Opinion: Manufacturing Hate for ‘Made in America’

It’s “Made in America” week in Washington, D.C. You’d think this would be cause for bipartisan celebration. Who could be against highlighting the ingenuity, self-reliance, and success of our nation’s homegrown entrepreneurs and manufacturers? Enter Bill Kristol. The entrenched Beltway pundit ridiculed a festive kickoff event on Monday at the White House, where President Donald Trump hosted companies from all 50 states to showcase their American-made products. “Maybe it’s just me,” killjoy Kristol tweeted, “but I find something off-putting about turning the White House into an exhibition hall for American tchotchkes.” (That’s the Yiddish word for useless trinkets.) “Tchotchkes”? Tell that to the engineers at Hytrol, the Arkansas-based conveyor manufacturer that brought a mechanical display of its technology to the State Dining Room. Hytrol’s late founder, Tom Loberg, started out as a gopher at an electronics-parts factory during the Great Depression, worked his way up to designing Navy turbines, hydraulic pumps, and cylinders, and entered the conveyor-belt business after perfecting bag-transporting machinery for seed, grain, and tobacco farmers. Hytrol’s state-of-the-art products are now used by companies ranging from Amazon.com to Office Depot to leading pharmaceutical, retail, food, and publishing conglomerates around the world. A pioneer in the materials-handling industry, Hytrol employs 1,300 high-skilled workers and will rake in revenues of more than $200 million this year alone. “Tchotchkes”? Tell that to the employees of Wisconsin’s Pierce Manufacturing, which displayed one of its 30,000 custom-built fire trucks on the White House front lawn. Pierce started out as an auto-body shop operating out of a converted church and now boasts a 2,000-person workforce. The company produces the iconic aerial tillers, pumpers, tankers, and rescue trucks driven by first responders across the country every day. “Tchotchkes”? Tell that to Iowa-based RMA Armament’s founder, Blake Waldrop, a former Marine and police officer, who was inspired to manufacture stronger body armor after losing a comrade in Iraq to an IED attack. His ceramic plates, also featured at the “Made in America” event on Monday, have been purchased by police departments in Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Waterloo, Iowa. Waldrop is working on partnerships to bring his products to the U.S. military and overseas. “I always tell people I didn’t invent armor any more than Steve Jobs invented the computer,” Waldrop told the Des Moines Register earlier this year. “I just found a better way to do it, just like he did.” “Tchotchkes”? Delaware’s ILC Dover participated in President Trump’s “Made in America” exhibition, too. Its trademark trifling bauble? The space suit worn by every U.S. astronaut since Project Apollo. Prolific inventor-turned-industrialist Abram Spanel, a Russian-born son of Jewish garment workers, spun off the company from his giant latex conglomerate, which manufactured everything from girdles and swimwear to canteens and lifeboats. ILC Dover produced high-pressure suits and helmets for the Air Force before winning a contract to design suits for NASA. In addition to displaying spacesuits used on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs, the company brought to the White House its DoverPac Flexible Isolator System, used by pharmaceutical companies in their manufacturing processes; its Sentinel respirator, used in the health-care industry; and its SCape escape respirator, used to protect U.S. government officials around the world from carbon monoxide and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear contaminants. It’s a crying shame that D.C. is infested with effete talking heads whose only successfully manufactured product is condescending hostility toward the real movers and shakers in America. Patriotism is gauche and “off-putting” to incurable Trump-bashers like Bill Kristol, who supported Hillary Clinton and her foreign-subsidized pay-to-play cash machine over Donald Trump’s unapologetic nationalism. Could Trump and his family’s own companies do better in hiring American and manufacturing in America? Sure. Could the White House be doing more to freeze foreign-worker visas at both ends of the wage scale and truly put American workers first? Undeniably. But to nastily deride the makers and job creators proudly showing off their wares in the nation’s capital at the invitation of our commander-in-chief takes a special level of anti-Trump lunacy and arrogance. “Maybe it’s just me,” Kristol snarked as he heaped scorn on “Made in America” week. Yes, it is just you, Kristol, and the rest of your Beltway Swamp “schmendricks” who turn up their noses at the “tchotchkes” that help save lives, move mountains, and break barriers across the galaxy. The rest of us give praise and thanks.

Agreed!!  And well said, Michelle.  Colorado Springs native Michelle Malkin is responsible for that spot-on op/ed.  Bill Kristol is part of that elite, establishment, pseudo-conservative tools that openly supported Hillary in the last election.  Kudos to Michelle for calling that smug, obnoxious, arrogant prick out like that.  Excellent!!

Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris Spends Big With Media Firm That Boosted Bernie Sanders’s National Profile

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) has paid the online media firm that helped propel Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during his dark horse run for the 2016 Democratic primary more than $400,000 this year, filings show. Revolution Messaging LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based progressive online media firm founded by Scott Goodstein, an online director for Obama for America in 2008, was instrumental in helping push Sanders’s message out and raise his profile during his race against Hillary Clinton by creating his digital and branding strategy. “In the spring of 2015, before the campaign launched, we knew Bernie Sanders was a leader who stood on the right side of history,” the group wrote in their case study. “But Bernie was polling around 3 percent, had no establishment support, little name recognition and was running against a popular and ‘inevitable’ Democratic primary opponent. We had our work cut out for us. With no offline fundraising team, no Super PAC, and no Wall Street money, we would have to raise almost all of the campaign’s money from small-dollar donations.” Revolution ultimately helped Sanders raise $218 million online and has won numerous awards for their work on behalf of his campaign. Harris, who is commonly floated as a potential candidate for president in 2020, paid the firm large sums of money for the likes of advertising despite not being up for reelection in her home state of California until 2022. Harris’s Senate campaign began paying Revolution Messaging in July 2016, Federal Election Commission records show. From July 7 to Election Day, the campaign paid the firm $381,632 for advertising and campaign consulting. From Election Day to the end of the year, an additional $122,000 in payments from Harris’s campaign were made to Revolution. “Kamala Harris’ U.S. Senate campaign knew it needed to use social media as a way to channel her authentic voice and connect with voters,” Revolution writes of their work on the campaign. “We were honored to partner with her campaign to turn around its anemic social media growth and transform its Facebook and Twitter accounts into a powerful bully pulpit.” “Inspired by effective methods from the Bernie Sanders campaign, our social media team knew that creativity, authenticity and timeliness were necessities,” they continue. “Halloween memes, story collections, petitions, and capitalizing on small, but timely moments helped distill Harris’ authentic voice and quickly double social media followers.” The large disbursements from Harris’ campaign to Revolution have continued this year. Kamala Harris reported spending nearly $300,000 on the firm’s services during the first quarter, which runs from Jan. 1 to March 31. A majority of this amount ($265,000) has gone towards web advertisements. Throughout the second quarter, which spans from April 1 to July 31, Harris’s campaign paid another $110,000 to Revolution with nearly $70,000 of this amount going to advertising. Harris’s campaign has spent a total of $407,530 with Revolution so far this year.

Clearly Sen. Harris (D-CA) is making a run for president…

Charlotte Democrat defends saying Trump supporters have ‘no place’ in city council

A city council member in North Carolina has doubled down on a controversial statement declaring supporters of President Trump have “no place” in Charlotte’s government. Charlotte City Council member Dimple Ajmera, a Democrat running for an at-large seat in the council, said during a recent WCNC discussion that any supporters of the president or his “cronies” should “be voted out of our council.” “Look at all our Republicans that are supporting Trump, I think they should have no place on city council whatsoever or the mayor’s race,” she said. Ms. Ajmera’s comments riled members of a local Republican group, who are planning to stage a sit-in protest at a city council meeting on Monday, WCNC reported. Ms. Ajmera defended her views in a statement released by her campaign Tuesday. “The Ajmera Campaign strongly reiterates its position that President Trump’s negative agenda of petty divisiveness, disrespect of women, his harsh and dangerous policies against minorities, immigrants, the sick and disabled runs absolutely counter to the values that we need [to] solve the issues of economic mobility for all people, public safety and improved infrastructure,” the statement said. “We have full and absolute faith in the voters of Charlotte that rejected ‘Trump Values’ in near totality in 2016. If the 2017 City Council race is a referendum on Trump’s values, then we accept that challenge.” “I stand by my words,” Ms. Ajmera added in a WCNC interview. “Trump is very divisive and negative.”

And you’re not, Ma’am?  Wow… What a brazen, and fascist, hypocrite!!  I thought liberals wanted “inclusion,” and were “open-minded?”  As usual, they’re all for free speech…until it contradicts what they believe.  Then, they not only want to censor you, they don’t want you involved in the process whatsoever.  Again, another example which illustrates that it is liberals who are the real/true fascists.

