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Trump Twitter storm keeps pressure on San Juan mayor

(Washington Examiner) President Trump again tok aim at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Saturday afternoon after accusing her of being a bad leader.

“Results of recovery efforts will speak much louder than complaints by San Juan Mayor. Doing everything we can to help great people of PR!” Trump tweeted.

President Trump again tok aim at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Saturday afternoon after accusing her of being a bad leader.

“Results of recovery efforts will speak much louder than complaints by San Juan Mayor. Doing everything we can to help great people of PR!” Trump tweeted.

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45-foot tall nude sculpture on National Mall? Here’s why

(MSN) If you walk along the National Mall this November, you’ll see the Smithsonian Museums, the Washington Monument, Capitol Hill, and, possibly, something else: a 45-foot tall nude sculpture of a woman.

The Amazonian figure would tower over the National Mall next to the Washington Monument, directly facing the White House until March 28 to promote women’s equality.

Organizers are trying to raise funds to transport the R-Evolution sculpture from San Francisco to Washington. They’ve gotten approval from the National Park Service to have the structure on the grounds of the National Mall.

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Expert on why the West recruits Muslims

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Could Muslims become a majority in Europe by the middle of this century? That’s the prediction of French economist and financier Charles Gave in a paper published in early September on the website of Institut des Libertes.

Gave contended that with a fertility rate of 1.4 children per native European woman and 3.4 to 4 children per immigrant – which he interprets to mean “Muslim” women – and if the Muslim population is currently 10 percent of the total European population, it will take only 30 to 40 years for the Muslim population to become the majority.

There were problems with Gave’s analysis, however.

He was criticized by a French newspaper for overestimating Europe’s current Muslim population and underestimating the fertility rate of native Europeans.

On the other hand, he only considered births; he failed to account for Muslim immigration or the possibility that native Europeans may convert to Islam or current Muslims may leave the faith. Islam is an ideology, not a race, so people may choose to enter or leave it at any point in their lives.

But there is more than a grain of truth behind Gave’s concern.

As Belgian author Drieu Godefridi wrote at the Gatestone Institute, Europeans have been slowly diminishing their native populations for the past 40 years simply by not having babies. The fertility rate is below replacement level in all European Union member states.

In a closely related development, abortion is on the rise. In France, for example, there are 200,000 abortions per year versus about 750,000 births annually. That means the French are aborting more than one-fifth of their unborn babies.

“House of War: Islam’s Jihad Against the World,” by G.M. Davis, is available at the WND Superstore.

Then, too, the Muslim share of Europe’s population has been steadily growing, from 4 percent in 1990 to 6 percent in 2010, according to the Pew Research Center. (Although it’s difficult to know exactly how big the Muslim population is, because France doesn’t collect census information on race, ethnicity or religion.)

In fact, Islam is the world’s fastest-growing system, and Pew projects it to grow more than twice as fast as the overall world population between 2015 and 2060. It is expected to surpass Christianity as the world’s largest religion in the second half of this century.

Author and filmmaker G.M. Davis has been studying Islam for many years. He pointed out hundreds of thousands of native Europeans have converted to Islam within the past decade, speeding the growth of the religion on the continent. He warns non-Muslims not to underestimate the appeal of Islam, especially when juxtaposed with modern Christianity.

“The traditional religions of, say, Britain, the Church of England – these really, when you look at them, they’re quite moribund,” Davis said in a recent interview with the “Prophecy Hour” radio program. “They have no fire anymore. They’ve become … politically correct. They fall over themselves not to affirm their own truth, but to try and get along with everybody else, whereas Islam will violently, even, assert itself, and for some people that is appealing.”

Davis, author of “House of War: Islam’s Jihad Against the World,” noted Muslims boldly declare the truth as they understand it, just as the early Christian apostles did.

“They took a lot of heat for it, but it was also appealing because it was true, but also because, I think, the manner in which it was declared,” Davis said. “It was declared confidently. You had people who truly believed what they were preaching, whereas who now truly believes what he’s preaching?

“Well, again, it’s not really happening in the Church of England. It’s not really happening in Roman Catholicism anymore. It might be happening in some Protestant churches and some Orthodox churches, but the traditional institutions of the West are failing in this regard, and Islam is in many ways filling a vacuum. It’s powerful. It has a sense of power about it, and I think that’s one of the reasons people were attracted to Muhammad in his day, because he was a powerful man, he was courageous in battle, he was an organizer of men, and I think that’s why people are attracted to Islam today.”

To secular-minded people in the West, it might make no sense for a Muslim to fly halfway across the world to live in a tent in Afghanistan in preparation for a suicide mission, Davis noted. But such a person is responding to a call within himself that the secular world can’t understand.

Davis said people could also be attracted to Islam because it brings structure to a person’s life – the daily prayers and going to the mosque – in a way that Christianity has done.

