The U.S is beating the war drum once again. It seems as if John Bolton may finally get his wish. Iran is threatening to retaliate for the assassination of one its top generals, Qassem Soleimani which has sparked outrage all throughout Iran.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a bold statement on twitter.
"The great nation of Iran will take revenge for this heinous crime," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted after the news was confirmed.
It is hard to tell if Iran is capable of delivering on their threats or if they are just blowing smoke but what has to be understood about this is now the U.S has justified an attack by Iran and any hopes of making deals in the future have been destroyed.
President Trump went on a twitter rant threatening to strike Iran severally if they attack the U.S in any way.
“Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD,” Trump said.
Russia has condemned the United States for the assassination of Soleimani and that the assassination would have “grave consequences for regional peace and stability,” according to a statement from its Foreign Ministry.
The Hill reports there were 70 anti-war protests were scheduled for Saturday, January 4, across the United States.
The Washington Examiner is making a bold claim which may have some validity.
In a post by the Washington Examiner, President Trump is supposedly polling better than any other Republican has polled.
Both Emerson Polling and Rasmussen Reports have it at about 34%, a stunning number. - Washington Examiner
If these poll numbers are correct then this would all but assure that Trump will be
re-elected. The Examiner sites low black unemployment as one of the reasons Trump may be doing so well with Black people.
The Examiner also states that a new Zogby Analytics survey found that African American support is at the “highest levels of the year,”
“Not surprisingly, all African Americans do not hate Trump!” pollster Jonathan Zogby said
I personally don't trust these polls. As a Black man, I have yet to meet Black people that favor Trump or would even admit considering voting for Trump.
However, that doesn't mean there aren't some Black people that are keeping their support for Trump quiet.
Most trusted polls show the Black community is in favor of former VP Joe Biden. This has been steady from the moment Biden announced he would run for President. Much of Biden's support from Black people come from his being connected to Obama for eight-years.
I would say that polls claiming that Trump has a favorable rating amongst African Americans is just wishful thinking but you never know.
FOX NEWS host, Chris Wallace called out President Trump for trying to force them to give favorable coverage of the President.
“I believe President Trump is engaged in the most direct, sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history.”
“I think his purpose is clear: To raise doubts when we report critically about him and his administration that we can be trusted,” he said. “The bottom line is we’ve seen presidents come and go. We will endure. So will freedom of the press.” -Wallace said.
Trump tweeted his displeasure with FOX NEWS last week in a tweet he ranted about FOX allowing James Comey and Adam Schiff on their broadcast. He stated that FOX NEWS is trying to hard to be politically correct and is becoming like commiecast MSNBC and fake news CNN.
Trump has another reason to be pissed off at FOX NEWS after they released a new poll showing that voters in-favor of his impeachment has risen since late October 2019.
In a new report by Veteranstoday.com, a witness has named Trump as one of the men linked to Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking ring. Although there is a video of Trump and Epstein partying while looking at girls together, Trump has stated that he did not know Epstein that well.
The witness has come forward detailing exactly what she says she has seen with her own eyes, Trump forcing a 13-year-old girl to have sex with him. The witness also states that Trump threatened to harm her and her family if she ever revealed their sexual encounters to the public.
Seven women are accusing Epstein and Trump of rape and battery. I find it strange that this is not getting much media coverage. While Trump and the Democrats are playing kids game called "Red light, green light" this very serious case is floating under the radar.
This is hilarious. Just when you thought the Trump administration couldn't get any stupider, they prove us wrong. Rudy Giuliani has already stated that if Trump tries to throw him under the bus, he has insurance for that. Although Rudy backtracked his statement, claiming it was just a joke, I believe he was not joking at all.
One person that is not joking is "Lev Parnas", an indicted associate of President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani, has provided the House Intelligence Committee with secret recordings of Trump and Giuliani.
According to ABC News, Parnas has handed over Photographs with Trump, Giuliani, himself and his counterpart.
With those photographs, House Intelligence was given audio and video recordings.
“Mr. Parnas has vociferously and publicly asserted his wish to comply with his previously issued subpoena and to provide the House Intelligence Committee with truthful and important information that is in furtherance of justice, not to obstruct it,” Parnas attorney Joseph A. Bondy told ABC in a statement.
