Report: Top ISIS finance chief killed in U.S.-Kurdish raid
July 3, 2018
A U.S.-led strike in Syria just made it a little harder for ISIS to buy guns.
A joint raid between American-led and Kurdish forces killed ISIS’s top finance and logistics chief on Saturday, Kurdish newspaper Rudaw reported.
The leader, known as Abu Oneida, was killed alongside two operatives in the joint attack in Northwestern Iraq, according to Sirwan Barzani, the head of Peshmerga in Makhmour. The raid comes amid a U.S.-led campaign against the remaining pockets of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
The strike was a co-operative effort between Kurdish Peshmerga and the coalition, Barzani told Rudaw. Kurdish forces working with the coalition tracked the militants hiding near Mount Qarachogh by the town of Makhmour.
Backed by coalition airplanes, Peshmerga descended upon the ISIS hide-out around 6 p.m. (local time) and killed the three operatives, including the finance chief. Barzani said another attack killed two more ISIS operatives on Sunday.
The raids mark the latest blow to ISIS’s financing operations. The U.S.-led coalition killed the terror group’s top oil chief in eastern Syria in May, the Defense Department said.
U.S. targets pockets of ISIS in SyriaThe latest victories against ISIS mark a stark contrast to the situation three years ago, when the terror group controlled a large region in northwestern Iraq.
Iraq declared the terror group defeated in December of 2017 after a rapid turn-about that has been credited to an aggressive bombing campaign by the Trump administration.
President Donald Trump delegated more authority to the Defense Department to make their own strategic decisions, leading to an aggressive series of strikes that have all but defeated the group and forced it to retreat to small pockets near the border with Syria. However, the administration has also drawn criticism for civilian casualties.
The U.S. has continued to strike targets in Syria and Iraq to defeat leftover pockets of militants that remain in the desert near the border.
Meanwhile, Iraq has started building a fence along the border with Syria to keep ISIS terrorists out.
Three years ago, ISIS controlled a sprawling territory in Iraq. Now the group is desperate and hiding out in the desert.
Trump promised to defeat ISIS – and he delivered.
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Mexico town's entire police force detained after murder
The entire police force of the Mexican town of Ocampo has been detained on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a mayoral candidate.
Fernando Ángeles Juárez, 64, was shot dead by unknown gunmen on Thursday outside one of his properties.
More than 100 politicians have been killed across Mexico ahead of general elections on 1 July.
Mr Ángeles was the third politician to be killed in the western state of Michoacán in just over a week.
The town's 27 police officers and the local public security secretary were detained by federal forces in the early hours of Sunday.
'He couldn't stand corruption'Mr Ángeles was a successful businessman with little previous political experience.
He had considered standing as an independent but eventually joined one of Mexico's main parties, the centre-left Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).
"He couldn't stand seeing so much poverty, inequality and corruption and so he decided to run," one of his closest friends, Miguel Malagón, told El Universal newspaper.
After his murder, prosecutors accused Ocampo's public security secretary, Oscar González García, of involvement.
When Mexican federal agents arrived in the town on Saturday to detain him, they were stopped by local police officers.
They returned with reinforcements on Sunday morning and arrested the entire force and their boss.
They were handcuffed and taken for questioning in the state capital, Morelia.
Prosecutors accuse the officers and Mr González of links with organised crime groups in the state.
Mexicans will go to the polls next Sunday to choose a new president, senators and members of the Chamber of Deputies.
More than 3,000 posts at regional and local levels will also be at stake.
Trump Continues Traumatizing Libs, Revokes Obama’s BP Oil Spill Response
BY BEN MARQUIS
JUNE 20, 2018 AT 4:13PM
Share on Facebook Tweet Email PrintPresident Donald Trump took office on a promise of placing the interests of “America First” and a vow to “Make America Great Again,” a big part of which is undoing former President Barack Obama’s legacy piece by piece.
Trump has most certainly been doing that in a variety of different aspects, and he just did so again with regard to Obama’s response to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday which explicitly revoked and undid what had been put in place by an Obama executive order issued in the aftermath of the spill which placed much of the Gulf off limits to oil exploration and drilling.
Trump’s executive order, titled “Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States,” appeared aimed at promoting economic development of domestic energy production of the abundant natural resources found in the Gulf.
The order noted how important and “foundational” the oceans, coasts and lakes of America are to the “economy, security, global competitiveness, and well-being of the United States.”
“Ocean industries employ millions of Americans and support a strong national economy. Domestic energy production from Federal waters strengthens the Nation’s security and reduces reliance on imported energy,” the order noted.
“Our Armed Forces protect our national interests in the ocean and along the Nation’s coasts. Goods and materials that support our economy and quality of life flow through maritime commerce. Our fisheries resources help feed the Nation and present tremendous export opportunities. Clean, healthy waters support fishing, boating, and other recreational opportunities for all Americans,” it continued.
Bearing all of that in mind along with a need to protect those assets and benefits, the order called for more public access to “marine data and information,” more efficient interagency coordination on ocean-related matters and more engagement between federal agencies and “marine industries, the science and technology community, and other ocean stakeholders” by way of “regional ocean partnerships.”
A significant part of the policy that will stem from this order is to “facilitate the economic growth of coastal communities and promote ocean industries, which employ millions of Americans, advance ocean science and technology, feed the American people, transport American goods, expand recreational opportunities, and enhance America’s energy security.”
At the same time, the order will “ensure that Federal regulations and management decisions do not prevent productive and sustainable use” of the aforementioned assets and benefits.
That is a big change from Obama’s order 13547, “Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes,” which did the opposite and promulgated regulations and decisions specifically intended to prevent the productive and sustainable use of such, and was summarily revoked by Trump’s order.
To implement the new policy directives as laid out in the new order, Trump established what will be known as the interagency Ocean Policy Committee, which will be co-chaired by the chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality and the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The committee will be composed of several top cabinet officials, a number of high-level assistants and other designated appointees, who will advise the president and appropriate agencies with recommendations on how best to address and fund various “ocean-related matters” in a productive and sustainable fashion.
The Examiner also noted that Trump proclaimed June to be National Ocean Month and announced he would soon take action to streamline the permitting process that will open up the “underutilized” U.S.-controlled Exclusive Economic Zones for the appropriate and necessary development and exploitation of abundant natural resources.
The radical environmentalist progressives, not to mention Obama acolytes watching in anguish as their dear leader’s legacy is torn asunder, will no doubt be up in arms over this executive order from Trump, but there is nothing they can do about it but wail and moan.
Of course, the media would have to stop freaking out over manufactured illegal immigration crises or the unraveling Russian collusion narrative long enough to report on this for anybody to really notice, so there may not be much uproar about it, yet. But they are bound to figure it out sooner or later when new oil rigs start popping up.
Accident Or On Purpose, Trump’s G7 Withdrawal Is Another Constitutional Executive Action
Jun 13, 2018
Read More Articles by Jake MacaulayFrance released a statement on Sunday condemning President Donald Trump for withdrawing from a previously agreed-upon statement by all seven nations in the Group of Seven (G7).
While it may not be the President’s primary motive, the withdrawal from G7 is a constitutional, executive action.
