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Five Great Semi-Automatic Rifles for Hunting Deer

One Hunter's Recommendations

by Russ Chastain

Updated June 29, 2017

Semi-automatic rifles have gained a bad reputation in some circles. Some shooters regard them as appropriate only for target practice or for hunting small game or fast-moving predators. Others have concerns that hunters fire too often with semi-automatic weapons, thereby creating a safety issue in areas where hunting density is high. In some minds, too, there is confusion over semi-automatic rifles for hunting with the semi-automatic weapons that fall under the "assault weapon" label instituted in 1994.

The use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting deer and other big game is controversial in many regions. The state of Pennsylvania, for example, has switched its rulings on allowing semis to be used for big game. As of this writing, Pennsylvania does not allow the use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting, but this may change. Most other states allow them for hunting, though there may be restrictions on the size of the magazines. Restrictions may even be enforced on a local level, depending on local hunting density. Always check with local authorities to determine what types of guns are allowed in your hunting territory. This can vary from year to year, depending on the game density and other factors.

However, semi-autos have a perfectly valid place in the hunting world, especially in the hands of an experienced hunter. They are much faster and easier to use than other types of rifles. I spent my first twenty years of deer hunting using a semi-automatic rifle of one type or another, and in doing so I learned just how good and dependable an automatic deer rifle can be. The reduced recoil makes them more comfortable guns to shoot, too.

Here is a list of some of the best semi-automatic deer big game hunting rifles I've ever used.

Ruger Model 44 (44 Carbine)

This little gem tops my list because I used it almost exclusively as my deer hunting rifle for about two decades. Although this model is no longer being manufactured, I just had to include it because of my long and pleasant history with this rifle. With its handy carbine length and the hard-hitting 44 Rem Mag cartridge, this is an excellent gun for brush use at ranges out to 100 yards or so. If you can find a used gun in good condition, you won't be disappointed. More »

Remington Model 750

Remington semi-automatic rifles are probably the most popular big game rifles of their kind. Long the most affordable semi-auto deer rifle when it comes to high-powered cartridges, the Remingtons have held their ground through various models, such as the 74, 740, 742, and 7400. While I'm not a big fan of Remington centerfire autoloaders, a lot of hunters swear by them, and to their credit, they have taken a lot of game over the years. More »

Browning BAR

Since its introduction in 1967, the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) has set the standard for autoloading centerfire hunting rifles. Known for excellent accuracy and dependability, the BAR also lives up to Browning's reputation for high quality and usability. For decades, it was the only commercial semi-auto rifle chambered for magnum cartridges.

Long Trac and Short Trac versions signify a newer generation rifle, and they bear little resemblance to the original. The BAR is available in calibers from 243 through 338 Win Mag.

I own an older Belgian-made version in the 30-06 model, which has been used to make a clean head shot on a deer at 100 yards. More »

Ruger Model 99/44 Deerfield

When Ruger discontinued the Model 44 in 1986, it left a vacuum in the rifle world. No rifle compared with the Model 44 Carbine for being a fast, hard-hitting brush gun. Fourteen years later, Ruger again produced a semi-auto carbine in the 44 Rem Mag, though it was of an entirely new design.

Similar in looks and size, the action of the new gun is different and not as scope-friendly as the older Model 44, but it will hit 'em just as hard. Sadly, the model 99 was discontinued in 2007. More »

Benelli R1

The Benelli R1 semi-automatic rifle was introduced in 2003. Benelli is a respected name, well-known for their excellent autoloading shotguns, and early reviews of this odd-looking rifle sounded promising.

The R1 is available in 30-06, 300 Win Mag, and 338 Win Mag. Tactical versions in 5.56x45mm NATO were also listed in 2013. More »


2D SESSION H. R. 5087
To regulate the importation, manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of
assault weapons, and for other purposes.
FEBRUARY 26, 2018
Mr. CICILLINE (for himself, Ms. WILSON of Florida, Ms. ADAMS, Mr.
BRENDAN F. BOYLE of Pennsylvania, Mr. BRADY of Pennsylvania, Mr.
BROWN of Maryland, Ms. BROWNLEY of California, Mr. BUTTERFIELD,
Ms. CASTOR of Florida, Ms. JUDY CHU of California, Mr. COHEN, Mr.
CORREA, Ms. CLARK of Massachusetts, Ms. CLARKE of New York, Mr.
of California, Ms. DELBENE, Ms. DEGETTE, Ms. DELAURO, Mr.
Mr. MICHAEL F. DOYLE of Pennsylvania, Mr. ELLISON, Mr.
ENGEL, Mr. ESPAILLAT, Ms. ESHOO, Ms. ESTY of Connecticut, Ms.
Mr. KEATING, Ms. KELLY of Illinois, Mr. KENNEDY, Mr. KHANNA, Mr.
of New Hampshire, Mr. LANGEVIN, Mr. LARSON of Connecticut, Mrs.
of Georgia, Mr. TED LIEU of California, Mr. LOEBSACK, Ms. LOFGREN,
Mr. LOWENTHAL, Mrs. LOWEY, Mr. BEN RAY LUJA´N of New Mexico,
New York, Ms. MATSUI, Mr. MEEKS, Ms. MENG, Mr. MOULTON, Ms.

Carolina, Mr. QUIGLEY, Mr. RASKIN, Miss RICE of New York, Mr. RICHMOND,
Georgia, Mr. SCOTT of Virginia, Ms. SHEA-PORTER, Mr. SHERMAN, Mr.
SIRES, Mr. SMITH of Washington, Ms. SLAUGHTER, Mr. SOTO, Ms.
SPEIER, Mr. SWALWELL of California, Mr. SUOZZI, Mr. TAKANO, Ms.
Mr. YARMUTH, and Ms. PELOSI) introduced the following bill; which was
referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

To regulate the importation, manufacture, possession, sale
or transfer of assault weapons, and for other purposes.
1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa2
tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
4 This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Assault Weapons Ban
5 of 2018’’.
7 (a) IN GENERAL.—Section 921(a) of title 18, United
8 States Code, is amended—
9 (1) by inserting after paragraph (29) the fol10
11 ‘‘(30) The term ‘semiautomatic pistol’ means any re12
peating pistol that—
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1 ‘‘(A) utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing
2 cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and
3 chamber the next round; and
4 ‘‘(B) requires a separate pull of the trigger to
5 fire each cartridge.
6 ‘‘(31) The term ‘semiautomatic shotgun’ means any
7 repeating shotgun that—
8 ‘‘(A) utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing
9 cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and
10 chamber the next round; and
11 ‘‘(B) requires a separate pull of the trigger to
12 fire each cartridge.’’; and
13 (2) by adding at the end the following:
14 ‘‘(36) The term ‘semiautomatic assault weapon’
15 means any of the following, regardless of country of manu16
facture or caliber of ammunition accepted:
17 ‘‘(A) A semiautomatic rifle that has the capac18
ity to accept a detachable magazine and any one of
19 the following:
20 ‘‘(i) A pistol grip.
21 ‘‘(ii) A forward grip.
22 ‘‘(iii) A folding, telescoping, or detachable
23 stock.
24 ‘‘(iv) A grenade launcher or rocket launch25
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1 ‘‘(v) A barrel shroud.
2 ‘‘(vi) A threaded barrel.
3 ‘‘(B) A semiautomatic rifle that has a fixed
4 magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10
5 rounds, except for an attached tubular device de6
signed to accept, and capable of operating only with,
7 .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.
8 ‘‘(C) Any part, combination of parts, compo9
nent, device, attachment, or accessory that is de10
signed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of
11 a semiautomatic rifle but not convert the semiauto12
matic rifle into a machinegun.
13 ‘‘(D) A semiautomatic pistol that has the ca14
pacity to accept a detachable magazine and any one
15 of the following:
16 ‘‘(i) A threaded barrel.
17 ‘‘(ii) A second pistol grip.
18 ‘‘(iii) A barrel shroud.
19 ‘‘(iv) The capacity to accept a detachable
20 magazine at some location outside of the pistol
21 grip.
22 ‘‘(v) A semiautomatic version of an auto23
matic firearm.
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1 ‘‘(E) A semiautomatic pistol with a fixed maga2
zine that has the capacity to accept more than 10
3 rounds.
4 ‘‘(F) A semiautomatic shotgun that has any one
5 of the following:
6 ‘‘(i) A folding, telescoping, or detachable
7 stock.
8 ‘‘(ii) A pistol grip.
9 ‘‘(iii) A fixed magazine with the capacity to
10 accept more than 5 rounds.
11 ‘‘(iv) The ability to accept a detachable
12 magazine.
13 ‘‘(v) A forward grip.
14 ‘‘(vi) A grenade launcher or rocket launch15
16 ‘‘(G) Any shotgun with a revolving cylinder.
17 ‘‘(H) All of the following rifles, copies, dupli18
cates, variants, or altered facsimiles with the capa19
bility of any such weapon thereof:
20 ‘‘(i) All AK types, including the following:
21 ‘‘(I) AK, AK47, AK47S, AK–74,
23 NHM90, NHM91, Rock River Arms LAR–
24 47, SA85, SA93, Vector Arms AK–47,
25 VEPR, WASR–10, and WUM.
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1 ‘‘(II) IZHMASH Saiga AK.
2 ‘‘(III) MAADI AK47 and ARM.
3 ‘‘(IV) Norinco 56S, 56S2, 84S, and
4 86S.
5 ‘‘(V) Poly Technologies AK47 and
6 AKS.
7 ‘‘(ii) All AR types, including the following:
8 ‘‘(I) AR–10.
9 ‘‘(II) AR–15.
10 ‘‘(III) Alexander Arms Overmatch
11 Plus 16.
12 ‘‘(IV) Armalite M15 22LR Carbine.
13 ‘‘(V) Armalite M15–T.
14 ‘‘(VI) Barrett REC7.
15 ‘‘(VII) Beretta AR–70.
16 ‘‘(VIII) Black Rain Ordnance Recon
17 Scout.
18 ‘‘(IX) Bushmaster ACR.
19 ‘‘(X) Bushmaster Carbon 15.
20 ‘‘(XI) Bushmaster MOE series.
21 ‘‘(XII) Bushmaster XM15.
22 ‘‘(XIII) Chiappa Firearms MFour ri23
24 ‘‘(XIV) Colt Match Target rifles.
1 ‘‘(XV) CORE Rifle Systems CORE15
2 rifles.
3 ‘‘(XVI) Daniel Defense M4A1 rifles.
4 ‘‘(XVII) Devil Dog Arms 15 Series ri5
6 ‘‘(XVIII) Diamondback DB15 rifles.
7 ‘‘(XIX) DoubleStar AR rifles.
8 ‘‘(XX) DPMS Tactical rifles.
9 ‘‘(XXI) DSA Inc. ZM–4 Carbine.
10 ‘‘(XXII) Heckler & Koch MR556.
11 ‘‘(XXIII) High Standard HSA–15 ri12
13 ‘‘(XXIV) Jesse James Nomad AR–15
14 rifle.
15 ‘‘(XXV) Knight’s Armament SR–15.
16 ‘‘(XXVI) Lancer L15 rifles.
17 ‘‘(XXVII) MGI Hydra Series rifles.
18 ‘‘(XXVIII) Mossberg MMR Tactical
19 rifles.
20 ‘‘(XXIX) Noreen Firearms BN 36
21 rifle.
22 ‘‘(XXX) Olympic Arms.
23 ‘‘(XXXI) POF USA P415.
24 ‘‘(XXXII) Precision Firearms AR ri25
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1 ‘‘(XXXIII) Remington R–15 rifles.
2 ‘‘(XXXIV) Rhino Arms AR rifles.
3 ‘‘(XXXV) Rock River Arms LAR–15.
4 ‘‘(XXXVI) Sig Sauer SIG516 rifles
5 and MCX rifles.
6 ‘‘(XXXVII) SKS with a detachable
7 magazine.
8 ‘‘(XXXVIII) Smith & Wesson M&P15
9 rifles.
10 ‘‘(XXXIX) Stag Arms AR rifles.
11 ‘‘(XL) Sturm, Ruger & Co. SR556
12 and AR–556 rifles.
13 ‘‘(XLI) Uselton Arms Air-Lite M–4
14 rifles.
15 ‘‘(XLII) Windham Weaponry AR ri16
17 ‘‘(XLIII) WMD Guns Big Beast.
18 ‘‘(XLIV) Yankee Hill Machine Com19
pany, Inc. YHM–15 rifles.
20 ‘‘(iii) Barrett M107A1.
21 ‘‘(iv) Barrett M82A1.
22 ‘‘(v) Beretta CX4 Storm.
23 ‘‘(vi) Calico Liberty Series.
24 ‘‘(vii) CETME Sporter.
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1 ‘‘(viii) Daewoo K–1, K–2, Max 1, Max 2,
2 AR 100, and AR 110C.
3 ‘‘(ix) Fabrique Nationale/FN Herstal
4 FAL, LAR, 22 FNC, 308 Match, L1A1
5 Sporter, PS90, SCAR, and FS2000.
6 ‘‘(x) Feather Industries AT–9.
7 ‘‘(xi) Galil Model AR and Model ARM.
8 ‘‘(xii) Hi-Point Carbine.
9 ‘‘(xiii) HK–91, HK–93, HK–94, HK–
10 PSG–1, and HK USC.
11 ‘‘(xiv) IWI TAVOR, Galil ACE rifle.
12 ‘‘(xv) Kel-Tec Sub-2000, SU–16, and
13 RFB.
14 ‘‘(xvi) SIG AMT, SIG PE–57, Sig Sauer
15 SG 550, Sig Sauer SG 551, and SIG MCX.
16 ‘‘(xvii) Springfield Armory SAR–48.
17 ‘‘(xviii) Steyr AUG.
18 ‘‘(xix) Sturm, Ruger & Co. Mini-14 Tac19
tical Rifle M–14/20CF.
20 ‘‘(xx) All Thompson rifles, including the
21 following:
22 ‘‘(I) Thompson M1SB.
23 ‘‘(II) Thompson T1100D.
24 ‘‘(III) Thompson T150D.
25 ‘‘(IV) Thompson T1B.
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1 ‘‘(V) Thompson T1B100D.
2 ‘‘(VI) Thompson T1B50D.
3 ‘‘(VII) Thompson T1BSB.
4 ‘‘(VIII) Thompson T1–C.
5 ‘‘(IX) Thompson T1D.
6 ‘‘(X) Thompson T1SB.
7 ‘‘(XI) Thompson T5.
8 ‘‘(XII) Thompson T5100D.
9 ‘‘(XIII) Thompson TM1.
10 ‘‘(XIV) Thompson TM1C.
11 ‘‘(xxi) UMAREX UZI rifle.
12 ‘‘(xxii) UZI Mini Carbine, UZI Model A
13 Carbine, and UZI Model B Carbine.
14 ‘‘(xxiii) Valmet M62S, M71S, and M78.
15 ‘‘(xxiv) Vector Arms UZI Type.
16 ‘‘(xxv) Weaver Arms Nighthawk.
17 ‘‘(xxvi) Wilkinson Arms Linda Carbine.
18 ‘‘(I) All of the following pistols, copies, dupli19
cates, variants, or altered facsimiles with the capa20
bility of any such weapon thereof:
21 ‘‘(i) All AK–47 types, including the fol22
23 ‘‘(I) Centurion 39 AK pistol.
24 ‘‘(II) CZ Scorpion pistol.
25 ‘‘(III) Draco AK–47 pistol.
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1 ‘‘(IV) HCR AK–47 pistol.
2 ‘‘(V) IO Inc. Hellpup AK–47 pistol.
3 ‘‘(VI) Krinkov pistol.
4 ‘‘(VII) Mini Draco AK–47 pistol.
5 ‘‘(VIII) PAP M92 pistol.
6 ‘‘(IX) Yugo Krebs Krink pistol.
7 ‘‘(ii) All AR–15 types, including the fol8
9 ‘‘(I) American Spirit AR–15 pistol.
10 ‘‘(II) Bushmaster Carbon 15 pistol.
11 ‘‘(III) Chiappa Firearms M4 Pistol
12 GEN II.
13 ‘‘(IV) CORE Rifle Systems CORE15
14 Roscoe pistol.
15 ‘‘(V) Daniel Defense MK18 pistol.
16 ‘‘(VI) DoubleStar Corporation AR pis17
18 ‘‘(VII) DPMS AR–15 pistol.
19 ‘‘(VIII) Jesse James Nomad AR–15
20 pistol.
21 ‘‘(IX) Olympic Arms AR–15 pistol.
22 ‘‘(X) Osprey Armament MK–18 pis23
24 ‘‘(XI) POF USA AR pistols.
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1 ‘‘(XII) Rock River Arms LAR 15 pis2
3 ‘‘(XIII) Uselton Arms Air-Lite M–4
4 pistol.
5 ‘‘(iii) Calico Liberty pistols.
6 ‘‘(iv) DSA SA58 PKP FAL pistol.
7 ‘‘(v) Encom MP–9 and MP–45.
8 ‘‘(vi) Heckler & Koch model SP–89 pistol.
9 ‘‘(vii) Intratec AB–10, TEC–22 Scorpion,
10 TEC–9, and TEC–DC9.
11 ‘‘(viii) IWI Galil Ace pistol, UZI PRO pis12
13 ‘‘(ix) Kel-Tec PLR 16 pistol.
14 ‘‘(x) The following MAC types:
15 ‘‘(I) MAC–10.
16 ‘‘(II) MAC–11.
17 ‘‘(III) Masterpiece Arms MPA A930
18 Mini Pistol, MPA460 Pistol, MPA Tactical
19 Pistol, and MPA Mini Tactical Pistol.
20 ‘‘(IV) Military Armament Corp.
21 Ingram M–11.
22 ‘‘(V) Velocity Arms VMAC.
23 ‘‘(xi) Sig Sauer P556 pistol.
24 ‘‘(xii) Sites Spectre.
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1 ‘‘(xiii) All Thompson types, including the
2 following:
3 ‘‘(I) Thompson TA510D.
4 ‘‘(II) Thompson TA5.
5 ‘‘(xiv) All UZI types, including Micro-UZI.
6 ‘‘(J) All of the following shotguns, copies, dupli7
cates, variants, or altered facsimiles with the capa8
bility of any such weapon thereof:
9 ‘‘(i) DERYA Anakon MC–1980, Anakon
10 SD12.
11 ‘‘(ii) Doruk Lethal shotguns.
12 ‘‘(iii) Franchi LAW–12 and SPAS 12.
13 ‘‘(iv) All IZHMASH Saiga 12 types, in14
cluding the following:
15 ‘‘(I) IZHMASH Saiga 12.
16 ‘‘(II) IZHMASH Saiga 12S.
17 ‘‘(III) IZHMASH Saiga 12S EXP–
18 01.
19 ‘‘(IV) IZHMASH Saiga 12K.
20 ‘‘(V) IZHMASH Saiga 12K–030.
21 ‘‘(VI) IZHMASH Saiga 12K–040
22 Taktika.
23 ‘‘(v) Streetsweeper.
24 ‘‘(vi) Striker 12.
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1 ‘‘(K) All belt-fed semiautomatic firearms, in2
cluding TNW M2HB and FN M2495.
3 ‘‘(L) Any combination of parts from which a
4 firearm described in subparagraphs (A) through (K)
5 can be assembled.
6 ‘‘(M) The frame or receiver of a rifle or shot7
gun described in subparagraph (A), (B), (C), (F),
8 (G), (H), (J), or (K).
9 ‘‘(37) The term ‘large capacity ammunition feeding
10 device’—
11 ‘‘(A) means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip,
12 or similar device, including any such device joined or
13 coupled with another in any manner, that has an
14 overall capacity of, or that can be readily restored,
15 changed, or converted to accept, more than 10
16 rounds of ammunition; and
17 ‘‘(B) does not include an attached tubular de18
vice designed to accept, and capable of operating
19 only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.’’.
20 (b) RELATED DEFINITIONS.—Section 921(a) of title
21 18, United States Code, as amended by this Act, is
22 amended by adding at the end the following:
23 ‘‘(38) The term ‘barrel shroud’—
24 ‘‘(A) means a shroud that is attached to, or
25 partially or completely encircles, the barrel of a fire-
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1 arm so that the shroud protects the user of the fire2
arm from heat generated by the barrel; and
3 ‘‘(B) does not include—
4 ‘‘(i) a slide that partially or completely en5
closes the barrel; or
6 ‘‘(ii) an extension of the stock along the
7 bottom of the barrel which does not encircle or
8 substantially encircle the barrel.
9 ‘‘(39) The term ‘detachable magazine’ means an am10
munition feeding device that can be removed from a fire11
arm without disassembly of the firearm action.
12 ‘‘(40) The term ‘fixed magazine’ means an ammuni13
tion feeding device that is permanently fixed to the firearm
14 in such a manner that it cannot be removed without dis15
assembly of the firearm.
16 ‘‘(41) The term ‘folding, telescoping, or detachable
17 stock’ means a stock that folds, telescopes, detaches or
18 otherwise operates to reduce the length, size, or any other
19 dimension, or otherwise enhances the concealability, of a
20 firearm.
21 ‘‘(42) The term ‘forward grip’ means a grip located
22 forward of the trigger that functions as a pistol grip.
23 ‘‘(43) The term ‘rocket’ means any simple or complex
24 tubelike device containing combustibles that on being ig25
nited liberate gases whose action propels the tube through
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1 the air and has a propellant charge of not more than 4
2 ounces.
3 ‘‘(44) The term ‘grenade launcher or rocket launcher’
4 means an attachment for use on a firearm that is designed
5 to propel a grenade, rocket, or other similar destructive
6 device.
7 ‘‘(45) The term ‘permanently inoperable’ means a
8 firearm which is incapable of discharging a shot by means
9 of an explosive and incapable of being readily restored to
10 a firing condition.
11 ‘‘(46) The term ‘pistol grip’ means a grip, a thumb12
hole stock, or any other characteristic that can function
13 as a grip.
14 ‘‘(47) The term ‘threaded barrel’ means a feature or
15 characteristic that is designed in such a manner to allow
16 for the attachment of a device such as a firearm silencer
17 or a flash suppressor.
18 ‘‘(48) The term ‘qualified law enforcement officer’
19 has the meaning given the term in section 926B.
20 ‘‘(49) The term ‘grandfathered semiautomatic as21
sault weapon’ means any semiautomatic assault weapon
22 the importation, possession, sale, or transfer of which
23 would be unlawful under section 922(v) but for the excep24
tion under paragraph (2) of such section.
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1 ‘‘(50) The term ‘belt-fed semiautomatic firearm’
2 means any repeating firearm that—
3 ‘‘(A) utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing
4 cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and
5 chamber the next round;
6 ‘‘(B) requires a separate pull of the trigger to
7 fire each cartridge; and
8 ‘‘(C) has the capacity to accept a belt ammuni9
tion feeding device.’’.
12 (a) IN GENERAL.—Section 922 of title 18, United
13 States Code, is amended—
14 (1) by inserting after subsection (u) the fol15
16 ‘‘(v)(1) It shall be unlawful for a person to import,
17 sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting
18 interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault
19 weapon.
20 ‘‘(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to the possession,
21 sale, or transfer of any semiautomatic assault weapon oth22
erwise lawfully possessed under Federal law on the date
23 of enactment of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018.
24 ‘‘(3) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to any firearm

1 ‘‘(A) is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever,
2 or slide action;
3 ‘‘(B) has been rendered permanently inoperable;
4 or
5 ‘‘(C) is an antique firearm, as defined in section
6 921 of this title.
7 ‘‘(4) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to—
8 ‘‘(A) the importation for, manufacture for, sale
9 to, transfer to, or possession by the United States
10 or a department or agency of the United States or
11 a State or a department, agency, or political subdivi12
sion of a State, or a sale or transfer to or possession
13 by a qualified law enforcement officer employed by
14 the United States or a department or agency of the
15 United States or a State or a department, agency,
16 or political subdivision of a State, for purposes of
17 law enforcement (whether on or off duty), or a sale
18 or transfer to or possession by a campus law en19
forcement officer for purposes of law enforcement
20 (whether on or off duty);
21 ‘‘(B) the importation for, or sale or transfer to
22 a licensee under title I of the Atomic Energy Act of
23 1954 for purposes of establishing and maintaining
24 an on-site physical protection system and security
25 organization required by Federal law, or possession
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1 by an employee or contractor of such licensee on-site
2 for such purposes or off-site for purposes of licensee3
authorized training or transportation of nuclear ma4
5 ‘‘(C) the possession, by an individual who is re6
tired in good standing from service with a law en7
forcement agency and is not otherwise prohibited
8 from receiving a firearm, of a semiautomatic assault
9 weapon—
10 ‘‘(i) sold or transferred to the individual by
11 the agency upon such retirement; or
12 ‘‘(ii) that the individual purchased, or oth13
erwise obtained, for official use before such re14
15 ‘‘(D) the importation, sale, manufacture, trans16
fer, or possession of a semiautomatic assault weapon
17 by a licensed manufacturer or licensed importer for
18 the purposes of testing or experimentation author19
ized by the Attorney General; or
20 ‘‘(E) the importation, sale, manufacture, trans21
fer, or possession of a firearm specified in Appendix
22 A to this section, as such firearm was manufactured
23 on the date of introduction of the Assault Weapons
24 Ban of 2018.
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1 ‘‘(5) For purposes of paragraph (4)(A), the term
2 ‘campus law enforcement officer’ means an individual who
3 is—
4 ‘‘(A) employed by a private institution of higher
5 education that is eligible for funding under title IV
6 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C.
7 1070 et seq.);
8 ‘‘(B) responsible for the prevention or investiga9
tion of crime involving injury to persons or property,
10 including apprehension or detention of persons for
11 such crimes;
12 ‘‘(C) authorized by Federal, State, or local law
13 to carry a firearm, execute search warrants, and
14 make arrests; and
15 ‘‘(D) recognized, commissioned, or certified by
16 a government entity as a law enforcement officer.
17 ‘‘(6) The Attorney General shall establish and main18
tain, in a timely manner, a record of the make, model,
19 and, if available, date of manufacture of any semiauto20
matic assault weapon which the Attorney General is made
21 aware has been used in relation to a crime under Federal
22 or State law, and the nature and circumstances of the
23 crime involved, including the outcome of relevant criminal
24 investigations and proceedings. The Attorney General
25 shall annually submit a copy of the record established
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1 under this paragraph to the Congress and make the record
2 available to the general public.
3 ‘‘(w)(1) It shall be unlawful for a person to import,
4 sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting
5 interstate or foreign commerce, a large capacity ammuni6
tion feeding device.
7 ‘‘(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to the possession
8 of any large capacity ammunition feeding device otherwise
9 lawfully possessed on or before the date of enactment of
10 the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018.
11 ‘‘(3) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to—
12 ‘‘(A) the importation for, manufacture for, sale
13 to, transfer to, or possession by the United States
14 or a department or agency of the United States or
15 a State or a department, agency, or political subdivi16
sion of a State, or a sale or transfer to or possession
17 by a qualified law enforcement officer employed by
18 the United States or a department or agency of the
19 United States or a State or a department, agency,
20 or political subdivision of a State for purposes of law
21 enforcement (whether on or off duty), or a sale or
22 transfer to or possession by a campus law enforce23
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1 ‘‘(B) the importation for, or sale or transfer to
2 a licensee under title I of the Atomic Energy Act of
3 1954 for purposes of establishing and maintaining
4 an on-site physical protection system and security
5 organization required by Federal law, or possession
6 by an employee or contractor of such licensee on-site
7 for such purposes or off-site for purposes of licensee8
authorized training or transportation of nuclear ma9
10 ‘‘(C) the possession, by an individual who is re11
tired in good standing from service with a law en12
forcement agency and is not otherwise prohibited
13 from receiving ammunition, of a large capacity am14
munition feeding device—
15 ‘‘(i) sold or transferred to the individual by
16 the agency upon such retirement; or
17 ‘‘(ii) that the individual purchased, or oth18
erwise obtained, for official use before such re19
tirement; or
20 ‘‘(D) the importation, sale, manufacture, trans21
fer, or possession of any large capacity ammunition
22 feeding device by a licensed manufacturer or licensed
23 importer for the purposes of testing or experimen24
tation authorized by the Attorney General.




Bundy's cases dismissed by judge:

WA Rep.: BLM Whistleblower Explains Why Feds Wanted Bundy Case Dismissed
Published on Dec 14, 2017


Let's Talk About That BLM Whistleblower - Kelli Stewart and John Lamb
Published on Dec 15, 2017


Lazaro Ecenarro ~ Exposing corrupt Government with Uranium one - The Best Documentary Ever

Published on Dec 3, 2017

Cliven Bundy Trial - Joe O'Shaugnessy pre-trial release! JLandin - 12/05/17
Published on Dec 5, 2017

Published on Dec 2, 2017 Carol Bundy Speaks Out to the media @ Ryan Payne release from 2yrs wrongful incarceration

Remaining Political Prisoners to have pre-trial release, Cliven stands for America ~ BHyde 12/01/17

Ryan Payne's release from Courthouse ~ Full Video w Kelli Stewart 12/01/17

Ryan Payne's release ! ~ LSpencer Friday ~12/01/17

John Lamb ~ Ammon Bundy being released 11/30/17


Cliven Bundy Trial - Ammon Bundy's Release w/ Family, Pre-Trial Release - 11/30/17 #Bundytrial

Cliven Bundy Trial ~ Ammon Bundy release Thursday morning, Cliven refuses unless others released

Defendants ordered released as Bundy trial continues
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy says he would rather stay in jail.
Tay Wiles NEWS ANALYSIS Nov. 29, 2017

To the surprise of many courtroom observers, a U.S. district judge has said she’ll allow the release of Nevada rancher and melon farmer Cliven Bundy and co-defendants as a major federal trial against them goes forward.

U.S. District Court of Nevada Judge Gloria Navarro announced the decision late Wednesday following a closed-door court session. Her decision allows for the release of Cliven, son Ammon, and Ryan Payne, a self-proclaimed militia member of Montana, for the duration of their trial. Ryan Bundy, Cliven’s second son on trial, has already been released, to an approved residence in Las Vegas.

Adding an extra twist to Wednesday’s development, Cliven Bundy has refused to accept the release, according to his lawyer, Bret Whipple. “To be released, he would have to agree to conditions,” Whipple told reporters outside the courthouse Wednesday evening. “In his opinion, he’s not willing to take a deal with the government when he hasn’t done anything wrong to begin with…. He’s very principled and he doesn’t want to violate those principals and I respect that.”

The four men face 16 charges for leading an armed standoff in 2014 with federal agents who were attempting to gather Bundy cattle that had been illegally grazing on public land.

The judge allowed for Ammon and Cliven to be released under “lock down” at approved Las Vegas residences. In announcing her decision, Navarro said she had “reweighed” the evidence but remained “a little reluctant” to release the men. The release includes a list of conditions, including prohibiting access to firearms and contact with government witnesses.

Payne will be released pending approval from Oregon District Judge Anna Brown, who presided over a case against him there related to the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Brown had allowed Payne to come to Nevada for the Bunkerville standoff trial, but he still awaits release and sentencing for the Malheur case.

The court’s decision to release the Nevada defendants occurred in a sealed hearing on Wednesday, the details of which attorneys have declined to comment on. The trial is expected to continue over the next several months.

The decision comes as Nevada prosecutors over the last two weeks have sought to make a case against Payne and the Bundys. They have called several witnesses in an attempt to prove the defendants conspired against the U.S. government and threatened federal officers. But their case is moving in fits and starts, disrupted at almost every turn by the defense. On Tuesday, Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre told the judge he had noticed a recurring pattern in cross-examinations: an insinuation that “somehow the government is hiding evidence from the jury.”

Those insinuations included questions from Cliven’s lawyer, Whipple, about whether a Bureau of Land Management officer bribed a Bundy family member to provide information. You tried to bribe him, didn’t you, Whipple asked BLM officer Robert Shilaikis. “What?” Shilaikis answered, incredulously. “No. No, sir.” After Whipple asked the bribery question a second time, Navarro interrupted, saying, “You’re just confusing the jury.”

The following day, Whipple said he had new information: that a BLM officer had asked the Bundy family member “what will it take” to get him to relay information to Cliven about the upcoming cattle impoundment. This statement could be interpreted as a bribe, Whipple said. Whipple later told High Country News he intends to bring a witness in the case to testify to this alleged bribe.

Also at issue in the trial are conflicting arguments about how much of a physical threat Cliven and his sons truly posed to federal employees.

“We didn’t know what type of threat was coming our way,” Shilaikis, the BLM employee, told the court on Tuesday. In a recording of a phone call weeks before the standoff between two BLM law enforcement officers and Ryan Bundy, who is defending himself, played in court multiple times this week, the eldest Bundy son said: “We are going to stop your (cattle) gather…I won’t tell you what we will do and what we won’t do. We will do whatever it takes.” Bundy also said he would have “hundreds” of supporters to help stop the impoundment. The prosecution attempted to use this recording to lay out how the BLM had tried repeatedly to find a resolution and communicate with the family about the upcoming impoundment.

The defense used the opportunity to call into question government competence and trustworthiness. Through questioning Shilaikis, the defense team challenged the legality of recording a phone call in the first place. “There’s nothing improper with the call,” prosecutor Myhre contested. Ryan Bundy then indicated that Shilaikis’ partner, officer Michael Johnson, lied to him and denied recording the call. “Is that standard procedure for BLM to be untruthful in speaking with people?” Ryan Bundy asked Shilaikis.

The defense’s line of questioning appeared to affect the jury. In written questions for the witness on Tuesday, rather than show an interest in the government’s case, they queried mostly about what the defense had poked at in cross-examination: BLM procedure and the legality of recording phone calls.

Also coming into relief this week are differences between the case of the Bundys themselves and their co-defendant, Payne, who organized militia members to travel to Nevada to help the Bundys stave off the feds. Payne’s co-counsel, Ryan Norwood, requested that the phone call between BLM officers and Ryan Bundy not be played in court in its entirety because it could cast a negative light on Payne. Ryan Bundy’s statement that there were “hundreds” of supporters waiting to help, was an issue for Norwood, who worried the prosecution would use it to demonstrate “some kind of preexisting conspiracy.” Bundy supporters included ranchers, not just a massive throng of militia, Norwood wanted to make clear.

Ryan Bundy, on the other hand, wanted more, not less, of the phone call to be played to the jury. In the 45-minute recording, Bundy explained his beliefs about the U.S. Constitution, public lands and the hierarchy of authority between county sheriffs and the federal government. When a BLM officer asked on the call whether Bundy recognized a federal court order of 2013, which required the cattle be removed from public land, Bundy said federal agencies failed to “consider state sovereignty” or “recognize our rights.”

What appear to be differences in strategy, and perhaps ultimate goals, between Payne and the Bundys echoes a larger reality of the Bunkerville standoff. The 2014 event marked the coming together of traditional Sagebrush Rebels, who have been at odds with federal land agencies for decades, and a new wave of “patriot” groups that proliferated following the election of President Barack Obama. In the months and years following the standoff, other natural resource disputes with the federal government continued to bring together Sagebrush Rebels and militia. The current trial puts these relationships on display as Payne, a representative of the militia movement, makes his case alongside the Bundys, icons of the Sagebrush Rebellion.

Tay Wiles is an associate editor with High Country News.

Brand Thornton ~ Bundys will be released!!!!! 11/29/17

Cliven Bundy Trial - John Lamb's update , also release of Dr Wetselaar - 11/29/17


John Lamb ~ Day 12 jury trial federal court in Las Vegas 11/27/17

The Truth About The Sen. Bob Menendez Corruption Trial

Mistrial and Robert Menendez goes free. Where's justice! He never served a day in jail. jt

The Bundy Trial and Why It Should Matter to You - A Conversation
With John Lamb

Streamed live on Nov 18, 2017
Cliven Bundy and his sons have been incarcerated for nearly two years.
Regardless of your position on the matter you must ask yourself how
American citizens can be held so long without trial. John Lamb discusses
Ryan Bundy's recent release to a halfway house and the latest developments
in the case.

Andrea Parker ~ Duane Ehmer sentencing in Portland Oregon 11/16/17

Cliven Bundy Trial - Ryan Bundy Opening, Cliven Bundy's attorney Mr.Whipple - 11/15/17 Bundytrial

FDA approves pill with sensor that digitally tracks if patients have ingested their medication

New tool for patients taking Abilify  [  link added by jt]

For Immediate Release

November 13, 2017

FDA approves Abilify MyCite, a pill with a sensor that digitally tracks if patients have ingested their medication


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that records that the medication was taken. The product is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults.

The system works by sending a message from the pill’s sensor to a wearable patch. The patch transmits the information to a mobile application so that patients can track the ingestion of the medication on their smart phone. Patients can also permit their caregivers and physician to access the information through a web-based portal.

“Being able to track ingestion of medications prescribed for mental illness may be useful for some patients,” said Mitchell Mathis, M.D., director of the Division of Psychiatry Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The FDA supports the development and use of new technology in prescription drugs and is committed to working with companies to understand how technology might benefit patients and prescribers.”

It is important to note that Abilify MyCite’s prescribing information (labeling) notes that the ability of the product to improve patient compliance with their treatment regimen has not been shown. Abilify MyCite should not be used to track drug ingestion in “real-time” or during an emergency because detection may be delayed or may not occur.

Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder. About 1 percent of Americans have this illness. Typically, symptoms are first seen in adults younger than 30 years of age. Symptoms of those with schizophrenia include hearing voices, believing other people are reading their minds or controlling their thoughts, and being suspicious or withdrawn. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is another brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. The symptoms of bipolar disorder include alternating periods of depression and high or irritable mood, increased activity and restlessness, racing thoughts, talking fast, impulsive behavior and a decreased need for sleep.

Abilify MyCite contains a Boxed Warning alerting health care professionals that elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death. Abilify MyCite is not approved to treat patients with dementia-related psychosis. The Boxed Warning also warns about an increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents and young adults taking antidepressants. The safety and effectiveness of Abilify MyCite have not been established in pediatric patients. Patients should be monitored for worsening and emergence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Abilify MyCite must be dispensed with a patient Medication Guide that describes important information about the drug’s uses and risks.

In the clinical trials for Abilify, the most common side effects reported by adults taking Abilify were nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, dizziness, uncontrollable limb and body movements (akathisia), anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness. Skin irritation at the site of the MyCite patch placement may occur in some patients.

Prior to initial patient use of the product, the patient’s health care professional should facilitate use of the drug, patch and app to ensure the patient is capable and willing to use the system.

Abilify was first approved by the FDA in 2002 to treat schizophrenia. The ingestible sensor used in Abilify MyCite was first permitted for marketing by the FDA in 2012.

The FDA granted the approval of Abilify MyCite to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. The sensor technology and patch are made by Proteus Digital Health.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

Page Last Updated: 11/14/2017

John Lamb ~ Great Opening Statements, Cliven Bundy's Defense 11/14/17
J Grady

No Verdict After Jury Resumes Deliberations in Menendez Trial


NEWARK — A day after saying that they were deadlocked, jurors in the federal corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez spent a full day on Tuesday deliberating, and finished without a verdict.

They sent no notes, questions nor communications to Judge William H. Walls as they deliberated for more than five hours before being sent home for the day at 3:30 p.m.

When the court convened on Tuesday morning, Judge Walls had told the jury to “take as much time as you need,” as he reiterated some of the jury instructions he had given two weeks ago, mixed with some advice. “This is not reality TV,” he told them. “This is real life.”

On Monday, they had sent out a note saying were unable to reach a verdict. The judge send them home for dinner and good night’s sleep and implored them to try again on Tuesday.

Mr. Menendez and a co-defendant, Dr. Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor from Florida, have been accused of various corruption charges, including bribery and conspiracy. Both men have denied the accusations.

After the jury was dismissed on Tuesday, Murad Hussain, a lawyer for Mr. Melgen, approached the court to request Judge Walls follow a specific procedure in the event that the jury sent another note saying they remained deadlocked. The procedure would involve polling jurors one by one, and could lead to a mistrial.

The prosecution made its own request, saying that Judge Walls should also inform jurors that they had the option of rendering a partial verdict, in the event they reached unanimous decisions on some charges but not all of them.

Judge Walls said he had no problem with that instruction.

Deliberations will continue on Wednesday morning.


Sarah Redd Buck ~ Ryan Bundy’s Release!!! 11/13/17
J Grady

(ALERT) Cliven Bundy Trial - Ryan Bundy Pre-Trial Release! - JLamb w/ KStewart 11/13/17
Valley Forge Network

Judge releases Bunkerville rancher’s son, Ryan Bundy, to halfway house

By David Ferrara Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 13, 2017 - 5:12 pm
Updated November 13, 2017 - 5:25 pm

One of Cliven Bundy’s sons was ordered released from a federal detention center on Monday, a day before opening statements were to begin in the trial of four men accused as leaders in the Bunkerville standoff.

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro agreed to release Ryan Bundy, who has been acting as his own attorney while behind bars for nearly two years, to a federal halfway house.

Navarro rejected a request for release from Ammon Bundy, another of the Gold Butte rancher’s sons who is on trial.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Schiess told the judge that Ammon Bundy has been found guilty of 11 major violations while in custody between March and September.

His attorney, Dan Hill, argued that the violations included possession of evidence in his own case and covering up his face with a T-shirt to block light inside a jail cell.

Last week, the judge denied release for Cliven Bundy and fellow defendant Ryan Payne.

Another of the defendants still awaiting trial, Micah McGuire, is expected to enter a plea Tuesday morning, though details were not available Monday. Opening statements in the trial are scheduled to start after McGuire’s hearing.

Each of the men face the potential of decades behind bars if convicted of conspiracy and other charges related to the 2014 armed standoff. 


Menendez jurors tell judge they're deadlocked

The jury sent a note to the judge asking, ‘What do we do now?’

| 11/13/2017 02:49 PM EST
| Updated 11/13/2017 03:30 PM EST

NEWARK — After more than two months of testimony and deliberations, the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is on the verge of a mistrial.

On Monday afternoon, after deliberating for about two hours, the jury foreman sent a note to Judge William Walls stating that the panel was deadlocked on all counts against the Democratic senator and his co-defendant, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.

“As of 2 p.m., on behalf of all jurors, we cannot reach a unanimous decision on any of the charges. Is there any additional guidance? What do we do now?” stated the note, which was read aloud by Walls.

The judge then re-read some of the instructions he delivered to the jury two weeks ago on how they should reach a verdict, how it’s their duty to “consult with one another” and how “you must make a determination of whether the government has met its burden beyond a reasonable doubt as to the guilt of any defendant.”

Walls then sent the jurors home an hour early and told them to return Tuesday morning.

“I want you to cease your deliberations, go home and have a good meal and a good sleep. And I want you to come back here tomorrow to continue deliberations,” he said.

Before the jury entered the courtroom, Walls asked prosecutors and defense attorneys for advice.

Lead prosecutor Peter Koski said that since one juror had just been replaced, this jury had technically only been deliberating for a couple of hours.

“My recollection is that the jury began deliberating anew at 11 a.m. this morning [and] they had an hour lunch break. That means based upon receipt of this note, the jury would have only been deliberating a few hours,” Koski said. “Two to three hours after a nine-week trial. My recommendation is that the jury be sent back to continue deliberating.”

Menendez attorney Abbe Lowell said Walls should declare a mistrial, because despite the addition of the new juror, the panel had already spent more than three days deliberating before Monday.

“Under the circumstances and given all that’s occurred, it seems to me we should take them at their word, bring them back in, thank them for their service and declare a mistrial,” Lowell said.

Lowell also objected to Walls’ comments to the jurors, criticizing his selection of a small portion of jury instructions to re-read to them and the fact he sent them home early.

“By letting them out early with the instruction you did, it feels a little like you’re telling them that they need to reach a verdict,” Lowell said.

Walls wasn’t swayed.

“I see nothing wrong with it and if you see something wrong with it that’s your prerogative,” he said.

The jurors’ note did not come as a huge surprise. The juror who was dismissed last week, Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, told reporters the jury could not agree on a verdict and that she believed they would be deadlocked.

“Everybody’s not agreeing,” said Arroyo-Maultsby, who was dismissed Thursday so she could take a vacation that had been planned before the trial began on Sept. 5. “Yes, there’s trouble in the jury room.”

Menendez, a Democrat and New Jersey's senior senator, is charged with advocating for Melgen's business interests with top U.S. government officials in exchange for vacations in the Dominican Republic, private jet flights, hotel stays, a car service and about $750,000 in political contributions.

“Clearly, there are jurors who believe in my innocence," Menendez told reporters outside the courthouse. "I want to thank them for that. I want to thank all the jurors for their service. But I believe no juror should be coerced. It seems to me that all of these jurors, save one, have been deliberating since [last] Monday and I would hope that at the end of the day after they finish tomorrow that those who continue to believe in my innocence will stand strong.”

Wake up people..... the international space soldiers are only the beginning. The only threat to a world of people are the armies that have been created by the elite who are determined to to force one world government on us all. President Trump does not want to make America great again....He got in office to seal the world's fate.    jt

Note: 1/10 are pictures which are at the end of the links I've posted.
Army space Soldiers

By Heike HasenauerOctober 6, 2008

Astronaut Lt. Col. Robert Shane Kimbrough, mission specialist, is one of several Army astronauts scheduled to go into space in the next few years.

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Astronaut Lt. Col. Robert Shane Kimbrough, mission specialist, is one of several Army astronauts scheduled to go into space in the next few years. (Photo Credit: NASA)

Lt. Col. Shane Kimbrough and his fellow STS-126 crew members will be able to catch breathtaking views of Earth from space.

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Lt. Col. Shane Kimbrough and his fellow STS-126 crew members will be able to catch breathtaking views of Earth from space. (Photo Credit: NASA)

Backdropped by space and EarthAca,!a,,cs horizon, EndeavourAca,!a,,cs orbital maneuvering system pods and vertical stabilizer are visible in this image taken while docked with the International Space Station during the STS-118 mission.

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Backdropped by space and EarthAca,!a,,cs horizon, EndeavourAca,!a,,cs orbital maneuvering system pods and vertical stabilizer are visible in this image taken while docked with the International Space Station during the STS-118 mission. (Photo Credit: NASA)

The sixth International Space Station assembly flight, STS-100, blasted from the launchpad aboard space shuttle Endeavour April 19, 2001.

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The sixth International Space Station assembly flight, STS-100, blasted from the launchpad aboard space shuttle Endeavour April 19, 2001. (Photo Credit: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center)

En route to the International Space Station, space shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member STS-118 crew, blasted off from the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center Aug. 8, 2008. The STS-126 crew will travel to the ISS in November, delivering equipment, food, clothing and other items.

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En route to the International Space Station, space shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member STS-118 crew, blasted off from the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center Aug. 8, 2008. The STS-126 crew will travel to the ISS in November, delivering equipment, food, clothing and other items. (Photo Credit: NASA)

STS-49, the first flight of the space shuttle Endeavour, lifted off from launchpad 39B on May 7, 1992, at 6:40 p.m. CDT.

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STS-49, the first flight of the space shuttle Endeavour, lifted off from launchpad 39B on May 7, 1992, at 6:40 p.m. CDT. (Photo Credit: NASA)

Lt. Col. Robert Shane Kimbrough (3rd from the left) assembles with fellow NASA astronaut candidates for a group photo during 2004 ASCAN navigation training in the wilderness of Maine.

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Lt. Col. Robert Shane Kimbrough (3rd from the left) assembles with fellow NASA astronaut candidates for a group photo during 2004 ASCAN navigation training in the wilderness of Maine. (Photo Credit: NASA)

A fellow astronaut fits Lt. Col. Robert Shane Kimbrough, STS-126 mission specialist, with an Extravehicular Mobility Unit spacesuit.

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A fellow astronaut fits Lt. Col. Robert Shane Kimbrough, STS-126 mission specialist, with an Extravehicular Mobility Unit spacesuit. (Photo Credit: NASA)

One of a series of 70mm frames exposed of the International Space Station following undocking. The remaining shuttle missions will focus on delivering equipment and supplies to the ISS to accommodate larger crews.

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One of a series of 70mm frames exposed of the International Space Station following undocking. The remaining shuttle missions will focus on delivering equipment and supplies to the ISS to accommodate larger crews. (Photo Credit: NASA)

NASA’s 2004 class of astronaut candidates and training staff posed for a group photo in a KC-135 aircraft prior to a series of reduced-gravity sessions provided by special parabolas over the Gulf of Mexico. Lt. Col. Robert Shane Kimbrough is in the center row, fourth from the left.

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NASA’s 2004 class of astronaut candidates and training staff posed for a group photo in a KC-135 aircraft prior to a series of reduced-gravity sessions provided by special parabolas over the Gulf of Mexico. Lt. Col. Robert Shane Kimbrough is in the center row, fourth from the left. (Photo Credit: NASA)
Space Soldiers," the men and women assigned to the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/U.S. Army Forces Strategic Command, perform myriad, oftentimes little-known, missions using space as their springboards to support U.S. military commanders and civilian organizations both at home and abroad.

Most publicized in the commercial media are the many contributions made by NASA astronauts, among them seven Army officers who are assigned to SMDC/ARSTRAT and attached to the Astronaut Detachment at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

There, the active-duty and retired Soldiers prepare for space flights aboard one of NASA's shuttles or the Russian Soyuz rocket for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

Next month, 41-year-old Lt. Col. Robert Shane Kimbrough will be among a six-member crew soaring into space aboard space shuttle Endeavour, or STS-126, the 126th flight of the space transportation system, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

"In roughly eight minutes the shuttle will race into the heavens atop a brilliant orange pillar of fire, hurtling (Kimbrough) from zero to six times faster than a speeding bullet, about 18,000 mph into space," said retired astronaut Col. James Adamson, who himself flew into space three times in the 1990s. "He'll be sitting about 10 stories high, on top of 5 million pounds of hydraulics, with 500,000 pounds of main engine thrust beneath him."

The first two minutes of the ride will be "rough and rickety, like riding a hay wagon down a cobblestone street," Adamson said.

"During the next six minutes, he'll be pulling three 'Gs' in the chest. It'll feel like having an elephant sit on you, as pressure continues to build up before the solid rocket boosters break away and the whole vehicle gets lighter and accelerates," Adamson said.

Then, the engines will cut off, the crew will be weightless, and Kimbrough will be able to float around upside down, Adamson said. From one of the shuttle windows, he'll be able to catch his first breathtaking view of earth from space. "It's this giant blue and white ball, with millions of stars around it. It's just gorgeous."

Every day, Kimbrough - who's never before traveled into space - can expect to witness 18 breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, NASA officials said.

How the astronauts spend their time in space will be very much regulated, Kimbrough said, and will include eight hours of sleep and a certain amount of exercise daily.

"Once the alarm goes off, we'll be going nonstop," Kimbrough added.

The astronauts will be able to use an exercise bike and resistant device - basically "a bunch of bungy cords" - to work muscles in the upper and lower body, he said.

During down time, they'll be able to communicate with their families via e-mail several times a day, Kimbrough said. "And once we're at the International Space Station, we'll be able to call down to Earth via IP phone." People on Earth won't be able to call up, "but we'll be able to call down."

The crew for the upcoming mission was assigned in September 2007 and immediately began undergoing individual training for their respective roles in space and participating in team-building exercises, said Kimbrough, who will serve as a mission specialist, using a giant robotic arm to grasp things and move them about.

"The shuttle missions now are all focused on delivering pieces of the International Space Station, to accommodate a crew of six, versus the three who have typically spent months at the station, Kimbrough said.

"We'll be taking up galley equipment, food, clothing and beds, among other things, and will fill the shuttle with things to take down," he added.

Endeavour will carry a reusable logistics module that will hold supplies and equipment, including additional crew quarters, a treadmill, equipment for the regenerative life support system, and spare hardware, he said.

On the third day of the mission, Endeavour will dock with the ISS to drop off the equipment and one astronaut who will remain on station for two to six months. When the shuttle departs the ISS, it will bring home an astronaut who's been at the station for several months.

