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  Have We Entered a New Arms 
Race With Russia?
Brian Mark Weber 
Illegal immigrants are arrested after they tried 
and FAILED to climb over a newly installed 
barrier at the Mexico-U.S. border
by EMILY CRANE } ~ Two illegal immigrants have been arrested after they unsuccessfully tried to climb over a newly installed section of a border wall in California... U.S. Customs and Border Protection said they caught the two men trying to illegally cross over into San Diego from Mexico. Surveillance footage taken from the border showed the men trying and failing to scale the border wall. The two men could then be seen trying to flee back towards Mexico but were forced to hide when border agents responded to the scene.They appeared to be hiding in some crates when they were cornered by the border agents. Officials said the newly installed primary border barrier thwarted the men's attempts to enter the U.S. and gave agents time to respond to take them into custody.  'Unable to scale the new primary border barrier and flee back to Mexico, two men who entered the U.S. illegally near San Diego were arrested by Border Patrol,' the CBP San Diego tweeted on Monday. 'Barriers give agents the time they need to respond and contain illicit activity at the immediate border.' It comes after crews completed the primary border wall project earlier this month...  
When, If Ever, Can We Lay This Burden Down?
by Pat Buchanan } ~ Friday, President Donald Trump met in New Jersey with his national security advisers and envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is negotiating with the Taliban to bring about peace, and a U.S. withdrawal from America's longest war... U.S. troops have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001, in a war that has cost 2,400 American lives. Following the meeting, Trump tweeted, "Many on the opposite sides of this 19 year war, and us, are looking to make a deal -- if possible!" Some, however, want no deal; they are fighting for absolute power.
Saturday, a wedding in Kabul with a thousand guests was hit by a suicide bomber who, igniting his vest, massacred 63 people and wounded 200 in one of the greatest atrocities of the war. ISIS claimed responsibility. Monday, 10 bombs exploded in restaurants and public squares in the eastern city of Jalalabad, wounding 66. Trump is pressing Khalilzad to negotiate drawdowns of U.S. troop levels from the present 14,000, and to bring about a near-term end to U.S. involvement in a war that began after we overthrew the old Taliban regime for giving sanctuary to Osama bin Laden. Is it too soon to ask: What have we gained from our longest war? Was all the blood and treasure invested worth it? And what does the future hold? If the Taliban could not be defeated by an Afghan army, built up by the U.S. for a decade and backed by 100,000 U.S. troops in 2010-2011, then are the Taliban likely to give up the struggle when the U.S. is drawing down the last 14,000 troops and heading home?...
Border Patrol alarmed by spike 
in drug seizures on California highway
by Anna Giaritelli } ~ Border Patrol agents in southeastern California are seeing an uptick in the number of drug seizures they are making inside the United States... after the narcotics have been illegally smuggled into the country, a senior agent told the Washington Examiner. Most of the drugs being seized are being stopped at one of the region's three immigration checkpoints on local highways. The checkpoints are permanent fixtures meant to stop the smuggling of people and contraband that made it over the border. Federal agents from the El Centro sector, or region, are seeing a spike in the number of drug smuggling incidents, as well as the amount of dope they are finding in seizures since Aug. 1. "It's something that we certainly have brought to the attention of our stakeholders, headquarters and lawmakers in the area," Joshua Devack, assistant chief patrol agent for Border Patrol's El Centro Sector, told the Washington Examiner in a phone call late Monday. On Aug. 1, agents arrested two U.S. citizens near Calexico, California, suspected of accepting $475,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine from an ultralight aircraft other personnel saw drop the load on the American side of the border. That same day, a 32-year-old Mexican man was arrested at the Highway 86 checkpoint after agents found $2.5 million worth of cocaine, meth, and heroin in the back of his truck. Agents at the same checkpoint found $96,000 worth of meth in the gas tank of a 19-year-old U.S. man on Aug. 5. That same day, checkpoint personnel detected $43,000 worth of fentanyl and heroin on another 19-year-old U.S. man who tried to take a taxi cab through the stop. On Aug. 7, a 41-year-old U.S. man was arrested after Highway 86 checkpoint agents found $158,000 worth of black tar heroin and fentanyl in a false car battery. The next day, agents at the highway stop arrested a 24-year-old U.S. man because they found $63,000 worth of meth hidden inside his vehicle door. The majority of the arrests were announced by the El Centro Sector locally, but not published on Customs and Border Protection's main website. CBP spokesman Ralph DeSio shared with the Washington Examiner another recent incident took place Aug. 16, when agents from Salton City, California, discovered $637,000 worth of fentanyl and liquid meth during a standard stop at its Highway 86 checkpoint Aug. 16. An American woman driving a white Ford F-150 had attempted to pass through the vehicle inspection booth when a Border Patrol K9 that is trained to smell for narcotics alerted his handler to the truck...
