Former diplomats expect penalties for Saudi Arabia, but not soon or from Trump

by John Siciliano

{} ~ Former U.S. diplomats and analysts anticipate some kind of U.S. response, possibly sanctions, to the Saudi slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi… but not until after the midterm elections, and more driven by Congress than the president. “I think we may see some sanctions that may be initiated more by Congress than the executive branch,” said former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan, who served under President George W. Bush in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. “It may well be that Congress either passes a separate bill or puts a rider on legislation once they reconvene, which of course won’t be until three weeks from now,” Jordan added. He said the Senate has already moved in the direction of sanctions by sending a letter to President Trump last week requesting an investigation, which is the first step in a process laid out by a 2016 law aimed specifically at extrajudicial killings and torture, the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. The letters put the ball in Trump’s court to take actions within 120 days that could bar Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, implicated in Khashoggi’s death, from receiving travel visas to the U.S., while freezing his assets. There also could be broader sanctions imposed by the United Nations, or by some Western allies, Jordan said…


scumbag-Holder Rallies Resistance Inside Trump Admin: We Support You

by Nate Church

{} ~ Former Attorney General scumbag-Eric H. Holder Jr. sent a message of encouragement to discontented Justice Department… “career employees” on Friday morning. “Trump and Sessions are trying to destroy the traditions of the Justice Department,” scumbag-Holder wrote. “Hope is found in the career employees who stand for institutional norms. Now is the time for them to continue to be strong – change will come. We support you.” scumbag-Holder recently made news by pressing for the impeachment of President Trump under the 25th amendment. His message was a response to a report by the New York Times entitled “Justice Dept. Rank-and-File Tell of Discontent Over Sessions’s Approach,” compiling information and opinions gathered from “two dozen current and former career department lawyers who worked under Mr. Sessions. ”Former liar-Clinton administration Justice Department official Robert Litt told the Times he “can’t recall a time when morale has been as low as I have heard from some former colleagues.” Department spokeperson Sarah Isgur Flores disagrees… scumbag-Holder beings no hope but hate and destruction.


scumbag/clown-Schumer: There is too Much Political Correctness in This Country

by David Rutz

{} ~ Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag/clown-Schumer (D., N.Y.) said Friday there is too much “political correctness” in the United States these days… although he tagged both sides of the aisle as being to blame. Appearing on “Morning Joe” with scumbag/clown-Schumer to discuss the midterms, MSNBC host Steve Kornacki pointed out data analysis showing general Republican vulnerability with independent voters except in one area: “PC culture.” “They really detest PC culture, political correctness culture, and maybe they sense that the dummycrats-Democratic Party and liberals in general … don’t see it that way,” Kornacki said. “Is there too much political correctness in this country?” “I think there is too much political correctness in this country, but I think health care is far and away the dominant issue,” scumbag/clown-Schumer said. “There’s a lot of political correctness on both sides all the time, and it’s not the biggest issue, not even close. Biggest issue with independents? Health care.”… They have no idea what they are talking about.



Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After All

by Sharyl Attkisson

{} ~ An important and definitive “mainstream” government study done nearly a decade ago got little attention because the science came down on the wrong side… It found that after decades and billions of dollars spent promoting flu shots for the elderly, the mass vaccination program did not result in saving lives. In fact, the death rate among the elderly increased substantially. The authors of the study admitted a bias going into the study. Here was the history as described to me: Public health experts long assumed flu shots were effective in the elderly. But, paradoxically, all the studies done failed to demonstrate a benefit. Instead of considering that they, the experts, could be wrong–instead of believing the scientific data–the public health experts assumed the studies were wrong. After all, flu shots have to work, right? So the NIH launched an effort to do “the” definitive study that would actually prove, for the first time, once and for all, that flu shots were beneficial to the elderly. The government would gather some of the brightest scientific minds for the research, and adjust for all kinds of factors that could be masking that presumed benefit. But when they finished, no matter how they crunched the numbers, the data kept telling the same story: flu shots were of no benefit to the elderly. Quite the opposite. The death rate had increased markedly since widespread flu vaccination among older Americans. The scientists finally had to acknowledge that decades of public health thought had been mistaken. (Read the government study that found no flu shot benefit in elderly


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Coddling the Corn Belt

by Brian Mark Weber: At a recent Make America Great Again rally in Iowa, President Donald Trump stirred up the crowd by announcing that his administration had lifted the ban on the year-round production of E15 gas — fuel blended with 15% ethanol. That the news was revealed in Iowa is no coincidence: The state is host to a first-in-the-nation presidential caucus and holds six electoral votes that could make all the difference in 2020’s race to 270 electoral votes.

