Bullet Points: Saturday, January 18, 2020

What could be more appropriate to drop headlines about today than “Impeachment!” And we will not disappoint.

But there are other important things going on in the nation and elsewhere in the world that are critical to the United States. Let’s look at those before we get the latest on impeachment. Here’s how this works:

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Enjoy this Saturday morning with your warm cup of tea or coffee while catching up with what’s gone on in the world during your busy week.

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  • If the video streaming world wasn’t crowded enough with the likes of Hulu, Netflix, Roku, and Disney, NBC is introducing a new streaming product: Peacock. NBC management understands they need a way to differentiate their streaming product to put some space between theirs and those who have been in the market for some time. Peacock will actually have two levels of service — one that will be free but has ads, and a second for-pay version. For more details, click on this link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/nbc-peacock-price-launch-date-and-shows.html
  • Where or where has James Comey been lately? We’re not certain if he’s in the States or on another continent. But we are sure of one thing: his wife took his laptop away so he cannot tweet! Seriously though, the former FBI Director is back in the news and back under fire from the Legal system. Prosecutors are looking at an old case involving a Russian document and the likelihood that the then FBI Director leaked contents of the document to the Press. (Sounds familiar, right?) That would be a violation of the handling of classified documents. For more details, click on this link: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/justice-dept-investigating-years-old-leaks-and-appears-focused-on-comey/ar-BBZ23bs
  • Most of us have seen some bizarre behavior in airports before, but probably none like Miami passengers saw in baggage claim. A woman wearing a dark blue bikini walking through that area decided she was either too warm or just uncomfortable in her tiny bikini. Her answer: to take off the bikini! But the story doesn’t end there. For more details, click on this link: https://miami.cbslocal.com/2020/01/15/woman-caught-on-camera-walking-naked-at-miami-international-airport/
  • In a shocking and unexpected move, Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted the resignations of the entire Russian government! The move by Putin is part of a just-announced overhaul of the Russian government to apparently spread government power over more people. Hmmm… That doesn’t sound like Putin’s action, does it!? What’s he up to? For complete details, click on this link: https://news.yahoo.com/putin-surprise-political-shake-112453792.html
  • HBO announced that it has teamed up with CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter for a documentary about the rise of “fake news” just days after it was announced that the news network settled its defamation lawsuit with Covington Catholic High School student, Nick Sandmann. There is much irony in this announcement — CNN, which is often called the “Fake News Network,” is thought by many to be the last network to publish stories about fake news. And Brian Stelter had been exposed in numerous lies and gross misrepresentations of the news in the last few years. For more details, click on this link: https://www.infowars.com/hbo-teams-with-cnns-brian-stelter-for-documentary-about-the-rise-of-fake-news/
  • It’s been a while since there has been an illegal immigrant caravan from Central America heading to the U.S. southern border. But a group of between 1,000 and 3,000 have left Honduras, entered Guatemala, and are headed to the U.S. border. American and Mexican officials ran checks at the Honduran/Guatemala border for identification and proof that children were with their parents. Could this be the next illegal immigration problem for the U.S.? For complete details, click on this link: https://news.yahoo.com/honduran-migrant-caravan-rumbles-guatemala-202145836.html
  • Do you remember the movie statement regarding the monstrous Wall Street banks: “They’re too big to fail?” Americans can now say the same thing about Big Tech. “Alphabet” — the parent holding company of Google — became the fifth Tech firm to eclipse the $1 Trillion valuation mark. Those already made it are Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook. The question kicked around by lawmakers about Big Tech centers around allegations of monopolies in technology dominating tech economics. For complete details, click on this link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/big-tech-worth-over-5-trillion-with-alphabet-joining-four-comma-club.html
  • Did you receive your invitation to join more than 100 “other” billionaires in Davos, Switzerland next week for their annual economic summit? If not by now, you probably won’t be included on the guest list that includes 2000 others who don’t register on the “billionaire scale,” but certainly are among the world’s richest people. Of course, they’ll talk about climate change — after each flying into Davos on their private jets that are said to have an average price tag of $40 million each. And they don’t get much gas mileage! For details, click on this link: https://www.bloombergquint.com/davos-world-economic-forum-2020/dalio-dimon-and-117-other-billionaires-set-to-descend-on-davos
  • This weekend, four teams that remain in the hunt for SuperBowl LIV will duke it out to the final two. The four quarterbacks on these teams have much at stake in their football careers as they suit up on Sunday. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, San Francisco’s Jimmy Garappolo, Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill, and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes each have a lot on the line. For complete details, click on this link: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001097083/article/qb-index-championship-sunday-who-needs-sb-liv-the-most
  • There were many folks honored during the National Championship football game Monday in New Orleans. And they all were not football players. Teachers of the year were also given accolades. But in doing so, there was one teach — just one — who chose to do the old “kneel during the national anthem” protest. A Minnesota teacher was the participant. For more details, click on this link: https://ktxs.com/news/nation-world/teacher-of-the-year-kneels-during-anthem-at-national-championship-game-attended-by-trump?fbclid=IwAR00XJhU7gwngMYMi-EOkPAwGuCWwcBaqaROFbC7eiiQI6Eb8RGwaPD3I78
  • The Trump Impeachment investigation defense team picked up two very qualified attorneys in preparation for the Senate trial: Clinton impeachment prosecutor Ken Star and New York defense attorney Alan Dershowitz. For complete details, click on this link: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ken-starr-dershowitz-join-trumps-impeachment-defense-team

Don’t forget that tomorrow — Sunday — make sure you come back. We should have the complete scheduling details for the Senate impeachment trial from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. We will discuss impeachment information that is new and layout our timing plan for our coverage on a daily basis for you of the investigation process.

