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Thursday, May 10, 2018, was a busy day for President Trump.

It began in the early hours with the welcome home to three Americans who had been detained in North Korea.

It ended with a rally in Elkhart, Indiana, where Trump set the tone for the 2018 mid-term elections.

At the rally, Trump quipped about the long day:

“At 2.a.m. early this morning and by the way I got back to the White House at 4:30 a.m. and somebody said, ‘Oh that’s ok you can just cancel Indiana tonight.’ I said, you just don’t know the people of Indiana. I don’t have the courage to cancel,” he added.

The COO of Donald J. Trump for President was there:

Elkhart is near South Bend, which is home to the University of Notre Dame. The small city is best known for the production of RVs (recreational vehicles). Elkhart still has a small-town look, including a traditional Main Street.

It was a good location for a Trump rally, as the greater South Bend area is known as Michiana, encompassing this part of northern Indiana and the southwestern border with Michigan. It is also fairly close (by American standards) to Chicago. Elkhart is readily accessible by rail, which further added to its appeal.

Incidentally, Obama also liked Elkhart:

While Michiana is filled with Democrat voters, 7,000 Trump fans were inside North Side Middle School’s auditorium for the rally, with 10,000 listening to proceedings outdoors.

You can get a full perspective of the packed venue here. To be one of the lucky ones inside a Trump rally, you need to get there early, even 24 hours in advance. Heaven only knows where everyone parked. Yet, people were patient, and some probably made new friends. Meanwhile, the media were setting up their equipment inside the auditorium.

Traffic warnings and road closures made the news. Obama had been in South Bend twice before during his tenure (2009 and 2016), so locals are used to presidential disruption. Protesters were also present.

Regardless of political preference, some local residents made sure they could get a view of the airport when Trump arrived. Local businesses also put up displays welcoming the president; Democrat or Republican, it is ‘an honour’.

Local lawmakers either attended or spoke at the rally.

Trump arrived at South Bend International Airport shortly after 6 p.m.

The NBC affiliate, located at Notre Dame, posted a video of Air Force One:

Meanwhile, back in Elkhart, one woman was delighted that CNN’s Jim Acosta took a photo of her:

Not everyone was so enthusiastic about CNN, however:

The crowd was revved.

Vice President Mike Pence, former governor of Indiana, attended. He and his wife Karen flew in on Air Force Two:

The crowd gave him a rousing ovation:

He addressed the audience:

He pointed to the jobs success in Elkhart:

And introduced the president:

Before state office holders and Pence spoke, the rally, which started at 7 p.m., began in the traditional way:

Trump began speaking at 7:29 p.m.

Highlights follow. Each tweet linked below has a video clip.

The president acknowledged the crowd:

He spoke about the world’s renewed respect for the United States:

.: “We are unlocking new opportunities for prosperity and for peace. All of these changes are happening because America is being respected again.”

He discussed North Korea:

.: “On June 12th, in Singapore, I’ll be meeting with Kim Jong Un to pursue a future of peace and security for the world.”

Weakness:

.: “You know what gets you into nuclear wars and you know what gets you into other wars? Weakness.”

Jobs:

Trump: “Here at home. The great news keeps rolling in. 3.3 million new jobs since the election.”

Record employment for blacks:

.: “African American unemployment has reached the lowest level in the history of our country.”

Strong borders:

.: “We believe that a strong nation must have strong borders.”

Patriotism:

.: “We have pride in our history and respect for our great American flag.”

Fair trade:

.: “We want trade deals that are fair and, by the way, reciprocal.”

The new embassy in Jerusalem, which opened on Monday, May 14:

.: “Next week we will finally open the American Embassy in Jerusalem.”

And Iran:

.: “We’re putting the harshest, strongest, most stringent sanctions on Iran.”

He also criticised Joe Donnelly, the state’s Democrat senator for that district who refused to vote for the tax cut and Obamacare repeal.

Trump invited the Republican candidate for Senate onto the platform:

CBS affiliate WSBT had a good summary of the rally speeches, including soundbites from Mike Braun’s:

… he said “one of the neatest experiences of my life is spending 30 minutes riding with the president. You wouldn’t believe the advice you get.”

But also told the crowd he’s a businessman and an outsider just like the President — who he calls “his inspiration.”

“When I started this journey, almost a year ago, I traveled the states, spent a lot of time in the north. Wanted to make sure this was going to end up with a good result,” said Braun. “Wouldn’t have done it if I wasn’t inspired by what this man did in 2016. He cleared the field systematically and really that was the inspiration for doing it.”

Braun said he will “retire Joe Donnelly.”

Local reporter Taurean Small from ABC57 summarised Trump’s talking points well:

The rally ended at 8:30 p.m.:

Here is RSBN’s video of the rally:

Their reporters were happy (The Conservative Treehouse has more videos from them):

Then it was time for President Trump to return to Washington.

This was the motorcade on the way back to the airport:

And finally, as Mike and Karen Pence headed downstate to Indianapolis:

He tweeted Fox News’s video of his hour-long speech along with his thanks for the crowd’s enthusiasm:

Trump is off and running for MAGA candidates this year. As the year progresses, he will have even more great news to report.

