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CURRENT EVENTS

Jan 25 09:50

Shots FIRED - Globalist RINO Bill Kristol attacks Tucker Carlson

Says Tucker Carlson’s Show is ‘Ethno-Nationalism’

CNBC VIDEO

Jan 25 09:38

FBI, FISA Memo, TPP, DACA, and The Swamp. Michael Rivero - January 24, 2018

Jan 25 09:35

How a Cannabis Ban Turned One California County Into 'Ground Zero for Chaos'

After millions were invested in legal,environmentally safe Cannabis farms and over $12 million in taxes were collected from them, a new County Supervisor shut them all down. The count of Calaveras lost 20% of their operating funds. The only other industry they have is ranching and kale growing.

On Jan. 10, supervisors in this historic county—where Gold Rush mining camps flourished in 1850—voted to kill off the Green Rush that exploded here in 2016. By a 3–2 tally, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors declared all commercial cannabis farms illegal. The county planning department estimated that as many as 1,600 commercial cannabis growers were operating in the region in mid-2017. Many of them were licensed by the county. Now, the move to ban cannabis businesses means every one of those growers must cease operations by May 1. Millions of dollars in tax money will vanish from the economically beleaguered county of 45,000 residents.

Jan 25 09:29

A court has ruled that police can execute your dog if it moves or barks

Yes, Officer Tarek Hassani exited his car on a quiet suburban street, kicked a black labrador twice, shot the dog, and left it to die in a snowy driveway. And then?

He issued its angry, upset owner a $100 ticket for having it off-leash.

Jan 25 09:27

Trump seeks $25 billion for border wall, offers 'Dreamer' citizenship

President Donald Trump on Wednesday previewed his outline for an immigration bill that he will promote next week, saying he wants $25 billion to build a border wall and is open to granting citizenship to illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

Jan 25 09:23

Of Crudeness and Truth

Nothing scandalizes a leftist like the truth. Point out that women and men are different, that black Americans commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime, that most terrorist acts are committed by Muslims, and the Left leaps to its collective feet in openmouthed shock, like Margaret Dumont after a Groucho Marx wisecrack. This is racism! This is sexism! This is some sort of phobia! I’m shocked, shocked to find facts being spoken in polite company!

No one is really shocked, of course. This is simply a form of bullying. The Left has co-opted our good manners and our good will in order to silence our opposition to their bad policies. The idea is to make it seem impolite and immoral to mention the obvious.

Jan 25 09:11

There Is No Other Choice, The Time Has Come To Have The Event Of Events

The investigations are real, the information is real, the FBI, Senators and Congress are in trouble, more and more information is coming out each day that show corruption.

Jan 25 09:04

The shocking REAL reason why tech giants are censoring conservatives

Learn the shocking REAL reason why Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other tech giants routinely CENSOR conservatives.

Jan 25 08:37

NSA Knows Every Site You Ever Visited, But Can't Keep Intelligence Records

We learned in recent days that the FBI and the National Security Agency “inadvertently” deleted electronic messages relating to reported felonies, but one noxious reality persists: No one in the FBI or NSA is likely to be held to account for these “mistakes.”

Jan 25 08:31

Department of Justice effectively told Devin Nunes he's playing with fire on his still secret memo

Justice Dept. weighs in on memogate, warning House intel release of Nunes memo would be "reckless" without DOJ/FBI review

Jan 25 07:24

Porn star Stormy Daniels flashes a smile as she REFUSES to reveal whether she had sex with Trump amid bombshell claims she received a $130,000 pay off for her silence before the election

Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen reportedly arranged a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels weeks before the election
She claimed in a 2011 interview, the full transcript of which has only recently been released, she had sex with Trump and even had a year-long affair
Cohen said President Trump 'vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels'
In her first national TV interview, the adult movie star was explicitly asked: 'Did you have a sexual relationship with Donald Trump?'
She said nothing, responding only with a mysterious smile

Jan 25 06:42

Clinton–Obama Emails: The Key to Understanding Why Hillary Wasn’t Indicted

New FBI texts highlight a motive to conceal the president’s (Obama) involvement.

If Clinton had been charged, Obama’s culpable involvement would have been patent. In any prosecution of Clinton, the Clinton–Obama emails would have been in the spotlight. For the prosecution, they would be more proof of willful (or, if you prefer, grossly negligent) mishandling of intelligence. More significantly, for Clinton’s defense, they would show that Obama was complicit in Clinton’s conduct yet faced no criminal charges.

