With the passing of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) this week, tons of condolences and memorable speeches have flowed in commemorating his military service and his time in politics. Not everyone was enamored with McCain, but most decided not to speak ill of the recently passed Senator. However, it was telling who wailed the loudest over McCain’s death. A number of Republicans such as Lindsey Graham, one of McCain’s closest friends, were grief-stricken. But the flood of faux tears from Democrats was astonishing. And they weren’t the only ones to mourn the Senator.
Pallbearers for McCain’s funeral include a number of progressive-moderate Republicans and a whole bunch of Democrats. Actor Warren Beatty will participate, who is identified as a friend, actor, filmmaker, and political activist by McCain’s office. Former Vice President Joe Biden will be another one. Colorado Sen. Gary Hart and Sen. Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat and McCain’s partner in campaign finance reform, will be there, as will former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm. Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will take part too.
McCain’s dedication to the military will be highlighted by former Defense Sec. William Cohen, who is also identified as a partner of the Cohen Group. Trump’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, who read McCain’s final statement, also will participate. The former partner of Paul Manafort is now Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Pegasus Capital Advisors, LP.
Carla Eudy, a longtime fundraiser, and Stephen Dart, a friend, and businessman will also be pallbearers. A release also lists former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and Vladimir Kara-Murza, Vice Chairman of Open Russia, and Chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom. The chair of FedEx, Fred Smith will be there, as will friend and writing companion Mark Salter.
Surprisingly, ISIS is still at times attempting to take the stage again in the West. Pro-ISIS demonstrators are known for calling for “death to Jews” in the Netherlands. No real surprise there… they will always feel that way. If you’ll remember, ISIS supporters in Saarbrucken also hung the ISIS flag from a balcony of a private home for several weeks. That was just one of many things they did while McCain was still alive.
ISIS has an online magazine called “Dabiq” for their English readers. It’s just full of nifty tidbits and helpful hints. They justify stoning women for adultery and mass executions of their enemies, of which there are many. Then they do an about-face and brag about their compassion for orphans and the downtrodden. They did not leave out McCain either and they addressed a particular speech by the senator. “…the crusader John McCain came to the Senate floor to rant irritably about the victories the Islamic State was achieving in Iraq. He forgot that he himself participated in the invasion of Iraq that led to the blessed events unfolding today by Allah’s bounty and justice.”
According to Breitbart in that speech, McCain had this to say on June 12, 2014:
“’I come to the floor this morning with great sorrow and great concern and even deep alarm about the events that are transpiring rapidly in Iraq. ISIS the most extreme, Islamist organization – radical terrorist organization – now controls at least 1/3 of Iraqi territory and is rapidly gaining more. The areas of Fallujah, Mosul, Tikrit, they are on the outsides of Samarra… with these victories, ISIS controls a swath of territory that stretches from the Syrian-Turkish frontier in the north, down the Euphrates river, all the way down to the Iraqi city of Fallujah just forty miles west of Baghdad.
“And of course, hourly they are experiencing greater gains while the Iraqi military and police seem to be dissolving before our very eyes. ISIS social media published pictures of their fighters demolishing the sand berm, which hitherto marked the border between Syria and Iraq – an interesting symbolic gesture.
“They also released… ISIS released footage of large numbers of weapons and armored military vehicles being received by members in Eastern Syria, confirming fears that the looted weapons would fuel the insurgency on both sides – both Syria and Iraq. Sources in the Syrian city of Hasakah confirmed that large numbers of trucks – conveys of trucks – arrived late on Tuesday and were met by senior ISIS figure Omar al-Checheni.”
So, ISIS deemed to put some of the responsibility for their butchery on John McCain. No one listened much to that left-handed praise of the senator. ISIS is probably still praising McCain to this day, but it’s hard to know for sure. Their numbers have been severely decimated by Mattis and Trump. President Trump kept his word to go about wiping ISIS out and Mattis has been by his side the whole way.
McCain responded to the two-page spread attack on him by saying, “Well I think they view me as a problem. And just as I was flattered to be sanctioned by Vladimir Putin, I’m flattered to be attacked by ISIS – the worst radical terrorist organization in the world.”
Now that McCain has passed on, I would not be surprised if ISIS came out claiming that somehow the senator helped them in their time of need. They are not known for telling the truth.
It will be argued for a long, long time if the invasion of Iraq was the right thing to do and if McCain’s actions were correct. But it doesn’t matter to ISIS. They will always spin it as in their favor somehow now that McCain is gone.
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Tragic Death Leads To Country Music Star Canceling CMA Awards Appearance
Sometimes, fate comes knocking when we least expect it. That happened to country singer Kenny Chesney last night at the 52nd annual Country Music Association Awards (CMA Awards). An unexpected death in his family kept him away although he was nominated for “Entertainer Of The Year” and “Musical Event Of The Year.”
No details are available at this time on who the family member is. Chesney did not speak about what happened on Twitter either. Keith Urban took home the Entertainer Of The Year award. But I’m sure the thoughts and prayers of the thousands viewing the awards were with Chesney in his hour of grieving and need. The Daily Caller has more on this sad news and the music awards:
The 52nd annual Country Music Association Awards (CMA Awards) took place Wednesday night, but one huge singer was notably absent from the festivities.
Kenny Chesney, 50, was nowhere to be found.
The “American Kids” singer, who was up for the “Entertainer Of The Year” and “Musical Event Of The Year” (for “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”) awards, skipped the show due to a sudden death in the family. No further details about the tragedy are available at this time.
Ahead of the glitzy event, the Country Music Association Twitter account informed its over 750,000 followers that Chesney would not be in attendance.
