U.S. Treasury Fines Exxon $2 Million

Jul 21, 2017

The U.S. Treasury fined Exxon $2 million because the company failed to comply with sanctions imposed on Russia. Exxon signed several legal documents with Igor Sechin, a Russian oligarch and CEO of a Rosneft, a Russian state oil company. Because Rosneft is state owned, it automatically has close ties to the Kremlin. The legal documents that Exxon signed allowed for a joint venture with the Russian oil company to drill for oil in the Arctic. At the celebration ceremony, Russian leader Vladimir Putin attended. The sanctions imposed on Russia forced the joint venture to be shelved. Exxon estimates it has lost $1 billion because of the sanctions. Exxon has filed a complaint against the Treasury saying that the fine hinges on an “arbitrary” interpretation of the sanctions.

Apollo 11 Lunar Sample Bag Goes for $1.8 Million

Jul 21, 2017

A bag that was used to bring samples of moon rock and dust on the Apollo 11 mission sold at auction for $1.8 million. The bag still has tiny bits of moon dust still embedded in the cloth. It was used by Neil Armstrong to gather samples. The bag should have remained a part of the collections at the Smithsonian. However, it was separated from other memorabilia and its’ significance was forgotten. It ended up in a space museum in Kansas run by Max Ary. Ary was later convicted of theft, money laundering, and fraud for selling items belonging to the museum and NASA. Ary’s space memorabilia was seized by the federal government and later sold to cover fines owed by Ary. The lunar bag was one of those items sold. Nancy Carlson saw the listing and bought the bag for $995. She sent it to NASA for testing and authenticating. When NASA realized that the item was from Apollo 11, the agency did not want to return it. Carlson sued in federal court and won. She sold it at an auction through Sotheby’s.

Rise in Anti-Semitism in Berlin

Jul 21, 2017

In a study conducted by the American Jewish Committee, 21 schools in Berlin show a growing level of anti-Semitism in Turkish and Arab Muslim students. Additionally, the study found increasing support for radical Islamism. Muslim children are getting two kinds of education. One in the government schools and the other in their mosques. Students are being encouraged to be “aggressive toward classmates who were girls, homosexuals or secular Muslims.” Children are being taught in the Mosques to be “morality police” in their government schools. In one case a young Jewish boy transferred to a different school because of anti-Semitic abuse by fellow Muslim students.

Freedom Caucus Pushes Full Repeal of Obamacare

Jul 21, 2017

The Freedom Caucus in the House will file a discharge petition to bring an Obamacare clean repeal bill to the floor of the House. 218 signatures from Republican members would be needed. Chairman Mark Meadows explained, “I think the real frustration is that the American people do not understand why we didn’t put something on President Trump’s desk on January 20th and now here we are on July 20th and we still have not done anything on health care.” Meadows went on to say that House Republican leadership did not see the merits of bringing a straight repeal bill to the floor for a vote. The only way to get a clean repeal is through a discharge petition. Meadows said that a lot of Representatives are looking at how a vote to repeal Obamacare might affect their careers in Congress. “The only underlying theme is, the time for talk is over, we must provide real action, real results, or the American people will never regain the confidence in government that we promise we would restore,” said Meadows.

Trump Ends Covert CIA Program

Jul 21, 2017

The CIA has been running a covert arms program that supplied rebels fighting the Syrian government. President Trump made the decision a month ago to scrap the program. The decision is consistent with Trump’s campaign promises to focus on ISIS instead of expanding the war to include removing Syria’s president. Secretary of State Tillerson said in an interview with ABC News the it is up to the Syrian people to “decide the fate of Bashar al-Assad.”

Senator John McCain, convalescing in Arizona, said, "If these reports are true, the administration is playing right into the hands of Vladimir Putin. Making any concessions to Russia, absent a broader strategy for Syria, is irresponsible and short-sighted." Senator McCain has been beating the drums for war in Syria for years. The senator wants to keep America focused on removing Assad from power.

Dog Sitting Without a License

Jul 21, 2017

In New York City, it is illegal to dog sit if you’re not a licensed kennel. And private homes can’t get licensed. A dog-sitting app, Rover, caught the attention of city bureaucrats who warned the company that people using the app were breaking the law. Health Department spokesman Julien Martinez said, "To ensure the health and safety of pets and reduce risks to public health, the NYC Health Code requires certain businesses to obtain a Health Department permit and comply with necessary regulations — this includes animal boarding facilities and kennels.” New York City’s city council health committee chairman called the rule “crazy.” "To have a law on the books that says that's illegal is antiquated and not practical." The Rover company plans to fight the rule.

Samantha Power Becoming Central Figure in Spying Investigation

Jul 21, 2017

Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power is emerging as a central figure in the investigation of the unmasking of Trump transition officials. What is particularly troublesome is that the position of U.N. ambassador rarely requires unmasking activities. Yet Powers made multiple requests for unmasking. And then the names of transition officials in the raw intelligence were leaked to the press. One GOP political operative said, "The U.N. ambassador has absolutely no business calling for the quantity and quality of the intelligence that Power seems to have been asking for." It appears the Obama Administration was using the intelligence community to spy on their political opponents.

Special Counsel Looking Into Trump Business Dealings

Jul 21, 2017

In spite of President Trump’s warning that looking into Trump’s business dealings would cross a red line, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is doing just that. Investigators are looking at sales of real estate holdings to Russians. President Trump’s lawyers said, "Those transactions are in my view well beyond the mandate of the Special counsel.” The mandate given to Mueller however was expansive including “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and any matter that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.” Investigators are also looking into Jared Kushner’s efforts to find financing for real estate projects.

Elizabeth Warren’s Political Theater

Jul 21, 2017

Senator Elizabeth Warren has created a public persona of taking on the Big Banks and standing for the little people. She’s even launched a coalition of lawmakers and leftist groups called “Take on Wall Street.” The coalition sought to heavily regulate the financial industry. But over the weekend, the bank hating senator was seen socializing at a Democratic fundraiser with the big bank executives she claims to hate. Two sharply contrasting sets of photos have emerged on Twitter. The host of the event, UBS bank executive, Robert Wolf, uploaded photos to his Twitter account showing Warren addressing Democrats, donors, and Wall Street executives under an outdoor tent. Warren’s account shows photos from a town hall style event with 1300 people. She’s framed the event as “merely meeting with voters in the area.” If Warren intends to run in the 2020 presidential election, she’ll need the support of wealthy bankers to fund her campaign.

Growth in Concealed Carry Permits

Jul 21, 2017

A study conducted by the Crime Prevention Research Center shows interesting data on concealed carry permits. Concealed carry permits grew at a record breaking rate in 2016. They grew by 1.83 million. Leading the surge were women and African Americans. “[I]n the 14 states that provide information regarding gender of permit holders, more than one out of three permit holders were women.” Between 2012 and 2016 in five states where racial data is available, “the number of black people with permits increased 30% faster than the number of whites with permits.” Alabama has the highest rate of concealed carry permits where 20 percent of the adult population has one. Indiana is second where 15.8 percent of adults carry concealed. “Regression estimates show a significant association between increased permit ownership and drops in murder and violent crime rates. Each one percentage point increase in rates of permit-holding is associated with a roughly 2.5 percent drop in the murder rate.”

Federal Attack on MS-13 Gang in Long Island Results in 17 More Arrests

Jul 21, 2017

Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an all-out assault on the violent MS-13 gang that has been terrorizing communities all over the country there have been some significant positive developments. The latest is the arrest of 17 gang members in Long Island, New York for a string of five vicious murders of innocent people.

This brings the total number of arrests since April to 170 suspected gang members, mostly from the countries of Honduras and El Salvador, and many of these people are in the country illegally. The ultimate goal is to break the back of MS-13, and the initial efforts seem to be paying off.