Let me explain.
The premise of the G7 is to have a conference of the leaders from certain countries to make agreements about global economic governance, international security, and energy policy. When America’s president attends and makes agreements with other nations, however, he does so by sidestepping the treaty process by which the Constitution designates the American government to make agreements with foreign nations. The reason for the treaty process is that it has the protection of including the Senate body, which are direct representatives of each state.
Article 2, Section 2, Clause 2, explicitly states:
[The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…
James Madison, Father of the Constitution, asserted, “The powers of the federal government are enumerated; it can only operate in certain cases; it has legislative powers on defined and limited objects, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction.”
The Constitution never tells the President, or Congress for that matter, that they can tell business owners how much carbon dioxide their company can emit.
But, other countries leaders are doing it.
Once again we are not other countries, and that is what makes us American. We the People are not led by the nose of those in power. We have created checks on power and no branch has unilateral authority to pull the American people into agreements or put our liberty under the yoke of other countries.
When more closely examined, it seems that international agreements like these, like exaggerated Climate Change, have little to do with the Environment… but have everything to do with Communism vs. free-market Capitalism.
Ottmar Edenhofer, Vice-chair of the U.N. International Panel on Climate Change says, “One must say clearly that we… redistribute the world’s wealth by climate policy.”
Harvey Ruvin, former Vice Chair of the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives made the claim, “Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective” in the process of implementing Sustainable Development.
Are you catching these undercurrents of Marxism?
Many of these so-called global agreements are all about just what the proponents say they are about — a Marxist world economy that pledges no allegiance to America, Americans, or the Constitution. In fact, it desires and requires all others to pledge allegiance to itself.
Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1825, “The greatest calamity which could befall us would be submission to a government of unlimited powers.”
We at Institute on the Constitution believe that it’s time to stop frightening our children into Global participation and instead enlighten them to the blessings of the constitutional free markets and individual liberty in America. We are hoping you will join us.
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Appeals court rules ‘In God We Trust’ can remain on US currency
June 1, 2018
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A legal effort to get rid of “In God We Trust” on American currency has failed.
The Sixth Appeals court rejected a complaint by atheists, humanists, and one Jewish individual who claim the language violates their religious beliefs.
Court upholds “In God We Trust”The three-judge court ruled in a 2-1 decision on Tuesday that the inscription does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the First Amendment, or the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch, a Barack Obama appointee, authored the court’s official opinion.
In it, Stranch argued that the RFRA did allow the plaintiffs some degree of protection, but that the inscription was not burdensome enough to their religious beliefs — or lack thereof — to be unlawful.
Stranch also argued that the plaintiffs did not make a convincing case that they had “no feasible alternative” to cash, like checks or credit cards, which do not bear the inscription. She wrote:
The inscription of the motto on currency would place sufficiently substantial pressure on plaintiffs to violate their alleged religious beliefs only if using payment methods other than cash is more than a mere inconvenience, such as if plaintiffs have no feasible alternative to using cash to engage in necessary transactions.
The atheist complainants alleged that the motto forced them to carry and spread a message that they don’t believe in. The Jewish plaintiff said that it forces him to blaspheme God according to Mosaic law by carrying an article that needlessly prints His name.
Atheist lawfareThe suit was led by Michael Newdow, a lawyer who has led several unsuccessful legal challenges to have Christian language removed from American currency, government proceedings, and even the Pledge of Allegiance. Newdow challenged the “Under God” part of the Pledge in 2004 in a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court, where it was overruled.
Newdow has also challenged the use of prayer in congressional proceedings and sued Chief Justice John Roberts for including “so help me God” at the end of the presidential oath of office. Atheists have levied a number of legal challenges to American Judeo-Christian heritage over the years, as well — but the courts have consistently upheld Judeo-Christian mottos.
The Supreme Court first ruled on the inclusion of “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency in 1970, in Aronow v. United States. The court had then ruled that the language was ceremonial in nature and did not amount to the establishment of an official religion.
Could hurt believers?The conclusion from the appeals court appears to be good news for Christians on the surface, but it was reached in a way that could end up hurting them, according to Diana Verm from National Review, who argues that the judge unwittingly hurt religious freedom in two ways. First, by basing her decision on the standard of a “feasible alternative” to using U.S. currency, the judge made it more difficult for future plaintiffs to argue that their religious liberty is being infringed upon.
In effect, the judge argued that the plaintiffs’ incidental use of cash was a “mere inconvenience.” This new standard could harm believers by raising the standard of what constitutes a religious liberty violation; plaintiffs would have to show that their liberty has been entirely foreclosed by the government in order for the intrusion to not be ruled a “mere inconvenience.”
“It is not hard to imagine how this standard — a revival of Michigan Catholic Conference v. Burwell, which was vacated and remanded by the Supreme Court — would harm religious believers navigating dense regulations, government bureaucracy, or roadblocks put up by a hostile local government,” Verm wrote.
The judge also recognized atheism as a religion worthy of protection under the RFRA, which would empower atheists in the future to wage legal warfare against believers. Long-standing Supreme Court precedent holds that atheism is a philosophical objection to religion — the absence of belief — rather than a belief itself. Verm went on:
Perhaps the worst problem with the two-judge majority’s decision is that it will unleash a flood of anti-religion RFRA and Religion Clause litigation upon the federal courts. If a group like Freedom from Religion Foundation can bring a RFRA or Free Exercise Clause claim simply because it thinks all religion is false, then it has a general license to sue. And that would debase the currency of religious liberty.
The judge also argued that the inscription does not in and of itself imply that a person holding U.S. currency believes in God, and that the language serves an important civic, secular purpose. Still, if the plaintiffs want to keep appealing their freedom from religion, they can go through the full Sixth Circuit or else the Supreme Court.
America recognizes religious liberty, but it also has a Christian heritage that can’t be simply wished away. Pedantic atheists can drum up all the lawsuits they want, but “In God We Trust” is here to stay — at least for now.
Unchained Giuliani Calls Maxine’s Bluff: ‘Say It! Say Impeachment, Sweetheart!’
BY JOE SAUNDERS
MAY 31, 2018 AT 7:33AM
It was Rudy Giuliani at his bare-knuckle best.
During a rollicking appearance Wednesday on Sean Hannity’s program on Fox News, the former New York City mayor laid down a challenge for top Democrats to show their true face to American voters before the midterm elections.
And he did it with classic Big Apple brass.
Explaining President Donald Trump’s strategy of confronting Democrats on their own terms, the man who is now Trump’s lead attorney called out big-mouth liberals like California Rep. Maxine Waters to set themselves up directly against Trump.
With control of the House of Representatives on the line for the next two years of the Trump presidency, Giuliani said the electorate should be given a clear picture of what exactly the Democrats have in mind if they return to power.
Democrats — especially Waters — used to talk a lot about impeaching Trump before polls started showing it wasn’t a popular idea outside the party’s base. But if Democrats want to try to overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election, Giuliani said, they should have the guts to say so when the public is really listening.
Check out Giuliani’s challenge in the video above.
