Reality Hits Democrats

Jun 27, 2017

Democrats are waking up to reality. Americans don’t care about fantastical stories how Russia may have helped win the election for Donald Trump. While Russian influence stories may motivate Maxine Waters and her base to chant “Impeach 45! Impeach 45!” it’s not resonating with most of America. Representative Tim Walz of Minnesota said, “I did a 22 county tour…Nobody’s focusing on that.” The far-left, represented by Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, are focused on telling their base that the Russians stole the election from Hillary to raise money. But that is not translating into votes and winning elections. Democrats actually have to do the hard work of listening to constituents and forming policies and solutions that speak to their voter’s needs. Representative Tim Ryan said voters are “trying to figure out how they’re going to make the mortgage payment, how they’re going to pay for their kids to go to college, what their energy bill looks like.” House Democrats realize they are in trouble but are at a loss as to how to change their political leadership.

Missing Bishop Forces Vatican to Speak Out

Jun 27, 2017

A Chinese Catholic Bishop has disappeared. Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin was “forcibly removed from his episcopal see some time ago,” said Papal spokesman, Greg Burke. “The diocesan Catholic community and his relatives have no news or reasons for his removal, nor do they know where he is being held,” he added. The Chinese government has long asserted the authority to appoint bishops. By appointing clergy, the Chinese government can influence and control church officers. The Vatican does not recognize that authority. There is a split between the underground church and the state approved above ground Patriotic Catholic Association. Increasing numbers of Catholics are choosing to worship in the illegal underground house churches. The disappearance of the Bishop may be an attempt by Chinese authorities to force him to join the state approved Patriotic Catholic Association.

Reporters Resign In Wake of CNN Retraction

Jun 27, 2017

CNN retracted a story last week that claimed the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Donald Trump’s transition team, for contacts with a Russian executive at the Russian Direct Investment Fund. On Monday, a reporter and two editors resigned from CNN.

The report relied upon a single anonymous source. An internal CNN investigation concluded that “the retraction did not mean the facts of the story were necessarily wrong. Rather, it meant that ‘the story wasn’t solid enough to publish as-is.’”

CNN apologized to Scaramucci. Scaramucci tweeted, "CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted," Scaramucci said after CNN retracted the story. "Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on." CNN has been accused by President Trump of trafficking in fake news, and he’s refused, at times, to take questions from the news organization.

App Reports Anti-Muslim Bias

Jun 27, 2017

The Council on American-Islamic Relations released a app that will encourage users to report “bias incidents.” The app “offers advice about an individual’s constitutional rights when contacted by law enforcement.” “We urge all American Muslims and their supporters to download CAIR’s app and to take advantage of its much-needed features, particularly the function allowing reporting of bias incidents,” said CAIR’s National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Fake hate crimes against Muslims have spiked since President Trump was elected in November. A Muslim student in Louisiana made a false report about Trump supporters shouting racial slurs and stealing her hijab and wallet. Police charged her with filing a fake police report.

It’s not known if the CAIR app will discriminate between real bias incidents and fake incidents. It’s not known if the app will accept incidents of Muslim violence such as the London attacks in June.

Governing Deal Signed in UK

Jun 27, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party agreed to a deal giving the prime minister the political support needed to move her legislative agenda forward in Parliament. Northern Ireland will receive $1.27 billion in new funding and $638 million to develop its infrastructure. The two parties have differences over abortion and same-sex marriage. They did find common ground on national security, Brexit, and NATO spending. The funding for Northern Ireland received criticism. “Where is the money for the Tory-DUP deal coming from?” asked Jeremy Corbin. Sinn Fein objected on the grounds that it threatened the Good Friday peace agreement bringing peace to the long running conflict in Northern Ireland.

Bakery Dispute Heads to Supreme Court

Jun 27, 2017

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a religious freedom case in the 2018 term. The Court will decide whether Christian baker can be compelled to violate his religious beliefs about marriage. Jack Philips, a bakery owner in Colorado, declined to bake a cake for a same sex couple’s wedding. The couple “filed a civil rights complaint against Philips and his bakery.” Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission and the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that Philips “violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act.” If the Supreme Court rules against the bakery owner, it will have serious consequences for religious liberty in America. Christians, Jews, and Muslims would be forced to violate their religious convictions. It would effectively hollow out the First Amendment.

Victory At The Supreme Court

Jun 27, 2017

President Trump won a small victory at the Supreme Court on Monday. The Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in the president’s travel ban executive order in October. It also agreed to a partial implementation of the order. The Court allowed Green Card holders to freely travel as well as people who have “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The president issued a statement saying that Monday’s unanimous Supreme Court decision “allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective.” Congress has given the president the authority to restrict the entry of anyone into the United States in the interest of national security. Lower courts have used the president’s heated campaign rhetoric as a basis to prevent the implementation of President Trump’s executive order.

Crackdown On China

Jun 27, 2017

On Tuesday the State Department will unveil its annual Trafficking in Persons Report. It’s expected that the report will declare China to be human trafficking offender. China will be classed as a “Tier 3” country. This ranking indicates that a country is not meeting minimum standards to stop human trafficking or making improvements to stop it. Countries at “Tier 3” classification can be sanctioned and barred from American educational and cultural exchange programs. China is likely to push back aggressively once the report is made public.

Fix Healthcare With Freedom

Jun 27, 2017

Senator Rand Paul has a plan to fix healthcare in America. His plan used to be a very American idea. An idea that’s fallen on hard times recently. The senator’s plan would use FREEDOM to lower healthcare costs and expand access. Senator Paul said of the Senate Republican plan, “Obamacare is failing in the individual market. But the best way to fix it is through freedom, and everybody seems to be afraid of freedom. What we should do is legalize inexpensive insurance. ” To help people who have pre-existing conditions, the senator would tear down barriers that prevent people from getting group insurance. “Let people in the individual market join a group; let them join the Chamber of Commerce, the NFIB, AARP, Farm Bureau; let them buy group insurance across state lines; let them be part of a big co-op not that the government creates, but that we let the market create.” Unleashing the marketplace to innovate and create solutions to hard problems is doable. It takes a willingness to try freedom.

No Evidence of Syrian Chemical Weapons Use

Jun 27, 2017

It appears the Syrians may not have used chemical weapons in an attack on April 4th. The Syrians and the Russians both said no chemical weapons were used. Yet the story persisted in the American media. Local activists produced pictures of dead and dying victims who were supposedly suffering from the Sarin gas poisoning. President Trump seized on the situation to berate the Obama Administration for “weakness and irresolution.” American intelligence found no evidence that chemical weapons had been used by Syria.

Instead, the evidence showed Syrians used conventional weapons to target a jihadist meeting. Details of the attack had been provided by the Russians days prior to the attack to coordinate American, Syrian, and Russian operations. Lack of evidence not withstanding, President Trump ordered a strike on Syria. The president used the strike to impress the visiting Chinese president at Mar-a-Lago. This is one of the few situations where President Trump has been hailed by the American media and electorate.

The “Holy” Month of Ramadan has been a Busy One for ISIS

Jun 27, 2017

Ramadan is supposed to be the holiest time for the Muslim religion, but the Islamic State has given it a totally new meaning. It called for attacks during Ramadan on targets throughout the world and is now claiming credit for major attacks in at least a dozen countries and numerous smaller attacks killing and injuring hundreds of people. The major attacks occurred in countries like Egypt, England, Iraq, Pakistan, and the Philippines.

While ISIS is famous for claiming credit for every terrorist attack that occurs anywhere; in this case there is no question that they at least encouraged numerous attacks and will continue to do so.

