Will William Barr be the next Attorney General?

by: Daveda Gruber:

President Trump’s pick for Attorney General, William Barr, has had a grueling time with Senators in the wake of facing confirmation to be President Trump’s chief law enforcement officer.

Barr is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate. On Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of the 68 year old Barr.

The nomination  was advanced by a vote of twelve Republicans while ten Democrats voted against it.

Barr served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under the late President George H.W. Bush. He is set to be the second be the chief law enforcement officer under Trump.

Matthew Whitaker was appointed the acting attorney general after Jeff Sessions was fired from his position the day after the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump had complained that Sessions was weak, and did not protect him from the Russia investigation. Sessions recused himself early on in the investigation before Robert Mueller’s appointment. Sessions thought this was appropriate due to his involvement with the Trump campaign in 2016.

Democrats have seen Barr as someone who would exploit legal “loopholes” to hide Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report from the public and also resist subpoenas against the White House.

In the meantime, Democrats and Republicans have said that they believe that Mueller’s final report should be fully released.

Barr did say that he will be as transparent as possible under Justice Department regulations.

Regulations call for the report to be confidential. It only requires that the report explain the decisions to pursue or to decline prosecutions. That could be as simple as a short list or a report of hundreds of pages.

Barr, at his hearing last month, said, “I don’t know what at the end of the day, what will be releasable. I don’t know what Bob Mueller is writing,”

I believe that Barr is telling the truth because he has no reason to lie under oath.

It was disclosed by Barr that he had discussed Mueller’s investigation with Vice President Mike Pence. Barr insisted that he neither provided legal advice to the White House nor received any confidential information from Pence.

Barr had sent a memo to the Justice Department last year that was critical of the Russia probe. He explained that it was narrow in scope and based on potentially incomplete information.

Barr also said “it is vitally important” that Mueller be able to complete his Russia investigation.

Barr said, “I have the utmost respect for Bob and his distinguished record of public service. When he was named special counsel, I said that his selection was ‘good news’ and that, knowing him, I had confidence he would handle the matter properly. I still have that confidence today.”

It seems that Barr is honest. He has no problem saying good things about Mueller.

Barr told senators that Trump did not seek any assurances or promises before nominating him.

Trump has called the Russia probe as a “witch hunt,” but Barr was adamant in defending Mueller’s work.

Barr said at his hearing, “I don’t believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt.”

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has taken on oversight of the investigation, made Mueller special counsel. Rosenstein is expected to leave his post at the Justice Department in the coming weeks.

Barr had served as deputy attorney general and assistant attorney general overseeing the Office of Legal Counsel during that administration. He covered work ranging from combating violent crime to investigating the Pan Am 103 bombing. Barr also coordinated counter-terror activities during the first Gulf War.

Barr worked with the White House Domestic Policy staff for a year under then-President Ronald Reagan. In the 1970s, Barr worked in the Central Intelligence Agency as an analyst and assistant legislative counsel. During the time that he worked at the CIA, he studied law at George Washington University.

It seems inevitable that Barr will be confirmed. I hope he doesn’t trust Mueller too much.

What Did You Think of the SOTU?

by: Daveda Gruber:

What did you do last night? I for one, watched President Trump speak. The 2019 State of the Union Address was given by the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump, on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 9 p.m. EST in the chamber of the United States House of Representatives. The SOTU was addressed before a joint session of Congress.

The theme of last night’s SOTU address was unity. It’s really sad that the Democrats could not give an applause for jobs, border security, freedom and the lives of the unborn.

But it is the Democrats who want to murder a baby even if the baby survives an abortion. It is the Democrats who support members of their own party who want to raise taxes to possibly 70 to 90 percent and create a socialist environment through their want for healthcare for all including illegal immigrants.

Trump gave a clear message on socialism and the rights of the unborn. He said that America will never be a socialist country. He stood and condemned the killing of babies who could feel pain in the womb of a mother.

