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Historians may mark the third week of July, 2017, as the date the Republic died.

I’m talking about the BETRAYAL that is about to happen, disguised as an ObamaCare repeal.

This is not a repeal. In fact, the Senators couldn’t even call it a repeal in the official name of the bill, which is called the “Better Care Reconciliation Act.”

We didn’t give the GOP control of both houses of Congress to give us something called “BETTER CARE.” We sent them to D.C. to REPEAL ObamaCare!

This allegedly “Better Care” act is an ENDORSEMENT of Obama’s statist vision for healthcare and health insurance. It may be WORSE. As Sen. Rand Paul points out, this new bill actually FUNDS BIG INSURANCE with taxpayer dollars and is the worst form of crony capitalism! Yes, the bill includes some “good” elements, but it’s just dressing up the pig. This bill stinks and it enshrines a “right” to not only healthcare but health insurance that would cause our founders to launch another tea party revolt.

But why am I saying this could be the end of the Republic?

Because if the GOP passes this bill that ENDORSES and ENSHRINES Obama’s statist healthcare vision, then there will be no stopping the expansion of the Leviathan state. Did you know that the federal government has NEVER BEEN LARGER — spending $400,000,000,000 in a month for the first time in history — and this is with a Republican in the White House and Republican Congress?

And now this GOP Congress cannot do the simple thing we sent them to Congress to do — REPEAL OBAMACARE! Why? Perhaps they are ignorant of the destruction they are causing by not standing up to the entitlement class and saying, “NO MORE!” More likely, they are cowards or just… slimy politicians.

Yesterday, my 14-year-old son asked me what this meant. I told him it means his generation will have to pay the bill, but the bill will be impossible to pay without sacrificing whatever remnants of freedom and liberty remain. By endorsing Obama’s statist vision and perpetuating the entitlement state, the sellout to the socialist state is all-but complete. In exchange for yet another “entitlement” that others must pay for and government gets to provide, we are selling our children and grandchildren into servitude.

Let this NOT be the month the Republic died. Let us stand up and demand that these alleged “public servants” do what they said they would do, and do what we sent them to D.C. to do and actually REPEAL ObamaCare. 100%. Then we can talk about a replacement.

Steve Elliott, Grassfire

PREVIOUS REPORT: ‘Unknown Trouble’: Community Demands Answers After Woman Shot & Killed by Minneapolis Police Responding to Her 911

As the investigation into the shooting death of Justine ‘Ruszczyk‘ Damond continues, disturbing details regarding the fateful incident which claimed the life of the Australian national are beginning to surface, subsequently providing the public with far more questions than answers.

As we have previously reported, Damond was shot and killed late Saturday evening by authorities responding to a 911 call she had placed.

During a press conference regarding the matter, Minneapolis Police Department Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo refused to elaborate on the case due to the pending investigation, however, confirmed that a woman was killed by officers responding to an ‘unknown trouble‘ call.

From Bad to Worse

While it has already been confirmed that the body cameras of both officers involved were turned off at the time of the fatal shooting and the vehicle’s dash camera was unable to capture footage of the incident, the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s latest report makes this bad situation look worse for the officers involved.

Via the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Three sources with knowledge of the incident said Sunday that two officers in one squad car, responding to the 911 call, pulled into the alley. Damond, in her pajamas, went to the driver’s side door and was talking to the driver. The officer in the passenger seat pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver’s side door, sources said. No weapon was found at the scene.

“Two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue S. just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday,” the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a news release. “At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman.

“I have questions about why the bodycams weren’t on,” [Mayor Betsy Hodges] said.

Arradondo confirmed that the officer bodycam program is fully rolled out in Minneapolis but declined to say more about why there is no footage of the shooting.

More via

One of the details that is troubling people close to Justine is that family members say she is the person who called police in the first place, and it was to report a crime. The Star Tribune’s report of how the shooting allegedly unfolded – with Justine Damond in her pajamas talking to an officer – raises new concerns. The newspaper is reporting that a weapon was not found at the scene.

