Manchester Bomb Maker Believed to Still be at Large.

May 25, 2017

The Manchester Evening News is reporting that British authorities believe that Salman Abedi did not manufacture the bomb he was wearing and detonated at the Manchester arena during an Ariana Grande concert. Instead, it is believed that the bomb maker is still at large and may strike again at any time.

It has also become clear that Salman Abedi was part of a larger conspiracy that may have included his father and brother who have both been arrested. The father was arrested in Libya and has been identified as a member of a group affiliated with Al Qaeda. The fear of the bomb maker striking again is the primary reason for the U.K. raising its terror threat level to critical.

U.S. Navy Warship Challenges China in the South China Sea

May 25, 2017

In the first of its kind move by the Trump administration a United States warship has conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea. The USS Dewey, an American warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island constructed by the Chinese in an area of shoals and other islands disputed by other countries in the area such as Japan and Taiwan.

While this action is certain to anger Beijing, it has been hailed by the U.S. partners in the region who have joined with the American military in their concerns over Chinese efforts to restrict freedom of navigation in the area.

Civil War Museum Closing in Georgia

May 25, 2017

The Nash Farm Battlefield Museum in Henry County, Georgia that is right outside of Atlanta is being forced to close its doors on June 1st because of a demand by a county commissioner that all confederate flags on display in the Civil war museum and gift shop be removed. The demand was made because the commissioner said that the flags might offend someone.

While the museum is on land owned by the county most of the artifacts are on loan by private citizens. Many local residents are outraged because they say the museum presents the history of the civil war from both sides since all of the soldiers were Americans. This follows the removal of four confederate monuments in the historic city of New Orleans. The mayor their Democrat Mitch Landrieu equated the monuments to terrorism.

British Government Furious Over New York Times Publishing of Evidence

May 25, 2017

Within a few hours of the vicious terrorist attack on the concert in Manchester, England where 22 people were killed and 59 injured, the New York Times was publishing photographs of physical evidence found by British authorities that the British considered highly sensitive. This has infuriated British authorities who had shared this information with the American intelligence network and believe that is the source of the leaks.

If this is true it supports the claims by the White House that someone in the intelligence community is leaking information to the press in violation of federal law. British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to discuss these concerns with President Trump but does not believe he is personally responsible.

Chinese Boasting of Executing CIA Operatives in the Last Few Years

May 25, 2017

The Chinese government has been boasting recently about uncovering and executing a number of its citizens who it claims were working for the CIA. This came amid revelations that as many as 20 Chinese citizens were executed between 2010 and 2012, and the executions appear to be continuing to this day. This started while Obama was President and resulted from probable leaks from people working in his administration.

However, this was never reported in the main stream media and no investigation was launched into the source of these leaks. Yet the media is in a frenzy over unsubstantiated reports that Trump leaked classified information to two Russian diplomats, at a White House meeting. No one has been reported killed by anyone as a result of this alleged leak which has been denied by everyone who attended the meeting.

Women of the View use the UK Terrorist Attack to Criticize Trump

May 25, 2017

In what appears to be another instance of political correctness run amok two of the cohosts of the View, Sunny Hostin and Whoopi Goldberg saw the horrifying terrorist attack in Manchester as an opening to criticize President Trump. They objected to the President as referring to Islamic terrorists who targeted a venue full of mostly young women and girls as “evil losers”. They claim the characterization was “unpresidential” and the seemed to prefer the Obama approach of refusing to use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” when talking about attacks such as this one.

Lieberman Out

May 25, 2017

Former Senator Joe Lieberman is no longer under consideration for FBI Director. In short, the optics were bad. Lieberman worked for the law firm that President Trump retained to navigate the Russia investigation. Lieberman would have been perceived as an ally in the FBI. There were other additional downsides to appointing Lieberman. He had no law enforcement experience. He is a Democrat. And he is a good friend of Senator John McCain’s. Trump needs to appoint someone who will uphold the law and is independent of partisan conflicts.

http://www.dailywire.com/news/16821/joe-liebermans-out-running-fbi-director-heres-why-aaron-bandler

TSA Gets Ready to Hassle More Travelers

May 25, 2017

New TSA screening procedures for travelers are getting ready to be rolled out at airports. The TSA is experimenting with new procedures, such as having all food or electronics put in separate bins. In one test, passengers were required to separate all paper from their carry on baggage. This test became too burdensome and was suspended after a few days. Government screeners need to be able to identify every item in a carry on bag. “It is not any one particular item we’re worried about. It’s not about paper or food or anything. It’s how best to divest those items,” says Darby LaJoye, assistant administrator for security operations. The TSA will also be rolling out machines to verify IDs. It will check for fake IDs and match names with passenger lists.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/get-ready-to-unpack-for-airport-security-1495640411

Safe Spaces for Snowflakes

May 25, 2017

LendEDU, a company specializing in student lending, conducted a survey of 1,659 current college students. The survey was conducted between May 5th, 2017 and May 11th, 2017. They asked, “Do you agree with college campuses establishing safe spaces?” 36% of students said, “Yes, they are absolutely necessary for students.” 37% answered, “No, they are completely out of touch from reality.” 25% said they were “Indifferent.” Safe spaces are places where adult college students can go to avoid hearing opposing opinions or having their feelings hurt.

https://lendedu.com/blog/college-students-think-safe-spaces/

Interesting Data Points

May 25, 2017

Now that it is a Microagression to say that America is the land of opportunity, it’s interesting to look at the data. Economics professor Mark J. Perry compiled data showing the median US household income by selected ethnic groups. Apparently there still is opportunity in America for skilled and ambitious immigrants. Based on Census Bureau data available for 2015, Indian immigrants to America top the list for Median US Household Income at $103,821. Then, Taiwanese: $91,366, Filipino: $81,564, Japanese: $75,818. White Americans come in 18th on the list at $59,698.

https://twitter.com/Mark_J_Perry/status/865697748296888320/photo/1

The “Anti-Science” Democrats

May 25, 2017

Tipper Gore, the ex-wife of the former vice-president, will be the guest at an anti-vaccine fundraiser.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/24/science-al-gores-ex-wife-holds-a-fundraiser-with-anti-vaccine-democrats/

Democrat fundraisers, Al and Claire Dwoskin run a charitable foundations that believes there may be links between autism and childhood vaccinations. Tickets to the fundraiser range in price from $250 to $2500. In 2008 Barack Obama spoke about vaccines and autism. He said, “The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it.“ Obama is the same guy who says the science behind climate change is conclusive and openly mocks those who disagree.

https://www.youtube.com/watch

Government School Violence

May 25, 2017

Two government school employees will be fired for fighting in front of students in a a classroom. The school district released a statement saying, “The two school employees caught on video in the fight in the classroom last Friday will be terminated following the conclusion of the appropriate district processes.” The incident began as the government’s employees were arguing over another male teacher. It escalated swiftly so that the women began “throwing punches and pulling hair.” The fight was recorded on student’s cell phones. When government administrators entered the room, the phones were searched and the evidence deleted. “I think they were trying to push it under the rug so nobody would know about it and the school’s reputation wouldn’t be messed up,” said one student. At least one video copy of the incident survived and made its way to the local television station.

http://www.cbs46.com/story/35492172/fight-between-teacher-staff-member-caught-on-video

Obama Creates Large Carbon Footprint

May 24, 2017

Former President Obama and his wife jetted into Italy to speak at a climate change conference and then on to a vacation location. In his speech, Obama talked about the importance of addressing climate change so as to protect the world’s food supply. “When it comes to climate change, the hour is almost upon us,” he warned. Obama flew in on a private plane accompanied by six military jets. He drove to the vacation spot in a 13 vehicle motorcade. It’s estimated that Obama’s trip contributed an additional 16 metric tons of carbon to the atmosphere.

https://heatst.com/politics/obama-speaks-on-global-warming-then-spews-co2-with-private-jet-13-car-motorcade/