California Adopts Another Draconian Gun Law

Jun 27, 2017

The far left state government in California hates guns and gun owners, while perfectly willing to protect illegal immigrants even if they have committed crimes involving gun violence. So the state has responded with a new law ordering law abiding gun owners who own magazines that can hold over ten rounds to turn them in to the government.

It is suspected that most gun owners will not comply, and in many counties with pro second amendment sheriffs there will be no enforcement by local authorities. Does this mean that the state will send its own people to kick down doors and arrest gun owners? This has been the dream of leftists for years so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Bernie Sanders Dodging Questions About Bank Fraud Investigation

Jun 27, 2017

When he is asked about the ongoing investigation into his activities and those of his wife, Jane, Senator Bernie Sanders can get downright testy. This comes as investigators are looking into whether Jane Sanders committed bank fraud by lying on loan applications to move and expand a private college she was involved with onto some prime property owned by the Catholic Church.

It is alleged that she claimed to have arranged for private donations to pay for the loan, but apparently the sources did not exist. The probe is also looking into whether Bernie Sanders used his influence to try and arrange the loan.

Mainstream Media Trying to Ignore Loretta Lynch Probe.

Jun 27, 2017

Most of the mainstream media is trying to ignore the Senate Judiciary probe into the actions of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Most people are aware of her suspicious meeting with Bill Clinton while Hillary was the subject of a criminal investigation. Now, James Comey has come forward and indicated that she tried to pressure him to downplay the investigation.

Now there is a new report of the existence of emails between Lynch and Debbie Wasserman Schultz where she gave confidential information to the chairman of the DNC about the investigation. She is also said to have advised the DNC about ways she planned to help. If true, these are criminal offenses.

SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Missouri Church

Jun 27, 2017

A Lutheran Church in Missouri has won a case that has broad implications for freedom of religion. The case arose when the church applied to the state to take part in a program designed to make playgrounds at schools and kindergartens safer. The application was denied by the state because the park was owned by the church and on its property.

The church sued and the Supreme Court ruled in a seven to two decision that the denial by the state was discriminatory because it was based entirely on the fact that the applicant was a religious entity. Since the court found that the church qualified for the funds in all other regards, the denial of the application violated the First Amendment of the Constitution.

SCOTUS Gives Trump Big Win

Jun 27, 2017

President Donald Trump won a big victory in the United States Supreme Court when the Court overturned the decisions of lower courts to enjoin the enforcement of his Executive Order limiting travel from certain dangerous countries to the U.S. The victory is not complete because it only allows the EO to be enforced in most cases, but there will be additional arguments scheduled in the October term. However the fact that the decision was nine to zero indicates that the prospects look good; and not one justice defended the basis for the lower court decisions. Those appeared to be entirely political and not based on the Constitution or federal law.

Merchant Ship On Autopilot When It Struck Naval Vessel

Jun 26, 2017

When the USS Fitzgerald was struck by a container ship on June 17th, the container ship was on autopilot. Nobody was on the merchant ship’s bridge at the time of the collision. The Japanese Coast Guard was not alerted for nearly 30 minutes. The warning signals that alert the ship’s operators were missed. After the ship turned around and returned to the scene of the collision did it find the American ship. US Navy investigators are trying to figure out why advanced military navigation radar on the American naval vessel did not alert the crew of an imminent collision. Lookouts were posted to the bridge and were responsible for detecting possible collisions. Seven American sailors lost their lives. They were trapped below the waterline.

Democratic Research Firm Under Senate Examination

Jun 26, 2017

The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating Fusion GPS. The company is believed to have been behind the fake intelligence report on President Trump that accused him of all kinds of scandalous actions. The company is avoiding answering questions and complying with document requests by Senate Committee investigators. The Committee is also looking into why the FBI relied on the Trump dossier and its author and former spy, Christopher Steele. Fusion GPS bills itself as a “research and strategic intelligence firm.” But some investigators think it is a Democrat opposition-research group. The company was hired by Democrats to find dirt on Mitt Romney. And Planned Parenthood used the firm to look into pro-life activists.

President Takes On Democratic Narrative

Jun 26, 2017

President Trump is trying to turn the tables on Democrats. On Friday the president tweeted, “The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY?” On Saturday the president took to Twitter again, asking, “Since the Obama Administration was told way before the 2016 Election that the Russians were meddling, why no action? Focus on them, not T!” The Democratic National Committee refused to allow the FBI to examine its servers for Russian hacks. Instead, the DNC used CrowdStrike, a cyber security company, to make an independent assessment. The FBI had to rely upon the company “to make its assessment about alleged Russian hacking into the DNC.” Officials within the Obama Administration believed that Hillary Clinton would win the White House and apparently did not see the need to make Russian hacking an issue.

Black Unemployment Rate Falls

Jun 26, 2017

The unemployment rate for Black Americans has fallen to 7.5 percent. This is the lowest level since December 2000. Unemployment for blacks reached a high of 16.8 percent in March 2010 during the recession. It got so bad that Representative Maxine Waters slammed Obama for not acknowledging “the economic disaster in the African American community.” And the Congressional Black Caucus Chairman piled on saying, “If Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House.”

Candidate Trump went into the black community and offered them a “new deal.” “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth are unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?”

Quiet End to Ramadan Dinner

Jun 26, 2017

President Trump quietly ended a twenty year tradition of holding a dinner to mark the end of Ramadan. President Trump marked the end of Ramadan by merely tweeting, “On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as the celebrate Eid al-Fitr.” The dinner tradition started under President Clinton, but gained in publicity during the Bush administration after the 9/11 bombing. President Bush attempted to push the narrative that Islam was “a religion of peace.” 2017 set a new record of 174 terror attacks during Ramadan. 1,627 people were killed and 1,960 were wounded. Most horrifying were the terror attacks in London during the month of June.

Global Warming Directives May Have Caused Fire in London

Jun 26, 2017

There have been several large building fires since 2010. The Address Downtown Dubai hotel experience a fire that quickly engulfed the exterior cladding of the building. High-rise buildings in France and Australia with similar cladding have had significant fires. The Grenfell Tower fire in London is the latest fire to involve exterior cladding. Over the weekend, British authorities evacuated residents of four buildings that were wrapped with the same cladding. The European Union Energy directive imposed energy efficiency on buildings. The directive was passed into British law in 2010. Exterior cladding was put on buildings all over the UK and Europe. In trying to save the world from climate change, it’s possible that bureaucrats have created a life threatening situation for people living in high-rise buildings.

German Government Goes Full Espionage

Jun 26, 2017

German authorities have given themselves the legal authority to “secretly install spy software on computers and smart phones clandestinely. This will be used for taxes, not just terrorism.”

The spying power was secretly included in legislation on driving bans. Now German authorities will be able to read and intercept messages before they are encrypted. Germany authorities think smartphone applications such as WhatsApp and Signal give people the ability to avoid traditional surveillance. German interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere said, “We can’t allow there to be areas that are practically outside the law.”

Healthcare Mess

Jun 26, 2017

Under the Senate’s healthcare bill, Americans who don’t maintain health insurance would be barred from purchasing health insurance on the individual market for six months. The Senate’s bill would keep health insurers from denying coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions. To keep the cost down for the sick and those with pre-existing conditions, the legislative scheme needs to force healthy people to buy insurance. How that is different from Obamacare, which forces Americans to buy healthcare coverage or face a fine, is not clear. The six-month provision may make it more difficult get the requisite number of Republicans required to pass the bill.

Meddling in Iran

Jun 26, 2017

Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas says, “The policy of the United States should be regime change in Iran.” The Senator wants to push diplomatic, economic and covert actions against Iran. He also wants the United States to “support internal domestic dissent” within Iran to achieve regime change. The United States and United Kingdom tried regime change in Iran in 1953 when they overthrew the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. The U.S. support for the Shah and the overthrow of Mossaddegh was a significant grievance of opposition groups in Iran. A grievance that many Iranians continue to harbor. The Trump Administration is continuing to develop a policy towards Iran. Until then, the administration will continue the deal that the Obama Administration initiated.