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Just time for a very quick post today.

I will be posting more on Candace Owens, a remarkable woman who is doing much to unify America.

President Trump tweeted about her last Wednesday:

She, in turn, thanked him:

Candace Owens and many others are coming to see that divisive politics help no one.

Thank goodness that, not only have they seen the light, they are also helping other Americans to do so, too.

In February, I published a guest post from one of my readers, George True, on the Parkland, Florida school shooting. If you missed it, please be sure to read it.

A few days ago, George True commented on ‘The bottom to top plan to save America’, which explains why we have not seen high profile arrests yet. (If you haven’t read it, please do, as it will put what follows in context.

George kindly granted me permission to use his eloquent, inspired comment as a guest post. Emphases mine below.

This is an excellent Christian perspective on what is happening in America right now:

I certainly hope this what is happening behind the scenes. Many American patriots, including myself, were expecting to see a number of high level arrests and prosecutions by now. The sheer number of crimes committed by high ranking members of the Obama administration is almost overwhelming to contemplate. And the in-your-face audacity of it all and them more or less daring anyone to do anything about it is breathtaking in its arrogance. The weaponizing of virtually all agencies of government by the prior administration against anyone, including common people, who had different political views is a level of evil that is so far beyond the pale it defies description.

This is by far the greatest government scandal in the entire history of the United States. And so far the perpetrators have gotten away with it scot free. If they are not indicted and prosecuted for their many felonies committed against the American people, then one can truly say that there is no law anymore in the former constitutional republic known as America, except the law of the jungle.

The Deep State is attempting to isolate Trump and get him before he gets them. The Republican establishment in particular is complicit in the attempt to bring Trump down. Never in my life have I seen one of the major political parties not even attempt to defend the leader of their party. Most of them are probably compromised, either through blackmail or having been bought off. And the travesty of Mueller, one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the Uranium One scandal, investigating Trump on the bogus and fraudulent claim that his 2016 campaign somehow conspired with Russia is both disgusting and enraging to see day after day. If real justice were in effect, Mueller and his entire crew of virulently anti-Trump leftists, along with all of the main criminals of the Obama administration would be taken into custody by the Marine Corps and transported to Guantanamo forthwith, where they would await trial by military tribunal.

I am not a vengeful person. Yet my soul cries out to see justice done. Something on the order of seventy million American Christians who remember what our country used to be prayed daily and fervently to our God for deliverance from the criminal cabal that has had a stranglehold on every aspect of our government. Our prayers were answered in the form of President Donald Trump, an imperfect man, but one who also remembers what out country used to be and was willing to risk everything, up to and including his very life in order to restore our republic to we the people. I cannot believe that God would bring us this far only to have the Deep State take out our champion that He has anointed.

I still fervently pray, with all my strength and all my heart and soul that there is much going on behind the scenes that we do not know about. I pray daily for Donald Trump’s health and safety, and that things are proceeding according to plan. Let the corrupt media bray and spew their misinformation and deliberate disinformation. Let the Deep State think they have gotten away with it, even as the net slowly but surely encircles them. And let us all continue to fervently beseech God for justice, and to thank God for all that he has done and continues to do for each of us individually and all of us collectively. I want nothing more than to be a righteous man in a once again righteous nation – a nation that looks to God for guidance, protection, and love.

That is a perfect description of the egregious present and the God-fearing past in America.

I hope George seriously considers starting his own WordPress blog. His thoughts deserve a wide audience.

This post can be found on my Recipes / Health / History / Health / Trump page.

Scott Presler is a pro-Trump activist and Vice Chairman of the Virginia Beach Young Republicans.

If the Republicans had more like him, the coming mid-terms would be less of a worry.

Presler might be atypical of the standard GOP supporter but not unusual for a Trump supporter: he’s young and gay.

Last November, he gave an interview to CNN’s Don Lemon about immigration and terrorism. He said that the average American family is concerned about putting food on the table and paying their bills. They do not need more things to worry about:

Although Presler wants voters to elect Republicans this year, he is unhappy with the GOP leadership both in the House …

… and the Senate:

Presler is fearless in his quest to be out and about for the MAGA agenda:

Sometimes, a friend joins him:

People honk in support of the messages. One man even dropped off a bag of soft drinks and snacks as a thank you.

Unfortunately, he gets threats from the Left. Fortunately, he knows how to defend himself should that day ever come. I pray that God keeps him safe.

When he’s at home, he can be found writing thank you notes to Trump voters:

He is a firm believer in putting America first:

He teaches other Republicans useful Democrat tactics:

It’s easy enough to do. Visit the website of Scott’s employer.

Fortunately, people are catching on in the Midwest …

… and further west:

As the Democrats move further left, Republican activism is essential, particularly this year. (By the way, the top tweet is a response to Presler about a threat he received):

Scott Presler agrees with Dr Trump’s assessment. On March 29, he gave an AMA — Ask Me Anything — interview to The_Donald. Excerpts follow, taken in order, emphases mine.

