Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: HISTORY CHARRED: “The famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was engulfed in flames on Monday leading to the collapse of the structure’s main spire,” according to Fox News. “The intense flames leaped out from two of its bell towers minutes before the spire collapsed, and later spread to one of the cathedral’s iconic rectangular towers. However, the main structure of the cathedral remained intact, the Paris fire chief said, adding that the blaze was stopped from spreading to the northern belfry.” More lucidly, however, the fire is an important metaphor for Western Christianity.

dirty cop-MUELLER REPORT TICK-TOCK: “Attorney General William Barr plans to release the final report of special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian efforts to sway the 2016 election Thursday. … The 400-page document … will be transmitted to Congress and made public at roughly the same time. Barr said he will keep parts of the report secret.” (USA Today)

BILL WELD’S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: “Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld announced Monday that he will mount a Republican primary challenge against incumbent Donald Trump. … Weld’s first foray into national politics came in [the 2016 election], when he served as libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson’s running mate. Johnson and Weld ended up capturing just 3.6 percent of the popular vote after a devastating gaffe in which Johnson admitted he was not aware of the existence of the Syrian city of Aleppo, where intense sectarian fighting was then taking place.” (National Review)

commie-SANDERS KEEPS THE WEALTH: The Washington Post reports, “Sen. commie-Bernie Sanders, who has made income inequality a hallmark of his presidential campaign, earned with his wife about $566,000 last year and $1.15 million in 2017, putting them in the nation’s highest income brackets. … commie-Sanders’s annual Senate salary is $174,000. Much of his income came from books he has written about his democratic socialist platform, which includes a call for higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans. … The commie-Sanders campaign said in a news release that he paid a 26 percent effective tax rate in 2018.” Meanwhile, according to NBC News, “The Patriotic Millionaires, a group of about 200 wealthy individuals … say they should be taxed more, and as soon as possible.” Neither commie-Sanders nor the Patriotic Millionaires are prohibited from writing bigger checks to the IRS.

THE FLIP SIDE OF THE TAX COIN: “Of the 150,272,157 tax returns filed for the 2016 tax year, 50,219,667 — or 33.4 percent — were classified by the Internal Revenue Service as ‘nontaxable returns,’ meaning the people who filed them paid $0 or less in income taxes, according to data published by the Statistics of Income Division of the IRS. At the same time, 80 percent of all income taxes paid that year were paid by tax return filers who had adjusted gross incomes of $100,000 or more.” (CNS News)

A BLIND SQUIRREL FINDS A NUT: “Socialist Rep. commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced on Sunday that she is no longer using Facebook and is cutting back on all social media for health reasons associated with being too engaged with social media,” the The Daily Wire reveals. ‘I actually think that social media poses a public health risk to everybody,’ commie-Ocasio-Cortez said. ‘There are amplified impacts for young people, particularly children under the age of 3 with screen time. But I think it has a lot of effects on older people. I think it has effects on everybody. Increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism.’“ Ironically, firebrands like commie-AOC are an important component behind social media’s devolving into a toxic morass.

SWEET RECOMPENSE? “Philadelphia’s soda tax is barely two years old, but many local lawmakers are saying they’ve seen enough. … Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, a member of Philadelphia’s city council, introduced a bill last month that would phase out and potentially eliminate the soda tax. … Philadelphia’s soda tax, which imposed a 1.5-cent-per-ounce levy on sweetened drinks, raised $79 million in its first year. … While that $79 million sounds great, in fact, the tax lagged projections by about 17 percent. Apparently, pennywise consumers with the means to do so don’t mind shopping outside the city for soda (and when they do, they take other shopping business with them). This leaves the bulk of the tax to be paid by the city’s lower-income population.” (Foundation for Economic Education)

SOCIAL-JUSTICE PANDERING: “The country’s only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year. … Transgender men will be allowed to enroll in [Morehouse College] for the first time in 2020. Students who identify as women but were born male cannot enroll, however, and anyone who transitions from male to female will not be automatically eligible to receive a degree from the institution.” (Associated Press)

POLICY: The U.S. must remain wary of the International Criminal Court even after its decision to not target Americans (The Daily Signal)

POLICY: One way to save the planet: Build more nuclear plants (New York Post)

HUMOR: White House implements new policy of dropping all illegal immigrants off at Nancy Pulosi’s house (The Babylon Bee)

