Profits or Patriotism: Which is more important?

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Profits or Patriotism: Which is more important?

Today we remember Pearl Harbor…

Did you know that December 7, 2021 was the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the United States naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii? To quote the NY Post

The attack on Dec. 7, 1941, shook a country that had been so focused on World War Two in Europe that it had lost sight of the threat posed by Japan, according to historians. The attack killed 2,390 Americans, and the United States declared war on Japan the next day.

For me, today is an eerie reminder that we are in the same type of danger today. Perhaps even moreso now because the USA is in the cross hairs of 3 imminent global threats. To quote the Wall Street Journal

Three potential crises are proceeding in tandem: a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, continuing Chinese pressure on Taiwan and the potential collapse of Iran nuclear talks.

Any one of these standoffs has the potential to shake the world order and produce wider conflict. Taken together, they signal that the U.S. and its allies are at a dangerous moment—perhaps more dangerous than many Americans realize. The challenge for President Biden and the democratic leaders he’ll be consulting with this week is to find a way to show firmness on each front without provoking a crisis.

And all of this happening as President Biden’s disapproval numbers continue to climb. As a matter of fact, if you were to aggregate the data from major political polls and average it out as FiveThirtyEight does, you would see what many see as endemic of hard-left liberal policies.

But, I digress. Back in World War 2, some American companies chose profits over patriotism by doing business with the Nazis. To quote Factual

The German branch of Kodak used Jewish slave labor from concentration camps but continued to produce film stock for the Axis Powers during the War.

Chase Bank was one of many around the world that continued to work with Nazi during World War II. They also froze the assets of many European Jewish customers as a common practice to cooperate with the Third Reich.

Believe it or not, Henry Ford was an anti-Semite and was awarded a Nazi medal, designed for “distinguished foreigners” in 1938. Ford continued to sell and make cars with Russian slave labor for American and Germans during World War II.

As surprising as that may be to some of you, the pattern is repeating itself today. There are many pundits, on both sides of the aisle, who see China and America coming dangerously close to war. For example, in The Atlantic, this was said on November 24, 2021.

China’s massive investment in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) may show China is preparing to fundamentally change the status quo and preparing for possible war with the United States over Taiwan. To deter China, the United States must rapidly build up its forces in the Pacific, continue to strengthen military alliances in the region to ensure access to bases in time of conflict, and accelerate deliveries of purchased military equipment to Taiwan.

Taiwan is of vital geopolitical importance to the United States. Its thriving democracy is one of the freest societies on the planet. As World War II U.S. Navy Adm. Ernest King said, Taiwan is the “cork in the bottle” for Japan. Whoever controls Taiwan will control Japan and the Republic of Korea’s shipping lifelines. Chinese control of Taiwan will give it enormous influence over both Japan and Korea, fundamentally altering the strategic calculus in East Asia and give China its long sought-after opportunity to Finlandize both countries.

Perhaps most importantly, Taiwan is the center for advanced semiconductor production; the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) boasts that it has the most advanced foundry in the world. Chinese control of TSMC would provide it enormous economic benefit and would result in the world being dependent on an authoritarian regime for advanced semiconductors – and all that would mean for the integrity of supply chains. Advanced semiconductors are the petroleum of the digital age. America must not let an authoritarian regime bent on supplanting the United States seize these vital production facilities.

And that was a viewpoint from the liberal side of the media. So, its not a stretch to believe that there are many on the left and right who are concerned about Apple’s secret deals with China. To quote MacRumors

Apple CEO Tim Cook “secretly” signed an agreement worth more than $275 billion with Chinese officials, promising that Apple would help to develop China’s economy and technological capabilities, The Information reports.

In an extensive paywalled report based on interviews and purported internal Apple documents, The Information revealed that ‌Tim Cook‌ personally forged a five-year agreement with the Chinese government during a series of in-person visits to the country in 2016. The need to push for a closer alliance with the Chinese government reportedly came from a number of Apple executives who were concerned about bad publicity in China and the company’s poor relationship with Chinese officials, who believed that Apple was not contributing enough to the local economy.

As tensions mount between China and the USA, will Apple see the light and support its country and divest from China? I doubt it. Simply put, they are making too much money to change direction. Consider this quote from GizChina.