Books Give TSA Problems

Jun 26, 2017

You may be required to take out your books when you go through security at the airport. The TSA has been testing new approaches to security involving books and paper products. New screening processes will mean that passengers would have to put paper products into separate bins. The ACLU says, “There is a long history of special legal protection for the privacy of one’s reading habits in the United States . . . . “ The TSA says it is not looking at the subject matter or the content of the books. Sometimes books and other paper products give TSA screeners difficulty in looking at scans of carry on items. The TSA is testing the new approach in Missouri and California. And plans to roll it out nationwide when it finds out how to do it with the least inconvenience to passengers.

CNN Busted For “Fake News” Scandal

Jun 26, 2017

The Trump administration and others have been accusing mainstream media outlets of “fake news” for months, and now CNN has been caught red handed.

The liberal network that was essentially a propaganda organ for the Hillary Clinton campaign and has been very critical of the Trump presidency recently ran another story citing a single unnamed source. The source claimed that a Senate investigation team was looking into a meeting of a Trump transition team member and an executive of a 10 billion dollar Russian investment firm.

The story turned out to be entirely fabricated. There was no such firm and no meeting. CNN was forced to delete the story and has supposedly set up strict rules for vetting any other stories about Russia.

ISIS Hacking Government Websites

Jun 26, 2017

In a new tactic designed to terrorize Americans ISIS recently hacked and left threatening messages on ten state government websites in Ohio, including that of Governor John Kasich’s office. A similar hack occurred at Brookhaven, New York, a town on Long Island. All of the websites in both locations have been restored and an investigation is under way to try and determine the origin of the attacks and prevent further interruptions.

The attacks coincided with the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and authorities believe it was a warning that other incursions of a similar nature may occur in conjunction with actual terrorist activity designed to kill and injure Americans.

Democrats Behind “Russian Dossier”?

Jun 26, 2017

During the presidential campaign a document was produced that claimed to be a Russian dossier on Donald Trump showing that he had massive financial ties to Russia, and was even being blackmailed by the Russians. The Clinton campaign and its liberal allies in the mainstream media immediately jumped on the story, but it quickly began to unravel and the dossier proved to contain bogus information and not to have originated in Russia at all.

Now the shadowy firm that apparently commissioned the document is being investigated by the Senate Judiciary Committee over its ties to the Clinton campaign and the Democrat Party. The company, Fusion GPS, is refusing to comply with the committee’s request for documents and other information.

New York Reeling Under Minimum Wage Hikes

Jun 26, 2017

The liberal controlled state legislature in New York passed legislation to gradually increase the required minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2019. The increases started going into effect at the end of 2015 and is already having a devastating impact on the state’s economy. This is particularly true for the restaurant business that makes up a large part of the economy in places like New York City.

Over a thousand restaurants closed state wide last year alone. This has left thousands of people unemployed and it is harder than ever to find jobs elsewhere in the state since the growth in the industry has come to virtual standstill. In addition, other people are losing their jobs as fast food restaurants go to self-service kiosks to reduce costs.

Voting by Illegals is Real

Jun 26, 2017

When President Donald Trump claimed that voting by people in this country illegally may have kept him from winning the popular vote in November he was met with derision by the mainstream media. However, recent developments are supporting his claim. Studies around the country show that illegals and other non citizens are widely recruited to register to vote, particularly in states like California and Washington where no proof of citizenship is required.

The effort to recruit illegals and get them out to vote was strengthened during the Obama administration when the Justice Department sued any state that required things like a picture ID to be produced when voting. Statistics show that in 2008 and 2012 millions of non-citizens voted so there is no reason to believe that did not happen in 2016.

Americans Reportedly Getting Tired Of Russia Conspiracy Probes

Jun 26, 2017

A new survey by the Harvard-Harris poll shows that Americans are getting fed up by the continuous emphasis on the Russia conspiracy theories. The poll states that 64 percent of those polled believe it is damaging to the country, and 56 percent want the Congress and the media to move on to issues that truly concern Americans like jobs, the economy, terrorism, and national security.

This poll reflects that people are reacting to the fact that despite months of investigation there has been absolutely no evidence found to tie the Trump campaign to the Russians. Nor is there any evidence to show that Russian attempts to interfere with the election were successful in actually influencing the outcome.

Senate Panel to Investigate Loretta Lynch

Jun 26, 2017

The Senate Judiciary committee has launched an investigation into the actions of former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The inquiry is focusing on the claim that she actively interfered in the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton and her use of a private server during her term as Secretary of State. This private server was used along with some other devices to transmit emails that contained everything from sensitive to highly classified information,

According to testimony by former FBI head James Comey Lynch actively tried to influence him to limit the inquiry and keep Hillary from being prosecuted.

Debating Campus Speaking Events

Jun 24, 2017

During a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Senator Diane Feinstein argued in favor of universities canceling speaking events when they may lead to violence. Pushing back on Feinstein was UCLA law Professor Eugene Volokh. He argued that First Amendment does not protect a Heckler’s veto. In fact, it ends up being the suppression of free speech by government under the guise of concern of violence.

“When you have a set group of people that come to create a disturbance, some of them even wearing masks or wearing certain clothing, what do you do,” asked Feinstein. “I think the answer is to make sure they don’t create a disturbance and to threaten them with punishment, meaningful punishment, if they do create a disturbance. And not to essentially let them have their way by suppressing the speech that they are trying to suppress,” Volokh replied. Many conservative speakers have had their events cancelled out of fear of violence. Many universities may not have the resources to handle protests and find cancelling the event a better way to deal with the threats of violence.

Single Payer Healthcare Stopped In California

Jun 24, 2017

Common sense took hold of California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on Friday. He stopped legislation that would create a single payer healthcare plan in the state. He placed the bill in the Assembly Rules Committee “until further notice.” He said the bill is “woefully incomplete.” Earlier in the month, the state Senate passed the bill knowing full well that the legislation had many fatal problems. The bill did not address, financing, delivery of care, cost controls, or other issues. Initial estimates put the cost of single payer at $400 billion. Authors of the legislation plan to create a funding mechanism and amend the bill at some point in the future.

Inmates Save Life of Guard

Jun 24, 2017

Six inmates on a work detail were credited with saving the life of a deputy tasked with supervising them. The inmates were cutting the grass at a cemetery.

One of the inmates used the officer’s phone to call 911. Another removed his bulletproof vest and gun belt to help the officer breath more easily. Medics came to the scene and took over. "They really stepped up in a time of crisis and show that they care about my officers," Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats said. "That really speaks a lot about my officers too, how they treat these inmates. They treat them like people. Like family." The six Georgia inmates were granted a 25% reduction in their sentences. And the deputy’s family held a lunch for the inmates at a local park to thank them.

Propping Up Obamacare

Jun 24, 2017

Senator Rand Paul says that the Senate healthcare bill does nothing to repeal Obamacare. “It actually does not repeal and replace Obamacare, it replaces it with more Obamacare or Obamacare-Lite, which doesn’t really fix the problem.” The Senator pointed out that the Senate bill keeps 100 percent of Obamacare subsidies and even increases subsidies. The bill would create a stabilization fund of $100 billion. “This fund is something that is not consistent with conservative philosophy because it’s the government giving money to insurance companies,” said Senator Paul.

