Sunday, December 9, 2018

Water Pump -- Again!

.
Well, I got done with the stator installation, the battery replacement, and the front tire install.  I went for a ride long enough to prove out the stator/battery work and to scuff in the front tire -- a couple of hundred miles or so.

I felt very good about the repairs, and parked the bike in the garage for the night.

Next morning, I found this:


I pointed menacingly to the oil spot on the floor as if scolding a pet that had messed on the floor.

Surely my [pet] motorcycle would not have done such a thing in my otherwise spotless garage. 

I peeked at the engine through the openings in the cowling and found the front of the engine and the inside of the cowlings defiled by an oily, dirty mess spread over a considerable area.

"What have I done wrong with the stator installation?" I asked myself.   It turned out that I didn't do anything wrong over there.  The stator cover is a considerable distance from the oil I was looking at here.  The wind pressure during my 200-mile ride would have caused the left side of the engine, and well behind this, to be oily.

Well, if not that, what? 

I removed the bottom fairings, and wiped down the engine so I could see where the oil was coming from.  I ran the motor until hot, and I couldn't see anything.  (Naturally, it never acts up when you need it to.)

I looked at the oil filter, since I'd just installed it, but didn't see anything leaking there either. 

Finally, I saw some oil coming out of the water pump weep hole.  Just a little, mind you, but oil nonetheless. 


The general neighborhood of the leak.
Closer up view of the vent with the oil wiped away.
The water pump oil seal was apparently leaking.  On this machine, there is a shaft driven by the innards of the engine, that extends out through an oil seal, then a coolant seal to drive the coolant pump impeller.  Between the two seals is a weep hole to the outside. 

That weep hole, by the way, can show both oil and coolant leakage.  The oil side of the water pump drive has an elastomeric shaft seal and the coolant side has a ceramic face seal.  If either of them leak, the leakage comes out of the weep hole.  This design also prevents coolant and oil from mixing should there be a leak between them. 

I had had this trouble before, at 41,000 miles.  Back then it was coolant, so I replaced the coolant seal, buttoned it up again, and it was fine for a short time.  Then the oil seal began to leak and I had to do the repair all over again. 

Now, at 66,000, it has begun leaking oil again, so this time I will replace all the seals at the same time, so I don't have to repeat the task.  . 

I got on the Internet and began looking for the best deal on parts.  I ended up at Ron Ayers Motorsports.

My needs were a bit more pedestrian than stocking stuffers.
I bought the following for my 2006 Ninja 650R:
  • 49063-1055 ceramic face seal $11.65
  • 59256-0007 water pump impeller (in case the old plastic one was stuck and I broke it getting it apart) $20.92
  • 92049-1259 oil seal $4.27
  • 92055-0082 case O-ring $1.74
  • 92055-0083 pump housing seal $4.32
  • 92055-1155 pump cover seal $7.38
The total was $61.68 including a whopping $11.40 shipping charge. 

I punched the order button, and the parts were in my hands two days later.  I began the repair.

I removed the right Inner Cowling for access to the coolant expansion reservoir and radiator cap.  I drained the coolant and removed the five screws holding the pump cover (be careful not to lose the two dowels in the cover).  Then I took the impeller screw out (Put the bike in gear and hold the rear brake to be sure you can apply sufficient torque to the screw.) and the impeller came off the shaft easily.  So, I didn't need to buy that expensive new impeller, it turned out.   Next, I pulled the housing (one more dowel there).  The housing is a very thin aluminum die casting, so be careful not to bend it when removing and handling it.

This is what's left after all that is removed. 


I checked the pump drive shaft for radial clearance that might have caused the seal to fail, but could not detect any. 

I cleaned everything with a rag, then with brake cleaner -- outside to avoid the fumes.

The oil seal can be easily removed from the housing by prying it out with a screw driver.

The cup side of the ceramic face seal for coolant is a different matter.  It is pressed into the housing and there is a sealant on the outside of the seal cup that not only prevents leakage there, but tends to lock the cup in tightly.  I set up a makeshift press using two sockets and my bench vice.


The socket on the left side is bearing on the housing.  The inside diameter of that socket is just slightly larger than the outside diameter of the seal cup flange.  Make sure it is properly centered on the seal before applying force with the vice. 

The outside diameter of the socket on the right is just slightly smaller than the inside diameter of the housing bore that holds the seal cup.

