Soaring Healthcare Costs

Aug 14, 2017

Healthcare costs for large employers will rise approximately five percent in 2018. The cost will come out to $14,156 per employee. People forced to buy healthcare through the Obamacare exchange will see premiums increase by 25 percent or more in 2018. The traditional ways that employers have found to cut healthcare costs so that it does not affect the bottom line no longer work. Employers are now working on initiatives to affect the supply side of healthcare by looking at healthcare payment and delivery reforms. Large employers are looking at offering health centers either onsite or close by to reduce absenteeism. Other large employers are trying to reduce their costs by offering cost sharing or premium reductions if their employees get “more efficient care or manage their chronic conditions.” 90 percent of large employers will offer high deductible plans associated with Health Savings Accounts. People who spend their own money tend to be more frugal and shop for better deals.

Sentencing for Guy Who Registered Dead Voters

Aug 14, 2017

Andrew J. Spieles of Harrisonburg, Virginia was sentenced to 100 days in a federal prison on Tuesday. Spieles will not have to pay a fine or fees due to his inability to pay. Spieles pled guilty to one-count of “knowingly transferring false Virginia Voter Registration Forms.” His job was to “register as many voters as possible and report them to Democratic headquarters in Harrisonburg.” Apparently not many people wanted to register as Democrats. An employee with the Registrar’s Office saw that one of the names submitted was the recently dead father of a local county judge. Upon deeper investigation, additional names of the dead were found. Other registrations had wrong information including wrong middle names, dates of birth and social security numbers. In all, Spieles created 18 fraudulent forms.

Obamacare is Destroying the Economy

Aug 14, 2017

Amazon has been blamed for killing retail sales. Yet online sales comprise only 8.5 percent of total retail sales. At $80 billion, Amazon’s sales equate to 1.5 percent of retail sales in the U.S. Retail sales since 2016 are at $5.5 trillion. Of that figure, $3.3 trillion is healthcare. 60 percent of retail sales since 2016 are in some way healthcare related. With Obamacare’s increasing premiums and large deductibles, consumers have less money for discretionary spending. The failure to repeal Obamacare is strangling the economy. But Democrats and Republicans refuse to see the disaster they have created. They’d rather go after Amazon with anti-trust suits and destroy the company than accept that they are to blame for the under performing American economy.

Australia In The Hunt For Taxes

Aug 14, 2017

The Australian government is either in dire need of tax revenue, or it is using the hunt for tax money as an excuse to enact all manner of authoritarian measures. The government is doubling taxes on foreigners who own property in Australia. If a foreigner buys a house undisclosed, it is a crime. The government is going into private schools to learn how parents are paying for school fees. Under the guise of ending the black economy, if Australians don’t keep a receipt when buying in cash, consumers will be stripped of their legal protections. The Black Economy Taskforce issued 35 recommendations to target consumers who pay in cash. This will have the effect of criminalizing cash and move all transactions into the digital realm so every transaction can be taxed.

Primary Challenge to Clair McCaskill

Aug 14, 2017

A radical Bernie Sanders supporter is planning to challenge Senator Claire McCaskill for the nomination to run for Senate. Angelica Earl hired Revolution Funding marketing firm to promote her campaign. This was the same marketing company that successfully raised millions of dollars to support Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Earl has staffed her campaign over the last five months and created the needed infrastructure to run a solid primary campaign. Central to Earl’s campaign will be the push for a single-payer, “health care for all” system. Earl blasted McCaskill for wanting a bipartisan agreement with Republicans on healthcare. For Earl, there is no middle ground. The Sanders’ wing of the party hopes to primary as many moderate Democrat incumbents as possible to either push incumbents into supporting single-payer or replacing them with more radical socialist leaning representatives.

Joe Manchin Bashed By Primary Opponent

Aug 14, 2017

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is being primaried by a fierce critic of the Democratic Party. At the liberal Netroots Nation conference she said, "My name is Paula Jean [Swearengin], I am a coal miners daughter and granddaughter, I am running for the U.S. Senate, and I'm mad as hell.” Decrying Manchin’s corporate donors, Swearengin said, “I will never sell my soul to the company store.” She said that Manchin was taking “crooked money.” The Bernie Sanders supporting Brand New Congress PAC endorsed Swearengin. She accused Manchin of opposing half of West Virginia’s Democratic party platform. Swearengin plans to ask for Bernie Sanders’ endorsement and is currently in talks with his staff. President Trump is rumored to be considering Manchin for Energy Secretary and putting Rick Perry at Homeland Security. Elevating Manchin to a cabinet position would allow the newly converted Republican governor to appoint a Republican to West Virginia’s senate seat. It would give Republicans one more Republican seat in the Senate.

Possible Deceptive Missile Tests

Aug 14, 2017

Were North Korea’s ballistic missile tests all they were cracked up to be? Consensus amongst analysts is that the missiles launched in July show that North Korea can reach the United States and many major American cities. However one skeptic is urging caution. Physicist Theodore Postol says that a careful analysis of the tests were a “carefully choreographed deception by North Korea to create a false impression that the Hwasong-14 is a near-ICBM that poses a nuclear threat to the continental U.S." Postol said that the altitude achieved by the first missile was due to a “reduced payload” and the second missile test had even a smaller payload. Calculations show that the payloads were substantially less than what an actual nuclear warhead would weigh. Postol contends that the North Koreans fooled the world into believing that the the missile program was further ahead than it actually is.

Republican Primary in Alabama

Aug 14, 2017

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice is leading a three way race for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. Moore leads the race by 35 percent followed by Luther Strange, and Mel Brooks in third place. Despite President Trump’s endorsement of Luther Strange last week, Moore is receiving strong support from voters. Senator McConnell has thrown a lot of financial support towards Strange. But the president’s tweets disparaging McConnell may not be helping Luther Strange who is closely aligned with establishment Republicans. Roy Moore’s voters tend to be Trump voters. He is also the most anti-establishment candidate running. If the race comes down to Moore and Strange, Moore will likely attack Strange as being a part of the crony Republican establishment that is holding up the Trump agenda.

California Sanctuary City Law Has a Run In With the Governor

Aug 14, 2017

California’s sanctuary bill is getting push back from the state’s liberal governor. The legislation would prevent state authorities from assisting U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from enforcing federal law. Governor Brown said that he takes a “more nuanced and careful approach to dealing with what is a difficult problem.” The governor went on to say, “Because you do have people who are not here legally, they’ve committed crimes. They have no business in the United States in the manner in which they’ve come and conducted themselves subsequently.” The sanctuary bill has been amended to make exceptions for “serious and violent crimes.” But opponents of the legislation say that exceptions don’t cover enough offenses. In the past, Governor Brown has vetoed a similar bill. He said that his signing this current iteration “is not a fait accompli.”

Hug a Terrorist

Aug 14, 2017

Liberal politicians in Denmark’s second largest city think they have the key to tackle terrorism. Jihadists just need a hug along with kindness and forgiveness according to the scheme cooked up by local politicians and police. Danes who fight for the Islamic state are being offered apartments, education, jobs, and now hugs to encourage them to “rejoin society.” Superintendent Allan Aarslev said that jihadists are “isolated.” “These are men who have been to Syria and we don’t know what they have been doing down there and that’s the choice we have to make – between helping them and leaving them alone.” By integrating them into the local community, Aarslev hopes that the jihadists will no longer be a safety hazard. “From my point of view, it would be much more safe for the local community here to help these young men to have a normal life after they have returned than to leave them alone.” Danish politician Naser Khader thought that this acceptance sends the wrong message to terrorists. “Go out and do something criminal, be jihadis, you will get a lot of privilege from the society. That’s wrong in my opinion,” said Khader.

Democrat Mayor Fiddles as City Floods

Aug 11, 2017

The city of New Orleans, Louisiana is below sea level and essentially sits in a large bowl that is surrounded by water on all sides including the Mississippi River and two huge lakes. The city is protected from flooding by a series of levees that were breached by the massive hurricane Katrina in 2005 that flooded much of the city and killed over a thousand people. The levees have been repaired, but the city remains vulnerable not only to hurricanes, but to torrential rains that are frequent.

The city has pumping stations that are designed to pump out rain water to prevent flooding. Recently some of those pumping stations have failed. Some city employees have come forward to blame the current Democrat mayor Mitch Landrieu of ignoring warnings that the pumping stations might fail. Apparently, Landrieu was so obsessed with being politically correct and removing confederate monuments in the city that the safety of his citizens was secondary.