Saturday Bullet Points: January 4, 2020

Which are the most important stories of the last week that you may have missed? There are undoubtedly many, even during a holiday week. There are dozens out there we think you’d like to dig into. We’ll give you the headline bullet points of our top picks. If you want to get the entire story of all or any, there’s a hyperlink at the end of each bullet point on which you can click to go to the full story.

Bullet Points

  • The daggers are out! President Trump ordered a missile strike to specifically “take out” Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani — Iran’s #1 terrorist organizer — while Soleimani was in Baghdad at the Iraqi Airport. The Media have gone
      

    wild with the story. It sparked a firestorm on Capitol Hill, with many members of Congress praising the move and others warning of unintended consequences. What happens next? Should President Trump have ordered the strike? It depends on to whom you speak in Congress. But one thing is certain: everyone has an opinion! For complete details, click on this link: https://thehill.com/policy/defense/476612-congress-reacts-to-us-assassination-of-iranian-general

  • New Year’s Eve brought a big surprise to Iraq: a “gift” orchestrated by Iran. Protestors stormed the United States Embassy in Iraq. It wasn’t a peaceful demonstration either: much violence along with major damage to the interior of our embassy. Political pundits think the Iranians may have a little more such things in store for us. For complete details, click on this link: https://apnews.com/5c01f233f4a80281e8b65259352a878c
  • Everyone knows it’s tremendously expensive to run for President. As an example, totals spent by Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton in their 2016 White House were about one billion dollars! The Democrat Party field of candidates that want the party nod started at a couple of dozen. While several have dropped out, there still are more than expected in the race. And you can bet they’re “dialing for dollars!” Former VP Joe Biden still has a slight lead in the polls, but for the fourth quarter of 2019, Bernie Sanders jumped out in front: a BUNCH of money. For more details, click on this link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/01/bernie-sanders-raised-34point5-million-in-4q-in-2020-democratic-primary.html
  • Administrations in the states and city that tax residents and companies the highest have watched a slide in their populations of residents and companies as many are fleeing those states and cities headed for less tax-expensive locations. New York, New York City, Chicago, Illinois, and even several northeast states are seeing a bunch of folks leaving for Texas and Florida. The states and cities they leave certainly feel the loss of tax revenue as all these leave. But it’s not just tax dollars that change. As the population declines, states lose Congressional districts. The number of House seats is based on population. And Florida is about to surpass New York with its number of Congressional districts as more and more New Yorkers head south. For more details, click on this link: https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/florida-poised-to-surpass-new-york-in-congressional-seats
  • NFL playoffs are underway. Once again, the Dallas Cowboys — “America’s Team” — has been left out of the post-season. Once again, the “Boys” didn’t make the playoffs. Head Coach Jason Garrett, at the end of each of the last few Cowboy seasons, has continually been rumored to “about to be fired.” 2019’s dismal record in spite of having an outstanding team has Garrett in owner Jerry Jones’ bullseye. America wonders why Jones hasn’t yet pulled the trigger on Garrett. After all, NFL coaches are fired at the end of every season. And the longer Jones waits — “if” he is going to terminate Garrett — the better coaches that are available to take over the Cowboys are picked up by other teams. What’s Jones doing? There may be something going on. For more details, click on this link: https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2019/12/8/21000740/cowboys-news-who-should-be-the-next-head-coach-of-the-dallas-cowboys
  • Yesterday’s Truth News Network story was about “Selective Hate.” In it, we dug into the whats, hows, and whys of so much hate in America. Chief among those targeted with acts of hatred have been Jewish people. And that number is growing in frequency and intensity. In fact, in New York, a twenty-four-year-old woman was arrested after attacking a Jewish young man on the street. It’s getting out of hand! For more details, click on this link: https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/01/02/arrest-in-13th-antisemitic-incident/
  • One thing the framers of the Consitution feared was a divided nation. They spoke of that concern often. To that end, they carefully crafted content and perspective of just how Americans should live and govern to keep that division from happening. But sadly, division is not only present in the U.S. today, but the number of divisions is also growing as is the intensity and emotions that create each type of division. For more details, click on this link: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/two-party-system-broke-constitution/604213/
  • Amazon — reportedly the largest company in the World — has real employee problems based on the massive number of people employed. You can imagine the diverse personalities and opinions — especially about politics — that exist in such a large number of employees at such a large company. And at Amazon, Free Speech is in jeopardy. Maybe Amazon employees should be more careful about what they say to anyone outside the company about anything going on inside the company. For more details, click on this link: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon-threatens-to-fire-workers-who-are-outspoken-on-its-environmental-policies/
  • Two teams will go head to head Monday, January 13, in New Orleans to determine who is the best college football team in the U.S. The Clemson Tigers take on the LSU Tigers in the College Football Championship game being held in the New Orleans Mercedes Superdome. The pair each won the slot in the championship by winning their matchups in bowl games: Clemson beat Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix while LSU fourth-ranked Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl. Both teams rely heavily on their quarterbacks. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence lines up opposite of Joe Burrow, LSU’s signal-caller who just won the 2019 Heisman Award. Both teams go into the championship undefeated in 2020. For more details, (including a prediction) click on this link: https://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2019-12-29/lsu-vs-clemson-prediction-preview-college-football-playoff

