Gloom and Doom for the Future in Ten Years?

by Daveda Gruber:

We’ve been told, just recently, that our planet has twelve more years to exist. This news came to us from no other than the infamous Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

It appears that the media darling isn’t the only person who is putting fear in the hearts of earthlings. A 2020 runner for the presidency has said that the earth has only ten years to exist. What? Yes, if “Beto” Robert Francis O’Rourke is correct, no one is going to be around on this planet if we don’t address climate change.

Ocasio-Cortez made a statement at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event with Ta-Nahesi Coates, who is an American author, journalist and comic book writer.

Ocasio-Cortez told Coates, “Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it? This is the war — this is our World War II.”

Check out this tweet:

On Monday Beto, the Democratic presidential candidate, warned that civilization could have only “ten years” left on Earth if nothing is done to combat climate change.

Beto has hopes of reaching zero carbon emissions by 2050 but at a rather high cost. The former Texas congressman laid out his first major policy proposal of his candidacy.

Beto’s policy for his climate change proposal would cost $5 trillion in over ten years.

O’Rourke appeared on MSNBC and was asked about his prior support from the oil and gas industry and whether the relationship would be a problem going forward.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked Beto, “Do you see the oil and gas industry as an opponent in that? Won’t you have to declare yourself in opposition to their interests?”

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O’Rourke’s response was “yes,” but said he is optimistic that the industry will take part in his initiative.

O’Rourke told Hayes, “We know that certain oil and gas corporations have been fighting public policy on this issue, have been hiding their own science and research at the expense of our climate and human life. So whenever those two things come in contrast or in opposition, I’m always going to choose the people of this country.”

Beto continued, “Having said that, I want to make sure those who work in the oil and gas industry, those who work in the fossil fuel industry are brought along as partners to make sure that we make this transition in the ten years we have left to us as the science and scientists tell us to make the kind of bold change that we need.”

O’Rourke also said, “We cannot afford to alienate a significant part of this country and we cannot do this by half measure or by only half of us. It can’t be Democrats versus Republicans, bit cities versus small towns, we all have a shared interest in a cleaner future for this country. So I’m going to work with, listen to everyone anytime, anywhere to make sure that we advance this agenda and get to net zero green house gas emissions by 2050.”

Whether we have ten or twelve years left on the planet isn’t the biggest issue but certain gloom and doom seems to be a major talking point for most Democrats running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

Does Winning Too Much Make People Bored?

by Daveda Gruber:

When 7:00 PM rolls around, do you watch “Jeopardy”? Many Americans do and enjoy seeing their favorite players win.

The new star on Jeopardy, James Holzhauer, has shown that he is well versed on many subjects and has broken records on the show. In fact, record-breaking scores in the past fourteen days have made some fans of the show happy and others downright bored.

Holzhauer is a 34 year old man who appears to be able to continue through many more wins on the popular show. From the state of Nevada, Holshauer has shattered several records previously held by other “Jeopardy!” champions.

The Las Vegas resident has earned more than $1 million in the shortest time ever on the show. He even told host Alex Trebek he’d like to donate some of his money to children’s charities in the Las Vegas area.

His total winnings are now at more than a million dollars and can grow. He has previously won a game with a total of $131,127, topping the one-day record he set earlier in his winning of $110,914.

Before Holzhauer came along, the one-day record was held by Roger Craig on Sept. 19, 2010, when he took home $77,000 in a single game. That was a big win but Holzhauer was out to beat it.

The winning player has become popular but there are some “Jeopardy” fans who have become bored with his winnings. He is winning each game by a very wide margin and putting other contestants in a precarious position.

Jeopardy is not the first show that Holzhauer has won at. Previously, he was on “The Chase” in 2014. He answered 12 questions correctly and won $60,000. He did break the show’s past record.

Will he win tonight? Your guess is as good as mine but chances are that he will continue to win until someone who has the intelligence and knowledge to beat the board on “Jeopardy” takes the win from him.

Why is AOC Silent on Sri Lanka Massacre?

by Daveda Gruber:

In the wake of the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, while most people in the free world mourned over the loss of human lives, New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was silent on social media.

The horrific attack on Christians had the Islamic State group taking credit for the bloodshed. The government also confirmed that the attacks came from Islamic fundamentalists. The gruesome explosions left 359 people dead to date.

In all, three churches and three hotels, were targeted by seven men who posed for a picture before committing the deadly deed.

In March, Ocasio-Cortez was quick to comment on the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand but stayed unusually silent on the Sri Lanka terrorist attack.

American citizens died in the holy day massacre of Christians.

Following the attack in New Zeland, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter and tweeted several times on the terror attack to criticize the Trump administration while proposing tougher gun control measures in the U.S.