U.S. Navy Challenges China

Aug 11, 2017

In a direct challenge to the communist Chinese government the U.S. navy destroyer, USS John S. McCain sailed into what the Chinese claim is its exclusive trade route in the South China Sea. The route is also one that other Asian nations like Taiwan, Malaysia, and the Philippines use. China has constructed an artificial island in the area, and claims that makes the route part of Chinese territory.

The United States has joined other nations in disputing this and so the McCain sailed along the route in what is called freedom of navigation operations. The McCain sailed within twelve nautical miles of the artificial island. The Chinese claim this is a violation of international law, but the United States disputes that and intends to continue such operations.

Democrat Funded Group Defies Congressional Subpoena

Aug 11, 2017

The shadowy liberal group Fusion GPS is the company that specializes in political smear campaigns, and has admitted that it was paid by Hillary Clinton supporters to smear Donald Trump. It hired an ex-British intelligence operative who produced a dossier about Trump supposedly compiled by the Russian government. The dossier was proven to be a complete fabrication.

Senator Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has launched an investigation into Fusion GPS and their possible collusion with the Clinton campaign and even the Russians. Fusion originally said it would comply with the Senate subpoena, but has failed to do so.

Japan and South Korea Warn North Korea about Firing Missiles at Guam

Aug 11, 2017

While North Korea has backed off from its original threat of launching missiles against American military bases in Guam, its plan to fire missiles near the island has drawn and angry response. Both South Korea and Japan have condemned the new plan to land missiles in the waters around the island. For one thing, while threats are always being made by Kim Jong Un, none have ever been this specific.

South Korea has threatened a stern response to such actions, and Japan has said it will shoot down the missiles that would be fired over its territory. President Trump has vowed to retaliate and so no one is backing down from Kim.

Susan Rice Thinks Nuclear North Korea is OK.

Aug 11, 2017

As most of the liberal news media continues to play down or ignore the North Korean threat in order to criticize President Donald Trump for his fiery rhetoric against the rogue regime, President Obama’s former national security advisor has upped the ante. She has decided to defend Kim Jong Un and has stated that Trump needs to accept North Korea as a nuclear power.

She apparently wants to continue her former boss’s approach of placating dictators that threaten the United States and the rest of the world. Neither Obama or Rice seem to be considering the real possibility of where nuclear weapons developed by an erratic dictator might end up, and who else might be given the opportunity to use them against the U.S,

Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis

Aug 11, 2017

President Donald Trump is declaring the increasing use of opioids by the population a “national emergency” that must be addressed by the federal government. He has pledged to “spend a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money on the opioid crisis”. In 2016 more people in the United States died from opioid use than were killed during the entire Vietnam War.

The death rate has reached an average of 142 people per day. The White House Commission that has been studying the problem made a number of recommendations to the President, including the declaring of a national emergency. Other recommendations include ways to increase the availability of treatment for opioid addiction.

Canadian Diplomat in Cuba also has Hearing Loss

Aug 11, 2017

Just one day after the U.S. State Department reported that two diplomats in the American embassy had been sent back home for treatment of hearing loss and other health problems, the Canadian government has confirmed that the same thing has happened to one of their diplomats. The State Department has stated that there is an ongoing investigation that apparently is looking into the possibility that the “acoustic” attacks could be the work of third parties connected to the embassies of Iran, North Korea, or even Russia.

The Cubans continue to deny any involvement and blaming the U.S. for not fully cooperating with the Cuban government in its investigation.

Venezuela Continues Crackdown on Opposition

Aug 11, 2017

Nicolas Maduro, dictatorial leader of Venezuela, is speeding up on his crackdown on anyone opposed to his regime. Many opposition mayors are under investigation by the government, several have been arrested, and at least two sentenced to jail. The legally elected National Assembly that is controlled by members of the opposition party has been dissolved, and replaced by the Constituent Assembly that is made up totally of Maduro supporters.

Anyone in the opposition parties that wants to run in any upcoming election must get a certificate of “good conduct” from the Constituent Assembly or be barred from running.

Out Gunned and Out Matched

Aug 11, 2017

The U.S. Army is short nearly $10 billion that it needs to begin modernizing its equipment. Several of its capabilities have been outmatched by Russia. It has had to rely on equipment purchased in the 1980s. Modernization has been slowed because of many issues including cancelled acquisition programs, an inability to decide on top modernization priorities, wars in the Middle East, and caps on spending imposed by Congress. In April 2016, the Army Chief of Staff said that the army had become “outranged and outgunned by many potential adversaries.” Russian missile defenses threaten U.S. and NATO air space in parts of Europe. Andrew Hunter of Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group said, “The Army has some critical needs to modernized because of the evolving threat, driven largely by Russia.”

Diplomatic Solution With North Korea Preferable

Aug 11, 2017

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that a diplomatic solution with North Korea is something that the United States wants. “However, right now … you can see the American effort is diplomatically-led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results, and I want to stay right there, right now,” he said.” He considered the unanimous vote to sanction North Korea was a positive step forward. He said that the American focus is on a diplomatic solution but that he is responsible for having military options. War with North Korea would be “catastrophic,” said Mattis. The North Korean military announced that it would have a plan developed to attack Guam by mid-August. In a press conference, President Trump said that maybe his “fire and fury” comment was not “tough enough.”

Snowflake Alert

Aug 11, 2017

Social Justice Warriors have found a new target. They are going after the surname “Lynch.” A school district in Oregon voted to change the name of several of its schools that are named after the local wealthy Lynch family. The family donated land to the government so that government schools and public places could be built. Sharlene Guard, chair of the school board, said, “We have children of color and other cultures and we want to make sure that they are able to cross the threshold of those three schools and be comfortable in their surroundings.” One person at the meeting said, "This proposal has been an embarrassment to the staff and the community as a whole.”

Trump Says He Won’t Fire Mueller

Aug 11, 2017

President Trump said that does not have plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. "I haven't given it any thought. I've been reading about it from you people, you say I'm going to dismiss him. No, I'm not dismissing anybody," the president said. He added that he wanted the House and Senate to issue their reports to the public. The Senate is working on a bi-partisan bill that would forbid President Trump from firing the special counsel. The legislation stems from newspaper reports that reported Trump was seeking to dismiss the special counsel so that the Russia investigation would be prevented. In the past the president said that if the investigation crossed the line into investigating the Trump organization it would have gone too far.

American Diplomats in Cuba Injured

Aug 11, 2017

Committees in the House and Senate are looking into reports of incidents that diplomats in Cuba became ill and suffered hearing loss. American diplomats returned to the U.S. to receive treatment. Canadian diplomats also lost hearing and were treated in Canada. Speculation is that a covert sonic device were responsible for the issues. The incidents occurred in 2016 during the Obama Administration. The committees are trying to understand why the Obama and Trump Administrations stayed silent. President Trump expelled two Cuban diplomats from the Cuban embassy in May in response to actions taken against American diplomats in Cuba. There is an active investigation that is ongoing to understand what happened.

Minimum Wage Hike Would Kill Jobs

Aug 11, 2017

A $15 an hour minimum wage would devastate a Maryland county. An estimated 47,000 jobs would be lost over the next five years. The study found that residents in the county would lose $396.5 million in income loss. Businesses would lay off workers, cut hours and benefits, and stop opening new locations. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Legget said, “We can’t minimize some of the impacts outlined here. Even if it’s not 47,000 jobs lost, even if it’s half that, those are some startling numbers. You can’t discount ­it all.” Another council member called the study “nonsense.” Marc Elrich did not think it possible to predict how increasing the minimum wage would impact businesses and jobs. Elrich discounted the study because he thought businesses would respond negatively.