Illinois Democrats Raise Taxes

May 24, 2017

Democrats in the Illinois Senate passed a new budget that hikes personal and corporate income taxes by $5 billion. The state sales tax would be extended to include various services not currently taxed, such as dry cleaning. The proposed budget calls for spending $37.3 billion. The budget was not passed with any Republican votes. The Republican governor is not likely to sign the legislation without Republican support. Complicating the state’s finances is the public pension system. It is underfunded by $130 billion. Long-term, Illinois may be looking at bankruptcy or a federal bailout. If taxes get too high, Illinois residents can move to another state. It’s estimated that 89,000 people have left the Chicago area for other states.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-23/illinois-democrats-set-vote-33-hike-personal-and-corporate-income-taxes

Overseas Trip Considered Success

May 24, 2017

Months of advance planning went into President Trump’s visit to the Middle East. The planning team made certain to pack the president’s schedule so tightly that he would stay on message and not have time get on Twitter. The White House was successful in leaving the Russia investigation questions behind in Washington. Instead White House officials focused Trump on creating personal friendships with foreign leaders and changing the perception of America’s relationship with the world. Some Democrats are even praising the trip. “The trip so far has gone as well as they could have desired,” said Democratic strategist Anita Dunn, a former top adviser to Obama. “The visuals have been good, by and large, and he looks presidential.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/23/donald-trump-middle-east-visit-238733

No Conspiracy

May 24, 2017

On Tuesday, former CIA Director, John Brennan, said that President Trump had not put pressure on the CIA to drop its investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. When asked if President Trump had tried to use the intelligence community to push back on the Russian collusion issue, Brennan said, “I am unaware of it.” Brennan’s denials don’t advance Democrat’s narrative that the president is guilty of obstruction of justice. The New York Times is alleging that President Trump urged former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn. However, Comey testified before the Senate that he had not been pressured to drop the Flynn investigation. Comey will testify before a Senate committee next week.

Trump’s Budget Plan

May 24, 2017

Democrats in the media and Congress are telling Americans that trillions of dollars will be cut in President Trump’s budget. The Administration is proposing to cut discretionary spending by $54 billion and then keep cutting by 2% every year for the next ten years. However, the budget proposes to add $54 billion to defense spending in 2018 and increase defense funding every year for the next ten years. An additional $2.6 billion on border security is proposed. Rather than cutting trillions, the 2018 budget will spend $4.1 trillion. That is more than what was spent in 2017. Now that Republicans are in charge of the budget, they are finding out how fun it is to spend taxpayer dollars.

Conservatives Co-opted

May 24, 2017

Mick Mulvaney, head of Office of Management and Budget, presented the Trump Administration’s budget plan for the 2018 fiscal year. The budget plan includes creating and funding a plan to give mothers and fathers paid time off following the birth or adoption of a child. Conservatives consider paying people to stay at home as bad economics. Mulvaney was thought to be a solid conservative, free market, Freedom Caucus guy while in the House of Representatives. Today however, he was defending paid parental leave. He explained, “We try and create the environment where people are more comfortable going back to work and staying at work knowing that if they do have a child, they’ll be able to spend time with that child under the paid parental leave program.” Paid time off was pushed by Ivanka Trump who is an advocate for the policy in the White House.

http://www.targetliberty.com/2017/05/omb-director-turns-into-ivanka-trump.html

Single-Payer Healthcare in California

May 24, 2017

California Democrats are pushing single-payer healthcare in the state. The cost of the system would be an estimated $400 billion. The cost of the healthcare plan would more than twice the current state budget. All residents in the state would be covered, including illegal aliens. There would be no insurance deductibles or co-pays. California politicians would have to raise taxes and find new sources of revenue. Californians already have the sixth highest tax burden in the country. Colorado, New York, and Vermont have all floated single-payer systems. Vermont’s plan collapsed under the costs. Colorado voters rejected a single-payer plan because taxes would be too high. New York’s plan would require doubling or even quadrupling taxes. The California Chamber of Commerce warns that there would be significant job losses in the state.

https://reason.com/blog/2017/05/23/california-single-payer-health-care-cost

Are IT Staffers Blackmailing Members of Congress?

May 24, 2017

Three Pakistani brothers, who handled information technology for several Democrat lawmakers, were banned from congressional computer networks by Capitol Hill police in February. The brothers are suspected of stealing equipment from members’ offices and for accessing congressional computers without permission. Now five IT aides say that the members of Congress who had hired the brothers, now display “an inexplicable and intense loyalty towards the suspects who police say victimized them.” The IT aides went on to speculate if the brothers are blackmailing the members of congress. “I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s been months at this point” with no arrests, said Pat Sowers, who has managed IT for several House offices for 12 years. “Something is rotten in Denmark.” Debbie Wasserman Schultz renamed one of the brothers as an advisor to get around the Capitol Hill police ban. Schultz was one of the people targeted in the hack on the Democrat National Committee in early 2016. Shultz has been in the forefront of saying that the Russians were behind the hacking of the DNC computers and that Trump and the Russians were in collusion. Yet when there is evidence of real wrong doing by the Pakistani brothers, Shultz and other Democrat lawmakers have shown intense loyalty to the perpetrators.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/21/house-it-aides-fear-suspects-in-hill-breach-are-blackmailing-members-with-their-own-data/

Drudge Report Ranks in Top Three among Media Websites

May 24, 2017

The conservative news website, Drudge Report, has received high marks when it comes to the number of viewers on Internet news websites. The Drudge Report is ranked number 3 in views beating out CNN, Google, Reuters, Slate, MSNBC, and even Fox News. This success may be part of the reason why liberals are demanding that Drudge be banned entirely from the internet. They argue that Drudge is a member of the so-called alternative right network but offer no proof of that other than to offer concerns about its popularity and its conservative leanings. When compared to some of the left leaning news websites the Drudge Report often seems middle of the road.

Trump Budget Proposes $3.6 Trillion Dollar Reduction in Federal Spending

May 24, 2017

The proposed budget sent to Congress by President Donald Trump fulfills several of his campaign promises including an increase in the budget of the Pentagon and money to begin building the border wall. He also has kept his promise to make no cuts to social security and Medicare. However, it is already receiving considerable criticism from Democrats for proposing significant cuts to some of their sacred cows like Medicaid, food stamps, and other welfare programs. It is expected that a number of changes will be proposed by members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, but this is usually the case. However, White House officials argue that the budget accomplishes two important goals, reducing the federal deficit and the burden on American taxpayers.

Stolen Valor

May 24, 2017

For many military veterans one of the worse acts that can be committed is when a civilian with no military experience claims to be a wartime hero. However, as bad as that is, it is considered even worse when the claim is faked in order to get benefits that real veterans have earned with their honorable service. One such incident occurred when a 68 year old /Wisconsin man produced faked paperwork that allegedly showed that he was a Navy Seal who had served in Vietnam and received a Bronze Star for valor, and four Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat. Kenneth E. Jozwiak made the claims in order to get Veterans Affairs benefits designed to assist low income veterans. When all the claims were found to be false he was arrested, tried and has received a four year prison sentence.

More Attacks on Trump Based on Unnamed Sources and Unseen Documents

May 24, 2017

Despite growing criticism many in the mainstream media continue to launch attacks on President Donald Trump and his administration based on often vague claims made by unnamed sources. The only identification of these sources is often that they are former or current government officials. Many people are asking how former current officials would know about meetings taking place in the current White House. In addition, one of the latest assaults launched initially by the New York Times and quickly picked up by other outlets likes the Washington Post and CNN was the claim that Trump had revealed classified intelligence information to Russian diplomats during a White House meeting. This was supposed to be backed up by quotes from internal White House documents. The quotes were apparently read to New York Times reporters over the phone and these reporters later admitted that they had not seen the documents, did not know what else was in them and had not verified their authenticity.

