“Leftist Fight Club” at UCF? Did Obama Pressure Pope Benedict to Resign? Helena’s News Roundup!

socialist fight club“Leftist Fight Club” at Public University Targets Republicans – Citizen Action

In FL? “A club at a taxpayer-funded univ in FL advocates violence against political conservatives and trains members in a “leftist fight club” open to everyone but Republicans. The group is called Knights for Socialism and, though there are hundreds like it in college campuses across the country, it appears to be in a class of its own for openly threatening violence. Judicial Watch (JW) obtained records under Fl’s Sunshine Law about the group which is operating at the Univ. of Central Florida, a publicly-funded institution in Orlando with an enrollment of about 55,000.The club’s mission is to “establish a new society based on socialism in which democracy is extended from politics to the economy and where production of goods and services is based on human need instead of private profit,” the records obtained by JW state.”


Congress Demands Investigation Into Obama Admin Meddling in Foreign Elections

Good! “A group of senators is calling on Secretary of State Tillerson to launch an investigation into efforts by the Obama administration to sway foreign elections by sending taxpayer funds to “extreme and sometimes violent pol activists” that promote leftist causes, according to a copy of the letter.The lawmakers disclosed multiple conversations with for diplomats who outlined active political meddling by the Obama administration’s State Dept, including the use of taxpayer funds to support leftist causes in Macedonia, Albania, Latin America, and Africa. A portion of this State Dept funding appears to have gone to organizations supported by Soros..The senators are asking Tillerson to launch a full-scale investigation into these funding efforts in order to determine how the Obama administration sought to promote left-leaning causes and political parties across the globe.”

Napolitano: ‘Three intelligence sources’ say Obama used British intel service to spy on Trump

Wow! “Napolitano believes Obama might have gone “outside the chain of command” in order to spy on then-candidate Trump during the 2016 election. Napolitano, a former NJ Superior Court judge, made the bombshell claim that “3 intelligence sources” told the network that Obama used GCHQ, a British intelligence agency, to spy on the Trump campaign in order to avoid any record of the alleged wiretapping.“3 intelligence sources have informed Fox News that Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI and he didn’t use the DOJ,” “He used GCHQ.”According to the Fox analyst, GCHQ has “24-hour access” to the NSA’s database…. “And there’s no American fingerprints on this.”


Rachel Maddow Turned a Scoop on Donald Trump’s Taxes Into a Cynical, Self-Defeating Spectacle

From Slate? “At 7:36 pm Tues, Maddow tweeted “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously),” sending the internet into a frenzy of theorizing. Did Maddow have Trump’s tax returns or just one of the Trumps’ tax returns? Could this be it, the tax return that would bring down the Donald? If this was it, why wasn’t MSNBC cutting into its programming, instead of running a countdown clock to Maddow’s show? By 8:30, still half an hour before Maddow started airing, the White House had responded to the MSNBC report, saying that Trump had paid $38 million on income of $150 million that year. An hour later Maddow would confirm these numbers, turning her big scoop about Trump’s long-missing tax returns into a cautionary tale about over-hype. Rachel Maddow, you played yourself-and us too.”


House Subcommittee Passes Legislation to Scale Back Standardized Testing

Good News! “A FL House panel took one step closer to cutting back on testing by passing legislation to curb standardized testing. Tues, the FL House PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee passed HB 773, which would limit standardized testing in FL.The proposal, dubbed the “Fewer, Better Tests” legislation, would would move testing to the end of the school year and shorten the testing window from 9 weeks to 3 weeks. The FSA is currently administered during the springtime. HB 773 would also require FL Commissioner of Educ Stewart to review both the SAT and ACT tests to determine whether or not their results could be used in place of the FSA. If passed, the bill would also ensure teachers get their students’ testing results in a timely manner. District-level assessment results would be given to teachers within a week of administration…“It’s encouraging that we have bipartisan support to address this key issue affecting our students and teachers,” he said.”


Trump budget expected to seek historic contraction of federal workforce

Great News! “Trump’s budget proposal this week would shake the federal government to its core if enacted, culling back numerous programs and expediting a historic contraction of the fed workforce.This would be the first time the gov has executed cuts of this magnitude since the drawdown following World War II, economists and budget analysts said.The spending budget Trump is set to release Thurs will offer the clearest snapshot of his vision for the size and role of gov. Aides say that the president sees a new Washington emerging from the budget process, one that prioritizes the military and homeland security while slashing many other areas, including housing, foreign assistance, environmental programs, public broadcasting and research. Simply put, government would be smaller and less involved in regulating life with private companies and states playing a much bigger role.”


Science deniers in the wind industry

Must Read! “Like the tobacco industry before it, the wind industry has spent decades vehemently denying known harmful consequences associated with its product, while promoting its fraudulent feel-good image..The problem with wind energy is not just its costly, subsidized, unreliable electricity; the need to back up every megawatt with redundant fossil-fuel power; or its impacts on wildlife and their habitats. Infrasound and low-frequency noise produced by Wind Turbines directly cause adverse human health effects..The Israeli army has used low-frequency sound pulses as crowd control for years. People are made nauseous and confused, with blurred vision, vertigo, headaches, tachycardia, heightened BP, pain and ringing in the ears, difficulties with memory and concentration, anxiety, depression, irritability, and panic attacks.”


