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Good News on Cancer, 
Bad Prescription From Dems
by Thomas Gallatin  
Terrorism Actually Does Kill 
Many Americans Via the Southern Border
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{} ~ It's not just the tragic murders of the Kate Steinles of our country -- isolated or not -- that are the result of insufficient enforcement at our Southern border... Far more deaths than are commonly imagined occur because of this laxity and many of them, despite recent assertions to the contrary by NBC and FOX's Chris Wallace, have a not-so-subtle relationship to terrorism. In fact, under the radar, terrorism in its most organized forms plays a significant and deadly role on our border. How is that possible when -- to date, according to some reports -- only a relatively small number of certifiable terrorists have been caught crossing red-handed on violent missions, as was argued by NBC and Wallace? Look no further than the life expectancy of Americans that has declined over the last few years for the first time in decades. This disturbing development has been ascribed to sedentary lifestyles and a rising suicide rate, particularly among white males, but most of all to the opioid and related drug crises. Drug overdose deaths reached 70,000 in 2017. As nearly everyone knows, 9/11 killed slightly fewer than 3000. And that was, luckily, a one-time event. The 70,000 figure, plus or minus, has become roughly an annual rate... 

Iran and the Taliban: Partners 
Against the United States
by Aaron Kliegman
{} ~ Wherever there is chaos, violence, and suffering in the broader Middle East, Iran is likely present. Tehran has its malign tentacles entwined in virtually every conflict in the region—from Gaza, to Yemen, to Syria, and beyond... One such conflict is the war in Afghanistan, which the media rarely discuss in conjunction with Iran. Yet the Islamic Republic plays an important role in Afghanistan—one that is disruptive and that threatens American interests. As the Trump administration debates whether to withdraw from Afghanistan, not just the Taliban but also Iran stands to gain from an American retreat. Iranian activities in Afghanistan gained renewed attention over the past two weeks, after Adm. Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, confirmed for the first time late last month that Iran held talks with the Taliban, noting that the Afghan government was aware of the discussions. Days later, Iran also confirmed that the Taliban had visited Tehran for a second round of talks on ending the conflict in Afghanistan; the Taliban said they discussed Afghanistan's "post-occupation situation" with the Iranians. Then on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a visit to India that the Taliban must have a role, but not a "dominant" one, in Afghanistan's future. Iran's top diplomat also acknowledged that his country has "unofficial intelligence" contacts with the Taliban, adding that the Islamist group occupies areas by the border between Iran and Afghanistan. Senior Afghan government officials took great offense to Zarif's comments. "If Iran believes in talks, it should pay attention to its domestic problems," Shah Hossein Mortazavi, deputy spokesperson of the Afghan president, wrote in a Facebook post that was later deleted. "These days they Iran's Foreign Ministry act in the role of Taliban spokesmen." "Certainly, such statements create division between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and this would have a negative impact on our relations," added Sibghatullah Ahmadi, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs...
Where walls work
by Michael Rubin
{} ~ Two years ago, I listed the growing number of countries which have come to embrace walls or fences along their borders... in order to deter illegal immigration or to secure their borders from terrorism. The list then was already long: Algeria, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen.  At the time, I had omitted Ireland, which has committed to bring down its separation walls with Northern Ireland by 2023, and China in 1997, I drove along the China-Tajikistan border fence high in the Pamirs. Egypt has built a border wall with Gaza, and continues to destroy tunnels beneath its border with Gaza. In 2015, Slovenia built a fence specifically to slow the tide of illegal migrants, which it now plans to expand. Iran is building a border barrier with Pakistan to curb drug smuggling. Since my last compilation, the list has only grown. Iraq has now built a fence  along its border with Syria, and France has also joined the club, specifically to control illegal immigration. Lithuania has built a barrier along one of its borders with Russia. Estonia, too, is joining the club. Norway, too, has built a border barrier along its frontier with Russia in order to stem illegal immigration. Part of this is motivated by fear of Russia but, especially in the case of Norway, controlling illegal immigration is also a factor. None of this is meant to suggest that a border barrier with Mexico would be a panacea or would substitute for a more holistic policy to stem an illegal immigration problem. A wall with our southern neighbor might be an extreme solution but, to be blunt, had Democrats recognized the seriousness of the illegal immigration problem and the fact that many migrants are motivated not by fear but by economics, the impasse never would have become so polarized...
Government shutdown nearing end as Dems relent
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{} ~ Nancy Pulosi and Chuck scumbag/clown-Schumer are starting to lose the support of their party members... Three weeks into the what no doubt will end up being the longest shutdown in government history, several Democrats are starting to show signs of cracking. It takes but a single drop of water coming through a wall to develop a crack. That one drop can end up being the cause of significant damage — and that is what it appears is happening in Washington among Democrats. While Pulosi remains adamant that not a single penny of taxpayer money will be spent on a border wall, several key members of her own party are starting to concede. “If we have a partial wall, if we have fencing, if we have technology used to keep our border safe, all of that is fine,” Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) said. Her Oregon party-mate, Sen. Jeff Merkley, also admitted: “Some fencing has uses. Some barriers are useful.”Even Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said: “There are areas along the border where there are currently fences that are put up or barriers that are put up that need to be enhanced.” This is a great sign for Republicans and Donald Trump, as Democrats are finally starting to understand the problem. Keep in mind: had any other Republican — or even Donald Trump — made those statements, the media would have already started with cries of racism... 
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Good News on Cancer, Bad Prescription From Dems
by Thomas Gallatin:  The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently announced some good news on cancer death rates in America — they’re down and have been steadily dropping for years. Since 1991, deaths from cancer have decreased by 27%, which amounts to 2.6 million fewer Americans dying of cancer. What has contributed to this significant and welcome decrease? According to Rebecca Siegal, lead researcher and scientific director of surveillance research at the ACS, “The decline in deaths is largely driven by reductions in smoking and improved treatment, as well as earlier detection for some cancers.” Those earlier detections include common cancers such as breast, colon, lung, and prostate.

             Another positive development to note is the impact the GOP tax cuts have had on American drug companies. The Wall Street Journal writes, “Recall how U.S. drug makers a few years ago sought to exploit lower rates abroad with corporate inversions. The GOP corporate tax reform, which cut the U.S. rate to 21% from 35% and allowed businesses to repatriate overseas profits tax-free, has given U.S. drug makers more cash to invest. Now they’re acquiring companies to advance innovation rather than engage in tax arbitrage as they did pre-reform.” Allowing drug companies to keep more of their earnings has freed them to invest more capital into drug research and development within the U.S., which in turn is creating better and broader cancer-treatment options for all Americans. Despite the documented flaws of pharmaceutical companies, this is prime example of how capitalism trumps socialism in meeting the needs of a nation across a vast spectrum of individuals.
               America’s health care system certainly has its problems, but it’s still the best in the world.
               Meanwhile, House Democrats are continuing in their march for a government takeover of the American health care industry. As Investor’s Business Daily reports, “Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pulosi agreed on hearings for ‘Medicare for all,’ which would effectively outlaw all private insurance in favor of a single, government-run plan.” IBD further notes, “The cost to taxpayers for all this ‘free’ health care? More than $32 trillion in the first decade — which is a lowball estimate. … There is no country on earth that has gone this far. Even so-called socialist countries typically rely to some extent on private insurance and out-of-pocket spending to cover a share of the health costs.
               So while there is good news for Americans on new drug developments and the decreasing number of deaths due to cancer, Democrats seem determined to disrupt this progress by insisting on a government-controlled single-payer socialist system that has proven to fail everywhere it has been implemented.  ~The Patriot Post    
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