He wrote:

Conservatives are too nice. We have to be ruthless & relentless.

Yes, indeed!

A minority veteran wrote that he wanted to empower poorer neighbourhoods in New York City, saying that the Democrats’ policies ruined them. Scott replied:

We need your voice, especially as a Hispanic American. Minorities in the Republican party must speak up. People need to hear from you. I go out with a sign that says, “Democrats choose illegal aliens over American citizens,” and I arm myself with facts, like 3.6 Million black children are in poverty. Where are the democrats for these children?

Raise your voice. Be vocal and visible. Talk to people and share your story. Be vulnerable. People need to hear you.

Getting out the vote in 2018 requires a lot of Republicans and Scott’s employer is the place to go to enrol:

If you want to get involved and make a difference, then become an activist at actforamerica.org/activist.

Voter registration, voter registration, voter registration.

Follow @ScottPresler for information on elections and volunteering.

Also:

you can help me with phone calls, and call into other states to win elections.

Someone said it felt as if only President Trump listens to the American people. Do GOP politicians pay attention?

Trust me when I say this: They pay attention. Make the phone calls, write the emails, and make sure they know who you are. You do matter and you are important, and they need to hear from you. If they never hear dissent, they will figure that no matter how bad things get, that Republicans won’t care.

Raise your voice loud and proud.

Someone asked how Presler became an activist:

President Obama inspired me.

I started my Twitter account the day he was reelected. I told myself, “You can sit at home and explain, or go make a difference in the world.” I started volunteering, fell in love, and the rest is history.

I’ll be doing this until the day I die.

A reader complimented him on sending handwritten thank you notes:

Thank you. I’ve proudly handwritten 1,400 thank you letters. I love connecting with each of you.

I recently wrote one to a 103-year-old woman.

Who comes after President Trump?

I’m not sure anyone has the spine, courage, or bravery of President Trump. That worries me.

In the meantime, what about the Democrats pushing for a repeal of the Second Amendment?

The democrats are 100% coming after our guns. Not voting, or abstaining from voting, is a vote for the repeal of the 2nd Amendment.

Now is the time to get involved:

I say we give the democrats a run for their money. To be honest, we aren’t working hard enough. Where are our protests? Where is our organizing? … Unless we want to get crushed in November, we better start getting prepared now.

We have a country to save & I will not resign myself to watching it fail.

The GOP might have to take stances that go against traditional policy positions:

I think it’s a stroke of sheer genius for [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell to be pushing the decriminalization of industrial hemp.

Look, folks: The fact of the matter is that the next generation is going to be pro-marijuana. You want those votes, or do you want the democrats to get them?

We have to think strategically.

Hmm.

But — on voting in the primaries:

Be smart and strategic. We have to be cognizant that EVERY district is different. In swing districts, we can’t put far-right people. We have to know when and where to be strategic and put a more “moderate” candidate. The fact of the matter is that the Republican Party is still diverse. The big picture is we have to win: In order to win … we simply have to be calculating and strategic.

Someone complimented him on boldly sitting in a Starbucks window with a big message on his PC earlier this year.

Presler warned readers that the Democrats are fired up:

The democrats are fired up. I’m waiting to see the fire, passion, and energy from our side.

Prove me wrong.

Also, for those living in left-wing states:

Mind over matter. Just because you live in a blue state doesn’t mean you can’t effect chance. In fact, you have more power than you think. Imagine: the democrats are organizing in Texas, a red state. We need to be organizing everywhere.

Focus on voter registration: Grow the Republican party one voter at a time. If you are looking for other avenues, you can call into other states to get out the vote!

Someone rightly pointed out that Presler should be running voter outreach for the White House. He replied:

I wish. I want to meet President Trump so badly.

Someone asked him if he had ever received a reply to this tweet to Ronna Romney McDaniel:

He replied:

No response. The offer still stands. I want, more than anything, to help.

Presler urged Trump supporters to be active, especially this year. He agreed with someone who lamented weak willed Republicans:

EXACTLY! We control the House, Senate, and the White House. I will never understand why Republicans still don’t have a spine after a historic victory.

Not everyone can do what Scott Presler is doing, but every Trump supporter spending time online can a) tweet if they’re on Twitter or b) start a WordPress blog and post one item daily. It can even be copying a tweet, accompanied by a one sentence comment.

That’s all it takes: one short, powerful post per day.

Trump supporters need to become a GOP army, because the GOP establishment, including — nay, especially — Ronna Romney McDaniel — sure isn’t going to do anything.

On January 31, I posted on President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.

If you haven’t read that and haven’t followed the SOTU, especially the Democrats’ non-reaction, please do, as this post is a follow up looking at reactions from both sides of the aisle.

White House

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump sent out gracious tweets following the SOTU:

Democrats in trouble

During the SOTU, the Democrats — bar one or two — sat in silence. There was only one time when a number of them stood and applauded.

