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    www.rhinotimes.com | Thursday, September 7, 2017 | RHINO TIMES 41 swings (continued from page 39) “I understand High Point is in distress,” Branson added. “I understand this is a pretty decent project that I would have hoped to have been able to support, but right now I am absolutely not going to support it. I may going forward – but, right now, it’s in the dumps. I’m willing to listen to the people but I’m not willing to be pushed by the mayor of High Point. He’s called us ‘zombies,’ and ‘straw men’ – he’s resorted to name calling.” Bencini has used those words in the press but he hasn’t specifi cally called the commissioners zombies or straw men. For instance, he said the commissioners had made several fallacious “straw men” arguments against the stadium project. At that agenda meeting, Branson made another argument why the county had to be careful. He said that, if the project is a raging success and it brings more residents, businesses and entertainment facilities to downtown High Point, that will increase the need for county services, with no new property tax revenue from that 649- acre area to pay for those services. “I know you’re gonna gain in sales tax, but you’re gonna lose on property tax and we’re going to have to provide more services to the schools, to EMS and other departments, and those property taxes will be zero for the next 20 years,” Branson said. “I’ll be 70 years old 20 years from now and pay quite a bit of taxes in Guilford County.” Bencini said the area in downtown High Point has been blighted for about a decade and has been losing value. However, Branson said property values could come back whether a stadium is built or not. “Maybe we have something hit at the airport,” Branson speculated. “Maybe we have something hit at the [Greensboro-Randolph] megasite. There is going to be a spur of growth, period. The people are going to go for location; they are going to go for value. This property, defunct mills, etc., is a very good area for growth. The opportunity for growth is there with this project or without. That’s my two cents worth from an old country boy in Whitsett.” At the meeting, Phillips said that, in his view, the board was in no way ready to vote the project up or down. “Are we ready?” Philips asked staff and a few fellow commissioners in the room. “I would suggest no, absolutely not.” Alston said he was hearing some resistance from High Point residents. “I’m getting a lot of negative feedback from, really, the citizens of High Point, and some people around here who are asking why we are doing this for High Point and that type of thing,” he said. As two of the three black Democrats on the board, Alston and Foster are frequently on the same page, but on this issue they clearly were not. Here was only one of many interesting conversations at the agenda meeting: Alston: “I guess they are asking us, Carlvena, to vote on this, up or down, at our next meeting.” Foster: “Pretty much.” Alston: “Well, I don’t know if they want that right now.” Foster: “I think the thought is if the county feels very strongly that this is something they are not going to do then they need to look for other avenues to get it done.” Alston: “That’s what they’re trying to do. Get around a public hearing. I’m saying you don’t want us to move forward and pressure us to do something because, right now, I’m not there. I want to be able to get there if you can get the community there and sell it to the community. If you sell it right, the community will buy into it. It’s a great idea.” At the same meeting, Payne likewise expressed reservations about the board voting on something at the Sept. 7 meeting. “I don’t feel comfortable putting a fi nished agreement in front of you when some of these terms may still be fl uid,” Payne said. Though Bencini and others think the public hearing demand by the county is a “stall tactic,” Payne sounded quite sincere in his statement of his opinion. At the agenda meeting, Payne said, “My strong opinion is that, if you spend money in the way you are talking about, then those are economic development dollars,” adding that state law requires county money spent on economic development projects be subject to a public hearing with 10-days prior notice. BASEMENT WATERPROOFING CRAWL SPACE REPAIR Payne said there was some fl exibility as to when a public hearing was held, but he said it did have to be held before the money is taken out of the county’s account. He added that, typically, the Board of Commissioners practice has been to hold the hearing before entering into an agreement. Payne also reminded the commissioners that this was an interlocal agreement and, as such, it is wide open to modification. “You don’t have to agree to what they are asking for,” Payne said. “There are lots of negotiation points along the way. And that may be one place were having your public hearing may be to your advantage or may be wise. If they are asking for $750,000 a year and you say you’re comfortable with $700,000 a year, I don’t think they are going to say no.” “I don’t know if anyone has ever said, ‘Take it or leave it,’” Payne said, “but it pretty much has that feel to it.” Branson also said Bencini’s public comments suggested it was take it or leave it. “Pretty much the mayor did say it that way last Thursday. Period.” Branson said, adding, “He shot himself in the foot.” Phillips said he was also hearing that High Point wanted a vote on the proposal right away. “That’s what I’ve heard loud and clear,” he said. “It’s about as clear as a bell to me – that piece of it.” Foster said she was surprised at Bencini’s recent comments, when he was highly critical of Phillips and the board members at the economic development meeting. “I really did call the [High Point] city manager,” Foster said, “and said, ‘Hey did you guys see this or did you know this was happening?’ And I did call a couple of council people too, because I was really surprised.” Bencini said this week that the city is, of course, open to negotiation and he understands that Guilford County wants to hold a hearing fi rst. He also emphasized that the project is very important to High Point and is time CONTACT US FOR A FREE ESTIMATE FOUNDATION REPAIR 877-222-6502 BasementNeighbors.com WE LIFT CONCRETE! - DON’T REPLACE IT RAISE IT! sensitive. Phillips said the county commissioners had been taking a lot of harsh criticism from the leaders in the county’s southwest corner. He said he wasn’t sure how it would all play out. “I’m not sure how the other commissioners feel on that point,” Phillips said. “Some might feel like ‘I’m done’ after the way that this has been handled, the way we’ve been treated.” beep (continued from page 38) You was hiding under a car when that went on. You weren’t even doing anything. You was hiding under a car. I’d like to know how you got stabbed. You must have done it yourself to collect on insurance. OK, Beep, have a nice day. % % % I just don’t understand what the senior citizen community has done to the Democratic Party to where they have launched this attack against senior citizens. The Democrats want to put Joe Arpaio in prison, who is 85 years old, for simply doing his job. It wasn’t enough that the Democratic Party, with their twisted beliefs, have attacked the unborn. Now, they want to attack the senior citizens. They want to continue with their genocidal ways when it comes to the unborn, and now they want to attack the senior citizens. Everyone can see that the Democratic Party wants to attack, annihilate and get rid of the most vulnerable among us, which is the unborn and the extra-old. (continued on page 43)

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    42 RHINO TIMES | Thursday, September 7, 2017 | www.rhinotimes.com Letters LETTERS To The Editor TO THE EDITOR STILL TIME TO DONATE DEAR EDITOR, The tragedy that occurred in Houston and southern Louisiana twoand-a-half weeks ago caused massive damage to that region of the country. I believe Texans when they say that they will come back stronger than ever. Nevertheless, it might be prudent to help them in any way possible. The secular elites on both coasts (think New York and California) who look down their noses at religious people and organizations will probably donate to the Red Cross, Americares, the United Way and other local secular aid organizations. They will almost certainly not donate to the Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse or Catholic Charities because those organizations are built on religious foundations. That is sad. These religion-based groups need funds and volunteers. So, if you still intend to donate to disaster relief, please consider donating to the Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse or Catholic Charities, even if you are not Catholic. Speed Bump If you would like to donate to help out displaced pets, consider donating to “Austin Pets Alive” (1156 W. Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78703). Google “Austin Pets Alive” to see examples of the good work they do rescuing and saving lost and displaced animals. All of these organizations may be looked up on Facebook or Google. Be aware of scams. The organizations’ websites should end in “.org.” If you do not recognize a name, the group may not be legitimate. Bob Fullerton SEEKING HARMONY DEAR EDITOR, It’s been over 90 years now, but if all religions are ever to unite, it’s time to look back in history and see the major divisions we’ve witnessed within human understandings of two different religious concepts – evolution versus divine creation. Herein the separation between the two should have never been the issue because both can be seen as one by Dave Coverly and the same. In this case, divine creation won out but spiritual evolution is far more the fact than what human understandings of divine creation will ever be. They should have never been divided in two when they are far better understood as “one” in which case this one is infi nite and creation is its fi nite shadow and egotistical opposite. In this regard, we can never know the real until we experience its shadow. Our infi nite soul experiences its fi nite shadow before it understands it is not its shadow but is the reality of one everlasting truth. If all religions took this approach, they could adapt their current understandings into a more harmonious balance between the physical and spiritual. Otherwise, we may just take the road to something far more akin to Texas size floods before we are able to learn who we ultimately are to be. Ray Hylton BE GOOD DEAR EDITOR, Long ago, I thought I knew what it meant to be an American. It meant we were the good guys. Lately I’m not so sure. We’re doing too many things I don’t approve of. I want us to be the good guys again. Maureen Parker FOCUSING ON THE CITY DEAR EDITOR, The true colors of some come out when one speaks logic and truth. I recently wrote a letter to the editor in the News and Record on how liberals are out of control in regards to tearing down statues. I had some mock me and have even gotten some calls to harm my person. I will add that one that mocked and cursed me was a teacher, yes a teacher who is trusted with children who more than likely is pushing her agenda on children to be like her. I have no problem with statues coming down if it is done at the will of the people and not the few. The public needs to be reminded of war so we don’t have to repeat it but that has failed since 1865. I will say that I don’t like to type or write reports but where I lack in skill I make up for in common