Many Americans, including this one, are perplexed by some disturbing opinions being put forth in this country.
Let’s start with a recent Gallup Poll that says 43 percent of Americans, including 52 percent of democrats, believe it was a mistake to send U.S. troops to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terror attack.
If you remember, the mass murder was enabled inside Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden and his outlaw al Qaeda militants were based. The terrorists trained on Afghan soil and were protected by the Taliban government.
After the 9/11 murder, President George W. Bush demanded the Taliban arrest bin Laden and hand him over for prosecution under threat of U.S. and NATO invasion, which is exactly what happened after the Taliban refused to take action against al Qaeda.
Subsequently, Afghanistan has been an ongoing problem and fair-minded people can debate the policy there. But to say troops should not have removed the criminal Taliban in the first place, is absolutely irresponsible.
If the USA did not avenge the al Qaeda attack, terrorism would have increased everywhere and President Bush would likely have been impeached.
And then there’s private property, which is protected from government seizure by the Constitution. According to polling on Realclearpolitics.com, about 35 percent of democrats support the socialist proposals of either Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. Both presidential candidates have made it clear they would impose a “wealth” tax on the assets of affluent Americans. That is seizure of private property because those assets have already been subjected to tax.
Finally, there is now acceptance in liberal states like California and New York of abortion on demand up until birth, a practice some believe has Nazi-like implications. This view is so extreme that Hillary Clinton and others running on the democrat side never could have endorsed it even three years ago. Today, it is policy for many democrats including the aforementioned Sanders and Warren.
What has allowed the radical left agenda to flourish is a sweeping change in the national media. Reacting with rank hatred to the Trump administration, the press has now mainstreamed far left thought. No longer is a zealot like Elizabeth Warren an outlier. Nope, she’s presidential timber in many media precincts.
The uninformed and/or apathetic American picks up on this. No longer are politicians who deny due process or advocate Constitutional violations even challenged. Now they stand on debate stages smiling at press moderators who have no problem with their radicalism and even, in the case of late-term abortion, embrace it.
But it is the attitude of many regular folks, not the media, that is most worrisome. The ignorance and apathy being documented in national polling is frightening. The United States was founded on the philosophy that life and private property is sacrosanct and that an attack on the country where thousands of citizens die, is an act of war.
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are calling on their Democratic colleagues to provide more details about a series of trips taken into Mexico while staff were touring border detention facilities – amid reports that at least one Democrat has been involved in “coaching” migrants there on how to exploit U.S. immigration law.
— Read on www.foxnews.com/politics/house-republicans-trips-to-mexico-democrats
In a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., obtained by Fox News, ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said there were at least two committee staff trips into Mexico in August — one of which required Border Patrol agents to provide a special escort back into the U.S.
“Although you have the authority to direct Committee staff to travel internationally on official committee business, you have not explained why you authorized this travel into Mexico or what you sought to learn through these trips,” Jordan wrote, adding that Republicans were not notified of the trips.
Jordan went on to accuse Democrats of seeking “to delegitimize the administration’s border security efforts and vilify the men and women who protect our border.” He said GOP members are concerned the trips “could continue to result in misleading information about the administration’s border security efforts.”
Fox News has reached out to Cummings’ office for a response to Republicans’ claims.
Specifically, Jordan highlighted a report that said Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, was in attendance on one trip to Tijuana on Aug. 21. Escobar, who is not on the Oversight Committee, has been a vocal advocate of left-wing policies on illegal immigration.
According toThe Washington Examiner, staff from Escobar’s office recently coached migrants in Ciudad Juarez on how to exploit federal immigration law — including telling would-be border crossers to pretend they cannot speak Spanish to exploit a loophole that would let them enter the U.S.
Escobar responded by calling the article “fabricated” and “fueled by xenophobia and misinformation.”
President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress slammed former FBI director James Comey on Thursday following the release of a highly anticipated report by the Justice Department’s inspector general on his handling of memos documenting private conversations with the president.