Left to Claim Terrorist Attacks are Caused by Poverty and Islamophobia

May 24, 2017

The bodies were still being removed from the London arena Monday night when some committed leftists were already taking to social media to defend the act of terrorism by claiming it was caused by Islamophobia, and the poverty and unemployment of many Muslims in Europe and the U.S. As Alan Dershowitz pointed out on Fox and Friends Tuesday morning these ascertains are “total nonsense” and that many of the recent attacks in Europe were carried out by people who were well educated and in some cases wealthy. Others have pointed out that these attacks are carried out not in the name of religion, but to create terror and force an ideology of terror and conquest on the world. The Muslim religion is used as a cover.

U.K. Raises Terror Threat to Critical

May 24, 2017

Following the Monday night vicious terrorist attack on a concert in Manchester, England where the audience was mostly made up of young girls, the United Kingdom has raised its terrorist threat level to critical. This is the highest level and essentially means that another attack may be imminent. It also means that British soldiers will be deployed to assist police in protecting all public events. The attack on an Ariana Grande concert left 22 people dead and scores injured. One of the deceased was only eight years old. The suicide bomber has been identified as Salman Abedi, a British citizen of Libyan descent and a Muslim. ISIS has claimed it was behind the attack.

Left Wing Activists Want FCC to Ban Conservative News Sites

May 23, 2017

Demonstrators outside of the office of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protest Chairman Adjit Pai’s decision to abolish the net neutrality rules put in place by the Obama administration. These rules were supposed to provide more access to the internet, but instead were really designed to regulate free speech by groups that liberals disagree with The left wing activists who were protesting made it clear that they do not want free speech, but want conservative news organizations such as the Drudge Report and Breitbart banned from using the internet at all. The demonstrators who were holding up the signs all wore masks to conceal their identities and were apparently linked to the so-called anti-fascists group (Antifa) that has worn similar masks when involved in violent protests and attacks on pro Trump rallies.

Apparent Terrorist Attack on Concert in Manchester, England

May 23, 2017

Although information is still being developed there has been a major terrorist attack in the city of Manchester, England. The attack occurred at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at an arena above the main Manchester train hub of Victoria Station. Police are reporting at least nineteen dead and fifty injured. Local medical facilities are being overwhelmed and are stating that many of the wounds they are treating are consistent with an explosive device that contained projectiles such as nails. The attack occurred outside of the arena as people were leaving. There was at least one explosion and police have speculated that this may have been a suicide bombing. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Washington Watchdog Group Raises Questions About Robert Mueller

May 23, 2017

Officials at the Washington D.C. based Judicial Watch has expressed some serious concerns about the appointment of Robert Mueller to be the special counsel to look into the claims of alleged collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election cycle. They say that Mueller was the FBI Director who gave in to demands by Muslim organizations that certain training materials on Islamic terrorism be removed from those available to the agents in the FBI. In addition, there are other critics who have questioned whether Mueller will actively and objectively investigate any claims involving James Comey. They are saying that Mueller and Comey were very close when they were both at the FBI.

Study Finds Multiple Voter Registrations is a Major Problem

May 23, 2017

According to information obtained by a voter registration cross check program more than seven million voters in the United States are registered to vote in more than one state. The program was started in 2005 and is run by the Kansas Secretary of State’s office. The data includes information on 28 states that participate in the program with the largest number of multiple state voters appearing in Georgia, North Carolina, and Illinois. North Carolina also has the distinction of having an extraordinarily high number of voters that are registered at more than one precinct within the state itself. On May 11, President Donald Trump signed an executive order establishing a commission to look into possible voter fraud in the United States. It appears it will have a lot of work to do.

Trump Reaffirms United State Support of Israel

May 23, 2017

During his visit with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu President Trump addressed the relationship of the United States with Israel in a tone that was a polar opposite of that taken by his predecessor Barack Obama. Obama was openly antagonistic toward Israel and it leader even going so far as to send money and campaign operatives to try and defeat Netanyahu’s reelection bid. Trump, on the other hand reaffirmed that the United States considers Israel as our best friend and ally in the region and pledged to defend it while at the same time assisting in trying to reach a peace agreement with the Jewish state and the Palestinians.

Trump Lays Groundwork or new NATO Type Alliance

May 23, 2017

In a powerful and well received speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump called on the leaders of Muslim countries to ban together with the United States and other western countries to battle radical Islamic terrorism. He appeared to be laying the groundwork for a new NATO type alliance in the Middle East. Present at the speech were numerous leaders from Arab countries as well as countries in Africa and the Far East. Trump also called for unified action against the Iranians who are considered the primary sponsor of state terrorism throughout the region. Its military is also active in Syria in support of the Assad government and in the civil war in Yemen.

Wi-Fi Holography

May 23, 2017

German scientists have found a way to take the signal from Wi-Fi and create 3D photographs of objects inside a room while being outside of the room. Currently the technology is in its infancy and has limited resolution. It can make out the shape of an object that is more that four centimeters in size. With better software and more research, it might be applied in rescue situations where rescue workers need to detect people in rubble. Or government spy agencies might be able to detect what is happening inside a house. Philipp Hall, the German physics research student studying the technology says, "You could probably use a drone to map out the inside of an entire building in 20 to 30 seconds.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/wifi-camera-sees-through-walls-2017-5

Supreme Court Creates More Confusion

May 23, 2017

The Supreme Court ruled that two congressional districts in North Carolina violate the Voting Rights Act. The decision further confuses how to draw voting districts. It is lawful to draw a district to gain a partisan advantage. But not lawful if the district is drawn for racial reasons. Justice Alito wrote, “If around 90% of African-American voters cast their ballots for the Democratic candidate, as they have in recent elections, a plan that packs Democratic voters will look very much like a plans that packs African-American voters.” The plaintiffs in the case did not present an alternative map of the district. The court gave no guidance as to how to draw a court approved map.

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/15-1262_db8e.pdf

Michael Flynn May Have Lied to Investigators

May 23, 2017

One reason Michael Flynn may not be complying with a Senate subpoena is that he may not have told the truth to Pentagon investigators when he was applying for a top-secret security clearance. Representative Elijah Cummings released excerpts of an internal Pentagon report. Cummings wrote that the investigation and reports, “appear to indicate that General Flynn lied to the investigators who interviewed him in 2016 as part of his security clearance renewal.” Flynn is alleged to have mislead investigators about the sources of income from Russian based companies and contacts with Russian officials. Knowingly lying to federal investigators is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

http://www.dailywire.com/news/16745/flynn-may-have-lied-federal-investigators-thats-hank-berrien

Subprime Auto Loan Bubble

May 23, 2017

Santander, one of the largest originators of subprime loans, verified income on just 8% of borrowers. Much like the mortgage loans that were bundled and sold to investors, auto loans are being bundled in to bonds and sold to pension and insurance companies. After the 2008 financial crisis, regulations outlawed state-income loans for mortgages. This has not been the case for auto loans. Santander has at least $15 billion in outstanding loans made to high risk buyers. This is another debt bubble in the economy that will eventually burst.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-22/subprime-auto-giant-checked-income-on-just-8-of-loans-in-abs

Boehner Convinced Trump to Sign Spending Bill

May 23, 2017

Former Speaker of the House, John Boehner, talked President Trump into signing legislation that kept the government running for the remainder of the fiscal year. Trump did not like the negotiated spending bill. It gave the Democrats much of what they wanted. Planned Parenthood was funded. There was no money for the border wall. Puerto Rico and Medicaid were funded. It was considered a loss for Republicans. Trump wanted to veto the spending bill. However, chief of staff Reince Priebus found a way to convince the president to sign it. Priebus called in Boehner to make the argument. Boehner pointed out that domestic funding did not have to increase in exchange for an increase in military spending. And he convinced Trump that the last thing the president needed was a government shutdown. The establishment appears adept at keeping the president in line with establishment goals.

https://www.axios.com/trump-wanted-to-veto-bill-to-keep-government-open-2416977147.html

Patent Trolls Lose At Supreme Court

May 23, 2017

Companies that buy up patents so they can sue and demand royalties were dealt a setback by the Supreme Court on Monday. In a unanimous decision, the court clarified where patent suits may be filed. Patent trolls have filed suits in federal courts known for their friendliness to plaintiffs. One federal court in East Texas saw 40 percent of patent suits filed in its court. Writing for the court, Justice Thomas wrote, “As applied to domestic corporations, residence refers only to the State of incorporation.” Now patent cases will move to states where companies are actually located. It’s anticipated that Delaware, California, and New York will begin to hear more patent litigation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/business/supreme-court-patent-lawsuit.html

Flynn Takes The Fifth

May 23, 2017

Former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, refused to comply with a Senate subpoena citing his right under the fifth amendment to avoid self-incrimination. The subpoena sought documents related to alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. The Fifth Amendment generally does not extend to the production of documents. By not complying with the subpoena, Flynn sets himself up for being found in contempt of Congress. The full Senate would have to vote as to whether or not to refer the contempt citation to the Department of Justice. The Justice Department would then have to decided whether or not to press charges.