sense, logic, fairness, and fi duciary responsibilities. The city is not doing what it can for all but doing well for some and that can be seen downtown and only requires you to think. The city seems to cry poverty when it is called upon to help people but when an art center came into play, there was no cost too high. I wonder if the homeless can use an arts center, or if those in food shortage, or those in crisis with metal illness, or those working two jobs, who can afford a $300 dollar night at the TPAC watching a dance. The council and Mr. Wilkins have lost focus with the social issues and if you not an art center or parking deck, well you come in second. The crime rate is high but yet no answers and I have a plan, where is Tony’s plan, wait he wants a raise and free healthcare. I can get it done and I am no desk person, you will see that if elected or I will not seek re-election. The truth is I want all at my table, republican, democrat, liberal, conservative, even those not in a party, all people matter and I want to know what you are thinking and what you need and not what some want. So go ahead and mock me, vote for others, either way God Bless. Sal Leone Editor’s Note: Sal Leone is a candidate in the District 5 City Council race. His letter is being run unedited. Send to letters@rhinotimes.com or P.O. Box 9023, Greensboro 27429

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    www.rhinotimes.com | Thursday, September 7, 2017 | RHINO TIMES 43 uncle orson (continued from page 36) Asimov’s book on organic chemistry – so I really can’t guess what was going inside that bottle to create so much pressure and so much froth. I can’t give you any idea of what Forager Project drinkable Cashewgurt tastes like because my mouth wasn’t open when it exploded. I don’t lick things off my counter after they blow up, because my guess is that whatever made them blow up, I don’t want it inside my body. What I can say is that “shake well” may sound like a clear instruction, but some things that you shake should only be opened under a big kettle, or you’ll end up looking like the front row audience at a Gallagher concert. .... beep (continued from page 41) % % % First-time caller here. I was watching Fox 8 News this morning, and Kerry Charles and the entire cast made a big production this morning about the disaster, the flooding in Houston, and how a lot of the people are afraid to call and reach out for help because they were afraid of being deported. Nowhere have I seen in the news media or anywhere else where they were rounding up people in the midst of the disaster to deport them anywhere. Kerry Charles and Fox 8 have lost a longtime listener this morning. % % % Could somebody, please, tell me if the civil rights center and museum ever paid their Duke Energy bill? Duke doesn’t seem to answer my questions. So, hopefully, somewhere there will let me know in the Beep. Bye. % % % Editor’s Note: Duke Energy and the civil rights museum reached an agreement. % % % I’m wanting to know the policy for Guilford County Schools with cellphones. Why can’t middle school students have cellphones in their pockets if they’re turned off? (continued on page 44) If you’re a fan of the Game of Thrones series on HBO, and you’ve already read George R.R. Martin’s novels, and you’ve already rewatched the series and re-read the books, and you’re hungry for a fresh experience of brutally realistic fantasy stories in a savagely unpleasant world, have I got the books for you. I read Mark Lawrence’s Prince of Thorns when it first came out, and I was blown away by the story and by the storytelling. Since then, Lawrence has completed the trilogy with King of Thorns and Emperor of Thorns, and I’m happy to tell you that the series only got better with each new volume. Set in a future Europe and North Africa, after a nuclear war and a drastic rise in sea level, this is the story of Jorg Ancrath, the son of a king. When he was still a prepubescent boy, he was riding in a carriage with his mother and his younger brother. They were attacked by enemies at dusk, and when it became clear that their military escort was going to be overwhelmed, one of the servants threw Jorg into a particularly vicious thorn bush. In the waning light, the attackers don’t see Jorg. But they proceed on their mission, which is to kill the queen and the one prince they got their hands on, Jorg’s younger brother. Meanwhile, he remains trapped in the thorn bush, silently watching everything. Everyone knew that this particular kind of thorn bush was so viciously painful that you can only escape from it if somebody else pulls away the branches. So Jorg was not blamed for failing to save his family. What could he have done, anyway? Against trained warriors, all he would have accomplished was to join his mother and brother in death. Yet he is consumed with guilt – and then, his father, the king, instead of going to war with the neighboring monarch who committed the assassinations, makes a deal with him for reparations. Basically, he sets a financial value on his dead wife and dead son. To Jorg, this is intolerable, and in an insanely bold adventure, he frees a brutal robber band from prison on the eve of their public execution and then joins them and eventually leads them on a rampage through some of the worst places in the land. Worse yet, everyone – including Jorg – agrees that his dead younger brother was the strong one, the smart one, who would have made a much better heir to the kingdom than Jorg. So it’s predictable that his father will marry again in order to create new and better princes. Each of the novels in the series has its own satisfying conclusion, but they also make a seamless whole. Gradually Jorg makes connections with other rulers in other lands – and also faces tough adversaries