Also cheering for the president’s decision were Iowa’s two Republican senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, who responded by writing an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. “Biofuels are a part of everyday life in Iowa, the top corn- and ethanol-producing state in the U.S.,” the pair noted. “Ethanol supports more than 43,000 Iowa-based jobs and 350,000 jobs throughout the country, directly and indirectly. Ethanol contributed $44.4 billion to gross domestic product and $5 billion in federal tax revenue in 2017.”

So this is really about Making Iowa (and other Corn Belt states) Great Again, not America. Fair enough for two Hawkeye senators, but their ensuing dishonesty deserves to be challenged.

The Grassley-Ernst op-ed descended into frankly Orwellian terms, boasting of the “competition” brought by ethanol and lauding Trump’s move to undo an “scumbag/liar-nObama-era regulation” that “hinders consumer choice at the pump” and “deprived consumers of the ability to make their own fuel choices.” They claim that “consumer demand” should by all rights drive up the use of ethanol.

Yet all of that is exactly the opposite of reality. An onerous government mandate drives the use of ethanol, not consumer demand. And while Trump is technically “easing” a regulation to allow for year-round E15 sales, he’s actually boosting the overall Renewable Fuel Standard — one of the biggest and most draconian regulations in government. If consumers want gas with no ethanol, it’s tough to find. Only about 11% of gas stations in the U.S. offer pure gasoline, and it’s always significantly more expensive than its less-efficient, more-corrosive, ethanol-infused cousin.

No wonder Grassley fought so hard to save Brett Kavanaugh. The president got his Supreme Court justice, and Grassley ended up looking like the best friend Iowa farmers ever had.

But in order to truly drain the swamp, Republicans must occasionally gore their own oxen.

Our own Louis DeBroux recently wrote, “This move is entirely political. In fact, after the announcement, Trump held a MAGA rally in Iowa, and that was no coincidence. Between helping Iowa Republicans in the election and heartland farmers hurt by Trump’s own tariffs, the political ramifications are significant, so this decision is, sadly, hardly surprising.”

How did all this start anyway? Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw reminds us that dummycrats-Democrats and George W. Bush joined hands in 2007 to “require petroleum refiners to blend ever-increasing quantities of biofuels, chiefly ethanol, into gasoline, purportedly to promote energy independence and fight climate change.”

First of all, the U.S. is now the world’s number-one oil exporter. We need ethanol less today than ever before. And secondly, putting the debate on manmade global warming aside, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change both agree that producing ethanol is a greater threat to the environment in terms of land use, chemical runoff, lower food production, and total emissions.

Other issues that Iowa’s senators don’t seem concerned about include higher food prices, greater wear on engines that are built for gasoline, and increased environmental impact.

Investor’s Business Daily considers the fallout: “One of the most unexpected developments of the ethanol experiment is the loss of millions of acres of natural habitat to grow corn and soybeans, not for the dinner table but for the gas-station pump. Do we really want to use millions of acres of land for no reason other to satisfy the farm lobby? Equally bad is the use of agricultural nutrients and chemicals to grow the crops. Much of those fertilizers end up in runoff that ends up in our rivers and lakes, causing algae blooms and other negative effects. You pay for that clean up — not those making billions from these crops.”

Add in the billions of dollars spent by Americans to subsidize ethanol production in the past 30 years, and it’s pretty clear that this costly policy benefits only a relative handful of Corn Belt farmers and their political representatives in Washington.

Senators Grassley and Ernst both have a solidly conservative record on many issues, but they’re nothing more than self-interested swamp creatures when it comes to ethanol. And now President Trump is giving them exactly what they want. The president deserves great credit for keeping his promises and taking on establishment Washington, but his ethanol policy is feeding into the very swamp that he promised to drain.

~The Patriot Post  


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