Jan 25 06:22

Hannity: The walls are closing in on the deep state

Wednesday, on his show, Sean Hannity unleashed on the deep state and so-called journalists who are desperately clinging to the Russian collusion narrative.

“Game on,” Hannity said.

Jan 25 05:55

DOJ in process of recovering 5 months of missing FBI texts, Obama retains council

The Department of Justice has started to recover five months worth of missing texts from FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page after it was learned a ‘technical glitch’ had caused their deletion during a time when anti-Trump communications in the ranks of the FBI were at an all-time high.

Jan 25 04:07

FBI now claiming “the dog ate my homework” over lost Peter Strzok text messages (that probably reveal FBI criminality)

(*What morons ! Why didn't they Hand It In with Black Magic Marker running through everything they didn't want seeing the light of day ?
Remember how well that one worked for George W Bush when he turned in his national guard attendance records ? )
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush_military_service_contro...

Jan 25 03:44

Special relationship sours: Trump now only gives May five or ten seconds to speak before he interrupts her with 'monologue' and refuses to visit UK unless she secures him a 'warm welcome'... but used to call her 'my Maggie'

Theresa May and Donald Trump's relationship is sourcing, according to aides
Two leaders are due to meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos tomorrow
Source claims Trump complained to May about criticism he gets in British press

Jan 25 03:43

North Korea sends rare announcement to all Koreans, calls for unification

North Korea sent a rare announcement addressed to “all Koreans at home and abroad” on Thursday, saying they should make a “breakthrough” for unification without the help of other countries, its state media said.

Jan 25 03:42

2018 MLB Hall of Fame Results: Class List of Inductees, Voting Results

The 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame class was announced Wednesday, with Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman taking their places in Cooperstown, New York.
Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, who were voted in by the Modern Era committee in December, will also be inducted at the 2018 ceremony.

Jan 24 21:14

Ahead of Donald Trump’s arrival, European leaders warn against nationalism.

We are seeing nationalism, populism and in a lot of countries a polarized atmosphere, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Jan 24 20:27

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

Author Ursula Le Guin at home with her cat, Lorenzo, in 1996. The writer’s “pleasant duty,” she said, is to ply the reader’s imagination with “the best and purest nourishment that it can absorb.”Credit

Jan 24 20:23

School Shooting in Kentucky Was Nation’s 11th of Year. It Was Jan. 23

ATLANTA — On Tuesday, it was a high school in small-town Kentucky. On Monday, a school cafeteria outside Dallas and a charter school parking lot in New Orleans. And before that, a school bus in Iowa, a college campus in Southern California, a high school in Seattle.

Jan 24 17:22

The FBI Hand Behind Russia-Gate

It now appears that it was not the Russians trying to rig the outcome of the U.S. election, but leading officials of the U.S. intelligence community, shadowy characters sometimes called the Deep State.

SPECIAL REPORT: IN THE WATERGATE ERA, LIBERALS WARNED ABOUT U.S. INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES MANIPULATING U.S. POLITICS, BUT NOW TRUMP-HATRED HAS BLINDED MANY OF THEM TO THIS DANGER BECOMING REAL, AS EX-CIA ANALYST RAY MCGOVERN NOTES.

Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate, thanks to the official release of unguarded text messages between loose-lipped FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his garrulous girlfriend, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. (Ten illustrative texts from their exchange appear at the end of this article.)

Jan 24 16:50

Paris is Flooding

Jan 24 16:49

Release the Memo

Now why is this not the prime news story across the nation?

Swamp is in Full Force – Maintain the Cover-up

The utter farce of the Mueller investigation into Trump collusion with Russia demonstrates the most obscene and overwhelming pattern of government deceit and deflection in decades.

Jan 24 16:46

Turkey re-enters Syrian endgame with ‘smart power’

“Our operations will continue until the separatist terror organization is fully cleared from the region and around 3.5 million Syrians who are now sheltered in Turkey are able to securely return to their homeland.”

The UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday regarding Turkey’s military operations in Syria turned out to be like the dog that didn’t bark in the night in the Sherlock Holmes short story. There was no bark – no statement by the Security Council – condemning Turkey.