Check all of your metric and English sockets to find the best fits.  If you bend the housing, you will have to replace it to the tune of about $35. 


The coolant seal cup came loose with only moderate force.  I further cleaned the housing with brake cleaner.

I pressed the coolant seal cup flange into the housing using a flat piece of hardwood and a socket on the opposite side to support the housing.

the oil seal is similarly pressed into place with a piece of hardwood.  Its face is to be flush with the highest part of the housing on that side.  It is not to be even with the four recesses. 

The mating half of the coolant seal is contained in the back of the impeller.  It is easily removed with a screw driver.  I opened the envelope containing the new impeller and was surprised to find that it is a nicely-machined aluminum die casting.  The original was plastic.  That is why I was afraid of damaging it during removal. 


I went ahead and installed the new one.  I'll keep the old one as a spare (though I don't expect to wear out or break the new impeller).  The coolant seal is an easy finger press fit into the back of the impeller.

I carefully applied a bit of grease to the various O-ring seals and to the oil seal lip.  The grease lubricates the seal, but it serves to prevent the O-rings from falling out of position when reassembling the pump.  Do not apply grease to the coolant seal faces. 

Clean both faces of the coolant seal with a high flash point solvent.  I used a little brake cleaner on a clean rag.  I carefully wiped both faces, then applied a drop of coolant to both faces to provide the initial lubrication. 

I threaded the oil seal in the pump housing onto the shaft, and pushed the housing against the mating face on the engine.  The one dowel aligns this.  The impeller slips onto the shaft, and the screw securing it is tightened to 87 in-lb.  Again put the bike in gear and hold the rear brake to be sure you can apply sufficient torque to the screw.

The cover went on next (with the two dowels) and the screws were tightened in a star pattern to 87 in-lb.


I reconnected the coolant hose, filled it up with coolant and ran the engine, topped off the radiator when partially warmed up, installed the radiator pressure cap, filled the overflow reservoir to the F mark (with the bike standing upright), and continued running the engine until the cooling fan came on.  Once cool, I rechecked the coolant level in the overflow and set it between the F and L marks with the bike upright. I reinstalled the cowlings so everything looks nice again.  For the time being, I left off the Inner Cowling so I could top off the coolant expansion tank if necessary. 

I was ready for a test ride.




But....

It turned cold, and I didn't have time to go out for a couple of weeks.




Then this:



Phooie!

So I decided to use the time to put on my hand muffs for the winter riding season.  They really help keep the hands warm in concert with the heated grips.



This winter I selected the Ducks Unlimited pair instead of the Hippo Hands brand.  They look better on this type of bike, though they don't protect as well as the larger Hippo Hands. 

When the snow goes away, I'll go out and test the water pump -- and enjoy warm hands!

Maybe I'll see you out there.
.
.
.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Stator, Battery, and Front Tire

.
Well, it happened.  The stator in the alternator failed, as they tend to do in Ninja 650Rs.  Mine got me almost to 66,000 miles, so I am pretty happy.  It also didn't just let me down in the middle of nowhere, fortunately.

The stator is wired in a three phase pattern, and one of the phases was not producing an output voltage. 

I think the failure is right where the burned place is in the photograph below.


That failure made the stator produce less power to recharge the battery and run lights, ignition, fuel injection, and accessories.  I noticed that occasionally the horn was not very loud and the trip odometers and clock would sometimes reset to zero when starting the engine.  I tested the stator according to the Kawasaki manual and found the problem.

The stator OEM part number is 21003-0042 for my 2006 and others.  I bought a new stator from grimcycles on ebay, and it got here in about a week.  It looks good and fit fine.  More importantly, it now produces the full power that it should.  That cost me $144.95 for the part, shipped.  My labor, as usual, is free.

I changed the oil and filter as long as I was in there.  You lose most of the oil when opening the stator cover if you do it with the side stand instead of a rear stand.  If you use the latter, you only lose about a quart.  It needed changing anyway, so that was fine.  I use Mobil 1 and a Kawasaki-brand filter. 

The procedure to change the stator is well documented here.  I reused the stator cover gasket.  It is not metal, but it is sufficiently sturdy if you are careful handling it.  Use silicone sealant only around the wire passthrough, not on the entire gasket. 


I buttoned up the engine, filled it will oil, started it up and found that the charging voltage at 4000 RPM was correct at 14.6 volts.