“You know, some people have criticized my strategy, which is the president’s, of to some extent playing to the American people,” Giuliani told Hannity. “If this were a regular case, I wouldn’t be doing it. But the people who will decide this are the people of the United States in the 2018 election.
“And they — boy, they are switching fast and the Democrats are running for cover. You don’t hear them say the word ‘impeachment’ anymore. I challenge Maxine Waters to say ‘impeachment’ … Say it. Say ‘impeachment,’ sweetheart. Just say it!
“And you know what’s going to happen? You’re going to go down. Not maybe you, because they vote for you, I don’t know why, but they vote for you. But your colleagues are going to go down.”
Not a lot of nuance there. But Trump didn’t bring Giuliani on board for nuance — he brought him because Giuliani is a heavyweight fighter when it comes to the political ring, and he’s shown over and over again that he’s ready to go the distance.
He proved it when he called out former FBI Director James Comey as a “liar” — and a “disgraceful liar” at that.
He proved it with his head-on handling of the case of porn star Stormy Daniels’ accusations against Trump.
He’s proven it with his aggressive approach to the “Russian collusion” investigation — especially the revelations that the FBI had planted a “spy” within the Trump campaign during the run-up to the presidential election. (And he wasn’t afraid to call a “spy” a “spy.”)
But his challenge to Waters on Wednesday was one of his most outspoken moments yet — and sure to be a favorite of Donald Trump fans.
Don’t be surprised if “say it, sweetheart,” starts cropping up like “lock her up” at Trump rallies.
And given the state of polls that show Republicans in increasingly better shape heading into the midterms, conservatives can only hope Democrats take Giuliani up on the dare.
They could be looking to get knocked out cold.
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Man In 'MAGA' Hat Denied Service At Popular Seafood Joint By Manager. Then The Boss Steps In.
A manager who refused service to a Trump supporter was eventually fired for his anti-Trump bigotry
July 2, 2018 A manager of a popular seafood joint in Vancouver, Canada was given a pink slip after he discriminated against a customer in an iconic "Make America Great Again" hat, denying him service because of his political ideology.
Floor manager of the Teahouse in Stanley Park, Darin Hodge, confronted a man who dared to wear a "MAGA" hat in the establishment on Tuesday. He allegedly told the man to take off the hat or leave. When the man told him he had the right to wear the hat, he was refused service and shown the door.
The restaurant's general manager, Andy Crimp, told CBC News that Hodge "took over the table" when he spotted the Trump supporter "and requested that he take the hat off." Crimp added that the customer "said he had a right to wear it. [Hodge] said if you don't take the hat off, we won't serve you. And the man left."
In response to the manager's intolerance, The Sequoia Company, which owns the seafood establishment, terminated Hodge for violating their "philosophy of tolerance."
"We don't discriminate against people based on political beliefs," explained Crimp. "[Hodge] was aware what he was doing was probably contrary to our values and our philosophy as a company in terms of hospitality and inclusiveness."
Ironically, Hodge maintains that he is the tolerant one, simply standing up to bigotry, saying he has "absolutely no regrets" concerning his decision to discriminate based on political ideology.
"I stand by my decision. The MAGA hat has come to symbolize racism, bigotry, Islamophobia, misogyny, white supremacy, [and] homophobia," he wrote in a Facebook post, adding, "As a person with a strong moral backbone, I had to take a stand against this guest’s choice of headwear while in my former place of work. Absolutely no regrets."
Last week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia because she works for President Donald Trump. After leaving the establishment with her husband, her liberal in-laws, who were also dining with Sanders at Red Hen, walked across the street to a different restaurant. They were reportedly followed by the Red Hen owner and further harassed.
Jeff Sessions Sent The Liberal Resistance Running For The Hills With These Two Sentences
Jeff Sessions finally did it.
After months of scrutiny and controversy, the Attorney General finally stepped up to the plate.
Sessions shut down the liberal “resistance” with these two sentences.
Unhinged liberals are taking to the streets in an unprecedented campaign to terrorize the Trump administration.
Much like the protests launched in the wake of President Trump’s 2017 travel ban executive order, left-wing thugs are attempting to create chaos in America to force the administration to back off their plans to enforce federal immigration law.
Liberals are taking their hatred of American politics into a dangerous new frontier.
Deranged left-wing activists are already harassing Trump administration officials in public and menacing them with threats.
Confronting law enforcement with violence is a strategy of third-world politics, and many Americans fear the left’s conduct will soon escalate into full-scale violence against the government.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions saw this dangerous intensity in liberal protests and put out a stern warning.
Political speech and legitimate assembly will be protected – because it is enshrined in the First Amendment – but obstruction and violence will be prosecuted.
Sessions statement read:
“FREE SPEECH, ASSEMBLY, AND PROTEST ARE AND WILL BE PROTECTED.”
“BUT OBSTRUCTING LAW ENFORCEMENT OR COMMITTING OTHER CRIMES WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.”
Sessions’ warning came on the same day as a Border Patrol agent broke his ankle trying to protect an elderly illegal alien when protesters attempted to stop a bus from arriving at a holding facility in McAllen, Texas.
200 protesters had gathered at the facility, and their behavior was anything but peaceful.
Fox News Griff Jenkins reported:
“SOMETHING WE’RE LEARNING JUST THIS MORNING, GUYS, AND THAT IS THAT ONE OF THE AGENTS INSIDE HERE WHEN THIS BUS WAS MOVING, WHEN THE MELEE WAS GOING ON, WAS TRYING TO CONTROL THE CROWD, WAS TRYING TO ENSURE THAT HE ALSO DID NOT STEP ON A SMALLER LITTLE OLD LADY, HE BROKE HIS ANKLE. HIS ANKLE IS BROKEN THIS MORNING.”
Liberals are pushing America to a dangerous tipping point.
The American people will only tolerate so much behavior that incites violence.
Getting in people’s faces and provoking law enforcement could lead to a deadly confrontation.
That could be what liberals are hoping for.
If an armed federal agent reacts to a liberal mob with force to protect themselves when their lives are threatened, the media will then promote the incident as Trump ordering his agents to massacre American citizens.
Critics believe liberals are not above instigating such an incident, and don’t care if anyone is seriously injured – or worse – in the process.
That’s why Sessions’ statement was so important.
Liberals are pushing the envelope on what is considered legitimate political protest – which is protected by the First Amendment – and mob violence.
The Trump administration and its supporters don’t want to see anyone hurt.
But liberals are creating a dangerous climate in American politics.
The left needs to take Sessions’ warning seriously before events take a tragic turn.
We will keep you up to date on the left’s increasingly violent and dangerous threats to America and the Trump administration.
The latest casualty in the global pension catastrophe is…
June 22, 2018
Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile
In the year 6 AD, the Roman emperor Augustus set up a special trust fund known as the aerarium militare, or military treasury, to fund retirement pensions for Rome’s legionnaires.
Now, these military pensions had already existed for several centuries in Rome. But the money to pay them had always been mixed together in the government’s general treasury.
So for hundreds of years, mischievous senators could easily grab money that was earmarked for military pensions and redirect it elsewhere.
Augustus wanted to end this practice by setting up a special fund specifically for military pensions.