Out of the twelve regulations that are driving up the price of premiums, the proposed Senate bill keeps ten of them. Senator Paul points out that the legislation repeals a lot of the taxes associated with Obamacare, but it does not get rid of the spending. “When you do that, what you end up having is a problem with your debt, the bill will add a lot to the debt.” Senate Majority Leader McConnell is pushing for a vote in the Senate in the coming week. So far five Republican senators said they won’t support the bill.

Talk of Violence on the Left Heats Up

Jun 24, 2017

A Democrat Party official in Nebraska, was recorded saying that he was glad Representative Scalise was shot but wished he was dead. Phil Montag was co-chair of the state party’s technology committee. Montag said of Scalise, "His whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to (expletive) kick people off (expletive) health care. I'm glad he got shot,” adding, "I wish he was (expletive) dead.” Nebraska Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb fired Montag. “Wishing a Member of Congress or any individual dead is disgusting and has no place in our party.” "We obviously condemn any kind of violence, whether it's comments on Facebook or comments in a meeting. Our country is better than the political rhetoric that is out there from both the far right and the far left.” Montag said that his words were edited and that he did not wish for the death of Representative Scalise.

Minimum Wage Forces New York Restaurants to Close

Jun 24, 2017

1,000 restaurants closed in New York in 2016. Growth in the restaurant sector slowed to 1.4% Between 2010 and 2015 growth was 4.4% Restaurants in New York City are required to pay $12 an hour. The minimum wage will ultimately rise to $15 by 2019. “It’s a miserable business at the moment. Most restaurateurs are far less profitable than they were a year ago,” said Andrew Schnipper, owner of five Schnipper’s Quality Kitchens. “We are beginning to see the harmful effects of drastic minimum wage increases that previous studies have predicted,” said Mike Whatley, Director of State and Local Government Affairs, National Restaurant Association. Politicians would do well to let businesses and workers to decide for themselves the price of labor.

Big Government Goes After The Sanders

Jun 24, 2017

Bernie Sanders campaigned on a platform of greatly increasing the size, scope, power, and influence of the federal government in the lives of Americans. Many voters bought into it. Now that big government is investigating Bernie and Jane Sanders. Jane Sanders is being investigated for possible bank fraud. She may have overstated, by a mere $2 million, the amount donors pledged to repay so she could obtain a $10 million loan to buy 33 acres of land to expand Burlington College. Bernie Sanders is being investigated by federal prosecutors for using his office to pressure the bank to approve the loan. The Sanders have lawyered up, retaining pricey and experienced attorneys.

Promises With Expiration Dates

Jun 24, 2017

Hillary Clinton signed an ethics agreement in 2009 when she became Secretary of State. She promised to “notify the State Department's ethics official if a new foreign government wanted to donate or ‘increase materially’ its contributions.” Qatar gave the Clinton Foundation $1 million to celebrate former President Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday. The gift was never reported to the State Department. Evidence shows that the Clinton Foundation failed to report donations from eight additional countries. Mrs. Clinton’s promise to publish a list of its donors since 2010, never materialized either.

Loretta Lynch To Be Investigated

Jun 24, 2017

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with Bill Clinton for about thirty minutes while Hillary Clinton’s emails were being investigated. She’s denied discussing the investigation with Bill Clinton. On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee decided to investigate how Loretta Lynch might have influenced the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton.

The investigation has bipartisan support. According to former FBI Director, James Comey, Lynch asked him to call the probe into Mrs. Clinton’s emails a “matter” instead of an “investigation.” The committee issued a letter asking Ms. Lynch to “detail the depths of her involvement in the FBI’s investigation, including whether she ever assured Clinton confidantes that the probe wouldn’t ‘push too deeply into the mater.’”

Reality Check for Minimum Wage

Jun 24, 2017

McDonalds estimates that one in eight American workers has been employed by the company. But that statistic will be getting smaller in the future. McDonalds is rolling out digital kiosks. They will eventually replace cashiers in at least 2,500 restaurants by the end of 2017.

The company is also introducing mobile ordering across 14,000 locations by the end of 2017. The push towards a higher minimum wage is forcing McDonalds to innovate and lower its labor costs. A kiosk works 24 hours a day. It does not take sick days. It does not need a paycheck. It shows up to work everyday and never complains or gives poor service.

Nancy Pelosi Plans to Stick Around

Jun 24, 2017

House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, is under fire for the inability of Democrats to win an open House seat in Georgia. Democrats spent $30 million only to lose the race.

Some Democrats think it is impossible for Democrats to retake the House in 2018 because of her leadership. Republicans have successfully campaigned against Democrats by linking them with Pelosi and San Francisco values. They featured Pelosi in almost every attack ad in the Georgia race. During a press conference on Thursday, Pelosi sang her praises saying, “Well, I am a master legislator. i am a strategic politically astute leader. My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I am able to attract the support that I do which is essential to our election, sad to say.” Republicans are encouraging Pelosi to stick around.

Yale Dean Now One of the Common People

Jun 24, 2017

June Chu, a Dean at Yale University, did not like mixing with the hoi polloi. She used Yelp as a platform to disparage people she considered “low-class” and “white trash.” After her comments were publicly exposed, she acknowledged that she was wrong.

“Let me be clear,” she wrote. “No one, especially those in trusted positions of educating young people, should denigrate or stereotype others, and that extends to any form of discrimination based on class, race, religion, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.” “There are no two ways about it,” she wrote. “Not only were they insensitive in matters related to class and race; they demean the values to which I hold myself and which I offer as a member of this community.” Dean Chu is now without a job. She was placed on leave at the end of May. Administrative head, Stephen Davis said that he’d lost confidence in Chu’s ability to lead students and is searching for a replacement dean.

New Sniper Record

Jun 24, 2017

A Canadian sniper set a new military record. He killed an ISIS fighter from a distance of 2.2 miles. “The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of the Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target from 3,540 [2.2 miles],” said a Canadian military statement. This would have been an incredibly complex shot relying more on the spotter’s expertise than the sniper’s skill.

Ryan Cleckner, a former U.S. Army Ranger sniper said, “The spotter would have had to successfully calculate five factors: distance, wind, atmospheric conditions and the speed of the earth’s rotation at their latitude.” The spotter’s job is to tell the sniper the moment the conditions come together with the calculations that were made. The record shot was taken with a McMillan TAC-50. It is the largest shoulder-fired firearm in the world.

Maybe Trump Was Right After all

Jun 24, 2017

Shortly after winning the election, President-Elect Trump tweeted, “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” Many people dismissed this as the President-Elect being unable to deal with losing the popular vote. In a new study by the think tank, Just Facts, it’s estimated that as many as 5.7 million non-citizens may have voted in the 2008 election.

The Just Facts study looks at a Harvard/YouGov study done after the 2008 election in which 32,000 people were interviewed. The Just Facts study recasts the Harvard/YouGov study by examining its underlying assumptions. Harvard/YouGov relied heavily on Census data, which “underestimates the presence of illegal immigrants in the country.” Just Facts concluded that between 1.2 and 3.6 million non-citizens may have voted in the 2012 election. If true, the numbers could also account for Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote.

Making America Not So Great Again

Jun 24, 2017

In 2016, President-Elect Donald Trump was delighted to announce a deal in which the heating and air-conditioning company, Carrier, would not close down a plant in Indianapolis and send the work to Mexico. Instead, Carrier would invest $16 million into the plant. Talk radio conservatives were ecstatic, pointing out that America was coming back. A few weeks later, the CEO revealed that the investment would be in automation of the plant. Seven months later, Carrier announced that it will lay off 600 employees. Many of the jobs will go to Mexico.

Snowflake Students Protest The Dalai Lama

Jun 24, 2017

Chinese students at the University of California at San Diego were unhappy when school officials invited the Dalai Lama to give the commencement address.

