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President Donald Trump dubbed Thursday evening's White House Hanukkah party one that "will go down as especially special" and declared that this year's soiree was "all about Jerusalem."The holiday party came one day after the president's announcement that the U.S. will now observe Jersusalem as the official capital of Israel, and that the U.S. embassy will be moved there from its current location in Tel Aviv.Trump, his family and administration officials — including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin — were among the crowd of around 300 to take part in the festivities, according to a White House pool report. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach were also in attendance."I know for a fact there are a lot of happy people in this room," Trump said as he entered the party. "This one will go down as especially special."Trump later introduced two speakers at the Hanukkah celebration: Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and Holocaust survivor Louise Lawrence-Israels. Before his arrival, guests heard from the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy Lower School Girls Choir from Rockville.The party featured Kosher food and two "very special" Menorahs, which Trump noted the history of during his remarks. One was used by the first American Jewish congregation, and the second came from the Tarnow Ghetto in Southern Poland."May you all have a truly blessed and happy Hanukkah," Trump said.The Hanukkah event followed a Christmas party held earlier this week at the White House. On Thursday, Trump joked that he had "set a record" after shaking hands for three hours and 25 minutes at the Christmas celebration, according to the report.
East Room 7:45 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Well, I know for a fact there are a lot of happy people in this room. (Applause.) Jerusalem. Thank you. And Melania and I are thrilled to welcome you and so many wonderful friends to the White House. We wish you a very happy Hanukkah, and I think this one will go down as especially special. (Applause.) I want to thank Vice President Pence and Karen for joining us this evening. (Applause.) Where are they? Where are they? They're someplace. Come up here, Mike. Get up here. Come on up. Come on, Karen. Get up here. They can get under those ropes, they're young and strong. Come on up. Great job. As well as Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Shulkin. I also want to thank our incredible First Lady, Melania. She is with you all the way. (Applause.) She has worked so hard to make the White House a truly special place for this joyous season. We've done this so many evenings now, and I think we set a record two nights ago. We shook hands for three hours and 25 minutes. That's not fun. Even though I loved the people, that was not fun. (Laughter.) I am also proud that my beautiful grandchildren -- Arabella, Joseph, and Theodore -- have joined us tonight -- (applause) -- right here as we celebrate with all of you the sacred traditions that they observe each year at home. This evening we gather to celebrate the story that is told in Jewish homes across the country and all over the world, a story that began more than 2,000 years ago with a tyrant -- made practicing the Jewish faith punishable by death. He desecrated the Jewish temple, including the Holy of Holies. But a small band of Jewish patriots rose up, defeated a mighty army, and soon reclaimed their freedom. But the miracle of the Maccabees did not end there. As they prepared to rededicate the temple, they found only enough oil to light the lamp for a single night. Soon, all were stunned to find that for eight days, the lamp continued to burn brightly -- a sign of God’s presence in his dwelling place and a symbol of the faith and resilience of the Jewish people. You do have faith and you do have resilience. (Applause.) The miracle of Hanukkah is the miracle of Israel. The descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have endured unthinkable persecution and oppression. But no force has ever crushed your spirit, and no evil has ever extinguished your faith. And that is why the Jewish people shine as a light to all nations. And right now I’m thinking about what’s going on and the love that's all over Israel and all about Jerusalem. (Applause.) On behalf of all Americans, I also want to say how grateful I am for Jewish congregations throughout our country. You cherish your families, support your communities, and uplift our beloved country. Hanukkah is a time for Jewish families around the world to celebrate the miracles of the past and promises of the future. We are proud to stand with the people of Israel and to renew our enduring bond. This evening, we are blessed to have two very special Hanukkah lamps for this celebration. The menorah on my left has been lit every year since the earliest days of our nation. It comes from the First American Jewish Congregation, whose original members came to this land in the 1650s. That's a long time ago. It’s a symbol of the history and home the Jewish people made in the United States. Today, we are honored to have with us the congregation’s 10th spiritual leader since the American Revolution, Rabbi Soloveichik. (Applause.) That wasn’t bad. You think that's an easy one? It’s not. (Laughter.) Thank you, Rabbi, very much for being with us. Thank you, thank you for being with us. We're also -- but he’s so happy with yesterday, that he doesn't care if I get it exact. (Laughter and applause.) Thank you, Rabbi. We’re also deeply honored that Louise Lawrence-Israëls is here to share this evening with us and to make a few remarks. Louise is a Holocaust survivor. The first three years of her life were spent in hiding in an attic out of Amsterdam, a row house in