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Pineland to D-Day 
by Tom McLaughlin
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Nunes Intel Committee Final Report 
Proves Democrats On a Political Witch Hunt 
{ rickwells.us } ~ The House Intelligence Committee has completed their investigation into the alleged collusion... between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, with Republicans authoring a 150-page report stating that there is no evidence, basically confirming what the President and most patriots knew to be the case all along. They determined through their investigation that there was Russian meddling in the 2016 though it was not directed towards helping President Trump get elected. An overview of the report, released on Monday,  stated, “We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.” Over the course of the past 426 days that the committee has been involved in the investigation at the insistence of the corrupt Democrat Party, they’ve conducted 73 interviews and reviewed over 300,000 documents... https://rickwells.us/nunes-democrats-witch-hunt/ 
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3 Questions Congress Should Answer 
Before Bailing Out liar-nObamacare
by Edmund Haislmaier
{ dailysignal.com } ~ Having failed last year to pass legislation undoing liar-nObamacare’s damage... congressional Republicans now are reportedly looking to spend billions of additional tax dollars bailing out insurers offering liar-nObamacare coverage, rather than dealing with the real problems that are driving up costs. The money would be added to a government funding bill that Congress plans to take up this month. The motivation for this abrupt about-face appears to be an election-year panic attack. Republicans fear that insurance companies will, once again, announce large premium increases for liar-nObamacare coverage this fall—just before November’s elections. Apparently, congressional Republicans are being persuaded by industry lobbyists that they can “buy down” premiums by giving insurers billions of dollars in taxpayer money...   http://dailysignal.com/2018/03/13/3-questions-congress-answer-baili... 
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Liberals Pressure Democrats to 
Use ICE Removal in 2020 Election
by Mary Chastain  
{ legalinsurrection.com } ~ The Democrats are desperate, aren’t they? Reports have surfaced the past few days that say liberals have started to pressure Democrats... to use the removal of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) as a campaign point for the 2020 election. The Daily Caller pointed out last Friday the idea came from Brian Fallon, the spokesman for failed Democrat presidential candidate liar-Hillary Clinton’s campaign, back in January. The prospective campaign talking point really picked up last week after MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), someone who has been propped up as a possible 2020 candidate, if America should have ICE. She responded that “ICE has a purpose, ICE has a role, ICE should exist.”...  https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/03/liberals-pressure-democrats-t... 
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The Palestinian Peace Plan
by Bassam Tawil
{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ It is easy to see why Palestinians would be opposed to the US administration's upcoming plan for peace in the Middle East... The Palestinians do not like what they are hearing about the plan, which has not yet been made public. Opposing a peace initiative because you do not like its content is one thing. Opposing a peace initiative designed to improve the lives of your people is another thing entirely. The latter defies logic and reveals the disappointing aspects of human nature. Palestinian hatred of the US administration and President Donald Trump is so intense that the Palestinians are prepared to prolong the misery of their people. Palestinian leaders care nothing for their people's ongoing suffering. Give those leaders jobs, money and power, and their people be damned...  https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12032/palestinian-peace-plan 
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An Immigrant (Legal) Reminds 
Us What Is Worth Defending
by Gary Fouse
{ lidblog.com } ~ Nonie Darwish is an immigrant from Egypt living in America... She is also an apostate from Islam. As she will tell you, as a Muslim, she could not understand why she was supposed to hate Christians and Jews. Now she speaks and writes about the dangers of Islam. For that, she lives under a fatwa-a sentence of death from some Islamic cleric somewhere in the world. I am proud to say that I have met Nonie at several events and occasionally exchange emails with her. I am posting her latest article for the Gatestone Institute. It is well worth reading. In this article, Nonie defends America from the attacks of so many people who not only live outside the US but also within it. She reminds us that millions of people are constantly trying to get into this white-majority country that is supposedly so racist. She wonders why there is such much bashing of white people even by white liberals in America today by some who dream of a day when whites will be gone. Nonie realizes, as I do, that whites are not the enemy of non-whites. They (whites) have created a society where all can prosper and be anything they want to be in America...  https://lidblog.com/america-what-is-worth-defending/ 
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Pineland to D-Day 
by Tom McLaughlin
Phillip Kupelian at his home in Falmouth 2018
 
{ tommclaughlin.blogspot.com } ~ Ninety-four-year-old Phillip Kupelian lives alone in the Falmouth, Maine house he built himself. Last Saturday I interviewed him there about two things: Growing up on the grounds of what was then called the Maine School for the Feeble-Minded in Gray, Maine, and his experience in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Pineland Farms today
 
Phillip was born at what’s now called Pineland Farms in1924 because his father was a doctor on staff there when it was renamed the Pownal State School. Phillip couldn’t attend local schools because roads were bad and horse-drawn sleighs were his only transportation. He and his older brother were sent to stay with their maternal grandparents in Randolph, Maine (near Augusta) to attend school until Gray constructed plowable roads.  
Phillip’s father, Nessib, had fled Ottoman Turkey around 1915 to escape the Armenian genocide. Out of 2 million Armenian Christians in Turkey, 1.5 million were slaughtered by Muslim Turks. The rest, including Nessib, took flight. In Maine, Nessib attended medical school at Bowdoin College and practiced at the Maine School for the Feeble-Minded. He was made superintendent from 1938 to 1953. “Coming to Maine, to America, was the greatest gift a father could give his son,” said Phil.
Scene from Armenian genocide
 