“His evidence and potential testimony is non-partisan, and not intended to be part of a battle between the left and the right, but rather an aid in the determination by our government of what is in the best interests of our nation.”
These secret recordings may have just sunk Trump's ship. This could be Trump's equivalent of the Nixon tapes which forced Nixon to step down.
I can clearly understand why Democrats wanted to impeach President Trump, it goes without saying. Nancy Pelosi did not want to impeach Trump and she had a good reason not to. Pelosi understood that it could backfire on Democrats in polls. Well, she was right.
The recent polls show that Trump's approval rating has gone up a bit since Pelosi and house democrats moved to start an impeachment inquiry. Even with all of the accusations directed towards Trump he still has the support of his base and some polls have Trump's approval rating as high as 46 to 49 percent.
The latest polls indicate that Trump's base will not budge and if anything the impeachment inquiry will likely cause the GOP to rally around the President.
I believe the rally cry to protect Trump by Republicans was Pelosi's biggest fear.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, there does not seem to be a Presidential candidate that can separate from the rest of the pack and become the overwhelming frontrunner.
President Trump admitted to asking the Ukraine government to dig up dirt on Joe Bidens son Hunter. Trump threatened to freeze $400 Million of aide if the Ukraine did not follow through with his request.
Trump's admission has sparked the impeachment debate among Democrats, putting pressure on Speaker Nacy Pelosi to begin impeachment proceedings.
On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House of Representatives will open an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Although committed what appears to be an impeachable offense, there are still some Democrats think it is a waste of time to even attempt to impeach Trump at this point and time in Trumps Presidency. After all of the investigations, the Muller Report, the Russia probe and now this, some people just want Trump to finish his last year in office so they can vote him out and move on with a new Democratic President.
Some liberals believe impeaching Trump, will only make him look stronger in the eyes of his supporters. I believe there is some truth to that theory. Trump supporters are not fueled by policy but they are fueled by rhetoric and Trump loves to play the victim card. Impeaching him at this time would only embolden his supporters and make the Democrats look like they are just a bunch of elitists that are harassing the President. This may be the best thing that ever happened to Trump.
Iranian leader, Mohammad Javad Zarif is denying Irans involvment in the attacks over the weekend on Saudi oil facilities.
"I make a very serious statement about defending our country. I am making a very serious statement that we don't want to engage in a military confrontation," said Zarif. He added that a military response based on "deception" about the weekend attacks would cause "a lot of casualties."
Trump has stated that he is not willing to sit down and talk with Irani leaders. Oddly enough, Trump was willing however, to talk with Al-Queda. It seems as if Trump was only playing politics back when he said did not want to start a war with Iran.
Former National Security Advisor, John Bolton, a known war-hawk and advocate for war with Iran has been relieved of his duties which caused a lot of people to breathe a sigh of relief. However, even without Bolton, Trump still seems to be heading down the path of war.
Irani President, Hassan Rouhani said Iran was willing to "extend the hand of friendship and brotherhood" to Persian Gulf nations and was "even ready to forgive their past mistakes."
"Those who want to link the region's incidents to the Islamic Republic of Iran are lying like their past lies that have been revealed," the president said. "If they are truthful and really seek security in the region, they must not send weapons, fighter jets, bombs and dangerous arms to the region."
I would never say that Iran is innocent but I will say this, Trump has been willing to meet with Kim Jung Un but for some reason not Iran. Trump has made the claim that Iran is not ready to talk, a claim that I do not believe to be true. Though Trump has not openly called for war, his actions and unwillingness to speak with Irani leaders sends a clear message that a war with Iran is still in play.
Gregory Cheadle is the man Donald Trump called his African-American on the campaign trail to become the 45th President of the United States.
When talking to CNN, Mr. Cheadle said this about the incident:
"I’m more critical of it today than I was back then because today I wonder to what extent he said that for political gain or for attention.”
Cheadle has publicly announced that he is has left the Republican party. Although Cheadle stopped short of calling Trump a racist, he did say Trump has a white supremacy complex.
“President Trump is a rich guy who is mired in white privilege to the extreme,” he added. “Republicans are too sheepish to call him out on anything and they are afraid of losing their positions and losing any power themselves.” Cheadle said
It took Cheadle two years to figure out that Trump is a white supremacist.
