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    32 RHINO TIMES | Thursday, March 16, 2017 | www.rhinotimes.com under (continued from page 35) on news shows that we don’t notice it. What we do notice is that when a moderate news organization like Fox News comes along. Fox is considered radical because it is so different. It’s not so much that Fox is conservative but that it isn’t liberal, and that makes it stand out. The attacks by NPR on President Trump are unrelenting. If Trump cured cancer tomorrow, NPR would criticize him for not doing it sooner and have interviews with people who recently lost loved ones to cancer asking them if they thought Trump had acted swiftly enough to find a cure. I find it embarrassing and appalling that my tax dollars go to fund a leftwing propaganda organization. When former President Barack Obama was in the White House, NPR was a cheerleader for just about everything he did. The so-called reporters had difficulty even imagining that anything he did could be questioned. With Trump it is the exact opposite. If Congress can’t find the political courage to defund CPB then it won’t be able to find the courage to cut the budget at all. Fortunately, the ace in the hole in getting government out of businesses where it doesn’t belong is Trump. Trump didn’t run against the Democrats when he was out campaigning, he ran against Washington. Republicans need to take a look at how successful he was and Speed Bump how unsuccessful the last couple of presidential candidates backed by the mainstream Republican Party were. Most of the country thinks that Washington is totally corrupt and that it doesn’t matter which party the elected officials are in, they are looking out for themselves first and their buddies in DC second and everyone else in the country is a distant third. By getting the federal government out of businesses that it doesn’t belong in, the Republicans in Washington could go a long way toward convincing the American people that they are going to help Trump drain the swamp. If they don’t then the next time around the American people might just decide to let the Democrats have another crack at running the country. Trump is correct; it’s not really a Democratic or Republican problem, it is a Washington problem. Trump may be able to do it. If he can’t then the federal government is lost. Proof that Washington is the problem is the fact that four of the 10 richest counties in the country are suburbs of Washington, DC. The wealth of our nation is being taken away from the people in the 50 states in the form of taxes and sent to Washington where it is handed out to friends and acquaintances. This has to stop. by Dave Coverly The mainstream media reveal their true colors nearly every day. Take the fact that Attorney General Jeff Sessions laid off 46 US attorneys. This, according to the mainstream media, was a bloodbath. But when former President Bill Clinton’s third or fourth choice for attorney general, Janet Reno, took office she laid off 93 US attorneys. It’s simply par for the course in the Department of Justice. The US attorneys all know that if the opposing party wins the presidential election they will be removed from office. It’s not even really news. It is akin to making a big deal out of the fact that former President Obama’s entire cabinet is being replaced. What is rare is to keep a cabinet member appointed by the president of the opposing party. When Obama took office in 2009, the big news was that he kept Defense Secretary Bob Gates, not that he fired everyone else. Trump’s beliefs and policies are entirely different from Obama’s on so many issues it would be insane for him to have a bunch of US attorneys working against his policies and for Obama’s policies. What is news is that it took the Senate so long to confirm Sessions that a bunch of US attorneys got another month on the government payroll. The reason Sessions only laid off 46 is that most of the rest had already resigned. Now what Trump should have his cabinet secretaries do is get rid of every Obama appointee in their departments and hopefully not replace a bunch of them. It’s an oddity in politics that few people realize, but an elected official is most powerful right after being sworn into office. This is true for city councilmembers, state legislators and presidents. A lot of the time the newly elected don’t know how to use that power and by the time they do it has started to dwindle. The reason is simple: When a president takes office he theoretically has four years to accomplish his goals. He doesn’t really have four years because the last year or so he is a lame duck and people don’t normally pay much attention to him. But Trump is most powerful right now because he has four, and possibly eight, years ahead of him. People know if they dodge or delay he’s going to come back at them. As his term runs out people can wait him out; they can’t do that now. And if Trump should get reelected, the clock starts running again. The news media keep reporting that Sessions lied under oath about meeting with the Russian ambassador. I’ve watched the question and answer portion of the Senate hearing several times and I disagree. The first time I watched it I thought that Sessions was being asked if on behalf of the Trump campaign he had met with the Russian ambassador, and I still think that. Sessions would have been better off if he had simply said no, but he chose to expound on that no. What he wasn’t asked was if he had ever in his life met with a representative of the Russian government. As chairman of the Armed Services Committee one would hope that Sessions had met many times with many Russians. One problem with these Senate hearings, which is completely bipartisan, is that it doesn’t appear a single senator can ask a simple question. Each question seems to have about five minutes of talking points attached. Politicians are like that; why use one word when 100 words will accomplish the same thing and that is 99 times more face time? It still