When I asked about eugenic practices at Pineland, Phillip didn’t know what eugenics was. I explained it was sterilization of the “feeble-minded” which was done at Pineland and many other venues in early 20th century America. He said he remembered hearing it discussed, but that’s all. In 1912, eight mixed-race squatters forcibly evicted from Maine’s Malaga Island were sent to Pineland.There they were probably sterilized along with several hundred other Mainers. Eighteen bodies from Malaga’s cemetery were re-buried there as well.
From its inception in 1908, Pineland was designed to be self-sufficient, a town in itself almost. It had an operating farm, a coal-fired steam generator, its own water system, and laundry. Phillip became quite interested in all of that so after high school he went off to study steam and diesel engineering at the Wentworth Institute in Boston. Then World War II broke out and he was drafted. After boot camp in Newport, Rhode Island he went across the Atlantic to England on the crew of LCI 506 — one of over 900 LCIs, or “Landing Craft Infantry” built in the USA for amphibious invasions. They were flat-bottomed, 158 feet long, and 23 feet wide.
No one on the 26-man crew of the 506 had any experience beyond US territorial waters when it set out in January, 1944. At a 1996 reunion, Ensign Phil G. Goulding, described his first time aboard the 506 being greeted by its 31-year-old skipper, a Lieutenant J. G. named Albers:

“Goulding, do you know anything?”

“No sir,” I said. “I just got out of midshipman's school. I don't know anything at all.”

Al Albers smiled. He pounded the wardroom table with his open hand. “Thank god for that,” he said. “Nobody on this ship knows anything and I was afraid those idiots were going to send me someone to spoil it. Siddown and have a cup of coffee.”

He turned to the others. “By God that's great,” he said. “He doesn't know anything. By God that's great.”

The crew that didn’t know anything nonetheless made it to England across the stormy Atlantic, seasick much of the way. Then, assigned at the last minute to a British command, they crossed the English Channel six months later on D-Day and delivered two hundred British infantry to Rose Beach — right between Omaha Beach and Juno Beach. The 506 hit a German mine just as it hit the beach which blew off one of its two ramps and tore a big hole in the bow. Soldiers got off safely though, and the ship limped back to England for repairs carrying wounded Allied troops and German POWs with them.
LCI 506 circled
 
Fifteen million Americans fought in World War II but there aren’t many left today. Phillip, one of the few, was modest about his wartime service. Most of what I learned about LCI 506 and what it did came from my online research. My own father was aboard one of the other 5000 ships that crossed the channel on D-Day, so I have a personal interest in that largest invasion in history of the world.
Cafeteria at Pineland School
 
Phillip returned to Pineland after the war and met his wife, Margaret, who lived nearby. They were married from 1947 until she died in 2012. They had one daughter who lives in Colorado now, and three grandchildren. Phillip is still quite active and goes back to Pineland every couple of weeks to take part in a veterans program housed there. “It’s quite different now,” he said, and invited me for a guided tour after all this snow melts.

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‘Restrictive’ Gun Control Did Not Prevent Christchurch Massacre

 New Zealand requires licensing and in-depth background checks for would-be gun owners, but neither gun control policy prevented Friday’s attacks in Christchurch that killed nearly 50 people.

The University of Sydney’s GunPolicy.org describes New Zealand’s gun control as “restrictive,” because owning guns in that nation is not a guaranteed right but a privilege extended by the government.


Moreover, before legally owning a gun, residents must acquire a license. The acquisition of that license involves passage of a background check that “considers criminal, mental health, medical, addiction and domestic violence records.” Third party references must also be provided to authorities during the license procurement process and interviews are conducted with the applicant’s immediate family.

Even after licensing, New Zealanders cannot buy a handgun or “military style” semiautomatic without providing an acceptable explanation for why they want such a firearm. Additionally, those firearms must be registered with the central government upon acquisition.

It is illegal to sell a gun to anyone without a license, which means the background checks for license acquisition are universal; they cover all gun sales and transfers. And in the event that an individual is buying a gun from a friend or neighbor instead of retail, “the buyer… is obliged to pass official background checks before taking possession.” Also, “the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to one pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted firearm per acquisition permit.”

Further, gun show sales are highly regulated in New Zealand.

Democrat lawmakers in the U.S. are promoting many of these very gun controls–universal background checks, licensing, more gun show regulation, limits on the number of guns that can be purchased, etc.–arguing that these measures will make Americans safe. It is not yet clear how the killer in Christchurch acquired his weapons, yet we see that these gun controls did not prevent an attack that killed nearly 50 unarmed innocents.

More than one mosque was attacked in Christchurch, and the shooters who converged on a mosque in Linwood were reportedly chased by an apparent attendee who happened to be armed for self-defense.

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