This is the first time in my life I have ever seen a president have to stand against socialism and the genocide of the unborn and newborns that exists today. We’ve lost too many babies through abortion. Too many innocent lives have been taken because it was not convenient for the mother.

Of course, you can understand that Democrats are not interested in these ideals that this president has. They sat with sullen faces as Republicans cheered and clapped.

Trump’s message resonated the belief’s of many who believe, as I do, but this did not sit well with Democrats.

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, looked lost sitting behind Trump. She didn’t stand up when she should have and stood up too long when she did.

Pelosi obviously didn’t enjoy the night as much as I did. She tweeted this afterwards:

Bernie Sanders, the Democrat Senator from Vermont, did not look pleased but then, his ideals do not align with the president. Sander’s demeanor matched his berated comments that came after the SOTU.

Sanders tweeted this after the SOTU:

This was, in my opinion, the best speech Trump ever gave. It touched on Trump’s accomplishments, which, when spelled out, are part of a very long list.

Trump invited guests to this SOTU, which will stand as a milestone event in history. The guests were seated throughout the chamber and Trump used their presence to highlight the words he was delivering.

The attentive guests who were in attendance were introduced to the lawmakers both young and old. He did an amazing job with this.

World War ll veterans Private first class Joseph Riley, staff sergeant Erving Walker and sergeant Hartman Zeitcheck were first to be introduced by Trump.

The astronaut who placed the first American flag on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, was introduced to applause from the crowd.

Alice Johnson, a rehabilitated prisoner sentenced to life in prison for a first time non-violent drug offence, had tears in her eyes as she stood up for her introduction.

Matthew Charles, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for selling drugs and related offences is the first person to be released from prison under the First Step Act that Congress passed.

Eleven year old Grace Eline, who suffered from brain cancer has completed her chemo treatments. She had raised more than $40,000 for cancer research and was introduced by Trump.

Tom Wibberley, whose son, Navy Seaman Craig Wibberley, was one of the 17 sailors lost on the USS-Cole. Wibberley was introduced and stood as Trump spoke.

The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh horrific attack that SWAT Officer Timothy Matson, who is still going through surgeries after being shot seven times while he chasing down the killer, was introduced.

Also, survivor of the anti-Semitic Synagogue attack, Judah Samet, who is a Holocaust survivor who narrowly escaped death in a concentration camp was in attendance and was asked to stand.

All in all, I was totally impressed with the evening. Trump stated facts and did not mince words.

You can read the entire speech here by clicking on the ‘full screen button::

If you are so inclined or if you missed the SOTU, here is a video of the entire speech:

What did you think of the SOTU? I’d love to hear your opinion in the commen

Israel is Building Yet Another Barrier at the Gaza Border

by: Daveda Gruber:

Walls have been effective for many counties in protecting  people. Just ask the Israeli people.

Israel has a barrier that is basically a fence built along the border with Egypt. It has cut the number of illegal African migrants passing into Israel from 14,669 in 2010 to 14 in 2016. The height of the fence was raised from 16 feet to 26 feet and since then there have been no reported infiltration.

This is good news for the people of Israel who are now getting another barrier.

Contraction of the latest barrier, which is an above-ground barrier, has been started and will completely surround the Gaza Strip. The wall or barrier is expected to keep terrorist from infiltrating the Jewish state’s territory.

The galvanized steel barrier will be 20 feet high when completed said Israel’s Defense Ministry in a statement. It will compliment a subterranean wall that is aimed at upsetting Hamas tunnels dug beneath the border.

Tunnels have been a long drawn out problem in the Israeli state.

The new barrier will be built along the route of the underground system. It will run for about 40 miles. The entire project is expected to cost about $833 million and is slated for completion by the end of 2019.

It will also connect to the barrier system constructed out into the Mediterranean Sea which is aimed at halting infiltration from the sea.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted this:

The fence’s construction comes after months of violent mass protests along the border by Palestinians in Gaza.

Palestinians had been flying kites of fire, which scorch the ground, into Israel. These have kites with flammable devices and they are said to be the latest weapon of terror.
Rockets are also routinely fired from Gaza toward southern Israel. they are said to be the latest weapon of terror.