And to make sure there would be no meddling from any government officials, Augustus established a Board of Trustees, consisting of former military commanders, to oversee the fund’s operations.
Augustus really wanted this pension fund to last for the ages. And to keep a steady inflow of revenue, he established a 5% inheritance tax in Rome that would go directly to the aerarium militare.
He even capitalized the fund with 170,000,000 sesterces of his own money, worth about half a billion dollars in today’s money.
But as you can probably already guess, the money didn’t last.
Few subsequent governments and emperors ever bothered themselves with balancing the fund’s long-term fiscal health. And several found creative ways to plunder it for their own purposes.
Within a few centuries, the fund was gone.
This is a common theme throughout history… and still today: pension funds are almost invariably mismanaged to the point of catastrophe.
We’ve written about this topic frequently in the past. It’s one of the biggest financial catastrophes of our time.
Congress has even formed a committee that’s preparing for massive pension failures.
And here’s another, very recent example: the city of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is deep in the red with its police pension fund.
According to the Pennsylvania state auditor, the pension was 65.7% funded in 2011, i.e. the fund had enough assets to pay about two-thirds of its long-term obligations.
Now, that alone should have been enough to sound the alarm bells.
But by 2013, two years later, the fund’s solvency rate had dropped to 49.7%. And by 2015, it was just 38.5%.
Incredible. 38.5%. At that level, there’s simply no chance the city will ever be able to meet its obligations to retired police officers.
A few years ago, city politicians took notice of this enormous funding gap and tried to take some small steps to patch it up.
Specifically, the city proposed excluding an officer’s overtime in the calculation of his/her pension benefit.
It was a small change and certainly wouldn’t solve the bigger problem. But it would at least buy the fund a few more years of solvency.
So naturally the union sued.
And earlier this month a Pennsylvania court ruled against the city, i.e. Wilkes-Barre must continue calculating pension benefits the old way.
This helps no one; it only accelerates the demise of an already insolvent pension.
Oh, and it’s not just their police pension either. Wilkes-Barre’s pension for firefighters is hardly better off, just 46.1% funded.
Unfortunately, these pension problems aren’t unique to Wilkes-Barre. City and state pension funds across the country… and the world… are in similar, dire straits.
The city of San Diego has a $6.25 billion shortfall on obligations promised to current and retired employees.
The State of New Jersey has $90 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.
And of course, Social Security has unfunded liabilities totaling tens of trillions of dollars.
The situation isn’t any different in Europe.
Spain’s Social Security Reserve Fund has been heavily invested in Spanish government bonds for several years– bonds that had an average yield of NEGATIVE 0.19%.
You read that correctly.
Unsurprisingly, Spain’s pension fund is almost fully depleted.
The United Kingdom has trillions of pounds worth of unfunded public pensions.
Even conservative Switzerland has a public pension that’s only 69% funded – a seemingly fantastic number by today’s dismal standards.
Last year, the Swiss government proposed a plan to save its pensions, asking to increase the retirement age for women by one year (from 64 to 65, the same as men), and increase VAT by 0.3%.
But the plan was rejected by Swiss voters in a national referendum– the third time in 20 years that pension reform failed to pass.
And that’s really the key issue here: pension plans are almost universally toast.
Most of the time, politicians just ignore the problem and try to kick the can down the road to the next administration.
But occasionally they try to do something to help.
Yet whenever they do… voters reject the plan. Or the union sues. Or something else happens that prevents much-needed reforms from passing.
This merely accelerates the inevitable: these pensions are going bust.
I’m not trying to be sensational– these are mathematical realities echoed by the officials who oversee these funds.
For Wilkes-Barre’s police pension, it’s the Pennsylvania State Auditor who says the program is only 38.5% funded.
With Social Security, it’s the United States Secretary of the Treasury who says the program’s trust funds will soon be depleted.
Social Security even provides a date, like the expiration on a carton of milk, after which Social Security will go bad.
These warnings are all publicly available information, not some wild conspiracy theory. And that’s really what they are: warnings.
At this point, continuing to believe that these pensions will be solvent forever is completely ludicrous.
The only rational option is to take matters into your own hands. For example:
– Start saving more. You’d be shocked at what an enormous difference it can make to save an extra $1,000 per year when compounded over several decades.
– Learn to be a better investor. Averaging an additional 1% annual return for your retirement savings can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of 20-30 years.
– Consider a more robust retirement structure like a Solo 401(k) or self-directed SEP IRA that allows you a greater breadth of investment options– everything from real estate to crypto to private equity.
– And it may even be possible to stash $50,000+ per year in self-employment “side” income, (selling products on Amazon, driving for Uber, etc.) into that retirement account.
The signs are clear… anyone depending on social security or a pension for their retirement is in trouble. It’s time to take this issue into your own hands.
How Trump Took Medicare and Social Security Off the Table
The president won over many Florida voters by promising to protect federal retirement benefits.
By ALEXANDRA GLORIOSO
Robert McConnell, a retired independent, voted for Donald Trump. And he would likely vote for Trump again. Like many in The Villages, McConnell believes Trump is going to protect his Social Security.
“I hope Trump is protecting it,” says McConnell, 76, sitting in the cocktail lounge of the local American Legion. “I voted for the jerk.”
On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to protect Medicare and Society Security, two programs that fund health and retirement for seniors and are typically targeted for cuts by Republican budget hawks. In Florida, Trump’s promise played well with voters like 78-year-old Art Rogers, who says he expects Trump to leave the programs alone.
“If he cuts anything, he will cut waste and redundancy and fraud. That’s one of the biggest things in the program, is fraud,” says Rogers. But if Trump goes beyond that, “it would be a big deal,” he adds.
Aileen Milton, 67, isn’t worried about what Republicans will do to Medicare and Social Security, in part, because their reforms won’t affect her generation. “They are kicking the can down the road,” says Milton. “It’s a young-person problem.”
A former property manager from outside of Houston who supports Trump, Milton says she gets Social Security and Medicare but pays for supplemental health coverage. She’s frustrated with the “constant giveaways to people who haven’t paid into the system—people who cross over our border.”
For Bill Meyer, a retired 80-year-old engineer from Cincinnati, Medicare and Social Security aren’t crucial. But even if he doesn’t need them, if Trump took away Medicare and Social Security, Meyer “wouldn’t be happy.” He considers it a lynchpin issue for him and his neighbors. “Whoever decides to take it away will get defeated,” including Trump, says Meyer. “He would lose. I’m afraid so.”
BOLTON CALLS FORMER AIDE TO NSC TO HELP DRAIN THE SWAMP
Why the deep state is in hysterics over the appointment of Fred Fleitz.
June 4, 2018
Kenneth R. Timmerman
National Security Advisor John Bolton, a Baltimorean who is no stranger to political street fights, has brought on board as his chief of staff former FoxNews political analyst Fred Fletiz.
No sooner had the announcement hit the wires, than the pit bulls of the Left went on the attack.
New York magazine called him, an “anti-Muslim wingnut.” The Council on American Islamic Relations, which has been identified in federal court documents as the U.S. branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, demanded his immediate removal. The Southern Poverty Law Center, itself identified as a hate group for its vilification of anything conservative, fumed that his appointment was “alarming” and identified him as the Vice-president of an “anti-Muslim hate group,” a referenced to the Center for Security Policy, which the SPLC has long vilified for its work to expose the advocates of Sharia law in America.
