Special Canada Day-July 4 Issue
Carolina-Canada Connections — Vol. 8, No. 44
A weekly outreach to our friends and colleagues in Canada
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,”
– Winston Churchill
As we prepare to honor independence and freedom with Canada Day celebrations tomorrow and July 4 on Monday, as always, we give thanks and pay homage where it is most due – to the men and women currently serving in our armed forces and to those throughout our histories who have already paid the ultimate price.
From Vimy Ridge to Iwo Jima to Kandahar and Benghazi we honor those who have stood in the gap, fighting tyrants and terror, loving freedom more than life.
The greatest respect we can afford them is to safeguard what they gave us – to never take freedom for granted, to remember, learn from and acknowledge the lessons of history – and pass on the love of liberty to the next generation.
May God bless Canada and the United States of America!
Weekly Washington Wrap
- The Supreme Court made the biggest news in Washington this week. Abortion advocates are cheering the Court’s 5-3 decision on Monday finding that a Texas abortion access law placed undue burden on the constitutional rights of women seeking abortions. Also on Monday, the Court unanimously overturned the corruption conviction of former Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA).
- President Obama was in Ottawa yesterday for a “three amigos” North American Leaders’ Summit where he addressed the Canadian Parliament. The biggest deliverable from the meeting is Canada, Mexico and the US pledging to jointly generate 50% of North America’s electricity from low or zero carbon sources by 2025.
- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a final rule this week that requires energy and mineral producers to disclose payments made to foreign governments. A previous version of the rule was rejected by a court, though the SEC says this final rule has similar reporting requirements to rules in Canada and the European Union.
- The final House report detailing the murderous terror attacks at the secret US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya was released on Tuesday. Four Americans were killed in the wave of al Qaeda inspired attacks on September 11, 2012 including US Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith and CIA contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. In releasing the 800-page report, Chairman Trey Gowdy said of the Obama administration’s response, “Nothing could have reached Benghazi because nothing was ever headed to Benghazi. Not a single wheel of a single US military asset had even turned toward Libya.” The Obama administration says the span in which the attacks took place was simply not enough time to muster an effective response. The report also highlights that with the November election looming just eight weeks away, the White House spun a narrative that avoided placing the blame of the attack on the radical Islamist terrorists the administration knew almost immediately were responsible for the murderous rampage in commemoration of 9/11, and instead blamed it on spontaneous crowd reaction to an obscure, anti-Islam YouTube video. “We know that the attacks in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack – not a protest,” then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the Egyptian prime minister a day after the attack, according to records from the day. The report says no one on the ground in Benghazi before or during the brutal attack ever made mention of a video or protests in response to a video. Democrats say the two year, multi-million dollar investigation, was partisan theatre designed only to discredit Clinton and hurt her presidential ambitions – one they say failed miserably. It was through the House Benghazi investigation that Hillary Clinton’s home rigged email server and her use of private email to exclusively conduct all official business as Obama’s top diplomat was revealed. The FBI’s probe into Clinton’s private e-mail server is on-going.
- Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch just gave Americans who are skeptical that the administration is impartially investigating Clinton’s email server and her handling of classified material another reason to question when Lynch met privately Monday with former President Bill Clinton aboard a private plan on a tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Lynch described the meeting with former President Clinton as “primarily social” but with the Clinton investigation lingering, the meeting has raised concerns about a conflict of interest and the ability of the Lynch-led Department of Justice’s ability to conduct an independent review with some saying she should recuse herself from the Clinton matter – especially considering that her boss, Barack Obama, has endorsed Clinton for president and is actively campaigning for her. Democrats and Lynch supporters say while they agree the “optics” may not look good, they have great respect for Lynch and take her at her word that the meeting was social.
- The Senate failed to move forward this week on the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriations bill which contained funding to combat the Zika virus. The Senate did manage to pass a bill to help Puerto Rico with debt relief. The bill previously cleared the House and is expected to be signed by President Obama.
Like the song says, Christmas is always the most wonderful time of the year, of course, but if you’re into the US-Canada bilat, well you know July runs a pretty close second – what with the always fun and usually raucous Canada Day celebrations on July 1 quickly followed up by more fun and the usually raucous Independence Day celebrations on July 4 here in the states.
What’s more fun than celebrating a week of freedom, after all?
With that in mind, here’s wishing every liberty-loving Canadian and American a safe and fun-filled holiday week. (Editor’s note: And for our pals in Canada, we assume we’ll mostly see you back sometime in August, eh? Enjoy the cottage…we’ll keep the lights on!)
David Wilkins and his very best grandson Whit Wilkins get some fishin’ on last week down at Pawleys Island, SC. (Editor’s note: Not pictured is Wilkins’ very best granddaughter – but always worthy of a mention – the gracious Miss Clary Wilkins.)
In this space our faithful CCC readers have read ad nauseam about Wilkins’ beloved Clemson University Tigers. You’ve even read about the University of South Carolina and the fighting Gamecocks – our own Ashley Martin Aldebol’s – beloved team. You also know that the Tigers and Gamecocks are archrivals which always makes football season around here ridiculous, er, we mean, fantastic!
Anyway, while the two big universities always hog the glory round these parts, another South Carolina university – Coastal Carolina – now has big time bragging rights thanks to its big time baseball team.
The Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina University (Editor’s note: what is a chanticleer you may ask? Think Geoffrey Chaucer and ole tyme English – in short, it’s a sophisticated, super cool rooster!)
Okay, back to the baseball team, the Coastal Carolina baseball team is right now participating in the US college baseball world series. It’s down to one more game that was supposed to be played last night but got rained out – so the Chants play at 1 p.m. against the University of Arizona. The winner today wins the whole thing – the best dang college baseball team in the whole country! And to get here the Chanticleers had to pass many top teams in the country. They’re a great group of guys, fun to watch, and we’re really proud of them!
They Said What?
- "It was like hell. There was panic everywhere. We did not understand that it was a terrorist attack,” – Mine Iyidinc, a witness to the ISIS terror attack at the airport in Istanbul, on Tuesday.
- "Beyond killing innocents, they are continuing losing ground, unable to govern those areas that they have taken over," – President Barack Obama in Ottawa Wednesday, responding to the latest terror attack by Islamist radicals in Turkey.
- "This is an unprecedented pace of terror in modern times. So, to say they're on the run absolutely defies reality. They are not on the run. They're on the rise,” - House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) responding to Obama administration claims that terrorists are “losing ground.”
- “I’ll leave it to others to characterize this report, but I think it’s pretty clear it’s time to move on,” – presumed Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton regarding the House report on the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi that killed four including a US ambassador.
- “Have her call me! I’m still waiting. Hillary, I’m waiting for what you promised me. All I heard was you getting on TV calling me a liar. That’s not true, Hillary. I am not the liar. You are the liar,” – Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith who was murdered in the Benghazi terror attack responding to Clinton on Fox News.
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