baffles me that for a US senator to meet with the Russian ambassador is in anyway suspicious. The job of the Russian ambassador is to meet with members of the US government. It was, according to the mainstream media, perfectly acceptable for members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign to meet with representatives of the Russian government, which doesn’t make sense, but then what does. Trump’s presidential campaign got its first big boost when Trump said he was going to build a wall on the US- Mexico border. At that time people were streaming over the border in such a large volume that the Border Patrol couldn’t keep up. Since Trump was elected, the whole scene along the border has reportedly changed. The number of people being picked up by the Border Patrol has dropped by 40 percent. The huge difference is Trump. Obama thought that people who entered the country illegally should be assisted in their attempt to get wherever in the US they wanted to go, and at some date in the far distant future their legal status could be worked out. Trump believes that people crossing illegally into the US should be taken (continued on next page)

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    www.rhinotimes.com | Thursday, March 16, 2017 | RHINO TIMES 33 under (continued from previous page) directly back across the border. The word that people were being sent back to Mexico instead of receiving free bus tickets to wherever they wanted to go has stemmed the tide. The mainstream media are still harping on the fact that Trump can’t build a wall. Some of their reasons are so silly that if they weren’t superserious liberals they couldn’t say these things with a straight face. One of my favorites is that the government doesn’t own the land on the border, as if the government had owned all the land where roads are today. A related issue is the constant confusing of legal and illegal immigration. The mainstream media keep running stories about legal immigrants with the implication that Trump and his followers are against all immigration. Most Americans are smart enough to know that the vast majority of us are the descendants of immigrants. Whether they came to this country before it was even a country or in the 240 years since its founding, most came here from some other country. America is a melting pot and that is one of the things that makes America great. One of the aspects of Obama’s immigration policies that I found infuriating is that Obama wanted to make room for millions of people who came to this country illegally across the Mexican border, and at the same time keep out thousands of people with skills and education who went through the proper channels. I know that Trump has a lot on his plate and can’t do everything at once, but April 15 is less than a month away, which makes me think about the Internal Revenue Service. If Trump is really intent on draining the swamp, it is a good place to start. We know that the IRS was targeting conservative organizations for special treatment and refusing to grant conservative organizations taxexempt status because of the political views of the members. We also know that the IRS lied about the evidence and attempted to destroy it. Lois Lerner was the poster child for this operation, but she didn’t act alone. Current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen should have been impeached, but now he doesn’t have to be. Trump can fire him. It’s a wonder that Trump has let him stay in office this long. The tax laws need a complete overhaul, but until that is done the IRS is in charge and Trump needs to clean house as much as he possibly can. He could empty out the white-collar criminals from federal prison and put them in charge of the IRS and we’d have a more honest crowd than what is currently running the department. If you have any doubt about the prejudice of the mainstream media, watch a press conference with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and then watch a press conference with any of Obama’s press secretaries. With Obama’s press secretaries, a question was asked, the press secretary gave some reply that may or may not have made sense, be true or even address the question, and then another question was asked. With Spicer, a reporter asks a question, berates Spicer and Trump, then asks the question again and again while other reporters encourage the questioner. In my opinion, Spicer is doing a phenomenal job of handling the press, North Korea is threatening to attack – Japan, South Korea, Alaska, Hawaii, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, take your pick. It seems like every month Kim Jongun does something to get himself on the front page. What I have absolutely no idea about, and I wonder if anyone does, is will he ever be done with posturing and attack someone. If he had any sense at all, and he really wants to attack someone or something, he should have done it while Obama was president. Obama didn’t retaliate in Syria even when Syrian President Bashar al- Assad not only crossed over the “red line,” but crossed over it and then jumped up and down and shouted, “Nah, nah, nah, nah.” All in polite diplomatic-speak, of course. But if Kim Jong-un goes too far now, Trump may decide to exhibit some American firepower. Then again, he might invite the North Korean dictator to Mar-a-Lago for a round of golf. With Trump you never know. So far what we know about Kim Jong-un is that he likes to fire missiles into the ocean, he doesn’t care much about feeding his people and isn’t too fond of his relatives. I have read more about the US Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough in the past week than I have read about all previous Senate parliamentarians put together. Evidently, the Republican senators are terrified of this 50-year-old woman who works for them. They are concerned that she will rule that the Obamacare repeal needs 60 votes rather than the 51 votes required for budgetary items. Who cares? In an elected body, unless the