At the time, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted this:

Many Twitter users found this odd and asked her about it. I felt the need to convey this message to Ocasio-Cortez so, I tweeted this:

I wasn’t making up anything. I wrote the truth. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted 14 times about the terror attack on Muslims in New Zealand, but has posted nothing about the terror attack on Christians by Muslim extremists in Sri Lanka.

I guess Ocasio-Cortez has different standards for Christians and Muslims. It appears that AOC believes that Muslims being attacked deserve her attention but Christians being attacked by Islamic terrorists doesn’t.

Poop Alert May Affect Tourist Trade in this Big City

by Daveda Gruber:

If you are planning a trip to a California city, you may want to use a specialized map or reconsider. When travelling please watch where you step! As a matter of fact, you really should avoid certain areas if your nose is sensitive to strong odors.

When the need for a map of San Francisco’s most pooped in neighborhoods becomes a necessity for a guide of where not to go, you may want to pick another destination.

This, in itself, could cause a decline in the tourist trade.

There is a new map that pinpoints locations where human feces are reported to have been found. Hold your nose this story may get stinky. Since 2011 the California city has had poop sightings and the information is overwhelming.

Many people just can’t afford to live in the once beautiful clean city. A family of four living on earnings of $117,400 a year is considered low-income. The sale price of a two-bedroom is $1.3 million. When night, falls on the city of 885,000 has about 4,400 people sleeping unsheltered, in alleys and doorways and tucked away in Golden Gate Park.

With the homeless population growing every year, nearly every block has had poop sightings that have been assembled for us to see by Open The Books.

Look what I found on Twitter:

Not only people living in San Francisco are affected by the filthy problem. Sea lions and aquatic life that live in the Bay Area have become victims of  human waste. Seal Rocks, which is a jagged formation surrounded by the ocean, has been listed in the sightings. Also, a popular tourist area, Fisherman’s Wharf, had waste floating in the water.

Not even workers in the headquarters of companies such as Twitter and Uber are spared. Market Street, where they located, has had the largest concentration of complaints.

The block that surrounds city hall has nearly a hundred markers to show its poop sightings.

The San Francisco Department of Public Works has received complaints and data shows the increase of the poop sightings since 2011. That year, 5,547 human feces incidents were reported. The number has risen to 28,084 in 2018.

Now, that’s a lot of poop!

Could Christian Massacre in Sri Lanka have Been Avoided?

by Daveda Gruber:

In Sri Lanka’s deadliest violence since a devastating civil war in the South Asian island nation ended a decade ago, nearly 300 people were murdered in mass explosions on Easter Sunday by an attack by a domestic radical Muslim group.

Authorities in Sri Lanka had apparently received warnings that a potential attack was coming but took no action. The threat was revealed to authorities on April 4th, nearly two weeks before the attack.

In coordinated explosions that were detonated in three churches and three luxury hotels in and around Colombo, which is the capital city. A few hours later two more explosions went off at a guesthouse and near an overpass.

While at least 290 people were known to have lost their lives in the massacre, another 500 were injured. The death toll could rise.

On Monday the government of Sri Lanka said that the attacks likely were carried out by a local militant group that goes by the name “National Thowfeek Jaamath” which is a radical Islamist organization that promotes an Islamic terrorist ideology.

The director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, Anne Speckhard, said,  “These attacks appear to be quite different and look as if they came right out of the ISIS, Al Qaeda, global militant jihadist playbook, as these are attacks fomenting religious hatred by attacking multiple churches on a high religious holiday,”

In early April, several times, international agencies warned of possible attacks. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the defense ministry wrote to the police chief on April 9th to give law enforcement a warning about the intelligence.

On April 11, police wrote to the heads of security of the judiciary and diplomatic security division about the warnings. It is not known if any action was taken.

Political dysfunction within the government is allegedly the cause for  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Cabinet and other top government officials to have been unaware of the threat. An investigation is said to have been launched into the breakdown of communications within the government.

On Sunday Wickremesinghe said, “We must look into why adequate precautions were not taken.”

The ultimate blame for the horrific blasts has been put on at least seven suicide bombers who were citizens of Sri Lanka. Forensic analysis of body parts found at six sites determined the number of the suicide bombers who conducted the coordinated assault.

Authorities said foreign links to the plot were suspected and at least 24 suspects were in custody for questioning.

On Monday, one of the churches that was targeted, St. Anthony’s Shrine, had a van parked outside close the church since Sunday. It exploded scaring many pedestrians who ran for their lives but no injuries were reported after that blast.

The archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, said, “We placed our hands on our heads when we came to know that these deaths could have been avoided. Why was this not prevented?”

On Sunday the U.S. State Department confirmed “several” Americans died in the attacks. A revised travel warning for Sri Lanka has been issued. It says that terror groups continue to plot and may possibly carry out new attacks in hotels and churches. Possible targets include tourist locations and transportation hubs, noting the terrorists “may attack with little or no warning.”