Trump administration sends judges to immigration detention centers: sources

Great Idea!! “The DOJ is deploying 50 judges to immigration detention facilities across the US.The dept is also considering asking judges to sit from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.,to adjudicate more cases..On Jan. 25 Trump issued an executive order aimed at speeding up deportations and holding migrants in detention until their cases can be heard. Trump campaigned on a pledge to get tougher on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, playing on fears of violent crime while promising to build a wall on the border with Mexico and to stop potential terrorists from entering the country.The order called for the end of a policy known as “catch and release,” by which immigrants were released from detention and given a date to appear in court. Immigration courts have a backlog of over 550,000 cases, according to the DOJ’s data, so many court dates are set years into the future.”


Everglades Trust Makes It All about Them; Rick Scott’s ‘Thank You’

Must Read! “Has the Everglades Trust lost its mind?Why would an environmental organization that purports to care deeply about the damaging Lake Okeechobee releases throw a temper tantrum when the So FL Water Management District comes up with a way to reduce releases by 60%? That’s the best number yet in the fight against blue-green algae in the estuaries. The SFWMD is the lead agency in Everglades restoration. Even more encouraging, the District’s best alternative involves a 250,000-acre-foot above-ground northern reservoir alongside 110 Aquifer Storage and Recovery wells. When combined with already authorized components, the District says, these recoverable water storage options reduce the total discharge volume to the estuaries by more than 60%…The Trust was cheesed off with the District’s modeling success. I mean, major angry. Why? Jealousy?


Suggestion Pope Benedict XVI Resigned Under Obama ‘Pressure’

Must Read! “An Italian archbishop close to Pope Benedict XVI has claimed that the Obama administration may have been complicit in the “tremendous pressures” that led the former pope to resign in 2013.It is “no coincidence” that some Catholic groups “have asked Trump to open a commission of inquiry to investigate whether the administration of Obama exerted pressure on Benedict,” said Archbishop Negri in an interview, citing other revelations by Wikileaks regarding efforts by the Democrat Party to sway the direction of the Catholic Church…The letter stated specifically that “we have reason to believe that a Vatican ‘regime change’ was engineered by the Obama administration…”In startling revelations last Oct, Podesta was found to have created phony “Catholic” organizations in order to use Church leaders to push a liberal agenda in congress and to promote the agenda of the Democrat Party.”


FBI Used Best Buy’s Geek Squad To Increase Secret Public Surveillance

Wow!”Recently records reveal a much more extensive secret relationship than previously known between the FBI and Best Buy’s Geek Squad, including evidence the agency trained computer technicians on law-enforcement operation tactics, shared lists of targeted citizens and, to covertly increase surveillance of the public, encouraged searches of computers even when unrelated to a customer’s request for repairs.To sidestep the Constitution’s prohibition against warrantless invasions of private property, federal prosecutors and FBI officials have argued that Geek Squad employees accidentally find and report, eg, potential child porn on customers’ computers without any prodding by the government.  Asst US Atty Brown last year labeled allegations of a hidden partnership as “wild speculation.”


HUD Can Fix $520 Billion In Accounting Errors, But Still Can’t Document Its Spending

Is this criminal? From the VA to HUD!! A completely incompetent administration! “HUD’s financial books are in such bad shape that HUD’s Inspector General can’t complete an audit even after HUD officials corrected $520 billion in bookkeeping errors, according to a new IG report.Officials at HUD fixed $3.4 billion in errors from its 2015 books and $516.4 billion in errors from its 2016 books after the IG in Dec was unable to issue an opinion on either year’s fin statements and highlighted 11 material weaknesses, 7 significant deficiencies and 5 instances of failure to comply with laws and regulations. These same problems have been reported for 3 straight years by the IG. But it still could not issue an opinion on HUD’s fin statements after the IG gave the department an extension and HUD re-submitted them three months later, with all of those weaknesses unresolved.”


Malik Obama shares photo of brother Barack’s Kenya ‘certificate of birth’ – The American Mirror

And the Truth will Out? Now what? “An Obama has joined the birther movement. Malik Obama, Barack Obama’s half-brother, tweeted image of what appears to be Barack’s birth certificate.Except it’s not from Hawaii, but rather Kenya.“What’s this?” he tweeted.The doc is from the “Coast Province Gen Hosp” in Mombasa, British Protectorate of Kenya, and is for Barack Hussein Obama II, who was born on the “4th day of August, 1961.”In 2011, the White House released what it claimed was President Obama’s “long form birth certificate.”


Illegal immigration plummets since Donald Trump’s inauguration

Good! “Illegal immigration across the border plummeted in the weeks after Trump took office, DHS secretary Kelly announced Wed, calling the drop an early sign that Trump’s get-tough policies are working. In addition to a drop in the number of illegal immigrants nabbed while attempting to cross, Kelly said, they have seen a dramatic spike in the rates charged by smugglers paid to sneak people into the US. Routes that cost $3,500 in Nov now cost $8,000, – another signal that smuggling cartels’ business is suffering. Kelly called the drop in apprehensions unprecedented. All told, 23,589 people were caught trying to enter without permission at the border in Feb. That was the lowest number for the month in years and a 40% drop from the 42,504 caught in Jan.”


Read the GOP’s new health care plan

“Obamacare is hurting more people than it is helping, forcing Americans to buy insurance they don’t like, don’t need, and cannot afford.Premiums have increased by an average of 25% this year. Nearly 1/3 of all U.S. counties have only one insurer offering plans on their state’s exchange. 34% fewer doctors and other health care providers accept Obamacare insurance compared to private insurance.Trump called on Congress to “act decisively” to rescue Americans from this failing law, and House Republicans are answering his call. More than 8 months ago, we outlined our vision for repealing and replacing Obamacare in A Better Way. Specifically, the primary Committees with jurisdiction over health care-Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce-have released legislation that not only repeals the law, but replaces it with reforms Trump laid out. Taken together, here’s what our combined legislation will do:”