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!
A Federal Appeals Court determined on Friday President Trump must turn over his tax returns to Congress. The Washington D.C. court upheld a subpoena for President Donald Trump’s financial records from the Democrat-controlled House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The split ruling rejected Trump’s bid to block the committee from getting eight years’ worth of his records from the accounting firm Mazars USA. For complete details, click on this link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/11/appeals-court-rejects-trump-appeal-of-subpoena-for-tax-returns.html
Do you remember the prank call by two Russian radio announcers made to Rep.Adam Schiff about having and being willing to turn over proof of President Trump’s “nasty” actions while in Russia? That “nastiness” included nude pictures allegedly of the President. Schiff’s not alone! It has been reported that Senator Lindsey Graham was targeted with a call from the pair posing as the Turkish Ambassador. Graham talked to the “Ambassador” about several important items including the recent Turkish mini-invasion into Syria to go head-on with the Kurds. Graham has been something of a watch-dog keeping the President informed about issues with the Turkish government. For complete details, click on this link: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/10/lindsey-graham-trump-hoax-call-043991
Thursday night President Trump held a raucous rally in Minneapolis — probably the most electric of such rallies so far. Protestors outside the arena did not actually commit assaults, but there were many incidents close to assault. Inside, to many, it was much like a rock concert. There were teenagers weeping during the rally. It reminded many of Justin Bieber concerts. For complete details click on this link: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10112113/donald-trump-rally-minneapolis-minnesota-us-president/
The primary concern about Turkey invading northern Syria is its impact on the prisons holding as many as 10,000 militant fighters, many of who are ISIS fighters. The Kurds who have been operating the prison on behalf of the U.S. have been forced to release fighters to defend against the Turkish invaders. For complete details click on this link: https://www.apnews.com/f366e0aeaa1349769cbc0a73bbe02c26
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.
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!
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.”
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
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.
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
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
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”
One of accused sex trafficker and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victim has released the names of two prominent politicians purported to have “used” this alleged victim multiple times. Both of those accused politicians are Democrats. For more: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mitchell-richardson-accused
NBC Universal has planned the release of a new movie that depicts a number of “deplorables” that are kidnapped and taken to a remote island where a group of Elitists arrive to hunt for the purpose of shooting and killing them. There’s been massive uproar regarding the release of Hunt with the recent mass shootings splattered all across the news. The uproar apparently caused the marketing of its release to be discontinued, but one insider says the movie WILL be released September 28th. To see the movie trailer, look here: https://youtu.be/Y_kYvoLDhTk
Police in Springfield, Missouri, said they arrested a man who showed up Thursday at a Walmart store carrying a rifle and wearing body armor, terrifying shoppers who fled from the store. This came in the wake of the El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH mass shooting earlier in the week. For more: https://www.wesh.com/article/man-with-rifle-taken-into-custody-at-walmart-in-missouri/28651482
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.
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.
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.
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.
NOTE: There is no podcast for today’s chapter. I am dealing with lung issues that turned my voice into Fat Albert’s! I hope it’s temporary. (Maybe you wish it was permanent!)
In today’s “Bullet Points,” we are simply going to ask questions that are very applicable to the current state in which we find our nation. After each question, we’ll provide at least one possible/probable answer. Be patient. There are so many appropriate questions about the state of the Union, we cannot touch on each in just one session. We’ll play by ear how to proceed with this Q&A process over the next few days and weeks. We’ll call today’s “Bullet Point” selection: “56 Days.” Of course, that is the number of days remaining before the midterm elections. Let’s get going!
Are the polls that say Democrats probably going to gain seats in the House of Representatives and maybe win enough to take control of the House?
Nobody but the pollsters know that for sure. There are many variables in polling that determine results: the size of the sample taken, the political mix of those respondents, the questions asked by pollsters and even the way they pose their questions, the wording of the asked questions, demographics of respondents, all play into the actual results. Remember this: only one poll of dozens of national reputable polls were accurate in predictions of the outcome of the 2016 elections. There are quite a number of factors that play into polls. But the number one election factor that determines results of every election is voter turnout. And polls can determine turnout. Polling companies that hold one political slant can use political agenda in developing questions but can also manipulate results that when released will often impact voter turnout. To help candidates of one party, polling can be skewed to discourage voters on the other side from even voting — “your vote doesn’t matter. Don’t waste your time. Our candidate is so far in front your vote doesn’t matter.