Jan 24 16:44

AWESOME MASHUP CLIP | Two Minutes Of Left Wing Media Saying Democrats Lost The Shutdown War

Sit back and enjoy the schadenfreude. This is a thing of beauty.

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Jan 24 16:43

Bullhorns disambiguation

Will a 4-page memo detailing extensive FISA court abuse change the course of what is known as Russiagate?

Also, does the Trump administration’s Syria policy make any sense?

Jan 24 16:41

When it comes to Davos, it’s inequality, stupid

This is what ‘the great and the good’ in the business world will not be discussing during the annual talk-fest at the Swiss luxury resort.
This is the exclusive club, which meets in the luxury Swiss resort each year to discuss the global business environment.

Davos is essentially double-dip land. On one side, we have ‘Bad for Labor’, with millions in the West thrown into an unemployment hell or suffering from a wages freeze. On the other side, we have ‘Good for Capital’, with companies flush with cash. Yet the result is uncertainty, all over again.

Jan 24 16:08

READ THE NEW STRZOK PAGE TEXT MESSAGES

Here they are. Johnson released a few dozen of the good ones.

Jan 24 15:59

LARRY NASSER GETS 175 YEARS

Several video clips and photos from the courtroom today.

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Jan 24 15:50

Western Europe Must Return and Rediscover Their Christian Roots to Counter the Muslim Invasion and the New World Order

Once a long time ago in western European countries of Germany, Sweden, Great Britain and France had strong Christian roots. The people were very strong in biblical principles that promoted high moral standards being the salt of the earth. Now it seems the Church has become very ineffective no longer the moral compass of Western Europe. Christianity was a very strong influence in Western European societies long ago, now the church is just a structure and no longer an institution as a strong moral anchor to preserve stability their societies.

Jan 24 15:35

JUDGE NAPOLITANO | ‘It Looks Like A Deep State Conspiracy To Overthrow The President’

Judge Nap discusses the most recent text messages revealed by Senator Johnson.

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Jan 24 15:30

Settlement forces college that jailed student for passing out Constitutions to ditch policies

Kellogg Community College in Michigan jailed a student for passing out pocket copies of the Constitution on campus. An administrator said that students from “rural farm areas … might not feel like they have the choice to ignore” the supposed solicitation by the nascent Young Americans for Liberty chapter.

Jan 24 14:54

Coup d'état political intervention

Coup d’état, also called Coup, the sudden, violent overthrow of an existing government by a small group. The chief prerequisite for a coup is control of all or part of the armed forces, the police, and other military elements.

Can you say Deep State?

A coup rarely alters a nation’s fundamental social and economic policies, nor does it significantly redistribute power among competing political groups.

Jan 24 14:48

18 U.S. Code § 2383 - Rebellion or insurrection

Historical and Revision Notes

Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., §?4 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch. 321, §?4, 35 Stat. 1088).

Word “moreover” was deleted as surplusage and minor changes were made in phraseology.
Amendments

1994—Pub. L. 103–322 substituted “fined under this title” for “fined not more than $10,000”.

Jan 24 14:44

18 U.S. Code § 2384 - Seditious conspiracy: AKA Coup d'etat

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, §?1, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, §?330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

Jan 24 14:40

Tucker WRECKS Joy Reid After She Tries To Race Bait Him

This is as good as it gets from Tucker, perfectly crafted biting insults tossed at Reid.

Jan 24 14:08

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Recipients Pressured To Choose Guns Or Ganja

“They’re going to have to make a choice – They can have their guns or their marijuana, but not both.”

Jan 24 14:06

Western Europe Must Return and Rediscover Their Christian Roots to Counter the Muslim Invasion and the New World Order

Once a long time ago in western European countries of Germany, Sweden, Great Britain and France had strong Christian roots. The people were very strong in biblical principles that promoted high moral standard being the salt of the earth. Now it seems the Church has become very ineffective no longer the moral compass of Western Europe. Christianity was a very strong influence in Western European societies, now the church is just a structure and no longer an institution as a strong moral anchor to preserve their society.

Jan 24 14:02

Blumenthal And Durbin Definitely Did Not See This Coming

And live on CNN no less. The Fake News Network does their job.