I went for a ride, and the symptoms of the weak horn and disappearing odometer reading persisted!

Now what?

Well, I tested the battery after it had been on trickle charge overnight and found its voltage to be lower than it should be.


That is an indication of a bad battery.  I last replaced the battery in late 2012, almost 30,000 miles ago.  That time, I replaced it with the same as OEM, a Yuasa YTX12-BS.  I did the same this time, and found it only a few dollars higher than six years ago at $59.88, shipped from Amazon seller Avid Cycles.  It got here in a few days, I filled it, charged it, and everything works fine now.


Oh, wait a minute.  What about the tire I mentioned?   Well my front tire was about worn out so I sent away to Sportbike Track Gear for a fresh Michelin Pilot Road 4.  They had the lowest price of $146, shipped when I used an $8 rebate from previous purchases there.  I took it to the local Foothills Powersports dealer to be mounted and balanced for $37.  The worn out tire had 10,500 miles on it and the resulting cost per mile was $0.018 over its life.  Even at as long a life as I get because I ride sedately, tires are a significant expense of owning a motorcycle. 


So I have two good tires, and an electrical system that works properly now.  The whole escapade cost about $390.  This motorcycling isn't cheap!


I might say, though, that this bike has been very reliable over its life.  I never abuse it, so that probably contributes to its longevity.

The other major issues -- besides routine service -- have been the fuel pump failure, the loose kickstand, and the water pump seal failure at 41,000 miles.  I have done all of the maintenance and repair myself, so the costs were much lower than if I had to take it into a mechanic each time. 

Not too bad for an elderly ride like mine.

Hope to see you on the road!
.
.
.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veterans Day -- A Salute to Those Who Fought for Our Freedom

.
Veterans Day  
(from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation" which stated: "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible."

On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans' Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.
In 1958, the White House advised VA's General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee's chairman.

The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.



If you see a veteran, take a minute to thank him for his service, and for his helping preserve our freedom.  
.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

What is at Risk November 6th?

.

Election day is coming upon us rapidly, and this election is very important to our future -- yours and mine. 

If the Democrats take over the House or Senate, then everything Mr. Trump has accomplished in two years will be lost.  If you would like to see a list of those accomplishments, then look here. 

And remember, Mr. Trump campaigned on many issues.  At that time, it was just talk.

Now, two years later, we can see that he has achieved many of those promises. 

So what do we as citizens stand to lose? 

Here is the short list:
  • Lowest unemployment in years, and in some cases, in history.  The tax cuts, new incentives to business, and the reduction in regulations would be wiped out along with those jobs that have been created.  Democrats have vowed that they will reverse all this to take money out of your pocket. 
    Read this.  
  • Our sovereignty.  In plain language, illegal immigrants are set to invade us, and more are on the way.  These are able-bodied young men with almost no women and few children.  These are not refugees, nor are they seeking asylum.  If we let them in, they will become a surge of Democrat voters who will never again vote in a Republican to any office.  They will take our jobs, use our health care system without paying, bring in disease, increase gang activity, and allow terrorists free entry to destroy us. 
    If you think this is not true, then why is the latest wave of illegals waving the flags of the countries they claim they want to leave?  See this story.  


Other risks of electing Democrats:
·        Your right to bear arms would be threatened, preventing law-abiding citizens from defending themselves, their families, and their property. 
·        Health care would be even less affordable than Obamacare is now.  …and watch out for what Democrats are calling “Medicare for All.”  It is a way to provide health care for more people, but made possible by taking away health care benefits from the rest of us. 


·        Democrats not only would destroy a good man and his family, but our entire nation to gain power for themselves.  The recent Supreme Court hearings are an example of the power the Democrats so desperately don’t want to lose.  They would destroy a good man at any cost and destroy our nation to regain power for themselves. 


These things affect everybody, including ordinary blokes like you and me.  Our standard of living would fall, and more of us would be stuck without jobs or in lower-paying jobs.  Many more would have to go back on welfare, supported by those who are still working.  


Don’t let that happen.  Vote Republican on election day.  

.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

What We Must Do on November 6, 2018


.

I’ll bet you are enjoying greater prosperity in the last two years or so than before that.  Maybe you have even scraped up enough funds for some bling on the bike, or maybe even a new bike. 

Almost everybody is doing better because of lower taxes, fewer backbreaking regulations on industry, more jobs, opening up lower cost energy resources, putting the United States interest first in the world, and many more. 