So much vitriol, so quickly, should tip us off. Why are these harridans of the Left so hysterical over the appointment of a man well-known to FoxNews viewers for his measured and well-informed views?
Simple. Because Fred Fleitz understands the bureaucracy. He knows where the bodies are buried. And he knows how the Deep State operates.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Fred for nearly fifteen years. When John Bolton was serving as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, Fleitz was detailed to his office from the CIA, where he had long served as an analyst specializing in weapons of mass destruction.
As I wrote in Shadow Warriors: Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender (Crown Forum, 2007), Fleitz helped unmask a disgraceful effort by partisan staffers at the State Department’s Intelligence and Research to feed Bolton false intelligence on a little-known biological weapons program in Castro’s Cuba.
Leading this effort was a certain Christian Westermann, whom Fletiz unmasked as promoting pro-Castro intelligence analysis fed into the system by Ana Belen Montes, a convicted Cuban spy.
Westermann famously accused Bolton of “waging his finger at me” during an office confrontation over the bogus intelligence, a crime so heinous that then-Senator Joe Biden felt it was enough to torpedo Bolton’s nomination to become the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Fletiz also played a key role during the 2005-2006 negotiations between the Bush State Department and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that ultimately led to United Nations Security Council resolutions condemning Iran for violating its commitment under the Treaty for the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
Later, while on staff with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Fleitz co-authored a report exposing the flaws of the infamous 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities.
The NIE speciously asserted that information the CIA received from a recent defector caused it to re-evaluate its long-standing conclusion that Iran had an active program to develop nuclear weapons and instead to assert that Iran had shut down that program in 2003.
That information was so highly classified that no one outside of the intelligence community could verify it. But as I discovered from Iranian sources, the defector cited in the report, Gen. Ali Reza Asghari, actually told the CIA exactly the opposite from what the CIA asserted in the NIE.
While the HPSCI report did not examine the classified sources, it ripped apart the NIE’s unclassified conclusions and ultimately led the CIA to redo the assessment. Based on Fletiz’s analysis, then House intelligence committee chairman Pete Hoekstra called the 2007 NIE “a political document” whose aim was “to embarrass President Bush.”
John Bolton is right to call on Fred Fleitz to help President Trump defeat the Deep State. This cabal of anti-Trump operatives, still alive and well in the bowels of our intelligence agencies and yes, even in the White House bureaucracy itself, needs to be ripped out root and branch.
President Trump has vowed repeatedly to drain the swamp. Now he has another skilled hand to help him succeed.
U.S. Pro-lifers Respond to Ireland’s Abortion Referendum: “A Profound Tragedy for the Irish People and the Entire World”
May 26, 2018
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Washington, D.C. – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) released the following statement in response to the legalization of abortion in Ireland:
“The result of today’s referendum is a profound tragedy for the Irish people and the entire world,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “While other Western nations including the United States acquiesced to the extreme abortion lobby, Ireland has been a shining beacon of hope for its strong defense of unborn children and their mothers. Irish pro-life advocates have correctly warned that repealing legal protections for the unborn opens the door to abortion on demand, just as Roe v. Wade did in the United States, which has some of the world’s most permissive abortion laws. We are one of only seven nations that allow abortion for any reason up to the moment of birth. We had dearly hoped the children of Ireland would be spared a similar fate.
“While we are filled with sorrow at this outcome, we are impressed and inspired by the diverse coalition of grassroots pro-life activists who worked so hard to educate voters and save the Eighth Amendment. Their message of ‘Love Both’ resonated with millions of people worldwide. This is only the beginning and we encourage our counterparts in Ireland not to give up. As long as there is a vitally active pro-life movement fighting to protect mothers and save babies’ lives, we believe Ireland’s Roe will one day be overturned and its deep pro-life roots reflected in its laws once again.”
Susan B. Anthony List and its partner super PAC, Women Speak Out spent more than $18 million in the 2016 election cycle, visiting more than 1.1 million homes in battleground states to defeat Hillary Clinton and maintain a pro-life Senate. SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. SBA List is a network of more than 630,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.
California: Public high school yearbook has lavish two-page Islam presentation entitled “ALLAH AKBAR”
MAY 14, 2018 9:49 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER
Mueller's questions for Trump: Read the full list
Mueller probe questions leaked to New York TimesA list of questions for President Trump from special counsel Robert Mueller has been leaked to The New York Times. The questions range from Trump's firing of James Comey to a possible Moscow real estate deal.
Fox News has obtained the full list of questions developed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, in anticipation of a possible interview with President Trump.
The questions cover a wide range of topics. Read the full list below:
On former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn:
What is your knowledge of calls that Gen. Flynn made with [former Russian ambassador Sergei] Kislyak late December 2016?
What is your reaction to press accounts Jan. 12, 2017, Feb. 8-9 2017?
What did you think and what did you know regarding Sally Yates’ meetings on Jan 26-27 regarding Gen. Flynn?
How was the decision made to request the resignation of Gen. Flynn on Feb. 13?
What was the purpose of the meeting with James Comey on Feb. 14 after the Homeland Security briefing?
What did you say to Comey about Gen. Flynn?
What did you think and what did you do about the Comey June 8, 2017 testimony regarding Gen. Flynn?
After Gen. Flynn resigned, what calls or efforts were made by people associated with you to reach out to Gen. Flynn or to discuss Flynn seeking immunity or possible pardon?
On fired FBI Director James Comey:
What was the President’s view of James Comey during the Transition with respect to job performance?
What did the President think and do in reaction to James Comey’s briefing on January 6, including the intelligence community assessment?
What was the President’s reaction to Comey when they met alone regarding what they called other ICA matters (the Steele Dossier)? Also, what was discussed [regarding] ancillary reports?
What was the purpose of the Jan. 27 dinner meeting you had with Comey?
Was loyalty discussed? Did you communicate with Comey concerning his status at the end of the dinner? What was your knowledge of the Gen. Flynn and Russia investigation in days leading up to the March 20 testimony of Comey before House Intel Committee?
What did you think and what did you do in reaction to the Comey testimony on March 20 before House Intel Committee?
Describe outreach to Intel chiefs [Mike] Rogers, [Mike] Pompeo, and [Dan] Coates?
What did you say to them?
What was the purpose of the reach-out on March 22, 25 and 27?
What was the purpose of your calls to Comey on March 30 and April 11?
What was the purpose of your statement to Maria Bartiromo on April 11, 2017?
What did you think and what did you do regarding the May 3 Comey testimony before the Senate Intel Committee?
Regarding the decision to terminate Comey, when was it made, why was it made, who on your staff played a role in decision, and how was it determined to make it public?
What did you mean to communicate during your May 10 meeting with Kislyak and [Sergey] Lavrov (concerning ‘pressure off’ and ‘nutcase’)?
What did you mean regarding your statements to Lester Holt regarding Comey and Russia?
What was the purpose of May 12 tweet that Comey better hope there are no tapes?
