Let Trump Be Trump

first_imgLet Trump Be TrumpMaking Sense by Michael ReaganFor months we’ve been hearing complaints from the pundits that Donald Trump has not given us a clear idea about how he plans to defeat ISIS.The TV pundits —- left and right —-are frustrated because Trump won’t say whether he’d use American ground troops.He won’t even automatically take the use of nukes off the table.Their complaints remind me of what Ronald Reagan did during the 1980 election against Jimmy Carter.The pundits did the same thing to my father that they’re doing to Trump. They never stopped asking him during the campaign what he was going to do to solve the Iran hostage crisis.But he did the right thing. He never said anything.The liberals spent the whole 1980 campaign saying Ronald Reagan was a war monger and he was going to turn Iran into a glass parking lot with nuclear weapons.You never saw a speech when he denied any of their most idiotic concerns because he didn’t given one. My father was smarter than the pundits were.He knew you should never forewarn your adversaries what your plans were.So he never said anything. He just let the liberals scare the Iranians and the world with all the things he might or might not do as president.Everyone gives my father credit for the hostages going free on the day he was sworn in, and they should. But one reason they went free was because he kept the Iranians guessing.They never did know whether he’d nuke them until he didn’t.I find it interesting this election year that the right and the left keep asking the same questions of Trump. What will he do to defeat ISIS?But the real story shouldn’t be what Trump might do. It should be what Hillary Clinton won’t do.To appease her voters and liberal friends in the media, she’s already said she won’t use ground troops. I’m sure the monsters who run ISIS were relieved to hear that.In the debates on Monday night I hope Trump doesn’t make the mistake of coming up with his plan to take care of ISIS.I want him to come out with that plan after he becomes president.I want it to be a surprise for MSNBC and ISIS.I want Trump to tell us nothing. It’s a no-brainer. When you go out to play an NFL game Sunday, you don’t give your game plan to the other team beforehand and then wonder why you keep losing.The left spends too much time wanting to give the game plan to the other team and then they’re surprised when we lose.Another thing I don’t want to hear from Trump in the debate on Monday is a whole lot of specific talk about policy.The 100 million people who are going to watch the most watched debate in world history are going to be looking to see who is the most presidential.They won’t be looking for the best policy wonk. If Trump starts talking about policy, you’ll hear millions of TVs turning off.In my father’s first debate with Mondale in 1984 he was absolutely terrible because his advisers filled him with too much policy information.In the second debate, they didn’t do that. They let Reagan be Reagan. And he won the second debate with ease.On Monday, Trump needs to show some self-control but most of all he just needs to be Trump. If he does that he should win the debate because Hillary can never stop being Hillary.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Dancing for Hailey – A Large Turnout for a Great Cause

first_imgThere was a large turnout of supporters for a fun filled event for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization that raises funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, in memory of Hailey Parker.Hailey Parker was an 11 year old OC summer resident who loved to dance and loved ice cream. She lost her battle to brain cancer in October 2015, and her friends organize this event to remember her and the things she enjoyed in a town she loved.The crowd enjoyed fantastic weatherThis year’s event featured a wide variety of entertainment and goodies for the family:Free Yoasis Treats for each dancerLemonade StandOCFD Fire TruckHot Dogs from Varsity Inn, Pretzels from EHT Philly Pretzel Company and Donuts from Dot’s PastriesMermaid and Pirate Face Painting by Bowfish KidsNail Painting by e11even studio salonFlower Crown Making by Bohemian MamaWood Painting by Peace of WoodPhoto BoothAppearances by the Nor’Easters and OC CelebritiesThis years goal was to beat last years fundraising mark of $12,500.  At the time of publication, we do not have the official tally for the event.  You still have the opportunity to help.Angelique Matlack paints the face of a happy child in attendance If you couldn’t make it today, you can still contribute to the cause online: https://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1312420 The Outstanding Volunteers who Helped Make the Event a Successlast_img read more

Video: What makes a winner – In-store Bakery

first_imgMorrisons’ in-store bakery in Wincheap, Canterbury, won last year’s In-store Bakery of the Year Award at the Baking Industry Awards.British Baker spoke to the team about the business, winning the award and what they felt made them stand out from the competition.Morrisons’ Wincheap store operates a scratch bakery and consists of 11 members of staff who range in experience from 24 years with the company, to new apprentices training at college and in-store.Dawn Foods, sponsors of the Award in 2011, said: “Colin and his team showed great passion and commitment to customer service. The in-store operation was to a very high standard and Colin displayed al the qualities of a good manager in terms of his competencies required to coach and lead a successful team. Their customer insight and knowledge was to a very high standard, and this was reflected in their sales results.”YouTube link: http://youtu.be/NOBOkgpWeEYMusic: Find It Someday by Derek Clegg (Creative Commons licence).last_img read more