What the hell was Cheadle thinking for the past two years? Trump received the support of the KKK and every white nationalist group in America and Europe. What more proof did Mr. Cheadle need?
Gregory Cheadle said he made the decision to leave the Republican party after Trump verbally attacked the four congresswomen and Elijah Cummings.
Cheadle is now set to run for congress as an Independent.
I have not agreed with much of anything Trump has done so far as President but this one thing he got right, on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, President Trump fired the warhawk himself, John Bolton.
Bolton was appointed National Security Adviser back in 2017 but like most of Trumps hires he was fired after just 2 years. Actually, nobody knows if Bolton was fired or if just resigned. Either way, it needed to happen.
There is speculation that Bolton leaked information about internal affairs. The Trump administration has a no snitching policy and has had one from the beginning. Trump has always been weary of insiders spilling the goods on him.
Senator Lindsey Graham chimed in on the release of John Bolton:
“I like John Bolton. I thought he did a good job, I shared his worldview, however, I think the trust was lost—there’s a view that the leaking allegation is pretty sensitive to the president.”
It was a few months ago when every week there was a new story about Iran. There seemed that an eventual war with Iran was evident. Bolton has been beating the war drum for years openly calling for war with Iran as if it was just something to do. When Trump hired Bolton as National Security Adviser back in 2017, it worried a lot of people who feared it would turn into Iraqi freedom part 2.
Rumor has it, Trump and Bolton were not seeing eye to eye when it came to Iran. Trump openly stated he did not want to start a war with Iran and I'm sure Bolton had to have been greatly disappointed.
Of course, we know Bolton was only looking to profit from another war much like Bush and Chaney did 2002.
According to the Daily Beast, John Bolton was not happy about Trump inviting leaders of the Taliban to Camp David for a formal meeting. The invitation to the Taliban may just have been the final straw.
Finally, my last entry may be a big problem for Trump. According to multiple sources, John Bolton is preparing to write a book about his time as a NSA and it may be released in the final weeks of the 2020 election.
Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis sends a warning to America in an essay that will be followed up by a book he be publishing in the near future.
Mattis warns of the United States occupying an "increasingly lonely position" that "puts us at increasing risk in the world."
As Trump continues to ruin the reputation of America across the world, this warning is just common sense to anyone with a brain but Trump supporters for some reason believe Trump's tactics are a sign of strength. This has further emboldened Trump to act more like a dictator than as the President of the United States.
Mattis suffered the same fate as everyone who served under Trump's administration. He spoke his mind and he was fired for it.
"Using every skill I had learned during my decades as a Marine, I did as well as I could for as long as I could," Mattis writes of his time in the Trump administration. "When my concrete solutions and strategic advice, especially keeping faith with our allies, no longer resonated, it was time to resign, despite the limitless joy I felt serving alongside our troops in defense of our Constitution," Mattis wrote.
Mattis would also point out the division within America itself pointing out the tribalism that continues to be a dangerous trend among citizens.
Although Trump is not to blame for everything, he has definitely has been adding fuel to the fire, invoking a us versus them attitude which is in complete
contrast to the Presidents that proceeded him.
I am not a person that has jumped on the recession is coming bandwagon, however, I can see why some would believe a recession is on its way. Trump still a year left to bankrupt America which is plenty of time to get the recession ball rolling.
One thing I have said since day one is Trump will completely destroy whatever credibility the United States has left with its allies as well as its rivals. How many times has Trump made a threat and backed away from it later? How many deals have and policies has Trump tried to destroy that were in place under the Obama administration? Again there are too many examples to count. Fake news and broken promises have become the everyday practice under the Trump administration. It has come to a point were world leaders don't even take Trump seriously and Trump represents America.
This essay by James Mattis is just confirmation by the former Secretary of Defense.
The Trump administration has added another reason to vote Trump out of office in 2020. The administration's proposal to change the food stamp program will likely cut off millions of poor people from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Trump's food stamp proposal may become a scary reality to the people who need it the most. The proposal potentially takes away SNAP from 3.1 million families that depend on it.
Ironically, many of Trumps supporters will be hurt by the proposal as well. It has been reported that the majority of Americans that are receiving government assistance such as food stamps are poor White Americans. Newsweek posted an article back in January of 2018 stating the following, "whites are the biggest beneficiaries when it comes to government safety-net programs like the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, commonly referred to as welfare."