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Jan 24 13:50

Julian Assange's health in 'dangerous' condition, say doctors

Julian Assange’s long stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London is having a “dangerous” impact on his physical and mental health, according to clinicians who carried out the most recent assessments of him.

The pair renewed calls for the WikiLeaks publisher to be granted safe passage to a London hospital.

Sondra Crosby, a doctor and associate professor at the Boston University’s school of medicine and public health, and Brock Chisholm, a London-based consultant clinical psychologist, examined Assange for 20 hours over three days in October.

Jan 24 13:14

SARA CARTER | DOJ Officials Do Not Believe FBI Excuse About ‘Lost’ Text Messages

“They were having an affair, they were both married, they’re working counter-intelligence. That’s enough for blackmail. Now they’re sending text messages on an unsecured phone. Believe me the Germans, the Russians, the Israelis, everybody is going into those phones and trying to suck out all the information they have.”

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Jan 24 12:54

VICTORY: Police Agree to Settle Lawsuit Over Unconstitutional Raid, Search, Seizure & Arrest of Homeowner Who Refused Consent to Warrantless Entry

Police have agreed to favorably settle a Fourth Amendment lawsuit brought by The Rutherford Institute over a warrantless raid, search, and arrest of a Texas homeowner based on unreliable information from an anonymous source.

Rutherford Institute attorneys filed the lawsuit after Gillespie County (Tex.) Sheriff’s Office deputies carried out a warrantless raid on Huntly and Susan Dantzler’s rural home, which allegedly resulted in Huntly Dantzler being seized by police officers, placed in handcuffs, thrown to the ground and subsequently arrested for refusing to consent to the warrantless search of his home. In September 2017, a federal district court rejected efforts by police to dismiss the lawsuit, ruling that the officers’ actions as set forth in the lawsuit were based on inaccurate information from an anonymous source and violated the Dantzlers’ clearly-established constitutional rights. Affiliate attorney Jerri Ward of Garlo Ward, P.C., assisted with the Dantzlers’ defense.

Jan 24 12:18

US Military to Renew Ties With Infamous Indonesian Counterterror Forces

On Tuesday, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced that he is looking to re-establish ties with Kopassus, Indonesia's top counterterror force, nearly 20 years after the group was barred from working with the US in 1999.

Jan 24 12:16

BOOM! | Senator Drops Bombshell: ‘Informant Says FBI DOJ Group Held SECRET Meetings Offsite’

Here's the clip of Ron Johnson last night dropping the bomb on the FBI. Brett Baier is shocked and literally does a 'doubletake' live on air.

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Jan 24 12:01

Canadian Train Conductor Fired Over ‘RACY’ Railroad Photos…

Here are the pics. She did nothing wrong, except her social media posts...

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Jan 24 11:35

New York City sues drug companies over opioid epidemic

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City on Tuesday sued eight companies that make or distribute prescription opioids, blaming them for fuelling a deadly epidemic afflicting the most populous U.S. city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the lawsuit sought $500 million of damages to help fight the crisis, which kills more people in the city annually than homicides and car accidents combined, including more than 1,100 from opioid-induced overdoses in 2016.

Jan 24 11:33

Missouri man mistakes neighbor’s house for his own, kills homeowner thinking he was an intruder

RAYTOWN, Mo. - A Missouri man was charged with involuntary manslaughter after he allegedly went to his neighbor’s home, thinking it was his own, then choked the homeowner to death.

Jan 24 11:30

NFL Rejects 'Please Stand' Ad from Veterans Group

The NFL has rejected a one-page advertisement for the Super Bowl program from the American Veterans (AMVETS) organization that included the message "Please Stand," according to USA Today's Erik Brady.

Jan 24 11:29

NASSAR SENTENCE: Ex-doctor gets 40 to 175 years in prison

A judge has told a Michigan sports doctor accused of sexually assaulting women and girls, "I just signed your death warrant."

The remarks from Judge Rosemarie Aquilina came as she sentenced Larry Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison.

The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing that brought more than 150 victims or their families to court, including Olympians.

Jan 24 11:23

ADAM SCHIFF IS STARTING TO PANIC...

And with good reason. Check out this absolute BS he has begun spewing about the FISA memo.

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Jan 24 11:07

Ugandan President: 'I Love Trump' For Speaking 'Frankly' With Africans

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Tuesday at the East African Legislative Assembly in Uganda that he "loves" President Donald Trump because "he talks to Africans frankly."

