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John Kerry: A Traitor for the Ages



Meeting with the mullahs bookends nearly 50 years of treason.

 



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The 10 Greatest Americans of My 8 Decades


10. Jonas Salk – Inventor of the polio vaccine that knocked out one of the most feared diseases of all time.  He’s just one of thousands of American medical scientists who have made great strides in curing bad diseases.

9. Neil Armstrong – First man to land on the Moon.  A modest man who sought no glory or riches for himself, he was a fearless pilot.  His adept handling of the Moon lander saved the mission.  He represents the entire U.S. space program, staffed by thousands of bright, dedicated people.

8. Jackie Robinson – Broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947 and to a greater degree played an indirect role in triggering the all-important civil rights movement, where a dominant racial majority ultimately reached down to bring an oppressed minority into parity of opportunity.

7. Lawrence Roberts – A major player in development of the internet.  He and his team at the Advanced Research Project Agency created ARPANET, the forerunner of the internet, using packet-switching techniques to allow multiple computers to communicate on a single network.  Others followed with development of the Internet Protocol and the World Wide Web, but it’s Roberts who got it started.

6. David Horowitz – Founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, this former Marxist intellectual and son of Communist Party members had an epiphany when Huey Newton’s Black Panthers murdered a woman who worked for them.  He has since become an important and crystal-clear voice for academic freedom and for creating an unassailable watch on radical Islam as well as left-wing violence and efforts to destroy the American political system.

5. Steve Jobs – Founder of Apple and the Macintosh line of computers that were the first to make computers user-friendly for ordinary people through the use of the GUI interface.  Jobs went on to invent the iPad and the iPhone, the world’s first smartphone, which has become an everyday device for hundreds of millions of people around the world.

4. Franklin Delano Roosevelt – America’s 32nd president, a crippled polio victim who guided America out of the Depression and through most of World War II.  His programs to help people who were starving and unemployed have been criticized for paving the way for big government in Washington.  But his leadership in times of crisis was nothing short of heroic.

3. Harry Truman – America’s 33rd president and in some ways my favorite.  Truman made the difficult but correct call to drop the atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II, thus saving hundreds of thousands of American and Japanese lives that would have been lost if the war had continued.  When his term ended, he and his wife Bess got in their old car and drove home to Missouri by themselves – no ride on the fancy Boeing 747 Air Force One, no Secret Service detail.  Unimaginable in today’s America.

2. Ronald Reagan – America’s 40th president and a true believer in American greatness.  He’s the man who crushed the communist Soviet Union without firing a shot.  Never to be forgotten is his speech at the Berlin Wall when he challenged the Soviet leader with the comment, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”  A former Hollywood actor and governor of California, his “supply side” economic policies created new prosperity for the American people with reductions in inflation and annual GDP growth of 3.4%.

1. Donald J. Trump – America’s 45th president.  Liberal heads will explode on this one.  But after eight disastrous years of Obama, with American greatness slipping away to racial division, leading from behind, and a decaying American economy, Trump stepped up to “make America great again.”  His record of accomplishment is already unprecedented for an American president.

This boisterous and sometimes vulgar billionaire gave up a life of relative ease to become a target of unprecedented hatred and vilification in order to save his country.  I regard him as a true patriot.

Other great Americans who have made a positive difference and were all serious candidates for the Top Ten slots (presented in alphabetical order):

Louis Armstrong – Old Satchmo, whose gravelly voice is still instantly recognized, was one of the first truly popular and much beloved black American entertainers whose skin color became secondary to his music when parts of America were still segregated.  His artistry and personality gave him access to the upper echelons of high society, then highly restricted for black men.

Chuck Berry – A rock-and-roll pioneer whose songs are embedded in the soul of people of my generation.

Jeff Bezos – College dropout who started selling books online transformed retail shopping from bricks and mortar to the internet, creating Amazon, the world’s largest shopping service and the most valuable company in the world.

Tom Brady – Four Super Bowl MVP awards, the most ever by a single player.  Three league MVP awards.  Selected to 13 Pro Bowls.  Has led his team to more division titles (15) than any other quarterback in NFL history.  He’s still playing as a Patriot.

Warren Buffett – America’s favorite billionaire and widely recognized as one of the most successful investors of all time.  Shareholders in Berkshire Hathaway have given the company virtual cult status as they turn up in Omaha each year for the annual meeting to hear words of wisdom from the “Oracle.”

Walt Disney – A cheeky mouse named Mickey and a catchy song of hope, “When You Wish upon a Star,” helped propel Disney into a household name with movies, TV shows, merchandise, and eleven theme parks around the world, with the twelfth set to open shortly.

Matt Drudge – Founder and editor of DrudgeReport.com.  As the leading internet aggregator of news, he has played a pivotal role in providing a reasonably balanced view of the world with a slight tilt to the right.  Drudge is the major escape valve from censorship for conservative news and viewpoints by social media and the increasingly left-leaning mainstream media.  Claims 10.5 billion visits to his site in just the past year. 

Clint Eastwood – Academy Award-winning actor and director.  As Dirty Harry Callahan, he challenged the P.C. culture in San Francisco well before most Americans realized what political correctness meant.

Dwight Eisenhower – The 34th president of the United States.  Makes the list not as a great president, but as the general who led the allied coalition to victory over Nazi Germany in World War II and made the risky D-Day decision to go during a period of bad weather in June 1944.

Bill Gates – Founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest P.C. company.  Computers running Microsoft software are found in every corner of the globe.

Michael Jordan – Professional basketball player and businessman who made the NBA great.  He stayed above politics and always stood for the National Anthem.  All athletes should “be like Mike.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. – The unquestioned leader of the American civil rights movement, who proclaimed that he wanted Americans not to be “judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  More relevant today than ever.

Henry Kissinger – The man who took President Richard Nixon to China to meet Mao Zedong.  Certainly the greatest and most accomplished diplomat of my lifetime.