No one expects them to applaud Trump’s policies, but when a president praises Americans, the custom is to stand and applaud.

The Democrats did not do that. My aforementioned post has several photos of them, especially Representative Nancy Pelosi (California). She was unrepentant:

Not every Democrat sees it her way:

When you look at Trump’s address, note how many times he said ‘we’ and ‘together’.

He listed all of his administration’s huge achievements made in just one year.

Pelosi is laughable.

But there are others:

However, the next Democrat, from Chicago, had to have been the worst. After the North Korean defector lifted his crutches triumphantly, guests on the Republican side began chanting ‘USA! USA! USA!’ This was Luis Gutierrez’s reaction:

Watch the video and see that this was the one time a large number of Democrats stood and applauded. Ironically, that’s when Gutierrez made his exit.

He later issued this statement:

Words fail me, so I’ll move on.

Media reaction

The media’s reaction was just as unhinged as the Democrats’.

Some took issue with Trump for wanting to fully eradicate MS-13, saying we cannot even be sure if this horrific gang actually exists!

Immigration was another issue.

So were American values:

Unbelievable! Yet, people still tune in to this rubbish!

Mark Dice has a short, humorous — yet factual — take on the media’s reactions, complete with clips. You’ll also see more Democrats. Chuckles guaranteed:

At least Matt Drudge’s headline said the president has ‘shows heart’.

Public’s reaction to Democrats

Hey, Dems, take a look at yourselves.

Then take a look around you.

You showed your true colours and all of America could see it:

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee tweeted:

This couple were special guests at the SOTU:

The_Donald, which continues to increase its subscribers daily, had several posts about the SOTU. One thread covered that tweet. Representative comment (emphases mine):

I wish I could tell her how much good company she has in being red pilled. So many black Americans stay on the Dem plantation because they fear their community will abandon them. Alone and adrift in a world where they were taught that all are turned against them, especially whites. Once people like this lady figure out they’ve been lied to and used and want to leave, they end up going up against the “social enforcers” who use their power within the black communities to isolate those who think differently.

To repeat, I wish I could tell her what wonderful company she has here.

Also:

Trump’s black support has already doubled in a year. It’s my belief that a lot of blacks are actually open to him, and all they need is a reason to switch over. This image could be broadcast strategically for a few weeks during the election and probably win over tons of black voters.

I don’t doubt Trump’s increased MAGA support in the black community. This photo was taken before the SOTU. This chap is even wearing a GOP badge:

On another thread praising the fine — and highly moving — address Trump gave, someone wrote:

I’m doing a lot of laughing at the Dems these days. They are circling the toilet bowl and they know it. Bitter clingers to very bad ideas.

All of these Dem photos and film clips can be put together in a powerful campaign ad this year for mid-terms and again in 2020!

Another thread said that the SOTU has finished the Democrat Party. I refuse to say ‘Democratic’ — the proper name — because their members are too radical to live up to it.

Another thread said that Trump is snatching the rug from underneath the Dems:

For years the DNC has always communicated good intentions… the infrastructure programs, the social programs and other typical DNC related topics – Trump is dismantling and taking these topics from them. It is really clear

It is clear that the Democrats are on the wrong side right now:

best SOTU speech in my lifetime was awesome then awesome then better great g[rea]t great AMERICANS and FAMILIES and dems just sat like toads on a log headed down river

Not even rigged voting machines can save these desperate individuals now. For years, I have longed to write that sentence. Now I’ve finally been able to do so.

This image comes courtesy of The_Donald. Can’t you see this being used to great effect?

This is the background story to the image:

Trump touted the patriotism of a young boy named Preston who planted flags for veterans.

“Young patriots like Preston teach all of us about our civic duty as Americans. Preston’s reverence for those who have served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.”

Republican side stands and applauds. Dems do nothing. Nancy Pelosi looks round to make sure.

Official polling

Several days before the SOTU, this poll came out showing that most Americans are on Trump’s side of the issues:

Here are the results of the CBS poll taken after the SOTU:

Now Trump’s approval rating has gone up:

It is no doubt higher than that, but polling companies don’t care to get the correct weighting for Republicans and Independents.

One thing is certain: 2018 will be exciting, especially when the mid-term campaigning starts.

Just two posts to go on Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria now.

This one has no hurricane news, but it relates to political parties and nationality, two topics that have arisen elsewhere online over the past fortnight.

Politics

Hurricane Maria has brought out the political spectrum in Puerto Rico. More of us now understand the island’s politics, from conservative to leftist.

New Progressive Party — NPP

Although there is a Puerto Rico Republican Party, it functions as the conservative wing of the New Progressive Party, or NPPPartido Nuevo Progresista (PNP) — which has two camps. One aligns with America’s Republican Party and the other with the Democratic Party.

The NPP is the majority party on the island to the extent that, with a two-thirds legislative majority in both Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives and Senate, it faces no real political opposition.

Both the governor and the resident commissioner are from the NPP.