Social media has remained blocked after officials said they needed to curtail the spread of false information and ease tension in the country of about 21 million people.

Christians were targeted in this horrendous attack. That fact is clear. Now, I think back to Paris, France and the very large fire that burned Notre Dame Cathedral. There were no fatalities but the beautiful structure became a raging blaze of flames.

Was the fire an accident? I, for one, would not rule out that the fire may have been intentionally set. Notre Dame is a religious icon and I have no doubt that there were some evil people who celebrated the fire that damaged the Christian symbol.

The targeting of Christians is becoming more and more widespread and I find that to be very disturbing.

Want to Read the Mueller Report?

by Daveda Gruber:

We have been waiting for a long time for this day to come. In fact, we’ve waited for nearly two years while Special Counsel Robert Mueller lead the Russian Probe investigation.

On Thursday morning the Mueller report was released by the Department of Justice to Congress and to the American people. The report is redacted but there is still lots to read. I’m pretty sure that many legal minds are reading the report at this moment.

Will the mainstream media actually report it for what it is? I’d be shocked if they do even if there is no collusion and no obstruction involving President Trump or his election campaign in 2016.

You can read the report and come to your own conclusion.

The report can be viewed here:

Mueller Report by on Scribd

President Trump posted these awesome tweets:

Did Pelosi Take Aim at Herself While Trying to Jab AOC?

by Daveda Gruber:

On Monday Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, made it clear that more praise was due to Democrats who flipped Republican seats in the 2018 midterms rather than to give that praise to representatives like herself and freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who carried districts where “glass of water” with a “D” next to it could win an election.

While Pelosi downplayed her own win she said, “When we won this election, it wasn’t in districts like mine or Alexandria’s. [S]he’s a wonderful member of Congress as I think all of our colleagues will attest. But those are districts that are solidly Democratic.”

To put emphasis on her claim, Pelosi then picked up a water glass that was next to her and said, “This glass of water would win with a ‘D’ next to its name in those districts.”

The phrase “Dumb as a Rock” comes to mind as I try to compare Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez to a glass of water. A rock is an inanimate object as is a glass of water. Both don’t seem to have a brain.

Pelosi made the statement while making an appearance before the London School of Economics and Political Science.

This week Pelosi is traveling in Europe with a congressional delegation.

Is Pelosi seeing that the progressive wing of the Democratic party needs to be explained even if it means downplaying the significance of her own win in California?

Well, let’s analyze what Pelosi said on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night to  Lesley Stahl. Pelosi described the influence of the Democrats’ progressive wing as being “like five people.”

Who are the five people? Well, I can pull a few names out of the air but then I seem to get a much larger number than five.

I also find that saying the word “like” a lot seems to be what Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez have in common aside from winning in easy to win Democratic districts.

What AG Rod Rosenstein Says is Bizarre

by Daveda Gruber:

Attorney General William Barr had an ally in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein when Rosenstein told the Wall Street Journal that he believed it was strange to say the attorney general was misleading the public.

Rosenstein’s comment came as he defended Barr’s handling of the Robert Mueller report. Barr testified before a House appropriations subcommittee.

The highly anticipated Mueller report has caused a rather big stir in Washington D.C. among lawmakers since it was wrapped up.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller to serve as special counsel for the United States Department of Justice.

Rosenstein who is 54 years old, told the Wall Street Journal that he believed it was strange to say the attorney general was misleading the public.

Rosenstein said, “He’s being as forthcoming as he can, and so this notion that he’s trying to mislead people, I think is just completely bizarre.”

Rosenstein also said, “It would be one thing if you put out a letter and said, ‘I’m not going to give you the report. What he said is, ‘Look, it’s going to take a while to process the report. In the meantime, people really want to know what’s in it. I’m going to give you the top-line conclusions.’ That’s all he was trying to do.”

Rosenstein was not about to give up too much information but he did call on the public to have “tremendous confidence” in Barr.

Barr has defended his decision to send a letter to Congress detailing Mueller’s principal conclusions. This was done because the public would not have tolerated waiting weeks for information that took Mueller and his team nearly two years to put together.

Mueller’s investigation concluded in late March and since then Barr has received the nearly 400-page confidential report. Barr, in turn, sent his four-page summary letter to Congress two days later.

In that letter, Barr wrote that Mueller found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion despite efforts by “Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”

Also noted was that Mueller had not exonerated President Trump on the issue of obstruction of justice.

The Mueller report will be made public in a week but that version will be redacted.

Rosenstein stayed in his position at the Department of Justice “at Barr’s request” saying, “For me, it’s a real privilege.” He hopes to begin a new job toward the end of the summer.

In Capital Hill testimony, Barr said that “spying did occur” against the 2016 Trump campaign.