~The Patriot Post



Satellite shows possible destruction of Iranian missile factory in Syria

by Anna Ahronheim

{ jpost.com } ~ Satellite images released by the Israeli intelligence firm ImageSat International (ISI) on Sunday showed the complete destruction of a possible Iranian surface-to-surface missile factory in Syria’s Masyaf District… allegedly struck by Israel on Saturday. “The main industrial structures were completely destroyed, including the main hangar and the adjacent three production hangers and buildings. The rest of the structures were affected and damaged by the blast,” ISI said, adding that they “assess that all the elements and/or equipment which were inside are completely destroyed as well.” According to ISI, “if the bombed site was indeed a missile factory, it could allow for the production and assembly of different SSM surface-to-surface missile elements or for improving the accuracy of missiles.” The factory, ISI said, is located in the vicinity of other facilities likely linked to Iran’s SSM project in Syria, which have previously been struck in alleged Israeli strikes carried out over the past two years. The factory was built in the western compound of the base between 2014 and 2016, and was surrounded by a wall to separate it from the rest of the military base. The entrance to the factory passes through the base. “It is possible that the location of the factory inside what looks like a regular military base was chosen in order to camouflage its real purpose,” ISI said. While ISI wrote, “It is unclear which entity controls and owns the base” – the Syrian army, Iran or militias – if the factory allegedly attacked by Israel was “indeed controlled by Iran, it is probable that the eastern part of the base is controlled by them.”…  https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Satellite-shows-destruction-of-possible-Iranian-missile-factory-in-Syria-586837


The EU Still Appeasing the Mullahs

by Majid Rafizadeh

{ .gatestoneinstitute.org} ~ The European Union, in an unfathomable move, has been taking the side of the Iranian government, and turning its back on its old transatlantic partner, the United States… which recently announced plans to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), reportedly to take effect this week. The Trump administration has taken a tougher stance towards Iran’s dark and hegemonic ambitions. Meanwhile, despite Iran’s destructive behavior, such as support for terror and militia groups across the region, the European Union has chosen to help the ruling mullahs of Iran, ostensibly to maintain the flimsy, illegal, never-signed, unratified “nuclear deal” — but possibly even more as an embarrassingly transparent attempt, if the EU could be embarrassed, to navigate around US economic and political pressure and continue doing business with Iran’s regime. This loyalty to a tyranny has taken place has despite terror and assassination plots that Iran has brought to the EU since the establishment of the nuclear deal, such as several political assassination attempts committed in the EU by Iran’s agents. One evening in November 2017, as Ahmad Mola Nissi returned to his home in The Hague, an assassin gunned him down at his front door. The 52-year-old Dutch citizen of Iranian origin had been a critic of the Iranian government and prominent figure in the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz. He had fought for the safety and liberation of others and was gunned down where he should have felt the safest. The Dutch authorities publicly announced for the first time that it had “strong indications” the Iranian government had commissioned the murder… Why is EU being so stupid. https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14027/eu-appeasing-iran


Sanctuary Cities Welcome Illegal Aliens With ‘Open Arms’ While 38K American Veterans Remain Homeless

by John Binder

{ breitbart.com } ~ Sanctuary cities across the United States are responding to President Donald Trump’s threat to bus border crossers and illegal aliens to their jurisdictions… saying they plan to welcome all illegal immigration with “open arms” despite soaring homelessness problems. Last week, Trump threatened to bus border crossers and illegal aliens into sanctuary cities and states, like California and New York City, if the country’s asylum laws were not changed. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Sunday confirmed that the White House is considering the plan.“The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities,” Trump posted on Twitter over the weekend. “We hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known or it’s poor management & high taxes!” Sanctuary city mayors like Oakland, California, Mayor Libby Schaaf have responded to Trump’s threat by saying they plan to welcome any and all illegal aliens to their cities — even those cities that are struggling with rising homelessness. Currently, there are nearly 38,000 homeless American veterans across the country. “Oakland welcomes all, no matter where you came from or how you got here,” Schaaf wrote on Twitter…  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/14/sanctuary-cities-welcome-illegal-aliens-38k-veterans-homeless/

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In 1 Chart, How Your Taxes Are Spent

by Justin Bogie and Adam Michel

{ dailysignal.com } ~ It’s nice to have more money in your pocket. And thanks to the 2017 tax cuts, the typical American is now paying less in taxes… But that’s not to say we’re not still sending a hefty sum of money to Washington. Tally up all the payroll and other taxes on earnings and income, and you’ll find that the average American household forks over more than $26,000 to the feds each year. Last year, Washington collected more than $3.3 trillion in taxes. So where exactly does all that money go? Some believe most of it goes to foreign aid and defense. Others think corporate subsidies dominate the budget. In reality, health entitlements—Medicare, Medicaid, scumbag/liar-nObamacare—and Social Security are the largest and fastest growing programs. Unless Congress fixes these four programs, they—and the ever-growing interest payments on the national debt—will consume every dollar of taxes paid by 2041. That leaves no money for anything else. Uncle Sam couldn’t spend a penny on defense, food assistance, highways, or education without driving the country further into debt. Right now, Medicare, Medicaid, and scumbag/liar-nObamacare subsidies account for more than a quarter (28.8%) of all federal spending. Ten years from now, they’re projected to gobble up more than a third of the budget. Meanwhile, Social Security, the single largest federal program, accounts for roughly a quarter of all federal spending all by itself. Its trust funds already pay out more than they take in, and its finances will only deteriorate faster as more and more boomers retire… https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/04/14/in-1-chart-how-your-taxes-are-spent/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTkRFelpXWTNZVEV3TkRaaiIsInQiOiJnYzRXZzdcLzB0bEFRcTFXRUoyRHRYZGprWXNBYTRGVWkzOVB4OW5YcTA5aFRaVFZnXC8ybTNVWTZuXC8xQXQ2VnpSMGVxVks4MFpsXC90ckU5SUYySWJXTE5kaE1Ld0p5XC9JK2pEVXdFTDVJNnlvNVcwcTRNK21PQ3lXYlwvSzhtQkJ1OCJ9