Kimbrough is excited about the possibility of performing four spacewalks to repair SARJ, the solar alpha rotary joint-solar ray that tracks the sun. The EVAs - or extravehicular activities - are scheduled to begin on day five in space, and each of the walks is expected to last from six to seven and a half hours.

Kimbrough was selected for Astronaut Candidate Training in May 2004, after applying through the Army's biennial astronaut-selection board, convened by the deputy chief of staff for personnel.

He underwent hundreds of hours of classroom and simulator training, experiencing the weightlessness of space from the bottom of a swimming pool and inside a specially designed KC-135 tanker aircraft.

Kimbrough completed the training in February 2006, which included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and ISS systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water- and wilderness-survival training.

"The material is very complex," Kimbrough said of the many manuals he's had to "digest" in preparation for his mission. "I'm primed on malfunction procedures - what to do if something goes wrong."

Kimbrough first came to work for NASA in September 2000, when he was assigned to the agency's Aircraft Operations Division at Ellington Field in Houston as a flight-simulation engineer on shuttle training aircraft.

"I've wanted to do this my whole life," Kimbrough said of his upcoming voyage into space. As a teenager, space was very much on his mind. "I always saw the shuttle launches, because my grandparents lived right across the street from the Kennedy Space Center and my mom and dad also grew up in Florida, where the space program was practically in their backyard. So, early on in my Army career, I started proceeding toward (becoming an astronaut)."

Kimbrough received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1989. That same year he was commissioned a second lieutenant and entered the U.S. Army Aviation School, becoming an Army aviator in 1990. He was assigned to the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga., and deployed with the unit to Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Storm.

While with the 24th, he was an attack helicopter platoon leader, aviation liaison officer and attack helicopter battalion operations officer.

In 1994, he was assigned to the 229th Avn. Regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he commanded an Apache helicopter company.

He earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998 and was assigned as an assistant professor in the USMA's Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Kimbrough completed the Army Parachutist Course, Army Jumpmaster Course, German Airborne Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, and the Command and General Staff College.

He's married, has three children, a boy, 8, and twin daughters, 10, and in his spare time enjoys baseball, golf, weightlifting and running.

"I feel blessed to be here representing the Army at NASA," Kimbrough said. "When I'm down at the cape (Kennedy Space Center, also known as Cape Canaveral), I get those chill-bump moments, when I can picture Endeavour blasting off, and pride in the mission just takes over.

"Everyday I'm pinching myself to make sure I'm really here," Kimbrough said.

Army activates 2nd Space Battalion

By Ms. Dottie K. White (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)October 17, 2017

Col. Richard Zellmann, 1st Space Brigade commander, passes the 2nd Space Battalion colors to Lt. Col. Erikk Hurtt during an activation ceremony Oct. 16 at Fort Carson, Colorado, entrusting him to care for and lead the unit as its first battalion commander.

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Col. Richard Zellmann, 1st Space Brigade commander, passes the 2nd Space Battalion colors to Lt. Col. Erikk Hurtt during an activation ceremony Oct. 16 at Fort Carson, Colorado, entrusting him to care for and lead the unit as its first battalion commander. (Photo Credit: Ms. Dottie K. White (USASMDCARSTRAT))
FORT CARSON, Colorado -- The colors of 2nd Space Battalion, 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, were unfurled for the first time during an activation ceremony Oct. 16 here.

Col. Richard Zellmann, 1st Space Brigade commander, passed the colors to Lt. Col. Erikk Hurtt entrusting him to care for and lead the unit as its first battalion commander.

During his remarks, Zellmann recognized the members of the Army's only U.S. Army Reserve Space Battalion.

"The Soldiers of the 2nd Space Battalion exist to preserve our access to the space domain, and, when challenged, be able to articulate the effects from current operations to the decision-making process. The 2nd Space Battalion gives the Army depth," said Zellmann.

Because of their expertise in space planning and space operations, Soldiers from this battalion are already deployed.

"Today is a historic day for space operations in the Army," Zellmann said. "Activations of Army battalions are infrequent. Creation of new battalions with new colors is very rare. You could argue the 2nd Space Battalion starts today with a clean slate: no lineage. I'd argue the Soldiers serving in 3rd, 5th, and 8th Space companies are the lineage of the 2nd Space Battalion.

Zellmann said Hurtt is the right Soldier for the job of leading this new battalion. He has served in the command as both an operator and a planner, and he is very familiar with all the missions of the battalion.

Addressing Hurtt, Zellmann said, "Erikk, today you have the privilege to command Army Soldiers. Lead them well, make them ready, build a positive command climate, and challenge these Soldiers to advance the mission. Always know that I have your back and that my staff stands by to help the 2nd Space Battalion be successful.

"The Soldiers of the 2nd Space Battalion are ready today," Zellmann said. "They are going to improve their battle position with every battle assembly, exercise and deployment. The Soldiers in formation today are pioneers. To all the Soldiers of 2nd Space Battalion: your contributions now will shape the future of space operations in the Army. We expect much from you because we know you will deliver."

Addressing the audience, Hurtt said he is honored to be the first commander of the amazing Soldiers of the 2nd Space Battalion.

"When the United States Army was first formed, there was one domain it had to deal with. It was the ground domain," said Hurtt. "Today, our military operates on the ground, on the seas, in the air, in space and in cyberspace. This makes for a very complex environment.

"The Soldiers of the 2nd Space Battalion will use their training and experience to leverage space, in support of commanders and troops at all levels," Hurtt continued. "To say we fight in space is not a correct characterization. We fight wherever the fight is, whether that is the space domain or using the medium of space to provide effects and support. It is these Soldiers' space training and expertise that will enable them to provide commanders space situational awareness, offensive and defensive space control, missile warning, satellite communications, remote sensing, navigation warfare and many other capabilities. The capabilities these Soldiers bring to the fight are unmatched by any nation in the world. We will bring these capabilities to bear whenever and wherever the nation calls.

"Whether it is securing the Homeland, helping our allies, providing support to civil agencies, or whatever the nation needs, Soldiers of the 2nd Space Battalion will use their expertise to ensure that the ultimate high ground will always remain secure for the United States and its allies," Hurtt concluded.

President Trump speaks to troops in Japan

By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media ActivityNovember 7, 2017

President Donald J. Trump addresses service members during a Troop Talk, Nov. 5, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. During his talk, Trump highlighted the importance of the U.S. -- Japan alliance in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

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President Donald J. Trump addresses service members during a Troop Talk, Nov. 5, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. During his talk, Trump highlighted the importance of the U.S. -- Japan alliance in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (Photo Credit: DoD photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres)

President Donald J. trump greets Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, during a Troop Talk, Nov. 5, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. During his talk, Trump highlighted the importance of the U.S. -- Japan alliance in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

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President Donald J. trump greets Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, during a Troop Talk, Nov. 5, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. During his talk, Trump highlighted the importance of the U.S. -- Japan alliance in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (Photo Credit: DoD photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres)

President Donald J. Trump greets service members during a troop talk, Nov. 5, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. During his talk, Trump highlighted the importance of the U.S. -- Japan alliance in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

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President Donald J. Trump greets service members during a troop talk, Nov. 5, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. During his talk, Trump highlighted the importance of the U.S. -- Japan alliance in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (Photo Credit: DoD photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. and Japanese service members standing shoulder to shoulder have made Yokota Air Base one of the most capable operational bases in Japan and in the world, President Donald J. Trump said in a troop talk there, Nov. 5.

The president has embarked upon an Indo-Pacific trip of numerous nations such as Japan, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. But, "there's no single place I'd rather begin my trip than right here with all with you, the incredible men and women of the United States military [and] your amazing partners, the [Air Defense Command of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force]," Trump said.

Japan is a treasured partner and crucial ally of the United States, he said, adding his thanks for "decades of wonderful friendship between our two nations."


Yokota Air Base serves as a critical center for coordination between American and Japanese commanders as they plan their missions, the president said.

"For almost 60 years, the military alliance we see on this base has endured [as] a cornerstone of sovereignty, security and prosperity for our nations, this region and indeed, the entire world," Trump told the audience.

"Today we pay tribute to that legacy -- a legacy you protect and grow each and every day," he said.


The United States dominates the sky, the seas, land and space, the president said, not just because America has the best equipment, but because it has the best people.

Each service member embodies the warrior creed, Trump said, adding their devotion, prowess and expertise comprise the U.S. military as the fiercest fighting force in world history.

"As long as I am president, servicemen and women who defend our nation will have the equipment, the resources and the funding they need to secure our homeland, to respond to our enemies quickly and decisively," he said, "and when it's necessary to fight, to overpower and to always … win. This is the heritage of the American armed forces, the greatest force for peace and justice the world has ever known."


Free nations must be strong nations and the United States welcomes their allies' renewal of their commitments to peace through strength, the president said. "We seek peace and stability for the nations of the world, including those right here in this region."

Like their predecessors, today's service members are brave warriors who are the last bulwark against threats to the dreams of people in America, Japan and across the world, Trump said.

The U.S. military comprises the greatest hope for people who desire to live in freedom and harmony, and they are the greatest threat to tyrants and dictators who seek to prey on the innocent, he said.

"As Americans celebrate Veterans' Day this month, we honor all who have sacrificed to make peace and stability possible," Trump said, adding the United States pays tribute to every proud American who has worn the uniform and served the nation.

"Today, many nations of the Indo-Pacific are thriving because of the sacrifices made by American service members and our allies," the president said, "and because of the sacrifices all of you continue to make each and every day."

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

January 23, 2017

Presidential Memorandum Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement


SUBJECT: Withdrawal of the United States from the
Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations
and Agreement

It is the policy of my Administration to represent the American people and their financial well-being in all negotations, particularly the American worker, and to create fair and economically beneficial trade deals that serve their interests. Additionally, in order to ensure these outcomes, it is the intention of my Administration to deal directly with individual countries on a one-on-one (or bilateral) basis in negotiating future trade deals. Trade with other nations is, and always will be, of paramount importance to my Administration and to me, as President of the United States.

Based on these principles, and by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct you to withdraw the United States as a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), to permanently withdraw the United States from TPP negotiations, and to begin pursuing, wherever possible, bilateral trade negotiations to promote American industry, protect American workers, and raise American wages.

You are directed to provide written notification to the Parties and to the Depository of the TPP, as appropriate, that the United States withdraws as a signatory of the TPP and withdraws from the TPP negotiating process.

You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.


Hearing - An Update on NASA Exploration Systems Development (EventID=106609)
Streamed live on Nov 9, 2017

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:30am
Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building


Mr. William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, NASA
Dr. Sandra Magnus, Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)


Hearing - Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology (EventID=106598)
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Streamed live on Nov 8, 2017

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:00am
Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building


Dr. Phil Rasch, chief scientist for climate science, Laboratory Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dr. Joseph Majkut, director of climate policy, Niskanen Center
Dr. Douglas MacMartin, senior research associate, Cornell University
Ms. Kelly Wanser, principal director, Marine Cloud Brightening Project, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, University of Washington

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Those trying to create a one world government have almost completed their mission-the final outcome will be determined by humanity's willingness to join forces .against the deranged elite who control both things on the ground and in the sky.

People must not allow themselves to be divided......The only way to destroy people is by setting the stage of world events in such away as to make them choose in such a way that they end up destroying themselves. Homeland Security gets very little funding compared to what the UN and NATO and other international organizations receive from the United States government EVERY year.

Love one another and together the majority of humanity will be an unbeatable force .

I have researched different kinds of stuff for over a decade but only in the last year or so has all of the information I've collected been coming together.

Technology and science are far more advance than most people realize. The Department of Defense is no longer owned by Americans it has long been turned into an International organization.

Do the research . Ask your Congress person for a complete list of where US money goes EVERY year. The majority goes to international organization.

If one is not willing to die for Liberty he must be prepared to die a slave.
Jan Tetstone jt

Nov 12, 2017



Dismissed juror from Menendez trial speaks Published on Nov 9, 2017

Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby also known as Juror #8
was dismissed on Nov. 9, 2017 due to prior vacation plans.
She speaks about the trial and how the jury currently stands.
(Bernadette Marciniak | NJ Advance Media for

Liz Wheeler: Corruption Trial of Dem. Sen. Menendez gets WEIRD
Tipping Point With Liz Wheeler on OAN
Published on Sep 14, 2017

Cliven Bundy Trial - Detention Hearing, Ammon, Ryan, and Ryan Payne - BHyde - 11/09/17

The Stuff They Don't Want You To Know About

Motion to dismiss federal case against Cliven Bundy, sons denied

By Colton Lochhead Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 8, 2017 - 6:42 pm

A judge denied a motion to dismiss the federal case against Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and Montana independent militia man Ryan Payne.

Defense attorneys in the case had filed the motion after previously undisclosed video surveillance of the Bundy home surfaced during a separate testimony last week.

U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre told the judge during Wednesday’s hearing a single camera was used for surveillance during the cattle roundup operation, and added that the camera was moved once from a position above the Bundy ranch to one that overlooked the staging area closer to the highway.

But Myhre reiterated that the camera was used only for livestreaming, and that there was no evidence that recordings were made from the camera.

Although Judge Gloria Navarro denied that motion, she did grant the defense more time to discover evidence pertaining to surveillance of the Bundy ranch and residence.

She ordered U.S. Attorney’s Office to look for and provide to the defense documents or information related to any FBI or Bureau of Land Management surveillance of the Bundy home from March 1, 2014, to April 12, 2014.

Opening statements in the case are scheduled for next week. There will also be a custody hearing in the case at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.


Ole Dammegard talking about False Flags, Las Vegas and Conspiracies but also Love and gratitude!

Published on[youtube] Nov 2, 2017

With a senator's fate in their hands, Menendez jurors worry about Newark traffic

Updated Nov 8, 5:26 PM; Posted Nov 8, 1:37 PM
By Thomas Moriarty and MaryAnn Spoto

NEWARK -- Even before jurors began their second full day of deliberations in the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, they had a request of U.S. District Judge William H. Walls on Wednesday: Could they leave an hour early if they don't reach a verdict by the end of the day?

The reason: "the horrific traffic jams" they experienced Tuesday evening.

When Walls called jurors out of the jury room to tell them they could start their deliberations Wednesday morning, his courtroom deputy Ellen McMurray, who ushers them in daily, advised the judge they had a request.

Walls read it aloud and asked defense attorneys and prosecutors if they had any objections.

No, both sides said.

And with that, the judge granted jurors' their request to get a jump on the daily traffic out of Newark.

Soon after, speculation began circulating around the courtroom about whether that was a signal jurors wouldn't have a decision on Wednesday. Their first question during deliberations came late Tuesday.

Jurors had been sitting until 2:30 p.m. for the first nine weeks of the trial, but in anticipation of deliberations, Walls asked them last week if they could make their days two hours longer.

On Tuesday, jurors asked if they could leave at 4 p.m. and even then, Newark's often horrendous traffic jams were made worse by torrential downpours.

The panel of seven women and five men started deliberating late Monday afternoon to decide whether Menendez and his wealthy friend Salomon Melgen, both charged with bribery, swapped lavish gifts for the Democratic senator's political influence with government officials.

Cliven Bundy Trial - Evidentiary Hearing,
The Camera Evidence, w/ John Lamb - 11/08/17 Bundy trial


Continuance, Trial Postponed a Week - Bundytrial
Published on Nov 7, 2017
John Lamb


Russian spy agency building catches fire in Moscow: RIA

· last updated: 08/11/2017 THIS day/month/year

Now Reading: Russian spy agency building catches fire in Moscow: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A building used by Russia’s foreign spy service on the outskirts of Moscow caught fire on Wednesday, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted the service as saying. Colonel Sergei Ivanov, a spokesman for the External Intelligence Service, one of the successor organisations to the Soviet-era KGB, said the fire happened at one of the service’s “technical installations”, RIA reported. He was quoted as saying that no further details were immediately available.


The Latest: Judge talks of house arrest for Bundy defendants | Centre Daily Times

The Latest: Judge talks of house arrest for Bundy defendants
November 07, 2017 2:49 PM


The Latest on the trial in Nevada of rancher Cliven Bundy and others in an armed standoff against government agents (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

A federal judge in Nevada says she'll consider releasing rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and another defendant to a halfway house or house arrest during their trial stemming from an armed standoff in 2014 with government agents in a cattle-grazing dispute.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro said Tuesday she'll hold detention hearings Thursday for the 71-year-old Bundy, sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy, and co-defendant Ryan Payne.

The four have been in federal custody since their arrests in early 2016 in Oregon, where the Bundy brothers and Payne led a 41-day occupation of a federal wildlife refuge.

Their trial in Las Vegas is expected to take four months, but Navarro postponed the start at least a week to hold hearings about whether prosecutors have withheld evidence from defense teams.

Ryan Bundy is representing himself at trial. He complains that it's difficult to prepare his case while he's held at a local jail.


10:20 a.m.

The start of trial for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, two sons and another defendant will be delayed at least a week over questions about whether prosecutors have provided complete records to defense teams.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro on Tuesday set hearings Wednesday and Monday on the questions that she said need to be resolved before trial begins.

Navarro re-scheduled the trial to begin Nov. 14.

Prosecutors allege the 71-year-old Bundy, sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy, and co-defendant Ryan Payne conspired to enlist a self-styled militia to defy government authority at the point of a gun.

Prosecutors say Bundy tried to instigate a "range war" to stop the enforcement of lawful court orders to round up his cows after decades of failing to pay grazing fees and penalties.

Defense attorneys say the four men didn't conspire with anyone, didn't wield weapons and didn't threaten anybody.


12:30 a.m.

A federal jury in Las Vegas is due to begin hearing the trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and a co-defendant accused of leading an armed standoff in 2014 against government agents in a cattle grazing dispute.

Openings are set Tuesday in a case alleging the 71-year-old Bundy, sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy, and co-defendant Ryan Payne conspired to enlist a self-styled militia to defy government authority at the point of a gun.

The standoff near Bunkerville, Nevada, was an iconic moment in a decades-long turf battle about federal control of vast rangelands in the Western U.S.

Prosecutors say Bundy tried to instigate a "range war" to stop the enforcement of lawful court orders to round up his cows for decades of failing to pay grazing fees and penalties.

Defense attorneys say the four men didn't conspire with anyone, didn't wield weapons and didn't threaten anybody.


Menendez jurors near deliberations in bribery trial

By David Porter | AP

November 6 at 12:31 AM

NEWARK, N.J. — A jury that has listened to nine weeks of testimony and evidence is expected to begin deliberations Monday in the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend.

The panel heard closing arguments last week from prosecutors and from attorneys for co-defendant Salomon Melgen. Jurors are scheduled to hear from Menendez’s attorney Monday, followed by the prosecution’s rebuttal.

If Menendez is convicted and steps down or is voted out by a two-thirds majority before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leaves office Jan. 18, the term-limited Republican could appoint a replacement.

Menendez is charged with accepting gifts from Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, over a seven-year period in exchange for pressuring government officials on behalf of Melgen’s business interests. Melgen also contributed more than $600,000 to political organizations that supported Menendez directly or indirectly.

Prosecutors characterized Menendez as Melgen’s “personal senator” in closing arguments. They allege he accepted lavish vacations, flights on Melgen’s private jet and other gifts and repaid Melgen by pushing executive branch officials to resolve the doctor’s $8.9 million Medicare billing dispute and other issues.

Both men deny any bribery arrangement and say the gifts are reflective of their longtime friendship. Menendez contends his meetings and interactions with officials from the departments of state, commerce and health were on policy issues and not to lobby for Melgen.

In their closing arguments last week, Melgen’s attorneys accused prosecutors of lying to jurors by tailoring disparate facts to fit their narrative of the alleged bribery scheme.

Menendez served in the U.S. House from 1993 until filling the Senate seat vacated when Democrat Jon Corzine became New Jersey governor in 2006.

The trial is the first major federal bribery trial since a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturned the conviction of former Republican Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and narrowed the definition of official bribery.



10-29-2017 - Proverbs 3 - You Don't Need Training Wheels, You Need Christ!
.First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas \

For your information: The First Baptist Church in Sutherland Texas videos every church service. Church on Sunday starts at 11:00am The shooting took place at 11:30am. Where's the 30 minute video!? And why hasn't anyone mentioned the video. Or do they realize there is a video? jt


Jury selected to hear arguments in Bundy standoff trial

Rancher Cliven Bundy stands at his ranch house Sunday, May 4, 2014, near Bunkerville.

By Chris Kudialis (contact)
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 | 2:51 p.m.

A 28-year-old Las Vegas mother, a real estate salesman and a dog-walking small-business owner will be among the 12 jurors who will decide the fate of embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three others in a high-profile land rights case.

Lawyers finished selecting the jury of six men and six women just after noon today, picking from nearly 100 potential jurors in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas. Five of the jurors are white, three are black, two are Asian and two are Hispanic.

Four alternates also were selected.

Jurors will be tasked with deciding whether Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and U.S. Army veteran Ryan Payne knowingly conspired against the Bureau of Land Management and illegally thwarted an effort to round up hundreds of Cliven Bundy’s cattle.

Authorities allege Cliven Bundy let his cattle graze on federal land for more than 20 years without paying more than $1 million in fees.

The defendants each face 22 felony counts that could land them in prison for life.

The charges were filed after a tense standoff that pitted more than 100 ranchers and citizen militiamen against federal authorities in April 2014, near Cliven Bundy’s ranch near Bunkerville.

During the weeklong process of seating the jury, lawyers asked questions about the Oct. 1 mass shooting at a Las Vegas Strip music festival and dug into potential jurors’ personal beliefs about gun rights and citizen protests.

Among potential jurors who didn’t make today’s final cut were a Route 91 Harvest festival attendee and a woman who was locked down at the Luxor after last month’s shooting. Others were eliminated because serving on the jury would have caused a financial hardship.

Outside of court, Cliven Bundy’s attorney Bret Whipple said the defense was comfortable with the jurors, who have lived in Nevada for between five and 55 years. “We wanted long-term Nevadans that understand that this is a Nevada issue,” he said.

Trisha Young, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada, declined to comment about an ongoing case.

Opening statements in the trial are set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.


Bribery Scheme Or Just Friends? Sen. Menendez Trial Comes To A Close

November 3, 2017·11:37 AM ET
Joseph Hernandez

Will a federal jury in New Jersey view a powerful U.S. senator and his wealthy friend as the yin and yang of a corrupt bribery scheme?

Or will they see Sen. Bob Menendez and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen as two long-time friends who exchanged gifts and took vacations together?

That tension was at the center of closing arguments attorneys made on Thursday in federal court in Newark as the wide-ranging corruption trial of both men came to a close.

The Justice Department alleges Menendez accepted gifts from Melgen including free flights on the doctor's private jet, trips to France and the Dominican Republic, and large political contributions.

In return, the government claims, Menendez used his power as a senator to help Melgen sort out a private contract dispute, reverse a Medicare overbilling charge, and secure travel visas for the doctor's girlfriends.

"Sen. Menendez held himself out as putting New Jersey first," federal prosecutor J.P. Cooney told the jury, "but the very first year he became a U.S. senator, Dr. Melgen came calling with a better offer."

Defense attorneys point to the lack of a smoking gun in the case, and say Menendez and Melgen are simply old friends who sometimes discussed bona fide policy issues that Menendez later acted on in his role as a senator.

Kirk Ogrosky, an attorney for Melgen, accused prosecutors of presenting a carefully-curated narrative of events that intentionally omitted relevant information.

"It's actually pretty terrifying," Ogrosky said, of the government's case. "They took out-of-context emails and made a timeline that made things appear related that aren't."

Closing arguments continue on Monday, when defense attorneys and then prosecutors are scheduled to give arguments.

Earlier in the week Judge William Walls said a juror told him before the trial that she had a vacation planned for mid-November.

If the jury does not reach a verdict by the end of next week, Walls will replace that juror with an alternate and instruct them to start deliberations over.

John Lamb ~ We offically have a seated jury now 11/2/17  Bundy Ranch standoff trials


NOTE: I didn't know bribery depended on what two crooks look like when committing fraud.  This is one sad attempt to disguise a crime.   jt

In Closing Words at Trial of Robert Menendez, Debate Over What Bribery ‘Looks Like’


Prosecutors have argued that a friendship between Senator Robert Menendez and a wealthy political donor turned corrupt. Credit Seth Wenig/Associated Press

NEWARK — As the trial of Senator Robert Menendez neared its end on Thursday, the prosecution focused on three flights he took years ago on a private plane owned by his friend Dr. Salomon Melgen, and on a $58,500 payment the senator made for the three flights after they became public.

“Senator Menendez never intended to write that check,” J.P. Cooney, a federal prosecutor, said in court here. “He wrote that check because he got caught.”

The payment was a key element of the closing argument by the government, as Mr. Cooney worked his way through a seven-year period when prosecutors say the friendship between Mr. Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, and Dr. Melgen, a wealthy eye doctor and political donor from Florida, turned corrupt.

“This is bribery,” Mr. Cooney told jurors as he described Mr. Menendez’s actions and urged them to use their “common sense” when they deliberated. “And this is what bribery looks like,” he said.

But Kirk Ogrosky, a defense lawyer for Dr. Melgen, said during his concluding argument that the prosecution’s evidence did not come close to adding up to bribery. There was no explicit agreement between the two defendants, he said — no ironclad evidence, no smoking gun, no explosive witness or a clear thank-you for services rendered. The evidence, he charged, was based on inference.\

“This has largely been a trial by email,” Mr. Ogrosky said. Later, pointing at prosecutors, he said, “These people want the emails to say things and stand for things that they don’t.”

And then Mr. Ogrosky ratcheted up his argument.

“They’re lying to you,” he told the jury. “They’re making up a story and trying to get the evidence to fit their story.”

Mr. Menendez is accused of accepting lavish gifts and political donations from Dr. Melgen, a wealthy doctor and donor from Florida, in exchange for favors and using the power of his office to help the doctor. Both men say they are innocent.

Mr. Cooney and Mr. Ogrosky finished their closing arguments before court adjourned for the day on Thursday. When the trial resumes on Monday, Mr. Menendez’s lawyer will offer his concluding argument, and the prosecution will have a chance to offer a rebuttal.

Over the course of the two-month-long trial, neither Dr. Melgen nor Mr. Menendez took the witness stand. Testimony instead came from Mr. Menendez’s aides; relatives and friends of each man; employees of hotels, resorts and airlines; an F.B.I. agent who took the stand on four separate occasions; former government officials and two sitting United States senators — Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, and Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina — who served as character witnesses.

A major element of both men’s defense was a claim that even when Mr. Menendez appeared to be helping Dr. Melgen, he did so in the context of broader policy issues that reflected his decades of work as a public servant.
But Mr. Cooney said that this constant theme, iterated by witness by witness, actually helped to underscore an attempt to conceal a corrupt agreement.

“Ask yourself this, ladies and gentlemen: Why was it that, over and over again during this trial, the people who worked for Senator Menendez “kept trying to make things seem different than they actually were?” Mr. Cooney said. “Why were they trying to say that Senator Menendez was not trying to help Dr. Melgen, when the emails show that that is actually what happened? The answer is obvious: it is because they all know that what Senator Menendez was doing for Dr. Melgen was wrong.”

As he worked his way through his presentation, a video screen behind Mr. Cooney showed images of emails, checks, and documents that had been introduced during the slow-moving trial.

It was all, Mr. Cooney said, evidence that Dr. Melgen had used Mr. Menendez as his “own personal United States senator.”

But Mr. Ogrosky called it a selective array of evidence designed to fit a story of corruption that prosecutors were trying to weave. He reminded jurors that testimony from some prosecution witnesses had been rebutted by senior government officials testifying for the defense.

Mr. Ogrosky pointed to actions taken by Dr. Melgen that he said would seem odd for someone who could count on Mr. Menendez to come to his aid. When Dr. Melgen was contacted by officials from Medicare in 2009 about a billing dispute, he chose to hire lawyers.

“That’s a hell of a bribe, to spend million of dollars on lawyers when you have a senator on retainer,” he said. “That’s absurd.”

Another lawyer representing Dr. Melgen, Jonathan Cogan, returned to the theme that the relationship between the two men was fueled by friendship, not bribery.

Mr. Cogan displayed photographs of the two men on vacation in the Dominican Republic, vacations on which Mr. Menendez’s use of Dr. Melgen’s plane is the basis of one of the bribery charges. In one photo, the two men are sitting at a dinner table.

“According to the government, this is one of the trips that’s a bribe in this case,” Mr. Cogan said. “Right now, you’re looking at a picture that, according to them, the senator is being bribed.”

“I see someone down there spending time with friends,” he continued. “That’s not what a bribe looks like.’’

As he has throughout the trial, Mr. Menendez sat silently in the defendant’s chair on Thursday, staring intently at the jury. But during a morning recess, Mr. Menendez was stopped in a hallway by several clergy members who had come to court to support him.

Just outside the door to the courtroom, Mr. Menendez clasped his hands with the clergy members, lowered his head and began to pray.


I've  never heard of any juror getting a vacation from active  jury duty. It's amazing all the strings being pulled to keep Menendez out of prison. Stay tune. It looks like this case is going to get even less media attention [if that's possible].  jt 

Juror's vacation plans could force Menendez trial to drag on longer

Posted on November 1, 2017 at 4:04 PM
By MaryAnn Spoto,

NJ Advance Media for

NEWARK -- The federal corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez could drag out even longer if the judge hearing the case has to dismiss a juror who's nearing her vacation.

U.S. District Judge William Walls on Wednesday warned attorneys on both sides in the bribery trial of the Democratic senator from New Jersey and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen that he would have to replace a juror if the deliberating panel doesn't reach a verdict by Nov. 10, the start of the female juror's vacation.

In scheduling the final stages of the trial, which has stretched into his ninth week, Walls said Wednesday he promised jurors when they were selected in August that he would accommodate the juror's vacation plans "and I intend to keep that promise."

By that schedule, jurors would have to reach a verdict within four days of the start of their deliberations or Walls would be forced to replace the juror with one of five alternates and deliberations would have to begin all over again.

Walls told attorneys there would be no problem if jurors are able to reach a verdict by Nov. 10.

"If not I will excuse her and we will start again, from scratch," he said.

Walls assured the juror on Wednesday that she would be able to go on vacation, but he is prohibited from telling the panel about her potential dismissal to avoid having jurors rush a verdict.

Attorneys are expected to deliver their closing arguments on Thursday, and depending on the length of those statements, could start deliberations either late Thursday or next Monday.

The issue arose as attorneys spent their second day on Wednesday battling over the wording of the charge Walls will read to jurors in explaining the law they have to apply during deliberations, particularly over the final count alleging Menendez made false statements on his Senate disclosure forms by failing to report gifts Melgen gave him between 2006 and 2012.

They have already told Walls they cannot sit on Friday and the courthouse is closed the following Friday, Nov. 10, for Veterans Day. The courthouse is open on Tuesday, which is Election Day.

Earlier this month, Walls dismissed a juror who needed two days to attend the funeral of a grandparent. That did not delay the trial, however, because the alternates have been in the courtroom listening to the testimony since the trial started on Sept. 6.




The company said it is "aggressively and quickly" researching Saipov's driving history but has not found "any related concerning safety reports." Uber said it is cooperating with the FBI in its investigation.

Saipov had recorded more than 1,400 Uber rides, the Associated Press reported.

"We are horrified by this senseless act of violence," an Uber spokeswoman said in a statement. "Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our full assistance."

Just over six months ago, Saipov began driving for Uber in New Jersey, the company told CNN. He passed a background check and did not have any rider complaints about his safety as a driver, according to Uber

NOTE: From the information below  it looks like Saipov  was working for a company [UBER]  about the time  it was cheating people out of money...  jt

San Francisco Division

a Delaware corporation, Defendant.

This Court has jurisdiction over this matter.
The Complaint charges that Defendant participated in deceptive acts or practices in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. § 45, in connection with its false, misleading, or unsubstantiated claims regarding driver earnings and its Vehicle Program.
Defendant neither admits nor denies any of the allegations in the Complaint, except as specifically stated in this Order. Only for purposes of this action, Defendant admits the facts necessary to establish jurisdiction.
Defendant waives any claim that it may have under the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28
U.S.C. § 2412, concerning the prosecution of this action through the date of this Order, and agree to bear its own costs and attorney fees.
5. Defendant and the Commission waive all rights to appeal or otherwise challenge or contest the validity of this Order.

Case No. 3:17-cv-00261-JST

Uber Agrees to Pay $20 Million to Settle FTC Charges That It Recruited Prospective Drivers with Exaggerated Earnings Claims

Agency also alleges Uber misled drivers about its vehicle financing program

January 19, 2017

RIP Sir   Thank you for your service..... jt

Still no cause of death for incoming SMDC commander found dead on Redstone Arsenal

Updated on August 9, 2016 at 6:57 AM, Posted on August 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM
By Crystal Bonvillian

Maj. Gen. John Rossi (Department of Defense)
The investigation remains ongoing into the death of a two-star general found dead in his home on Redstone Arsenal just days before he was to take command of the U.S. Army Space and Missile

Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command.

Maj. Gen. John Rossi, 55, was found dead July 31. Rossi was new to Huntsville, having moved to the city from Fort Sill, Oklahoma to replace Lt. Gen. David L. Mann as commanding general of USASMDC/ARSTRAT.

Rossi was scheduled to take command of the unit Aug. 2.

Chris Colster, a public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Garrison at Redstone Arsenal, told on Monday that a cause of death had not yet been released.

"We're still waiting on the investigation to work itself out," Colster said.
New commanding general of SMDC identified as Redstone Arsenal death

Maj. Gen. John Rossi was found dead Sunday, two days before taking command of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command.

Rossi, a native of Long Island, New York, graduated from West Point in 1983 and was commissioned in the Army as an air defense artillery officer, KSWO-TV out of Lawton, Oklahoma, reported. He was a commander at every level, becoming commanding general of the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill in 2014.

Prior to that assignment, according to Redstone Arsenal, Rossi served as the director of the Army Quadrennial Defense Review Office at the Pentagon.

Rossi leaves behind his wife, Liz, three children and a grandchild.


For those who want to know how many US soldiers die in un proclaimed wars:  2015  2017 

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy goes on trial for leading 2014 armed standoff
October 30, 2017 / 6:06 AM / 2 days ago
John L. Smith

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy went on trial on Monday for his role in leading a 2014 armed standoff against federal agents that became a rallying point for militia groups challenging U.S. government authority in the American West.

FILE PHOTO: Rancher Cliven Bundy looks out over his 160 acre ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada May 3, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
Bundy, two of his sons and a third follower are accused of conspiracy, assault, firearms offenses and other charges in the latest of several trials stemming from the confrontation near Bunkerville, Nevada, 75 miles (120 km) northeast of Las Vegas.

The revolt was sparked by the court-ordered roundup of Bundy’s cattle by government agents over his refusal to pay fees required to graze the herd on federal land.

Hundreds of supporters, many heavily armed, rallied to Bundy’s cause demanding that his livestock be returned. Outnumbered law enforcement officers ultimately retreated rather than risk bloodshed. No shots were ever fired.

The face-off marked a flashpoint in long-simmering tensions over federal control of public lands in the West and a precursor to Bundy’s two sons leading an armed six-week occupation of a federal wildlife center in Oregon two years later, in 2016.

Defense lawyers have generally argued that the Bunkerville defendants were exercising constitutionally protected rights to assembly and to bear arms, casting the showdown as a patriotic act of civil disobedience against government overreach.

Prosecutors have argued that armed gunmen were using force and intimidation to defy the rule of law.

Jury selection in the latest trial began on Monday morning in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, following a three-week postponement after an unrelated mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 in which 58 people were killed.

A sign is shown outside the federal courthouse as jury selection begins for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and co-defendant Ryan Payne, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus
Standing trial with Cliven Bundy, 71, are his sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, who also led last year’s Oregon occupation, and a fourth defendant, Ryan Payne, a Montana resident linked by prosecutors to a militia group called Operation Mutual Aid.


All four men chose to appear for Monday’s proceedings in red jail garb instead of civilian clothes, in what a defense lawyer said was a show of unity. The courtroom was packed with about 75 Bundy family supporters.

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Judge Gloria Navarro said she expected a panel of 12 jurors and four alternates to be seated by early next week and for the trial to run through late February.

A would-be fifth trial defendant, internet blogger and radio host Peter Santilli, pleaded guilty on Oct. 6 to conspiracy and faces a possible six-year prison term.

Six lesser-known participants in the Nevada ranch showdown went on trial as a group earlier this year. Two men were found guilty, one of them sentenced to 68 years in prison. The other is awaiting sentencing.

Two of the four remaining defendants from that group were retried and acquitted, and two others pleaded guilty last week to obstructing a court order. Those two each faces up to a year in prison when sentenced.

Yet another group of six defendants, including two more Bundy sons, Dave and Mel Bundy, are due to stand trial 30 days after the current trial ends.

Ammon and Ryan Bundy, along with five other people, were previously charged with criminal conspiracy in the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. That trial ended with the surprise acquittal last year of all seven.

Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Cooney

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


The Latest: Jury set for closing arguments in Menendez trial

By The Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. — Nov 1, 2017, 4:36 PM ET

The Latest on the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Jurors in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend have been instructed on the law by a judge, and are set to hear closing arguments from attorneys Thursday.

The instructions contained modified definitions of official bribery stemming from a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the conviction Virginia's former governor.

The Democratic senator and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen (MEHL'-genn) are charged with conspiracy, bribery and fraud in an 18-count indictment. The indictment alleges Melgen bribed Menendez with gifts in exchange for official influence.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Walls told jurors they could find Menendez guilty even if they didn't believe specific gifts were tied to specific actions. He added those actions had to be on specific matters and not on broad policy issues.
2:30 p.m.

Jurors in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend are to receive legal instructions from the judge in advance of closing arguments Thursday.

Menendez and the friend, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen (MEHL'-genn), are charged in an 18-count indictment with conspiracy, bribery, fraud and related offenses.
The trial is in its ninth week.

Prosecutors have sought to show that Menendez flew on Melgen's private jet and accepted other gifts including luxury vacations between 2006 and 2013 in exchange for lobbying for Melgen's business interests with government officials.

The men have known each other for more than 25 years and contend there was no bribery arrangement. Their attorneys have presented evidence seeking to show that Menendez was engaging in routine policy discussion when he met with executive branch officials.

Senator Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Senator Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen Indicted for Conspiracy, Bribery and Honest Services Fraud

Robert Menendez, a U.S. Senator, and Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, were indicted today in connection with a bribery scheme in which Menendez allegedly accepted gifts from Melgen in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to benefit Melgen’s financial and personal interests, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel of the FBI’s Newark, New Jersey, Division.

“Government corruption – at any level of elected office – corrodes the public trust and weakens our democratic system,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. “It is the fundamental responsibility of the Department of Justice to hold public officials accountable by conducting thorough investigations and seeking an indictment when the facts and the law support it.”

“The job of an elected official is to serve the people,” said Special Agent in Charge Frankel. “The citizens of New Jersey have the right to demand honest, unbiased service and representation from their elected officials at all levels of government. The charges and activity alleged in this indictment are another example of the FBI's commitment to aggressively and tenaciously pursue public corruption in the state of New Jersey.”

Menendez, 61, of Paramus, New Jersey, and Melgen, 60, of Palm Beach, Florida, were indicted in the District of New Jersey for one count of conspiracy, one count of violating the travel act, eight counts of bribery and three counts of honest services fraud. Menendez was also charged with one count of making false statements.

According to allegations in the indictment, between January 2006 and January 2013, Menendez accepted close to $1 million worth of lavish gifts and campaign contributions from Melgen in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to influence the outcome of ongoing contractual and Medicare billing disputes worth tens of millions of dollars to Melgen and to support the visa applications of several of Melgen’s girlfriends.

Specifically, the indictment alleges that, among other gifts, Menendez accepted flights on Melgen’s private jet, a first-class commercial flight and a flight on a chartered jet; numerous vacations at Melgen’s Caribbean villa in the Dominican Republic and at a hotel room in Paris; and $40,000 in contributions to his legal defense fund and over $750,000 in campaign contributions. Menendez never disclosed any of the reportable gifts that he received from Melgen on his financial disclosure forms.

According to allegations in the indictment, during this same time period, Menendez allegedly engaged in three efforts to use his Senate office and staff to advocate on behalf of Melgen’s personal and financial interests. First, Menendez allegedly pressured executive agencies in connection with a conflict between Melgen and the government of the Dominican Republic relating to a disputed contract that Melgen purchased to provide exclusive screening of containers coming through Dominican ports. Second, Menendez allegedly advocated on behalf of Melgen in connection with a Medicare billing dispute worth approximately $8.9 million to Melgen. Third, Menendez allegedly took active steps to support the tourist and student visa applications of three of Melgen’s girlfriends, as well as the visa application of the younger sister of one of Melgen’s girlfriends. Throughout these efforts, Menendez allegedly engaged in advocacy for Melgen all the way up to the highest levels of the U.S. government, including meeting with a U.S. cabinet secretary, contacting a U.S. Ambassador, meeting with the heads of executive agencies and other senior executive officials and soliciting other U.S. Senators, all in order to assist Melgen’s personal and pecuniary interests.

The charges contained in an indictment are merely accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case is being investigated by the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Chiefs Peter Koski and J.P. Cooney, and Trial Attorney Monique Abrishami of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section.

READ Menendez and Melgen Indictment:

Actor Chuck Norris and Wife Gena Norris Announce Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit against Pharmaceutical Companies for Dangerous MRI Drug

November 01, 2017 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Chuck and Gena Norris announced today that they have filed a lawsuit against eleven drug companies, including McKesson and Bracco, that they claim are responsible for the gadolinium contrast dye used during the MRIs that nearly cost Gena her life.

Five Argentines among 8 dead in New York City terror attack

by Renae Merle, Devlin Barrett, Wesley Lowery, Rachel Siegel and Samantha Schmidt

November 1 at 12:19 AM à

NEW YORK — A 29-year-old man driving a rental truck plowed down people on a Manhattan bike path Tuesdayin what authorities described as a terrorist attack that killed eight and injured 11 before the suspect was shot and arrested by police.

A sunny fall day along the Hudson River erupted in chaos just around the time students were getting out from nearby Stuyvesant High School, when a rented Home Depot truck turned on to the bike path along the West Side Highway.

Witnesses say the speeding truck struck unsuspecting bicyclists and pedestrians while onlookers screamed and scattered. The truck then veered left toward Chambers Street, where it collided with a small school bus, injuring two adults and two children inside, officials said.

Foreign ministries of Belgium and Argentina said five Argentines and a Belgian were among the victims.

The Argentine nationals were part of a group of friends celebrating the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation, the Argentine Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

According to a video from the scene, the man then jumped out of the wrecked vehicle brandishing what appeared to be handguns. Some witnesses said he shouted “Allahu akbar’’ meaning “God is great’’ in Arabic.

Law enforcement officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an open investigation, identified the suspect as Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant who had been living in Tampa.

The attack could intensify the political debate over immigration and security. President Trump has argued for much tougher screening of immigrants to prevent terrorism, and opponents of those policies have sought to block his efforts in the courts. Uzbekistan was not among the countries named in any version of the president’s travel ban, which largely targeted a number of majority-Muslim countries.

[ New York vehicle attack: Everything you need to know ]

Trump responded to the attack on Twitter, saying it “looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person.

’’ He tweeted a short time later: “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!” ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State.

On Tuesday night Trump said he was tightening immigrant screening, tweeting: “I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!”

I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017

There was no immediate indication that the attack had been directed by the Islamic State. However, the group has called on its supporters in Western countries to launch their own attacks, using anything at hand as weapons, including vehicles.

Inside the rental truck, investigators found a handwritten note in which Saipov had declared his allegiance to the Islamic State, according to officials.

Saipov is expected to survive, meaning investigators will likely have a chance to question him about his motive for the attack, but so far, they said, he appears to have been a “lone wolf’’ suspect – someone who acted alone after being inspired, but not directly instructed, by the Islamic State.

He had been living in Paterson, New Jersey before the attack, and rented the vehicle in that state before driving it into Manhattan, officials said.

The violence was terrifyingly similar to vehicle attacks carried out in Europe, where Islamic State supporters have used cars and trucks to strike pedestrians in crowded streets, a tactic that has been employed in France, Britain, Germany, Sweden and Spain.

“This certainly bears all the hallmarks of an ISIS-inspired or al-Qaeda-inspired attack,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, whom the FBI briefed on the attack Tuesday evening.

“We have to expect that as the capital of the caliphate has now fallen, there are going to be increasing efforts to show that they remain dangerous and lethal, and to expand the virtual caliphate.”

Antonio Valasquez, 28, said he saw the truck speed by as he left a restaurant and then heard a crash. “I didn’t really understand, you know, at first what was happening,” he said. Valasquez said he heard what appeared to be gunshots shortly after but couldn’t be sure. “I was running away.”

An officer from the 1st Precinct approached Saipov and shot him in the abdomen, police said. He has been taken to a hospital, but officials did not discuss his condition or location. The weapons he was brandishing turned out to be a pellet gun and a paintball gun, police said.

Rabbi Chaim Zaklos was picking up about half a dozen children from school to escort them to Hebrew school nearby when he encountered the scene. Police were pushing people away, and he could see abandoned bikes and what appeared to be uprooted trees nearby. “It was obvious something drastic was happening, so I just wanted to get the kids someplace safe,” said Zaklos, 35.

“This is a very painful day in our city,’’ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said. “Based on the information we have at this moment, this was an act of terror, a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians.”

Saipov moved to the United States from Uzbekistan about six years ago, said Dilnoza Abdusamatova, 24, who said Saipov stayed with her family in Cincinnati for his first two weeks in the country because their fathers were friends. Some officials said he arrived in 2010.

Abdusamatova said Saipov then moved to Florida to start a trucking company. Her family members think he got married about a year after arriving in the United States and may now have two children. Around that time, she said, he cut off contact with them.

“He stopped talking to us when he got married,” Abdusamatova said.

[ Vehicles as weapons of terror: U.S. cities on alert as attacks hit the West ]

Saipov had lived in an apartment complex, Heritage at Tampa, near the Hillsborough River. On Tuesday evening, two plainclothes investigators were seen departing the community, having interviewed several residents and others in the surrounding neighborhood. The investigators declined to answer any questions.

“Four FBI agents came and told me he used to live here,” said Venessa Jones, who said she lives in an apartment above the one Saipov rented. Neighbors at the complex said they didn’t know Saipov.

Officials said they had no information to suggest that the attacker had any accomplices or that there was a further threat to the city.

Nevertheless, they said, extra police would be posted around the city as a precaution, particularly along the route of the Halloween Parade, a long-standing tradition in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village that attracts big crowds. Officials said sand trucks, police vehicles and other equipment would be used to deter any vehicle attacks at the parade.

Authorities stand near a damaged Home Depot truck after a motorist drove onto a bike path near the World Trade Center memorial, striking and killing several people Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The investigation is being led by the FBI with the assistance of the New York Police Department.

“We have recently seen attacks like this one throughout the world,’’ said acting homeland security secretary Elaine Duke. “DHS and its law enforcement partners remain vigilant and committed to safeguarding the American people.’’

The Argentine Foreign Ministry identified the five dead Argentine nationals as Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruchi. It added that a sixth member of the group, Martin Ludovico Marro, sustained injuries and is being hospitalized in the Presbyterian Hospital of Manhattan. He is in stable condition, the government said, citing medical officials.

The group of friends hailed from the city of Rosario, the largest city in the central province of Santa Fe. They graduated from the Instituto Politécnico, a technical high school in Rosario, in 1987.

The Argentine government expressed its “sincere condolences” and said the General Consulate remains in contact with police authorities, hospital staff and the victim’s relatives in Argentina.

“We accompany the families in this terrible moment of deep pain, which all Argentines share,” the government statement read.

Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, tweeted that he was “deeply moved by the tragic deaths” in New York. “We are available to the families of the Argentine victims,” he added.

Rosario’s local newspaper, La Capital, described the vacation to New York as the “trip of their dreams,” and reported that they were riding bicycles in Lower Manhattan before the attack.

The local newspaper’s headline read: “A trip of camaraderie among friends from Rosario turns into tragedy.”

Barrett, Lowery, Siegel, and Schmidt reported from Washington. Philip Bump in New York, Jon Silman in Tampa, and Julie Tate, Ellen Nakashima, Jennifer Jenkins, Mark Berman in Washington contributed to this report.



Cliven Bundy Trial - Trial Moved to 10/30, RBundy Update, Las Vegas Shooting - AParker - 10/06/17



Why the Bundys win; coal could catch a break; Snake River revisited news in brief.
Staff Sept. 18, 2017 From the print edition

In late August, a Las Vegas jury acquitted Ricky Lovelien of Montana and Steven Stewart of Idaho for their parts in the 2014 armed standoff between the federal government and supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy. The jury found co-defendants Eric Parker and Scott Drexler not guilty of most charges, but deadlocked on some. When it comes to trying the Bundy family and their supporters, federal prosecutors have a terrible record, winning just two convictions after two trials of six defendants in Nevada this year. Last fall, Bundy’s sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy and five others were acquitted of charges stemming from the armed takeover of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in early 2016.

The recent acquittals in the Nevada case raise big questions for prosecutors. Some legal experts say the nation’s current political climate, characterized by distrust of federal authorities, may be one reason juries keep siding with the Bundy crew.

In 2014, a court ordered the federal government to round up Bundy’s cattle, which were illegally grazing on public land near Bunkerville, Nevada. Bundy felt the feds were overreaching. In the tense face-off that ensued, hundreds of armed supporters forced Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service employees to end the roundup for fear of violence. The Bunkerville stand-off trials may have set off alarms for the average juror. Jurors are instructed to use their “common sense” when evaluating evidence. Today, an estimated 80 percent of Americans say they distrust the federal government at times. (That’s up from 66 percent in 2000 and 27 percent in 1958.) The recent verdict was not a result of jurors’ sympathy for the Bundys, Lovelien’s attorney, Shawn Perez, concluded. “This is not a rogue jury. It is a failure of truth on the part of the government.”

The most recent trial, a retrial after the first jury deadlocked, was marked by a persistent push-and-pull dynamic between the defense team and U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro. That conflict took its own form outside the courtroom, too: Bundy supporters observing the trial have called Navarro “biased” for months. “The public has become more and more aware of the power of the judiciary. As a result, there’s been kind of a political arms over appointments, which has resulted in more distrust,” said Ian Bartrum, constitutional law expert at the University of Nevada. “Couple that with recent conservative rhetoric and presidential rhetoric, and I guess you get the current climate.”
Similar dynamics may come into play in the trial of Cliven Bundy himself, which is slated to begin Oct. 10. -Tay Wiles

John Lamb ~ Witnesses denied, also Dennis Michael Lynch 8/9/17

Andrea Parker ~ Mock trial for defense beginning today, No jury today 8/9/17
Published on Aug 9, 2017

Mock trial for defense beginning today. No jury today. Petition to Pardon these guys can be found at


This is how the government is allowing other countries to take over the United States.... A $12,000,000 German Aviation Plant on American soil. "The Auburn plant will add to Winkelmann Group's more than 4,000 employees and 26 independent business units worldwide"  But! "The company expects to create approximately 50 jobs over the next five years." Have we sink so low as a nation of people that we are willing to let people from other countries take over American soil for "50 jobs" over a five year period!?  jt

German-Based Company to Bring $12 Million Aviation Plant
A German-based company is bringing a $12 million aviation-related plant to Auburn.

June 25, 2017, at 11:21 a.m.
German-Based Company to Bring $12 Million Aviation Plant

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A German-based company is bringing a $12 million aviation-related plant to Auburn.

The Winkelmann Group will begin production at its first United States production facility in the Auburn Industrial Park, the Opelika-Auburn News ( reported. The company expects to create approximately 50 jobs over the next five years.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Winkelmann Group CEO Heinrich Winkelmann announced the new location, called Winkelmann Flowform Technology LP, in France at the Paris Air Show this week.

"As we declare to the world that Alabama is open for business, we welcome Winkelmann to our family of aerospace and defense-related companies in Alabama," Ivey said in the release.

Production is expected to begin in about two or three months, according to Arndt Siepmann, industrial development director for Auburn's Economic Development Department.

