Today’s News

Rekindling the debate over transgender ‘friendly’ restrooms policies which allow individuals to use the restroom of their choosing instead of the one corresponding to their genetic sex, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has moved forward towards blocking schools and municipalities from instituting such controversial policies.

Stating to Texas lawmakers “get a bill to my desk that I will sign into law, Gov. Abbott has officially broken his silence on the matter.

As CBS DFW has reported, the move comes only 5 weeks before the legislative session ends (May 29th).

Via CBS DFW

Now Abbott’s all-in, becoming the nation’s first governor to fully embrace the issue. That makes the prospects for Texas blocking its own cities and school districts from instituting transgender-friendly policies on public restrooms suddenly bright…

The Senate weeks ago rushed to approve a bill mandating that transgender Texans use public bathrooms corresponding to their birth-certificate gender. But that seemed a tough sell in the House, where Speaker Joe Straus criticized it as bad for business and the governor’s previous failure to weigh in offered no cover for would-be supporters.

Hundreds of people, including chambers of commerce representatives, decried the House bill as discriminatory during a recent, all-night hearing. But it should nonetheless be approved by committee this week, clearing it for a House floor vote.

Thoughts on transgender friendly restroom policies? Let us know in the comment section below.

According to reports, Dennis Chambers, the president of the Buena Park School District Board in Southern California has been arrested on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography thanks to the efforts of the Fontana Police Department.

As reported by ABC7 Los Angeles, Chambers was arrested following the six month long investigation led by the Fontana PD’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force which had been attempting to track down a group suspected of distributing child pornography online.

During the course of their investigation, Chambers was identified as a suspect believed to be involved with the ring of child pornography distributors operating in the Fontana area, prompting authorities to search his residence on the 8000 block of Taylor Street in Buena Park last Wednesday.

As explained by authorities, the search of the residence uncovered thousands of pornographic images and videos featuring children, leading to the arrest of Chambers.

Following his arrest, Chambers was booked into Santa Ana Central Jail. Authorities are asking anyone with relevant information pertaining to this case to contact Detective Hale at (909) 356-7156 immediately.

South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun recently let a statement go public that should have all Americans on high alert. “The South Korean and U.S. militaries are fully ready for North Korea’s nuclear test,” Moon said.

Full ready.

What exactly that means is currently only known by the Pentagon and top military brass. But considering that a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group is nearly at its destination in Korean waters one can assume it means war planners are likely preparing for war.

North Korea, of course, isn’t thrilled with the news. Here’s their take in it via OAN.

Angered by the approach of the USS Carl Vinson carrier group, a defiant North Korea said on Monday the deployment was “an extremely dangerous act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade”.

“The United States should not run amok and should consider carefully any catastrophic consequence from its foolish military provocative act,” Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, said in a commentary on Monday.

“What’s only laid for aggressors is dead bodies,” the newspaper said.

What has the carrier strike group been up to as it makes its way to Korean waters? A lot.

“Full ready” training with Japan and South Korea, to be exact. Just days ago two Japanese Destroyers worked with the carrier group for war training and reports suggest South Korea is about to do the same.

In other words, the United States, Japan and South Korea are all fully preparing for war as an alliance against North Korea. This isn’t just posturing. This isn’t just putting a ship somewhere to send a message. This is a plan coming together with all the training necessary to ensure it can be properly implemented.

Under the cover of darkness, workers donning flak jackets and helmets began the process of removing the Liberty Monument in New Orleans in the hopes of erasing what many have deemed symbols of the south’s racist past.

The Liberty Monument is the first of four statues commemorating the efforts of Confederate forces during the civil-war that New Orleans has officially removed.

Explaining that New Orleans is committed to removing monuments which “revere white supremacy,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu stated that the Liberty Monument was the “most offensive” of the four set for removal.

Beginning the daunting task of removing the large monument at 1:25 a.m, city workers wearing body armor were able to avoid confrontation with supporters of the monument. Nearby atop of an area hotel’s parking garage law enforcement stood watch.

Via FoxNews

“If there was ever a statue that needed to be taken down, it’s that one,” [Mayor Landrieu] said.

Three other statues to Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis will be removed in later days now that legal challenges have been overcome.

“There’s a better way to use the property these monuments are on and a way that better reflects who we are,” Landrieu said Sunday.

New Orleans is a majority African-American city although the number of black residents has fallen since 2005’s Hurricane Katrina drove many people from the city.

The decision to remove the Confederate monuments came after the majority black City Council voted 6-1 back in 2015 to take them down, however a string of legal challenges had brought the process to a stalemate until now.

Thoughts on the removal of the Liberty Monument? Let us know in the comment section below.

Note the nostrum here….

One of Donald Trump’s few universally welcomed campaign promises was to do something about the prices of pharmaceutical drugs. Most Americans recognize that prices are too high, and are bothered by the rise of pharmaceutical price gouging…..