Délifrance rolls out Brownie Swirl

first_imgSource: DélifranceBakery supplier Délifrance has launched the Brownie Swirl to tap into the hybrid trend.The sweet treat combines French puff pastry with “one of North America’s most popular dessert classics”, it said.Part of its A Taste Of range, the viennoiserie hybrid will join 12 mini cheeseburgers, NY Cheesecake, and Grilly Focaccia.The new product has been developed to provide a “fluffy melt in the mouth” texture and thin, crisp layering.The launch follows Délifrance’s latest bakery report, Prove It: a viennoiserie focus, which reveals that 70% of consumers agree that taste/flavour is their top consideration when buying a pastry, with 28% willing to buy more if there was a wider choice of flavours available.“It’s clear that the love of hybrid products is not slowing down any time soon,” said Stephanie Brillouet, marketing director for Northern Europe and North America at Délifrance.“From the cronut to the cruffin, croissant hybrids are exploding the category with exciting new tastes and combinations that are accessible across multiple day parts.“We have noticed a real opportunity here to create something unique and pleasurable in the Brownie Swirl,” she added.The Brownie Swirl is suitable for the quick-service restaurant (QSR) and out-of-home (OOH) markets.A host of bakers and manufacturers have jumped on board the hybrid bakery train. This year, M&S launched a Cretzel, a croissant/pretzel hybrid, while Robert’s Bakery unveiled a Pangel, a cross between a pancake and bagel.“Eating habits have changed considerably,” said Brillouet. “We know that 45% of global customers like to try new flavours, and with today’s busy modern schedule, 61% of under-35s are eating more often in-between meals.“In fact, snacking culture has seen a surge due to lockdown with more than one in three British adults finding they were snacking more often during the day. Operators need to tap into this by offering a great on-the-go range that strikes a balance between the traditional and experimenting with new flavours.”last_img read more

Khruangbin Brings Signature Thai Funk To NPR Tiny Desk Concert [Watch]

first_imgKhruangbin has been blowing up as of late, with the Texas trio gaining national recognition for their melodic, fun, and funk-driven tunes. Featuring Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald Johnson on drums, the trio is deeply psychedelic and draws from 1960’s thai funk. Following the release of Con Todo El Mundo from January 2018, Khruangbin stopped by NPR to perform on their Tiny Desk Concert series.For their debut appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, the trio played “Maria También” and “August 10”, both instrumentals from Con Todo El Mundo, which is dedicated to Laura Lee’s Mexican-American grandfather. According to NPR Music, “He’d often ask her how much she loved him and the response that pleased him most was when she would say, ‘con todo el mundo,’ (with all the world.)” To close their mini-set, Khruangbin delivered an inspiring version of “White Gloves” from their 2015 debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You, which features vocals–unlike the majority of the rest of their catalogue.The gooey grooves of Khruangbin are worth spending real time with, but you can get a preview of their live performance in the video below:[Video: NPR Music]For a full list of Khruangbin’s upcoming tour dates, head here.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s Belles for Life presents ‘Respect Life Week’

first_imgThis week, Saint Mary’s club Belles for Life is presenting their annual “Respect Life Week.”The club’s social media commissioner, sophomore Morgan Chichester explained that “Respect Life Week” is designed to honor life.“Respect Life Week” is put on by Belles for Life and is just a week to celebrate all stages of life, starting from natural conception, on campus and present opportunities and information to cultivate a culture of life,” she said.There are a variety of events planned for the week, including talks and movies, senior Katherine Dunn, president of Belles for Life, said.“Yesterday Suzy Younger came and gave a talk about and NaPro technology and how to track women’s cycles,” Dunn said. “Today, we are showing a documentary called ‘I Lived on Parker Avenue’ about adoption at 8 p.m. in Spes Unica 145. On Wednesday, we will be having a talk from a representative from Students for Life of America called Apologetics 201 in Vander Vennet at 7 p.m.”Other events will include tables where students can learn about various resources pertaining to the club’s mission.”Today, there will be tabling event with information for pregnant and parenting resources for Saint Mary’s students,“ Dunn said. ”On Wednesday we will have a tabling event in the student atrium and it’s going to ask people when human rights begin. We’ll have a timeline from conception to birth and we’ll just have conversations with people. On Thursday we will have another tabling event on library green or in Spes Unica if it’s cold outside, where we will have a chalkboard and people write why they are pro-life. We are also encouraging all club members to wear their apparel on Thursday. On Friday, just to celebrate life there will be free balloons.”The planning process for this year’s “Respect Life Week” was a team effort.”The Belles for Life commissioners came together and everyone took an event and we bounced ideas off each other,“ Dunn said. ”Some events we’ve done in the past and others are newer.“When planning, the club also tried to make sure the events focused on a variety of issues concerning the pro-life cause.”We don’t want to solely focus on abortion all the time, so we tried to have a variety of events,“ Dunn said.Dunn said that students should attend the events to form new perspectives on what it means to be pro-life.”If you don’t identify as pro-life, I think you should attend to see what the pro-life cause is because I think most of these events people could get on board with,“ she said. ”If you’re pro-life, I think you need to be pro-life in more facets of your life than just going to the March for Life or saying that you are pro-life.“Chichester said students should attend the events to expand their perspective.”Students should attend these events to show support for being pro-life on campus, to gain different prospectives, to learn from different people, and overall just empowering women and celebrating life,” she said.Dunn said she believes the week is great way to ponder what it means to be pro-life.”I think this week is a great way to reflect on what being pro-life actually means and what it means to pro life in every day life,“ she said.Chichester said that the week is important because it provides support for community members.”It is an empowering week learning from different people but also standing up for what you believe in and cultivating life on campus,“ she said. ”It is also important to let pregnant and parenting students on campus know that they’re not alone, that we stand by them and that there are resources to help them.“Tags: Belles for Life, Respect Life Week, saint mary’slast_img read more