George Lucas – Film producer and creator of the amazing Star Wars movie and merchandising franchise that changed the sci-fi genre forever.  May the force be with him.

Lloyd Marcus – A self-described “lone wolf rare black voice spreading the truth about American greatness” as an “un-hyphenated American.”  All Americans should think of themselves as un-hyphenated.

Marilyn Monroe – Singer and actress, she was America’s most beloved iconic sex symbol.  Who can ever forget as she crooned to JFK, “Happy birthday, Mr. President”?

Sandra Day O’Connor – Appointed by Ronald Reagan as America’s first female Supreme Court justice.  A swing vote on the court, she voted with the conservative bloc 82 times and with the more liberal bloc 28 times.

Georgia O’Keefe – An American artist known as the “Mother of American Modernism.”  Worked in Chicago and New York before settling in New Mexico where her full genius flourished.  Her 1932 painting “Jimson Weed” sold for $44,405,000 in 2014, more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist.

Robert O’Neill – Navy SEAL who fired the headshots that killed Osama bin Laden during the raid on his Abbottabad compound in May 2011.  O’Neill was involved in more than 400 missions, including the mission to save Captain Richard Phillips during the Maersk Alabama hijacking, and Operation Red Wings, in which O’Neill helped save Marcus Luttrell.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin – Two Ph.D. students from Stanford created an online search engine improbably named Google that became an almost a daily part of the lives of anyone looking for information online.  Has become a global mega-company that also provides free email services for millions.  Sadly, the Google search engine has fallen into the hands of left-wing operators pushing conservative content back from the top pages.  But there is no denying the genius of what they’ve built.

Rosa Parks – Deemed by Congress as “the first lady of civil rights” and “mother of the freedom movement,” she stepped into history by taking a seat on a bus in a “white only” section and refused to budge.  A true American hero!

Kris Paronto – Former U.S. Ranger and CIA contractor fought off Islamic attackers at the American outpost in Benghazi after secretary of state Hillary Clinton failed to provide adequate security to U.S. Government personnel.  The attack resulted in four dead Americans.  Former President Obama later referred to the incident as the “Benghazi conspiracy.”  Paronto typifies the American fighting man willing and able to put his life on the line for his country.

Elvis  Presley – AKA The King, the quintessential American singer.  One of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century.  Forty-one years after his death, he still commands a large and loyal following.  His Memphis home Graceland has recorded over 20 million visitors since it opened to the public in 1982.

Frank Sinatra – Famously asked by Johnny Carson, “Who do you listen to when you make love?”  Old Blue Eyes, also known as the Chairman of the Board, was one of the most beloved singers, movie actors, and entertainers of the 20th century.  Even today, his timeless big band ballads and love songs remain enormously popular.  Still has his own channel on Sirius Radio.

Fred Smith – Leveraged a college term paper and a “bet the farm” trip to Las Vegas to create FedEx (“when it absolutely, positively has to be there the next day”), thereby revolutionizing document and package delivery.  Created an entire new level of efficiency for international business while becoming the largest express transportation service in the world.

Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller –The Paul Reveres of my lifetime, warning us constantly of the impending threat to Western civilization from Islam.  More people need to be listening.  A lot more!

Steven Spielberg – The greatest movie producer of all time.  His list of 66 movies says it all.  My favorites include the Star Wars movies; E.T.; the Indiana Jones series, beginning with Raiders of the Lost Ark; Schindler’s List; Jurassic Park; Saving Private Ryan; Bridge of Spies; and Empire of the Sun.

James D. Watson – American molecular biologist and zoologist, one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA that now plays a critical role in health care as well as crime detection.

Frank Lloyd Wright – America’s genius architect, known for innovative concepts that became memorable structures.  His works include the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Falling Water House in Mill Run, Pa.

Mark Zuckerberg – Through Facebook, he has created previously unimaginable communications among friends, enemies, generations, and cultures while giving freedom of speech to the whole world.  Let’s hope he doesn’t destroy his own legacy by continuing to censor conservatives.

Frank Hawkins is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, Associated Press foreign correspondent, international businessman, senior newspaper company executive, founder and owner of several marketing companies, and published novelist.  He currently lives in retirement in North Carolina.

Recently, New York’s Governor Cuomo brashly asserted that America “was never that great.”  Apparently, because the country is not 100% perfect, according to his socialist utopian political tastes, he thought it would be a good opportunity while running against an even more leftist candidate to trash the country that has been so good to him and his family.  In fact, if he only took a moment to think about the people who have made America great, those who made it possible for his entire family to thrive on producing nothing other than hot air, Cuomo might just change his mind.

So for Mr. Cuomo, here is a list of those I consider the ten greatest Americans of my lifetime as I nudge closer to my 80th birthday.  A list like this is quite subjective.  I selected those whose significant impact on American greatness cannot be denied.  It was extremely difficult to boil it down to ten.  So I have included thirty others – any one of whom could have justifiably been in the Top 10.  How can any objective person review this list and not conclude that Cuomo is dead wrong and that America is the greatest country in the world?

10. Jonas Salk – Inventor of the polio vaccine that knocked out one of the most feared diseases of all time.  He’s just one of thousands of American medical scientists who have made great strides in curing bad diseases.

9. Neil Armstrong – First man to land on the Moon.  A modest man who sought no glory or riches for himself, he was a fearless pilot.  His adept handling of the Moon lander saved the mission.  He represents the entire U.S. space program, staffed by thousands of bright, dedicated people.

8. Jackie Robinson – Broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947 and to a greater degree played an indirect role in triggering the all-important civil rights movement, where a dominant racial majority ultimately reached down to bring an oppressed minority into parity of opportunity.

7. Lawrence Roberts – A major player in development of the internet.  He and his team at the Advanced Research Project Agency created ARPANET, the forerunner of the internet, using packet-switching techniques to allow multiple computers to communicate on a single network.  Others followed with development of the Internet Protocol and the World Wide Web, but it’s Roberts who got it started.