CMA Musical Event of the Year winner & Entertainer of the Year nominee @KennyChesney will be unable to appear on tonight's telecast due to a death in the family.
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) November 14, 2018
Chesney did not address the news on his personal Twitter account, but he did thank his co-performer David Lee Murphy for his hard work on “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” which took home the Musical Event Of The Year award.
Sometimes you hear songs & they just feel good. Occasionally one that feels good says something that people need to hear. That’s how I felt about Everything’s Gonna Be Alright when I heard it. Proud to have been part of this with my friend @davidleemurphy. #musicaleventoftheyear pic.twitter.com/X7l6esqcXq
— Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) November 14, 2018
Australian singer Keith Urban took home the Entertainer Of The Year award.
President Trump And Secretary Zinke Were Both RIGHT!
California is being burned top to bottom by three raging wildfires. The Camp Fire is the deadliest fire in California history. Many people have died and many more are missing. And all of this stems from poor forest management according to President Trump and Secretary Zinke. They are right.
Those on the left who are radical environmentalists and that claim to love nature so much do not want the forests cared for and yet they scream for aid when the predictable happens. I’ve been through many of the forests in California and out west and if you just let tinder lie as it falls then you can’t be surprised when a fire eventually breaks out. It’s nature’s way of cleaning house. The Daily Caller has a great piece on this issue:
On the California wildfires, President Trump tweeted: “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” and three months ago, Secretary Zinke identified the same cause for western wildfires: “This has to do with active forest management.”
As a forester, I have to say they are both pointing to the main culprit. I spend much of my time in the West, with West-Coast foresters, and one of them regularly points to a federally-managed forest as a catastrophe waiting to happen.
Before you say this is just a forester saying federal land needs more forestry, several independent government reports have come to the same conclusion.
California’s Little Hoover Commission is an independent state oversight agency that is charged with making reports and giving advice to the Governor and Legislature, and last February they issued a report on rethinking forest management in the Sierra Nevada relative to wildfires, concluding:
A century of mismanaging Sierra Nevada forests has brought an unprecedented environmental catastrophe that impacts all Californians – and with it, a rare opportunity for transformational culture change in forest management practices. The opportunity should not be lost. Proactive forest management practices recommended by the Commission gradually will rebuild healthy high-county forest that store more water, resist new insect infestations, and check the speed and intensity of wildfires.
This critical wildfire situation has been a long time coming. A 1990 federal General Accounting Office report noted that “the most extensive and serious problem related to the health of national forests in the interior West is the overaccumulation of vegetation, which has caused an increasing number of large, intense, uncontrollable, and catastrophically destructive wildfires,” and that “39 million acres in national forests in the interior West are at high risk of catastrophic wildfire.”
So the president and secretary are just responding to science-based federal and state reports that confirm the dire need for active forest management.
Most of the national press gives the impression they are using this ploy to downplay climate change or to encourage more timber harvesting for their timber industry friends. It seems more likely to me that they are just listening to science and forestry advisors on how to handle a critical problem in the West.
Interior Secretary Zinke blamed “environmental terrorist groups,” according to The Daily Caller, for holding forest management “hostage” on the federal forests.
As The Hill reports, these groups managed to hold forest management hostage by using tactics “that close off roads, refuse to have firebreaks, refuse to have any timber harvested, no grazing, and the result is these catastrophic fires.”
President Trump tweeted: “California wildfires are being magnified & made much worse by the bad environmental laws. Secretary Zinke agreed that active forest management was limited by attacks from “frivolous litigation from radical environmentalists who would rather see forests and communities burn than see a logger in the woods.”
Trump and Zinke are referring to environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). These are truly important environmental laws, but environmentalists have used them as tools to drive timber harvesting from the national forests.
An example is using the northern spotted owl as a threatened species to curtail forest management in Washington, Oregon, and California. NEPA requires public participation in the planning for forest management on federal lands. There is nothing wrong with that unless it is used as a tool to create obstacles to any timber harvesting.
Using NEPA, environmental managed to devastate forest management, timber harvesting, and the forest products industry throughout the West, helping to create the conditions that have led to the current wildfire situation.
A couple of statistics are telling. From 1965 to 1990, according to a report from the U.S. Forest Service, timber harvests on the national forests generally ranged from 10-to-12 billion board feet annually.
After 1990, once environmentalism “kicked in,” the average has been in the 2-to-2.5 billion board feet range. That is a tremendous amount of wood accumulating on the forests, not being utilized and just waiting for something natural (insects, disease, wildfire) to happen to it.
Of course, by not being utilized, the timber processing industry that relied on national forests harvests was decimated. Mills closed down and wood industry workers lost their jobs. Communities folded.
Referring back to the Little Hoover Commission Report in California that recommended proactive forest management, any increased timber harvesting to get biomass out of the forest and into some useful purpose has been stymied by the long-term environmentalist activism.
Sawmill capacity decreased by about 70 percent from 1980 to 2012. In 1968, there were 262 wood processing facilities in the state; today there are about 77. Employment in the industry has decreased by half from what it was in 1990.
So, efforts to actually encourage active forest management will be much more difficult to implement; in order to harvest timber there must be a market to utilize it. I’d call it an unintended consequence, but, unfortunately, it seems to be just what the environmentalists wanted.
The press needs to give the President and Secretary Zinke a break. They are both making some very valid points.
Nancy Pelosi Just Days From COMPLETE Defeat After Dems Suddenly Blindside Her
This is going to get ugly.
Tragic Death Leads To Country Music Star Canceling CMA Awards Appearance
Chesney had good reason to be absent.
President Trump And Secretary Zinke Were Both RIGHT!
Once again, President Trump is right on this one.
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