Would You Pay to See Them?

by Daveda Gruber:

Bill and Hillary Clinton are still relevant to some of the American people but apparently people don’t want to spend a whole lot of money to see the couple speak on their political views.

The Clintons are on a speaking tour of thirteen cities but they don’t seem to be drawing in crowds who want to spend big bucks to see the couple.

When the tour was announced in November, the best tickets were going for the hefty price of $1,785, which was a far cry from the 54% drop in price of $829.

On Friday the cheaper seats could be had for as little as $20 at Seattle’s WaMu Theater where the Clintons were speaking.

Organizers had to slash listed prices and even offer discounts through Groupon to boost sales. The Seattle Times reported that the official prices for the former first couple’s appearance ranged from $66.50 to $519.

The performance by the Clintons lasted about ninety minutes and was presented as an interview of Hillary and Bill by actor Bradley Whitford.

The former First Lady and former Secretary of State said, “I really believe that we are in a crisis, a constitutional crisis. This is a test for our country.”

She also said to  the crowd in Seattle that Barr “would rather be the president’s defense lawyer than the chief law enforcement officer of our country.”

She wasn’t done yet. Hillary continued by saying that the Mueller’s report “not only decisively proves, but goes chapter and verse about how the Russians — in the words of the report ˗˗ conducted ‘a sweeping and systemic interference in our election.”

She topped that up with a dig at President Trump by saying, “And then you wake up and your president is spending an hour on the phone with Vladimir Putin, who was the mastermind of the interference and attack on our election.”

In my humble opinion, the tickets could have been free and I don’t believe that many people would have gone to sit through what the Clintons have to say about anything.

I venture to say that the only way to get a large crowd to view the couple would have to guarantee that at least Hillary would be carried away in chains and shackles at the end of the performance. Now, that would call for a standing ovation.

Trump and Putin Discuss World Affairs and Mueller Probe

by Daveda Gruber:

On Friday President Trump had a conversation with none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two leaders discussed the crisis in Venezuela, nuclear agreements, North Korean denuclearization, Ukraine and trade.

The call between Trump and Putin spoke for a little over an hour. Besides the other important world issues, they discussed special counsel’s Russia investigation.

The president spoke to reporters from the Oval Office about some of the details of the call.

Trump said that the U.S. would “probably start something up shortly between Russia and ourselves,” and that “China would be added down the road.”

The Russian state news agency Tass reported that Trump and Putin spoke about the New START treaty which is the last major arms-control treaty remaining between the U.S. and Russia.

The treaty that was signed in 2010 expires in 2021. That treaty restricts both the U.S. and Russia to 1,550 deployed strategic nuclear warheads on a maximum of 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles and strategic bombers.

Tass reported:

WASHINGTON, May 3. /TASS/. The US aims to improve relations with Russia and expand bilateral trade, US President Donald Trump said on the outcomes of the phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We also discussed trade. We intend to do a lot of trade with Russia, we do some right now, and it’s up a little bit,” Trump said. “And getting along with Russia and China is a good thing.”

Earlier on Friday, Trump and Putin have held a phone call, during which they discussed “the current state and prospects of bilateral relations with a focus on economic cooperation”, the Kremlin press service informed. The presidents also discussed North Korea, Venezuela, Ukraine, and nuclear disarmament.

Trump said China “very much” wants to be a part of that potential nuclear deal.

Trump took to Twitter to give his thoughts on the phone call:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un traveled to Russia last week to meet with Putin and the two spoke about the importance for Russia to continue to help put pressure on North Korea to denuclearize.

In a statement released by the Kremlin after Friday’s call said Putin stressed that “Pyongyang’s conscientious fulfillment of its obligations should be accompanied by reciprocal steps to reduce sanctions pressure on North Korea.”

Trump and Putin also spoke about Venezuela. Trump said Putin said he was “not looking to get involved,” but would “like to see something positive happen.” Trump said the U.S. wanted to offer “some humanitarian aid.”

Trump said, “We want to help on a humanitarian basis.”

The two also spoke about the Russia investigation. Trump said, “We discussed it and he actually sort of smiled when he said something to the effect that it started off as a mountain and it ended up as a mouse. But he knew that because he knew there was no collusion.”

You can see and hear Trump speaking about his talk with Putin here:

Did Pelosi Accuse Barr of Lying to Congress?

by Daveda Gruber:

Late Thursday morning, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi D-Calif., went on the record during a public press conference and said that Attorney General William Barr “lied to Congress.”

In a closed-door meeting Pelosi also allegedly told her colleagues that Barr committed a crime. She allegedly told Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., “We saw [Barr] commit a crime when he answered your question.”

Pelosi was referring to a hearing on April 9. Crist had asked whether Barr knew what prompted reports that prosecutors on the special counsel team were frustrated with his initial summary.

Barr denied the allegation by saying that he did not.

This week “The Washington Post” reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller contacted Barr, both in a letter and in a phone call, to express concerns. This came after Barr released his four-page summary of Mueller’s findings in March.

Mueller wanted Barr to release the executive summaries written by the special counsel’s office which stated that a four-page memo to Congress that described the principal conclusions of the investigation into President Trump “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of Mueller’s work.

Mueller made it clear that he did not feel that Barr’s summary was inaccurate. Instead, Mueller told Barr that media coverage of the letter had “misinterpreted” the results of the probe concerning obstruction of justice.

Pelosi, said publicly, “He lied to Congress. And if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime,” she told reporters. “Nobody is above the law. Not the president of the United States. Not the attorney general.”

Pelosi was then asked if Barr should go to jail for the alleged crime.

Pelosi replied, “There is a process involved here and as I said, I’ll say it again, the committee will have to come to how we will proceed.”

You can see and hear the comments by Pelosi here:

The Justice Department did not take the comments by Pelosi lightly.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said,  “Speaker Pelosi’s baseless attacks on the Attorney General is reckless, irresponsible and false.”

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?”

Check this out:

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.