President Obama has proclaimed that today’s economic numbers are the exact same numbers we saw during his administration in 2015. Is that true?
In the fall of 2015, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was 2.1%; the latest 2018 GDP number from June was 4.2%. Federal Reserve estimates are for this quarter’s GDP to be slightly higher. 2015 Poverty rate: 14.8%; 2018: 12.7%; food stamp recipients: 2015: 46 million (when Obama took office that number was 38 million); 2018: 3rd quarter numbers pending, but 4 million left the food stamp program in 2017 and went to work; 2015 employed Americans: 123.76 million; 2018: 130.64 million. 2015 median household income: $56,515; 2018: $62,175. Federal total revenue in 2015: $3.2 trillion; 2018: $3.4 trillion; And finally, the 2015 unemployment rate. 5.1%; 2018: as of June 30th, 2018: 3.9%
Why do we not see national television and hear national radio ads by Republicans putting these numbers out for the public? We see and hear Democrat attacking current economic results all the time?
The G.O.P. has always struggled with clear, consistent, and factual messaging on the same level and in a similar manner as Democrats. I really don’t have a single answer for it, but I think it is due primarily to two factors: one is that Establishment Republicans are almost as likely as Democrats to not want “Trump” economic numbers to mark the dramatic success that they are today; the second is that I am certain the G.O.P. is going to ramp up this information nationally in the next 57 days to get this message out to all Americans. (Let’s hope so!)
Do those Republicans that are part of the Establishment really want to see President Trump out of office and the Congress returned to Democrat control?
Sadly there are quite a few Republicans that feel that exact way. We have here reported several times to our partners that which party controls Congress is immaterial to these Establishment members. Why? They only care to keep the balance of power consistent, knowing that whichever House is in control will certainly at some point cede control to their counterparts. And when that happens, they want THAT party to “play fair” with them in committee appointments, perks of Congress, and go soft on possible retribution for the losing party’s members. In Congress, it is about power and control….period. It’s not about voting constituents’ legislative desires. I had one freshman Republican member of Congress tell me that the expectation was a group of 200+ conservatives pushing the Republican agenda. According to this member of Congress, there are barely 2 dozen “real” conservatives in the House.
If Democrats take control of the House, will they attempt to impeach President Trump?
No one but Democrat Party leaders — especially Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) know that for sure. When pondering this, ponder this: the Democrat Party as of today has NO real agenda to attract votes in November other than to “Dump Trump” and destroy all policies implemented on his watch. 60 House members have already voted to impeach the President in total disregard of Constitutional provisions that qualify for a president’s removal. Maxine Waters (D-CA) is riding the impeachment horse really hard and has a group of followers that always take her approach. However, “if” the House turns Democrat and “if” Pelosi could marshal enough support to vote articles of impeachment, it is unlikely the Senate would remove him. It would take a 2/3 rds majority to do so.
There are dozens and dozens of other questions that beg for answers. Instead of continuing today, let’s reconvene tomorrow to do “Bullet Points Day 55.” Tomorrow we will take the entire time to discuss the Mueller Investigation with questions and answers about every part of it from its inception. As of this writing, more extremely incriminating information of the almost innumerable fallacies of this “witch hunt” — as President Trump calls it — that boggle the minds of reasoning and intelligent Americans. We have many, many questions and some answers for contributing elements of this investigation that implicate the Department of Justice, the FBI, and even members of the Executive Branch of the Obama Administration.
Normally we publish Bullet Points on Tuesdays. But there have been so many things happening over the weekend, we did not want to lose a day without summarizing some of those critical events and their potential impact on your week. Please pay close attention to these because later in the week, specific events will trigger much more conversation. These bullet points reference past-weekend occurrences and several that are just ahead. When they DO happen, we want you to have a knowledgeable perspective on the reality of each so you will be able to consider them objectively.
