The Good and the Bad of Trump’s UN Speech: “Totally Destroy” North Korea; Iran in Full Meltdown; Venezuela Calls Trump “Racist”

By Scott Greer. President Donald Trump delivered his first address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday.

The reviews of his speech were sharply divided.

Conservatives loved it, praising the president for taking a tough line against dictatorships and asserting American interests on the world stage. Several liberals saw the speech as dangerous saber-rattling that hurt America’s standing in the world and made our allies very nervous.

But how did the speech line up with the “America First” foreign policy Trump has articulated in the past?

On the positive side, there were many affirmations of the principle of national sovereignty and a commitment to the America’s interests rather than that of spreading democracy. (Read more from “The Good and the Bad of Trump’s UN Speech” HERE)

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Trump: US May Have to “Totally Destroy North Korea”

By Ali Vitali. President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations, derided Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, as a “rocket man” on Tuesday as the president warned that he may be forced to “totally destroy” the rogue nation.

“If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph,” Trump said, as he detailed the horrors of what he called the “depraved” North Korean regime.

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission,” he said, using a nickname for Kim that refers to the North Korean leader’s recent missile tests.

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” (Read more from “Trump’s UN Speech: “Totally Destroy North Korea,” HERE)
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Iran in “Full Meltdown Mode” Over Trump’s Speech

By Jordan Schachtel. The leaders of the terrorist regime in Iran are in full meltdown mode after President Trump’s Tuesday address to the delegates of the United Nations General Assembly.

The speech was lauded by conservatives and foreign policy hawks as a Reagan-esque, America-first speech in which Trump specifically called out the countries and groups that threaten global stability.

With the world watching, President Trump named and shamed the tyrannical leaders of the Iranian regime. Promising to hold them accountable, he called on Iran to “stop supporting terrorists” and “begin serving its own people.”

His public shaming of the regime – and recognition of the dignity of the people who live under it – has infuriated the mullahs in Tehran.

Comparable to the rantings of a campus social justice warrior, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, decried the Trump address as “hate speech.”

Zarif later added in a statement on the state-run Fars News: “Trump’s shameless and ignorant remarks, in which he ignored Iran’s fight against terrorism, displays his lack of knowledge and unawareness.”

Recognition of Iran as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism crosses partisan lines and administrations. The regime in Tehran arms and aids terrorist groups across the globe, such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Houthis in Yemen.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliament’s foreign policy body, also lashed out at Trump after the U.N. address. “No negotiations will be held for a change in the nuclear deal and the US is required to implement it,” Boroujerdi demanded, seemingly unaware of how the American republic functions. He called Trump’s demand for a renegotiation “illegal, unacceptable and illogical.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not renegotiate the nuclear deal at all,” added Ali Akbar Velayati, the top aide to Iranian dictator Ali Khamenei.

Trump has threatened to back away from the Iran nuclear deal, which he has repeatedly called an “embarrassment” and the “worst deal ever” negotiated.

In an interview with CNN Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the U.S. would pay a “high cost” for leaving the nuclear accord.

Though there is plentiful evidence that Iran is cheating the nuclear deal, European leaders are attempting to salvage the accord.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, a fierce proponent of the deal, along with the leaders of the rest of the P5+1 world powers (Russia, France, China, Germany, UK, France), continue to back the agreement.

President Trump has until Oct. 15 to decide whether to certify Iran’s compliance in the agreement for another 90 days or, instead, to end Obama’s mistake for good. (See more from the author of Iran in Full Meltdown Over Trump’s UN Speech HERE)

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Trump Channels Reagan, Venezuela Calls it “Racist”

By Chris Pandolfo. One of the more awesome moments of President Trump’s excellent speech before the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday came when he forthrightly confronted the evils of socialism.

“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented,” President Trump said. “From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.”

Venezuela foreign minister Jorge Arreaza accused President Trump of racism and attempted to paint him as unnecessarily antagonistic, comparing him to … Ronald Reagan.