According to The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, family members said she “called 911 to report a possible assault in the alley Saturday night.”

From Justine Damond’s home in the middle of the block, she “would have had to walk a little more than 100 yards to get to the end of the alley,” The Star-Tribune reported, adding that neighbors said the alley was well-lit.

We will continue to update on this story as new details surface.

Saturday, an Australian national living in the Fulton neighborhood of Minneapolis with her American fiance was shot and killed by authorities responding to a 911 call she had placed, subsequently leaving the community in which she lived outraged over the incident and demanding answers.

According to reports, the deceased has been identified as 40-year-old Justine Damond who worked in the community as a meditation instructor at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community and was well-known for bringing “joy” into the lives of those that knew her.

While few details have been released regarding the matter, “heartsick” Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges stated during a press conference that she is “deeply disturbed” by the tragic event and that the incident is being investigated by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

During the press conference Minneapolis Police Department Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo stated the following:

“Saturday, July 15th at approximately 11:30 pm a 911 call was received and Minneapolis squad was dispatched to an ‘unknown trouble’ to the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South.

As the officers arrived at that location this call of an unknown trouble turned into an officer involved shooting.” 

Arradondo further confirmed that a woman had died as a result of the officer involved shooting and that he would be unable to answer media questions regarding the matter as the investigation is being conducted independently by the BCA.

While Mayor Hodges did confirmed that the body cameras of both officers responding to the call were not turned on at the time of the incident, Arradondo refused answer media inquiries regarding on whether or not it was the department’s policy that the body cameras must be on during ‘unknown trouble‘ calls.

The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave following the incident.

Via FoxNews

“Two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue S. just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday,” the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a news release. “At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman.”

Police were trying to determine whether any video of the incident exists. The body cameras of the officers involved were not activated, according to police.

Editor’s Note: Fox 9 is reporting that in addition to the officer body cameras being turned off during the shooting the responding squad’s dash camera did not capture footage of the incident in question.  

Her fiance, identified by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, as Don Damond, was reportedly on his way home from a business trip.

Damond, whose maiden name was Ruszczyk but went by her fiance’s last name, called police after hearing a sound in a nearby alley, according to their son, Zach Damond, 22.

“Basically, my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know,” Zach Damond told the Star-Tribune. “I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers. I’m so done with all this violence.”

Additionally, Fox 9 reports:

One of Hodges’ opponents in this year’s mayoral race and outspoken police reformist Nekima Levy-Pounds also attended the vigil honoring Damond, making an impassioned plea for justice to those present.

“This will happen again, and this community is not immune from it happening again,” she said. “Our police forces are out of control.”

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Rand Paul is saying Republicans don’t have the votes to pass the disastrous Obamacare amendment. And in saying such, he’s sticking with his constant call for a full repeal followed by a stand alone replacement.

That much we should all already know. None of us should be surprised by Rand Paul’s position. He’s one of the few (very few) Republicans actually sticking to his campaign promises. He’s one of the few actually standing by the very voters who put the GOP in power.

But the part of this discussion that’s concerning involves President Trump. You see, multiple media sources are saying the Trump White House may be open to supporting a full repeal followed by a GOP replacement.

“Open” to it? What do they mean “open” to it? This is what Trump campaigned on. This is what he promised us. He promised a full repeal on day one in office, in fact. Why is it even possible that he’s  not open to it? Why is this not something Trump is hammering on day in and day out?

We should all be extremely concerned here. The fact that Rand Paul is now basically the ONLY Republican in Washington openly calling for a full repeal is just bizarre. This after hundreds of politicians ran on a pledge to fully repeal Obamacare.

And the best we can get from the Trump White House is that they may be open to supporting a full repeal?

Wow. My how times have changed.

Where are the champions of small government? Where are the champions of free markets? Where are the champions of fiscal responsibility?

Inquiring minds want to know.