The full article can be seen in the link
It seems as if Trump is making an effort to cut welfare and food stamps, as he continues to attack poor people while giving tax cuts to the wealthy. However, Trump's proposal to change food stamp qualifications has been met with pushback.
According to USA Today, 70 mayors from across the country spoke out against the proposal in a letter sent to the Department Of Agriculture on Wednesday.
"During times of economic downturn, every additional $5 dollars in SNAP benefits generates up to $9 dollars of economic activity, and every $1 billion increase in SNAP benefits results in 8,900 full-time equivalent jobs," the letter said.
The USDA responded by stating that the cuts could help save money. Baltimore Mayor Jack Young was among the 70 Mayors that rejected the new proposal and with good reason. The city of Baltimore could be devastated by the cuts. Approximately, 15,000 people in Baltimore City depend on SNAP.
These proposed cuts could cause children to in low-income communities to go hungry at school.
The USDA is not backing down from their stance claiming the proposal could save billions in taxpayer funds.
With all the talk about an impending recession, no one wants to hear about a trade war with China, no one except the President of the United States. Trump made it clear that the trade wars will not end anytime soon. Despite the recession talks and damn near every economic forecaster saying there are obvious warning signs of a recession Trump has doubled down on his trade war with China, bragging that China has had it's worse year in financially in 24 years.
Trump would tell reporters that China has been ripping America off for far foo long and somebody had to take them on. Trump spoke about himself in a heroic manner as if he was David taking on Goliath. The important part of all of this is Trump feels a 2-month recession is something he willing to allow for the greater good which is bringing down China.
A recession is very tricky and falling into one can be dangerous for many reasons.
To assume that the recession will only last for 2-months gives us all a little bit of a peek inside of the mind of Trump.
As of right now, there is a lot of chitter-chatter about a coming recession. Of course, opinion matters and political affiliation usually determines one's belief in political matters. I have come across websites that have debunked the recession reports, claiming the economy is doing better than ever. Right-wing bloggers are mostly claiming all of the recession talk is just left-wing propaganda and should not be taking seriously. The question is who's data is correct? Who is producing the right information and what is the truth in the matter?
Some bloggers claim the very idea of a recession is a myth and a giant hoax. Their theory is recessions are just a creation of the powers that be. Some make the claim that information on the economy is something that is manipulated by people in power to control the mind set of the average joe and small businessmen. We are change wrote an article about this back in 2014.
I left the below.
Another article worth reading is "Debunking the myth of the great recession" by dailyreckoning.com
Check out the link below.
Assuming the recession is real, it could potentialy sink Trumps ship before the 2020 Presidential debates.
Trump's trade wars have been a political talking point and could very well become Trump's version of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, leading into a recession and possibly something worse. The world has changed its view on American policies on trade and international affairs. Trump has shwon the world that the U.S does not keep it's word and depending on who the President is, the U.S will not always keep it's promises nor honor the agreements that have been made by prior administrations. Who can trust the U.S at this point and why would they?
It is not possible for republicans to ever blame Trump for anything. I remember when Obama first took office, he inherited the Bush recession and Republicans called it Obama's recession.
You may be thinking why am I bringing up Bush and Obama? Well, history repeats itself. Liberals are using the word recession more and more these days and it is hard to tell if it is real or just a scare tactic. Either way, Trump has owned the economy. Trump has taken credit for the so-called economic surge since the day he stepped foot in the white house.
Every President has a legacy they leave behind and at the moment Trump's trade wars have become his legacy.
If the U.S economy actually tanks within the next year, it will be interesting to see who Trump blames this time. I can all but assure you that republicans will somehow blame the next president. Ironically, this possible recession will hurt Trump's base the most. Yet, I cannot see his base admitting it. Will his base even be smart enough to understand what happened to them? Or will history continue to repeat itself?
Jeffrey Epstein's suicide had the entire internet world going crazy with rumors and conspiracy theories. This is the one time I can't criticize the internet for being conspiracy nuts. In fact, I can argue that the internet is on point this time around.
Epstein's death not only keeps him from spending the rest of his life in jail, but it also helps his associates. For that reason alone, I am almost certain that this a cover-up for the elites who have been linked to Epstein.