China has long tried to incorporate Tibet into China and quash the Dalai Lama’s campaign to free the people of Tibet. One student said of the spiritual leader, "His conflict with our government caused property loss, deaths of innocent people, and panic among the general public––even though he claims that he advocates for a nonviolent revolution.” Administrators at the university did not give into student demands. The Dalai Lama gave his address and spoke about his vision for a better world without violence.

Deep State Torture

Jun 24, 2017

It’s come to light that the United Arab Emirates has a network of secret prisons in Yemen. The “black sites” are designed to torture detainees to extract information. In some cases, American military personnel provide the questions and receive transcripts from the interrogations. The Associated Press interviewed dozens of former prisoners, family members, lawyers, and officials from Yemen and the U.S. Victims were “put into shipping containers and even smeared with feces. Inmates were flogged with wires, locked inside a container with a fire burning to fill it with smoke, tied to a spit and spun in a circle of fire, as well as being subjected to other forms of torture.”

Yemen officials denied the existence of black sites and said reports of torture were exaggerated. American military officials said, “We would not turn a blind eye, because we are obligated to report any violations of human rights,” chief Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White said when presented with AP's findings. The official added that the US always follows “the highest standards of personal and professional conduct.” The International Committee of the Red Cross or a UN Human Right Council may investigate to confirm the allegations of torture.

Houston Selling Some Assets

Jun 24, 2017

The city of Houston, Texas is selling $2 million worth of city streets and utility easements. The city council is trying to close a budget gap of $123 million. The city sold off some of its assets in previous budget cycles to balance its budgets. Debt obligations and pension costs have strained the city’s budget. Adding to the strain, the city’s investment portfolio has not delivered the high returns that were expected. The city’s budget is $5.2 billion. For the first time in 15 years, the city’s pension obligations are fully funded. Within the last decade, voters restricted by how much the city could raise property taxes. It is limited to the combined rates of population growth and inflation.

Russian Hacking Blown Way Out of Proportion

Jun 24, 2017

Many states have their voter registration rolls online. Researchers and political operatives can find names, addresses, and contribution amounts. It’s public and completely legal for any person to examine. The Wall Street Journal ran a headline on Wednesday: Russia Targeted 21 States for Election Hacking, Official Says.

One sentence stands out. “Much of the data targeted was voter-registration information.” If this is the alleged Russian hack, then nothing much happened at all. It makes for great political theater and scare headlines. But it’s a non-story meant to divert the attention of Americans.

No Tapes

Jun 24, 2017

President Trump announced on Thursday that he was just kidding about hinting at the existence of tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director, James Comey. He released two Tweets, likely written by his attorneys, flatly denying the existence of any recordings. “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are “tapes” or recording of my conversations with James Comes, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.” Earlier, in response to a FOIA request from the Wall Street Journal, the Secret Service said that they did not have any tapes or recordings of conversations of President Trump and James Comes.

Republican Healthcare Legislation

Jun 24, 2017

Republican Senators unveiled their version of healthcare today. It has nothing to do with free markets or liberty. Government would continue to be heavily involved. And some Obamacare subsidies would stick around. Health insurance companies would get reimbursements to subsidize low income users of Obamacare plans.

The good news is that the individual mandate would be repealed. In fact, it would be repealed retroactively to the beginning of 2016. Does that mean the government would return the money it extracted from the poor citizens who elected to do without healthcare? On that question, the plan is silent. Four Republican senators are so unimpressed with their colleagues’ efforts to run healthcare that they have announced they are not going to support it. One of the holdouts, Senator Rand Paul said, “It looks like we’re keeping Obamacare, not repealing.” Healthcare theater is just getting started. Stay tuned!

Pelosi Under Increasing Fire from Fellow Democrats

Jun 24, 2017

After two more Democrat losses in special elections for the House of Representatives, including the devastating loss in Georgia’s 6th district where Democrats fully expected to win, a small, but growing number of Democrat House members are questioning the leadership of Nancy Pelosi. Republicans are successfully making Pelosi a target in House elections and it will certainly continue in 2018. In the meantime, some Democrats are getting worried about Pelosi’s garbled and almost incoherent speeches where she repeats words and spends much of her time singing her own praises. In light of this, it is expected that the challenges to the house minority leader will continue to grow.

Travel Bans Okay to Support Liberal Causes

Jun 24, 2017

Apparently, travel bans are okay if they support liberal causes, but terrible if they are designed to protect American citizens from potential terrorists. The ultra-left wing government in California has decided to ban state funded travel to eight other U.S. states that refuse to abide by the liberal views of California. The states banned include Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, South Dakota, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kansas.

The crimes of these states according to the California government are protecting privacy by opposing transgender bathrooms, and protecting religious freedoms for businesses. This may explain why many people now refer to the Golden state as the “Peoples’ Republic of California.”

Threats on Republican Members of Congress Spike

Jun 24, 2017

The attempt to assassinate Rep. Steve Scalise and other Republican members of Congress during a practice for the congressional baseball game is unfortunately just the tip of the iceberg. Since May at least 30 Republicans in Congress have received death threats and some have had their homes vandalized.

The response of most of the mainstream media has been to ignore these threats or even make jokes about the shooting of Scalise and others. When this is coupled with the play in New York glorifying the assassination of Donald Trump, the atrocious picture featuring Kathy Griffin holding up a likeness of Trump’s severed head, as well members of academia excusing the threats and shootings are indications that the violence will continue.

Democrats Vow to Block Republican Health Care Bill

Jun 24, 2017

In an apparent effort to cling to the rapidly collapsing Obamacare system, senate democrats are vowing to block the passage of the new health care bill proposed by Republicans in the senate. Highlights of the proposal include doing away with the Obamacare tax increases, the individual and small business mandates, and returning control of Medicaid to the states.

Unfortunately, for supporters of the new legislation there are also at least four Republican senators who have expressed opposition to the proposal unless some changes are made. This would leave the Republicans two votes short of being able to pass the bill with no democrat votes.

Government Consultant Charged with Espionage

Jun 24, 2017

Kevin Mallory, a 60 year old U.S. Army veteran has been arrested and charged with espionage for allegedly selling top secret documents to the Communist Chinese government. He has worked over the years as a special agent for the Diplomatic Security Service for the State Department as well as for other federal agencies and government contractors. He has lately been working as a self-employed consultant.

If convicted he faces at least life in prison, but according to the prosecution could be facing the death penalty if certain circumstances are met. This appears to be another unfortunate example of lapses in security in the federal government.

Hillary Would Probably Lose again

Jun 24, 2017

The democrats are continuing to claim that the election was stolen from Hillary Clinton and Trump is not a legitimate President. Many of them also seem to believe that if the election was held today Hillary would win in a landslide. However, there is a major problem with that theory. A poll done in the last few days shows that Hillary’s numbers are the same now as they were just after the election.

In December 2016 she had a favorable rating of 41 percent and unfavorable rating of 57 percent. The new poll shows her with the same numbers today so it appears that all of her excuses for her loss in November have fallen on deaf ears.

Welfare Wall

Jun 22, 2017

At a rally on Wednesday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, President Trump said that he’d like to see a new kind of wall. "That's why I believe the time has come for new immigration rules which say those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years," said the president. President Trump is taking a step in the right direction. Requiring immigrants to work would create a process of self-selection. Those immigrants who want to be a part of the country and integrate into the culture would agree to the terms. A free nation requires a self-reliant citizenry not dependent upon government for its welfare.

Tesla’s Batteries Not So Green

Jun 22, 2017

Tesla’s car batteries create the same amount of carbon dioxide during their production as does driving a gasoline-powered car for eight years. The report was produced by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. “For every kilowatt hour of storage capacity in the battery, [it] generated emissions of 150 to 200 kilos of carbon dioxide already in the factory.” A Tesla sized battery produces three times as much emissions as the smaller Nissan leaf sized. The U.S. government has funded Tesla in the hope that the battery powered car would make meaningful contributions towards “combating climate change.”