who bring him to the point of death more than once. His worst enemy, the one he hates most, is his own father. His most useful ally turns out to be a computer program left over from our era – basically, what might happen if Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri lived on for five hundred years, acquiring control over more robots and machines, along with far more information about the world around them. By the end of the third volume, Emperor of Thorns, Jorg discovers who the most dangerous evil in the world really is, and just like an ancient mythic hero, he goes into the land of the dead in order to confront him, only to learn that there is yet a worse danger, one which only Jorg can prevent. I listened to the audiobook, and despite a lot of mispronunciations – a few of which are probably Britishisms – the narrator, James Clamp, presents the characters and dialogue flawlessly. By the time you finish listening, you’ll be echoing one of the most clever characters by wanting to say “Watch me” in the midst of some other conversation. This is not a book series for the faint of heart. Jorg Ancrath does brutal, terrible things – yet we are still expected to care about him and hope for his eventual triumph. Many readers would hate this experience, so that’s why I think Game of Thrones is a good litmus test. If you have enjoyed the TV episodes and the books, then you will find Prince of Thorns and its sequels to be only incrementally more cruel and savage. But it’s definitely more, and not less. Even though there are no dragons. There are escapes and victories both clever and miraculous, and one of the great pleasures is consulting the map and tying these events to the locations and technology of our world. The result is a masterpiece of fantasy and science fiction that you probably don’t want your mother to read.

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    44 RHINO TIMES | Thursday, September 7, 2017 | www.rhinotimes.com under (continued from page 47) down the road hoping that someone with more backbone would one day come up with a permanent solution. Trump has offered Congress the opportunity to do its job and pass a solution to the problem of children growing up in this country when they had no legal right to be here, but are. The first step toward solving the problem has to be to end the massive illegal immigration into this country of the Obama years. Even a wall won’t stop every one, but if the number is reduced from millions to a few hundred then the process of dealing with people who have been in this country for years can begin. Until that is done, it doesn’t make sense because a program like DACA offers a huge encouragement to bring children to this country. But Trump has given Congress – which has the legal authority to deal with this issue – a mandate and a deadline. What the Dreamers should be doing is not protesting against Trump but petitioning Congress to get off its rather expansive backside and take action. beep (continued from page 43) They need them for emergencies. There’s gangs in school. There’s teachers that are out of line, and there are principals that are acting like wardens in a prison. What’s the deal, John? Summerfield. % % % I recently read where a woman said Rev. William Barber was the new Martin Luther King and was following in his footsteps. I was not aware Rev. Barber, like King, was cheating on his wife, had affairs and plagiarized in his dissertation. I’m amazed of the standards it takes to be a black leader in this country. %% % % People that graduated from the fifth grade ought to think about this. It’s horrible as that is in Texas, as bad as it is, and probably the worst this country has ever seen, they developed these nuclear warheads to go on these missiles while Barack Hussein Obama was in. Iran is trying their best to get it put on a missile now that we just give $150 If there was any doubt that according to the mainstream media Trump can’t do anything right it was proven in the first trip Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made to Houston. First the mainstream media went nuts over the first lady’s stiletto heels, which she wore to board the helicopter at the White House, but when she arrived in Houston she had on sensible Adidas. The mainstream media evidently assumed that Melania was too incompetent to change her own clothes, or maybe they were unaware that Air Force One is big enough for a change of clothes. Then they went after Trump because he wasn’t empathetic enough. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were both huggers and criers. It doesn’t make them any better or worse than other people. Some people like to hug folks. Obama hugged people, but it always looked awkward. With Bill Clinton it looked like the most natural thing in the world for the president billion to. Those people were to shoot a missile over here, and put out the power in this country for 30 days, we have not seen anything. We should back the president we got because he is trying to be a president. This stuff of running over, I’m going to shake hands with everybody and they’re going to be good to us from now on, that don’t even make any sense. That makes less sense than anything I’ve ever heard of in my life. And that’s exactly what Barack Hussein Obama said he’d do. They’ll put out a clenched fist. I’ll put out a handshake. % % % Buy North Carolina lottery ticket this week. Look at the back. Odds of winning are 1 in 4.5 to get a breakeven ticket. Am I ridiculous? I say people boycott the state of North Carolina scratch lottery tickets with them odds. Disgusting. That’s all. % % % We will watch Man in the High Castle, and it’s just season two. Season one of the United States to be putting his arms around someone. Trump is not a hugger or a crier. That