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Saturday Bullet Points: December 21, 2019

Washington D.C. is going crazy if they’re not already there! How can we pick the most important stories of the last few days? There are dozens out there we think you’d like to dig into. We’ll give you the headline bullet points of our top picks. If you want to get the entire story of all or any, there’s a hyperlink at the end of each bullet point on which you can click to go to the full story.

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  • A very old and established Christian magazine Christianity Today published an editorial endorsing the removal of Donald Trump through a Senate trial following the House of Representatives’ impeachment of the President. The magazine was in large part affiliated originally with Evangelist Billy Graham, who was a devout Evangelical Christian who strongly supported Donald Trump and even voted for him in 2016. Both of Graham’s children immediately expressed their outrage against the editorial and both reaffirmed Rev. Graham’s longtime conservative Christian values support and that of President Trump. President Trump on Friday took to Twitter to excoriate Christianity Today noting the President’s tremendous results working with the Evangelical Christian community and the support he has from the Christian community. For all the details click on the following link: https://apnews.com/93553f9bab26da7df743676a091f94bf
  • You certainly heard about the letter from the FISA Court to the FBI regarding uncovered abuses by the FBI in their production and presentation to the court “evidence” that in many cases was not even real and often misrepresented facts to justify the Court issuing FISA warrants that authorized the surveillance of the Trump Campaign and certain others associated with the Campaign. The Court issued the first warrant prior to the 2016 election and renewed the warrant three additional times. New details that were previously classified were released on Friday included names of FBI individuals the Court has demanded information regarding their activities in this matter. For all the details click on the following link: https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/475547-fisa-court-broadening-investigation-into-fbi-warrant-applications
  • We have known for some time that it probably was coming, but we didn’t know when. Apparently tech giant Apple now wants to bypass cell providers and via satellite beam directly to users of iPhones. Financial giant Bloomberg broke the story that Apple hopes to have satellites in orbit within five years to handle the project. The plan that will allow direct access to not only iPhones but other Apple devices has put big cell providers in a panic. For more details click on the following link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90446468/apple-wants-to-bypass-carriers-and-beam-internet-data-directly-to-iphones-via-satellites
  • Main Stream Media seems to concentrate on religious violence in the U.S. and around the world for violence against Muslims. Seldom do they cover religious violence against Christians. Many American Christians were horrified when after Saddam Hussein was removed from power in Iraq, Islamic extremists began a massive purge of Iraqi Christians, Christian churches and religious artifacts dating back thousands of years. In Africa, extremist religious factions have slaughtered thousands of Christians, seldom covered in the news. Nigerian Christians are prime targets for these thugs. Boko Haram is known as one of the most brutal sects in the raiding faction. But Nigeria is now heavily populated by groups even more heinous than is Boko Haram. For complete details click on the following link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-new-war-against-africas-christians-11576880200
  • One thing Donald Trump as Candidate Trump promised Americans was if elected, he would aggressively begin ridding the nation of brutal gangs from foreign countries who brutally attacked and killed innocent Americans as part of those gangs’ illegal drug operations and sex trafficking. The vilest of those gangs was (and still is) MS-13. Oddly enough, Long Island, New York, was the epicenter of east coast MS-13 operations. Though very little has appeared in the news, President Trump’s Department of Justice, FBI, and Customs and Immigration have virtually eradicated MS-13’s presence in that area. But it’s taken two years. For all the details click on the following link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/nearly-100-arrested-in-long-island-probe-of-ms-13-street-gang-11576881721
  • Nearly two decades ago, the first story appeared recounting abuse by Catholic priests in the U.S. Over the last twenty years or so, the Catholic Church has been inundated with tens of thousands of claims of sexual abuse that the Vatican is struggling to keep up within their investigations. The Vatican finds itself still struggling to reckon with the problem of predator priests — a scourge that first erupted publicly in Ireland and Australia in the 1990s, the U.S. in 2002, parts of Europe beginning in 2010 and Latin America last year. For all the details click on the following link: https://apnews.com/6e99b1ddf64d5fd7ff85fe065d699e7b
  • In the holiday season, abuse of consumers and identity theft along with all types of personal data online skyrockets. Now it has just been revealed that Facebook users have been targeted and more than 1/4 Billion users’ personal information has been hacked and is on the open internet. Unfortunately, most of those affected are in the U.S. For all the details click on the following link: https://apnews.com/bdf02dbe7bf266b025b6f1b0ae5860fd
  • Former CIA Director and Trump hater John Brennan is reported by the New York Times to be in the crosshairs of Federal Attorney John Durham who is conducting a criminal investigation of wrongdoing all the way back to the inception of the FBI probe of Donald Trump before he had even formally announced his candidacy for President. In addition to Brennan’s communications, Durham wants to find out the exact details of his role in the infamous Steel dossier and how that opposition research document that was funded by the Clinton Campaign and the DNC came to be and what Brennan’s and the FBI’s role in its development and getting it into the hands of the Media. For all the details click on the following link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/19/us/politics/durham-john-brennan-cia.html.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate may be putting the Trump impeachment in question. Several Constitutional experts have weighed in on the matter. One legal scholar who testified before the Schiff House Intelligence Committee said if the House does NOT do so, it will cancel the impeachment. Other scholars agree. Noah Feldman and Jonathan Turley who both testified before that committee confirmed their thoughts that not doing so should void the impeachment articles. For all the details click on the following link: https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/12/19/house-speaker-nancy-pelosis-impeachment-delay-is-questionable-constitutional-experts-say/

