Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Anderson is concerned.

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A Rare Aerial Perspective of Saigon in the 1920s

Thanks to the prevalence of photographic drones, nowadays it’s a cakewalk to source aerial photos of Vietnam with just a simple internet search.

However, a century ago, observing the glory of Saigon through a bird’s-eye view was no easy feat, which makes these rare sepia snapshots of the city in the 1920s an invaluable treasure.

These photos were taken by Leon Ropion, a senior technical assistant with a career in public work in the 1920s. The Frenchman and his wife, Alice Ropion, who taught at an all-girl school in Saigon moved from Europe to live and work in Indochina more than a hundred years ago. The photo archive was made available by Catherine Neykov, the couple’s granddaughter.

Ropion’s photos might be subpar in comparison with today’s high-resolution panoramic shots, but the level of details he managed to achieve was incredible considering the time the images were created.

While Saigon’s landmarks like Ben Thanh Market, Saigon River and Reunification Palace are instantly recognizable, in the distance, the sparseness of the city is also evidenced: beyond the neatly planned city center, areas that are now District 4, 5 and 7 are mostly empty fields.

See what our hometown looks like almost a century ago in Leon Ropion’s shots below:

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US-China Trade War Will Hit Vietnam the Hardest in Southeast Asia


The US and China's tit-for-tat moves could wreak havoc on many economies in Asia.

According to an analytical report by Financial Times Confidential research, because of its export dependency, Vietnam will be impacted the hardest in Southeast Asia by the US-China trade war, Nikkei Asian Review reports.

Vietnam is currently the most export-dependent countries among the ASEAN big five, which includes Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.

The US has always been Vietnam's largest export market until last year when Vietnam's General Department of Customs announced that China has dethroned the US to be Vietnam's largest export market

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Decline in the Fall (or Late Summer, Anyway): by Fred Gibbon

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I am not sure why people write columns. Partly from boredom, I suppose, or lack of anything better to do. Partly from exasperation. Yet partly from the hope that if enough people collectively become aware of problems, they might, just maybe, do something about them. I can’t believe this any longer. 

Today’s crimes, lunacies, and decays  are too many, profitable, and intractable. We are racing out of control toward some as yet dimly limned catastrophe. Hang on and take the ride.

To begin with, America is no longer a country. It is a set of special interests occupying the same place: Corporations, races, ethnicities, faiths, ideologies, foreign agents pretending to be Americans, all at each other’s throats. No cure is possible.

July Retail Sales Rock, Productivity Soars Above Expectations, Manufacturing Businesses Booming

 Workers listen as US President Donald Trump speaks about trade at US Steel's Granite City Works steel mill in Granite City, Illinois July 26, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)


Buoyant consumer sentiment boosted retail sales more than expected in July, while bigger than expected productivity gains point toward lower inflation and possible wage gains.

Retail sales, which are the total receipts at stores that sell merchandise and related services to final consumers, rose 0.5 percent in July, according to data released by the Commerce Department Wednesday. Economists had expected sales to rise by just 0.1 percent. The sales numbers were so strong that they exceeded the top range of expectations of economists surveyed by Bloomberg.
Outside of auto and gas sales, retail sales grew an even stronger 0.6 percent.

Productivity, which has had very small gains or even retreated in recent years, rose 2.9 percent in the most recent quarter compared with the prior quarter. That topped expectations for gains of 2.5 percent and was far above the paltry 0.4 percent increase in the first quarter. Productivity measures the growth of labor efficiency in producing goods and services. Rising productivity can hold back inflationary pressures even when the labor market is tight. It can also lead to higher wages in the longer run.

Unit labor costs, a measure that reflects the labor costs of producing each unit of output, was expected to decline 0.2 percent, after declining 0.3 percent in the prior quarter. Instead, it declined 0.9 percent. That too is an indicator that inflation is likely to remain tame.