“Monday” Bullet Points
Newspaper War Against the PresidentThe Boston Globe’s editorial page is proposing a coordinated editorial response from publications across the United States to President Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media. ‘‘We are not the enemy of the people,’’ said Marjorie Pritchard, a deputy managing editor of the Globe, referring to a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past. The president, who contends he has largely been covered unfairly by the press, also employs the term ‘‘fake news’’ often when describing the media.
The Globe has reached out to editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials this Thursday, August 16 denouncing what the newspaper called a ‘‘dirty war against the free press.’’ Pritchard said the decision to seek the coordinated response from newspapers was reached after Trump appeared to step up his rhetoric in recent weeks. It is reported that nearly 100 U.S. newspapers are joining this “War by Editorials.”
Here’s the rub: President Trump is misquoted daily by dozens of newspapers as saying “Newspapers and News Broadcasts are Fake News and the enemies of the people.” He has never said that. What he DOES say and says repeatedly is “Fake News is the enemy of the people.”
The fact that this is lost on those in the news world illustrates the dire danger to Americans regarding “Fake News.” No one knows what stories are real and what stories are fake. No one knows if quoted sources are real or contrived since most negative stories about Donald Trump and his administration usually come from “anonymous sources.” In fact, recent polls tag Americans’ approval rating of American News Media lower than that held by Americans about members of Congress! This fact has not even nudged the mainstream media to move away from “gossip reporting” toward simple “news reporting.”
Wednesday, August 15th (the day before the Globe editorial conspiracy) we will offer up a solution to Fake News. You will want to look closely at it. It makes sense, is totally responsible, fair, and reasonable. And most important of all is that it is doable.
Omarosa Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the ex-reality star and former Trump aide who has since accused the president of racism, on Sunday released what she claimed was a secret recording of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “threatening” her in the White House Situation Room. In the recording, Kelly purportedly calls for Manigault-Newman’s “friendly departure” from the administration without any “difficulty in the future relative to your reputation.” According to the tape, Kelly continued by saying that things could get “ugly” for her and that she was “open to some legal action” for conduct that would merit a court-martial if she were in the military.
It may surprise you that Omarosa shared this on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” and appeared to promote her soon-to-be-released tell-all book.
Several members of the press and current and former members of the Trump Administration that Omarosa quoted in her book as supporting her claims of the President using the N-word have denied her claims. In fact, they have lambasted her for blatantly lying and for her obvious breach of security and contractual violations in even recording a conversation in the White House.
We certainly have not heard the last of this. The former star of the NBC show “The Apprentice,” produced by the President, heard those deadly words from Mr. Trump on national television: “You’re fired!” She was famously disliked by her fellow contestants on the show. She was loud, demanding, and verbose in every episode they claimed. Apparently, those traits accompanied her to her short stint in the Trump Administration. She was terminated for continued “illegal and unauthorized use of federal vehicles.”
The Mainstream Media, of course, are and will continue to have a field day with us. More Trump non-political noise that makes for good soap opera fodder!
Turkey on the hot plate “I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar! Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%,” Trump tweeted Friday. “Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!”
President Trump ratcheted up tariffs on the NATO ally because of their refusal to release American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been detained in Turkey for 21 months on “terrorism” charges along with alleged espionage accusations. The actual charge by Turkey is “Christianization.” There is no law against Christians or Christianity in the Turkish Constitution. In fact, at least in writing, freedom of religion is constitutionally guaranteed. Though the pastor has been moved from prison to his house, “house arrest” for him consists of 12 armed guards surrounding his home 24/7 to make sure he does not leave nor anyone unauthorized to goes in.
It remains to be seen how long Turkish President Erdagon who, by the way, has named himself the unofficial leader of Islam, will continue to illegally hold Brunson. It is expected that foreign investors and holders of Turkish debt will quickly force the Middle Eastern country into bankruptcy if Erdagon does not set Brunson free.
Bill and Hillary The pair must really be sweating this latest blockbuster: Thursday of last week, a Boeing 757 landed in Little Rock and off-loaded a group of reported Justice Department employees who left the Little Rock airport in Suburbans. Later that afternoon, they returned and loaded a large number of document boxes on the plane, boarded and took off.