“This racist and supremacist theory which he’s espousing, this return to the Cold [War] world — for a moment we didn’t know if we were listening to President Reagan in 1982 or to President Trump in 2017,” Arreaza said.

“He returns to the ideological conflicts that are surpassed already in the world,” he said.

This is hilarious, because Arreaza (and the socialist regime he speaks for) believes the Reagan comparison is an insult. In reality, this demonstrates why Trump’s speech was a major success.

As president, Ronald Reagan expressed his distaste for the Soviet Union’s system in bold, uncertain terms, referring to it as an “evil empire.” The Soviets hated Reagan for attacking their doomed ideology.

Likewise, the Venezuelan government hates President Trump’s brutally honest words about the oppressive, failed ideology of socialism.

Jose Arreaza is absolutely right; President Trump did sound like Reagan at the United Nations. Every American should hope that Trump continues to not only sound like Reagan, but act like him, too. (Read more from the author of this article HERE)

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Common Household Item is Now Considered ‘Racist’

By Chelsea Schilling. Who knew! Those fluffy white cotton balls on display in your favorite floral arrangement or in your bathroom cabinet?

They just might be r-a-a-a-c-i-s-t!

At least some people in Texas and Tennessee apparently think so.

On Sept. 14, Daniell Rider, a black woman from Killeen, Texas, ripped into the Hobby Lobby craft chain when she spotted raw cotton on its shelves.

“This decor is WRONG on SO many levels,” Rider said in a post on Hobby Lobby’s Facebook page. “There is nothing decorative about raw cotton … A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves.” (Read more from “Common Household Item Is Now Considered ‘Racist'” HERE)

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Texas Woman Claims Hobby Lobby’s Cotton Stalks Are Racist, Defenders Push Back

By Fernando Alfonso III. [Daniell] Rider’s comment, and photo of the cotton, inspired thousands of comments on other Hobby Lobby Facebook posts, many of which were from people defending the store.

“People are too sensitive,” Pam Asbridge Reeder commented Saturday afternoon. “My mother picked cotton in Alabama as a young child. We are white as rice !! Get over yourself Daniell Rider. If it wasn’t for that cotton, you might just be stuck in Africa without the opportunities or privileges you have as an American. Did you EVER think about that? Not all slave owners were bad just as not all whites are bad. Some slave owners actually deeded land and homes to slaves and their families.”

Hobby Lobby is still selling the cotton stems on its website, where they have been marked down from 29.99 to $15. (Read more from “Texas Woman Claims Hobby Lobby’s Cotton Stalks Are Racist, Facebook Post Goes Viral” HERE)

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How the Feds Swipe Your Stuff — and How Congress Could Stop It

In case you hadn’t already heard about it, the government can take your stuff without a warrant, a criminal charge, or a hearing. And thanks to a program restarted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, it got a lot easier to do so over the summer.

The process is called civil asset forfeiture, and it leads to situations where people who haven’t even been charged with a crime lose their possessions. Sometimes they have to fight uphill for years to get them back.

However, the House of Representatives has recently made a move to protect your Fourth Amendment rights with an amendment in a recently passed spending bill, which now heads to the Senate. In a segment of Off the Hill, we bring you stories of real people who have had their lives upended by the practice and tell you how Congress could clamp down hard on it.

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Abolitionist Gubernatorial Candidate Gains Steam With Controversial Video

A candidate for Oklahoma Governor released a controversial ad Sept. 12 criticizing the state’s pro-life regulatory efforts as tools to keep abortion legal.

Dan Fisher is running on a campaign platform to abolish abortion, restore state sovereignty, audit state agencies and limit government. He said in the video that pro-life bills passed in Oklahoma have failed to treat abortion as murder, despite the fact that most pro-life politicians claim to believe it is. He included examples of actual pro-life legislation passed in Oklahoma: a bill requiring mothers to wait 72 hours before they can kill their babies, a bill requiring mothers to kill their babies within the first 20 weeks of life, and bills requiring abortionists to offer mothers ultrasounds before their babies can be killed. He also referenced a so-called pro-life measure that has gained traction across the U.S. in recent years, which prohibits abortionists from selling the corpses of their victims but in no way prohibits them from turning their victims into corpses to begin with.