The Federal Reserves New York State manufacturing survey also highlighted economic strength and showed no signs of stress from tariffs or anecdotal reports of parts shortages. The survey came in at 25.6, moving higher when economists had expected a decline to 20 from the prior reading of 22.6. The survey asks 200 manufacturing executives for their views on business conditions.

The picture comprised by the data released Wednesday morning was one of a strong economy when viewed from supply and demand sides, with rising productivity dampening inflation fears.

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FLASHBACK: Omarosa Was Fired or Tossed From Govt. Positions Under Clinton… FOUR Different Times

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Omarosa goes 5 for 5!

Maybe this is what President Trump really meant by this tweet last week.

Here’s something that is not making many headlines in the liberal mainstream media.

Omarosa was fired four times by the Clinton White House.

They say she was very “disruptive.”

 More @ The Gateway Pundit

Trump Revokes Ex-CIA Chief Brennan’s Security Clearance

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The announcement comes the day after Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani warned Brennan may face a grand jury for “quarterbacking” the phony Russia investigation.
“The guy running it is Brennan. And he should be in front of a grand jury,” Giuliani said on Hannity.
“Unless he’s the biggest idiot intelligence agent that ever existed—although he never really did much intelligence work—it’s false. You could look at it [the dossier] and laugh at it.”
The Trump administration has revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, according to a statement from the president.

“As the head of the Executive Branch and Commander-in-Chief, I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information, including by controlling access to it.

Today, in fulfilling that responsibility, I’ve decided to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said reading Trump’s statement.

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Rand Paul calls out commie Brennan as "the most biased, bigoted, over-the-top, hyperbolic, unhinged director of the C.I.A. we’ve ever had."

NY Governor Cuomo: “We’re Not Going to Make America Great Again. It Was Never That Great” (VIDEO)

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Democrat Cuomo comes clean — tells audience what he REALLY thinks about America.

Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke for MILLIONS of Democrats this week when he told an audience that America was never that great.

Governor Cuomo told a New York audience, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never than great.”

The Republican candidate Marc Molinaro relased a statement on Cuomo’s remarks.

And Cuomo's Republican opponent @marcmolinaro is out with a statement on this

— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) August 15, 2018

Anything Is Nice If It Comes From Dixieland


In October 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dine at the executive mansion. This was an unprecedented move. No African-American had ever been asked to dine with the president, and while neither Roosevelt or his staff said much of the event, it was surely done in the spirit of reconciliation and Roosevelt’s desire to be “the people’s president.” Reaction to the visit was mixed. The pro-Republican press tended to support Roosevelt’s unexpected gesture while Democratic organs, North and South, either questioned Roosevelt’s intentions or denounced the meeting altogether.

Historians have mostly focused on the Southern response to the event, primarily “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman’s vicious statements condemning the dinner as a slippery slope toward the creation and acceptance of a “mongrel race.” But less than one month later, William Jennings Bryan dedicated nearly three pages of his personal newspaper The Commoner to what one Southern paper called the “peculiar” interview. Bryan was no race baiter. He showed sympathy toward African-Americans and argued that they were as capable of “self-government” as any member of white American society, yet he also believed in the status quo in regard to race relations. Bryan wrote that he:

American Attilla

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On the 18th of December1864 Lincoln’s general-in-chief Henry Halleck wrote Sherman: “Should you capture Charleston, I hope that by some accident the place may be destroyed; and if a little salt should be sown upon its site, it may prevent the growth of future crops of nullification and secession.” Ironically, secession was first threatened by New England at the time of the Louisiana Purchase and in its 1814 Hartford convention; nullification of federal law was the very basis of the North’s prewar Personal Liberty Laws. In late 1864 and early 1865, Sherman’s 65,000 man army triumphantly plundered and destroyed Georgia and South Carolina with virtually no opponents except old men, women and children. General Joe Wheeler had 5,000 cavalry to merely harass Sherman with. The following was reprinted from a May 1873 article in Southern Magazine.
Bernhard Thuersam,   The Great American Political Divide

American Attilla

“To [Halleck’s letter] General Sherman replies, December 24: “This war differs from European wars in this particular – we are not only fighting hostile armies, but a hostile people; and must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war, as well as their organized armies.