“Perhaps never in the history of our Country has someone been more thoroughly disgraced and excoriated than James Comey in the just released Inspector General’s Report. He should be ashamed of himself!” Trump tweeted.
“The world is not dangerous becouse those who do harm, but because of those who look at itnwithout doing anything” – Albert Einstain
“The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation: what we know, what we need to find out, and what you can do now” Presented by Dr Devra Davis, Visiting Professor of Medicine at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, and Visiting Professor of Medicine at Ondokuz Mayis University, Turkey. The Lecture What are the health effects of mobile phones and wireless radiation? While Australia has led the world in safety standards, including compulsory seat-belt legislation, plain packaging on cigarettes, and product and food disclosure legislation, it falls behind in addressing the significant issues associated with mobile phone use. In this Dean’s Lecture, epidemiologist and electromagnetic radiation expert, Dr Devra Davis, will outline the evolution of the mobile phone and smartphone, and provide a background to the current 19 year old radiation safety standards (SAR), policy developments and international legislation. New global studies on the health consequences of mobile/wireless radiation will be presented, including children’s exposure and risks. The Speaker Dr Devra Davis is an internationally recognised expert on electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones and other wireless transmitting devices. She is currently the Visiting Professor of Medicine at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, and Visiting Professor of Medicine at Ondokuz Mayis University, Turkey. Dr Davis was Founding Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute — the first institute of its kind in the world, to examine the environmental factors that contribute to the majority of cases of cancer. In 2007, Dr Devra Davis founded nonprofit Environmental Health Trust to provide basic research and education about environmental health hazards. Dr Davis served as the President Clinton appointee to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in the U.S.A. from 1994–1999, an independent executive branch agency that investigates, prevents and mitigates chemical accidents. As the former Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, she has counseled leading officials in the United States, United Nations, European Environment Agency, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and World Bank. Dr Davis holds a B.S. in physiological psychology and an M.A. in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, 1967. She completed a PhD in science studies at the University of Chicago as a Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1972 and a M.P.H. in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University as a Senior National Cancer Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1982. She has authored more than 200 publications and has been published in Lancet and Journal of the American Medical Association as well as the Scientific American and the New York Times. Dr Devra Davis is an internationally recognised expert on electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones and other wireless transmitting devices.
Square(SQ) and PayPal are both trying to generate more revenue off their peer-to-peer payments apps
Square Inc. continues to gain steam with its consumer-facing Cash App.
The company saw its highest-ever volume of Cash App downloads in July,
according to Instinet analyst Dan Dolev, with 2.4 million users adding
the app. The Cash App lets consumers send money to friends and spend
their funds through an associated debit card.
downloads continued to eclipse downloads of PayPal Holding Inc.’s (PYPL)
Venmo app, per Dolev’s analysis of third-party data. There have been
59.8 million Cash App downloads since inception, Dolev said, compared
with 52.7 million Venmo downloads.
“The download gap between the two apps is at an all-time high,” he wrote in a note to clients.
Both Square ( SQ ) and PayPal are increasingly looking to generate revenue off of apps that started as destinations for peer-to-peer payments. Though the companies generally don’t charge customers to transfer money to their friends, Square and PayPal participate in the economics of credit-card transaction fees when consumers use their linked debit card to make payments in stores or online, and the companies also make customers pay to instantly transfer funds to their bank accounts.
The two companies disclose different metrics around their respective
peer-to-peer platforms. Square generated $135 million in second-quarter
revenue from the Cash App, excluding revenue made from Bitcoin-related
transactions, according to the company’s latest letter to shareholders.
PayPal said that Venmo processed $24 billion of payment volume in the
second quarter and that the service’s new active users are engaging with
Venmo’s monetizable offerings.
A PayPal spokesperson pointed
to first-quarter statistics indicating 40 million monthly active Venmo
users across the platform. A Square spokesperson declined to comment.
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False Accusations of ‘Conspiracy Theories’
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