McCain To Push For More Troops and Deeper Commitment to Afghanistan

Aug 11, 2017

President Trump rejected his National Security Advisor’s plan to dive deeper into Afghanistan for the next four years. Undeterred, Senator McCain plans to take up the cause. He will push for more troops and “long-term, open-ended” involvement in Afghanistan when he returns to the Senate next month. “[W]e must face facts: We are losing in Afghanistan and time is of the essence if we intend to turn the tide,” said the senator. McCain’s plan also wants to do away with the constraining rules of engagement that make it considerably difficult to carry out missions. McCain’s plan would “deny, disrupt, degrade, and destroy the ability of terrorist groups to conduct attacks against the United States, its allies, or its core interests.” Rather than watching cancer eat away his brain and any common sense for the next 18 months, perhaps Senator McCain should resign his seat, volunteer for active duty in Afghanistan and go out in a hail of bullets and patriotic glory.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Will Be Paid for Doing Nothing

Aug 11, 2017

The former chancellor of UC Berkeley, Nicholas Dirks, stepped down over the summer. As he transitions out of his administrative role, he will receive 82 percent of his salary, or $434,000 under an approved UC policy. As chancellor, Dirks poorly handled several sexual harassment scandals, riots on campus, and a large $150 million budget deficit. His failure to deal decisively with the sexual harassment cases was his undoing. Many of those accused continued in their positions without disciplinary actions. University of California policy allows an administrator to collect up to 100% of their salary for a year. The former chancellor will not have to do anything to earn the money.

High Tech Sale to Drug Cartels Goes Awry

Aug 11, 2017

A tech employee tried to sell satellite tracking technology to Mexican drug cartels. The former Honeywell employee had the tracking technology. Federal agents, posing as buyers of the technology, arrested Robert Miller on federal fraud charges. Miller demonstrated the technology in a live demonstration to undercover agents. The technology would have give drug cartels a huge advantage over American law enforcement. Cartels would have been able to track law enforcement aircraft and boats. The technology is used by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Cop Chooses To Find New Doctor Than Part With His Gun

Aug 11, 2017

A doctor’s office in Texas told a police chief to leave his weapon in the car or leave the office. The officer left the office and promptly made his case on social media. “I will be looking for a new ENT, just asked to leave Dr. Burkes office because I am wearing my gun, badge, and ID,” Conroe Police Chief Philip Dupuis said. He added, “Officers should not be required to disarm or change out of their uniform while seeing their doctors or other professionals.” He conceded that it is the right of a private business to determine whom they serve. But that it was his right not to patronize such a business. A spokesman for the business apologized. “This was a mistake by an employee and not our policy. We have “already communicated to all of the supervisors in all of the locations how this SHOULD have been handled.” The police chief said that he hoped the doctor’s office “respond appropriately and make a very public and clear statement that officers will not be treated this way in the future.”

Millions of Americans Pay Fines Instead of Going on Obamacare

Aug 10, 2017

One of the major criticisms of the failed Republican plans to repeal and replace Obamacare came as a result of predictions by the Congressional Budget Office that millions of Americans would lose their insurance of the plans were adopted. The figures from this supposedly non-partisan source were questionable at best since they kept changing and the CBO predictions about the original Obamacare had been completely wrong.

The fact is that the highly unpopular mandate under Obamacare that requires Americans to get health insurance or pay a fine has resulted in 6.5 million Americans paying the fine. The projected number of Americans that would supposedly lose their insurance under the Republican plan includes those people plus an estimated 10 million more people who would choose not to have insurance at all.

Washington Post Gets Hysterical Over Trump having Nuclear Codes

Aug 10, 2017

Once again the Washington Post has shown that it is incapable of being objective about anything President Donald Trump does or says. The latest proof of this is a hysterical piece about the danger of Trump controlling the nuclear codes that would have to be used to launch a nuclear attack. The paper brings up the ads run by Hillary Clinton during her disastrous campaign for the presidency when she tried to convince the American people that Trump was too erratic and unstable to have the nuclear codes.

The claim didn’t work and she still lost the election, but the Washington Post won’t let go. The fact is that Trump has not directly threatened a nuclear attack on anyone. His statement about fire and fury could easily have been referring to the awesome conventional weapons power that the United States could use on North Korea.

Eric Bolling Files Defamation Suit Against Reporter

Aug 10, 2017

Popular Fox News host Eric Bolling has filed a defamation lawsuit against Yashar Ali, the reporter who wrote the story published in the ultra-liberal Huffington Post claiming that years ago Bolling sent lewd photos to several women working for Fox. Of course, the sources for the story are unnamed and Ali has said he will not release the names.

In the meantime, Bolling has been suspended by Fox News while an investigation takes place. However, it is unclear how the allegations can be proven if no one comes forward to testify that they were actually sexually harassed. Bolling contends that if the photos even exist, they were sent by someone else using his name.

Suspected Acoustic Attack on U.S. Embassy in Cuba

Aug 10, 2017

The U.S. State Department has confirmed that several of its employees at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba suffered serious injuries as a result of what is believed to have been an acoustic attack using one or more sonic devices. The injuries are physical illnesses including possible permanent loss of hearings. Two employees had to be flown back to the United States for treatment.

The FBI is investigating the incidents that may have occurred over a long period of time following Obama’s reopening of the embassy. The Cuban government claims to be cooperating in the investigation and also claims to have no knowledge of the possible cause.

North Korea again Threatens Guam

Aug 10, 2017

North Korea has refused to back down even after President Trump issued his stern warning that was followed by a similar warning from Secretary of Defense James Mattis. It has again warned of an attack on Guam although it seems to be a threat to fire missiles that will land near Guam, not actually on the island itself. It appears that the regime may be backing down despite the bluster.

The liberal news media is not looking at it that way, but is instead claiming that Trump’s touting of America’s military might and nuclear capabilities somehow provoked Kim Jong Un and his government into making threats again the U.S. Of course the same types of threats were made during the Obama administration, but the media never suggested they were his fault.

Atlanta Gym Owners Bans Police and Military from Membership

Aug 10, 2017

Jim Chambers, a self-described “activist” in Atlanta, Georgia owns a gym called the EAV Barbell Club. He recently posted an expletive filled sign on the door of his business saying that police officers and active duty military will not be allowed as members. He claims this is because most of his members are minorities and would be intimidated by the presence of police officers or soldiers.

Chambers also claim that this has been the policy of his gym since he opened. After public outrage, he took the sign down, but did not apologize and said the policy stands, but he will repost the sign without the filthy language.

DOJ Sent talking Points to FBI to Use about Clinton/Lynch Tarmac Meeting

Aug 10, 2017

It appears there was an obvious effort to cover up what really occurred during the meeting between Bill Clinton and the then attorney general Loretta Lynch on the airport tarmac in Phoenix, Arizona. This meeting occurred just prior to the election while Hillary Clinton was under investigation by the FBI.

While the meeting was supposed to have occurred in secret, it was discovered by a local reporter. That is when the story broke and attorneys in the Justice Department edited the responses to media inquiries and then sent emails to the FBI directing the agency about how the story should be covered and what talking points to use. Around that time Lynch also told James Comey to refer to the Clinton probe as a “matter” instead of an investigation.

Democrats Criticize Trump Warning to North Korea

Aug 10, 2017

Following the lead of many in the mainstream media, prominent Democrats in Congress like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have been highly critical of President Trump’s warning to North Korea that threatening actions against the United States will be met with fire and fury. Democrats say that this is provocative and dangerous, and the President should take a more diplomatic approach.

On the other hand, Trump supporters point out that the efforts of the last three administrations to be diplomatic with the communist leaders in the North have accomplished nothing, and the statement by Trump may be the only thing that Kim Jong Un will understand.

Warning To North Korea From Mattis

Aug 10, 2017

Defense Secretary Mattis warned North Korea on Wednesday. In the warning he emphasized that the United States and its allies have the the capability to defend themselves from attack. Mattis exhorted Kim Jong Un to listen to the UN’s Security Council’s “unified voice” and the governments of the world who agree that North Korea “poses a threat to global security and stability.” Mattis said that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea “must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons. The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.” James Mattis is known as someone with “significant credibility in the business of breaking things and killing people.” The warning indicates that military options are on the table if North Korea continues on its current trajectory. Will China now pressure North Korea to stand down?

March Towards Dictatorship

Aug 10, 2017

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro’s Constitutional Assembly decreed itself superior to all other government institutions on Tuesday. Opposition lawmakers are expressly forbidden from challenging any new laws passed by the Constitutional Assembly. Opposition leader Luisa Ortega Diaz was removed from her post as Attorney General on Saturday. On Tuesday, Supreme Court judges convicted the oppositions mayor of a Caracas-area town. He was convicted of not suppressing protestors. Early in August, two of the country’s most visible opposition leaders were taken from their homes where they’d lived under house arrest for a number of years. Maduro’s consolidation of power means economic conditions for Venezuela’s people will get a lot worse.