I will bear in mind your hint as to Charleston, and don’t think “salt” will be necessary. The truth is, the whole army is burning with an insatiable desire to wreak vengeance on South Carolina. I almost tremble for her fate, but feel that she deserves all that seems to be in store for her.”

On the 23rd he writes to General Kilpatrick: “Let the whole people know the war is now against them, because their armies flee before us and do not defend their country or frontier as they should. It is pretty nonsense for Wheeler and Beauregard and such vain heroes to talk of our warring against women and children. If they claim to be men, they should defend their women and children and prevent us reaching their homes.”

If, therefore, an army defending their country can prevent invaders from reaching their homes and families, the latter have a right to that protection; but if the invaders can break through and reach these homes, [they] are justified in destroying women and children. Certainly this is a great advance on the doctrine and practice of the Dark Ages.

Is it any wonder that after reading [this] we fervently echo General Sherman’s devout aspiration: “I do wish the fine race of men that people our Northern States should rule and determine the future destiny of America?”

(Gleanings from General Sherman’s Dispatches, Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume XIII, William Jones, editor, 1885, Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1990, excerpts pp. 446-448)

2016 Trump Tower Meeting Looks Increasingly Like a Setup by Russian and Clinton Operatives

Via David


The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between high-ranking members of the Republican presidential  campaign staff and a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties remains the cornerstone of claims that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the election.

A growing body of evidence, however, indicates that the meeting may have been a setup -- part of a broad effort to tarnish the Trump campaign involving Hillary Clinton operatives employed by Kremlin-linked figures and Department of Justice officials. This view, that the real collusion may have taken place among those who arranged the meeting rather than the Trump officials who agreed to attend it, is supported by two disparate lines of evidence pulled together for the first time here: newly released records and a pattern of efforts to connect the Trump campaign to Russia.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Confederate monuments: This 124-year-old women's group is fighting to keep them around

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On the first anniversary of the Charlottesville protests, which turned deadly in clashes between white nationalists and anti-fascists on opposing sides of whether to keep a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the Virginia city, a group of persistent activists is fighting to protect the controversial statues.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), a 124-year-old organization, issued a rare public statement after the Charlottesville riots last summer:

“We are grieved that certain hate groups have taken the Confederate flag and other symbols as their own,” the UDC’s president general, Patricia M. Bryson, wrote following the August clashes that resulted in the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer and the brutal beating of DeAndre Harris.

However, while Bryson insisted that the UDC condemned anyone who “promotes racial divisiveness or white supremacy,” she argued that the Confederate ancestors honored by these memorials “were and are Americans.”

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Manafort attorneys opt to skip defense, proceed to closing arguments

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Attorneys for Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who is on trial for financial crimes in federal district court Alexandria, Virginia, will not call additional witnesses to present a defense.

“The defense rests,” Manafort’s lead attorney Kevin Downing said in court on Tuesday.

Government prosecutors from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office rested their case on Monday, so without a defense, the jury is expected to begin deliberations following closing arguments.'

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Former Gun Control Candidate Charged With Shooting Her Campaign Treasurer

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Former Gun Control Candidate Charged With Shooting Her Campaign Treasurer
The former pro-gun control candidate has been charged with murdering her campaign treasurer with a gun.

Kellie Collins, a former congressional candidate in Georgia’s 10th District, was charged with the murder of her former campaign treasurer, Curtis Cain. The allegations of murder follow Collins’ advocacy for “responsible” gun control laws during her campaign. WSB-TV reports that she argued for stricter legislation “to protect the community.”

Police found Cain’s body in Collins’s apartment with a gunshot wound. Cain did not come in to work last Tuesday, prompting deputies to check in on him. Police estimated that he was dead for roughly a week.