How Common Core And Screen Overdoses 
Are Ruining American Kids’ Intelligence 
By Auguste Meyrat } ~ By every metric SAT, ACT, and even IQ, the intelligence and aptitude of American students has declined in recent years... As Joy Pullmann documents in an article about the results of using Common Core, student performance on state standardized tests has also gone down — that is, when the scoring isn’t changed to show better results. Before casting blame on who’s responsible, it’s important to understand what these numbers actually mean. All of these tests attempt to measure higher-order thinking skills as they relate to abstract scenarios, nothing more or less. They do not measure the level of practical skills people might have, their emotional intelligence, or even their actual knowledge of things. Rather, they assess students’ critical thinking the ability to analyze, problem solving, and knowledge application. People who have these higher-order thinking skills are generally more adaptable to any kind of learning, particularly the kind of learning that happens in higher education. Higher-order thinking is also important in a time most activities are computerized and information comes in abstract forms such as images and text. American students who lack these skills will struggle much more when most jobs and other domains in life communication, management, choosing a lifestyle, etc. demand this of them.  Debate abounds about whether higher-order thinking skills are a product of nature or nurturing, which explains the general responses about the decline revealed on aptitude tests. Those who believe high-level thinking come from genes and parenting attribute the recent decline to more dumb parents having children than smart ones — the “idiocracy hypothesis,” as Michael Knowles discusses and debunks on his podcast. This usually follows from the feeling that raw intelligence to which people equate higher-order thinking when it is left undefined cannot be taught.  Others believe, rightly, that changes in nurturing have led to the decline. Higher-order thinking is not raw intelligence, but more a habit of mind, and the children who practice it more can generally do it better. Scores on all these tests, including the IQ test, will change based on the person’s habits. When people read and listen more and have more leisure time for using their imaginations, they will improve in higher-order thinking, as they did for much of the 20th century...
CAIR: An Islamic Trojan Horse
By Amil Imani } ~ Since its foundation in 1994 by Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has become a powerful organization that has widely represented itself as a Muslim American "civil rights organization."... Ironically, there is another powerful organization, similar to CAIR called, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a staunch lobbyists' group of the Islamic Republic of Iran, falsely portraying itself as the "voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people." For now, let us focus on CAIR and its mission in the United States. How did an organization that has ties to Hamas, and is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, gain so much power in the United States?  Why are so many institution within the U.S. establishment so terrified of this group and hesitant to invite Islamic scholars to give speeches? Recently, the U.S. War College canceled an Islam scholar after pressure from CAIR and another radical Islamist, Linda Sarsour. It is hard to believe that these incidents happen in the land of the free, America! Let's be clear about one thing: as put it, "CAIR is not in the United States to promote the civil rights for Muslims — CAIR is here to make Islam the dominant religion in the United States and convert our country into an Islamic theocracy." Moreover, "CAIR receives direct funding from Islamic terrorist-supporting countries." CAIR's true face came to light during the largest terrorism financing trial in the nation's history: the 2007–2008 Holy Land Foundation prosecution. "The Dallas trial charging the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) for Relief and Development with providing material support for Hamas produced extensive evidence that IAP — CAIR's parent — played a central role in the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee. Much of that evidence relates to Mousa Abu Marzook, now deputy political chief of Hamas, who served on the board of directors of IAP in 1989."  CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas support trial of the Holy Land Foundation... CAIR must be removed from the USA.
https://www.  /articles/2019/08/cair_an_islamic_trojan_horse.html  
Have We Entered a New Arms Race 
With Russia?
Brian Mark Weber:  A deadly explosion last week in Russia spread radiation across a broad area, endangering the lives of citizens and fueling questions about the superpower’s intent to spark a new arms race with the U.S.