Tillerson’s Calm Reassurance

Aug 10, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson downplayed President Trump’s “fire and fury” rhetoric. Tillerson said that war was no imminent. “Nothing I have seen and nothing I know of would indicate that the situation has dramatically changed in the last 24 hours.” Americans should “have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days.” Tillerson’s remarks were made in Guam, the island that the North Koreans threatened with Hwasong-12 missiles. Tillerson defended Trump’s rhetoric as language that the North Korean leadership would understand since they don’t “seem to understand diplomatic language.” “I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime that the U.S. has unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies, and I think it was important that he deliver that message to avoid any miscalculation on their part,” Tillerson concluded.

Democrats Push Government Shutdown

Aug 10, 2017

Democrats in Congress insist that the president give up on building a wall on America’s border with Mexico. If not, Democrats are vowing to shutter the government. The White House wants a down payment on construction of the wall in the fiscal 2018 budget. So, White House officials are looking for ways to compromise with Democrats. A plan to increase domestic spending is being discussed. Now that any movement on the repeal of Obamacare is dead for the time being, the White House has identified border wall funding as an important win. The White House is not waiting for last minute gamesmanship. It is trying to hammer out an agreement while there is significant time left in the current fiscal year. If Democrats can force the president to give up on constructing the border wall, they will then gleefully point out that he broke one of his major campaign promises.

Manafort House Raided

Aug 10, 2017

News broke on Wednesday that the FBI executed a search warrant at the house of former Trump Campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The raid took place in July. Speculation into the possible meaning of the raid was rampant. A former Justice Department prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg said that the raid was a “big deal.” “Prosecutors do not take aggressive steps like this with subjects who the government feels are being open and cooperative. And they also do not do this to ‘send a message.’ They do it because they think there is evidence to be found and that if they do not act aggressively, it could be destroyed.” Samuel Buell, a former federal prosecutor, said the search warrant indicated Special Counsel Mueller thought Manafort might not comply with document requests or a subpoena. Defense attorney William Jeffress, thought the FBI affidavit, clearing the way for the search warrant, might be “dynamite.” He thought it would detail what the government expects to accomplish in the investigation. Manafort’s attorney said that his client had been cooperative with congressional probes.

Taking on the GOP

Aug 10, 2017

Billionaire Robert Mercer was one of President Trump’s biggest financial backers. He is now looking to take down Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. Mercer is donating $300,000 to a super PAC that is backing primary challenger Kelli Ward. Senator Flake recently released a book, “Conscience of a Conservative.” Within the book, Flake argues that the Republican party is responsible for the rise of Donald Trump. The senator did not endorse Trump during the campaign and urged Trump to withdraw after the Access Hollywood tapes were released. As well, he refused to attend the Republican nominating convention. At one point during the campaign, Trump said that he might spend $10 million of his own money to help unseat Flake. Jeff Flake is considered to be one of the most vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election in 2018. President Trump is following the primary closely.

Democrats Might Overplay Their Hand

Aug 10, 2017

Bernie Sanders is making single payer health care a litmus test for Democrat incumbents. Several high profile Democrat senators have given their support to Sanders’ single payer legislation. A majority of House Democrats have signed on to Rep. John Conyers’ single-payer bill. But Democrats are worried that Sanders’ supporters will launch primary challenges to Democratic moderates in 2018. By supporting challengers, Bernie Sanders might quash the plans of Democrats who hope to retake the House and the Senate in 2018. Former Ohio state Senator Nina Turner and Bernie Sanders supporter said, “We’re not going to accept no more hemming and hawing. No more game playing. Make your stand.” But one Democratic aide said, “You can’t just be a liberal Democrat in a lot of these states and be elected. The question is how we improve the lives of people instead of playing these political games." The Sanders’ wing of the Democratic party has the most enthusiastic activists.

Trial for Democratic Senator to Proceed

Aug 10, 2017

Democrat Senator Bob Menendez will have to go to trial in September. A federal judge rejected a motion to dismiss the charges on Wednesday. The motion to dismiss argued that no “official acts” were done by Senator Menendez. But the judge said that a determination of that question will have to be made during trial. It cannot be determined until after the government has presented its evidence at trial. The senator received campaign contributions, flights on private jets, and luxury vacations from Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor. Menendez allegedly asked government officials to intervene on behalf of Melgen with billing issues for Medicare and Medicaid. Melgen was found guilty of Medicare fraud in April. Melgen gave over $750,000 to Menendez and committees tied to him. A guilty verdict might pave the way for outgoing Governor Chris Christie to appoint a Republican to the Senate seat.

Government Screw-Up Causes Innocent Man to Lose Guns

Aug 10, 2017

A New York man had his guns confiscated because of a screw-up that labeled him as mentally ill. The 70-year old Don Hall lost four long guns and two handguns. Nobody was able to tell him what he had supposedly done wrong or how to correct it. “I was guilty until I could prove myself innocent,” said Hall. On the advice of his attorney, Hall began contacting hospitals asking them to certify that he had not been treated for mental health conditions. One hospital had a record of someone with the same name but a slightly different Social Security number. Hall and his attorney were able to convince a county judge that it was a case of mistaken identity. The judge ordered that Hall’s guns be returned to him. He had to spend a lot of time and money to defend his innocence. None of the entities or hospitals have offered to reimburse him for the cost of proving his innocence.

U.S. Cities Preparing for Nuclear War

Aug 9, 2017

In actions reminiscent of the cold war era with the former Soviet Union, American cities and states are preparing for the possibility of a nuclear strike by North Korea. Shelters that have been unused for years are being restocked with supplies, and citizens and even school children are being given instructions about what to do in case of an attack. Evacuation plans are also being readied.

The threat is real, particularly for the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Washington and California. For example, in the case of a nuclear tipped ICBM launch from North Korea the state of Hawaii would only have an 8 to 12 minute warning and California just a few minutes more. If North Korea launches missiles from a submarine near these locations there would be virtually no warning.

Washington Post Again Publishes Confidential Information

Aug 9, 2017

Once again the Washington Post has published confidential information what may have put the national security of the United States and the lives of Americans in danger. This time it was the confidential information in an intelligence report that found that North Korea had succeeded in miniaturizing a nuclear weapon so it would fit in to a missile capsule.

By releasing this information the North Koreans now know what we have discovered and that limits our options to respond. Then WAPO responded to Trump’s warning to Kim Jong Un that a threat to America would be met with “fire and fury” by criticizing Trump.

Major Fentanyl Bust in New York City

Aug 9, 2017

Federal agents have announced a major drug raid in the Upper West Side of New York City. Agents seized 20 pounds of fentanyl and heroin worth an estimated $3 million on the open market. Fentanyl is an opioid that in its purest form is deadly, and agents for the Drug Enforcement Agency said this much of it, if mishandled, could kill half the population of New York City.

Four people were arrested during the raid and were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy. This is the latest move in the growing war on dangerous opioids that are killing more people every day.

Obamacare Implosion Continues

Aug 9, 2017

The inevitable collapse of Obamacare is accelerating just as three Republican Senators saved what is left of it by voting against a last ditch effort to repeal and replace it. The latest state to be hard hit is Nevada where many of the rural counties have now learned that they will have no options at all next year for insurance from the Obamacare exchange.

The final blow in Nevada came when the last major insurer, Anthem announced it is pulling out of the market. It is also severely cutting back its presence in Georgia and has dropped out of the exchange markets in Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and much of California.

Concern Grows over Possible EMP Attack

Aug 9, 2017

With North Korea now apparently capable of putting nuclear warheads on its ICBMs and possibly other missiles, concern is growing in the United States military about the possibility of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack by the North Koreans. Such an attack does not require the nuclear weapon to make a direct hit on a specific target, but instead just requires a detonation high above the target.

Such a detonation would not only kill people on the ground, but would knock out power grids, cell phone towers and virtually all forms of communication. Banks would be down as would gas stations, hospitals, etc. This would not be for just a few weeks or even months, but for years. The devastation would be incredible.

Is North Korea Preparing for War?

Aug 9, 2017

In yet another ominous development on the Korean Peninsula U.S. intelligence has confirmed that the rogue government of North Kores has succeeded in miniaturizing a nuclear weapon to the point that it can be put on top of an ICBM. It has already been determined that the Kim Jong Un regime has tested missiles that are capable of reaching at least the west coast of the United States.