Invasive Flowers

first_imgIf you’ve driven down the road alongside an overgrown fence or forested area in north Georgia lately, you were likely overwhelmed with a combination of fragrance from wild Japanese honeysuckle and Chinese privet. Many people assume they are native because they are so common, but neither one belongs on this continent. Both originated in Asia and were introduced to North America in the 1800s for ornamental uses in landscaping. The success of these plants, growing literally everywhere, is attributed to the fact that they have prolific, seedy berries that are consumed and disseminated by birds. You will find them growing along almost every fence in Georgia because that’s where birds like to perch. These two weedy plants are actually more invasive and ubiquitous than the renowned kudzu, or the “vine that ate the South.” For comparison, kudzu only covers an estimated 227,000 acres in Southern forests. Privet species cover roughly 3.2 million acres in Southern forests. Japanese honeysuckle covers more than 10.3 million acres of Southern forests. Chinese privet is a large, semi-evergreen shrub that can grow 15 to 20 feet high. The thicket-forming shrubs can be found along bottomland forests, fences, flood plains, river edges and open field edges, where they crowd out native plants and trees. Because privet grows so quickly, it was introduced as a landscape shrub and commonly planted as a privacy hedge. Occasionally, you will still find both plants still sold at garden centers. These varieties also grow aggressively if left unpruned. The tiny white flowers of Chinese privet are formed in clusters along the tips of the branches. Privet flowers are extremely fragrant. Some people find the odor pleasant, while others find it overpowering. The fragrance is so strong and distinct that it can be detected from inside a car traveling at 55 miles per hour. Another invasive plant that has left an indelible mark on Georgia’s landscape is Japanese honeysuckle. As children, we would pick the flowers while waiting at the school bus stop and bite off the stalks to sip the nectar. The leaves of honeysuckle are semi-evergreen, hairy, rounded and smooth along the edges. The first leaves of the season often show a lobed edge. Honeysuckle flowers are white, pink or pale yellow in color with an extremely sweet fragrance. There are also native honeysuckle species that are less aggressive. Native honeysuckle are usually distinguished by having a more reddish stem and hairless leaves. Japanese honeysuckle vines can climb as high as 80 feet into forest canopies and form a dense ground cover. Honeysuckle’s dense growth crowds out native vegetation and reduces the variety of native plants available for wildlife. The vines strangle, stunt or kill native trees. Because privet and honeysuckle are so common and admired for their flowers, most people don’t realize their dark side as invasive weeds. A recent issue of National Geographic magazine stated, “Invasive species are the second greatest threat to worldwide species extinction – second only to habitat destruction. The devastation caused by non-native, invasive organisms is one of the most serious and least-recognized tragedies of our time.” There’s no turning back for those invasive species that are already here. For information about controlling these and other invasive plants, go to invasive.org/eastern/srs.last_img read more

Cumulative small-scale rooftop solar installations top 10GW level in Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Installations of small-scale rooftop solar panels reached 2.13GW in calendar 2019 – a jump of 35 percent over the previous year – after a record surge in the month of December.According to industry statistician Sunwiz, 220MW of small-scale rooftop solar was installed in December – nearly 10 per cent above the previous record levels in October and November, and despite the usual slowdown around Christmas.The surge in December took the cumulative total in Australia to 10.2 gigawatts – installed on 2.3 million different buildings (mostly homes). And the boom won’t stop anytime soon, with the Australian Energy Market Operator, the Clean Energy Regulator (and now the federal government) expecting the total to reach more than 25GW by the end of the new decade in 2030.Small-scale rooftop solar is defined as installations of 100kW or less – and which qualify for an upfront rebate (which are being wound back each year and which will be eliminated by 2030). Larger rooftop solar systems operate under a different scheme, along with utility-scale solar farms.According to Sunwiz, the combined total of solar – both small-scale and large-scale reached 3.3GW in 2019, although the large-scale figures for the latest month have yet to be added. In 2018, the figure was 3.6GW with a much higher amount of large-scale additions.Queensland remains the overall leader with 2.9GW of small-scale rooftop solar installations, followed by NSW with 2.4GW and Victoria with 1.99GW. That state will likely have broken through the 2GW barrier in early January. South Australia and Western Australia also have more than 1.2GW.[Giles Parkinson]More: Australia rooftop solar installs total 2.13GW in 2019 after huge December rush Cumulative small-scale rooftop solar installations top 10GW level in Australialast_img read more

