Friday, October 11, 2019

US Congress The Leader's Weekly Schedule - Week of 10/14/19

Leader's Weekly Schedule
WEEK OF OCTOBER 14TH
MONDAY, OCTOBER 14TH
On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 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.R. 3289 - Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)
2) H.R. 4270 - PROTECT Hong Kong Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jim McGovern / Foreign Affairs Committee)
3) H.Res. 543 - Recognizing Hong Kong’s bilateral relationship with the United States, condemning the interference of the People’s Republic of China in Hong Kong’s affairs, and supporting the people of Hong Kong’s right to protest, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brad Sherman / Foreign Affairs Committee)
4) H.Res. 521 - Commending the Government of Canada for upholding the rule of law and expressing concern over actions by the Government of the People’s Republic of China in response to a request from the United States Government of Canada for the extradition of a Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., executive (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Foreign Affairs Committee)
5) H.R. 95 - Homeless Veteran Families Act (Sponsored by Rep. Julia Brownley / Veterans' Affairs Committee)
6) H.R. 2385 - To permit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce educational materials for the Veterans Legacy Program (Sponsored by Rep. Conor Lamb / Veterans' Affairs Committee)
7) H.R. 1199 - VA Website Accessibility Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Elaine Luria / Veterans' Affairs Committee)
8) H.R. 2334 - To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community based outpatient clinic in Odessa, Texas, as the ‘‘Wilson and Young Medal of Honor VA Clinic” (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Conaway / Veterans' Affairs Committee)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Ukraine's president says 'no blackmail' in Trump call

Ukraine president says 'no blackmail' in Trump call. "This is not corruption, it was just a call."
Zelensky said the transcript released by the White House is accurate and he knew the U.S. had withheld $400 million in military aid due to concerns about corruption and concern for American "taxpayer money."
But the issue, he said, was never linked to Trump's desire that Kiev rekindle an investigation into an energy company with ties to Hunter Biden.
The major reason Zelensky was elected was to battle corruption, and he shared Trump's concerns.
BBC: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said there was "no blackmail" in a phone call with Donald Trump that is at the heart of the impeachment attempt.
"This is not corruption, it was just a call," President Zelensky said on Thursday.
The call prompted a whistleblower complaint and Democratic impeachment inquiry.
Trump denies withholding US aid while pressuring Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden.
Speaking to reporters at a news conference in Kiev on Thursday, Zelensky said of his July 25th call with Trump: "There was no blackmail. It was not the subject of our conversation."
He said the purpose of the conversation was to arrange a meeting with Trump, and there were no "conditions" from the U.S. side.
A rough transcript of the call released by the White House shows Mr Trump asked Mr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden, now a Democratic frontrunner for next year's White House election.
His son, Hunter Biden, landed a lucrative board position in 2014 with a Ukrainian gas firm that found itself under scrutiny from a former prosecutor general.
As US vice-president Mr Biden, like other Western officials, put pressure on Ukraine in 2016 to have the prosecutor fired, citing corruption concerns.

BBC.COM
"This is not corruption," Mr Zelensky says of the chat that has triggered a US impeachment inquiry.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

READ: The Declassified Whistleblower's Complaint Released On Thursday 9-29-19

The House Intelligence Committee last Thursday released a declassified version of a whistleblower complaint detailing allegations about President Trump's contacts with Ukraine's president.
Whistleblower Complaint Unc..on Scribd

Saturday, September 28, 2019

MORE IMPEACHMENT NONSENSE

American Post-Gazette
Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E in Arizona
September 28, 2019

MORE IMPEACHMENT NONSENSE

In the words of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, “the Democrats have lost their minds.”

Russia, Russia, Russia.: Impeach Trump
Collusion, collusion, collusion: Impeach Trump.
Obstruction, obstruction, obstruction: Impeach Trump.
Mueller, Mueller, Mueller: Impeach Trump.
Recession, recession, recession: Impeach Trump.
Now: Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine: Impeach Trump.

Since Wednesday, November 9, 2016, the Washington DC Swamp, including virtually all Democrats, Never-Trump Republicans, and virtually all the media have spent 95% of their time attacking and investigating Donald Trump to get him out of office. The other 5% of their time they’ve been spending trying to find their butts with both hands. All efforts have been in vain.

The hatred that is driving these folks is unbelievable. And “unbelievable” is the operative word. The Trump-haters can’t believe that he beat Hillary. They can’t believe he is actually POTUS. They can’t believe that he didn’t steal the election. They can’t believe he didn’t collude with Russia to steal the election. They can’t believe Mueller couldn’t find any evidence against him. They can’t believe the economy is so strong.

Because of their hatred, these people are living in an alternate universe. Nothing is right in their world. Trump turned it upside down. And they can’t believe that he’s “getting away with it.” Whatever “it’ is.

This latest nonsense with Ukraine is illustrative of their mind-numbing hatred and hypocrisy. Then VP Joe Biden went to Ukraine to threaten them to fire the prosecutor who is investigating an Ukraine energy company that had hired his drug-addicted son, Hunter, at a $50,000/month salary (young Biden has no experience in energy, but he is the VP’s son, so there’s that; and $50k/month will buy you lots of cocaine). Just last year (2018) in Mr. Biden’s own words, recalling the incident: “I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.”

