Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

ANOTHER LEAK: “President Trump pushed the Australian prime minister during a recent telephone call to help Attorney General William P. Barr gather information for a Justice Department inquiry that Mr. Trump hopes will discredit the Mueller investigation,” The New York Times reports, citing “two American officials with knowledge of the call.” However, as Erick Erickson points out, “If the President of the United States wants to ask Australia to help the Attorney General investigate 2016, it is his right to do so. This is an absolute nothing burger of a story.” He adds, “I have never bought into the coup rhetoric, but this is starting to look like the President and intelligence services are at war with each other.”

GIULIANI SUBPOENAED: “Democrats on Monday subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer who was at the heart of Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate political rival loose lips liar-Joe Biden’s family. … With Congress out of session for observance of the Jewish holidays, Democrats moved aggressively against Giuliani, requesting by Oct. 15 ‘text messages, phone records and other communications’ that they referred to as possible evidence. They also requested documents and depositions from three of his business associates.” (Associated Press)

Government & Politics

DOWN ANOTHER MAN: “Republican congressman Chris Collins, one of the first members of Congress to throw his support behind President Trump, reportedly resigned his congressional seat Monday a day before he is expected to plead guilty to insider-trading charges he had previously vowed to fight. Collins, 69, is accused of working with his son, Cameron Collins, to avoid more than $700,000 in losses using confidential information about the Australian company Innate Immunotherapeutics.” (National Review)

FAKE HATE CRIME: “The family of a young girl who claimed to be the victim of a hate crime at a Virginia Christian school where Karen Pence teaches admitted Monday that the girl invented the incident. The 12-year-old girl told her grandmother Wednesday that three boys in her grade at Springfield’s Immanuel Christian School held her down and cut her dreadlocks while using the racially charged term ‘nappy.’ … Major news outlets emphasized that Second Lady Karen Pence is an art teacher at Immanuel Christian’s elementary school.” (The Washington Free Beacon)

Other Notables

HONG KONG BATTLEFIELD: “Hong Kong police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at pro-democracy protesters throwing petrol bombs in the Asian financial hub on Tuesday as its Chinese rulers celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic. … The South China Morning Post and television reports said at least one person was wounded in the chest by police firing live rounds.” (Reuters)

MANUFACTURING CONTRACTION CONTINUES: “A gauge of U.S. manufacturing slumped to the lowest level in more than 10 years in September as exports dived amid the escalated trade war. The U.S. manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index from the Institute for Supply Management plunged to 47.8% in September, the lowest since June 2009, marking the second consecutive month of contraction. Any figure below 50% signals a contraction.” (CNBC)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: Releasing more call transcripts will cripple future presidents (Issues & insights)

POLICY: Funding by crisis doesn’t have to be the status quo (The Heritage Foundation)

HUMOR: BOMBSHELL: Shadowy spies say Trump has overdue library book (The Daily Wire)  

~The Patriot Post


With The Help Of Media, Democrats Are Smearing The NRA 

By David Harsanyi

{thefederalist.com  } ~ National Public Radio’s Tim Mak has been on the NRA-is-a-Russian-front beat for some time now. You may find a journalistic project predicated on a determined outcome a bit odd… but that’s how things seem to work these days. The latest article in the series is headlined “NRA Was ‘Foreign Asset’ To Russia Ahead of 2016, New Senate Report Reveals,” and it reads like a partisan talking points memo, with not a single hint of skepticism to be found anywhere. The “report” itself, written by Sen. scumbag-Ron Wyden of Oregon, is larded with suspenseful prose that works to create the impression that completely legal and innocuous interactions are part of a nefarious plot. The only thing it “reveals” is that Senate Democrats have no qualms leveling tendentious claims and spreading conspiracy theories. scumbag-Wyden should have been asked two simple questions: 1: Where we can find evidence demonstrating that the National Rifle Association acted in the interests of the Russian government rather than the interests of its members or its core mission in defending gun rights? Surely a sitting senator wouldn’t accuse an advocacy group with millions of members of being a “foreign asset”—I mean, it’s right there on the cover!—without the presence of at least one corroborating piece of evidence. An email? A phone call? A witness? 2: Where in the report can we find evidence that backs up your long-held contention that Kremlin lackey Alexander Torshin or his sidekick Maria Butina—or anyone else, for that matter—“illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency” in 2016? Surely there’s a bank receipt or transaction record or a witness who supports this spectacular allegation? The FBI and former special counsel Robert Mueller, armed with subpoena powers and an unlimited scope, reportedly investigated the issue of Russian money and the NRA, and even they turned up nothing. The answer is there is no such evidence. A full fisking of the document would be longer than the actual report. Although a reader really only needs to follow some of the footnotes to understand just how preposterous scumbag-Wyden’s work really is…  https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/30/with-the-help-of-media-democrats-are-smearing-the-nra/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=8090231f55-RSS_The_Federalist_Daily_Updates_w_Transom&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-8090231f55-83771801  