Jan 24 10:49

Alabama's House Just Voted to Ban Special Elections, But It's Definitely Not Because of Doug Jones

The Alabama House of Representatives voted Tuesday to permanently ban the state from holding special elections for U.S. Senate vacancies—you know, those things that happen when a seat in our national legislative branch opens up and we, as a people, pick who will fill it—but it is definitely not because a Democrat, Doug Jones, won the last one, ha ha !! Why do you ask ????

Jan 24 10:48

Body Found In Mission Viejo's Pinecrest Park: Sheriff

MISSION VIEJO, CA — A body was discovered in the heavily brushed area of Pinecrest Park in Mission Viejo Monday afternoon, Orange County Sheriff's Department officials said. The OCSD confirmed that the body found was that of missing Emma Pangelinan of Mission Viejo, missing since Sunday.

Jan 24 10:46

Team Trump’s Goal for the Next Three Weeks: Keep Him ‘The Hell Away’ From Chuck Schumer

With three weeks to go for lawmakers to hit a self-imposed deadline for a sweeping immigration deal, West Wing officials have become consumed with a singular objective: keeping President Donald Trump away from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Jan 24 10:35

The Disturbing Facts Behind Donald Trump’s Typical McDonald’s Order,

Donald Trump isn’t the only president who has had questionable eating habits, but it’s hard to miss his love for fast food — and the many devastating consequences it can have on the human body.

Jan 24 10:34

Family of man killed by police after 'swatting' prank sues city, police officers

The family of an unarmed man who was fatally shot by police after they responded to a "swatting" prank is suing the city of Wichita, Kansas, and 10 police officers, calling the young man's death "unacceptable."
Andrew Finch's mother and sister filed the lawsuit Monday in the U.S. District Court of Kansas.

Jan 24 10:29

Kentucky school shooting: 15-year-old gunman kills two classmates and injures 17 others

A 15-year-old student opened fire with a handgun inside a rural Kentucky high school on Tuesday morning, killing two of his classmates, injuring 19 and sending hundreds fleeing for safety.

Jan 24 10:29

Hawaii's governor couldn't correct the false missile alert sooner because he forgot his Twitter password

When Hawaii pushed out a ballistic missile alert earlier this month, Gov. David Ige knew within two minutes it was a false alarm. But he couldn't hop on Twitter and tell everybody -- because he didn't know his password.
"I have to confess that I don't know my Twitter account login and passwords," Ige told reporters Monday after giving his State of the State address. "I will be putting that on my phone."

Jan 24 10:26

A National Defense Strategy of Sowing Global Chaos

As topics like empire, imperialism, and even war and peace, are censored and excised from political debate, US officials, subservient media and the rest of the US political class conjure up an illusion of peace for domestic consumption by simply not mentioning our country’s 291,000 occupation troops in 183 other countries or the 39,000 bombs and missiles dropped on our neighbors in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan since Trump took office.

The 100,000 bombs and missiles dropped on these and other countries by Obama and the 70,000 dropped on them by Bush II have likewise been swept down a kind of real time “memory hole,” leaving America’s collective conscience untroubled by what the public was never told in the first place.

Jan 24 10:25

JAY SEKULOW | ‘Text Messages Released by DOJ PROVE James Comey Lied Under Oath, A FELONY!’

And Sekulow is seriously pissed...

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Jan 24 10:21

Pence to Attend Winter Olympics to Stop North Korea ‘Hijacking’ Games

White House officials have announced Tuesday that Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Winter Olympics in South Korea in early February, with an eye seemingly toward ensuring that North Korea’s attendance of the event doesn’t lead to improved relations.

Officials say Pence believes North Korea’s Kim Jong Un intends to “hijack” the Olympics with his country’s involvement, and that Pence will be there to offset the “charade” that is North Korea’s Olympic team.

Bilateral talks between North and South Korea have improved relations in recent weeks, and a big part of that is their agreement on the Olympics. The US clearly has problems with this improved relations between the two, and has gone to great lengths to present North Korea as somehow trying to trick everybody in being willing to negotiate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does the Vice President have a clue as to how these statements make it painfully apparently, that the only option the US government believes it has, regarding North Korea, is war?!?

I have never, this lifetime, seen the US government so thoroughly afraid of peace breaking out, and a potential accord being reached between the two Koreas.