Winkelmann Group is a fourth-generation German company that has three divisions including automotive, building and industry, and flowforming, which is a metal-forming technique.

The Auburn site will use the company's flowform technology that primarily builds high-precision, high-strength, thin wall roto-symmetrical parts from various metals.

"With the North America operation, my team will be able to better serve the aerospace and defense industry, as well as the commercial automotive and oil and gas industry in the U.S.," CEO Heinrich Winkelmann said in the release. "Our flow-forming engineering and manufacturing knowhow combined with the one-of-a-kind machinery equipment installed at our Auburn facility creates solutions for our customers who demand and deserve only the highest quality."

Auburn University's engineering school should provide a "talent pipeline" for companies like Winkelmann along with advantages for students, said Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield.

The Auburn plant will add to Winkelmann Group's more than 4,000 employees and 26 independent business units worldwide.

Trump needs to start acting like a President instead of  head-banker.......jt

Scaramucci Seeks Federal Tax Break on SkyBridge Sale
By Bill Allison
and Simone Foxman
July 25, 2017, 1:46 PM EDT

Agreement to sell firm came before he joined administration
Ex-government ethics chief says deal probably doesn’t qualify

Scaramucci Doesn’t See Issue With Business Conflicts

Anthony Scaramucci wants to put off a tax bill that could reach millions of dollars on the pending sale of his stake in SkyBridge Capital, according to people familiar with the matter. But the incoming White House communications director might have a problem.

The sale was announced before he became a government employee, and that could make him ineligible for a tax break that’s designed to let investors serve in government without getting hit with massive tax penalties, experts say.

Scaramucci entered an agreement to sell the fund-of-hedge-funds firm in January, when he first announced he’d be joining President Donald Trump’s administration. But no government job materialized for months, and that may make the tax break null and void.

At issue is a federal law that allows new executive-branch employees to defer capital-gains taxes on assets they’re forced to sell to avoid conflicts of interest in their official roles. To qualify, a sale must be required by federal ethics officials after a review of the applicant’s finances. But because Scaramucci didn’t receive the January job, he couldn’t have been required to divest when he agreed to sell SkyBridge, some experts say.

“Even if the sale of SkyBridge Capital hasn’t closed yet, it would be hard to argue that the government forced him to enter into the deal to resolve conflicts of interest” in his planned new role as White House communications director, said Walter Shaub, the former director of the federal Office of Government Ethics, in a message posted to Twitter on Sunday. Shaub resigned earlier this month.

By tapping Scaramucci for a White House role, Trump capped a months-long saga that began before his inauguration. Scaramucci’s name surfaced in connection with two previous administration appointments, neither of which came to pass. He took a job last month as chief strategy officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, a post widely viewed as temporary.
Working to Divest

Scaramucci was offered a position with the Trump administration in January, and has been working with federal ethics officials since then to “ensure that he divests all identified assets that could pose a conflict of interest under all federal laws and regulations,” said his attorney, Elliot S. Berke of Berke Farah LLP.

Those officials will determine whether he’s entitled to defer taxes on his asset sales, Berke said in an email -- “not former officials or talking heads (or former officials who want to be talking heads).”

The White House press office, which is scheduled to begin reporting to Scaramucci on Aug. 15, provided an emailed statement:

“The president takes ethical obligations of all his employees very seriously,” said spokeswoman Kelly Love. “The White House is treating Mr. Scaramucci the same as every incoming official and is carefully considering all aspects of his holdings and businesses as part of the incoming ethics and legal review process.”

A spokeswoman for the Ex-Im Bank confirmed that Scaramucci had requested a so-called certificate of divestiture, which allows appointees to defer capital gains on the assets they’ve sold. The bank didn’t specify what assets were included in that request, but a person familiar with it said it included the sale of SkyBridge and SALT, the SkyBridge Alternatives Conference, an annual gathering of hedge fund professionals in Las Vegas that Scaramucci founded.
‘Mega-Opportunity Cost’

Two other people familiar with Scaramucci’s recent thinking said that after the first job didn’t materialize, he was eager to take another government post partly because he wants to defer the capital-gains tax on the SkyBridge sale.

During a July 21 news conference regarding his appointment, Scaramucci said he had worked with the federal Office of Government Ethics “to take care of all my business conflicts.” He also said that his start date in the communications role would “be in a couple of weeks so that it’s 100 percent totally cleansed and clean.”

“You want to go serve the country, and so the first thing you have to do is take on this mega-opportunity cost by getting rid of all your assets,” he said. “But I’m willing to do that because I love the country.”

Scaramucci’s SkyBridge announced the planned sale to HNA Group Co. and RON Transatlantic EG on Jan. 17, three days before Trump’s inauguration. The deal was said to value the asset manager at $180 million or more depending on performance. Analysts called the price high. Scaramucci’s roughly 45 percent stake in the firm was valued at about $80 million. Scaramucci said the price was fair and that he had turned down higher offers.

It’s unclear how much gain the transaction would bring Scaramucci, in part because his tax basis -- that is, his capital investment in SkyBridge -- is unknown.
In Limbo

Meanwhile, the SkyBridge sale is in limbo as it awaits sign-off by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. That inter-agency group vets sales of American companies to foreign buyers for national security risks. CFIUS is facing a backlog of cases because the administration hasn’t yet filled senior posts at the committee’s member agencies. A person close to the deal said last week that it was expected to close in the next four to six weeks.
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At the time the sale was announced in January, Scaramucci was telling reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos that he’d be joining the Trump administration as an assistant to the president. But that job evaporated days later, after media reports in the New York Times and Bloomberg highlighted information about the SkyBridge buyers: a politically connected Chinese conglomerate, and a little-known investment company linked to a Venezuelan-born banker known for close ties to the Hugo Chavez regime.

Then, in June, Trump was poised to nominate Scaramucci to become the U.S. ambassador to the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, according to people familiar with the plan. That post was slow to take shape, and in the meantime, Scaramucci took the job at the Ex-Im Bank.

Now, federal officials will have to decide whether he qualifies for the tax benefit. Under federal law, appointees who receive certificates of divestiture must agree to invest proceeds from their asset sales in Treasuries or a government-approved list of mutual funds. In return, they may defer capital-gains taxes until they sell any of the replacement assets.
Tax Basis

The law effectively transfers their tax basis in the old assets to the new assets.

Experts say that a request for the tax deferral on a pending asset sale would be unprecedented -- though there’s disagreement on whether the SkyBridge sale should qualify.

“This is a new one,” said Stan Brand, an ethics attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Still, Brand said, federal ethics officials should approve a tax deferral for Scaramucci, because the law’s main objective is to ensure individuals aren’t penalized for government service.

Others disagreed. “It’s probably a gray area, but I don’t think he should get it,” said Larry Noble, general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center. Noble said asset sales qualify only in cases where government officials order them -- a process that normally would begin after a potential appointee files a required financial-disclosure document.

Scaramucci has filed a financial disclosure form with the Export-Import Bank of Washington (Ex-Im Bank), bank spokeswoman Linda Formella said.

— With assistance by Katherine Burton, and Robert Schmidt


Andrea Parker ~ End of day update from trial in Nevada 7/24/17
Published on Jul 24, 2017

We the people call for the arrest of Sargent Shannon Serena for perjury.

Government Lied Again

Andrea Parker ~ End of day update 7/20/17
Published on Jul 20, 2017


Commentary: Bundy case judge trying to prevent jury nullification

Jul 19, 2017 0

Thomas Mitchell

The retrial of four defendants in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff at the Bundy ranch got underway this past week in Las Vegas, and this time the prosecution and the judge seem determined to avoid another mistrial due to a hung jury by eviscerating defense arguments.

Federal Judge Gloria Navarro granted a prosecution motion to bar presentation of evidence “supporting jury nullification.”

In April, the first of three scheduled trials for the 17 Bunkerville defendants — charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, extortion, assault and impeding federal officers — ended in a mistrial. The jury found only two of six people on trial guilty of some charges but deadlocked on the others.

The standoff occurred after heavily armed Bureau of Land Management agents attempted to confiscate Bundy’s cattle after he had refused for 20 years to pay grazing fees. Faced with armed protesters the agents eventually released the cattle.

Two more trials are pending, with Cliven Bundy and his four sons scheduled to be the last. Most defendants have been jailed without bail for a year and half.

In mid-June the prosecution filed a motion asking the judge to bar the jurors in the retrial from hearing certain so-called state of mind arguments — arguments that the defendants felt justified to show up and protest because of “perceived government misconduct” due to excessive use of force by law enforcement and that they were simply exercising their First and Second Amendment rights.

The defense will not be allowed to mention the tasering by law enforcement of one of Bundy’s sons and the wrestling to the ground of one of his sisters.

The judge said the reasons the defendants went to Bunkerville are not relevant to the charge, but she will allow prosecutors to introduce testimony about the four men’s associations with militia groups.

“The Court also rejected Defendants’ proposed instructions on the First and Second Amendment because they are not legally cognizable defenses, or in other words, the law does not recognize these Amendments as legal defenses to the crimes charged,” Navarro wrote, though the Bill of Rights were added to the Constitution to spell out natural rights that Congress must not trammel with its laws.

The First Amendment bars Congress from making laws abridging free speech and peaceful assembly, while the Second states the right to keep and bear arms may not be infringed.

But apparently those are not defenses against laws prohibiting behavior that causes federal officers to feel threatened.

Navarro concluded, “The Court will not permit argument, evidence, or testimony regarding Defendants’ beliefs about the constitution as such beliefs are irrelevant and a possible jury nullification attempt.”
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The judge quoted a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, “Jury nullification occurs when a jury acquits a defendant, even though the government proved guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.” And you thought jurors made that determination.

The concept of jury nullification dates to colonial days and is widely taught in journalism schools, because it involved printer John Peter Zinger who was indicted for criminal libel against the colonial governor and tried in 1735. His attorney Andrew Hamilton offered as a defense that what was printed was true, even though under the law truth was not a defense but rather a confirmation of guilt.

The judge at Zenger’s trial ruled that Hamilton could not present evidence as to the truth of the printed statements.

In his closing argument Hamilton declared, “It is the cause of liberty … and by an impartial and uncorrupt verdict have laid a noble foundation for securing to ourselves, our posterity, and our neighbors, that to which nature and the laws of our country have given us a right to liberty of both exposing and opposing arbitrary power (in these parts of the world at least) by speaking and writing truth.”

The jury quickly returned with a verdict of not guilty.

In 1794, Chief Justice John Jay said to jurors in a rare Supreme Court jury trial, “It may not be amiss, here, Gentlemen, to remind you of the good old rule, that on questions of fact, it is the province of the jury, on questions of law, it is the province of the court to decide. But it must be observed that by the same law, which recognizes this reasonable distribution of jurisdiction, you have nevertheless a right to take upon yourselves to judge of both, and to determine the law as well as the fact in controversy.”

Did jurors in the first trial nullify the law or merely find the law was misapplied?

Thomas Mitchell is a longtime Nevada newspaper columnist. You may email him at . He

Retrial begins for 4 defendants in Nevada Bundy standoff
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First Published Jul 18 2017 08:24PM • Last Updated Jul 18 2017 08:24 pm
FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2017, file photo, supporters and critics of defendants on trial at the federal courthouse gather in Las Vegas. Armed assault and lawful protest were the opposing scenarios presented to a federal jury in Las Vegas as the retrial began for four men who bore assault-style weapons during a standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle in April 2014. Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre told jurors during openings on Monday, July 17, 2017, that evidence will show the gunmen used what he called "the working end of a rifle barrel" to bend the law to their will. (AP Photo/John Locher, FIle)
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Las Vegas • Armed assault and lawful protest were the opposing scenarios presented to a federal jury hearing the retrial in Las Vegas of four men who bore assault-style weapons during a standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle in April 2014.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre displayed photos and told jurors during opening statements on Monday that evidence will show the defendants used what he called "the working end of a rifle barrel" to bend the law to their will, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported ( ).

"These four defendants . got on a bridge, armed with semi-automatic rifles, and threatened to shoot law enforcement officers who stood below them in a wash," Myhre said as he urged the jurors to focus on the conspiracy, assault on a federal agent, weapon and other charges against the defendants.

Defense attorney Richard Tanasi, representing Idaho resident Steven Stewart, countered that the defendants were just individuals protesting the U.S. government.

"This case is about standing up for what you believe in. Nothing more, nothing less," Tanasi said.

The defense openings represented a condensed version of statements that attorneys gave in February, at the onset of a trial that resulted in a jury finding two co-defendants guilty in April of some charges, but failing to reach verdicts for Scott Drexler, Richard Lovelien, Eric Parker and Stewart.

Rulings since then by Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro have barred the defense from referencing constitutional rights to freely assemble and to bear arms.

Defense attorneys are also barred from mentioning alleged misconduct or excessive force by law enforcement.

Those arguments represented the core of the defense case in the first trial, as lawyers said their clients came from other states to Bunkerville, Nevada, after viewing online postings depicting law enforcement officers using stun guns and police dogs to control angry protesters and Bundy family members.

Defense attorney Todd Leventhal, representing Drexler, told the jury on Monday that his client "saw images that shocked his conscience" and traveled from Idaho to Nevada because he believes "no man is above the law, badge or not."

Attorney Shawn Perez, who represents Lovelien, noted that "not a shot was fired, not a bottle was thrown, not a rock was thrown" during the standoff, and that "nobody was injured, and everyone went home."

Myhre accused the four men of conspiring with Bundy to thwart the federal government's roundup of roughly 1,000 cows from public land.

The cattle impoundment operation followed a decades-long dispute over grazing rights that pitted Cliven Bundy against the Bureau of Land Management.

Both sides on Monday characterized the grazing dispute as peripheral to the trial.

The men are charged with conspiracy, extortion, threats, assault, obstruction of justice, and weapons counts. If convicted of all counts, they face a mandatory minimum sentence of 57 years in prison.

Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and two other defendants are due for trial later this year. Six others, including two other Bundy sons, are slated for trial next year.

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2017, file photo, supporters and critics of defendants on trial at the federal courthouse gather in Las Vegas. Armed assault and lawful protest were the opposing scenarios presented to a federal jury in Las Vegas as the retrial began for four men who bore assault-style weapons during a standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle in April 2014. Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre told jurors during openings on Monday, July 17, 2017, that evidence will show the gunmen used what he called
File - In this April 5, 2014 file photo, Cliven Bundy, right, and Clance Cox, left, stand at the Bundy ranch near Bunkerville Nev. Saturday, April 5, 2014. Armed assault and lawful protest were the opposing scenarios presented to a federal jury in Las Vegas as the retrial began for four men who bore assault-style weapons during a standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle in April 2014. Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre told jurors during openings on Monday, July 17, 2017, that evidence will show the gunmen used what he called

JULY 18, 2017 12:58 PM

Retrial begins in Vegas for 4 defendants in Bundy standoff
The Associated Press

Armed assault and lawful protest were the opposing scenarios presented to a federal jury hearing the retrial in Las Vegas of four men who bore assault-style weapons during a standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle in April 2014.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre displayed photos and told jurors during opening statements on Monday that evidence will show the defendants used what he called "the working end of a rifle barrel" to bend the law to their will, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported ( ).

"These four defendants . got on a bridge, armed with semi-automatic rifles, and threatened to shoot law enforcement officers who stood below them in a wash," Myhre said as he urged the jurors to focus on the conspiracy, assault on a federal agent, weapon and other charges against the defendants.

Defense attorney Richard Tanasi, representing Idaho resident Steven Stewart, countered that the defendants were just individuals protesting the U.S. government.

"This case is about standing up for what you believe in. Nothing more, nothing less," Tanasi said.

The defense openings represented a condensed version of statements that attorneys gave in February, at the onset of a trial that resulted in a jury finding two co-defendants guilty in April of some charges, but failing to reach verdicts for Scott Drexler, Richard Lovelien, Eric Parker and Stewart.

Rulings since then by Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro have barred the defense from referencing constitutional rights to freely assemble and to bear arms.

Defense attorneys are also barred from mentioning alleged misconduct or excessive force by law enforcement.

Those arguments represented the core of the defense case in the first trial, as lawyers said their clients came from other states to Bunkerville, Nevada, after viewing online postings depicting law enforcement officers using stun guns and police dogs to control angry protesters and Bundy family members.

Defense attorney Todd Leventhal, representing Drexler, told the jury on Monday that his client "saw images that shocked his conscience" and traveled from Idaho to Nevada because he believes "no man is above the law, badge or not."

Attorney Shawn Perez, who represents Lovelien, noted that "not a shot was fired, not a bottle was thrown, not a rock was thrown" during the standoff, and that "nobody was injured, and everyone went home."

Myhre accused the four men of conspiring with Bundy to thwart the federal government's roundup of roughly 1,000 cows from public land.

The cattle impoundment operation followed a decades-long dispute over grazing rights that pitted Cliven Bundy against the Bureau of Land Management.

Both sides on Monday characterized the grazing dispute as peripheral to the trial.

The men are charged with conspiracy, extortion, threats, assault, obstruction of justice, and weapons counts. If convicted of all counts, they face a mandatory minimum sentence of 57 years in prison.

Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and two other defendants are due for trial later this year. Six others, including two other Bundy sons, are slated for trial next year.

File - In this April 5, 2014 file photo, Cliven Bundy, right, and Clance Cox, left, stand at the Bundy ranch near Bunkerville Nev. Saturday, April 5, 2014. Armed assault and lawful protest were the opposing scenarios presented to a federal jury in Las Vegas as the retrial began for four men who bore assault-style weapons during a standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle in April 2014. Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre told jurors during openings on Monday, July 17, 2017, that evidence will show the gunmen used what he called "the working end of a rifle barrel" to bend the law to their will.
File - In this April 5, 2014 file photo, Cliven Bundy, right, and Clance Cox, left, stand at the Bundy ranch near Bunkerville Nev. Saturday, April 5, 2014. Armed assault and lawful protest were the opposing scenarios presented to a federal jury in Las Vegas as the retrial began for four men who bore assault-style weapons during a standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle in April 2014. Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre told jurors during openings on Monday, July 17, 2017, that evidence will show the gunmen used what he called "the working end of a rifle barrel" to bend the law to their will.

NOTE:The Bundy families and other families have husbands and fathers who have been in prison for 18 months, who have never been found guilty of committing any crimes.......
Robert Menendez should be in jail --not walking the halls of the US Congress..... jt

Could under-the-radar Menendez trial give GOP a shot at Senate seat?
By Jennifer G. Hickey
Published June 16, 2017
Fox News

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) arrives to the Federal court in Newark, New Jersey April 2, 2015.

Lost amid the headlines on the Trump-Russia drama -- but just a few-hour drive from Washington up I-95 -- is another story of political intrigue that could have national implications.

The trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is set for this fall, after the senator's numerous appeals stemming from his April 2015 indictment pushed off the start date.

The Garden State senior senator maintains his innocence in the federal bribery case. The delays in the case, however, have complicated matters politically, observers note -- creating a scenario where the state's Republican governor could appoint a successor if the incumbent is forced to step down.

According to New Jersey state law, if Menendez should step down less than 70 days before the next election, the governor “may make a temporary appointment of a senator of the United States.”


Given that New Jersey has a gubernatorial election this November, if Menendez were to leave his seat after Aug. 30, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could be able to name a replacement who would not face voters until November 2018.

The scenario was first raised by New Jersey Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine -- the Menendez camp, though, suggests it is pure fantasy.
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“The Senator has absolutely no intention of stepping down and nothing will change that. He has done nothing wrong and has always acted within the law,” Menendez’ Communications Director Patricia Enright told Fox News.

Republicans have not won a Senate race in the blue state since 1972, and a Christie appointment represents perhaps their best chance to flip a seat, if only for a short period. It would give Republicans a boost, at a time when the Trump administration is still struggling to move its agenda through a Senate where the party holds a narrow 52-seat majority.

'The Senator has absolutely no intention of stepping down and nothing will change that.'
- Menendez spokeswoman Patricia Enright

Fox News reached out to the Democratic and Republican campaign committees and state political committees, but none would provide comment.

Mulshine offered the following scenario: "Let's imagine Menendez is offered a deal involving resignation just before the trial begins, thus clearing the way for Trump's friend Chris Christie to name a 53rd Republican senator. That would look an awful lot like political interference in a legal matter. But that's something the Donald doesn't seem to mind."

Presuming it goes forward in early September, the trial revolves around allegations that Menendez illegally received gifts and campaign donations from his friend, Florida-based ophthalmologist Dr. Salomon Melgen, in exchange for political favors.

Although he eventually paid $58,500 to Melgen, his co-defendant in the case, for trips to Paris and the doctor's home at a Dominican resort, Menendez did not report the payments on his Senate financial disclosure forms.

Federal prosecutors contend the trips were offered in return for securing visas for Melgen's foreign mistresses and for his intervention with Medicare officials who were probing Melgen’s practice.

But matters got complicated in April when Melgen was convicted in a separate case in Florida involving 67 counts of Medicare fraud, which could bring a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Melgen will be sentenced on July 14, yet could find himself under pressure from federal prosecutors to testify against Menendez in the separate bribery case.

“Given the draconian sentence he faces on the fraud charges, the doctor might be wise to turn state's evidence against the senator. That would make things even tougher for the defense,” wrote Mulshine.

"That case has nothing to do with my case,” Menendez told reporters after the Melgen verdict. "It was about the procedures and practices of his office,” he added.

Others disagree.

“It absolutely was a game-changer,” said Republican pollster Adam Geller. “[Melgen] is going to be under intense pressure given he is looking at the possibility of a stiff sentence.”

Geller, who worked for Christie, notes that if the lame-duck governor does have the chance to name a replacement, it would not be the first time.

In June 2013, Christie tapped Republican state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to temporarily fill the vacancy in the Senate after the death of Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Chiesa served in the seat until a special election was held in October.

Despite the pending trial, Menendez has remained steady in the polls and continues to raise funds for a 2018 reelection bid.

According to his latest FEC filing, Menendez has more than $2.7 million cash-on-hand.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found only 31 percent of voters believe he should be reelected and just 39 percent of New Jersey Democrats support his reelection.


Nevada Bundy Trial - Day 2 of Court in Nevada lunch update - AParker - 07/18/17
Valley Forge Network

Published on Jul 18, 2017
More updates from Trial today. Will repost everything I find. Also will be reposting all the video I promised, just had to go through it all.
Nevada Bundy Trial - Day 2 of Court in Nevada lunch update - AParker - 07/18/17


Let this picture be a reminder to ALL the communist living in the United States of America, Russia,


THE "KITCHEN DEBATE" IN MOSCOW: U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon
pointing his finger at Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in the midst of a heated
exchange which took place between the two in front of a model kitchen display
in the U.S. national exhibition at Moscow in 1959

Published on Jul 17, 2017

Monday's update for lunch, will post any more updates from today when they are available.

Nevada Bundy Trial - Opening Statements - AParker - 07/17/17


Local governments have no business being involved with the United Nations[UN]....jt


United Nations-backed insurance industry initiative and network of local governments to create “Insurance Development Goals for Cities”
The UN Environment Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative and ICLEI to set the global agenda on insurance industry-city collaboration on resilience.

The “Insuring Resilient and Sustainable Cities Summit” held on 5 May in Bonn, Germany was convened by UN Environment Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. The PSI, the largest collaborative initiative between the UN and the insurance industry, and ICLEI, the leading global network of more than 1,500 cities, towns and regions, joined forces in December 2016 to create the largest collaboration between the insurance industry and cities for resilience.

The increasing speed at which climate adverse effects impact communities worldwide speaks to the urgency of improving the way cities assess, prevent and manage their climate-related risks, in addition to the ones posed by unsustainable urbanization. This will be a central theme for the upcoming COP23 climate conference, taking place this November in Bonn under the Presidency of Fiji, a great opportunity to put the most vulnerable at the center of the climate debate.

However, resilience is not only about climate. The main outcome of the PSI-ICLEI Summit was the “Bonn Ambition”, which aims to achieve three goals by June 2018, when ICLEI hosts its World Congress in Montréal, Canada. The Bonn Ambition is strategically linked to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Create “Insurance Development Goals for Cities”, which would harness the insurance industry’s triple role as risk managers, risk carriers and investors in the context of the SDGs, focusing on SDG 11—“Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. The idea is for the PSI and ICLEI to convert SDG 11’s stated targets (see “Notes to editors” below) into Insurance Development Goals that would set the long-term global agenda for the insurance industry and cities.
Develop city-level sustainable insurance roadmaps to drive strategic approaches and collaborative action by insurers and local governments. This could be linked to the Insurance Development Goals for Cities, and would complement ongoing efforts to develop national sustainable insurance and finance roadmaps.
Organize the first-ever roundtable of insurance industry CEOs and city mayors at the 2018 ICLEI World Congress to accelerate global and local action. The Congress is held every three years and assembles hundreds of local governments and key stakeholders to set the course for globalizing urban sustainability.

Gino Van Begin, ICLEI’s Secretary General said, “Cities are on the front line of sustainable development challenges such as climate change and natural disasters. That’s why cities are working more and more with the insurance industry to better manage risk. We are delighted that the Insuring Resilient and Sustainable Cities Summit was a success and look forward to further shaping the global agenda for cities and the insurance industry through the Bonn Ambition.”

Butch Bacani, who leads the PSI at UN Environment, and who conceptualized and chaired the PSI-ICLEI Summit said, “The Bonn Ambition clearly supports the PSI’s vision of a risk-aware world, where the insurance industry is trusted and plays its full role in enabling a healthy, safe, resilient and sustainable society. We need ambitious and decisive action now—not in 2020 or 2030—to make the transformation to resilient and sustainable cities a reality. Time is non-renewable.”

The PSI-ICLEI Summit showed how the insurance industry could support cities as risk managers, risk carriers and investors. It explored various ways to close three key gaps in cities:

Closing the disaster risk reduction gap – through catastrophe risk modelling, ecosystem-based adaptation, insurance loss data sharing, land-use planning, loss prevention, and disaster preparedness
Closing the insurance protection gap – through insurance solutions for low-income people, SMEs, local governments and green technologies, including index-based insurance and usage-based insurance
Closing the financing gap – through investments in sustainable infrastructure, energy, buildings and transportation, and instruments such as green bonds and catastrophe and resilience bonds

The Summit was sponsored by Munich Re, a founding PSI signatory, and supported by other PSI signatories such as Allianz, Risk Management Solutions and GIZ, as well as by city mayors and officials from ICLEI’s global network—from Iloilo and Honiara, to Copenhagen and Oslo.

Dr Michael Menhart, Head of Economics, Sustainability and Public Affairs at Munich Re, a PSI Board member said, “We are committed to implementing the UN Principles for Sustainable Insurance in our core business activities. By supporting the push for more resilient and sustainable cities, we can help turn the PSI into practice and make a contribution through our risk and resilience expertise. This is a great example of how the insurance industry can promote economic, social and environmental sustainability.”

Jed Patrick Mabilog, Mayor of Iloilo City in the Philippines said, “To survive and thrive, we need a whole-of-society approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction. I fully support the Bonn Ambition and look forward to its implementation.”

The Summit was held as part of ICLEI’s 2017 Resilient Cities Congress, which convened more than 400 urban leaders and experts from government, business, academia and civil society to address key resilience and sustainability challenges and opportunities in urban environments worldwide. It was supported by the G7 Climate Risk Insurance Initiative (InsuResilience), which was launched in 2015 by the G7 under Germany’s Presidency.

Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Director-General for Global Issues at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) said, “Working with the insurance industry and cities is crucial to achieving InsuResilience’s goal of providing access to insurance to an additional 400 million poor and vulnerable people by 2020. The Bonn Ambition is an important signal for enhancing climate resilience of cities.”

The Bonn Ambition was championed by Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn and Co-Patron of the 2017 Resilient Cities Congress, in his concluding remarks at the Congress. The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (COP23), which will be held under Fiji’s Presidency, will take place in Bonn this November.

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and Co-Patron of the 2017 Resilient Cities Congress said, “This landmark initiative by the insurance industry and cities is an excellent example of the type of ambition and leadership needed to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. We look forward to strengthening our collaboration with UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative and ICLEI to accelerate the transformation to a low-emission, climate-resilient and sustainable world.”

Andrew Leonard Mua, Mayor of Honiara City in the Solomon Islands, one of the most climate and disaster-vulnerable countries said, “No man is an island. Honiara needs to work with other cities and key stakeholders such as the insurance industry in shaping a resilient and sustainable urban future. We need to act urgently—the future is happening now.”

For more information, please contact:
Claudio Magliulo, Media Liaison, ICLEI World Secretariat, Bonn, Germany
T: +49 (0) 228 976299 15 / claudio.magliulo(at)   

Notes to editors

The need for resilient and sustainable cities
It is estimated that nearly 55% of people now live in urban areas. By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Today, cities are responsible for 80% of global GDP. They also consume two-thirds of the world’s energy and generate over 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, 80% of the largest cities are vulnerable to severe earthquakes and 60% are at risk from tsunamis and storm surges. Increasing disasters due to rapid urbanization, poor land-use planning, unenforced building codes, lack of disaster preparedness, degraded ecosystems, and climate change have resulted in many lives, livelihoods and assets lost, wiping out many years of hard-won development gains. In this context, the global sustainable development agenda requires significant changes in the way cities are planned, designed, constructed and managed, and the way urban communities manage risk.

A preview of what a multi-stakeholder collaboration involving the insurance industry and cities can achieve was shown in October 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, ClimateWise, Global Infrastructure Basel, ICLEI Africa, Marsh, Munich Re, Sanlam, Santam and UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative joined forces to hold a pilot workshop with senior city officials and explored how insurers can support more risk-informed city decision-making, build resilience and promote sustainability in the context of infrastructure projects.

About ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of over 1,500 cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future. By helping the ICLEI Network to become sustainable, low-carbon, eco-mobile, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, healthy

and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, we impact over 25% of the global urban population.

About UN Environment Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative
Endorsed by the UN Secretary-General and insurance CEOs, the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) serve as a global framework for the insurance industry to address environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities—and a global initiative to strengthen the insurance industry’s contribution to building resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities and economies. Developed by UN Environment’s Finance Initiative, the PSI was launched at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, and has led to the largest collaborative initiative between the UN and the insurance industry. More than 100 organizations worldwide have adopted the four Principles for Sustainable Insurance, including insurers representing more than 20% of world premium volume and USD 14 trillion in assets under management.

UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11: “Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”

A full list of SDG 11 targets can be found here:


This article contains the names  of mayors who need  to be replaced......and told they don't represent the majority of the   American people.

President Trump was right withdrawing  the  United States  from the Paris Climate Agreement.... jt

357 US Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals

Thursday, June 1st 2017

The President’s denial of global warming is getting a cold reception from America’s cities.

As 357 US Mayors representing 66 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.

We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.

The world cannot wait — and neither will we.
*Map updated as of June 26, 2017


Mayor Eric Garcetti
City of Los Angeles, CA

Mayor Martin J Walsh
City of Boston, MA

Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City, NY

Mayor Sylvester Turner
City of Houston, TX

Mayor Madeline Rogero
City of Knoxville, TN

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
City of Chicago, IL

Mayor Ed Murray
City of Seattle, WA

Mayor Jim Kenney
City of Philadelphia, PA

Mayor Kasim Reed
City of Atlanta, GA

Mayor Lioneld Jordan
City of Fayetteville, AR

Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer
City of Alameda, CA

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
City of Albany, NY

Mayor Peggy McQuaid
City of Albany, CA

Mayor Sharon Konopa
City of Albany , OR

Mayor Allison Silberberg
City of Alexandria, VA

Mayor Ed Pawlowski
City of Allentown, PA

Mayor Jeanne Sorg
City of Ambler, PA

Mayor Gary Goosman
City of Amesville, OH

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz
City of Anchorage, AK

Mayor Terence Roberts
City of Anderson, SC

Mayor Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor, MI

Mayor Van W Johnson
City of Apalachicola, FL

Mayor Susan Ornelas
City of Arcata, CA

Mayor Peter R Porcino
City of Ardsley, NY

Mayor Esther Manheimer
City of Asheville, NC

Mayor Steve Skadron
City of Aspen, CO

Mayor Steve Patterson
City of Athens, OH

Mayor Steve Adler
City of Austin, TX

Mayor Catherine E Pugh
City of Baltimore , MD

Mayor Gordon T Ringberg
City of Bayfield, WI

Mayor Denny Dole
City of Beaverton, OR

Mayor Christopher Koch
City of Bellevue, ID

Mayor Kelli Linville
City of Bellingham, WA

Mayor Jesse Arreguin
City of Berkeley, CA

Mayor Robert Donchez
City of Bethlehem, PA

Mayor Michael P Cahill
City of Beverly, MA

Mayor Lili Bosse
City of Beverly Hills, CA

Mayor Ben Kessler
City of Bexley, OH

Mayor Richard C David
City of Binghamton, NY

Mayor William Bell
City of Birmingham, AL

Mayor Ron Rordam
City of Blacksburg, VA

Mayor John Hamilton
City of Bloomington, IN

Mayor Tari Ranner
City of Bloomington, IL

Mayor Dave Bieter
City of Boise, ID

Mayor Suzanne Jones
City of Boulder, CO

Mayor Carson Taylor
City of Bozeman, MT

Mayor Eric Mamula
City of Breckenridge, CO

Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
City of Bridgeport, CT

Mayor William W Moehle
City of Brighton, NY

Mayor Lori S Liu
City of Brisbane, CA

Mayor Brenda Hess
City of Buchanan, MI

Mayor Byron W Brown
City of Buffalo, NY

Mayor Ricardo Ortiz
City of Burlingame, CA

Mayor Miro Weinberger
City of Burlington, VT

Mayor Elizabeth B Kautz
City of Burnsville, MN

Mayor E Denise Simmons
City of Cambridge, MA

Mayor Edwin Garcia
City of Camuy, PR

Mayor Robert Moffatt
City of Cape May Point, NJ

Mayor Jim Brainard
City of Carmel, IN

Mayor Lydia E Lavelle
City of Carrboro, NC

Mayor Mike Webb
City of Carver, MN

Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen
City of Champaign, IL

Mayor Pam Hemminger
City of Chapel Hill, NC

Mayor John J Tecklenburg
City of Charleston, SC

Mayor Jennifer Roberts
City of Charlotte, NC

Mayor Mike Signer
City of Charlottesville, VA

Mayor Andy Berke
City of Chattanooga, TN

Mayor Chuck Cahn
City of Cherry Hill, NJ

Mayor Mary Casillas Salas
City of Chula Vista, CA

Mayor John Cranley
City of Cincinnati, OH

Mayor Larry Schroeder
City of Claremont, CA

Mayor Ted Terry
City of Clarkston, GA

Mayor Frank G Jackson
City of Cleveland, OH

Mayor Rebecca Tooley
City of Coconut Creek, FL

Mayor Stephen K Benjamin
City of Columbia, SC

Mayor Brian Treece
City of Columbia, MO

Mayor Andrew Ginther
City of Columbus, OH

Mayor Jeff Katz
City of Cooperstown, NY

Mayor Jim Cason
City of Coral Gables, FL

Mayor Diane Furst
City of Corte Madera, CA

Mayor Brian Tobin
City of Cortland, NY

Mayor Biff Traber
City of Corvallis, OR

Mayor Jeffrey Cooper
Culver City, CA

Mayor Savita Vaidhyanathan
City of Cupertino, CA

Mayor Michael S Rawlings
City of Dallas, TX

Mayor Glenn Sylvester
Daly City, CA

Mayor Robb Davis
City of Davis, CA

Mayor Cary Glickstein
City of Delray Beach, FL

Mayor Michael Hancock
City of Denver, CO

Mayor T M Franklin Cownie
City of Des Moines, IA

Mayor Mike Duggan
City of Detroit, MI

Mayor Josh Maxwell
City of Downingtown, PA

Mayor David Haubert
City of Dublin, CA

Mayor Roy D Buol
City of Dubuque, IA

Mayor Emily Larson
City of Duluth, MN

Mayor Edmond P. Minihan
Town of Dunn, WI

Mayor William V Bell
City of Durham, NC

Mayor Mark Meadows
City of East Lansing, MI

Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens
City of Eden Prairie, MN

Mayor Kris Teegardin
City of Edgewater, CO

Mayor Jim Hovland
City of Edina, MN

Mayor Dave Earling
City of Edmonds, WA

Mayor Janet Abelson
City of El Cerrito, CA

Mayor André Quintero
City of El Monte, CA

Mayor David Kaptain
City of Elgin, IL

Mayor Catherine Blakespear
City of Encinitas, CA

Mayor Lucy Vinis
City of Eugene, OR

Mayor Stephen H Hagerty
City of Evanston, IL

Mayor Ray Stephanson
City of Everett, WA

Mayor Edward Malloy
City of Fairfield, IA

Mayor Peter Lindstrom
City of Falcon Heights, MN

Mayor David Tarter
City of Falls Church, VA

Mayor Colleen Mahr
City of Fanwood, NJ

Mayor David Meyer
City of Fairfax, VA

Mayor David Coulter
City of Ferndale, MI

Mayor Coral J Evans
City of Flagstaff, AZ

Mayor Karen Weaver
City of Flint, MI

Mayor Wade Troxell
City of Fort Collins, CO

Mayor Jack Seiler
City of Fort Lauderdale, FL

Mayor Tom Henry
City of Fort Wayne, IN

Mayor Bob Scott
City of Franklin, NC

Mayor Lily Mei
City of Fremont, CA

Mayor Gary Wilkinson
City of Frisco, CO

Mayor Kachen Kimmell
City of Gambier, OH

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson
City of Gary, IN

Mayor Tammy Stempel
City of Gladstone, OR

Mayor Bruce J Packer
City of Glen Rock, NJ

Mayor Bryan Kennedy
City of Glendale, WI

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken
City of Gloucester, MA

Mayor Paula Perotte
City of Goleta, CA

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss
City of Grand Rapids, MI

Mayor Emmett V Jordan
City of Greenbelt, MD

Mayor Nancy Vaughan
City of Greensboro, NC

Mayor Knox H White
City of Greenville, SC

Mayor Samuel Henderson
City of Gulfport, FL

Mayor Debbie Ruddock
City of Half Moon Bay, CA

Mayor Joy Cooper
City of Hallandale Beach, FL

Mayor Karen Majewski
City of Hamtramck, MI

Mayor Luke Bronin
City of Hartford, CT

Mayor Peter Swiderski
City of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Mayor Harry Kim
City of Hawai’i , HI

Mayor Barbara Halliday
City of Hayward, CA

Mayor Shaun McCaffery
City of Healdsburg, CA

Mayor Nancy R Rotering
City of Highland Park, IL

Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler
City of Highland Park, NJ

Mayor Patrick Taylor
City of Highlands, NC

Mayor Tom Stevens
City of Hillsborough, NC

Mayor Dawn Zimmer
City of Hoboken, NJ

Mayor Josh Levy
City of Hollywood, FL

Mayor Alex B Morse
City of Holyoke, MA

Mayor Kirk Caldwell
City of Honolulu, HI

Mayor Paul Blackburn
City of Hood River, OR

Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton
City of Hudson, NY

Mayor Candace B Hollingsworth
City of Hyattsville, MD

Mayor Serge Dedina
City of Imperial Beach, CA

Mayor Jim Throgmorton
Iowa City, IA

Mayor Svante Myrick
City of Ithaca, NY

Mayor Pete Muldoon
City of Jackson , WY

Mayor Steven M Fulop
Jersey City, NJ

Mayor Bobby J Hopewell
City of Kalamazoo, MI

Mayor Sly James
Kansas City, MO

Mayor Bernard P Carvalho
City of Kauai, HI

Mayor John Antaramian
City of Kenosha, WI

Mayor Nina Jonas
City of Ketchum, ID

Mayor Steven T Noble
City of Kingston, NY

Mayor Amy Walen
City of Kirkland, WA

Mayor Jose Alvarez
City of Kissimmee, FL

Mayor Tim Kabat
City of La Crosse, WI

Mayor Christine Berg
City of Lafayette, CO

Mayor Adam Paul
City of Lakewood, CO

Mayor Michael Summers
City of Lakewood, OH

Mayor J Richard Gray
City of Lancaster, PA

Mayor Virg Bernero
City of Lansing, MI

Mayor William Sprague
City of Lapeer, MI

Mayor Ken Miyagishima
City of Las Cruces, NM

Mayor Richard J Kaplan
City of Lauderhill, FL

Mayor Leslie Soden
City of Lawrence, KS

Mayor Theodore W Becker
City of Lewes, DE

Mayor Mark Stodola
City of Little Rock, AR

Mayor Robert Garcia
City of Long Beach, CA

Mayor Adam Schneider
City of Long Branch, NJ

Mayor Dennis Coombs
City of Longmont, CO

Mayor Mary Prochnow
City of Los Altos, CA

Mayor Gary Waldeck
City of Los Altos Hills, CA

Mayor Marico Sayoc
City of Los Gatos, CA

Mayor Greg Fischer
City of Louisville, KY

Mayor Nicola Smith
City of Lynnwood, WA

Mayor Robert Reichert
City of Macon-Bibb County, GA

Mayor Paul R Soglin
City of Madison, WI

Mayor Gary Christenson
City of Malden, MA

Mayor Skylar Peak
City of Malibu, CA

Mayor David J. Lesser
City of Manhattan Beach, CA

Mayor Barry Greenberg
City of Maplewood , MO

Mayor Alan M Arakawa
City of Maui, HI

Mayor Stephanie M Burke
City of Medford, MA

Mayor Kirsten Keith
City of Menlo Park, CA

Mayor Tomas Regalado
City of Miami, FL

Mayor Philip Levine
City of Miami Beach, FL

Mayor Gurdip Brar
City of Middleton, WI

Mayor Daniel Drew
City of Middletown, CT

Mayor Sean Strub
City of Milford, PA

Mayor Benjamin G Blake
City of Milford , CT

Mayor Reuben D Holober
City of Millbrae, CA

Mayor Jeff Silvestrini
City of Millcreek, UT

Mayor Tom Barrett
City of Milwaukee, WI

Mayor Mark Gamba
City of Milwaukie, OR

Mayor Betsy Hodges
City of Minneapolis, MN

Mayor Wayne Messam
City of Miramar, FL

Mayor John Engen
City of Missoula, MT

Mayor Mary O’Connor
City of Monona, WI

Mayor John Hollar
City of Montpelier, VT

Mayor Timothy Dougherty
City of Morristown, NJ

Mayor Jamie Irons
City of Morro Bay , CA

Mayor Arlene Burns
City of Mosier, OR

Mayor Fred Courtright
City of Mount Pocono, PA

Mayor Ken Rosenberg
City of Mountain View, CA

Mayor Jill Techel
City of Napa, CA

Mayor Jim Donchess
City of Nashua, NH

Mayor Megan Barry
City of Nashville, TN

Mayor Kristopher Larsen
City of Nederland, CO

Mayor Jon Mitchell
City of New Bedford, MA

Mayor Toni N Harp
City of New Haven, CT

Mayor Mitch Landrieu
City of New Orleans, LA

Mayor Tim Rogers
City of New Paltz, NY

Mayor Ras J Baraka
City of Newark, NJ

Mayor Donna D Holaday
City of Newburyport, MA

Mayor Setti Warren
City of Newton, MA

Mayor Paul Dyster
City of Niagara Falls, NY

Mayor Chris Koos
City of Normal, IL

Mayor Connie Leon-Kreps
City of North Bay Village, FL

Mayor Francis M Womack
City of North Brunswick, NJ

Mayor Smith Joseph
City of North Miami, FL

Mayor David J Narkewicz
City of Northampton, MA

Mayor Jennifer White
City of Nyack, NY

Mayor Libby Schaaf
City of Oakland, CA

Mayor Cheryl Selby
City of Olympia, WA

Mayor Buddy Dyer
City of Orlando, FL

Mayor Victoria Gearity
City of Ossining, NY

Mayor Greg Scharff
City of Palo Alto, CA

Mayor Jack Thomas
Park City, UT

Mayor Donald Grebien
City of Pawtucket, RI

Mayor Frank C. Ortis
City of Pembroke Pines, FL

Mayor David Glass
City of Petaluma, CA

Mayor Greg Stanton
City of Phoenix, AZ

Mayor Joseph M. Corradino
Village of Pinecrest, FL

Mayor Cindy S Perry
City of Pittsboro, NC

Mayor William Peduto
City of Pittsburgh, PA

Mayor Peter Cantu
Township of Plainsboro, NJ

Mayor Kurt R Metzger
City of Pleasant Ridge, MI

Mayor Lamar Fisher
City of Pompano Beach, FL

Mayor Ted Wheeler
City of Portland, OR

Mayor Ethan Strimling
City of Portland, ME

Mayor Jack Blalock
City of Portsmouth, NH

Mayor Liz Lempert
City of Princeton, NJ

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza
City of Providence, RI

Mayor Nancy McFarlane
City of Raleigh, NC

Mayor Donald Terry
City of Rancho Cordova, CA

Mayor John Marchione
City of Redmond, WA

Mayor John Seybert
Redwood City, CA

Mayor Hillary Schieve
City of Reno, NV

Mayor Levar Stoney
City of Richmond, VA

Mayor Tom Butt
City of Richmond, CA

Mayor Lovely Warren
City of Rochester, NY

Mayor Joanne Aagaard
City of Rockaway Beach, OR

Mayor Daniel Guzzi
City of Rockwood, MI

Mayor Mike Fournier
City of Royal Oak, MI

Mayor Darrell Steinberg
City of Sacramento, CA

Mayor Alan Galbraith
City of Saint Helena, CA

Mayor Christopher Coleman
City of Saint Paul, MN

Mayor Chuck Bennett
City of Salem, OR

Mayor Kim Driscoll
City of Salem, MA

Mayor Jacob Day
City of Salisbury, MD

Mayor Jackie Biskupski
Salt Lake City, UT

Mayor Ron Nirenberg
City of San Antonio, TX

Mayor Bob Grassilli
City of San Carlos, CA

Mayor Kevin Faulconer
City of San Diego, CA

Mayor Ed Lee
City of San Francisco, CA

Mayor Sam Liccardo
City of San Jose, CA

Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter
City of San Leandro, CA

Mayor Heidi Harmon
City of San Luis Obispo, CA

Mayor John Thomaides
City of San Marcos, TX

Mayor David Lim
City of San Mateo, CA

Mayor Miguel Pulido
City of Santa Ana, CA

Mayor Helene Schneider
City of Santa Barbara, CA

Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor
City of Santa Clara, CA

Mayor Cynthia Chase
City of Santa Cruz, CA

Mayor Javier M. Gonzales
City of Santa Fe, NM

Mayor Ted Winterer
City of Santa Monica, CA

Mayor Chris Coursey
City of Santa Rosa, CA

Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie
City of Sarasota, FL

Mayor Joanne D. Yepsen
City of Saratoga Springs, NY

Mayor Frank P. Catino
City of Satellite Beach, FL

Mayor Chris Lain
City of Savanna, IL

Mayor Michael J. Gonnelli
City of Secaucus, NJ

Mayor George Van Dusen
City of Skokie, IL

Mayor Ken Wray
City of Sleepy Hollow, NY

Mayor Scott A. Saunders
City of Smithville, TX

Mayor Matt Larson
City of Snoqualmie, WA

Mayor Joe Curtatone
City of Somerville, MA

Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend, IN

Mayor Philip K. Stoddard
City of South Miami, FL

Mayor Sheena Collum
City of South Orange Village, NJ

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno
City of Springfield, MA

Mayor Lyda Krewson
City of St Louis, MO

Mayor Len Pagano
City of St Peters, MO

Mayor Rick Kriseman
City of St Petersburg, FL

Mayor David Martin
City of Stamford, CT

Mayor Elizabeth Goreham
City of State College, PA

Mayor Michael Tubbs
City of Stockton, CA

Mayor Glenn Hendricks
City of Sunnyvale, CA

Mayor Michael J. Ryan
City of Sunrise, FL

Mayor Daniel E. Dietch
City of Surfside, FL

Mayor Timothy P. Kearney
City of Swarthmore, PA

Mayor Thomas Fromm
City of Swedesboro, NJ

Mayor Stephanie A. Miner
City of Syracuse, NY

Mayor Marilyn Strickland
City of Tacoma, WA

Mayor Kate Stewart
City of Takoma Park, MD

Mayor Andrew Gillum
City of Tallahassee, FL

Mayor Bob Buckhorn
City of Tampa, FL

Mayor Drew Fixell
City of Tarrytown, NY

Mayor Sean Murphy
City of Telluride, CO

Mayor Mark Mitchell
City of Tempe, AZ

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson
City of Toledo, OH

Mayor Patrick J. Furey
City of Torrance, CA

Mayor Jim Carruthers
Traverse City, MI

Mayor Eric E. Jackson
City of Trenton, NJ

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
City of Tucson, AZ

Mayor Brian Stack
Union City, NJ

Mayor Shelley Welsch
University City, MO

Mayor Diane W. Marlin
City of Urbana, IL

Mayor Dave Chapin
City of Vail, CO

Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt
City of Vancouver, WA

Mayor Erik Nasarenko
City of Ventura, CA

Mayor Robert Blais
City of Village of Lake George, NY

Mayor Muriel Bowser
City of Washington, D.C.

Mayor Oscar Rios
City of Watsonville, CA

Mayor Shari G. Cantor
City of West Hartford, CT

Mayor Edward O’Brien
City of West Haven, CT

Mayor John Heilman
City of West Hollywood, CA

Mayor John Dennis
City of West Lafayette, IN

Mayor Felix E. Roque
City of West New York, NJ

Mayor Jeri Muoio
City of West Palm Beach, FL

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
City of West Sacramento, CA

Mayor Daniel Corona
City of West Wendover, NV

Mayor Herb Atchison
City of Westminster, CO

Mayor Daniel J. Stermer
City of Weston, FL

Mayor Joyce Jay
City of Wheat Ridge , CO

Mayor Thomas M. Roach
City of White Plains, NY

Mayor John Muhlfeld
City of Whitefish, MT

Mayor Ryan Reynolds
City of Whitney Point, NY

Mayor Debora Fudge
City of Windsor, CA

Mayor Diana Willits
City of Windsor Heights, IA

Mayor Allen Joines
City of Winston Salem, NC

Mayor Angel Barajas
City of Woodland, CA

Mayor Joseph M. Petty
City of Worcester, MA

Mayor Mike Spano
City of Yonkers, NY

Mayor Amanda Maria Edmonds
City of Ypsilanti, MI

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Climate Mayors (aka, Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, or MNCAA) is a network of 357 U.S. mayors — representing 66 million Americans in red states and blue states — working together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policy making. Climate Mayors recently released an open letter to President Trump to oppose his actions thus far against climate action. In January, 30 Climate Mayors issued an EV RFI to show automakers and manufacturers that 114,000 of their cities’ cars and trucks could be electrified.

If you would like to sign this statement, or require further information about Climate Mayors (MNCAA) and its activities please email or visit our website If your Mayor wishes to sign on, please send an email from an authorized person in your city stating so, and also provide the contact details of your city government’s representative for climate issues.

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When the government wants to divert  public attention away from something they are doing....The elite owned media  feed the public such things as the release of millions of Genetically Engineered Mosquito.......Genetically Engineered 'love-bugs; were released in the state of Florida  back in the 1980s by people at the University of Florida, in Gainesville Florida...... which is in the area I live in.  jt


FDA Releases Final Environmental Assessment for Genetically Engineered Mosquito

August 5, 2016

The FDA has completed the environmental review for a proposed field trial to determine whether the release of Oxitec Ltd.’s genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes (OX513A) will suppress the local Aedes aegypti mosquito population in the release area at Key Haven, Florida. After considering thousands of public comments, the FDA has published a final environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) that agrees with the EA’s conclusion that the proposed field trial will not have significant impacts on the environment.

FDA’s finalization of the EA and FONSI does not mean that Oxitec’s GE mosquitos are approved for commercial use. Oxitec is responsible for ensuring all other local, state, and federal requirements are met before conducting the proposed field trial, and, together with its local partner, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, to determine whether and when to begin the proposed field trial in Key Haven, Florida.