Saudi Arabia Shuffles Line of Succession

Jun 22, 2017

The king of Saudi Arabia appointed his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, as crown prince. The former crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef, was removed from the line of succession. Mohammed bin Salman served as the kingdom’s defense minister. He has taken a hard line against Iran and has led the Saudi war against Yemen. He worked closely with the Trump administration to facilitate the president’s first trip abroad. The appointment of a younger royal is seen as a consequential shift power towards a new generation of royals. He has been popular among Saudi Arabia’s youth. He’s pushed for reforms to allow more entertainment and to make the country less reliant on oil as a source of its revenue.

President Eric Holder?

Jun 22, 2017

Former Attorney General, Eric Holder, is thinking about running for president in 2020 He wants to use his association with President Obama and his notoriety of being the first African-American attorney general “to be effective in opposing things that are, at the end of the day, just bad for the country.” Holder feels obligated to re-enter the political field because of Hillary Clinton’s loss. “Now is the time to be more visible. Now is the time to be heard,” said Holder. Eric Holder was hired by the state of California to keep its status as a sanctuary state. As part of that effort, he is promoting legislation to “prevent local police from enforcing immigration law."

Obamacare Takes Hit

Jun 22, 2017

Anthem will pull out of Obamacare in Wisconsin and Indiana by the end of 2017. The company blamed a decrease in people signing up and the political uncertainty surrounding the program as its reasons for leaving the markets. Because the healthcare market is so volatile, Anthem can’t properly plan and price compliant policies. Anthem pulled out of Ohio in June. Governor Scott Walker issued a statement saying, "Obamacare is collapsing. Growing uncertainty in the health insurance market was created by Obamacare’s costly regulations and it is causing higher premiums and a lack of options." Democrats blame the instability on Republicans and President Trump’s unwillingness to spend more money on Obamacare to keep it financially stable.

State Department Begins Probe of Clinton Email Server

Jun 22, 2017

The State Department is investigating Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information on her private server. The investigation could result in Clinton losing her top-level security clearance. According to former FBI Director, James Comey, “there were seven email chains on Clinton’s computer that were classified at the “Top Secret/Special Access Program level.” An additional 2,0000 emails were found with information that is currently considered classified. The State Department’s investigation began sometime after the FBI closed its investigation of Clinton. The Senate Judiciary Committee is also investigating Clinton’s handling of emails. A spokesman for Clinton said, “Nothing’s been more thoroughly dissected. it’s over. Case closed. Literally.”

Policing Thought and Speech in Germany

Jun 22, 2017

The houses of 36 people in Germany were raided by police on Tuesday. They are suspected with posting “hateful” content on social media sites. Germany equates words or speech with violence. Enforcement actions are designed to police what people think. “The still high incidence of punishable hate posting shows a need for police action,” explained Holger Münch, president of the Federal Criminal Police Office “Our free society must not allow a climate of fear, threat, criminal violence and violence either on the street or on the internet.” Because of Germany’s Nazi past, German authorities look to quash speech that might create hostility towards minorities. Pending legislation in Germany would fine social media companies up to $53 million if they don’t remove hate speech or other content deemed illegal or offensive.

Unhappiness With Pelosi

Jun 22, 2017

In the wake of the Democrat’s loss in Tuesday’s special election in Georgia, there is a lot of unhappiness with Nancy Pelosi’s leadership as Minority Leader in the House. Since 2008, Democratic representation has been shrinking. Democrats have lost over a thousand seats throughout the country. Democrats spent over $30 million to lose the Georgia election. “I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top. Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost. But she certainly is one of the reasons,” said Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas). Republicans have successfully made Pelosi and “San Francisco values” toxic to Democrat challengers in many races across the country. Yet Nancy Pelosi is an effective fundraiser, raising more that $560 million for House Democrats since 2003.

Political Theater

Jun 22, 2017

Republicans plan to raise the debt ceiling which is currently set at almost $20 trillion. The Treasury said that Congress can wait until sometime in September to raise the limit. The debt ceiling is the upper limit that the government may borrow. It was first established in 1917. It gives politicians the cover of fiscal responsibility. Republicans want to raise the debt ceiling to a level whereby there would not have to be a vote for several years. Congress ought to scrap the debt ceiling altogether. While the political maneuvering makes for amusing political theater, nobody in Congress is serious about cutting the national debt or balancing the budget.

FEC Commissioner Wants To Expand Russian Investigation

Jun 22, 2017

A Democrat Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission wants to expand the investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. The expansion would include companies that take political ads. Facebook and Drudge Report were two companies that might be investigated under the proposal. Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub plans to introduce the idea to the entire commission. "This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for our democracy," she said. No government agency investigating Russian influence has asked the FEC for help. People critical of her idea call it a “federal power grab” not within the scope of the FEC’s power.

Left Continues to Call for Violence

Jun 22, 2017

As some in the left wing media appear to still be celebrating the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise as being something he deserved for being a white Republican conservative, others on the left are going further. The ultra-violent ANTIFA group is posting calls on its website for its comrades to attack police, and anyone suspected of being a Trump supporter.

Members of the group have participated in violent acts in Berkley, California, Olympia, Washington, and Harrisburg, PA along with other locations. They are well known for using various weapons and even attacking and injuring police horses. Many people are calling for the group to be designated a terrorist organization and treated accordingly.

Terrorist Attack in Flint, Michigan

Jun 22, 2017

An Islamic terrorist identified as Canadian Amor Ftouhi attacked a police officer in the Flint, Michigan airport yesterday. He was yelling Allah Akbar as he used a 12 inch knife to stab Officer Jeff Neville in the neck in the unsecured area of the airport. The FBI and other federal, state, and local agencies are all treating this as an act of terrorism.

Ftouhi was captured alive and told investigators that he was acting on behalf of Allah and planned to kill as many people as possible. Only quick action by other airport police kept him from succeeding. This will undoubtedly raise more concerns about our northern border that is even more wide open than our southern border. Ftouhi apparently entered the country legally on June 16.

Illinois Preparing to Default on Bill Payments

Jun 22, 2017

After years of mismanagement and uncontrolled spending by the Democrats in control of the state government the Illinois state comptroller Susana Mendoza issued a dire warning to lawmakers. The state is entering its third year without a budget and is staring at 15 billion dollars in unpaid bills, and Mendoza says that the state will not be able to pay bills to continue some “core” services.

The state is already facing the downgrading of its financial situation to “junk status” which means that the state will no longer be able to borrow money or issue bonds. Many of the services affected are those provided to senior citizens such as hospice services, long term care, and supportive living decisions.

Democrats in Disarray after Election Losses

Jun 22, 2017

After the Tuesday election losses, including the one in Georgia’s Sixth District some democrats in Congress are questioning both the message their party is delivering and the party leadership. In Georgia the democrats raised and spent millions of dollars in support of a candidate that claimed to be a moderate.

Despite this, the party continued to play this up as a national referendum on President Donald Trump. Republicans countered by tying Jon Ossoff to House minority leader Nancy Pelosi. This has led some democrats to talk about replacing Pelosi and starting to run campaigns with a positive message instead of just being anti-Trump.

Jeh Johnson Slams Democrat National Committee

Jun 22, 2017

The former director of the Department of Homeland Security under Barack Obama blasted the Democrat National Committee in testimony before the House Intelligence committee. Jeh Johnson pointed out that for weeks after learning that its email system had been hacked the DNC refused to accept help from Homeland Security.