Pentagon Deploys Assets to Saudi Arabia to Deter Additional Iranian Attacks

by Bradley Bowman and Andrew Gabel

{fdd.org } ~ In response to the September 14 attack on Saudi oil facilities, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced  plans on Thursday… to deploy additional personnel and air and missile defense assets to the Middle East – including one Patriot battery, four Sentinel radars, and 200 support personnel. This deployment represents the latest American effort to deter Iranian aggression and highlights the growing and evolving air and missile threat to the United States and its partners. At a press conference last week, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford said that Riyadh had requested U.S. assistance following the September 14 attack. “The Iranian regime is waging a deliberate campaign to destabilize the Middle East and impose costs on the international economy,” Esper said. The attack, Esper continued, carried Tehran’s fingerprints. “It is clear,” he said, “that the weapons used in the attack were Iranian-produced and not launched from Yemen.” This week, despite disagreements regarding the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany joined the U.S. in blaming Tehran for the attack. The Patriot is one of the most effective and combat-experienced point defense systems for countering ballistic missiles, yet its radar system covers only a limited scope. The Patriot has been in the U.S. inventory for decades but is currently undergoing a major modernization that includes a variety of command, control, and radar improvements. As of August, the Army had upgraded nine of its 15 Patriot battalions. Reflecting continued U.S. concerns about further Iranian escalation, DOD is also deploying the AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel, an X-Band, 360-degree phased array air defense radar with a 75-km range. The Pentagon also approved “prepare-to-deploy-orders” for additional forces, which include two additional Patriot batteries and a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD)…  https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2019/09/27/pentagon-deploys-assets-to-saudi-arabia-to-deter-additional-iranian-attacks/  

China Launches First Type 075 Big Deck Amphibious Warship

By Xavier Vavasseur

{usni.org } ~ China’s first amphibious assault ship, a Landing Helicopter Dock known as Type 075, was launched in Shanghai on Thursday… The People’s Liberation Army Navy PLAN or Chinese Navy, the customer of the vessel, said in a statement that after a brief ceremony starting at 9:20 am at a CSSC’s Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard, waters began to be pumped into a dry dock in which the ship’s hull was built. Participants at the ceremony – officials from the central and Shanghai governments, officers from the Central Military Commission’s Equipment Development Department and the PLA Navy, executives of the State-owned conglomerate China State Shipbuilding Corp as well as the vessel’s designers and construction workers – applauded as they watched the launch process, the statement said, without providing more details about the event. According to the PLAN, the new class of ship was domestically developed and constructed. It will have a strong capability to carry out amphibious combat and other tasks. The Chinese navy added that in the next phase, engineers will start outfitting and fine-tuning the vessel’s equipment and then conduct mooring tests and sea trials. The Chinese Navy officially started in 2011 development work on the Type 075, a helicopter carrier project displacing more than 30,000 tonnes. Its aim is likely to increase the “vertical” amphibious assault capability with the very mountainous East Coast of Taiwan in mind…https://news.usni.org/2019/09/27/china-launches-first-type-075-big-deck-amphibious-warship?utm_source=USNI+News&utm_campaign=07973f3391-USNI_NEWS_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0dd4a1450b-07973f3391-231491269&mc_cid=07973f3391&mc_eid=3999f18767  