A Little Rock Radio station — KARN — heard about the plane and photographed it at the airport along with those DOJ employees re-boarding. It was confirmed via the tail number on the plane it indeed belongs to the Justice Department. It’s Thursday publicly visible flight plan confirmed its departure from D.C. for Little Rock early Thursday and its return flight back to the D.C. area that afternoon.
Surprisingly the same plane made a return trip to Little Rock early Friday, loaded more boxes, and then again returned to D.C. Friday afternoon.
It was released in early July that the Department of Justice was re-opening their case into alleged financial wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation. Though the “official” headquarters of the organization is listed as New York, much of its activities have been orchestrated by the former President and foundation employees who headquarter at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, which is where Bill spends most of his time.
We will watch this matter closely and bring further details as received and confirmed.
Democrat Leadership Domestic Abuse Charges The co-chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Keith Ellison, was accused of emotional and physical abuse by an ex-girlfriend who said: “You know you did that to me.” The allegations surfaced Saturday night from Karen Monahan after her son alleged in a Facebook post that he had seen text messages from Ellison threatening her and video of the congressman screaming obscenities at her as he dragged her off a bed by her feet.
“My brother and I watched our mom come out of pure hell after getting out of her relationship with Keith Ellison,” 25-year-old Austin Monahan said. On Sunday, Karen Monahan said that what her son posted was the truth.
Ellison responded to the allegations Sunday, issuing a brief statement that said, “I never behaved in this way.”
It will be amazing to watch how Democrats respond to these charges. Dems have made themselves the “keepers of the right to banish men they think are sexists.” Will they do so with Ellison?
Remember: Keith Ellison is not only a member of Congress, he is African-American. Not only is he African-American, he is the first Muslim elected to serve in Congress. Not only is he Muslim, he is the co-chair of the Democrat Party.
Seems like a conundrum to me. Will Dems treat Ellison as they have treated other offenders — or at least “alleged” offenders? Who reading this thinks Dems care at all about making fair and impartial decisions about anything?
This is already a busy week. The midterm elections around the corner, the Mueller investigation and questions surrounding the President sitting down with Mueller for a one-on-one interview filling the air, and — just in case you forgot — NFL players are kneeling or raising a fist in the air or just not coming to the sidelines before the National Anthem is performed! And Americans are really mad about that. As one journalist who is a friend of mine told me Friday: “NFL protesting players don’t care what Americans think.”
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Normally it’s “Tuesday Bullets.” But we had a Singapore interruption for the last few days to talk about. Today, let’s look at and listen to some very intriguing and VERY important bullet points. Thanks!
Sealed Federal Indictments
Do you remember that I have reported that since October 31, 2017, from each federal court in the U.S., approximately 30,000 indictments have been issued by these courts and everyone of them sealed. We did not know who/which law enforcement agency sought these indictments are what they are regarding: they’re sealed. But we suspected some (or even all of them) may be regarding sexual crimes. Remember this: Donald Trump during his campaign and immediately after his inauguration promised his Justice Department would aggressively investigate, find, and indict perpetrators of sexual crimes that include pedophilia, child pornography, sex trafficking, and prostitution. It has started.
A massive raid carried out against suspected child sex offenders netted more than 2,300 arrests across the U.S., the Justice Department announced Wednesday, as it vowed to “strike back against these repugnant crimes.” The three-month operation, dubbed “Broken Heart,” ended in May after being conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces located in all 50 states, comprising of more than 4,500 law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, local and tribal levels.
“No child should ever have to endure sexual abuse,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement. “And yet, in recent years, certain forms of modern technology have facilitated the spread of child pornography and created greater incentives for its production. We at the Department of Justice are determined to strike back against these repugnant crimes.”
The Justice Department said 195 of those arrested were involved with producing child pornography or have committed child sexual abuse. The investigation also identified 383 children who had suffered abuse. The raid targeted suspects who produced and distributed child porn, engaged children online or in person for sexual purposes, and participated in sex trafficking.