doesn’t make him a bad president or a bad man. Trump in his business, no doubt, has had all kinds of problems where he felt he needed to be on the scene to make sure things were handled properly. But I very much doubt that he flew in to problem areas with the purpose of hugging everyone. Historically, hugging people is a relatively new duty for the president. For instance, the letter from Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Bixby, which was read in Saving Private Ryan, is real. Lincoln did not go hug Mrs. Bixby and was not castigated in the media for not doing so. He wrote her a letter, which at the time seemed to suffice, and some 150 odd years later made a great scene in a movie. Trump got the message and he flew back to Houston to hug people, hold babies, hand out supplies and do all the things that the media expects the president to do in order to provide plenty of good photo-ops for the media. It’s amazing what our country has become. It is style over substance. It doesn’t seem to matter that it is was two years ago. Season three set to come out, if I remember right, Dec. 25. But, anyway, it’s a pretty interesting storyline: America lost a war. Germany is basically in control of the US. And there’s a lot of questions that’s been brought up about what’s happening with the other parts of the globe. Well, what I think is so interesting is one of the writers said that he is so impressed by the Confederate states ripping their statues down and stuff on the East Coast that, you know, it’s so interesting that they’re rewriting that history. He started thinking about, why don’t we rewrite their history? Apparently, there’s going to be a spinoff show now where the South actually wins the war and the Union loses. % % % To heck with the terrorists. It’s the DOT engineers and highway designers that’s ruining our way of life. Just how long does it take to repave a darn road? Thanks. % % % It’s the 152nd anniversary of the end of the Civil War. And it is (continued on page 46) all staged and actually having the president and first lady around slows down the operation, because evidently the American people only believe the president cares if they see him hugging people and doing menial jobs that any teenager or young adult could have done faster and better. I love man-made climate change believers because they take every unusual weather event and turn it into an argument that man is changing the environment at a dangerous rate. Hurricane Harvey caused a disaster in Houston, but I have shocking news for the true believers – there were hurricanes that hit that piece of land before Houston existed. There were hurricanes that hit that piece of land when man’s only contribution to so-called greenhouse gases were small cooking fires. What about all the years that not only Houston, but the entire US, was not hit with a major hurricane? If man’s activities are making storms bigger and more frequent, why have storms been less frequent since 2005? One of the most devastating hurricanes to hit North and South Carolina was Hurricane Hazel in 1955. If man’s activities are making hurricanes bigger and creating them more frequently, why was one of the worst hurricanes to hit the Carolinas over 60 years ago? Hazel destroyed 80 percent of the buildings in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and that hasn’t happened in the intervening 60-plus years. Hurricane Hazel caused 81 deaths in Canada. It hit Toronto particularly hard. How often since then have hurricanes caused deaths in Toronto? If man’s activities are causing a dramatic increase in the frequency and size of major tropical storms, it seems after over 60 years of pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that Toronto by now would be hit yearly and every couple of years Myrtle Beach would lose 80 percent of its buildings. One reason hurricanes today are so much more destructive is that federal flood insurance has taken away the risk of building in areas likely to be destroyed by hurricanes. This is not true in Houston – where most people don’t have flood insurance – but is true on the North Carolina coast. Without federal flood insurance people would not be building multimillion-dollar homes on the beach. With Hurricane Irma set to hit Florida later this week, the true believers will be in a tizzy with (continued on next page)

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    under (continued from previous page) absolute proof that man caused these two hurricanes. But what it seems to prove is that man, even in 2017, doesn’t know nearly as much about the weather as we think we do. Hurricanes seem to come in groups. Katrina was followed by Hurricane Rita less than a month later in 2005, and then Hurricane Wilma hit Florida. But since 2005 no major hurricane has not made landfall in the US. The most powerful hurricane to hit the US was Labor Day 1935, and the hurricane that caused the most deaths was in Galveston, Texas, in 1900 – where over 8,000 people died. One of the many problems with DACA is that, as it exists, it is difficult to enforce. A person has to prove that they came into this country illegally as a child before they were 16 years old. If you enter the country illegally there is no stamp on a passport, and no airline or bus ticket. Also, children don’t have official identification unless they have passports. A 20-year-old could who entered the country only a year earlier, could claim to be an 18-year-old who has been here for seven years. The program depends on the honesty of people who came into this country illegally and, to remain here, have had to lie about it. Expecting people that don’t respect the laws of this country, and are willing to lie to authorities, to be honest in this one sector of their lives doesn’t seem