May 16, 2016
The public comment period for the draft Environmental Assessment and preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact concerning investigational use of Oxitec OX513A mosquitoes was extended for 30 days and closed on May 13, 2016. The FDA is thoroughly reviewing all public comments and information submitted before determining its next steps. Oxitec will not conduct the field trial of its OX513A mosquito until the FDA has had the opportunity to review public comments on the draft EA and determined whether it will finalize the EA and FONSI or prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.

March 11, 2016

The FDA is releasing for public comment a draft environmental assessment (EA) submitted by Oxitec, Ltd., that assesses the potential environmental impacts of a field trial of the company’s genetically engineered (GE) Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (OX513A) in Key Haven, Florida. Ae. aegypti is known to transmit potentially debilitating human viral diseases, including Zika, dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to assess the environmental impacts of certain actions. Pursuant to FDA regulations, sponsors opening an Investigational New Animal Drug (INAD) file must submit either a draft EA or a claim of categorical exclusion from the EA requirement.

The FDA is also releasing a preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI) that agrees with the draft EA’s conclusion that the field trial of such GE mosquitoes will not result in significant impacts on the environment.

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Google’s life sciences unit is releasing 20 million bacteria-infected mosquitoes in Fresno
Posted 16 hours ago by Sarah Buhr (@sarahbuhr)

Verily, the life science’s arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has hatched a plan to release about 20 million lab-made, bacteria-infected mosquitoes upon Fresno, California — and that’s a good thing!

You see, the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito is prevalent in the area. Earlier this year, a woman contracted the first confirmed case of Zika in Fresno through sexual contact with a partner who had been traveling. Now there’s the fear of the inevitable mosquito-meets-patient if we don’t do something about it. Verily’s plan, called the Debug Project, hopes to now wipe out this potential Zika-carrying mosquito population to prevent further infections.

Could messing with the mosquito population have some unforeseen disastrous consequences? Not likely. This particular mosquito species entered the area in 2013.

So what’s the plan to get rid of them? Verily’s male mosquitoes were infected with the Wolbachia bacteria, which is harmless to humans, but when they mate with and infect their female counterparts, it makes their eggs unable to produce offspring.

Bonus, male mosquitoes don’t bite, so Fresno residents won’t have to worry about itching more than they usually would.

No word from the company on how much something like this will cost, but Linus Upson, an engineer on the team releasing the mosquitoes, told MIT Technology Review the company planned to do something similar in Australia next.

“We want to show this can work in different kinds of environments,” he told the magazine.

Verily plans to release about 1 million mosquitoes a week over a 20-week period in two 300-acre neighborhoods in the Fresno area — the largest U.S. release to date of mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacteria.

Those in the Fancher Creek neighborhood may notice a Verily van releasing healthy swarms of the little bugs throughout its streets starting today.
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Kill them all: Google releasing 20M mosquitoes for science

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Some software is buggy, but this is ridiculous: A division of Alphabet — the parent company once known as Google — is this summer releasing 20 million mosquitoes, in a gutsy test of a radical strategy to reduce the pest’s population.

The mosquitoes being released around Fresno, Calif., are males altered with the help of a naturally occurring bacterium; when they mate with females in the wild, their resulting eggs are duds.

If all goes according to plan, given short life cycles, the number of skeeters will soon plummet — and scientists will study the ecological impact.

Mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest animals, mainly because they carry malaria, Zika and other diseases that devastate developing countries.

It’s possible they can be essentially carpet-bombed, and safely, without demolishing ecosystems — and saving who knows how many human lives. It’s certainly worth a swat.

Florida releases experimental mosquitoes to fight Zika

Story by Debra Goldschmidt, CNN
Video by Sandee LaMotte, CNN

Updated 3:56 PM ET, Thu April 20, 2017

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40,000 male mosquitoes will be released weekly during the 12-week trial
The mosquitoes are infected with a bacteria that interrupts their life cycle

(CNN)Thousands of mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacteria were released in an area of the Florida Keys this week, in hopes of a new approach to control the disease-carrying female Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits Zika virus, Dengue fever and Chikungunya.

According to the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, 20,000 male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were released on Stock Island Tuesday for a field trial that will last 12 weeks. The mosquitoes, which do not bite, have been manually infected with a naturally occurring bacteria called Wolbachia.
Wolbachia is found in the cells of many insects but not mosquitoes, so the bacterium is manually injected into the mosquitoes in a lab in advance of the trial.

As explained in a presentation by the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, when these infected male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes mate with female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the eggs she produces won't hatch, thus they can't reproduce. The result, they hope, will be a reduced or eliminated population of female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and the viruses they spread, including Zika virus.

Stopping Zika: Here come the mutant mosquitoes!
Zika is a great concern to pregnant women and those hoping to become pregnant because it can have devastating consequences for babies born to mothers who were infected while pregnant. One in 10 Zika-infected mothers had babies with related birth defects in the United States last year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"A successful trial with the Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes could mean the availability of a new tool in the fight against the Aedes aegypti mosquito for not only our District, but for Mosquito Control Districts around the country," said Andrea Leal, executive director for the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District.

The mosquitoes that changed history
These Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes will be released twice a week at 20 different spots in the designated area for the trial. While the male mosquitoes don't bite, "increases of mosquito activity will be most noticeable immediately following the releases," the mosquito control office warned.

The mosquito control officials in The Keys are working with Kentucky based MosquitoMate for this trial. The company conducted a similar trial in Clovis, California, in August 2016.

Outside of the United States, the first Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes were released into the suburbs of Cairns, Australia, in 2011 and quickly spread into the wild, replacing the disease-carrying population with the new, disease-free one, and replicating quickly into subsequent generations.

According to the research group Eliminate Dengue, testing so far shows the helpful bacteria remain. Additional field trials are underway in Indonesia, Vietnam, Colombia and Brazil.

FDA approves Zika-fighting genetically modified mosquito
But the officials in Florida haven't put all of their eggs in one basket. They are also trying to move forward with a trial of genetically modified mosquitoes from British company Oxitec. OX513A is a male Aedes aegypti mosquito that is genetically engineered to pass along a lethal gene to their female counterparts that makes the offspring die.
The gene creates a protein that interferes with cell activity, killing the mosquito before it can reach adulthood. According to Oxitec, field trials in Brazil, Panama and the Cayman Islands resulted in a 90% reduction of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes over six months.
The US Food and Drug Administration approved the Oxitec trial in the Keys last summer but it has not moved forward because of community backlash and logistics. The Florida Keys Mosquito District said it is awaiting FDA approval on a proposed change in location for the trial.
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To date, 5,238 cases of the Zika virus have been reported in the continental US and Hawaii, according to the CDC. Less than 300 reported cases have been locally transmitted. Florida and Texas are the only states in the continental US to report local transmission from infected mosquitoes, as most people are infected while traveling to areas where the virus is circulating.

CNN's Sandee LaMotte contributed to this report

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FDA Approves GMO Mosquito Test to Fight Zika

By Gillian Mohney

Aug 5, 2016, 12:19 PM ET

Genetically modified mosquitoes that could help to fight the spread of the Zika virus may soon be released in a Florida community following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's final assessment showing that a field test of the insects would have "no significant impact" on the environment.

The FDA decision released today means that Oxitec, the British biotechnology company that produces the GMO mosquitoes, is one step closer to releasing them for a field test in the small community of Key Haven, Florida.

The company has created genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the same insects that transmit Zika virus. The GMO variety passes on genetic traits to their offspring that cause them to die in the wild.

The proposal is to release GMO mosquitoes, virtually all of them male, to mate with non-GMO females in the wild and produce offspring that die quickly and therefore reduce the overall population of the Zika-carrying insects. In past tests published by the company and its partners, the introduction of the GMO variety reduced the population of mosquitoes by more than 90 percent.

However, the genetically modified insects, already being used in Brazil to fight Zika, can't be released for a test in Key Haven without a vote of approval from the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board.

The board's executive director Michael Doyle released a statement emphasizing the need to be proactive in stopping the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

"Our ultimate goal is a reduction of the Aedes aegypti population to a point where it cannot transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and [Zika]," Florida Keys Mosquito Control District Executive Director Michael Doyle said in a statement. He pointed out if the small test is successful they will look for ways to expand the technology. " The Aedes aegypti is the toughest mosquito to control and [the mosquito control board] is looking at several different technologies.”

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The prospect of releasing GMO mosquitoes in the area has sparked protests by some residents of Key Haven. Signs that read "No Consent" have sprouted across many lawns.

Following contentious public debates, most members of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board have said they will follow the public's wishes about whether to allow the test and will hold their vote after an upcoming, nonbinding public referendum on the issue.

A local realtor who helped to spearhead protests against a possible test of GMO mosquitoes in Key Haven said she was upset by the FDA decision. Mila de Mier started a petition that garnered more than 160,000 signatures against going ahead with the trial.

"I’m very disappointed. I think it’s irresponsible. I think it’s a decision made under political pressure," de Mier told ABC News today. "With GMO mosquitoes, it could take years to even make a dent in a place like Miami" to lower the overall mosquito population.

But Oxitec CEO Hadyn Parry said he was pleased by the FDA assessment.

The federal agency's decision "has come after a good passage of time and study of a huge amount of evidence we have provided over last few years," Parry said.

He added that he also hopes the FDA will consider allowing the technology to be used under an "emergency use authorization" in certain Zika-affected areas such as Puerto Rico.

Currently, however, fast-track approval for use of GMO mosquitoes is not possible because the FDA treats the technology as an animal drug rather than a treatment for humans for which fast-track approval would be possible.

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Approved By FDA To Fight Zika In Florida
The modified mosquitoes are altered so that their offspring die off.
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The United States has taken another step toward clearing the way for a trial of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida as a way of reducing populations of mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that a field trial testing Intrexon Corp’s genetically engineered mosquitoes would not have a significant impact on the environment. The announcement came as Florida officials ramp up aerial pesticide spraying of a neighborhood in Miami. Florida is the first state to report local transmission of the virus.

Florida health authorities have identified 16 Zika cases spread by local mosquitoes and expect there may be more.

Pregnant women are most at risk from Zika, a virus spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. U.S. health officials have concluded that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies.

The Zika outbreak was first detected last year in Brazil and has spread rapidly in the Americas.

Intrexon’s Oxitec unit has been working for years to kick off a trial of the mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to assess the effectiveness of its mosquitoes to reduce levels of mosquitoes that carry diseases, including Zika, dengue, Yellow Fever and chikungunya.

The FDA has been reviewing Oxitec’s application for use of its technology as an investigational new animal drug. Its environmental assessment helps clear the way for the company to begin a clinical trial in Key Haven, Florida that would assess whether the genetically modified mosquitoes will mate with local, wild mosquitoes and suppress their population over time.

Results of that trial would be used to support approval of the company’s technology, a process that could take more than a year.

Oxitec’s mosquitoes are genetically altered so their offspring die before they can reproduce. Trials in Brazil, Panama and the Cayman Islands have shown that the Oxitec mosquitoes can reduce local Aedes aegypti populations by more than 90 percent.

To begin the trial, however, the company must first await the results of a vote in the Nov. 8 general election seeking community approval for the trial.

Oxitec Chief Executive Hadyn Parry said in a conference call that the vote is non-binding, and the decision about whether to proceed is up to the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, the local body responsible for mosquito control.

Community support in the vote is not guaranteed.

In Key Haven, a suburb of large, waterfront homes near Key West where the trial is slated to take place, yard signs have popped up declaring “no consent” to the release of genetically modified mosquitoes.

Kathryn Watkins, a Key Haven resident recruited by trial opponents, is seeking election to the board overseeing the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District.

“It just has everyone scared,” Watkins said, adding that local residents see themselves as unwilling test subjects. “The genetically modified male has to mate with a wild female, and the wild female has to bite us in order to lay eggs,” she said.

“They are using us in this trial without consent,” she added.

As his company awaits the vote, Parry said he intends to ask the FDA for an emergency-use authorization that would make the product available to help battle Zika in the United States. The FDA has approved several diagnostic products under this designation.

But it is not likely to be granted under current statutes. FDA spokeswoman Theresa Eisenman said there is no “fast-track” designation for new animal drugs, and emergency-use provisions in the applicable law do not apply to animal drugs.

The World Health Organization has declared Zika a global health emergency, and has suggested that alternative approaches to fighting mosquitoes that carry the virus might be an important way to suppress mosquito populations.

Zika spread rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean before local transmission began in the continental United States. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes thrive in warmer southern U.S. states.

(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen in Chicago and Natalie Grover in Bengaluru and Leticia Stein in Tampa; Editing by Bernard Orr and Will Dunham)



Andrea Parker ~ Soviet rigged jury selection in Retrial - 07/12/17
Published on Jul 12, 2017
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Nevada Bundy Trial - Soviet rigged jury selection in Retrial - 07/12/17

Andrea Parker & Neil Wampler ~ Afternoon Nevada Update 7/10/17
J Grady
Published on Jul 10, 2017
Thank you Andrea and please say a prayer for all our P3 and their families.

Andrea Parker ~ Nevada Courthouse update 7/10/17
J Grady
Published on Jul 10, 2017

Please take the time to say some Prayers and show up if you can for our P3.
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The media [the elite owned] aren't allowing much about the Bundy standoff trial to get out. From what I've seen on the internet, someone wants it to appear that the trials  are over.... Thank God there are still people posting info in blogs and other places for the info I'm posting today.  jt


Bundy Ranch ‘gunmen’ face retrial in Las Vegas
New evidence links defendants to other anti-government gatherings in the West.
Tay Wiles News July 6, 2017

Four men who took part in the 2014 standoff between the Bureau of Land Management and the rancher Cliven Bundy face a retrial next week. The defendants, who are accused of helping thwart the government’s attempts to impound Bundy’s cattle, received a hung jury in April. U.S. attorneys now get another shot at proving their case against the four men — Eric Parker, Steven Stewart, Ricky Lovelien and Scott Drexler — who face a raft of charges, including conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and assaulting federal agents. They face up to 100 years in prison.

Protesters gather near the BLM base camp under a highway overpass near Bunkerville, Nevada where federal rangers had seized 1,000 of Cliven Bundy’s cattle that he had been illegally grazing on BLM land. Some of the gunmen who came to support Bundy are being retried for their involvement in the standoff starting next week.
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Their trial may become even more complicated this time around. New evidence that prosecutors might bring in suggests the standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada, was not an isolated incident but a piece of a larger phenomenon. Prosecutors aim to show that the defendants have ongoing ties to militia groups, by describing two similar incidents in Oregon and Montana in 2015. According to court documents, prosecutors allege that the participation of Drexler and Parker in these events is “inextricably intertwined” with the conspiracy charges in the Bunkerville trial.

One of the events, in Josephine County, Oregon, centered on a dispute between two owners of the Sugar Pine gold claim and the BLM. When the agency told the miners their claim was out of compliance, and they needed to file a plan of operations, the two men asked for help from a local chapter of the Oath Keepers, a militant anti-government group.

That April, the Oath Keepers launched what they called “Operation Gold Rush.” They gathered for several weeks and used armed patrols to guard the mining claim because they said they feared the government would try to seize the property. The group put out calls on social media for others to join. Hundreds of people from around the country, many of whom were part of the so-called “patriot” movement, came to support the cause. Drexler and Parker were among them, as members of the Idaho III%, another militant group, according to court documents.

The second event prosecutors say they might introduce an event that took place just a few months after the Sugar Pine standoff. When two owners of the White Hope Mine claim outside the town of Lincoln, Montana, entered into a dispute with the Forest Service, Oath Keepers and Idaho III% again showed up. Drexler and Parker were allegedly among them. (The Forest Service argued that the miners had “illegally opened a road, cut down trees, built a garage and denied the public the right to access the White Hope mine.”)

These events may seem far removed from the 2014 standoff in the southern Nevada desert, in which Bundy supporters forced the BLM to abandon its impoundment of trespass cattle. In fact, the Sugar Pine and White Hope gatherings were outgrowths of Bunkerville, in part made possible by social networks forged at Bundy Ranch. Many of the same groups and individuals showed up in person or offered support via social media. All three incidents were an expression of a growing anti-federalist movement that often erupts around public land and natural resource disputes.

By casting this net across the broader movement, prosecutors might be able to prove defendants’ longstanding intentions to undermine the government. According to court documents, the evidence may help convince jurors that the defendants did not show up to Bundy Ranch on a whim.

Meanwhile, the government is also trying to preclude defendants from testifying on their personal beliefs, to explain their “state of mind” at the time of the Nevada standoff, including “their beliefs about the First Amendment, the BLM, their alternative reality view of the world, and a host of other irrelevant matters,” according to court documents. In response, defense attorneys said that prohibiting discussion of their clients’ state of mind “undermines fundamental fairness and due process, while prohibiting the defendants from presenting their theory of defense.” The judge has yet to rule on the government’s motion.

In a trial last fall related to the armed occupation of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Ammon Bundy spent nearly 10 hours on the witness stand describing his beliefs on topics ranging from the Constitution to public-lands management. The jury in that case found Bundy, who lead the occupation, not guilty.

The Nevada retrial begins July 10 and is expected to last between seven and nine weeks. Two additional defendants originally charged in the case — Gregory Burleson and Todd Engel — were convicted of eight and two charges each, in April, and will not be retried. The current trial is the first of three related to the Bunkerville standoff. The second trial will not begin until the first is concluded. It will feature Cliven Bundy and his sons, Ryan and Ammon. Six more Bundy supporters who participated in the Nevada standoff will be tried in a third case, for which a date has yet to be set.

Tay Wiles is an associate editor for High Country News and is based in Oakland, California.
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Will We Never Learn

by Jan Tetstone 

  July 5, 2017

Alexander  Hamilton Was a greedy soul who passed his greed on to his offspring through the trusts he set up for them -at the expense of generations of Americans.

In his farewell address to the American people, President George Washington pointed out how important it is, after forming a Union of the States, to maintain that Union and to put the interests of the whole country before the interests of any one part of the country. He said:

"The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and alter their constitution of government. But... till changed by... an authentic act of the whole people is sacredly obligatory on all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government..."

Washington pointed out how all parts of the country stood to benefit by the actions of the national government.

He then warned against foreign entanglements:

"Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why... entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice? It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world..."

When Washington gave his Farewell Speech, there were two political parties. The Federalist who supported a strong federal government, and the anti-federalists, who later chose to call themselves "Republicans" who were opposed to a strong federal government.

Alexander Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury (the banker) believed in government by the well-born, talented and rich. He thought that the American people as a whole lacked the ability to solve the problems of government. He wanted to see Americans build factories, manufacture more goods, and expand their foreign trade.

Hamilton was the leader of the Federalist. Thomas Jefferson was the leader of the Anti-federalist, or Republicans. While Hamilton was concerned with order and stability, Jefferson was more concerned with the importance of individual freedom.

Differences of opinion about the powers of Congress have existed throughout American history. Men have used different interpretations of the US Constitution- sometimes broad, sometimes strict-- to obtain their objectives.

President George Washington gave his Farewell Speech to the American people in 1796.

Here we are America(2017). Reaping  the ruins of what the "well-born, talented and rich" greedy men and women have forced on every hard working American- a country of people  robbed of our part of the American dream.....because somewhere along the line Americans didn't heed the warnings of men like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

It's time to take a stand against corruption in office on every level.              God Bless America.


This isn't exactly how history tells the story about NACA.... But. It's interesting read.  jt

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) came into being, much like its successor organization, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in response to the success of others. Even though the Wright brothers had been the first to make a powered airplane flight in 1903, by the beginning of World War I in 1914, the United States lagged behind Europe in airplane technology. In order to catch up, Congress founded NACA on 3 March 1915, as an independent government agency reporting directly to the President. Its enacting legislation was attached as a rider to the Naval Appropriation Bill for that year. Unlike NASA, NACA began almost without anyone noticing. It started simply, with a chairman, Brigadier General George Scriven, chief of the Armyâs Signal Corps, a main committee of 12 members representing the government, military, and industry, an executive committee with 7 members, chosen from the main committee, and one employee, John F. Victory. Committee members were not paid and served only in an advisory capacity, meeting a few times a year to direct the aim of the new organization. Initially, the task of the committee was to coordinate efforts already underway across the nation. However, its mission and workforce soon grew to cover a greater role in aeronautics research in the U.S.

While not originally intended to administer its own laboratories, NACA's expanding role led to the creation of its first research and testing facility in 1920, the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory. NACA's personnel expanded as well. The new laboratory employed a staff of 11 technicians and 4 professionals and, by 1925, the staff had grown to over 100 employees. NACA's main committee added the positions of executive officer, held by George Lewis, in 1919, and secretary, in 1921, held by John F. Victory.

During the late 1910s and the 1920s, NACA conducted many types of flight tests, involving both models and full-scale aircraft. Many of the test flights took place in a series of wind tunnels NACA developed. Advances, such as the NACA cowling, for which NACA won the Collier Trophy in 1929, and streamlining studies to improve the aerodynamics of aircraft resulted in greatly increased aircraft speed and range. Throughout the next three decades, NACA continued to expand its influence in the field of aviation by recruiting top notch engineers and scientists to work in ever larger and more advanced technological facilities.

NACA began to hit its stride in the 1930s and 1940s, when the threat and reality of a new world war forced rapid development and testing of new aircraft and the addition of two new laboratories, the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory in 1940 and the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory, or ãthe Cleveland laboratory,ä in 1941. (This laboratory was later renamed the Lewis Research Center.) During this period, using wind tunnel testing, NACA developed airfoil shapes for wings and propellers, which simplified aircraft design. The shapes eventually found their way into the designs of many U.S. aircraft of the time, including a number of important World War II-era aircraft, such as the P-51 Mustang.

After World War II, NACA began to work on the goal of supersonic flight. To further this goal, an adjunct facility to Langley, NACA Muroc Unit, was established in California at the Air Forceâs Muroc Field (later renamed Edwards Air Force Base). NACA worked closely with the U.S. Air Force and Bell Aircraft to design the first supersonic aircraft. This collaboration marked a significant departure for NACA. It had never before dealt with the initial design and construction of a research plane. This change in policy was a successful one. NACA made a number of contributions to the design, including a changed tail.

The first supersonic flight took place in 1947 in an experimental airplane, the X-1, piloted by Captain Charles ,Chuck Yeager and monitored by NACA personnel. This supersonic flight paved the way for further research into supersonic aircraft, leading to the development of swept wings as well as a new shape for aircraft.

In 1951, Richard Whitcomb, a NACA engineer, invented the concept of the area rule, which required trimming or indenting the midsection of an airplaneâs fuselage in the area where the wing joined it. The resulting ãCoke bottleä look decreased drag and made it easier for a plane to go supersonic. The appearance of most modern combat aircraft, especially fighters, is a result of this breakthrough.

During the 1950s, as the Cold War deepened, NACA devoted more and more time and research to missile technology. It was responsible for developing the tactics and designs for the reentry of space vehicles. Initially, the focus was on missile warheads, but later was applied to the possibility of manned vehicles. NACA expanded once again, adding a site for launching rocket-propelled airplane models for high-speed tests at Wallops Island.

At the same time, NACA began to look ahead to the possibility of manned space flight. In the late 1950s, NACA developed a plan that called for a blunt-body spacecraft that would reenter with a heat shield, a worldwide tracking network, and dual controls that would gradually give the pilot of the craft greater control. All of these would become part of the space program, but not under NACA.

(Note added by jt : In 1956, the NACA announced it had fired one of its rocket-powered models to a speed of M-10.4, nearly 7,000 mph.The Bell X-2, used in this program, was destroyed, and its pilot, Maj. Milburn G..Apt, USAF, was killed in a flight which was said to have been faster than man had ever flown (previously it had been announced that Maj. Charles E. Yeager had flown 1,650 mph in the Bell X-1A).-SOURCE The New International1957 Year Book, Events of 1956

On 4 October 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the worldâs first artificial satellite. In 1958, responding to the nationsâ fear of falling behind the Soviets in the utilization and exploration of outer space, Congress passed the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, which formed a new civilian space agency, NASA. NACA officially turned over operations to NASA on 1 October 1958. The new agency would be responsible for civilian human, satellite, and robotic space programs, as well as aeronautical research. NACA and its missions and projects were incorporated into the new agency. Other programs and facilities from existing agencies, most notably the Armyâs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Redstone Arsenal at Huntsville, Alabama (now the Marshall Space Flight Center), were also incorporated into NASA. Many of NACAâs personnel took high level positions in NASA and were responsible for the earliest decisions regarding the human space program.

Between its founding in 1915 and its incorporation into NASA in 1958, NACA accomplished many technological feats. It was a major force for technological change in aeronautics. NACA's efforts were in a large part responsible for turning the American airplane from slow cloth-and-wood biplanes of the World War I era into the jets of today. The foundations of NASA and the success of its many missions rest squarely on the cornerstone of NACAâs organizational and technical expertise.

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Updated April 23, 2009

Trump is a traitor .......NASA IS OWNED BY ELITE SNAKES.....    jt

June 30, 2017
RELEASE 17-061
NASA Statement on National Space Council
National Space Council Executive Order signing
President Donald Trump signs an Executive Order to reestablish the National Space Council, alongside members of Congress, NASA and commercial space companies in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Friday, June 30, 2017. Vice President Mike Pence, also in attendance, will chair the council. NASA astronauts David Wolf and Alvin Drew and retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin attended.
Credits: NASA
The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot about Friday’s Executive Order creating the National Space Council:

“I am pleased that President Trump has signed an executive order reestablishing the National Space Council. The council existed previously from 1989-1993, and a version of it also existed as the National Aeronautics and Space Council from 1958-1973. As such, the council has guided NASA from our earliest days and can help us achieve the many ambitious milestones we are striving for today.

“This high-level group advises the president and comprises the leaders of government agencies with a stake in space, including the NASA administrator, the Secretaries of State, Commerce, Defense, and others, and will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. It will help ensure that all aspects of the nation’s space power -- national security, commerce, international relations, exploration, and science, are coordinated and aligned to best serve the American people. A Users’ Advisory Group also will be convened so that the interests of industries and other non-federal entities are represented.

“The establishment of the council is another demonstration of the Trump Administration’s deep interest in our work, and a testament to the importance of space exploration to our economy, our nation, and the planet as a whole.”


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Last Updated: June 30, 2017
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Federal Automated Vehicles Policy
Accelerating the Next Revolution
In Roadway Safety

Under current law, manufacturers bear the responsibility to self-certify that all of the
vehicles they manufacture for use on public roadways comply with all applicable Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Therefore, if a vehicle is compliant within the
existing FMVSS regulatory framework and maintains a conventional vehicle design,
there is currently no specific federal legal barrier to an HAV being offered for sale.7

However, manufacturers and other entities designing new automated vehicle systems
are subject to NHTSA’s defects, recall and enforcement authority.8 DOT anticipates
that manufacturers and other entities planning to test and deploy HAVs will use this
Guidance, industry standards and best practices to ensure that their systems will be
reasonably safe under real-world conditions.

The Agency expects to pursue follow-on actions to this Guidance, such as performing
additional research in areas such as benefits assessment, human factors, cybersecurity,
performance metrics, objective testing, and others as they are identified in the future.
As discussed, DOT further intends to hold public workshops and obtain public comment
on this Guidance and the other elements of the Policy. This Guidance highlights
important areas that manufacturers and other entities designing HAV systems should be
considering and addressing as they design, test, and deploy HAVs. This Guidance is not
mandatory. NHTSA may consider, in the future, proposing to make some elements of
this Guidance mandatory and binding through future regulatory actions. This Guidance
is not intended for States to codify as legal requirements for the development, design,
manufacture, testing, and operation of automated vehicles. Additional next steps are
outlined at the end of this Guidance.

B. Scope
This Guidance should be considered by all individuals and companies manufacturing,
designing, testing, and/or planning to sell automated vehicle systems in the United
States. These include traditional vehicle manufacturers and other entities involved with
manufacturing, designing, supplying, testing, selling, operating, or deploying highly
automated vehicles. These entities include, but are not limited to, equipment designers
and suppliers, entities that outfit any vehicle with automation capabilities or HAV
equipment for testing, for commercial sale, and/or for use on public roadways, transit
companies, automated fleet operators, “driverless” taxi companies, and any other
individual or entity that offers services utilizing highly automated vehicles.


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Old articles ,but interesting.....jt

Officials investigate inmate death at Ely State Prison
Posted on January 31, 2014 by Nevadaprisonwatch
How many more people must die alone, unexplained, without medical care, after very long time inside Nevada’s prisons?

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, by Ana Ley, Las Vegas Sun
State corrections officials are investigating the death of an Ely State Prison inmate who was found unconscious inside his cell earlier this week.

Paul Skinner, 53, was discovered by prison staff on Tuesday. Medical personnel unsuccessfully tried to revive Skinner until paramedics rushed him to the William Bee Ririe Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Read the rest here…

Posted in 2014, Ely State Prison, inmate deaths, Nevada, Paul Skinner, prison deaths | Tagged 2014, Ely State Prison, inmate deaths, Nevada, Paul Skinner, prison deaths
Another inmate at Northern Nevada prison dies
Posted on October 27, 2013 by Nevadaprisonwatch
Four deaths in one month, in a medical facility… It is high time Nevada’s people and chosen representatives demands oversight and an independent Ombudsman for its NDOC-run prisons!

From: LV Sun, Oct 26, 2013:

Another inmate from the Northern Nevada Regional Correctional Center has died, marking the prison’s fourth death this month.

Joseph Oxford-McArthur, 31, was found unconscious in his cell Monday and was taken to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, where he died four days later. Oxford-McArthur had been behind prison bars since July, serving a one- to three-year sentence for domestic battery. His case originated in Churchill County.

Officials with the Nevada Department of Corrections said no other details about Churchill’s death were available Saturday.

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NOTE: IF  "The Clark County coroner’s office will determine the official cause of death." why are the reports calling it a 'suicide' !?.......jt

Corrections employee commits suicide at Pahrump federal detention facility
Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump (Las Vegas Review-Journal)Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

By Jenny Wilson Las Vegas Review-Journal
June 14, 2017 - 5:16 pm

A corrections employee committed suicide Tuesday at the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump.
The private detention facility, which houses federal inmates awaiting trial, disclosed the suicide in a statement Wednesday that said the employee “sadly took his own life.”
The employee’s name and position have not been released to the public. Detention center staff members found his body after responding to a fire alarm that went off around 6 p.m. No fire was discovered. Staff contacted emergency medical services, who pronounced the employee dead at the scene.
A source with knowledge of the investigation said tear gas or some other chemical irritant was set off in the room before the suicide. The death was the result of a gunshot wound, the source said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of our fellow CoreCivic colleague, as well as with the extended family of Nevada Southern Detention Center staff,” Nevada Southern Detention Center spokeswoman Kayla Gieni said in the statement. “Resources are being made available to impacted employees at the facility as they cope with the loss of a colleague.”
CoreCivic, formerly the Corrections Corporation of America, is a company that owns and manages private prisons and detention centers throughout the country, including the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump. The facility currently is housing notorious anti-federalist rancher Cliven Bundy and his band of more than a dozen like-minded supporters who are awaiting trial on charges resulting from the 2014 armed standoff in Bunkerville.
The corrections company said it is cooperating fully with local law enforcement as it investigates the suicide. The Nye County Sheriff’s Office, whose jurisdiction includes Pahrump, is investigating. The Clark County coroner’s office will determine the official cause of death.
Contact Jenny Wilson at or 702-384-8710. Follow @jennydwilson on Twitter. Review-Journal reporter Henry Brean contributed to this report.
Warning signs of suicide

Signs of suicide can include changes in conversation, behavior and mood, according to the American Association of Suicidology. If a person talks about being a burden to others and feeling trapped; if a person starts acting recklessly or withdrawing from friends, family and activities; if a person starts experiencing rage, anxiety or a loss of interest — among other factors — reach out to the person or seek help.

Detention Center Employee Dies by Suicide at Nevada Facility
The operator of a private detention center in southern Nevada says an employee died by suicide Tuesday at the facility.

June 15, 2017, at 9:24 p.m.

Detention Center Employee Dies by Suicide at Nevada Facility

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — The operator of a private detention center in southern Nevada says an employee died by suicide Tuesday at the facility.

Operator CoreCivic on Wednesday disclosed the death at the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump. The Las Vegas Review-Journal ( ) reports the Nye County sheriff's office is investigating.

The facility houses federal inmates awaiting trial, including rancher Cliven Bundy.

The newspaper reports staff at the detention center found the man's body after a fire alarm went off Tuesday evening. It was a false alarm. Emergency personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene.

The Clark County coroner's office will determine the official cause of death.

CoreCivic was previously known as the Corrections Corporation of America. It owns and operates prisons and detention centers across the country.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

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Redress of Grievance regarding the abuses at Nevada Southern Detention Center
Bj Soper Redmond, OR

Issue this
Redress of Grievance
Upon the elected officials of
The United States and the State of Nevada

The Nevada Southern Detention Center located in Pahrump, Nevada owned by Corrections Corporation of America, further called CCA, has egregiously, maliciously, and intentionally imposed cruel and unusual punishment, mental abuse, and torture on detainees awaiting trial. Ammon Bundy was abused and treated inhumanely when guards beat, cuffed and left Mr. Ammon Bundy in a 3x3 shower stall for 13 hours straight. His arms were cuffed behind his back, wrists out and locked away in the stall. Not only does this violate every single State detention policy, it is a clear violation of established human rights procedure. Joint manipulation is used to gain control, and once gained, the manipulation is removed. Added to the abuse, Mr. Bundy was left cuffed in such a way inside a locked cell which again is a clear violation of human rights policy that is well established. Once removed from the torture cell, Mr. Bundy was stripped, violated, and thrown in a solitary confinement cell and left there completely naked.

This is but a single instance of assault and the abuse issued out at the hands of a private company contracted by the federal government to handle people awaiting trial who ARE CONSIDERED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled many times that the use of solitary confinement is restricted for a convicted prisoner, and considered cruel and unusual punishment for a person in detention awaiting trial.

ENVIRONMENT | Thu Jun 15, 2017 | 9:27am EDT
Federal judge orders more environmental analysis of Dakota pipeline

By Valerie Volcovici | WASHINGTON
A federal judge ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider its environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Wednesday, opening up the possibility that the line could be shut at a later date.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington said the Army Corps did not adequately consider the effects of a possible oil spill on the fishing and hunting rights of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

Operations of Energy Transfer Partners LP's (ETP.N) pipeline have not been suspended but that could be considered at a later date, the order said. The $3.8 billion line began interstate crude oil delivery in May.

The parties are expected to meet Boasberg next Wednesday to discuss future steps. The Standing Rock Sioux are expected to argue that pipeline operations should be halted.

The judge said in a 91-page decision that, while the Army Corps substantially complied with the National Environmental Policy Act, federal permits issued for the pipeline violated the law in some respects, saying in a court order the Corps did not "adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice."

"To remedy those violations, the Corps will have to reconsider those sections of its environmental analysis upon remand by the Court," the judge said.

The tribe had sued the Army Corps over its approval of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, arguing the line could contaminate their water source, the Missouri River.

"We applaud the courts for protecting our laws and regulations from undue political influence, and will ask the Court to shut down pipeline operations immediately,” Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault said in a statement.

It was unclear whether the judge would agree that the line should be shut. Independent research firm Clearview Energy Partners of Washington D.C. noted in a comment late on Wednesday that Judge Boasberg's order pointed to "omissions" in the Corps' analysis, which the Corps may be able to address quickly, rather than larger errors that might require more study.

"We think that the Corps may be able to persuade the court to allow Dakota Access to continue operating while the omissions are addressed and the court reviews them for adequacy," they wrote.

ETP was not immediately available for comment.

In February, the Army Corps of Engineers granted the final easement needed to finish the controversial pipeline, which had been delayed for several months after protests led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and climate activists.

The controversial pipeline needed a final permit to tunnel under Lake Oahe, a reservoir that is part of the Missouri River.

Two previous arguments by the Standing Rock tribe - that the construction had threatened sacred sites, and that the presence of oil in the pipeline would damage sacred waters, had been rejected by the court.

President Donald Trump issued an executive order days after being sworn in directing the Army Corps to smooth the path to finishing the line, prompting complaints by the tribe and environmental groups that it had not done an adequate environmental review.

(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner; Editing by Cynthia Osterman, Lisa Shumaker and Paul Tait)

Anyone who keeps alive ,by word or action, the issue of not to be trusted, especially, if they hold the highest office in the country. This is another reason  not much  'news' is published on this site. We are all Americans who are learning fast the danger of letting politicians speak for us. We will not be divided!   love and peace    jt      

        The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate ReleaseJune 19, 2017
Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Juneteenth

Melania and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Juneteenth, a historic day recognizing the end of slavery.

Though President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, news traveled slowly from Washington, D.C., to the southern states. More than two years later, on June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger stood on the Ashton Villa balcony in Galveston, Texas, to deliver the belated message of the then-deceased President: all slaves were free.

Granger’s astonishing words inspired soulful festivities and emotional rejoicing. Over the years, as freedmen and freedwomen left Texas, they took Juneteenth and its meaning with them. Today, we celebrate this historic moment in 1865, as we remember our Nation’s fundamental premise that all men and women are created equal.

On Juneteenth 2017, we honor the countless contributions made by African Americans to our Nation and pledge to support America’s promise as the land of the free.      

Andrea Parker ~ Governments motion 6/17/17

Briana Bundy ~ Mel, Todd, doc and Jim in solitary today... 6/14/17


With President Trump buddying up to a communist Cuba....this article is a reminder that he's not the only "President Buddy" Cuba has had......I remember seeing this, like it happened yesterday. jt

MAY 10, 2016 3:32 PM
Some Cuban Americans still hold Elián González raid against the Clintons

Hillary Clinton, presidential candidate, is a bitter pill for some Cuban Americans to swallow — and there’s a fundamental reason for the dislike.

It’s all in a name: Elián González.

Her husband’s administration — more specifically, his Attorney General, Janet Reno, a Miamian — blew it big in 2000 when she ordered the 6-year-old boy removed in a middle-of-the-night raid on the Little Havana home of relatives who wanted him to live in a free country.

Authorities didn’t just pick up Elián or deliver him to his father after a courtroom hearing. They plucked him at machine gun-point in a swift operation more apt for the Middle East than emotional Miami. The Pulitzer-Prize winning picture of a terrified Elián by AP photographer Alan Diaz is hard to forget.

The saga hangs in history like a dark cloud — even if you believe that this boy, miraculously rescued at sea after a shipwreck on Thanksgiving, belonged with his father, who wanted him back in Cuba. Sixteen years later, all that the Cuban community feared has come to pass: His father, a faithful servant in Communist Cuba, turned Elián over to be paraded like a puppet, used as a Cold War tool, and allowed him to be indoctrinated into Fidel Castro idolatry.

Still, the boy belonged with his father; we get that now.

But the violent seizure was too much and carried out without exhausting other avenues — an affront to the freedom-loving, loyal Cuban-American community.

Vice President Al Gore, in his bid for the presidency against George W. Bush, paid Reno’s and Bill Clinton’s bill. Many Cuban-American independents and Democrats voted against Gore just to get back at the Clintons — and in the tight race, our votes put the Bush-Cheney ticket in the White House.

El voto del castigo, ours was called. The punishment vote.

I lived to regret it a million times. Another name arose, a larger issue: Iraq, my children’s war.

I forever swore off Cuba-issue voting after the best friend of one of my daughters called our house just before deployment to Iraq with his one-minute, last phone call. He asked her: “Quickly, tell me. What do I do? Do I shoot them or not?” And my daughter turned to me for an answer.

I had none; only horror and heartache.

When this boy-turned-soldier came home, we already suspected there was no Iraq involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, no weapons of mass destruction. He looked stocky and hardened, but still the innocent. In the middle of our conversation, I realized he had no idea that the reasons he was fighting that war were no longer real. I didn’t want to be the one to break his heroic heart.

I walked away in shame.

So many years later, the first woman with a real shot at the presidency, Hillary Clinton, has a lingering Cuban-American problem, despite strong support for her in South Florida. A newly released poll shows that Clinton would trounce Donald Trump 52-25 percent in Miami-Dade, a Democratic stronghold. But the poll by Bendixen & Amandi International for the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, WLRN and Univision 23, also shows that Trump leads in the Cuban-American vote, 41-29 percent.

Trump’s lead, however small it may seem, is odd at a moment when high-profile Republicans are supporting her candidacy and after some 50 percent of Cuban Americans twice voted for Barack Obama — and another recent poll shows Cuban Americans are warming up to relations with Cuba in larger numbers. Clinton has pledged to continue the engagement policy.

There may be simply partisanship alliances for that relatively small but significant Cuban-American vote for Trump.

One of them is the lingering shadow of a boy named Elián, a young man who calls Fidel Castro his father.

But let’s not ever — and certainly, not now — bring him into American politics again.

In case you don't know : John Kerry is married to the "Pickle Queen" Theresa Heinz.....   jt


Old (and a long read) but Interesting----  jt

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Good morning, everybody. Before we get started with the questions, I just wanted to note for you the first meeting of the Iraqi-U.S. Higher Coordination Committee. And I mention this because Secretary Rice chaired on the U.S. side this Coordination Committee. It was done via SVTS over at the White House, and this was something that was envisioned under the Strategic Framework Agreement process. It will help guide the implementation of that agreement. So we’ll put out a – put out the full statement for you after the briefing.

QUESTION: What is it? The what?
MR. MCCORMACK: The Iraq-U.S. Higher Coordination Committee. And for those of you who –
QUESTION: Higher, like –
MR. MCCORMACK: Higher. Higher. H-i-g-h-e-r. So for those of you into acronyms, that’s HCC. And with that, I’d be happy to take your questions.
QUESTION: Yeah. Given Prime Minister Olmert’s comments yesterday, why should – why should anyone still – or why should anyone not believe that Israel is controlling U.S. foreign policy as it relates to the Middle East?
MR. MCCORMACK: I did see the reports of his comments, and let me just start off by saying I don’t know the context of the comments. I don’t know if they are reported accurately. I don’t know if the Israeli Government would say, yes, that is an accurate quote.
What I can tell you is that the quotes as reported are wholly inaccurate as to describing the situation – just 100 percent, totally, completely not true. And I can – you know, I can vouch for that, having been up there at the United Nations the entire time, witnessed Secretary Rice’s deliberations with her advisors. I knew about the phone calls that she was doing and I can tell you a couple things.
One, very early on in the process, as far back as Wednesday, the Secretary decided that we were – we, the United States, weren’t going to be put in a position of vetoing a resolution, made the decision to support going forward with a resolution. At that point, there was a debate whether or not we were going to try to get a presidential statement or a resolution. We decided that point – at that point that we were going to go for a resolution and we weren’t going to be – if we could get one that was agreeable to all the members of the Security Council, we weren’t going to be in a position to veto it.
Second, that afternoon, all that afternoon, Thursday afternoon, Secretary Rice’s recommendation and inclination the entire time was to abstain, for the reasons that she described both during the Security Council session and subsequently in interviews. So I can tell you with 100 percent assurance that her intention was 100 percent to recommend abstention. She, of course, consulted with Steve Hadley at the White House as well as with the President. I’ll let the White House describe any interactions between the President and Prime Minister Olmert. But – so this idea that somehow she was turned around on this issue is 100 percent, completely untrue.
QUESTION: How could the prime minister of Israel get such a – you know, how – he certainly is under the impression that he singlehandedly prevented the United States from voting for this resolution. Why would he – why would –
MR. MCCORMACK: Matt – Matt, I –
QUESTION: How could he –
MR. MCCORMACK: You would have – you’d – Matt, I can’t tell you. You would have to –
QUESTION: (Inaudible.)
MR. MCCORMACK: And again, I can’t – you know, I can’t posit and vouch for the – whether those remarks are accurate.
QUESTION: Did the Secretary speak with the President before – just before the vote on – on the resolution?
MR. MCCORMACK: She spoke with him a couple times, a couple of times. One – I think once prior to the President speaking with Prime Minister Olmert, and then once afterwards, as well. But again, I can tell you 100 percent – with 100 percent assurance that her intention, again, going into the conversation with the President, was that she was going to abstain.
QUESTION: Well, what does this say about Prime Minister Olmert, then?
MR. MCCORMACK: Matt, look, I can only –
QUESTION: – (Inaudible) this Administration’s last week in office –
QUESTION: – and dealing with someone who has – you know, is the leader until February of your closest ally in the Middle East –
MR. MCCORMACK: Matt, look, I can only say – I can only –
QUESTION: Have you –
MR. MCCORMACK: Matt, I can only account for –
QUESTION: Have you asked for clarification from the Israelis about these comments?
MR. MCCORMACK: I’m not – I don’t think so. I don’t think that we have.
QUESTION: So you’ve just – just – you’re just dismissing them? I mean, you’ve just decided that they’re not worthy of –
MR. MCCORMACK: Well, the facts – it’s the facts – I mean –
QUESTION: (Inaudible.)
MR. MCCORMACK: – all I’m doing is –
QUESTION: (Inaudible) any kind of a response?
MR. MCCORMACK: You know, look, I – again, Matt, you know, I’m – if the Israeli Government – if they, you know, feel it necessary, they will clarify, correct the record, whatever. I don’t know. All I can do is offer the facts as they are from the American side.
QUESTION: Well, but you haven’t asked them for any kind of clarification?
MR. MCCORMACK: Not that I know of, no. Not that I know of. Look, Secretary Rice and Prime Minister Olmert have a very good working relationship. They’ve worked through some very tough issues –
QUESTION: (Inaudible) he said this?
MR. MCCORMACK: No, I don’t think so. I don’t think –
QUESTION: (Inaudible.)
MR. MCCORMACK: She doesn't have any – she hasn’t had any –
QUESTION: Has she – well, will she talk to him again while she’s still in office?
MR. MCCORMACK: I don’t know. She – if she has occasion to, you know, in terms of the substance, I’m sure she will.
QUESTION: Was the Secretary embarrassed by the fact that – or ashamed that she had – that she told the Arab – the Arab foreign ministers that the U.S. would support the resolution, and then had to abstain?
MR. MCCORMACK: That’s an inaccurate representation of events. No, she was not at all embarrassed or ashamed of the actions that we took, not only in pushing through an important resolution, a good resolution, the text of which we supported, the objectives of which we supported; but also, she felt as though the way that the United States voted in that Security Council chamber was the right way to vote.
QUESTION: Well, this is the elected leader of – under – indicted – albeit, you know, one with corruption charges pending against him – of your – the elected leader of your closest ally in the Middle East. And I find it surprising that you’re not – that you’re not trying to get a clarification on these comments.
MR. MCCORMACK: Perhaps – you know, perhaps we will, Matt. I – you know, I can only speak to what we’ve done. But – and again, all I can offer is – are the facts. I can’t vouch that Prime Minister Olmert was quoted correctly in the story or the context of the remarks at all. You’ll have to talk to the Israeli Government about that.
Okay. Yes, ma’am.
QUESTION: Yesterday, the U.S. Government issued a directive that seeks to enforce U.S. power and sovereignty in the Arctic, and it’s being interpreted as a direct challenge to some of Canada’s interests in the Arctic. Why, and why now?
MR. MCCORMACK: Well, I’ll have to look into that for you. I can’t say off the top of my head I’m familiar with the directive. But you know, this has been a topic that we have talked with Canada about many, many times. I’ve been there for those meetings. We understand the sensitivities and we try to work very closely with Canada, understanding their point of view, also trying to convey to Canada, certainly, our views of sovereignty and prerogatives in terms of passage through the Arctic Ocean areas.
But in terms of a specific response about this directive, I’ll try to get you an answer.
QUESTION: Thank you.
QUESTION: The top official of Gazprom accused the United States of being behind Ukraine’s behavior during this gas shutoff crisis. He said they are dancing to a tune of elsewhere, essentially. And he might – may have been talking about U.S.-Ukraine relations in general or the agreement that you signed recently with them. What do you think?
MR. MCCORMACK: Bizarre. Look, totally without foundation. This was an agreement that was negotiated on the basis of commercial interests between Russia and Ukraine. I believe that the Czech Republic, in its capacity as the president of the EU, participated and facilitated these discussions. We were an observer from the sidelines on these discussions. I think if you look at our rhetoric, as well as our actions, it was only to encourage a resolution based on commercial terms. And that once you – once an agreement was reached, that it be, you know, transparent that others could see for themselves what the agreement was. But that was it. That was really the extent of it.
QUESTION: Do you have the latest on North Korean food aid in terms of allowing the worker – the Korean-speaking workers in?
MR. MCCORMACK: We’re still – we’re still working on the visa issue for the Korean speakers.
QUESTION: And what is the reason that North Korea is giving you, especially if it was in the original agreement, that they’re not allowing Korean speakers in?
MR. MCCORMACK: I’ll check for you. I don’t know that we’ve gotten a reason. We just haven’t been able to get to the point of getting the Korean speakers in.
But, yeah, I will note part of the program is moving forward, part of the food aid program that we’re distributing food with American NGOs. That is moving forward. It’s just the WFP portion of the program that is affected by this. We want it to move forward. We’re working hard to try to resolve this issue.
Yes, ma’am.
QUESTION: North Korean’s foreign ministry released a statement today saying that it will give up nuclear weapons only after U.S. normalizes ties with the country and drops its hostile policy against North Korea. What’s your response to this?
MR. MCCORMACK: Well, our response has been, and continues to be up until January 20th, that certainly we wanted the Six-Party process and want the Six-Party process to move forward. It’s very clear what North Korea’s obligations and responsibilities are under that process, getting to the point where you had – where North Korea has a more normal relationship with the rest of the world, including the United States.
In order to really get to that point, North Korea is going to have move through the Six-Party process, and there’s going to have be a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
QUESTION: In this statement North Korea refers itself as a nuclear state. Does the U.S. recognize North Korea as a nuclear state?
QUESTION: Sean, any update on the Egyptian negotiation – mediation between Israel and Hamas?
MR. MCCORMACK: It’s ongoing. I understand that there were – there will potentially be some more discussions with a Hamas faction, Egypt having discussions with Hamas, and perhaps some discussions with Israeli representatives. But the Egyptian Government can give you a better feel for the state of play in the negotiations. I do know that they’re serious in terms of the effort trying to reach an agreement. I can’t tell you exactly how close they might be.
QUESTION: Did the State Department send any – did the State Department send officials to Cairo to consult on how they help on the tunnels?
MR. MCCORMACK: Well, there’s – we’re prepared to help with technical assistance. And I believe we might have some people headed that way to offer some technical counseling advice.
QUESTION: Because there was a report last week that Assistant Secretary Feltman may go to –
MR. MCCORMACK: No, no. He’s – right now, he’s here in Washington. I don’t think he has any plane tickets for Cairo at the moment.
QUESTION: Yeah, I need to get back to this UN thing for just a second because –
MR. MCCORMACK: Oh, good.
QUESTION: – I think the diplomacy is – it’s over my head, at least. Why would the Secretary work so hard for three days on something that she planned not to vote for (inaudible)?
MR. MCCORMACK: Matt, you are – no, that’s not what I said. I said that we were –
QUESTION: Is this (inaudible).
MR. MCCORMACK: On Wednesday, she decided we’re not going to be put in the position of vetoing a resolution, so it excludes that possibility. So you have two possibilities left: voting for it or abstaining. And she decided, given where the state of negotiations were in terms of the Mubarak initiative, that abstaining would give the best possibility for those negotiations to move forward and actually resolve the situation on the ground. We believed that a resolution could help in that, but ultimately it was not going to solve it. You had to have concrete understandings in order to fully resolve the situation on the ground. And that was only going to happen via the Mubarak initiative.
Look, that’s our assessment. We believed that it was important to give the Council an opportunity to speak on this issue. It was obviously very important for the Arab foreign ministers that were there. We supported the text. We supported the objective.
But the fact of the matter is that resolution wasn’t going to solve the problem on the ground. It could help, and we didn’t want to do anything that would have hindered the ability to resolve the situation on the ground.
QUESTION: Well, how could voting for it have hindered –
MR. MCCORMACK: Matt, you’ve – we’ve gone over this how many different times round and round?
QUESTION: Yeah, but --
MR. MCCORMACK: You’re venturing into flagellum equus mortuus territory. Look, I tried to explain it as best I can.
QUESTION: Tell the entire world that this is beating a dead horse. It’s not.
MR. MCCORMACK: No, I’m not – no, Matt, look, I’ve answered – I’m only trying to point out I have answered this question, or tried to answer this question, many times.
QUESTION: (Inaudible) resolution to begin with. You wanted a presidential statement. Then when the Arab foreign ministers said that they would not leave without there being a resolution, you decided – is this correct – you decided that, yes, you would work and –
MR. MCCORMACK: Any – Matt –
QUESTION: – work toward a resolution. At that point, you had already decided that you wouldn’t vote for it?
MR. MCCORMACK: That’s not what I said, Matt.
QUESTION: That’s why I’m asking.
MR. MCCORMACK: Well, I tried to explain it the best I can. You can go back in the transcript and read it.
Look, anytime you go into a – you know, multilateral diplomacy, you have a number of different options. And you have to decide at what point you foreclose various options and what pathway you are going to end up going down. The Secretary decided on Wednesday that we were open to pursuing a resolution. That was a pathway that we were ready and willing to go down. And again, this is all based on trying to help resolve the situation on the ground.
At that point, on Wednesday, you had the very beginnings of this Mubarak initiative – over Tuesday and Wednesday. We thought that that had some promise. So – and again, we thought that perhaps a resolution could help with that. So we were ready to explore that going forward.
And again, as time progresses, and we had hoped that the Mubarak initiative would have progressed a bit further than it had. It hadn’t. At that point, we thought a resolution would help the situation. And we thought that taking the course of abstaining on the text, which we supported, was the right way to go.
QUESTION: All right. Can I – I have two very short, but semi-related. One, do you know anything about an arms shipment to Israel that was supposed to transit through Greece that has been – now been cancelled or postponed because of protests at the port?
MR. MCCORMACK: I’ll check into it for you.
QUESTION: Okay. And then, do you know anything about the – Iran says that it’s tried four people on charges of working with the State Department and the CIA to –
MR. MCCORMACK: I hadn’t seen that. I’ll check into it for you, get the details from you and we’ll get you an answer.
QUESTION: Thank you.
MR. MCCORMACK: Okay, thank you.
(The briefing was concluded at 10:46 a.m.)
DPB # 6
Released on January 13, 2009


This is interesting ....Hawaii is Obama's stomping grounds...... Bids the question:  Who owns the buildings Trump's name is on in the US and other countries?    jt



Congressman Steve Scalise others shot at Alexandria, Va., baseball practice: Here's what we know
USA TODAY NETWORK Editors, USA TODAY Published 8:37 a.m. ET June 14, 2017 | Updated 0 minutes ago

Multiple shots reportedly fired by gunman at GOP congressional baseball practice. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among several people shot. USA TODAY

An Illinois man opened fire on a Republican congressional team practice Wednesday, and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was among the wounded, authorities said.