Jenniffer Aydin González Colón, the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, has been doing a lot of liaison work in Washington DC in Maria’s aftermath. González, an NPP member, aligns herself with the Republican Party in the United States.  In June 2017, The Hill included her in its list of Latina Leaders to Watch and describes her as a pro-statehood, small government, pro-business conservative.

Governor Ricardo Antonio Rosselló Nevares is also a member of the NPP. However, he aligns himself with the Democratic Party. He would also like to see Puerto Rico become the 51st state and is certain that it will:

Colonialism is not an option …. It’s a civil rights issue … The time will come in which the United States has to respond to the demands of 3.5 million citizens seeking an absolute democracy.

Although 97% of voters agreed with him in a June 2017 plebiscite on statehood, because they represented only 23% of voters, the result was nullified. This is not the first time Puerto Ricans have voted on the issue. No doubt there will be another plebiscite, although Rosselló would like create a commission which would ensure the island’s legislature would honour the result. Ultimately, the US Congress would have the final say on statehood.

Rosselló’s social views are mixed. On cannabis, he favours legalisation of medical marijuana but opposes legalising recreational marijuana. He supports LGBT rights but opposes same-sex marriage.

Financially, he is grappling with the island’s crippling debt — upwards of $70 million — and has implemented austerity measures on the island.

Popular Democratic Party — PDP

The Popular Democratic Party, or PDP — Partido Popular Democrático (PPD) — wants Puerto Rico to maintain its current status as an unincorporated territory of the United States with self-government.

That might sound like a conservative stance to those who do not live on the island, but the PDP was born out of the Puerto Rico Liberal Party and the Unionist Party in 1938. It, too, is divided into ‘populars’ and ‘conservatives’, and its slogan is ‘Bread, Land, Freedom’.

In 2007, the PDP moved leftward with a new set of party policies:

The new philosophy commits the party to defending a political status for the island that is based in the irrevocable right of the people of Puerto Rico to form a sovereign country.

The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, is a PDP member and aligns herself with the Democratic Party. She has been President Donald Trump’s biggest and most vocal critic in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. She was also the only mayor out of 78 who refused to work with FEMA. She would not be out of place with her American counterparts.

Puerto Rican Independence Party

The Puerto Rican Independence Party Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño, PIP — is far-left and gets around 2.5% of the vote. The FBI has even had cause to investigate it over the years.

Nationality

Concerning nationality, Puerto Ricans are blessed.

They are blessed from the point of view of automatically belonging to the United States and, potentially, Spain, and, by extension, the European Union.

How much good fortune could a person on an impoverished island want?

Wikipedia‘s article on Puerto Rican citizenship tells us that anyone who is born in Puerto Rico is born as a) a citizen of Puerto Rico (former Spanish possession until 1898) and b) the United States.

Just as good, since 2007, anyone with Puerto Rican nationality can live in Spain for two years and acquire not only Spanish nationality but also (by virtue of the passport) EU nationality, giving them the freedom to live and work anywhere within the EU.

Therefore, native-born Puerto Ricans are in the rare position of potentially holding four citizenships, should will and circumstance permit: Puerto Rico, United States, Spain and the EU.

Who could ask for anything more?? If I were a teacher in Puerto Rico, I would be encouraging all my students to work their proverbial off so that they could go to the US or Spain and Europe.

Puerto Ricans have multiple exit doors that most people in the world don’t have. They need only to harness their energy, whether in the professions or trades.

All Puerto Rican teachers should be telling their students that the world is their oyster — and to prepare themselves for a bright future.

Hurricane Harvey brought to light several articles about previous episodes of flooding in east Texas and the Mississippi River states.

These date back to the early 20th century and are natural disasters. The climate change people should see if they can put these into their framework. It is doubtful that they can do so.

I will look at these various episodes in a short series of posts.

Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

This flood — also known as the Flood of 1927 — actually began halfway through 1926. It lasted into the next year and spread from state to state in the Mississippi River region.

It is particularly interesting because it changed America on a socio-political — as well as a natural level — in important ways.

The states that experienced the most serious flooding were Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. However, other states were also affected: Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas.

The cost of the damage was so great — $1 billion — that it amounted to one-third of the US federal budget in 1927.

Wikipedia’s entry on the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 tells us that the disaster started with heavy rains during the summer of 1926 in the central basin of the river. By September 1926, the river’s tributaries in Kansas and Iowa had filled to capacity.

By Christmas Day 1926:

the Cumberland River at Nashville, Tennessee exceeded 56 ft 2 in (17.1 m), a level that remains a record to this day, higher than the devastating 2010 floods.

The flooding then moved south to the Lower Mississippi River:

near Mound Landing, Mississippi and Arkansas City, Arkansas, and broke levees along the river in at least 145 places.[4] The water flooded more than 70,000 square kilometres (27,000 sq mi) of land, and left more than 700,000 people homeless. Approximately 500 people died as a result of flooding …

Arkansas was hardest hit, with 14% of its territory covered by floodwaters extending from the Mississippi and Arkansas deltas. By May 1927, the Mississippi River below Memphis, Tennessee, reached a width of 60 mi (100 km).[6]

In April 1927, New Orleans was hit:

On April 15, 1927, 15 inches (380 mm) of rain fell in New Orleans in 18 hours.[7] More than 4 feet (1.2 m) of water covered parts of the city.

