Kid Beats Gator; Global Cooling; Trump Tax Plan; Hilary’s Pathetic “Comeback” & more. Helena’s News Round up.

Helena gathers top stories of the week for our readers to review.

Helena gathers top stories of the week for our readers to review.

10-Year-Old Florida Girl Pries Leg From Alligator’s Mouth

Remarkable!! “A 10-year-old Fl girl fought off an alligator attack by prying open the 9-foot-long beast’s mouth and freeing her leg, the little girl and rescue personnel said Mon. The girl was swimming Sat afternoon in about 2′ of water at a lake in Moss Park in Orlando when the alligator bit her, lifeguards said. She was pulled to shore and rushed to Nemours Children’s Hosp, where she was treated for lacerations and puncture wounds in the back of her left knee and lower thigh..”I tried hitting it on its forehead to let me go,” Juliana said. “That didn’t work, so I thought of a plan they taught in Gatorland. The guy was wrestling the alligator with its mouth taped, and in this situation it was the other way around.”So I stuck my two fingers up its nose so it couldn’t breathe — it had to be from its mouth — and he opened it, so it let my leg out.”

The Bipartisan Case against James Comey 

Must Read!”The stated rationale for Comey’s firing was that he damaged the FBI’s credibility. I have disagreed strenuously with a number of decisions he made in connection with the Hillary investigation- with his rationales and with the fact that he was presuming to exercise authority that was not his to exercise. The independence of law enforcement is critical, but at times he seemed to redefine “independent” as beholden to only those institutional guidelines he subjectively judged worthy of following. Still, I personally know him to be a good man…The memorandum issued by Deputy AG Rosenstein to explain Comey’s dismissal is well crafted and will make it very difficult for Democrats to attack Trump’s decision.”

Trump fires Comey: Possible replacements for terminated FBI Director

Some good choices!! Trump is expected to nominate a replacement for fired Comey “in the coming days,” a White House official told Fox Tues. The official did not specify how soon Trump would nominate someone for the position. The official also did not indicate who was being considered for the position, but told Fox to expect candidates who were non-political and could restore credibility to the position. Here are some possible candidates to run the storied law enforcement agency: — RAY KELLY: The longest-serving police commissioner in New York City, Kelly oversaw the force in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks when terror threats were routine. His tough-on-crime stance, including support for provocative tactics like stop-and-frisk, could make him a natural ally of AG Sessions and a go-to-guy for a fellow New Yorker like Trump.”

Lawmakers Complete 2017 Broad-Based Tax Relief Package

Read to see the most recent tax breaks passed!!”Fl’s promised 2017 tax relief package, House Bill 7109, Taxation, passed the Senate at the 11th hour Mon..This legislation, combined with provisions of Sen Bill 2500, the 2017-18 Gen Appropriations Act, and House Joint Res 7015, Increased Homestead Prop Tax Exemption, “continues our commitment to reducing the tax burden facing Fl families and businesses in a broad-based and meaningful way,” said Negron. “Sales tax holidays for school supplies and hurricane preparedness essentials provide savings for families across our state. Likewise, a permanent reduction in the business rent tax is an important step towards reducing and ultimately eliminating this onerous tax on business.”Several components of HB 7109 are detailed by the Sen office here:Establishes the 2017 Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday”

Scientists Found A ‘Totally Unexpected’ Source Of Climate Cooling

Arctic waters absorbed vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, creating a cooling effect that’s 230 times greater than the warming from methane emitted from underwater seeps, according to a new study.The findings are a complete reversal of what scientists previously believed — that methane seeps in the Arctic Ocean were contributing to global warming.“If what we observed near Svalbard occurs more broadly at sim locations around the world, it could mean that methane seeps have a net cooling effect on climate, not a warming effect as we previously thought,” John Pohlman, a US Geological Survey biochemist and lead author of the study, said. If the results hold, Pohlman’s study could have big implications for how scientists calculate the global carbon “budget” and for future projections of global warming.