Here's what we know:

A Republican congressional baseball team was practicing on a suburban Virginia field Wednesday when James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois opened fire, AP reported.

Capitol Police officers were at the practice when the shooting began and quickly returned fire, spokesman Matthew Verderosa said. Alexandria Chief Michael Brown said his officers arrived three minutes after the first emergency call came in at 7:09 a.m. ET, and two of them joined the gunfight.

Who was shot?

Alexandria Chief Michael Brown said five people received medical transport from the scene.

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot in the hip.
CNN reported that two Capitol Hill police agents were also shot.
Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas‏, said a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention.
Please keep the member of my staff and all members of the congressional baseball team in your thoughts and prayers
— Rep. Roger Williams (@RepRWilliams) June 14, 2017
Scalise, who was shot in the hip, is in stable condition and undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, his office said in a statement.

"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone," the statement said. "He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues."

Who was the shooter?

The suspected was identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois, AP reported. Police in Alexandria, Va., said he is in custody.

It took at least ten minutes until the shooter was taken down:

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., estimated there were 50 to 60 people at the practice, including House members, senators and their staffs. “Many have been shot, but a lot like me got bloody running for cover,” he said.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told CNN it was at least ten minutes until shooter was down.

“I was the first out to Steve, and then Brad (Wenstrup) another member from Ohio” who is a doctor also came to help Scalise. “We applied pressure on the wound. He was coherent the whole time… He laid out there for at least ten minutes alone in the field, and we couldn’t get to him” because of the shots.

What was the baseball practice for?

Republican lawmakers were practicing for the annual congressional baseball game, which is scheduled to take place Thursday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

The charity game, which allows the Democrats and Republicans to play against each other, has been a yearly tradition in Washington since 1909.

Where did the shooting happen?

The neighborhood where the shooting took place is a residential area of Alexandria densely populated by bungalows and families.

It is a stone’s throw from a trendy strip of restaurants, boutiques and coffee shops in the Del Ray section of the city. The field is also nearby Route 1, a major artery that leads into Washington D.C.

Most Trump real estate now sold to secretive buyers
Nick Penzenstadler , Steve Reilly and John Kelly , USA TODAY Published 4:50 p.m. ET June 13, 2017 | Updated 0 minutes ago

Since President Trump won the Republican nomination, the majority of his companies’ real estate sales are to secretive shell companies that obscure the buyers’ identities, a USA TODAY investigation has found.

Over the last 12 months, about 70% of buyers of Trump properties were limited liability companies – corporate entities that allow people to purchase property without revealing all of the owners’ names. That compares with about 4% of buyers in the two years before.

USA TODAY journalists have spent six months cataloging every condo, penthouse or other property that Trump and his companies own – and tracking the buyers behind every transaction. The investigation found Trump’s companies owned more than 430 individual properties worth well over $250 million.

Since Election Day, Trump’s businesses have sold 28 of those U.S. properties for $33 million. The sales include luxury condos and penthouses in Las Vegas and New York and oceanfront lots near Los Angeles. The value of his companies' inventory of available real estate remains above a quarter-billion dollars.

Profits from sales of those properties flow through a trust run by Trump’s sons. The president is the sole beneficiary of the trust and can withdraw cash any time.

The increasing share of opaque buyers comes at a time when federal investigators, members of Congress and ethics watchdogs are asking questions about Trump's sales and customers in the U.S. and around the world. Some Congressional Democrats have been asking for more detail about buyers of Trump’s domestic real estate since USA TODAY’s initial report.

Their concern is that the secretive sales create an extraordinary and unprecedented potential for people, corporations or foreign interests to try to influence a President. Anyone who wanted to court favor with the President could snap up multiple properties or purposefully overpay, without revealing their identity publicly.

The real estate cache, which Trump has never fully revealed and is not required by law to disclose, offers unique opportunity for anyone to steer money to a sitting President. The increase in purchasers shielded by LLCs makes it far more difficult to track who is paying the President and his companies for properties ranging in price from $220,000 to $10 million – or more.

The clear post-nomination shift since last year to more shell-company purchases is unique to sales by Trump’s companies, even in his own towers and neighborhoods. Condos owned by others in the same buildings, and sold during the same time period, were bought by LLCs in no more than 20% of the transactions. In some areas, the share was far less.

Trump condos worth $250 million pose potential conflict
Here's who is behind LLCs buying Trump real estate
“If what’s going on is somebody is buying something from The Trump Organization to buy favor, there’s no way you’d ever figure out who that person is or what favor they’re trying to buy,” said Jack Blum, a Washington attorney specializing in offshore tax evasion and financial crime and former staff lawyer for two U.S. Senate committees.

The reason for the shift is unclear. The White House refers all questions about Trump's businesses to The Trump Organization, which would not answer questions about the sales.

Experts in real estate and corporate law say there are many reasons to create an LLC and use it to buy property. Some buyers, including celebrities, foreign political dissidents and even police officers, may use them to protect privacy. Investment groups use them to purchase properties in partnership.

The method is more common among the wealthy or famous in the buying of multimillion-dollar properties. For instance, President Obama and his wife are behind Homefront Holdings LLC, a corporation registered in Delaware which in May purchased the family’s home in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington D.C. for $8.1 million, according to district property records.

There are more nefarious reasons to use LLCs, including to illegally hide assets, shield profits from taxation and launder drug money or funds embezzled from a foreign company or government. Even when LLCs are used legally, they can hide the identities of the buyers.

USA TODAY found no sales by Trump's companies that were obviously above the market rate, based on analysis of comparable properties in the same buildings and neighborhoods.

In Las Vegas, condos sold by Trump’s companies sold within a few dollars per square foot of other resellers’ units in the building. Prices were near flat, moving up $6 per square foot since Trump took office compared to before he announced he was running.

In New York, the tiny number of sales and uniqueness of each skews comparisons. Two were below-market sales by Trump to his son, Eric. The two since the election are at opposite ends of the spectrum. One $16 million deal was a short sale of a penthouse at Trump Park Avenue. At $3,800 per square foot, it sold in the low end of the range of a dozen comparable units in its Manhattan neighborhood. A smaller $2.5 million condo at Trump Parc East, at $3,085 per square foot, was at the high end of the range for 47 recent sales of comparable condos in the area.

The Trump Organization announced in January that a new corporate ethics officer would screen all real estate deals to prevent conflicts of interest. Neither the company, nor the ethics lawyer, would discuss on the record its screening process, specific deals or buyers' identities.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russians during the 2016 election, raised concerns about the source of funds, considering Trump’s history with foreign investors in his development projects.

“Once you know—as we do – that corrupting influence by Russia is a matter of Russian practice through shell corporations, that puts a particular spotlight on transactions in which the President of the United States through his direct business interests is involved,” said Whitehouse, who is pushing legislation that would force more disclosure about the owners of all LLCs in real-estate transactions. “It’s easy: simply disclose who the party of interest is on the other side so we know it’s an ordinary business transaction and it’s not influence peddling.”

USA TODAY used corporate, financial and other records to track down 18 officers and other people related to 17 LLCs that bought Trump properties since last May. Six spoke to reporters; 10 did not respond to calls or other attempts to reach them. One who responded did not want to discuss his purchase and another hung up on a reporter asking questions about a recent purchase.

Tracking down the people behind 2 L Nevada LLC shows how difficult it can be to determine who is paying Trump.

The LLC paid a half-million dollars for two condos in the President’s shimmering golden tower near the Las Vegas strip in April. The only person identified for the buyer in public real estate records is the lawyer for the company.

In incorporation papers, 2 L Nevada lists one officer -- another LLC with an address at a Vancouver mail drop being used by as many as a dozen Canadian companies.

USA TODAY reporters scoured public records to identify the names of every company and person using the mail drop address in Canada, and eventually found the buyer.

Brian Lovig of Kelowna, British Columbia, the conservative blogger behind 2 L Nevada LLC, said he had nothing to hide. It's an investment, and he said his family used an LLC on the advice of their trust’s manager. He said he didn’t think any buyer could influence the President via real estate purchases.

“Buying a few units in a hotel isn’t going to make the President jump circles,” Lovig said.

In fact, Trump attorneys have argued that same point, saying profits from individual real-estate sales route through a maze of subsidiaries and eventually become mixed in a large pool of undifferentiated money in the trust. That, they say, makes a conflict from an individual sale difficult to imagine.

Another entity using LLCs to deal in luxury Trump real estate is the Black Tulip Organization, a French-owned investment firm with offices in New York and Miami. Records show Black Tulip provided the money behind the purchase of two of Trump’s Vegas condos during the election, and three more since Election Day – using five different LLCs.

Public records tie the $1.3 million worth of purchases to Benoit Pous Bertran, a French national, who said he was not trying to hide his firm’s identity with shell company names like “JOYP Holdings” and “Galiz Holdings.” Rather, Black Tulip was using the routine protections of a LLC. He said the purchases are not aimed at gaining attention or influence from Trump.

“This is one of the few buildings in Las Vegas where you can buy hotel condominium units, which is why we purchased there. I’m not too into politics and I’m not even a citizen. I’m French,” Pous Bertran said.

Black Tulip, which Pous Bertran said has invested in other Trump projects, runs a real estate investment fund it has said is bankrolled by investors around the world, including Brazil and Russia.

At Trump National Golf Course near Los Angeles, the President’s company sold a pair of oceanfront lots to LAT Homes LLC and Author Homes LLC in April. The two companies trace to one address, a house on the same street. The LLCs are incorporated in Michigan by a Bangladesh-born author and investor who owns a mansion adjacent to the lots.

Subir Chowdhury said his deal was motivated by a desire to develop the oceanfront properties, not politics.

Chowdhury buys high-end lots and develops luxury houses, and he says he likes working with The Trump Organization. “My experience, not only with Mr. Trump but the Trump Organization, is stunning — literally stunning experience. Brilliant. Because of the professionalism,” he said.

Chowdhury, a management expert who has written 15 books including several bestsellers, negotiated an earlier land buy in the Rancho Palos Verdes neighborhood with Trump over Twitter back in 2013.

Chowdhury’s companies paid Trump $3.8 million and $2.4 million for two lots this year. Per square foot of ground, that is about twice what others paid for lots on the same street. He said the premium reflects the lots’ much-better views of the Pacific Ocean.

Even though he tweeted a picture of Eric Trump, thanking him for visiting his family's home, weeks before the sale, Chowdhury repeatedly asked a reporter not to reveal his purchase.

“Because these are all LLC owners," he said, "and I don’t want the rest of the world (to) know, hey, I’m the owner of these properties.”

Texas woman freed from life sentence by President Obama is back in prison
Matthew Diebel , USATODAY Published 10:25 a.m. ET June 13, 2017 | Updated 8 hours ago

A Texas woman who was freed from a life sentence last year after President Obama granted her clemency is behind bars again.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Carol Denise Richardson, 49, was arrested for theft in Pasadena, a Houston suburb, and violated other conditions imposed when she was released from prison.

"This defendant was literally given a second chance to become a productive member of society and has wasted it," Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted Imperato said in a statement released by his office. "She has clearly shown a willful disregard for the law and must face the consequences for her crimes and actions."

Richardson was convicted by a federal jury in June 2006 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and two counts of possession with intent to distribute the drug, the paper reported. With an extensive criminal background, she was sentenced to life in prison.

After her release in July last year, the Chronicle said, Richardson was ordered to remain under supervision for 10 years, but on April 13 was arrested by Pasadena police.

In addition to the theft charges, Richardson violated five separate terms of her release including failing to report that she had been arrested, that she'd been terminated from a job for not showing up and that she had changed her address.

Appearing before U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison on Thursday, Richardson was told that she had wasted a rare opportunity at freedom. Ellison ordered her back to federal prison for 14 months, with five years of supervised release beyond that.

Mark Anthony Diaz, the attorney assigned to Richardson's case, told the paper that his client cried throughout the hearing. He said the theft involved $60 of laundry detergent that she planned to sell to buy drugs


 Hammonds Break Silence - Threatened by Feds

My prayers are with Dwight and Steven Hammond. When I found these two articles on the internet...It didn't surprise me that a few days after the original was released an update was made.....jt

Full text of U.S. Department of Justice news release
From KTVZ.COM news sources
Posted: Jan 04, 2016 09:45 AM PST
Updated: Sep 01, 2016 04:42 AM PDT

EUGENE, Ore. - Here's the full text of the Oregon U.S. Attorney's Office news release of Oct. 7, 2015, entitled, "Eastern Oregon Ranchers Convicted of Arson Resentenced to Five Years in Prison":

EUGENE, Ore. – Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., 73, and his son, Steven Dwight Hammond, 46, both residents of Diamond, Oregon in Harney County, were sentenced to five years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken for arsons they committed on federal lands.

A jury sitting in Pendleton, Oregon found the Hammonds guilty of the arsons after a two-week trial in June 2012. The trial involved allegations that the Hammonds, owners of Hammond Ranches, Inc., ignited a series of fires on lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), on which the Hammonds had grazing rights leased to them for their cattle operation.

The jury convicted both of the Hammonds of using fire to destroy federal property for a 2001 arson known as the Hardie-Hammond Fire, located in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area.

Witnesses at trial, including a relative of the Hammonds, testified the arson occurred shortly after Steven Hammond and his hunting party illegally slaughtered several deer on BLM property.

Jurors were told that Steven Hammond handed out "Strike Anywhere" matches with instructions that they be lit and dropped on the ground because they were going to "light up the whole country on fire." One witness testified that he barely escaped the eight to ten foot high flames caused by the arson.

The fire consumed 139 acres of public land and destroyed all evidence of the game violations. After committing the arson, Steven Hammond called the BLM office in Burns, Oregon and claimed the fire was started on Hammond property to burn off invasive species and had inadvertently burned onto public lands. Dwight and Steven Hammond told one of their relatives to keep his mouth shut and that nobody needed to know about the fire.

The jury also convicted Steven Hammond of using fire to destroy federal property regarding a 2006 arson known as the Krumbo Butte Fire, located in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Steen Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area.

An August lightning storm started numerous fires and a burn ban was in effect while BLM firefighters fought those fires. Despite the ban, without permission or notification to BLM, Steven Hammond started several "back fires" in an attempt (to) save the ranch's winter feed. The fires burned onto public land and were seen by BLM firefighters camped nearby. The firefighters took steps to ensure their safety and reported the arsons.

By law, arson on federal land carries a five-year mandatory minimum sentence. When the Hammonds were originally sentenced, they argued that the five-year mandatory minimum terms were unconstitutional and the trial court agreed and imposed sentences well below what the law required based upon the jury's verdicts.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, upheld the federal law, reasoning that "given the seriousness of arson, a five-year sentence is not grossly disproportionate to the offense." The court vacated the original, unlawful sentences and ordered that the Hammonds be resentenced "in compliance with the law."

In March 2015, the Supreme Court rejected the Hammonds' petitions for certiorari. Today, Chief Judge Aiken imposed five year prison terms on each of the Hammonds, with credit for time they already served.

"We all know the devastating effects that are caused by wildfires. Fires intentionally and illegally set on public lands, even those in a remote area, threaten property and residents and endanger firefighters called to battle the blaze," stated Acting U.S. Attorney Billy Williams.

"Congress sought to ensure that anyone who maliciously damages United States' property by fire will serve at least 5 years in prison. These sentences are intended to be long enough to deter those like the Hammonds who disregard the law and place fire fighters and others in jeopardy."

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Frank R Papagni, Jr., AnneMarie Sgarlata and Kelly Zusman handled the prosecution of this case.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
To The Citizens of Harney County, Oregon

As the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, I write to the citizens of Harney County to address ongoing attempts by outside individuals and organizations that are making statements and using social media to express views which are clearly contrary to what occurred publicly in an open courtroom. I understand that there are some individuals and organizations who object to the Hammonds returning to prison to serve the remainder of their sentences mandated by statute. I respect their right to peacefully disagree with the prison terms imposed. However, any criminal behavior contemplated by those who may object to the court's mandate that harms someone will not be tolerated and will result in serious consequences. The following is a summary of the facts in United States v. Dwight and Steven Hammond, including the actions and positions taken by this office throughout the course of the case.

Five years ago, a federal grand jury charged Dwight and Steven Hammond with committing arson on public lands, and endangering firefighters. The charges came after the Hammonds rejected an offer to settle the case by pleading guilty to lesser charges and sentences.

Three years ago, after a two-week trial in Pendleton, Oregon, a jury found 70-year old Dwight and his son, 43-year old Steven Hammond, guilty of committing arson on public lands in 2001. Steven Hammond was also found guilty of committing a second arson in 2006. They were found not guilty of other arson charges, and while the jury was deliberating on the remaining charges, the Hammonds negotiated for the dismissal of those charges and a promise from the U.S. Attorney to recommend the minimum sentence mandated by law. The Hammonds assured the trial judge that they knew the law required they serve no less than five years in prison. The U.S. Attorney also agreed they should remain free until sentencing.

The Hammonds had long ranched private and public lands in Eastern Oregon. Although they leased public lands for grazing, they were not permitted to burn the lands without prior authorization from the BLM. In 1999, a BLM employee reminded Steven Hammond of this after he started a fire that escaped onto public land.

At trial, jurors heard from a hunting guide, a hunter and the hunter’s father, who saw the Hammonds illegally, slaughter a herd of deer on public land. At least seven deer were shot with others limping or running from the scene. Less than two hours later, the hunting guide and the hunter and his father, were forced to abandon their campsite because a fire was burning in the area where the deer had been shot. The hunting guide’s testimony and photographs established fires were burning hours before Steven Hammond called the BLM and said he was going to do a burn of invasive species in the area.

A teenage relative, who was with the Hammonds in 2001 when those fires were set, told the jury that he was handed a box of “Strike Anywhere” matches, and Steven Hammond told him to drop lit matches on the ground so as to “light up the whole country on fire.” He did as instructed and the resulting eight to ten foot flames spread quickly. Fearing for his life he was forced to take shelter in a creek. The jury heard evidence that once back at the ranch, Dwight and Steven told him to “keep his mouth shut,” and that “nobody needed to know about the fire.” The fires destroyed evidence of the deer slaughter and took 139 acres of public land out of public use for two years.

The evidence at trial convinced the jury beyond a reasonable doubt that the Hammonds were guilty of the federal crime of arson; that is, maliciously damaging United States property by fire. The jury was neither asked if the Hammonds were terrorists, nor were defendants ever charged with or accused of terrorism. Suggesting otherwise is simply flat-out wrong.

The jury also found Steven Hammond guilty of committing a second arson in 2006. That summer, BLM firefighters were battling several significant fires caused by lightning strikes. The Harney County Fire Marshal imposed a burn ban and a “red flag” warning was in effect. Despite the burn ban, and knowing that firefighters were in the area, Steven Hammond set fires at night without notifying anyone. He did so to save his winter feed. After seeing the fires, the firefighters moved to a safer location. When confronted by a firefighter the next day, Steven Hammond admitted setting the fires, and made no apology for doing so.

The crimes that the jury found the Hammonds committed carried five-year congressionally-mandated minimum sentences. In October 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Hogan imposed sentences below what the law required. The U.S. Attorney's Office appealed the sentences imposed by Judge Hogan because they were not the sentences mandated by Congress for the crimes committed. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, and reversed the Hammonds’ sentences. The cases were sent back to the District Court with the directive that the statute’s mandate be followed. The Supreme Court upheld the Ninth Circuit’s decision, and in October 2015, Chief Judge Ann Aiken imposed the five-year prison terms. The U.S. Attorney agreed to allow the Hammonds to self-surrender after the holidays.

Much has been said and written by persons who were not in the Pendleton courtroom during the trial or in Eugene during the sentencing hearings. Much of it is inaccurate. For example, the federal prosecutor has never called the Hammonds terrorists, an allegation made by some of the Hammonds’ supporters. As Acting U.S. Attorney, I do not consider them to be terrorists. At the sentencing hearings, the federal prosecutor described the Hammonds’ contributions to their community and urged the court not to impose the higher sentences recommended by the U.S. Probation office. The prosecutor also assured the court that the sentences mandated by Congress were neither cruel nor unusual given the seriousness of the crimes and the safety threat posed to the hunters (in 2001) and the firefighters (in 2006). The Hammonds received a fair trial, they were found guilty in Pendleton, Oregon, by a jury of their peers, and they ultimately received lawful sentences mandated by Congress.

As Americans, we have the privilege of being served by the finest judicial system in the world. Despite suggestions to the contrary, what took place during this case was a process that followed the time-honored fundamental principles of the rule of law— from the investigation, negotiations, a public trial with the presentation of lawfully admitted evidence, the jury's findings, judicial findings, appellate rulings, to the final imposition of sentence. We stand by the ultimate resolution of this case.

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Stunning Leaked Footage of Bunkerville Standoff at Bundy Ranch

Nevada Bundy Trial - John Lamb Update #1 - 06/05/17



'This is war': Florida sheriff urges citizens to arm themselves in case of attack
By WSVN-TV Published June 10, 2017

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida sheriff’s office posted a controversial message on social media, urging citizens to arm themselves in self-defense.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted the video on Facebook Wednesday, two days after a deadly workplace shooting in nearby Orlando claimed the lives of five people.


“Folks, now more than ever is the time for our citizens to be prepared to serve as the first line of defense, not only for them, but for their families,” Sheriff Ivey said.

As images of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting and Pulse nightclub massacre flashed on-screen, Ivey warned residents that attacks have happened locally as well as abroad.

“What’s next is to fully understand that this is war, and you better be prepared to wage war to protect you, your family, and those around you if attacked,” he said.

Ivey stressed that attackers rely on people running, hiding, and waiting for help, rather than fighting back.

“What they don’t count on is being attacked themselves, having to become defensive to save their own lives,” Ivey argued.

The sheriff said that calling 911 means officers are on their way, but said, “Until they arrive, it’s up to you and those with you to neutralize or eliminate the threat.”

Ivey encouraged people to take self-defense classes, and urged those with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns with them at all times.

“No matter who you are or what your position is on guns, there’s no denying the fact that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun or a knife is an armed and well-prepared citizen or law enforcement officer,” Ivey said.

The sheriff’s message received a mixed response. Some residents applauded his stance while others criticized it, calling it “fear-mongering” and encouraging vigilantes.


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Police: Bank manager dies after accidentally shooting himself at work

By Michael Clark, CBS42
Published: April 17, 2017, 9:50 pm Updated: April 17, 2017, 10:42 pm

RAINBOW CITY, Ala. (WIAT) — A well-known bank manager died after Rainbow City Police said he accidentally shot himself Monday morning.

Chris Daniel, 54, was the manager at Exchange Bank and was found unresponsive by another employee. According to Rainbow City Police, surveillance video from inside the bank appeared to show something startled Daniel, who typically carried a firearm.

Investigators said Daniel tripped and his gun went off.

“There was nothing outside of just him coming in the building and making it safe and ended with the tragedy of him tripping, and his own firearm being the cause of death,” said Jonathan Horton, Rainbow City Police Chief. “His family needs prayer and he’s a very well-known outstanding citizen in the community.” said Rainbow City Police Chief Jonathan Horton.

Daniel had been a part of organizing the Alabama Chocolate Festival, a large event in Rainbow City, for more than 10 years.

“It was just unbelievable what all he’s donated, his time, and efforts and everything that we’ve ever done community wide,” said Beth Lee, a friend of Daniel’s.

Lee said Daniel also volunteered to help the city with other various events. Neighbors who knew Daniel feared the worst when they saw police outside the bank Monday morning.

“I assumed that he’d went in and somebody jumped out of the bushes or something, and that’s what I thought,” said Ron Seawright.

Seawright said Daniel was more than just his banker, but also his friend.

“I never failed to walk into that bank when he’d be sitting in his office and throw his hand up and say hey Ron,” said Seawright.

For many in town, it was difficult to hear the shooting was accidental. Daniel leaves behind a wife, two children, and a grandchild.

“It makes you value how being alive is, one little slip that’s all it takes is one little slip,” said Seawright.

Bows had been placed outside the door and mailbox of the bank by mid afternoon.

“He was always looking for ways to be involved in the city,” said Lee.

The bank will re-open to customers Tuesday.

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UPDATE :Dwight and Steven Hammond

Register Number: 59886-065
Age: 75
Race: White
Sex: Male
Located at: Terminal Island FCI
Release Date: 02/13/2020

Register Number: 60061-065
Age: 48
Race: White
Sex: Male
Located at: Terminal Island FCI
Release Date: 06/29/2019 

Why is the Federal Bureau of Prisons making it appear that Ammon and Ryan Bundy were released from the prison system in 2016!?  jt

Register Number: 79404-065
Age: 41
Race: White
Sex: Male
Released On: 11/14/2016

Register Number: 79400-065
Age: 44
Race: White
Sex: Male
Released On: 11/14/2016


Office of the Attorney General
Washington, D.C. 20530
February 21, 2017

Memorandum For the Acting Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons

FROM: Jefferson B. Sessions III
Attorney General

SUBJECT: Rescission of Memorandum on Use of Private Prisons

I hereby rescind the memorandum dated August 18, 2016, sent to you by former Deputy
Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, entitled "Reducing our Use of Private Prisons." In that
memorandum, former DAG Yates directed "that. as each contract reaches the end of its term, the
Burea should either decline to renew that contract or substantially reduce its scope in a manner
consistent with law and the overall decline of Bureau's inmate population." The
memorandum changed long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the Bureau's ability to
meet the future needs of the federal correctional system. Therefore, I direct the Bureau to return
to its previous approach.

cc: Lee Lofthus, Assistant Attorney General for Administration


Every time I think the Trump administration is doing a good job for the American people, God shines the Light on something that makes me think otherwise.

I did a search on the Bundys and found nothing. I should have been able to put any federal held inmate's name in search and found the prison they are in ...the day they were put in prison, etc. Then I went to federal bureau of prisons and went to their map of private prison locations. Needless to say, since I have no trust in our corrupt legal system  - I wasn't surprised that the map shows no private prisons  in Nevada.. Little wonder that the elite run things......they can have innocent people put in the private prisons and do what ever they want to to them. PRIVATE PRISONS ARE RUN BY GREED.... The Trump Administration is no different than any other Administration.... just using a different form of persuasion      ..jt



Global Warming Is A blatant LIE & This video scientifically Proves it.

WATCH: President Trump Speech at Faith and Freedom Coalition 6/8/2017

FULL: President Donald Trump's attorney Press Conference after James Comey's testimony 6/8/2017

"Chemtrail Maker"

In February [2007] I took this pictures. I captured some strange things in the sky above my head. I decided to use some of the pictures I take for 'Sky Art". While the color has been brighten....The object in the picture was in the sky. I have been a sky watcher since Feb. 2015. I have also researched geo-engineering, sun dimming, solar radiation management, HAARP, Climate modification, cloud seeding, etc.  . President Trump was right to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement....I hope he goes  further and withhold money from any organization  or university that's involved with weather modification and solar radiation management. President Trump was right  'man is polluting the sky. Those dealing in geo- engineering dump tons of dangerous chemicals in the sky everyday worldwide. . Keep your eyes on the sky. love and peace  jt  .

ps  That strange looking white thing turned into clouds. Man-made clouds.

NOTE: Obama was raised in Hawaii by his grandparents. His grandmother was a banker....jt

Hawaii becomes first state to pass laws supporting Paris accord
by Katie Mettler
Washington Post
June 7, 2017

When the traditional Hawaiian canoe Hokule'a set sail four years ago, the wayfinders on board - men and women navigating the open sea by a map of stars - vowed to seek a renewed sense of self and share with the world a treasured message: Malama Honua.

In Hawaiian, it means to care for Island Earth, a mission especially important to Pacific Islanders, whose home and economy is under constant threat from the rising seas and coral bleaching caused by a warming planet.

This week, the wayfinders will return to a Hawaii that on Tuesday took a defiant stand, becoming the first state to legally implement portions of the landmark Paris climate agreement that President Trump chose to abandon.

"Climate change is real, regardless of what others may say," Hawaii Gov. David Ige said at a bill signing ceremony Tuesday in Honolulu. "Hawaii is seeing the impacts first hand. Tides are getting higher, biodiversity is shrinking, coral is bleaching, coastlines are eroding, weather is becoming more extreme. We must acknowledge these realities at home."

Ige said the state had a "kuleana," or responsibility, to the Earth.

"Like the voyaging canoe Hokule'a, we are one canoe, one island, one planet," the governor said. "We cannot afford to mess this up. We are setting a course to change the trajectory of Hawaii and islanders for generations to come."

With Ige's signature, two bills became law.

The first, SB 559, expanded strategies and mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide, a tenet of the Paris agreement. The second, HB 1578, established the Carbon Farming Task Force within the state's Office of Planning, to support the development of sustainable agriculture practices in Hawaii, a skill native islanders had once mastered before planes, freighters and Amazon linked them to the mainland.

Both bills were introduced in January, after President Trump moved into the White House and began what many climate scientists felt was a wholesale dismantling of the Environmental Protection Agency and a reversal of the steps taken by the Obama administration to combat global warming.

They weren't meant to be signed into law for several more weeks, Scott Glenn, an environmental adviser to Gov. Ige, told The Washington Post. But after Trump announced the United States would exit the Paris agreement, Glenn and his co-chair on the Sustainable Hawaii Initiative recommended the bill signing and ceremony be moved up because "this was of such national importance," he said.

Senate majority leader Sen. Kalani English, D, introduced SB 559 and said in a statement Tuesday that it gave Hawaii the "legal basis to continue adaptation and mitigation strategies . . . despite the Federal government's withdrawal from the treaty."

Gov. Ige also committed Hawaii to the U.S. Climate Alliance, a collection of 12 states and Puerto Rico who have vowed to uphold the Paris climate agreement on the state level.

It's not the first time this year that Hawaii has inserted itself into the fray of national controversy. In March, Hawaii became the first state to file a lawsuit against Trump's revised travel ban because, it claimed, the order would negatively impact its many international students, tourism and Muslim population.

The state has so far prevailed in the suit, prompting Attorney General Jeff Sessions' now-infamous remark that he was "amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States."

That Hawaii would take such a firm stance on environmental issues should not surprise anyone, Darren Lerner, director of the Sea Grant College Program at the University of Hawaii, told The Post.

"First and foremost, for Hawaii in particular, the science really speaks clearly," Lerner said. "Due to its vulnerability and relative isolation, it needs to move forward on these issues."

Lawmakers and environmental leaders in Hawaii are quick to say that there, the environment and the economy are inextricably linked. Tourists flock to the collection of islands to experience its beaches and explore its coral reefs, both of which are threatened by warming and rising waters.

In late May, the islands suffered the highest tides the state has seen in its 120 years of recording them. Called "king tides," the water creeps up onto shore, swallowing beaches and flooding streets. King tides occur during the summer solstice and stretch the island's high tides even higher, Lerner said.

Rainfall patterns are shifting and the islands are experiencing more extreme weather, Lerner said, which was most evident during hurricane season in recent years. The 2015 season set five records, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The mounting evidence and creeping threat has thrust Hawaii into what Lerner called "a very significant rebirth" and commitment to understanding and addressing climate change.

And the voyage of Hokule'a, with its wayfinders and message of Malama Honua, has offered the state a symbol for that renewed spirit of sustainability.

Building Hokule'a and training the wayfinders has been the life work of Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, whose late best friend Lacy Veach was one of the first astronauts to leave our planet's orbit.

At the bill signing ceremony Tuesday, Thompson spoke of Veach and how he compared the Hawaiian islands to Earth, "the blue island in space." Veach is who inspired Thompson to send wayfinders on Hokule'a to learn from people around the globe fighting for the environment.

Thompson recalled Veach encouraging the wayfinders to bring their knowledge from the voyage "home to Hawaii."

On Tuesday, Thompson said there were six navigators out on the water, just hours away from finding their way back home.

"When they find Hawaii, I will call them and tell them the Hawaii they are coming home to is powerful, strong, united and willing to do the right thing," Thompson said.

Veach, who was on board the space shuttle Columbia in 1992 as it flew over Hawaii, would be proud of the islands and his people, Thompson said.

"We need places to shine the light strongly. We need places of hope, we need places that the rest of the world can turn to and understand real success," he said. "That's what happened today."

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Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen




Possible power vacuum?
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The conviction of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a friend and campaign donor to Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, looms heavily over the future of Hudson County politics. Melgen was convicted of Medicare fraud in a case somewhat related to the corruption charges pending against Menendez. Menendez has been charged with taking gifts from Melgen in exchange for Menendez’s help in dealing with Medicare issues.

Melgen, an ophthalmologist, was found guilty of stealing up to $105 million from Medicare by giving patients unnecessary treatments and tests.

Menendez (predictably) said the conviction of his friend will have no impact on the charges of corruption brought against him. He noted that Melgen’s conviction dealt with what went on in the doctor’s office and its practices, while the charges against Menendez raise questions about what role the senator played in providing constituent services for his friend.

A similar case in Virginia last year ended up with the acquittal of a politician facing similar charges.

A split view

Local political observers are split on Menendez’s future.

Some believe that the conviction, along with the recent refusal of the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene on Menendez’s behalf, spells trouble. Melgen could end up testifying against Menendez as part of some deal with federal authorities to reduce his sentence.

Menendez has consistently argued that he did his job as a senator and his actions were protected by the free speech clause of the Constitution, which also protects legislative actions. But the U.S. Supreme Court, however, refused to dismiss the charges against him on those grounds, setting the stage for what is expected to become a high-profile trial.

Some other political observers believe the Virginia case paves a road to acquittal for Menendez. But there is a lot at stake.

Menendez is up for reelection next year and is expected to win if he is vindicated.

But a conviction and forced resignation from the U.S. Senate could create a huge vacuum in political power in Hudson County, where he plays a key role and is seen the power behind many local leaders.

Some predict a massive political war in Hudson County if Menendez is absent from the scene, referring to similar turmoil in the past when Menendez abdicated his role on the local scene after first becoming U.S. Senator more than a decade ago.

The Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) lost significant clout after Menendez withdrew, and Menendez’s return helped restore some of its former glory.

State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto currently chairs the HCDO and has had strong support from both Menendez and State Sen. Nicholas Sacco. That partly accounts for the regained strength of the organization. Factions have united that might come unraveled in any grab for power that might take place if Menendez is permanently removed from the scene.

Hudson County is largely spilt into fiefdoms, overseen by various municipal and county leaders.

The most powerful of these political bosses are North Bergen Mayor and State Sen. Nicholas Sacco, who is also mayor of North Bergen; State Sen. and Union City Mayor Brian Stack, and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.

Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and Rep. Albio Sires, who have influence in Weehawken, West New York and to some degree Union City, have long benefited from their close association with Menendez – although Menendez is also tied closely to Fulop and to some degree to Stack.

National implications

A still-larger question looms over the potential replacement for Menendez if he is found guilty and forced to resign before the 2018 election. Gov. Christopher Christie would name a temporary replacement, undoubtedly a Republican, and this might give that Republican candidate an edge as the incumbent.

With control of the Senate narrowly held by the GOP, Menendez’s resignation would give them a rare opportunity to gain an extra vote during a critical year before the midterm elections in 2018. Most experts believe that as many as 10 seats will be up for grabs in the 2018 Senate election. Some believe that the U.S. Justice Department, now overseen by a Republican administration under President Donald Trump, could make a deal with Menendez, either downgrading the charges or withdrawing them, on the condition that Menendez step down, and allow Christie to pick his replacement.

Christie has the power to pick anyone he wishes – including himself.

Democrats would be scrambling to find someone powerful enough to fend off the GOP challenge.

One person waiting in the wings is former U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli, who withdrew from his own reelection more than a decade ago.

If the election is between Christie and Torricelli, some believe Christie would win despite his low poll numbers as governor.

Other Democrats might seek the Democratic nod. Sires might take a shot. But so might Prieto, or any number of candidates from central or south New Jersey, seeing this as a rare opportunity to advance into the U.S. Senate.

Local impact of a possible Menendez resignation

More importantly, for Menendez to leave the local scene would create an opportunity for one of the political bosses to ascend to the top rung, and dominate Hudson County politics.

While Sacco and Stack have historically been seen as adversaries, a fight for power might allow Fulop to take control as a compromise. Most believe Fulop intends to seize control of county government to help make up for the loss of local patronage as a result of his downsizing of city government and doing away with the Parking Authority and Jersey City Incinerator Authority. It is possible that Fulop – who had once sought to become governor – might seek to become U.S. Senator as Menendez’s replacement. But who would trust Fulop after his last minute withdrawal from the governor’s race last year?

Sacco, on the other hand, might well seek to have Prieto run to fill Menendez’s seat, and so would pit Sacco-backed Prieto against Fulop, who would likely get the backing of Stack, leaving Sires and Turner, and other mayors to pick and choose which side they wish to be on.

A Menendez exit might also affect some local elections in Hoboken and Jersey City, where Menendez has in the past supported candidates, and in Bayonne in 2018.

Al Sullivan may be reached at

      Since February of 2015 I posted hundreds of sky videos on youtube. When I tried to view them today there were 105 videos available even though it showed me having over 200 videos. This really upset me because those missing videos were from 2015, when I was documenting the sky every day. I contacted youtube asked them what happened to the videos....I didn't even get a note in the email saying they got my message. So. I decided to deleted youtube ,after I deleted my videos...... when deleting youtube, I had to delete google account which meant my email had to be deleted too. Needless to say, since it was only a few weeks ago that I deleted yahoo....deleting my gmail account left me with no email.......I  don't need yahoo or gmail to communicate. I have God. And if He wants something to get out to people He will make a way. The power of the people to remain free rests inside the individual who is not afraid to take a stand for life, liberty, and justice for all. Let us together stand united on the side of truth and justice.

This site is dedicated to  shedding light on corruption in politics and big business. I would hope that those who visit my sites will give the link  to their family members and friends.    Thank you for visiting my site.       love and peace     jt


NOTE:"To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland," Macron said in an address after Trump's announcement. "I call on them: Come and work here with us." Macron even ended his speech with, "Make our planet great again."

First of all "scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs" from other countries have made the United States of America their "second homeland" for decades. So. Hopefully, they will take Macron up on his offer and move to France.

In October 1994, the University of Florida and Camp Blanding Florida Army National Guard Base signed an agreement forming the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing (ICLRT) for the purpose of advancing the science and technology of lightning. The Center occupies over 100 acres at Camp Blanding, about 45 km north-east of Gainesville, Florida. Airspace is controlled at Camp Blanding so that lightning initiation from overhead thunderclouds using the rocket-and-wire technique can be routinely performed and the resulting triggered lightning studied, in addition to the study of nearby natural lightning (an average of 5 to 6 natural lightning strikes occur on the site each summer). In February 1995, The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) donated $1,500,000 (original value) of measurement and other equipment (including six Nicolet digitizing oscilloscopes) to the Center. In May 1997, the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville donated and installed a 2500 square foot mobile home (value $40,000) to the Center in order to make available both research and living space for UF and visiting investigators. During summers 1995 to 2007 over 40 researchers (excluding UF faculty, students and staff) from 15 countries representing 4 continents have performed experiments at the Center concerned with various aspects of atmospheric electricity, lightning, and lightning protection.         jt

 Read my thoughts on this article {above}jt

The French government isn't wasting any time firing back at President Trump for announcing he'll withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate deal.
By James Packard
June 2, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron is doing a bit of, shall we say, diplomatic trolling on President Donald Trump.

Trump said he intends to exit the Paris climate agreement, and that got Macron in front of a camera. He spoke directly to scientists and engineers in the U.S.

"To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland," Macron said in an address after Trump's announcement. "I call on them: Come and work here with us." Macron even ended his speech with, "Make our planet great again."

Then, on Friday, the French government decided to take on Trump's message directly.

After the White House put out a video detailing why it wants to leave the deal, the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs tweeted an annotated version of the same video, offering another take on the arguments.

The clip illustrates what's already a somewhat tense relationship between Trump and Macron. At a meeting in Brussels last week, the two men shared a painful-looking handshake, something Macron admits "wasn't innocent."




New Hampshire man sentenced to 7-plus years in Cliven Bundy standoff case

Updated on May 31, 2017 at 9:16 PM Posted on May 31, 2017 at 6:40 AM

LAS VEGAS -- A judge called a New Hampshire man a "bully vigilante" and sentenced him Wednesday to more than seven years in prison for his role organizing armed backers of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy after a standoff with U.S. agents in 2014.

FILE - In this April 16, 2014 file photo, Gerald "Jerry" DeLemus, of Rochester, N.H., sits with a group of self-described militia members camping on rancher Cliven Bundy's ranch near Bunkerville, Nev.
FILE - In this April 16, 2014 file photo, Gerald "Jerry" DeLemus, of Rochester, N.H., sits with a group of self-described militia members camping on rancher Cliven Bundy's ranch near Bunkerville, Nev. (AP Photo/Ken Ritter)
Gerald "Jerry" DeLemus became the first person sentenced for his ties to the confrontation that became a rallying cry for those who want vast stretches of federal land in the U.S. West put under local control. Eighteen others are in custody.

DeLemus has been jailed for almost 16 months, so the sentence means the 62-year-old former U.S. Marine will spend about six more years behind bars. His attorney, Dustin Marcello, said he will appeal.

DeLemus arrived at the Bundy ranch hours after the tense armed standoff that led to the release of the rancher's cattle and was hailed as a victory in a decades-long fight over government-owned land.

He then spent more than a month in an encampment organizing armed patrols and serving as an intermediary between a self-styled militia and local authorities.

He had been expected to get a six-year sentence after pleading guilty last August to conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S. and interstate travel in aid of extortion.

But Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in Las Vegas added time after faulting DeLemus for trying to withdraw his pleas. She said she didn't think he accepted responsibility for his actions.

"I have to say, Mr. DeLemus, that you unfortunately are blinded by the information you choose to believe," she said.

Instead of advising Bundy to abide by court orders to pay 20 years of overdue grazing fees or let agents round up his cattle from public land, Navarro said DeLemus became "a bully vigilante, threatening peacekeepers of the community."

"I never heard you say you told Mr. Bundy ... to follow the law," she said.

DeLemus told the judge that he traveled cross-country with weapons because he'd heard that government snipers surrounded the Bundy home. He said he was willing to "take a bullet" to protect the family.

"My concern was that someone would get hurt," he said, choking back tears. "It wasn't the cows. I didn't want that family injured. God will know in the end."

DeLemus said he never would have shot at law enforcement. He cast himself as a martyr to his Christian beliefs and cited a biblical passage that there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.

"I may not have given it out there," he said of the standoff near Bunkerville, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. "I'm giving it now, in jail."

DeLemus once ran for sheriff and mayor in his hometown of Rochester, New Hampshire, and served as a delegate to the Republican National Committee.

His wife, Susan DeLemus, a former Republican state lawmaker, sat among Bundy supporters in court, where several waved and thanked DeLemus as he was led away.

"We'll make it through this," she said later.

Bundy, two of his sons and two other defendants are due for trial later this year. Six others, including two other Bundy sons, may not be tried until early next year.

-- The Associated Press

DOES ANYONE CARE THAT A US SENATOR HAS BEEN INDICTED AND IS STILL IN THE US SENATE PASSING BILLS THAT AFFECT OUR AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE? DOES ANYONE CARE THAT WHILE MENENDEZ IS WALKING THE HALLS OF CONGRESS A FREE MAN-THERE ARE INNOCENT MEN SETTING IN PRIVATE PRISONS WHO HAVE BEEN DENIED DUE PROCESS OF THE LAW!? Does anyone care that innocent human beings ,who haven't been found guilty of any crime, are being abused and treated like animals while crooks like Robert Menendez  [NJ] are rubbing elbows with people like President Trump!?    I care, and I'm not alone~  jt

Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez arrive to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017. (CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY)

Sen. Menendez Enters Third Year Facing Criminal Charges. Does Anyone Care?
It doesn't seem so as trial looms.

By Steven Nelson, Staff Writer | March 31, 2017, at 5:15 p.m.

Sen. Menendez Enters Third Year Facing Criminal Charges. Does Anyone Care?

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., says he's not guilty of federal corruption charges.
Sen. Bob Menendez may call a federal prison home if prosecutors prove he accepted bribes to do favors for a wealthy businessman.

But you wouldn’t know that if you tuned in to Bloomberg TV last week to watch the New Jersey Democrat discuss a Securities and Exchange Commission nomination.

The reporter didn’t mention the case.

And there was nothing remarkable about the omission. Menendez regularly appears on cable news programs without viewers being told he faces felony corruption charges.

CNN’s Jake Tapper didn’t mention the prosecution during a 10-minute interview on March 13 that focused on health care policy. Nor did MSNBC’s Katy Tur in a March 3 interview about investigation of Russian actions during the 2016 presidential election.

There is no political pressure for Menendez to step down, and for now the case is treated as irrelevant by both journalists and politicians.

As the second anniversary of his April 1, 2015, indictment neared, Menendez denounced GOP immigration policies alongside Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.. and hosted a women’s history event with Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards.

Even Republicans are quiet, despite the U.S. Supreme Court last week refusing Menendez's Hail Mary attempt to avoid standing trial in September.

The tender treatment wasn't a given. In 2015, regional newspapers including the New Jersey Star-Ledger demanded the senator resign.

A day after he was indicted, the editorial board of The New York Times said Menendez "would be doing a disservice to New Jersey by clinging to power as a disgraced politician" and that "[h]is colleagues in the Senate should demand that he step aside."

Federal prosecutors say Menendez accepted $1 million in political donations along with free flights and vacations in exchange for intervening to help Florida ophthalmologist and businessman Salomon Melgen with an $8.9 million Medicare billing dispute, a Dominican Republic port contract and to get visas for three of Melgen’s girlfriends.

Sen. Robert Menendez, center, appears at a 2016 press conference with four other Democratic senators.

The senator says Melgen is a friend and that their actions reflect that, not a crime spree. And his colleagues are giving him the benefit of the doubt.

"I stand by Sen. Menendez in his continued fight and I believe that he'll, at the end of the day, prevail,” fellow Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said after the Supreme Court refused Menendez's case.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, recently hooked a reporter’s arm with his own on a sidewalk as he listened to a question about whether Menendez should resign.

Grassley released himself with a look of surprise.

“Oh, don’t ask me anything about what I don’t know much about,” he said.

Grassley took a few steps, then turned to add: “You don’t assume people are guilty until they are proven guilty. So I think that gives him an edge – as it would anybody.”

A conspiracy theory popular among some conservatives in 2015 suggested that federal prosecutors sought an indictment against Menendez because he opposed the Obama administration’s diplomatic deal with Iran.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, appeared at times to adhere to the theory, saying in 2015 that the timing of Menendez’s indictment “seems awfully coincidental.”

“This investigation has been going on for over a year and yet the very week they announce a pending indictment comes within hours after Senator Menendez showing courage to speak out against President Obama’s dangerous foreign policy that is risking the national security of this country,” Cruz said at the time.

Cruz declined to discuss his current feelings on the Menendez case when he was approached after posing for selfies with tourists near the Supreme Court.

“Just call our press office,” Cruz said.

Cruz spokesman Phil Novack didn’t respond to inquiries.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., arrive to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017.
Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez arrive to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017. (CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY)

Senate Republican restraint comes despite the fact Menendez's seat would be filled by New Jersey's Republican governor, Chris Christie, potentially making it easier to accomplish key legislative priorities.

Menendez’s troubles began with an explosive 2012 report in The Daily Caller that women claimed Menendez paid them for sex in the Dominican Republic.

The allegations, supplied to reporters via a shadowy intermediary, were dismissed as lies by Menendez. Dominican police concluded the women had been paid to make the claims, and Menendez said Cuban intelligence agents may have planted the story.

But the shocking initial report attracted the Justice Department’s attention, ultimately leading to the charges against both Menendez and Melgen, whose private plane and Dominican resort home featured in the initial report making prostitution claims.

Before the indictment, Menendez paid Melgen $58,500 for two previously unreported flights.


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It’s unclear why exactly Menendez has been given a pass by his peers as he awaits trial, and the reasons may vary.

Menendez spokeswoman Tricia Enright says he has been the victim of a "spurious smear campaign" and that the restraint could be explained by his collegiality.

"[Menendez] ranks in the top 10 among all senators during the last Congress in writing bipartisan legislation and garnering bipartisan support for legislation," she says. "Members on both sides of the aisle know Bob stands up for what he believes is right – regardless of party – he studies the issues, and he works and works to gets things done."

Matthew Hale, a political science professor at New Jersey's Seton Hall University, says the nature of the Senate may play a role.

“The U.S. Senate is a big club. If one member is accused, all of the others fear they could be next. And if the accused is found innocent and shows up for work, you don’t want to be the one who attacked a sitting senator,” Hale says.

“I remember some senators saying that it's easy to let constituent service get out of hand,” says Ross Baker, a Rutgers University professor who advised Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., before working as a scholar in residence within the office of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

“There is not a distinct boundary between helping a long-time supporter and appearing to be involved in pay to play,” Baker says, recalling that Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain “got snared in the Lincoln Savings and Loan mess along with the revered [former Ohio Democratic Sen.] John Glenn,” mentioning a scandal in the last 1980s and early '90s.

