Published on Feb 14, 2019
Oh dear, once again a high-profile hate crime claim is exposed as a hoax. Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News in Chicago that police are investigating actor Jussie Smollett and two men who staged the attack; allegedly because Smollett was being written out of his television show “The Empire”.
What a mess. Hopefully police will file charges against the fraudsters.
Amazon announced today it was canceling a plan to build new East Coast headquarters building in New York City. [The planned building in Virginia will go ahead.] The company said it would not look for a new location to replace the cancelled $2.5 billion Long Island City project. The cancellation also means the loss of 25,000 new jobs.
“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” Amazon spokeswoman Jodi Seth said in a statement.
A socialist political movement led by New York Representative Ocasio-Cortez who are against allowing Amazon to receive $3 billion in tax abatement incentives, was cited as the primary reason for the cancellation.
In related news: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is accusing President Trump of stealing wealthy New York residents, and shipping them to Florida.
The actual budget appropriations bill is seven compartments consisting of more than 5,000 pages. However, here is the 29 page summary outlining the key elements as negotiated by congress.
WARNING: This is a bad deal, but it reflects the UniParty reality within congress. Take a deep breath; don’t lash out. Remember, there are very few MAGA minded representatives. This was negotiated by two wings of the same corporate bird and both want open borders.
- Provides $1.375 billion, or $4.325 billion less than the $5.7 billion the Trump administration requested, for a very limited 55 miles of physical barrier that can only be placed along the southern border in *only* the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
- Contains language allowing only fencing designs in use as of 2017.
- No funding for new border patrol agents above the current on board levels.
- Does not fund the Administration’s request for joint detention facilities.
- No funding for additional enforcement and removal field personnel.
(Via Ryan James Girdusky) Border wall bill is out, here are some highlights:
$415 million for humanitarian aide
$77 million for opioid equipment
1,200 new Customs and Border Patrol Agents (retain current levels)
The bill expands Catch and Release by reducing the number of border beds from 49,060 to 40,520.
No funding for additional enforcement and removal field personnel. – that means no more ICE agents to deport people already in the country.
Expands the Alternatives to Detention program from 82,000 to 100,000… so instead of housing family units at the border- they get moved into the interior where they almost always stay in the country permanently.
Provides $40 million for additional ICE staffing dedicated to overall ATD (Alternatives to Detention) case management, particularly for asylum seekers… so no new ICE agents, but money to ICE to help illegal aliens settle in a non-detention center in the country.
The bill gives over $1 billion for the Smithsonian.
$3.4 billion in refugee assistance – $74 million more than last year.
$4.4 billion in international disaster assistance – $100 million more than last year.
Does not eliminate any foundations that Trump wanted to get rid of including: The Asia Foundation, the U.S. African Development Foundation, the Inter-American Foundation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
Israel, Ukraine, and Jordan receive $5.3 billion for border security fencing.
The language of the bipartisan border security funding legislation is still being written. Unfortunately, reports indicate Democrat language will be inserted into the DHS funding bill that will allow any town, city, municipality, mayor, city manager or local council within any border state to veto the construction of any structural border security wall or fence.
This definitely sounds like an approach the Lawfare group would be assisting with. Despite overwhelming support from the majority of Americans, the DC Uniparty seems to consistently find a way to usurp national sovereignty. Very frustrating.
al-Qaeda is at the functional military end of the Muslim Brotherhood spectrum. The Muslim Brotherhood is the umbrella political face for multiple factions of radical Islam.
al-Qaeda’s representative to congress, Ilhan Omar (AQ-MN), was given a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Earlier today al-Qaeda’s rep had a heated exchange with Elliot Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela.
The visual of al-Qaeda seated under the capitol dome of the U.S. congress is quite stunning. Watching al-Qaeda directly question U.S. officials from the dais of a congressional committee is something I never thought we would see. Quite remarkable:
Published on Feb 12, 2019
The democrat political apparatus, supported by Speaker Pelosi, is committed to the removal of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as part of their agenda. However, the elimination of ICE is not supported by the majority of Americans, so the democrats are using a stealth maneuver to accomplish their goal.
As part of their position on border security negotiations democrats are trying to insert limits or caps on the number of detainees ICE can hold. Former ICE Director Tom Homan explains how 30,000 criminal aliens would have to be released from detention if Democrats get their way. WATCH:
“I’ve been saying for almost a year that I don’t think they’re ever going to accomplish the abolish ICE that they’ve been saying they’re going to do. But I’ve been saying what they’re going to do is bankrupt ICE to make them ineffective. They’ll take their money away so they can’t do their job.”
“The number they put on the table, like 32,000 cap beds. Understand ICE is currently at 47,000, which means they’re 15,000 over the cap. Now we’re halfway through the year. To get to that 32,000 by the end of year they’re going to have to go 15,000 below 32. So that means if they’re 15,000 above, they have to go 15,000 below — ICE will have to release 30,000 people from custody.”
Armstrong Economics Blog/Technology
Re-Posted Feb 12, 2019 by Martin Armstrong
There is a new and very serious data scandal rising up with iPhones that Apple is being asked to shutdown. There are a number of major companies who are now secretly recording your every move on their iPhone apps without your permission or even your knowledge. They are actually recording every keystroke you make. The list of companies are Abercrombie & Fitch, Air Canada, Expedia, Hollister, Hotels.COM, and Singapore Airlines to mention a few.
According to an investigation by App Analyst, they checked apps created by Glassbox by reviewing their listed customers to see exactly what data was leaving their iPhones and going back to the companies. According to TechCrunch, none of the apps that were checked bothered to tell the client that they were recording their screens or that they were sending the information back to each company. This type of surveillance to see what you might be interested in buying next is EXTREMELYdangerous. This is going way too far and we really do need laws to prohibit this type of data collection. They are capturing everything including your banking details.
What is becoming painfully obvious is you SHOULD NOT use your phone for financial transactions — PERIOD!!!!! Additionally, get a cheap laptop and use that for any financial transactions with NO OTHER apps for movies, travel, or anything. Segregate your financial transactions from the rest of your activities.
Armstrong Economics Blog/Education
Re-Posted Feb 12, 2019 by Martin Armstrong
Virginia Republicans claimed the moral high ground as a blackface scandal left the state’s Democratic leadership on the brink of implosion. This is really retaliation for the entire Kavanaugh hearings. There is no statute of limitations for anything or anyone in government now. The Virginia black caucus of House Democrats have called for Governor Ralph Northam’s ouster. This is what I warned about. What was done to Kavanaugh has changed everything forever. There is no line that will not be crossed. Under such a standard, there is NO PERSON who can possibly survive.
Life is a journey for the acquisition of knowledge. In reality, we are an accumulation of our mistakes because the only way we progress in life is by making mistakes. We are not born with supreme knowledge. We all make mistakes in life for those are the events that shape our character. In the ’60s, I was not a druggie. I was a blind patriot who believed in the Vietnam War. As time progressed, I changed my view and began to see how the government would never tell the truth about such things. I once believed in the rule of law. I never bothered to look closely at the American justice system. Then I found that the US conviction rate had reached 99%, a record that beats the most notorious court in history run by Adolf Hitler whose conviction rate of Jews was 90%.
We are shaped by our mistakes throughout life. To go back to yearbooks and proclaim that someone is a racist 40 years later is rather stupid. If we are going to be held to whatever we thought when we were a teenager or college student, then we should just shut down the government right now and revert back to feudal times.
The only type of person to then qualify will be someone who has no experience because they claim never to have made a mistake. So their first big mistake will be managing society.