What was the purpose of the September and October press statements, including tweets, regarding an investigation of Comey? Also, Sarah Sanders statements regarding same?
What was the reason for your continued criticism of Comey and McCabe, even till today?
On Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
What did you think and what did you do regarding AG Sessions recusal?
What efforts did you make to try to get him to change his mind and reverse?
Did you have a discussion about whether the AG was going protect him and reference other AG’s?
What did you think and what did you do in reaction to the news of the appointment of the Special Counsel? – Including your reaction to AG Session’s resignation?
What was the purpose of holding AG Sessions resignation until May 31 and with whom did you discuss it?
What did you think and what did you do in reaction to the June 20, 2017 determination that the SC was speaking to Rogers, Pompeo and Coates?
What consideration and discussion did you have regarding terminating the Special Counsel in June of 2017?
What did you think and do in reaction to January 25, 2018 story about the termination of the Special Counsel and Don [McGahn] backing you off of the termination?
What discussions did you have with Reince Priebus in July 2017 about obtaining the Sessions resignation?
With whom did you discuss obtaining the AG’s resignation?
What was the purpose of the public criticism of Sessions via tweets during July 2017?
What did you think and what did you know about the June 9, 2016 meeting in Trump Tower and that it might be disclosed?
What involvement did you have in the communication strategy regarding the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting and the release of Don Jr.’s emails concerning same?
What interaction and communication did you have with Michael Cohen, Felix Sater, and others, including foreign nationals, regarding real estate developments in Russia during the period of the campaign?
During a 2013 trip to Russia, what communication and relationships did you have with the Agalarovs and any Russian government officials?
What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding any meeting with Putin?
What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding US Sanctions toward Russia?
Did you discuss either meeting with Putin or US sanctions with others?
What knowledge did you have regarding the June 9 Trump Tower meeting? When did you become aware of the meeting?
What knowledge or involvement did you have concerning platform changes regarding arming Ukraine?
During the campaign, what knowledge or information did you have regarding Russian hacking, use of social media or other acts aimed at the campaign?
What knowledge did you have of any outreach by members or former members of your campaign to Russia offering potential assistance to the campaign? NOTE: specifically mentioned [Paul] Manafort.
What knowledge did you have of communication with or regarding Roger Stone, persons associated with Roger Stone, Julian Assange, or Wikileaks?
What knowledge did you have during the Transition of an attempt to establish back channel communications to Russia and efforts by Jared Kushner regarding same?
What knowledge do you have of a 2017 meeting in Seychelles regarding Erik Prince of Blackwater?
What knowledge do you have of a Ukrainian peace proposal provided to Michael Cohen in 2017?
Fox News' John Roberts contributed to this report.
ROMNEY HELD DEM DONOR MEETING FOR FORMER STARBUCKS CEO HOWARD SCHULTZ AND IT DIDN’T GO WELL7:30 PM 07/16/2018
Mike Brest | Contributor
355Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney recently hosted a donor meeting for former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz who has been reportedly considering a run for president as a Democrat in 2020.
Politico’s Ben Schrekinger said the event did not go well and that many left uninspired by the potential nominee.
“Will there be some segment of the customer base that decides, ‘I’m not going to go to Starbucks anymore should he become a candidate,” Mark Kalinowski, president of Kalinowski Equity Research, asked Politico. “You have to think about the employees. You have to think about the shareholders, everybody who might be affected by the decision to run.”
Both Wall Street analysts and Starbucks leadership are concerned about how a potential campaign would impact the coffee company, according to Politico. They’re worried about potentially losing customers from the other side of the political aisle.
“You’re putting a lot at risk. You’re putting your peace of mind at risk. You better really understand what you’re getting into. I’ve said that to him,” said former Starbucks president Howard Behar.
Starbucks has had multiple scandals over the last couple of months. Two black men were arrested in a Starbucks in Philadelphia, which then prompted the company to close for a day to conduct racial sensitivity training.
Mexican Retaliatory Tariffs Target Republican Areas In The United States
Jun 23, 2018
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President Trump recently imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum from Mexico. Mexico retaliated by imposing tariffs on certain exports from the United States.
That’s not too complicated.
However, there’s more to it than that.
Mexico’s recently-announced retaliatory tariffs were specifically imposed on products produced in Republican areas of the United States.
It almost makes one suspect that Mexican policy-makers actually pay attention to U.S. political trends, doesn’t it?
As Candidate Trump said, Mexico has smart leaders.
Here’s a quotation from Expansión (my translation): “The tariffs that Mexico is imposing on the United States are a political attack to get the Donald Trump administration to withdraw the tariffs imposed on Mexican steel and aluminum.” (Source: Los aranceles de México a EU dolerán a estados republicanos [“Mexican Tariffs on the U.S. Will Hurt Republican States”] Dainzú Patiño, Expansión, June 4, 2018)
Many American products are exported to Mexico. But these Mexican retaliatory tariffs don’t impose tariffs on all of them. Just certain selected products.
According to the same source quoted above, “…the Mexican government announced it would impose tariffs on flat steel products, lamps, pork, sausages and prepared foods, apples, grapes, blueberries, and various types of cheese from the United States.”
Is this a random list of products? Or do they have something in common?
Here’s how that Expansión article explains it: “These products are not exactly the most common products sold by the U.S. to Mexico. Instead, they were strategically selected by the Secretary of the Economy. According to Alejandro Arzate Mejia, member of the Comisión Fiscal del Colegio de Contadores Públicos de México [Tax Commmission of the Association of Public Accountants of Mexico], the states and counties where most of these goods are produced support the Republican party and Trump’s administration.”
As Arzate puts it, “Mexico’s action is not to protect Mexican producers as is Trump’s goal with the [Mexican] steel. It’s a political point.”
Did you get that? A political point.
The goal is for the price of these products to rise in Mexico, forcing consumers substitute them with cheaper Mexico or foreign products, thus “lowering the demand of these products, to decrease the sale of these products located in Republican territory”.
In an interview with Televisa, Juan Pablo Castanon, president of the CCE (Consejo Coordinador Empresarial[Business Coordinating Council], said that “It’s part of a strategy in which we have worked with the Secretary of the Economy.”
What’s supposed to happen next, according to Arzate, is “With producers in the United States affected by the low sales, Mexico’s goal is that they begin to pressure their legislators and representatives in the Chamber of Commerce so that the Trump administration will remove the tariffs on Mexican steel and aluminum”.
According to Manuel Padron-Castillo (photo here), of Baker McKenzie, “Many of the products that Mexico, Canada and Europe have promised to impose retaliatory tariffs on, such as pork, textiles, tobacco and other goods, come from states that this year have competitive elections for Congress and that President Trump must win in 2020 to be re-elected”.
Two days later an article in Mexico’s Excelsior reported that Mexico’s Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo “neither denied nor confirmed” that the tariffs had as a goal “to damage Republican states in the United States” but the article went right on to point out specific products originating from specific Trump-voting states.