Baker says it was clear to him that fellow senators were not shunning Menendez after his indictment, a marked contrast to senators’ treatment of sharp-elbowed pariahs like former Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., who had held up unemployment benefits legislation, and Cruz, who is credited with helping force a partial government shutdown.

“Quite the contrary, his conduct and the conduct of his colleagues towards him were entirely normal,” Baker says. “If they view him in any way it's through the lens of tragedy not of censure.”

Hale, previously an aide to former Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., says recent corruption cases that ended poorly for prosecutors may contribute to the restraint of fellow senators.

Some of the most high-profile recent corruption convictions were overturned on appeal, including those against former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, for failing to report as gifts discounted home repairs, and against former Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., for accepting luxury goods and trips as he facilitated introductions for a dietary supplements CEO.

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“I do think the Stevens case in particular may lead senators to some higher level of caution,” Hale says.

In the Stevens case, evidence of prosecutorial misconduct killed the conviction, but only after Stevens was forced to resign in disgrace. With McDonnell, the Supreme Court found jurors were given overbroad instructions on the meaning of the term "official act."

Henry Asbill, an attorney who represented McDonnell, says he’s not sure why exactly fellow senators are withholding judgment but recalls Virginia politicians of both major parties uniting to support the former governor, pointing out that what he was doing was then common in state politics.

"There may be people with circumstances that might well be deemed by an aggressive prosecutor to fit within the McDonnell type of theories or the Menendez type of theories, and that may also be why people aren't rushing to judgment," he says.

Of course, the clock is ticking. Menendez's alleged co-conspirator Melgen currently is standing trial in a fraud case, and the two men are expected to face the bribery charges this fall.

"Even in New Jersey it is tough to be a U.S. senator from jail," Hale says. "If convicted, the kid gloves will come off and he would be forced out."

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Regardless of whether it's call UN,G-20, OR G7......You are looking at the NWO leaders. Why ,if these are presidents and leaders of their individual countries......aren't they in those countries taking care of national business. I am a citizen of the USA....I am not, nor do I want to be ,a world citizen. The elite are getting braver......but they under-estimate those who elected their country's leaders.   Get the US out of the *OWG MOVEMENT.  jt

*One World Government

Front row, L-R: Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, Guinea's President Alpha Conde, U.S. President Donald Trump, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou pose for a family photo with other participants of the G7 summit during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stephane de Sakutin/Pool

The aftermath of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trip to the G7 Summit, held in Taormina, Italy, last month is a good time to take stock of Kenya’s foreign relations under his administration.

In the last month or so, President Kenyatta has met the world’s nine most powerful leaders. It is no accident. The invitation to the G7 was recognition, by the international community, that Kenya matters both for its own sake, and because it speaks for Africa.

In a three-week blitz last month, the President took Kenya’s voice to the most powerful. In London, he met British Prime Minister Theresa May. In China, for a major infrastructure summit, he met Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the G7 in Italy, he met the Presidents of the US, France, the German Chancellor, and the Prime Ministers of Canada, Japan, and host Italy. This was a first for Kenya, and a first for Africa.

President Kenyatta’s speech at the Summit made an eloquent case for Africa’s weight when it came to solving some of the world’s most important problems. As he said, none of those problems — not terrorism, not climate change, not immigration, not inclusive growth — would be solved unless Africa’s aspirations were put at the very heart of the G7’s agenda.

And he was heard: A clutch of G7 leaders were later to take up the themes of his speech and to engage him, and other African leaders, on the matters he had raised. And this was capped with an invitation to the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, in July.

The fact of the matter is that President Kenyatta’s influence at home and on the continent also means influence further afield: Defending Kenya’s interests, and Africa’s interests, has not led, as some believed it would, to less influence. In staying true to our pan-African principles, Kenya’s influence has grown.

This point may be profitably pursued. There are those, not least here at home, who thought that Kenya’s influence would grow if we set aside pan-African principles. There are those who still think that the proper policy for Kenya is one of acquiescence: A policy that sets aside the principles of pan-Africanism for one knows not what. The lesson of these last few weeks is that the route to influence in partnership with our foreign friends runs through the defence of Africa’s interests.

And let’s be clear: Kenya’s, and Africa’s, interests do require partnership with friends and allies abroad. Take our interest in security. Restoring it in Somalia requires engagement and cooperation with nations and institutions abroad whose interests coincide with ours. So does restoring peace in South Sudan. We want these two neighbours to return to peace so they can raise their people to prosperity. The benefits are obvious: As the President has often said, a stable and prosperous Somalia means a stable and prosperous Kenya; a stable South Sudan means that Kenya’s opportunities will grow. We also know that terrorists are keen to seize ungoverned spaces in our neighbourhood, and to harm us if they can. It’s clear, then, that Kenya’s interests lie in partnerships with our friends, with whom we will secure the peace and prosperity of the region.

Once again, President Kenyatta has delivered. The partnerships formed or strengthened since his administration came into office have supplied intelligence; they have elicited equipment; and they have helped us fight terrorism and keep regional peace processes on track. What remains is to deepen these partnerships, whether in Africa or abroad, so that we can secure the peace and stability without which our prosperity would remain a mirage.

Prosperity remains a priority for all of us. Kenyans expect that this administration will raise their standards of living, while keeping the cost of a good life within reach. Our foreign policy has made a substantial contribution to that goal. One has only to look at our partnership with China, which has made the Standard Gauge Railway and its “Madaraka Express” service possible.

Controversy has raged, but the facts that matter are clear. Kenyans understood that we needed a new transport infrastructure, because they saw for themselves that we could no longer rely almost entirely on our roads. They could see that we needed to move goods and services across the country and the region quicker, because they grasped the importance of trade not just here, but with our neighbours and partners too. Kenyans could see that we needed to find jobs for our sons and daughters: Jobs that would teach them new skills, and bring them opportunities that we, their parents, never had. Most importantly, Kenyans are ambitious: They believed it could be done, and they expected us to deliver.

Expectations were high. The responsibility was heavy. The SGR is here to deliver. We will be able to get from Nairobi to Mombasa in four-and-a-half hours. We expect the cost of transporting goods to fall from KSh20 per tonne per kilometre to KSh9 — more than halved. That will directly benefit every Kenyan: We shall see less wear and tear on our roads; we expect a boost to GDP growth of up to 1.5% a year; and we can look forward to quicker industrialisation.

Equally, we expect the new railway to carry about 25 million tonnes of cargo a year. That will reduce congestion in Mombasa, which we must do if we expect to maintain its position as the leading port in the region, and ours as the centre of East Africa. And all this has been done well ahead of schedule: Kenyans will see a return on their investment even sooner than they expected. We owe all this, and the further future benefits of the SGR, to our partnership with China: Proof, if any were needed, that Kenya’s foreign policy is paying immediate dividends right here at home.

And other statistics bear us out as well. Kenya has made remarkable strides in creating an enabling environment that is conducive to doing business, underpinned by a strategy that has sought to address both the cost and ease of doing business.

Our energy supply has grown from 1,500 megawatts to nearly double in four years, transforming business and communities. A large portion of the energy is green. We have laid a firm foundation towards making our country a hub of production and investments.

On the ease of doing business front, we are a model for Africa. For two consecutive years, the World Bank has ranked Kenya as the second most improved country globally, up a cumulative 44 places in two years; and rising to the top-most reformed country in Africa in 2017. Barely two weeks ago, Ernst & Young’s attractiveness index report ranked Kenya the second most attractive destination in Africa. This demonstrates the impact of the reforms we are undertaking in making Kenya the go-to country on making investments happen.

Our overall investment levels have topped $1.9bn in 2016, up from less than $400m in 2013. Over 30 multinationals have chosen Nairobi as their regional hub. These include Volkswagen, Volvo, Peugeot, Iveco, Foton, Wrigley’s, Johnson and Johnson, IBM, Honeywell, Coca-Cola, McKinsey, Cisco, Unilver, Google, and Diageo and VW and Peugeot, the latter two birthed by the President’s visit to Germany and France.

Too often, in my view, foreign policy has been considered a poor relation of domestic policy. The truth, as this administration has shown, is that our foreign partnerships will be truly transformative if we stand our ground, defend our interests, and engage foreign friends frankly, targetting mutual respect and a win-win result.

Esipisu is Secretary, Communications and State House Spokesperson
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"Come in to my house said the spider to the fly." President Trump sounds likes he's trying to form his own private army....That's my take on a video that one has to strain their ears to hear.     jt

President Trump Signs Bills
The White House
Published on Jun 2, 2017

Nevada Bundy Protest - Friday John Lamb Update - 06/02/17

NOTE:  Check out which banks are connected to the universities, and which US Presidents  were and still are connected to them. My question is how many people are still using their  "name change" to blind side the American people-through public offices!? -jt

Beginning in January of 2009 any student at the University of Vermont can indicate their preferred first name and pronoun to the university community regardless of whether or not they have legally changed their name.

Choosing a preferred name in the BANNER system will automatically change which name appears in many internal locations such as class lists, grade reports, and unofficial transcripts.

Preferred Name in the News
All in a Name
Places Where Preferred First Name is Used
Catamount Job Link Database
Degree Audit Reporting System
Grade Reports
Advisee Lists
Unofficial Transcripts
Library sign-out process
Directory Listing (unless you have chosen FERPA Exclusion)
Places Where Legal First Name is Used
Student Accounts
Financial Aid
Responses to enrollment inquiries such as verification requests (unless you have chosen FERPA Exclusion)
Official Transcripts
College of Education teacher certification records
Merit Page
Please Note: preferred name is used solely for UVM’s internal systems; external systems (such as home-town newspapers, official transcripts, enrollment verifications, etc.) will continue to use your legal first name.

:: Keeping Your Legal Name Private

If you do not wish UVM to share your legal name with external organizations you have the option of requesting FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) directory exclusion, which revokes the University’s right to share any of your information with any outside source. This option is available on the Preferred Name and Pronoun Form.

It is important to know that choosing to request FERPA exclusion means that you will not be listed in the directory and the University cannot confirm your student status (e.g., for the purposes of credit card and insurance verifications, etc.). For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 656-2045.

It is not possible to change your legal name to preferred in the UVM system yet list your legal name in the directory.
:: How to Indicate Your Preferred Name and/or Pronoun

To indicate your preferred first name and/or preferred pronoun, log in to myUVM, navigate to the Registrar page and click on “Change Your Preferred Name/Pronoun” in the Personal Information box in the center of the page. Follow the instructions posted on the “Preferred First Name and Pronoun” form. Please remember to hit update to ensure that your preferences have been saved. For some applications, the preferred name will immediately display. For others, there is a 24-hour waiting period before changes will appear in the system.

Should you choose to list a preferred pronoun, it will only appear on class rosters and advisor lists. Your choice of pronoun is restricted to the following options: none (nothing listed), he, she, they, ze, and name only. Name only indicates the student wishes to never be referred to by any pronoun.

Staff with an administrative need (e.g., police, health, and financial services; deans’ office staff) will see both legal and preferred names. Similar to GPAs and other sensitive information, these staff are trained on the implications of this access.

Report any problems with this process to the Office of LGBT Services (656-8637;, Registrar’s Office (656-2045;, or the Dean of Students Office (656-3380;

Changing Your CATcard
After twenty-four hours, your preferred name will appear in the system and you can request a new CATcard. When making a name-change on your ID card, it is possible to retain your old card if you so choose. Visit the Cat Card Office to have a new ID card issued. There is a $5 fee for this service.

If you have questions about this process, please contact LGBTQA Services at 656-8637 or via e-mail. You can also contact the Registrar’s Office for more specific questions about information systems impacted by these choices.

Changing Your Email Address
UVM email addresses are comprised of three separate components: NetID, accompanying name, and email aliases.

email components
If you chose the "generate new email alias" checkbox when you completed the “Preferred First Name and Pronoun” form, you will get a new email alias and accompanying name based on your preferred name (e.g., instead of

If you want to also change your NetID, or if you aren't satisfied with the alias created for you, contact (656-2006). They can help you customize your entries if necessary. (Generating the new alias happens overnight, send yourself some email the next day to see your new email address.)

If you chose to change your UVM email to your preferred name but wish to communicate via email using your legal name, we recommend that you create a non-UVM email account (e.g., gmail, yahoo).

Watch this recent WCAX (Burlington, VT) interview!


You can also read more about this subject from a recent interview by the New York Times.

"My existence doesn't depend on how many friends I make or how many may or may not  like the things my heart is called to say." - jt

NOTE:   Interesting that our government would allow name change and gender change ----- that has the potential to create-invisible persons. NEXT PRESIDENT TRUMP  SHOULD STO[ ANY KIND OF FEDERAL FUNDS FROM GOING TO ANY COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY, OR SCHOOL THAT ALLOWS 'LYING'.......jt

Colleges and Universities that Allow Students to Change the Name and Gender on Campus Records
163 Colleges Enable Students to Use a Chosen First Name, Instead of Their Legal Name, on Campus Records and Documents (Such as Course Rosters and Directory Listings)
* = Institutions that Do So on Campus ID Cards)
Agnes Scott College*
Amherst College*
Arcadia University
Augsburg College
Bard College at Simon’s Rock*
Bowdoin College
Bridgewater State University*
Brown University
California Institute of Technology
California Polytechnic State University
California State University, Northridge
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University*
Central Connecticut State University*
Chapman University
City University of New York (CUNY) [23 campuses]
Claremont Graduate University
Claremont McKenna College
Clark University*
Community College of Baltimore County*
Connecticut College*
Cornell University
Dartmouth College*
Duke University
Eastern Illinois University*
Elon University
Georgetown University*
Gettysburg College
Hamline University
Hampshire College*
Harvey Mudd College
Illinois Wesleyan University
Indiana University
Ithaca College*
Kansas State University
Keck Graduate Institute
Kent State University
Kennesaw State University
Lewis and Clark College
Macalester College*
Maricopa Community College [10 campuses]
Marlboro College*
Marymount Manhattan College
McDaniel College*
Miami University of Ohio
Michigan State University*
Middlebury College
Mills College
Murray State University
New York University*
Northeastern Illinois University*
Northern Arizona University
Northern Michigan University
Northland College
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Ohio State University
Ohio University
Pace University
Pennsylvania State University
Pitzer College
Pomona College*
Portland State University
Princeton University*
Purdue University*
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)*
Rochester Institute of Technology*
Rutgers University
San Diego State University*
San Jose State University
Scripps College
Stanford University
SUNY New Paltz
Southern Oregon University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
University at Albany
University of Arizona*
University of California, Berkeley*
University of California, Davis*
University of California, Irvine*
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Delaware
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Iowa
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Maine, Machias
University of Maryland, College Park*
University of Massachusetts, Amherst*
University of Michigan*
University of Minnesota, Duluth
University of Minnesota, Morris
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of New Hampshire
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
University of Northern Iowa
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania*
University of Puget Sound
University of Rhode Island*
University of Richmond*
University of Southern California
University of Stony Brook
University of Texas, Austin
University of Utah
University of Vermont*
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point*
University of Wisconsin, Stout
Vassar College*
Warren Wilson College*
Wartburg College
Washington State University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Western Michigan University
Western Oregon University
Western Washington University*
Williams College*
Wright State University
53 Colleges Enable Students to Change the Gender on Their Campus Records without Evidence of Medical Intervention
* = Institutions that Do So with Just a Request by the Student (No Supporting Documentation Is Required)
Augsburg College
Baldwin-Wallace College
Bowdoin College
Carleton College
Case Western University*
Chapman University
Community College of Baltimore County
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Emory University
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College*
Illinois Wesleyan University
Ithaca College*
Lewis and Clark College
Macalester College
Marlboro College
Maryland Institute College of Art
Montclair State University
Muhlenberg College
New York University
Northern Arizona University
Oberlin College
Princeton University*
Southern Oregon University
Syracuse University
Tulane University*
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside*
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Delaware
University of Iowa
University of Maine, Machias
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts, Amherst*
University of Minnesota, Duluth*
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
University of Northern Iowa
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
University of Texas, Austin*
University of Vermont
University of Washington
Vassar College
Washington University in St. Louis
Waubonsee Community College
Western Oregon University
Wright State University
7 Colleges Enable Students to Indicate the Pronouns They Use for Themselves on Course Rosters
Amherst College
Hampshire College
Ohio University
University of Alabama
University of Iowa
University of Michigan
University of Vermont

Meet the Clearinghouse Coordinator
Genny Beemyn is the director of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Stonewall Center, the LGBTQIA campus resource center. Genny has published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of trans people, particularly the lives of gender-nonconforming students. They have written or edited nine books/journal issues, including special issues of the Journal of LGBT Youth on “Trans Youth” and “Supporting Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Children and Youth” and a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality on “LGBTQ Campus Experiences.” Genny and Sue Rankin wrote The Lives of Transgender People (Columbia University Press, 2011). Genny’s most recent book is A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (Routledge, 2014). They are currently writing Campus Queer: The Experiences and Needs of LGBTQ College Students for Johns Hopkins University Press. In addition to being the coordinator of the Clearinghouse, Genny is also an editorial board member of the Journal of LGBT Youth, the Journal of Bisexuality, the Journal of Homosexuality, and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. They have a Ph.D. in African American Studies and Master’s degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration.

As CMU's president steps down, university left in unfamiliar territory
Photo of Bill Schackner
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
4:38 PM JUN 1, 2017
Subra Suresh will resign as president of Carnegie Mellon University on June 30, making his tenure the shortest in the school’s 117-year history and placing it in uncharted waters as it seeks a new leader for the second time in less than five years.

In a letter Thursday to the CMU community, he wrote, “My wife Mary and I have reflected on the long-term commitment needed to implement the university’s strategic plan, and we feel Carnegie Mellon would be best served now by a president who is ready to make that extended commitment to generating resources and guiding the university toward reaching these objectives.”

Mr. Suresh has been at CMU for four years.

His brief statement to campus made no reference to a new position. Officials said they had no information about that, nor could they elaborate on any separation agreement between Mr. Suresh and the University.

Carnegie Mellon University's TCS groundbreaking ceremony.

Courtney Linder
CMU and Tata Consultancy Services partner for the "4th Industrial Revolution"
Mr. Suresh was not immediately available for comment, nor was his chief of staff, Cathy Light.

Jim Rohr, chairman of the CMU Board of Trustees, sent a letter to the Carnegie Mellon community about the resignation. “I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Suresh throughout his time at Carnegie Mellon, and I want to thank Subra and his wife, Mary, for their many contributions to the university. Subra’s vision has left an indelible mark on CMU, and he has assembled a strong and diverse leadership team that is well-positioned to build on the momentum at Carnegie Mellon.”

Carnegie Mellon
University's presidents*
Subra Suresh, 2013 - 2017
Jared L. Cohon, 1997-2013
Robert Mehrabian, 1990-1997
Richard M. Cyert, 1972-1990
H. Guyford Stever, 1965-1972
John Christian Warner, 1950-1965
Robert E. Doherty, 1936-1950
Thomas S. Baker, 1922-1935
Arthur A. Hamerschlag, 1903-1922
*Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1900, the university is the descendant of Carnegie Institute of Technology and Mellon Institute of Industrial Research.
Source: Carnegie Mellon University
He said the board of trustees would appoint an interim president“who can continue to build upon the spirit of ‘One CMU,’ with a special emphasis on supporting the university’s outstanding faculty, students and staff.”

Since its founding In 1900, Carnegie Mellon has had eight previous presidents with tenures averaging just under 14 years. Jared Cohon, his immediate predecessor, served 16 years starting in 1997; Robert Mehrabian served seven years starting in 1990 and the late Richard Cyert’s term lasted 18 years, starting in 1972.

Carnegie Mellon’s endowment totaled $1.7 billion as of 2016, according to the latest NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments.

That puts it among a select group institutions, though minuscule compared to endowment worth of its competitors, among them Stanford University at $22.4 billion; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at $13.2 billion and Cornell University at $5.7 billion. The disadvantage has long added a layer to the pressures Carnegie Mellon faces.

Terry Hartle, senior vice president with the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., said he was not familiar with the situation at CMU, but said an early departure in the president’s office adds a note of uncertainty for any large organization, including a university. “Obviously, it’s a disappointment and presents some challenges the university was not expecting.”

Subra Suresh, Carnegie Mellon University's president, stands among a group of international students on the school's campus in 2014.

Anthony Conroy
In letter, CMU president gets personal about immigration
At the same time, universities in many ways are decentralized in that senior staff will be able to continue many of the fund raising and strategic planning initiatives through the transition period. “For now, you will not have the closer, you will not have the person to really seal the arrangement on large grants.” But ultimately, he said, an institution of the stature of CMU should not experience long-term problems because of this. He called it a “speed bump.”

Like other elite universities trying to chart how best to position itself internationally, Carnegie Mellon faces intense competition to recruit and keep top talent and has an unending need to raise funds for upgraded facilities.

CMU, along with the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and the region’s other campuses, also carries responsibility for Western Pennsylvania’s continued economic vitality — a shift that occurred over decades from steel and manufacturing to an education- and medical-driven economy.

Mr. Suresh arrived to those myriad challenges.

He was announced as Carnegie Mellon’s ninth president in February 2013 and took office that summer.

In an email to campus announcing the selection, then trustees chairman Ray Lane said Carnegie Mellon’s new president had “earned a renowned reputation in education and research, garnering numerous awards and honors during his illustrious career as a scholar, educator and public servant.”

Asked in an interview that day what impressed him most, Mr. Lane replied: “His IQ. He’ll sit and listen to a conversation and assemble a bunch of facts and he says, ‘Here’s what I think would work at Carnegie Mellon.’”

Mr. Lane said the board wanted Carnegie Mellon’s global imprint to be more pronounced. He described Mr. Suresh as a good fit for that, saying he was “a strategic and visionary leader who will build upon the global reputation for innovation and excellence in education, research and entrepreneurship CMU has achieved during Dr. Cohon’s 16-year tenure.”

He said Mr. Suresh’s values matched those of Carnegie Mellon, which long has prided itself on work across disciplines from engineering and computer science to theater and music.

On campus in Oakland Thursday night, most people said they were surprised and disappointed at the news. A number of people were not yet aware that the president had said he was stepping down when approached by a reporter. Others had read the email from Mr. Suresh.

“It was so sudden,” said Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, a research professor emerita in the physics department. “His term was supposed to be five years. He did a great job. He always gave annual reports to faculty and students.” She said he invited people to his house for a Christmas party. “He’s done everything right and was a great role model.”

Larry Gallagher, a network engineer at the university, said he was “really surprised.”

Val Haley, an administrator at the school of drama, said that Mr. Suresh “was always a staunch supporter of the arts. My job is relatively unaffected by the big decisions he makes, but he was always very supportive.”

Mayor Bill Peduto said it was a loss.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Dr. Suresh for four years now. I viewed him as a visionary. He is somebody who not only had the ability to improve Western Pennsylvania’s economy and follow in the work that Dr. [former president Jared L.] Cohon had done, but to really push, on a national and international scale, Pittsburgh’s ability to attract new companies here. At the same time, he’s just a genuine pleasure to work with — a man who is considered one of the top scientists in the world, but also [is] a gentleman. If it’s his intent to leave Carnegie Mellon, I’m sorry to hear it, and I hope that he would consider a way to be able to stay in Pittsburgh.”

Mr. Suresh, a native of Mumbai, India, is an engineer and scientist. He came to the United States at age 21.

Prior to taking the job, was director of the National Science Foundation. Before joining that agency, he was dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at MIT.

Mr. Suresh has a bachelor’s of technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; a master’s degree from Iowa State University; and a doctor of science degree from MIT.

After doing postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Mr. Suresh joined the Brown University engineering faculty in 1983.

In 1989, he became a full professor and joined MIT.

In December, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Mr. Suresh’s total compensation at $897,840, including $738,063 in base pay. It was as of 2014, the most current available.

Carnegie Mellon as of last fall had a total enrollment of just under 14,000 students in Pittsburgh and its other locations in the U.S. and abroad.

Among the prominent efforts during Mr. Suresh’s tenure at Carnegie Mellon has been continuing development of the Tepper Quadrangle and “innovation corridor” along Forbes Avenue. The efforts are part of a development surge on and near campus.

In August 2015, the university announced the largest corporate gift in its history, $35 million from Tata Consultancy Services, a global enterprise based halfway around the world in India. A multi-story building funded by the gift is under development, having received city and campus approvals.

Bill Schackner:, 412-263-1977 and on Twitter: @BschacknerPG. Adalberto Toledo contributed.

6/2/17: Weekly Address
The White House
Published on Jun 2, 2017


John Lamb ~ Jerry DeLemus sentencing today 87 mths.

Jerry DeLemus and Bundy Ranch
Published on May 3, 2014
Please, like, share and donate. Jerry DeLemus who came all the way from New Hamphsire, arriving just after the actual stand off, speaks of his experiences in Bunkerville, Nevada.

7 Ways to Combat Adrenal Fatigue
Dr. Josh Axe
Streamed live on May 30, 2017

LIVE: President Donald Trump Announces Decision on Paris Climate Agreement 6/1/17 PRESS CONFERENCE


1.Moses Taylor                     2.from left, James J. Hill, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, J. Pierpont Morgan, Jay Cooke or Edward H. Harriman, and Jay Gould, wearing top coats, wearing or holding hats, in a room with a view of Trinity Church in New York City, N.Y.

Note:    STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH  City Bank is none other than the corrupt Citigroup... Can any one say racketeering!? Look at the snakes. All coming home to roost..... STOP BIG BANKERS AND THE ELITE WHO ARE NOTHING MORE THAN 'FAKE PEOPLE' WHO THINK THEY KNOW EVERYTHING- WHEN THEY KNOW NOTHING.....    jt

Clockwise from upper left: >> Merchant-turned-financier Moses Taylor, who transformed our legacy
company, City Bank, into a model financial institution in the mid-1800s >> Jay Cooke, American banker
whose banking house, Jay Cooke & Co., the predecessor firm to our Smith Barney, was a leading supporter
of U.S. railroad construction in the mid-1800s and a financial supporter of the Union during the
American Civil War >> Arthur, Herbert, and Percy Salomon (l to r) in 1910 founded a money brokerage
firm, Salomon Brothers, which started doing business from this tiny office near Wall Street



The United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) is a committee of the United States House of Representatives, currently chaired by Congressman Devin Nunes (California). Created in 1977, HPSCI is charged with oversight of the United States Intelligence Community—which includes the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the following seventeen elements of the U.S. Government—and the Military Intelligence Program.

YOU ARE THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE! DO NOT RENEW the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)...    jt

HPSCI Majority Page 1 of 1
U.S. Capitol Building, HVC 304
U.S. House of Representatives
Permanent Select Committee on
FISA Section 702 Debate
Important Facts about FISA Section 702

- FISA Section 702 is a critical legal authority that allows the government to target the
communications of foreigners outside the United States. It is not bulk collection and cannot be
used to target Americans.

- For example, the government could use FISA Section 702 to obtain the e-mails or phone calls of
an ISIL member in Syria who is plotting an attack. The government cannot use FISA Section 702
to target the e-mails or phone calls of any American.

- The government can only use FISA Section 702 with the approval of the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court.
o The Court must approve “targeting procedures” to ensure that the government only targets the
communications of foreigners outside the United States.
o The Court must also approve “minimization procedures” to ensure the government removes
incidentally collected information about Americans.

- Federal courts and the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board have found FISA Section 702
to be constitutional and legal.

- FISA Section 702 is one of the most important legal authorities to stop terrorist attacks.
Over a quarter of NSA’s intelligence reports on international terrorism include information from
FISA Section 702 collection.

o For example, FISA Section 702 allowed the government to monitor the e-mail of an al-Qaeda
courier in Pakistan. That monitoring allowed the FBI to find, and ultimately stop, a plot to
bomb the New York subway in 2009.
o FISA Section 702 also yields extremely valuable foreign intelligence about hostile adversaries.


NOTE: It's interesting to note who it is complaining......Those who use the internet to harvest information they share with only God knows who.   Hopefully, The US House and  the US Senate WILL START PROTECTING EVERY AMERICAN'S PRIVACY RIGHT...... It's time to give the elite crowd the 'boot'!     Jan Tetstone

Tech firms urge Congress to enact surveillance reforms
Published 29 May 2017Share|

More than thirty leading internet companies have sent a letter to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee asking for reforms to the law used for carrying out mass surveillance. The letter concerns Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The act must be renewed by Congress before the end of the year. Over the years, the U.S. security agencies have creatively interpreted the law to allow them to store information on potentially millions of U.S. citizens – even though the law specifically requires the opposite.

More than thirty leading internet companies have sent a letter to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee asking for reforms to the law used for carrying out mass surveillance.
The letter concerns Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The act must be renewed by Congress before the end of the year.

The Register notes that over the years, the U.S. security agencies have creatively interpreted the law to allow them to store information on potentially millions of U.S. citizens – even though the law specifically requires the opposite. These agencies have allowed that vast database to be searched during investigations of possible crimes committed in the United States – “again, an interpretation that goes directly against the explicit wording of the law,” the Register writes.

The letter makes five specific requests:

— The NSA has announced that it would end its practice of gathering information “about” a foreign intelligence target, rather than simply communication to or from that person. The tech companies asks Congress to make this change permanent.

— The second request asks that judicial oversight be required before any government agency queries the 702 database for information on U.S. citizens.

— The third requested change is that the definition of “foreign intelligence information” be tightened up to limit what can be gathered by the security services.

— Fourth, the tech companies ask for “increased oversight and transparency” of Section 702 data collection, stating that they should be allowed to disclose the number of requests they receive from the authorities as well as be more precise about what those requests encompass.

— Fifth, they ask for greater transparency “around how the communications of U.S. persons that are incidentally collected under Section 702 are searched and used, including how often 702 databases are queried using identifiers that are tied to U.S. persons.”

Here is the letter, send on 26 May:

The Honorable Bob Goodlatte, Chairman
House Judiciary Committee
House of Representatives
2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Goodlatte:
As U.S.-based companies that provide consumer and business technology, products, and services around the world through the use of electronic data, we were pleased to see that you included in your “Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda” for the 115th Congress a reference to reforming Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (50 U.S.C. 1881a). We are writing to express our support for reforms to Section 702 that would maintain its utility to the U.S. intelligence community while increasing the program’s privacy protections and transparency.

As you consider reforms to Section 702, we recommend that you adopt the following changes. First, reauthorization legislation should codify recent changes made to “about” collection pursuant to NSA’s Upstream program. This reform would merely codify changes already embraced by the U.S. government with the imprimatur of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to correct deficiencies that implicate the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens.

Second, reauthorization legislation should require judicial oversight for government queries of the contents of 702 material for the communications of U.S. persons (given that U.S. persons are not the target of 702).

Third, reauthorization legislation should narrow the definition of “foreign intelligence information” under FISA to reduce the likelihood of collecting information about non-U.S. persons who are not suspected of wrongdoing.

Fourth, increasing oversight and transparency of Section 702 collection will improve confidence in both its utility and lawfulness. Companies should be allowed to disclose the number of requests they receive by a legal authority and should be permitted to make more granular disclosures concerning the volume of national security demands that they receive. We also support further declassification of FISC orders.

Finally, there should be greater transparency around how the communications of U.S. persons that are incidentally collected under Section 702 are searched and used, including how often 702 databases are queried using identifiers that are tied to U.S. persons.

We look forward to working with you and Ranking Member Conyers, as well as your counterparts in the Senate, as you consider improvements to Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.
Yours Sincerely,

Cisco Systems, Inc.
Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) Consumer Action cPanel, Inc.
Data Foundry
Golden Frog Google i2Coalition
Internet Association

cc: The Honorable John Conyers, Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee

“It is, however, worth noting the companies that have not signed the letter,” the Resister writes. “Notably that includes Apple, which for unclear reasons continues to do its own thing when it comes to security.

There are also no security companies on the list and no chip companies. Critically, there are no telcos – as they are perhaps the biggest sources of data for law enforcement and are known to give the NSA direct access to their raw traffic.”



 More Deadly Than War - G. Edward Griffin
Full length presentation of 1969 lecture by G. Edward Griffin. How prophetic his words have become.   


Trump’s NAFTA ‘renegotiation’: A central battle in the class struggle
When Trump says he wants a better deal for the “United States,” he doesn't mean you and me. He's talking about corporate billionaires like his family and cronies.
- People's World

I got this propaganda piece from a communist owned site.

The newspaper, formerly named People's Daily World and later People's Weekly World, in Spanish Nuestro Mundo ("Our World"), is a national, grassroots daily newspaper. It is published by Long View Publishing Co. People's World came about when the Daily Worker, the east coast Communist Party USA daily newspaper, which was founded in 1924, and the Communist Party USA's west coast daily newspaper, The Daily People's World, merged to become People's Weekly World. On January 1, 2010, the People's World became an online-only publication.

Way to go President Donald Trump. Maybe the communist will get the message.....Down with communism! If anyone tells you socialism and communism aren't the same thing-they be lying. -Jan Tetstone



      My Memorial Day 2017- I spent the day with two of my children and their families at a water park. While they enjoyed the water I relaxed in the sun ....It was a blessed day.  jt


NOTE:  [NJ] US Senator Robert Menendez's trial is set for September 6, 2017......jt

Menendez says Melgen conviction has no impact on his trial on corruption charges

Updated on May 1, 2017 at 4:11 PM Posted on May 1, 2017 at 2:19 PM

Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Awards during the Seventh Annual Women's History Month Celebration at Montclair State University
Sen. Robert Menendez delivers his remarks before he presents the Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Awards during the Seventh Annual Women's History Month Celebration at Montclair State University. (Andrew Miller | For NJ Advance Media)

NJ Advance Media for
BELMAR -- U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said Monday that the conviction of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a friend and campaign donor, will have no impact on his own trial on federal corruption charges.

"That case has nothing to do with my case," Menendez said. "It was about the procedures and practices of his office. I was neither a witness nor in any other way involved."

Melgen, a West Palm Beach, Fla., ophthalmologist, was found guilty on all counts last week after being accused of stealing up to $105 million from Medicare by giving patients unnecessary treatments and tests. He could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

"I'm saddened for him and his family and his grandchildren," Menendez said.

Court won't throw out Menendez case
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez had appealed a federal judge's decision to go to trial.

Melgen was indicted with Menendez in April 2015. The senator is accused of intervening with federal agencies on behalf of Melgen in exchange for trips and campaign donations.

Former federal prosecutor Melanie Sloan said Melgen's conviction could put pressure on him to testify on behalf of the government in the Menendez trial.

"He's facing significant time," Sloan said. "There will be pressure on Melgen to cooperate. In the sentencing memo, you can say he's a cooperating witness. Your sentence can be reduced by cooperating with the overnment."

Menendez has said that the issues he raised were legitimate policy questions protected by the Constitution's speech or debate clause, which protects legislative actions, and unsuccessfully asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out his indictment on those grounds.

The senator, who is up for re-election next year, had $2.8 million in his campaign bank account entering April. He does not have a Republican opponent yet. Inside Elections, a Washington-based publication that covers congressional races, said Menendez is a safe bet to retain his seat.

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A Powerful Documentary: G Edward Griffin   The Capitalist Conspiracy
Published on Nov 3, 2014


The Video The Feds Don't Want You To See

Published on Apr 13, 2015
Although no gunshots were fired, what happened at the Bundy Ranch was a shot fired across the bow using the most powerful weapon in the infowar, the camera. It captured the iconic moment of the people taking on an aggressive government tyranny, a snapshot that still reverberates one year later. We look at the lies, the spin and the reality of a federal government openly defying The Posse Comitatus Act as it threatened and brutalized citizens of the community. Although the sheriff did nothing to protect the community, neighbor stood with neighbor in true posse comitatus, the “power of the community”, to expel the federal army from the community.

Challice Finicum Finch 5/27/17
J Grady

Published on May 27, 2017
Over the last year and a half I have been amazed and humbled by all those standing for freedom and their neighbor. You all have been incredible and when I heard this song I had to make a short thank you video!


Why didn't all 200 get charged!   jt

United States Attorney
Assistant United States Attorneys
4 Special Assistant United States Attorneys
333 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 5000
5 Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
PHONE: (702) 388-6336
6 FAX: (702) 388-6698

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) 2:16-CR-00046-GMN-PAL
) 18 U.S.C. § 371 - Conspiracy to Commit
) an Offense Against the United States;
) 18 U.S.C. § 372 - Conspiracy to Impede
) and Injure a Federal Officer;
) 18 U.S.C. § lll(a)(l) and (b) -Assault on
) a Federal Officer;
) 18 U.S.C. § 115(a)(l)(B) - Threatening a
) Federal Law Enforcement Officer;
) 18 U.S. C. § 924(c) - Use and Carry of a
) Firearm in Relation to a Crime of
) Violence;
) 18 U.S.C. § 1503 - Obstruction of the
) Due Administration of Justice;
) 18 U.S.C. § 1951 - Interference with
) Interstate Commerce by Extortion;
) 18 U.S.C. § 1952 - Interstate Travel in
) Aid of Extortion;
24 ) 18 U.S.C. § 2 -Aiding and Abetting
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Th e Grand Jury ch arges t hat at all t imes relevant to t his S upersed in g
Indictme nt:
. This Superseding Indictment resulted from a massive armed assault
against federal law enforcement officers that occurred in and around Bunkerville,
Nevada, on April 12, 2014. The defendants named herein planned, organized, led,
and/or participated as gunmen in the assault, all in order to threaten, intimidate,
and extort the officers into abandoning approximately 400 head of cattle that were
in their lawful care and custody.
2. One of the goals of the conspiracy was to thwart the seizure and
12 removal of defendant Cliven BUNDY's ("BUNDY') cattle from federal public
13 lands. BUNDY bad trespassed on the public lands for over 20 years, refusing to
14 obtain the legally-required permits or pay the required fees to keep and graze his
1 )- cattle on the land.
16 3. Since 1998, BUNDY was under federal Court Order to remove his
17 trespass cattle, an Order B UNDY refused to recognize or follow. In 2013, a
18 federal cour t issued two more Orders for removal, each declaring that, in keeping
19 with the law, the United States was authorized to seize and remove the cattle
20 from the land in the event BUNDY refused to do so. BUNDY refused.
4. The removal operation, known as an "impoundment," began on April
5, 2014. While it was ongoing, BUNDY and other leaders and organizers of the
conspiracy, used deceit and deception to recruit gunmen and other "Followers" for

the purpose of using force , threats, and intimidation to stop the irnpoundment,
flooding the internet with false and deceitful images and statements to the effect
that law enforcement officers were abusing BUNDY and stealing his cattle.
Deliberately lying, the leaders and organizers pleaded for gunmen and others to
travel to Nevada to "stop the abuse" by "making a show of force against [the
officers]" in order "to get them to back down" and "return the cattle." By the
morning of April 12, hundreds of people, including gunmen armed with assault
rifles and other firearms, had traveled to Bunkerville, becoming BUNDYs
"Followers," conspiring with, and aiding and abetting him, and the other leaders
and organizers, to execute a plan to recove r BUNDY's cattle by force , threats and
5. On the morning of April 12, BUNDY organized his gunmen and
other Followers and gave them the Order to get the cattle, directing a crowd of
hundreds to travel more than five miles to the site where the cattle were corralled.
One group of Followet·s kept law enforcement officers occupied at the main
entrance of the site by threatening to enter there, while another group -
ultimately consisting of more than 200 Followers led by defendant Ammon
BUNDY ("A. BUNDY") - assaulted the site from below, converging on its most
vulnerable point: a narrow entrance located in a wash that ran under highway
bridges. Seeing the assault unfold, the officers responded to the wash to prevent
6. The 200 Followers in the wash included a significant number of
24 gunmen, brandishing or raising their assault rifles or other firearms in front of
the officers. Some of these gunmen took tactically superior positions on high
ground, while others moved in and out of the crowd, masking their movements
behind other unarmed Followers. The most immediate threat to the officers came
from the bridges where gunmen took sniper positions behind concrete baniers,
their assault rifles aimed directly at the officers below.
7. Having seized the tactical advantage, A. BUNDY and about 200 of
the Followers pressed forward to and against ·the wash entrance, demanding that
the officers leave and abandon the cattle, threatening to enter by force if they did
not do so. Outnumbered by more than 4:1, unwilling to risk harm to childr en and




President Donald Trump & Melania Speech to US Military @ NAS Sigonella in Sicily, Italy 5/27/2017


Nevada Bundy Protest - John Lamb Update! - Saturday 05/27/17
Valley Forge Network
Published on May 28, 2017
Apologies for the late update ... I had another funeral to attend.
Life certainly has been surreal lately, I love all of you!


Is This President Trump Touring a Chemtrail Plane? May, 2017
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 Thoughts of Mine

Propaganda has had its way for decades ..
The elite have had their way for much
to long.....

Money is the invention of man's greed
Faith is all a faithful man needs.

Remember in your youth not to take
anything for granted...and look not for
riches to save your soul.....after the
years have passed and you are old.

True faith is in knowing the key
to heaven is molded from the love
found inside ones heart.

Gold shines by day and grows
dark with the night.
Faith is its own light.
-Jan Tetstone
9:53pm May 27, 2017


Bigots are people who want to screw everything up for everyone else-
because their own lives are so screwed up. -jt

President Trump should cut back on spending for food stamps.jt


Trump’s cruel budget guts effective antipoverty tool Thu, May 25 8:04 PM EDT

If budget plans are moral documents — aspirational proposals that reveal values and priorities — then President Trump’s first federal budget reflects raw heartlessness and deep ignorance about the reality of poverty in America. Trump’s budget plan would greatly hurt the last, the least, the lost, and the left-out: vulnerable populations like the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor. Aside from deep cuts to Medicaid and other social welfare programs, Trump wants to cut federal spending for food stamps — also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits — by 25 percent, or $191 billion over the next decade. The proposal is nothing short of an attack on the already ...



This 32-foot granite monument honoring Confederate soldiers and sailors has stood in St. Louis’ Forest Park since 1914, but St. Louis officials hope to have the monument removed. AP file
MAY 18, 2017 10:06 AM
Effort to remove Confederate monument in St. Louis is gaining crowdfunding

St. Louis may soon join the growing list of cities removing monuments to the Confederacy.

City Treasurer Tishaura Jones created a GoFundMe account Wednesday to raise money for the removal of a Confederate monument in Forest Park.

“TAKE IT DOWN ST. LOUIS,” reads the description on the page, next to an image of the monument. Though no other information is given, the entreaty was enough to garner more than $5,000 of a $25,000 goal in its first 20 hours.

Jones joins Mayor Lyda Krewson in calling for the removal of the 32-foot-tall monument. Dedicated in 1914, it features a bronze tablet depicting a Confederate soldier leaving his family for the Civil War. An angel hovers above them. An inscription reads that the monument was erected “in memory of the soldiers and sailors of the Confederate States By the United Daughters of the Confederacy of Saint Louis.”

The city has in the past said removal would be cost-prohibitive, a statement from Jones’ office said, so the treasurer took to the crowdfunding site in an attempt to raise the necessary funds for removal.

“Treasurer Jones believes that this monument has no place in Forest Park and needs to be removed and should have been done so years ago,” said a statement from Jones’ office.

As of Thursday morning, nearly 150 people agreed with Jones enough to donate to the cause, but others on the GoFundMe page voiced their opposition.

“This is ridiculous. It is a part of history. We have better things to spend money on,” wrote Vicki Kremer.

Others wrote that more pressing issues face the city and expressed anger that a public official would take up this cause.

But Adair O’Brien defended the push for the monument’s removal.

“This is history ‘get over it’ You wouldn’t be saying these things to the Germans when they removed all the Nazi era things from their country,” O’Brien wrote. “Only in AmeriKKKa will we be proud of and defend bigotry.”

Krewson also wants the monument removed as soon as possible and is looking into engineering options to take it down, Eddie Roth, the city’s director of human services, said earlier this week.

The mayor’s spokesman, Koran Addo, said there is no timetable for removal of the statue, but the mayor wants it done soon. He said the mayor’s office doesn’t believe the removal needs the Board of Aldermen’s approval. Krewson, a Democrat, was elected and took office in April.

Other cities also are grappling with what to do about monuments and statues honoring the Confederacy and its soldiers and leaders.

New Orleans recently removed two of four statues honoring Confederate-era figures. And plans to take away a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, led to a torch-carrying protest by white nationalists over the weekend and scuffles at a follow-up gathering denouncing that demonstration.

In Orlando, Florida, commissioners are discussing whether to remove a statue recognizing Confederate veterans from a downtown park, despite the objections of Confederate flag-waving protesters.

In June 2015, vandals painted “Black lives matter” on Confederate monuments in a half-dozen states, including the one in St. Louis. The incidents came a week after nine black congregants at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, where killed in a racially motivated attack.

St. Louis officials looked into removing the Confederate monument around the time of the vandalism but could not find a museum willing to take it. For now, Roth said, Krewson simply wants it taken down and placed in storage until “someone is interested in displaying it and surrounding it with historically complete context and interpretive materials.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Max Londberg: 816-234-4378, @MaxLondberg

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These articles are good examples of why Florida law makers should have passed HB 305, or another bill, to make those who disrespect 'fallen heroes'  pay for their crimes..........jt

Venice Beach War Memorial Vandalized
A pair of Marines on leave from their base use dozens of American flags to try to dress up a vandalized Vietnam War memorial until it can be repaired.

| May 30, 2016, at 6:47 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pair of Marines on leave from their base in California's high desert answered the Memorial Day call on Monday, bringing dozens of American flags to try to dress up a vandalized Vietnam War memorial until it can be repaired.

The wall, adjacent to a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus yard in the city's Venice Beach section, was tagged earlier in the week. Metro officials said Monday they had hoped to work with community volunteers to clean it up quickly but discovered it was too badly damaged.

"We were initially hopeful that the graffiti could be removed without damaging the memorial, but Metro's contractor says the damage is too extensive," the agency said in a statement.

Metro workers instead covered it with a tarp until it can be repaired.

That's when Pfc. Joseph Dudley showed up with a friend and the flags, arriving from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, where he's stationed.

"Me and my buddy, we were down in Venice Beach with my parents for the weekend and we heard what happened so we bought $100 worth of flags and are just down here to try to hang them up. Just to kind of give back to the people who are on the wall," he said.

The memorial, dedicated in 1992, contains the names of 2,273 prisoners or soldiers missing in action from the Vietnam War. It was spray-painted from one end to the other with large graffiti tags. Metro officials said many of its names will have to be re-inscribed.

"All of a sudden for this to happen after almost 30 years is just appalling," said construction contractor Jon Scudder, himself a Marine veteran.

Scudder had hoped he and other volunteers could repair it by Monday, but now they'll have to wait.

"It's like putting graffiti on the wall in Washington," he said of the national Vietnam War Memorial. "You just don't do that. I don't what's going on in people's minds."

Ceremony honors fallen soldier after grave stone vandalized

Trish Bennett, Editor
Published: May 9, 2015
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Sgt. Major Laymon Wilder offers his toast to Jenkins at Saturday's ceremony. Roger Jenkins (center) talks with organizers after the ceremony at Forest Cemetery.
CIRCLEVILLE - A solemn ceremony held Saturday in Forest Cemetery paid respect to a fallen soldier whose grave monument was vandalized last month.

Members of the 1st Iron Horse Buckeye Battalion of the USA Brotherhood of Tankers (USABOT) draped the stone in a black shroud as a way of honoring Gerald R. "Bub" Jenkins while concealing the damage that disrespects his sacrifice, according to Sgt. Major Laymon Wilder, state commander.

The intention, Wilder said, is to black it out until it can be brought back to its glory.

"The family should not have to go through this," Wilder said after the ceremony. "He is a fallen soldier who deserves respect, and we wanted to do anything we can do to help."

In addition to covering the stone, Wilder performed a ceremonial toast to Gerald Jenkins with a bottle and glass used only for that honor. He said it harkened back to an old Cavalry tradition of sharing one last drink with a fellow soldier.

Members of the 1st Buckeye Battalion from across the state attended Saturday's ceremony with a small crowd of family, friends and onlookers at the cemetery.

Roger Jenkins, Gerald's father, said he was overwhelmed by the service and the honor for his son, who was just 19 when he was killed Oct. 20, 2010, by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol in the Maquan, Zhari district of Afghanistan.

Army Spc. Gerald Jenkins was a combat engineer assigned to the 1st Brigade Special Troop Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

As the criminal investigation continues to find the person responsible for desecrating the stone, Jenkins is left searching for a way to cover the cost of replacing it, which is estimated at $15,000.

Jenkins said $9,000 is required up front to begin the process of making a new stone, with the balance due upon delivery.

The original stone cost $14,000 when it was created in 2010.

"I did it before, and I'm going to do it again," Jenkins said. "This time, I just need a little help."

To that end, Roger Jenkins has opened an account in his name at Huntington Bank for people who wish to donate to the cost of the new stone. He also is accepting donations directly at P.O. Box 43, Tarlton, Ohio 43156.

Jenkins said he hopes donors will include their names, because his intent is to have each person's name engraved on the side of the new stone in appreciation for their help.

"I don't care if it's $1," Jenkins said. "If they donate to help make this happen, I want their name on it."

The damage to the stone was discovered and reported to the Circleville Police Department on April 26. Police said someone used an unknown object to take a large chip out of the top of the laser-etched photo of Gerald on the front of the stone and attempted to burn the facial area of the image.

Police are still investigating at least one person of interest in the incident, but no charges have yet been filed.

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Interesting News

SB 418: Soldiers’ and Heroes’ Monuments and Memorials Protection Act

Soldiers’ and Heroes’ Monuments and Memorials Protection Act; Citing this act as the “Soldiers’ and Heroes’ Monuments and Memorials Protection Act”; providing criminal penalties for criminal mischief that causes damage to certain remembrances erected to honor or commemorate a soldier, a historical military figure, a military organization, a military unit, a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, or an astronaut, etc.

Effective Date: 10/1/2017
Last Action: 5/5/2017 Senate - Died in Criminal Justice
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• Died in Criminal Justice


Officers could see body camera footage under House bill
By News Service of Florida
Posted: 7:04 PM, March 16, 2017
Updated: 7:04 PM, March 16, 2017
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Law-enforcement officers could review footage taken by their body cameras before writing reports about incidents, under legislation that is ready to go before the full House.

The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday in favor of the legislation (HB 305), sponsored by Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa.

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A similar measure in the Senate (SB 624) has drawn unanimous support from the Criminal Justice Committee and hearings in two more Senate committees.

“Anything we can do to help them ... is something we as a Legislature should undertake,” said Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura. “Particularly when we're talking about these body cameras that I think are an asset to all sides of the situation, because they show the truth.”

Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, said he was surprised law enforcement officers aren't already able to review the footage.

“To me this is an absolute no-brainer,” Burgess said. “Especially as of late, they (law-enforcement officers) seem to be under an intense and heightened level of scrutiny.”

The measure --- supported by the Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association and Florida Police Benevolent Association --- would allow officers to see and hear recordings from their cameras.

It would be up to local law-enforcement agencies to come up with policies and procedures about how the officers could review the footage.

Harrison has said viewing their body-camera footage should help officers remember what happened during calls.

Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a measure last year that allows law-enforcement agencies that want to use body cameras to establish policies and procedures addressing the proper use, maintenance and storage of the cameras and recorded data.

News Service of Florida

Bill would allow officers to view footage from body cameras
Monday, March 20, 10:51 AM EDT
By The News Service of Florida

Law enforcement officers could review footage taken by their body cameras before writing reports about incidents, under legislation that is ready to go before the full House.
The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously last week in favor of the legislation (HB 305), sponsored by Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa.

A similar measure in the Senate (SB 624) has drawn unanimous support from the Criminal Justice Committee and hearings in two more Senate committees.

“Anything we can do to help them ... is something we as a Legislature should undertake,” said Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura. “Particularly when we’re talking about these body cameras that I think are an asset to all sides of the situation, because they show the truth.”

Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, said he was surprised officers aren’t already able to review the footage.

“To me this is an absolute no-brainer,” Burgess said. “Especially as of late, they seem to be under an intense and heightened level of scrutiny.”

The measure — supported by the Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association and Florida Police Benevolent Association — would allow officers to see and hear recordings from their cameras.