Private Prisons Recovery

May 22, 2017

In August of 2016, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memo to the Bureau of Prisons directing the Bureau to reduct and finally end the federal government’s use of private prisons.

https://www.justice.gov/archives/opa/blog/phasing-out-our-use-private-prisons

However, the day after Trump was elected, the stocks of private prison companies soared. It appears insiders knew something that the public did not. According to Non Profit Quarterly, just before the election, two of Sessions’ former Senate aides, “David Stewart and Ryan Robichaux, became lobbyists for GEO Group, one of the two largest private prison companies, and the the two were specifically engaged to lobby on government contracting.”

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/02/27/follow-money-former-sessions-aides-lobbyists-private-prisons-group/

After becoming Attorney General, Sessions reversed the August memorandum. Doing away with private prisons would have “impaired the Bureau’s ability to meet the future need of the federal correctional system.” Sessions recently announced that federal prosecutors would be seeking mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes. Private prison companies are expecting a large influx of new prisoners and government contracts as the drug war heats up.

Student Debt Fiasco

May 22, 2017

Debt collection agencies are paid almost $1 billion by the federal government every year to collect student loans that are in default. Since 2013 the US Department of Education has paid $4.2 billion to collection companies. The government is paying $38 to collect one dollar of debt. Through a program of rehabilitation, defaulted students work with debt collectors to return to good standing. Bloomberg reports, “If a borrower subsequently makes nine on-time monthly payments of as little as $5 during a 10-month period, their loans are returned to good standing and the default is supposed to be wiped from their credit reports.” But nearly half of these borrowers are in default again within three years. Collection’s companies are paid regardless how poorly their collection rates are.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-19/americans-are-paying-38-to-collect-1-of-student-debt

Bankrupting Student Loans

May 22, 2017

Representative John Delaney, (D) introduced legislation to make student loans dischargeable in bankruptcy. It’s estimated that student loan debt is $1.4 trillion. The federal government took over the student loan program completely in 2010. It regularly makes loans to students with no credit history. By making money freely available to students, the government has driven up the cost of higher education. Universities know that students will borrow any amount of money needed to pay tuition. So there is no limit to how high tuition rates can go. Bankrupting student loan debt would burst another bubble in the economy and may create more economic instability.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2366/text

Clock Boy Loses Discrimination Case

May 22, 2017

The boy who brought a clock to his school that looked like a bomb had his case thrown out of court. Ahmed Mohamed, brought a discrimination suit against the City of Irving, Texas. The father of the boy originally sought $15 million but eventually left it unspecified. The federal court said that Mohamed "does not allege any facts from which this court can reasonably infer that any [Irving Independent School District] employee intentionally discriminated against Ahmed Mohamed based on his race or religion." The boy is believed to have taken apart a working clock, and put the electronics into another case. He took credit for inventing a clock.

http://www.dailywire.com/news/16664/judge-throws-out-clock-boys-discrimination-lawsuit-james-barrett

Fire Hydrant of Leaks

May 22, 2017

The leaks surrounding the Trump Administration have taken on a life of their own. When Trump was a business man in New York, he regularly leaked to the tabloids to keep his name in the headlines. He would try to control the outcome of the stories. But as President, he’s not been able to control the leaks, much less the outcome. To a large extent, the problem is of his own making. The administration still has 455 key executive positions to fill. And many Obama holdovers control various parts of the bureaucracy. Obama holdovers are finding that by selectively leaking policy and budget details, they are able to throw a wrench into the administration’s plans. Roger Stone said, “If you employ people who aren’t loyal to you, you can’t be surprised when they leak.” With in the White House, Trump has surrounded himself with people who are there to serve their own interests rather than serve the country.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/19/as-leaks-pile-up-its-evident-trump-is-under-attack-from-his-own-staff/

Obamacare Subsidies Coming to an End?

May 22, 2017

Obamacare is teetering on a poor foundation. Now President Trump may give the ACA the final push it needs to come tumbling down. The President is reportedly in favor of ending Obamacare subsidies. The government subsidies are what millions of people rely upon to pay for the expensive healthcare. The White House is committed to continuing the subsidies through May. But continuing the funding beyond may is not certain. By not funding the subsidies, Trump may force the Democrats to the negotiating table to discuss a replacement to the failing ACA. The insurance market is looking for clarity. If the subsidies are not funded, then customers won’t be able to afford the expensive healthcare premiums. Insurers will likely begin pulling out of some markets.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/05/20/trump-favors-ending-obamacare-subsidies/

Government Dependents Threaten Republicans Voting to Overturn Obamacare

May 22, 2017

The Hill is reporting that Republican lawmakers are being threatened by angry constituents. Two people have been arrested by the FBI for threatening or pursuing lawmakers. One man threatened the life of Representative Martha McSally. In another case a woman pursued Representative David Kustoff and blocked the car he was riding in. Constituents who depend on the Affordable Health Care Act are furious about the changes that Republicans are proposing in their House bill. They fear that they will lose their healthcare. Conservatives feared that once people began to enjoy the benefits of the ACA, that it would become an entitlement and be impossible to fully repeal.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/334333-republicans-fearing-for-their-safety-as-anger-threats-mount

Veterans Discriminated Against by Obama DOJ

May 22, 2017

Under federal law U.S. military veterans are entitled to preference when they apply for jobs with the federal government. However, according by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel two veterans applied for two openings in the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program. Since they had the proper credentials and were veterans they could not be turned down so the Department of Justice under President Obama tried to pressure them to withdraw their applications. The veterans refused so the DOJ canceled the initial job openings and relisted them a year later with qualification requirements they knew the two veterans could not meet. The Office of Special Counsel found all of this to be illegal.

Republican House Members Seeking Additional Security at District Offices

May 22, 2017

Republican members of the House of Representatives are facing increasing hostility from people at their town hall meetings and in some cases are being physically assaulted. Many are also receiving death threats and that has prompted calls for more security at the offices they all maintain in their home districts. While they are working in the capitol they are heavily guarded by the Capitol police and all types of sophisticated systems. However, their district offices are often in highly public places like strip malls and are very vulnerable. Therefore they are requesting through the House Sergeant at Arms that additional measures be added at their home offices like panic alarms and surveillance cameras.

Democrats Increase their Calls for Impeachment of Trump

May 22, 2017

Democrats demanding the impeachment of a Republican are nothing new. Democrats have called for the impeachment of the last four Republican presidents including Ronald Reagan and both Bushes, In the case of Donald Trump, Rep. Maxine Waters was calling for his impeachment before he was inaugurated, and Rep Alan Grayson was demanding Trump’s impeachment before he had even received the Republican nomination. The problem the Democrats always have is that a President can only be impeached if guilty of high crimes or misdemeanors. They have never been able to produce such evidence against any republican president including Trump.