Waiting For The Spark

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I was at lunch last week when I overheard a couple of young women talking about the coming revolution. I thought it was a joke, at first, so I eavesdropped for a little while and sure enough, they were talking about revolution. The bossy looking one was going on about something Trump did, I missed that part, and how it was going to be the thing that “woke people up about what’s happening.”

My guess is the part I missed had something to do with Russians or maybe the Manafort Trial. The Left is obsessed with that now.

Since the election, the Left has been dreaming up scenarios in which the results of the election are overturned. For a long time they were sure Trump would be impeached, but that seems to have faded.
Last year my left-wing office manager was deep into the impeachment scenarios. Now the talk is of revolution, which probably fits better with their conception of themselves as the heroic resistance.

They imagine Trump as a strong man, against whom they must resist until the system cracks, and then the revolution begins.

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Loudoun County Virginia Confederate Monument Covered

Via Susan "How’s this for a microcosm of the depravity of the left... We asked people to help us identify the criminals who broke Virginia State law when they put a tarp over the Confederate Memorial in Loudoun County. Someone sent us this photo. Turns out these cowards sent CHILDREN up on the statue to do their filthy work."

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Lynne Patton: Omarosa’s ‘Source’ Says He Never Had or Played Trump N-Word Tape for Her

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Trump administration official and longtime Trump family ally Lynne Patton on Monday night offered a detailed rebuttal against claims involving her, made by former Trump administration official and reality personality Omarosa Manigault-Newman.

Manigault claimed on page 149 of her new book Unhinged, according to Fox News, that Trump 2016 campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson had heard from someone who knew political strategist Frank Luntz that Luntz had heard a tape of Donald Trump using the n-word. Manigault then writes, “Lynne [Patton] reported that she asked Trump about it on the plane, specifically whether it was possible that such a tape might exist, and he said ‘no.’ Then she asked him what he wanted her to do and he said, ‘Put it to bed.’”

Patton shot back against Manigault-Newman’s claims in a statement issued Monday night:

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‘Like a Military Operation’: 100 Cars Burnt in Swedish ‘No-Go Zones’: Police chose not to arrest “young people” but contacted their parents,


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A gang of masked “youths” rampaged through Sweden’s second-largest city Monday night, setting cars ablaze in an attack described as “extremely organised” and like a military operation by the Prime Minister.

Shocking video of fire engulfing numerous vehicles in Gothenburg spread on social media Monday evening with other footage clearly showing masked people in dark clothing intentionally lighting the blazes.

Police chose not to arrest the “young people” at the scene and have since contacted their parents, reports state.

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CNN: Antifa’s Violence Against ‘Bigots’ Is ‘Right’

 Chris Cuomo announced Monday night that CNN will not condemn but instead justify political violence against anyone it defines as "bigots" -- which, according to the network's editorial tone over the past two years, signals open season on all Trump supporters for violent activists like Antifa and the Black Bloc.

Chris Cuomo announced Monday night that CNN will not condemn but instead justify political violence against anyone it defines as “bigots” — which, according to the network’s editorial tone over the past two years, signals open season on all Trump supporters for violent activists like Antifa and the Black Bloc.

To legitimize political violence, Cuomo said, “All punches are not equal morally… Drawing a moral equivalency between those espousing hate and those fighting it, because they both resort to violence emboldens hate, legitimized hateful belief and elevates what should be stamped out.”

This is a dramatic turning point for the far left. Not only is CNN offering moral cover for those who engage in political violence, but — thanks to the ever-widening definition of “hate” — CNN is also calling for the left’s political opponents to be “stamped out.”

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New York Madam Speaks Out on Mueller Interrogation: “I Felt Sick to My Stomach – I Was Bullied” (VIDEO)


The New York Madam Kristin Davis spoke to reporters on New York local FOX 5 after her grand jury interrogation by the Mueller Special Counsel.

Davis told the reporters she did not think there was “Russian collusion.”

The New York Madam also told FOX 5 she felt bullied and she “felt sick to my stomach.”


