Dem. Newton Supports Rick Baker for More. Russian Conspiracy Hoax Developments; Trump on World Stage and More: Helena’s News Roundup.

The Florida State Representative, a liberal Democrat, supports Republican Rick Baker for Mayor of St. Pete. Ooops.

The Florida State Representative, a liberal Democrat, supports Republican Rick Baker for Mayor of St. Pete. Ooops.

Massive Contradiction – John Brennan Completely Contradicts FBI Director James Comey on Congressional Notification…

The truth! “Brennan testified on the Russian counter-intelligence operation which began in July 2016. Brennan contradicted the March 20th, 2017, testimony of Comey. The issue is when was the congressional intelligence oversight group notified of the Russian investigation..Comey admits to keeping congress in the dark “because of the sensitivity of the matter” from July 2016 through March 2017… Brennan, facing the certainty of the underlying Russian ‘collusion evidence’ being non-existent, is now trying to give the appearance that he briefed congress on larger Russian election interference issues..the trouble is that these issues were the underlying principle for the FBI counter-intelligence investigation. Brennan says he gave his intelligence to the FBI. Brennan is throwing Comey under the bus and attempting to create deniability for his role in constructing a false narrative.”

Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years

Wow!! Finally Obama Administration Exposed!! “The Nat’l Security Agency under Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret docs that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the US intelligence community. More than 5%, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011.The Obama administration self-disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that set off alarm.”

‘I won’t forget what you said!’ Trump meets the Pope at the Vatican for a private audience – and jokes with Melania about what she feeds the president – as he completes his tour of world’s three great religions  

“A lone American flag hung above the entryway to Pope Francis’ palace in Vatican City on Wed as Trump arrived for the third leg of his tour of the world’s great religions.Trump met Pope Francis after visiting the cradles of Islam and Judaism.While their discussion will remain private, the president had a brief message for Francis as he left: ‘I won’t forget what you said.”It’s such an honor,’ he said as he shook the Pontiff’s hand and posed for photos in the second-floor ‘little throne room.”Thank you very much. This is such a great honor,’ Trump was later heard saying as he and Francis sat across a desk from each other to begin their talks in his private study.He tweeted on his way to the airport: ‘Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.'”

Trump visits Benjamin Netanyahu’s home

“Capping his first day in Israel, Trump expressed optimism Mon about a “new level of partnership” among the US, the Jewish state and the Arab world.“There are many things that can happen now that could never have happened before,” Trump said during a visit to Netanyahu’s home.“We must seize them together. We must take advantage of the situation,” he told the prime minister, who welcomed him warmly and gave him a 150-year-old Bible as a present.Trump said he met many Arab leaders during his stop in Saudi Arabia, where King Salman “wants to see great things in the world.”We are willing to work together. I believe that a new level of partnership is possible and will happen,” he said. Trump said a “renewed effort” will lead to an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.”

Here’s What’s in Trump’s ‘Taxpayers First’ Federal Budget

Must Read! “The Trump administration will respect taxpayers, balance the budget, return the country to 3% econ growth, and push a parental leave requirement in its fiscal plan to be released Tues, said OMB Dir Mulvaney. Mulvaney called it a “taxpayers first budget.”“This budget was written through the eyes of the people paying for the budget, not through the eyes of who is getting paid,” Mulvaney told reporters..Mulvaney elaborated that budget writers went line-by-line through the budget to see what programs had a success rate and what programs didn’t… The budget includes $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years, which the White House says is the most proposed by any pres.Much of the budget policies are tied to creating 3% growth..A key example is balancing a budget in 10 years, which relies on the growth goal.”

Donald Trump’s Invigorating Speech in Riyadh

Must Read! “Let’s play ‘One of these things is not like the other one.’ Compare, if you will, Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo to the Muslim world with Trump’s speech today in Riyadh..There was some overlap: both indulged heartily in the usual political boilerplate and délicatesse: honored to be here, working together, Islam’s great contribution to culture, how splendid is the Middle East, terrorism is not coterminous with Islam.. But that’s where the similarity ended.Trump’s speech was a forthright, America First, speech, Obama’s an accommodationist’s dream. These days, we’re supposed to look at everything through the lens of gender, so let me ..say that Obama’s speech struck me as an anti-patriarchal blow for what Goethe called das ewig weibliche, the eternal feminine…Trump’s speech-and, again, his entire performance-struck me as manly.”

Wengay Newton on why he’s supporting Rick Baker — and not Rick Kriseman

Wengay Newton’s enthusiastic endorsement of Rick Baker in St. Pete’s mayoral election has surprised and upset some Pinellas Co Democrats, but the veteran politician isn’t losing any sleep over the issue.“It’s a non-partisan race,” the Democratic state Rep from District 70 said. “It has nothing to do with partisanship.”Although the race is non-partisan, Baker is a well-known Republican, while Newton and incumbent Rick Kriseman are prominent Democrats. Newton was one of three people who introduced Baker at his well-choreographed campaign kick-off announcement earlier this month.

EPA Director: Paris Agreement is ‘a bad business deal’

Must Read! “Pruitt said that Obama was not the environmentalist “savior”..He spoke to the need for the country to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, which he said was a “bad business deal for the US.” Pruitt said that the US is currently at pre-1994 levels as to its carbon-emissions footprint… “When you look at Superfund sites, which are sites across the country that have land waste Uranium and Lead 1322 sites across the country that’s more than when Obama came into office, so it increased under his watch… The areas that he focused on as far as CO2, he struck out twice before the Supreme Court, they struck him down as far as the actions he took,” he said.” Payne spoke to the effect of the “natural gas phenomenon”, which he said is a “God-send” on carbon emissions. Pruitt attributed the drop in CO2 to “innovation and technology, not government mandate.”