Market research organization CINNO Research announced the sales data of the five major brands in the Chinese smartphone market. The report shows that Apple returns to the top position in China. This is the first time in six years that Apple will be on top of the Chinese smartphone market. The iPhone 13 series is the major reason for Apple’s latest performance. In October stand-alone sales, the iPhone 13 series sales hit 2.67 million units.

In terms of market share, Apple has 22% of the Chinese market in October. It surpasses Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi to claim the top spot for the first time since December 2015.

And on May 10, 2021, Business insider reported this

Seven of Apple’s suppliers were found to be linked to suspected forced labor of Uyghur Muslims and other persecuted groups sourced from the Xinjiang region, according to an investigation by The Information.

Apple has previously denied using suppliers that rely on the forced labor of Uyghurs, a Muslim minority group that has faced persecution in China. The Information’s investigation suggests the use of forced labor by some of Apple’s largest suppliers is more widespread than previously reported.

Apple did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

And this was after Apple’s own investigation (one year prior) concluded that it ‘found no evidence’ of Uighur Muslim forced labor in its supply chain. If Apple is okay with using slaves to make its products and make money with America’s biggest rival then, I have no reason to believe that they will choose patriotism over profits. At least, no time soon. But on a more positive note, the iPhone 14 will be out soon. So, there’s that.


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Are you dreaming of a black Christmas?

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Are you dreaming of a Black Christmas?

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez is the top Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, which oversees federal programs and contracts totaling $200 billion annually. According to her report – The State of Black-Owned Small Businesses in America, Black businesses were struggling in 2018 by virtue of them not keeping up with the pace of population growth. To quote her report…

With that said, in 2018, approximately 18.3 percent, or 1 million, of all employer firms in the U.S. were owned by minorities. Black Americans owned 124,551 employer businesses, representing 2.2 percent of all employer businesses. Small businesses constitute the majority of these firms given that small firms, defined as independent businesses with less than 500 employees, comprise

99.9 percent of all businesses in the U.S.

While America’s population continues to become more racially and ethnically diverse, the percentage of Black-owned employer firms suggests business ownership has not kept pace with population growth. Closing the Black-owned small business gap is essential to economic growth, increasing American prosperity, and closing the racial wealth gap.

On the other side of the aisle, Republicans trumpeted a success that their counterparts were downplaying in 2018. To quote Conservative US

On Monday, President Trump’s approval rating with African Americans hit 31%. Also, Trump’s approval with African Americans jumped again… to 36%. The president’s approval is up 19 points since last year at this time.

And the reason behind this… The African American unemployment rate fell to 6.8%, which is the lowest rate in 45 years.

According to the Minority 2018 Small Business Trends survey, the number of black-owned small businesses in the U.S. increased by a staggering 400% in a year-over-year time period from 2017 to 2018.

But, I digress, the good times of yesterday have faded into something less glorious due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To quote again, The State of Black-Owned Small Businesses in America

In addition to the historic challenges and barriers experienced by Black-owned small businesses, the pandemic has contributed further burdens, pushing 41 percent of Black-owned U.S. businesses into closure from February to April 2020, the largest closure rate of any racial group. In a May 2020 McKinsey survey, more than 50 percent of surviving Black-owned businesses reported being very or extremely concerned about the viability of their business.

Without a doubt, black-owned businesses would appreciate extra patronage this year. Towards that aim, I have seen campaigns like “Black Shop Friday,” holiday gift guides like this and Shop Black Friday and directories like Black Business List.

My heart goes out to these entrepreneurs who are rebounding against incredible odds and I support the campaigns that help them. Actually, let me rephrase that, I support the POSITIVE campaigns that help them. Why the distinction? There is a negative campaign underway to bolster patronage of black businesses being promoted by Black Lives Matter. To quote the Daily Mail

Black Lives Matter has announced its seventh year of boycotting ‘white companies’ during the holiday season to support ‘Black Xmas.’

On Black Friday, the official Black Lives Matter Global Network shared an Instagram post calling to ‘support Black-led-Black-serving organizations.’ 

‘We’re dreaming of a #BlackXmas. That means no spending with white companies from Black Friday until New Years Day’, the official blackxmas.org site states. 

The group suggest three ways for its supporters to take part in Black Xmas: Build Black, Buy Black, and Bank Black. 