FOX 5 NY reported:

CNN Bashes Trump For Calling London Terror Attack ‘Terror Attack’

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Fake News Network ignoring reality to demonize Trump

CNN took issue with President Trump calling a recent London terrorist attack a “terrorist attack,” in another example of how the fake news network ignores reality simply to disparage the president.

“President Donald Trump seizes on what he calls a ‘terrorist attack” in London, even though the incident is still in the early stages of investigation,” CNN tweeted Tuesday, including a picture of Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu briefing the press on the incident, where a mid-twenties man reportedly mowed down several pedestrians near Parliament.

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Donald Trump Approval Ratings with Blacks Hits 31% — Up 13 Points in One Year

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The liberal mainstream media likes to paint President Trump as a racist every time he criticizes ANY person of color. Now we know why.

President Trump’s approval rating with African Americans hit 31% on Monday.


The president’s approval is up 13 points since last year at this time.

Many Vietnamese now believe that a long-awaited true revolution has just begun.

Via Jonathan

Vietnamese protesters shout slogans against a proposal to grant companies lengthy land leases during a demonstration in Ho Chi Minh City on June 10, 2018. Photo: AFP/Kao Nguyen

 Vietnamese protesters shout slogans against a proposal to grant companies lengthy land leases during a demonstration in Ho Chi Minh City on June 10, 2018.The draft law at the centre of the furore would allow 99-year concessions in planned special economic zones, which some view as sweetheart deals for foreign and specifically Chinese firms. / AFP PHOTO / Kao NGUYENIn this picture taken on June 12, 2018 shows a damaged Vietnamese flag seen at a police station compound in central Binh Thuan province following the June 10 violent protest over a government proposal to issue 99-year-leases in special economic zones. An American citizen is being held in Vietnam for "disrupting public order" after he joined violent protests over a controverial special economic zone draft law, an official said on June 14. / AFP PHOTO / STR 

Note American flag and damaged Vietnam flag

Massive but orderly protests across the country hint at the beginning of the end of Communist Party rule

On June 7, a group of about 300 ordinary Vietnamese in Phan Ri Cua City of Binh Thuan province formed the first rally against a draft law on special economic zones (SEZ). They had trouble before with an ongoing Chinese thermal power plant investment project in their own province and were opposed to more such Chinese investments.

Two days later, tens of thousands of workers at Pouyuen footwear company in Tan Tao Industrial Park, Ho Chi Minh City, went on strike against the SEZ draft law.

The following day, on June 10, many demonstrations sprung up in other cities throughout the country, including the capital of Hanoi, Nghe An, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa, Dac Lac, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, My Tho, Vinh Long, Kien Giang, and Ho Chi Minh City.

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Russian Collusion: It Was Hillary Clinton All Along

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Russia Investigation: It's beginning to look as if claims of monstrous collusion between Russian officials and U.S. political operatives were true. But it wasn't Donald Trump who was guilty of Russian collusion. It was Hillary Clinton and U.S. intelligence officials who worked with Russians and others to entrap Trump.

That's the stunning conclusion of a RealClear Investigations report by Lee Smith, who looked in-depth at the controversial June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between officials of then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign staff and a Russian lawyer known to have ties with high-level officials in Vladimir Putin's government.

The media have spun a tale of Trump selling his soul to the Russians for campaign dirt to use against Hillary, beginning with the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting.

But "a growing body of evidence ... indicates that the meeting may have been a setup — part of a broad effort to tarnish the Trump campaign involving Hillary Clinton operatives employed by Kremlin-linked figures and Department of Justice officials," wrote Smith.

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RUDY DROPS ANOTHER BOMB: The Guy Running Spy Ring on Trump was John Brennan – “He Should be in Front of Grand Jury”

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Rudy Giuliani joined Sean Hannity on Monday night to discuss the ongoing Mueller Trump-Russia investigation.

During the discussion Trump’s top attorney told Sean Hannity that the Mueller team committed crimes.

And then Rudy went off on partisan hack and former CIA Chief John Brennan.''