Summary

Washington D.C. has been busy — unfortunately not taking care of the Peoples’ business other than Trump impeachment. The House did pass the USMCA trade deal and the funding plan to keep the government open for business. But there are dozens and dozens of other serious issues that have been ignored and replaced with Impeachment. Americans are sick of it. And the opinions of Americans that have polling numbers in the single digits have fallen more during the impeachment noise.

No one knows for sure how all this is playing in the thoughts of the American public regarding the 2020 election. It’s not only the presidency of Donald Trump. Every member of the House of Representatives faces an election every two years. It is said that “to live by the polls means to die by the polls.” Polls being what they are, Americans that have been polled are steadily lining up against impeachment. And Donald Trump’s favorability number has risen six points since the impeachment nonsense began — now even more than that of former President Barack Obama at this point in his first term.

What will happen with Congress? What will happen with impeachment? What about the apparently rampant sexual impropriety by Catholic priests for decades? There are no absolutes to use in response to those questions. The appropriate answers to these questions are unclear. But conventional wisdom says the Americans disgust for either party driving a duly elected president from office as Democrats are set to do. It appears that voters are sick enough to the idea that Trump’s core will be joined by a significant number of former Trump supporters — enough to move Trump into an overcomeable vote tally for 2020.

But you never know: this is America, the United States. We each have a free will. We each have a street address, telephone, and our private families. Political bias and political partisan each can create major kinks in the armor of the Pastor of the House. Anything can happen.

We should have the Senate trial information before Christmas. But don’t forget, politics in Washington do not fit into small, conservative political briefcases. Washington politics don’t really fit well in “the back of the bus.”

Through the holidays, keep your eyes and ears open. There will be many bullets floating around. Don’t get hit. But be cautious!

Be listening to our daily podcasts for details about the big plan coming up next month. You might want to grab a group of soaking steaks.

Bullet Points: October 26, 2019

It’s really tough to talk about anything other than the Democrats’ Impeachment Inquiry and all the hoopla surrounding it this week. But, thankfully there are a few more stories that actually may displace the faux impeachment stuff. Inspector General Horowitz, Connecticut Federal Prosecutor Durham, and Attorney General Barr are uncharacteristically making some news headlines.

As usual, we’ll give you the highlights of these and other stories: “Bullet Points.” For those of which you want to read details, click on the link afterwards and it will take you to the complete stories.

Fall is here! Actually, Winter is here in some places. Stay warm in front of your fire and bone up on the week’s news. Have a great weekend.

Bullet Points

  • Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ report on the origins of the FBI Russia investigation of Donald Trump and his campaign has apparently completed as the DOJ has been checking it for possible redactions for classification purposes. It is expected to be released in the next week. Its contents are likely to confirm suspicions by many as to wrongdoing by former FBI officials in the process of through FISA warrants obtaining authorization to electronically surveil members of the Trump Campaign. For details click on this link: https://dailycaller.com/2019/10/14/fisa-abuse-steele-dossier-fbi-horowitz/
  • Sydney Powell — General Michael Flynn’s attorney — reported that new bombshell evidence in FBI wrongdoing have been uncovered. An explosive new court filing from Michael Flynn’s legal team alleges that FBI agents manipulated official records of the former national security adviser’s 2017 interview that led to him being charged with lying to investigators. It’s Flynn’s lawyers latest attempt to get the case thrown out. For details click on this link: http://www.floppingaces.net/most-wanted/fbi-agents-manipulated-flynn-file-as-clapper-allegedly-urged-kill-shot-court-filing/
  • Federal Attorney Durham’s investigation into the details surrounding what actually instigated the Russia Collusion investigation into the Trump Campaign was officially changed to a “Criminal Investigation.” That means Durham has DOJ authority to initiate Grand Juries, issue subpoenas for evidence and testimony, and can indict those implicated. For details click on this link: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/10/breaking-report-ag-bill-barr-announces-durham-probe-is-now-a-criminal-investigation/
  • A few dozen Republican House members filed into the secure hearing in the Impeachment Inquiry headed by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Their complaint is though these hearings are not classified, Schiff has forbidden Republicans  on his committee and the media to NOT be in the room during hearings. Although news video clearly shows those GOP members quietly walking down a staircase and into the SCIF (secure hearing room), almost in unison news headlines use the words “Republicans STORMED into the hearing.” For details click on this link: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/23/impeachment-hearing-protesting-republicans-bring-hearing-halt/4075203002/
  • Florida Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel who was fired by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appealed to the Florida Senate for reinstatement. This past week the full Senate voted to NOT reinstate Israel. The Sheriff has been under siege since the school shooting a year ago in Plantation resulted in numerous student deaths. Several of Israel’s deputies were caught up in investigations showing failure to intervene in the shootings. Israel has been alleged to have, through mismanagement, allowed the shooter to remain on the street though numerous formal complaints were made by teachers, neighbors, and even other lawmakers. For details click on this link: https://floridapolitics.com/archives/309385-israel-out-broward-sheriff
  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has come under fire by many in the U.S.— especially by Republicans — for his puzzling impeachment inquiry hearings that have been restricted from public view. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has introduced a resolution in the Senate condemning Schiff for taking this action to prevent transparency to let all Americans to look-in at the testimony in these hearings so as to understand all things impeachment related. For details click on this link: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-impeachment-lindsey-graham-introduces-resolution-condemning-house-democrats-inquiry/