“During the course of the operation, the task forces investigated more than 25,200 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes against children and delivered more than 3,700 presentations on Internet safety to over 390,000 youth and adults,” it added in a statement. The Justice Department says the ICAC program, since its launch in 1998, has resulted in more than 83,000 arrests.
Christians Against President Trump
This one has puzzled me for well over a year now. In the wake of two presidential terms in which a U.S. president virtually abandoned many basic Christian principles while at the same time endorsing other religions and their methodologies throughout the United States, I have wondered just how some American Christians could justify their spewed venom and obvious disdain for this president. I hear that shared concern of this from many fellow Christians.
Longtime Christian evangelist and speaker Mario Murillo weighed in recently with his thoughts on the matter and his conclusions. Rather than try to piece together my own explanation, let’s look and listen to that of Mario:
“I am surprised and even shocked at some Christians. They are the Christians who hate Trump. Let’s call it for what it is: hate. It is their hate—strange for professed Christians—that dulls their ability to see the inaccuracy of their comments and their myopic views. One sanctimonious ranting Christian said, “there’s nothing Biblical about Trump.” Actually, there’s nothing Biblical about that statement. The prophet Daniel served Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel recognized the role a pagan king played in God’s unfolding drama. The church’s ability to work with Trump is totally Biblical.
Now I must clarify, lest I incur the wrath of Trump supporters. I am not calling Trump a pagan king—I’m sure he much more moral than his enemies know—I am saying that if Daniel could work with Nebbie, how much more we can work with the Don. I tried hard to figure out believers who hate Trump. Our side won a long overdue and miraculous victory and they choose to aid and abet the other side. Is it because their favorite ‘Christian’ didn’t win and they are sour grapes? And why didn’t these conservative Christians hold Reagan to the same standard? They adored him even while Nancy was studying horoscopes in the White House. They didn’t require any president to be a squeaky clean pastor until Trump.
Yeah his tweets can be a bit much. And okay, President Trump is not as smooth as Reagan…but, maybe we don’t need smoothe right now. But there is something else that is really strange: (hypocritical is more like it) Why didn’t these guardians of morality speak out against Obama? T.D. Jakes even attacked Franklin Graham for questioning Obama’s Christian Faith. Told him not to judge a brother. Hold that thought as we explore another question…
How could you not question Obama’s Christianity? Obama begged the question by dropping the Christian card whenever it suited him (something Trump never does). Meanwhile, Barack fought for same sex marriage, late term abortion, and was the most Biblically hostile president in our history.
Back to Jakes. So why do so many Christian leaders—who said it was wrong to judge Obama—judge Trump?
Trump is not a pastor. He is a businessman who loves America. As far as his faith? I am not qualified to determine his spiritual depth since I’ve never had the chance to meet the man. “He is like Hitler and the church is being fooled” said another comment. Please remove your tinfoil hats and listen. Hitler never had 98% of the media against him. Trump has never called for a new constitution. Hitler never tried to protect Israel. I could go on and on.
Maybe if Trump had been the first president to address the march for life;
Maybe if he had chosen an on fire born-again vice president;
Maybe if he has rescinded executive orders that banned federal funds from Christian organizations;
Maybe if he overruled the Johnson Amendment that banned the free speech of pastors;
Maybe if he had moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem;
Maybe if he had put someone on the Supreme Court who helped Christian bakers practice freedom of religion;
Maybe then you would support him.
Oh wait…he did all that.
God has done a miracle and the enemy wants to make short work of the amazing breakthroughs we are witnessing by dividing the church. Instead of being a religious outlier you should be thanking God, praying, supporting the president, and voting.”
10 Really “Noteworthy Notes”
*1.In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. John Adams *
*2.If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. — Mark Twain *
*3.Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. — Mark Twain *
*4.I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. — Winston Churchill *
*5.A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. — George Bernard Shaw *
*6.A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. — G. Gordon Liddy *
*7.Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.– James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994) *
*8.Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. — Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University *
*9.Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. — P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian *
*10.Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. — Frederic Bastiat, French economist (1801-1850) *