The United Nations Human Rights Council has been silent on the death of Venezuelans at the hands of their democratic socialist government. The UN has sided with death, but that isn’t surprising, considering the horrific plans they have laid out for most humans.

The Miami Herald is calling the UN’s lack of response to blood in the streets in Venezuela a “travesty.” Despite Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s bloody repression of opposition protests that have resulted in more than 100 dead, thousands of wounded and hundreds of political prisoners over the past three months, the United Nations Human Rights Council, UNHRC, has not uttered a single word about Venezuela’s human rights crisis.

But there’s a reason for the silence, and all one has to do to figure it out, is lightly scratch the surface. The UN doesn’t care about human rights.  It’s a front for their ability to massively depopulate the earth for the advancement of Agenda 21.

In 1992, at a Venezuela conference, the United Nations passed something called “Agenda 21,” for which the elder US President, George Bush, publicly gave his support. It referred to something called “Sustainable Development,” but what this plan laid out very clearly was a one world government. This idea of One World Rule is not new to the Bush clan, or even to the modern day Illuminati. It has been around at least since the times of the Roman Empire, and before. –The Daily Sheeple

Could this be the reason the UN doesn’t care about a few hundred Venezuelans and their oppressed deaths? Possibly, but don’t expect the mainstream media to report on the horrors of socialism.  Human beings who seek freedom are the biggest threat to the political structures which are planning to destroy most of mankind, which is why governments are using brainwashing techniques and propaganda on the weak masses.  Humans will always gravitate toward their freedom unless brainwashed to accept their own oppression. This is the reason we have so many people across the globe cannot see taxation as the theft that it is. But the explanation for the UN’s silence gets even more disturbing.

Some have an even more sinister reason for the UN’s silence on the oppression of the Venezuelan people.

There is a reason for that inaction, of course. About half of the council’s 47 member countries are dictatorships — including Cuba, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela — who defend one another against charges of human-rights violations. In fact, the UNHRC is a mutual protection society for the world’s worst dictatorships. –Miami Herald

That isn’t exactly comforting.  Dictatorships, which the US is headed quickly towards becoming, are in control of “human rights,” so expect the eventual announcement that there is no such thing by those claiming ownership over others. Neither the United States nor any other socialist democracies represented at the council have presented any motions to the council condemning Venezuela’s human rights abuses. That’s because death is a necessary outcome to those who seek infinite power over the lives of others.

As the United States stumbles toward tyranny and becomes more socialist, the changes of our streets looking like those of Venezuela increase.  The hypocrisy of instituting the very same socialist policies which caused Venezuela to collapse would appear too obvious for those attempting to brainwash the public in the United States.

Hope seems all but lost against a world takeover, but those on the bottom forget that they are many while the elites are few.

Courtesy post via SHTFPlan and Mac Slavo

Junk science endangers lives. Forensic junk science in the hands of overzealous prosecutors, ignorant police detectives and reckless experts threatens liberty.

There is a crisis in America’s government-run crime labs — and it’s not just the result of a few rogue operators. The problem is long-festering and systemic.

In April, Massachusetts state crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan made national headlines after investigations and lawsuits over her misconduct prompted the state’s Supreme Judicial Court to order the largest dismissal of criminal convictions in U.S. history.

Prosecutors were forced to dismiss a stunning 21,000-plus drug cases after Dookhan admitted to forging signatures, misleading investigators and purposely contaminating drug samples en masse over nearly a decade. Dookhan pleaded guilty to dozens of charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and tampering with evidence. Hundreds of defendants have had their convictions tossed on appeal.

Despite a district judge concluding that her actions were “nothing short of catastrophic,” Dookhan served a measly three years in prison before being released last spring.

Another Massachusetts state crime lab worker, Sonja Farak, abused her position to pilfer and ingest the drugs she was supposed to be testing over an eight-year period. Instead of cleaning up, two former assistant attorney generals covered up for Farak and misled a judge who last month dismissed several of the cases tainted by the narcotics-addicted lab worker. Upwards of 10,000 prosecutions may eventually be overturned.