6. David Horowitz – Founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, this former Marxist intellectual and son of Communist Party members had an epiphany when Huey Newton’s Black Panthers murdered a woman who worked for them.  He has since become an important and crystal-clear voice for academic freedom and for creating an unassailable watch on radical Islam as well as left-wing violence and efforts to destroy the American political system.

5. Steve Jobs – Founder of Apple and the Macintosh line of computers that were the first to make computers user-friendly for ordinary people through the use of the GUI interface.  Jobs went on to invent the iPad and the iPhone, the world’s first smartphone, which has become an everyday device for hundreds of millions of people around the world.

4. Franklin Delano Roosevelt – America’s 32nd president, a crippled polio victim who guided America out of the Depression and through most of World War II.  His programs to help people who were starving and unemployed have been criticized for paving the way for big government in Washington.  But his leadership in times of crisis was nothing short of heroic.

3. Harry Truman – America’s 33rd president and in some ways my favorite.  Truman made the difficult but correct call to drop the atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II, thus saving hundreds of thousands of American and Japanese lives that would have been lost if the war had continued.  When his term ended, he and his wife Bess got in their old car and drove home to Missouri by themselves – no ride on the fancy Boeing 747 Air Force One, no Secret Service detail.  Unimaginable in today’s America.

2. Ronald Reagan – America’s 40th president and a true believer in American greatness.  He’s the man who crushed the communist Soviet Union without firing a shot.  Never to be forgotten is his speech at the Berlin Wall when he challenged the Soviet leader with the comment, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”  A former Hollywood actor and governor of California, his “supply side” economic policies created new prosperity for the American people with reductions in inflation and annual GDP growth of 3.4%.

1. Donald J. Trump – America’s 45th president.  Liberal heads will explode on this one.  But after eight disastrous years of Obama, with American greatness slipping away to racial division, leading from behind, and a decaying American economy, Trump stepped up to “make America great again.”  His record of accomplishment is already unprecedented for an American president.

This boisterous and sometimes vulgar billionaire gave up a life of relative ease to become a target of unprecedented hatred and vilification in order to save his country.  I regard him as a true patriot.

Other great Americans who have made a positive difference and were all serious candidates for the Top Ten slots (presented in alphabetical order):

Louis Armstrong – Old Satchmo, whose gravelly voice is still instantly recognized, was one of the first truly popular and much beloved black American entertainers whose skin color became secondary to his music when parts of America were still segregated.  His artistry and personality gave him access to the upper echelons of high society, then highly restricted for black men.

Chuck Berry – A rock-and-roll pioneer whose songs are embedded in the soul of people of my generation.

Jeff Bezos – College dropout who started selling books online transformed retail shopping from bricks and mortar to the internet, creating Amazon, the world’s largest shopping service and the most valuable company in the world.

Tom Brady – Four Super Bowl MVP awards, the most ever by a single player.  Three league MVP awards.  Selected to 13 Pro Bowls.  Has led his team to more division titles (15) than any other quarterback in NFL history.  He’s still playing as a Patriot.

Warren Buffett – America’s favorite billionaire and widely recognized as one of the most successful investors of all time.  Shareholders in Berkshire Hathaway have given the company virtual cult status as they turn up in Omaha each year for the annual meeting to hear words of wisdom from the “Oracle.”

Walt Disney – A cheeky mouse named Mickey and a catchy song of hope, “When You Wish upon a Star,” helped propel Disney into a household name with movies, TV shows, merchandise, and eleven theme parks around the world, with the twelfth set to open shortly.

Matt Drudge – Founder and editor of DrudgeReport.com.  As the leading internet aggregator of news, he has played a pivotal role in providing a reasonably balanced view of the world with a slight tilt to the right.  Drudge is the major escape valve from censorship for conservative news and viewpoints by social media and the increasingly left-leaning mainstream media.  Claims 10.5 billion visits to his site in just the past year. 

Clint Eastwood – Academy Award-winning actor and director.  As Dirty Harry Callahan, he challenged the P.C. culture in San Francisco well before most Americans realized what political correctness meant.

Dwight Eisenhower – The 34th president of the United States.  Makes the list not as a great president, but as the general who led the allied coalition to victory over Nazi Germany in World War II and made the risky D-Day decision to go during a period of bad weather in June 1944.

Bill Gates – Founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest P.C. company.  Computers running Microsoft software are found in every corner of the globe.

Michael Jordan – Professional basketball player and businessman who made the NBA great.  He stayed above politics and always stood for the National Anthem.  All athletes should “be like Mike.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. – The unquestioned leader of the American civil rights movement, who proclaimed that he wanted Americans not to be “judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  More relevant today than ever.

Henry Kissinger – The man who took President Richard Nixon to China to meet Mao Zedong.  Certainly the greatest and most accomplished diplomat of my lifetime.

George Lucas – Film producer and creator of the amazing Star Wars movie and merchandising franchise that changed the sci-fi genre forever.  May the force be with him.

Lloyd Marcus – A self-described “lone wolf rare black voice spreading the truth about American greatness” as an “un-hyphenated American.”  All Americans should think of themselves as un-hyphenated.

Marilyn Monroe – Singer and actress, she was America’s most beloved iconic sex symbol.  Who can ever forget as she crooned to JFK, “Happy birthday, Mr. President”?

Sandra Day O’Connor – Appointed by Ronald Reagan as America’s first female Supreme Court justice.  A swing vote on the court, she voted with the conservative bloc 82 times and with the more liberal bloc 28 times.

Georgia O’Keefe – An American artist known as the “Mother of American Modernism.”  Worked in Chicago and New York before settling in New Mexico where her full genius flourished.  Her 1932 painting “Jimson Weed” sold for $44,405,000 in 2014, more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist.

