Thursday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

BACKGROUND CHECKS: “Representatives from the White House and the Department of Justice met Tuesday with senior Republicans to discuss expanding background checks for the sale of firearms within the parameters of legislation first introduced by Senators Joe Manchin (D., W.V.) and Pat Toomey (R., Pa.). The relevant legislation seeks to expand background-check requirements to include ‘all advertised commercial sales, including sales at gun shows,’ according to an idea sheet first obtained by The Daily Caller. Such background checks would be conducted ‘either through an FFL [Federal Firearm Licensee] or through a newly-created class of licensed transfer agents.’” (National Review)

TRUDEAU’S HYPOCRISY: According to the Associated Press, “Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign was hit Wednesday by the publication of a yearbook photo showing him in brownface makeup at a 2001 costume party. The prime minister apologized and said ‘it was a dumb thing to do.’” Political commentator Matt Walsh observes, “Personally, I don’t give a damn what costume anyone wore 20 years ago. But, my Lord, the audacity to go around screaming ‘racist’ at everyone and everything while you know you have this in your background. That’s what gets me. That’s why Trudeau deserves to be pilloried.” He also points out, “Remember when Megyn Kelly was fired for simply talking about blackface?”

National Security

“AN ACT OF WAR”: Fox News reports: “U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday doubled down on accusations Iran is responsible for the weekend bombing on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, telling reporters that the strike was ‘an act of war.’ Pompeo, speaking from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, added that even if the ‘fraudulent claims’ of responsibility by the Yemen Houthi rebels were true, ‘it doesn’t change the fingerprints of the [Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] as having put at risk the global energy supply.’ His comments come hours after President Trump tweeted that he had ordered Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to ‘substantially increase sanctions’ on Iran, amid escalating tensions between the two countries.” Meanwhile, Sen. Tim Kaine — in true Trump Derangement Syndrome fashion — claimed, “We are provoking Iran every day with the sanctions and with military action, and they’re responding.”

IMMIGRATION-COURT BACKLOG: “The backlogged deportation docket pending in U.S. immigration courts surpassed one million cases in August, despite the Trump administration’s varied attempts to cut back on asylum claims. The backlog this year has grown at a record pace, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which tracks immigration court data. The figure has nearly doubled since President Trump took office in January 2017, when about 542,000 cases were pending.” (The Wall Street Journal)

LAND TRANSFER: “The Department of the Interior announced Wednesday they had transferred over 500 acres of federal land to the Army to build more barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. … Lands that were transferred over include parts in El Paso, Texas; San Diego, California; and Yuma, Arizona. The Department of Defense has allocated $3.6 billion to fund 11 barrier projects at the southern border following President Trump signing Presidential Proclamation 9844 in February.” (Washington Examiner)

Government & Politics

INTEREST-RATE CUT: “The Federal Reserve approved a much-anticipated quarter-point interest rate cut Wednesday but offered few indications that further reductions are ahead as members split on what to do next. Following its two-day policy meeting, the central bank announced that it would take down its benchmark overnight lending rate to a target range of 1.75% to 2%. That comes nearly two months after the policymaking Federal Open Market Committee went ahead with its first cut in 11 years.” (CNBC)

LEFTCOAST POLLUTION: “President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday that within a week, his administration will slap San Francisco with a notice of environmental violations related to the city’s homelessness problem. … Trump said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will give San Francisco a notice related to the ‘tremendous’ amount of pollution flowing into the ocean from the city’s storm sewers, Reuters reported. He also said hypodermic needles also littered the sewers there and were polluting the sea.” (Fox News)CLIMATE CHURCH: NBC News asks Americans to confess their climate-change sins (The Daily Caller)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: The California vehicle-emissions waiver and political disinformation (American Enterprise Institute)

POLICY: Medicare for All is already looking more expensive (Foundation for Economic Education)

HUMOR: All the other states beg California to add them to travel ban (The Babylon Bee)  

~The Patriot Post        

HASC Chair, Members Against U.S. Strike Against Iran for Refinery Attack

By John Grady

{ } ~ Three members of the House Armed Services Committee came down against U.S. armed retaliation against Iran for the attack on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities over the weekend… Rep. Michael Waltz ( R-Fla.), joined by HASC chair, Adam Smith, (D-Wash.) and Rep. Seth Mouton (D-Mass.) spoke against a U.S. operation striking Iran directly. Moulton said in answer to a question that any military action against Iran now would require new congressional approval, and the Trump administration could not fall back on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force resolution adopted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Smith said, “there is no legal justification for the use of military force” in coming to the military aid of Saudi Arabia in this instance. Right now, “we the House of Representatives don’t have a voice” when a president is committing American forces to military actions, citing the earlier approval, and that needed to change. Waltz said the production facilities’ strike “was right out of the Iran playbook” of using a proxy, the Houthis in Yemen, who claimed responsibility. The Houthis, engaged in the prolonged Yemeni civil war, are supported by Tehran. Saudi Arabia and its allies are backing the government actively with airstrikes and blockades of Houthi-controlled regions. As in other cases, including the bombing of the Beirut barracks killing more than 280 Marines in 1983, the strike was “just under the level where it causes a United States response” because another group claims to have done it. Waltz added that in the past, Iran, through its proxies including Hezbollah in Lebanon, continues to escalate a crisis until compelled to stop often by economic sanctions or actually Tehran achieves its goal. Smith said, “Saudi Arabia is problematic” as a partner of the United States with its record of quashing dissent and autocratic behavior. “Sunni extremism came out of Saudi Arabia,” he said and has become a global terrorist force. Earlier he noted that the growing danger to stability in Afghanistan was the rise of the Sunni Islamic State. He strongly cautioned against the United States taking sides in the Shia-Sunni struggle being waged for political and ideological power primarily in the Middle East…  