The key power is found in the “import relief” law — an important yet unused provision of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 that empowers the Food and Drug Administration to allow drug imports whenever they are deemed safe and capable of saving Americans money. The savings in the price-gouging cases would be significant. Daraprim, the antiparasitic drug whose price was raised by Mr. Shkreli to nearly $750 per pill, sells for a little more than $2 overseas. The cancer drug Cosmegen is priced at $1,400 or more per injection here, as opposed to about $20 to $30 overseas.

The remedy is simple: The government can create a means for pharmacies to get supplies from trusted nations overseas at much lower prices.

In other words Trump has the ability to administratively put a stop to the drug-price rape.

But let me point out that while this article is informative and points out a means by which Trump can irrespective of Congressional interference put a stop to the scam in one area of the medical system it ignores — intentionally — a much-larger and more-powerful hammer that every President has had available to them for the last 30 years and yet has refused to use.

The Executive has the power and duty to enforce the law.  15 USC Chapter 1, which is where The Sherman, Clayton and Robinson-Patman acts reside, is an extremely powerful body of law bearing on exactly the sort of conduct the entire medical system engages in daily.

Why is that body of law far more-powerful than any threat to legislate?  Because those laws not only provide for ruinously-large fines they include prison time for the executives involved and since they already exist they cannot be blocked by Congressional inaction.

Fines are something that we know businesses simply incorporate into their cost of business and thus ignore.  Witness Wells Fargo, which got caught breaking the law by adding on services that customers never ordered.  That’s a serious violation of consumer protection statutes and yet nobody went to prison.  In fact nobody was even indicted in that regard, but the company was fined.  Did it matter?  Not really.  Sure, a few people lost their jobs including some executives but the fact of the matter is that measured objectively the company was unharmed and the people who were involved got away with what amounted to robbery by deception.

Why will this article go unanswered?  It’s rather simple, really: If you simply enforce the law then you would cause health care spending to contract from it’s near-20% of GDP down to something approaching its historical average, which was 3%.

Let’s assume that we get 4%.  That’s a 15%, roughly, contraction in GDP!

At the same time a whole lot of people who currently are employed but provide not one single minute of actual care to an actual person would either see their salaries drop precipitously or lose their job entirely.  Here’s looking at you, medical coders, although certainly that’s not the beginning or end of it.

And what do we call that sort of economic contraction, even though it would be short-lived and soon reallocated into other areas of the economy?

A Depression.

I remind you the formal economic definition of “Depression” is a 10% decline in GDP from top to bottom.  We would hit that metric in about an hour after the law began being enforced.

The challenge before both the Executive and the people, along with Congress, is that the path we are on not only is unsustainable (which has been pointed out by many, myself included, for decades) with regard to this spending we are out of time to deal with it.  Like most areas of unsustainable things government’s inertia and lack of desire to do something that might (in this case, will) upset asset prices is to kick the can or simply ignore the problem entirely.

That’s popular but when the wall comes into view around the last corner if you still have your foot mashed on the accelerator with spending growth around 9% when tax receipts are flat to actually down you are asking for a crack-up of devastating impact.

The obvious bleating is that all these levered hospitals (nearly all of them; you don’t think they paid cash for all those nice glistening buildings, do you?) will go bankrupt.  My answer is so what?

Do you really think there will be no doctors and no hospitals?

No, what will happen is that that nice empty hospital that goes bankrupt and shuts down is still sitting there with perfectly-functional operating rooms and beds.  Someone will come along and buy it at 10 cents on the dollar.  A week, or a month later, if the sign read Frobozz Hospital the word “Frobozz” will be gone but the “Hospital” part will be lit up and there will be doctors performing procedures and nurses caring for customers.

With the facility being bought for ten cents on the dollar and 95% of the administrators fired said hospital will operate at a fifth of the former cost, and thus price.  With the law being enforced you’ll have a nice price list on the Internet and that hospital will have to compete for business, which it will do quite well at with its much-lower cost structure.

The hospital across town or across the county that didn’t go bankrupt will have to figure out how to gets its cost structure down to where that one is or it will go bankrupt too.

Is that bad?  No, it’s good!

See, if that one goes bankrupt then the same process happens again.  Once again someone will buy the bankrupt facility for pennies on the dollar and shortly there will again be doctors and nurses — but not many administrators — providing care to customers.

This is how markets are supposed to work and it is how they do work when you put a stop to the illegal monopolist and price-fixing games.

I love a good bankruptcy sale.  Buying things at pennies on the dollar with the blessing of judicial oversight in such a process, or just before a forced-eviction is about to happen (because someone didn’t pay the rent!) is an awesome competitive thing.  It drives down price and drives up quality for the dollar paid.  It powers innovation.  It powers productivity which is defined as doing more with less.