It’s very clear that Democrats on the Hill were notably disturbed by that claim. In fact, even former FBI Director James Comey made a claim that he had no idea what Barr was talking about when he said that “spying did occur” against the 2016 Trump campaign.

Comey said, “I have no idea what he’s talking about so it’s hard for me to comment. When I hear that kind of language used, it’s concerning because the FBI and the Department of Justice conduct court-ordered electronic surveillance. I have never thought of that as spying.”

So, if spying does not include electronic devices, why have people who were being spied on always thought that their phone was tapped? What are listening devices? When someone goes to a meeting with a wire to record the events or to have agents listening in real time, is it surveillance or spying? Or are the two, if not similar, the same thing?

The covering up has just begun. Not only do I want to see the Mueller report but I want to find out what or who Barr is investigating next.

New York Post Calls Out Ilhan Omar 9/11 Comments

by Daveda Gruber:

September 11, 2001 was a day when America faced the most horrific attack on American soil that the world has ever seen. It was a day that most Americans who were alive and old enough to know what happening, remember exactly where they were when they first heard the awful and shattering news that the first of the Twin Towers had been hit by an airplane.

Apparently, Rep. Ilhan Omar D-Minn., who became the first Somali-American elected to Congress in November, did not feel the horror that Americans felt on that day.

On Thursday the New York Post hit Omar back on comments she had previously made about the fatal day.

Most Americans have the image that appeared on the cover of the New York Post imbedded in their minds. The dramatic front page had an infamous photo of New York City’s Twin Towers on fire on the day of the attacks.

After two planes that were hijacked hit the towers, they collapsed leaving nearly 3,000 people dead and numerous others injured.

Thursday’s front page of the New York Post read, “Rep. Ilhan Omar: 9/11 was ‘some people did something.’”

“Here’s your something: 2,977 people dead by terrorism.”

While referring to Omar’s recent comments at the Council of American-Islamic Relations [CAIR] fundraiser last month, the newspaper had in small lettering at the bottom of the cover, “Omar outraged the families of 9/11 victims by referring dismissively to the terrorist attacks while speaking to a Muslim lobbying group.”

Omar called upon other Muslim-Americans to “make people uncomfortable” with their activism. As if this wasn’t bad enough, another part of the speech surfaced on social media this week in which Omar went on to describe the terror attacks that Al Qaeda was responsible for.

While speaking at the event, Omar said, “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, is a former Navy SEAL who lost his right eye after being injured by an IED in Afghanistan was quick to notice what Omar had said. He tweeted this out:

Omar made an appearance on the “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday night. She wasn’t asked about her latest comments. She did, however, say that she was still “learning” after she was accused of making an anti-Semitic remark in February.

Omar went on to say, “The whole process really has been one of growth for me, right. I’m learning that everything is not as simple as we might think. As I’ve said to my constituents and my colleagues, when you tell me that you are pained by something I say, I will always listen and I will acknowledge your pain.”

As much as Omar will acknowledge the “pain” of her constituents,  Omar did not seem to concede the “pain” of the American people who suffered and will remember all the details of the day in American history that we cannot forget.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Designated as a Foreign Terrorist Nation

by Daveda Gruber:

On Monday Iran got a strong message from President Trump and the United States of America. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard was formally labeled as a “foreign terrorist organization.”

Officials say that the announcement would put the military organization on the same level as terror groups like Hezbollah and Hamas.

This is Washington’s first such designation for an entire foreign government entity and is the latest administration step to increase pressure on Iran.

The IRGC’s ties to terror plots was brought to light by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said the designation recognizes a “basic reality.”

Pompeo said, “This designation is a direct response to an outlaw regime and should surprise no one. The IRGC masquerades as a legitimate military organization, but none of us should be fooled.”

Sanctions are to be imposed including freezes on assets the IRGC may have in U.S. jurisdictions. It would also ban Americans who would do business with it.

The move would also allow the U.S. to deny entry to those people who have been found to have provided the Guard with material support or prosecute them for sanctions violations.

Trump gave a statement that the unprecedented move “underscores the fact that Iran’s actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments.”

What sounded like a warning from the president, Trump said, “If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.  This action sends a clear message to Tehran that its support for terrorism has serious consequences.”

Implementing these new sanctions would further isolate Iran. Administration officials have said that the U.S. won’t tolerate Iran’s continued support for rebel groups and others that destabilize the Middle East.

Iran has threatened to retaliate. American personnel in the region could face consequences.

Diplomacy will also be impacted. U.S. troops and diplomats could be barred from contact with Iraqi or Lebanese authorities who interact with Guard officials or surrogates. The alternative could be exclusions or waivers to the designation.

One of the biggest reasons for previous administrations not taking these actions, which has been considered in the past decade, is the impact of the designation.

This move by the U.S. does not allow contact with foreign officials who may have met with or communicated with Guard personnel.