Amsterdam -- amazing story and amazing situation to be in. Her family could not light the candles that we’re about to light this evening, but they lit them in their hearts. On my right is a lamp that survived the Tarnow Ghetto, a city in southern Poland that ravaged and was ravaged by the Holocaust. It will remain unlit in memory of that darkest hour and in order to preserve this relic so that we never, ever, ever forget. And you will never forget. thank God that a woman who was born into that nightmare of oppression now lives in this land of the free, and that she, along with everyone here tonight, can light the menorah for all the world to see. And the world is watching. Today, our nation is stronger, and our world is more full of promise -- because of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, and the faith that burns so brightly in your hearts. May you all have -- (applause) -- thank you, thank you, thank you very much. May you all have a truly blessed and happy Hanukkah. God Bless you and God Bless America. (Applause.) Thank you. And congratulations -- big day, big event, very important. Congratulations to everybody in the room. I’d like to invite Louise to say a few words. Louise. END 7:52 P.M. EST
Roosevelt Room 2:15 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: These are great men. Thank you for being with us. On this day, 76 years ago, more than 2,000 Americans were killed in a surprise attack on our homeland; hundreds more were injured. Battleships, cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers in our Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor suffered crippling losses. Everybody knows about it. America was at war. These folks know about it more than anybody. As we remember that fateful day, it's an incredible honor to be joined here with surviving veterans of the attack on Pearl Harbor. And you'll be here for the next seven years with me, okay? All right -- seven years. After that, who knows? (Laughter.) They're heroes, and they're living witnesses to American history. All American hearts are filled with gratitude for their service, their sacrifice, and their presence here today. These veterans of World War II -- very special men -- are among the very first Americans to fight back in the Second World War. That's really true when you think -- you were the first ones to fight back. That's something to be said. And we did okay. Once we got our act together, we did okay because we know how to win. Outnumbered and outgunned, they did not hesitate. These six great American patriots answered the call of history: Mickey Ganitch, Jack Holder, Lawrence Parry, Robert Fernandez, George Blake, and Alexander Horanzy. On that bright Sunday morning, Mickey Ganitch and his shipmates were getting ready to play a game of football against the crew of the USS Arizona for the fleet championship. Where's Mickey? You never got that game, huh? You never got that -- MR. GANITCH: We had a war to fight. THE PRESIDENT: You better believe it. (Laughter.) I know you won the war. I don't know about football. You won the war. MR. GANITCH: I'm ready to go, in case we play that game. THE PRESIDENT: Look at you. You look beautiful. (Laughter.) Boy, oh boy. That's pretty -- can you do that one more time for me? I can't believe it. Boy, that's -- I'm not playing him in football. (Laughter.) When bombs began to fall, Mickey reported to his battle station in the crow’s nest of the USS Pennsylvania wearing his football uniform and his football helmet, which he threw off because he figured he didn't need it. That's pretty, pretty great, huh? And you did a hell of a job. You saw something that few people have ever witnessed before, right? MR. GANITCH: Right. THE PRESIDENT: Amazing. Thanks, Mickey. Jack Holder. Jack? Jack -- hi, Jack. Jack Holder survived the enemy’s attack on Ford Island and went on to fly dozens of missions in the Battles of Midway and all along the Solomon Islands. Thank you, Jack, for being here. Appreciate it. MR. HOLDER: Thank you. THE PRESIDENT: Very brave guy. Lawrence Parry carried ammunition to the gunners. In thinking about the lessons of Pearl Harbor, Larry said he hopes “we can build up the military again.” We are building up the military beyond what you ever thought. It got depleted. You know what happened over the last quite long period of time, but not with us. Our budget is now going to be higher than ever before. We're building it up again. And we'll do it in your honor. Okay? We're building it up. The best equipment in the world -- we make it. And we're supplying it in very big numbers. Thanks. Thanks. And we're doing a job. Robert Fernandez. Robert? MR. FERNANDEZ: Yes. THE PRESIDENT: Nice seeing you, Robert -- served on the USS Curtiss that delivered return fire against the enemy. And he really gave it to them pretty good. They were very successful at the return fire. Good job. You look like you're about 50 years old. Huh? You must have been very young. (Laughter.) You look great. What is the age? MR. FERNANDEZ: Ninety-three now. THE PRESIDENT: Ninety-three? Well, you look great. George Blake stood watch on the Hawaiian shores, ready to repulse a feared invasion. George, George -- thank you, George. Good. It was pretty wild scene. You'll never forget that, right? MR. BLAKE: I've never forgotten it. THE PRESIDENT: Nope, you haven't. And you fought hard. Alexander Horanzy enlisted in the Army when he was only 17. Alex served throughout the war, but if you tried to call him a hero, he’d tell you he was just a “regular grunt in the service.” That's what he told us -- a "regular grunt." I don't think so. Thank you. Thank you. MR. HORANZY: (Inaudible.) THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, I know it is. You're not a regular anything. You're a hero. You're a hero. All of you are heroes. In the weeks