He also pointed out that many national pro-life organizations refer to Oklahoma as the most pro-life state in the union, due to its abundance of regulatory measures. “In a state that murders nearly 6,000 children every year, what does that even mean?” he asked.

Fisher also addressed the common objection that states must fight abortion within the confines of the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, saying the state ought to simply ignore the Supreme Court on this issue. “The courts are often wrong,” he said, hailing as evidence the 1857 Dred Scott vs. Sandford case, in which the Supreme Court ruled that black people were not fully human and could not be afforded equal rights with white people. “They’re wrong now. They’re not God.”

Fisher is one of the first gubernatorial candidates in history to explicitly run as an abolitionist against pro-life candidates, and the video ad is the first of its kind to use thoroughgoing abolitionist rhetoric to call attention to the failed compromising strategies of the pro-life movement. “I’m not running for governor of Oklahoma as a pro-lifer,” Fisher said. “I am not running to regulate abortion. I am running to abolish it.”

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Melania Trump Halts Use of Photo as College Replies With ‘I’m Sorry’

If there is nothing more American than a crafty advertising gimmick, then a school in Croatia might be becoming more American by the minute.

Last week, Americki Institut, an English-language school in Croatia, took out a billboard bearing the face of first lady Melania Trump with the caption, “Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English.”

The school did not bother with the nicety of asking the first lady.

Twitter ensured the advertisement was viewed around the world, giving the school more publicity than it might have expected.

Then Melania Trump saw it and took legal action.

The first lady decided that the school’s scheme to boost enrollment in English classes reeked more of illegality than creativity, and — as a former model who knows the value of her image — sued to have the offending advertisement removed within 24 hours.

The school got the message. The billboard in the Croatian capital of Zagreb is down.

“I’m satisfied with the fact that the school admitted that they violated the law and that they are ready to remove the billboards and ads,” said Nataša Pirc-Musar, who represents Trump as various businesses in Europe try to capitalize on her fame. “We are still analyzing possible further legal steps.”

Pirc-Musar said the school has apologized, but that the statement also needed to be published by the Croatian and Slovenian state news agencies.

“We are very sorry that the billboards were misunderstood as something intended to mock the U.S. first lady,” said Ivis Buric, a spokeswoman for the school. “It was meant to be something positive, to show her as a role model.”

Despite those words, a visitor to the school’s Facebook page might call its response more cheeky than chastened.

In place of the Melania Trump image that formerly graced its Facebook page, there is now a video of 1960s singer Brenda Lee offering the school’s response in the form of the song, “I’m Sorry.” (For more from the author of “Melania Trump Halts Use of Photo as College Replies With ‘I’m Sorry'” please click HERE)

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Puerto Rico Braces for Devastating Impact of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria pounded the Caribbean island of Dominica with 160 mph winds Monday and took dead aim at Puerto Rico, where officials urged anyone who could get away do so before it’s too late.

“You have to evacuate. Otherwise, you’re going to die,” said Hector Pesquera, Puerto Rico’s public safety commissioner. “I don’t know how to make this any clearer.”

In a summer of violent hurricanes, Maria was a raging Category 5 storm that officials feared could grow even stronger before clobbering Puerto Rico early Wednesday.

“I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.” Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit wrote on his Facebook page before his rescue.

“The winds are merciless! We shall survive by the grace of God,” Skerrit also posted.

The National Hurricane Center warned that Maria would be even more destructive than Hurricane Irma, which crashed through Florida after ripping through the Caribbean.

The storm could dump 18 inches of rain on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and, in conjunction with storm surges as high as 9 feet, could leave parts of the U.S. territories “uninhabitable for weeks or months,” the hurricane center said.

“Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Maria is forecast to remain an extremely dangerous Category 4 or 5 hurricane while it approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico,” it said.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló warned that rescuers will not risk their lives once Maria approaches.

“Seek refuge with a family member, friend or move to a state shelter, because rescuers will not go out and risk their lives once winds reach 50 miles per hour,” Rosselló said Monday.

He said the storm could cause historic damage, striking “with a force and violence that we haven’t seen for several generations.”

Meanwhile, experts warned Maria will only make things worse in Puerto Rico.

“The storm compounds already existing problems on the island,” said Deepak Lamba-Nieves, research director at the Center for a New Economy in San Juan. “From that perspective, it’s a really tense moment and one that places Puerto Rico in a more precarious situation than before.” (For more from the author of “Puerto Rico Braces for Devastating Impact of Hurricane Maria” please click HERE)

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High School Bans American Flags – the Reason Why Will Surprise You

Administrators at a public high school in New Hampshire have banned students from using American flags as props or clothing at a forthcoming pep rally because the administrators are concerned that students will treat the flag disrespectfully.

The site of the flag fracas is Londonderry High School, reports local ABC affiliate WMUR-TV.

A couple dozen Londonderry High student athletes who will organize the pep rally received letters describing the event’s rules last week. Most of the rules were standard fare: no insults about opposing teams, not getting naked — that kind of thing.

The students who received the letter did notice the added rule about the U.S. flag. The rule read: “No use of the American flag. Do not wear, carry, present the American flag on the floor.” (Read more from “High School Bans American Flags – the Reason Why Will Surprise You” HERE)

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Roger Stone Says Russia Related Legal Fees Will Cost at Least $500K

Trump confidant Roger Stone told The Daily Caller Tuesday that a lawsuit and congressional inquires will likely cost him at least $500,000 in legal fees.

Stone has set up a legal defense fund at WhoframedRogerStone.com to help offset the costs.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has also set up a website to help pay off his legal fees as the financial burden of Russia election interference probes grows for Trump associates.

“They couldn’t beat us in an election so now they try to beat us financially,” Stone told TheDC. Stone is being sued by Project Democracy, which is ran by former Obama administration lawyers, for allegedly being involved in the release of emails from Democratic Party officials. (Read more from “Roger Stone Says Russia Related Legal Fees Will Cost at Least $500K” HERE)

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Parents Get Angry After Actress Teaches Students About Constitution

Angry parents expressed outrage after actress Janine Turner’s “conservative” presentation on the Constitution to fifth and sixth graders at Eubanks Middle School in Southlake, Texas.

Turner, the founder of “Constituting America,” spoke to the middle schoolers on Sept. 12 about patriotism and the meaning of America’s founding document. She gave a lecture to promote “civic engagement and understanding of constitutional rights,” the mission of her nonpartisan organization.

“‘Constituting America’ seeks to promote the Constitution for students of all ages,” according to its website.

“The program itself was great as she talked about love for country and being a good citizen,” said school district spokeswoman Julie Thannum, according to The Dallas Morning News Monday. “It wasn’t until later that we started getting calls and seeing social media postings upset about materials the speaker passed out to the children.” (Read more from “Parents Get Angry After Actress Teaches Students About Constitution” HERE)

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Team of 8-Year-Olds Kneels for National Anthem

Every player on the Cahokia Quarterback Club football team (8 and under) took a knee during the national anthem ahead of Sunday’s game at Little Devil’s Field in Belleville.

“One of the kids asked me if I saw (people) protesting and rioting in St. Louis. I said yes; I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?’” said Coach Orlando Gooden.

Coach Gooden said his player responded, “Because black people are getting killed and nobody’s going to jail.”

Gooden, who played football at Mizzou, said the kids knew about the Jason Stockley decision.

“I felt like it was a good teaching moment for me to circle the team and have a meeting,” he said. (Read more from “Team of 8-Year-Olds Kneels for National Anthem” HERE)

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