This definitely makes me wonder if North Korea is absolutely the first country on the US government's timeline for "regime change", and a spontaneous reconcilliation between North and South Korea would absolutely destroy any attempts at regime change in the North.

Jan 24 10:18

China Warns Trump Administration Will 'Suffer Complete Humiliation' if Washington Continues to Provoke Beijing

Beijing has hit back at the U.S. after Washington sailed a guided-missile destroyer near the disputed Huangyan Island—otherwise known as Scarborough Shoal—last Wednesday without permission from the Chinese government.

Jan 24 10:17

Pig farmer serial killer who ground 49 prostitutes into mince says he wanted one more victim.

A serial killer has revealed that he wanted to kill one more prostitute in order to round off the number of people that he killed. Robert Pickton, 68, is still in prison for killing 49 women then grinding their remains into mince at his farm which he called ‘Piggy Palace’.

Jan 24 10:15

Flynn kept FBI interview concealed from White House, Trump

WASHINGTON — A year ago today, President Donald Trump’s newly sworn–in national security adviser, Michael Flynn, met privately in his West Wing office with FBI investigators interested in his communications with Russia's ambassador, without a lawyer or the knowledge of the president and other top White House officials, according to people familiar with the matter.

Jan 24 10:10

MICK MULVANEY | ‘Democrats Were Trying To Deny Trump His Victory Lap On His 1-Year Anniversary’

60 seconds from Bulldog Mick Mulvaney. This is excellent.

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Jan 24 10:09

Intense battles continue between Turkish fighters, Kurds in Syria's Afrin

Turkish soldiers are seen with their armored vehicles near Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay, Turkey, on Jan. 23, 2018. Turkish military's operations in Syria will continue "until all terrorists are fully eliminated" and 3.5 million Syrian refugees return home, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Tuesday

- Intense battles continued Tuesday between the Turkish forces and the Kurdish-led troops on the outskirts of the Kurdish-controlled Afrin enclave in northern Syria, a monitor group reported.

The battles between the Turkish forces and the Kurdish-led fighters stretched from northeastern Afrin to its southwestern part, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Turkish warplanes also struck several targets in Afrin on Tuesday, killing two children and two women on Tuesday, the observatory said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan needs a quick ending to this invasion of Syria, because he absolutely doesn't want the optics here to be about massive Syrian casualties, but it appears that Kurds are not going to allow him that luxury.

Unfortunately, unless there is an immediate ceasefire, coupled with negotiations on a practical way to repatriate displaced Syrians taking shelter in Turkey, this could very well drag on, and morph into a hard, nasty campaign from both sides.

Jan 24 10:01

Monitors warn of preparations for fresh surge of fighting in Ukraine

Government troops and Russian-led militia in eastern Ukraine appear to be preparing for an escalation in fighting, international monitors warned on Tuesday, amid Kremlin condemnation of Kiev’s new legal stance on the grinding conflict.

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission said neither side was abiding by the 2015 Minsk agreement, which has failed to end fighting that has killed more than 10,300 people and displaced 1.6 million.

“Instead of fully complying, instead of withdrawing weapons, disengaging and de-mining, it seems the sides are in fact doing the opposite,” said Alexander Hug, principal deputy chief monitor of the mission.

“All across eastern Ukraine [we have] been observing readiness. Everywhere we observe indications that the sides are preparing to continue the conflict, or even escalate it,” he said via video link from the main separatist-held city of Donetsk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get nasty in a heartbeat; please remember in December of last year, the US approved of the sale of offensive weapons to Kiev.

When those weapons are actually delivered to the Ukrainian military, will most probably dictate the start of further conflicts here.

Let us hope and pray that tensions can be ratched down by both sides; otherwise, American troops permanently stationed in Ukraine could find themselves fighting Russians.

Jan 24 09:58

These Are America’s Most Expensive (and Least) Expensive Airports to Fly Out Of

The next time you’re thinking about traveling, consider the most (and least) expensive airports to fly out of in the country. If possible, fly out of one of the least expensive airports to save money. If that’s not an option, consider cost-saving tips for flying and these additional tips for making air travel as stress-free as possible. One thing is for sure, air travel is not what it used to be.