Colombia and the Dominican Republic Hold Caribe VII Exercise

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 15, 2018 The Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) and the Dominican Air Force (FARD, in Spanish) set important parameters for their future combined fight against narcotrafficking and transnational crime. In February 2018, the Caribe VII air defense exercise concluded at the 3rd Combat Air Command in Barranquilla, Colombia. Crews from both military forces conducted a nighttime mission for the first time, as well as daytime training exercises to widen their range of airspace control. “By May 2018, combined joint exercises such as Caribe VII allowed us to reduce the percentage of illegal or irregular flights over Colombian and Dominican airspace to zero. Ten years ago, approximately 50 or 60 illegal flights went between these two nations every year,” FAC Major Juan Manuel Londoño Gordon, commander of the 3rd Combat Air Command’s 314th Air Defense Squadron, told Diálogo. “Caribe VII strengthened defense systems, bonds of trust and fellowship between the two countries, and strategies and procedures to face threats against the airspace of both countries.” Historic exercise The exercise set a historic mark for crewmembers with the first nighttime mission using the FARD’s A-29B Super Tucano aircraft. “This is a new capacity used by the institution this year [2018],” reported FAC in a press release. “The maneuvers we conducted allowed us to fine-tune all coordination procedures between the two nations’ command and control centers,” Captain Giovanni Pérez Sosa, FAC pilot, told Diálogo. The goal of exercises such as Caribe VII is to keep up with training and standardize the work of binational crews to develop detection, identification, and transfer operations for irregular air traffic of unidentified aircraft. “Transnational crime seeks new strategies to fulfill its objectives. We must respond to these new forms of crime, and this is the perfect backdrop to check the effectiveness and efficiency of our procedures against illegal flights,” Capt. Pérez added. Nighttime target hand-off One hundred service members participated in Caribe VII, designed to help personnel face possible threats, maintain, and improve their operational standards. They used 15 aircraft, including combat airplanes, close air support platforms, and search and rescue helicopters for more than 80 flight hours between both air forces. The training consisted of simulating an illegal aircraft. Once land sensors belonging to both FAC and FARD detected the aircraft, the close air support platform was launched. Minutes later, fighter jets approached the aircraft. Aerial forces forced the illegal light aircraft to land in a controlled aerodrome and turned it over to land authorities. The crews made use of international communication protocols. “The pilots of the Dominican fighter planes realized the difficulty of night ops and meeting with the close air support platform,” said Maj. Londoño. “During this mission, we met on three occasions and handed off the target during the night, which allowed us to increase the interoperability and capacities of the FAC and FARD.” The air defense exercises allowed both countries to fine-tune their control procedures from land radars to air operations and the platform working with the Dominican and Colombian fighter planes, with a special emphasis on the close air support platform working with the FARD’s Super Tucanos. They also established flight procedures for the presence of an aircraft suspected of trafficking drugs. “To maintain and improve operational standards, we have to practice constantly because the enemy does not stay still; this enemy evolves and creates new styles [of attack]. The fight against narcotrafficking is not only done with the Dominican Republic, but also with partner forces and nations affected one way or another by the scourge of narcotrafficking,” said Maj. Londoño. In addition to the strict control and constant vigilance in the air, Colombia and the Dominican Republic also protect their maritime spaces from illegal use. The Colombian and Dominican navies increased the number of combined exercises to reduce the illicit trafficking of narcotics and other psychotropic substances by sea. “What we aim to do is [eradicate] illegal drug trafficking by air and by sea. This benefits people throughout Central and South America,” Maj. Londoño concluded.last_img read more

Choice vs. dual membership: How will CUNA decide?

first_imgOn the first day of his new job as CUNA’s president/CEO, Jim Nussle heard about the Structure and Governance Task Force.“I thought, well, that’s kind of interesting. Every association ought to examine itself, see what’s going, see what’s the right way to do things,” Nussle told the audience at the 2015 REACH Conference held earlier this month by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues in Palm Desert, Calif.He then paused for a moment and added, “Be careful what you wish for, right?” continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img