And it brings down price for customers which is good for everyone except the monopolists.

Its a process that plays out in markets every single day when the government actually enforces anti-monopoly laws and throws handcuffs on colluders, forcing their outrageous mob-like behavior to bet met with well-deserved criminal sanction.

And best of all, despite all the lobbying dollars spent in Congress there is exactly zero Congress can do to stop it since the laws required to bring about these changes are already on the books, have already been challenged and found valid all the way to the US Supreme Court and thus merely need to be enforced.

Story courtesy of Market Ticker.

The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.

Officials report that business, traffic and day-to-day life has come to a standstill in San Francisco, reportedly the worst hit of the three major cities currently experiencing outages.

Power companies in all three regions have yet to elaborate on the cause, though a fire at a substation was the original reason given by San Francisco officials.

A series of subsequent power outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City left commuters stranded and traffic backed up on Friday morning. Although the outages occurred around the same time, there is as of yet no evidence that they were connected by anything more than coincidence.

The first outage occurred at around 7:20 a.m. in New York, when the power went down at the 7th Avenue and 53rd Street subway station, which sent a shockwave of significant delays out from the hub and into the rest of the subway system. By 11:30 a.m. the city’s MTA confirmed that generators were running again in the station, although the New York subways were set to run delayed into the afternoon.

Later in the morning, power outages were reported in Los Angeles International Airport, as well as in several other areas around the city.

Via : Inverse

The San Francisco Fire Department was responding to more than 100 calls for service in the Financial District and beyond, including 20 elevators with people stuck inside, but reported no immediate injuries. Everywhere, sirens blared as engines maneuvered along streets jammed with traffic.

Traffic lights were out at scores of intersections, and cars were backing up on downtown streets as drivers grew frustrated and honked at each other.

Via: SF Gate

The cause of the outage has not yet been made clear, though given the current geo-political climate it is not out of the question to suggest a cyber attack could be to blame. It has also been suggested that the current outages could be the result of a secretive nuclear/EMP drill by the federal government.

As we have previously reported, the entire national power grid has been mapped by adversaries of the United States and it is believed that sleep trojans or malware may exist within the computer systems that maintain the grid.

In a 2016 report it was noted that our entire way of life has been left vulnerable to saboteurs who could cause cascading blackouts across the United States for days or weeks at a time:

It isn’t just EMPs and natural disaster that poses a threat to the grid, but there is also the potential for attacks on individual power substations in the vast network of decentralized and largely unguarded power grid chain. A U.S. government study established that there would be “major, extended blackouts if more than three key substations were destroyed.”

Whether by criminals, looters, terrorists, gangs or pranksters, it would take very little to bring down the present system, and there is currently very little the system can do to protect against this wide open threat.

Whether the current outages are the result of a targeted infrastructure cyber attack or simply a coincidence, most Americans think the impossible can’t happen, as The Prepper’s Blueprint author Tess Pennington highlights, a grid-down scenario won’t just be a minor inconvenience if it goes on for more than a day or two:

Consider, for a moment, how drastically your life would change without the continuous flow of energy the grid delivers. While manageable during a short-term disaster, losing access to the following critical elements of our just-in-time society would wreak havoc on the system.

  • Challenges or shut downs of business commerce
  • Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass transportation, supply chains
  • Inability to access money via atm machines
  • Payroll service interruptions
  • Interruptions in public facilities – schools, workplaces may close, and public gatherings.
  • Inability to have access to clean drinking water

Full report: When the Grid Goes Down, You Better Be Ready!

It is for this reason that we have long encouraged Americans to prepare for this potentially devastating scenario by considering emergency food reserves, clean water reserves and even home defense strategies in the event of a widespread outage.

The majority of Americans have about 3 days worth of food in their pantry.

Imagine for a moment what Day 4 might look like in any major city that goes dark.

This exclusive clip from American Blackout shows what an extended outage might look like:

Prepare for the worst, because this is one scenario you do not want to face.

Story courtesy of SHTFPlan.

Bill O’Reilly is out of the way and the sharks smell blood. For the past few days several media reports suggest Sean Hannity will be targeted next and it didn’t take long for the reports to be confirmed.

Political commentator Debbie Schlussel is the first up to bat and she’s swinging for the fences. She claims that Hannity once invited her to his hotel room after a book signing event and hit on her while there. She refused the advances, so she claims, and as a result Hannity never again invited her on his program.

Hannity’s response via the Daily Mail.

‘LET ME BE CLEAR THE COMMENTS ABOUT ME ON A RADIO SHOW THIS WEEK by this individual ARE 100% false and a complete fabrication,’ wrote Hannity.

‘This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade. The individual has a history of making provably false statements against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation.

‘The individual has not just slandered me over the years but many people who this individual disagrees with. This individual desperately seeks attention by any means necessary, including making unfounded personal attacks and using indefensible and outrageous political rhetoric. My patience with this individual is over.’