Robert O’Neill – Navy SEAL who fired the headshots that killed Osama bin Laden during the raid on his Abbottabad compound in May 2011.  O’Neill was involved in more than 400 missions, including the mission to save Captain Richard Phillips during the Maersk Alabama hijacking, and Operation Red Wings, in which O’Neill helped save Marcus Luttrell.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin – Two Ph.D. students from Stanford created an online search engine improbably named Google that became an almost a daily part of the lives of anyone looking for information online.  Has become a global mega-company that also provides free email services for millions.  Sadly, the Google search engine has fallen into the hands of left-wing operators pushing conservative content back from the top pages.  But there is no denying the genius of what they’ve built.

Rosa Parks – Deemed by Congress as “the first lady of civil rights” and “mother of the freedom movement,” she stepped into history by taking a seat on a bus in a “white only” section and refused to budge.  A true American hero!

Kris Paronto – Former U.S. Ranger and CIA contractor fought off Islamic attackers at the American outpost in Benghazi after secretary of state Hillary Clinton failed to provide adequate security to U.S. Government personnel.  The attack resulted in four dead Americans.  Former President Obama later referred to the incident as the “Benghazi conspiracy.”  Paronto typifies the American fighting man willing and able to put his life on the line for his country.

Elvis  Presley – AKA The King, the quintessential American singer.  One of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century.  Forty-one years after his death, he still commands a large and loyal following.  His Memphis home Graceland has recorded over 20 million visitors since it opened to the public in 1982.

Frank Sinatra – Famously asked by Johnny Carson, “Who do you listen to when you make love?”  Old Blue Eyes, also known as the Chairman of the Board, was one of the most beloved singers, movie actors, and entertainers of the 20th century.  Even today, his timeless big band ballads and love songs remain enormously popular.  Still has his own channel on Sirius Radio.

Fred Smith – Leveraged a college term paper and a “bet the farm” trip to Las Vegas to create FedEx (“when it absolutely, positively has to be there the next day”), thereby revolutionizing document and package delivery.  Created an entire new level of efficiency for international business while becoming the largest express transportation service in the world.

Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller –The Paul Reveres of my lifetime, warning us constantly of the impending threat to Western civilization from Islam.  More people need to be listening.  A lot more!

Steven Spielberg – The greatest movie producer of all time.  His list of 66 movies says it all.  My favorites include the Star Wars movies; E.T.; the Indiana Jones series, beginning with Raiders of the Lost Ark; Schindler’s List; Jurassic Park; Saving Private Ryan; Bridge of Spies; and Empire of the Sun.

James D. Watson – American molecular biologist and zoologist, one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA that now plays a critical role in health care as well as crime detection.

Frank Lloyd Wright – America’s genius architect, known for innovative concepts that became memorable structures.  His works include the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Falling Water House in Mill Run, Pa.

Mark Zuckerberg – Through Facebook, he has created previously unimaginable communications among friends, enemies, generations, and cultures while giving freedom of speech to the whole world.  Let’s hope he doesn’t destroy his own legacy by continuing to censor conservatives.

Frank Hawkins is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, Associated Press foreign correspondent, international businessman, senior newspaper company executive, founder and owner of several marketing companies, and published novelist.  He currently lives in retirement in North Carolina.



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The New Iron Curtain of Censorship Descends on America


In March 1946, as Europe lay broken from World War II, Winston Churchill signaled the beginning of the 43-year-long Cold War between Western civilization and the Soviet Union by declaring that an “Iron Curtain has descended across the continent” as the Soviets stiffened their harsh control of Eastern Europe.

In that same speech, Churchill noted: “In the United States where Communism is in its infancy, the Communist parties or fifth columns constitute a growing challenge.”  Today, we are threatened with our own iron curtain, the product of the descendants and dupes of that fifth column.  A curtain of censorship steadily is descending on America.

Curiously, the Constitution doesn’t specifically protect us.  Here’s the wording of the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Yep, that’s it.  That’s the whole thing.  Meanwhile, private companies, individuals, George Soros-sponsored groups, and newspapers are free to silence anyone they don’t like and can get away with.

Over the years, however, volumes of federal and Supreme Court cases have expressed support for the basic principle of free speech.  U.S. Supreme Court justice Benjamin N. Cardozo wrote in Palko v. Connecticut, “Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.”

That obviously is of no concern to today’s liberals, progressives, and free speech enemies, as we are plagued with rapidly growing and aggressive censorship.  The blocking, distorting, and deleting of conservative viewpoints on social media, in the so-called mainstream media, and in our education system have gone from subtle to blatant to in your face.  They don’t even attempt to hide it anymore.  One Facebook engineer has been quoted as saying, “We have a problem with political diversity.”

If we are to remain free, we must defend ourselves from the destruction of what Americans regard as our most basic freedom by giant electronic social media companies who control significant portions of the channels of communications among Americans.

A recent study shows that Facebook has eliminated 93% of traffic to top conservative websites.  The Gateway Pundit reports that just two top conservative publishers lost 1.5 billion page views since the 2016 election.   This doesn’t include hundreds of other internet publishers.  This is important because not only does this hurt these publishers financially, but it means that millions of Americans who would have had a chance to read the material were blocked from seeing it.

Twitter recently was caught shadowbanning four conservative congressmen.  When outed, Twitter claimed that it had penalized the congressmen not because of anything they said, but because the “wrong” accounts were engaging with their tweets.  The Republicans were guilty of being followed by the “wrong people.”  The tweets were restored, but according to the Daily Caller, “the company is still burying accounts it deems ‘bad-faith actors,’ while remaining opaque about who does or doesn’t fit that classification – and which accounts follow or retweet you are still part of the criteria.”  This explains what’s going on with Twitter on what is certainly a wide-scale basis.

Even Instagram has been caught in the censorship nightmare.  Front Page Magazine reported: “Project War Path, a clothing company owned by Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces combat veterans, Charlie Nash of Breitbart News reported Monday, ‘has been permanently suspended from Facebook’s Instagram platform for “hate speech” after criticizing NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.'”  Instagram has blocked others, including Tommy Robinson, author Lauren Southern, and the comedy group Toughen Up America.