It would be up to local law enforcement agencies to come up with policies and procedures about how the officers could review the footage.

Harrison has said viewing their body-camera footage should help officers remember what happened during calls.

Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a measure last year that allows law enforcement agencies that want to use body cameras to establish policies and procedures addressing the proper use, maintenance and storage of the cameras and recorded data.


WAKE UP AMERICA! The FIFTHLY ELITE  are /and have been manipulating things in every area of our lives since our countrymen fought the Revolutionary War !

The act [good guy bad guy] between American politicians   and Russia's leaders is laughable when one does their 'homework'  .. and has to accept the truth...that we are only as free as as corporate America  let's us be.

Watch your back American soldier....As for you who know what's going on in the US but remain silent because of an your silence you are giving the elite approval to kill and mane human being in the name of science..... PLEASE, know one does not keep an oath made to the devil unless he/she is a child of darkness.The light of truth needs voice.  love and peace. jt

USRBC   The U.S. Russia Business Council

The U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC), based in Washington, D.C., with an office in Moscow, is the premier U.S.-based trade association representing the interests of its U.S. and Russian member companies on commercial matters. USRBC’s global approach is to work with a company’s headquarters as well any offices in the United States, Russia or regional capitals to advance a company’s bilateral trade and investment agenda.

USRBC focuses on U.S.-Russian commercial relations, engaging in advocacy efforts with both the U.S. and Russian governments on behalf of its members; assisting member companies with strategic advice; providing information and analysis to support business decisions; and facilitating access and networking opportunities with government officials and private-sector leaders through an active program of high-level briefings and meetings.

Our Members

Abbott Laboratories
Aerolase Corporation
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Arconic Inc.
Alfa Bank
American Chamber of Commerce in Russia
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation
Amgen, Inc.
Amrus Logistics
Amsted Rail
APCO Worldwide
Argus Limited
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
Association of Regional Banks of Russia
ASTM International
Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers, Inc.
ATO Events
Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)
BNY Mellon
BP America Inc.
Baker & McKenzie
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Baker Hughes B.V.
Bank of America
Baring Vostok Capital Partners
Berry Moorman P.C.
Black & Veatch Corporation
The Boeing Company
Cargill, Incorporated
Caterpillar Inc.
Center for Entrepreneurship
Chevron Corporation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
CLAAS North America Holdings
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Click Aviation Network
CNH Industrial
The Coca-Cola Company
Council for U.S.-Russia Relations
Covington & Burling LLP
CRDF Global
Cummins Inc.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Dechert LLP
Deere & Company
Dell EMC
DHL Express
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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release May 25, 2017
Statement from President Donald J. Trump

The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling. These leaks have been going on for a long time and my Administration will get to the bottom of this. The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security.

I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

There is no relationship we cherish more than the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate ReleaseMay 11, 2017
Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:45 P.M. EDT

MS. SANDERS: Another light crowd today. Good afternoon. First off, before we get started, I’d like to bring up Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert to tell you about an executive order on cybersecurity that the President just signed. He’ll take a few of your questions and, respectfully, I ask that you keep your questions for him on the topic of the executive order. And don’t worry, I’ll come back and answer all of the rest of your pressing questions as soon as he wraps up.

So with that, I’ll turn it over to Tom.

MR. BOSSERT: Thank you, Sarah. Thank you very much for your time. Couple of things positive to report today, and the first is that President Trump, about an hour ago, signed an executive order on cybersecurity. And that executive order, among other things, is going to keep his promise that he has made to the American people to keep America safe, including in cyberspace.

I’d like to do a few things. I’ll promise you that we will distribute the executive order, but if I could, I’ll preview the executive order for you, walk you through its three primary sections, some of its wave tops, and then take your questions.

Among other things, at least as an observation for me, I think the trend is going in the wrong direction in cyberspace, and it’s time to stop that trend and reverse it on behalf of the American people. We’ve seen increasing attacks from allies, adversaries, primarily nation states but also non-nation state actors, and sitting by and doing nothing is no longer an option. So President Trump’s action today is a very heartening one.

There are three sections. They’re in priority order, in a sense. The first priority for the President and for our federal government is protecting our federal networks. I think it’s important to start by explaining that we operate those federal networks on behalf of the American people, and they often contain the American people’s information and data, so not defending them is no longer an option. We’ve seen past hacks and past efforts that have succeeded, and we need to do everything we can to prevent that from happening in the future.

So a few things on federal networks. We have practiced one thing and preached another. It’s time for us now, and the President today has directed his departments and agencies, to implement the NIST framework. It’s a risk-reduction framework. It is something that we have asked the private sector to implement, and not forced upon ourselves. From this point forward, departments and agencies shall practice what we preach and implement that same NIST framework for risk management and risk reduction.

The second, I think, of note -- point in protecting our federal networks is that we spent a lot of time and inordinate money protecting antiquated and outdated systems. We saw that with the OPM hack and other things. From this point forward, the President has issued a preference from today forward in federal procurement of federal IT for shared services -- got to move to the cloud and try to protect ourselves instead of fracturing our security posture.

Third point I would make is that the executive order directs all its department and agency heads to continue its key roles, but it also centralizes risk so that we view our federal IT as one enterprise network. If we don’t do so, we will not be able to adequately understand what risk exists and how to mitigate it.

Number of thoughts on that. Among other things, that is going to be a very difficult task. So modernizing is imperative for our security, but modernizing is going to require a lot of hard, good governance. And responsible for that today is the President’s American innovation -- Technology Council, I’m sorry. The President’s American Technology Council is going to run that effort on behalf of the President here out of the White House. And we have great hope that there will be efficiencies there, but also security.

And I would probably note to you that other countries have taken two or three years to learn what we just came up with in two or three months, and that is that we can’t promote innovation without first thinking through risk reduction. So doing that together is a message that we’ve learned, but doing it together is a message we’d like to encourage private sector folks to adopt.

So point two in the executive order is our critical infrastructure cybersecurity effort. The President has directed the President’s Cabinet to begin the hard work of protecting our nation’s most critical infrastructures -- utilities, financial and healthcare systems, telecommunications networks. He’s directed them to identify additional measures to defend and secure our critical infrastructure. And he’s continued to promote the message that doing nothing is no longer an option.

So the executive order not only requires his departments and agencies to help those critical infrastructure owners and operators and the most important ones, but to do it in a proactive sense. The message is a tilt towards action.

We’ve seen bipartisan studies, as an observation from me, over the last eight years, both parties. They’ve made powerful recommendations. They have not been adopted for various reasons. This executive order adopts the best and brightest of those recommendations, in my view.

I’m going to stop with those three and take questions.

Q Two questions for you real quickly. First --

MR. BOSSERT: Actually, if I could --

Q Yes, please. Brian.

MR. BOSSERT: Brian, go ahead.

Q First, was the Russian hack in any way responsible or an impetus for this? Number two, I’ve talked to IT people who say putting stuff on the cloud actually can be problematic as far as security. So what additional security measures would you apply to the cloud to make sure that it’s not as risky as some of the IT people tell us it would be?

MR. BOSSERT: Couple questions there. So let me say three things first. The third section of the executive order -- may be the one I skipped over here a moment ago -- speaks to two halves. It speaks to not only the need to develop the norms and the interoperable, open communication system that is the Internet -- the United States invented the Internet and it’s time to maintain our values on it -- but it also speaks to a deterrence policy which has long been overdue.

And so the Russians are not our only adversary on the Internet, and the Russians are not the only people that operate in a negative way on the Internet. The Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians, other nation states are motivated to use cyber capacity and cyber tools to attack our people and our governments and their data. And that’s something that we can no longer abide. We need to establish the rules of the road for proper behavior on the Internet, but we also then need to deter those who don’t want to abide by those rules.

So the answer to your first question is, no, it wasn’t a Russian-motivated issue, it was a United States of America-motivated issue.

Q And the second question about the cloud, that security on the cloud -- IT people say it’s --

MR. BOSSERT: If we don’t move to shared services -- we have 190 agencies that are all trying to develop their own defenses against advanced protection and collection efforts. I don’t think that that’s a wise approach.

There’s always going to be risk. And so your questions is, are we still at risk? Yes. I’m not here to promote for you that the President has signed an executive order and created a cyber-secure world in a fortress U.S.A. That’s not the answer. But if we don’t move to secure services and shared services, we’re going to be behind the eight ball for a very long time.

Q Thank you.

MR. BOSSERT: You’re welcome. Sir.

Q You said “sitting around doing nothing.” Is it your contention that the Obama administration, that was its approach to cybersecurity? Sitting around and doing nothing? Question one. And number two, you talked about one enterprise network. Does that mean every system throughout the federal government under this executive order, the ambition is to make them all the same? Or protected in the same way?

MR. BOSSERT: No. So I’ll answer them in reverse order, if I can.

What we need to do is view the federal government as an enterprise as opposed to just viewing each department and agency as its own enterprise. So the Department of Homeland Security -- and Secretary Kelly will play a large and leading role in this effort in implementing the President’s executive order -- as an enterprise. And their enterprise network covers 340,000 or so employees and their contractors and so forth. They are responsible, and that Secretary of each department and agency will remain responsible, for securing those networks.

But we need to look at the federal government as an enterprise as well so that we no longer look at OPM and think, well, you can defend your OPM network with the money commensurate for the OPM responsibility. OPM, as you know, had the crown jewel, so to speak, of our information and all of our background and security clearances.

So what we’d like to do is look at that and say, that is a very high risk, high cost for us to bear, maybe we should look at this as an enterprise and put collectively more information in protecting them than we would otherwise put into OPM looking at their relevant importance to the entire --

Q So their budget, in other words.

MR. BOSSERT: No, not just their budget but based on what they do. So each department and agency has a responsibility to protect its own networks, but they now have a responsibility to identify their risk to the White House, to the President, so that we can look at what they’ve done and, just as importantly, what risk they know they’re accepting but not mitigating. There’s a lot of identified risk, but there’s also a lot of identified and not remediated risk.

So that mitigation strategy is going to have to come through a centralized place. We’ve seen other countries, Israel and others, adopt a centralized view of risk management and risk-acceptance decisions. So that’s the answer to your question.

The second question, though, maybe, is that --

Q “Sitting around doing nothing.” Is that the administration -- the previous administration’s approach, from your vantage point?

MR. BOSSERT: I think that the observation is that we have not done the basic block-and-tackling of thinking of the Internet as something that the American people benefit from. I think what we’ve done is focus on the federal IT portion of it. I think that a lot of progress was made in the last administration but not nearly enough. I think we’re going to change that. And I think looking at this from the perspective of a deterrence strategy, to be honest, yes, I think the last administration should have done that, had an obligation to do it and didn’t.

Q I was wondering if the administration has a view on what might constitute an act of war with regard -- what kind of cyberattack might constitute an act of war.

MR. BOSSERT: There’s a whole lot that we’ll talk about in terms of what constitutes a cyberattack, what’s war and what’s not war. The Tallinn Manual and other things are important. But I think the most important answer to your question is that we’re not going to draw a red line on cyberwar at this point today. It’s not within the direct scope of the executive order. But it also would violate I think the President’s primary mission he made to not telegraph our punches.

If somebody does something to the United States of America that we can’t tolerate, we will act.

Q You said that the goal of this is to secure the Internet. You talked about the Internet as something that Americans use and enjoy. Well, the technical standards for most things on the Internet are put together by many international standards organizations and engineers, and things like that that often aren’t in the United States. Has there been any talk of outreach to these sorts of bodies to try and build in security into the next generation of protocols?

MR. BOSSERT: Yeah, absolutely. So the message here is not just protecting the people of America. We have an “America first” perspective, but the idea of having likeminded people with similar viewpoints, like our allies, developing with us the open, operable Internet is something key to figuring out how we will define what is and is not acceptable.

We can’t cut off the Internet at our borders and then expect it to operate in a viable way. And if there are good ideas coming out of Germany, then we’ll take them. If there are good ideas coming out of Peoria, we’ll take them as well.

Q You mentioned the American Technology Council a short time ago. We really don’t have much of an indication that there’s going to be, like, significant Silicon Valley or tech leaders who are going to be coming here. We know that there have been reports the President has had a few phone calls with someone like Mark Zuckerberg. Can you enlighten us a bit? Who can we expect to see here coming to the White House next month? Can we expect to see someone like Mark Zuckerberg working closely with the administration when it comes to that council?

MR. BOSSERT: So let me go backwards a little bit. Instead of telling you who the President did and didn’t talk to -- I’ll probably get that wrong anyway -- I’ll tell you that there’s a lot to be learned from private industry. And among other things, that stuff needs to come into the White House in the appropriate way.

And so we talk on a regular basis to leaders, some that are technical leaders, some that are business leaders. My point of calling out the American Technology Council was to point out that they’re going to have a leadership role in modernizing our federal IT. And that has a lot of reasons, right? There’s efficiencies and cost-savings that are beyond just security.

So this executive order speaks to the security component of it. And I would direct you then to the American Technology Council and their efforts as you look through and think about those other efficiencies.

But as an example, we’ve heard numbers that suggest the federal government spends upwards of $40,000 per employee on their IT service costs. And that is so out of line with private industry that Secretary Ross and others would probably have a very easy time buying and making a lot of money off of a company that’s so poorly invested their dollars, and so I think you’ll see that innovation come from that group of leaders and thoughtful people.

And then in terms of what you’ll see over the next month, I would say I don't know the answer to that specifically, but I'd like to take the opportunity and the opening before Sarah pulls me to thank two or three people, and one of them high on my list is Mayor Giuliani. I'd like to thank him for the advice he’s given to me and to the President and to others as we formulate this thinking. I'd like to thank Representative McCaul. I'd like to thank a few other members of Congress -- Representatives Ratcliffe and Hurd; Representative Nunes, Senator Collins, Senator McCain, in particular; Senators Burr and Whitehouse. There’s a number of people that provided thought leadership and taken action to pass legislation -- all those things that we've liked and that has improved our cybersecurity over the last eight years.

So I don't want to be critical of things that have happened over the last eight years, but I do want to look forward to improvement.

Q Can you -- a former Obama administration official who dealt with other countries and other entities in other countries -- he said that there were tens of thousands of attempts to hack into government systems daily. Can you quantify, can you confirm or deny that?

MR. BOSSERT: No. The answer for “no” is that we see that happen and we then start getting into a numbers game. And what I think would be a better argument right now -- not to cut off that question, it’s a reasonable one, but the better answer here is for us to figure out how we can provide a better collective defense of our federal IT and those networks and data that we operate. If we do it based on an individual attack basis, we're probably looking at it in the wrong way.

Q So was this person correct when they said entities from around the world --

MR. BOSSERT: I would say it this way, without numbers -- the trend line is going in the wrong direction. We see additional attacks, additional numbers, additional volume, and occasionally additional successes that trouble us. And that's the best way I can quantify that for you today.

Q Thank you.

MR. BOSSERT: You're welcome. Thank you.

Q Can you just say why the cybersecurity order was delayed? This was going to come out one day early in the administration. And there had been a lot of talk about concern from Silicon Valley and tech leaders with the direction that it was going in. So are those -- do you have some sense of the kind of support that this order has, or not, from the tech world?

MR. BOSSERT: I want to answer you and even reject part of your question, if I can, and I think that will be clarifying. So first, I'll reject one part of your question. So we did see some concerns, but I don't think that they remain. And I look forward to their response after they read the President’s executive order today.

One of those concerns, for example, arose when they read the voluntary call of the President’s executive order, which I applaud today, that we reduce greatly the number of botnet attacks in the United States -- the distributed denial of service attacks. That's going to require voluntary cooperation among all the different owners and operators of different privately held companies -- from service providers to manufacturers of goods. And those things are going to have to happen voluntarily.

What the President calls for is for the government to provide the basis for that coordination, without defining who’s in and who’s out -- it's a voluntary operation. But we know that they have the technical capacity, if they have the will, to come together on behalf of the American people and reduce those botnets dramatically. And the President is calling for them to do that. He’s asking for the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Commerce to facilitate that.

And what we thought we saw was reflections of a concern that there would be a compulsion, and I think that's something that I can put to rest today -- and that's why I poked into your question a little bit.

But then, if I could, the broader question of delay, I don't really much take that either. I think sometimes we've been criticized for doing things too quickly, and now maybe we're being criticized for doing things to slowly. So maybe I'm right in the middle of the sweet spot, I would argue. But I think the President has hit this timing perfectly.

And I'll tell you three reasons why. One of the block-and-tackle things that he directed us to do before the executive order was to get the money right. He’s picked a Cabinet full of people that know that business operations and business functions have to follow first so that you can then provide policy that he can implement -- right? So policy sets direction and vision, but if you don't have the right money and back-office infrastructure and so forth to implement those things, then you have to either change your vision or change your amount of money.

And so, just off the top of my head, I just thought you might ask that question. The first I already preemptively answered, and that is that we tend to learn a lesson here that we don't want to innovate with policy on the innovation side, and secure with policy on the security side without doing that in tandem. And you saw the President signed on Friday last the Technology Council and he signed today the cybersecurity order. And that was done intentionally.

And then, lastly, in between now and then, the President’s FY18 budget allocated $319 million to DHS’s cybersecurity budget alone. We have dedicated an increase of $1.5 billion across all departments involved in protective cyberspace.

So, from my perspective, both his first budget request and his future ones have right-sized and aligned that amount of money, keeping America safe. And that might answer all three components of your question.

And with that, I know Sarah wants to pull me away. So thank you so much for your time.

Q -- the President address concerns Americans might have about political motivations that these cybersecurity companies like -- for instance, you mentioned Facebook -- they’re very political --

MS. SANDERS: Maybe Tom could come back to questions later. Thank you so much, Tom. And actually, he was wrong on one thing -- I would gladly have let him stay up here and talk cybersecurity with you all day. (Laughter.)

I have a few announcements. And then, as promised, I will get to, I'm sure, all of your many pressing questions. I'd like to announce that the President also just signed another executive order establishing a bipartisan presidential advisory commission on election integrity. This will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. The President is committed to the thorough review of registration and voting issues in federal elections. And that's exactly what this commission is tasked with doing.

The bipartisan commission will be made up of around a dozen members, including current and former Secretaries of State, with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach serving as vice chair. It will also include individuals with knowledge and experience in elections, election management, election fraud detection, and voter integrity efforts.

Five additional members that have been announced as of today -- Connie Lawson, the Secretary of State of Indiana; Bill Gardner, Secretary of State of New Hampshire; Matthew Dunlap, the Secretary of State of Maine; Ken Blackwell, former Secretary of State of Ohio; and Christy McCormack, a commissioner on Election Assistance Commission.

The commission will review policies and practices that enhance or undermine the American people’s confidence in the integrity of federal elections, and provide the President with a report that identifies system vulnerabilities that lead to improper registrations and voting. We expect the report will be complete by 2018.

The experts and officials on this commission will follow the facts where they lead. Meetings and hearings will be open to the public for comments and input, and we will share those updates as we have them.

In Cabinet news, Secretary Perdue is in Cincinnati, Ohio today to announce the Agriculture Department’s plan for reorganizing to provide better service to the American people, as the President directed in his March 13th executive order. With the barges of the Ohio River behind him, many of which contain products that are beginning a journey that will ultimately take them to markets overseas, Secretary Perdue will announce a new mission area for trade and foreign agriculture affairs, recognizing the growing importance of international trade to the agriculture sector of the economy.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement will hold a press conference at 2:15 p.m. today -- probably not too far away -- to announce the results of a highly successful recent gang surge operation. The President has made enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws a top priority, and today’s announcement will underscore not only that commitment but his focus on targeting transnational gangs and prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens who pose a threat to public safety.

Also today, Secretary Mattis met with the Turkish Prime Minister in London to discuss a range of bilateral security issues, and the Secretary reiterated the United States’ commitment to protecting our NATO ally. And both leaders affirmed their support for peace and stability in Iraq and Syria.
One other thing I wanted to point out -- last night, Obamacare suffered another serious blow as Aetna announced its decision to pull out of the Nebraska and Delaware marketplaces, which ends their participation in exchanges completely. They’ve sustained hundreds of millions of dollars over the last several years and is projected to lose more than $200 million in 2017. The company attributes those losses to structural issues within the exchanges “that have led to coop failures and carrier exits and subsequent risk pool deterioration.”

This latest news adds to the mountain of evidence that Obamacare has completely failed the American people, and reinforces why there is no time to waste in repealing and replacing this law before it takes our entire healthcare system down with it.

Finally, I know -- those hands -- I know we sent out a timeline regarding the former -- the firing of former Director Comey yesterday, because there seemed to be some misperceptions about the meeting between the President and the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General on Monday. But I'm going to read it to you all again just to make sure we're all on the same page, because I want the sequence of events to be perfectly clear to everyone.

The President, over the last several months, lost confidence in Director Comey. After watching Director Comey’s testimony last Wednesday, the President was strongly inclined to remove him.

On Monday, the President met with the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General and they discussed reasons for removing the Director.

The next day, Tuesday, May 9th, the Deputy Attorney General sent his written recommendation to the Attorney General and the Attorney General sent his written recommendation to the President.

Hopefully, that clears up some of those things. And with that, I will take your questions.

Steve Holland.

Q Sarah, in the Lester Hold interview the President just had he made a number of remarks. Why did the President think that James Comey was a “showboat” and “grand-stander”?

MS. SANDERS: I think probably based on the numerous appearances that he made, and I think that it's probably pretty evident in his behavior over the last year or so with the back-and-forth. And I think that it speaks pretty clearly -- those words don't leave a lot of room for interpretation, so I think it's pretty clear what he meant.

Q When were these three conversations that the President had with James Comey about whether he was under investigation? He said one was at dinner, two phone calls. Was that since January 20th, or when?

MS. SANDERS: That’s my understanding. I don't have exact on when those phone calls took place.


Q Sarah, two parts of the Comey question regarding the interview the President just gave. First of all, isn't it inappropriate for the President of the United States to ask the FBI Director directly if he’s under investigation?

MS. SANDERS: No, I don't believe it is.

Q But one of these conversations the President said happened at a dinner where the FBI Director, according to the President, was asking to stay on as FBI Director. Don't you see how that's a conflict of interest -- the FBI Director is saying he wants to keep his job, and the President is asking whether or not he’s under investigation?

MS. SANDERS: I don't see that as a conflict of interest, and neither do the many legal scholars and others that have been commenting on it for the last hour. So, no, I don't see it as an issue.

Q But, Sarah, the other question I want to ask you about is, I asked you directly yesterday --

MS. SANDERS: That will be three, I think.

Q Different subject related to Comey. I asked you directly yesterday if the President had already decided to fire James Comey when he met with the Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General, and you said, no. Also the Vice President of the United States said directly that the President acted to take the recommendation of the Deputy Attorney General to remove the FBI Director. Sean Spicer said directly, “It was all him,” meaning the Deputy Attorney General. Now we learn from the President directly that he had already decided to fire James Comey. So why were so many people giving answers that just weren’t correct? Were you guys in the dark? Was the Vice President misled again, as happened with Mike Flynn --

MS. SANDERS: I know you’d love to report that we were misled and what it creates -- I let you finish and read off every single one of those statements, so unless you want to trade places, I think it's my turn now.

I think it's pretty simple. I hadn’t had a chance to have the conversation directly with the President to say -- I'd had several conversations with him, but I didn’t ask that question directly, “had you already made that decision.” I went off of the information that I had when I answered your question. I've since had the conversation with him, right before I walked on today, and he laid it out very clearly. He had already made that decision. He had been thinking about it for months, which I did say yesterday and have said many times since. And Wednesday I think was the final straw that pushed him. And the recommendation that he got from the Deputy Attorney General just further solidified his decision and, again, I think reaffirmed that he made the right one.

Q Was the Vice President in the dark, too?

MS. SANDERS: Nobody was “in the dark,” Jonathan. You want to create this false narrative. If you want to talk about contradicting statements and people that were maybe in the dark, how about the Democrats. Let’s read a few of them. You want to talk about them? Here’s what Democrats said not long ago about Comey. Harry Reid said Comey should resign and be investigated by the Senate. Senator Chuck Schumer said, “I don't have confidence in him any longer.” Senator Bernie Sanders said it would not be a bad thing for the American people if Comey resigned. Nancy Pelosi said Comey was not in the right job. Former DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Shultz said that she thought Comey was no longer able to serve in a neutral and credible way. President Obama’s advisor, Valerie Jarrett, reportedly urged him to fire Comey. Just yesterday, Representative Maxine Waters said that Hillary Clinton would have fired Comey.

If you want to talk about people in the dark? Our story is consistent. The President is the only person that can fire the director of the FBI. He serves at the pleasure of the President. The President made the decision. It was the right decision. The people that are in the dark today are the Democrats. They want to come out, they want to talk about all of these -- they love Comey and how great he was.

Look at the facts. The facts don't lie. Their statements are all right there. I think it's extremely clear that -- and, frankly, I think it's kind of sad -- in Washington, we finally have something that I think we should have all been able to agree on, and that was that Director Comey shouldn’t have been at the FBI, but the Democrats want to play partisan games. And I think that's the most glaring thing that's being left out of all of your process stories.

John Roberts.

Q Sarah, you said from the podium yesterday that Director Comey had lost the confidence of the rank and file of the FBI. On Capitol Hill today, the Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe directly contradicted that. What led you and the White House to believe that he had lost the confidence of the rank and file of the FBI when the Acting Director says it's exactly the opposite?

MS. SANDERS: Well, I can speak to my own personal experience. I've heard from countless members of the FBI that are grateful and thankful for the President’s decision. And I think that we may have to agree to disagree. I'm sure that there are some people that are disappointed, but I certainly heard from a large number of individuals -- and that's just myself -- and I don't even know that many people in the FBI.

Q And a question to what you were saying about the Democrats. Clearly, they didn’t like James Comey too much after the October 28th pronouncement that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Their point now is the timing is different, that this was in the middle of an investigation. Do they have a point?

MS. SANDERS: Not at all. And I think Mr. McCabe made that point far better than I could today when he said that there’s been no impediment to the investigation. And as I said before, any investigation that was taking place on Monday is still taking place today. So I think that's, again, another sad story by the Democrats that they’re trying to peddle.


Q Thank you. Another comment from the hearing today -- the Acting Deputy Attorney General said -- I'm sorry, McCabe said that he considers the investigation into Russian meddling in the election to be highly significant. In the past, the President has said that the investigation was a hoax, and he’s questioned even recently whether maybe it wasn’t Russia, it might have been China. Does the President consider this investigation to be highly significant?

MS. SANDERS: Look, I think he would love nothing more for this investigation to continue to its completion. I think one of the reasons that the “hoax” component is the collusion component that has been the false narrative that you guys have been pushing for the better part of a year. I think that's the piece that he is repeatedly talking about being the hoax.

Q But in terms of the threat to national security, does he take that seriously? Does he think that's significant? Putting aside the --

MS. SANDERS: Of course, he takes national security seriously. I mean, to even hint that he doesn’t I think is to misunderstand this President completely. From the very moment that he stepped onto the campaign stage, to the day that he took the oath of office to become President, he has talked about national security. He's made that one of the biggest priorities in the administration. You just saw Tom Bossert here talking about cybersecurity. On all fronts, whether it's securing the border, whether it's protecting people abroad here, the President has been focused on that.

Q Does the think what Russia did during the election was a threat to U.S. national security?

MS. SANDERS: You know, I haven’t had the chance to ask him about that. I think we're still waiting on the final conclusion of that investigation.

Q Is he open-minded about that? He doesn’t know --

MS. SANDERS: Look, I think any time we have somebody interfering with our election, that would be considered a problem, and I think the President would certainly recognize that.


Q Sarah, I appreciate it. Two questions. First, as has been mentioned, Vice President Pence yesterday said the firing was based on the recommendation of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. We know now that that's not true. Was the Vice President misled again, or did he mislead the American people?

MS. SANDERS: I believe I answered that question.

Q But if you have, I don’t think I caught it, because the Vice President said yesterday that the President chose to accept and support the decision of the Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General.

MS. SANDERS: He certainly accepted the Deputy Attorney --

Q (Inaudible) going to do it either way.

MS. SANDERS: But that doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t still accept his recommendation. I mean, they're on the same page. Like, why are we arguing about the semantics of whether or not he accepted it? They agreed. I mean, I'm not sure how he didn’t accept the Deputy Attorney General's recommendation when they agreed with one another.

Q So if I may just switch topics slightly. If the President knew he was going to do this, why ask for those memos to begin with? Why not just fire Comey? Why have these memos put out and then explain that he did it because of the memos, but then say that he was going to do it either way? I'm confused as to why we even got those memos.

MS. SANDERS: Look, I think he wanted it to get the feedback from the Deputy Attorney General, who the Director of the FBI reports to. Again, it further solidified the decision that he had made. The only person that can fire Comey was the President. He made that decision. It was clearly the right one, as evidenced by all of the comments, both by House and Senate Democrats, Republicans, and many people within the FBI.

I think instead of getting so lost in the process -- did this happen at 12:01 or 12:02, did he fire him because he wore a red tie or a blue tie -- he fired him because he was not fit to do the job. It's that simple. This shouldn’t be a complicated process. The President knew that Director Comey was not up to the task. He decided that he wasn’t the right person in the job. He wanted somebody that could bring credibility back to the FBI. That had been lost over these last several months. The President made that decision. He made it; he moved forward. It was the right one. I don’t think that the back-and-forth makes that much difference.

Q Did you call on me?

MS. SANDERS: Yes, I'm sorry.

Q Okay, thank you. Sarah, going back to what you said about Democrats -- yeah, you have some Democrats that say that Comey should have been fired, but they're questioning the timing. Why now? Even though the Deputy Attorney General did do that, they're questioning why now. He couldn’t wait anymore?

MS. SANDERS: I think that I've answered this. I hate to again just keep repeating myself, but we're kind of getting lost on the same questions here. He had decided that he wasn’t fit. There's never going to be a good time to fire someone, whether it's on a Tuesday or a Friday.

Q Why not day one, when he comes in?

MS. SANDERS: He decided he wanted to give Director Comey a chance. He did. And he felt like he wasn’t up to the task.

Q And then last question: Monday, Sean Spicer, when he was at the podium, he said after the testimony with Clapper and Yates, he said -- he talked about there was no collusion from what Clapper said. But he also said that there needs to be a timeline when the Russia investigation ends. And then yesterday you said it should continue. Which one is it? Should it continue or should it end? Because Spicer said the President wanted it to end, Monday. And now, yesterday, you said it should continue. I mean, I'm just trying to find out which one it is.

MS. SANDERS: I've said that we wanted to come to its completion. We wanted to continue until it is finished, which we would like to happen soon, so that we can focus on the things that we think most Americans, frankly, care a whole lot more about. I think the people in this room are obsessed with this story, a lot more than the people that we talk to and we hear from every day. We'd like to be focused on the problems that they have. That's the point -- is we’d love for this to be completed. But we also want it to be completed with integrity. And I think that was one of the other reasons, frankly, that I think that the decision the President made was the right one, because I think it adds credibility and integrity back to the FBI where a lot of people, frankly, were questioning.

Q We now know the President fired the FBI Director with more than six years left on his 10-year term because he was a show-boater, a grandstander. How important is it that the next FBI director not be a show-boater or a grandstander? And how important is it that this person show loyalty to the President?

MS. SANDERS: I think that the main factor that they're looking for is that they're loyal to the justice system, they're loyal to the American people. This President is looking for somebody who can come in, that is independent, and has the support, I think, across the board, whether it's Republicans, Democrats, members of the FBI, and certainly the American people.

Again, it wasn’t just one thing that caused the President to make this decision. A large part of why he made this decision was because he didn’t feel like Director Comey was up to the job. He had watched -- it was just an erosion of confidence that he had in his ability to carry out the task that needed to be done. He's looking for somebody who can do that.


Q Thank you, Sarah. Two questions. First, I want to follow up on what John asked about, the rank and file of the FBI. Don’t you think the acting director of the FBI has a better handle on the rank and file than you do?

MS. SANDERS: Look, I'm not going to get in a back and forth on who has a better handle. Again, I've heard from multiple individuals that are very happy about the President's decision, and I know that it was the right one. I believe that most of the people that we've talked to also believe it was the right decision to make.

Q And I want to also ask about the meeting yesterday between President Trump and the Russian Foreign Minister. Can you walk us through how a photographer from either a Russian state news outlet or the Russian government got into that meeting and got those photographs out?

MS. SANDERS: Yeah. The same way that they would -- whoever the President was meeting with when it comes to a foreign minister or a head of state. Both individuals had official photographers in the room. We had an official photographer in the room, as did they.

Q Usually, media -- independent media in the U.S. is typically invited into those meetings. Why didn’t that happen in this case?

MS. SANDERS: It varies, actually. Not always. Particularly sometimes, the protocol, when it is not the head of state, and prior to the President meeting with the head of state, that wouldn’t always take place. So, again, proper protocol was followed in this procedure.

Q Has the President been questioned by the FBI with regard to their investigation into Russian interference in the election?

MS. SANDERS: Not that I'm aware of.

Q Does he expect to be?

MS. SANDERS: I haven’t had a chance to ask him that question, so I don’t know. I'm not going to guess on what he may expect.


Q So, at the Justice Department, there's a general protocol that discourages conversations with the President of the United States by the FBI director about anything that might involve the President. That's the general aspect of the protocol that's usually required to ensure that there is no confusion about political interference of any kind, of even the impression or the appearance of political influence on the FBI. That's the standard procedure. You just said here it was appropriate for the President of the United States to ask whether or not he was under investigation. Why is it appropriate if that's not consistent with the guidelines at the Justice Department to avoid that very encounter?

MS. SANDERS: We've talked to several -- again, several legal scholars have weighed in on this and said that there was nothing wrong with the President asking that question.

Q So the Justice Department should change its protocol on this?

MS. SANDERS: I haven’t seen their protocol. I'm only speaking to the information that I have at this --

Q What you think and the President thinks.

MS. SANDERS: No, it's what I think. I mean, look at the people that followed up the interview. There were multiple attorneys that came on after and specifically stated that it was not inappropriate and it wasn’t wrong for the President to do so. So, again, I can only base it off -- I'm not an attorney, I don’t even play one on TV -- but what I can tell you is what I've heard from legal minds and people that actually are attorneys, and that's their opinion. So I have to trust the justice system on that fact, too.

Q Would you say, based on the experience that you and Sean and this communications office had Tuesday and Wednesday, that you were given all of the best information to relay to the American public, through us -- and your job is to relay that information to the American public; we're only intermediaries -- about what happened with this firing and the rationale for it?

MS. SANDERS: It's funny that you mention intermediaries. You seem to take a much more proactive approach most of the time. But I'll go with intermediaries for today.

Look, I think we were absolutely given the information that we could have at that time. It was a quick-moving process. We took the information we had, as best we had it, and got it out to the American people as quickly as we could.

Q And would you say that that information was accurate then or is more accurate now?

MS. SANDERS: I would say that after having a conversation with the President, you don’t get much more accurate than that.

Q And so by that standard, should reporters and the country essentially wait for a pronouncement from the President before believing that which is stated on his behalf by the White House communications staff?

MS. SANDERS: Look, Major, I'm not going to get into back and forth, that we have to have like a direct quote every single time. In this process, I gave you the best information I had at the moment. I still don’t think that it contradicts the President's decision. You guys want to get lost in the process.

Q I don’t think asking you a question and getting an answer is lost in the process, Sarah, with all respect.

MS. SANDERS: And I'm answering those questions. It's very simple: The President decided to fire Director Comey. Nobody else gets to make that decision. And he made it, he stands by it, as do the rest of us.

Q Two questions. Following up on this, back in, I think, October of last year, the former President was highly criticized by members of the FBI and other ethical folks outside of the FBI for making some comments on television that sort of suggested that he had an opinion about how the Hillary Clinton email case should go. And the charge was that he was interfering, that he was putting his thumb on the scale of an ongoing, active investigation. There was a lot of criticism from Republicans of the President about that.

Talk to me about how that -- how what this President did in his series of conversations with the FBI director doesn’t go far beyond what former President Obama did? And to Major's point, how can you argue -- regardless of maybe some pundits on TV who might be saying otherwise -- how can you argue that that doesn’t have an appearance of trying to influence an investigation that's actively going on?

MS. SANDERS: Look, I think the President has encouraged this investigation to take place and complete so that we can move forward. We've been as compliant as possible throughout the entire process. We will continue to do so. Nobody wants this investigation to go forward complete and end with integrity more than the President.

Q But people clearly know which way he wants it to come out, right?

MS. SANDERS: On the right side. I think that he wants it to come out -- he's very well aware of the actions he has or hasn’t taken. He knows he didn’t take any action. And I think he's ready for the rest of you guys to understand that as well.

Q And one last question, just to follow up on the FBI thing. And I'm not trying to be overly combative here, but you said now today, and I think you said again yesterday, that you personally have talked to countless FBI officials, employees, since this happened.

MS. SANDERS: Correct.

Q I mean, really? So are we talking --

MS. SANDERS: Between like email, text messages -- absolutely.

Q Like 50?


Q Sixty, seventy?

MS. SANDERS: Look, we’re not going to get into a numbers game. I mean, I have heard from a large number of individuals that work at the FBI that said that they're very happy with the President's decision. I mean, I don’t know what I else I can say.

Q Sarah, there's a report from The Wall Street Journal that the Deputy Attorney General asked the White House Counsel to correct the version of events that was coming out initially after the Comey firing. Is that accurate? And does that contribute to the different version of events that we've seen over the last 48 hours?

MS. SANDERS: I'm not aware of a specific ask for a correction. I do know that we all want to make sure that we get this right. And that's been our -- what we've attempted to do all along. It's the reason we sent the update last night. I know there were several questions after the briefing yesterday, and I addressed that again in the opening today. Our goal is to get this as right and clear as we can.

Q And did the President know that Comey had sought more resources before his investigation, before he made the decision?

MS. SANDERS: No. And I also think, based on what I've seen, the Department of Justice has also pushed back and said that that's not accurate. But I would refer you to them.


Q So, Sarah, was it a mistake for the White House to try to pin the decision to fire James Comey on Rod Rosenstein?

MS. SANDERS: I don’t think there was ever an attempt to pin the decision on the Deputy Attorney General.

Q -- it was on his recommendation.

MS. SANDERS: Look, I think his recommendation, again, it was extremely clear. The President, though, makes the decision. The buck stops with him. Nobody has ever tried to say that this wasn’t the President's decision, that he wasn’t the one that carried it out. And to try to, I think, conflate those things is just not what took place. We know that the President has been thinking about this for a long time. Wednesday, it certainly, I think, expedited that -- the Director's testimony from last Wednesday. And then getting the recommendation from the Deputy Attorney General I think just further solidified the President's decision.

Q And just to clarify one thing you said. You said the President has encouraged this investigation into Russia. He wants to see it reach its completion sooner rather than later. How has he encouraged it if he just fired the man who was overseeing the Russia investigation?

MS. SANDERS: There are multiple people that are part of this, and it's not just the FBI. You've got the House Committee, the Senate Committee.

Look, again, the point is, we want this to come to its conclusion. We want it to come to its conclusion with integrity. And we think that we've actually, by removing Director Comey, taken steps to make that happen.

Thanks so much, guys.

2:29 P.M. EDT

Newspaper editorials warn Trump it would be dangerous to ditch Paris climate agreement
Research ››› May 25, 2017 4:02 PM EDT ››› KEVIN KALHOEFER

The editorial boards of many major newspapers have issued stern warnings against the Trump administration pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, saying such a move “risks the planet” and would erode trust and goodwill with international allies.

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters
Trump to announce decision on Paris agreement after G-7 summit

President Donald Trump is expected to announce in the coming days whether the U.S. will stay in the Paris agreement. White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have said that the president plans to issue his decision on whether the U.S. will stay in the Paris agreement after the G-7 summit, which takes place on May 26 and 27. Under the agreement, which the U.S. joined under former President Barack Obama, nearly 200 countries pledged to curb their carbon emissions. [The Washington Post, 5/9/17; The Hill, 5/24/17]

Wash. Post reports that momentum in Trump administration “has turned against the Paris climate agreement”
Wash. Post: Foes of the Paris agreement have “gained the upper hand” against the accord’s supporters in the White House. The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin reported on May 3 that, within the White House, “the momentum has turned against the Paris climate agreement” as foes of the accord “gained the upper hand in the ongoing debate” about whether to remain in the agreement. In the past months, the Trump administration had been divided on the issue, with Tillerson arguing that it is “important that the United States maintain a seat at the table on the conversations around how to address the threats of climate change” and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt calling the agreement “a bad deal for America.” [The Washington Post, 5/3/17; Media Matters, 1/12/17, 4/13/17]

Editorials warn against leaving Paris accord, saying it “risks the planet” and would be “a gratuitous thumb in the eye” of world’s nations

NY Times: Trump "has stripped America of its hard-won role as a global leader on climate issues." In a May 22 editorial, the The New York Times called Trump’s claim that meeting the U.S.’s Paris obligations would cost jobs and damage the economy a “bogus argument,” and debunked the conservative myth that China and India are not taking action on climate change. Earlier, on March 28, a Times’ editorial headlined “President Trump risks the planet” argued that he should not repudiate the Paris agreement and highlighted the dangers of disengaging from the fight against climate change, writing that if he rolls back Obama's climate initiatives, “the United States will have neither the tools nor the credibility to lead the world on emissions reduction.”

Mr. Trump’s ignorance has stripped America of its hard-won role as a global leader on climate issues.


Mr. Trump has, for all practical purposes, repudiated Paris. The initiatives that he threatens to dismantle are the very ones that support Mr. Obama’s expansive pledge in Paris to reduce America’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than one quarter below 2005 levels by 2025. Without them, the United States will have neither the tools nor the credibility to lead the world on emissions reduction, and surely the leaders of China and India and the rest of the world are smart enough to see this.

This raises two very real dangers. Either other big countries also pull out of the agreement. Or they decide to seize the initiative on clean energy sources, which would be good for the climate but bad for American industry. [The New York Times, 3/28/17, 5/22/17]

Wash. Post: “Leaving the Paris agreement would be a gratuitous thumb in everyone’s eye.” In a March 4 editorial, The Washington Post wrote that withdrawing from the Paris agreement “would be an enormous and possibly irreparable error,” adding, “This is not a hard call: Staying in the agreement is costless, while leaving would rightly provoke sharp and sustained international outrage. … leaving Paris would be nothing more than a gratuitous thumb in the eye of practically every important nation on the planet, a bizarre and irrational unforced error.”

The Post took up the accord again in a May 3 editorial, writing, “Staying in the Paris accord is cost-free, but pulling out is not” and warning that Trump “must not underestimate the cost of pulling out. … By leaving Paris, the United States would surrender a huge amount of diplomatic capital and reputation — much more than it is already set to lose by unwisely reversing Obama-era emissions-cutting policies. Mr. Trump would hear about it for the rest of his presidency. And for good reason.” And on May 20, the Post called the prospect of leaving the accord “an unthinkably irrational move that would enrage allied governments for no material benefit.” From the March 4 editorial:

THE NEW YORK TIMES reports that the Trump administration has divided over whether to remove the United States from the Paris climate agreement, a landmark international deal with vast diplomatic and environmental significance. Withdrawing — or asking the Senate to decide what to do, which is effectively the same thing — would be an enormous and possibly irreparable error. This is not a hard call: Staying in the agreement is costless, while leaving would rightly provoke sharp and sustained international outrage.


President Trump could modify the U.S. Paris commitment, or simply leave President Barack Obama’s Paris pledge in place. Although Mr. Trump has promised to rip up major elements of Mr. Obama’s climate plan, other policies, such as congressionally mandated renewables subsidies and state-level efforts, would continue apace. Crushing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan would ill-prepare the country for the significant emissions cuts that it will have to make in coming decades, but it would not keep the nation from reducing its emissions by more modest levels in the near term. If the country is going to be achieving emissions cuts anyway, why not take some international credit for them?

Given all that, leaving Paris would be nothing more than a gratuitous thumb in the eye of practically every important nation on the planet, a bizarre and irrational unforced error. [The Washington Post, 3/4/17, 5/3/17, 5/20/17]

USA Today: Abandoning the Paris agreement “could endanger the planet’s future.” USA Today wrote in an editorial on April 19 that leaving the Paris agreement could provide other nations “an excuse to bail or fall short on their emission-reduction commitments” and “damage America's credibility and erode diplomatic relations with countries that take their environmental promises far more seriously.”

Abandoning the Paris agreement could endanger the planet's future. The accord relies heavily on international peer pressure, and pulling out would offer other nations an excuse to bail or fall short on their emission-reduction commitments.

Reneging on such a far-reaching and historic pact would also damage America's credibility and erode diplomatic relations with countries that take their environmental promises far more seriously. Nations that have, or are planning, taxes on carbon emissions could slap retaliatory tariffs on goods imported from America.


Abandoning Paris would expose America to massive international condemnation, all for the sake of getting out of a non-binding agreement. That makes no sense. [USA Today, 4/19/17]

LA Times urges Trump to “embrace the Paris climate agreement” and avoid marginalizing the U.S. In an April 19 editorial headlined “Surprise us, Mr. President, and embrace the Paris climate agreement,” the Los Angeles Times editorial board expressed hope that Trump “might still join the rest of the world in trying to address the potentially existential threat of global warming” by remaining in the agreement. The Times continued, “For the United States to back off from the Paris accord now not only would imperil the chances of global success, but would marginalize the U.S. as a leader in a defining issue of our era. At the same time, if the U.S. were to stay in the Paris agreement while weakening the United States' commitments, that still would be a losing proposition for the nation, and the world, given that emissions need to be even more sharply curtailed than already planned.”

It's slightly encouraging that there seems to be an internal debate underway between a set of Trump advisors who want the president to keep his promise to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris agreement and another set urging him to stick with the pact but loosen the Obama goal of reducing by 2025 U.S. emissions by up to 28% of 2005 levels. That the Trump administration is even debating the issue rather than blindly carrying out its ill-conceived campaign promise offers a hopeful sign that the president's position could change, and that he might still join the rest of the world in trying to address the potentially existential threat of global warming. For the United States to back off from the Paris accord now not only would imperil the chances of global success, but would marginalize the U.S. as a leader in a defining issue of our era.

At the same time, if the U.S. were to stay in the Paris agreement while weakening the United States' commitments, that still would be a losing proposition for the nation, and the world, given that emissions need to be even more sharply curtailed than already planned.


 The president is in a position to prove his critics wrong — to demonstrate that he can weigh (actual, not alternative) facts and frame positions based on reality and in the best interests of the nation. We invite him to do so by sticking with the Paris agreement and the Clean Power Plan, and by directing the government to find ways to reduce U.S. emissions even further. Those are steps that a sagacious and respected world leader would take. [Los Angeles Times, 4/19/17]

Chicago Tribune: Withdrawal from the agreement would make Trump “a loser” on the world stage. A March 29 Chicago Tribune editorial argued that Trump exiting the climate accord “would not only set back the worldwide efforts to reduce emissions — but it also would elevate China into the top role as global leader on the issue, which would make the president one of those people he tweets about: a loser.”

Candidate Trump vowed to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, which included unprecedented promises by nearly every nation on Earth to take concrete steps to reduce their carbon emissions. It was a nonbinding pact without enforcement mechanisms, but world leaders are still moving forward to fulfill their promises to reach their goals. While it would take about four years for Trump to formally withdraw the U.S. from the pact, the president could effectively end American efforts sooner by refusing to act on Obama’s emissions reduction promises. That would not only set back the worldwide efforts to reduce emissions — but it also would elevate China into the top role as global leader on the issue, which would make the president one of those people he tweets about: a loser. [Chicago Tribune, 3/29/17]

The Virginian-Pilot: Pulling out of the agreement would be “reflexive and childish” and put Virginians at risk. The Virginian-Pilot’s editorial board wrote on May 7 that leaving the Paris accord would “represent a massive step away from the type of leadership on environmental stewardship the world needs from the United States — and it could have catastrophic implications for the residents of Hampton Roads," a metropolitan region in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

REPORTS BY TRUSTWORTHY media sources circulated last week claiming that President Donald Trump intends to sign an order that would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.


If Trump follows through, it would represent a massive step away from the type of leadership on environmental stewardship the world needs from the United States — and it could have catastrophic implications for the residents of Hampton Roads.

Pulling out of the deal would adhere to Trump's campaign promises to do so and his reflexive and childish opposition to everything Obama did or said. Trump is, after all, a man who once said climate change is some type of hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to harm the American economy, a position both laughable and paranoid. [The Virginian-Pilot, 5/7/17]



My roots begin in a far away land
and spread to where I now stand.
My roots begin on  American soil
before I was born...who am I.
I am a part of long ago, other times
And other my blood
will testify....I am the offspring
of both brave and noble races.

My grandfather of long ago
was the first of the English barons
to take up the Cross and go forth
to the Holy Wars.
Richard the Lion heart,
knighted him on the battlefield.
But I am not he.. my grandfather lives
through the blood in me.

My grandfather fought the white man
that came from across the sea.....
to protect his land and family. Who am I
I am not he... My grandfather lives
through the blood in me.

Who am I!?
I am the offspring of all good and
bad things.

Are we not all tied together-to the past?
Are we not all warriors and peace seeks
at heart?
Are we not all defenders of our own beliefs?
My bloodline is not me.

I am an American-born to defend justice
and fight and die for liberty-if need be.
                                -Jan Tetstone
12: 29 am May 26, 2017


"To be rather than to seem"

Barbara Pierce Bush, George W. Bush’s daughter, to keynote Planned Parenthood fundraiser

By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Barbara Pierce Bush, the 35-year-old daughter of former President George W. Bush, will deliver the keynote address at the annual fundraising luncheon of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas on Wednesday.
Proceeds from the annual event will support Planned Parenthood’s healthcare services for women, including abortions.
“Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas is thrilled to announce Barbara Pierce Bush as the Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Annual Luncheon,” the event’s description reads.
Cecile Richards, the organization’s president, told BuzzFeed News that it is “really exciting” to have Ms. Bush speak.
“I don’t know if she’s ever spoke at any [Planned Parenthood] event before,” she said.
Ms. Bush is the CEO and co-founder of the nonprofit Global Health Corps, which partners with several Planned Parenthood affiliates around the world.

It's better that two paths cross
and two hearts cross in passing
Than it is for one heart to travel
down life's lonely roads alone.

It's better to know the touch
of human compassion in passing
than to never know there is
more to life than the road
you walks alone. jt
10:46 pm May 24, 2017

Burns Confidential - 11216 Day 12 Burns, Oregon FBI Following Sheriff and Judge
Valley Forge Network
Published on May 24, 2017
Mark Connors Channel
(Original Title) 11216 Day 12 Burns, Oregon FBI Follwing Sheriff and Judge

Wednesday 05/24/17
Valley Forge Network
Published on May 24, 2017
Great Update from John Lamb today
John Lamb



 May 24, 2017

Let's start working together worldwide to save our individual countries from total take over by the elite few.... Let's begin by understanding exactly what we are up against. Ask yourself who exactly it is feeding the banking business. There's a beginning to everything. And like a new born baby it must be fed to grow.

The beginning :The first mercantile agency in the world was established in the City of New York in 1841.

After being fed  by unsuspecting victims for 150 years:  The same institution is the first in its field to-day :      Dun & Bradstreet
Since 1841, companies have trusted D&B’s business credit information to help them reduce bad credit risk and improve cash flow. Contact us to see how we can help your business make confident credit decisions.

Here is something you might find interesting: ALL government agencies, including the Department of Defense, and the US President have D-U-Ns numbers.

D-U-Ns numbers are used worldwide.......... It looks like the elite few have turned human beings into assets -instead of customers. The best thing to do is tell those in the business of giving business advice : YOU ARE FIRED!