Constitution or some other governing document says otherwise, anything can be done with a simple majority. The Constitution in this case says that the Senate will make its own rules. The Senate had the 60-vote rule for cloture for appointments until Sen. Harry Reid, who was at that time Senate majority leader, and the Democrats decided to invoke the so-called nuclear option and allow appointments other than Supreme Court appointments to be passed with a simple majority. The Republicans need to go the rest of the way and make everything a simple majority. The fear is that if the Republicans lose control of the Senate then they won’t have any control in the Senate. But here is the scenario that the Republicans should consider: In 2018, the Democrats win control of the Senate and they immediately invoke the nuclear option for everything and the Republicans have no say in any legislation and look like fools because they didn’t do it themselves when they had the majority. There is a time to be nice in politics, but unfortunately that time has passed. The Republicans in the Senate need to take whatever action they need to take to get Trump’s Supreme Court nominee approved and to get to the legislation they need through the Senate. If that means invoking the rest of the nuclear option, so be it. In our form of government the majority is supposed to rule. The people of this country elected a slim majority of Republicans to the Senate. It is a slim majority but if a candidate wins by one vote that candidate has no less power than the candidate elected by 1 million votes. It is winning that makes the difference, not the margin. The Senate actually doesn’t have to invoke the nuclear option to get the Obamacare repeal through the Senate, but it might have to have Vice President Mike Pence overrule the parliamentarian, which he has the authority to do. The Democrats, as you would expect, say this would be a terrible thing to do, would cause the demise of the Senate, cows in Indiana would no longer give milk, storms would rage across the Midwest and they would likely have a year without a summer. A slight exaggeration, but it is amazing the horrors that Democrats predict will ensue if Pence uses the authority he has. The Senate Republicans need to put this nice guy stuff behind them and get to work. If they lose control of the Senate and the Democrats want to go back to the old way of doing business, requiring a 60-vote majority to move a bill to the floor or make an appointment, let them. But it is doubtful they will, just like the nice Republican senators have not gone back to 60 votes for appointments and bills having to do with the budget. This is no time for Senate Republicans to play nice; they need to play to win. beep (continued from page 29) All ACC games are being played in New York. Last I heard, the ACC offices are in Greensboro. So we can’t have any games played in North Carolina because of that terrible HB2. Do you suppose he allows men in the women’s restrooms at their office? Doubt it. % % % Since the ACC commissioner decided to move everything up to New York, I think they ought to boycott every game if they come back next season, whatever, because of the HB2. That’s baloney. Quit going to their games, and they’ll change their attitude. % % % Another comment about that ACC moving to New York. In 2020, keep them out of Greensboro. Let them play in New York and Atlanta. After all the support through the years of the ACC, if that’s the way they’re going to do us, two can play that game. Boycott them. Thank you. % % % This is about the school bus again. Saw one go through a school zone. Wasn’t 25 miles an hour. Saw one yesterday through a stop sign. I’m telling you, these (continued on page 34)

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    34 RHINO TIMES | Thursday, March 16, 2017 | www.rhinotimes.com letters (continued from page 30) this point? I’m about to send social justice whiners, liberals and the PC police into apoplectic fits. Here goes: This is America. We are Americans (and proud to be). This is our country. You asked to come here. You wanted to be here. We allowed you in here. If our displays of patriotism and love of country offend you then thank you for playing, we have some lovely parting gifts for you. If you don’t want to be part of this great country, no problem. The exits are clearly marked. Adding insult to this was a letter the student council leadership of beep (continued from page 33) parents, if you’ve got a kid that rides the school bus, if you think anything of your children, you need to follow that bus at least one time, maybe twice, and watch these bus drivers. They’re going through school zones, where’s the police officers at? Sitting at Biscuitville or McDonald’s? Why don’t they have a police officer at school zones? They used to. Well, I’m telling you, somebody better look after these kids, because the school bus people don’t look after them, and the school system don’t look after them, and the Police Department don’t look after them. So, something needs to be done. You need to look after your kids. % % % So it’s OK for an artist to display a Jesus Christ crucifix in a bucket of urine but a historic statue of a Civil War general is offensive and must be taken down? Is the US judiciary system being overrun by fools? % % % The Donald, regular as clockwork, 5:30 a.m. toilet tweets are the fireside chats of the 20th century. I’m just smiling. % % % When will these people learn that nothing in life is free? Nothing. So, thanks for all the donations to the Say Yes, free college tuition. I knew it was a joke when they was trying to conjure up money. All they wanted was your money. And now they have it, or they spent it. Now Say Yes is saying no. That’s what I figured. % % % John, your last week’s comment was way off target. Your concern was that the government was not prosecuting illegals using other people’s Social Security numbers. This is the main reason why both parties need and want all illegals in