Posts Tagged ‘Vietnam’

Donald Trump nominee decried criticism of judges, senators agree

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that comments by his Supreme Court nominee criticizing his own attacks on the judiciary were “misrepresented,” even as Republican and Democratic lawmakers vouched for the veracity of the remarks.
Trump responded after private rebukes from Judge Neil Gorsuch, who said in meetings with lawmakers on Wednesday that the president’s comments about federal judges were “disheartening.”
Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump last week to the nation’s highest court, made the comments in meetings with senators after Trump accused an appeals court panel considering his immigration and refugee executive order of being “so political.” Over the weekend, he labeled a judge who ruled on his executive order a “so-called judge” and referred to the ruling as “ridiculous.”
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut first relayed Gorsuch’s remarks on Wednesday following a meeting with him. Trump’s own confirmation team for Gorsuch later confirmed he had made the remarks.
But Trump said during a Thursday luncheon with senators that Blumenthal had misrepresented Gorsuch. “His comments were misrepresented. And what you should do is ask Senator Blumenthal about his Vietnam record that didn’t exist after years of saying it did,” he said.
Blumenthal, who served in the Marine Corps Reserves during Vietnam, apologized in 2010 for saying he had served in Vietnam.
The president made the comments while making the case for Gorsuch during a luncheon with 10 senators, including six of Blumenthal’s fellow Democrats.
Blumenthal, a former state attorney general, argued Thursday that Gorsuch would need to go further to publicly denounce Trump’s verbal assault on judicial independence.
“He needs to condemn Donald Trump’s attacks publicly and it needs to be much stronger, more explicit and direct than has been done so far,” Blumenthal said. “Unless it is done publicly in a clear condemnation, it will not establish his independence.”
Lawmakers from both parties quickly vouched for

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World jittery about Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ inaugural speech

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

President Donald Trump‘s inaugural speech promised “America first” policy led by a forceful executive, in contrast to the coalition building and international conferences which have featured strongly in past administrations.
The billionaire businessman and reality television star — the first president who had never held political office or high military rank — promised to stir a “new national pride” and protect America from the “ravages” of countries he says have stolen U.S. jobs.
“This American carnage stops right here,” Trump declared. In a warning to the world, he said, “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.”
A look at some reactions from around the world:
Like many in the Afghan capital of Kabul, restaurant owner Mohammad Nahim watched the presidential inauguration ceremonies but was disappointed to not hear any mention of Afghanistan.
“Trump did not mention a word about Afghanistan in his speech and the salaries of the Afghan army and police are paid by the U.S.,” he said. He added that if the U.S. stops helping Afghanistan, “our country will again become a sanctuary to terrorists. I hope Trump will not forget Afghanistan.”
Mohammed Kasim Zazi, a shopkeeper whose home is in eastern Afghanistan’s Khost province, where the feared Haqqani network is prominent, said he expected Trump to stay focused on Afghanistan.
“Trump said he will finish the terrorists in the world and that has to mean that Afghanistan will remain in the sights of the U.S.” said Zazi.
Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said he was encouraged by Trump’s speech to soldiers in Bagram. “There he announced his support to the troops and the continuation of support for their troops here and strengthening their troops, which is a good and elegant step and I am sure that our cooperation in

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‘The girl rescued at sea’ Stephanie Murphy rides that humanitarian service into Congress

