Professors say Trump still writing his own history

“What history will say will depend a whole lot on the economy’s growth, whether people find jobs, physical health determination and whether the world is closer to peace.”


President Donald Trump, accompanied by his daughter Ivanka Trump, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, during an event with small business owners as part of “American Dream Week.” (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bradford Era article by SIDNEY PERALTA

Once everything is all said and done, the 45th administration of the United States will be a part of history. Whether that history will be looked back upon positively or negatively is still up for debate, as the Trump administration is still just a few months shy of its first year.

Dr. Rick Frederick, professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, suggested that it was difficult to predict how the current presidency will be perceived down the line because of “how different of a president he is.”

Frederick believes that the President Donald Trump’s attempt to deliver policy is “sort of a bull rush,” with members of his own party showing resistance.

“This kind of tactic isn’t necessarily new, but it is much more used in the current administration, which has left (Trump) high and dry in his attempts to pass any significant legislation,” Frederick said.

Dr. Andrew Dzirkalis, an associate professor emeritus of political science at Pitt-Bradford, shared a similar sentiment about the president’s tactics, adding that the White House seems to be in a bit of turbulence.

“I have a general tendency to believe that Trump is doing some things rather well,” Dzirkalis said. “I just worry about his ego and his tendency to want be in charge of every detail. This is leading to a loosely structured White House.”

Dzirkalis further explained that the turbulence that Trump’s tactics has on the White House extends to every member in his staff, which can lead to them individually pursuing their own line.

With the administration looking to cut close to $3 billion from the Pell Grant, which is primarily used by students in need of help with the cost of higher education, Dzirkalis was in favor of the president’s stance.

“As a college professor, I’m not at all happy with all of our education,” he said. “It’s been oversold, with people believing that everybody ought to have a higher education. It’s rather unrealistic.”

Dzirkalis explained that although he agrees with the decision to cut back on spending for higher education, he would like to see the money reinvested into trade education.

“We need good electricians, welders and carpenters,” he said. “It can be a very rewarding and satisfying experience.”

Frederick took the opposite stance, frustrated with the cuts to higher education.

“It’s extremely demeaning to treat higher education as if it’s a detriment to the country,” he said. “(Trump) keeps talking about ‘no chaos’ in the White House when actions like this prove to anyone looking from the outside that there is nothing but madness going on there.”

Frederick maintained that it is still too soon to decide whether the Trump administration will end positively or negatively.

“We’ve got a long way to go, but as of now, he seems to refuse to work with Democrats in any way,” Frederick said. “I can only hope that he attempts to make compromises with Congress.”

Dzirkalis agreed about the premature analysis of the administration, even though he says he’s frustrated with the disorganization of the White House.

“What history will say will depend a whole lot on the economy’s growth, whether people find jobs, physical health determination and whether the world is closer to peace,” he said. “Will we have solved a lot of our international issues as well as our internal issues, these are the things that will determine the current administration’s place in history.”

Lessons from tragedy of Charlie Gard



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It is with great sadness that we watched the tragic case of baby Charlie Gard play out to its awful conclusion.

The infant with a rare disease died in a London hospice after British courts prevented his family from bringing the baby to the U.S. for experimental treatment that may have saved his life. In the end, the court ruled to discontinue treatment, remove him from life support and let his life slip away in hospice — instead of at home with his parents.

This case resonates with so many, with debate over end-of-life care.

This case resonates with me for another reason completely — as the parent of a medically complex child. I’ve made no secret of it over the years that my daughter suffers from heart problems and a debilitating neurological pain condition. My family hopes that sharing our story brings about awareness and education to prevent tragedies and foster understanding.

Through our struggles, we have joined support groups linking us to other parents with similar issues. And while I’ve heard many people locally conjecture that the Charlie Gard case couldn’t happen in America, I’m here to tell you how wrong you are.

I want to share with you a true story of a woman I will call Jane, which of course isn’t her real name. Jane’s daughter was ill, exhibiting signs of the same debilitating nerve pain condition my daughter has. She had some other issues as well which are common with children with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Jane was working hard to get her medical treatment, but where she was located in a southern U.S. state, there was no help.

Jane’s daughter was taken from her by a well-meaning Child Protective Services, who accused Jane of Munchausen by Proxy. They claimed she was making her child sick, and separated her from her parents.

Jane, distraught and thinking that her perceived influence over her daughter was preventing her beloved child from getting medical care to relieve her terrible suffering, took her own life. Sadly, this so shocked the medical officials that they took a closer look at her daughter and realized Jane had been innocent. Her daughter finally got the treatment she needed.

And a beautiful soul is gone. And her daughter will likely live with guilt her entire life.

And for what?

As the parent of a medically complex child, and friends with hundreds of others, I can tell you that this sort of accusation is one of the greatest fears of so many.

My family is incredibly lucky we live in McKean County. We have had nothing but kindness and understanding from local medical professionals. Dr. V. Rao Nadella has been our strength, guidance and partner in this fight to keep our daughter healthy.

I cannot fathom the pain poor Charlie Gard’s parents are suffering. And I hope I never have to.

When you have an albatross like Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in your life, you develop a dark sense of humor about things. Without wishing this living hell on anyone, you think maybe someday, a celebrity will be diagnosed with CRPS. And then people will pay attention.

Look at what the tragic story of Lou Gehrig did to foster understanding for ALS. Or Muhammed Ali and Michael J. Fox for Parkinson’s Disease research.

Maybe if a silver lining can come out of the tragedy of Charlie Gard’s story, the next person to be diagnosed with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome will stand a chance at life.

Go with God, baby Charlie. Always in our hearts.