This video shows some of the aftermath of the fire the kites have brought to Israel:

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi still will not admit walls or barriers work. Her state that she would give one dollar to Trump’s wall stands as does her saying that Trump will not get his wall.
The State of the Union will be seen tonight and Pelosi will be right behind President Trump. I’m pretty sure that the wall will be brought up in Trumps address.

How much longer will the Democrats hide their heads in the sand and insist that the American people do not deserve protection that works?

There is proof that barriers work and we can see that in what Israel has done and is in the process of doing. Pelosi doesn’t want anything that Trump wants. She is playing games with politics and Americans are the pawns of her games.

 

Strong Feedback on Northam’s Behavior

by: Daveda Gruber:

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s name is on the tip of many tongues this week. He being asked to step down by his own Democrat Party.

Northam has come out with a video that gives an apology from him. He posted it to Twitter to make amends for comments he made on abortion and a picture he posted in his yearbook while at med School.

Northam said, “I am committed to continuing that fight through the remainder of my term and living up to the expectations you set for me when you elected me to serve.”

Here is the tweet from him:

This past week, Northam  made comments on a controversial proposed new abortion law that one sponsor had said this week could allow women to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment before birth.

Northam stated, “So in this particular example if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

What would they would discuss is rather obvious and is strikingly pro-choice. The bill would make it legal to murder a baby in the third trimester of a pregnancy and to kill an infant after birth if circumstances warranted.

That’s correct, kill a human being. The numbers are staggering. Fifty million abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision made the procedure legal on Mar 6, 2015. This is not rare.

Although he was a pediatric neurologist, the rights of the unborn or a newborn didn’t seem to have any meaning to Northam, according to his statements.

Oh, he is sorry for what he said but is he sorry that his views are causing problems or sorry for his way of thinking that came through in his speaking?

I believe that this is the way the man thinks. Why? Well, he had also posted pictures in a yearbook during his time at medical school.

The doctor and later, Politician, posted a blackface photo along side of a KKK (Klu Klux Klan) member in a hood. It is not known which of the two is actually Northam and he did not clarify himself at first. He is now claiming that the picture of the blackface individual is not him.

So, is he the man under the hood? The fact that the picture conceals the identity of the two individuals pictured makes it impossible to know for sure.

A Twitter user posted this in response:

The tweet was indicative of most Republican Twitter users on the subject.

On the other side of the coin, Democratic lawmakers were even calling it a racist remark and asking Northam to resign. Here are some tweets from Northam’s own party:

Ths was posted by New York Times Metro correspondent Shane Goldmacher:

The GOP tweeted this:

Now go back to during the 2017 gubernatorial contest, then-lieutenant governor Northam cast his opponent, Republican Ed Gillespie, and the Virginians who supported him as bigots intent on implementing policies reflective of their hatred of racial minorities.

Citing Gillespie’s opposition to sanctuary-city policies, Northam and his allies explicitly labeled his opponent’s policies “racist” on numerous occasions.

Karma can be a bitch, right?

I’d say that Northam is getting what he deserves. He is not capable of serving the people of Virginia.

 

Who Did Trump Jr. Call from Trump Tower?

by: Daveda Gruber:

The big question looming on a Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 with Russians that Donald Trump Jr. had is revealed.

Late Thursday, Trump Jr. was vindicated after reports of Democratic suspicions that he made phone calls to his dad, President Donald Trump.

Senate investigators have finally released the phone records that the younger Trump allegedly made at the Trump Tower meeting with Russians.

Trump Jr. gave his thoughts to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff in a tweet.

Longtime Trump family friends Brian France, the chief executive of Nascar, and the investor Howard Lorber were named by the New York Times.

Trump Jr. tweeted to Schiff:

Democrats had wrongly accused Trump Jr. after assuming that he had made the phone calls to his father.

In a statement to the Times, Trump Jr. said, “After a year of hearing about this one ad nauseam, yet another left-wing narrative officially bites the dust.”