In short we have more independence now than two years ago.  That is a very good thing for everyone. 

Also -- and this is important -- if you value the foundation upon which our country was established, you must vote the right way in November.  If you are unsure what that foundation consists of, and why that is important, then read about it here.  


This next election is where many House of Representatives and Senate seats are up for grabs.  When you read through the listing of accomplishments of our president Mr. Trump below, you will see how this has affected almost everyone positively in this great country of ours. 



Imagine what could have been accomplished if more Republicans would have supported him, if fewer Democrats were in office, and if only half of the media instead of 90+% were against him. 

YOU can help make that happen by voting Republican, not Democrat, on Tuesday the 6th of November.  

^
Democrats
NO

Here is the list
of Mr. Trump’s achievements, taken from the Right Wing Tribune:  If the list seems too long to digest, just skip down to a topic or two of interest shown in italics. 



Trump Achievements:
289 Accomplishments in Just 20 Months.
Relentless Promise Keeping

 


The White House has just released a list of Trump’s accomplishments over the past two years, and it’s MASSIVE:

Economic Growth
  • 4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018.
  • For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year.
Jobs
  • 4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office.
  • More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history.
  • Jobless claims are at the lowest level in nearly five decades.
  • The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record.
  • Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record.
  • Unemployment claims at 50 are at a year low
  • African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows.
    –African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018.
    –Hispanic unemployment is at 4.5 percent.
    –Asian-American unemployment is at record low of 2 percent.
  • Women’s unemployment was recently at lowest rate in nearly 65 years.
    –Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953.
  • Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years.
    –July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966.
  • Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades.
    –July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001.
  • The unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low.
  • The rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low.
  • Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades.
  • A poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.”
    –68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year.
  • Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job.
    –Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent.
  • More than 400,000 manufacturing jobs have been added since the election.
    –Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.
  • There are 100,000 new jobs supporting the production and transport of oil and natural gas.
American Income
  • Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high.
  • Wages were up in August by their fastest rate since June 2009.
  • Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade.
  • The Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year.
  • Some 3.9 million Americans have been able to get off food stamps since the election.
  • The median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history.
    –Home ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade.
  • Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded.
American Optimism
  • Small business optimism has hit historic highs.
    –NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August.
    –SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high.
  • Manufacturers are more confident than ever.
    –95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever.
  • Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.
  • Only 12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record.
  • Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent.
American Business
  • Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts.
    –Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017.
  • ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years.
  • Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years.
  • Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs.
    –The Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.
Deregulation