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Bullet Points: October 12, 2019

Washington D.C. is going crazy if they’re not already there! How can we pick the most important stories of the last few days? There are dozens out there we think you’d like to dig into. We’ll give you the headline bullet points of our top picks. If you want to get the entire story of all or any, there’s a hyperlink at the end of each bullet point on which you can click to go to the full story.

Have a great weekend!

Bullet Points

Summary

After you complete your morning’s read of the stories you deem most important to you, it is suggested you find a way to relax the next couple of days. Things are heating up in Washington and heating up quickly. Impeachment is now about a 50/50 chance. But that probability is rising every day. We’ll keep you posted daily on the status of impeachment.

Have a great weekend!

Dan

2019 Ironies in Bullet Points

Do you ever see or hear something somebody does or says that makes you wanna shake your head and say, ”Huh…how could they do that?” It happens to me a bunch. In 2019 we have seen more of those ironies I think than had ever been seen before. Maybe it’s because of busy-ness, social media, or because 2 billion people have camera phones each linked to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.

Let’s break from our regular Saturday news headlines and share some of those ironies in Bullet Points!

Enjoy….

Dan

Ironies

 

  • Women are upset at Trump’s naughty words — they also bought 80 million copies of 50 Shades of Gray.

 

  • Not one feminist has defended Sarah Sanders. It seems women’s rights only matter if those women are liberal.

 

  • No Border Walls. No voter ID laws. Did you figure it out yet? But wait… there’s more.

 

  • Chelsea Clinton got out of college and got a job at NBC that paid $900,000 per year. Her mom flies around the country speaking out about white privilege.

 

  • And just like that, they went from being against foreign interference in our elections to allowing non-citizens to vote in our elections.

 

  • President Trump’s wall costs less than the Obamacare website. Let that sink in, America.

 

  • We are one election away from open borders, socialism, gun confiscation, and full-term abortion nationally. We are fighting evil.

 

  • They sent more troops and armament to arrest Roger Stone than they sent to defend Benghazi.

 

  • 60 years ago, Venezuela was 4th on the world economic freedom index. Today, they are 179th and their citizens are dying of starvation. In only 10 years, Venezuela was destroyed by democratic socialism.

 

  • Russia donated $0.00 to the Trump campaign. Russia donated $145,600,000 to the Clinton Foundation. But Trump was the one investigated.

 

  • Nancy Pelosi invited illegal aliens to the State of the Union. President Trump Invited victims of illegal aliens to the State of the Union. Let that sink in.

 

  • A socialist is basically a communist who doesn’t have the power to take everything from their citizens at gunpoint … Yet!

 

  • How do you walk 3000 miles across Mexico without food or support and show up at our border 100 pounds overweight and with a cellphone?

 

  • Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wants to ban cars, ban planes, give out universal income and thinks socialism works. She calls Donald Trump crazy.

 

  • Bill Clinton paid $850,000 to Paula Jones To get her to go away. I don’t remember the FBI raiding his lawyer’s office.

 

  • I wake up every day and I am grateful that Hillary Clinton is not the president of the United States of America.

 

  • The same media that told me Hillary Clinton had a 95% chance of winning now tells me Trump’s approval ratings are low.

 

  • “The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.”— Margaret Thatcher

 

  • Maxine Waters opposes voter ID laws; She thinks that they are racist. You need to have a photo ID to attend her town hall meetings.

 

  • Trump — “They’re not after me. They’re after you. I’m just in their way.”

Bullet Points August 7, 2019

This is our regular Saturday feature in which we bring you bullet points of the top happenings of the last few days. Feel free to read the short summary. Following each is a link to a complete story expanding the short summary. Feel free to click on the link if you wish more detailed information.

