ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono; Mosul (4)

Unknown-1.jpeg ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono   This phrase was first spoken by Kamehameha III, the King of Hawaii, on July 31, 1843, on Thomas SquareOʻahu….

Some of the words contained in this phrase have greater, more difficult to define meaning than is commonly ascribed. Mau, for example, implies an unending continuation; Ea means not only “life”, but “breath” and, more importantly, “sovereignty“.[4] Pono is a well-used Hawaiian word that cannot be concisely translated. It includes aspects of goodness, excellence, fairness, order, propriety, completeness, care, value, organization, purpose, and hope.[4]

-Hawaiian state motto; Hawaii is in USA, while simultaneously in alot of deep water, unlike regular coastal shelf coastlines.

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11-10-16    (Los Angeles Times) The international police organization, Interpol, elected a Chinese security official as its president Thursday
http://www.wnd.com/2016/11/chinese-public-security-official-named-head-of-interpol/#E3dhcI5hLU1hbSBR.99

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Britain could become an “associate” member of the North American Free Trade Area after it leaves the European Union, it has emerged.

The plan was first proposed nearly 20 years ago by US senator Newt Gingrich, who is now tipped to be President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/11/britain-could-join-usa-canada-and-mexico-in-new-free-trade-area/

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Mosul battle (4)

Iraqi troops have told how the “Battle for Mosul” has become a “nightmare” as crazed jihadi suicide bombers are impossible to spot among civilians. ISIS forced its dress code on the population after it seized control of the city in a bloody battle in 2014.

An Iraqi army colonel, who asked not be named, said: “Our soldiers can’t recognise them until it’s too late, when the attacker either detonates his explosive vest or throws a grenade.”

He added: “It’s becoming a nightmare and it’s nerve-wracking for the soldiers.”

His Ninth Armoured Division lost two T-72 tanks and an armoured vehicle yesterday.

Iraqi and Kurdish troops are battling a well-drilled and ruthlessly effective enemy who are exploiting the cover of built-up neighbourhoods. The colonel has said his tanks are proving useless and his men are not trained for urban warfare.

Jihadis have also been launching “crashing wave” attacks by releasing 50-strong units against the Iraqi, Kurdish, and Turkish troops. Each unit includes suicide bombers, snipers, assault fighters, and logistics and mortar experts.

ISIS are facing a coalition of Iraqi army, special forces, Kurdish Peshmerga and Shi’ite paramilitary groups totalling around 100,000 fighters. The jihadis have held back their enemies in some areas of Mosul despite only having 5,000 soldiers.

Hisham al-Hashemi, who advises the Iraqi government on how to tackle ISIS, has said the jihadis have dug a 45-mile network of tunnels under Mosul.

Hisham said: “(Iraqi and Kurdish forces) are not ready for these surprises – it’s the tunnels which have caused our greatest losses.”   http://www.special-ops.org/20995/iraqi-army-colonel-im-afraid-that-battle-for-mosul-is-too-tough-for-us-to-handle/

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  The serious question of an imperial presidency

THE LEGAL LIMIT: THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S ATTEMPTS TO EXPAND FEDERAL POWER 
 Report No. 4: The Obama Administration’s Abuse of Power 
By U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Ranking Member Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the President’s persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat. The President’s taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology. The great 18th-century political philosopher Montesquieu observed: “There can be no liberty where the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or body of magistrates.” America’s Founding Fathers took this warning to heart, and we should too. Rule of law doesn’t simply mean that society has laws; dictatorships are often characterized by an abundance of laws. Rather, rule of law means that we are a nation 
ruled 
 by laws, not men. No one—and especially not the president—is above the law. For that reason, the U.S. Constitution imposes on every president the express duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” Rather than honor this duty, President Obama has openly defied it by repeatedly suspending, delaying, and waiving portions of the laws that he is charged to enforce. When President Obama disagreed with federal immigration laws, he instructed the Justice Department to cease enforcing the laws. He did the same thing with federal welfare law, drug laws, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. In the more than two centuries of our nation’s history, there is simply no precedent for the White House wantonly ignoring federal law and asking others to do the same.     https://www.scribd.com/doc/222739165/Ted-Cruz-Report
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“Americans voted for Republicans because of a promise to go to Washington to reverse our current course, and end the Washington cartel–a promise to drain the swamp,”  Ted Cruz wrote.  “Now is the time to follow through on those words with action.”      http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/ted-cruz-praise-trump-2016-win-231079
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  A major test for Trump will be if he will, or will not, put immediate short term gain ahead of longterm strategy and benefit for the USA.  For example, Cruz has alot of talent and strength and tuning with America and her place in things.  To overlook/disregard such an asset possibly signals a return to Obama’s imperial presidency mode.  I can think of a few positions where Cruz would excel, including in the US Supreme Court, as Secretary of State, as US Attorney General.     -r, mt. shasta
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