Jan 24 09:56

In These Cities, House Prices Are Still Cheap. But the Secret Is Getting Out

Home values continue on a skyward trajectory, meaning home ownership is just out of reach for many first-time buyers. Needless to say, the law of supply and demand tend to impact the housing market in a very big way. So much, that many buyers have resolved to just keep renting.

Jan 24 09:54

Putin, Erdogan discuss situation in Syria, including near Afrin — Kremlin

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russian and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey spoke over phone to discuss the situation in Syria, including near Afrin, where Turkey is conducting a military operation, the Kremlin press service said on Tuesday.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two presidents exchanged views on the situation in Syria, including in the northwest of the country, near Afrin, where the Turkish armed forces are conducting a military operation. Both side stressed the importance of further joint efforts towards crisis settlement that are to be based on the principles of respect to Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty," the Kremlin said.

According to the press service, the two leaders also touched upon preparations for an upcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress due to be held in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi on January 29-30.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia has won this round, backing up diplomacy with Turkish "muscle" in Syria.

The US government has now lost Syria, whatever various spokespersons say, and this is yet another epic fail, and catastrophe of non-critical thinking, in the Middle East.

Jan 24 09:49

CIA Boss Gives Latest Indication Trump May Consider Preemptive Strike on North Korea

The Central Intelligence Agency is briefing President Donald Trump on the risks and opportunities of a limited attack on North Korea, its director suggested on Tuesday.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo would not discuss the “wisdom of a preemptive strike” on Pyongyang or its nuclear weapons program, he told an audience at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. But in rare public remarks, Pompeo portrayed North Korea as an urgent priority for the agency, and disclosed aspects of its role in setting back Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program during his first year at Langley.

Kim is a rational man, Pompeo said the CIA had assessed. But it’s less clear that Kim takes seriously the prospect of a U.S. attack, something that could blunder the world into a devastating nuclear conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question here is ... timing.

Faced with an economic collapse in this country, whatever war the US is going to trigger, be it against Russia, Iran, China, or North Korea, has to happen relatively quickly, to attempt to "misdirect" the American public as to the causes of the collapse, which they will immediately blame on the waror wars.

My best guess here would be, that the US will feign negotiations with North Korea, give them a time limit in which to engage, and if they "miss the window", either generate a "false flag", to be blamed on North Korea, or a actual attack, will happen.

I would like to politely remind CIA head Pompeo that China is producing some wonderful weapons which actually work as advertised; also, they conscript, which the Us does not at this time.

War with North Korea, unless they actually hit an American interest or target first, will most likely mean war with China.

Jan 24 09:41

Congressman Accused Of Harassment Defends Himself, Says He Saw Aide As A 'Soul Mate'

If you're trying to tamp down on allegations of sexual harassment, it's probably not a good idea to say the staffer making the claim was a "soul mate."

Jan 24 09:36

MONTH AFTER GETTING $3.5 BILLION TAX BREAK FROM TRUMP, BANK OF AMERICA HIKES FEES ON POOREST CUSTOMERS

Consumer advocates and banking customers are expressing outrage after an announcement by the Bank of America that it would begin charging fees to account-holders who maintain low balances.

The decision, announced Monday, comes a month after the Republican tax law gave the bank an expected $3.5 million tax break, and less than a week after it posted $2.4 billion profits in the last quarter of 2017.

Critics argued that such news should garner at least as much attention as the bank's announcement last month that it would use some of the financial windfall to give its 145,000 employees a one-time bonus of $1,000 each—a relatively small portion of its tax savings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congrats, B of A, for having outed yourself as the poster child for egregious vulture capitalism!!!

Jan 24 09:31

MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS HE’LL NO LONGER ACCEPT CONTRIBUTIONS FROM LAWYERS WITH CASES BEFORE HIM

After controversy over how he handled two prominent investigations, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said he would no longer take campaign donations from defense attorneys with cases before him.

Vance said his campaign will no longer accept contributions in any amount from such lawyers and will cap donations from their law partners. Vance was re-elected in November to a four-year term.

The district attorney also will not solicit contributions personally and will have his campaign shield him from the identities of his donors. Candidates for judgeships in New York state follow similar guidelines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question I have, is why is this not ilegal to have sitting judges accept "donations" (read: bribes) from attorneys over whose cases they may be presiding?!?

This smacks of a complete contempt for what is supposed to be "due process".

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