BREAKING: U.S. show of force against N. Korea after latest missile test.

The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea following the country’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. The U.S. also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defense system located in Alaska.

The B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets as they performed a low-pass over an air base near the South Korean capital of Seoul before returning to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement.

The United States often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened tensions with North Korea. B-1 bombers have been sent to South Korea for flyovers several times this year in response to the North’s banned missile tests, and also following the death of a U.S. college student last month after he was released by North Korea in a coma.

After deadly attack, Islamic Committee still makes demands of security removal


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A military wing of the Fatah movement, hold their weapons during a parade against Israeli arrangements in a contested Jerusalem shrine, along the streets of Gaza City, Tuesday, July 25, 2017.


After placing cameras and railings in response to the deadly shooting of two police officers at a a contested shrine in Israel, the Supreme Islamic Committee is demanding the security measures be removed.

Head of the committee Ikrema Sabri has called for mass prayer protests until the metal railings, iron bridge and newly installed cameras are taken down at the Jewish Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. This comes after Israel had already removed metal detectors from the site which were installed to try and restore calm and a sense of safety.

According the Associated Press report, Sabri said that Muslims “will not enter the mosque until these things are implemented,” and that they are awaiting a response from the police.

Although the security measures were placed as a rational response to the tragic attack at the site, The Islamic Committee as well as other Palestinians saw it as an attempt to expand control over the site by Israel.

Israel was forced to respond and remove the original security measures after mass protest and civil unrest ensued, with members of the Muslim community clashing with those of the Jewish community that threatened to expand into conflict with other Muslim nations.

Israel installed the security cameras and railings instead as a compromise, but it was not enough for the Islamic Committee as they are demanding the cameras be taken down as well under the claim that Israel is seeking to take full control of the site, a claim that Israel has vehemently denied.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to have doubled down on his measures of security, with instructions of thorough inspections at the site by Israeli police officers.

Netanyahu and Israel may find itself in a tough spot in the coming days as other Muslim nations and authorities chime in on the matter with all claiming the security measures as an attempt by Israel to take over the site.

According to the Associated Press, Israel’s foreign ministry responded by calling the comments delusional, baseless and distorted. They followed up by saying “The days of the Ottoman Empire are over. . . He who lives in a palace of glass would be better off not throwing stones.”

With Pence breaking tie; Obamacare set to be repealed




Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to open debate on repealing Obamacare, dramatically reviving an effort that many GOP lawmakers left for dead just a few days ago.

The vote is a huge political win and turnaround for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republicans who’ve promised for seven years to repeal Obamacare if voters gave them control of Congress and the White House.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), recently diagnosed with brain cancer, entered the chamber to a standing ovation and cast the 50th Republican vote. GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski ofAlaska broke ranks to oppose the measure, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to break a 50-50 tie.

All Democrats opposed the measure. Underscoring the significance of the vote, many senators sat at their desks for the vote.

The vote is no guarantee that the fractured Republican caucuses can coalesce around a single health care plan. Now that debate has officially started, Republicans in the Senate lack 50 votes on a policy. Moderates oppose repealing Obamacare without a replacement, and conservatives don’t like the idea of significantly replacing it.

The leading idea now is to repeal only a small portion of the health law just to get a bill to a conference with the Senate.

After a series of votes on amendments, Republicans would aim to enact a bill repealing three parts of Obamacare: the individual and employer mandates and the medical device tax, according to Republican sources. It could be expanded or altered depending on where the bulk of the conference is.

Republicans set to vote on ACA repeal today


AP photo of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell


With Senator John McCain returning from his medical absence, Senator Mitch McConnell and the the Senate are ready to continue the vote on repealing Obamacare (Affordable Care Act.)

The vote will include a motion to replace the ACA with the house-passed American Health Care Act bill. For the bill to go into effect, it will need a total of 50 out of 52 votes in favor from Senate Republicans.

McCain is stated to still be undecided on his repeal and replace stance, but that could still work in McConnell’s favor as with McCain’s inclusion in the vote he is afforded an extra defection. (Without McCain he could only afford 1)

With the surprise return of McCain and the many GOP senators opposing the amendment in the previous week, the vote today can go in any direction.

UPDATE: Sen. John McCain, returns to Senate and casts vote to move ahead on repealing Obamacare.


Slave Labor; American Church Takes page out of ISIS playbook

As of now, no one has been arrested as the investigation is ongoing.


A church based in Spindale, N.C with branches in Brazil is under investigation for violating U.S forced labor laws.

The Word of Faith Fellowship church is being accused of using its South American branch to import Brazilian youth,stripping them of their work and tourist visas to, according to the AP report, have a “steady stream of young laborers.”

One of them, just a teenager, explained that they were kept as slaves, being forced to work 15 hours on average, cleaning business owned by senior members of the church. All of the work done by the young Brazilians went uncompensated, essentially making them slaves.

Human traffickers fronting as religious organizations is nothing new, as ISIS has been known to do exactly this; brainwashing young men and boys into joining and then auctioning the boys off for labor.

But even though it may seem like the Word of Faith Fellowship church is following in ISIS footsteps, the church may have picked up the tactic before the extremist group’s inception.

The Associated Press investigation may be exposing decades of abuse at Word of Faith Fellowship, founded in 1979 by Jane Whaley, a former math teacher, and her husband, Sam.

If breaking the forced labor laws aren’t enough, let alone lacking empathy and morality while disguised as a foundation of such, the church is also being investigated for arranging marriages for visas, but not for the benefit of the imported laborers.

The church is being accused of arranging marriages for the young men when their work or tourists visas run up to avoid immigration laws.

As of now, no one has been arrested as the investigation is ongoing.