  • Hurricane Dorian is still bashing the U.S. east coast after days of blasting the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina and has set its sights on New York and up the coast of Maine. Left in its waste is devastation in the Bahamas that has left several islands looking like the remnants of an atomic bomb. Abaco from the air looks like a war zone. For more click here: https://apnews.com/b5170a22a8a14bc584c8d6c1a64825cc
  • North Carolina took a big shot from Dorian this past week. Flooding was the main culprit for sending Carolinians packing. Barely one year ago these same coastal areas dealt with massive floods with subsequent damages and have just now finished remodeling, repairs, and rebuilding. Some of the same areas received even worse damages than Hurricane Florence left in its way in 2018. For more click here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/us/dorian-north-carolina-hurricane-victims.html
  • On Friday jobs numbers were released for the month of July. It was odd that even news outlets like FOX News expressed caution regarding the economy, even though 100,000+ jobs were created in the month. And African American unemployment has fallen to an all-time low for the month of August. For more click here: https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2019/09/06/black-unemployment-hits-record-low-black-white-unemployment-gap-shrinks-to-smallest-ever
  • Many in American healthcare warned with the institution of Obamacare that increasing government control of the industry would certainly create a horrendous shortage of physicians who would flee the vocation as healthcare payers reimbursement would decline rapidly and drastically. Factor that together with the growing segment of elder Americans and that problem is now looking even more traumatic. For more click here: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/06/americas-aging-population-is-leading-to-a-doctor-shortage-crisis.html
  • By now all have seen the “new” way to assist those wishing to quit smoking with those new electronic cigarettes. It’s call “vaping.” Vaping has been touted to offer the same things that attract smokers to that smoking experience without the horrors of smoking that have been directly tied to cancer and several different critical respiratory diseases. Even Sean Hannity of FOX News promotes vaping he used to assist him in eliminating his cigar smoking habit. But this past week doctors have released information that attacks the goodness of vaping. And nationwide, serious illnesses plus one death have been attributed to vaping. For more details click here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/death-from-vaping-in-indiana-california-and-minnesota-more-people-died-at-least-450-illnesses-now-nationwide/
  • One of the greatest fears of 21st century Americans about travel is how easy it must be for someone to do something to commercial planes that would cause an in-air incident that could bring a plane own. Who can forget 9/11 and the television pictures of two airliners flying into the World Trade Towers in New York killing 3000 Americans. This past week an American Airlines mechanic was caught sabotaging a plane by messing with its electronics before its schedule flight departure from Miami, Florida. During takeoff an alert pilot notice an irregularity in cockpit instruments and aborted the flight. For more details click here: https://www.apnews.com/6f03105ca6ff4a36bb728626802565eb
  • Just 20 years ago no one thought there was any realistic chance that a single website would play a serious everyday role in the lives of several billion humans living in every country on Earth. With the advent of social media — especially Facebook — it came to past. And with that fulfillment of one man’s dreams comes the recent realization that Facebook and Google and Twitter have quietly found ways to dominate through various types of influence in the lives of their members. In the last presidential election Facebook by itself stealthily impacted the voting decisions of millions of voters. The Federal Government and now state governments have begun preparations to look into potentially illegal actions of these social media giants. For more details click here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/states-to-launch-google-facebook-antitrust-probes-11567762204

Enjoy your Saturday morning coffee by catching up with the news stories that interest you. We do this every Saturday.

Have a great weekend!

 

Bullet Points August 31, 2019

This is our regular Saturday feature in which we bring you bullet points of the top happenings of the last few days. Feel free to read the short summary. Following each is a link to a complete story expanding the short summary. Feel free to click on the link if you wish more detailed information.

  • Hurricane Dorian is dominating the U.S. news. And by Friday evening, Dorian had thankfully skipped Puerto Rico and set its sights on Florida. It appears that Dorian by the time it enters Florida will be a killer. By Friday mid-morning, most gasoline stations were out of gas, big box stores’ shelves were stripped of water and other hurricane necessities like batteries, flashlights, plywood, waterproof tarps and sandbags. As of this writing, forecasters have mapped three possible paths for Dorian two of which give a large part of Florida a possible escape from the most serious parts of the storm. For more details click this link: https://apnews.com/e923b7f405894d79a7112d8f47f4b4c1
  • In other hurricane news, the Trump Administration announced a couple of days ago the transfer of several hundred million Homeland Security dollars from disaster relief to funding of southern border security necessities. Democrats immediately took to print, internet, and airwaves to excoriate the President for deleting disaster relief funds as Dorian was set to pummel Puerto Rico. Of course the Island territory when hit would need many billions of dollars for relief. In spite of learning Dorian missed Puerto Rico altogether, Democrats ramped up their angry attacks, forgetting that such transfers of money within government agencies is common and that Obama transferred almost twice the amount as Trump in Homeland Security. For more details click this link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-will-divert-disaster-relief-funds-to-us-mexico-border-enforcement-prompting-outcry-from-democrats/2019/08/27/ba20dd30-c903-11e9-be05-f76ac4ec618c_story.html
  • The stock market has soared under Trump’s deregulation, tax cuts, and increased jobs and low unemployment. Trump opponents have for a while been hoping to see a marked financial downturn to purposely initiate a recession! If that happens they are certain voters would blame Trump allowing them to send a Democrat to the White House in 2020. Financial “experts” point to a little-know “inversion” (that has not even happened) as a sign of certain recession. And, by the way, the stock market made immediate rebounds all week long as a result of “real” news and not fear and innuendo. For more details click this link: https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/stock-market-today-yield-curve-inversion-triggers-recession-fears-2019-8-1028446749
  • Which story do we believe about the G7? If you watch CNN or MSNBC, you will see foreign policy experts tell the stories of how President Trump failed miserably in everything he did in interfacing and negotiating with our G7 partners. FOX News, The Wall Street Journal and other more conservative news outlets while not declaring any victories for President Trump reported on specific things that actually happened at the G7, one of which was an unexpected massive new trade deal with Japan. C-SPAN — a not very conservative news outlet — weighed in here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?463636-1/7-summit-closing-news-conference