And what do you know, that same day Reuters came out with an article entitled
Republicans in tight House races feel heat from Mexican tariffs (Jason Lange, Anthony Esposito)
which said that “Mexican tariffs are roiling U.S. congressional campaigns in states where U.S. exporters could take a hit and President Donald Trump’s Republicans face tough races in November congressional elections.” The strategy even targets some specific congressional districts.
Quoth Reuters, “Mexico announced the levies … in retaliation to Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on metal imports from Mexico and other countries. They fall on only about $3 billion in U.S. exports, but were crafted to have a ‘very specific’ focus on vulnerable Republicans, said one senior Mexican official who asked not to be named. ‘We wanted to ensure that the issue is a top priority for key decision makers at the highest level,’ said another Mexican official who requested anonymity.
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It sounds like Mexican policymakers know exactly what they are doing.
Mexican analysts pay attention to the United States, to the economy, the politics, and the demographics. So when it comes to trade and immigration, the Mexican government is promoting its interests in the United States.
So how about our policymakers? Are they promoting our interests?
© 2018 Allan Wall – All Rights Reserved
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TX GOVERNOR GETS HEARTFELT LETTER FROM STUDENTS THAT YOU WON’T BELIEVE!
JUNE 5, 2018
We have to hand it to Texas; when it comes to marching to the tune of your own drum, no state does it quite like The Lone Star State.The Republic of Texas, as it is formally known, is an enormous hunk of land, right smack dab in the southern central United States that may as well be its own nation at times. In fact, the Texas state legislature up until recently had almost always held the right to secede from the United States in what ultimately became a symbolic bit of Texan pride.
Texans are also quite proud of the Second Amendment, having been a staunch supporter of the right to bear arms at all times throughout their history. And, unlike some other locales around the nation, Texans’ regard for this inalienable right starts young.
A group of 150 students across the Lone Star State wrote Gov. Greg Abbott to urge the Republican to keep gun rights in mind when considering action in the wake of a school shooting in the state.
Organized by March 4 Our Rights, an avowedly pro-gun student organization, the June 1 letter comes as a response to an open letter to Abbott signed by 41 Texas students and published as a full-page ad in the Houston Chronicle by gun control group Everytown.
“While we might lack the ability to finance a similar response, we do have a voice,” said the letter in part after slamming the Everytown-backed effort. “We are students of Texas and we want our parents, our teachers, and our law enforcement officers to have a voice in making our schools safer, not the gun control lobby.”
The March 4 Our Rights advocates urged Abbott to reject the calls from “organizations exploiting tragedies” and focus on “actual school safety solutions.”
You can almost feel the snark from all the way over here in Georgia with those last two statements.
It’s about time that our nation’s youth begin to think for themselves on this subject, and realize that almost every other “sensitive” location in our country is protected by someone exercising the Second Amendment. Airports, concert venues, marathons, and sporting events are all being held under the watchful eye of someone ready and willing to do what it takes to protect the innocent.
Why don’t our children have the same protections at school? Simply because the left cannot separate the gun from the crime, and refuse to believe that armed teachers or armed security is a solution.
Thank goodness the young people of Texas aren’t falling for this rhetoric.
Trump Frees American Prisoner Held in Captivity for 2 Years
By Rebekah Baker
May 26, 2018 at 8:44am
Share on Facebook Tweet Email PrintPresident Donald Trump on Saturday announced the release of a 26-year-old American prisoner who had been held in captivity in Venezuela for two years.
“Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. Should be landing in D.C. this evening and be in the White House, with his family, at about 7:00 P.M.,” Trump tweeted. “The great people of Utah will be very happy!”
The president also announced his plan to welcome Holt to the White House.
Josh Holt, a Mormon missionary from Utah, was in the country to marry a women he met online when he was arrested on weapons charges.
“Venezuelan authorities arrested Holt in June 2016 while he was in Venezuela for his wedding. His family says he was framed,” Reuters reported.
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch also announced Holt’s release on Twitter, saying they had worked for years to bring him back home.
“I’m please to announce that after two years of hard work, we’ve secured the release of Josh and Thamy Holt, who are now on their way to the United States from Venuzuela,” Hatch said in a statement.
“Over the last two years, I’ve worked with two Presidential Administrations, countless diplomatic contacts, ambassadors from all over the world, a network of contacts in Venezuela, and President Maduro himself, and I could not be more honored to be able to reunite Josh with his sweet, long-suffering family in Riverton.”
Hatch also thanked Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker for his help in securing Holt’s release.
“I want to thank Chairman Bob Corker for his pivotal efforts, and that of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for their help and effort,” he said.
Only one week ago, Holt posted a cell phone video he had recorded in a Caracas prison.
“I’ve been begging my government for two years. They say they’re doing things, but I’m still here,” Holt, said in the video on Wednesday, The Hill reported.
Holt also wrote a Facebook post last week, begging for his release.
“People here are dying we need help please send me help please send people to save me (sic),” he wrote. “Please my fellow Americans don’t allow me to continue suffering in Venezuela.”
In a statement posted to Facebook, Holt’s family members expressed their gratitude for their Holt’s release.
“We thank you for your collaboration during this time of anguish,” the statement read. “We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle.”
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Hannity Leaving Fox News? Sinclair Media Zeroing In On Top-Rated Fox Host
When you think of Sean Hannity, it’s a pretty safe bet you think of Fox News at the same time. After all, the conservative host has been one of the most recognizable faces of the cable network for nearly 22 years — but that could soon change.
BY BENJAMIN ARIE
MAY 17, 2018 AT 11:50AM
When you think of Sean Hannity, it’s a pretty safe bet you think of Fox News at the same time. After all, the conservative host has been one of the most recognizable faces of the cable network for nearly 22 years — but that could soon change.
Up-and-coming media giant Sinclair Broadcasting may be working to “poach” Hannity from his well-known position.
Executives at Sinclair, which operates around 200 over-the-air television stations in America, are keen to launch a new network that would compete with Fox for conservative-leaning political news.
While it’s unclear if Hannity has been approached directly, key members of his team are being tempted into jumping ship.
“(Sinclair chairman David Smith) has met in the last few months with the executive producer of Hannity’s top-rated show on Fox, Porter Berry, according to two people familiar with the meeting,” reported Politico.
“Berry is not the only person connected to Hannity who Smith has gone after. The Sinclair boss has also been wooing Sean Compton, a Tribune Media programming executive who is close friends with the Fox host,” the outlet reported.
Other well-known Fox employees including Greta Van Susteren and Jeanine Pirro have also reportedly had meetings with Sinclair executives, according to Politico.
“There has been considerable speculation over which hosts Smith would nab to front his effort and, last fall, he held discussions with former Fox star Bill O’Reilly, though the talks were ultimately broken off,” the report said.
Sinclair chairman David Smith hasn’t hidden the fact that he wants to compete with Fox News. One idea that has been touted is a conservative news block that would air in primetime on Sinclair-owned stations, providing several hours of right-leaning news and commentary daily.
Sinclair’s huge network of television stations means that around 40 percent of American households may receive the programming. Unlike Fox News, those stations are over-the-air and free to view, without requiring a cable subscription.
However, the broadcast giant could also use some of its cable channels to provide a more direct competitor to Fox.