Inspector General Michael Horowitz Testifies on Matters of High Interest – FISA, Comey, McCabe, SpyGate

by sundance

{ } ~DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified before congress today on matters relating to the overall IG office…  However, with Democrat majority chairs refusing to call Horowitz for testimony on the recent scumbag-Comey Report, republicans on the House Oversight Committee took advantage of the opportunity to ask questions about the FISA investigation and the prior IG reports on scumbag-James Comey and Andrew McCabe. IG questioning by Rep. Hice begins to center on issues related to the IG report on FISA.  Mr. Horowitz discusses the current status of the FISA IG report as under rough draft review by AG Bill Barr, where decisions on classification are taking place.Rep Steube asks Horowitz about the criminal referral for James Comey. The IG responds that both Comey and McCabe were referred for the same overarching issues relating to the leaking of FBI material to the media. One interesting aspect (amid many) in this segment is Horowitz noting there is more evidence toward the referral of McCabe than currently exists publicly. Mr. Steube notes the stunning aspects about the DOJ Inspector General sending criminal referrals for both the Director of the FBI and Deputy Director of the FBI. Mr. Steube goes through the three prior IG reports scumbag/liar-Clinton Investigation, Andrew McCabe and scumbag-James Comey…  


scumbag-Soros Agents in Israel Caught Breaking Law Busing Arab Voters to the Polls

By David Sidman

{ } ~ In a previous article published by Breaking Israel News, it was reported that the Central Elections Committee issued an  injunction on Sunday… against the left-wing NGO Zazim‘s plan to organize and fund the transport of 15,000 Arab voters to polling stations on election day. The committee ruled that the initiative is in violation of Israel’s election laws. The Zazim organization is an anti-Israel NGO who is funded by the New Israel Fund (NIF), The NIF is backed by billionaire globalist scumbag-George Soros. But today, the right-wing Im Tirzu if you will it organization discovered that Zazim took over a convenient store inside of a gas station in southern Israel and turned it into a headquarters to organize the bus transports. The activists from Im Tirzu raided the gas station and confronted members of the group as they allegedly violated the court order in broad daylight. A confrontation ensued and one activist, Tom Nisani called the police to investigate his claims. Nisani alleged that despite a court issued injunction that prohibits them from organizing transportation for the Arab sector to polling stations, they were doing it anyways. Im Tirzu then had their attorney file a formal complaint with the Central Elections committee regarding the violation. It has been reported that the voter turn out in the Arab sector is unusually high today and that PA chairman Abu Mazen has instructed Arabs with Israeli citizenship to get out and vote. The confrontation below.  VIDEO:  

Scientists Accidentally Create ‘Super Mosquitoes’ That Can’t Be Killed


{ } ~ A strain of man-made, genetically modified mosquitoes that was created to decrease bug populations has turned out to be stronger and harder to kill than the natural mosquitoes… a report says. The report finds that an effort by scientist to create a sort of Trojan horse bug to infiltrate mosquito populations and kill them with a genetically modified bug that is supposed to be sterile has backfired spectacularly, according to The Sun  newspaper. Scientists created the species of bug and released it into the wild of the Brazilian forests near Jacobina, Brazil. The bug was supposed to decimate the mosquito population by reducing breeding. And for a short time, the bug population did begin to subside. However, months later, researchers realized that the bug population sudden exploded. Scientists now think that the man-made bug has proven much hardier than it was designed to be and is even harder to kill than the natural bugs. “Now traces of the genetically modified genes have been found in the natural population,” the paper reported. “This means they are successfully interbreeding.” “It is unclear how this may affect disease transmission or affect other efforts to control these dangerous vectors,” the researchers wrote in their study…    

The Climate Circus Comes to Town Again


{ } ~ I gather this Friday there is going to be a climate jamboree at the United Nations, and I know what you’re thinking: bor-ing. Yes, indeed… It’s not even worth filling out a Climate Doomsday bingo card with hits on “only 12 years left,” “climate crisis/emergency,” “the ice is melting,” etc. I may or may not have more to say about it depending on whether there is some original stupidity to be noted. For now, I see that the United Nations secretary general has announced that some countries that are expanding coal-fired power will not be allowed to speak at the UN conference as punishment for their sins. Which countries? Australia and Japan, for starters. They should count themselves lucky if you ask me. But then there’s this admission buried deep in the Financial Times story: However some coal-loving countries such as China and India, the world’s two biggest builders of new coal stations, will still speak at the summit, according to the draft agenda. The hypocrisy of the UN blackballing Australia and Japan is made evident from this chart of new coal power planned at the moment. Meanwhile, if you need further insight into why mainline Protestant Christianity continues to be in rapid decline, look no further than this Tweet this morning from Union Seminary’s  participation in the climate frenzy.  

