MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin’s paternal grandfather worked as a cook for both Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, the president said in a film posted on the internet on Sunday.
In the two-hour documentary, called Putin, the president said Spiridon Putin was a valued member of Stalin’s staff. The wartime Soviet leader, who died in 1953, conducted extensive purges during his around three decades in power.
“(He) was a cook at Lenin’s and later at Stalin’s, at one of the dachas in the Moscow area,” Putin said in the film seen by Reuters.
Interviewer Andrey Kondrashov, who became the president’s election campaign spokesman in January, said Spiridon Putin continued to cook for the Soviet establishment until shortly before he died in 1965, aged 86.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the information in the film was accurate.
(Reporting by Katya Golubkova; editing by John Stonestreet)
On Monday, the day before primary elections in Texas, Paul J. Weber at the Associated Press characterized Donald Trump’s Texas supporters as “diehards,” and cited a cooked Trump approval poll published by Quinnipiac to understate the President’s popularity.
Weber did not hide his disdain for what he described as “the Trump effect” in his AP report:
In Texas GOP primary, it’s who can love Trump the most
… Texas holds the nation’s first 2018 primary elections Tuesday, and the campaign is providing a vivid exhibition of the Trump effect in GOP politics. Some races are playing out in a roadshow of one-upping emulation of the combative president, in which there’s no such thing as cozying up too close or too ardently, regardless of his rough edges or low approval ratings nationwide.
After this ridicule of Trump-supporting politicians, Weber aimed his fire at Trump voters:
… Texas candidates aren’t alone in courting Trump diehards who make up the GOP base — and who can be counted on to show up in typically low-turnout primary elections.
The dictionary defines a diehard as “a person who vigorously maintains or defends a seemingly hopeless position, outdated attitude, lost cause, or the like.” That characterization of Trump supporters is ridiculous, given the fervor with which GOP candidates are associating themselves with the President and the fact, as Weber himself conceded, that “Democrats haven’t won a statewide race since 1994.”
Weber then presented the cooked poll:
The impression of a Trump White House at war with its enemies is stoking the atmosphere. “It’s about he’s our Republican president and if we don’t stand together and we don’t defend the party and conservative ideas, no one is,” said Brendan Steinhauser, an Austin-based Republican strategist. A Quinnipiac University survey in late February put Trump’s approval rating at 86 percent among Republicans but just 37 percent overall.
Readers who are strong at math will quickly discern that the coexistence of the two Trump popularity numbers presented — 86 percent among Republicans and 37 percent overall — is almost statistically impossible. That’s correct, unless one cooks the poll participation percentages, which is what Quinnipiac did.
As seen below, the poll included 33 percent Democrats and 22 percent Republicans, despite the latest Gallup nationwide party affiliation poll showing a slight GOP advantage of 28 percent to 27 percent. If the Quinnipiac poll had been weighted with Gallup’s percentages, Trump’s approval result would have increased by 5 points to 42 percent:
(Natural News) The real cost of illegal immigration is becoming even more horrific and gruesome as a human-trafficking crime scene was discovered in a Wal-Mart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas. Nearly 40 people — presumably non-citizens attempting to enter the United States illegally — had been stuffed into a tractor-trailer and driven through the sweltering heat of Texas. There was no air conditioning and no water. Eight were found dead from heat exposure.
The tractor-trailer is seen with an air conditioning unit called a “Thermo King,” but the unit was not functioning, according to MySanAntonio.com, which also reports:
Officials said about 30 more people were found inside the truck at 8535 S. Interstate 35 and Highway 16 and transferred to area hospitals for treatment.The driver of the truck, identified as James Bradley by several sources, was immediately detained by police and faces state and federal charges.
According to several news reports, the driver of the truck approached a Wal-Mart employee and asked for water. The employee became aware of the gravity of the situation and alerted police, probably saving the lives of many people in the truck who had not yet succumbed to asphyxiation or heat exhaustion. This is one case where a Wal-Mart employee did the right thing and probably saved a dozen or more lives.
According to MySanAntonio.com, San Antonio Fire Chief stated, “Our paramedics and firefighters found that each patient had heart rates over about 130 beats per minute and were very hot to the touch.” It seems clear they would have soon died if they were not extricated from the tractor-trailer.
Another reminder of the high human cost of illegal immigration and Obama’s enticement for more people to come
All this is a stark reminder of the human cost of illegal immigration, and much of the blame belongs squarely on the shoulders of former President Barack Obama who practically rolled out a red carpet, enticing more people to attempt illegal immigration activities across the U.S. South where heat-related deaths are increasingly common. My prayers go out to all those who suffered and / or died in this horrific incident, and I hope no one else is forced to suffer through such awful treatment after being convinced to try to enter the United States illegally.
Democrats have routinely offered economic enticements to encourage illegal immigration by promising entitlement benefits to illegals, including free education, free health care and even voting rights stemming from the widespread voter fraud that’s openly practiced by the Democrat party. These enticements are just a few of the many that encourage non-citizens to take extreme risks in an effort to enter the United States illegally. As we are seeing now, some of those illegal immigration attempts end in tragedy and the loss of human life.
The blame for all this rests squarely on the Democrats who openly encourage illegal immigration as a key strategy for increasing their voter base. This is why America needs stronger border protections, strong voter ID laws and enforcement of existing laws against illegal immigration. Otherwise, if the status quo continues, more dead bodies will turn up with increasing frequency as human smuggling continues to sneak illegals into the United States at great risk to human life.