Maxine Waters Appears to be Planning Run for White House

Jul 21, 2017

Representative Maxine Waters of California who is a ferocious critic of President Donald Trump and accuses his supporters of being racists and unpatriotic, now appears to be planning a run for President. She is already making moves in New Hampshire where the country’s first Presidential primary is held. The 78 year old has been representing a relative poor and largely black district for years has recently been criticized for the fact that she does not live in the district, but in a six million dollar home in an exclusive gated community miles away.

She has also been widely criticized for calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump not only before he was sworn in as president, but before he was even elected. Critics point out that this shows that she either does not understand the Constitution, or may not have even read it.

North Korea Advancing Submarine Missile Launch Capabilities

Jul 21, 2017

Every few weeks it seems that the North Korean communist state under the control of Kim Jong Un is found to be advancing even further toward its goal of becoming a nuclear power. The latest information uncovered by U.S. intelligence indicates that North Korea is farther along than originally thought when it comes to the capability to launch missiles from submarines containing nuclear warheads against the United States and its allies.

This represents an ominous new development since when this threat is included with the recent successful launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) the North Koreans now appear capable of reaching more targets on the West Coast of the United States and even further inland.

Media Now Attacking Trump for his Diet and Physical Fitness

Jul 21, 2017

Pundits are pointing out that the liberal media is so obsessed with attacking Donald Trump and ignoring the issues important to most Americans that they are now going after the President for his diet and physical fitness. This latest obsession ignores the fact that Trump is a seventy year old President who doesn’t smoke or drink, needs very little sleep, and yet appears to have boundless energy for his job.

Instead the media is focusing on the fact that he occasionally likes fast food, rarely plays golf unlike his predecessor, and does not go out jogging. As one guest on Fox News show pointed out, has anyone ever seen a picture of Winston Churchill jogging?

O.J. Simpson Granted Parole from Nevada Prison

Jul 21, 2017

Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson has been paroled by the Nevada prison system after serving only eight years of a nine to thirty three year prison sentence for an armed robbery and kidnapping conviction in Las Vegas. This conviction had come after he was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in a controversial trial.

O.J. will be released by October 1st and reportedly is planning to move to Florida. It is also being reported that Hollywood is already lining up with offers for the convicted felon to capitalize on his crimes.

Pelosi Attacks Military Spending Increases

Jul 21, 2017

In another effort to undermine America Nancy Pelosi is back after one of her and other Democrat favorite targets, the United States military. During the Obama administration the American military was cut to the bone, with our soldiers fighting in a protracted war with terrorism with sub-par equipment, virtually no pay raises, and losses of benefits.

Pelosi and her cohorts are okay with the average hourly wage of a private in the army being $8.40 per hour so that the minimum wage for someone making hamburgers can go up to $15.00. She also says that the proposed increase in military spending will increase violence around the world. So in her mind she must think of ISIS as a victim.

Israeli PM Blasts EU and Obama

Jul 20, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a private meeting with political leaders of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. Netanyahu pointed out, “The European Union is the only association of countries in the world that conditions the relations with Israel, that produces technology and every area, on political conditions. The only ones! Nobody does it. It’s crazy. It’s actually crazy.” The Israeli Prime Minister said, “The EU is undermining its security by undermining Israel. Europe is undermining its progress by undermining its connection with Israeli innovation by a crazy attempt to create conditions.” Netanyahu later turned his ire towards the Obama Administration. He said the Obama Administration had a weak foreign policy towards the Middle East. He expressed hopefulness about the Trump Administration’s foreign policy. “The U.S. is more engaged in he region and conducting more bombings [in Syria]. It is a positive thing. I think we’re ok on ISIS. We’re not okay on Iran.”

High Tech Laser Weapons

Jul 20, 2017

The U.S. Navy will begin testing a “super laser” in the Persian Gulf. The Navy will use aerial drones as practice targets. The $30 million weapon is said to be “more precise than a bullet.” The laser weapons system moves 50,000 times faster than an ICBM. The laser zeros in on its target and raises the target’s temperature to more than 1,000 degrees. The target then explodes. The laser beam is invisible, inaudible and “incredibly effective” according to Lt. Cale Hughes, a laser weapons system officer. Defense contractors are working on other laser weapon prototypes that could be deployed on aircraft and combat vehicles.

European Union Threatens Sanctions Against Poland

Jul 20, 2017

The European Union is threatening to invoke Article 7 which would strip Poland of its voting privileges and face sanctions over the Polish government’s proposed judicial reform. Poland has refused to accept Islamic migrants into its country. Poland does not want the crime that comes with migrants. The sanctions would end EU monetary payments to Poland. Poland’s judicial reforms would seek to restrain left-wing activist judges and encourage “Christian values” be worked into Poland’s judicial system. The EU’s vice-president says that Poland would “significantly undermine the independence of the judiciary” if the government proceeds with the reforms. The EU is also threatening Hungary with an invocation of Article 7 because it has hindered George Soros’ Central European University from operating within Hungary.

Testing for Border Wall Begins

Jul 20, 2017

The Army Corps of Engineers is taking soil samples to determine types of walls that would be compatible with various geographic regions of the border. The Rio Grande Valley Sector is scheduled to get 32 miles of border wall and 28 miles of a levee wall. The House Appropriations Committee approved $1.6 billion for the construction of a wall. The scope of the wall has been changed. It won’t be a 2,000 mile long wall. Instead it will be a series of border walls where they are necessary. Mountains and rivers provide natural barriers according to President Trump. The president speculated that the government would only need to build 700 to 900 miles of wall. The construction of prototypes will get underway in the next few months.

Private Citizen Displaces Government

Jul 20, 2017

A private citizen in Toronto spent $550 to build a set of stairs in a community park so neighbors would not risk falling down a steep path. Area residents are happy that the stairs have been installed. “We have far too much bureaucracy,” said resident Dana Beamon. “We don’t have enough self-initiative in our city, so I’m impressed.” And the city of Toronto is not happy about it saying that the stairs are not built to regulation standards. Apparently the incline is not even, there is no foundation, and the railing is unsafe. City officials insist that the man should have waited for the city to spend $65,000 to have the stairs built. The mayor has asked that city workers revise the estimate because he thinks the $65,000 price is too high as well.


Residency for Charlie Gard

Jul 20, 2017

House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment granting Charlie Gard permanent resident status so that Charlie can come to the United States and receive needed medical treatment. Some American politicians have called the U.K. courts a death panel, deciding who is fit to live and who needs to die. Dr. Michio Hirano was unsuccessful in persuading doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital that his treatment plan could prolong or save Charlie Gard’s life. Hirano returned to the United States Tuesday night. Charlie Gard will undergo further testing. His mother, Connie Yates said, “Our gorgeous baby boy is still stable. We are at his bedside and feel satisfied he is not suffering or in any pain. As Charlie’s loving parents, we are doing the right thing for our son in exploring all treatment options.”

President Trump Chides Republican Senators

Jul 20, 2017

President Trump berated Senators on Wednesday over their failure to take action on health care legislation. “I’m certainly disappointed. For seven years, I’ve been hearing repeal and replace from Congress. I’ve been hearing it loud and strong, and when we finally get a chance to repeal and replace, they don’t take advantage of it,” said the president. President Trump tweeted that, “They MUST keep their promise to America!” President Trump was insistent that the August recess be cancelled saying, “We shouldn’t leave town until this is complete. We should hammer this out and get it done.” When Republican senators knew that President Obama would veto repeal legislation, Republicans were able to get enough votes to pass the Senate. Now that President Trump is willing to sign repeal legislation, Senators are backing off of their promises to repeal Obamacare. Senators Murkowski and Capito both voted to repeal Obamacare in 2015. Now they are working hard to find reasons to support Obamacare.