According to multiple sources, the FBI investigation into Epsteins pedophilia ring will continue despite his shocking suicide.
Though Epstein himself is dead, his victims and multiple witnesses are still alive to tell their stories. More importantly,
Epstein has a diary full of information that can expose even more these elite pedophiles.
Adding to the conspiracy, President Trump retweeted a post that made the claim that Epstein's death was faked.
Sen. Mark Rubio responded to the retweet
"It's sad (and frightening) to see so many Americans on both sides of partisan unwittingly helping them. Putin has weaponized our polarization," Rubio tweeted.
Sen.Mark Rubio is not the only person lashing out at Trump for the retweet.
According to CBS News, Rachel Cohen, a spokesperson for Sen.Mark Warner, stated... "astonishingly irresponsible for the President to be echoing these charges."
It seems as if everybody that is somebody is weighing in on Jeffrey Epstein's suicide. The news of his death has led to much finger-pointing from both political parties. It is truly amazing to see so many people in positions of power throw each other under the bus in order to save their own careers. My prediction is whatever information is available will be searched out and buried by the powers that be. Too many bigwigs are caught up in this scandal and they have too much to lose.
First off, I don't think for one second that Donald Trump is actually even thinking about making extensive background checks mandatory. Trump made a similar promise after the Parkland High shooting in Florida. Nonetheless, Trump has been under much scrutiny for being insensitive and he has to at least try to come across as being sympathetic.
“There was a great appetite for background checks,” Trump said to reporters on Wednesday.
Conspiracy theorists have already started the "they're coming for our guns" outcry on social media. However, as we all know, the NRA controls the Republican party. There is no way in hell Trump would buck against one of the parties biggest contributors. Common sense is something that many of these conspiracy theorists lack. The NRA turning on Trump would be an automatic loss for Trump in the 2020 election.
According to The Washington Post, NRA Chief executive Wayne Lapierre spoke to Trump and told him that his supporters would not be in favor of a background check bill. The Washington Post also reports advisers to Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said he would not bring any gun control legislation without widespread Republican support.
The warning to Trump by the NRA and the comments made by McConnell's advisers only reiterate what I have been telling conspiracy bloggers and podcasters since the El Paso shooting was first reported, there will be no real gun control legislation passed by either party no time soon. It just does not sit well for conservatives in office. Yes, there will be talks about gun control bills but passing the bill will be like committing political suicide for Republicans.
Donald Trump is pushing to get rapper ASAP Rocky out of jail in Sweden. Melania Trump said last week that she will be working with the State Department to see if they can help free the rapper and sent back to the U.S. ASAP Rocky was arrested last month after he got into a fight with a man in Sweden, whom Rocky claimed was following him. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are also advocating for Trump to help out the jailed rapper.
President Trump called on Sweden to "Treat Americans fairly!"
"We do so much for Sweden but it doesn't seem to work the other way around. Sweden should focus on its real crime problem! #FreeRocky," President Trump Tweeted
In a recent podcast, I noted how this is a good move for Trump politically, following the backlash from Trump's attacks on the four congresswomen, which has led many people to label Trump a racist. Helping out a Black entertainer will help Trump come across as being sympathetic to minorities. Of course this in no ways excuses Trump’s attacks, nor does it make him a non-racist. However, in the world of politics, this is the kind of media attention that President Trump needs.
Jeffrey Epstein is the billionaire philanthropist that has been exposed as a pedophile. His recent arrest has sent shock waves throughout the entire country do to Epstein's close relationships with some of the political worlds top names, Bill Clinton and current President Trump.
According to the FBI, Epstein has videotapes that he has kept even though he knew he was under investigation.
The fact that Epstein did not discard these tapes has led some people to believe that Epstein may have some pretty important people in compromising situations on those tapes. Epstein may even use these tapes to try and cut a deal with the feds by revealing who was involved in his pedophilia driven sex trafficking ring.
In the book "Filthy Rich" by James Patterson, Donald Trump bars Epstein from Mar-a-Lago when a member of the posh private resort complains to Trump his young daughter has been invited to Epstein's house, about two miles from the twenty acre resort. This is actually a good thing for Trump because it kind of supports his story that he cutting Epstein out of his life and that he was never really a friend of his.
Victor Jarome Morrow