and months that took place after the surprise attack -- and that was a vicious surprise attack -- millions of American patriots, like these men, answered the same call and went to war. They fought, they bled, they sacrificed, and they triumphed. Many died to defend America against our enemies and to defeat the enemies of all humanity. The legacy of that legendary American generation is carved deep into the stone monuments of history. Across the battlefields, oceans, and harrowing skies of Europe and the Pacific throughout the war, one great battle cry could be heard by American friends and foes alike: “Remember Pearl Harbor.” Have you heard that before, a couple of times? "Remember Pearl Harbor." MR. GANITCH: (Singing.) Remember Pearl Harbor, as you go to meet the foe. Just remember Pearl Harbor, as we did the Alamo. We shall always remember how they died for liberty. Just remember Pearl Harbor, and go on to victory. (Applause.) THE PRESIDENT: What can I say? Wow, that was good. He's a very shy person, too. (Laughter.) And a great football player. Today, our entire nation pauses to remember Pearl Harbor and the brave warriors who, on that day, stood tall and fought for America. As I sign the proclamation making this National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, I ask that God continue to bless and watch over each of you as very, very special people to our country. And God is watching over you, and we appreciate it. Thank you. Our surviving World War II veterans are a precious national treasure. So I'm going to sign this proclamation, and we're going to -- I see there's one pen, but we're going to get plenty of other pens and other things for you guys so you remember this day. And again, we'll do it for another seven years, okay? Seven years. And you all have to promise you're going to be around, right? (Laughter.) We're going to be around. We're going to be around and we're going to be together, okay? Thank you. Thank you very much. Let's sign the proclamation. Thank you. [The proclamation is signed.] END 2:24 P.M. EST
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Via The Daily Bell Individual freedom terrifies those in power. But it is an innate desire that cannot be suppressed. Therefore the media attempts to replace the drive for personal liberation with sexual liberation. It is a carnal animalistic type of “freedom” that those in power want you to focus on. They promote a temporary feeling, a fleeting pleasure. Individual freedom is about building your future. Sexual freedom is about living in the moment. Living in the moment is not always a bad thing. But doing something in the moment that puts your future at risk is problematic. What the media calls sexual freedom really means sluttiness. And that is a threat to your health, your emotional well-being, and your future happiness. I talked about this before, when analyzing an article which claimed women under the Socialist Soviet regime had better sex lives. Living in a socialist hell, I’m not surprised sex was the only outlet for freedom, the only escape from the dreariness of daily poverty and oppression. That was the only type of “freedom” women could enjoy. It was crumbs of freedom thrown out to distract from the true loss of every other type of liberty. And now, Vice published an article called The Beauty and Splendor of Being a Slut. In it, the author estimates that he has had sex with somewhere between 1,200 and 3,500 men in his life. I don’t even want to repeat most of the things he says in his article. But it is full of him claiming that meaningless sex can fill some void in your life. He says the momentary connection is real and worth it, even if the stranger “zips up, and leaves,” just after. He claims that sex with strangers and one time encounters in bathroom stalls can be liberating. He says you can share something deep in those moments. The author complains that another writer who confessed his high number of sexual partners was met with comments: …attributing his number to low standards and self-esteem, even supposed “mental health issues,”… Sex-positive commenters emerged as well, praising his honesty while dismissing the puritans. But I can only imagine what those closed-minded moralists would say to me. But this is not about morals or a Puritan stance. It is about seeing the folly in major publications encouraging behavior which is very likely to lead to disease, depression, and future relationship problems. The negative effect of the type of behavior he talks about has less to do with the philosophy or morals behind the behavior, and more to do with the real world tangible negative effects of behaving that way. When you open up the article, a box pops up to make sure you are 18, in order to continue. This can actually have the reverse effect of keeping young eyes from the article. Advertisers commonly use the “forbidden fruit” tactic. Saying something if not suitable for people under 18 virtually guarantees people under 18 will look. And in the midst of this trashy article, the author tells readers his sluttiness started when he was 14 years old. Vice draws a young crowd anyway, being popular among millennials. This piece is propaganda to make people feel good about plunging into a carnal cesspool of fleeting and meaningless sex. The author is convincing readers to make risky and unhealthy decisions starting at a young age. And what the author recounts from his own youth is sad and depressing. He was searching for connections, for friends, and for meaning. All he found was sex. So he decided that he could get those deeply desired feelings of connection from sex. He tries to frame his story as one of redemption. He says that he has had sex for drugs and was a heroin addict for years. Does that sound like someone to emulate? This is clearly a deeply troubled and