this country. What is the number of illegals using the same Social Security number? At least five, probably much more. This money going in helps keep the Ponzi scheme of the Social Security afloat. All this money in and none taken out. Great idea to keep it afloat. % % % I would love for the Rhino Times to investigate who’s paying for the Save My Care Bus Tour. That might be an interesting little vacation there to go on a bus tour that they’re going to take all around the country. Wonder who’s paying for it. % % % Moses could have brought the Republican healthcare plan down from the mountaintop, carved on stone tablets and the Democrats would writhe and moan and complain. % % % You know, after listening to Jim Boeheim’s testimonial to Greensboro, I had to laugh at his narrowminded, misguided, oneway street approach to intelligent monologue. I thought to myself, I’ve heard this borish drivel over and over and over again. We’ve got Susan Ladd. Go beat your horses, Susan, and enjoy your day. the school wrote to the other school afterwards: “It has been brought to our attention that the decision by the Valley High School student section to wear U.S.A. apparel at our game last night was offensive to members of your community and fan base. We are deeply sorry if we have offended anyone in any way.” I encourage members of the student body to write letters of their own to the other school and the council leadership saying they have nothing to apologize for and that the council leadership does not speak for them. That is another step we as freethinking, independent Americans need to start doing. The next time some mouthpiece claims to be speaking for you and it’s something you don’t agree with, publicly speak out stating your opinion and pointing out that they don’t speak for you. By not speaking out, you empower these clowns and add to their sense of self-importance. Individualism and independent thinking and actions are what made and continue to make this country great. Conservatives are not sheeple. We are the bulwark that stands against the waves of whiners and snowflakes who want to make this country a third world dump that would become a shadow of what it used to be before they “made it better.” We need to start bringing a gun to the knife fight. Go Galt and save the republic. Alan Marshall HAVING IT TOO GOOD DEAR EDITOR, There is one phrase that accurately describes the rise and fall of great nations: “They lived too good for too Photo by Sandy Groover long.” When we should have remained financially conservative politicians, being politicians, did not listen and now we owe $20 plus trillion. The temptation to hold power was just too great. America is not in the far left or far right camps and when we are placed there by other circumstances we rebel. The “mouth” of the far right is Donald Trump just as surely as Barack Obama was the mouth of the far left, but who was its real leader with the money? One of the chief suspects is George Soros. So, who is Soros? Well, his fingerprints are all over the world as a liberal who pointed one way and often promoted policies that backfired in the other direction. For example, witness the chaos in Europe with his fingerprints all over it. The only fear we should have is in moving too far to one corner or the other. Election after election we prove this to ourselves as we swing our own pendulum back and forth. Ray Hylton Send to letters@rhinotimes.com or P.O. Box 9023, Greensboro 27429 Brave canines like this hound risked ridicule to benefit a good cause at Red Dog Farm’s annual Dogs on the Catwalk on Saturday, March 11 at Triad Stage. The proceeds will benefit pets in need through Red Dog Farm’s Animal Rescue Network.

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    www.rhinotimes.com | Thursday, March 16, 2017 | RHINO TIMES 35 under theHAMMER The proposed healthcare plan now working its way through Congress looks like a good start toward the repeal of Obamacare. The huge difference to me – which doesn’t seem to get reported on much – is that Americans won’t be required to buy health insurance. I disagreed with the US Supreme Court on that one, which is my right as an American regardless of whether I have a law degree or not. I don’t see any way the federal government has the right to force Americans to purchase a product that they don’t want. Another point that the mainstream media don’t seem willing to report is that, even with the penalties, millions of Americans chose not to buy health insurance under Obamacare. From what I’ve read, the bill does need some changes. People should have more freedom in what kind of health insurance they can buy, and if a person wants to simply have catastrophic healthcare insurance, there shouldn’t be any impediments to that. One of the plethora of problems with Obamacare was that it couldn’t be amended. Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote in the House or Senate – so much for the Democrats wanting to be bipartisan. By the time Obamacare passed, Obama had lost one seat in the Senate, and since Obama had pushed the Republicans completely aside to get the bill passed, the Republicans were not inclined to help him make adjustments. Not forcing Americans to buy something they don’t want and in many cases don’t need gets America back on track to being the land of the free and the home of the brave. But this is early in the legislative process. It would be shocking if the bill didn’t go through some changes before it passes, if it ever does pass. People act like this is the final bill that can’t be amended, but it seems to make more sense to look at it as a starting point. Unlike with Obamacare, there is no reason to think if the current repeal passes that it cannot later be amended. The Republicans in Washington could learn some valuable lessons from President Donald John Trump, if they would stop staring at themselves in the mirror and pay attention. The Republican rank-and-file elected official in Washington is terrified of getting bad press. What