Trump declares war on slavery, human trafficking

President Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

President Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

WASHINGTON – On Nov. 1, American Urban Radio Network’s White House correspondent April Ryan asked Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders if President Trump believes slavery was wrong.

“I think it is disgusting and absurd to suggest that anyone inside of this building would support slavery,” Sanders responded.

The next day on CNN, April Ryan accused Sanders of not answering the question. CNN’s Don Lemon said backed her up.

Today they got their unequivocal answer as President Trump has declared war on slavery like he did on ISIS.

With an estimated 25 million people suffering in slavery and as victims of human trafficking, President Trump has declared January as “National Slavery and Human Traffic Prevention Month.”

Perhaps you haven’t heard about the announcement.

That’s because none of the following news agencies have deemed it worthy of reporting: The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, nor any other major newspaper in America or around the world. Neither have any of the major broadcast or cable networks even mentioned it – including CNN.

Similar announcements by previous presidents received widespread coverage, with laudatory expressions of hope they might make a difference in the fight to end the scourge.

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“Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation,” said Trump in a statement released by the White House. “It has no place in our world.”

Sex and labor trafficking enslaves as many as 25 million people, the White House said.

“Instead of delivering people to better lives, traffickers unjustifiably profit from the labor and toil of their victims, who they force – through violence and intimidation – to work in brothels and factories, on farms and fishing vessels, in private homes, and in countless industries,” said Trump.

In announcing the decision to dedicate next month to combating modern slavery, the Trump administration touted its efforts to address the problem over the past year, including the creation of an interagency task force aimed at developing new anti-slavery policies and the signing of an executive order that targets criminal organizations that have trafficked humans.

“This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality,” said Trump. “We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.”

The Trump administration’s announcement follows the release of a voluminous report by the State Department including state-by-state assessments of the situation around the world.


Countdown to anniversary of Inauguration Day

Donald Trump's inaugural address

Donald Trump’s inaugural address

WASHINGTON – With less than three weeks remaining in President Trump’s first year in office, the ThankTrump.us campaign is steaming along, having surpassed 20,000 digital cards of gratitude generated for his hundreds of major accomplishments.

“Jan. 20 will mark the anniversary of the president’s Inauguration Day, so it’s a great time to let him know how much you appreciate all he’s done for the country in such a short time,” said Joseph Farah, WND’s founder who launched the campaign just before Thanksgiving. “It’s a record of accomplishment unparalleled in modern American history.”

The campaign includes the most comprehensive list compiled any anyone of his significant achievements, which have come on an average of one every two days since he took the oath of office.

It’s quite a record of success, yet no president in arguably all of American history has faced such relentless opposition over the course of his first year.

Trump has faced vitriol and obstruction from all sides: Democrats, the media, Hollywood, the sports world, the international community, the deep state, the religious Left, “progressive” activists and even many Republicans and establishment conservatives.

“Making America great again is a thankless job, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Farah. “We, the American people, have the power to raise our voices in thanks for this president who has accomplished so much in his first year but has so little acclaim to show for it.”

In this spirit, WND launched the Thank Trump Card Campaign to give ordinary Americans a way to thank the president for his hard work and record of achievement on behalf of the American people.

Simply go to ThankTrump.us to choose one of our 10 unique e-card designs. You can add a personalized message to your card if you wish, and then simply click a button to send it electronically to the White House. It’s completely free of charge.

“As President Trump heads into a new year, it’s important he doesn’t lose the courage and boldness that have enabled him to defy the establishment and get so much done for the American people,” said Farah. “Given all the opposition he faces, it would be too easy for him to surrender to the forces that besiege him.”

That’s why ThankTrump.us is so important. As 2018 begins, it is a perfect time to look back with thankfulness to the man who made 2017 such a great year for America.

The campaign has been endorsed by leading conservatives such as Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity and covered by conservative news outlets such as Breitbart News and InfoWars.com. The Conservative Tribune is also among the list of promoters.

Go to ThankTrump.us to view the 10 card design options, all of which can be personalized with additional messages and sent directly to the White House at no cost.


Jesus, Reagan, Clint Eastwood all get votes in Alabama

(FOX NEWS) — Some aren’t Alabama residents. Other vote-getters aren’t even alive.

But actor Clint Eastwood, the late President Ronald Reagan and Jesus Christ were among those who received protest write-in votes in Alabama’s tempestuous Senate election this month.