Preferred Pronouns or Prison

by Abigail Shrier

{prageru.com} ~ “He.” “She.” “They.” Have you ever given a moment’s thought to your everyday use of these pronouns?… It has probably never occurred to you that those words could be misused. Or that doing so could cost you your business or your job—or even your freedom. Journalist Abigail Shrier explains how this happened and why it’s become a major free speech issue.  https://www.prageru.com/video/preferred-pronouns-or-prison/


The ‘MAGA Bomber’ Hoaxer — Guilty

Mark Alexander: Six months ago (two weeks before the 2018 midterm) there was wall-to-wall headline saturation about the “MAGA Bomber.” But you may have missed the news about the perpetrator’s plea a few weeks ago, as it received little attention.

Last October, with all the Democrat Party and Leftmedia propagandist political guns firing relentless salvos against Donald Trump and his congressional Republicans, “bombs” started showing up in the mail of notable leftists and their media outlets.

At the time, I wrote that the devices appeared to be inert — fake bombs, a hoax. I noted, “If a bomb was designed for detonation upon opening, it would have a very different triggering mechanism — like those sent by leftist Theodore John Kaczynski, a.k.a. the ‘Unabomber,’ who actually killed people.”

I also wrote then, and want to emphasize now, “To be clear, whether or not these devices were intended to detonate or disrupt, this is, by definition, an act of terrorism.”

As it was quickly discovered, this hoax was perpetrated by a bankrupt, homeless sociopath with a long criminal history, who was living in a van plastered with pro-Trump and anti-Democrat stickers. He was arrested within days of the first devices being discovered, and at a press conference, FBI Director Chris Wray reported that the devices contained “energetic material that can become combustible when subjected to heat or friction” — actually, as we know now, scrapings from common fireworks sparklers. Wray declared these were not “not hoax devices.”

However, based on all the evidence I have seen (which is not all the evidence), and moreover the perspective of knowledgeable sources with whom I have spoken, these devices were obviously constructed by an amateur hoaxer. The perp did not intend for the devices to detonate. They were clearly not designed nor did they have the ability to detonate, and the only way they would have caught fire is if the recipient had put a match to the material — just as a match is used to light a sparkler.

A week after the Wray’s comments, I confirmed that, within 24 hours of the packages being received, federal investigators briefed key members of Congress and indicated the “bombs” were inert. But it was curious that those federal officials did not advise the public that the bombs were a hoax, though perhaps they did not want to say that in the event that there were real devices that had not yet been received.

Of course, this incident provided a pre-election opening for the leftist collective chorus to claim Trump was responsible for this hate crime, when in fact, it is Democrats whose entire rhetorical platform is based on fear, anger, and hate. Despite the perpetrator being labeled the “MAGA Bomber,” the irony is that it’s Democrats who are bombing efforts to make America great again!

Late last month, the hoax perp pled guilty to charges related to sending the packages by mail, telling the U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, “I knew these actions were wrong. I’m extremely sorry.” Asked by the judge, “Did you intend they would explode?” the perp responded, “No, sir. … The devices would have never exploded or worked. The fireworks were sparkler type.”

According to Geoffrey Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, “For five days in October 2018, Cesar Sayoc rained terror across the country, sending high-ranking officials and former elected leaders explosive packages through the mail.” Coincidentally, that is the same District that is still pursuing Trump, alleging campaign-finance violations — the Democrats’ last fodder for impeachment.

However, from all information I have been able to review, the packages contained hoax devices sent by a lunatic. Again, let me reiterate that sending these packages, regardless of the fact they were never designed, intended, or capable of detonation and harm still constitutes an act of terrorism. But the fact that the FBI never cleaned up Wray’s claims about these devices is, to say the least, unprofessional.

To put this into perspective, consider the case of the deranged commie-Bernie Sanders supporter, an scumbag/liar-nObama “99%”er from Illinois, who attempted the mass murder of congressional Republicans in June 2017. Had he used blanks, that hoax would have deserved universal condemnation and criminal charges, but within 24 hours, the story would have been out of the Demo-MSM headlines — because the perp was a leftist. However, he used live ammunition and intended to kill many Republicans that day — and would have succeeded if there had not been good guys with guns who stopped his assault.

Notably, that assailant almost killed then-House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). Ironically, just prior to the bomb hoax incidents last October, Scalise issued a warning about uncivil rhetoric, saying, “In America, we win battles at the ballot box, not through mob rule or intimidation. While it’s clear many Democrats refuse to accept the election of President Trump, if they want change, they need to convince people with their ideas and actually win elections, rather than call for violent resistance, harassment, and mob rule.” ~The Patriot Post



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