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

An event in Congresswoman-elect Stephanie Murphy‘s infancy keeps redirecting her life, a life that has the 38-year-old business professor heading to Washington to represent Orlando and Central Florida as the first Vietnamese-American woman in Congress.
When she was six months old, her family fled Vietnam on a refugee boat. Stephanie, her mother, father, brother, and dozens of mostly strangers, all yearning for freedom and better lives, went adrift when their boat ran out of fuel. Supplies were running low. This was on the South China Sea, in thousands of square miles of open water.
Along came her hero, the U.S. Navy, which intercepted their little boat, provided fuel, food, water and other supplies, and helped them make the crossing to Malaysia. The Lutheran Church took it from there, getting them from a Malaysian refugee camp to America, where her family settled in Virginia.
‘The girl rescued at sea,” as a congressional campaign flyer dubbed her, will not forget the humanitarian assistance the sailors provided. Nor does she want to disappoint them.
Fast forward 22 years and Stephanie Dang was a young strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting in Washington D.C. when the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks occurred. Through her parents, that South China Sea rescue had driven into her a deep sense of wanting to help others, to serve the public, she said, and the 9/11 attacks awakened that desire. She quit her job and went to graduate school at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. And when she got out she was hired at the U.S. Department of Defense as an analyst.
She worked on a Navy service budget staff, and with the combatant command and the Pacific command. Eventually she moved up to the secretary of defense’s office as a policy analyst, and was chief of staff to a global strategic guidance planning effort that won her a Defense Department Medal for Exception

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Gus Bilirakis: Keeping our nation’s promise to Veterans

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Each time I have the privilege of meeting the heroes who wore our nation’s uniform, I am reminded they represent the very best of America. From World War II and Korea to Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan, we would not be the nation we are today without those who served.
Veterans Day is an important time to pause and give thanks to the men and women, most of whom we will never personally know, who sacrificed on our behalf.
However, this Veterans Day should also serve as a call to action for our nation’s leaders. Veterans have done their duty and kept their promise to protect our way of life. It is now up to us to fulfill our promise to them and remain committed to honoring their service.
At a recent roundtable meeting in Oldsmar, I gathered with dozens of local Veterans and Veterans Service Organizations to talk about what needs to be done to improve care through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). I heard from them about the lengthy wait-times for appointments, the confusing bureaucracy, and the general lack of communication and transparency. It is not only happening in the Tampa Bay area, either. As Vice-Chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I hear about it happening all over the country, and it is simply unacceptable.
I carry this mission to help Veterans with me when I go to work in Congress every day. In the House, we have made good progress this past year on legislation to promote accountability and transparency at the VA, as well as expand care and services for Veterans.
Congress passed, and the President signed into law, legislation I introduced to combat opioid abuse among Veterans. My provision, the PROMISE ACT, will improve the VA’s opioid safety guidelines, and makes sure that those Veterans who are prescribed

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Thuy Lowe promotes her history, conservative values in new video in CD 10 run

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

In the race for the 10th Congressional District, Republican Thuy Lowe is marketing her campaign as the sensible conservative alternative to the gridlock and disconnect in Washington D.C. in a new video released Wednesday.
The video runs for two minutes and consists of Lowe sitting in front of a blank wall, lending a personal air to the way she delivers the recounting of history: her parents arrived in America in 1975 from Vietnam, and worked hard at multiple jobs while she and her siblings grew up.
“We went through an extensive vetting process before being allowed in,” she said. “My parents worked multiple jobs as my siblings and I learned English and assimilated ourselves into the fabric of American society.”
After working as a business owner for years, Lowe retired to raise her own children, becoming involved in the public school system as they grew up.
It was all of these things, she says in the video, that led to her run for Congress. She says America’s future, regardless of one’s political affiliation, is “facing some pretty serious safety issues.”
“Our physical safety, our personal financial safety, and the protection of our Constitution,” she says. “Things have never been more at risk than they are today.”
Promoting funding for counterterrorism measures for police, lower taxes, and less government, Lowe says if elected, she’ll work “with the people, not the powerful, not the political who helped break Washington in the first place.”
Lowe faces Val Demings in the race for CD 10.