Alabama’s Secretary of State’s office released the names of those who received write-in votes after Democrat Doug Jones was certified Thursday as the winner of the contest. Jones defeated scandal-plagued Republican nominee Roy Moore by more than 20,000 votes in the Dec. 12 election.


Films on ‘global warming’ flop at box office

(WASHINGTON TIMES) — Climate change got its close-up in 2017. A gaggle of films either name-checked Al Gore’s biggest fear or built their narratives around it.

The timing, in theory, couldn’t be better for Hollywood bean counters: Three major hurricanes. Massive fires in the West. Record-setting chills. Media reports routinely connected the disasters with a warming planet.

Yet audiences stayed away from films influenced by eco-concerns. Far, far away.


‘Fake news’ tops school’s annual list of banished words

(THE HILL) — “Fake news” and “covfefe” are among the phrases that made it onto one university’s list of “banished words” this year.

Lake Superior State University released its 43rd annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness” on Sunday, including the two phrases tied to President Trump.

Suggestions were sent to the school before voters were able to select their favorites.

Lake Superior State spokesman John Shibley told the Associated Press that it made sense for the list to include the political phrases, considering the political climate of the past year.


Iran threatens protesters, clamps down on social media


The Iranian government restricted access to social-media apps used by protesters for communication and warned those involved in the nationwide demonstrations will “pay the price” after three days of unrest.

Instagram and Telegram have been temporarily “restricted.” Social media has been vital resource for Iranians participating in the protests – described as the largest public display of discontent since the 2009 Green Movement in Iran.

While independent media coverage from inside the country has been limited, protesters have used apps like Telegram, which offers public channels for users in addition to encrypted messaging, to share information and videos of protests and clashes.

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Earlier on Sunday, the Iranian Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli issued a stern warning that protesters will “pay the price” after the demonstrations turned deadly. He said the misuse of social networks by some individuals “are causing violence and fear,” and that “such behavior will be smashed,” according to IRNA, Iran’s official news agency.

Two people were killed Saturday during protests in Doroud city, in the Lorestan province of western Iran, according to semi-official news agency Mehr News.

Several videos circulated on social media showed various people injured during protests in the city. The videos purportedly showed injured people lying on the ground and being carried away from the protest, as well as being treated in a local hospital. In some of the video, gunshots can be heard.

In a rare display of public dissent, some protesters directed their ire at Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, according to some videos on social media. In another video also circulating on social media, Iranians can be overheard chanting “We don’t want an Islamic Republic” and “Death to the dictator.” The video purports to show demonstrators in the western city of Khorramabad.

President Donald Trump has voiced his support for anti-government protesters in several tweets throughout the weekend, sparking a war of words with the Iranian government.

“Big protests in Iran,” the president wrote Sunday morning. “The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer.”

Earlier, Trump tweeted: “Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice. The world is watching!”

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi pushed back against earlier U.S. comments, saying the Iranian people gave no credence to such “opportunistic” remarks by Trump or his administration.

Iranian officials have pointed to foreign intervention as being behind the protests.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador the U.N., added her support in a statement on Sunday, saying “our hopes and prayers” are with people suffering in “oppressive governments in North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, and especially in Iran, where the long-repressed Iranian people are now finding their voice.”

“The Iranian government,” she said, “is being tested by its own citizens. We pray that freedom and human rights will carry the day.”


Arsenal found in Houston hotel atop New Year’s Eve party

Houston, Texas, skyline. Hyatt Regency is the dark building near the middle with a copper-colored cylindrical restaurant atop its roof (Photo: Yelp)

Houston, Texas, skyline. Hyatt Regency is the dark building near the middle with a copper-colored cylindrical restaurant atop its roof (Photo: Yelp)

A man has been arrested on multiple charges after police located a small arsenal of guns on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency on Louisiana Street downtown, where a large New Year’s Eve celebration is planned, Houston police said.

Police at the hotel called for backup around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after they attempted to arrest the man for being intoxicated and trespassing. When help arrived, police noticed ammunition around the man’s hotel room, Lt. Gordon Macintosh with Houston police said.

The man was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon and trespassing. When investigators looked through his room further, they located an AR-15, a shotgun, a handgun and lots of ammunition, Macintosh said.

The Hyatt is preparing a New Year’s Eve celebration at the hotel with a 50,000 balloon drop at the stroke of midnight, its website said.

The man’s white Chevrolet Silverado was located and towed to be searched and examined, Macintosh said. Police are waiting to interview the man until he has sobered up, he said.