Monday, January 15, 2018

Rand Paul: Trump Cares 'Very Deeply' About Haiti, Financed Medical Mission Trip

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Rand Paul: Trump Cares 'Very Deeply' About Haiti, Financed Medical Mission TripSenator Rand Paul (R-KY) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that charges of racism against President Donald J. Trump are unfounded in part because of the 45th president's large financial contribution to Dr. Paul's2015 Haiti medical mission trip.
“I think it’s unfair to sort of paint him, ‘oh well, he’s a racist,’ when I know for a fact that he cares very deeply about the people of Haiti because he helped finance a trip where they would get vision back for 200 people in Haiti,” Paul said.
In 2015, Rand Paul was part of a group of U.S. doctors who volunteered their time to go serve some of the world’s poorest individuals and assist in various medical procedures.

At the time Guardian published a detailed article on this trip.
“People need to be encouraged it’s not much longer,” said Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist by training, without taking his eyes off Saint Fleur. 
As many of Paul’s competitors courted voters in Iowa and New Hampshire over the last week, Kentucky’s fiery junior senator joined a team of eye surgeons on a four-day mission to Haiti, giving vision to nearly 200 who would not have been blind if they lived in the US. Here in the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, “curable blindness” from common ailments such as: 

UN chief unveils plan to promote global mass migration
By Christine Douglass-Williams / Jihad Watch


United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has unveiled his plan to promote global mass migration in the left-liberal Guardian newspaper…His article, titled ‘Migration can benefit the world. This is how we at the UN plan to help’, makes the bold claim that mass migration “powers economic growth, reduces inequalities and connects diverse societies” His plan will be accepted unquestioningly […]
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Iran protesters thank Trump, call for stronger sanctions
This is a historic moment. Thank heaven that to meet it, we have a president in the White House who stands for freedom and individual rights. Thanks to Barack Obama, the Iranian people who marched for freedom back in 2009 were routed, raped, and defeated en masse. The contrast couldn’t be more vivid between Trump’s immediate declaration of support for people yearning to be free versus Obama’s shrug, then silence, and ultimately support for the murdering mullahs.

The brutality of the 2009 crackdown on the Iranian people marching for freedom, for one man one vote, was impossible for those of us in the West to fathom. We heard the horror stories. We saw unarmed people meeting bullets with sheer will. But you cannot win this way.

We watched our president of the United States sanction the crushing suppression of a people who were yearning to be free. We witnessed our president sanction mass rape, torture, and the public hangings of innocent people by an Islamic regime that our president demanded for eight years that we respect.

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A Flip-Flop on Offshore Drilling but at What Cost
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on American Political Radio

We want to grow our nation’s offshore energy industry, instead of slowly surrendering it to foreign shores...a clear difference between energy weakness and energy dominance...” 
- Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

A hypocrite and a me thy name is Florida Governor Rick Scott. Never liked him, still don't...never trusted him, still don't...but unfortunately I had to vote for him when he beat out his Republican challenger (and the man I supported and volunteered for) Bill McCullen for the then Republican gubernatorial nomination. Not a well-spoken man as witnessed by the few televised interviews he gives, Governor Rick Scott is the very man who sold out the all important Port Canaveral container contract to a muslim company based in the Middle East instead of awarding the contract to any of the numerous American companies that had applied.

Imagine the very port that services Cape Canaveral...that services has containers entering the port... entering our country...being inspected by...or contents possibly being ignored by...stevedors working for the Gulftainer Group, a subsidiary of the Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO), which is based in of all places Saudi Arabia. You can read all about that here in my previously written Op-ed: Selling Off America One Piece at a Time.

And Governor Scott's so bad decision making, in my opinion, only gets worse when recently he was able to get Florida exempted from the Trump administration's so rightfully reversed protections put in place by the Obama administration and announced “sweeping deregulations” that would allow both offshore oil and gas drilling in almost all previously protected Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic waters. This new oil and gas leasing program...a program that opens up more than 90% of the region known as the Outer Continental Shelf, a coastal "domain" that extends between 10 and 250 miles off the U.S. coastline....would see more than 90% of the Outer Continental Shelf becoming “available” for what would then be the largest number ever of lease sales to fossil fuel in 50 lease sales in all but one of 26 planned areas in U.S. waters, including 19 sales off the coast of Alaska, seven in the Pacific, 12 in the Gulf of Mexico, and nine in the Atlantic.

