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Never Take Them for Granted 
by Mark Alexander 
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Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA director, first woman to lead agency
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Trump Tower meeting transcripts: Donald Jr., Russia lawyer
downplay session, rip ‘apocalyptic Hollywood’ narrative
by Brooke Singman
{ foxnews.com } ~ Donald Trump Jr. and other key figures involved in an infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russian figures during the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign... largely downplayed its significance and said liar-Hillary Clinton was hardly discussed despite past speculation, in newly released transcripts from Senate Judiciary Committee interviews. The committee released more than 1,800 pages of transcripts Wednesday from interviews with numerous figures involved in the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. The controversial meeting, when it was revealed, fueled allegations of Trump campaign coordination with Russia – as Trump Jr. was apparently promised dirt on liar-Clinton’s supposed involvement with Russia. But Trump Jr. said he was "skeptical" going into the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. “In his e-mail to me, Rob Goldstone suggested that someone had official documents and information that would incriminate liar-Hillary Clinton and her dealings with Russia and that the information would be very useful to the campaign,” Trump Jr. said, noting he was “skeptical of his outreach” as he only knew Goldstone as a “colorful music promoter.”...   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/16/senate-panel-releases-tr...
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Sweden in Free Fall
by Judith Bergman
{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ In 2017, a Swedish police report, "Utsatta områden 2017", "Vulnerable Areas 2017", commonly known as "no-go zones" or lawless areas showed... that there are 61 such areas in Sweden. They encompass 200 criminal networks, consisting of an estimated 5,000 criminals. Twenty-three of those areas were especially critical: children as young as 10 had been involved in serious crimes there, including ones involving weapons and drugs. Most of the inhabitants were non-Western, mainly Muslim, immigrants. A new report "The Relationship with the Judiciary in Socially Vulnerable Areas" from BRÅ (Brottsförebyggande Rådet), the Swedish Crime Prevention Council, shows that more than half of the inhabitants of these areas -- around 500,000 people -- think that criminals affect people in the areas by scaring people from appearing as witnesses, from calling the police, from moving freely, and from intervening when witnessing vandalism. Residents fear repercussions from the local criminals, not only against themselves but also against family members...   https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12295/sweden-free-fall
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Documents suggest possible coordination between CIA, FBI,
liar-nObama WH and Dem officials early in Trump-Russia probe 
by Brooke Singman
{ foxnews.com } ~ Newly uncovered text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page suggest a possible coordination between... high-ranking officials at the liar-nObama White House, CIA, FBI, Justice Department and former Senate Democratic leadership in the early stages of the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to GOP congressional investigators on Wednesday. The investigators say the information provided to Fox News “strongly” suggests coordination between former President Barack liar-nObama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, then-Senate Democratic Leader dinky-Harry Reid, and CIA Director John Brennan — which they say would “contradict” the liar-nObama administration’s public stance about its hand in the process. Page texted Strzok on Aug. 2, 2016, saying: “Make sure you can lawfully protect what you sign. Just thinking about congress, foia, etc. You probably know better than me.” A text message from Strzok to Page on Aug. 3 described former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as being concerned with “information control” related to the initial investigation into the Trump campaign. According to a report from the New York Times, Brennan was sent to Capitol Hill around the same time to brief members of Congress on the possibility of election interference...
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Trump team ready to ‘pressure’ Mueller at probe’s one-year mark 
by DARREN SAMUELSOHN 
{ politico.com } ~ President Donald Trump’s attorney has an unlikely new role model for special counsel Robert Mueller: James Comey.... Frustrated by the open-ended nature of Mueller’s Russia probe, which hits its one-year mark on Thursday, Rudy Giuliani says Mueller should follow the example Comey set in 2016, when the then-FBI director investigated — and then publicly exonerated — liar-Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server. “When Comey closed the case in July — although I think it was a complete whitewash — I’d like to have them do that for us,” the former New York mayor said. Never mind that Comey later re-opened the case days before the 2016 election, after the discovery of new evidence, possibly costing liar-Clinton the election. Or that Giuliani calls Comey “a major phony” and “a little baby.” Giuliani’s point, echoed by many conservatives, is that Mueller’s year-old investigation has run too long and is causing Trump unacceptable political damage...   https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/16/trump-mueller-giuliani-ru... 
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Democrat Lawmakers Refuse to Attend 
Jerusalem Embassy Ceremony