Is ‘Democracy’ Dying in England and America?

Harold Hutchison:  There is a lot of talk of “democracy” on the campaign trail — especially from Democrats screaming that the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, or the loss of Stacey Abrams (and yes, she did lose) in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race, means that it is dying. If it is dying, though, it’s not because of Donald Trump or Brian Kemp. The threat is coming from those who protest the loudest.

Now, let’s get one thing straight: The United States of America is a constitutional republic, not a democracy. While there are many features of a democracy, like our elections and statewide referenda, there are other features that temper its control over policy and laws. The Constitution also established a breakwater. However, the term democracy is often used as a term for countries that have free and fair elections and free people — with the United States and the United Kingdom being among them. Part of the principles of democracy also include accepting the results of elections. This last part, though, is proving difficult on both sides of the Atlantic.For instance, let’s look at recent events in the United Kingdom regarding whether that country would remain in the European Union. In June 2016, the Brexit referendum passed with nearly 52% of the vote. It was a 3.78% margin of victory — one that pre-referendum polling did not see coming. The British people decided that they wanted out of the EU.What has happened in the three years after the referendum should be very concerning to those who loudly proclaim to believe in democracy. In essence, while a majority of the people of the United Kingdom wanted out of the European Union, the opposite was true when it came to the political establishment, not just in London, but in Brussels (EU headquarters) as well.In fact, to keep other countries from trying to follow the “Brexit” path, the European Union has tightened the screws on the United Kingdom, pour encourager les autres. This extortion plan was in place months before the Brexit vote.Meanwhile, there have been efforts to either force a second referendum (with the hopes that the bullying and blanket press coverage in favor of repudiating the 2016 vote), to cancel Brexit entirely, or to come up with a supposedly “soft Brexit” that would not really be a Brexit. Boris Johnson was elected as leader of the Conservative Party on the promise that the UK would be out of the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a deal. Yet various opposition parties in Parliament, with the aid of “Remainer” Conservatives, blocked a “no deal” Brexit. Then, they blocked a snap election.It’s pretty obvious here that the will of the British people is being thwarted. Would Brexit be painful? Voters assumed there would be some pain involved, yet they made the decision that the pain of Brexit was worth being free from Brussels bureaucrats. Now, they are seeing the majority of their elected officials try to thwart it any way they can. So, who is really killing democracy in the United Kingdom?We now turn to America to face the same question. The Brexit referendum would rank as the biggest political upset of the past decade, if not for Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, we’ve seen serious questions about abuse of power, which included turning the intelligence community on the presidential campaign of the political party not in power. There is a search for some accountability for Spygate, but getting it is like pulling teeth.In addition, there are many other abuses that need to be addressed. New York Democrat Gov. scumbag-Andrew Cuomo is openly trying to suppress the political activity of groups like the NRA that represent citizens who speak out against his anti-gun agenda.Democrats have long claimed that “voter suppression” caused the defeat of Stacey Abrams in Georgia. Brian Kemp, her Republican opponent in the gubernatorial race and secretary of state at the time, denies he suppressed votes. Abrams and her supporters haven’t offered evidence to support her opposite claim, yet they are allowed to repeatedly make it, and to claim that her defeat is a sign that democracy in America is dying.Yet the actions of scumbag-Cuomo (who has admitted publicly that he seeks to bankrupt the NRA) did suppress the political activity of the NRA in the 2018 midterms, and arguably tilted a governor’s race in Wisconsin and a Senate race in Arizona (among a number of close House races) in favor of candidates more receptive to his agenda. There is no small chance we could see similar suppression in the 2020 presidential race. scumbag-Cuomo doesn’t even bother to deny it; he proudly proclaims that such suppression is what he wants to see happen.So is democracy dying? Well, one key aspect is clearly not in good shape: The acceptance of election results. The efforts to stymie Brexit and the investigations of President Trump are not good signs — and you can bet that these actions will see reciprocal ones in kind should better angels not prevail. Worse, in America, the string of abuses we have seen in recent years are endangering the concept of free and fair elections.Benjamin Franklin famously told someone who asked what had come from the Constitutional Convention: “A republic, if you can keep it.” This next election cycle could wind up being very decisive in determining if America keeps its republic.  ~The Patriot Post  


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