Susan Rice Postpones Testimony

Jul 20, 2017

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice has put off her testimony before the House intelligence committee. She was supposed to have testified in a closed hearing. Susan Rice unmasked the identities of Trump campaign officials and transition team officials. The House committee is investigating if the unmasking was done improperly. When news of the unmasking became public, Susan Rice denied it. But later admitted that she had unmasked Trump officials but denied any political motivation. Rice told the New York Magazine that she believes she’s being target because of her race and gender.

Officer Suspended For Planting Drugs

Jul 20, 2017

A police officer in Baltimore was suspended for planting drugs, and two other officers were put on administrative duty. The public defender’s office released a copy of the video on Tuesday that showed the drug arrest in January. The officer is seen placing a can in an empty lot. Two other officers are seen looking on. They leave the lot. The officer then activates the camera as the officer returns to the scene, picks up the can and finds the drugs he’d just planted. The camera saves 30 seconds of video prior to being activated. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said that an investigation is underway and that police have not yet reached any conclusions.

Government Wants Retired Marine To Surrender His Second Amendment Rights

Jul 20, 2017

A retired and disabled Marine was told the he’d have to give up some of his constitutional rights if he wants to take custody of his grandson. A Michigan Department of Health and Human Services worker said, “If you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights.” The government agent was backed up by a Gogebic County Court judge saying, “We know we are violating numerous constitutional rights here, but if you do not comply, we will remove the boy from your home.” The Second Amendment Foundation filed a lawsuit on behalf of the retired Marine and his wife. Alan Gottlieb, Executive Vice President of the foundation, said, “This amounts to coercion, with a child as their bartering chip. I cannot recall ever hearing anything so offensive and egregious, and we’ve handled cases like this in the past. Blatantly telling someone they must give up their civil rights in order to care for their own grandchild is simply beyond the pale.”

ICE to Employ Thousands of Agents to Sanctuary Cities

Jul 20, 2017

President Donald Trump has authorized the hiring of 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents and according to ICE director Thomas Homan, thousands of them will be dispatched to sanctuary cities like Austin, Chicago, San Francisco, and New York City. Homan says that Trump has taken the “handcuffs” off of his agents and they are now in a position to enforce the law, even in cities that are intent on protecting illegal aliens, including those who have committed other crimes.

This policy represents a complete reversal of the Obama catch and release policy that many experts contend caused American citizens to be needlessly robbed, killed by drunk drivers, or even murdered by people who were in this country illegally.

Postal Service Found to have Violated Hatch Act

Jul 20, 2017

A report by the United States postal service office of special counsel and inspector general has found that the Post Office systematically violated federal law during the 2016 presidential campaign. The violations were of the Hatch Act that prohibits federal employees from campaigning for or against candidates during an election cycle. The main union for postal workers, the National Association of Letter Carriers systemically had employees put on unpaid leave in order to work in the Clinton and other campaigns.

The employees participated in canvassing, manned phone banks, and engaged in other campaign activities and were paid by the union for their time. All of this clearly violates the Hatch Act.

Bank of America Suffers System Outage

Jul 20, 2017

In the last few days one of the largest banks in the United States had many of its customers unable to access their accounts online and perform any types of transactions. Some branches were also shut down. Everything appears to be getting back to normal, but the bank is not yet able to explain what happened.

In the past several months there have been a large number of attacks by hackers against banks and other major corporations that have occurred worldwide. This has prompted many cyber security experts in the U.S. to point out that most corporations, banks, and even government institutions in this country have left themselves extremely vulnerable to such attacks. It remains to be seen if the Bank of America such down is proof of this.

Senator John McCain Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

Jul 20, 2017

Senator John McCain, the senior U.S. Senator from Arizona has been diagnosed with brain cancer. He has served in the Senate since 1986, and was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for President in 2008. He was a naval combat pilot during the Vietnam War. He was shot down and captured in 1967 and was a prisoner of war for six years, severely tortured, and left with numerous physical limitations.

What will happen next is unclear since McCain and his family have to consider treatment options. What they decide could have an immediate impact on his ability to stay in the Senate.

Kim Jong Un Steps up His Efforts to Terrorize ha Own People

Jul 20, 2017

North Korean communist dictator Kim Jong Un is well known for using terror and starvation to control his own people. He has set up concentration camps where entire families are locked up because even a single member of the family is “disloyal”. He is also infamous for killing members of his own family and anyone who offends him in incredibly brutal fashion.

Now a watchdog group has claimed that Un has stepped up his game by having executions of dissidents and other political prisoners conducted in public places like fish markets and even school yards in order to terrorize everyone, even young children.

Terrorist Rehabilitation Fails in Minnesota

Jul 20, 2017

In 2014 a member of the Somali community in Minnesota was found guilty of trying to give support to and join ISIS. However, instead of sentencing 21 year old Abdullahi Yusuf to a lengthy prison term a federal judge decided to send him to “terrorist rehabilitation”, something that most Americans have never heard of. The reason for that lack of knowledge is the apparent fact there is no real program for terrorist rehab.

Offenders are sent to some counseling sessions, and then to a halfway house where they are told to “play nice”. When Yusuf was found watching an ISIS video in his halfway house he was accused of violating his parole. The liberal judge sent him back to try again. The problem is that most military and intelligence experts agree that you can’t rehabilitate jihadists.

Women’s March Leaders Wish Happy Birthday to Cop Killer

Jul 20, 2017

The left wing organizers of the anti-Trump and anti-American Women’s March in January have once again showed their true colors. The group sent out a tweet wishing Happy Birthday to one of their heroine’s, a woman who murdered a New Jersey state police officer in 1973. She and her partner were both Black Panther party and they wounded a second trooper. Joanne Chesimard was convicted of murder and went to prison in 1977. She escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba where she has been protected by the Castro regime ever since.

She changed her name to Assata Shakur and according to the Women’s March leaders is worthy of their adoration as apparently are other cop killers.

Susan Rice Congressional Testimony Postponed

Jul 20, 2017

Former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice has postponed her scheduled testimony before a Congressional committee about her involvement in the “unmasking” of American citizens. Unmasking occurs when the name of American citizens who were overheard talking to someone who is under surveillance by U.S. Intelligence agencies is revealed.

This is not supposed to happen if the citizen is not part of the investigation, and if the person is unmasked it must be on the specific request of someone entitled to receive the name. However, even in that case the person’s name cannot be revealed to the public. Yet, that is apparently what Susan Rice did and now it appears that she will have to be subpoenaed by Congress in order to get her testimony.

Unreported Russian Collusion

Jul 20, 2017

With the mainstream media still in a feeding frenzy over alleged collusion between Russia and members of the Trump campaign another story of real collusion has been buried. When Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State she actively opposed legislation to impose sanctions on Russia for Human Rights violations. It is suspicious that this occurred just a few weeks before Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow.

That and the fact that a group connected to the Democratic National Committee worked with the Russians to prepare what turned out to be a phony dossier on then candidate Donald Trump certainly makes many people think of collusion.

Government Jobs For Illegals

Jul 19, 2017

Democrats and Republicans worked together to insert a measure into the 2018 spending plan that would allow young illegal immigrants to get work with the federal government. Now staffers on the appropriations committee are working to rip out the legislation. The amendment was adopted by a voice vote rather than a recorded vote. So the identity of the Republicans who voted for it has not yet been discovered. The House Committee on Rules will have to declare the amendment out of order. Then a legislator would have to ask that the amendment be taken out of the bill. And then the House would have to vote on whether or not to overturn the amendment. Republicans in the House of recently voted to allow sex change operations for transgender soldiers. And Republicans joined with Democrats to prohibit the military from studying a link between Islamic doctrine and terrorism.