On Thursday night Schiff spoke on MSNBC. He said that Democrats were unable to confirm the reporting “because the Republicans wouldn’t let us get the phone records.”

The report was seen by the White House as a victory when President Trump tweeted out a string of tweets:

Trump allies saw a challenging week that had seen the arrest of Roger Stone Trump Jr. has not deviated from his claims that Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer he met with at Trump Tower, did not have any information to share and instead wanted to discuss the ‘Magnitsky Act’ and other sanctions.

We all know that the Trump Tower meeting has continued to be scrutinized by Democrats since the 2016 presidential election. Financial ties between some Trump associates and the Kremlin are still being investigated.

We await the ‘Russian Probe’, led by special counsel by Robert Mueller, to come to an end after over one year that has seen multiple charges against people associated with the presidential campaign come to an end.

End the WITCH HUNT, Mueller, we’re tired of it.

Schumer Insults Trump in this Letter: See What it Says

by: Daveda Gruber:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter referencing President Trump and it wasn’t very polite.

Trump had been tweeting and in a tweet said that the nation’s intelligence chiefs were “naive” about Iran and perhaps should “go back to school and Schumer came back with a nasty reply in a letter to director of national intelligence Dan Coats.

Schumer D-N.Y., suggested that it was the president who needed tutoring.

On Tuesday during a Senate Intelligence Community hearing Coats spoke about ISIS’ strength, North Korea nuclear weapons program and the Iran nuclear deal in extremely different terms than Trump does.

Coats, FBI Director Chris Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel, became the target of Trump’s anger on Wednesday morning for their statements.

Schumer wrote to Coats and later said, “I believe it is incumbent on you, Director Wray and Director Haspel … to impress upon him how critically important it is for him to join you and the leadership of our Intelligence Community in speaking with a unified and accurate voice about national security threats.”

Schumer tweeted:

The intelligence chiefs had told the Senate panel that North Korea was unlikely to dismantle its nuclear arsenal and that the Iran nuclear deal was working.  It was this verbiage that drew responses from the president via Twitter:

Trump was adamant that U.S. relationship with North Korea “is the best it has ever been.” He also pointed to a halt in nuclear and missile tests by North Korea, the return of some U.S. service members’ remains and the release of detained Americans as signs of progress.

A second Trump-Kim meeting or summit is expected in February.

The U.S. intelligence agencies also said that Iran continues to work with other parties to the nuclear deal it reached with the U.S. and other world powers. They said it has at least temporarily lessened the nuclear threat.

Trump withdrew the U.S. from that Obama-era accord in May 2018, which he called a terrible deal that would not stop Iran from going nuclear.
Schumer’s letter to Coats brought to light what many Democrats said about Trump’s tweets.

Sen. Mark Warner, the senior Democrat on the Senate’s intelligence panel, said in a tweet:

What did you expect a nice tweet? No, the Dems don’t play that way.

Keep in mind that Democrats will keep up their bashing of Republicans especially our President. Trump is under attack every day.

Are You Stepping on Allah?

by: Daveda Gruber:

Have you looked at your newest pair of Nike running shoes? Chances are you didn’t look at the soles of the shoes very carefully. One woman has carefully inspected them.

Saiqa Noreen has looked at the shoe and is now petitioning for the logo on the Air Max 270 shoe be removed. Many have joined her in her in calling for the recall of the shoe.

Noreen has started a Change.org petition and is calling the logo  “blasphemous” and is offensive and disrespectful to Muslims.

Noreen wrote, “It is outrageous and appalling of Nike to allow the name of God on a shoe. This is disrespectful and extremely offensive to Muslim’s and insulting to Islam.”

She also said, the logo “will surely be trampled, kicked and become soiled with mud or even filth.”

The petition demands that Nike recall the “blasphemous and offensive shoe and all products with the design logo resembling the word Allah from worldwide sales immediately.”

Nike has put out a an official statement regarding its most recent Air Max 270 controversy.