North Korea Launches Yet another Missile

May 22, 2017

According to South Korean military authorities the rogue nation of North Korea has launched another missile test. Indications are that this was a medium range solid fuel missile and not one of the longer range liquid fuel missiles like their previous launch. American intelligence officials believe the long range missiles are now capable of hitting targets as far away as the west coast of the United States. On the other hand the shorter range missiles can hit targets in South Korea and even japan. They also appear to be missiles that can be launched from submarines making targets deep inside the United States vulnerable.

American Airlines Flight Disrupted by Passenger from Turkey

May 22, 2017

A man identified as a citizen of Turkey became so disruptive on an American Airlines six hour flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu that he had to be restrained by other passengers and duct taped to a seat. The incident prompted two U.S. fighter jets to be dispatched to escort the flight to Honolulu. The passenger, identified as Anil Uskanli who appeared disheveled and was acting erratically according to other passengers he was attempting to approach the door to the cockpit when a flight attendant blocked his path with a drink cart. This was when he was jumped by other passengers. He was removed from the flight by authorities after it landed and faces a charge of interference with the flight crew. His motivations are still unknown and are under investigation.

Trump Gets $110 Billion Dollar Defense Deal with Saudi Arabia

May 22, 2017

During his first official trip abroad as President of the United States Donald Trump started out by going to the middle-eastern kingdom of Saudi Arabia and striking a $110 billion deal for the Saudis to purchase American military equipment and other products. The deal is being hailed as a coup for American businesses that will be manufacturing and supplying the military equipment and is expected to create numerous American jobs. In addition, getting more military involvement from Saudi Arabia in the middle-east and the war on terrorism is expected to reduce casualties among U.S. military troops.

Lindsey Graham Cites Possible Collusion between Clinton Campaign & DOJ

May 22, 2017

Senator Lindsey Graham who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee has told FOX News that he has reason to believe that there were emails between Clinton operatives and Justice Department officials while the investigation of Hillary Clinton was going on during the campaign. He has called for these emails to be turned over to the committee. If such emails do exist and were an attempt to influence the investigation that is far worse than the alleged phone call between Donald Trump and James Comey. This is particular true when the meeting between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch is considered.

A Drone Strike for Freedom

May 22, 2017

Recreational drone users will not have to register their drones with the FAA. A D.C. Court of Appeals panel said that registering drones violates the recreational model airplane exemption. “The FAA’s 2015 registration rule, which applies to model aircraft, directly violates that clear statutory prohibition,” the opinion said. “We therefore grant Taylor’s petition and vacate the registration rule to the extent it applies to model aircraft.” The registration rule was issued by the FAA in December of 2015. It was onerous and overbearing. Recreational drone users had to give the government their name, email address, physical address, pay a $5 registration fee, and display a unique drone ID number at all times. Failure to comply could result in civil and criminal penalties.

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/334233-appeals-court-strikes-down-federal-registration-rule-for-to

Democrats Prefer Chaos to Impeachment

May 22, 2017

Some influential Democrats appear to be backing away from their calls for impeaching President Trump. In a press conference on Wednesday, House Democrat leaders said, “No one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office,” said Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the sober-minded senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. He warned that Democrats should not let their actions “be perceived as an effort to nullify the election by other means.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/18/us/politics/democrats-trump-impeachment.html

Apparently, Democrats would rather roil Trump with leaks, charges, speculation, and ridicule to soften him up in a re-election bid. Impeaching and removing Trump from office would mean elevating Mike Pence to the presidency who would bring stability to the White House. That would not fit the Democrat election playbook.

Condescending Elitist at Yale

May 22, 2017

An Dean at Yale was caught showing her true colors. June Chu, Dean of Yale’s Pierson College, is a prolific reviewer on Yelp. She left sharp-tongued reviews targeting service employees and customers. For Koto Japanese Restaurant, she wrote, “To put it quite simply: if you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you! This establishment is definitely not authentic by any stretch of any imagination and perfect for those low class folks who believe this is a real night out.” For The Mochi Store she wrote, “I guess if you were a white person who has no clue what mochi is, this would be fine for you.”

http://ydn.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Chu_reviews.pdf

Liberals see everything through the prism of race and class. They preach tolerance, diversity, and equality but live their private lives the complete opposite. After Chu’s reviews were exposed, she wrote and apology saying, “My remarks were wrong. There are no two ways about it. 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.”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/yale-dean-caught-railing-against-white-trash-and-barely-educated-service-workers-on-yelp/article/2623428

Guilty Plea from Anthony Weiner

May 22, 2017

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner pled guilty to a felony charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. He addressed the court saying that his “… destructive impulses brought great devastation to my family and friends and destroyed my life’s dream of public service.” His case caught national attention because his wife, Huma Abedin, was an aide to presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. When his computer was seized, emails from Hillary Clinton were discovered. Weiner may face up to ten years in prison and will have to file as a sex offender. Weiner’s wife filed for divorce Friday afternoon. She brought an Anonymous versus Anonymous uncontested action in Manhattan Supreme Court. Abedin is asking that the case be sealed.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/05/19/anthony-weiner-sexting-investigation/

'The War is Just Commencing'

May 22, 2017

Sweden has discontinued its rape investigation of Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. Swedish director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, dropped the case because bringing Assange to Sweden was not going to happen “in the foreseeable future.” Now that Sweden has not renewed its European arrest warrant for Assange, the legal landscape may be more treacherous for Assange. Assange still faces charges in Britain of jumping bail in 2012. The United States wants Assange extradited to America for publishing classified documents on Wikileaks. The US and Britain refuse to say whether or not a US warrant has been issued for his arrest. Ecuador granted Assange political asylum in 2012. Ecuador’s government asked Britain to grant safe passage so that he might seek long-term asylum once in the country.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4521770/Sweden-drops-prosecution-against-Julian-Assange.html

The Non-Russian Story

May 22, 2017

The Russian collusion charge that Democrats have been investigating is beginning to collapse. Attorney Alan Dershowitz says that he’s not seen any evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with the Russians. He went further and said that collusion is not a crime.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/political-theatre/dershowitz-wheres-trump-crime/

Senator Dianne Feinstein told Wolf Blitzer that she has seen no evidence of Russian collusion. “There are all kinds of rumors around, there are newspaper stories, but that's not necessarily evidence.” Maxine Waters is even admitting that there is no evidence of direct Russian collusion. But she’s not backing away from her hope that President Trump is impeached. “I’ve said we've got to connect the dots, we’ve got to get the facts, we’ve got to do the investigation. That is what leads to impeachment and I also said that Trump will lead us right there.” Democrats have built up so much hype and expectation that the Russians influenced the election, that walking the story back will be difficult.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/05/19/feinstein_no_evidence_of_russian_collusion_with_trump_campaign_but_there_are_rumors.html

How Dare They

May 22, 2017

Officials in the Austrian city of Tulln are refusing to accept any more refugees until further notice. A 15-year-old girl was raped by three Muslim migrants in April as she was on her way home. Police have collected DNA samples of 59 migrants. One man is in police custody. Mayor Peter Eisenschenk said, “For me, there is zero tolerance against asylum seekers who abuse their guest countries law. In view of what these criminals have done to the girl, the full severity of the law is required.” Since Muslim migrants have poured into Europe, the crime rate has soared. But governments have concealed the increase in crime, even going so far as totell victims that it’s racist to indicate the race of the perpetrators.

http://www.vol.at/15-jaehrige-in-tulln-vergewaltigt/5283493

Baltimore Schools Failing Students

May 19, 2017

Not a single student is proficient in math and English in six Baltimore City schools. "That's absurd to me," says Janel Nelson, the mother of one Frederick Douglass student. "That's your teacher's report card, ultimately." Teacher’s unions constantly pressure states to spend more on education. However, Baltimore schools spend $16,000 per student, the fourth highest in the nation. More money is not delivering better education. One student said, “The tests are harder than what we’re learning in class.”

