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Interesting that the LA Times did this.  Lou Dobbs reported this on CNN and it cost him his job. The only network we would see this on would be FOX. All the others are staying away from it.

Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, this should be of great interest to you!

Just One State – be sure and read the last part… try for 3 times.

This is only one State… If this doesn’t open your eyes, nothing will!

From the L.A. Times.

  1. 40% of all workers in LA County (10.2 million people) are working for cash; and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants, working without a green card. (Donald Trump was right)
  2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.

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This is the best presentation about immigration and poverty in the world, that everybody should watch, especially the liberal screamers of the Democratic Party and their followers. Everything the DEMOCRATS  have in mind is THEIR AGENDA which has nothing to do with helping people. That is all political nonsense.

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This information is troubling but not surprising.

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National Archives Stumbles onto New Obama Scandal — ‘Wholesale Destruction’ of Government Records’

David Ferriero, the archivist in charge of transferring Barack Obama’s official presidential records into the National Archives has encountered a big problem. According to a report published last Sunday more than a few of those records are missing – a lot more than a few.

Real Clear Politics’ reporter Thomas Lipscomb said Ferriero “has been driving a much-needed digital overhaul and expansion of the National Archives over the nine years of his appointment.” He noted a few weeks ago that the work “will greatly improve the ability of digital search locally and remotely, as well as accessing the files themselves.”

Offenders of the missing records include those of several EPA officials, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former President Obama. Andrew McCarthy a former federal prosecutor, called the breach in protocol…

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Advice For Every Parent… Teacher… and Coach… to Follow

A person attending a convention in 1996 listened to the following speech on values that were needed to impact the children of his day. He has currently shared it with some comments before and after the speech. This magnificent talk needs be passed around for years to come. Today, our children, youth, and young people, are being cheated, and mislead, by society, their parents, and our educational system, from K through college. A simple change, using the 17 inch rule, which the speech describes, could make a drastic difference in the future of our county.

In Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA convention.

While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name, in particular, kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh man, worth every penny of my airfare.”

Who the heck is John Scolinos, I wondered. Well, in 1996 Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948. No matter, I was just happy to be there.

He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate. Pointed side down.

Seriously, I wondered, who in the hell is this guy?

After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage.

Then, finally …

“You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck. Or maybe you think I escaped from Camarillo State Hospital,” he said, his voice growing irascible. I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility.

“No,” he continued, “I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.”

Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room. “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?” After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches,” more question than answer.

“That’s right,” he said. “How about in Babe Ruth? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?”

Another long pause.

“Seventeen inches?”came a guess from another reluctant coach.

“That’s right,” said Scolinos. “Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear. “How wide is home plate in high school baseball?”

“Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident.

“You’re right!” Scolinos barked. “And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?”

“Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison.

“Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?”

“Seventeen inches!”

“RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues?”

“Seventeen inches!”

“SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls.

“And what do they do with a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over these seventeen inches?” Pause. “They send him to Pocatello!” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter.

“What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Bobby. You can’t hit a seventeen-inch target? We’ll make it eighteen inches, or nineteen inches. We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of throwing the ball over it. If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.’”


“Coaches …”


” … what do we do when our best player shows up late to practice? What do we do if he violates curfew? What if he uses drugs? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit him? Do we widen home plate?

The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold.

Then he turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows. “This is the problem in our homes today. With our marriages, with the way we parent our kids. With our discipline. We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We widen the plate!”

Pause. Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American flag.

“This is the problem in our schools today. The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful….to educate and discipline our young people. We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that getting us?”

“And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years. Our church leaders are widening home plate!”

I was amazed. At a baseball convention where I expected to learn something about curveballs and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned something far more valuable. From an old man with home plate strung around his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader. I had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path.

“If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It is this: if we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools and churches and our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …”

With that, he held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside.

“… dark days ahead.”

Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the age of 91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and coaches, including mine. Meeting him at my first ABCA convention kept me returning year after year, looking for similar wisdom and inspiration from other coaches. He is the best clinic speaker the ABCA has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach.

His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players — no matter how good they are — your own children, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches”.


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Very interesting theory on Trump’s Success

Talk about hitting the nail squarely on  the head. I agree with this assessment.

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The mayor of Livermore, California, explains Trump’s popularity & success.   This is perhaps the best explanation of Trump’s popularity.
Marshall Kamena is a registered Democrat & was elected mayor of Livermore, CA.  He ran on the democratic ticket as he knew a Bay Area city would never vote for a Republican. He is as conservative as they come. He wrote the following:
Trump’s ‘lack of decorum, dignity, &statesmanship’ – by Marshall Kamena, Mayor of Livermore, CA.
My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”
Here’s my answer: We right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies &…

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Congress Is Trying To Seek Justice…Requesting Second Special Council

A group of Congressmen are trying to seek justice by trying to get a Special Investigation, citing that the DOJ and FBI are not capable of investigating themselves, especially in view of their current attempts to slow walk and cover up their actions during the Obama years. That cover up has spilled over to the Trump presidency. The first 49 minutes of this video are Congressmen speaking and giving their reasons for this request. The rest of the video has questions and answers concerning this move by these Congressmen.

This video is a great outline of the wrongs that have been covered up by the Obama DOJ and his FBI. Sessions has been dragging his feet and supporting the cover up as seen by his actions or lack of trying to uncover the truth. I think Sessions is ONE of Trump’s most disappointing appointments to date.

America needs to know the truth as soon as possible. This struggle to find the truth has gone on long enough.

I have added two links below for the call for a second Special Council. Sometimes YouTube removes a video. The second link below is the best view but might be removed from YouTube. The first link is from C-Span and should be safe. C-Span’s is about 50 minutes. The second is longer with a question and answer period.

C-Span Video Calling for Special Council

Congress Requesting a Special Council

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New Blogger on Child Abuse

cathy fox blog on child abuse

There is a relatively new blog which amongst other subjects covers child sexual abuse.

The author, Jason says he was inspired to cover child sexual abuse by Sammy Woodhouse and her  courage in going public about her abuse in Rotherham.

This courage of Sammy’s to take a step into the poisonous pit of the vipers of mainstream corporate media is huge. They build you up only to knock you down and you have to develop the thick skin to take what is thrown at you.

Hopefully along the way the fact that child sexual abuse is happening is conveyed and how it can happen and the problems for the victim/survivor and the objective of most survivors is to avoid it happening to other children. Well done to Sammy for her bravery and helping to inspire others.

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