{ totalconservative.com } ~ It is one of the biggest diplomatic moments of the last twenty years. At long last, the United States is opening its embassy in Jerusalem... a monumental strike for truth, international friendship, and the law. How is it a strike for the law? Well, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution in 1995 – authorizing the move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. liar-Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack liar-nObama all promised that they would bring that move to fruition. All three of them passed waiver after waiver, because they didn’t want to deal with the fallout. Donald Trump also promised he would move the embassy. The only difference between Trump and his predecessors, though, is that he actually lived up to his word. Several Republicans from Congress flew to Israel to be a part of the historic event and an invitation was sent to every single lawmaker in Washington. Unfortunately, though, such is the animus among Democrats for the Trump administration that they couldn’t bother to send a single representative to Jerusalem. Now THAT is some sour grapes... .

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Never Take Them for Granted 

"When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen; and we shall most sincerely rejoice with you in the happy hour when the establishment of American Liberty, upon the most firm and solid foundations shall enable us to return to our Private Stations in the bosom of a free, peaceful and happy Country." —George Washington (1775)

by Mark Alexander 
{ patriotpost.us } ~ Ahead of Armed Forces Day this weekend, I'm mindful of some very good advice I received many years ago from my friend Cal Thomas: Never take for granted the people God places along your path.

Since then, I've heeded that advice with ever-greater regard, and as a result have developed relationships I treasure, including many with veteran American Patriotswho have served our nation with humility, honor and dignity.

Our family's ancestral line includes many Patriots who defended Liberty at great sacrifice. For that reason I've always held in high esteem those along my path who have also sacrificed much in the service of others.

If you are a regular reader of this column you may recognize a few of these names.

Among those Patriots are a few POWs, including a mentor, Col. Roger Ingvalson(USAF Ret.). Sustaining his legacy are two of his grandsons, who are now flying A-10 Warthogs. There is also my friend and neighbor, Col. Bill Gauntt, who recently went back to Vietnam to find his crash site — where his rear-seat weapons systems officer, 1st Lt. Francis W. Townsend, perished.

Another former POW who died last year is Air Force Col. Leo Thorsness. Leo was a Medal of Honor recipient and a devout and humble man. He authored Mike's Flag, a brief but powerful tribute to a fellow POW, a young Navy pilot named Mike Christian. It is also the preface to a children's book sponsored by The Patriot Post, I'm Your Flag.

Then there's my colleague Roger Helle, who was hit with an NVA RPG, shot twice, bayoneted and left for dead. But they couldn't keep him down. It is thus deeply humbling when one considers that Roger has returned to Vietnam 19 times to assist orphanages and build rural medical clinics there.

Perhaps the most inconspicuous combat veteran I've had the privilege of knowing is also the one best known for his conspicuous gallantry, Desmond Doss. He belonged to my father's Greatest Generation.

Desmond was a small and unassuming neighbor who wore thick glasses and had been virtually deaf since World War II. He and his wife were simple people who lived a faithful life on a small farm a few miles south of our family home in Appalachia.

His physical stature notwithstanding, Desmond demonstrated his faithful resolve in repeated acts of heroism unparalleled among Medal of Honor recipients before or since. His remarkable story was captured in the 2016 movie Hacksaw Ridge.

These men have provided great inspiration in my life and our family, as well as that of all who have known them.

Of course, many folks I have met along my path have not worn a uniform in the service of our country but have no less devoted their lives to serving others. One of them is an East Texas Patriot, Kenny Vaughan.