And all this, according to the the U.S. Geological Survey, translates into there being as much as 4.59 billion barrels of oil and 38.17 trillion cubic feet of natural gas off the Atlantic Coast; 10.2 billion barrels of oil and 16.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas off the Pacific coast; 26.61 billion barrels of oil and 131.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas off Alaska's coast; and 48.6 billion barrels of oil and 141.76 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico...all untapped as of yet.

A very good thing indeed as these large oil deposits off the U.S. coastline would allow for us to cut what is our still dependency on foreign...on Arab oil. And while fracking has already helped to some degree to do just that, drilling and fracking combined would together put a major dent in our purchasing of Arab with drilling even more jobs...thousands of jobs...would be created for American workers along with adjunct industries and their corresponding jobs that would naturally evolve from the drilling industry...a jobs number that could be as high as 20,000 energy sector jobs* created in Florida alone.

But does all this matter to Governor Scott...the man whose slogan is "To make Florida first in job creation"...apparently not as on Tuesday, January 9th he met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to secure said exemption for drilling off Florida's coast citing the possibility for spilled crude washing onto Florida's beaches...of course something no one Florida relies heavily on its beaches...on its key economic industry. And Zinke agreed...agreed without having any public input or scientific review...and issued a statement saying that, “I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms.” And why...because he said other coastal states like Louisiana are "working coasts" that are "very much different than a recreation-centric coast that's in Florida."

And while those words are true to a great degree it is still a very unwise and so highly uncalled for move on Interior Secretary Zinke's part because the newest generation of oil and gas platforms have not only corrected the issues causing major environmental concerns but they would not even be visible from Florida's Atlantic coastline as the platforms would be miles offshore and there would have only been each in the area geologists feel hold the largest oil off Volusia county's coast the other off Flagler county's coast. And by the way, President Trump's home Mar-a-Lago is in Palm Beach County so don't even go there.

As for Governor Scott, he has over the years been a champion of supporting coastal drilling around Florida, in fact, during his first campaign for governor in 2010 he explicitly called for drilling offshore. However, after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and only after the spill coated some west Florida beaches in black sludge and tarballs, did then candidate Rick Scott add language to his campaign website stating that he wanted drilling done in an "environmentally sound way and adhering to the strictest of safety standards." Yet these are but mere words said because at the same time he said them he vehemently opposed the Obama initiated 7-year drilling moratorium after the Deep Water disaster.

And since being elected governor, Rick Scott has sadly remained mum as to his promise to expand drilling nor has he bothered to even look into a way to drill as safely as possible while adding jobs at the same time. Very odd indeed since Governor Rick Scott never once objected to drilling off Florida's coast nor did he ask for Florida to be exempted from said drilling when the Department of the Interior was first putting together Trump's drilling proposal even though the Democratic governors of New York, New Jersey, California, and several other states with Republican governors most assuredly did and still do object, and they are currently citing what Rick Scott is only citing now as the midterm election draws near...the all-important tourism value of their coastlines to their state's economies.

So Florida's Governor Rick Scott now joins the ever-expanding ranks of flip-floppers who refuse to see that the overall track record for U.S. offshore drilling is indeed a very good one. And with the Gulf of Mexico...having to date 95 operational drilling rigs up and running...comes the fact that there has only been three major accidents in the years since Gulf drilling began in 1938 with the Creole field. And those events are the aforementioned Deepwater Horizon event (which happened because of a natural gas surge), the 1964 C.P. Baker Drilling Barge disaster, and the October 2007 Usumacinta Jack-up disaster with the later two caused by tankers docked alongside the platforms not from any intrinsic problems with the platforms themselves. And there has also been one more accident...certainly not as serious as the others when last October the Delta House floating production facility saw an oil leak, but this leak was caused by a fracture in a flowline jumper not by any tanker, and thankfully most of the oil dissipated before ever reaching the shore.

Not a bad track record I'd say considering all the oil that has been harvested, processed, and used...oil we didn't have to purchase from Arab countries that don't like us very much.

And while the anti-drilling bunch continuously cite the few serious accidents and oil leaks that have happened as a reason not to increase offshore drilling, know that most leaks accounted for are naturally occurring oil leaks that have been leaking longer than we have been drilling. And it's a fact that in the Gulf of Mexico...and off California's coast as well...oil naturally seeps up through the seafloor but that the oil that does so seeps up very slowly creating only the thinnest of oil slicks when it reaches the surface, and that the organisms that live over these seeps...such as "oil-gobbling bacteria"...have evolved in such a way as to be able to cope with said leaks. And why do I mention this...because the eco-whakos think all oil that reaches our beaches is from some platform disaster.