unhealthy man given a platform to promote his distorted worldview. And it is this sick worldview that the elites are only too happy to promote. People behave like animals, and animals can be herded and corralled. History helps the media promote sex as liberation. They can point to actual sexual repression in the past. In America, women have long battled the “good housewife” stereotypes. Women were arrested in the early 1900’s for bathing suits which showed too much skin. Women in parts of the Muslim world are still seen as property. The first American settlers exiled teenage boys for masturbating. It was illegal in Great Britain to be homosexual until 1967! So yes, there was and still is some need for sexual liberation. Everyone should have the freedom to behave in whatever consensual sexual way they desire. Everyone should also have the freedom to ruin their lives on hard drugs. But that doesn’t mean doing the drugs is an expression of freedom. Having the choice is the freedom. My complaints about the author and the article are not to say he shouldn’t be allowed to do or say what he wants. Rather I want to point out the reasons beyond sensationalism that the media would promote that type of behavior. He’s another voice trying to drag the bar lower and undermine a society based on true freedom. He offers an easy shortcut to “liberation.” Real freedom requires hard work, determination, and self-improvement. And you might be thinking, “What do you expect from Vice?” Fair enough. But they are never-the-less a loud voice of influence. People should think for themselves and decide based on their own personal morality what kind of role they want sex to play in their lives. When you pursue personal liberation, individual freedom, your life will only improve, right up until your last moments on this Earth. When you pursue so-called sexual liberation, your prospects of happiness decay day by day. Every wrinkle and gray hair shows the deterioration of your “liberty.” Placing such importance on sex is reducing humans to animals. By this logic, rabbits must be the happiest most liberated animals of them all! Animals base their lives on instinct and survival. Animals can be tamed. Animals can be controlled. The powerful elite do not fear animals. They have cages and zoos and guns and nets for animals. But what those in power do fear is a truly liberated people. A people who cannot be distracted by carnal desires to abandon the true purpose of this life. Sex is all well and good, but it should not replace deeper desires to live a meaningful life. You can even have very meaningful sex, but that is certainly not what this Vice writer is describing. He is describing cheap and risky thrills. He assigns them meaning, but that is likely a way to cope based on his troubled past. When you read between the lines, you see a man who is lost. He talks about connecting with other people on a deep level, even if it is only for a few minutes. But sex has retained meaning to me. With some guys, it still feels magical, like something truly important is happening. What important thing could be happening if there is no deeper relationship to nurture? Where does that magical feeling get him? Absolutely nowhere. When it is gone, it is gone. He has built nothing, and has nothing to show for it. It has no positive impact on his future. But he has once again spun the wheel of risky behavior that could very well have a negative impact on his life. Sex can be a tool for connecting with a person on a deeper level. Sex with a committed partner can help build a relationship and a future. But sex itself does not create the connection. The way this author talks about sex, it is only a distraction to productive endeavors. Don’t expect to find long-term happiness with the types of sexual habits he promotes. His behavior is still that of a drug addict. He will always require more and more in order to satisfy his dependence on that feeling. Don’t let the media sell you a false liberation. Keep striving for true freedom.
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Now that the U.S. Census has released its newest estimate of median household income in the United States, it's time to consider where the U.S. federal government spending per U.S. household stands with respect to the Zero Deficit Line, which is the amount of spending that the typical American household can actually afford. The chart below shows those two measures for each year since 1967, when the Census first began reporting its median household income figure: Looking at the chart, we see that for the third year in a row, the amount of U.S. federal government spending per household is hovering just below $30,000 per U.S. household. Our tool below will reveal how much spending can actually be supported by the typical American household given its annual income of $50,054 (or whatever median household income level you might choose to enter!) Median Household Income Data Input Data Values Median Household Income How Much Federal Spending Per Household Can the U.S. Really Afford? Estimated Results Values Federal Spending per U.S. Household Using our tool, we find that in reality, the typical American household can only afford to have the federal government spend no more than $21,059. On a side note, do you remember the old Warner Brothers' Road Runner cartoons? The ones where Wile E. Coyote would be chasing after the bird, then suddenly find himself suspended in mid-air beyond the edge of a cliff, until he looked down and finally crashed back to earth? The level of federal spending per household since 2008 and the lack of meaningful growth in the incomes of U.S. households under President Obama, combined with all the talk these days of the approaching "fiscal cliff" suggests that there is one giant "splat" sound in the near future for the U.S.