The fraudster’s fate? Crackhead and meth junkie Farak received a mere 18-month jail sentence for snorting the evidence, plus 5 years’ probation. The two assistant AGs left their jobs for higher-paying positions in government.

Law journals and scientific publications are filled with similar horror stories that have spread from the New York City medical examiner’s office and Nassau County, N.Y.’s police department forensic evidence bureau to the crime labs of West Virginia, Harris County, Texas, North Carolina and jurisdictions in nearly 20 other states.
It’s the wrongfully prosecuted and convicted who suffer the heaviest deprivations — and taxpayers who must foot the astronomical bill for all the costs and damages incurred by crime lab corruptocrats and their enablers.

As I’ve been chronicling in my newspaper columns and investigative reports, many state crime labs and police departments are particularly ill-equipped and inadequately trained to interpret DNA evidence, especially “touch” or “trace” DNA — minute amounts of DNA of unknown origin often transferred through incidental contact — which has resulted in monstrous miscarriages of justice against innocent people.

The aura of infallibility conferred on crime lab analysts by “CSI”-style TV shows exacerbates the problem when juries place undue weight on indeterminate DNA evidence of little to no probative value. Just last week, North Carolina’s Mark Carver, who was convicted of murdering a college student based on dubious touch DNA that was likely the result of investigators’ contamination, won a new court date for a hearing that may set him free.

Costly errors and gross misconduct will continue as long as politicized prosecutors operate with a “win at all costs” agenda and stubbornly refuse to admit their failures. Dark history seems to repeating itself at the Oklahoma City Police Department, home of the late forensic faker Joyce Gilchrist. Known as “Black Magic,” Gilchrist conjured mountains of phony DNA evidence out of whole cloth in collaboration with an out-of-control district attorney over two ruinous decades.

Gilchrist, whose tainted testimony sent 11 inmates to their deaths, passed away two years ago unpunished and unrepentant.

Now, nearly a quarter-century after Gilchrist’s misconduct was first exposed, Oklahoma City has been rocked by secret hearings held two weeks ago in the case of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw. He was convicted in 2015 on multiple sexual assaults after being railroaded by incompetent and biased police detectives and a DA’s office more concerned about appeasing the social justice mob than seeking the truth.

My investigation of Holtzclaw’s case helped publicize the flawed, sloppy testimony by OCPD crime lab analyst Elaine Taylor and assistant district attorney Gayland Gieger, who misled jurors with false assertions about trace skin cell DNA tied to one accuser found on Holtzclaw’s pants — the only indirect forensic evidence in the case. One of the key attendees at the secret hearings last month was Taylor’s OCPD crime lab supervisor, Campbell Ruddock.

Taylor and Gieger failed to fully inform the jury of unknown male DNA found on Holtzclaw’s pants, as well as DNA mixtures from multiple unknown female and male contributors, which clearly supported the hypothesis of innocent, nonsexual DNA indirect transfer. But Gieger baselessly claimed the DNA came from vaginal fluid (when Taylor conducted no such confirmatory tests for body fluids nor used an alternate light source). Gieger recklessly yoked the phony DNA “smoking gun” in one accuser’s case to all of the accusers’ allegations. At least two jurors publicly stated after trial that the shoddy DNA evidence persuaded them of Holtzclaw’s collective guilt.

Secrecy about the crime lab crisis is a toxic recipe for more wrongful convictions. The solution lies in greater transparency, external scrutiny, stiffer criminal penalties and real financial consequences for forensic fraudsters and fakers. It’s time to incentivize more whistleblowers, instead of more destructive witch hunts.

Michelle Malkin is host of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” on Her email address is To find out more about Michelle Malkin and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at

The latest no-substance scandal to preoccupy Washington — the emails of Donald Trump Jr. — is having no impact on his father’s job approval in any of the recent polls.