“Smith has not settled on where his primetime news block will air, but one likely option is WGN America, a cable network which Sinclair would acquire as part of its deal with Tribune, and which reaches 80 million homes,” Politico said.
Fox may be more well known, but both media groups have comparable deep pockets: Sinclair has annual revenue of around $2.7 billion, while Fox News brings in around $2.3 billion a year.
Those big numbers mean that a bidding war for famous talent — including Hannity — might not be out of the question. Which network would end up on top after the dust settles is anyone’s guess.
If Hannity did decide to take a lucrative offer and leave Fox News, it would be a coup for the competing network. It would also force Fox to search for a new face to represent its conservative commentary in the coming decade.
May 19, 2018
Code Red: The Coming Eruption
By David Prentice
One of the incredible stories du jour is the latest phase of the Hawaiian volcano.
I have seen that volcano many times. It’s truly amazing. The desolation it can cause is incomprehensible. There are places where you can see immense vistas that have been devastated. Mile after mile of lava poured out of small craters, fissures, and lava tubes down to the ocean. Many places look like a wasteland. Entire subdivisions have been destroyed. Roads, power lines, you name it, so much engulfed by this seemingly random force of nature. The island has places where the destruction is so vast, so overwhelming, a visitor wonders if this is really the tropical paradise called Hawaii.
The volcanic activity has recently increased. Earthquakes, new fissures opening. Lava engulfing houses, roads, cars. Major evacuations, with new reports every day. Most of us have seen some of it. It’s awesome and unsettling.
Code red. That’s the official designation for what’s happening.
Code Red. It’s about to blow.
But I’m speaking of the leftist cabal, not Kilauea. The Democratic/media complex is about to get worse than it has before. Soon. That’s hard to believe, but just watch. Yes, they have been spewing destruction in their wake for well over two years now. Destroying property, lives, states, cities, nothing escapes their toxic brew.
The trigger for the eruption of the last years has been Trump. How dare he beat them, their agenda, their candidate? Doesn’t he know who they are? For that insolence, he, his family, his friends, his associates, every member of his administration, his voters, literally anyone who says one good thing about him must have lava poured on them 24/7.
This has been non-stop since he won. Unfortunately, it’s about to get worse. We’ve known how juvenile, stunted, and arrogant these people are for over a decade. Only now, in the past years, is it obvious they will get worse until they finally are defeated. Only now has it become clear how vicious, hate-filled, and how determined they are to ruin the lives of those they oppose.
What they are doing now, they will do to anyone who stands in their way. Desolation is what they have in mind for us. Their hatred of Trump (and us) is so all-consuming it has literally driven them mad.
In their madness, they have fouled their nests. For a decade, they protected Obama and the radical left. They thought they had made a firewall where they would keep power forever. These were not journalists who lamented, and cried, and sputtered as the returns came in on election night. These were toddlers, emotionally stunted people who thought they were the entitled ones, that they were the smart ones.
Except they weren’t. They were simply Democrat operatives playing journalist.
And now they have decided to do Obama in reverse. Anything Trump or his administration says or does is baaaaaad. Evil. Anything that is good news: the economic boom we are in, the destruction of ISIS, the realignment in the middle east, the amazing foreign policy victories, tax cuts, deregulation, business optimism, the high in consumer confidence. None of that can be reported.
To the leftist media, nothing good comes from Trump. It’s all terrible. So they continue to spew rivers of lava 24/7. They continue to lie, make up narratives, sources, stories, anything they think can derail Trump. Desolation uber alles.
As if the American public doesn’t see what is happening. You’d think that spontaneous chants of CNN sucks among the tens of thousands at every Trump rally might tip them off. Or the polls showing them less popular than car salespeople.
It was Socrates who said the unexamined life is not worth living. We have an entire set of “journalists” who clearly have lives not worth living. Self-reflection? That’s for everyone else. Excuse us, we have to go find how horrible, stupid, and evil Trump is today so we can report to you.
Okay. We know that’s what’s going on, it’s impossible not to notice how insane they have become. So what is this code red alert?
THE IG REPORT IS COMING.
Yes. It. Is. Notice how many times it has been delayed coming out. March. April. Now May. And why? Apparently they kept finding new, and treacherous goings-on in the bureaucracies they had to track down. The more they looked, the more they uncovered. It is now done, just going through final tweaking. As Kimberly Strassel says (and others), the leftist media is finally going to pretend it’s not really so bad Obama spied on Trump.
A few will try as the Times did this past week. Unfortunately for them, they burned their ships when they went full partisan after Trump, and anyone associated with. They burned their credibility with the American public. Now only the most unrepentant leftists hear what they have to say.
Get woke, go broke isn’t just about money, it’s about credibility and truth. These people have been broken by their own pride, their sense of entitlement, and their own disdain of anyone who does not agree with them. They are so far out on that limb, teetering and spewing, they forgot to notice Donald Trump over there with his saw. Stealth happens.
Recall Trump’s initial tweets about his “wires being tapped”.
At this point, does anyone think Trump didn’t know 95%+ what the Obama Justice department did to them when he tweeted that? If so, I have this perpetual motion machine I want to sell you. Cheap.
One by one all these bad apples have been exposed, demoted, fired, outed, and reported on by real journalists named Sara and John. Does anyone really think that Trump hasn’t had a hand in that? Brennan, Clapper, Comey, McCabe, Yates, the whole lot of them. Gone. And/or, busted. Their eruptive act hasn’t stopped him. They are losing.
The IG report is the next big explosion. It’s quite clear the Mueller appointment is not what the left hoped. He’s either a smokescreen for something else, or another opponent Trump has destroyed. Mueller’s position has unraveled before the eyes of the public. Even without the leftist media reporting on these horrifying bureaucratic shenanigans, the American public, well over half believe Obama wrongfully spied on Trump.
The enemedia loves Mueller. Their chips are all in.
And he has nothing.
His indictments are beyond inconsequential, they have nothing to do with Trump.
No indictment is coming.
No report of collusion by Trump is forthcoming.
What he has about Trump won’t fill a sentence in a leftist slanted history book.
You’d think they’d notice.
Trump knows all this. He knows who the bad guys are, and how bad they were. He’s got the goods on all of them. #Obamagate: How an arrogant group of narcissists thought they were so smart, they could force a corrupt, greedy woman on us, and when that failed, undo a sitting President.
The coup self-aborted. The ever-increasing lava-spewing by the MSM will no longer help them. I am surmising there are players who have turned to plea bargaining and have spilled the truth out. I am thinking that all of them are going to start jumping ship like the rats they are, beginning with the IG report. There’s going to be Hell to pay. The public will hear the IG report.
And that is only the beginning. If you don’t think there is judgment on the horizon for Trump’s enemies, or that he’s really not doing anything to line the ducks up to take them down, you haven’t been watching. Remember: Melania’s surgery was scheduled for months, with no leaks.
Trump never reveals what he’s doing. Witness Korea. He has a plan for this lawbreaking. Stop pretending he and Sessions are doing nothing. It’s not only working. It’s about to blow.
Code Red for the left. Worst cognitive dissonance ever. They have no clue what is about to hit them.
UTT: Putting Freedom on the Offensive Where It Belongs