Bullet Points

Starting today, every Saturday we will publish “Bullet Points,” which are the top headlines of the last 24 – 48 hours we will bring to you. Each Saturday “Bullet Points” will be brief, and each “Bullet” will contain (when applicable) a link on which you can click when and if you want to read a full story. You’ll see that you will be able to skim our headlines in 5 minutes or less. Of course, if you choose to go to linked stories, the time spent reading is up to you!

(On these days, these “Bullet Points” will only be in writing — no Podcasts)

Today’s “Bullet Points”

Summary

Weekends are usually busy for us all — which is opposite of what weekends are supposed to be! We thought skimming the most important happenings of the last few days and giving you a summary sentence of each and then allowing you on your own to go to and read the stories that interest you would give you more time for your relaxation.

Let us know your thoughts on this, Please! Feel free to comment in the comments section or drop us an email at dan@TruthNewsNet.org.

Have a Great Weekend!

Dan

Bullet Points: “What If’s”

There are so many things happening in our nation today. Our country is flooded with unanswered questions. And our horizon apparently does not yet hold answers for each question. Hopefully, we can scrap together realistic answers necessary to move the U.S. forward instead of trying to keep the boat afloat in one place in troubled waters.

Very few of those questions cry any louder than the others for answers. But there are a few. Those that cry the loudest while remaining unanswered seem to especially trouble many Americans. Today we will chip away at a few of those.

What If…..

  • We don’t stop illegal Immigration? It’s anyone’s guess. But there are some things that are certain IF we don’t. Don’t listen to me; listen to some folks who have a better inside track than I
◊”Hospitals are closing across the country due to the burden of illegal immigration, college students find that summer jobs have dried up due to illegal immigration, and wages across the board are depressed by the overwhelming influx of cheap and illegal labor.” Elton Gallegly
◊”Secure our borders first. Let us know and let us make sure the American people know that we’re taking care of the important business of dealing with the illegal immigration into this country. You cannot begin to address the concerns of the people who are already here unless and until you have made certain that no more are coming in behind them.” Michael Steele

◊”Nearly 60,000 immigrants with arrest records — including 10 accused of murder — have been allowed to stay in the United States under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed. Twenty-one percent of federal inmates are suspected or confirmed to be non-citizens, according to statistics released by the Justice Department. According to the latest U.S. census, only 12.9% of the total U.S. population was foreign-born. That number will continue to rise if we don’t close the borders.”

◊”Illegal immigration is a crisis for our country. It is an open door for drugs, criminals, and potential terrorists to enter our country. It is straining our economy, adding costs to our judicial, healthcare, and education systems.” Timothy Murphy

◊”Besides taking jobs from American workers, illegal immigration creates huge economic burdens on our health care system, our education system, our criminal justice system, our environment, our infrastructure and our public safety.” Jan C. Ting

◊”The current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of ‘anchor babies’ must end because it creates a magnet for illegal immigration into our country. Now is the time to ensure that the laws in this country do not encourage law-breaking.” Steve King

◊”Protecting national security amounts to looking for needles in a haystack. The work becomes more difficult if the haystack is larger. Restricting immigration generally, and illegal immigration, in particular, limits growth in the haystack and supports the protection of national security.

◊Those are just some of the consequences by continuing to allow illegals by the tens of thousands into our country without the benefit of properly determining which are qualified to even be here and which are potentially dangerous. In the meantime, there are quite a few important people who have previously weighed in on illegal immigration, encouraging Congress to take action to do so, like former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and even current Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) who said this in 2009: “People who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who entered the U.S. legally.”

  • Scientists discover in 50 years that factually, there is NO such thing as “Climate Change” and that nothing Man could do would change the atmosphere and atmospheric conditions significantly enough to alter that which Nature does

◊Al Gore will certainly be proven to have been a psychopath with no factual basis for his “Global Warming” that morphed into “Climate Change” fraud perpetrated on a fawning political class of elitists. So too would be the “Ice-Agers” from the 1990’s who just as aggressively warned the then 3 billion Earth inhabitants that we were about to enter a new Ice Age that would destroy humanity and all known life on the planet: plants, animals, and certainly Man.

◊Mankind would have wasted trillions of dollars on scientific research, experimenting, unnecessary and amazingly expensive processes to “green the Earth” to stop Climate Change — trillions of dollars that could have been spent on feeding millions of dying citizens, providing unavailable and desperately needed health treatment to those from the most impoverished countries in the World, and reduced trillions of other dollars of expense for the development, implementation, and operation of superfluous environmental gadgetry like catalytic converters, “California emission systems,” and, by the way, the staggering governmental expense tacked onto tax bills for citizens of developed countries to underwrite these legal demands.