The concept of “their platform, their rules” needs to be aggressively breached.  Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Twitter are huge and essentially have no competition.  They represent the Standard Oil of the internet age.  Standard Oil was broken up because it was a monopoly and was harming the free market.  These giant media companies have become enormous de facto utilities.  I personally hate the idea of regulation, but in this case, it’s clear that the American public must have some sort of bipartisan oversight capability and protection from these social media monopolies.  Congress must provide that.  The only time it can be accomplished is when there are Republican majorities in both houses.

Political censorship has also crept into businesses intimidated by the left.  MasterCard denied service to David Horowitz’s Freedom Center as a “hate group” (subsequently reversed after an outcry on conservative media).  Robert Spencer was forced off the funding platform Patreon by MasterCard.  Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and others have faced efforts to chase off their advertisers.  Commentator Alex Jones and his Infowars have been banned from YouTube.  Facebook blocked Pamela Geller’s feed and articles, suspended her posting privileges, and deleted a number of her pages.

There is nothing in the Constitution to protect us from a fifth column that has taken over much of the mainstream media.  The case against “fake news” is well documented and far too broad to detail here.  American media are largely dominated by left-wing actors who distort, lie, shade, and omit.  The historical trust of the previous century between the media and ordinary Americans has been shattered.  A recent poll by Axios showed that 92% of Republicans believe that the media reports “fake news,” and 72% of all Americans agree that “traditional major news sources report news they know to be fake, false or purposely misleading” at least some of the time.  Americans can clearly see what is going on.

Ninety percent of network media coverage has been negative toward President Trump.  This is beyond shocking.  It is a major challenge to the well-being of American culture that depends for its success on Americans having free and equal access to opinion and information.  It is incumbent on the owners of these media enterprises to cure this harmful cultural disease.  This should not be fixed by government.  But it can be fixed by the American public that can protest and refuse to support these outlets financially.

There is nothing in the Constitution that can protect us from the death of free speech and left-wing activism in our education system.  In classrooms, faculty meetings, and university auditoriums, the same people who once were the dissenters have now become the enforcers.  It turns out that the counter-cultural liberal forces of “free speech” in the 1960s were really just interested in power and control over others.  They have shamelessly used any tool from Jefferson to Alinsky to get them.  They have intimidated university administrators to ban conservative speakers and in some cases have created violence when speakers showed up, forcing the cancelation of the event.  Our students at almost all levels are being routinely brainwashed with left-wing ideology while the real story of American greatness is censored.

The grassroots Tea Party revolution during the damaging Obama years set the stage for President Trump’s election.  But the Trump presidency, while highly successful so far in implementing his conservative agenda, is far from enough all by itself to save our country.  The president says censorship by the social media giants “will be addressed.”  Regardless, it’s also going to take another concerted effort by concerned Americans to offset the damage that has been done and to shred the cloak of censorship being draped over us.

Frank Hawkins is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, Associated Press foreign correspondent, international businessman, senior newspaper company executive, founder and owner of several marketing companies, and published novelist.  He currently lives in retirement in North Carolina.

In March 1946, as Europe lay broken from World War II, Winston Churchill signaled the beginning of the 43-year-long Cold War between Western civilization and the Soviet Union by declaring that an “Iron Curtain has descended across the continent” as the Soviets stiffened their harsh control of Eastern Europe.

In that same speech, Churchill noted: “In the United States where Communism is in its infancy, the Communist parties or fifth columns constitute a growing challenge.”  Today, we are threatened with our own iron curtain, the product of the descendants and dupes of that fifth column.  A curtain of censorship steadily is descending on America.

Curiously, the Constitution doesn’t specifically protect us.  Here’s the wording of the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Yep, that’s it.  That’s the whole thing.  Meanwhile, private companies, individuals, George Soros-sponsored groups, and newspapers are free to silence anyone they don’t like and can get away with.

Over the years, however, volumes of federal and Supreme Court cases have expressed support for the basic principle of free speech.  U.S. Supreme Court justice Benjamin N. Cardozo wrote in Palko v. Connecticut, “Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.”

That obviously is of no concern to today’s liberals, progressives, and free speech enemies, as we are plagued with rapidly growing and aggressive censorship.  The blocking, distorting, and deleting of conservative viewpoints on social media, in the so-called mainstream media, and in our education system have gone from subtle to blatant to in your face.  They don’t even attempt to hide it anymore.  One Facebook engineer has been quoted as saying, “We have a problem with political diversity.”

If we are to remain free, we must defend ourselves from the destruction of what Americans regard as our most basic freedom by giant electronic social media companies who control significant portions of the channels of communications among Americans.

A recent study shows that Facebook has eliminated 93% of traffic to top conservative websites.  The Gateway Pundit reports that just two top conservative publishers lost 1.5 billion page views since the 2016 election.   This doesn’t include hundreds of other internet publishers.  This is important because not only does this hurt these publishers financially, but it means that millions of Americans who would have had a chance to read the material were blocked from seeing it.

Twitter recently was caught shadowbanning four conservative congressmen.  When outed, Twitter claimed that it had penalized the congressmen not because of anything they said, but because the “wrong” accounts were engaging with their tweets.  The Republicans were guilty of being followed by the “wrong people.”  The tweets were restored, but according to the Daily Caller, “the company is still burying accounts it deems ‘bad-faith actors,’ while remaining opaque about who does or doesn’t fit that classification – and which accounts follow or retweet you are still part of the criteria.”  This explains what’s going on with Twitter on what is certainly a wide-scale basis.

Even Instagram has been caught in the censorship nightmare.  Front Page Magazine reported: “Project War Path, a clothing company owned by Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces combat veterans, Charlie Nash of Breitbart News reported Monday, ‘has been permanently suspended from Facebook’s Instagram platform for “hate speech” after criticizing NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.'”  Instagram has blocked others, including Tommy Robinson, author Lauren Southern, and the comedy group Toughen Up America.

