Monday, April 24, 2017

French Election LePen vs Macron

New Political Era...
Nationalism vs. Globalism...
Le Pen Camp Attacks Macron as Oligarchs' Candidate...
French election relief sends Europe soaring... 

Trump Has Signed 34 Executive Actions, Includes Orders, and Memos Video

First 100 days: All the executive orders signed by Trump
Published on Apr 21, 2017
President Donald Trump makes good on campaign promises, signing dozens of executive orders, actions and memorandas, while turning back a number of Obama-era regulations

Trump's action aren't as big a deal as President Obama's were, at least to the MSM. MSM seems to be focused mainly on anything negative about current POTUS instead of the positive actions he has taken in his first 100 days.

President Trump’s Weekly Address – April 21, 2017

Focus on how to protect the American Worker


12 Critical Gun Safety Rules You Can't Ignore by John Hawthorne

Meta: Guns are outstanding tools if you know how to use them properly and in a safe manner. Here are 12 critical safety rules you need to follow.

H1: 12 Critical Gun Safety Rules You Can't Ignore
Guns are outstanding tools, both for pleasure and business. But before you purchase or use a gun, it’s essential that you understand how to do it safely. Knowing the safety rules will allow you to enjoy your gun in a responsible manner. It will also prevent you and those you care about from getting injured.

In addition to learning these rules yourself, you should also teach these to anyone who will be shooting with you. This ensures maximum safety for everyone.

Here are 12 critical gun safety rules you can’t afford to ignore.
#1 - Understand How To Properly Use A Gun
It’s the classic movie scene. Someone holds a gun for the first time and begins swinging it around, randomly pointing it at things. “Woah, watch you’re pointing that thing!” someone will yell.

It’s a scene that always good for a few laughs, but it also touches on reality. Too many people don’t know how to safely operate a gun. They don’t understand how to properly load and unload ammunition, hold a gun, or operate the safety. Or, they rely too heavily on the safety, forgetting that there’s always a possibility it could fail.

The first and most important gun safety rule is to learn how to properly use a gun. The number one cause of accidents is always going to be improper use of firearms. Learning how to properly use guns goes a long way toward creating safety.

#2 - Ensure The Gun Is Safe To Use
When was the last time you performed maintenance on your firearm? Remember, guns are just like every other tool. They require consistent maintenance to function properly. You wouldn’t endlessly use a saw without ever sharpening the blade. A dull blade can lead to the saw malfunctioning, which in turn can cause injury.

The same goes for guns. If you don’t regularly clean, repair, and maintain your firearms, there’s a good chance something will go wrong at the worst time. You certainly don’t want your gun to malfunction when you, a family member, or a friend is using it.

If you don’t know how to perform effective gun maintenance, consider using a gunsmith.

Here’s a length tutorial about gun maintenance:

#3 - Only Use The Proper Ammunition
Not all ammunition is created equal. You can’t pop bullets out of one gun, stick them in the magazine of another, and then begin shooting. Well, you can do that, but it’s a terrible idea.

Why? To state the obvious, different firearms require different ammunition. Just like you can’t use diesel fuel in a standard car, you can’t interchange ammunition between different guns.

Only use the ammunition intended for your firearm. Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Boxes of ammunition have the type listed on the side and the cartridges themselves usually have the type of ammo stamped on them.

Here’s an example of how wrong things can go when you use the wrong ammo.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

115th US Congress The Leader's Weekly Schedule - Week of 4/24/17

Leader's Weekly Schedule
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. in pro forma. No votes are expected in the House.

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.Con.Res. 35 - Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

2) H.Con.Res. 36 - Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby (Sponsored by Rep. Steny Hoyer / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

3) H.R. 455 - To designate the United States courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the "R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse" (Sponsored by Rep. Bennie Thompson / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

4) S. 496 - To repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled “Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform" (Sponsored by Sen. Tammy Duckworth / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

5) H.R. 876 - Aviation Employee Screening and Security Enhancement Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)

6) H.R. 1372 - Homeland Security for Children Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Donald Payne / Homeland Security Committee)

7) H.R. 534 - U.S. Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Emmer / Foreign Affairs Committee)

8) H.Res. 187 - Relating to efforts to respond to the famine in South Sudan, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Karen Bass / Foreign Affairs Committee)
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 1695 - Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)

On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

H.R. 1694 - Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

Consideration of Legislation Making Further Appropriations for FY 2017

Additional Legislative Items are Possible

Committee activity for the week of April 24 can be found here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

AZGOP Chairman Lines on Former National Committeewoman Sharon Geise's Passing

It was with great sadness that I learned of Sharon Giese's passing yesterday.

Sharon was a loyal Republican and fierce activist. Sharon held many positions across organizations affiliated with the Republican Party. Most notably, she served as Arizona's national committeewoman for 12 years and was also a past president of the Arizona Federation of Republican Women. She dedicated decades to strengthening the conservative cause, and the Party is better today because of her hard work.

Tragically, Sharon passed away just a week after her husband Burt.

I can't imagine the heartbreak Sharon and Burt's family is experiencing right now. Please join me in praying for the Giese family, and that the Lord may ease their pain in this time of great sorrow.