◊We could have had more trees and plants that would have enabled every country to grow more food instead of worrying about those trees and plants producing too much carbon dioxide that — as we all know — is the primary pollutant of Earth’s atmosphere.
◊I’m certain there are other ridiculous regulations and even societal cultures that would have differed had we known today that Climate Change was a fraud. Certainly the thousands of mostly highly-paid scientists that governments and universities fund with tax dollars and private grants to conduct Climate Change research could have altered their career paths to use those same dollars to research and develop cures and antidotes for a myriad of diseases that have for generations crippled and slaughtered people from all nations.
  • Senator John McCain (R-AZ) had cast the deciding vote FOR the U.S. Senate to take-up debate on the floor on the repeal/replacement of Obamacare instead of killing that debate and keeping Obamacare alive

◊It would have allowed Senators to — with the input of voters they represent — to as a group present, discuss, devise and develop alternatives that could undo the horrific elements of Obamacare that have cost Americans and the U.S. government hundreds of billions of dollars since Obamacare’s implementation.

◊The door would literally still be open to partnerships with existing insurance companies, health maintenance organizations, hospital groups, private and public retirement funds, and even government employee retirement funds to develop and implement group healthcare plans that would pinpoint citizens with segregated health needs for specific health conditions to provide state-of-the-art healthcare at specialized pricing to citizens for being in those specific groups. The federal and state government partnerships could assist those groups with costly conditions with partial underwriting that would spread those costs across a large segment of the population. That would automatically reduce the cost of individual healthcare across the board.

◊The American public’s opinion of Congress would have taken a strong tick higher. The American public no longer seems to just hold disdain for members of Congress — they actually distrust, on the most part, members of Congress and do not believe Congressional members are honest, hardworking, and committed to the People.

  • Barack Obama had not had all his educational records — high school, college, and law school — sealed along with all of his personal health records

◊The “birther” rumors that still run rampant in America and around the world even after his 8 years as President would have been quickly dispelled. Even now, experts who downloaded and professionally examined the “official” Obama birth certificate posted on the official White House website question its authenticity based on several of their findings.

◊Americans would never have grounds to question the official accounts of the history of the 45th President when those stories are “officially” added to the annals of all the U.S. Presidents in generations to come.

◊Far more of the legislative agenda items Obama and members of his Administration and Congress proposed during his presidency might have been passed and signed into law rather than being shelled because lack of trust of the President kept legislators from supporting those.

  • We find out that Extraterrestrial beings really exist and have for as long as people on Earth have been here and that multiple governments knew that and withheld it from citizens

◊We would know for certain we missed opportunities of aggressively exploring other worlds and those beings that live there.

◊We would have been able to learn from members of those worlds if there was technology available to make Earth a better place for its inhabitants, available known cures for earthly diseases along with possible immunity treatment for preventing diseases.

◊We would have saved trillions of military dollars allocated and certainly spent through decades for research, infrastructure costs, and security to keep information about extraterrestrials in secrecy unnecessarily.

  • What if Abortion is discovered to be killing a living human — that life actually begins at inception?

◊That would mean tens of millions of humans have been slaughtered needlessly through human history.

◊That would mean in doing so, the lives of individuals who could have performed amazing services to humanity in unthinkable ways would have been snuffed out in abortion clinics preventing services from being available.

◊That millions of men and women would have (by the definition at the federal and state level of murder) would have committed murder and been complicit in murder every time an abortion was carried out.

◊Tens of millions of people who could not have babies could have adopted those aborted children.

◊The there’s this ad:

I have no idea who told the producers of this commercial the content and structure of this ad would create an ad with a good message for Americans. But whoever did either never had or had lost any credible ability to reason. If not that, they were eaten up with inability to navigate through the possible emotional and mental responses that this ad would generate — and most of those would be explosive, and NOT in a good way.

Summary

We could each spend hours and even days thinking about and discussing “What If’s” in our lives and those from others lives. We are told by mental health professionals that it is unhealthy to obsess about such things — things we can in no way change. But you must agree that regarding some of the “What If’s” we mention above, humans have the ability to change them before they occur or prevent them from ever happening. How? By making different decisions — often long before each of these actually happen. Usually the the important events in our lives happen not because of one thing or just one occurrence. They almost always result from a chain of decisions that we make which all together result in the above outcomes or others. But they all result from choices, whether many linked together or sometimes just one.

No one (as far as I know) can actually tell the future. To that end, it is probable that before you die, you will (as will I) make many more decisions in our lives that if our children or their children look-on will be able to ask the “What If” question about our decisions. That’s an absolute of human life. And, unfortunately, some of those choices will not be good ones for us or others in our lives.

What does all this mean? We all should be more thoughtful, more learned, more precise in making our choices. I know: sometimes we must make decisions quickly. And when that happens, the decisions we made sometimes are not the correct ones.

It also means that we DO have the right and obligation to make tough choices, and to do our best to make sure they ARE the right choices, to the best of our ability. That is all that those close to us have the right to expect from us. And it too is the only justified right we have to expect from others. Sometimes our choices work out for the best and sometimes they don’t. But one good thing about humanity is that we all live in the same or similar type of body. We all have brains capable of reason. And we all can and should let reason prevail in the majority of choices we make.

Can we get control of those and choose to make those decisions good ones more often than they are bad?

What If we do?

What If we don’t? I think we have some examples of that detailed above.

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