reasonable. Trump during his campaign said if elected he would drain the swamp. It’s not easy. It means that he is battling the entrenched power of Republicans, Democrats and the entrenched establishment who work for both. But Trump to his credit is soldiering on. It doesn’t appear he is backing down from any of his campaign promises. It is tougher than he thought and he has made some major mistakes. He invited some swamp creatures into the White House to work for him and that didn’t turn out well. He also has been far too slow in getting rid of the swamp creatures and Obama supporters still in the administration. Trump never should have allowed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to continue working for the Justice Department, much less let him become acting attorney general in charge of the Russian collusion investigation. Someone who could work for Attorneys General Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder is not on Trump’s side. It’s not too late for Trump to do a thorough house cleaning and he needs to get it done. Special Prosecutor Bobby Mueller, according to unconfirmed anonymous reports, has discovered that when Trump was in kindergarten he had a friend named Natasha. Mueller has not been able to discover the last name of the now 70-year-old woman, and if she is indeed Russian, or if she has had any contact with Trump since kindergarten, but reportedly he considers this a big breakthrough in his attempt to link the Trump campaign to the Kremlin. Of course, none of that is true, or at least it isn’t true yet, but doesn’t it seem like Mueller is headed that way? This investigation goes back to Jan. 21 when the Hillary Clinton campaign had to have some explanation for how she managed to lose a race that nearly everyone on the planet said she was going to win. Hillary Clinton’s brain trust – the same group, by the way, that managed to lose a political race that was being handed to them on a sliver platter – started shouting, “The Russians did it.” Under normal circumstances, the cries of “the Russians did it” would be ignored as the ravings of poor losers, but we are not in normal times. The entire mainstream media didn’t simply predict Hillary Clinton would win, some were predicting a landslide and that her coattails would give the Democrats majorities in the House and the Senate. (The Rhino Times picked Trump to win, but there is no way we can be considered mainstream.) So the mainstream media had almost as much egg on their faces as Hillary Clinton, and the media were desperate for some explanation for why they had been so wrong. Hillary Clinton gave them that explanation and the mainstream media have run with it. The problem is that no one, including Mueller, has been able to find any evidence that the Russians and the Trump campaign colluded. The Russians certainly tried to influence the outcome of the election, as they have done with other US elections, and as the US has done with Russian elections. It is not new nor is it even news that the Russians try to get people www.rhinotimes.com | Thursday, September 7, 2017 | RHINO TIMES 45 who they believe are friendly toward Russia elected. Nor is it news that US tries to get people it likes elected in other countries. Obama very openly meddled in the Israeli elections when he was president. According to Dick Morris, when Bill Clinton was president he regularly offered political advice to a Russian candidate for president running against the candidate backed by Putin. It’s one of the reasons that Putin doesn’t like the Clintons and wanted Trump to win. Here’s an interesting idea: Why don’t the elected officials in Washington enforce the immigration laws as they now stand? The laws were passed and were at one time enforced. Obama gave up on enforcement because he knew better. It turned out that he didn’t know better, and the entire immigration system is a complete mess, but enforcing the laws as they now stand may get us back to some level of sanity. If people are found to be in this country illegally, send them back to their native countries whether they have been in this country for two minutes or 20 years. If the majority in Congress believe the laws are bad and need to be changed, then they have the power to change them. But unlike with DACA, Congress has no deadline on changing the immigration laws, which means there is very little chance that it will happen in any comprehensive way. The Democrats are opposed to enforcing immigration laws because they want those illegal immigrants to become citizens, register to vote and vote Democrat. Republicans tied to big business know that more people in the labor force means that businesses can pay lower wages. The middle class gets to pay the cost of open borders. The cost of government services goes up because there are more people to serve and a lot of illegal immigrants don’t pay taxes. Many illegally immigrate to the US to benefit from the welfare system. Even if they only receive limited assistance, it’s much more than they would receive in their home country. Their kids get free education. There is a lot of free food in this country for people in need whether they have the correct papers or not. We are a welcoming country, but we need to either enforce the current immigration laws or write new ones. The experiment with open borders under Obama didn’t work, but did create a belief among many Americans that it is wrong to enforce immigration laws. Are our intelligence services so bad that they really have no idea what North Korea is doing? Every time North Korea passes another milestone, like launching an intercontinental ballistic missile or detonating a thermonuclear bomb, we are told that the experts didn’t think they had the technology to do it. Maybe instead of the intelligence services