There is also concern that this type of nuclear device can also be mounted on smaller missiles that can be fired from submarines which could get very close to our coast.

Trump’s Expectations Are Too High

Aug 9, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the president’s expectations for Congress are too high. McConnell said that Trump was “new” and had “excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process.” Legislative inexperience and the setting of artificial deadlines on healthcare and tax reform make it appear that Congress is dysfunctional. “A Congress goes on for two years. And part of the reason I think that this storyline is that we haven’t done much is because in part the president and others have set these early timelines about things need to be done by a certain point.” McConnell said that a better measure should be to judge Congress when the current Congress finishes in early 2019. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the House has been very productive. It has passed at least 270 bills. But the Senate has been slow to act on any of them. The U.S. Senate has been called the world’s most deliberative body. Senator Schumer likes to tell the story that the Senate is the “cooling saucer” where the hype and enthusiasm of the House is tempered.

Poland Welcomes Immigrants From Europe

Aug 9, 2017

Poland’s President is in a fight with the European Union. He refuses to accept migrants from North Africa and the Middle East. The president pointed out that “Poland is open for migration.” In 2016 the country issued 1,267,000 visas for Ukrainians. And half of those visas were work permits. The Polish president’s remarks were similar to those of President Zeman of the Czech Republic. Zeman said that he has “nothing against immigrants who come here to work and who have similar language and similar culture like ours.” “I do not want immigrants who come from other cultures who come for social benefits, not because of work. Muslims should remain in the countries where they live [and] they should work in them, and they should not go to Europe, where they do not want to work.” Hungary’s president Orbán is open to resettling the “true refugees” of Western Europe. “Germans, Dutch, French and Italians, terrified politicians and journalists who here in Hungary want to find the Europe they have lost in their homelands,” Orbán said.

McCain Critical of Trump

Aug 9, 2017

President Trump increased the volume of his rhetoric against North Korea on Tuesday after the Washington Post reported that North Korea had developed miniaturized nuclear warheads for its intercontinental ballistic missiles. President Trump promised to meet any attack “with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” The ailing Senator McCain went on an Arizona radio station so criticize President Trump for his tough talk. “I take exception to the president’s comments because you got to be sure you can do what you say you’re going to do,” McCain said. “In other words the old ‘walk softly but carry a big stick’ — Teddy Roosevelt’s saying, which I think is something that should have applied — because all it’s going to do is bring us closer to some kind of serious confrontation.” “The great leaders I’ve seen, they don’t threaten unless they are ready to act and I’m not sure President Trump is ready to act,” he said. McCain encouraged the president to work with China’s president to crack down on North Korea. Senator McCain views China as the key to gaining North Korea’s cooperation.

Preach It Hillary!

Aug 9, 2017

When politically expedient, Hillary Clinton has on occasion referenced her distant Methodist past. But imagine Hillary Clinton hauling herself into a pulpit every Sunday morning to deliver a sermon. Hillary’s pastor, Bill Shillady, said that Hillary is thinking about doing just that. Apparently Hillary has thought “all the time” about becoming a minister. But she’s been loathe to have anyone write about her desire lest she be seen as “too pious.” Shillady says, “Given her depth of knowledge of the Bible and her experience of caring for people and loving people, she’d make a great pastor.” Shillady is the author of an upcoming book of devotions. 365 of the 600 devotions were written specifically for Hillary Clinton. Readers are promised “[F]irst time post-election readers will have a chance to hear directly from her about her faith during this time.”

Debt Ceiling Politics

Aug 9, 2017

The debt ceiling will need to be lifted in September as the Treasury’s wiggle room and accounting tricks will run out. President Trump wants a “clean,” no strings attached increase in the debt ceiling. Democrats and Republicans plan throw up roadblocks to win concessions for supporting the increase. Conservatives insist that spending reforms be implemented if leaders want their support. The Republican Study Committee and the House Freedom Caucus want spending cuts. Alternatively, conservatives might be willing to drop their demands if the Treasury instead is permitted to sell off assets like property and mortgage-backed securities. If Congressional leaders are to deliver a “clean” increase, they will need the support of Democrats. Democrats are insisting that any tax reform be accompanied by significant concessions. Senator Schumer says that Democrats will refuse to vote for the increase unless Republicans abandon tax cuts that would add to the deficit. If the past is prologue, then high stakes political theater will be coming soon to televisions screens around the country.

Obama Groupie Charged With Crimes

Aug 9, 2017

A food service director for Los Angeles Unified School District was charged with multiple counts of embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest, forgery, and perjury. David Binkle was once invited to the White House to participate in an event with Michelle Obama to encourage students to eat healthful foods. Binkle allegedly put $65,000 of government school lunch program funds into his culinary consulting company and his personal bank account. On the White House, “Let’s Move” website, Binkle complained about discrepancies between the quality of life between LA’s millionaire elites and the students whom he provided meals. Apparently Binkle was attempting to rectify that inequality in his own life by using taxpayer money to improve the quality of his business and bank account.

UAW Files Complaints After Workers Reject Union

Aug 9, 2017

Workers at a Nissan factory in Mississippi rejected an attempt to unionize their plant. The vote was 2,244 to 1,307 against unionizing. Right after losing the vote, the United Auto Workers union filed a large number of unfair labor practice complaints with the National Labor Relations Board. The complaints allege that “Nissan waged one of the most illegal and unethical anti-union campaigns” ever to dissuade workers from voting to join the UAW. A spokesman for Nissan said that the complaints “couldn’t be further from the truth” and that they were vague. The spokesman pointed out that the union failed to “name anyone by name” in its complaints. Nissan called on the UAW to “honor the results.” “The results spoke loud and clear on Friday. The vast majority of our employees have chosen to work directly with the company.”

Banks Must Give Loans to Dreamers

Aug 9, 2017

A U.S. District Court in California refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Wells Fargo. The bank is accused of violating federal law because it denied loans to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Judge Chesney, a Clinton appointee, refused to dismiss the lawsuit. She “argued that the bank violated California civil rights law as well as federal laws prohibiting the denial of loans based on citizenship status.” Wells Fargo attorneys argued that they did not violate the Equal Credit Opportunity Act because the act says nothing about citizenship. Judge Chesney said that California law requires businesses “to grant equal contract rights to all persons” even if the persons are in the country illegally.

War of Words With North Korea

Aug 9, 2017

The Washington Post is reporting that North Korea can fit miniaturized warheads into its missiles. President Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” if North Korea launches a strike at the United States or its allies. In response, North Korea threatened to strike an American military base in Guam. The United States launched two B1B bombers on Monday. They flew across the Korean peninsula. Japanese and South Korean military aircraft also participated in the exercise. A North Korean statement said that the strategic bomber’s frequent flights over South Korea get on the nerves of North Korea. The statement said that the North Korean government is considering firing Hwasong-12 missiles towards U.S. military bases in Guam. Anderson Air Force Base has a anti-ballistic missile defense system installed which can shoot down incoming missiles in their reentry phase. The U.S. also has one inside of South Korea to deter North Korean aggression. With President Trump surrounding himself with generals, he will only get military answers. The president might be better off if he invites North Korea’s leader to Washington to talk.

Bakers Reject Request to Make Trump Cake

Aug 9, 2017

Dylan Harbin will get a Trump cake for his birthday as he requested. But his mother will have to make it for him. She could not find a bakery willing to make it for her son. She could not find a bakery willing to bake a Trump cake. Where have we heard that before? Christian bakery shops have been sued because they would not make a wedding cake for same sex weddings. Christian florists have been sued because they would not provide flowers for same sex weddings. Yet because a Trump cake violates the rights or conscience of leftists it’s somehow okay. No business should be forced to provide their services for something that violates their conscience. Muslim businesses should not be forced to sell or serve alcohol. Being in business, however, does not mean you are a door mat. You don’t lose your human rights when you open you doors.

Pentagon Preparing to Strike ISIS in the Philippines

Aug 8, 2017

The growth of ISIS on some of the southern islands in the Philippines has been going on for several years and now has become a threat not only to the Philippines, but to other countries in the region. The Philippine military has launched a major campaign against ISIS that controls many towns mostly by imposing strict sharia law and terrorizing local populations.

Now, the Pentagon is preparing plans to launch air strikes against ISIS in support of the Philippine army. The strikes will use drones initially and be directed at known ISIS positions and strongholds. There is also a small force of American special operations personnel already on the ground in the islands.