Not to mention the fact that most Muslim men are “real men,” according to Davis.

“They’re serious, they’re tough, they’re committed to something in a way that a lot of secular people simply aren’t; and that can be attractive at a variety of levels,” Davis explained.

He said strength is a major selling point for the entire religion.

“Islam is strong and vibrant and self-confident, as strange and sort of anarchic as it might seem to most of us,” he commented. “It has a self-confidence which very little in the West does anymore.”

Davis charged that all Western governments are on the wrong side of the Islam issue. He wants to hear politicians and candidates talk about “containment” of Islam, just as the West once sought to contain the spread of communism during the Cold War.

“What containment would mean is overseas we want to stop Islam from spreading to non-Islamic countries, and we want to stop it from getting more of a foothold at home,” Davis explained.

“Now as soon as you say that, however, then you do cross the politically correct line, because what that would mean is we’d need to persuade western European governments that they are in grave danger, that they are on a path to becoming majority Muslim by the end of the century, which will be an unprecedented catastrophe for Europe and even for the United States. What they’re really on a path for is civil war. That civil war sooner or later at some level is going to break out in the cities of Western Europe.”

“House of War: Islam’s Jihad Against the World,” by G.M. Davis, is available at the WND Superstore.

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Federal judge tells county to drop cross from seal

(Fox News) A federal judge has ordered a Pennsylvania county to remove the cross from its seal, saying it violated the Constitution.

Lehigh Valley County, which is about 40 miles north of Philadelphia, will have to redesign its seal after U.S. District Judge Edward Smith ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an organization that promotes separation of church and state and which filed the lawsuit against the county, according to The Morning Call.

Smith made it known in his ruling that he was not happy about the decision he had to make but was following the rule of constitutional law, including the establishment clause, which states that Congress may not pass any laws establishing a religion.

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Catalonia-independence vote IT systems ‘shut down’

(SkyNews) Spain’s foreign minister has insisted “there is no referendum” in Catalonia, as authorities claimed to have pulled the plug on the vote’s IT systems.

Alfonso Dastis told Sky News there are “no voting premises, no ballot papers… no authorities to check the authenticity of the result”.

However, he admitted there could be “sham voting” in the region, located in Spain’s northeast, where millions could turn out, according to some projections.

Mr Dastis said police would act proportionately on Sunday but that authorities were having to deal with “intimidation and harassment” from vote supporters.

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Drink green tea for better overall health

If there is a beverage that offers more health benefits than pure, filtered water (ideally with one-fourth teaspoon of sea salt mixed in), I haven’t found it. But running a close second to water is green tea.

Green tea comes from the same plant as the regular tea you find but it is processed differently. Rather than undergoing a process of fermentation – which raises the levels of caffeine and tannin in the tea – green tea leaves are dried or steamed without being fermented.

I could write all day about green tea’s benefits and still miss some. But here are a few that should convince you that a cup (or three or four cups) of green tea should be part of your daily routine.

Substitute green tea for coffee. Research shows that drinking just two cups of coffee can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol. An elevation of this hormone can have adverse effects on the immune system, brain cells, sugar metabolism and weight gain. Coffee raises levels of insulin, accelerating aging and stored body fat, while green tea contains catechin polyphenols, antioxidants that boost metabolism and slow aging. Green tea can block the absorption of bad fats by 30 percent, while the amino acid l-theanine found in tea promotes a sense of calm and improves one’s mood.

It reduces glucose by inhibiting the secretion of an enzyme that slows down the absorption of glucose in the in the bloodstream which, in turn, helps in the control of type 2 diabetes. It also helps in weight loss — which again can help in the control of type 2 diabetes – by increasing the body’s metabolism. This promotes faster consumption of stored body fat.

Green tea improves the pancreas’ functions, allowing it to be more efficient in the regulating insulin levels and better absorb and neutralize sugar.

Green tea provides you with vitamins, minerals and amino acids; promotes the growth of good probiotic bacteria; protects the gastrointestinal tract against cancer-causing agents; and may help prevent ulcers.

Among the cancers green tea fights are those of the breast, bladder, ovaries, bowel, colon, esophagus, lungs, prostate, skin and stomach. Researchers have found that the polyphenols kill these cancerous cells and stop them from growing.

Green tea has antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are atoms or molecules that are missing an electron. As they float through the body, these free radicals grab electrons from healthy cells, which researchers believe adversely affect the healthy cells and cause them to become cancerous. Green tea’s antioxidants effectively donate extra electrons to the free radicals, sparing the healthy cells.

Green tea can be consumed hot or cold, but I prefer it hot. Warm beverages taken with meals help improve digestion. Cold beverages with a meal cause the body to work harder to warm the liquids, making them take longer to digest and assimilate.

