Postal Service Should Not Be Left Out of Swamp Draining

I have no sympathy for the PO – get out of the UNION business!

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H/T Town Hall.

The postal union needs to be broken and  the Post Office privatized. 

it would be helpful if he applied his management skills to some of the government’s businesses.

The Postal Service just wrapped up another dismal financial year, losing $5.1 billion. The bright side, it says, is revenues were up somewhat, and losses actually decreased from the $5.8 billion reported in the previous fiscal year.

To continue this trend, the Postal Service has done what no business would do – announced a price increase on what is now its most-profitable product to increase investment in unprofitable lines.

Prices will go up a penny on single-piece letters and cards, on which revenue covered 175 percent of expenses, and presorted letters and cards, on which revenue covered 363 percent of expenses.

Postal Service leaders say the losses, which now total more than $50 billion since 2009, result not from…

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Common Sense 2017, Parts 1 and 2, by Jim Quinn

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These are definitely turning into times that try men’s souls. From Jim Quinn at theburningplatform.com (Part 1):

Thomas Paine was born in 1737 in Britain. His first thirty seven years of life were pretty much a series of failures and disappointments. Business fiascos, firings, the death of his first wife and child, a failed second marriage, and bankruptcy plagued his early life. He then met Benjamin Franklin in 1774 and was convinced to emigrate to America, arriving in Philadelphia in November 1774. He thus became the Father of the American Revolution with the publication of Common Sense, pamphlets which crystallized opinion for colonial independence in 1776.

The first pamphlet was published in Philadelphia on January 10, 1776, and signed anonymously “by an Englishman.” It became an instantaneous sensation, swiftly disseminating 100,000 copies in three months among the two and a half million residents of the 13 colonies. Over 500,000 copies…

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The Psalm of Life

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“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” (Psalm 91:2)

This marvelous psalm of life and security follows a psalm of frailty and death (Psalm 90) written by Moses, who may have been the author of this psalm as well. For our devotional study today, attention is called to the change of personal pronoun throughout, implying a dialogue between three speakers.

The psalm begins as a godly teacher, or prophet, or perhaps an angel bestows a benediction upon the believer: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1), ascribing the security of the believer to the character of God.

The believer responds to this blessing by avowing his trust in God and in His character (v. 2).

To the testimony of the believer, the first…

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Saturday Was A Learning Day For ISIS – Trump, Mattis Taught Them A Lesson

DAY ONE

In his first full day on the job General James Mattis introduced himself to ISIS in a very hostile, unfriendly manner, far different from the courteous leaflet dropping in advance of a strike or returning with armaments not deployed policies of Obama and Ashton Carter.

The new Trump administration has said throughout the campaign that a major offensive to eradicate the terrorist group would be among their first acts as president. Now that President Trump his man is in place at DoD, the eradication is underway.The Department of Defense reported the activity on their website, breaking it down into two areas, strikes in Syria and Iraq. They note the damage assessments are based upon initial reports. In Syria, they reported:Attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 25 strikes consisting of 39 engagements in Syria:–Near Bab, two strikes engaged an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit, destroyed an artillery piece and damaged a tactical vehicle.— Near Raqqa, 22 strikes engaged 12 ISIL (ISIS) tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, two tunnels, two tanks an improvised-bomb factory and an ISIL (ISIS) headquarters; and suppressed three ISIL (ISIS) tactical units.— Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed two oil well heads.Strikes in Iraq:Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted six strikes consisting of 16 engagements in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:— Near Rutbah, a strike engaged an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle, two weapons caches and a mortar.— Near Beiji, a strike engaged an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.— Near Kisik, a strike engaged an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and an ISIL-held building.— Near Mosul, two strikes engaged two ISIL (ISIS) tactical units; destroyed a vehicle-borne-bomb factory, a vehicle-borne bomb, a tank, three fighting positions and a vehicle; and suppressed an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit.— Near Tal Afar, a strike engaged an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit and destroyed a semi-truck and a command-and-control node.They explained the terminology used, something that will be quite useful for Americans who will be following the new real war on Islamic terrorism. DoD provided the following definitions:Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL (ISIS) vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL (ISIS) to use.Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counter fire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.Part of Operation Inherent ResolveThe strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL (ISIS) terrorist group and the threat it poses to Iraq, Syria, the region and the wider international community. The destruction of targets in Syria and Iraq further limits ISIL’s (ISIS) ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said.Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.While Hussein Obama used the excuse of collateral civilian damage to avoid striking his terrorist allies, the war now appears to be on for real; no more pretending. We all know how Obama dwelled on the laughable recruitment argument as a pretext for closing Gitmo and returning terrorists to the battlefield.In just one day of real engagement, recruitment just became a major problem for ISIS. They’re not getting away with murder any longer and once their current supply of terrorists has been killed, maimed or runs off, they’re going to have real trouble finding replacements; Gitmo or no Gitmo.It’s a great thing to have good, competent, winning-minded, America First, adult leadership again.

Source: Saturday Was A Learning Day For ISIS – Trump, Mattis Taught Them A Lesson – ‘Nox & Friends

Being Ignored Can Be a Blessing, by Robert Gore

The best business is mind your own business! #POTUS45
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Whether they realize it or not, countless billions of ordinary people should pray to whatever god they pray to that President Trump’s America First means America leaves them alone. Commendably, many Americans realize that would be not only best for world, but for America, too. The country faces a debt, demography, and entitlement tsunami. It can no longer afford empire and Pax Americana, if it ever could. Putting America’s own house in order, or even making a good start, would be a full-time, eight-year endeavor for the entire Trump team, and that’s if they never take vacations or sleep.

There is much wisdom in the phrase: “Mind your own business.” Making America great will entail making America dispensable and irrelevant, setting it free to address its own problems, and setting the rest of the world free to address theirs.

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Billions of people around the globe would like Americans to put America first.

The largest infrastructure project in the world is China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, often referred to as the New Economic Silk Road. This effort spearheads the economic integration of the physical center of the world: the contiguous nations from China across Southeast and Central Asia, Russia, Belarus, Iran, and Turkey. The area has large percentages of the world’s land mass, population, and resources. Under construction is a huge network of new linkages: ports, roads, highways, high-speed rail lines, electricity transmission facilities, and petroleum pipelines.

To date China has also invested more than $51 billion in the countries along the present OBOR route. The new land rail routes will greatly reduce transportation costs across Eurasia, enable formerly isolated regions to connect efficiently to sea and land markets and ignite tremendous new economic growth across Eurasia.

“The…

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