North Korea Loads Cruise Missiles Designed to hit Ships on a Patrol Boat

Aug 8, 2017

U.S. spy satellites have detected the North Korean military loading two cruise missiles on a patrol boat on the country’s east coast. The missiles are specifically designed to sink large naval vessels. This may just be a sign that North Korea is planning to defy the new sanctions with another missile test, however, there is concern that the unstable North Korean leader may actually try to attack naval vessels of the United States and its allies. If that happens, the U.S. will be forced to respond with an overwhelming attack on the North Korean military and government.

President Donald Trump Right on Voter Fraud

Aug 8, 2017

Trump has been routinely vilified by the left wing media and liberal Democrats over his claim that there was massive voter fraud during the 2016 election. He was especially attacked for creating a commission to investigate voter fraud. Evidence of people being registered in more than one district or state has already been uncovered, as has evidence of non-citizens being registered in some states.

Now Judicial Watch has found that in the State of California there were more people registered to vote in eleven counties than there were adults of voting age. Ten of these counties went overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton including Los Angeles County and San Francisco. The percentages of registered voters varied from 102 % to 144% higher than the citizens of voting age depending on the county.

UN Says United States Cannot Withdraw from Climate Agreement

Aug 8, 2017

When Barack Obama illegally signed the United Nations Climate Change treaty he assured everyone that the agreement was non-binding. In fact, that was his primary justification for refusing to submit the treaty to the Senate for ratification as required by the U.S. Constitution. It turns out that Obama failed to mention that he had signed away the right of the U.S. to withdraw from the treaty until November 2020.

President Trump was informed of this when he sent formal notice to the UN of our withdrawal. The United Nations pointed to the language and told Trump he can’t do it. However, since it can be argued that the treaty was never legally signed, the additional agreement can also be ignored.

Gun Rights Group Issues Travel Alert

Aug 8, 2017

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has issued a travel advisory for people considering traveling to California or relocating there. The advisory tells people that California seems intent on disarming its law abiding citizens with draconian gun laws that clearly violate the Second Amendment constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

SAF is particularly concerned with California’s refusal to honor concealed weapons permits issued by other states. This means that someone from Texas for example, who has a concealed weapons permit is subject to arrest and prosecution in California if they attempt to carry a firearm. SAF is one of the oldest and largest gun rights groups in the country.

More Good Economic News

Aug 8, 2017

While it is underreported by the mainstream media the economy continues to rapidly improve under the Trump administration. The stock market continues to soar with record numbers consistently occurring. In addition, consumer spending in the United States is at its highest level in nine years.

On the jobs front 209,000 new jobs were created in July and the unemployment level is the lowest in 16 years. In the first six months of the Trump presidency one million new jobs have been created. These jobs are coming from a wide range of industries and wages are also increasing, although not as rapidly as was hoped. It is also important to note that many Americans who had given up are reentering the jobs market.

Eric Bolling Denies Sexual Harassment Claims.

Aug 8, 2017

Popular Fox News Host and best-selling author Eric Bolling has vehemently denied accusations made against him of sexual harassment of some of his co-workers at Fox News. He says he looks forward to his name being cleared “asap” The accusations surfaced last week in the ultra-liberal Huffington Post and are based almost entirely on claims made by unnamed sources.

This comes on the heels of accusations against Bill O’Reilly that led to the cancelation of his highly rated show. Similar allegations were made against Sean Hannity, but were later dropped. Bolling has been suspended by Fox while the investigation is going on.

North Korea Threatens U.S. over Sanctions

Aug 8, 2017

North Korea has responded as expected to the United Nations Security Council imposing tough new sanctions on the rogue state. Kim Jong Un and his government are blaming the United States for the sanctions and promising “thousand fold revenge.” The regime is known for making outlandish threats against the U.S. and its allies, but threats are still taken seriously because the country does possess nuclear weapons.

In the meantime, China has issued its strongest warning ever to Kim, telling him to comply with the sanctions that ban certain exports, and to stop testing missiles and nuclear weapons.

Protecting American Workers

Aug 8, 2017

Under proposed legislation, multinational corporations would be unable to use the H-1B visa program from replacing American workers with foreign workers. Under the H-1B visa program, workers can come into the United States and stay for up to six years. Many American citizens have lost their jobs as companies find it cheaper to higher foreign workers. Under the legislation, employers would have to make a good faith effort to recruit and hire American workers. American workers could not be replaced with H-1B visa holders. Foreign workers would have to be paid comparable wages. H-1B workers could not be outsourced to other companies. H-1B visas would be based on skills and wages. The visas would no longer be allocated by lottery. The legislation has the support of Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate.

Corbyn Finally Speaks About Venezuela

Aug 8, 2017

When confronted by the crimes of Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, Britain’s socialist Labor leader, Jeremy Corbyn, could not bring himself to condemn the government. Instead Corbyn said, “What I condemn is the violence that’s been done by any side, by all sides, in all this. Violence is not going to solve the issue.” “I’m very sad at the lives that have been lost in Venezuela. The people who have died, either those on the streets or security forces that have been attacked by people on the street – all of those lives are terrible for the loss of them.” Four out of five Venezuelans live in poverty. Inflation is running as high as 700 percent. Food shortages are common within the country. Yet, Corbyn blamed the problems within Venezuela on the country’s reliance on oil. In the past Corbyn has praised Venezuela’s socialist government as a “‘better’ model for the west.” Corbyn had a documented friendship with former dictator Hugo Chavez and current dictator Maduro.

Blacklisting at Google

Aug 8, 2017

Blacklisting politically incorrect employees at Google is rampant. A series of screenshots taken by a Google employee show how Social Justice Warriors go after their fellow employees. “I keep a written blacklist of people whom I will never allow on or near my team, based on how they view and treat their coworkers. That blacklist got a little longer today,” said Collin Winter, a Google manager. If employees voices the wrong political ideas, their careers will be stalled. “I want those hostile voices to know: I will never, ever hire/transfer you onto my team. Ever. I don’t care if you are perfect fit or technically excellent or whatever, I will actively not work with you, even to the point where your team or product is impacted by this decision,” wrote former employee Adam Fletcher. Google’s Social Justice Warriors have zero tolerance for inclusion and diversity when it comes to accepting people who disagree with them. The author of an internal 10-page manifesto challenging the leftist groupthink rampant at the company was fired on Monday.

Alabama Senate Race

Aug 8, 2017

The senate race in Alabama is heating up. A week before the GOP primary, challenger Roy Moore leads the race followed by Rep. Mo Brooks. Luther Strange has fallen to third place. Luther Strange was picked by the former governor of Alabama to succeed Senator Jeff Sessions. He has the backing of Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell has raised and spent millions of dollars on behalf of Strange attacking Rep. Mo Brooks. Both Moore and Brooks are supportive of President Trump. Luther Stranger has not been vocal for his support of the president’s agenda. But he has been supportive of the Mitch McConnell/GOP agenda. Pollster John Couvillon said, “Despite his incumbency and up to $8 million dollars being spent on his behalf, Senator Luther Strange is struggling to connect with GOP primary voters in Alabama.” The top to finishers in the primary will face each other in a runoff in September.

At the Feeding Trough

Aug 8, 2017

It’s hard to think of Musk’s enterprises as real businesses. Like the federal government, Elon Musk has a spending problem. In the second quarter, Musk blew through $13 million dollars every day. He lost $1.2 billion in cash. His businesses have consumed $5 billion in government subsidies. To prod the sale of electric vehicles, the federal government is paying out a $7,500 rebate on the purchase price. The state of California is offering another taxpayer funded rebate of $2,500. The only area in his company that is profitable is the sale of zero-emission vehicle credits. Some states require a certain proportion of automaker’s sales be cars that have zero emissions. When a company cannot meet the quota, they buy zero-emission credits. Tesla usually has a surplus for sale. A company so dependent upon government money would likely collapse on itself in a free market. But when the government picks winners and losers everything gets distorted.