The concept of “their platform, their rules” needs to be aggressively breached.  Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Twitter are huge and essentially have no competition.  They represent the Standard Oil of the internet age.  Standard Oil was broken up because it was a monopoly and was harming the free market.  These giant media companies have become enormous de facto utilities.  I personally hate the idea of regulation, but in this case, it’s clear that the American public must have some sort of bipartisan oversight capability and protection from these social media monopolies.  Congress must provide that.  The only time it can be accomplished is when there are Republican majorities in both houses.

Political censorship has also crept into businesses intimidated by the left.  MasterCard denied service to David Horowitz’s Freedom Center as a “hate group” (subsequently reversed after an outcry on conservative media).  Robert Spencer was forced off the funding platform Patreon by MasterCard.  Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and others have faced efforts to chase off their advertisers.  Commentator Alex Jones and his Infowars have been banned from YouTube.  Facebook blocked Pamela Geller’s feed and articles, suspended her posting privileges, and deleted a number of her pages.

There is nothing in the Constitution to protect us from a fifth column that has taken over much of the mainstream media.  The case against “fake news” is well documented and far too broad to detail here.  American media are largely dominated by left-wing actors who distort, lie, shade, and omit.  The historical trust of the previous century between the media and ordinary Americans has been shattered.  A recent poll by Axios showed that 92% of Republicans believe that the media reports “fake news,” and 72% of all Americans agree that “traditional major news sources report news they know to be fake, false or purposely misleading” at least some of the time.  Americans can clearly see what is going on.

Ninety percent of network media coverage has been negative toward President Trump.  This is beyond shocking.  It is a major challenge to the well-being of American culture that depends for its success on Americans having free and equal access to opinion and information.  It is incumbent on the owners of these media enterprises to cure this harmful cultural disease.  This should not be fixed by government.  But it can be fixed by the American public that can protest and refuse to support these outlets financially.

There is nothing in the Constitution that can protect us from the death of free speech and left-wing activism in our education system.  In classrooms, faculty meetings, and university auditoriums, the same people who once were the dissenters have now become the enforcers.  It turns out that the counter-cultural liberal forces of “free speech” in the 1960s were really just interested in power and control over others.  They have shamelessly used any tool from Jefferson to Alinsky to get them.  They have intimidated university administrators to ban conservative speakers and in some cases have created violence when speakers showed up, forcing the cancelation of the event.  Our students at almost all levels are being routinely brainwashed with left-wing ideology while the real story of American greatness is censored.

The grassroots Tea Party revolution during the damaging Obama years set the stage for President Trump’s election.  But the Trump presidency, while highly successful so far in implementing his conservative agenda, is far from enough all by itself to save our country.  The president says censorship by the social media giants “will be addressed.”  Regardless, it’s also going to take another concerted effort by concerned Americans to offset the damage that has been done and to shred the cloak of censorship being draped over us.

Frank Hawkins is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, Associated Press foreign correspondent, international businessman, senior newspaper company executive, founder and owner of several marketing companies, and published novelist.  He currently lives in retirement in North Carolina.



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The Ten Most Hateful Americans and Why they Matter


The American Left is stoking hatred and it’s tearing us apart. Our media is guilty of not only of failing to shame those responsible, in many cases they egg them on, giving them a platform. The volume of irrational hatred spewing into our ether is extremely unhealthy, even dangerous for our republic and the broader American culture.

To be sure, there has been excessive rhetoric from the man who could well go down as the most accomplished and successful president in our history at the rate his achievements mount. But President Trump’s willingness to verbally punch back at his political enemies, sometimes crudely, pales in comparison to the level of hate being spewed out by leftists. 

Our country is 242 years old. One has to wonder how it can survive much longer as the decibels of hate, particularly from the left, continue to rise almost hysterically.  We’ve already had one civil war. That one cost over 600,000 lives. We don’t need another one.

At a minimum, those pumping out the hate need to be identified, shamed and shunned. This is what an active media should be doing. So who are we talking about? Here’s my list of the top 10 most vicious and dangerous haters in America today.

10. Louis Farrakhan  — Even the progressive hate group called The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies Farrakhan’s virulently racist, homophobic, anti-American and anti-Semitic Nation of Islam (NOI) as a hate group and black separatist organization. As the leader of NOI, Farrakhan has preached the organization’s theology that blacks are superior to whites, that whites were created 6,600 years ago as a “race of devils” by an evil black scientist named Yakub and that “white people deserve to die.” Farrakhan accused Jews of being involved in the September 11 attacks. In a speech this year, Farrakhan described “the powerful Jews” as his enemy. “Now that nation called Israel never has had any peace in 40 years and she will never have any peace because there can be no peace structured on injustice, thievery, lying and deceit and using the name of God to shield your dirty religion under His holy and righteous name.”  That’s right, he calls the religion of Moses, who gave the world the Ten Commandments, “dirty.”

9. Robert DeNiro – At the Tony Awards, DeNiro shouted “F–k Trump.” Then doubled down, “It’s no longer down with Trump, but f–k Trump” as he shook his fists in the air. At a Brown University commencement address, he called President Trump “an idiot.” In  2016 he said, “(Trump’s) a punk, he’s a dog, he’s a pig, he’s a con, a bull***t artist, a mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, doesn’t do his homework, doesn’t care, thinks he’s gaming society, doesn’t pay his taxes. He talks (about) how he wants to punch people in the face? Well, I’d like to punch him in the face.” Sadly, Hollywood is full of folks with this highly intolerant mindset.