Trump Threatens Sanctions Against Venezuela

Jul 19, 2017

President Trump said that the United States would impose “strong and swift economic actions” if Venezuela’s leader creates a non-elected “constituent assembly.” Voters rejected the Venezuelan leader’s plan to rewrite the constitution. 98 percent of voters voted against the proposal. President Trump said, “Yesterday, the Venezuelan people again made clear that they stand for democracy, freedom, and rule of law. Yet their strong and courageous actions continue to be ignored by a bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator.” “The United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles. If the Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30, the United States will take strong and swift economic actions. The United States once again calls for free and fair elections and stands with the people of Venezuela in their quest to restore their country to a full and prosperous democracy.” In February, President Trump invited the wife of Venezuela’s imprisoned opposition leader to the White House. The Venezuelan government shifted the opposition leader to house arrest.

General Motors Can’t Sell It’s Chevy Bolts

Jul 19, 2017

The Chevy Bolt was hyped as the first electric car in the United States that offered a 200 mile driving range and was thought to be affordable at $35,000. However only 7,500 were sold in the first six months of 2017. Dealers have 111 days worth of inventory on their lots. General Motors extended a shutdown of the plant that manufactures the Bolt so as to be able to sell down GM’s inventory. Politicians and leftist groups have been pushing car companies to create electric cars. Other than allowing well heeled leftists to virtue signal, electric cars have a limited market. An electric vehicle that has a 200 mile range may be interesting technology, but most consumers likely find it impractical.

Austrian Woman Attacked By Offended Somali Migrant

Jul 19, 2017

Ingrid T., a woman in Vienna, was speaking with neighbors while her dogs accompanied her. An approaching Somali woman stated, “These animals are unclean.” According to Ingrid, the Somali “grabbed me, spun me around and scratched me.” Both women fell to the ground. Three men pulled the attacking Somali off of Ingrid. But she was unable to feel her legs. At the hospital, Ingrid had to have two surgeries, one of which required the replacement of her knee. Her attorney was not sure who would pay for the damage, noting “This will probably be a precedent.” Recently, Austria has threatened to close its border with Italy if the influx of migrants does not stop.

More Seasonal Visas Not Needed

Jul 19, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security reported on Monday that it will increase the number of H-2B visas by 15,000 for fiscal 2017. The Economic Policy Institute released a study on the H-2B visa program that allows seasonal workers into the United States. The Institute said that the additional visas are not necessary. Despite good progress in reducing unemployment, “many other labor market indicators signal an economy that still has some way to go before genuine full employment is attained.” “The unemployment rates in all of the top 10 H-2B occupations in 2025-2016 were above the national unemployment rate in 2016 of 4.9 percent. Seven of the 10 occupations had very high unemployment rates of between 7.78 percent and 10.64 percent.” President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services has been held up by Senator Thomas Tillis of North Carolina until Homeland Security Secretary Kelly increased the number of H-2B visas.

Repeal Obamacare Bill May Be Dead

Jul 19, 2017

The attempt to fully repeal Obamacare and replace it over a two year transitionary period may not go forward. Three senators have come out against the idea. Two of the three senators, Shelley Moore Capito and Lisa Murkowski voted to repeal Obamacare in 2015. Susan Collins was the only Republican to vote against repeal in 2015. When Senators Capito and Murkowski knew President Obama would veto the legislation, they supported repeal. Now that there is a president in the White House who will sign repeal legislation, the two women senators are back peddling fast. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is urging Senator McConnell to hold a vote on the repeal so that all Republican senators will be put on the record of supporting or not supporting Obamacare.

Political Correctness Goes After Advertising in Britain

Jul 19, 2017

Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority is cracking down of “gender stereotypes.” “Portrayals which reinforce outdated and stereotypical views on gender roles in society can play their part in driving unfair outcomes for people.” But somehow imposing tougher advertising standards will “tackle inequalities and improve outcomes for individuals, the economy, and society as a whole.” Problematic ads might include depicting “family members creating mess while a woman has sole responsibility for cleaning it up.” Suggesting “an activity is inappropriate for a girl because it is stereotypically associated with boys.” Or an advertisement featuring “a man trying and failing to undertake simple parental or household tasks. One member of the European Parliament tweeted, “worrying (that Advertising Standards Authority) seeks to socially engineer advertising: fast and decency yes; not sinister thought police please.”

Russia Demanding Diplomatic Properties Be Returned

Jul 19, 2017

Russia is upping the heat on the United States to return Russian diplomatic property that the U.S. seized after expelling 35 diplomats. The Russians were expelled by former President Obama after Russia was accused of somehow hacking the 2016 presidential election. Russian officials met with U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon to discuss the return of the diplomatic property. After no agreement was reached, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Russia reserved “the right to take retaliatory measures.” The U.S. State Department said that the talks had been “rough, forthright, and deliberate, reflecting both parties’ commitment to a resolution. More work needs to be done.”

Millennial Success Track

Jul 19, 2017

A study of Millennials done by the Institute for Family Studies concludes that 97 percent of Millennials who get a high school degree, work, and then marry prior to having children are not in poverty by the time they reach ages 28-34, and 86 percent are at least middle class. Commonly called the “success sequence”, the pattern also holds true for minorities. 76 percent of African Americans and 81 percent of Hispanics who followed the same track are in the middle or upper third of income distribution. “Given the importance of education, work, and marriage—even for a generation that has taken increasingly circuitous routes into adulthood—policy makers, business leaders, and civic leaders should work to advance public policies and cultural changes to make this sequence both more attainable and more valued,” conclude the report’s authors.

Hopeful News for Charlie Gard

Jul 19, 2017

Dr. Michio Hirano examined Charlie Gard on Tuesday. The child underwent a brain scan as well as a six hour examination. According to his preliminary conclusions, Dr. Hirano put the chance of the treatment being successful between 11 and 56 percent. And he hopes that Charlie Gard might experience improved muscular strength. Speaking for the family, Alasdair Seton-Marsden said, “Today, Charlie’s case has moved from the chances of this ground-breaking therapy working from being as close to zero, as to make no difference to, according to the expert evidence that’s been heard in court, to a small but significant chance.” Dr. Hirano will deliver his observations and conclusions before the British court that will make a determination whether or not the child will be permitted to go to the U.S. for treatment.

Jane Sanders Claims Investigation of Her is Sexist

Jul 19, 2017

Bernie Sanders was the hero of the far left during the 2016 Presidential campaign, but his star is quickly being tarnished by the investigation into him and his wife over the alleged bank fraud committed by Jane Sanders when she was involved with a now defunct private college. She initially claimed the investigation was a GOP plot because the man who convinced the FBI to launch an investigation into her actions was Brady Toensing, the Vice Chairman of the Vermont Republican party.

When that failed to slow down the investigation she started claiming that the reason for the investigation is sexism. However, the Sanders story had started raising red flags before Toensing really became involved. As the investigation continues things are not looking good for Jane Sanders or her husband.

NRA vs The Washington Post

Jul 19, 2017

The National Rifle Association (NRA) that represents over five million gun owners nationwide has had enough when it comes to “fake news” and liberal media attacks on the Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear arms, and other constitutional rights. The organization has launched a counter attack claiming that the Washington Post is destroying American journalism.

The Post recently criticized the NRA for a video with former Navy Seal Dom Razo foe being too political and barely mentioning firearms. WAPO called it too “dark” At the same time the paper refuses to even mention the radical left that repeatedly advocates violence against conservatives including the assassination of the President and Republican members of Congress.