spending their time leaking information about Trump, they should do their job and spy on North Korea. If North Korea is such a threat to the world, shouldn’t the US be concentrating its efforts on North Korea? Remember when ISIS suddenly appeared and Obama – who was privy to what is supposed to be the best intelligence, if not the best then certainly the most expensive intelligence, in the world – called ISIS a “jayvee team.” It turned out that ISIS was anything but a jayvee team. Shortly after that, ISIS conquered Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. It has taken years (continued on page 46) NEED CASH? Cherry’s Fine Guns is looking to buy or consign guns. We are interested in most handguns, most antiques and some long guns. If you are looking to put some cash in your pocket, give Kevin Cherry or Gurney Brown a call today. Please call Gurney or Kevin for details at 336-854-4182. Our office hours are Monday thru Thursday 8 a.m. until 4:50 p.m. Be sure to call us before bringing in your guns so we can have the proper expertise available when you arrive FINE GUNS 3408 WEST WENDOVER AVENUE, SUITE N. 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    46 RHINO TIMES | Thursday, September 7, 2017 | www.rhinotimes.com under (continued from page 45) and a new president to push them out. I hope that the multitude of US intelligence services are actually not the least bit surprised by anything North Korea does and the top secret internal communications would, if ever revealed, show that according to US intelligence services North Korea is progressing along just as they predicted it would and what we are hearing is the political hype that is supposed to make Americans feel better. I also hope that behind the scenes, China is reassuring the US that Kim Jong Un would not attack anyone because he knows that his dictatorship would end and he would either be dead or rotting in some prison for the rest of his life. But who knows what you can believe out of Washington these days. North Carolina might want to take a look at what Canada is requesting in the NAFTA negotiations. Canada is asking the US to pass a law making it illegal for states to have right to work laws. Fortunately, the voters of the US elected Trump president and there is no chance that Trump will concede to their wishes. But imagine if Hillary Clinton had been elected. Hillary Clinton loves unions and unions love Hillary Clinton. She also is a believer in big government. There isn’t much chance that anyone could get a bill like that through Congress, but if Hillary Clinton had won she would have appointed a leftist to the Supreme Court and, who knows, a Supreme Court with a leftist majority might decide that the president by executive order could outlaw right-towork states. What’s happened to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is pretty scary. It has branded Christian groups that don’t fully support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender agenda as hate groups. A Catholic organization, the Alliance Defending Freedom, is currently listed as a hate group because of its position against gay marriage. Philadelphia Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput has spoken out against this designation as a hate group by the SPLC. But D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) has gone even further, filing a lawsuit against the SPCL for defamation and religious discrimination. According DJKM’s mission statement: “The corporation seeks to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the supremacy of His Lordship, and biblically informed view of the world, using all available media, so that Jesus Christ would be known throughout all of the Earth and that everywhere He might be trusted, loved and served.” That doesn’t sound much like a hate group, but it is to SPLC, as is the Family Research Council, Liberty Counsel, the American Family Association, the American College of Pediatricians and the Center for Immigration Studies. But there is more. The SPLC has assets worth over $300 million, including accounts in the Cayman Islands. Why would a nonprofit organization need offshore accounts, which are usually used to avoid taxes? beep (continued from page 44) 17 years – 16 years since we started the longest conflicts in American history in Afghanistan and Iraq. And today, now, at college campuses, they’re debating statues of the Civil War. Are you kidding? It sounds like the quintessential socialists are redirection of man and material. Man and woman and material. Come back to reality, folks. % % % I see J.J. Watt has raised over $10 million on a Go Fund Me page for the flood victims. I wonder what Colin Kaepernick is doing for them? I’ll tell you, until the football owners, the players, the associations do something about what’s going on, I’ll not be watching football again. I’m sure there are some good players, but they’re letting a few bad apples change the rules for everybody. And they’re going to lose money again. Good day. % % % Tom Foolery CLEAN, SECURE, SAFE, INDOOR www.Beesafe.com on NC Highway 68 near I-40 • Loading dock available at the Battleground location Tom Foolery • All interior storage units are fully climate controlled • Sizes from 5’ x 5’ to 10’ x 30’ • Wine storage with temperature and humidity control • Wine storage units from 2’ x 2’ to 3’ x 6’ • Postal service available onsite at the Battleground location 3 GREAT LOCATIONS 1016 Battleground Avenue Greensboro, NC (336) 332-0123 4435 Jessup Grove Road Greensboro, NC (across from Proehlifi c Park) (336) 605-3202 NOW OPEN 704 Sunshine Way, Greensboro on NC Highway 68 near I-40 (336) 279-7100

