Trump makes personal appearance at March For Life
Crowd packed Mall and streets
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Some Khashoggi killers sentenced to death
condemned can appeal verdicts
by staff reporter Jeff McCoy
On October 2nd, 2018, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by a team of 15 Saudi agents. Khashoggi was a long term critic of the royal Saudi family.
New bill in Congress would tax excessive CEO pay
2,000 years vs 1 year
Runaway greed to be checked
By Staff reporter Jeff McCoy
With many Americans working full-time jobs and still falling into the poverty bracket, it’s hard to understand how the chief executive officers of the same companies can pay themselves many times over what their average worker makes.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) introduced the Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act, which rewrites the federal tax code to tackle the inequality crisis. The Act would institute an escalating tax on any corporation which the CEO makes more than 50 times the median employee and which has earnings of at least $100 million in a year.
A press release from Rep. Lee stated “The typical restaurant employee at McDonald’s would have to work for more than 2,000 years to earn what the company’s CEO Chris Kempczinski received last year. A retail worker at Gap Inc. would have to work for more than 3,000 years to receive the annual compensation of Gap’s former CEO Art Peck. Peck’s pay was increased by 33 percent in 2018, even after he presided over years of declines in sales and stock prices.” Cont here
Daleiden loses in court
Pro lifer fined $2.2 million
By staff reporter Jeff McCoy
David Daleiden, the citizen journalist that exposed Planned Parenthood with undercover videos, has lost a civil suit in San Francisco. The six-week trial ended with Planned Parenthood celebrating the outcome. During Daleiden’s undercover investigation he discovered that baby body parts were being sold for a large profit, including live, beating hearts.
In 2012 Daleiden sought information from Dr. Theresa Deisher, who holds Ph.D., in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from Stanford University School of Medicine, to learn if aborted babies still alive were used for heart harvesting. Deisher confirmed that meeting under oath during the trial.
During their conversation, Daleiden learned that a beating heart cut out of a rib cage can be connected to a Langendorff perfusion device and kept beating outside of the body. A
Va law threatens freedom for gun owners
Amends current law
VA SB64, introduced by Louise Lucas, (D), District 18, has a new approach for gun owners and even has Karate instructors concerned. The bill would make it a felony for anyone that
“1. Teaches or demonstrates to any other person the use, application, or making of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or intending that such training will be employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or
2. Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, intending to employ such training for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or
3. Assembles with one or more persons with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons by drilling, parading, or marching with any firearm, any explosive or incendiary device, or any components or combination thereof.”
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Debate continues on Soleimani drone strike
Trump seen as hero and warmonger
A nation divided
On January 3, President Donald Trump ordered the drone strike that killed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani who from 1998 until his death was commander of the Quds Force in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. He was responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations. Trump noted that Soleimani was responsible for the death of many U.S. armed services members and was planning additional strikes against Americans.
The U.S. Department of Defense issued a release stating in part;
“At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.
General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more. He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.”
Many Americans were quick to praise Trump for the action that was seen as standing up to terrorism and bringing a quick and deadly blow to the enemy. Others felt that he overstepped his authority and pushed the world to the brink of war. The debate continues.
Iranians took to the streets in massive protests in support of their general. Many Democrats used those protests to argue that the U.S. had no right to make the drone strike. Many members of the U.S. Congress questioned the president’s decision. Media outlet’s quickly stepped in to condemn the president.
Now some protest are underway in Iran where protesters are calling for the fall of the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Supporters of the strike point to these protesters noting that the death of Soleimani could lead to widespread change in a country that is still seen as one of the most repressive places on earth.
Representative Alex Mooney, R-WV 2nd District, issed the following statement; “President Donald Trump took decisive action to kill Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, who was a continuing threat to America. Thanks to President Trump’s courageous and bold action, Iran appears to be unwilling to escalate a confrontation with our country. The world now knows that President Trump will stand up against terrorists and those who plan to harm American interests at home and abroad. I will continue to faithfully support the President’s tough stance against terrorism and his mission to protect the values of our nation.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just pushed a bill through the House seeking to limit Trump’s authority. Her War Powers Resolution - Termination of use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran would force the president to present to Congress any plan to use military force against any Iranian threat to U.S. personnel or interest.
Iran threatened much and has sought out their allies. Trump has remained strong in his resolve to not tolerate attacks against U.S. personnel. If U.S. military forces are removed from Iran it may open opportunities for terrorist organization to return.
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One Nation? Under God? Indivisible?
The Pledge of Allegiance, that simple, short, statement that use to be said in all schools before class, is a confirmation of every man, woman and child’s promise to be loyal to the flag that represents our homeland. The pledge was written by George Balch. He was Union Army Officer during the Civil War and later a teacher in the New York City schools.
Reverend Francis Bellamy changed it slightly in 1892 and his version was adopted by Congress in 1942. Another change occurred on Flag Day in 1954 with the words “Under God” being added. Col. Balch and the Reverend Bellamy both wanted a patriotic statement that could reinforce a commitment, a promise, even a sense of pride for a country full of freedom.
My heart fills with pride each time I see the flag. While serving in the Army I was on a flag detail. Eight men were chosen out of the whole battalion to raise the garrison flag. I was one of the eight. I considered it a great honor. We were militarily proficient!
Even as a child in a small Tucker County West Virginia school I was filled with pride during the pledge. My family was Christian Patriots, serving in the military. My grandfather, my hero, was a Navy Seabee in World War Two. I understood at a young age that freedom was free. That men and women had lost their lives on some far-off foreign land. I understood that they would never be back in the land of the free, the sweet land of liberty.
Today multi-million dollar sports players kneel in disrespect for the flag. Unfortunately, they set a bad example for young children. Where I had my grandfather and family showing me how to respect my flag and country children today have disrespectful ballplayers, singers, and actors spitting on the flag.
It has now reached a new level. In my lifetime I have never seen the country so divided. If there was ever a time for a free and independent press it is now. No wonder the American public has so much distrust in the press. Little words are used to spin the story into the views of the writer. Even the impeachment process has turned into a free-for-all, disinformation spectacle.