Republicans Vow Resistance to Socialist “Fairness” Tax

Jul 19, 2017

The state of Washington and the city of Seattle in particular seem intent on becoming a “socialist paradise” like Venezuela and Cuba even if it bankrupts the city and destroys the economy. First, the far left city council imposed a $15.00 minimum wage that has already backfired as businesses either cut back on employees or reduce their hours in order to say in business,

Now the City Council has decided that hard working citizens who create the jobs in the city should be punished for their success by paying a “fairness tax” that requires individuals to pay a 2.25 percent tax if they make more than $250,000 a year. Similar taxes have been turned down by voters, and violate the state constitution, and other state statues. Republicans are urging residents to use civil disobedience to resist the tax.

Kid Rock Run for Senate Terrifying Liberals

Jul 19, 2017

Kid Rock is a well-known celebrity musician from Detroit, Michigan who has announced that he is running for the Senate seat currently held by liberal Democrat Debbie Stabenow. Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, describes himself as a Libertarian, and that generally means he is a fiscal conservative, but more liberal on social issues.

Leftists like Senator Elizabeth Warren see him as the same type of threat that Donald Trump turned out to be. Other liberals have expressed similar sentiments, and seem particularly upset by the fact that he is a celebrity, but not a liberal elitist like they believe he should be.

Dem Senator Kamala Harris Promises to Personally Block Wall Funding

Jul 19, 2017

The new left wing Junior Senator from California Kamala Harris, has already demonstrated a willingness in the Senate to shut down anyone who testifies before a Senate committee that she disagrees. She has several times been admonished by Senate committee chairmen for asking questions of witnesses and then refusing to allow them to answer the questions.

She is clearly trying to position herself to be a Democrat candidate for President by trying to me more obnoxious than Elizabeth Warren. Now, she has pledged to personally block the funding for the southern border wall, preferring to see money spent on support of illegal aliens. How she plans to do this by herself remains to be seen.

McConnell Receiving Criticism from Both Sides

Jul 19, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is being hammered by politicians and members of the media from both ends of the political spectrum. Republicans and conservatives are upset over his inability to put together legislation that could be supported by enough Republicans to pass a repeal and replace bill. Both Republicans and Democrats have complained about so much being done in secret.

This is ironic since when Obamacare was passed it was drawn up in secret and many Democrats voted for legislation that they had not even read. What McConnell will do next is unknown, but his options are certainly more limited as a result of this failure.

Muslim School Taken Over by British Government

Jul 18, 2017

A Muslim secondary school in Britain has been taken over by the Government. The school was put into “special measures” last year after a child died of an allergic reaction and after books were found in the library advocating rape. An inspection found other issues including poor instruction, a chaotic playground, and staff that was untrained as to what to do in a medical emergency. Although the school is mixed, the children are segregated by sex. The school was given a judgement of “inadequate,” the lowest ranking possible. If the findings are upheld by an appeals court, the ruling might open other Muslim schools to government inspection.


Major Conflict of Interest In Charlie Gard Case

Jul 18, 2017

British attorney Victoria Butler-Cole has a serious conflict of interest. She is the court appointed legal guardian for Charlie Gard and is also the chairman of Compassion in Dying, a euthanasia society. So it would appear that everyone but the parents want Charlie Gard to die. The parents have been stripped of their rights to represent and to care for their child. Neurologist Dr. Michio Hiurano flew to London on Monday to examine Charlie Gard and to present his assessment in court. He’s developed a treatment that might be effective in helping Charlie. The parents have raised £1.3 million to take their son to the United States for treatment.


Travel Ban Goes Back to Supreme Court

Jul 18, 2017

The Department of Justice is asking the Supreme Court to clarify the term “bone fide relationship” in its ruling on the Trump travel ban. The Trump Administration took a narrow view of the term and restricted people coming into the country to those with a “parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling” living in the United Sates. Judge Watson in Hawaii expanded the term broadly so that it effectively nullified the Supreme Court’s ruling. The Supreme Court has given the State of Hawaii until noon on Tuesday to respond to the filings of the Department of Justice.


Democrats Flailing For Message

Jul 18, 2017

A poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC asked Americans, “Do you think the Democratic Party currently stands for something, or just stands against Trump?” 52 percent of respondents said that the Democratic Party has nothing much to offer other than standing against the president. In the four special elections since the beginning of 2017, Democratic messaging has failed to resonate with voters.


House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley indicated that the party lacks a clear message that it can take to voters. Party members have talked about impeaching Trump, but they’ve not clarified what they would offer Americans.


Study of Islamic Link To Terrorism Shot Down in House

Jul 18, 2017

The House of Representatives shot down an amendment that would have required the military to study the link between Islam and terrorism. 27 Republicans joined Democrats to reject the amendment. The amendment would have required the Pentagon to study the use of “violent or unorthodox Islamic religious doctrine to support extremist or terrorist messaging and justification.” Muslim groups argued that the amendment would unfairly target Muslims. “If you have an amendment that says we’re going to study one religion and only one, we’re going to look at their leaders and put them on a list — only them — and you are going to talk about what’s orthodox practice and what’s unorthodox, then you are putting extra scrutiny on that religion,” said Representative Keith Ellison.


Representative Trent Franks, who introduced the amendment, plans to modify the amendment so that it will pass.


The Horrific Jeff Sessions

Jul 18, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is planning to increase civil asset forfeiture. Asset forfeiture allows police to seize property without evidence of a crime or criminal charges. At a meeting of the National District Attorneys Association, Sessions said, "In addition, we hope to issue this week a new directive on asset forfeiture—especially for drug traffickers. With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures.” "No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime. Adoptive forfeitures are appropriate as is sharing with our partners," Sessions said. Asset forfeiture has been significantly abused. Because no charges are required, police departments can simply seize property for their own benefit.


Trump Administration To Increase Sanctions On Iran

Jul 18, 2017

New sanctions are expected to be imposed on Iran. The sanctions will target Iran’s ballistic missile program. Iranian military officials threatened to attack U.S. military forces around the Middle East if sanctions are imposed. American officials believe that Iran is “the most dangerous threat to U.S. interests.” Because the proposed sanctions are outside of the scope of the nuclear deal, the United States has legal standing to impose the sanctions. The White House plans to certify that Iran is still in technical compliance with the nuclear deal. However, Iran has not been forthcoming about key details of its nuclear program and engages in activities that might be violating the agreement.


Christian Minister Murdered in India

Jul 18, 2017

Sultan Masih, A Christian minister in India, was murdered while celebratory preparations were being made for the church’s 25th anniversary. The minister was taking a phone call outside of the building when two people on a motorbike shot him several times. He was rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. A Hindu extremist group, Rshtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is believed to be behind the murder. The group had opposed the celebration. Members had accused the minister of paying for conversions to Christianity. In addition to pastoring the church, the minister ran a school for impoverished children in the town.


Homeland Security Grants 15,000 More Worker Visas

Jul 18, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security plans to grant an additional 15,000 H-2B nonimmigrant visas through the 2017 fiscal year. This is on top of the 66,000 that are available every year. The department is saying that this is a one-time increase. H-2B visas allow companies to hire low skilled, low-wage workers for such jobs as house keeping, bar tending, landscaping, and construction. Businesses must affirm that they will “suffer irreparable harm” or financial loss if they do not receive the H-2B visas. Under the rules, businesses must advertise first for American workers.


Healthcare Bill Loses Support

Jul 18, 2017

Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas announced they would not support Senator McConnell’s healthcare legislation. Senators Paul and Collins had earlier announced they would not be supporting the legislation. Senator Moran said the bill “fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare’s rising costs.” Moran went on to say, “We must now start fresh with an open legislative process.” The bill was already delayed because of Senator McCain’s surgery. Senator McConnell has threatened to start negotiating with Democrats if Republicans don’t find workable legislation. Late Monday night, Senator McConnell released a statement saying that the Senate will vote on “a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period.” The 2018 mid-term elections will be a referendum on repealing Obamacare.


