Saturday, May 27, 2017

President Trump's Statement on Muslim Ramadan Which Began Friday

The Muslim observance of Ramadan began Friday for millions of followers of the Islamic faith around the globe, and though it may surprise some who have bought into the media’s lies about him, President Donald  below statement wishing a happy and joyous Ramadan to all who celebrate.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
May 26, 2017
Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan

On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan.
             
During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen our communities.  At its core, the spirit of Ramadan strengthens awareness of our shared obligation to reject violence, to pursue peace, and to give to those in need who are suffering from poverty or conflict.
             
This year, the holiday begins as the world mourns the innocent victims of barbaric terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom and Egypt, acts of depravity that are directly contrary to the spirit of Ramadan.  Such acts only steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology.
             
On my recent visit to Saudi Arabia, I had the honor of meeting with the leaders of more than 50 Muslim nations.  There, in the land of the two holiest sites in the Muslim world, we gathered to deliver together an emphatic message of partnership for the sake of peace, security, and prosperity for our countries and for the world.
             
I reiterate my message delivered in Riyadh:  America will always stand with our partners against terrorism and the ideology that fuels it.  During this month of Ramadan, let us be resolved to spare no measure so that we may ensure that future generations will be free of this scourge and able to worship and commune in peace.
             
I extend my best wishes to Muslims everywhere for a blessed month as you observe the Ramadan traditions of charity, fasting, and prayer.  May God bless you and your families.

I.D. REQUIRED Except to VOTE

Democrats have railed against voter ID laws, and their platform “opposes laws that place unnecessary restrictions” on those seeking to vote, but Democratic National Convention officials will only issue credentials to those who present state-issued IDs. 

The DNC’s website said that “all pickup persons must have a state-issued ID that matches the name submitted” to receive credentials. Media members attending the DNC have to present photo IDs at multiple checkpoints. 
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Monday May 29th Is Memorial Day Honor Our Military

Monday
May 29 
Memorial Day 2017 in United States of America
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.[1] The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May,[2] originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.[3] By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.[1] It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season,[4]while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountain areas. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with relatives and others. There often is a religious service and a picnic-like "dinner on the grounds," the traditional term for a potluck meal at a church. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the "memorial day" idea.[5]
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.[6]
HISTORY
The practice of decorating soldiers' graves with flowers is an ancient custom.[7] Soldiers' graves were decorated in the U.S. before[8] and during the American Civil War. Following President Abraham Lincoln's assassination in April 1865, there were a variety of events of commemoration. The sheer number of soldiers of both sides who died in the Civil War (more than 600,000) meant that burial and memorialization took on new cultural significance. Under the leadership of women during the war, an increasingly formal practice of decorating graves had taken shape. In 1865, the federal government began creating national military cemeteries for the Union war dead.[9]
The Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper claimed in 1906 that Warrenton, Virginia, was the location of the first Civil War soldier's grave ever to be decorated; the date cited was June 3, 1861.[10]There is also documentation that women in Savannah, Georgia, decorated Confederate soldiers' graves in 1862.[11] The 1863 cemetery dedication at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was, of course, a ceremony of commemoration at the graves of dead soldiers. In addition, local historians in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, claim that ladies there decorated soldiers' graves on July 4, 1864,[12] and Boalsburg promotes itself as the birthplace of Memorial Day.[13]
Historian David W. Blight, citing an observance after the end of the Civil War in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865, has claimed that "African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina,"[14] based on accounts in the Charleston Daily Courier and coverage by the New York Tribune. But in 2012 Blight stated that he "has no evidence" that the event in Charleston inspired the establishment of Memorial Day across the country.[15] Accordingly, Snopes labels Blight's claims "mostly false."[16]
Despite this ongoing lively debate, there is an "official" birthplace. On May 26, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the presidential proclamation naming Waterloo, New York, as the holder of the title. This action followed House Concurrent Resolution 587, in which the 89th Congress had officially recognized that the patriotic tradition of observing Memorial Day had begun one hundred years prior in Waterloo, New York.[17] Snopes also regards the Waterloo legend as apocryphal.[18]

Thursday, May 25, 2017

President Trump's Message To NATO

 PRESIDENT Trump stood in front of the leaders of 25+ countries -- in a foreign country, and said this --- looking out for the best interests of EVERY AMERICAN! 