“Nike respects all religions and we take concerns of this nature seriously, The AIR MAX logo was designed to be a stylized representation of Nike’s AIR MAX trademark. It is intended to reflect the AIR MAX brand only. Any other perceived meaning or representation is unintentional.”

This is not the first time that Nike has been under fire for its logo. In 1997, the company came under scrutiny for using a flame-shaped logo that also resembled the word for Allah. Nike pulled 38,000 pairs of sneakers off the shelf worldwide and donated $50,000 to an Islamic elementary school in the United States.

Yes, there are Islamic Schools in America. Are you shocked? I’m not.

At this time, the petition has 6,713 signatures and counting.

There is no word if Nike plans to tweak any of its current designs due to the outrage.

Despite the various controversies that have arose over the years, Nike has also shown its support of Muslim culture in the past as well. In 2017, it released the Nike Pro Hijab, which is an iteration of the traditional hijab head covering designed to be used by Muslim female athletes.

Maybe Muslim women liked the hijab but it seems that the running shoe is a fashion faux pas for them.

Border Patrol Wives Invite Pelosi for a Visit

by: Daveda Gruber:

There is a group of women from Texas who believe that a wall or barrier would be a good thing for Border Patrol agents. Their husbands understand the urgency for a barrier because they defend our border between the U.S. and Mexico.

One wife of a Border Patrol agent has invited House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to come to Texas to see for herself how much the southern border is in desperate need of a barrier.

Jill Demanski wrote in the letter posted on Facebook on Thursday:

The letter went viral for good reason.

FOX News had an article that contains a statement from Demaski that reads:

“I felt it’s really important to have our leaders come here and see what’s happening first. It’s important to meet with the people who are here on a daily basis, that are witnessing it – the effects of it, that it has on our country,” Demaski said on “Fox & Friends” on Monday. “We want them to come here and make an informed decision and to see what’s really going on.”

Demaski said if Pelosi sees the letter and agrees to visit, she hopes the California Democrat will do a ride-along with border agents to see the day-to-day experiences of those on the front lines of the border issue.

“Border patrol and our agents and experts here have been asking for [the wall] for years,” she said. “Now we have a president who has come here and seen first-hand the need and has had our backs.”

 

Renea Perez is also a wife of a Border Patrol agent. She said, that while the women feel safe in Rio Grande Valley, the men and women who patrol the southern border could still use some help in high-traffic areas.

The women are inviting Pelosi to visit Texas and see for herself what is going on every day.

The invitation to Pelosi does not stand alone. Ranchers in the area are inviting her, as well.

From Breitbart:

So far, the invitation has not been taken up by Pelosi.

On Sunday President Trump tweeted a rather interesting video on the border crisis:

The border crisis is real. There are no made up facts. President Trump knows what he is doing; trust me.

The World Takes Sides on Venezuelan Crisis

 

by: Daveda Gruber:

There is a political crisis going on in the socialist country of Venezuela.  American diplomats had been told to leave the country but all that changed.

Washington officials asked the world to choose what side they were on this past weekend.

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro broke off relations with the United States on Wednesday.

Along with other countries, the U.S. has taken sides with the opposition leader, 35 year old Juan Guaido.

Guaido is now Venezuela’s interim president even though Maduro called his claiming power an attempted coup.

The Trump administration has recognized Guaido’s position.

Check out this video:

Reuters reported that on Saturday, Venezuelan Colonel Jose Luis Silva publicly broke with Maduro in a video recorded at the country’s embassy in Washington.

Silva said, “Today I speak to the people of Venezuela, and especially to my brothers in the armed forces of the nation, to recognize President Juan Guaido as the only legitimate president.”
According to Reuters Maduro has rejected calls for a new election. Things changed on Sunday.

Maduro said he was open to dialogue and that meeting with President Trump was “not impossible.”

A source familiar with the Trump administration’s thinking on Venezuela told Fox News that the White House is encouraged by the fact that Venezuela’s Defense Attache in Washington has publicly turned against Maduro and thrown his support behind opposition leader Guaido.

