Encore of Revival: America, October 28, 2019

People must rise up for freedom on their own. Protestors in Hong Kong have stood up for their own freedom; the same should be expected of the Kurds in Syria. If they face persecution, offer asylum or refugee status. There could be a political solution or a referendum that must be honored, like the referendum in Crimea. But, don’t fight someone else’s freedom war for them. Freedom cannot be bestowed, only fought for and defended by the freed folk themselves.

Democrats seeking impeachment without a vote first sets a precedent for Republicans to more easily oust a Democratic president in the future. Many Democrat-driven laws initially meant to curb Republicans came back to bite Democrats when it was their turn to follow their own new laws. A no-vote impeachment proceeding could also impede Congressional ability to enforce subpoenas against another branch of government or to continue to hold hearings in the basement SCIF.

America faces a Constitutional crisis on two fronts: first, impeachment, subpoenas, no official impeachment vote, and whether a Supreme Justice who offered political comments about the President can preside over a trial in the Senate; second, California’s legal authority to enter into an international treaty apart from the Federal Government. By joining the “carbon credits” cult with Canada, California engaged in the kind of international negotiations that the Constitution explicitly prohibits in Article II Section 2 Clause 2, which made the Constitution different from its predecessor, the Articles of Confederation. While California focused on the environment more than the Constitution, it left kindling unattended throughout forests now on fire. Trump warned about the uncollected kindling wood and leaves in the forests of California over one year ago and is suing California for its carbon credit agreement with Canada.

We are in conflict. The nation is in conflict. There are two Americas today, just as there were two types of Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower. The battle in our divided nation rages hotter than California’s fires. Stewardship of the economy, national security, and the environment can all play well with rule of law. Whoever understands that the best will come out ahead in this great American conflict.


Here’s a 2020 endorsement: Andrew Yang — but not for president // Salon


How Popular Is Donald Trump? // FiveThirtyEight

Manhattan D.A., Trump lawyers strike deal to speed fight over Trump tax returns to Supreme Court // NBC News


Trump Seeks to Block California as Global Climate Leader // NBC Connecticut

John Roberts, Supreme Court chief justice, impeachment role prompts recusal rumblings // WA Times

Washington as Usual

Radical Extremism

Trump Approves Special Ops Raid Targeting ISIS Leader Baghdadi, Military Says He’s Dead // Newsweek


Impeachment Panels Threaten Contempt If Official Defies Subpoena // MSN News

New precedent…
Impeachment inquiry is legal and justifies disclosing grand jury material, judge rules // CNN

Justice Department upgrades Russia review to criminal investigation // CBS News

DOJ review of Russia probe turns into a criminal investigation, California wildfires, and Astros exec fired: The Morning Rundown // NBC News

Trump accuses Obama of treason for ‘spying’ on his 2016 campaign // WA Examiner

Republicans storm ultra-secure ‘SCIF,’ some with cell phones blazing [Update] // Ars Technica

Democrats see impeachment proceedings taking longer than some initially expected // CNN

Where is the FISA report? Anticipation builds as DOJ watchdog still hasn’t released review // Fox News


Microsoft wins $10 billion JEDI defense cloud contract, beating Amazon // CNBC

Prices, Rates, Oil & Food

Saudi Arabia’s Best Bet Is to Crash the Price of Oil // MSN News

Soc Media, Econ, Tech

Facebook News debuts with ‘free money’ for publishers // AdAge

Bezos lost $7.3 billion on paper today Amazon AMZN earnings q3 2019 // CNBC

Goldman predicts the Fed will make 2 big changes next week // MSN News

Amazon (AMZN) Q3 2019 earnings // CNBC

Science, Weather, Health

Tom Del Beccaro: California’s power blackouts, energy nightmare and more are coming your way, America // Fox News

Environmentalist Wackos Cause Fires, Fuel Shortages, Plane Crashes // News Radio 94.3 WSC

Flashback to 2018…
Trump blames California environmental laws for fires // Mercury News

California declares state of emergency over wildfires, winds // AP

Bigger, longer blackouts could lie ahead in California // AP

Futuristic ‘invisibility cloak’ unveiled – and experts say it could hide an entire building // Mirror

You’re Kidding

TMZ Emailed The Secret Service About Eminem’s Trump Lyrics. Agents Then Investigated The Rapper. // BuzzFeed News


Venezuelans bartering food, cigarettes to pay for gas amid inflation // Fox News

NATO Focus

Turkey Syria offensive: Russia deploys troops to border // BBC News

Russian military forces move into Syria to help Turkey keep Kurds away from border // Fox News