Breaking: Former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce and Utility owner George Johnson, indicted on fraud charges

Former Arizona Corporation Commission member Gary Pierce, utility owner and developer George Johnson and two others were indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on bribery, conspiracy and fraud charges.
Johnson, a San Tan Valley developer, is accused of giving money and and property to Pierce and his wife in exchange for actions benefiting Johnson and Johnson Utilities LLC on matters pending before the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities in the state.
Pierce and his wife, Sherry Ann Pierce, are accused of unlawfully receiving $31,500 from Johnson through Johnson's lobbyist, James Franklin Norton, in exchange for Pierce's actions on matters before the commission.
Each defendant faces eight charges, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

115th US Congress The Leader's Daily Schedule - 5/25/17

Leader's Daily Schedule
THURSDAY, MAY 25TH
On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
One Minute Speeches

H.R. 1973 - Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Judiciary Committee)

The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
Rep. Bob Goodlatte Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Jim Costa Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. O'Halleran/Sinema/Biggs Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
H.R. 1761 - Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Johnson / Judiciary Committee)

The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Special Order Speeches

Arizona and Texas Have 2 of the 17 stunning swimming holes that every traveler needs to visit in their lifetime

Havasu Falls — Supai, Arizona, USA
People swimming in the Havasu Falls pools.ronnybas/Shutterstock
These stunning pools have been formed by the Havasu Falls, and are a popular spot for cliff jumping. The crystal blue waters can be found deep in the Grand Canyon, and can only be reached via a long, treacherous hike.
To visit, you'll need to make reservations through the Havasupai Reservation, though with growing popularity, they're becoming harder and harder to get.
Hamilton Pool Preserve — Dripping Springs, Texas, US
Hamilton Pool.Shutterstock/dibrova
Hamilton Pool is one of the most well-known swimming holes in America. It's only 23 miles from Austin, making it a perfect summer getaway for locals as well as visitors. Part of the pool lies under a cavernous roof from which small waterfalls sometimes create a picturesque curtain.

President Trump meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican Video

President Trump meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Arizona: Espinoza's plan to create opportunities for at-risk youth receives bipartisan support

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2017
Contact: C. Murphy Hebert
602-926-5848
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Diego Espinoza, D-Tolleson (District 19), spent the legislative session advocating for more opportunities for at-risk youth. Earlier this week, the governor signed into law a bill that included a provision from Espinoza that will provide support for at-risk youth in Arizona to prepare for college and careers.

The Legislature voted to include language from Espinoza's bill, HB 2184, which establishes the College and Career Readiness Program, in a separate bill, HB 2395, that received bipartisan support.

"This legislation provides opportunities that will help Arizona youth stay in school and acquire the personal, academic, leadership and vocational skills they need to be successful," Espinoza said. "This required work across the aisle, and I especially want to thank Rep. Boyer and Sen. Brophy McGee for their efforts."

Thelaw goes into effect this summer.

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Arizona: Interstate 11 is a done deal in Nevada

Conspiracy theories aside ... Interstate 11 is a done deal in Nevada.Reality in the making. Connecting Las Vegas and Phoenix on the north side of Arizona.
ViaLas Vegas Review Journal
‘Breathtaking’ view highlights coming interstate linking Las Vegas, Phoenix.
The first interstate linking Las Vegas and Phoenix will ease traffic congestion and offer a spectacular vista above Lake Mead, transportation officials promised Friday during a tour of ongoing construction.“It’s a breathtaking, panoramic view of one of the nation’s largest man-made lakes,” Nevada Department of Transportation spokesman Tony Illia said. The 15-mile stretch of Interstate 11, touted as Nevada’s “largest infrastructure project,” is expected to open by June 2018.
It will allow drivers to bypass Boulder City, a municipality of about 15,000 people.The trip will be about 30 minutes faster than taking U.S. Highway 93 through the city, and the southern route to Arizona will have a scenic overlook nestled inside the Eldorado Mountains.

The Southern Nevada portion of the four-lane highway is expected to take as many as 34,000 vehicles a day on a U-shaped bypass south of Boulder City. The route will begin near Henderson’s southern border and end by the O’Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge downstream from Hoover Dam“A lot of the vehicles we see going through right now are freight,” Regional Transportation Commission spokeswoman Monika Bertaki said.

I-11 “would actually allow all of the freight to not go through the small town streets and bottleneck up.”
When Arizona finishes its portion of I-11, the highway will become the first interstate to connect Las Vegas and Phoenix, the only two neighboring U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of more than 1 million that do not have a connecting interstate.
On a grander scale, I-11 will eventually establish a new trade route between Canada and Mexico by way of Idaho, Arizona and Nevada.
The $318 million project is being funded with a combination of state and federal monies, as well as local fuel-tax revenue. It is expected to create 4,000 jobs.