Twenty years ago, Kenny started a ministry to encourage military personnel and their families by providing words of encouragement embossed on dog tags.

Fifteen years ago, our Patriot Post team partnered with Kenny to supply these dog tags for what grew to become Operation Shield of Strength, a significant component of our Patriot Post military mission of service.

Over the last 15 years, OpSoS has distributed countless shields with service branch seals or flags on the front and Joshua 1:9 on the reverse: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

These have been carried into combat by warriors through Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In the first month of OpSoS deliveries, I received a note from a young Air Force fighter pilot who was on his first deployment with OIF. Landing at an airbase in the region, he wrote, I was very unsettled. I was well trained to be in dangerous environments, but what was most unsettling is that I knew nobody. But then I noticed that the Airman who greeted me as I was raising the canopy was wearing the same Shield of Strength I was wearing. And there was great comfort in that.

While we have distributed shields to military units worldwide over the years, along with The Patriot's Primer on American Liberty, one of our regular OpSoS distribution points has been Camp Pendleton in California — by way of Gunner Gilbert Bolton.

Gunner Bolton received the Silver Star for his heroic actions on Hill 25 in Vietnam, when he and his men, badly outnumbered by enemy forces, doggedly drove back the Viet Cong.

Though technically retired, he has never left the Marine Corps, and he now devotes his life to young Marines at Pendleton.

Since 2003, he has delivered 55 combat leadership briefs, taught 37 Marine Combat Training classes, and has been an adjunct instructor for 18 Infantry Training Battalion classes. Bolton says, I enjoy coming to SOI-West. It's an honor and a privilege as I look forward to every presentation.

He tells his Marines, The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.

He has also attended 95 course graduations and has personally presented every Marine completing the School of Infantry with a Marine Corps Shield of Strength.

Capt. Bob Warren, a retired Navy chaplain, and his wife Genece, have always ensured Gunner Bolton was supplied with Shields of Strength and together they have put more than 25,000 OpSoS dog tags in the hands of young Marines.

God bless the Warrens and Gunner Bolton.

On Armed Forces Day, I'll be sending you a message about how you can obtain Shields of Strength, as well as two other limited-quantity items supporting severely wounded veterans — handcrafted paracord crosses and wooden flags in natural and full color finishes.

As with all items sold at our Patriot Post Shop, 100% of sales proceeds support our mission of service to military personnel, veterans and their families.

And finally, on this Armed Forces Day, and every day of the year, may God bless our men and women in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen — who have stood and continue to stand in harm's way. For their steadfast devotion to duty, honor and country, we, the American people, offer them and their families our humble gratitude and heartfelt thanks. For those who have moved beyond this life, let us, in the words of Gen. George Patton, thank God that such men lived.

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Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy: ‘The Real Second Amendment Isn’t Absolute

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted Saturday there is a “real” Second Amendment and an “imaginary” one and he believes the real one is “not absolute.”

Murphy, “I support the real 2nd Amendment, not the imaginary 2nd Amendment. And the real 2nd Amendment isn’t absolute.”

The statement was a precursor to his call for banning “assault rifles” in the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting, even though “assault rifles” were not used in the attack.

Murphy said the “real 2nd Amendment…allows Congress to wake up to reality and ban these assault rifles that are designed for one purpose only – to kill as many people as fast as possible.”

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) said the Santa Fe High School attackers used a .38 revolver and a shotgun to carry out his heinous acts. Therefore, a ban on “assault rifles” would have done nothing to prevent the attack from occurring or the tragic loss of life from taking place.

It should be noted that Saturday was not the first time Sen. Murphy called the essence of the Second Amendment into question. On August 6, 2013, Breitbart News reported that Murphy told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that “The Second Amendment is not an absolute right, not a God-given right. It has always had conditions upon it like the First Amendment has.”

Murphy did not grapple with the words, “Shall not be infringed.”

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