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Stephanie Murphy TV spot in CD 7 introduces her past

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Democratic congressional candidate Stephanie Murphy is debuting her first television commercial in the Winter Park-based Florida’s 7th Congressional District, highlighting her family’s past and her defense analysis work.
The commercial, which begins airing Tuesday, opens by explaining how her family escaped communist Vietnam as part of the historic “boat people” flotilla while she was a baby in the late 1970s.
It then talks about how she became a U.S. Defense Department analyst after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. While it does so, it shows pictures of her family and of an adult Murphy in various Defense Department situations, and of a commendation she received.
The campaign did not provide details on the advertising buy, except to note it was “six figures including broadcast and cable.” WKMG-6 TV public records show that the campaign bought 15 advertising spots there for the seven-day period beginning Tuesday. As of mid-day Monday, no contracts had been posted for other Orlando-market TV stations.
Murphy, of Winter Park, is taking on 12-term Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. John Mica of Winter Park. The district covers northeast and north-central Orange County and all of Seminole County.
“Murphy became a national security specialist at the Department of Defense; planned counterterrorism and disaster relief efforts; and, was recognized for her commonsense problem solving,” the narrator says.
Then she gives her campaign theme message, adding a slight twist to the themes of a thousand other campaigns, by suggesting an optimistic and compassionate approach.
“I approved this message because we can fix what’s wrong with Washington with what’s right about America,” Murphy states.

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Dr. Marc J. Yacht: Continuing hatreds embody true cost of war

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Wars never end.
The bullets may stop but the hatreds continue. Any family that’s lost a son, daughter, wife or husband will never end their anguish or forget those responsible for their loss.
Both sides remember.
That’s why the march to war must be carefully considered with all alternatives on the table. Such was not the case in Iraq, Vietnam, and Korea.
Generations of hatred are triggered by war and last longer than faded photographs. If we all examined conflict through the loss of one soldier or civilian and senses the effect on loved ones, perhaps there would be an end to war.
I was 4 years old when my grandmother’s early-morning visit told of my cousin Eugene’s death in an Air Corps training accident. The year: 1944. I still remember the weeping and wailing of family members devastated at Eugene’s demise. My aunt never recovered from losing her son and spent the remainder of her life in and out of mental institutions. One death!
The Civil War never ended. The battles are over, the bullets stopped flying but be assured, the hatreds and conflicts continue.
Two books are worth reading: “Neo-Confederacy,” edited by Hague, Beirich, and Sebesta  and “Kingdom Coming” by Michelle Goldberg.  Although their emphasis is different, they explore the history and growing influence of the conservative religious right.
The contemporary Neo-Confederacy movement made its mainstream appearance in 1995. The authors Thomas Fleming and Michael Hill, two of the founding members, published the “New Dixie Manifesto” that appeared in The Washington Post. Espoused were, home rule for “Southerners”; states’ rights and devolved political power; local control over schooling, in opposition to federal desegregation decrees; removal of federal funding and initiatives from Southern states; Christian tradition in opposition to modernity; support for Confederate symbols.
The manifest further expressed that Southerners are maligned as “racist” and “anti-immigrant” by hypocritical,

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Tim Bryce: An argument for capitalism

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Do people truly understand the power of the middle class? I think they’re starting to overseas. We may not have invented the concept of a middle class, but we perfected it and everyone wants to emulate it.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, countries around the world have been reconfiguring their economic policies to remain competitive in the global economy. New middle classes have emerged in China, Belarus, Brazil, Russia, Vietnam, and among South African blacks. People in those countries now have spending power that’s creating demand for products and services, not to mention construction of new houses and businesses.
The rise of global middle classes is a recognition that capitalism works, as opposed to socialism or communism. A sizable middle class represents a county’s economic engine. Capitalism encourages people to work and to invest and spend their money and allows a country to collectively compete. The average person wants little more than to earn a respectable livelihood, so they can enjoy life and raise a family unencumbered by overbearing government regulations.
As President Calvin Coolidge observed, “After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world. I am strongly of the opinion that the great majority of people will always find these the moving impulses of our life.”
In order for capitalism to work, you need to be allowed to have certain freedoms, such as the freedom of expression, the freedom to innovate and invent, the freedom to choose your own path, the freedom to conduct legitimate business, etc. That’s why it’s ironic how some of our former communist foes are now embracing capitalism.
In the absence of a middle class, they have just rich and the poor (the have’s and the have nots), a feudal state controlled

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