locked in U.S. treasury notes that it regards as declining assets. Investing this cash in energy resources abroad is a no-brainer, both for their intrinsic value and for the technological expertise Chinese companies can gain. (more…)



Thursday, October 4th, 2012


The Wall Street Journal

  • October 2, 2012

Out of Guantanamo and Into a Canadian Prison

On Saturday, Omar Khadr, al Qaeda member and killer of a U.S. serviceman, headed north to a civilian prison.

EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  Guantanamo Bay guards told Dr. Welner that Khadr was treated like a “rock star” by other detainees. That rock star may one day be touring the Canadian mosque circuit—just like his father did before him.

Two years ago this month, a Guantanamo Bay military jury sentenced a Canadian-born al Qaeda terrorist to 40 years in prison. Omar Khadr was convicted of war crimes in Afghanistan, including the killing, during an ambush, of a 28-year-old U.S. Special Forces medic named Christopher Speer, the father of two young children.

But what the jury didn’t know was that, even as they were deliberating the charges of “murder in violation of the law of war, attempted murder in violation of the law of war, conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism, and spying,” Pentagon prosecutors had already struck a plea-bargain deal with Khadr, at the direction of Obama administration officials.

No public explanation for the deal has ever been given. But regardless of what the jury decided, Khadr would receive a sentence of just eight years. And he would have to serve only a single year of that sentence in U.S. custody before applying, with Washington’s blessing, to transfer to Canada. The application process took time, but eventually was complete.

So on Saturday morning, Khadr was flown from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay to a Canadian air force base in Trenton, Ontario, and then driven to a civilian prison an hour away. His lawyers are reportedly likely to press for his parole next year.


Associated Press/Janet HamlinOmar Khadr as sketched in court, 2010.

Canada’s minister of public safety, Vic Toews, was reluctant to approve the transfer and had requested more information from the Pentagon about Khadr’s dangerousness. According to stories in the Toronto Star over the weekend, Mr. Toews’s hesitancy had incensed senior Obama administration officials, who had warned that a refusal to take Khadr would jeopardize Canada-U.S. relations. (more…)



Saturday, August 25th, 2012


The Wall Street Journal

  • August 243, 2012

Romney’s Energy Play

The political illusion of ‘independence,’ but the reforms are on the mark.

EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:   Fracking and other development is now surging on state and private property, but federal acres open for leasing and exploration have fallen 18% since 2008. The rate of permitting has slowed by 37%; it takes 307 days on average to get a drilling permit. North Dakota does it in a week and a half, Ohio in two.

Mr. Romney would also streamline the larger federal regulatory state, which takes seven years to approve a major energy project when it does it at all. Think: Keystone XL pipeline. In 2010, the Chamber of Commerce identified 351 projects delayed or rejected by the feds that would have created more than a million jobs and added $3.4 trillion to growth over time.

It appears that Mitt Romney wants to join every President since Richard Nixon who has declared the goal of American “energy independence” and then never delivered. With the exception of that patently political soundbite, the energy plan that the GOP candidate rolled out Thursday is an unusually sane document, in contrast to the fad-obsessed tradition of the last 40 years.

The asterisk on the Romney goal of energy independence by 2020 is that he refers to North America, which if you include Canada and Mexico is the fastest-growing energy production region in the world.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that over the next 25 years, and even as oil consumption rises, net U.S. imports will fall to 36% from 49% today, two-thirds of this “foreign oil” coming from Canada and Mexico. The U.S. will also become a net gas exporter from an importer today.


Zuma Press

The reasons include rising domestic production as a result of the hydraulic-fracturing boom and improving energy intensity (how much energy it takes to generate a dollar of growth). The dividends are paid in more energy security: a durable and reliable world market that can meet demand through competitive prices. “Independence”—the proper term for a closed economy that doesn’t trade in energy would be autarky—is a mirage. (more…)



Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

May 14, 2012

By Warren Beatty

Will Obama learn from Sweden?  Will he learn from Canada?  Or will he cling to the European socialist economic model that is currently failing?


Anders Borg, Sweden’s finance minister, reduced Sweden’s deficit and created economic growth.  There is one thing that Borg did: “Since becoming Sweden’s finance minister, Borg reduced the size of government and cut taxes.  His ‘stimulus’ was a permanent tax cut.”


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that Forbes magazine selected Canada as the No. 1 country in the world in which to do businessForbes stated, “Credit a reformed tax structure.”  On New Year’s Day, 2012, Canada’s corporate tax rate — both federal and provincial rates combined — fell to 25%, giving Canada the lowest rate in the Group of Seven countries and a more competitive economy on a global basis.  In annual steps, Canada lowered the federal rate from 22% to 15%, while the provinces now have a common rate of 10%.  The gradual lowering of the corporate tax rate appears to have resulted in little loss in corporate tax revenue.

Between 1992 and 1996, Canada’s central government departments saw their budgets cut by an average of 20%.  Aware that efficiency savings and pay freezes alone would be insufficient, the prime minister Jean Chrétien (Canadian PM from November 1993 until December 2003) ordered that all non-essential national government spending be cut.  Under a system called Program Review, a committee of senior civil servants demanded that all departments nominate spending programs that a lean national government should not be funding.

Canada, in April 2012, added far more jobs than expected and marked the biggest two-month employment gain in more than 30 years.  With a Canadian population one-ninth the size of that of the United States, it would be as if the U.S. economy had added about 1.3 million jobs in two months.  Economists say the Canadian unemployment rate would be 6.4% if reported in the way the U.S. calculates its rate.  The Canadian economy has recovered all the output and jobs, including full-time positions, that it lost in the 2008-09 recession.

Now let’s look at what has not/is not working in what is increasingly becoming socialist Europe — namely, the European Union (EU); its (mostly rejected) austerity program; and France, Greece, and Spain.

European Union and austerity

In place of austerity, there is a growing belief that there may be some magical, pain-free way out of this economic crisis, but this is an illusion.  Resolving the eurozone crisis depends upon the continuing willingness of Germany to bail out irresponsible economies.  But why should Germans continue to write checks for people who are not prepared to accept the consequences of their own fiscal irresponsibility? (more…)

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