Climate Scientist Changes his Predictions

Jul 18, 2017

Almost 30 years ago Climate change scientist James Hansen claimed that within 20 to 30 years parts of New York City would be underwater. Then in 1998 he claimed that there were be global temperature rises of 4 to 5 degrees by 2018. None of this has happened, but this so called scientist has revised his predictions. He now predicts that the disastrous flooding will occur in 50 to 150 years and the temperature rise sometime in the next century

He also states that the failure of the temperature to rise so far has been due to the ice melting in the artic. It is being pointed out that several decades ago these same scientists were predicting a new ice age, then that was changed to massive global warming, and then suddenly it became the generic climate change of an unspecified nature.

Healthcare Reform Officially Dead

Jul 18, 2017

Two more Republican Senators, Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas have joined Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky in opposing the proposed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. This effectively kills any chance of passage, at least for now. This will certainly be touted as a major victory by Chuck Schumer and the Democrats and a major defeat for Republicans who have been winning elections for years on the promise to repeal the disastrous law that is quickly collapsing. It was also a major part of the successful Trump campaign.

The next step is unclear although many members of Congress will probably advocate moving on to other major issues like tax reform and infrastructure in order to get something major accomplished before the 2018 election.

Crisis Deepens in Venezuela

Jul 18, 2017

Opposition leaders in Venezuela have called for a nationwide strike to challenge President Nicolaus Maduro’s decision to have an election for a “Constituent Assembly” to draw up a new Constitution. This would replace the duly elected National Assembly that actively opposes the Maduro dictatorship.

Under the socialist regime Venezuela has been in a state of continuous economic crisis with many people unable to find food or their families. This has been accompanied by political repression that has resulted in the deaths and arrests of thousands of people who dare to oppose the regime. Unfortunately, this has gone mostly unreported by the liberal news media in the United States, because they are trying to promote socialism here.

Canadians Outraged at their Prime Minister

Jul 18, 2017

In 2003 a Canadian terrorist named Omar Khadr threw a hand grenade at American soldiers in a joint American/Canadian base in Afghanistan. The grenade killed U.S. Army medic and Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speers and blinded Sgt. 1st Class Layne Morris. Khadr was captured and sent to Guantanamo Bay where he was interrogated by members of the Canadian military and admitted committing the attack.

Years later he recanted his confession and was sent back to Canada to serve out a reduced sentence. Then a Canadian court ruled that his confession had been coerced and ordered him released despite other overwhelming evidence of his guilt. Now far left Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, acting on his own, has apologized to the terrorist and ordered that he be paid the equivalent of $8,000,000 U.S. dollars for his ordeal. The Canadian public is outraged.

Another Major ISIS Leader Killed

Jul 18, 2017

The aggressive approach taken by President Trump to fighting ISIS and other terrorist organizations has apparently paid off one again. The ISIS commander in Afghanistan has been killed by a U.S. military strike just three months after taking command. This and other recent victories over ISIS is reported to have come about because Trump has turned his military commanders loose to make the kind of decisions that need to be made in the field, not micromanaged by civilian bureaucrats in the White house like what Obama was doing.

With U.S. commanders able to make the split second decisions to strike targets of opportunity more ISIS leaders can expect to be taken out.

​College Says “Hate” FB Posts are Okay if Directed against Whites​

Jul 18, 2017

Johnny Williams is an African American professor at Trinity College in Connecticut who posted several profanity and hate filled tirades against white people on his Facebook page in June. Among other things he echoed the hope of others that Representative Steve Scalise would just die after his attempted assassination.

He later claimed to have received death threats and apologized for the posts. However, requests were made that he be disciplined by the college. The college administration refused stating that the posts did not violate school policy and was protected by “academic freedom rules”. Many people are wondering if the same outcome would he been reached had this been a white professor making similar statements against minorities.

Trump Energizes Border Patrol

Jul 18, 2017

According to Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, border patrol agents are more energized than he has ever seen in the past twenty years. He points out that under the Obama catch and release program agents were not allowed to do their jobs and morale was very low.

Now under President Trump’s more aggressive approach to defending the border apprehensions have fallen by over 60 percent because people know that if they are apprehended trying to cross our southern border illegally they will be detained and deported. This has apparently become a great deterrent.

Work Begins in Texas on Southern Border Wall

Jul 17, 2017

It has only been a few says since President Donald Trump won a major victory in the House Appropriations Committee when it approved $1.6 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border. It is only the first step in getting the funding passed, but now it has been learned that plans for construction have already started. The first section of the wall is being built on federal land in south Texas.

This section of the wall has been in the planning stage for several months and will actually begin in January 2018. It will be near McAllen, Texas, a Texas town on the border that has been a focal point for illegal aliens and drug dealers for years.

Nancy Pelosi has another Embarrassing Moment with the Press

Jul 17, 2017

For the second time in less than a week House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi stumbled her way through a statement to the media. This is becoming more frequent with Pelosi slurring and mispronouncing words, losing her train of thought and often forming incoherent sentences. There is some concern that she may have had minor stroke and be trying to hide the effects.

This is all adding to the concern among many Democrats that she has lost her ability to lead and as a result is at least partially responsible for the fact that Democrats have been defeated in all four special House elections that have been held since the presidential election.

Women’s March against Gun Rights Hires Armed Guards

Jul 17, 2017

In what many are calling a brazen show of hypocrisy, leaders of the recent Women’s March against the NRA and gun rights reportedly hired armed guards to protect them during the protest. Of course, the purpose of the march was to attack the National Rifle Association (NRA) for its support of the rights of law abiding American citizens to own firearms to protect themselves, and their families.

It is also pointed out that this is typical of the liberal elites in this country who believe they are entitled to tell other people how to live their lives. Rosie O’Donnell, who is vehemently anti-gun, once defended her use of armed guards by saying she was entitled to be protected because she was a VIP.

Witness to Clinton Foundation Corruption Found Dead

Jul 17, 2017

Klaus Eberwein, a former official of the government of Haiti was due to testify this Tuesday before the Haitian Senates Ethics and anti-corruption commission about the Clinton Foundation’s alleged misuse of funds donated to help the people of Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake.

Eberwein had served for three years as director of the government’s economic development agency and claimed that only 0.6 percent of the money collected by the foundation actually went to help the people of Haiti. The rest was used for other purpose. However, Eberwein is no longer available to testify because he was found dead in a Miami hotel room from a gunshot wound to the head. It has been ruled a suicide despite the fact that had Eberwein had told friends that the feared for his life because of his upcoming testimony.

Iran Sentences another American to Prison

Jul 17, 2017

Iran is pushing the envelope once again by arresting an American citizen on bogus charges of espionage and sentencing him to 10 years in prison. The American is Xiyue Wang, a 47 year old Chinese born U.S. citizen who is a researcher for Princeton University. The Iranians are still emboldened over the Irani treaty entered into by the Obama administration that included millions of dollars in ransom for the release of other falsely imprisoned Americans.

They have also seized American sailors and harassed U.S. Navy warships. They apparently believe that the United States is still too weak and timid to stand up to the terrorist regime.

FEC Refuses to Take Up Effort to Shut Down Conservative Websites

Jul 17, 2017

One of the Democrat commissioners on the Federal Election Commission has been shot down by the majority Republican Commissioners when he tried to initiate and investigation into conservative internet news sites like the Drudge Report and Breitbart. The proposed investigation appeared to be an attempt to try to claim that such news sites were somehow influenced by Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.