Trump Silent While Arpaio Twists

Aug 8, 2017

Sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of criminal misdemeanor contempt in late July. He was enforcing the very immigration laws that the Trump Administration is now seeking to enforce. Yet, as Joe Arpaio pointed out, “Where is President Trump on this case? This is a witch hunt against me that is being carried forward by Obama holdovers in Attorney General Sessions’ Department of Justice.” Arpaio supported Trump early in the primaries. He issued a formal endorsement and even appeared with candidate Trump at campaign rallies. Accepting the endorsement, Trump said, “I have great respect for Sheriff Arpaio. We must restore law and order on the border and respect the men and women of our police forces. I thank him for his support of my policies and candidacy for president.” Arpaio’s attorneys will appeal the conviction. Arpaio is scheduled to be sentence October 5, 2017

Voter Dissatisfaction in House Districts

Aug 8, 2017

Speaker Paul Ryan is getting an ear full in his home district in Wisconsin. His voters are asking why Republicans are not getting anything done. “We have a majority in the House and Senate and it feels like nothing’s getting done,” said James Hulsey. “Everybody that voted Republican is getting very frustrated,” Republican Keith Ketzler said. If Republicans can’t or won’t deliver on the Trump agenda, House Republicans risk losing their majority status. Democrats have to win only 24 seats to regain control. Ryan is attempting to focus voters attention on the Foxconn deal that will see an investment of $10 billion and could employ as many as 13,000 people. Speaker Ryan faces primary challengers and likely a challenge by Democrats.

NYPD Boycots Dunkin’ Donuts

Aug 8, 2017

Last week an employee at a Dunkin’ Donuts shop in New York refused service to two cops, saying, “I don’t serve cops.” Now the New York Police Department is boycotting all Dunkin’ Donuts stores in New York City. Michael Palladino, president of a police labor union, said what the employee did was “disgraceful and it should not go unattended.” The union president also pointed out that Mayor de Blasio had created a hostile atmosphere towards police in New York City. Dunkin’ Donuts has apologized personally to the officers. Yet the boycott is underway.

The Troubles and Politics of the Rich

Aug 8, 2017

Some rich residents in an exclusive San Francisco neighborhood lost their private street and sidewalks that they had owned since 1905. The City of San Francisco had sent a $14 tax bill for three decades to the wrong address. The city’s bill was never paid. Finally the city auctioned the property to recover the $994 in unpaid taxes, penalties, and interest. The property sold at auction for $90,000. The new owners are now looking to cash in. There are 120 parking spaces on the street that could be rented out. The residents have asked the Board of Supervisors to rescind the sale. This will be explored at a meeting in October. In addition to suing the city, the homeowners association is seeking an injunction against the couple who bought the street to prevent them from selling to anyone.

Free Health Care in Canada is a Myth

Aug 7, 2017

As liberal Democrats like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and even Chuck Schumer increase their calls for the United States to adopt a single payer health care system, also known as socialist medicine, they cite the “successes” of the Canadian system. They are hiding the fact that the Canadian system is collapsing. It is not free health care, in fact with the increased taxes, Canadians are paying over $1.000 per month for their “free” care.

They are also hiding the fact that the wait times for medical procedures can be as long as six months. This caused over 63,000 Canadians to leave Canada in 2016 to seek medical care elsewhere, usually in the U.S. Yet, this ailing system is what liberals want us to adopt in this country.

USS Nimitz Strike Group Moves into Persian Gulf

Aug 7, 2017

In another move proving his commitment to finish off ISIS and other terrorist groups President Donald Trump has sent the powerful aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its strike group into the Persian Gulf. The carrier is accompanied by a guided missile cruiser and four destroyers.

This force provides a great deal of additional fire power to strike at ISIS in both Iraq and Syria. The Nimitz strike force is commanded by Rear Admiral Bill Byrne who says that for his force it is “game on” He said his pilots and crews are ready for action and they launched their first strike on July 31st. It will be the first of many designed not only to destroy terrorists, but also to reassure our allies of the commitment of the United States to victory in the Middle East.

John Kelly Takes Control of West Wing

Aug 7, 2017

Retired Marine General John Kelly is apparently getting control of what many have called the chaos in the West Wing. The new White House Chief of Staff reminded everyone that they are employed by the President and that they need to support him and his agenda. However, he also told them that their first loyalty was to their country, then the President, and that their own interests were last.

He also indicated that he was going to be in control of who sees the President and when. He also cautioned them that he would not tolerate any leaks or mishandling of classified information. He has also apparently convinced Trump to consult with him before sending out tweets on certain issues.

Mike Pence Disputes New York Times Report

Aug 7, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence is infuriated over a story in the New York Times that he is considering running for President in 2020. The story, that cites the usual unnamed sources, claims that there is a shadow campaign being run to recruit potential donors to support a Pence run. Pence says that the story is fake news, and is “disgraceful and offensive”.

Pence also said that this is just another attempt by the Times to divide the administration. Kellyanne Conway also disputed the article and pointed out that Pence is totally loyal to President Trump and is a very good Vice President.

Chicago Plans Suit to Protect its Illegal Population

Aug 7, 2017

Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of the crime ridden city of Chicago has declared he will sue the Trump administration so that Chicago can continue to be a sanctuary city for illegal alien, even those who have committed other crimes in his city. At issue is the plan of the federal government to withhold certain federal grant money from cities like Chicago and Los Angeles unless they start cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

Emanuel says that in his city the money is to be used to upgrade police vehicles. That would seem to be something important in a city with one of the highest murder rate in the world, but for the leftist democrat mayor the protection of illegals appears to be his first priority.

Venezuela Citizens Calling Openly for Rebellion

Aug 7, 2017

In a video featuring a former Venezuela National Guard officer standing in front of a group of about 20 armed men there is an open call made by them for all out rebellion against the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro. This follows the election of the so-called Constituent Assembly; a group of people hand-picked by the dictator to change the constitution and give him complete authority and control over the country.

The call seems to have been heeded by some people since a military base was attacked over the weekend and while the government says the attack was repelled, it admits some weapons were stolen by the attackers. Since the election, which most citizens boycotted, violence has erupted at multiple locations.

Los Angeles Pays $1.3 billion to Illegals in Two Years

Aug 7, 2017

Illegal aliens flock to sanctuary cities to be protected by local authorities from arrest and deportation by federal agencies. However, there is another major reason they head to sanctuary cities like Los Angeles; they get lots of free stuff at American taxpayer expense. According to data obtained from the Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services the county paid out $1.3 billion in welfare benefits to illegal immigrant families in 2015 through 2016.

These benefits include food stamps and other welfare payments and 64,000 families received such benefits in 2016. However, due to a crackdown on illegal immigration by the Trump administration the numbers seem to be falling so far this year.

Entrenched Bureaucrats Trying to Undermine Trump Agenda

Aug 7, 2017

When Donald Trump ran for president and promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington he was obviously not aware of how deep the swamp was and how many alligators and snakes inhabit it. Entrenched bureaucrats in federal agencies who are holdovers from the Obama administration are actively trying to undermine the President’s agenda in a number of different ways. This is true even though they are technically employees of the President.

Some of them are just openly critical of Trump and his agenda, while others are violating their oath of office and federal law by leaking information to the liberal news media. Some of this information is classified and threatens our national security. They are being aided by the efforts in the Democrats in the Senate to delay votes on Trump appointees.

United Nations Imposed New Sanctions on North Korea

Aug 7, 2017

In what some people see as a bit of a surprise, all fifteen countries in the United Nations Security Council voted to impose strong new sanctions on North Korea. Both Russia and China voted for the resolution that limits some key exports from the rogue nation including coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore, and seafood. If successfully enforced it could slash North Korea $3 billion export in income by one third.

The resolution also bans countries from engaging in new joint ventures with North Korea, or increasing investments in existing ventures. The major question remaining is will countries like China comply with the resolution they voted for.

Pence Slams Reports That He’s Running

Aug 7, 2017

The New York Times issued a story saying that Vice President Pence is preparing to run for the presidency in 2020. Pence said, "Today's article in the New York Times is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team. The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this Administration." Pence said that he “could not be more honored to be working side by side with a president who is making America great again.” Pence made it clear that he is planning to push the president’s agenda and get him re-elected in 2020. Pence has been meeting with party donors and has set up an independent fundraising committee.