So why Governor Scott's sudden change of heart about Florida offshore's for political reasons alone... as he knows that Florida's senior Senator Bill Nelson...a moderate Democrat who was a Payload Specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia and is a champion of Florida's space industry and NASA...has always been opposed to offshore drilling and that the opposition to such drilling is strong in least it used to be.

I have spent my entire life fighting to keep oil rigs away from our coasts...but now, suddenly, Secretary Zinke announces plans to drill off Florida’s coast and four days later agrees to ‘take Florida off the table’? I don’t believe it. This is a political stunt orchestrated by the Trump administration to help Rick Scott,” so said Senator Bill Nelson.

That I'm not so sure about as Governor Scott is not totally behind Trump's agenda no matter their smiling highly important with the midterms looming especially where it concerns the current hot-button issue of DACA. Remember, as governor, Scott endorsed legislation filed by Miami Republican Rep.Carlos Furbelow and North Carolina's Republican Sen. Thom Tillis that would offer an eventual path to citizenship to immigrants who came to our country illegally before January 1, 2012, and were 16 or younger when they did so.

And while even the environmental group Sierra Club recognizes the politics involved in Zinke's statement what with their Florida Director Frank Jackalone saying, “Make no mistake about it, Ryan Zinke's remove Florida from the draft offshore drilling plan was a purely political move to aid the ambitions of Rick Scott,” even that statement comes with a caveat of sorts as Zeinke knows well that one man's ambitions alone being the reason for said exemption would never survive the many legal challenges to come... challenges relating to provisions in the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act...a law laying out the standards and procedures for determining which areas will and will not be open to offshore drilling.

So why did Zinke really exempt only my state of Florida from the new drilling deregulations (for now anyway) and not the other states who objected right from the onset... why when the new offshore drilling proposal is a huge win for President Trump's strong energy policy. Why...simply because while it is about politics as in a Rick Scott senate win helping to keep the Senate red come the mid-terms, it's much more about making sure that Florida stays red in 2020...with Trump favored Rep. Ron DeSantis hopefully being Florida's next Republican governor. Placate Florida now, keep Florida red then.

Remember, Senator Nelson is one of ten Democratic senators up for reelection in states carried by President Trump and is also the most vulnerable because of his moderate stance on certain issues. Zinke knows that a Nelson loss in Florida would most likely keep the Senate red for at least another two years so why not play both sides of the aisle against each other. If Rick Scott, as expected, does enter the race and wins, Florida's thank you remains no offshore drilling (for at least the time being)...and if Senator Bill Nelson keeps his seat no offshore drilling wins again as he is and has always been against Florida offshore drilling and would vote so. And if Rep. Ron DeSantis just happens to become Florida's next Republican governor, while he too has flip-flopped on the issue of offshore drilling to some degree, I believe he in the end would most likely stand united with President Trump on the offshore drilling issue after not only aligning himself with Trump during his gubernatorial run announcement but as a thank you I'm sure for Trump having campaigned for him here in Florida.

Simply, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had nothing to lose and everything to gain by exempting Florida when he did what with the possibility that even if Rick Scott beat Bill Nelson in the Senate race and with both now still singing the anti-drilling tune...with a Ron DeSantis governorship highly likely and with his publicly stating loyalty to the Trump agenda no matter his somewhat wishy-washy oil drilling stance right now...the gamble of his in the end  supporting the drilling is a gamble worth taking. And I would assume President Trump thinks so too or Florida would not have been exempted from offshore drilling no matter what the naysayers or hypocritical Rick Scott supporters say.

So as advocacy for offshore drilling gains momentum nationwide; and as we Floridians know our state needs revenue unrelated to just tourism coupled with more jobs no matter the current yes/no drilling politics involved; and while my personal belief holds that protecting the environment is also a must...the thing that must trump all in today's volatile world is that our dependence on foreign oil must stop and if unseen from the shore while at the same time being done safely, then both offshore oil and gas drilling must be a go even here in my home state of Florida.
* As per Florida Economist Hank Fishkind in the Jacksonville Times Union: "Florida could earn royalties of at least $2.3 billion per year, creating 20,000 energy sector jobs at an average salary of $76,500 per year and generating $7 billion per year in direct economic activity. If Florida waters are as productive as some believe and if the price of oil climbs, the royalties and taxes alone could be $12 billion a year and the industry could generate $41 billion in economic activity, creating over 230,000 jobs."

Copyright @ 2018 Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / All Rights Reserved.


Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 16th from 7 to 9pm on American Political Radio, RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS Craig Andresen and Diane Sori discuss the offshore drilling issue;
President Trump’s supposedly racist comment; and other important news of the day.

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