The proposal was to make new rules applying only to such conservative news groups. The Republicans felt this would be a clear effort to stifle free speech and freedom of the press in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Social Security Paid Over $1 Billion to People with no SS Numbers

Jul 17, 2017

The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration has reported that over the last decade the administration has paid out at least one billion dollars in benefits to payees for people that receive money on behalf of individuals who cannot handle their own benefits.

The problem is that none of the payees had social security numbers, which is a violation of federal law. The investigation also found that none of the original paperwork had been kept, as also required by law. It is believed that many of these payees may be illegal aliens and if nothing changes the payouts of taxpayer dollars will continue.

Bipartisan Support For Keeping Big Government

Jul 17, 2017

As the federal budget gets pieced together, Republicans are disregarding the Trump Administration’s proposals to slash discretionary spending by $57.3 billion. Instead, Republicans in Congress “have become increasingly bipartisan in trying to restore discretionary spending when it comes to federal jobs.” The Trump Administration wanted to close the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii and reduce staffing for the National Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska. Even though the monitoring system is highly automated, Congress has voted to keep the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and keep the 40 jobs that the Trump Administration had slated for elimination.

War Against Brexit

Jul 17, 2017

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is in an all out war against Brexit. The former Prime Minister said “I think it’s possible now that Brexit doesn’t happen.” “I think it’s absolutely necessary that it doesn’t happen because I think every day is bringing us fresh evidence that it’s doing us damage economically, certainly doing us damage politically,” said Blair. However, unemployment in Britain is now at a 43-year low. And Britain and the United States are working on a major trade deal. Additionally, Australia wants a trade deal with Britain. Public polls in April and June show strong support for Brexit with only 22 percent wanting to remain with the EU.

Italy Considers Nuclear Option

Jul 17, 2017

Italy has received such little assistance in dealing with the influx of migrants that it is threatening to use the nuclear option. This would mean granting visas to 200,000 migrants who would then have unrestricted access to all of northern Europe. “Letting migrants travel once they reach Italy would create a real problem for our EU neighbors. But I hope it would force France to confront the migrant problem head on,” Deputy Foreign Minister Mario Giro said. In 2015, the EU said that it would distribute 160,000 African and Middle Eastern migrants from Ital. But only 6,896 have been accepted into Northern European countries. To take some of the burden off Italy, the EU is planning to transport migrants to Europe directly from North Africa.

Charlie Gard, Prisoner of the State

Jul 17, 2017

The Charlie Gard case raises significant issues about parental rights in Britain and Europe. The National Health Service (NHS) assert that Charlie Gard’s parents have no rights. Against the parent’s wishes, the courts have appointed a social worker to act as Charlie’s legal guardian in legal matters. The parents argue that they are the legal guardians of their child. The NHS insists that it has the right to take Charlie Gard off of life support so he can “die with dignity.” And it argues that the parents may not have input into the decision making process. An American neurologist, Professor Michio Hirano, will come to Britain on Monday to give his assessment of Charlie Gard. Hospital officials don’t want the parents to be present during the assessment. Seton-Marsden, a spokesman for Charlie Gard’s parents said, “I would maintain [this case] raises very profound moral and political questions as to who a child belongs.” “Whose child is he? Is he the state’s child? Is he the NHS’s child? Or does this child belong to the parents?”

France Aims To Wreck City of London

Jul 17, 2017

According to a memo prepared by the chiefs who run the City of London, France plans to “use Brexit to sabotage the British economy.” Officials in the French government and banking industry are working to “actively disrupt and destroy” Britain’s financial sector. The financial industry in the City of London provides £66 billion to the Exchequer. “They are crystal clear about their underlying objective: the weakening of Britain, the on-going degradation of the City of London,” said the memo’s author. The French are offering money to firms if they will leave the City of London and relocate to the European Union. Former Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne said that the government must fight back by “putting some more balls back on the other side of the court."

Russian Attorney Spent Big With Taxpayer Dollars

Jul 17, 2017

The Russian attorney at the center of an investigation into Donald Trump Jr. was in the United States for three days in October 2015 for depositions. After the federal judge in the case ruled that the federal government would reimburse her costs for the trip, attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya managed to incur $50,365.72 in expenses. She switched hotels, finding one for $995 a night and presided over a $793.29 dinner for five individuals. Additionally, she was reimbursed for airfare and interpreter services. During her work she was neither deposed nor did she attend the depositions in person. When people have to pay their own expenses they are far more frugal. When taxpayers are underwriting the cost, people spend with reckless abandon.

Political Correctness In London

Jul 17, 2017

London politicians are seeking ways to become more inclusive. The latest scheme involves replacing “ladies and gentlemen” with “everyone” and “all.” "We want everyone to feel welcome on our transport network," Mark Evers, director of Transport for London's customer strategy. The push to do away with “ladies and gentlemen” was pushed by London’s LGBT community of activists. "Language is extremely important to the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community, and the way we use it can help ensure all people feel included," said a spokesperson for Stonewall, an LGBT charity. London’s Muslim Mayor Sadiq Kahn supports the gender inclusive language. Perhaps as a “precedent and groundwork for future blasphemy laws.”

FEC Commissioner Proposal Declined

Jul 17, 2017

Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub proposed to create new rules regarding foreign influence in the 2016 election. The full FEC body declined to hear the proposal stating it “cannot support proposals that would burden the free speech rights of American citizens based on incomplete information about foreign activities in the 2016 election.” Conservative media outlets have been afraid that new rules would affect their businesses. The commissioners added that there is presently no information indicating that the FEC’s rules prohibiting foreign involvement are “inadequate to detect, enforce, and punish violations.”

Five Acid Attacks in London

Jul 17, 2017

There were five acid attacks in a span of 84 minutes in London. Police arrested a 16-year-old male. The first victim was riding on a moped when two people on another moped pulled along side the victim. The men threw acid onto the victim’s face, stole his moped, and drove off. The same two men repeated the attacks four more times. There were 261 acid attacks in 2015 and increased to 458 in 2016. There have been over 120 acid attacks in 2017 so far. The attackers are using common household products such as bleach and unclogging drain agents.

Citizenship Battle in Italy

Jul 17, 2017

Soil Born Citizenship is at the heart of big debate in Italy. Should the children of migrants who are born on Italian soil have automatic citizenship rights? Currently, children born of at least one Italian parent have that right. Pending legislation in the Italian parliament to grant citizenship to children born on Italian soil has resulted in fisticuffs in the legislative body. The massive influx of migrants into Italy has intensified the debate. In a recent poll, public support for the legislation dropped to 32.3 percent. Adoption of the legislation would confer citizenship to 800,000 children immediately.

Charlie Gard To Be Examined By U.S. Expert

Jul 17, 2017

Professor Michio Hirano, head of Division of Neuromuscular Disorders at Columbia University Medical Center will examine Charlie Gard on July 17th and 18th. The professor has treated children with similar conditions to Charlie Gard and has seen improved brain function. The parents want to bring Charlie Gard to the United States for the experimental treatment. However, the hospital has insisted that Charlie Gard remain in Britain. The hospital requested the latest hearing in light of a possible treatment, but still wants to turn off Charlie Gard’s life support system so that he will die.

Travel Ban Nullified

Jul 17, 2017

A federal district court judge in Hawaii has found a way to nullify the Trump Administration’s travel ban. The Supreme Court’s ruling in June permitted a travel ban provided that those with a “bone fide relationship” could come into the United States. However, the high court left the term vague and undefined. Justices Thomas, Gorsuch, and Alito pointed out this absurdity in a concurrent opinion. The Trump Administration defined the term as restrictively as possible as it rushed to implement the ban. On Friday, Federal Judge Derrick Watson, began expanding the term to include “fiancés, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.” The expansive ruling nullifies the travel ban.