Information about the explosion has been reminiscent of the secret cloak that surrounded the infamous Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

NBC News’s Alexander Smith reports that “authorities have drip-fed details of the incident to the public. But Monday, Vyacheslav Solovyov, scientific director of the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, confirmed that at the time of the blast, nuclear scientists at the Nyonoksa military range were working on ‘small-sized energy sources using radioactive fissile materials.’”

Smith adds, “Another factual morsel came when Russia’s state nuclear agency, Rosatom, said the accident happened while testing ‘isotope power sources within a liquid propulsion system.’”

Facts about the blast are minimal due to Soviet-style misinformation, but President Trump didn’t waste time in offering some insight of his own. The president seems to think the failed test relates to Russia’s secret nuclear weapon called Skyfall, a guided missile with the capability of evading detection by U.S. missile defense systems.

After the explosion, the president said: “The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia. We have similar, though more advanced, technology. The Russian ‘Skyfall’ explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!”

Initially, it seemed as though the impact of the incident was minimal.

Jake Rudnitsky and Stepan Kravchenko write at that “Norway said it had stepped up radiation monitoring after the incident but hadn’t detected anything abnormal. On Monday, Norway’s Nuclear Safety and Environmental Protection department said its local and European monitors hadn’t shown any increase in radiation levels.”

But emerging information points to a situation more dire than first realized, with Russian officials ordering the evacuation of a nearby village just two days ago.

In fact, The New York Times reported that “Russian officials have released a flurry of misleading or incomplete statements playing down the severity of the accident,” adding “that pattern of murkiness continued on Tuesday, as news reports and official statements offered only the vaguest explanation for the evacuation, and hours later seemed to indicate that it had been called off.”

What’s interesting about this latest Russian nuclear disaster is that the explosion came just days after the U.S. pulled out of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty due to concerns over Russia violating the ban on ground-based nuclear weapons, a carryover from the Cold War era.

So what’s the concern over Putin’s new Skyfall weapon?

NBC News reports that the weapon “would not only be nuclear-armed but also nuclear powered, carrying a relatively small reactor to heat the air in its jet engine. It would fly at a lower and on a less predictable trajectory than an intercontinental ballistic missile, making it theoretically capable of evading U.S. missile defenses.”

So why is Putin so dedicated to pursuing these new weapons? He claims the U.S. plan to deploy missile defense systems in eastern Europe is a direct threat to Russian national security. In a speech earlier this year, Putin made that crystal clear. National Review’s Mairead Mcardle recalls that “Russian president Vladimir Putin warned during his State of the Nation speech in February that while Russia does not seek aggression, the country’s nuclear weapons would be pointed toward the U.S. if the White House deployed missiles in Europe.”

And Putin has more than one weapon in his laboratory.’s Patrick Goodenough writes that in addition to Skyfall, Putin’s announcement in 2018 revealed “a heavy ICBM which he said would be capable of reaching targets via both the North and South poles; a ground-based laser weapon; a hypersonic air-borne ballistic missile; a submarine-launched hypersonic missile; and fast, unmanned submersible vehicles able to carry conventional or nuclear warheads, boasting ‘unlimited range.’”

Does Putin’s desire to develop new weapons signal the beginning of a new era?

The editors of The Wall Street Journal think “the reality is that Russia under Mr. Putin is breaking out of arms-control restraints to develop new weapons and the means to deliver them. He can’t be trusted to follow new treaties, as his violations show. The salient question is whether the U.S. will also develop the weapons and defenses to prevent Mr. Putin from gaining a military advantage.”

Some experts may assume that the explosion of Skyfall along the coast of the White Sea is an indicator that Russia still has a long way to go in matching America’s own military technology. But the fact that these weapons are being developed in the first place might make that assumption dangerous. What this signals, if nothing else, is that the period of nuclear control has come to an abrupt end.

More startling is the fact that we may very well have entered a new arms race with Russia.  ~The Patriot Post

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TRUMP:  Trump To Give ‘Start Your Engines’ Command At Dayton

President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the Daytona 500.

Daytona International Speedway officials named Trump the grand marshal for NASCAR’s season opener, meaning he will deliver the most famous four words in auto racing. “Gentleman, start your engines,” has been a staple of races around the country and world for decades.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday the president plans to attend the race. Track president Chip Wile confirmed the news in a release.

“Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting presidents of the United States over our history,” Wile said. “We’re honored that the president of the United States has chosen to experience the pageantry and excitement of ‘The Great American Race.’”

Trump is the third sitting president to attend a race at Daytona, but only the second to attend the Daytona 500. George W. Bush attended in 2004. Trump is the first to be given an honorary role in pre-race ceremonies.

Trump is scheduled to spend part of the Presidents Day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday and the U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race in Daytona Beach — a restriction put in place for presidential visits.

Trump has hosted previous NASCAR champions at the White House and last October awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to motorsports titan Roger Penske. Last year, Trump also praised retired driver Mario Andretti, the Daytona 500 winner in 1967, reminiscing about a ride Andretti gave him in a race car for his reality show “The Apprentice.”

“I said, ‘Mario, get me out of here. I want to get out of this car,’” Trump recalled. “We went so fast. We literally — we covered four blocks in like a second.”

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