The group is encouraging its followers to ‘buy exclusively from Black-owned businesses’ claiming ‘white-supremacist-capitalism uses policing to protect profits and steal Black life.’ 

I disagree with this marketing campaign because I see it as divisive racist rhetoric. I think I’m not the only one who feels that way. Here are a few Twitter reactions to BLM’s campaign.

Send more money. Fight racism.

One reason among many

BLM is Marxist

And my favorite retort, Christmas is not black or white. Its for all humanity.

Traditionally, the Christmas holiday season is when we strive for peace and goodwill with our fellow humans. Sigh. It is my hope that people of all backgrounds support Black businesses out of pure selflessness, sowing goodwill that ultimately unites all Americans. I want to see Christmas Tree lights, people caroling, worshiping in churches and happy children enjoying gifts. Marching in protest against white businesses simply because they are owned by white people is antithetical to all of that. I will never do it. If that makes me less black to you, so be it. I think it makes me more Christian. I make no apologies for it.

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The Secret to Recognizing Beauty is Within You

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The Secret to Recognizing Beauty is Within You

The holidays are supposed to be festive but so many people get depressed around this time. Sometimes the source of the anxiety is not recognizing the innate beauty within all of us and gives life its true meaning. Too many people base their success on what they see in social media despite the struggles of many to project a fake persona. If people take the time to realize life’s simple pleasures, they could find the key to true happiness. This was how my conversation with Father Maurice Nkem Emelu started yet, it did not end there. We traveled down a long philosophical road on gauging art and how to truly appreciate beauty.

If one looks at a beautiful picture and does not appreciate it, is that the fault of the artist or the observer? Can one recognize beauty in art if there is nothing within themselves to connect with it? And why do we strive to be beautiful to everyone when everyone cannot appreciate our uniqueness? And how do all of these concerns affect our relationship with God? 

Yes, this episode was deep. Hopefully, you can hear the beauty of its expression. Tune in to find out. 

ABOUT MY GUEST

Father Maurice Nkem Emelu, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of digital media and communication at John Carroll University in the United States. The author of seven books, and over 700 blogs and professional articles, he provides robust cross-cultural educational programs through digital media. He is the host of EWTN’s The Faith with Father Maurice and the host/executive producer of Word for a Wounded World teaching series, plus numerous other television and radio works. He holds a Ph.D. from Liverpool Hope University, UK, focusing on digital storytelling, media aesthetics and theology, among other academic degrees. An encounter with the Lord when he was 14 changed him in fundamental ways, and today he describes himself as “passionately in love with God and His body, the Church.”

For more information, please visit www.revemelu.com, or follow him on Instagram (@mauriceemelu), Twitter (@revemelu), YouTube (Fr. Maurice Emelu) or Facebook (Fr. Maurice Emelu). His book: “An Encounter: A Daily Discovery in Divine Word, Volume One: Advent and Christmas” is available on Amazon.com, BN.com, Revemelu.com and wherever books are sold. 


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Worldwide: People are saying “no” to FORCED vaccines

At some point, before bed, I read through 50+ news sources and share my findings here. If you like it, share it. If you don’t, share it. THANK YOU in advance. Please share my newsletter with your network! Click here to tweet about my newsletter.


AD: The Daily Skirmish at Liberato.US directly addresses the arguments of the political Left in real-time and deconstructs their phony narratives. Wright’s Law: Everything that comes out of the mouth of the Left can be deconstructed, because everything that comes out of the mouth of the Left is garbage.



Worldwide: People are saying “no” to FORCED vaccines

You might not know it if you watch the mainstream media but, people worldwide are protesting forced Covid-19 vaccinations by the government and not vaccinations in general. (That would be crazy.)

But, I digress. Some call the act of forcing citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as #MedicalApartheid.

Others call it #MedicalTyranny

Call it what you will. People are not happy about it because they see something more happening than concern for public health; especially in Austria.

So, they are protesting.

They are protesting in Rome.

They are protesting in London.

They are protesting in Australia.

They are protesting in the Netherlands.

They are protesting in Peru.

They are protesting in Paris.

If you have a problem with the government controlling your body and mandates threatening your livelihood and personal freedoms then, you are not alone. Millions of people agree with you. Just FYI.


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