they need to learn from Trump is how to handle the press. For instance, you have to accept that it makes no difference how you vote, or what you say; if you have an R by your name you will be brutally and unfairly attacked. It’s the way the game is played and Trump figured that out about two minutes after he announced he was going to run for president. Trump also realized that despite the fact that they weren’t going to write anything nice about him, he could still use the mainstream media for his own purposes. Some Republicans who have been in Congress for 20 years haven’t figured it out yet. They keep thinking that if they could just hold their mouths right, or if they could just work in the right combination in a speech of icebergs melting, saving baby whales and killing baby humans, that the media would flock to support them. It’s really sad. It’s like the dorky guy who keeps asking his hot classmate out and really believes that if there is ever a night when she isn’t washing her hair, or cleaning out her neighbor’s fish tank, that she will go out with him. The truth is that she is never going out with the dorky guy and the mainstream media are never going to support conservative Republicans. What the Republicans in Congress need to do is get behind their president and attack the mainstream media relentlessly. When Trump attacks the press now and a reporter asks a congressman or senator about it, the best response is “a tepid understanding of where Trump is coming from.” The worst – which will come from either Sen. John McCain or Sen. Lindsey Graham – will be a call for a special prosecutor. What the response should be is overwhelming support in his attack. These guys know how to mince words. They don’t have to say Trump is 100 percent right, but rather that his attack on the press is 100 percent right. McCain and Graham will never come around because they are sore losers. Both think they should be president and can’t believe the people of the United States elected Trump when they, in their own minds, are far superior. McCain practically had the White House handed to him in 2008. He was running against a virtual unknown with a funny name who was far to the left of the American people. All McCain had to do was run a moderately competent campaign and he would have won. Instead he ran a campaign that was so bad it looked like his staffers were doing everything in their power to make certain that he lost. If it was incompetence, it was incompetence of the highest order. I suspect that many on his campaign staff decided they didn’t want McCain to be president. To me that makes a lot more sense than having people who consistently made the worst choice possible for the candidate. It’s not Trump’s fault that McCain will never make it to the White House; it’s McCain’s fault. But he blames Trump and will continue to do everything in his power to cause problems for Trump and the Republican Party that didn’t put him in the White House. According to the Financial Times, Trump’s budget will cut US funding to the United Nations by 50 percent. This is great news. It isn’t enough, but it’s a good start. The United Nations is supposed to be a worldwide organization. Why in that wide world is the US the one picking up the tab? It’s a lot like NATO, a much needed military alliance. But simply because it’s needed doesn’t mean the US should pay for it. One of the reasons the US is getting left behind as far as infrastructure goes is because we give so much money away there isn’t enough left to do what needs to be done in the US. If the US is going to be the major funding source for the UN, then we should get more votes than anyone else, and that’s not going to happen. Congress doesn’t have the courage of its convictions like Trump does, so Congress is going to be left in this wasteland – either it can defy the president or it can defy the UN. The decision by Congress will be purely political. Numbers will be crunched to see which will cost the members of Congress the most votes – defying the president or defying the UN. Let’s hope defying the UN costs fewer votes because it is in need of by John Hammer massive renovation. If the members of the UN had to actually pay the freight on UN decisions, it would be a very different organization. Trump is also asking that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) be defunded. This is something that the Republicans should have done a long time ago. One argument against defunding CPB is that the budget is less than $500 million, which is a pittance in the federal government budget of over $4 trillion. The federal budget didn’t rise to its absurd level of over $4 trillion by adding programs that cost $1 trillion or $2 trillion. It got there by adding thousands of programs that cost millions and billions. You can’t reduce the federal budget by only eliminating programs that cost $500 billion or more, but you can reduce the federal budget by getting the federal government out of areas where it doesn’t belong, whatever the cost. The federal government doesn’t belong in the news and documentary business. There are more than enough private news organizations without the federal government having its own. That’s a good reason to eliminate CPB, but even a better reason in my book is the far left political leanings of National Public Radio (NPR). It broadcasts liberal propaganda every day. The Republicans in Congress have no business funding an organization that denigrates everything they do. Can you imagine if the federal government funded Rush Limbaugh and the Democrats took control of the government, how long Limbaugh would keep his job? I think the time period could be measured in nanoseconds. To most people even the idea of the federal government funding Limbaugh is absurd. But I’ve listened to both and I don’t think Limbaugh is any further right than NPR is left. We have all grown so accustomed to hearing the far left liberal agenda (continued on page 32)

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