Afterwards, I guarantee,  those put in office by the people, who have been profiting from big business -will get the hint.     love and peace    jt

John Lamb ~ Camp Liberty 5/22/17
J Grady
Published on May 22, 2017
Day 18 Camp Liberty Pahrump Nevada
Thank you John Lamb for keeping us all updated

Mock bus crash used in training several Las Vegas agencies
Multiple Las Vegas agencies participated in a mass casualty training exercise involving an overturned school bus on Monday, May 22, 2017. (Twitter/@NHPSouthernComm)Multiple Las Vegas agencies participated in a mass casualty training exercise involving an overturned school bus on Monday, May 22, 2017. (Twitter/@NHPSouthernComm)Multiple Las Vegas agencies participated in a mass casualty training exercise involving an overturned school bus on Monday, May 22, 2017. (Twitter/@NHPSouthernComm)Multiple Las Vegas agencies participated in a mass casualty training exercise involving an overturned school bus on Monday, May 22, 2017. (Twitter/@NHPSouthernComm)

By Lawren Linehan Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 22, 2017 - 1:35 pm

Multiple Las Vegas agencies participated in a mass casualty training exercise Monday morning involving an overturned school bus.
Nevada Highway Patrol tweeted photos and video of the mock crash site, which shows a white passenger car perpendicular to a large overturned school bus.
The scene is similar to a May 4 crash that killed a woman and sent more than a dozen middle school students to a hospital. In the fatal crash near Nellis Boulevard and East Carey Avenue, a white Ford Taurus LX sedan ran a red light and T-boned a Clark County School District bus.

Despite the similarities, Highway Patrol spokeswoman Chelsea Stuenkel said, “there is no specific link or reference to the other (May 4) crash.”
Stuenkel said the bus is being used in this training to represent a large passenger vehicle and multiple fatalities. The vehicles used in the training were previously damaged or out of service, she said.
Contact Lawren Linehan at or at 702-383-0381. Follow @lawrenlinehan on Twitter.

Press Release
May 19, 2017
Federal Reserve imposes $1.2 million fine and permanent ban on employment against former Barclays Bank PLC employee
For release at 3:00 p.m. EDT
The Federal Reserve Board on Friday announced that it has imposed a $1.2 million fine and a permanent ban on employment in the banking industry against Christopher Ashton, the former Global Head of Foreign Exchange (FX) Spot Trading at Barclays Bank PLC, in connection with the manipulation of FX pricing benchmarks.
Ashton failed to answer, appear, or request a hearing in administrative law proceedings after the Board charged him in June 2016 with unsafe and unsound practices related to his use of electronic chat rooms to coordinate FX trading, facilitate manipulation of FX pricing benchmarks, and disclose confidential customer information to traders at other organizations, as well as his failure to appropriately supervise other Barclays traders.
The enforcement proceedings against Ashton follow the Board's May 2015 enforcement actions against Barclays for unsafe and unsound practices related to its compliance and control failures concerning its practices in the FX markets. The Board required Barclays to pay $342 million in penalties.
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March 10, 2017
Federal Reserve Board seeks to fine and prohibit two former managing directors at J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) from employment in banking industry
For release at 3:15 p.m. EST
The Federal Reserve Board announced on Friday it will seek to fine and prohibit Fang Fang and Timothy Fletcher, two former managing directors at J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited, from working in the banking industry for their participation in a referral hiring program that violated anti-bribery law.
Fang and Fletcher are alleged to have offered internships and other employment opportunities to individuals referred by foreign officials, clients, and prospective clients in order to obtain improper business advantages in violation of firm policies and U.S. anti-bribery law. In addition to permanently prohibiting them from the banking industry, the Board seeks to impose a $1 million fine against Fang and a $500,000 fine against Fletcher.
The enforcement proceedings against Fang and Fletcher follow the Board's November 2016 enforcement actions against JPMorgan Chase & Co. for unsafe and unsound practices related to the firm's referral hiring program. The Board required JPMorgan Chase & Co. to pay $61.9 million in penalties for control deficiencies related to the firm's referral hiring practices and anti-bribery policies.
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Assemblywoman wants to ban private prisons in Nevada
Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs is an example of a crowded Nevada prison. A proposal calls for inmates to be moved out of state while the prison is renovated.

By Yvonne Gonzalez (contact)
Published Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 2 a.m.
Updated Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 1:04 p.m.

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There was no opposition to a proposed ban on private prisons in Nevada when the bill came before a committee of lawmakers this morning.

Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno, D-North Las Vegas, is amending the bill to bring down the anticipated price tag of almost $85 million and to give the prison system time to transition. A retired corrections officer, Monroe-Moreno said Monday that she’s seen the need for improved services and criminal justice reforms.

“The use of for-profit prisons can be a temporary fix if necessary, but it is not the ultimate fix for the overcrowding issues and other problems that we have in our criminal justice system,” she said.

Monroe-Moreno said for-profit prisons are a big business. “It kind of incentivizes having people be incarcerated more often, having longer sentences,” she said.

The Nevada Department of Corrections estimated the cost of the original version of Assembly Bill 303 and said it would be unable to meet the proposed requirements with current resources.

The $85 million estimate attached to the original bill took several issues into account, such as new construction and the potential lease of an alternate facility in North Las Vegas. Monroe-Moreno said the amended version largely eliminates that estimated cost.

Nevada’s one for-profit facility is a federal prison in Pahrump that Monroe-Moreno said the Legislature cannot control. The bill requires that state and local prisons, jails and detention facilities fall under the direct operational control of the state or a local government.

Members of the Assembly’s Corrections, Parole and Probation Committee heard support for the bill from corrections officials and public defenders, among others.

Department of Corrections Director James Dzurenda said there were almost 600 inmates sleeping in unconventional housing, such as day rooms and program rooms.

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s recommended budget requests that 200 inmates be housed out of state due to crowding and needed repairs in an uninhabitable part of Southern Desert Correctional Center. The Corrections Department’s fiscal note says the original bill would have prevented that.

Monroe-Moreno said the amended bill would temporarily house those inmates out of state while repairs are made.

“We’ve come to a happy medium between what they need and what I’d like to see,” she said.

Two buildings need to be repaired. Monroe-Moreno said she’s been told the work would take two years for each, and the inmates would be moved back in state as soon as the facilities are ready.

“Once we’re able to get them back in, we’ll have refurbished facilities but we’ll also have more programming to help with the behavioral health care issues and education issues once they come back,” she said.

Less employee training and higher turnover are some of the issues seen in some for-profit prisons, said Nicole Porter, of the Washington, D.C.-based Sentencing Project, a nonprofit advocacy group.

“With AB 303, Nevada lawmakers have an opportunity to codify the practice of incarcerating no state prisoners in private prison,” Porter said.

Assemblyman Keith Pickard said people hear about the same kinds of problem outcomes in the public prison system as well. Porter said overpopulation issues can contribute to issues within prisons while also contributing to the need for for-profit facilities.

Keeping in mind the prisoners being transferred out of state, Pickard asked for an analysis of institutions that are run well.

“We’re talking about a mixed bag of results,” he said. “I’m wondering if then there are best practices.”

If passed, the provisions in the bill would take effect in July. A sunset clause would give prisons five years to transition.


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“Signing Day” brought new meaning for four of the nation’s brightest teens as they were officially accepted into an innovative medical school pipeline program today through Florida Atlantic University’s “FAU High School M.D. Direct” program. The first-of-its-kind pipeline program to be launched in the United States, M.D. Direct places high school students from FAU High School directly in-line for medical school at FAU, jumpstarting their careers as young, aspiring physicians-to-be.

The inaugural group of students were celebrated during a special ceremony at FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine on Friday.

The M.D. Direct “Signing Day,” complete with FAU mascot “Owlsley” who wore scrubs and a physician’s white coat, mimicked one of the most exciting times in collegiate athletics and provided a platform for parents, as well as University and community leaders to cheer on these stellar students who were garbed in FAU medical school T-shirts and baseball caps.

Among the distinguished guests in attendance were FAU President John Kelly, FAU First Lady Carolyn Kelly, Phillip Boiselle, M.D., dean of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, and Stuart L. Markowitz, M.D., senior associate dean of student affairs and admissions in FAU’s College of Medicine, who emceed the special ceremony.

To be accepted into the medical school pipeline program was no easy feat for these four national merit scholars who were identified in their junior year at FAU High School. The program requires them to complete their B.S. degree within one year and complete a graduate program at FAU or approved research program prior to entering medical school. To qualify for this program they have to participate in pre-medical course advising, mentoring, clinical experiences, medical-related service learning, and research. They also must successfully meet certain requirements for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), a grueling endeavor for most college students who are typically in their early 20s when they complete this test, and participate in MCAT test preparation.

Among the four students is aspiring neurosurgeon Maximilian Rabil, 18, who recently received his college degree six days prior to receiving his high school diploma, and will conduct neuroscience research before he is eligible to start medical school in fall 2018. Sarah Palumbo, 18, Nadia Sial, 17, and Cara Busheme, 18, will join Rabil to be among the nation’s youngest medical students.

“We have an incredible group of gifted and talented students at FAU High School with an interest in medicine. Impressively, these students have achieved stellar accomplishments during their high school years, including a research publication in the ‘New England Journal of Medicine’ and earning a college degree during high school, among others,” said Boiselle. “We are delighted for these exceptional students to continue their educational journeys at FAU. On behalf of the entire community of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, I am delighted to welcome Max, Sarah, Nadia and Cara as our inaugural pipeline students from the FAU High School.”

Boiselle together with Markowitz, Gary J. Rose, M.D., associate professor of surgery in FAU’s College of Medicine, and Joel D. Herbst, Ed.D., assistant dean for PK-12 schools and educational programs in FAU’s College of Education, see this pipeline program as an opportunity to work with middle and high school students while they are still forming impressions of what they hope to accomplish after they graduate and to help them understand what a career as a physician entails.


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Can 'Hacking Back' Be An Effective Cyber Answer?

With the exponential growth in data breaches over the past few years, the concept of ‘hacking back’ is growing in popularity. Proponents ask: If I can use a gun for self-defense in my home, why can’t I similarly ‘hack back’ against attackers who invade my cyberspace? Let’s examine that premise from different perspectives.


All around the world, companies, governments and individuals are becoming increasingly frustrated over the lack of effective solutions to our growing criminal problems in cyberspace. For many, the bad guys are not just winning, they are currently crushing the good guys with few negative consequences.

When it comes to cybercrime, online attacks against critical systems, destructive malware and other forms of cyberattacks, more experts are coming to the conclusion that "just playing defense" is a losing online strategy in the long run.

What can be done? One popular answer is taking the battle to the bad guys. People call it many different things, from offensive cybercapabilities to electronic countermeasures to strikeback to hacking back or hack back.

While there are many different definitions and stories about hacking back, the term basically “involves turning the tables on a cyberhacking assailant: thwarting or stopping the crime, or perhaps even trying to steal back what was taken.”
The Supportive Case for Hacking Back

According to a growing number of security experts, there are steps that could be taken to allow for progress in this area.

In a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing held in September last year, Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., noted that the nation's intelligence chiefs have lamented the lack of a clear national cyberdeterrence strategy:

"From the private sector to government, our country is taking body blow after body blow in cyberspace," Royce said in his opening statement. "Why aren't we hitting back?"

James Lewis, director and senior fellow in the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Strategic Technologies Program, said hitting back could be just the thing.

"We need to make credible threats," he said. "We need to have countries believe that we will respond with punitive action."

While Israel, Russia and, to a lesser extent, the United Kingdom and France have all shown they'll hit back after a cyberattack, the U.S. has lagged, Lewis said.

Several other experts also testified on what cyber-counter-attack steps might make sense.

But those discussions involved government actions. What about the private sector?

Earlier in 2015, Juan Zarate, the former deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism during President George W. Bush’s administration, told a forum at the Hudson Institute that “The U.S. government should deputize private companies to strike back against cyberattackers as a way to discourage widespread threats against the nation’s businesses, a former government official says.”

Many U.S. businesses have limited options for defending their IP networks, and the nation needs to develop more “aggressive” capabilities to discourage cyberattacks, said Zarate.

The U.S. government should consider allowing businesses to develop “tailored hack-back capabilities,” Zarate said Monday at a forum on economic and cyberespionage hosted by think tank the Hudson Institute. The U.S. government could issue cyberwarrants, giving a private company license “to protect its system, to go and destroy data that’s been stolen or maybe even something more aggressive,” he added.

Several panelists at the Hudson event contributed to a new report, Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare: An Evolving Challenge.

Furthermore, TheGuardian (UK) highlighted the perspectives of Dennis Blair, former director of national intelligence in the Obama administration, who has come out in favor of electronic countermeasures. Here’s an excerpt:

Blair co-authored a 2013 report from the US Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property. It considered explicitly authorising strikeback operations but stopped short of endorsing this measure at the time.

Instead, the report suggested exploring non-destructive alternatives, such as electronically tagging stolen data for later detection. It also called for a rethinking of the laws that forbid hacking, even in self-defence.

Significant Concerns With Hacking Back

Beyond the fact that it is illegal to hack back, there are currently a long list of concerns with going on the cyberoffense. Several of these are listed in this Kaspersky blog. Here are four:

Attackers can remain anonymous forever
Cyberattacks are asymmetric: a single hacker is capable of successfully destroying an entire company
It’s cheap and easy for hackers to regroup almost anywhere, anytime, even if their systems are physically destroyed
Organized crime has enthusiastically embraced cybercrime (i.e., don’t expect them to play nice)

Along the same lines as item No. 1, researchers point out the difficult problem of attribution — that is knowing who really attacked you in cyberspace.

Jason Hong, associate professor at Central Michigan State University, said “Companies should absolutely not hack back against cyberthieves. One major concern is attribution, namely knowing that you have identified the right parties. Intruders typically use other people’s computers and servers, so odds are high that a company would simply be attacking an innocent party. ...”

Questions abound regarding how this world work if everyone was attacking everyone else, which could lead to even more chaos. What is the threshold test for the level of certainty required to enforce rights?

This Security Week article contains quotes from many different industry experts regarding their views on hacking back. I find several of the quotes to be interesting, such as Chris Pogue from Nuix:

"When asked about the concept of hacking back, the answer is simple. It's cyber vigilantism. It's illegal. Don't do it. So as not to operate in the world of such moral absolutes, let me provide some additional details into why this is a horrible idea:

1. Poking the Bear — Attackers, regardless of their skill level, enjoy several advantages, not the least of which is that they are hackers and most IT professionals are not. ...

2. Who are you attacking — A large percentage of attacks take place from something called, "Jump Servers" or "Jump Boxes. ..."

3. Don't start an international incident — Many countries from which these attacks are launched consider cyber-attacks tantamount to an act of war. ...

4. We have people for that — There are federal agencies like the Secret Service, the FBI, the CIA, and the NSA whose job it is to handle situations like this. ...”

Is There Any Middle Ground?

In a Financial Times article last summer, John Strand described a set of 20 tricks and traps to thwart cybercriminals.

“The main active defense tactics as the three As: annoyance, attribution and attack. Only two of the three As are considered above-board, however.

Annoyance involves tracking a hacker and leading him into a fake server, wasting his time — and making him easy to detect. A new generation of start-ups is specializing in building traps for data centers, including two Israeli companies, TrapX and Guardicore.

Attribution uses tools to trace the source of an attack back to a specific location, or even an individual hacker. The two most popular tools in the ADHD kit are attribution techniques: the “honey badger,” which locates the source of an attack, tracking its latitude and longitude with a satellite picture, and beacons, which are placed in documents to detect when and where data is accessed outside the user’s system.”

But it is the third A — attack — that is most controversial. To “hack back,” a company accesses an alleged hacker’s computer to delete its data or even to take revenge. Both of these steps are considered illegal.

I believe that it is important to reiterate the three options laid out by the Financial Times: annoyance, attribution and hacking back.

Clarity is important, and there is a big difference between leading a hacker to a fake server (using “honeypots” or other tricks) or trace their sources of attack and taking revenge or deleting data from other systems. No doubt, the lines can get fuzzy at times, but the reality is pretty clear for most people.

Final Thoughts

Despite the many challenges to hacking back that exist today, the concept of self-defense in cyberspace is bound to lead to new laws and new clarity in regard to hacking back.

It seems to me that the biggest difference between a gun self-defense policy and cyber self-defense policy is the absolute certainty that a person has when someone is running at you with a knife or a gun in your home. There is almost no doubt who you are fighting and what needs to be done in the physical world, and cyberspace brings a host of unknowns. Bottom line, attribution is very hard.

Nevertheless, I believe that new approaches will emerge over the coming decade, which may change the playing field in cyberspace. I’m not exactly sure how we will solve the difficulties, but I have a strong feeling that this “hacking back” topic is just beginning to heat up.


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How Jerry Yang Killed Yahoo, By Saving It

Brian Solomon , FORBES STAFF

yahoo verizon sale aol 5 billion jerry yang alibaba investment
Jerry Yang's genius is partially to blame for Yahoo selling to Verizon. (Ethan Pines For Forbes)

In 2005, Yahoo cofounder Jerry Yang pulled off what would be one of the greatest strategic investments in tech history: he arranged for Yahoo to spend $1 billion for a 40% stake in fledgling Chinese ecommerce site Alibaba.

The deal for Alibaba was expensive and risky at the time, but ended up as the most lucrative bet in Silicon Valley: at today's prices, that stake would be worth more than $80 billion. Normally, such a success would preserve a company for years, but on Monday morning Yahoo announced that it would sell its operating business—the web properties without Alibaba and other investments—to Verizon for less than $5 billion, pennies on the dollar it would have commanded at its peak 15 years ago.

Ironically, the Yahoo sale became an inevitability not in spite of Yang's amazing Alibaba heist, but because of it. Yahoo's core business of news, email, and advertising technology has been in a steady decline for years, as the company missed out on the search, social, and mobile waves. But there would be no impetus to sell, abandoning Yahoo's independence, if not for the Alibaba stake.

That's because a cold reality emerged after Alibaba, now the leader in China's massive ecommerce opportunity, went public in the largest IPO in history in September 2014. Suddenly Yahoo investors could see clearly that the company's ownership stake in Alibaba (which had been reduced by more than half in various sales) was worth far more than Yahoo's struggling websites. Not only that, but tax implications became a huge priority. If Yahoo were to sell its shares in Alibaba on the open market to reap the windfall Yang achieved, it could incur a tax of 38% on the transaction, or more than $10 billion.

That fact led to an odd truth: the value of finding a way to divest of the Alibaba stake (and smaller Yahoo Japan stake, in a similar position) in a tax-free way became worth more than Yahoo's core business itself. When analysts calculated the Yahoo's assets piecemeal, the core business appeared to be trading for a value below zero. Here's Bloomberg View's Matt Levine on that notion last December:

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Why does Trump parrot what someone else wrote. One can tell he's reading from cards.
The President appears to be buttering up US veterans in his WH speeches. Watch your back America.
Bs is bs regardless of whose mouth it comes from jt


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Obama Sold the American people out when he signed this [below]...........jt


The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 15, 2011
Executive Order 13577--SelectUSA Initiative


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to support private sector job creation and enhance economic growth by encouraging and supporting business investment in the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. Business investment in the United States by both domestic and foreign firms, whether in the form of new equipment or facilities or the expansion of existing facilities, is a major engine of economic growth and job creation. In an era of global capital mobility, the United States faces increasing competition for retaining and attracting industries of the future and the jobs they create. My Administration is committed to enhancing the efforts of the United States to win the growing global competition for business investment by leveraging our advantages as the premier business location in the world.

As a place to do business, the United States offers a hardworking, diverse, and educated workforce, strong protection of intellectual property rights, a predictable and transparent legal system, relatively low taxes, highly developed infrastructure, and access to the world's most lucrative consumer market. We welcome both domestic and foreign businesses to invest across the broad spectrum of the U.S. market.

The Federal Government lacks the centralized investment promotion infrastructure and resources to attract business investment that is often found in other industrialized countries. Currently, States and cities are competing against foreign governments to attract business investment. Our Nation needs to retain business investment and pursue and win new investment in the United States by better marketing our strengths, providing clear, complete, and consistent information, and removing unnecessary obstacles to investment.

Sec. 2. SelectUSA Initiative. (a) Establishment. There is established the SelectUSA Initiative (Initiative), a Government wide initiative to attract and retain investment in the American economy. The Initiative is to be housed in the Department of Commerce. The mission of this Initiative shall be to facilitate business investment in the United States in order to create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote American competitiveness. The Initiative will provide enhanced coordination of Federal activities in order to increase the impact of Federal resources that support both domestic and foreign investment in the United States. In providing assistance, the Initiative shall work to maximize impact on business investment, job creation, and economic growth. The Initiative shall work on behalf of the entire Nation and shall exercise strict neutrality with regard to specific locations within the United States.

(b) Functions.

(i) The Initiative shall coordinate outreach and engagement by the Federal Government to promote the United States as the premier location to operate a business.

(ii) The Initiative shall serve as an ombudsman that facilitates the resolution of issues involving Federal programs or activities related to pending investments.

(iii) The Initiative shall provide information to domestic and foreign firms on: the investment climate in the United States; Federal programs and incentives available to investors; and State and local economic development organizations.

(iv) The Initiative shall report quarterly to the President through the National Economic Council, the Domestic Policy Council, and the National Security Staff, describing its outreach activities, requests for information received, and efforts to resolve issues.

(c) Administration. The Department of Commerce shall provide funding and administrative support for the Initiative through resources and staff assigned to work on the Initiative, to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations. The Secretary of Commerce shall designate a senior staff member as the Executive Director to lead the Initiative. The Executive Director shall coordinate activities both within the Department of Commerce and with other executive departments and agencies that have activities relating to business investment decisions.

(d) Federal Interagency Investment Working Group.

(i) There is established the Federal Interagency Investment Working Group (Working Group), which will be convened and chaired by the Initiative's Executive Director, in coordination with the Director of the National Economic Council.

(ii) The Working Group shall consist of senior officials from the Departments of State, the Treasury, Defense, Justice, the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, Education, and Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Export Import Bank of the United States, the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the Domestic Policy Council, the National Economic Council, the National Security Staff, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Council of Economic Advisers, as well as such additional executive departments, agencies, and offices as the Secretary of Commerce may designate. Senior officials shall be designated by and report to the Deputy Secretary or official at the equivalent level of their respective offices, departments, and agencies.

(iii) The Working Group shall coordinate activities to promote business investment and respond to specific issues that affect business investment decisions.

(iv) The Department of Commerce shall provide funding and administrative support for the Working Group to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations.

(e) Department and Agency Participation. All executive departments and agencies that have activities relating to business investment decisions shall cooperate with the Initiative, as requested by the Initiative's Executive Director, to support its objectives.

Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof, or the status of that department or agency within the Federal Government; or

(ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.


June 15, 2011. 



This is 2014 article. With the US Government stealing land, and allowing bankers to sale our mortgages to foreigners, Americans will have no choice but to stand together to rid our country of the elite few bankers.....There is no gold to back our dollar.....I suggest the federal reserve print all the 'money' Americans need to be debt free........jt

10 countries racing to buy American homes
Alexander E.M. Hess, Vince Calio and Thomas C. Frohlich, 24/7 Wall St. 6:30 a.m. ET April 12, 2014

International homebuyers are attracted to the United States for a number of reasons. These include favorable housing prices, good weather, the country's relative economic stability and an attraction to America in general. As the housing market improved and home prices rebounded, the interest of foreign buyers in U.S. properties has soared.

Interest in U.S. property increased dramatically in a number of countries between 2009 and 2013. In all, interest in home buying, according to housing market firm RealtyTrac, increased by 95% or more in 10 countries, and at least doubled in nine of these nations. Interest in U.S. property by residents of the United Arab Emirates rose 352%, the most out of any country. Based on subscription data provided by RealtyTrac, these are the 10 countries where interest in buying American homes is on the rise.

Overseas buyers likely see value in the U.S. housing market. In an interview with 24/7 Wall St., Daren Blomquist, vice president of RealtyTrac, said, "The U.S. real estate market is coming off of a rough patch and entering recovery mode. And so international buyers see it as a great time to jump in and catch the U.S. market on the upswing." According to the Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price Index, the U.S. housing market is just beginning to rebound from its lows set in March 2012.

While tepid growth may dissuade some potential homebuyers, these countries have many exceptionally wealthy residents. Three of these countries — Germany, the United Kingdom and China — each had more than 10,000 ultra high net worth residents last year and were in the top five countries globally in that measure. China's total number of ultra high net worth residents is even greater if the 3,180 ultra wealthy residents of Hong Kong are included.

Another key factor that drives many prospective homebuyers to consider the United States is common language. English-speaking countries accounted for 68% of international residents looking for homes in the U.S. Much of this interest came from U.S. neighbor Canada, which alone accounted for 45% of all international interest. The United Kingdom and Australia also each accounted for more than 10% of all interest, ranking second and third among all countries, respectively.

However, language does not explain the increased interest from countries such as the UAE and China, Blomquist noted. Additionally, much of the growth in foreign interest has come from European nations, including Switzerland and France. Six of the countries with the largest percentage increases in property seekers are located in Europe.

Another likely important factor in driving international interest in U.S. homeownership may be America's reputation as a relative safe haven for investors. For many buyers, Blomquist noted, the U.S. represents "the most stable country out there."

Concerns about the financial systems in Italy and China may contribute to demand for U.S. homes from those countries as well. Worries in China, Sweden, Canada, Switzerland and the U.K. about the local housing market may also be driving U.S. investment.

To determine the 10 countries where the interest in buying American homes is on the rise, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed subscriber data from RealtyTrac. We also reviewed figures on real (inflation-adjusted) GDP growth, population and other macroeconomic factors from the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) World Economic Outlook. Figures on the number of ultra high net worth individuals, defined as people worth $25 million or more, are from Wealth-X.

These are the countries racing to buy American homes.

10. Germany

> Growth in prospective homebuyers: 95.2%
> Share of int'l prospective buyers: 2.6% (7th highest)
> GDP per capita: $39,468 (18th highest)
> Ultra high net worth population: 17,820 (2nd highest)

Germans accounted for 2.6% of all of RealtyTrac's international homebuyers looking for U.S. property between 2009 and 2013. During that time, home searches rose by more than 95%. Contributing to Germans' ability to afford international property was the country's high number of ultra high net worth individuals last year of 17,820, second only to the United States. Despite the weakness of the eurozone economy and Germany's own slowing growth, no major eurozone country grew faster in 2013. However, interest in U.S. properties has tapered off recently, despite the euro's gains against the dollar. Between 2012 and 2013, the number of German prospective homebuyers to RealtyTrac rose by just 3.4%, less than most foreign nations during that time.

9. Sweden

> Growth in prospective homebuyers: 100.0%
> Share of int'l prospective buyers: 2.0% (9th highest)
> GDP per capita: $40,870 (14th highest)
> Ultra high net worth population: 1,070 (25th highest)

The number of Swedes interested in buying U.S. real estate doubled between 2009 and 2013. Much of this growth happened last year, when the number of Swedish home searches to RealtyTrac rose by 43%. Like many countries with many residents looking for homes in America, U.S. property may be considered an especially good investment, especially as their country's economy has been stagnant. Sweden's gross domestic product has grown less than 1% in each of the past two years. Additionally, many Swedes might find U.S. home prices more affordable. U.S. home prices remain below last decade's highs, while many market followers believe Swedish home prices are precariously high.

8. Canada

> Growth in prospective homebuyers: 107.7%
> Share of int'l prospective buyers: 45.0% (the highest)
> GDP per capita: $43,146 (9th highest)
> Ultra high net worth population: 4,980 (8th highest)

Canadians make up the largest share of international U.S. home-buying interest, accounting for 45% of total international RealtyTrac subscriptions between 2009 and 2013. The U.S. geographical proximity to Canada and the cultural similarities between the two nations may explain the interest of Canadian investors. The strength of the Canadian economy may have also given residents more opportunities to invest. Last year, the average Canadian household's net worth, the total value of all assets minus all debt, exceeded that of the average U.S. household. Residents may also find U.S. properties attractive because some consider Canada's housing market to be overvalued by some.

7. Australia

> Growth in prospective homebuyers: 121.9%
> Share of int'l prospective buyers: 11.0% (3rd highest)
> GDP per capita: $43,042 (10th highest)
> Ultra high net worth population: 3,405 (11th highest)

Australians accounted for 11% of all of RealtyTrac's international subscribers, third most after the United Kingdom and Canada. The country's strong economic growth — at least when compared to other major developed economies — likely contributed to the increased interest in buying U.S. property. Australia's economy grew by 3.7% in 2012 and an estimated 2.5% last year, according to the most recent IMF figures. By contrast, countries in the developed world grew by just 1.4% in 2012 and 1.3% in 2013. Despite recent declines, the Australian dollar has also gained considerably against the U.S. dollar in the past few years, also potentially contributing to the increased interest.

6. United Kingdom

> Growth in prospective homebuyers: 153.8%
> Share of int'l prospective buyers: 12.1% (2nd highest)
> GDP per capita: $37,299 (21st highest)
> Ultra high net worth population: 10,910 (4th highest)

U.K. interest in owning American property has jumped in recent years, including a 34.6% increase in the number of residents looking for property on RealtyTrac alone. Economic reasons could influence prospective homebuyers — residents may see U.S. homes as a safe or profitable investment. The U.K. government's Help to Buy program, which provides financial help to prospective homeowners in the U.K., has drawn controversy. Detractors of the program have expressed concerns that home prices in the U.K. could rise to unsustainable levels. According to a June 2013 study by the National Association of Realtors, U.K. residents primarily buy single-family homes in suburbs and resort towns in the United States.

5. Italy

> Growth in prospective homebuyers: 178.4%
> Share of int'l prospective buyers: 1.9% (10th highest)
> GDP per capita: $29,598 (34th highest)
> Ultra high net worth population: 2,075 (14th highest)

Italian interest in U.S. homes rose considerably in recent years. Residents looking for homes in the U.S. rose by 178% between 2009 and 2013, despite Italian GDP falling by 2.4% in 2012 and 1.8% last year. In fact, the faltering economy may encourage many Italians to consider U.S. property as a relatively good investment. Italy is also home to a number of extremely wealthy citizens with the resources to invest globally. As of last year, there were more than 2,000 ultra high net worth individuals in Italy — 14th most globally — despite the fact Italy's population totals an estimated 61 million, 24th most in the world.

4. France

> Growth in prospective homebuyers: 190.0%
> Share of int'l prospective buyers: 2.8% (6th highest)
> GDP per capita: $35,680 (24th highest)
> Ultra high net worth population: 4,490 (9th highest)

Interest in the United States from French residents has soared recently. Searches for homes on RealtyTrac from France nearly tripled from 2009 to 2013, and rose by nearly 60% last year alone. One reason for this may be that France had nearly 4,500 ultra high net worth residents as of last year, more than in all but eight other countries globally. However, France's economy has also flatlined in recent years, which can often prevent foreigners from buying U.S. property. Simultaneously, many observers and residents have criticized President Francois Hollande's socialist policy decisions and the resulting high taxes. A number of reports indicate that residents may be leaving the country due to high taxes and tough regulations.

3. Hong Kong and China

> Growth in prospective homebuyers: 254.2%
> Share of int'l prospective buyers: 4.1% (4th highest)
> GDP per capita: $52,687 (7th highest)
> Ultra high net worth population: 13,855 (4th highest)

China's residents are a major source of international interest in U.S. real estate. China and Hong Kong, collectively, accounted for 4.1% of all international searches on RealtyTrac, more than any other non-English speaking country. One factor that may contribute to this demand is the high number of ultra wealthy residents in mainland China and Hong Kong, where a total of 13,855 such individuals live — more than in all developed nations but the United States, Germany and Japan. In recent years, many wealthy Chinese citizens have considered, or expressed interest in, moving to the United States. Additionally, while China's economy remains one of the fastest growing in the world, concerns about slowing economic growth and rampant shadow banking activity in the country are considerable. A relatively wealthy population, and concerns about wealth protection, may encourage Chinese residents to consider U.S. property.

2. Switzerland

> Growth in prospective homebuyers: 269.7%
> Share of int'l prospective buyers: 2.1% (8th highest)
> GDP per capita: $45,999 (8th highest)
> Ultra high net worth population: 6,330 (7th highest)

The number of Swiss residents interested in U.S. property has risen dramatically in recent years. Only the United Arab Emirates had a larger increase in the number of prospective homebuyers than the small Alpine nation. Swiss residents accounted for 2% of all international searches despite a population of just roughly 8 million — smaller than New York City. Despite its size, Switzerland was also home to more than 6,300 ultra wealthy residents last year — more than all but a handful of countries. Also helping to make U.S. properties more appealing, or at least more affordable, is the considerable appreciation of the Swiss franc against the dollar over the past five years, up nearly 27% in that time.

1. United Arab Emirates

> Growth in prospective homebuyers: 352.2%
> Share of int'l prospective buyers: 1.1% (12th highest)
> GDP per capita: $29,877 (31st highest)
> Ultra high net worth population: 1,050 (26th highest)

While UAE residents accounted for just 1.1% of RealtyTrac's international searches, interest in U.S. property from the country has boomed. Between 2009 and 2013, the number of UAE subscribers rose by 352%, the largest percentage increase of any country. One reason may be the relatively high number of residents who can afford international property ownership. While the country has just 9 million residents, it had more than 1,000 ultra high net worth residents last year. Much of this wealth is likely connected to the country's oil industry. Roughly 40% of the emirates' GDP was tied to oil and natural gas output, according to OPEC, and oil prices have risen considerably in recent years.

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Nolan meets with Trump Cabinet officers in bid to revive BWCA-area copper mining
The DFL congressman sees a chance that the administration will undo Obama decision.
By Maya Rao Star Tribune MAY 19, 2017 — 9:32AM

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, a DFLer, hasn’t let his party affiliation stop him from pushing the Trump administration to reverse a late decision by the Obama administration blocking a proposed northeastern Minnesota copper mine that’s raised concerns about proximity to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Nolan met recently with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to seek support for renewing mining exploration leases for Twin Metals Minnesota. Nolan called the meeting “very good” in an interview and said the appointee of President Donald Trump “said he would give it the most serious consideration.”
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It looks to me like we will soon have two Americas. One part  all the land belongs to those running the government. And the other a free America where people own public property without dictators telling them how to live, how to raise their children, what to eat and what to think....It's coming.....  jt

The federal government owns roughly 640 million acres, about 28% of the 2.27 billion acres of
land in the United States. Four major federal land management agencies administer 610.1 million
acres of this land (as of September 30, 2015). They are the Bureau of Land Management (BLM),
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and National Park Service (NPS) in the Department of the
Interior (DOI) and the Forest Service (FS) in the Department of Agriculture. In addition, the
Department of Defense (excluding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) administers 11.4 million
acres in the United States (as of September 30, 2014), consisting of military bases, training
ranges, and more. Numerous other agencies administer the remaining federal acreage.

The lands administered by the four major agencies are managed for many purposes, primarily
related to preservation, recreation, and development of natural resources. Yet the agencies have
distinct responsibilities. The BLM manages 248.3 million acres of public land and administers
about 700 million acres of federal subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM has
a multiple-use, sustained-yield mandate that supports a variety of activities and programs, as does
the FS, which currently manages 192.9 million acres. Most FS lands are designated national
forests. Wildfire protection is increasingly important for both agencies. The FWS manages 89.1
million acres of the U.S. total, primarily to conserve and protect animals and plants. The National
Wildlife Refuge System includes wildlife refuges, waterfowl production areas, and wildlife
coordination units. In 2015, the NPS managed 79.8 million acres in 408 diverse units to conserve
lands and resources and make them available for public use. Activities that harvest or remove
resources from NPS lands generally are prohibited.

The amount and percentage of federally owned land in each state varies widely, ranging from
0.3% of land (in Connecticut and Iowa) to 79.6% of land (in Nevada). However, federal land
ownership generally is concentrated in the West. Specifically, 61.3% of Alaska is federally
owned, as is 46.4% of the 11 coterminous western states. By contrast, the federal government
owns 4.2% of lands in the other states. This western concentration has contributed to a higher
degree of controversy over federal land ownership and use in that part of the country.

Throughout America’s history, federal land laws have reflected two visions: keeping some lands
in federal ownership while disposing of others. From the earliest days, there has been conflict
between these two visions. During the 19th century, many laws encouraged settlement of the West
through federal land disposal. Mostly in the 20th century, emphasis shifted to retention of federal
lands. Congress has provided varying land acquisition and disposal authorities to the agencies,
ranging from restricted (NPS) to broad (BLM). As a result of acquisitions and disposals, from
1990 to 2015, total federal land ownership by the five agencies declined by 25.4 million acres
(3.9%), from 646.9 million acres to 621.5 million acres. Much of the decline is attributable to
BLM land disposals in Alaska and to reductions in DOD land. By contrast, land ownership by the
NPS, FWS, and FS increased over the 25-year period. Further, although 15 states had decreases
of federal land during this period, the other states had varying increases.

Numerous issues affecting federal land management are before Congress. These issues include
the extent of federal ownership and whether to decrease, maintain, or increase the amount of
federal holdings; the condition of currently owned federal infrastructure and lands and the priority
of their maintenance versus new acquisitions; and the optimal balance between land use and
protection, and whether federal lands should be managed primarily to benefit the nation as a
whole or to benefit the localities and states. Another issue is border control on federal lands along
the southwestern border, which presents challenges due to the length of the border, remoteness
and topography of the lands, and differences in missions of managing agencies.

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There are some stories that should stay before the public-eye. Until those in higher places stop abusing their power ,as public office holders, Americans  natural and constitutional rights are not safe.... Remember the truth is often dictated by those who controls the news. When possible I will post the legal documents, when posting..... I posted this article to show the propaganda being fed to the public about this heartbreaking case.    jt


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Eastern Oregon Ranchers Convicted of Arson Resentenced to Five Years in Prison

EUGENE, Ore. – Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., 73, and his son, Steven Dwight Hammond, 46, both residents of Diamond, Oregon in Harney County, were sentenced to five years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken for arsons they committed on federal lands.

A jury sitting in Pendleton, Oregon found the Hammonds guilty of the arsons after a two-week trial in June 2012. The trial involved allegations that the Hammonds, owners of Hammond Ranches, Inc., ignited a series of fires on lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), on which the Hammonds had grazing rights leased to them for their cattle operation.

The jury convicted both of the Hammonds of using fire to destroy federal property for a 2001 arson known as the Hardie-Hammond Fire, located in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area. Witnesses at trial, including a relative of the Hammonds, testified the arson occurred shortly after Steven Hammond and his hunting party illegally slaughtered several deer on BLM property. Jurors were told that Steven Hammond handed out “Strike Anywhere” matches with instructions that they be lit and dropped on the ground because they were going to “light up the whole country on fire.” One witness testified that he barely escaped the eight to ten foot high flames caused by the arson. The fire consumed 139 acres of public land and destroyed all evidence of the game violations. After committing the arson, Steven Hammond called the BLM office in Burns, Oregon and claimed the fire was started on Hammond property to burn off invasive species and had inadvertently burned onto public lands. Dwight and Steven Hammond told one of their relatives to keep his mouth shut and that nobody needed to know about the fire.

The jury also convicted Steven Hammond of using fire to destroy federal property regarding a 2006 arson known as the Krumbo Butte Fire located in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Steen Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area. An August lightning storm started numerous fires and a burn ban was in effect while BLM firefighters fought those fires. Despite the ban, without permission or notification to BLM, Steven Hammond started several “back fires” in an attempt save the ranch’s winter feed. The fires burned onto public land and were seen by BLM firefighters camped nearby. The firefighters took steps to ensure their safety and reported the arsons.

By law, arson on federal land carries a five-year mandatory minimum sentence. When the Hammonds were originally sentenced, they argued that the five-year mandatory minimum terms were unconstitutional and the trial court agreed and imposed sentences well below what the law required based upon the jury’s verdicts. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, upheld the federal law, reasoning that “given the seriousness of arson, a five-year sentence is not grossly disproportionate to the offense.” The court vacated the original, unlawful sentences and ordered that the Hammonds be resentenced “in compliance with the law.” In March 2015, the Supreme Court rejected the Hammonds’ petitions for certiorari. Today, Chief Judge Aiken imposed five year prison terms on each of the Hammonds, with credit for time they already served.

“We all know the devastating effects that are caused by wildfires. Fires intentionally and illegally set on public lands, even those in a remote area, threaten property and residents and endanger firefighters called to battle the blaze” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Billy Williams.

“Congress sought to ensure that anyone who maliciously damages United States’ property by fire will serve at least 5 years in prison. These sentences are intended to be long enough to deter those like the Hammonds who disregard the law and place fire fighters and others in jeopardy.”

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Frank R Papagni, Jr., AnneMarie Sgarlata and Kelly Zusman handled the prosecution of this case.


I thank God for this day .... jt

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May 18, 2017
Day 14 at Camp Liberty in Pahrump Nevada protesting prisoner abuse at CoreCivic know formally as CCA Nevada Southern Detention Center.
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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

May 19, 2017
President Donald J. Trump Approves Idaho Disaster Declaration

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Idaho and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides from March 6 to March 28, 2017.

Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in the counties of Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Shoshone, and Valley.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Robert J. Fenton, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Timothy B. Manner as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.


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It appears Atheists and Christians have something in common

In July 2013, a group of atheists unveiled a monument to their non-belief in God to sit alongside a granite slab that lists the Ten Commandments in front of the Bradford County courthouse.

The atheists celebrated what they believe was the first atheist monument allowed on government property in the United States.

"When you look at this monument, the first thing you will notice is that it has a function. Atheists are about the real and the physical, so we selected to place this monument in the form of a bench," said David Silverman, president of American Atheists.

It also serves another function — a counter to the religious monument that the New Jersey-based group wanted removed. It's a case of if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

American Atheists sued to try to have the stone slab with the Ten Commandments taken away from the courthouse lawn in this rural, conservative north Florida town. The Community Men's Fellowship erected the monument in what's described as a free speech zone. During mediation on the case, the atheist group was told it could have its own monument, too.

At one point, Eric Hovind, 35, of Pensacola jumped atop the peak of the monument and shouted his thanks to the atheists for giving him a platform to declare Jesus is real. Atheists shouted at him, and he stepped down after about a minute. One man yelled that religion is a fairy tale.

"The problem is it's not a fairy tale," Hovind said. "We definitely have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion."

Hovind and others said they respected the right of the group to install the monument, even if they disagree with the message behind it.

           These Judges Get it Wrong

In 2015, a 4,800-pound Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was removed by workers in the dark on Monday and transported to the offices of a private conservative think tank.

The move followed a decision in June from the Oklahoma Supreme Court that the statue violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support “any sect, church, denomination or system of religion.”

The monument, a 6-foot-tall, 3-foot-wide slab of stone shaped into two tablets, paid for with private donations and approved by the legislature, was installed at the statehouse in Oklahoma City in 2012.

In the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s June ruling, seven of the nine justices noted that their opinion “rests solely on the Oklahoma constitution with no regard for federal jurisprudence.”

The justices wrote, “As concerns the ‘historic purpose’ justification, the Ten Commandments are obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths. Because the monument at issue operates for the use, benefit or support of a sect or system of religion, it violates Article 2, Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution and is enjoined and shall be removed.”

Family's not about being together all the time. Family is about being there when you're needed.-jt


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Court footage shows Deputy U.S. Marshals tackling Ammon Bundy’s lawyer (FULL)

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The White House
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For Immediate Release May 18, 2017
President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his Administration

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint G. Keith Bryant to the Department of Homeland Security

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to appoint G. Keith Bryant to the Department of Homeland Security.

G. Keith Bryant of Oklahoma will serve as the Administrator of the United States Fire Administration at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. Chief Bryant is the past president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), past president of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, and past president of the Oklahoma Fire Chiefs Association (OFCA). He is also a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Currently, he serves on the National Fallen Firefighters Advisory Committee and Advisory Board for the Municipal Fire Protection Program (OSU-OKC). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Red Cross, YMCA of Greater OKC, and chairs the Oklahoma City National Memorial Conscience Committee. Governor Brad Henry appointed him to the Oklahoma State Fire Marshals Commission in July 2006.


President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Elizabeth Erin Walsh to the Department of Commerce

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Elizabeth Erin Walsh to the Department of Commerce.

If confirmed, Elizabeth Erin Walsh of the District of Columbia will serve as Assistant Secretary and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, Department of Commerce. Ms. Walsh currently serves as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Presidential Personnel. She has had an extensive career in the international arena in both the private and public sectors. Ms. Walsh has served more than 12 years in the Federal Government, including at the Department of State, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and the Department of Energy. She also worked at the United Nations, serving 18 months in Bosnia, during the war. At the Department of State, Ms. Walsh was a senior advisor in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Ms. Walsh has spent 12 years in the private sector at Cisco and Goldman Sachs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and International Relations from Georgetown University and a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

The White House
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For Immediate ReleaseMay 17, 2017
President Donald J. Trump Signs H.J.Res. 66 into Law

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the President signed into law:

H.J.Res. 66, which nullifies the Department of Labor's rule on Savings Arrangements Established by States for Non-Governmental Employees.

Doctor Linked to Senator Menendez’s Corruption Case Is Convicted of Fraud

A Florida eye doctor was convicted on Friday of running a vast scheme to defraud Medicare of more than $90 million in a case that could have significant ramifications for Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

The doctor, Salomon E. Melgen, a prominent ophthalmologist, has been the longtime political benefactor of Mr. Menendez, a Democrat. Both face federal corruption charges in an unrelated case scheduled to go on trial in September in Newark. The senator is accused of trading political favors for free trips on the doctor’s private jet, lavish vacations to his resort home in the Dominican Republic and a stay at a five-star hotel in Paris.

A jury in Palm Beach County, Fla., found Dr. Melgen guilty on all 67 counts of Medicare fraud, and according to prosecutors in the case, he could spend at least 15 years in prison. The conviction and the sentence he now faces could increase pressure on Dr. Melgen to cooperate with the authorities in the case against Mr. Menendez, his co-defendant in their pending trial.

After he is sentenced in the Florida case in July, Dr. Melgen, if he should choose to cooperate, could seek to have that sentence reduced. A provision of federal law allows a judge, upon a motion by the government, to reduce a defendant’s sentence if the defendant is found to have provided “substantial assistance in investigating or prosecuting another person.”

A lawyer for Dr. Melgen in the Florida trial, Kirk Ogrosky, said the doctor views the two cases as completely separate.

“It will have no impact on what will happen in New Jersey,” Mr. Ogrosky said in a phone interview. “He intends to go to trial in New Jersey in September, and nothing about the Florida case changes that.”

A lawyer for Mr. Menendez said that the senator was “saddened for his longtime friend” but that the conviction in Florida would have “no bearing” on the bribery charges against his client.

Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey at a hearing on Capitol Hill last month. Credit Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters
“This verdict will have no impact on him,” the lawyer, Abbe David Lowell, said in a statement. “Dr. Melgen’s case focused solely on the day-to-day operations of his medical practice and the private care of his patients — specifics of which the senator could not be aware, nor has it ever been suggested otherwise.”

Mr. Menendez and Dr. Melgen have pleaded not guilty to the bribery charges, and Mr. Menendez has spent two years aggressively fighting them. They have been close friends since the 1990s, and the bribery charges revolve around their relationship.

Dr. Melgen gave $700,000 through his company, Vitreo-Retinal Consultants, to the Senate Majority PAC, a so-called super PAC to support Senate Democrats, and instructed that the contributions aid Mr. Menendez’s 2012 re-election campaign.

For the help Mr. Menendez received, prosecutors contend, the senator urged the Obama administration to alter the Medicare reimbursement policy in a way that would make millions for Dr. Melgen. In 2012 alone, Dr. Melgen received $21 million in Medicare reimbursements.

In addition, prosecutors said, Mr. Menendez tried to push a port security deal that involved Dr. Melgen and worked to obtain United States travel visas for the doctor’s foreign girlfriends.

Mr. Menendez was rewarded for his help, according to prosecutors, and received free trips on Dr. Melgen’s jet and spent three nights in an executive suite in Paris for a trip valued at nearly $5,000. After an ethics complaint was filed against Mr. Menendez for not reporting trips to the Dominican Republic as gifts, he wrote a $58,500 check to reimburse Dr. Melgen’s company.

Federal investigators started to look into Dr. Melgen’s billings to Medicare because he was charging a significantly higher rate for a medication to treat macular degeneration than his peers were. The government said he billed for one vial of the medicine for each patient when he had in fact used one vial to treat three or four patients.

Mr. Menendez came under federal scrutiny when he sought to help Dr. Melgen in the billing dispute, calling the Medicare director at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2009 and mentioning it at a meeting with the acting administrator in 2012.

William K. Rashbaum contributed reporting.


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Are Those in the Abortion Industry pulling Rep Al Green's Strings
by Jan Tetstone
May 17, 2017

You know, I wasn't sure Donald Trump was President material until I took the time to do some research and saw the names of a few of his opponents. People like Maxine Waters,and Al Green. have helped me understand why President Trump was the best choice Americans could have made.

Maxine Waters is a disgrace to women and motherhood.
Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)

Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

Endorsed Recommended by EMILY's List of pro-choice women. (Apr 2001)
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Nov 2013)
Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)

Al Green is in the same class with Maxine Waters as his voting record will show.

Recently, the Trump administration said it would vastly expand the so-called global gag rule that withholds American aid from health organizations worldwide that provide or even discuss abortion in family planning.

Two US Representatives want President Donald Trump impeached after his administration said it was going to 'vastly expand' a rule that withholds American aid from organizations worldwide that provide or even discuss abortion in family Planning.

TOTAL ABORTIONS SINCE 1973: 59,115,995 This is based on numbers reported by the Guttmacher Institute 1973-2014, with projections of 926,190 for 2015-16. GI estimates a possible 3 percent under reporting rate, which is factored into the overall total. [1/17]

Indeed, nearly every media accusation against Trump has been based on nothing but innuendo, misleading headlines, fake “anonymous sources” (a Washington Post favorite) or outright misrepresentations of hard facts. The New York Times and Washington Post have deliberately published fake news, then whipped it all into a “media circle jerk” frenzy where the same false stories are repeated across the ‘net, all hyped up by Facebook’s selective oppression of liberty-oriented news so that left-wing media lies are more easily shared.  I closed my FaceBook ,because of the censoring of anything FaceBook monitors didn't want to let out to the public. 

Pro choice politicians have the blood of over 50 million human beings on their hands and have the nerve to think the majority of American support their actions.

I'm waiting to see who wants to impeach President Trump.... Then American voters will know who not to vote for in future elections.

“President Trump is not above the law,” Green said in a written statement. “He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged. To do otherwise would cause some Americans to lose respect for, and obedience to, our societal norms.”

Someone should tell Rep .Al Green Americans have already lost respect for politicians who use their public office to expand the hold the abortion industry has had on American soil since 1973.


Congressman Al Green Calls for the Impeachment of President Trump
May 15, 2017
​Houston, TX (May 15, 2017) - Congressman Al Green (TX-9), released the following statement:

A bedrock premise upon which respect for, and obedience to, our societal norms is “No one is above the law.”

President Trump is not above the law. He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged. To do otherwise would cause some Americans to lose respect for, and obedience to, our societal norms.

President Trump has committed an act for which he should be charged by the U.S. House of Representatives. The act is the obstruction of a lawful investigation of the President’s campaign ties to Russian influence in his 2016 Presidential Election.

This charging, of the President, is known constitutionally as impeachment.

Impeachment, of the President, by the House of Representatives is not a finding of guilt. The House of Representatives cannot find the President guilty of anything. Only the U.S. Senate can do this after a trial.

Here are the acts committed by the President that, when combined, merit his being charged (impeached) for obstructing a lawful investigation:

· The President fired the F.B.I. Director overseeing a lawful investigation of the President’s campaign ties to Russian influence in the President’s 2016 Election.

· The President acknowledged he considered the investigation when he fired the F.B.I. Director.

· The President made the F.B.I. Director the subject of a threatening tweet – “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.”

These acts, when combined, amount to intimidation and obstruction.

If the President is not above the law, he should be charged, by way of impeachment, by the U.S. House of Representatives. Whether he is guilty is a separate action for the U.S. Senate to decide. I have said on previous occasions, and do now say again, the President should be impeached. I also say that this can happen with a Republican-controlled House and Senate if the public weighs in by demanding that the Republican President be charged by way of impeachment.

Our mantra should be “I. T. N. – Impeach Trump Now.”




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