Huawei Wants the World’s Next Trojan Horse to Be Chinese

by Gordon G. Chang

{gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ Rob Strayer, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications Policy, told reporters in Brussels on September 26… that the Trump administration is unlikely to grant another 90-day blanket waiver for transactions with China’s Huawei Technologies. A 90-day waiver from Commerce Department prohibitions, the second granted, will expire November 19. A refusal to grant a third waiver to the Chinese company, the world’s largest telecom networking equipment manufacturer and second-largest smartphone maker, would be the right move for the United States. After all, why should President Trump allow our companies to help Beijing steal the world’s data and remotely control devices connected to the internet? In May, the Commerce Department, effective the 16th of that month, added Huawei to its “Entity List.” The designation meant no American company, without prior approval from Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, could sell or license to Huawei products and technology covered by the U.S. Export Administration Regulations. Beijing has continually demanded the withdrawal of the designation and has made such a climbdown one of its preconditions to a comprehensive trade deal with the U.S. Since then, the Chinese have, in addition to threats, also tried to get off the Entity List with sugar. This month, in a conversation with Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei said he was “open to sharing our 5G technologies and techniques with U.S. companies, so that they can build up their own 5G industry.” Thursday, the 74-year-old repeated the proposal during a live-streamed conversation with Stanford University academics Jerry Kaplan and Peter Cochrane. “We would like to offer an exclusive license to one company from the West so that it’s able to achieve economies of scale to support a business,” Ren said. “With this one company, I think it should be a U.S. company.” Bloomberg reported the license would cover chip designs, hardware, and source code. The catch? As Ren told Friedman, “the U.S. side has to accept us at some level for that to happen.”…https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14936/huawei-china-trojan-horse  .US Fracking Will Continue Its Forward MarchBy Todd Royal{americanthinker.com } ~ The Abqaiq attack in Saudi Arabia by Iran, or one of its proxies, is the largest oil and petrochemical disruption in over fifty years. Over 5.7 mb/d was lost, and estimates are that it will take months or weeks to return to full production… The interruption highlights Saudi Aramco’s vulnerabilities and how energy infrastructure can be shut down via military forces or environmental demonstrations like what recently occurred in Houston, Texas. The world needs U.S. fracking to continue unabated. No other country has the stability and proven reserves like the U.S. Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia want higher oil prices to balance their budgets. However, the U.S. shale revolution that has upended global oil supplies and geopolitics is the deterrent to energy attacks. American fracking has changed the world, and the U.S.-led liberal order in place for over seventy-five years, for the better. U.S. fracking’s forward march will have negative and positive consequences. The geopolitical risk premium and international tensions now affect supplies in a way we haven’t seen since the 1973 OPEC embargo. The International Energy Agency (IEA) perceives oil being tight now even before Iranian hostilities but considers that a huge surplus is in the offing for 2020.  OPEC’s ability to stabilize oil prices will be offset by unabated drilling coming from U.S. states such as Texas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. An oil glut could crash prices in 2020 unless war  breaks out in the Middle East. Even before the oil field and infrastructure bombings, the new Saudi oil minister wants to rebuild trust within OPEC. A source told Reuters, “The new minister likes decisions to be unanimous instead of being presented as just Saudi-Russian agreements. He wants a united front.” This realignment has caused OPEC member-states to seek further compliance in cuts to boost prices. It will be difficult for markets to decide if the minister is hawkish or diplomatic in his bid to protect the kingdom and prepare for the Saudi Aramco IPO. An interesting decision came from the Netherlands, when the Dutch government announced stopping all exploration and production (E&P) in its massive Groningen field by 2022. Earthquake severity is the reason. There hasn’t been an announcement as to what replaces this large source of energy and electricity…https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/09/us_fracking_will_continue_its_forward_march.html  

Climate Rhetoric Begets Child Abuse … and Suicide

Jordan Candler:  Greta Thunberg’s prominence is sullied by the incredibly unfortunate reality that the teenager has been grotesquely proselytized and exploited by a cabal of opportunistic adults intent on leveraging a fraudulent climate crusade to elevate globalism, dispense with capitalism, and rupture the fossil-fuel industry.

Thunberg has made two particularly inauspicious remarks this year, starting at January’s World Economic Forum in Davos, where she conveyed, “I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house was on fire, because it is.”

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjsLm5PCdVQ

Then, at this week’s United Nations Climate Action Summit, she intoned, “You all come to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is the money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.” 

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwzwDJ-Ym5k

Ricochet editor-in-chief Jon Gabriel observes, “None of this is healthy, neither for Ms. Thunberg nor for anyone else. Especially other kids.” Indeed it’s not.As foolish as it may sound to rational thinkers, climate anxiety is blighting the impressionable minds of our youth. An extremely disheartening tweet is currently floating around Twitter in which a man informs us that a 14-year-old kid at his wife’s school took his own life due to overwhelming fear related to climate change.Furthermore, Gabriel notes, “According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly one-third of all 13- to 18-year olds will experience an anxiety disorder. The numbers continue to go up; between 2007 and 2012, anxiety in children and teens rose 20 percent. The suicide rate for young Americans is now the highest ever recorded. Between 2000 and 2017, the number of suicides has doubled for females aged 15 to 24. Males between 15 and 19 killed themselves at a rate of 17.9 per 100,000, up from 13 per 100,000 in 2000.”In other words, while committing suicide over something as nuanced as global warming should be incomprehensible, child anxiety isn’t all that unusual. And it can come in any form. Child suicide “is no joke,” says Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, who broke ties with the organization in the 1980s. “Young people have always been vulnerable to feelings of hopelessness. Greta is fueling those fears.”And yet it’s very important that we peg the real catalyst of that fear. It’s not Thunberg. It’s those who have convinced her and others that “mass extinction” is underway. The corollary is more suicides.We’re constantly being lectured that people will die from global warming. The irony is that people are dying over global-warming rhetoric.  ~The Patriot Post



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