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    www.rhinotimes.com | Thursday, September 7, 2017 | RHINO TIMES 47 under theHAMMER by John Hammer President Donald J. Trump is learning the ways of Washington. If you are going to work in the swamp you have to get used to putting your waders on every morning, and Trump has done that with his decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). What he did was place the ball squarely in Congress’s court and, as we all know, Congress can’t hit a ball given 10 tries. Trump said the current DACA program created by executive order – which even President Barack Obama said was unconstitutional the year before he decided to implement it – would be abolished in six months. This decision gives Congress six months to pass a bill on an issue that has bipartisan support. Consider that Congress has had five years since Obama, by executive order, put DACA in place to take action to make it legal, what chance does Congress have of getting it done in six months? Speaker Paul Ryan said that DACA was unconstitutional, that it was the clear role of Congress not the executive branch to make laws regarding naturalization, but Congress hasn’t passed those laws. The question is, can Congress – which can’t repeal Obamacare, can’t reform the tax code, hasn’t yet raised the debt ceiling or dealt with the budget and can’t seem to tackle any large issue – come to an agreement on something as ticklish as what to do about children who have grown up in the country illegally? The consensus seems to be that the children who were brought here, educated here and have lived here most of their lives should be allowed to stay. The polls indicate that most Americans believe it would be cruel to deport these young adults who came to this country as children through no fault of their own. But, of course, nothing is simple. Under the current immigration laws, if these children are given a path to citizenship, which they kind of sort of have now, then their entire extended families have a path to citizenship. There are efforts to amend that portion of the immigration law to give preference to people with skills over extended family members of citizens, but of course, since Congress can’t get the votes to do anything other than take long vacations, no new law has been passed. So while DACA currently protects about 800,000 young adults from being deported, if Congress simply grants the Dreamers amnesty and gives them a path to citizenship, it could mean that millions of people will also have a path to citizenship. The children didn’t choose to come to this country illegally, but their parents did. Should they be granted amnesty and a path to citizenship simply because they brought children with them? If they are, then why shouldn’t people who came here illegally but don’t have children or left their children back in their home country? Should they be punished for not putting their children through a dangerous trip to illegally cross the border? So what seems simple isn’t simple, and, of course, there are numerous plans in Congress on how to deal with the problem. The reason Congress has not acted in the past five years is because there doesn’t seem to be a majority behind any one plan. It’s the same reason they didn’t abolish Obamacare and haven’t done anything else of note. With no leadership in Congress there is no one to put together a deal to pass much of anything. To get legislation passed takes both the carrot and the stick. You get as many votes as you can with carrots, and if that isn’t enough you use the stick. The current leadership doesn’t appear to use either method. Ryan couldn’t get a repeal of Obamacare through the House – something that virtually every Republican had promised during their campaigns. Now he has six months to get the votes to reform the immigration laws and pass a DACA bill. But he may have more luck with DACA because it’s possible he could get some moderate Democrats to vote for it, and Ryan seems to be better at getting the votes of Democrats than Republicans. Besides being a do-nothing Congress, this is not a hard-working Congress. It took the month of August off and in September it will only meet for 12 days, which is proof – as if any further proof were needed – that these guys don’t like to work. So a month when they do work, they only work for 12 days. Most people out in the real world would consider a month where they worked 12 days mostly vacation, but then they aren’t congressmen. From a political standpoint the response to Trump’s decision on Dreamers proves that it was a bad idea. Trump threw the people who have benefitted from DACA a lifeline and the response is to protest against Trump. What Trump could have done was nothing, and the court case challenging the constitutionality of the DACA program would have gone forward. Since even Obama said that the DACA program was unconstitutional, there isn’t much chance it would have stood up to a court challenge, and then the Dreamers would really be in trouble. Or Trump could have done what many I live alone Saving a life from a potential catastrophe EVERY 10 MINUTES! but I’m never alone. I have Life Alert. ® One press of a button sends help fast, 24/7, even when you can’t reach a phone. in his base wanted him to do, which was to say that the program was obviously illegal and he was going to order the immigration services to start enforcing the law. It appears either the Dreamers have been too completely indoctrinated by the Democrats to believe that Trump would do something to help them, or it is simply further proof that the education system in this country has really gone downhill, because they don’t understand what Trump did. The DACA program was temporary. It wasn’t a solution to a problem; it was simply Obama kicking the can (continued on page 44) AS SEEN ON TV For a FREE brochure call: 1-855-406-6256

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