DHS had been very successful at protecting other groups and agencies where there was hacking being attempted. Yet, Johnson said that the DNC steadfastly refused the offer of help and allowed additional damage to occur. Johnson seemed to have no idea what the reasoning was behind this decision.

North Korea May be Preparing New Nuclear Test

Jun 22, 2017

U.S. intelligence officials are expressing concern that North Korea may be preparing for another test of a nuclear weapon. Unusual activity has been reported at a site where such tests have been conducted before. The tests of nuclear weapons, and missiles capable of delivering these weapons to targets as far away as the west coast of the United States violate several United Nations resolutions, and come despite severe economic sanctions impose on the communist dictatorship.

Some analysts believe that the test may be planned to coincide with a visit by officials from communist China to meet with American leaders. North Korea may be hoping to impress or intimidate the Chinese.

Texas Gold Depository

Jun 21, 2017

Texas plans to open a gold depository. The state plans to repatriate $1 billion in gold bullion now stored in New York. The Texas Bullion Depository will be 60,000 square feet. “The Texas Bullion Depository will offer Texans safe, secure, and fully insured storage for precious metals, providing an alternative to depositories largely located in and around New York City,” said Glenn Hegar, the Texas comptroller. The depository will be available for use by “private citizens, institutional investors, state agencies, and even non-US precious metals investors.” Hegar envisions a network of licensed and insured depository agents around the state to help Texans store their gold.

Gun Control in California Schools

Jun 21, 2017

California’s State Assembly passed a gun control measure to disarm teachers and staff who are allowed to carry for self-defense. The vote to disarm teachers was 43-23.
Five California school districts allow concealed-carry weapon permit holders to carry on campus. The legislator behind the bill, Kevin McCarty, said, “A safe learning environment is essential for our children to be successful in the classroom. That’s not possible if a school district allows armed civilians to roam California school campuses.” McCarty did not list an single crime committed by an armed teacher or staff member. By disarming law abiding citizens, legislators make students and teachers reliant upon calls to 911 and whatever they can find to throw at attackers until police arrive.

No Single-Payer

Jun 21, 2017

The Washington Post published an editorial on Sunday saying that single-payer health care would not work in the United States. The cost would be “astonishing,” said the Post. The editorial referenced the Urban Institute which calculated the cost of single-payer to be $32 trillion over 10 years. And single-payer would be politically unpopular. "To realize the single-payer dream of coverage for all and big savings, medical industry players, including doctors, would likely have to get paid less and patients would have to accept different standards of access and comfort. There is little evidence most Americans are willing to accept such tradeoffs."

While the editorial board understands the prohibitive cost of single-payer, the editors don’t seem to get that forcing someone to provide a service is immoral.

Breakup Amazon!

Jun 21, 2017

Some people are unhappy that Amazon is so successful. Now that Amazon is buying Whole Foods, Douglas Rushkoff of Fast Company wants the government to break up Amazon. Rushkoff is uneasy that Amazon generates 30% of online and offline retail sales growth and has 40% of internet cloud services. He says that Amazon is an “impending monopoly”. Even though Amazon delivers products cheaply, efficiently, and has made the lives of millions of Americans better, Rushkoff is convinced that Amazon needs to be called out “for the threat it poses to our markets, our economy, and even our planet.” Rather than compete in the marketplace, Rushkoff wants to complain and find ways to use the force of government to make the lives of Americans more expensive and difficult.

Explosion in Belgium

Jun 21, 2017

An explosive device was detonated in Brussels Central Station on Monday. Before triggering the explosion, the suspect shouted “Allah Akbar”. There are no reported injuries. Soldiers shot and killed the suspect. He was wearing what looked like an explosives belt. His body was left at the station for several hours out of fear that the explosives on the belt could go off. Police closed down the area and a bomb disposal squad searched the area for more explosive devices. March 22, 2016, three coordinated suicide bombings took place in Brussels. Two attacks were at the airport and the other at a metro station.

Ratcheting Up Tensions With North Korea

Jun 21, 2017

On Tuesday President Trump tweeted, “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” Now come reports that American spy satellites have detected increased activity around an underground nuclear test site in North Korea. Analysts don’t know if this means a nuclear test is imminent. Chinese diplomats and military officials will be visiting Washington on Wednesday. Officials speculate that North Korea could test a nuclear weapon during the visit. The Pentagon recently updated military options for North Korea. They would be presented to President Trump in the event of a nuclear test.

Tipping Uber Drivers

Jun 21, 2017

The ride sharing company, Uber, updated its app to allow riders to tip drivers. The app was rolled out in three cities on Tuesday. Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston are the first cities to get the app. When the bugs are worked out of the software, the updated app will be rolled out nationwide at the end of July. Uber has long resisted allowing tipping. The company explained in 2016, “With Uber, drivers know that they earn the same for doing the same trip, no matter who they are or where they’re from.”

Recently, Uber has been facing multiple scandals including sexism, mishandling medical records, and a lawsuit from a Google spinoff. Uber’s CEO took a temporary leave of absence from the company. Uber has implemented “180 days of change.” A PR campaign to restore its image with its drivers. The ability to tip drivers appears to be a part of the campaign.

Russian Fighter Buzzes U.S. Air Force Plane

Jun 21, 2017

A U.S. reconnaissance aircraft was buzzed by a Russian fighter over the Baltic Sea on Monday. The fighter came within five feet of the American plane at one point. The Russian jet was armed with air-to-air missiles. It’s flight maneuvers were “provocative.” There have been more than 35 interactions between American and Russian jets and naval vessels since June 2. The interaction came one day after Russia announced that any U.S. plane flying west of the Euphrates River would be a target.

Democrats Lose Again in Two More House Races

Jun 21, 2017

Hollywood leftists and east coast liberals poured millions of dollars into the election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional district in the belief that they could somehow use their hatred of President Trump to win the long held Republican seat vacated by Tom Price when he became the Secretary of HHS. After the open primary the polls showed Democrat Jon Ossoff with a substantial lead over Republican Karen Handel.

However, the lead diminished quickly, but the polls still had Ossoff leading on the day before the election. Once again, the polls were wrong. In addition, Republicans also held onto a vacated seat in South Carolina. Ossoff ran as a moderate Democrat, but obviously the voters in the district didn’t buy it.

Another City Decides to Revise History

Jun 21, 2017

The latest city to decide to decimate the cultural history of the south is Orlando, Florida where the mayor has ordered that a statue called “Johnny Reb” that has been in place since 1911 must be dismantled and removed from a public park. The statue is going to be reassembled and placed in a cemetery. This is being done in the name of political correctness because some people claim the statue represents racism and white supremacy.

There is in fact, no evidence that, the statue was erected to do anything but honor the memory of Florida soldiers who fought for the confederacy. At the same time leftists and historical revisionists in Memphis, Tennessee are demanding that confederate monuments in the city be removed. This comes after they failed in their attempt to use a backhoe to illegally dig up the grave of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Tensions Escalate in the Air Over the Middle East.

Jun 21, 2017

For the second time in a few weeks American fighters have shot down an Iranian built drone directed by the Syrian army that has ventured into air space near positions occupied by the United States and its coalition partners. This has happened during the period when a U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian military jet that was dropping bombs near coalition positions.

In retaliation for this the Russians flew one of their fighters within five feet of an American recon plane over the Baltic Sea. The Russians have also threatened to shoot down American and British planes over Syria if they violate so called Syrian air space. The escalation continues.

Senate Republicans about to Release their Version of the Healthcare Bill

Jun 21, 2017

The House of Representatives has passed its version of a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare and sent it to the Senate. Now Republicans in the Senate who want to have their own plan are under pressure to get something done before the upcoming recess. Therefore in the next few days Republicans will unveil their plan.