Wikipedia says that a group of influential businessmen in the city decided to take action a few weeks later to avert further damage to the city. They had a team of men dynamite the levee at Caernarvon, Louisiana, which released 250,000 cu ft/s (7,000 m3/s) of water.

That worked out well for New Orleans, but not so well for people in the downriver parishes (counties) of St Bernard and Plaquemines. The dynamiting combined with the natural flooding which broke levees upstream of New Orleans caused an accumulation of immense amounts of water in those parishes. However, the people were poor — expendable, in the eyes of the better off — and the New Orleans businessmen did not bother to compensate them.

The flood did not subside until August 1927!

Good grief.

In addition to the hundreds of deaths, 9,000 properties were lost. Vast amounts of crops and livestock were also destroyed.

Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless in the states affected. The Red Cross, with the help of local volunteers, set up and ran relief efforts, which included camps. Most of the people affected were black (emphases mine):

African Americans, comprising 75% of the population in the Delta lowlands and supplying 95% of the agricultural labor force, were most affected by the flood. Historians estimate that of the 637,000 people forced to relocate by the flooding, 94% lived in three states: Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana; and that 69% of the 325,146 who occupied the relief camps were African American.[9] In one location, over 13,000 evacuees near Greenville, Mississippi, were gathered from area farms, and evacuated to the crest of the unbroken Greenville Levee. But many were stranded there for days without food or clean water.

Two things happened as a result.

First, a lot of blacks moved to the North, where they could work in factories. Their incomes, housing and prospects vastly improved. Although black migration to northern industrial centres in the first Great Migration had started during the First World War, the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 gave it an extra boost. This lasted until 1930, when the Depression started. (The Second Great Migration took place between 1940 and 1970.)

Secondly, blacks began turning to the Democrats rather than the Republicans. This is because of broken promises made by Herbert Hoover, a Republican, when he was elected president in 1928. He had been in charge of relief efforts under his predecessor Calvin Coolidge and was something of a hero. When he later found out about the poor treatment of blacks had received in the relief camps, he pledged to make black lives better. However, as more reports emerged, Hoover had them banned from newspaper coverage. One of these reports was written by Robert Russa Moton, who was the head of the Colored Advisory Commission. Hoover lost his bid for re-election not only because of the power of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s platform but also because of his refusal to get the federal government involved in relieving financial pain from the Depression. (A number of ordinary citizens tried to kill him on the campaign trail.) He also lost the vote of blacks in the North in 1932:

Moton and other influential African Americans began to encourage black Americans to align instead with the national Democrats.[16]:415

Returning to rebuilding and the Mississippi River, Hoover and Coolidge saw that federal funding was given to affected states to rebuild roads and bridges.

A huge system of levees was built under the Flood Control Act of 1928. Floodways were constructed to divert excessive flow from the Mississippi River. Unfortunately, these have done relatively little overall to contain flooding and:

scientists have found that they changed the flow of the Mississippi River, with the unintended consequence of increasing flooding in succeeding decades. Channeling of waters has reduced the absorption of seasonal rains by the floodplains, increasing the speed of the current and preventing the deposit of new soils along the way.

As we know, the Mississippi River still overflows and many people living on the floodplains are affected.

In 1993, severe flooding took place between April and October, the worst flooding since the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.

Last week, supporters of President Donald Trump had to endure much negativity.

There were the melées in Charlottesville and Boston, the media and others on the Left denouncing him, continued calls for his removal from office and so on.

Then there are the conversations that we have with people — friends and acquaintances. For my circle, Trump isn’t sophisticated enough. One Englishman actually said to me just a few days ago:

Trump isn’t very bright. He appeals only to the unsophisticated — like people in Boise, Idaho.

He was refuted pretty quickly on that one, let me tell you.

Anyway, with all of this rubbish going on, Trump’s (previously) scheduled rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 came at the perfect time.

The videos

Those interested can view everything — from supporters’ interviews to the guest speakers to Trump’s speech — below. Thank you, RSBN:

The following video from Fox 10 in Phoenix is of Trump’s one hour and seventeen minute speech:

If you have never seen a Trump rally, it’s worth watching. They’re all good — and all on YouTube.

Arizona Republicans spoke as did Alveda King, Martin Luther King’s niece who is very much pro-life.

The Rev Franklin Graham — Billy’s son — opened proceedings with a prayer. (Alveda King is on the right in black and purple.) This really is an amazing prayer on so many levels. RSBN also pans the crowd so you can see how many thousands are there:

Speaking of crowds, someone did a great time lapse video of the queue of people waiting to get in to the Phoenix Convention Center. It was a hot day, with temps over 100° F (40°+ C). People get to Trump’s evening rallies early in the morning and are outdoors all day long:

Trump tweeted that there were 15,000.