Republicans Push Transgender Ideology

Jul 17, 2017

Democrats and twenty-four Republicans joined together on Thursday to defeat an amendment that would have barred federal funds for sex change surgery. Representative Hartzler, who sponsored the amendment, said, “It makes no sense to create soldiers who are unable to fight and win our nation’s wars.” Representative Duncan Hunter said, “Figure out whether you’re man or a woman before you join. U.S. taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill.” The former Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, repealed the ban on transgenders serving openly in the military. The plan is unpopular with top military leaders and rank-and-file soldiers.

No Freedom Of Association At Harvard

Jul 17, 2017

Last year, Harvard University sought to punish students who joined single-sex organizations. Punishments ranged from barring individuals from becoming captains of sports teams or “receiving the dean's endorsement for certain fellowships.” This year, a Harvard committee is proposing to ban such clubs altogether. The recommended policy reads, “Harvard students may neither join nor participate in final clubs, fraternities or sororities, or other similar private, exclusionary social organizations that are exclusively or predominantly made up of Harvard students, whether they have any local or national affiliation, during their time in the College.” Many students have spoken out against the proposed ban. The proposal will have to be approved by the president of the university.

Senator Hates Outsourcing But Is Okay With It In Family Business

Jul 17, 2017

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly is a critic of outsourcing, even calling it “a fancy term for someone in Indiana [who] has just lost their job.” The senator is even sponsoring the “End Outsourcing Act.” However, the senator became heavily invested in his family’s ink business about the time the business “moved some of its manufacturing of ink stamp pads to a factory” in Mexico five years ago. A spokesman for the company said that it was the only way the business could stay competitive. Donnelly has been reporting on his financial disclosure forms that he’s been earning up to $50,000 a year in dividends off of his stock. UPDATE: On Friday, it was reported that Senator Donnelly sold stock in his family company.

Record Spending By Feds

Jul 17, 2017

The federal government set a spending record in June. It spent $428,894,000,000. During that same period the Treasury took in $338,660,000,000 leaving a deficit of over $90 billion. This record and excessive spending comes with Republicans in charge of Congress. Congress authorizes spending. Rather than raising taxes or slashing spending, Republicans opted to spend irresponsibly. Republicans love to complain about the national debt and all the spending that President Obama was doing. But now that Republicans are in charge, Republicans showed that they really love to spend other people’s money.

Google Wins Tax Case in France

Jul 14, 2017

French tax authorities argued that Google needed to pay $1.27 billion in taxes. Google and “its Irish subsidiary sold a service for inserting online ads to clients in France through its Google search engine.” But a French administrative court ruled that Google Ireland Limited did not have a “permanent establishment” in France. “In their ruling, the judges noted that the ads ordered by French clients could not be put online by the employees of Google France themselves because any ad orders ultimately needed approval from Google Ireland Limited.” Google has organized itself so that it minimizes the amount of taxes it pays through ought the world. Corporate taxes are substantially lower in Ireland.

Energy Department Pays $138,000 for Law Degree

Jul 14, 2017

An engineer for the Energy Department went to law school at taxpayer expense. Officials within the department approved $138,000 for the courses. After getting his degree, the engineer quit working for the department and pursued work in the private sector. If an employee receives more than 180 hours of paid training, he is required to sign a contract to continue working for the government. The newly minted lawyer took 1,000 hours of courses. Senior managers within the department ignored policies and procedures that governed how this was to be handled. Instead, managers verbally approved the requests for training. A whistleblower brought the abuse to the attention of the inspector general’s office. All senior managers who approved the training no longer work for the department.

Politicians Battle on Twitter

Jul 14, 2017

Democrats complain incessantly about some of the irresponsible things that President Trump tweets. Yet Democrat, CNN commentator, and friend of Bill Clinton, Paul Begala on Wednesday said that the United States “should be debating whether to ‘blow up’ agencies” like the Russian military’s GRU. He added that President Trump ought to be “retaliating massively” for Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Begala tweeted that he and President Obama were wrong to mock Mitt Romney in 2012 for saying that Russia was America’s number one geostrategic threat.

Social Security’s $12.5 Trillion Unfunded Liability

Jul 14, 2017

Social Security’s unfunded liabilities rose to $12.5 trillion, an increase of $1.2 trillion from last year. Social Security can only pay scheduled benefits through 2034. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, “[T]ens of millions of Americans rely on these programs and it is important that we ensure their long-term stability.” To close the funding gap for Social Security through payroll taxes, Congress would have to raise the amount it is grabbing from paychecks by 2.76 percentage points for a total of 15.16 percent.

Snowflake Tells When It’s Okay to Censor Speech

Jul 14, 2017

An opinion editorial for the University of Maryland’s student newspaper believes that universities should censor speech when students don’t “feel safe.” Using controversial Palestinian Linda Sarsour as an example, op-ed writer Moshe Klein said, “Sarsour should be allowed to speak even if she says things that make people feel uncomfortable.” However, “[B]ecause of her connections to Odeh, she could genuinely make people feel unsafe. At that point, the discussion isn’t about Sarsour’s personal opinions but whether people will feel genuinely unsafe because of her connections.” But who has the understanding and wisdom “to determine which forms of speech truly pose a risk to student safety?” One student commenter wrote in jest, “Moshe Klein’s opinion makes me feel unsafe. So he should be the first one who is censored, banished from campus and jailed…see how that works?”

Massive Arrests in Health Care Fraud

Jul 14, 2017

The Department of Justice arrested 412 people including 56 doctors for allegedly generating $1.3 billion in false billings to medicaid and other government health services. According to Attorney General Sessions, 295 healthcare providers will be prevented from participating in federal health programs. In addition to fraudulent billings, 120 defendants are charged with improperly prescribing opioid painkillers. This type of fraud happens in a centralized system. Were the federal government to get out of healthcare and stop pumping money into the healthcare industry, this type of fraud would be minimized.

The Dangerous War On Cash

Jul 14, 2017

Visa is giving up to $10,000 to 50 different businesses if they swear off the use of cash. The targeted businesses are restaurants, cafes, and food truck owners. Visa is encouraging the businesses to accept “all forms of global digital payments.” Contrary to the statists pushing a cashless society, cash is important and should be vigorously defended. Cash is private and does not create a permanent record of a transaction. It gives people a way to reduce their exposure to the broader financial system. When you put your money into a bank, it is no longer your money. It is the bank’s money. Banks are hardly pillars of virtue. They are often fined, prosecuted, and investigated for fraudulent behavior. Why would anyone want to be a part of that?

Trump Gets Money for Border Wall

Jul 14, 2017

A House Appropriations Committee allocated $1.6 billion to a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border on Wednesday. “Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority. This funding bill provides the resources to begin building a wall along our southern border, enhance our existing border security infrastructure, hire more border patrol agents, and fund detention operations, “ said Chairman John Carter. President Trump will be able to tell his base of supporters that another promise has been kept at least in part. It remains to be be seen if President Trump will find a way to get the country of Mexico to pay directly or indirectly for the wall. Senator Kamala Harris of California vowed to block funding for the wall calling it a “waste of money.”

Bill To Restrict Funding For Fetal Tissue Research

Jul 14, 2017

A House subcommittee which oversees the budget for the National Institutes of Health is considering legislation that would restrict federal funds from being used “to conduct or support research using human fetal tissue if such tissue is obtained pursuant to an induced abortion.” The NIH spent $107 million in fiscal 2017 on research which included fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood operatives were recorded a few years ago speaking of how they sold tissue from aborted children for medical research. David Prentice with the nonprofit Charlotte Lozier Institute believes there are many alternatives to using aborted children’s tissue for research. He suggested adult stem cells and umbilical cord blood stem cells.