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America is facing speech oppression not from the government, but from violent private citizens. Thus arise tyrannies that end rule of law.

America is facing speech oppression not from the government, but from violent private citizens. Thus arise tyrannies that end rule of law.

Utilities face barrage of questions as power returns to Tampa Bay

“Nearly all of Tampa Bay has electricity again a week after Hurricane Irma shredded the power grid, but elected officials here say the prob is far from solved. They have many questions about the strength of local power utilities’ infrastructure and failing communication systems that forced angry residents to report the same outages multiple times before getting help.Much of residents’ ire during and after the storm was directed at Duke Energy, the main provider in Pinellas Co, where roughly 400,000 customers were left in the dark last week.”I’m very concerned about the outages and the process that took place,” said state Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, who was named to a special House comm that will look at hurricane preparedness after Irma. “I intend to ask a lot of difficult questions.”

Wiretaps may prove Trump right — and that’s absolutely terrifying

Must Read! “According to CNN, Manafort was surveilled under a FISA warrant, meaning the FBI suspected he was operating as a for agent. The network said it is possible G-men listened to the president talking to Manafort because the wiretap continued into this year and Trump and Manafort often talked in 2017. If so, that would mark an infamous history – an American president being overheard by secret agents of his own government. It would also be support for Trump’s charge that Obama “had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory…The more we learn about the last 8 years and 8 months, the more reason there is to believe that something is rotten in Washington. I don’t just mean the ordinary corrupt of the swamp variety. I mean something fundamental, that suggests major elements in our government believe they, and not the people, are sovereign.”

Trump Hits Home Run for America in UN Speech

Great Speech! “Trump gave his first official speech to the UN General Assembly Tues morning, and was immediately berated by the NYT (Trump’s “characteristically confrontational message”) and the Washinton Post (“Trump’s menacing UN speech, annotated”). Sen. Feinstein lambasted him for words that “greatly escalated the danger” from Iran and N Korea. And the foreign minister of Venezuela’s socialist dictatorship, Arreaza — apparently trying to formulate some sort of supreme insult — compared Trump in 2017 to President Reagan in 1982.With that kind of reaction, you might just start to suspect that Trump did something right. Actually, Trump got it very right. In a forum accustomed to diplomatic-fictions and the dignifying of dictators, he hit a home run for America.”

Corcoran, Brandes Call for Committees to Review State’s Hurricane Preparedness Efforts

Good! “Corcoran and Brandes are making the push for an overhaul on how the state handles hurricanes.On Tues, Corcoran announced the creation of a special committee to help prepare Fl for large, catastrophic storms like Hurricane Irma. The new Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness will take a closer look at how Fl officials managed Hurricane Irma and to find ways to improve hurricane preparedness in the future. Corcoran urged state lawmakers to forget “business as usual” for next year’s legislative session and instead hone in collective efforts to ensure legislators are all focused on the same mission.To Corcoran, that means local projects would be a no-no — instead, money for citywide and county programs would be better served going to victims of the monster storm and helping prepare the Sunshine State moving forward, he said.”

Climate change not as threatening to planet as previously thought, new research suggests

Wow! Maybe some truth finally coming out on climate change “Climate change poses less of an immediate threat to the planet than previously thought because scientists got their modelling wrong, a new study has found. New research by British scientists reveals the world is being polluted and warming up less quickly than 10-year-old forecasts predicted, giving countries more time to get a grip on their carbon output.An unexpected “revolution” in affordable renewable energy has also contributed to the more positive outlook.Experts now say there is a two-in-three chance of keeping global temperatures within 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, the ultimate goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement.”

Lessons Learned from Irma

Good Analysis!! “Well, we survived Irma… not just the hurricane, but a ratings hungry news media, power and gas outages, and lack of reliable news. Frankly, I’m surprised we still have a sense of humor. Contrary to what the media told us, Irma was not the most devastating hurricane to hit Florida “ever, ever.” Have we already forgotten Andrew of 1992 which wiped out Homestead and left thousands homeless? What about the legendary “No Name Storm” of 1993 which produced more debris, downed trees, boat damage, and power outages than Irma? Or 2004 where hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Ivan crisscrossed the state leaving a swath of destruction behind? Of the storms I have witnessed in Florida since 1985, I would place Irma a distant fourth.”

The GOP’s Last-Ditch Effort To Repeal ObamaCare Is Surprisingly Good

Must Read! “After 9 fruitless months, Republicans have come up with an ObamaCare replacement plan that is appealing, and that should easily pass the Senate. Will the GOP blow it again?.. the plan would take the money being spent on ObamaCare’s insurance subsidies and Medicaid expansion, and give it to states in the form of fixed block grants. States would then have wide latitude in how they spend the money -eg, they could use it to set up high-risk pools, reduce out-of-pocket costs, pay providers or subsidize premiums. They’d also be able to get out from under ObamaCare’s disruptive and costly market regulations and benefit mandates. It would repeal ObamaCare’s individual and employer mandates, and its tax on medical devices. It would expand Health Savings Accounts and let those with accounts spend HSA money on insurance premiums.”

President Trump Sets Record for Most Stock Market Closing Highs in First Year – Obama Had None His Entire First Term

Nice Work! “The DOW recorded its 56th All time record closing high on Friday since President Trump was elected on November 8th. As a result the market is up 21% since the election. No President has more all time closing highs in their first year in office than Trump.* Trump is already the only President in US history to oversee two stock market rallies of 9 days or more where the markets set new highs each and every day. * On February 28th Trump matched Reagan’s 1987 record for most continuous closing high trading days when the DOW reached a new high for its 12th day in a row! * Then in early Aug Trump reigned over a 9 day stock market rally with each day reaching record highs.”