11 California Counties Have More People Registered than Live There.

Aug 7, 2017

Right after being inaugurated, President Trump complained about millions of illegal votes. He attributed those votes as the reason why he lost the popular vote. According to Judicial Watch, the Election Integrity Project found that there are 11 California counties with more registered voters on the rolls than who actually live in the county. L.A. County’s error rate is estimated to around 144%. Judicial Watch sent a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla asking him to clean up California’s rolls or risk litigation. “Allowing the names of ineligible voters to remain on the voting rolls harms the integrity of the electoral process and undermines voter confidence in the legitimacy of elections.” “As the top election official in California, it is your responsibility under federal law to coordinate California’s statewide effort to conduct a program that reasonably ensures the lists of eligible voters are accurate.“ Judicial Watch gave 14 days to respond and 90 days to correct the voter rolls.

Limits on Special Counsel’s Investigation

Aug 7, 2017

Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, said on Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has to get permission before investigating any crimes outside of the Russian investigation. “Bob Mueller understands and I understand the specific scope of the investigation, and so no, it's not a fishing expedition," said Rosenstein. It surfaced last week that Mueller has impanelled a Grand Jury to subpoena documents and receive testimony from witnesses. Mueller appears to be looking into the Trump organization. People around President Trump are afraid that Mueller could make the Trump organization the object of his investigation. If a crime has been found in relation to the Russia investigation, Mueller has free reign to investigation and bring charges. But Rosensten will have to grant permission to expand the investigation beyond Russian interference.

Bernie The Revolutionary

Aug 7, 2017

Senator Bernie Sanders is preparing the next crop of young voters to begin work as political activists. The Senator, who identifies as a Socialist, is releasing a book, just in time for Labor Day, called “Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution.” The books is for teens who have an interest in progressive politics. Speaking to Teen Vogue, Sanders said, ”Young people are the future of our country. As citizens of the United States, they have a responsibility to participate in our democracy and to help create a government which works for all, rather than just the few. This book will expose them to an unusual political campaign, the excitement of politics and what being a progressive is all about." Bernie Sanders envisions directing vast sums to creating the American equivalent of a European welfare state. He says that America should emulate Sweden and Denmark. “The more likely outcome would be turning the country into another Venezuela.”

Mmm, Mmm, Mmm Barack Hussein Obama

Aug 7, 2017

The bankrupt state of Illinois shifted its focus from its dismal fiscal affairs and passed a measure ordaining and establishing August 4th of every year to come as an official commemorative state holiday. The state holiday commemorates the birth of Barack Hussein Obama. The holiday will be “observed throughout the State as a day set apart to honor the 44th President of the United States of America who began his career serving the People of Illinois in both the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate, and dedicated his life to protecting the rights of Americans and building bridges across communities," Senate Bill 55 reads. An earlier bill failed that would have made “Barack Obama Day” a legal state holiday. While praising the idea of commemorating America’s dear leader, Governor Rauner said, "I don't think it should be a formal holiday with paid, forced time off, but I think it should be a day of acknowledgment and celebration." Mindful of the admonition in the Soviet era to not be found clapping too softly for Comrade Stalin, several legislators abstained from voting. No votes were recorded against the legislation.

UN Sanctions North Korea

Aug 7, 2017

In light of North Korea’s recent firing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles, the United Nations Security Council voted 15-0 to impose sanctions on North Korea. It is estimated that sanctions could cut North Korea’s annual export revenue by $1 billion. North Korea will be unable to export coal, iron ore, iron, lead, lead ore and seafood. Countries who hire North Korean laborers will not be able to hire more. Joint ventures and investment in current joint ventures will be banned. The Chinese issued a statement calling on North Korea to “maintain calm.” The Chinese Foreign Minister said, "Do not violate U.N.'s decision or provoke international society's goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests.” President Trump praised the vote and singled out China and Russia for their cooperation.

GOP Sued for Failure to Overturn Obamacare

Aug 7, 2017

A donor to the Republican party is suing the GOP for fraud after legislators failed to pass an Obamacare repeal. Bob Heghmann is suing the GOP for fraud and racketeering and wants his political donations to be refunded. In the suit, Heghmann argues that GOP raised millions of dollars in campaign funds promising to repeal Obamacare but knew full well that they would be unable to do so. The national GOP raised $735 million in large part because it promised to repeal Obamacare. Morton Blackwell and Cynthia Dunbar, two of the defendants in the case, called the suit a “frivolous nuisance suit that should be thrown out of court by any judge.” Even if the suit is thrown out of court, it makes the point that voters are angry. Republicans utterly failed to deliver on their promises. “Too few conservatives are willing to invest their time, talent, and money and personally participate inside the Republican Party,” Blackwell said. “A Republican majority will mean a conservative majority if and when a sufficient number of conservatives figure out why the success of their principles depends on their personal involvement in local, state and national Republican Party committees and in party nomination contests.”

Economic Data

Aug 7, 2017

Almost ten years after the Great Recession, the United States is back to the same employment level as it was in November of 2007. The types of jobs that Americans are now doing has changed. Many factory jobs are gone. But opportunities in the service sector and health care have opened up for Americans. Workers with college educations have taken jobs in technology, finance, and medicine. The unemployment rate came in at 4.3 percent in July. The labor force participation rate increased to 62.9 percent. The Labor Department reported that the economy added 209,000 jobs in July. Wages grew by 2.5 percent from the previous year.

New Front on Sanctuary Cities

Aug 7, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched a new front on sanctuary cities on Thursday. The DOJ’s Public Safety Partnership (PSP) program will be “limited to those jurisdictions the ‘show a commitment to reducing crime stemming from illegal immigration.’” To participate in the PSP program, jurisdictions will have to take “certain measures to cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security.” Federal authorities will have to be permitted to enter jail facilities and notifying federal authorities 48 hours before a suspected illegal alien is released. Attorney General Sessions pointed out the case of the illegal alien who had been deported twenty times and then allegedly sexually assaulted an elderly woman in Portland. “By protecting criminals from immigration enforcement, cities and states with so-called ‘sanctuary’ policies make all of us less safe,” said Sessions.

Fight Over Concealed Carry

Aug 7, 2017

Republicans in the House and Senate introduced national reciprocity legislation. Concealed carry permits in one state would make it valid in all states. Gun control laws in many states would wiped out if the legislation passes. For instance, California only recognizes its conceal carry permit as valid. It does not have reciprocity agreements with any other state. In a new found respect for state’s rights, state officials in New York and California are fighting the legislation. The California Police Chiefs Association says that the legislation would “erode local control of issuing concealed carry permits.” New York City Mayor de Blasio complains that the national reciprocity law would “essentially force the localities to give full faith and credit to permits that are issued on less rigorous grounds.

War on Leakers

Aug 7, 2017

Attorney General Sessions announced that he has gone to war against leakers in the federal government. During a Friday press conference, Sessions condemned the leaks in the “strongest terms” and said, “This culture of leaking must stop.” “I have this message for our friends in the intelligence community: The Department of Justice is open for business. And I have this morning a warning for would-be leakers: Don’t do it.” Sessions also announced that the DOJ was reviewing policies affecting media subpoenas. In a three point plan, Sessions said that the Deputy Attorney General and the FBI Director were to oversee all classified leak investigations and monitor every case. U.S. Attorneys will be prioritizing cases involving leaks. And the number of active investigations into leaks has tripled. The FBI has created a new counterintelligence unit to manage the cases.

DOJ Payments Scheme Being Investigated

Aug 7, 2017

Under a long standing law, the Justice Department would allow corporate defendants to pay money to non-governmental organizations to avoid further prosecution. The practice widely abused by the Obama Administration. Corporate defendants could pay money to left-wing groups and avoid further investigation and prosecution. Attorney General Sessions put an end to the practice in June in a department-wide memo that listed three narrow exceptions. After ordering an end to the practice, Sessions ordered the DOJ to report on all payments made by corporate defendants to non-governmental organizations. The DOJ has until the end of August to report all payments. Payments that have been agreed to but not paid are to be identified.

Keeping the CBO Accountable

Aug 7, 2017

Senator Mike Lee wants the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to be transparent as to how it calculates its projections. The CBO has been way off on several significant pieces of legislation. In 2010 the CBO estimated that 21 million people would receive healthcare by 2016. But only 10 million did. The CBO predicted that Medicaid would grow by 17 million people. Actually 34 million people were added to Medicaid’s rolls. The CBO estimated that if the Obamacare individual mandate were repealed, 7 million people would lose their Medicaid coverage. The CBO makes fantastic projections that never seem to be rooted in reality. The CBO does not have to reveal any of its data, models, or details of how it arrived at its conclusions. Senator Lee introduced legislation to require the CBO to release all information that it uses to score legislation.