They were probably in line before Trump left Washington DC. Upon arrival in Arizona, Trump visited the US Border Protection and ICE teams in Yuma:

They told him about their daily work and the dangers they face. Trump discussed the visit in his speech.

Speech highlights

Although the teleprompter was up and running, Trump diverged from it with his trusty Sharpie-written notes and quotes. Trump is nearly always better without a teleprompter.

Trump began by thanking his supporters in Arizona and reminding them that he did his first ever rally there, during the Republican candidate debate season. He also thanked the speakers who preceded him.

He spent several minutes recapping his three statements about Charlottesville, which I covered here last week. N.B.: Although Trump did not say it, Charlottesville was a paid-for, false flag event on both sides.

Trump was amazed that the media did not mention he has ‘a home there’. It is where Trump Winery is located.

He said that the media were to blame for stirring up division in America. He said they reported only parts of stories, particularly those related to him. They take selective quotes from his statements. He wondered if the media even liked America because they seem to be so against the interests of the American people.

He did give credit to Fox News, namely Fox and Friends (morning show) and Sean Hannity (late night show). He watches both:

He also said he did not like it when the media smeared his supporters:

He also said that there was a lot of news they never cover, such as America’s failing education system and gang violence:

Between 32 and 35 minutes in, CNN and MSNBC shut off their cameras. Trump could see this, because their red camera lights went on. He mentioned it.

This is what happened at MSNBC. Notice the test pattern. (Surely, being a ‘Trash Man’ is a good thing. The trash man — dustman in the UK — removes rubbish.) Rachel Maddow wasn’t sure yet what was going on:

Trump talked about his 1m+ new jobs which would help to unify the nation and end the current division. He said that he wanted prosperity for all:

Trump went on to review his many achievements during the first seven months of his presidency, which I’ve also written about.

Although his infrastructure project has started, some CEOs from his advisory panel resigned after Charlottesville, because they did not think his statements went far enough. He disbanded the group:

He criticised Congress (and the Senate) for failing to pass legislation to repeal Obamacare. He said he had not given up and also pledged the largest tax reform ‘in 30 years’:

The tweets below are reactions from the elitist neo-con never-Trumper Bill Kristol (Trump complimented General Kelly, moved from Homeland Security to Chief of Staff) and conservative pundit, the pro-Trump Laura Ingraham:

Trump rightly had a go at local governments and universities bowing to pressure from Antifa to have Confederate and other statues of past American leaders removed. He told them not to touch those of George Washington. Removal takes place in the middle of the night, incidentally:

Around this time:

Trump spoke about renegotiating NAFTA. The first round of talks took place at the end of last week and ran through the weekend:

He signalled that he was sick and tired of the advice from outsiders:

He had a few closing soundbites, including:

Trump then concluded his speech:

Reactions

As ever, Trump pleased his supporters.

A Canadian had a righteous blast at CNN’s Jim Acosta. Thank you:

CNN responded with a programme about impeaching Trump featuring their usual leftist experts, Deep Staters and Democrats.

A New York City radio show host measured Trump’s speech by noting the Left’s hysteria. Responses mentioned the CNN feature about impeachment:

There was also this scandalous CNN commentary on black Trump supporters, including the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, retired brain surgeon Dr Ben Carson:

Terrible. Now that is racist, even if Mr Boykin is himself black. That‘s CNN, folks.

Indeed it is.

NBC’s White House reporter tweeted:

People at home were blown away:

You bet.

In closing, here’s the verdict of Trump’s longtime supporter, Pastor Mark Burns:

Amen, Pastor Burns. MAGA!

The other day I wrote about Seth Rich, a DNC employee who was murdered in mysterious circumstances on July 10, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Yesterday, I provided the source for the beginning of the Russian narrative used against President Donald Trump.

Both are WikiLeaks related.

Today, those who do not already know will find out what Hillary Clinton’s campaign had in store for leakers.

That, too, is related to WikiLeaks.

The Podesta WikiLeaks revealed that Hillary’s campaign team and advisers wanted to make ‘an example’ out of ‘leakers’, even if nothing could be proven.

WikiLeaks released this tweet on October 30, 2016:

The source is Podesta WikiLeaks email no. 36082 from February 21, 2015.

That day, the Washington Post printed a story about Hillary Clinton’s campaign branding. Two of the people interviewed were involved with her presidential campaign in 2015:

Ahead of her campaign launch, Clinton has tapped some of the Democratic Party’s star strategists as well as two of corporate America’s branding wizards: Wendy Clark, who specializes in marketing age-old brands such as Coca-Cola to younger and more diverse customers; and Roy Spence, a ­decades-long Clinton friend who dreamed up the “Don’t Mess With Texas” anti-littering slogan as well as flashy ad campaigns for Southwest Airlines and Wal-Mart.

Clark took an unpaid leave in January from Coca-Cola, where she is president of brands and strategic marketing for carbon­ated beverages in North America, to help Clinton in what Clark called “a passion project.” Spence is co-founder and chairman of GSD&M, an Austin-based corporate ad firm, and has experience in politics, including with Clinton’s 2008 campaign.