He went on to say: ‘I have retained a team of some of the finest and toughest lawyers in the country who are now in the process of laying out the legal course of action we will be taking against this individual.

‘In this fiercely divided & vindictive political climate I will no longer allow slander and lies about me to go unchallenged, as I see a coordinated effort afoot to now silence those with conservative views. I will fight every single lie about me by all legal means available to me as an American.’

Schlussel made the claim on a radio program. While she never said he tried to sleep with her, to the common ear that is exactly what was being implied.

The problem here is that there is zero evidence and making such a proclamation is defamatory and slanderous. With that being the case she seems to be backtracking and fast.

Here’s her new tune.

Now, in an interview with LawNewz.com on Monday morning, Schlussel is denying that she was ever sexually harassed by Sean Hannity. While Schlussel stands by her description of the incident, Schlussel told us that she doesn’t believe what happened between the two amounted to sexual harassment by any legal definition.

“I would never accuse him of that. Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law, and I would never accuse him of that,” Schlussel, an attorney herself, said. Schlussel said the interaction happened in the early 2000’s when Hannity was in Detroit taping a show.

“He tried to get me to go back to the hotel after the show after he and his executive producer Bill Shine treated me horribly,” she said on the radio program. Schlussel later clarified that it wasn’t his hotel room, but rather his hotel. She told LawNewz.com that she did go on the show following the incident, but after that was “banned from Fox News.”

“I never thought I was sexually harassed by Sean Hannity, I thought he was weird and creepy not someone I liked,” Schlussel said.

Why make such a story to begin with? Knowing full well it would instantly gain massive attention?

Expect more of this. Fox News is now a big target.

(ANTIMEDIA) Caracas — Venezuela, a country with only $10 billion left in reserves to run on, is in trouble. The people are starving. The government has gone full-on authoritarian, and now desperate human beings are dying in the streets.

From an Associated Press report on Friday:

“Authorities in Venezuela say 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in the South American nation’s capital amid a spiraling political crisis.”

Continuing, the report further highlighted the gravity of the situation:

“Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, where opposition leaders say 13 people were hit with an electrical current while trying to loot a bakery protected by an electric fence.”

These are people without options, forced to turn to thievery to stay alive. And they died because of it.

On April 6, The Economist reported that over the past year, 74 percent of Venezuelans lost an average of 20 pounds. Venezuela, incidentally, has topped Bloomberg’s Economic Misery Index for the past three years.

The country began its slide downward into chaos with the election of President Nicolas Maduro, who immediately began implementing socialist programs and has since taken extreme measures to secure his position.

At the end of March, for instance, Maduro effectively shut down Venezuela’s congress — his primary political opposition — and gave those legislative duties to his puppet Supreme Court.

The latest news coming out of the South American nation — aside from the deaths of people trying to steal bread to live — is that General Motors, whose Venezuelan production facility was overtaken by local authorities, has now ceased all operations in the country.

To put that in perspective, consider that in 2016, only 3,000 vehicles were sold in Venezuela, a country of 30 million people.

The U.S. Southern Command has floated the idea of using the United States’ military to contain unrest in Venezuela, though historically American intervention in South America is both widely unpopular in the region and wildly unsuccessful.

As we look on at the continuing horrors in the Middle East and what seems, at the moment, to be the makings of World War III in Asia, let’s not lose sight of the fact that right now, the people of Venezuela are in pain.

Courtesy post via theAntiMedia and James Holbrooks

We live in amazing times. Amazing because the very media that often complains they have too little control over the ability to report the news to the public refuses to report the news to the public.

Yesterday’s terrorist attack was, in fact, a terrorist attack. It was almost immediately known as such locally in Paris, ISIS quickly took credit, details were not delayed and the vast majority of individuals capable of thinking for themselves knew what it was.

The only people who apparently couldn’t come to grips with the facts are the hosts who were running the MSNBC reporting at the time of the breaking news. Instead of reporting on the terrorist attack itself, they felt it more important to try and discredit President Trump for calling it a terror attack.

No joke. And they wonder why the public no longer trusts them when it comes to news?

The individual you’re about to watch speak is currently a VP at Goldman Sachs. She’s also currently an American citizen through her marriage to an American citizen.

But that wasn’t always her story. Is it harsh to reference her as a criminal alien in the title of this post? Not at all. Because facts are facts. And she openly admits that she fraudulently used a fake social security number, an act that is in fact a felony, while she was here illegally.

So yes, she was at one point a criminal alien in this country illegally. That cannot be disputed.

Now on to her bankrupt argument. She claims a border wall is a symbol of hate. She has zero evidence to back up this claim and cannot make a coherent argument to support her words.

Of course, this is exactly the kind of position that Tucker Carlson loves to dismantle. And he does exactly that.

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