Rasmussen Reports, the only poll to survey likely voters, has Trump’s job approval at 45 percent (July 9-11), exactly the same as it has been for the past two months. In fact, Rasmussen’s average rating for Trump job approval has been averaging 45 percent ever since May.

Nor do any of the other polls — that sample “adults” or “registered voters” — show any movement. Trump’s average job approval has been about the same (low 40s) for the past few months.

Americans don’t care. Trump’s base of voters is solid and about what it has been since before the election. All of the noise and furor and even hotheaded accusations of treason are making no difference in the polls.

This lack of response raises a key question: Will voters come to feel that all the Democrats can talk about is the Russia scandal? Will the impact on the Democrats be akin to the way the Republicans destroyed their own reputations by focusing on President Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky?

In that case, despite years of pounding, Republicans failed to lower the president’s job approval and only erased their own credibility. Things got so bad that with a Democratic president immersed in scandal and about to be impeached, the Republicans lost four seats in the House and made no gains in the Senate in the elections of 1998.

By devoting all their time to going after Clinton’s personal life and doing nothing to project their agenda or pass legislation, the Republican majority in Congress exhausted the public’s patience and broke their own momentum.

Now, with the Russia “scandal” entering its second year with no solid evidence of collusion between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, the lack of polling gains for the Democrats suggests that they are falling into the same trap. Is it becoming evident to Americans that the Democrats have no agenda beyond “resistance” to Trump? Is the lack of agenda that so crippled Hillary Clinton in her campaign carrying over into 2017?

Donald Trump is such an attractive punching bag that he can play rope-a-dope like Muhammad Ali did to George Foreman. It’s easy to be lured into abandoning a positive issue agenda and focusing only on his “scandals.” But by zeroing in on this particular scandal, the Democrats risk boring the country to death.

And, if Trump can continue to produce impressive results — 220,000 jobs created, 50 percent cut in illegal border crossings, Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, victory over ISIS in Iraq — and, possibly Obamacare repeal and replacement, he may just leave the Democrats behind stewing in their own juices.

Consumers have benefited for decades from the presence of Open Skies agreements that lessen government interference in the market for international air travel. Now, a coalition of the big three U.S. airlines — Delta Airlines, American Airlines, and United Airlines — along with labor unions, are hoping to ride the wave of economic nationalism and roll back these bilateral agreements, opening markets to foreign competition under the guise of “fairness.”

Deregulation of the U.S. airline industry has led to lower prices and greater choice in routes and service. The Open Skies agreements provided a means to achieve similar results in the international market by encouraging other governments to do the same. These agreements mean that U.S. airlines can fly at will to treaty countries, and vice versa. They have also made it very profitable for domestic airlines to partner with Emirates Airline flying to the United States.

That’s proven good for consumers, who have more choices for international travel than ever before, and at better prices, but it isn’t appreciated by certain legacy carriers facing increased competition.

Like many who seek special dispensation from the government, legacy carriers couch their appeals as one for “fair competition.” This is a common euphemism for government interference and should be rejected as such.

They want the Open Skies agreements between the United States and Persian Gulf governments thrown out and to deny Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways access to American cities because they’re subsidized by their governments. But so are other U.S. airline partners, many of whom happened to also be government-owned. Such subsidies are unfortunate, but they’re hardly a reason to rip up the very system that’s pressuring governments around the world to reduce protectionist behaviors.

U.S. airlines have also received, and continue to receive, their unfair share of government handouts, which is all the more reason to question their stated interest in fairness. As my colleague Gary Leff recently noted on his popular “View From the Wing” blog, “This isn’t my preferred way of fostering commerce, but the history is clear that airlines have been intertwined with governments since their inception.” He goes on to give the gory details of an industry with close to a centurylong history of government subsidies, protection from competition, pension liability rescues and bailouts.