8.  Te-Nehisi Coates’ National Book Award-winning memoir, Between the World and Me, is a wealth of “pseudo-Marxist legalisms” observes Daniel Greenfield. Coates says police officers and firefighters who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks “were not human to me. Black, white, or whatever, they were menaces of nature; they were the fire, the comet, the storm, which could — with no justification — shatter my body.” He wants U.S. taxpayers who were never slave owners and some of whose ancestors died to end slavery pay reparations to descendants of slaves who themselves were never slaves. He says America has no right to judge terrorists “in a country built on theft, blood and slavery.” Coates has been richly rewarded for his racist, anti-American screeds. He received a $600,000 genius award, an editorial position at the Atlantic, and a lectureship at MIT even though he never graduated from college. Greenfield says, “His only struggle is deciding which frustration with a taxi, waiter or butler to turn into a column about racism this week.” Coates has called President Trump a “loathsome racist.” This is one bad dude. The adulation he has received from liberal elites is enough to make you vomit.

7. George Soros has been careful not to be quoted with inflammatory language. But his is a classic case of actions speaking louder than words. Through his Open Society Foundation, he is a funder of numerous hard left hate groups including Media Matters for America, Immigrant Voters Win PAC, Tides Foundation, Black Lives Matter and Antifa. George Soros is one of the most dangerous men in America today, but he is hardly ever mentioned by the leftwing media.

6. Whoopi Goldberg   This TV and movie star has a big following on a show called “The View.” When her former colleague Judge Jeanine Pirro came on the show, Whoopi not only showed extremely bad manners but according to Piro told her to “get the f*k out of here” after a disagreement about Trump and then spat in her face. Pirro said, “As I walked out, people started coming around because they heard her cursing at me. At that point, I just walked out as I was being thrown out. As I was walking out, she was following me cursing at me. . . All I can tell you is that I was shocked. I always liked Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar. I co-hosted that show before and I’m not afraid to talk to anybody. But this is a real problem in this country and it’s happening from the left to the right all the time.” Well said, judge!

5. Sarah Jeong is the new darling of the New Times Editorial Board. Shortly after Jeong’s hire, Twitter users unearthed disgusting, highly racist tweets in which she expressed an extreme distaste for white people. “Dumbass f–king white people marking up the Internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants,” she tweeted in 2014. “#Put white people in ovens.” Another tweet reads, “Oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get from being cruel to old white men.” There are scores of tweets just like these including “F–k the police. . . why don’t we ever talk about banning the police?” But the NYT didn’t see that as a reason not to hire her. What else do you need to know about the NYT?

4. Alicia Garza is regarded by Fortune Magazine as among “50 of the most influential world leaders.” What did she do to deserve this highly questionable accolade? She’s one of three co-founders of Black Lives Matter, formed after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic found not guilty of murder following the deadly fight in which Treyvon Martin was shot and killed as Zimmerman defended himself from assault. Garza calls BLM “an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.” Oh, she also maintains that blacks face “deadly oppression” and that “extrajudicial killings” of blacks is a regular feature of our society. She claims “Blacks are uniquely, systematically, and savagely targeted by the state” and this has led to black poverty, “genocide,” and mass incarceration.  Is it possible she actually believes this nonsense?

3. John Brennan was Obama’s CIA director who once voted for Communist Gus Hall for president. This Deep State denizen, who many believe helped organized the Obama spying on the Trump camp during the election, is suffering from a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Following Trump’s meeting with Putin, he tweeted “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous.”  Treasonous?  What about Obama’s bromance with Putin and using the IRS to interfere in the 2012 elections and DOJ/FBI/CIA in 2016?

2. Linda Sarsour is an rabid pro-Palestinian activist, BDS supporter and anti-Zionist speaker.  This 37-year-old Palestinian-American wants closure of NYC schools on Muslim holidays and elimination of racial profiling. She co-organized the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. Sarsour says Islamophobia is solely based on racism and not the chaos and terrorism caused by Islamic fundamentalists, the Shiite-Sunni schism and regimes like Syria.  She rants against America, “where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.” The most astonishing thing is she has an active following and is a favorite of liberal Democrats.

1. Maxine Waters is a highly polarizing Democrat and leading political hate monger. She recently called on fellow Democrats to harass and abuse Republicans anywhere in public. “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere. We’ve got to get the children connected to their parents.”  Waters is a leader of the so-called resistance movement against Trump. She refused to attend his inauguration and State of the Union address. She has been calling for his impeachment since his inauguration. And then this. “[Trump is] one of the most deplorable people I’ve ever encountered in my life.”  Ah, deplorable. There’s that word again. Can’t think of a stronger endorsement for Trump.

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Frank Hawkins is a former US Army intelligence officer, Associated Press foreign correspondent, international businessman, senior newspaper company executive, founder and owner of several marketing companies and published novelist. He currently lives in retirement in North Carolina.

The American Left is stoking hatred and it’s tearing us apart. Our media is guilty of not only of failing to shame those responsible, in many cases they egg them on, giving them a platform. The volume of irrational hatred spewing into our ether is extremely unhealthy, even dangerous for our republic and the broader American culture.

To be sure, there has been excessive rhetoric from the man who could well go down as the most accomplished and successful president in our history at the rate his achievements mount. But President Trump’s willingness to verbally punch back at his political enemies, sometimes crudely, pales in comparison to the level of hate being spewed out by leftists. 

Our country is 242 years old. One has to wonder how it can survive much longer as the decibels of hate, particularly from the left, continue to rise almost hysterically.  We’ve already had one civil war. That one cost over 600,000 lives. We don’t need another one.

At a minimum, those pumping out the hate need to be identified, shamed and shunned. This is what an active media should be doing. So who are we talking about? Here’s my list of the top 10 most vicious and dangerous haters in America today.

10. Louis Farrakhan  — Even the progressive hate group called The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies Farrakhan’s virulently racist, homophobic, anti-American and anti-Semitic Nation of Islam (NOI) as a hate group and black separatist organization. As the leader of NOI, Farrakhan has preached the organization’s theology that blacks are superior to whites, that whites were created 6,600 years ago as a “race of devils” by an evil black scientist named Yakub and that “white people deserve to die.” Farrakhan accused Jews of being involved in the September 11 attacks. In a speech this year, Farrakhan described “the powerful Jews” as his enemy. “Now that nation called Israel never has had any peace in 40 years and she will never have any peace because there can be no peace structured on injustice, thievery, lying and deceit and using the name of God to shield your dirty religion under His holy and righteous name.”  That’s right, he calls the religion of Moses, who gave the world the Ten Commandments, “dirty.”