AMERICANS ‘IGNORANT’ OF CONSTITUTION ‘WANTING TO TURN TO VIOLENCE’

What are they teaching in school these days? “A new survey shows huge swaths of the American public don’t know the most basic tenets of their government, and a Hillsdale College professor says the lack of knowledge is playing a huge role in the politics of outrage and violence, since the perpetrators have no idea how the US is supposed to work. Earlier this month, the Annenberg Public Policy Center released a survey showing a dismal comprehension of constitutional basics. 1/3rd of Americans could not name a single branch of government. Another 27% could only name one. Only 26% could list the legislative, executive and judicial branches.When asked to name one of the freedoms enshrined in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, 37% could not name any. 48% did come up with freedom of speech…”

DACA provides the impetus to solve immigration issues

Must Read! “When the Trump administration decided two weeks ago to halt DACA applications and allow six months for Congres to pass legislation that addresses the issue, a new round of political fighting was unleashed. Utilizing the constitutional process unveiled the sharp divide among Republicans concerning this issue and has shown that the leadership of the establishment are closer to the Democrats than to their electoral base. Trump might still find a way to get immigration off the table as a wedge issue.The media, ever eager to damage Trump, have tried to expose this divide to create a gulf between the president and his supporters. Pelosi and Schumer have overstated any agreement on this issue. Trump had to publicly disavow any actual agreement. Ryan went so far as to point out that the president and the two Democrats only had a discussion.”

EPA Accused Of Burying Scientific Evidence From Human Testing That Contradicted Obama’s Agenda

Now the Truth!! “The EPA hid the results of experimental data that contradicted the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda. JunkScience publisher Milloy claims to have uncovered data buried by the EPA “that directly contradicts the Obama EPA’s 2015 decision to tighten the air quality standard for ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb.”“In a court of law, ozone would be given a mistrial,” Milloy wrote Tues. “The Trump EPA should revoke the Obama ozone rule and start over.”.. the results of the EPA’s “TROPICOZ” study produced data that didn’t support the agency’s stance on ozone pollution.“The results were never made public,” Milloy wrote…The Obama administration tightened ozone standards in 2015, which industries have called one of the most expensive clean air regulations ever imposed…”

House Passes Bill Targeting MS-13 And Illegal Alien Gang Members

Let’s hope this bill gets thru the Senate!! “The House on Thurs passed legislation that would make membership in a criminal gang grounds for deportation.The bill, called the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, passed 233-175.Rep. Comstock introduced the bill specifically to target the violent gang MS-13, which is largely compromised of immigrants and illegals from Central America, primarily El Salvador. In a statement issued after the bill’s passage, Comstock said, “In Northern Virginia there have been at least 8 brutal murders tied to the transnational MS-13 gang since last Nov.”Rep. King (R-NY)said, “In the last year-and-a-half, 17 innocent young people have been slaughtered with machetes and knives by MS-13.”Rep. Goodlatte estimates there are more than 10,000 MS-13 members living in the US.”

Democrats want to cancel the health policies of 180 million Americans

So True!! “ObamaCare falsely promised Americans they could keep their health plans, but what Democrats really had in mind is now clear: They want everyone to lose their insurance and take what government gives them instead. That’s obvious from Sanders’ Medicare for All scheme rolled out with the support of the party’s chief 2020 presidential hopefuls. ObamaCare kicked some 7 million people off their plans. But Bernie’s bill would outlaw both employer-paid health care and private insurance for individuals…, more than half the country – 180 million people – would have to say good-bye to their current plans and switch to BernieCare. (Most of the other half is already on some form of government health plan.)Think of it as medical care run by, say, Motor Vehicles. Or the Veterans Administration: Long lines. Dangerously long waits for treatment. Shoddy service. Scarce resources. Fewer choices” . . .

Rick Scott’s hurricane response boosts potential Senate run

Hope So!! “Gov. Scott’s handling of Hurricane Irma has boosted his profile ahead of an expected Senate bid. Scott is term-limited out of the governor’s mansion, and Republicans, including Trump, have urged him to consider challenging Sen. Nelson next year. His aggressive approach to Irma, which saw him order an extensive evacuation ahead of the storm and coordinate disaster relief efforts as the storm came ashore, has sent his political stock even higher.Before Irma, Scott’s ability to respond to a hurricane had gone mostly untested, with Fl avoiding a major storm for his entire term. But the gov’s preparedness has impressed Republicans and some Democrats, all of whom have long expected Scott to challenge Nelson next year.”

State Department Slaps Visa Restrictions On Countries That Won’t Take Back Deportees

Wow!! Key News! “The Trump administration hit four countries with visa sanctions Wed as punishment for refusing to take back their citizens that US is trying to deport. In a series of diplomatic cables , Sec Tillerson outlined new visa restrictions on Eritrea, Cambodia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The countries are among a dozen that DHS had previously deemed “recalcitrant” in the repatriation of criminal aliens.The four countries are “denying or unreasonably delaying” the return of their citizens from the US, and visa restrictions will only be lifted if they begin normal acceptance of deportees, according to Tillerson’s orders.Eritrea faces the toughest sanctions of the four countries. Going forward, all Eritreans who apply in their own country for most U.S. business or tourist visas will be rejected, according to one of the cables.”

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