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

Why so many moles? Incompetence? “The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigations were bitterly divided over the cause..The mole hunt eventually zeroed in on a former agency operative who had worked in the C.I.A.’s division overseeing China, believing he was most likely responsible for the crippling disclosures…Last year, an F.B.I. employee pleaded guilty to acting as a Chinese agent for years, passing sensitive technology information to Beijing for cash…..”

The Underreported Success of the Trump Presidency

Good! “..there are a lot of positive moves coming from Wash, and it’s important that we highlight them, since the media won’t. As conservatives, understand what their accomplishments are, and do what we can in support.The underreported: While the Democrat/media complex tries to whip their base, and the country into a frenzy, this administration is putting good things in place. First is the restoration of law and order. That begins with giving the respect due to our law enforcement, which has been a hallmark of this administration. The outrageous demonization of law enforcement by the previous administration is gone. The ongoing praise of and coop with our police from Trump et al is not only refreshing, it’s going to have a long term positive effect. Violent demos are no longer coddled (except in Berkeley), instead they are prosecuted.”

All Aboard the Gambling Gravy Train

“It wasn’t their intention, but Fl Supreme Court justices’ Gretna decision sure started the engine on the Legislature’s 2018 gravy train. When the high court affirmed Thurs that the Legislature, not the voters, have the authority to decide whether pari-mutuels can add lucrative games . All of a sudden it’s Happy Hour for Negron, Corcoran, Latvala, Caldwell, not to mention the next president and speaker waiting on deck — in fact, any legislative leader chasing cash for a higher-office run in 2018….Gambling bills don’t “die of their own weight,” as former Senate President Andy Gardiner said last year. They die because government corporatism and cronyism — lobbyists and legislators themselves — want them to. We saw it bigtime in 2016.”

Mueller Must Investigate Everything or It’s Worthless

Must Read! Mueller’s investigation will be incomplete if he does not resolve the competing narratives- Narrative one is that Trump or several of his entourage colluded in some manner with the Russians over election 2016. Narrative two is that Democrats and much of the media have not accepted the results of the election and are smearing Trump to drive him from office or seriously wound him .. Mueller needs to investigate- the matter of the Hillary email server…the overall question of putative Russian government hacking into the Clinton campaign. So far we have seen no evidence that this is true. -but circumstantial evidence (the Seth Rich murder) to the contrary. Mueller must also explain why the DNC refused to open its servers to the FBI after it was supposedly hacked by the Russians..”

Mattis: Shift in Counter-ISIS Campaign Will Ultimately ‘Annihilate’ Terrorist Group

Excellent! “Mattis said that Trump has accelerated the international campaign against ISIS by directing U.S.-led coalition forces to surround enemy fighters in their strongholds before advancing to attack them.”By taking the time to de-conflict, to surround, and then attack, we carry-out the annihilation campaign so we don’t simply transplant this problem from one location to another,” ..Mattis said the tactical shift has severely undercut the ability of for fighters to escape and return home, noting that most ISIS fighters left in Iraq and Syria will die in those countries.Gen Dunford said the flow of for fighters into Iraq and Syria has also drastically dropped. The Pentagon estimated that in 2015 there were 1,500 foreign fighters arriving in Iraq and Syria each month. Dunford said that number is now down to less than 100 per month.”

The Florida Senate fails again to provide real health-care freedom

Great idea that failed in the FL Senate! Must Read! “For the 2nd year, legislation has been filed regarding Direct Primary Care (DPC) agreements. A DPC agreement gives Doctors a meaningful alternative to fee-for-service ins billing, typically by charging patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee that covers all or most primary care services. Direct care benefits patients by providing substantial savings and more access to, and time with, physicians. DPC agreements makes doctors responsive to patients, not insurance company bureaucrats or government rule-makers…The DPC bill (HB 161) passed unanimously through two committee stops and was passed by the House 107-6. The Sen bill (SB 240) also passed unanimously through four committee stops… all the Sen had to do was bring it to the floor for a final vote for passage.”

Immigration Arrests Jump Nearly 40 Percent Under Trump

Great News! “Immigration arrests climbed again in April as federal agents continued to track down both criminal and non-criminal aliens in far greater numbers over the first 100 days of the Trump administration than they did Obama a year ago.ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations deportation officers arrested 41,318 illegal aliens on civil immigration charges between Jan. 22 and April 29, according to agency data released Wed. That was a 38% jump over the 30,028 arrests made in the same time period in 2016, the final year of the Obama administration. ICE says it has averaged about 400 arrests per day since Trump in Jan signed executive orders authorizing stepped up immigration enforcement. Agents and officers have been given clear direction to focus on threats to public safety and national security, which has resulted in a substantial increase in the arrest of convicted criminal aliens,”

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One Reply:

  1. K. Vogler

    As the the Hillary e-mail server is investigated further, should the Clinton Foundation hot be added? There appear to be much evidence for ‘pay for favors’.
    If the DNC refused FBI access to their hacked server and without proof of hacking by Russians how do the Democrats have legal standing to demand an investigation? The investigation now continues for 10 months and seemingly led to no proven evidence. What has this investigation cost to date and what justifies it’s continuance?

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