Memorial Services for Sharon will be held April 24 at 3pm at:

Christ's Greenfield Lutheran Church and School
425 North Greenfield Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234

Thank you, 

Chairman Lines

Republicans Overseas Secures Witnesses for House Hearing on FATCA damage

Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) will chair a hearing of the Subcommittee on Government Operations of the House Committee of Oversight and Government Reform on “Reviewing the Unintended Consequences of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)” on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Rayburn House Office Building (Room 2154).

WANTED: Brian Pardo AZ Drug Trafficker On The Run

WANTED: AZ Drug Trafficker On The Run

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning the public to be on the lookout for a convicted drug trafficker who is currently on the run. Brian Pardo, 37, is considered armed and dangerous. A Maricopa County jury found Pardo guilty on 5 felony charges related to selling marijuana and “shatter,” a high-potency hash oil. Pardo absconded during trial. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Pardo is facing 10.5 to 35 years in prison after a jury convicted him last Thursday of Conspiracy, Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, Possession of Marijuana for Sale, Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sale, and Money Laundering.

In October 2014, Pardo was stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Ehrenberg, AZ.  Investigators believe Pardo was going to California to purchase high grade marijuana and “shatter.”  Agents found $73,000 in cash in a backpack and duffel bags designed to smuggle drugs in the bed of Pardo’s truck. Pardo also had two handguns with him. In June 2015, DEA Agents and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Pardo at his Scottsdale apartment and served a search warrant there.  Pardo had 1.5 pounds of shatter (which is over 6,000 doses), just under 2 pounds of high grade marijuana and $80,373 in cash.
Anyone with information on Pardo’s whereabouts should immediately call their local law enforcement agency.

Arizonans: Making sure you are heard

Phoenix-Arizona Democrats have been travelling around the state hosting budget town halls because we want to make sure Arizonans have a chance to #BeHeard. We've collected more than 100 comments from people across the state. Education was clearly on the top of the list of priorities for most, as was tax and private prison reform.

Here are some of the comments from folks who came to the town halls and wanted to #BeHeard:

Your Budget Priorities: Lee Stanfield
1. Equalizing the money funding all public schools,       including tax credit money and property tax money. All   Schools must be funded equitably! Reform the formula.
2. Referendum on getting rid of vouchers.
3. Raising teachers' pay.
4. More transparency in government…not less (as Ducey wants)!

Your Budget Priorities:  Melinda Merkel Iyer
1.    New sources of revenue. Stop giving away the store to corporations and hacking our budget to the bone. We've seen in Kansas and right here at home how disastrous that is. Reevaluate and remove corporate tax cuts and make them pay their share. Eliminate the automatic 2 percent yearly (Student Tuition Increase): why give my tax dollars to wealthy families to give to private schools when my neighborhood teacher has to purchase her own supplies. WE NEED MORE FUNDING.
2.    Answer the market on teacher salaries. Teachers don't need trainings or incentives to get them to stop leaving the state and the profession. They need to be paid what the market demands.
3.    End the private, for-profit prison scheme. With more funding we can do what our state so desperately needs: fund education, health care, infrastructure and growth for the future.

Your Budget Priorities:  Kristin Clark
Return funding to schools. Ensure public health is a priority. Tax corporations and end unnecessary tax breaks for companies who need no incentive to build/locate here. Increase revenues, increase quality of life, increase view of Arizona.

Your Budget Priorities: Alicia Klassen
K-12 education, university funding, rolling back or delaying tax cuts to generate more revenue, (protect) city services, no sweeping of HURF funds, no money for private prisons. NOT a fan of Ducey's achievement district. That money should be in public schools – roll back school tax credits. No ESAs (vouchers).

If you didn't have a chance to attend a town hall near you, a video of the Flagstaff Town Hall is available by clicking here. Democrats will continue to fight for your priorities at the Capitol. Our vision for Arizona is inclusive, prosperous and fiscally responsible. We remain committed to investing in policies that will improve our quality of life now, while promoting a stronger, more sustainable future. We will keep working for a better Arizona. The Legislature will soon vote on a budget for the state, and we need your voice at the Capitol. Click here to find more ways to #BeHeard.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fox Kicks Bill O'Reilly To The Curb

21st Century Fox said that Bill O’Reilly “will not be returning” to Fox News, after it was reported that O’Reilly and the company had reached settlements with five women who accused him of sexual harassment.
Mr. O’Reilly is departing two and a half weeks after an investigation by The New York Times revealed how Fox News and 21st Century Fox had repeatedly stood by him even as sexual harassment allegations against him mounted. The Times found that the company and Mr. O’Reilly had reached settlements with five women who had complained about sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior by him. The agreements totaled about $13 million.
Mr. O’Reilly, 67, has been an anchor at Fox News since he started at the network in 1996. He was the top-rated host in cable news, delivering defiant commentary every weeknight, with a message that celebrated patriotism and expressed scorn for political correctness. His departure is a significant blow to the Fox News lineup, which dominated the prime-time cable news ratings.