The Trump administration said it wouldn’t obey when Maduro gave U.S. diplomats three days to leave the country. They are adamant that Maduro is no longer the country’s legitimate president.

Late on Saturday, the Foreign Ministry issued a statement.

The statement read that Maduro’s government was suspending the ejection. The suspension is said to provide a 30 day window for negotiations with the U.S. and setting up a “U.S. interests office” in Venezuela.

This would also include a similar Venezuelan office in the United States.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was not onboard with Maduro’s “illegitimate mafia state.”

Pompeo said, “We’re here to urge all nations to support the democratic aspirations of Venezuelan people as they try to free themselves from former President Maduro’s illegitimate mafia state.”

Earlier, France, Germany, Britain and Spain set an eight-day deadline for calling elections for recognizing Guaido’s leadership.

On Sunday Israel joined the U.S., Canada and several other Latin American countries when they announced that it would recognize Guaido as the de facto president of Venezuela.

Socialism does not work. It has been proven, time after time, that capitalism works. Ask any conservative American.

The sad thing is though, the Democratic Party has turned to support socialist ideals.

Seventy percent taxation and free healthcare to Americans and illegal immigrants does not spell  capitalism. Unfortunately, some people have not learned from the past nor from what is happening now in Venezuela.

Wake up people. Socialism leads to dictatorships and communism.

Roger Stone Speaks Out After Arrest

by: Daveda Gruber:

On Friday Roger Stone was arrested in the wee hours of the morning. Stone was awakened in his Florida home by a slew of FBI SWAT team. CNN just happened to be there to film the arrest.

The SWAT team, with helmets on and with guns drawn, banged on Stone’s door and demanded that he come outside. They barraged into Stone’s home in Fort Lauderdale. Stone was asleep but woke up and went to the door in his pajamas.

President Trump had this to say:

Stone, aged 66, was taken into custody after being indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election.

During a press conference Stone said that his wife and dogs were frightened by the flashing lights and manner in which he was taken into custody.

For months, Stone has warned that he could be indicted. He has repeatedly denied the accusation that he actually had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks releasing hacked emails of Democrats during the 2016 campaign.

Stone spoke with reporters as he left the court. Stone said, “I will plead not guilty to these charges. I will defeat them in court. This is a politically-motivated investigation.”

Stone adamantly proclaimed that he will not dish dirt on the president to prosecutors.

Stone said, “There is no circumstance whatsoever under which I will bear false witness against the president, nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself.”

The sealed indictment was unsealed on Friday. It does not charge Stone with conspiring with WikiLeaks or with the Russian officers Mueller says hacked them.

WikiLeaks is the anti-secrecy website that published emails about the Clinton campaign in 2016. or with the Russian officers Mueller says hacked them. with guns banging on Stone’s door and demanding that he come outside.

The indictment accuses Stone of lying about his interactions related to the WikiLeaks’ release during probes by Congress and Mueller’s team.

The indictment does raise questions about the hacked emails.

Stone is a former Trump adviser. He advised Trump for years but left the Trump campaign in August 2015. He served as an adviser to Trump for years before he ran for president. He left Trump’s campaign but kept regular contact with and publicly supported the Trump campaign through the 2016 election.

The indictment states that during the summer of 2016, Stone spoke to senior Trump campaign officials about WikiLeaks and information it might have had that would be damaging to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

The indictment says that Stone was contacted by senior Trump campaign officials to inquire about future releases. It also says Stone continued to communicate with members of the Trump campaign about WikiLeaks.

On Friday a lawyer for Trump, Jay Sekulow, said, “The indictment today does not allege Russian collusion by Roger Stone or anyone else. Rather, the indictment focuses on alleged false statements Mr. Stone made to Congress.”

The indictment, which is 24 pages, alleges that Stone worked to obstruct the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Mueller’s team alleges Stone made false statements to the committee and denied he had records that were sought by the committee and persuaded a witness to provide false testimony.

Mueller’s investigation has gone on for more than a year and half but no collusion has be uncovered.