Obamacare Repeal

May 19, 2017

The bill to overturn and replace Obamacare is still languishing in the House. It has not been sent over to the Senate for consideration. The bill is being scored by the Congressional Budget Office. The scoring is expected to be finished next week. Republicans pushed the legislation through before last minute amendments could be scored by the CBO. If the bill is sent to the Senate but does not save at least $2 billion, Republicans would have to start all over with a new budget resolution. If Republicans keep the bill in the House until after it is scored and it does not meet the threshold of $2 billion, it can be changed. But it will require one more vote in the House. The legislation barely passed the first time. Getting the votes from reluctant Republicans a second time will be difficult.

Chaffetz Resigning From Congress

May 19, 2017

Representative Jason Chaffetz announced in April that he would not be running for re-election. On Thursday, Chaffetz announced that he would be resigning from Congress on June 30th. Chaffetz chairs the House Oversight Committee which is looking into aspects of Comey’s firing. Chaffetz asked that Comey’s memos be turned over to the committee and invited the former director to testify next week. Chaffetz has been criticized for not investigating the Trump Administration with the same aggressiveness as he did with the Obama Administration. Chaffetz is leaving Congress to be closer to his family.

Will Laptops Be Banned on International Flights?

May 19, 2017

Iraqi special forces found evidence that ISIS has been testing new types of explosives that can be hidden in laptop computers. The explosives are not detectable with current security screening equipment. Discussions about banning laptop computers on flights from Europe and Britain to the Unites States are ongoing. Officials in the US and EU have agreed to increase the sharing of information. Currently there is a ban on electronic devices bigger than a cell phone on flights originating from 10 Middle East airports. There have been several reports of electronics with lithium-ion batteries overheating and catching on fire. Would putting laptop computers in the cargo section of the plane be a safety hazard?

Lieberman for FBI?

May 19, 2017

Joe Lieberman is in the running for FBI Director. Trump may think that appointing a Democrat to the position may appease Democrats in Congress. By appointing Lieberman, Trump would be further empowering the establishment and those that hate him. Lieberman is good friends with Senator John McCain, another Trump opponent. Lieberman has long wanted to emulate the Chinese control of the internet. "Right now China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war and we need to have that here too." While in the Senate, Lieberman introduced legislation called, “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010,” or the “kill switch” bill. The act would have given the President emergency powers over the internet.

Did Comey Commission the Lurid Report on Trump?

May 19, 2017

Judge Napolitano is reporting that former FBI Director Comey had his agents hire a former British intelligence agent to dig up dirt on candidate Trump. Comey was willing to pay $50,000 for the report. “The story the agent dug up was so lurid and unbelievable that the FBI declined to make the payment," according to Napolitano. Senator McCain heard about the report and flew one of his aides to Britain to get a copy. When he gave it to Director Comey, he told McCain that he was already aware of its contents. Was Comey a rogue director seeking to cause political harm to both candidates?

NAFTA To Be Renegotiated

May 19, 2017

During the presidential campaign, candidate Trump promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA is not free trade but crony trade. It’s managed trade where bureaucrats and politicians control the levers of power and provide advantages for themselves. Politicians cannot know what goods and services need to be produced. And politicians are motivated to create trade barriers because they need money for re-election. To the extent that trade barriers were removed and goods and services have been allowed to flow unimpeded, Canadians, Americans, and Mexicans have all benefited. If NAFTA is renegotiated so that it increases trade and does away with the cronyism, the three countries will win. The simplest free trade agreement would be for Canada, Mexico, and the United States to publish a one page document saying that their governments have removed all trade barriers and citizens and companies are allowed to trade goods and services.

Planned Parenthood Makes Epic Freudian slip in Promoting New Video

May 19, 2017

Planned Parenthood is an organization that claims to be protecting women’s health has been reeling from recent revelations that most of its income is actually derived from abortions, and that is has closed most of its clinics that provide cancer screenings and other non-abortion services. Now that it faces the possible loss of its cherished federal funding Planned Parenthood is striking back releasing a video to prove its importance to women’s health. However, the slogan of its video has raised eyebrows and caused a firestorm on social media. The slogan is “Watch, Share, Slay” a phrase supposedly borrowed from super hero comic books, but what many people an epic Freudian slip by the controversial group.

Car Plows Into Pedestrians in Times Square

May 19, 2017

In an incident eerily similar to recent terrorists attacks in France, Germany, and Great Britain a speeding vehicle ran up on the sidewalk in crowded Times Square in New York City. One person was killed and at least nineteen more were injured and several of the victims are in critical condition. However, according to New York City authorities this is not believed to have been terrorist related, but the result of actions by 26 year old Richard Rojas, a resident of the Bronx who has a history of DUIs and apparently was fleeing the scene of a robbery when the incident occurred. Police are still investigating.

Trump Informs Congress he is Opening Negotiations on NAFTA

May 19, 2017

Moving to fulfill another of his campaign promises President Donald Trump has informed members of Congress that he is renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. During his campaign he was highly critical of the treaty because he claimed it took jobs away from American workers and hurt American businesses. A few weeks ago Trump announced he was going to pull the United States out of the agreement, but after being contacted by the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of Mexico with offers to renegotiate he reconsidered. The offer has been accepted and Trump is expected to push hard for a treaty more favorable for the U.S.

American Planes Strike Syrian Military Targets.

May 19, 2017

For only the second time since American troops entered Syria to help train anti-Assad rebels and groups fighting ISIS American aircraft have been ordered by the local American commander on the ground to attack Syrian forces directly. The only previous such attack was ordered by the President on a Syrian airbase where chemical weapons had been deployed against civilians. This new attack was against Syrian forces supporting Assad who had moved into one of the so-called safe zones established by the anti-Assad coalition to protect civilians. Warning shots were fired at the Syrian troops, but they failed to leave so the airstrike was ordered under the authority granted to local authorities by President Trump

New Orleans Mayor Accused of Lying to Voters

May 19, 2017

Many citizens of the historic city of New Orleans have been outraged over the actions of the city council and Mayor Mitch Landrieu in removing historic statues of heroes of the Confederacy such as President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee, and General P.G.T. Beauregard. Now the anger is growing after local media reports that instead of the removed statutes being stored until other locations could be found, they have been spotted in a local scrap yard. Even some supporters of Landrieu in the local media are now accusing him of blatantly lying to New Orleans voters.

Americans Questioning Media Use of Unnamed Sources

May 19, 2017

American citizens are expressing increasing uneasiness and even anger over the main stream media’s use of unnamed sources to support unproven claims against President Trump, other Republicans, and in general anyone they disagree with. These anonymous “individuals” are often identified only as current or former government officials. The American people are apparently being told by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other outlets that they need to believe without question the things these sources are purported to have said simply because the MSM says to. The questions being raised are do these sources even exist, and it if they do are they committing federal crimes by releasing confidential information?

Embassy Move Not Happening

May 18, 2017

On the eve of his trip to Israel, President Trump has decided not to announce plans to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Candidate Trump had promised one of his prominent financial backers, Sheldon Adelson that he would move the embassy. When rumors began to circulate early in the week that the embassy move would not happen, Sheldon Adelson was reportedly furious. Adelson gave $5 million to the Trump inauguration. President Trump is seeking a peace deal to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Moving the embassy now would create problems for an agreement. The administration wants to build relationships and trust between the two sides.

Former FBI Director Appointed Special Counsel

May 18, 2017

Robert Mueller, former Director of the FBI, has been appointed special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. The investigation into Russian influence may be wrapped up quickly. Mueller is known to be a quick study. While it is doubtful that there are any Russian connections to the Trump campaign, for at least the next campaign cycle Democrats in Congress will raise million in campaign donations off of the investigation. More alarming is that Special Counsels tend to take on a life of their own. Robert Mueller is authorized to investigate “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” and is “authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation….” It’s the cases that arise from investigation that may take years to prosecute. And given President Trump’s poor handling of the attacks that have been directed towards him, he may provide enough curve balls to keep the investigation alive.