  • There has been massive deregulation proceeding at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during Mr. Trump's first year in office.
  • Mr. Trump signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks.
  • Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings.
  • Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule has been rolled back.
  • Mr. Trump used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history.
Tax Cuts
  • The biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history occurred by Mr. Trump's signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law.
    –It provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families.
    – It increased the exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms and Small Businesses.
    –It nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families.
    –It enabled the vast majority of American families to be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction.
    –It doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family.
    –It lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win.
    –Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.
    –It cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for the wealthy.
  • 9 in 10 American workers are expected see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the Treasury Department.
  • More than 6 million American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to tax cuts.
  • Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • Ernst and Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax cuts.
  • Opportunity zones were established to spur investment in left behind communities.
Worker Development
  • Mr. Trump established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries.
  • Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2 million workers and students.
  • Mr. Trump signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs.
  • Executive order was written expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers.
Domestic Infrastructure
  • Mr. Trump's proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country.
  • Mr. Trump wrote and executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects.
  • Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects.
  • Mr. Trump established the rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas.
Health Care
  • Mr. Trump signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households, and he signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline.
  • he signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments.
  • He signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanding health care options for terminally ill patients.
  • He enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone.
  • The FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly $9 billion.
  • He released a blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, leading multiple major drug companies to announce they will freeze or reverse price increases.
  • He expanded short-term, limited-duration health plans.
  • He let more employers form Association Health Plans, enabling more small businesses to join together and affordably provide health insurance to their employees.
  • He cut Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate penalty.
  • He signed legislation repealing Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as the “death panels.”
  • The USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in 2017, improving access to health care for 2.5 million people in rural communities across 41 states
  • He proposed Title X rule to help ensure taxpayers do not fund the abortion industry in violation of the law.
  • He reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep foreign aid from supporting the global abortion industry.
  • HHS formed a new division protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom.
  • He overturned the Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting states from defunding certain abortion facilities.
  • He signed an executive order to help ensure that religious organizations are not forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors.
Combating Opioids
  • Mr. Trump chaired a meeting of the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with international leaders.
  • He established an initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities.
  • He approved $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • The DEA conducted a surge in April 2018 that arrested 28 medical professions and revoked 147 registrations for prescribing too many opioids.
  • He brought the “Prescribed to Death” memorial to President’s Park near the White House, helping raise awareness about the human toll of the opioid crisis.
  • He helped reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent in 2017.
  • The held the Opioid Summit on the administration-wide efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
  • He launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.
  • He created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of pathways to tackle the opioid crisis.
  • He led two National Prescription Drug Take Back Days in 2017 and 2018, collecting a record number of expired and unneeded prescription drugs each time.
  • He approved $485 million of targeted grants in FY 2017 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis.
  • He signed INTERDICT Act, strengthening efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they reach our communities.
  • The DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
  • The Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales was established.
  • He declared the opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October 2017.
Law and order
  • More U.S. Circuit Court judges were confirmed in the first year in office than ever before.
  • He confirmed more than two dozen U. S. Circuit Court judges.
  • He followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution.
    –He nominated and confirmed Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
  • He signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers.
  • He launched an evaluation of grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement officers.
  • He established a task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across America.  
  • He signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
  • He signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
  • Violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics.
  • There were $137 million in grants through the COPS Hiring Program to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.
  • He enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime.
  • He signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking, and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution.
  • Created an interagency task force working around the clock to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent human trafficking.
  • He conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescuing 84 children, and arresting 120 human traffickers.
  • He encouraged federal prosecutors to use the death penalty when possible in the fight against the trafficking of deadly drugs.
  • He approved a new rule effectively banning bump stock sales in the United States.
Border Security and Immigration
  • Mr. Trump secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill.
  • Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego.
  • He worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang.
    –ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year.
    –The Justice Department worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members.
    –Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017.
  • Mr. Trump is fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border.
    –ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin.
    –ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl.
    –ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017.
    –Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States.
    –Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids.
    –DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
    –DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
  • He released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal loopholes, and he repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws.
  • He authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border.
  • He enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter.
    –These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing.
  • ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017.
    –ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone.
  • In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges, responsible for:
    –Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses.
    –More than 48,000 with assault offenses.
    –More than 11,000 with weapons offenses.
    –More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses.
    –More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses.
    –Over 1,800 with homicide offenses.
  • Mr. Trump created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime.
  • He more than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody.
TRADE
  • Mr. Trump is negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States.
    –He agreed to work with the European Union toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsides.
    –He devised a deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe.
    –He litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade laws.
    –He finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American automobile exports.
    –He negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.
    –He obtained agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement.
    –He secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam.
    –He established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-Brexit trade.
  • He enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our vital steel and aluminum producers and strengthen our national security.
  • He conducted 82 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017 alone.
  • He is confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way.
    –He established a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods.
    –He conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual property theft.
    –He imposed safeguards of tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar product manufacturers hurt by China’s trade policies.
  • He withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
  • He secured access to new markets for America’s farmers.
    –He made a recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly.
    –He made a recent agreement with the E.U. to reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe.
    –He won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports.
    –He defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO
    –He opened up Argentina to American pork experts for the first time in a quarter-century
    –American beef exports have returned to China for the first time in more than a decade.
  • He OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation.
Energy
  • Mr. Trump wrote a Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • He wrote a Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating the process to complete construction.
  • He opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration.
  • Coal exports are up over 60 percent in 2017.
  • He rolled back the “stream protection rule” to prevent it from harming America’s coal industry.
  • He cancelled Obama’s anti-coal Clean Power Plan and proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as a replacement.
  • He withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040.
  • U.S. oil production has achieved its highest level in American history
  • The United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world.
  • The U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in six decades.
  • He initiated action to expedite the identification and extraction of critical minerals that are vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity.
  • He took action to reform National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefiting American manufacturers.
  • He rescinded Obama’s hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the industry $32 million per year.
  • He proposed an expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the above energy strategy.
    –He held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018.
  • He got the EU to increase its imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.
  • He issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
Foreign Policy
  • Mr. Trump moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
  • He withdrew from the Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived.
    –The Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force.
    –Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country.
    –All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018.
  • Mr. Trump held a historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula.
    –The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress.
    –North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.
    –Mr. Trump negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War.
  • He imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle.
  • He wrote an executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime, including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt.
  • He responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.
    –He rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
    –He directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.
    –He joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use.
  • He established a new Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses.
    –The Departments of Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military.
  • Mr. Trump changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS.
    –ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump.
    –ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017.
    –All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS.
  • More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all of the world.
  • Mr. Trump took action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States elections.
    –He expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA.
    –He banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.
    –He imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.
    –He imposed sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities.
    –He sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.
    –He enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself.
  • He helped win the U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  • He helped win the U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.
Defense
  • Mr. Trump wrote an executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open.
  • he approved $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.
  • He authorized the largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.
  • He ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible deterrent.
  • He released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years.
  • He authorized a new strategy on national biodefense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats.
  • The Administration has announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
  • He released an America First National Security Strategy.
  • He put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space Council.
  • He encouraged North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agreed-upon levels.
    –In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies.
    –Every member state has increased defense spending.
    –Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024.
    –NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.
  • He wrote an executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad.
Veterans affairs
  • Mr. Trump signed the VA Accountability Act and expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
    –He delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before.
  • He strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify programs occurring within the VA.
  • He signed legislation that provided $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest dollar amount in history for the VA.
  • he enacted the VA MISSION Act, enacting sweeping reform to the VA system that:
    –Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs.
    –Added funding for the Veterans Choice program.
    –Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program.
    –Gave veterans more access to walk-in care.
    –Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals.
    –Enabled the VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure.
  • Mr. Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act in 2017, which authorized $2.1 billion in addition funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
  • He worked to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Department of Defense, a decades old priority.
  • He issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.
  • He increased transparency and accountability at the VA by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with access to wait time and quality of care data.
  • He signed legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA.
  • He signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, providing enhanced educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members.
    –He lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits.
  • He created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans.
  • VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far.
  • He signed the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, increasing the number of VA employees that can assist justice-involved veterans.