There is also your everyday government-granted handout: the Fly America Act, which requires federal travelers to use U.S. carriers for federally funded travel without consideration for cost or convenience, or the Essential Air Service program and its generous subsidies for airlines serving rural communities. In addition, as Leff notes, “In the U.S. nearly all commercial airports are owned by government, and they generally share revenue with airlines for all the business activity that takes place inside.” The bottom line, Leff says, is that “it’s impossible to disentangle the airline industry from U.S. government.”

Let’s not forget the biggest losers when a government subsidizes particular industries: taxpayers. If anyone should be upset about subsidies from Persian Gulf governments, it should be their citizens, who are poorer for having to help pay for Americans traveling more cheaply. But, as mentioned above, they’re hardly alone in that behavior.

Open Skies agreements succeeded in reducing subsidies and other forms of government interference, but it’s true that there’s much more to do on that front. Subsidies are still all too common throughout the world, reflecting just how connected with governments the air travel industry has always been.

Still, Open Skies agreements have proven a commendable step in the right direction, encouraging governments throughout the world to reduce interference in the market and remove barriers to international travel. They have also benefited numerous other American carriers that are able to access routes throughout the world and compete against foreign airlines.

The proliferation of Open Skies agreements created a boom in international air travel. To prevent a regression by governments to old protectionist behaviors, the United States should continue to set an example as a leader in promoting free market competition. That means rejecting appeals for protectionism, even when couched as a matter of fairness.

Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. To find out more about Veronique de Rugy and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at

Wednesday, singer Kid Rock (Robert Ritchie) confirmed to his fans on social media that he is indeed planning a potential run for Senate in the State of Michigan against Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow who first elected in 2000. 

Launching the website, the singer is already selling politically themed merchandise to promote his planned 2018 campaign while offering fans (and potential voters alike) the opportunity to subscribe for email updates.


Via Twitter

In response to the announcement, Sen. Stabenow complimented the Rock’s guitar playing skills but expressed the singer should stick to his day job.

Via MLive

“I know we both share a love of music,” Stabenow said in a statement following Kid Rock’s Twitter proclamation that a “major announcement” on a potential Senate run was coming soon. “I concede he is better at playing the guitar and I’ll keep doing what I do best, which is fighting for Michigan.”

Stabenow is up for reelection in 2018, and two Republicans have formally announced their intentions to enter the party’s primary — Lena Epstein, former co-chair for President Donald Trump’s Michigan campaign, and former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Young.

During the 2016 presidential election, Kid Rock endorsed Donald Trump and released a line of pro-Trump merchandise featuring a “God, Guns & Trump” shirt, and red trucker hat that reads “Make America Bad Ass Again.”

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A Florida man has been arrested for misusing emergency services after calling the Clearwater Police Department an astonishing 98 times over a 6 hour period while demanding that the department return money seized during his previous drug arrest.

You read that correctly, the individual identified by the department as Michael Mott was arrested in January for dealing drugs to an undercover police officer and subsequently decided that the money seized during his arrest should be returned.

Calling the department’s Communications Center nearly 100 times, Mott shouted expletives at dispatchers demanding that his drug money to be returned, while refusing to prove his name or location.

Makes perfect sense…

Speaking on the matter, police communications manager Tracy Squitieri stated that dispatchers have no choice but to answer the phones because they must “treat every call as if it is an emergency until we know otherwise.”

Via FoxNews

Here are how some of the calls went:

CPD: Hello? Hello?

Mott: Who is this?

CPD: Clearwater Police Department

Mott: Who is this?

CPD: Nikki.

Mott: Nikki what?

CPD: Sir, can I help you? Do you need the police?

Mott: No. I need my money. But ya’ll holding onto it.

He hung up. Then, he called again and again, saying things like, “Ya’ll give my money back,” and, “Ya’ll (expletive) better give me my money.”

During the series of calls, he went so far as to call the chief’s office, berating the person who picked up. Police were eventually able to locate and arrest him.

“He used at least two phones for the calls and I’m told by one of our officers that he even made a couple of the calls in the presence of one of our officers, even after we showed up and confronted him about the misuse of the system,” said Shaw.

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