Merkel Tells Britain, “You’ll pay the price”

May 18, 2017

Still unhappy with the outcome of the Brexit vote, Germany’s Angela Merkel is doing what she can to make Britain’s exit from the EU as difficult as possible. The British prime minister said that the government will impose stricter immigration controls for people seeking to enter Britain. Merkel, who has little regard for Germany’s borders, said "If the British government ends the free movement of people, that will have its price.” "This isn't malicious, but they cannot say there will be an upper limit of 100,000 or 200,000 EU citizens, no more. "That will not work. We would have to think about what obstacle we create from the European side to compensate for that."

Freeloading Taxpayers

May 18, 2017

Governor Jerry Brown thinks that California taxpayers who want to keep their own money are “freeloaders". The new state budget of $52 billion includes raising the gas tax by 12-cents a gallon beginning November 1st and raising vehicle license fees by an average of $50 more a year beginning January 1st. Republicans alternatively proposed budget cuts to fund road maintenance. “Roads require money to fix,” Brown said. “Republicans say there’s a magic source of money — it doesn’t exist. …You want to borrow money and pay double? Or do nothing? Or take money from universities?" Republicans are trying to recall state Senator Josh Newman who barely won his seat in an upset victory. His win gave Democrats a two-thirds majority in the state senate. And he voted for the tax increase. Governor Brown came into Newman’s district to support him. Speaking of the taxpayers who want roads but don’t want to pay for them with tax increases, Brown said, “The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them.” This is not the first time Governor Brown has been condescending to businesses and taxpayers. In 2014, in response to Toyota leaving California for Texas, Brown said “We've got a few problems, we have lots of little burdens and regulations and taxes. But smart people figure out how to make it."

Government Must Never Do Without

May 18, 2017

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is saying that any legislation that cuts taxes must be revenue neutral. “It will have to be revenue-neutral,” he said. “We have a $21 trillion debt.” When Mitch McConnell became majority leader of the Senate in January 2014, the national debt was $18 trillion. He’s assisted in running up the national debt by an additional $3.1 trillion. When American families don’t bring in enough money, they have to cut their spending. This never seems to be the case for government. In fact, the attitude of politicians is that government must never do without. More revenue or revenue neutral tax cuts won’t solve the national debt. Instead government must stop spending more than it takes in and make large cuts to its expenditures.

What Would A Pence Presidency Look Like?

May 18, 2017

President Trump gave the commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy today. “Adversity makes you stronger—don’t give in and don’t back down and never stop doing what you know is right,” he told the graduates. That said, the White House drama has gotten some people to start thinking about a Pence Presidency if Trump does call the presidency quits. What would a Pence Presidency would look like?Tax reform would likely be on the agenda. While governor of Indiana, the state legislature cut the income tax by 5% and eliminated the inheritance tax. A drop in the state’s corporate income tax rate is being phased in, going from 6.5% to 4.9% by 2021. At the federal level, Pence has supported a flat tax rate. He’s opposed to raising the minimum wage because he understands that it hurts the working poor. While in Congress, Pence opposed the TARP bailout and the bailout of the auto industry. He’ does not support birthright citizenship. And he opposed the DREAM Act. On Social Security, Pence believes that everything needs to be on the table from raising the retirement age to making cuts. He’s called global warming a “myth”. And while in Congress he voted to reign in the EPA. But in 2016 he said “there’s no question” that human’s affect the climate. Pence has also expressed interest in including gold in U.S. monetary affairs.

A Head Scratcher

May 18, 2017

Bradley Manning was released from imprisonment today. He was convicted of leaking millions of classified military and diplomatic documents to Wikileaks. Monday evening, the Washington Post quoted anonymous sources as saying that the president disclosed classified information with the Russian Ambassador and Foreign Minister. Although the Director of National Security denied anything improper was done at the meeting, and although the President has the authority to declassify any information he chooses, it’s set off a firestorm of self-righteous indignation with Democrats in the media and Congress. But it gets weird. Many of these same people condemning the president are also the one’s praising Bradley Manning.

Sheriff Clark to Join DHS

May 18, 2017

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has announced that he is resigning his position as sheriff to join the Department Of Homeland Security in what is being described as a liaison position between DHS and state and local authorities. Sheriff Clarke came to prominence as an outspoken critic of President Obama and his approach to race relations and the police. Clarke was by far the most important black law enforcement official to take such a position. He was also a member of the Constitutional Sheriff and Police Officers Association which is an organization dedicated to protecting constitutional rights such as the right to keep and bear arms.

Violent MS-13 Gang Members Being Rounded Up by Feds

May 18, 2017

Following up on the pledge of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to wage war on the sadistic and murdering street gang MS-13 50 raids were conducted by federal agents in the Los Angeles area. These resulted in dozens of suspected gang members being arrested. Specifically targeted were gang leaders. Los Angeles is the home base of MS-13 in the United States. Part of the reason may be because almost half of those arrested were illegals from countries like El Salvador and Honduras and since Los Angeles is a sanctuary city they felt safer. More such raids are promised by the federal authorities.

North Korean Missiles Could Threaten West Coast, but not Everyone is Preparing

May 18, 2017

As U.S. military intelligence officials further evaluate the most recent missile test by North Korea and well as new satellite images of missile they are coming to the conclusion that Kim Jung Un is very close to being able to attack the United States. The state of Hawaii is actually planning for a possible attack by reopening shelters and preparing evacuation plans. However, another city that is vulnerable and a likely target because of its military bases is prohibited by a state law from making similar preparations. That city is Seattle, Washington since in 1984 the state legislature passed a law allowing the state to plan for every type of disaster except or a nuclear attack. Apparently legislators felt that such planning might provoke the Soviet Union.

Another Massive Cyberattack is Underway

May 18, 2017

Cyber security experts are reporting that a new series of cyberattacks have started that may prove to me more widespread and damaging than those late last week. Instead of using the standard ransomware computers are now being high jacked to transfer virtual funds like Monero or bitcoms to the hackers’ accounts. This makes it much more profitable than ransomware for the hackers and more difficult for cyber experts to detect and stop. There is also great concern over the fact that this attack apparently started in early May and is just now being discovered; Experts have also not uncovered the origin of the attacks.

Robert Mueller Appointed Special Counsel

May 18, 2017

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been appointed special counsel by the Department of Justice to investigate the Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election, and the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. The reaction by the President was to say he hoped the investigation would be concluded expeditiously and in the meantime he would go about the business of governing. There were mixed reactions form members of Congress with most applauding the move, but some Republicans expressing concern over the broad powers of special counsels.

California Governor Refers To Angry Taxpayers as “Freeloaders”

May 18, 2017

The people of California are among the most highly taxed in the country with people paying one third of their income to the federal government and another one third to the state. Now the Democrat controlled legislature has passed the largest single tax increase in the state’s history increasing the tax on gasoline by 12 cents per gallon. When angry taxpayers started recall petitions against some of the legislators who voted for the tax, liberal Democrat Governor Jerry Brown referred to them as “freeloaders”. He made these comments just shortly after demanding that millions of dollars of taxpayer money be given to provide free legal defense of illegal aliens in the state.

North Korea May Have More Powerful Weapons than Thought

May 17, 2017

Recent satellite surveillance photos of North Korean missile test sites have American military leaders concerned that Kim Jong Un has missiles that are capable of reaching Guam, Alaska, and Hawaii. These missiles can do severe damage to U.S. military bases and to civilian areas even if they are only armed with conventional warheads. However, military leaders are also concerned that North Korea is farther along with its program to develop nuclear warheads for these missiles than was expected. All of this puts Americans at greater risk from an unstable communist dictator who appears to be undeterred by economic sanctions.