Despite claims by Democrats that most Americans love Obamacare it has been voted against by the public for years. Now it appears to be on the verge of total collapse. The irony is that since Trump was elected the Democrats have vowed not to participate in any effort to change the healthcare law in any way. Now, they are whining because they say they have been left out of the loop.

Questions Continue about Ship Collision

Jun 21, 2017

Seven U.S. sailors died aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald when it collided early in the morning with a Japanese container ship not far from the coast of Japan. Their bodies have been sent back to the states, but virtually none of the questions about the cause of the collision have been answered.

Investigators still cannot determine why the container ship was sailing erratically, and not following the required navigation rules for ships at sea, particularly in a crowded area like near the coast. The investigation also includes questioning the Philippine captain and crew about why the accident was not immediately reported to the Japanese Coast Guard.

Belgian Troops Stop Terrorist Attack

Jun 21, 2017

An apparent Islamic Terrorist wearing a vest packed with explosives and shouting Allahu Akbar was shot down by Belgian troops in the Brussels train station before he was able to detonate the bomb. Brussels has been a major target of Islamic extremists along with Paris and London.

Last year bombers set off explosives in the Brussels airport and train station that killed 32 people. Belgium has been on high alert ever since, particularly after the recent attacks in other European cities. These have mostly been lone wolf attacks that are inspired by ISIS and other terrorists groups, but not necessarily planned by them. That makes even harder for the authorities to predict, and prevent the attacks.

Muslim Teenager Murdered by Illegal Alien

Jun 21, 2017

Nabra Hassanen, a 17 year old Muslim girl was beaten to death in a horrific incident in Virginia early Sunday morning. The liberal media immediately labeled it as a hate crime caused by the anti-Muslim mood allegedly created by the Trump administration. It turns out this was not the case at all. The innocent Muslim teenager was beaten to death by an illegal immigrant from El Salvador welding a baseball bat in an apparent road rage incident.

ICE confirms that the suspect, Darwin Martinez Torres, had been on its radar for detention, and the Fairfax County police have confirmed that the incident is not a hate crime.

Peace Negotiations

Jun 20, 2017

The Trump Administration is attempting to forge a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. Jared Kushner and the Middle East special envoy Jason Greenblatt will have their first meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister and then meet with the Palestinian Authorities President. Behind-the-scenes meetings have been taking place since President Trump left the Middle East in May. During his visit, the president said that both Israelis and Palestinians were ready for peace. A peace agreement would take time and many visits between negotiators.

Unmasking Documents At Obama Library

Jun 20, 2017

The documents detailing former National Security Adviser, Susan Rice’s unmasking of Americans, have been transferred from the National Security Council to the Obama presidential library. The documents could be sealed for up to five years. Many Trump transition officials were targeted for unmasking. Some of the information that was gathered was then leaked to the press. The documents were requested by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group. Judicial Watch said, “We are considering our legal options but we hope that the Special Counsel and Congress also consider their options and get these records.”

St. Louis Cardinals Attacked for Christian Day Spokesman

Jun 20, 2017

Gay rights activists are attacking the St. Louis Cardinals having former Cardinals star, Lance Berkman, serve as spokesman for “Christian Day.” Berkman recently spoke out against transgender boys posing as girls. He said, “The issue is, what to do about a 15 or 16-year-old boy who thinks he’s a girl and wants to shower with the girls. Maybe he is [transgender], maybe he’s confused. But I wouldn’t want him in the shower with my daughters. We shouldn’t have the rights of 2 percent of the population trump the rights of the other 98 percent.”

The Cardinals have held “Christian Day” for nearly 30 years. So far, the team has not caved to gay rights activists demanding that Berkman be removed. The team has hosted a variety of themed events and plans to include the first Pride Night later in the season.

Free Speech Can’t Be Regulated As Hate Speech

Jun 20, 2017

On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that the government can’t restrict “speech expressing ideas the offend” because it “strikes at the heart of the First Amendment.” The case stemmed from a refusal by the trademark office to trademark a brand called “The Slants.” It was refused on the grounds that the term was offensive towards Asians. The Court disagreed. Justice Alito wrote, “Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate.’

"In the culture wars there is a determined effort to say that speech causes violence … even without evidence. So a production of Julius Caesar is said to incite assassination and therefore should be banned. The Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday is the “standard for a free society.” Instead of banning speech, Americans would be wise to temper their speech.

California Provides Emergency Grants to Planned Parenthood

Jun 20, 2017

The California Treasury granted $20 million in emergency grants to Planned Parenthood and other groups to make up for a loss of federal taxpayer funds. However there have been no loss of funds. The House of Representatives did pass a bill to cut federal funding of Planned Parenthood by $390 million. But the Senate has not taken up the bill. The action by California is at best a political stunt to force California taxpayers to fund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is not hurting for money. It has nearly one billion dollars in net assets.

Constitutional Right To Use Social Media

Jun 20, 2017

On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a 2008 North Carolina law too broad and therefore unconstitutional. The law barred registered sex offenders from accessing commercial social media sites where minors were members. The case was brought by a registered sex offender who got onto Facebook and posted a praise to Jesus after getting a traffic ticket dismissed. The defendant was prosecuted for violating the North Carolina law. He appealed on First Amendment grounds. The high court struck down the law writing, “By prohibiting sex offenders from using” social media “websites, North Carolina . . . bars accessing to what, for many, are the principal sources for knowing current events, checking ads for employment, speaking and listening in the modern public square, and otherwise exploring the vast realms of human though and knowledge.”

The Court did not discount that child exploitation is an “act repugnant to the moral instances of a decent people.” Justice Kennedy writing for the majority said, “…it can be assumed that the First Amendment permits a State to enact specific, narrowly tailored laws that prohibit a sex offender from engaging in conduct that often presages a sexual crime, like contacting a minor or using a website to gather information about a minor.”

U.S. Shoots Down Syrian Jet

Jun 20, 2017

The United States shot down a Syrian Air Force Jet Sunday. In response, Russia cut off the deconfliction line of communication with U.S. coalition forces. Also, any aircraft flown by the United States and allies west of the Euphrates would be targeted by the Russians. During the presidential campaign, candidate Trump did not seem enthusiastic about expanding America’s military involvement in the Middle East. Now, President Trump is escalating America’s involvement, most recently in Yemen, Afghanistan, and now Syria. Congress needs to vote on what, if any, America’s interests are in Syria and what the extent of America’s involvement in Syria will be.

St. Louis Cardinals Stand Firm on Christian Day

Jun 20, 2017

Despite the outrage of the LGBT community the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team has refused to back down and cancel its annual Christian day at the ball park. The guest speaker is former Cardinal’s player Lance Berkman, and to the LGBT leaders he is a homophobic because he opposed an ordinance in Houston, Texas authorizing transgender individuals to use any bathroom they choose to use regardless of their actual sex.

The Cardinals refused to cancel the 30 year tradition and has offered to have an LGBT pride night at the stadium. This is not enough for the St. Louis Pridecenter that demands diversity, while calling for exclusion of anyone who disagrees with it.

The World Continues to Ignore Atrocities against Christians

Jun 20, 2017

Reports continue to abound that world bodies such as the United Nations continue to ignore or even cover up Muslim atrocities against Christians around the world. The latest case in point is when the American Center for Law and Justice presented testimony and evidence to the United Nations Human Rights Council about ISIS torturing and killing Christian men women and children in horrific ways including burning, beheading, and crucifixion.

In one reported case 250 young children were slaughtered by being taken into a bakery and thrown into a kneading machine. This type of thing is occurring all over the Middle East, but especially in Iraq and Syria. Yet, despite all of this the UN Council, that is made up mostly of countries run by brutal dictatorships, has taken no action.