9. Robert DeNiro – At the Tony Awards, DeNiro shouted “F–k Trump.” Then doubled down, “It’s no longer down with Trump, but f–k Trump” as he shook his fists in the air. At a Brown University commencement address, he called President Trump “an idiot.” In  2016 he said, “(Trump’s) a punk, he’s a dog, he’s a pig, he’s a con, a bull***t artist, a mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, doesn’t do his homework, doesn’t care, thinks he’s gaming society, doesn’t pay his taxes. He talks (about) how he wants to punch people in the face? Well, I’d like to punch him in the face.” Sadly, Hollywood is full of folks with this highly intolerant mindset.

8.  Te-Nehisi Coates’ National Book Award-winning memoir, Between the World and Me, is a wealth of “pseudo-Marxist legalisms” observes Daniel Greenfield. Coates says police officers and firefighters who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks “were not human to me. Black, white, or whatever, they were menaces of nature; they were the fire, the comet, the storm, which could — with no justification — shatter my body.” He wants U.S. taxpayers who were never slave owners and some of whose ancestors died to end slavery pay reparations to descendants of slaves who themselves were never slaves. He says America has no right to judge terrorists “in a country built on theft, blood and slavery.” Coates has been richly rewarded for his racist, anti-American screeds. He received a $600,000 genius award, an editorial position at the Atlantic, and a lectureship at MIT even though he never graduated from college. Greenfield says, “His only struggle is deciding which frustration with a taxi, waiter or butler to turn into a column about racism this week.” Coates has called President Trump a “loathsome racist.” This is one bad dude. The adulation he has received from liberal elites is enough to make you vomit.

7. George Soros has been careful not to be quoted with inflammatory language. But his is a classic case of actions speaking louder than words. Through his Open Society Foundation, he is a funder of numerous hard left hate groups including Media Matters for America, Immigrant Voters Win PAC, Tides Foundation, Black Lives Matter and Antifa. George Soros is one of the most dangerous men in America today, but he is hardly ever mentioned by the leftwing media.

6. Whoopi Goldberg   This TV and movie star has a big following on a show called “The View.” When her former colleague Judge Jeanine Pirro came on the show, Whoopi not only showed extremely bad manners but according to Piro told her to “get the f*k out of here” after a disagreement about Trump and then spat in her face. Pirro said, “As I walked out, people started coming around because they heard her cursing at me. At that point, I just walked out as I was being thrown out. As I was walking out, she was following me cursing at me. . . All I can tell you is that I was shocked. I always liked Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar. I co-hosted that show before and I’m not afraid to talk to anybody. But this is a real problem in this country and it’s happening from the left to the right all the time.” Well said, judge!

5. Sarah Jeong is the new darling of the New Times Editorial Board. Shortly after Jeong’s hire, Twitter users unearthed disgusting, highly racist tweets in which she expressed an extreme distaste for white people. “Dumbass f–king white people marking up the Internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants,” she tweeted in 2014. “#Put white people in ovens.” Another tweet reads, “Oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get from being cruel to old white men.” There are scores of tweets just like these including “F–k the police. . . why don’t we ever talk about banning the police?” But the NYT didn’t see that as a reason not to hire her. What else do you need to know about the NYT?

4. Alicia Garza is regarded by Fortune Magazine as among “50 of the most influential world leaders.” What did she do to deserve this highly questionable accolade? She’s one of three co-founders of Black Lives Matter, formed after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic found not guilty of murder following the deadly fight in which Treyvon Martin was shot and killed as Zimmerman defended himself from assault. Garza calls BLM “an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.” Oh, she also maintains that blacks face “deadly oppression” and that “extrajudicial killings” of blacks is a regular feature of our society. She claims “Blacks are uniquely, systematically, and savagely targeted by the state” and this has led to black poverty, “genocide,” and mass incarceration.  Is it possible she actually believes this nonsense?

3. John Brennan was Obama’s CIA director who once voted for Communist Gus Hall for president. This Deep State denizen, who many believe helped organized the Obama spying on the Trump camp during the election, is suffering from a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Following Trump’s meeting with Putin, he tweeted “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous.”  Treasonous?  What about Obama’s bromance with Putin and using the IRS to interfere in the 2012 elections and DOJ/FBI/CIA in 2016?

2. Linda Sarsour is an rabid pro-Palestinian activist, BDS supporter and anti-Zionist speaker.  This 37-year-old Palestinian-American wants closure of NYC schools on Muslim holidays and elimination of racial profiling. She co-organized the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. Sarsour says Islamophobia is solely based on racism and not the chaos and terrorism caused by Islamic fundamentalists, the Shiite-Sunni schism and regimes like Syria.  She rants against America, “where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.” The most astonishing thing is she has an active following and is a favorite of liberal Democrats.

1. Maxine Waters is a highly polarizing Democrat and leading political hate monger. She recently called on fellow Democrats to harass and abuse Republicans anywhere in public. “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere. We’ve got to get the children connected to their parents.”  Waters is a leader of the so-called resistance movement against Trump. She refused to attend his inauguration and State of the Union address. She has been calling for his impeachment since his inauguration. And then this. “[Trump is] one of the most deplorable people I’ve ever encountered in my life.”  Ah, deplorable. There’s that word again. Can’t think of a stronger endorsement for Trump.

Graphic by Max Pixel

Frank Hawkins is a former US Army intelligence officer, Associated Press foreign correspondent, international businessman, senior newspaper company executive, founder and owner of several marketing companies and published novelist. He currently lives in retirement in North Carolina.



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