A fool’s errand: Al Gore’s $15 trillion carbon tax

Garbage! “Gore wants to reverse modernity and save the world from itself through an elimination of its fossil-fuel-based energy system. ..his newly created Energy Transitions Commission released a document setting forth a fool’s-errand pathway to “decarbonize” the world’s energy system…If you scroll through the verbiage surrounding the document, the core policy recommend is a massive, punishing carbon tax. Gore would start the tax at $50 per ton, which would increase to $100 per ton over time, essentially destroying the market for continued robust develop of the world’s fossil-fuel base. Our economic growth and personal well-being depends on robust fossil-fuel use, so Gore’s plan would destroy these as well..The estimated cost to re-engineer humanity is only a mere $15 trillion-enough money to give every man, woman, and child in the US more than $46,000.”

OPINION: TrumpCare is the cure to fixing the disaster of ObamaCare

Must Read! “Almost every promise made about ObamaCare turned out to be a false… And the tax increase badly hurt the economy and jobs market, and the insurance markets really have entered a death spiral…The Republican bill is far from perfect and still leaves far too much of the ObamaCare infrastructure in place…But the advantages are significant. Letting states strip away the ObamaCare “essential benefits” formula has to lower costs. The GOP plan will allow young people to buy stripped down catastrophic coverage plans at very low costs. It will allow Americans to check off the box on the types of services they want to have covered. If I don’t want dental care, contraceptives, mental health, or drug abuse coverage, why should I have to pay extra costs for them? This doesn’t deny people coverage, but it does make them pay for it.”

Puerto Ricans Face ‘Sacrifice Everywhere’ on an Insolvent Island

Puerto Rico needs to elect politicians who understand economics!“The government is bankrupt,” said Rivera, 75, a private bus driver who sometimes earns only $40 all day. “Everyone is bankrupt. There is nothing left. People who do not have jobs do not take the bus to work.”These are some of the voices of Puerto Rico’s bus owners, retirees and public servants who are caught in the middle – they would say the bottom – of the largest local government insolvency in US history. Faced with a $123 billion debt it cannot pay, Puerto Rico filed for a kind of bankruptcy protection on Wed, a move that sent shivers down the spines of everyone from bond holders fearful of staggering losses to street sweepers and public employees whose already meager paychecks are likely to dwindle.”

Trump’s Approval Climbs As His Tax Cut Plan Wins Strong Support — IBD/TIPP Poll

“As Trump turns his attention to tax reform, the IBD/TIPP Poll finds that the public strongly supports.. sharp cuts to corp and individual tax rates. Trump also gets solid support for his actions regarding N Korea.Trump’s approval rating climbed to 39% from last month’s 34%. Trump bolstered support among his base, with his job approval up 10 points among Republicans to 84%, and 6 points to 35% among independents. Among Democrats, his approval rose 2 points to 7%.The IBD/TIPP Presidential Leadership Index climbed 7% to 42.6…”The president’s recent achievements in foreign affairs have bolstered Americans’ view of Trump as a strong leader,” “For instance, the airstrike against the Syrian airbase, along with Trump’s handling of the situation with N Korea, have created within the public a renewed and positive sense of American leadership in the world. ”

Hillary’s ‘Onward Together’ resistance group smells like scandal

Corruption-Again!! “Hillary is emerging to head up a resistance group, “Onward Together,” aimed entirely at taking out Trump’s policies and bringing down the Republican agenda.It smells like a watchdogger’s dream. Can you say “Clinton Foundation, deja vu?”Clinton’s calling it a pol fundraising outlet. Need more be said? The Clinton Found was a fundraising op as well – supposedly, to fund programs that “improve people’s lives around the world,”But as oftentimes happens when Clintons meet money, good intentions ran awry…“The mission is to fund organizations working on the resistance to Trump’s agenda,” ..”And here’s a harbinger of things to come: Clinton’s reportedly been tapping into Dennis Cheng’s talents to help find donors. Who’s Cheng?Why, he’s the same guy who served as chief developmental officer for the Clinton Found – and as her campaign finance director.”