John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, and political operative Joel Benenson discussed their displeasure with the article and with those two people for talking to the press without consulting the campaign managers first.

Podesta wrote (emphases mine below):

we need a strategy on this that goes beyond internal discipline. This story could have been written without any of these big mouths blabbing …

Benenson agreed:

I think we have to make examples now of people who have violated the trust of HRC and the rest of the team. People going forward need to know there are stiff consequences for leaking, self-promotion, unauthorized talking with the press. No one – literally no one talked to the press in either Obama campaign without clearing it with campaign brass.

Podesta replied in a curious way:

I’m definitely for making an example of a suspected leaker whether or not we have any real basis for it.

Campaign manager Robby Mook, who was copied on the exchange, agreed:

I would love an example being made.

How far did this go in reality?

No one knows, but many suspect — rightly or wrongly — that Seth Rich’s alleged leak of 40,000+ emails to WikiLeaks — the DNC WikiLeaks — might well have led to his death in July 2016.

On Tuesday, May 16, the torchpaper was lit. As Fox News ran with the Rich story, bringing it to the attention of the general public, three new Twitter hastags were busy: #HisNameWasSethRich, #SethRichCoverUp and #SethRich.

Some leftists did take note, primarily those employed at David Brock‘s Media Matters, who now realise they’ve been paid to circulate ‘lies’ online and said so on 4chan.org/pol/. Let’s hope that they do resign now that they know the truth.

Other Americans also doubt the Russian narrative.

With all the law enforcement silence around Rich’s murder and little information to go on over the past ten months, people are naturally suspicious details are being covered up or that nothing is being done:

People following the case since last year do not believe that Rich had no involvement in the DNC WikiLeaks:

Equally, they are disappointed that so much wasted energy is being spent on the Russian narrative and James Comey:

This could be why:

Incidentally, Seth Rich was not the only man to die mysteriously in the summer of 2016:

Pray that the truth comes out about these four men, all of whom had a relationship with the Democrats.

My intention last year was to write about the WikiLeaks emails from the Democrats.

Because of all the hubbub surrounding the 2016 presidential campaign, I never got around to it. I still have all the bookmarks of the emails themselves and related analyses from The_Donald. They are a revelation.

I hope that some people will be wondering how and where the Russian narrative used against President Donald Trump started.

Look no further than Hillary Clinton’s campaign supremo John Podesta and a journalist, Brent Budowsky, who writes for The Hill.

Much of the Podesta WikiLeaks email no. 25651, dated December 21, 2015, concerns Hillary Clinton’s stance on ISIS and Syria. There is also a mention of campaign advertising and getting out the vote.

However, the key to this is the Democrats’ strategy against Trump, primarily this one from Brent Budowsky (emphases mine below):

Best approach is to slaughter Donald for his bromance with Putin

Budowsky was also interested in finding and releasing incriminating tapes of Trump to help Hillary, whom they knew even then was not doing well in the polls:

I suspect her negative trust ratings are locked in through election day. If there is a Trump ISIS video the campaign release it. If not, her untrustworthy numbers will remain further locked at high levels. These trust problems are self-induced and keep occurring.

Budowsky became more insistent:

Re the Trump ISIS video, if we don’t have the proof campaign should assign 100 people to look for it ASAP, there is probably something on tape somewhere.

With regard to campaign adverts, Budowsky already noted that Trump was not running them:

It is no coincidence that this year Trump runs no ads, while Jeb and Hillary run the most ads with little effect. Voter registration by contrast creates real voters and changes—and improves—the playing field itself. There is no ad on earth that will increase her trust ratings or the enthusiasm of her voters the way a mega-registration project will increase her support on election day.

They knew then that Hillary was scuppered. Based on the context, they also seemed to discern that Trump was going to be Hillary’s opponent in 2016.

In June 2016 — one month before the Republican National Convention declared Trump the GOP presidential candidate — Trump Derangement Syndrome was flying high in the Democrat camp. Obama’s campaign manager from 2008, later a senior adviser, tweeted:

On November 9, 2016 — the day after the election — Hillary’s campaign heads decided to run hard with the Russian narrative:

The quote in blue comes from an investigative book about the Clinton campaign, Shattered, which came out earlier this year.

On April 21, Breitbart included the quote in their report, which began:

The blistering behind-the-scenes book, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, illustrates how Hillary Clinton furiously blamed her defeat on the FBI investigation into her private emails, Russian interference, and Trump’s supposed support from “white nationalists” …

Also:

The Clinton camp settled on a two-pronged plan — pushing the press to cover how “Russian hacking was the major unreported story of the campaign, overshadowed by the contents of stolen e-mails and Hillary’s own private-server imbroglio,” while “hammering the media for focusing so intently on the investigation into her e-mail, which had created a cloud over her candidacy,” the authors wrote.

And so the Russian narrative survives, alive and well, to this day.

The Democrats and the media have been displaying abject contempt for the people of the United States ever since.

Anyone who still thinks either camp cares about them is sorely mistaken.

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