Friday, April 28, 2017

The Appalachian Messenger April 28, 2017

This week’s edition of the Appalachian Messenger has articles by:

Robert Gore
The Swarm

David DeGerolamo
Which Freedom Do You Want?

Francis W. Porretto

T. L. Davis
Who Will Make The Call?

Click here for the April 28, 2017 edition.

UN: Violation of international law if Obamacare is changed?

Via Billy

The United Nations is once again sticking its nose into the domestic affairs of the United States in violation of its own charter (Article 2, para. 7).  The Washington Post has uncovered a transmittal letter dated February 2, 2017 from the UN Office of High Commissioner of Human Rights, forwarding to the then acting U.S. Secretary of State, Thomas Shannon, Jr., a complaint from one of the UN’s Special Rapporteurs about plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.  This Special Rapporteur “on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health,” Dainius Puras, believes it is within his mandate to intervene in the internal debate going on within the U.S. Congress and the executive branch as to what to do about Obamacare. 
In his letter, Puras expressed his “serious concern” over how proposed legislative changes to Medicaid, tax subsidies, and the Obamacare individual and employer mandates could deprive the American people of the rights contained in his long title. And then he waved the banner of international law. He cited broad clauses on health care in a number of treaties to which the U.S. is a party and the opinions of unaccountable members of the "UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights" interpreting the treaty clauses. The Committee noted, he said, that “there is a strong presumption that retrogressive measures taken in relation to the right to health are not permissible and if any deliberately retrogressive measures are taken, the State party has the burden of providing that they have been introduced after the most care consideration of all alternatives…”

MEDIA TRUMPED: Americans Trust Trump White House Over Liberal Media to Tell the Truth

Via Billy

The Deification of Lincoln (and of the American State)

Via Billy

“The violence of the criticism aimed at Lincoln by the great men of his time on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line is startling.  The breadth and depth of the spectacular prejudice against him is often shocking for its cruelty, intensity, and unrelenting vigor.  The plain truth is that Mr. Lincoln was deeply reviled by many who knew him personally, and by hundreds of thousands who only knew of him.”
–Larry Tagg, The Unpopular Mr. Lincoln: America’s Most Reviled President

In his book, The Unpopular Mr. Lincoln, historian Larry Tagg, a native of Lincoln, Illinois, constructs a powerful case that Abraham Lincoln was by far the most hated and reviled of all American presidents, North and South, during his lifetime.  For example, in May of 1864 the New York Times labeled Lincoln “a perjurer, a usurper, a tyrant, a subverter of the Constitution, a destroyer of the liberties of this country, a reckless desperado, a heartless trifler . . .  there is no circle in Dante’s Inferno full enough of torment to expiate his iniquities.”

More @ LRC

Charleston Has Possibly The Most Beautiful Housing Project in America

Via comment by Weaver on It's not elites vs. populists. It's cities vs. the...

 William Enston Home-Charleston South Carolina-Charleston Housing Authority-Housing Project-007


 In Charleston, South Carolina sits perhaps the most beautiful housing project in America. Built in a Romanesque Revival style, the William Enston Home consists of free-standing cottages set on a leafy green landscaped property. William Enston was a wealthy businessman in Charleston involved in furniture, real estate and shipping. He left his fortunate to the city of Charleston in 1859, with the stipulation that it be used to build a home for elderly poor.

Top Two Worst Jobs: Newspaper Reporter and Broadcaster. :)

Via Billy

Some people choose their careers while others sort of just fall into them. Apparently, we in the new media have one of the worst jobs of 2017, according to the website Career Cast.

But let’s start with the best jobs of the year.

More @ CBS

The Hill: Yes, blame Obama for the sorry state of the Democratic Party

Via Billy

Yes, blame Obama for the sorry state of the Democratic Party
When the Chair of the DNC, the Senate Minority Leader, and the Democratic nominee for President of the United States cannot differentiate themselves on the political spectrum (the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist) —Houston, we have a problem.
As President Trump continues to drive stakes through the heart of Barack Obama’s legacy, the totality of the Democratic Party’s response has been to fight back for fight’s sake — not for God, not for glory, not for values, not for liberty, not for our children and posterity—but simply to remain unyielding at every turn and to consider that victory.

After the sun rose on Nov. 9, 2016, the shattering of the liberal dream had been so dramatic and that Democrats suddenly realized there was no one in charge.

Phones were silent.

Emails ceased.

DNC elites were scattering out of New York, and there were no signals from Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama to point the way forward. The flame was out.

In the course of one day, Obama’s grand progressive movement had ended and all that was left were crisis and chaos. Like a shocked animal, the Democratic Party became a feral beast lashing out blindly, indiscriminately — hoping a fang, a beak, or a claw would find its mark and make the world right again.

More @ The Hill

Trump Signs New Executive Order To Get Rid Of Bad VA Employees, Protect Whistleblowers

Via Billy

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday establishing an office to help get rid of bad employees and protect whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Trump visited the VA offices Thursday and thanked veterans for their service, in addition to thanking employees who help veterans, while signing the executive order called “Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs.”

“I’m honored also to be at the Department of Veterans Affairs because I will tell you this has been something right from the beginning of the campaign that does not get any more important for me than making life really great for our phenomenal veterans, that I can say,” Trump said.

“This executive order makes it clear that we will never ever tolerate substandard care for our great veterans,” he added.

“This is an important moment in the life of the VA,” Vice President Mike Pence said.

Businesses that use foreign workers are starting to explore the possibility of recruiting domestic labor

Via Numbers USA "Isn't this the point?"

Part of the U.S.-Mexico border wall is pictured. | AP Photo

President Donald Trump has systematically engineered a major crackdown on immigration during his first 100 days in office — even as courts reject his executive orders and Congress nears a spending deal that will deny him funding for a wall along the southern border.

The number of arrests on the U.S.-Mexico border plummeted in March to its lowest level in 17 years — a strong suggestion that Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric is scaring away foreigners who might otherwise try to enter the United States illegally. In addition, part of a lesser-known executive order that Trump signed in January gave federal immigration agents broad leeway to arrest virtually any undocumented immigrant they encounter.

More @ Politico

Herman: 51 years later, a Texas serviceman comes home

Via Nguyễn Văn Bẩy

It’s amazing how so little can mean so much. Stick with me here and you’ll see what I mean. And you’ll agree.

In 1966, exactly 51 years ago Friday, a B-57 piloted by Air Force Capt. Robert Russell “Bear” Barnett, 32, was shot down in Laos. He was listed as presumed dead, body not recovered.

Barnett later was honored and his family was presented his medals at a Fort Sam Houston memorial service in San Antonio. A memorial marker there honors his service and remembers his life.

There was no funeral, no burial. And for the Barnett family, no closure.

Until now.

More with video @ My Statesman