Ten Big Issues of the 2017 Legislative Session

Good overview of what has been happening-or not- at the FL legislature this session. “Fl lawmakers will gather Mon at the Capitol to pass a new state budget. But for the most part, the annual legislature session ended Fri night when the House and Senate adjourned…As always, the Legislature considered hundreds of bills during the session, with many passing, many dying quietly and others flaming out because of disagreements between the House and Senate.Here is a quick look at 10 big issues:BUDGET: House and Senate leaders struggled to reach agreement on a spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1, with the sometimes-contentious process forcing them to extend the session through Mon. Lawmakers will vote on an $82.4 billion budget, though that figure does not include some costs tucked away in other bills.”


Good Read! “The Trump admin has revealed a one-page tax plan that, if implemented, could have vast consequences for the economy of the US.The high points of that plan are simplification and repeal. The brackets go down from seven to three—10%t, 15%, 35%. Corporate tax rates are slashed from 35% to 15%. The standard deduction is doubled to about $24,000, removing large numbers of low-income people from the rolls. The alternative minimum tax and the special Obamacare capital gains tax of 3.8% are eliminated, along with the estate tax. Deductions for home mortgages and charitable donations are preserved, but those for state and local taxes are eliminated.”

Fact Check: It’s a Lie That the GOP Healthcare Bill Abandons People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Must Read! “.. there are some concerning policy elements of the American Health Care Act, which the Senate would be wise to explore and rectify. The bill — and that’s all it is at this point: a work in progress — repeals and alters significant portions of the Democrat Party’s failing experiment in “affordability.” But based on rhetoric from elected Democrats and the Left generally, one might assume that Obamacare was called the “Pre-existing Conditions Coverage Act” (side-stepping the whole “choice and affordability” fairy tale they peddled), and that the Republican bill obliterates those protections. The proposed law would be a “death warrant” for sick women and children, they shriek, casting Obamacare opponents as the moral equivalent of accessories to murder. This is demagogic, hyperbolic, inaccurate nonsense.”

New Employer Survey: Graduates NOT Prepared

Must Read!! “According to a survey of employers and college seniors, college students are poorly prepared for the job search. According to iCIMS, a software recruiting firm who commissioned the research, fully 1/3rd of applications come from unqualified candidates. 60% of the employers surveyed said that applicants should be more familiar with the company and industry where they are seeking work. Employers say that these prospective employees need to ask better questions. In addition, employers say college snowflakes are lacking in basic courtesy and manners. Employers surveyed say fully 75% of applicants fail to send a thank you note following the interview.Jobs in highest demand, engineering, business and computer science are going unfilled because fewer than half of the students surveyed majored in the subjects..”

Refugees Flee Arizona For Other States As Republicans Reveal American Immersion Plan

Eye-opener! “Arizona has taken in over 7,000 refugees since the crisis began, not necessarily willingly. Although states are supposed to have a say, the liberals rarely bothered to listen. Unable to defy  Obama and risk getting penalized, they came up with a way to get rid of many of those refugees in a very smart and simple way. All refugees that the federal government places receive a one-time payment of $925 to help with the resettlement costs. The state is expected to take care of their needs after that. Many refugees simply go on state aid, choosing to live off taxpayers rather than try to support themselves in their host community. It can be a massive drain on state’s financial resources.AZ has taken a stand against entitlement and refuses to offer any further monetary support without a show of good faith from the refugees.”

Editorial: Tampa Bay’s fresh start for transit solutions

“The Tampa Bay region has taken a critical step toward finally creating a robust reg approach to addressing its chronic transportation problems. The Fl House sent to the gov on Wed legislation that would strengthen and focus the regulatory effort to build a modern and efficient transit system. With strong bipartisan support from the area’s political and business leaders, this is an essential piece of the puzzle and Gov. Scott should sign it into law.The bill, SB 1672, changes the name of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority to reflect its broader, more robust mission… More substantively, TBARTA would be commissioned to “plan, implement and operate” a range of mobility options for moving people and freight throughout the region. The agency’s area would cover Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Hernando counties…”