The Archives of Internal Medicine show that if you drink three to four cups of green tea per day, you could reduce the risk of diabetes by 25 percent. And the green tea can reduce the risk of depression by 44 percent if you drink four or more cups daily.

More than 40 years ago I was very unhealthy and experiencing high blood pressure and heart disease. When I was between age 38 and 40, I experienced four heart attacks. It was then I had an epiphany and realized that the sack of prescription drugs my doctors gave me were worse than heart disease. I was sure I did not have a drug deficiency, so began to look for a better way to control my blood pressure.

I tried cinnamon bark in green tea loaded with fresh mint leaves. It brought my blood pressure down in just a few weeks. This combination also helps reduce insulin resistance – another precursor to type 2 diabetes.

Green tea can boost stamina and endurance and its antioxidants help with muscle recovery after exercise.

Finally, green tea is good for overall oral health. It controls bacteria, lowers the acidity of saliva and it has been found to outperform mints, chewing gum and parsley-seed oil for helping keep breath fresh, according to a study by the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Dentistry.

It also improved gum health, according to a German study; and research in Japan published in 2010 found that men and women who drink one or more cups of green tea daily were more likely keep their teeth.

Everyone should make green tea a part of their diet. And if the caffeine in green tea concerns you, decaffeinated brands are available that provide most of the same benefits.

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Trump’s deal? Discontinue entire government program

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President Trump, while still a candidate, promised that he would get a better deal for America. Or, in fact, better deals.

Since he’s taken office, he’s talked about cutting funding for the United Nations, renegotiating the NAFTA trade deal. He already pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord.

All of which have taken extensive discussion and defending.

On Friday, he decided to get a better deal for the U.S. with a simple move: he simply canceled an entire federal program begun by President Obama.

It was the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations and its related “agency-level” forums that were in the bull’s-eye.

“The United States Government should spend tax dollars responsibly, efficiently, and in the public interest. The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations (Council) and related agency-level labor-management forums have consumed considerable managerial time and taxpayer resources, but they have not fulfilled their goal of promoting collaboration in the federal workforce. Public expenditures on the council and related forums have produced few benefits to the public, and they should, therefore, be discontinued,” Trump wrote in his executive order.

Mark Taylor and Mary Colbert write in “The Trump Prophecies” about the miracle of the 2016 election, and what the Body of Christ should do – now – for the nation.

The savings weren’t immediately available, because the details of the council and its budget were not available after hours on Friday.

The original order creating the government functions explained that the Office of Personnel Management must “subject to the availability of appropriations,” provide facilities, support and administrative services.

The members, mostly executives for labor unions such as the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO, National Treasury Employees Union, National Federation of Federal Employees, were not to be paid, but were to get “per diem.”

But the group apparently was intended to work as a go-between between the federal employees, their union, and the federal employment managers.

The group just recently had written to the Trump administration outlining what it wanted from the new president and his team.

The “endeavors” that needed to be “sustain[ed]” were:

“Pre-Decisional Involvement (PDI) – Recognizing that the executive order supported ‘pre-decisional involvement’ as a useful way to obtain employee input through their labor representatives on many agency matters, the incoming administration should ensure that PDI is used to promote the effective implementation of changes and improvements for the American public.”

And “Data-Driven Performance – The council provided useful guidance to assist agency labor-management forums in establishing measurable goals and assessing progress. Maintain a focus on results should continue with an emphasis on managing costs and achieving strategic agency objectives.”

Trump simply revoked the order establishing the setup, and told federal officials to “promptly move to rescind any orders, rules, regulations, guidelines, programs, or policies implementing or enforcing Executive Order 13522.”

The council’s website is filled with the language of the bureaucrats.

Under a What’s New headline, were subheads: “Transition Report Recommendations of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations,” “Pre-decisional Involvement Outcomes Interactive Module,” “Pre-decisional Involvement Checklists,” “Pre-decisional Involvement Frequently Asked Questions,” and more.

The council explained its own goals as “supporting the creation of department- or agency-level labor-management forums and promoting partnership efforts between labor and management, developing metrics for evaluation of the effectiveness of the council and department or agency labor-management forums in order to promote consistent, appropriate, and administratively efficient measurement and evaluation processes across departments and agencies” and “collecting and disseminiating information about, and providing guidance on, labor-management relations improvements efforts including results achieved.”

Its initiatives included “Telework,” involving on “mobile work days,” “GEAR,” which was Goals Engagement Accountability Results,” and its own “Reporting Tool.”

Revealingly, the website stated on Friday, “There are no upcoming meetings at this time.”

Mark Taylor and Mary Colbert write in “The Trump Prophecies” about the miracle of the 2016 election, and what the Body of Christ should do – now – for the nation.

 

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