New Orleans Officials Continue to Erase Part of the City’s History

May 17, 2017

The liberal mayor and city council of the historic city of new Orleans have ordered the city cleansed of part of its rich historic by removing all of the monuments dedicated to Confederacy including the statues of confederate president Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee, and local hero and confederate general P.G.T. Beauregard. These Democrats that have controlled the city for decades and have led it to having one of the highest poverty and crime rates in the nation, and now they are claiming that the city will be a better place without the monuments they say celebrate slavery and racism. Many citizens of the city see it as just another assault on their heritage.

McMaster Continues to Say that Trump did Nothing Inappropriate in Meeting with Russians

May 17, 2017

During a Tuesday press briefing Gen H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s National Security Adviser again stated that he was at the entire meeting that the President had with two Russian diplomats and that nothing inappropriate was revealed by Trump during the meeting. There were specifically no secrets that endangered United States national security interests. He and other officials who were at the meeting have also that the reports by the Washington Post and other liberal media outlets were totally false. Interestingly, the Israeli intelligence that had been supposedly released about the attempts by ISIS to put explosives in laptop computers carried on planes had already been widely reported in the media.

Concealed Carry Restrictions Being Reduced in Many States

May 17, 2017

In a move that is receiving praise from many second amendment supporters more states are easing the requirements for carrying concealed weapons. Twelve states including New Hampshire have now given their citizens the right to carry concealed weapons without permission of authorities. At the same time legislation has been introduced in the Congress by Senator John Cornyn of Texas and Representative Richard Hudson of North Carolina to allow people from states like New Hampshire to carry a concealed in other states where such a right is not recognized. Gun control advocates are vehemently opposed to such legislation claiming it would increase hand gun violence, although no proof has been offered to support these claims.

Recent Cyberattacks May be Linked to North Korea

May 17, 2017

Cyber security experts are uncovering evidence that may link North Korea to the recent worldwide cyberattacks that affected businesses and government entities in 150 countries. South Korean researchers are saying that the attacks are very similar to the backdoor malicious codes often used by North Korea. While no one has categorically stated that North Korea is responsible but it is certainly not being ruled out by anyone. One thing that everyone seems to agree on is that the ransomware attacks did not result in a great deal of money for the attackers so the attacks may have been just malicious and possibly a preparation for more to come.

Study Shows CNN Bias

May 17, 2017

The prestigious Media Research Center has released the results of a recent 24 hour study of the contents of CNN broadcasting and found what the MRC calls an obsession with President Donald Trump. During the 34 hours studied 13 hours and 27 minutes of broadcast time was devoted to stories about Trump and 92 per cent of the time the reporting was negative. During the 2016 Presidential campaign CNN was often referred to as The Clinton News Network because of its clear bias in only doing reports on Hillary that were positive and helpful to her campaign.

Russian Diplomats Turning Up Dead

May 17, 2017

Over the last two years, ten Russian officials have died. Many on foreign soil. The US Government has been observing these deaths and keeping track of them. Taking it out of the realm of conspiracy theories, James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, said, “Well, this obviously has been a curious pattern.” "We have had difficulty, though, in actually generating an evidentiary trail that could equate convincingly and compellingly in a court of law a direct connection between certain figures that have been eliminated who apparently ran afoul of Putin." By attributing the deaths to Putin, Clapper reinforces the idea that Putin is a murderer and needs to be dealt with accordingly.


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-15/fake-news-james-clapper-notes-curious-pattern-deaths-among-russian-elites

Campus Insanity

May 17, 2017

At the University of New Hampshire, white students wore sombreros and ponchos to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. At least two students were offended. This is “the normalization of racist behavior” according to the student group, “All Eyes on UNH.” “What’s the point of wearing a poncho? If you’re not Mexican, it’s not your holiday,” student Danique Montique exclaimed. When asked what holiday would be appropriate for a white person to celebrate, Montique couldn’t say. “That’s stuff for you white people to figure out. I don’t f*(^&#g know! Cinco de Mayo is not your holiday,” she again declared. “You’re perpetuating the stereotype that Mexicans drink and wear ponchos for a living. That’s what you’re doing, and you also have to keep in mind the racial tension that’s happening right now where your president claims that Mexicans only come here, drink, and steal your jobs.”


http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=9158

Comey Records Interaction With Trump

May 17, 2017

A news report out says that the former FBI Director was asked by President Trump to let the Flynn investigation go. “I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to a memo written up by Comey shortly after the interaction. Is this evidence that President Trump tried to influence an investigation? This is how it’s being played by the media, Democrats, and increasingly uncomfortable Republicans. Representative Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is demanding all “memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings” of the meeting. Mr. Trump bragged in the campaign how skilled he was in business. But he’s not turning out to be much of a match for experienced Deep State operatives.


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/politics/james-comey-trump-flynn-russia-investigation.html


Assassinate Assad

May 17, 2017

Yoav Galant, an Israeli government minister, is calling for the assassination of Syria’s Bashar Assad. "The reality in which people are executed in Syria, being hit deliberately by chemical weapons, their bodies being burned, something we haven’t seen in 70 years. In my view, we are crossing a red line. And in my view, the time has come to assassinate Assad. It’s as simple as that,” said Galant. Galant did not speculate what the consequences of removing Assad would be. The region has been plagued with turmoil and murder since the United States began removing dictators. As bad as Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi were, they kept the various factions in their countries under control. If Assad had called for the assassination of an Israeli leader, it would be an international crisis.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

May 17, 2017

We’re learning who is going to be managing the next financial crisis. Yale School of Management raised $10 million “to expand the Yale Program on Financial Stability and launch the ‘Crisis-Response Project.’” The project’s goal is “to improve the quality of decision making by governments and central banks in financial crises.” The project’s advisory board is staffed with many of the same people who gave us the last crisis. Notables include Timothy Geithner, Ben Bernanke, and Hank Paulson. Also on the advisory board is Kenneth Rogoff who is writing prolifically on why government should ban cash. Rather than looking how central bank manipulation of the money supply distorts the business cycle, these people will be looking to use central banks to increase regulation of the markets. It won’t end well.


http://som.yale.edu/news/2017/05/major-gift-funds-expansion-of-yale-program-on-financial-stability

Boom Phase of the Business Cycle

May 17, 2017

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, is out with a list of positive things in the economy since Trump became President. Adams is giving too much credit to Mr. Trump. The economy isn’t improving because of Mr. Trump or his predecessor Mr. Obama. Presidents actually don’t have a lot of power to improve the economy. They can reduce regulations which lighten the burden of government overreach. And presidents can veto congressional legislation which often strangles the economy. The economy is improving because of the Federal Reserve. Since the end of 2006, the M2 money supply has increased from $7 trillion to $13.2 trillion at the end of 2016. The economy is in the boom phase of the business cycle.


http://blog.dilbert.com/post/160699204216/a-quick-look-at-president-trump-and-the-big

Will Delivery Robots be Banned in San Francisco?

May 17, 2017

Tech savvy San Francisco is proposing legislation to ban delivery robots. San Francisco Supervisor Norman Yee says the robots might not be safe. “Our streets and our sidewalks are made for people, not robots.” Yee asks whether the elderly, children or those with disabilities will be able to move out of the robot’s way as it rolls down the sidewalk. The San Francisco Supervisor also wonders if delivery robots will take away jobs. But this is fear mongering and central planning. Where technology, such as robots, replace human labor, it increases productivity and makes more products available to the market.


https://www.recode.net/2017/5/16/15648324/san-francisco-legislation-ban-autonomous-delivery-robots-sidewalks

Sourcing the Russian Hacking Allegation

May 17, 2017

Americans have been told that the Russians hacked the Democrat National Committee computers and somehow influenced the outcome of the 2016 election. Yet the only source for this information is a company called CrowdStrike and confident assertions by the FBI. The FBI was never given access to the DNC’s computer systems to make its own investigation. Instead the FBI relied on Crowdstrike to say that the Russians had hacked the DNC’s computers. The Russian influence narrative has been picked up by Washington politicians. But to date nobody has seen the evidence.


http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/05/politics/fbi-russia-hacking-dnc-crowdstrike/

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