So, if you want theses successes to continue and expand, get out there and vote for the Republicans, then write everyone you voted for and tell them that you want them to support Mr. Trump and his policies and you want more of the things described above -- much more!  
.
.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

We Must NEVER Forget 911

.
We must never forget what Islamist terrorists
did to us in 2001.  





Think it was just isolated to 9/11/2001?  


It was not.  We are still in danger from these people.  



 Here is a page that shows all of the 104 terrorist attacks and threats since 9/11.  
Note that this page has not been updated, except for the graphic that looks like this: 


Scroll to the right in the graphic in the link above to see each specific incident.  


 "This graphic does not include activities that are merely linked to terrorism, such as traveling abroad to join a terrorist organization.  Each plot requires some threat directed at the U.S. homeland. Additionally, to be included, the primary motivation of the terror plot or attack must be a radical Islamist ideology, which supports the use of violence as a means to achieve the long-run objective of imposing Islamic law."  


All attacks were committed by Islamist terrorists.  

If you have forgotten the devastation on our own soil of the 9/11 attacks, look here for a short review.   The blood shed by over 3000 people is not visible in the photos. 

NOT ONE of the five masterminds of the 9/11 attack have been brought to justice, some 17 years later!  


We must stand strong against these terrorists and our sympathetic politicians forever and always, lest the freedom of this greatest country on earth be lost forever. 
.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July 4, 1776


.
Flags

In between your morning ride on the bike, your afternoon of hot dogs at the lake, and your evening of fireworks, consider the real meaning of the day we celebrate.


A History of Independence Day
from the History Channel

When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical.

By the middle of the following year, however, many more colonists had come to favor independence, thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments such as those expressed in the bestselling pamphlet “Common Sense,” published by Thomas Paine in early 1776.

On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence.

Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the vote on Lee’s resolution, but appointed a five-man committee – including Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York – to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain.

On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence in a near-unanimous vote (the New York delegation abstained, but later voted affirmatively). On that day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”

On July 4th, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written largely by Jefferson. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence.


Our freedom comes from that document declaring our independence and from our Constitution, both so masterfully crafted by the patriots who came before us. 

Enjoy your day!






.