Supreme Court allows strict enforcement of Trump refugee ban

The Supreme Court handed President Trump another victory in the legal battle of the travel ban, allowing the administration to restore strict limits on refugees that had been blocked by a judge in Hawaii, at least until a federal appeal court decides the issue. The win for Mr. Trump, however, was tempered by the high court also deciding to uphold the same judges’ ruling that exempted grandparents of U.S. citizens from the administrations travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries. Both issues are headed to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a full review. The administration had appealed to the Supreme Court after Judge Derrick Watson ruled last week that refugees on file with U.S. resettlement agencies and grandparents qualify for an exemption the travel ban for people with “close” relationships to U.S. citizens. Three of the nine justices on the high court said they wanted to granted Mr. Trump’s request in full. Judge Watson, who is based in Hawaii, said potential refugees whose files have been shared with resettlement agencies in the U.S. are considered to have a “close” relationship and must be admitted. The judge made that determination despite the country already having hit the 50,000 cap Mr. Trump imposed on refugees this fiscal year. The decision in Hawaii followed a pattern of federal court ruling on Mr. Trump’s travel ban, which has been tangled in legal battles since it was first attempted in January. Judges appointed by Democrats have been almost universally skeptical of the president’s actions, digging behind them to try to spot Mr. Trump’s motives, while Republican appointees have been willing to take his executive orders on their face, finding they are similar to actions past presidents have taken. The Supreme Court last month cut a middle ground, ruling 9-0 that Mr. Trump did, in fact, use valid, wide-ranging powers to decide who should be excluded from the U.S. But the justices said in cases where a potential traveler has “close” ties to the U.S., either through family or a business or school relationship, the U.S. persons’ rights must also be respected. The court, with only vague guidance, left it to the administration to decide what those close relationships were. Administration officials decided that only parents, children, siblings, fiancés and fiancées qualified as “close” family.

..which is more than fair enough..

‘Gang of Goats’ Vandalize Colorado Business

A group of four-legged vandals that remain on the loose in one Colorado town as of Tuesday afternoon caused extensive damage to a business for about 30 minutes Monday, police said. When employees of Kryptane Systems, located in the town of Louisville in suburban Denver, showed up to work Monday to discover that the glass on the front doors was shattered, the company’s president reported a break-in to police, Fox News reported. “There was shattered glass everywhere. Instantly he thought it was vandals of some sort,” Greg Cappert, an engineer for the company, told KDVR. When police began investigating the incident, they discovered surveillance footage of the front of the building that showed that a group of goats were responsible for the destruction.


1,300-pound great white shark moves 50 miles off Virginia-North Carolina border

Hey Hilton, make up your mind. This Ocearch-tagged great white shark can’t seem to make up his mind whether he wants to go north or south. Tuesday morning he surfaced about 50 miles off the Virginia-North Carolina border, then four hours later had swam south, sending a satellite ping about 30 miles east of Nags Head. Tagged by Ocearch.org on March 3 off of Hilton Head, S.C., this white shark is nearly 13 feet long and weighs more than 1,300 pounds. He’s supposed to be heading north to cooler waters and apparently has made up his mind to do so. Because at 6:06 p.m. Tuesday he had swam about 150 miles and was around the inside edge of the Norfolk Canyon, about 70 miles to the east-northeast of Cape Henry. Hilton surfaced again, about 33 minutes later, in the same location. He must be enjoying some of the tuna and dolphin in the area, because he pings again from about the same location at 7:04 this morning. This shark is digging the scene near the surface, so stay tuned for more updates on his journey through Virginia waters. Click here for more.

This story is near and dear to yours truly…  As I was reading this, I was wearing a t-shirt I picked up on Hilton Head Island, SC.

CNN star Chris Cillizza’s Q & A session becomes epic disaster as critics savage his ethics, biases

Reddit commenters bashed CNN Politics editor Chris Cillizza during an “Ask Me Anything” forum on Tuesday, criticizing the reporter for his biased views and questioning his journalism ethics. Cillizza hosted the one-hour online Reddit forum in the afternoon, welcoming users to ask him questions to answer. Most commenters immediately slammed the editor for the lack of balanced reporting in his articles and treating “politics like sport.” “Chris, have you considered the fact that your reporting style of repeated and absurd focus on completely inane subjects, like ‘an analysis of the Trump-Macron handshake’ not only makes us all collectively stupider, but fundamentally devalues the role politics has in shaping our lives in favor of absurd horse race coverage that focuses on inside baseball to the exclusion of real working families?” one commenter said.

EXACTLY!!!  And yet CNN still doesn’t get why their ratings continue to tank..  To read the rest of this article, click on the text above.