Yet, the Democrats are claiming President Trump is the bad guy for calling the Ukraine president and, among many other things, asks him to look into this potential corruption dating back to the 2016 election, not the 2020. Now, we certainly can’t have our POTUS talking to the heads of state of other countries, can we? President Trump released the unredacted transcript of the phone conversation, and as usual, there’s no “there” there. Another swing and a miss by Trump-haters.

But, neither truth or facts deter these people. Push on for impeachment! Truth be damned!

Mr. Gingrich is right: The Democrats have lost their minds--and souls, I might add.

Respectfully submitted,
James Madison

Disarm the people--that is the best way to enslave them.

NOW TIME FOR THE AMERICAN POPULATION TO RISE UP AND SAY ENOUGH

IT’S NOW TIME FOR THE AMERICAN POPULATION TO RISE UP AND SAY ENOUGH! I AM REMINDED OF OUR CONSTITUTION, THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND OUR FOUNDING FATHERS.
WOULD THEY APPROVE OF THE BEHAVIOR OF OUR ELECTED LEADERS IN WASHINGTON?
1. It’s ok to kill babies-abortion
2. It’s ok to tear down America because one faction does not like an elected President.
3. It ok to smear a judge on the Supreme Court over and over again.
4. It’s ok for elected officials to threaten a sitting president of a foreign nation if they don’t give his American son a $$$billion dollar contract.
5. It’s ok to allow Muslims into America and elect them to congress where they openly state they would like to behead us, rape our women, have sex with 4 year old babies, kill over 3000 Americans in one day and say.....”so something happened one day”, and the list goes on and on.
6. It’s ok for a person who has spent her life lying to get ahead of anyone, now supports Socialism, wants to destroy the American economy and take away all Americans guns.
7. It’s ok for members of one party to approve of letting illegal aliens into America and have YOU OUR AMERICAN CITIZENS PAY THEM SOCIAL SECURITY, GIVE THEM A HOME, FREE MEDICAL, FREE CAR, AND LEAVE OUR VETERANS AND AMERICANS HOMELESS
IN THE STREETS!
8. ITS OK THAT RADICAL MUSLIMS ARE NOW CONTROLLING PELOSI!!

WAKE UP AMERICA, RISE UP, DEMAND AN END TO ALL OF THIS AND START CLEANING OUT THE CORRUPT PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON WHO WANT TO DESTROY AMERICA!
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Analogy of President Trump's Call To Ukraine President by Kim Strassel

 2)As to call transcript itself: Trump’s actual “favor” is that Ukraine look backward, to what happened in the 2016 election. This is a legitimate ask, since election meddling looks to have come from both Russia and Ukraine.
3)(Indeed, this is a big enough issue that we find out this morning that U.S. Attorney John Durham is looking at what role the Ukraine played in the FBI investigation.)
4)It is actually Zelensky who brings up Rudy Giuliani—saying they can’t wait to “meet him.” And it is Zelensky who references “that investigation,” as he goes on to promise that “all investigations will be done openly and candidly.”
5)Trump says “good” and expresses worries that a “good” prosecutor was “shut down.” Mentions “Biden’s son” and that Biden bragged he “stopped the prosecution.” Ends that bit with “It sounds horrible to me.”
6)Trump's several references to Giuliani are mostly to say what a great guy he is. He says he will have Giuliani and AG Barr call. He asks Zelensky to speak/work with both.
7)And, never mind, because: DOJ in statement says the President has not spoken to AG about investigating Biden and has not asked the AG to contact the Ukraine. Also, Barr has not communicated with Ukraine—“on this or any subject.”
8)Meanwhile, the IG back in August referred this to DOJ as potential violation of campaign finance law, based on whistleblower complaint. Criminal Division evaluated and determined no violation: “All relevant components of the Department agreed with this legal conclusion.”
9) Whistleblower? Look at this nugget, referenced in the OLC opinion. The IG’s review found "some indicia of an arguable political bias on the part of the Complainant in favor of a rival political candidate.”
10)Media got all this so wrong. And Democrats look all the more partisan and radical to have moved toward impeachment.

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CALL WITH UKRAINE PRESIDENT Declassified transcript

Declassified by order of the President' The White House has openly released the transcript of President Trump's call with Ukraine's new president. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Trump Proposes to Cut $4.3 Billion in Foreign Aid

The Trump administration is proposing to eliminate more than $4 billion in unspent foreign assistance funds, Politico reported late Thursday.
The White House budget office reportedly sent a proposal to the State Department to cut $2.3 billion in unspent funds at the United States Agency for International Development and another $2 billion in unspent funds at the State Department. The cuts would hit the budget of the United Nations particularly hard and include the cancellation of $522 million in basic funding for the international organization, $787 million for peacekeeping activities, and $364 million for humanitarian and human rights programs.

A WINTER FRIEND Author Unknown


AND THEN IT WAS WINTER
You know time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.  It seems like yesterday that I was young, just married, and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all those years went.           
I know that I lived them all.  I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.       But, here it is...the winter of my life, and it catches me by surprise... How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I  remember     well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those "older people" were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.              
But, here it is...my friends are retired and getting grey... they move slower and I see an older person in myself now.  Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change... Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.  
Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!  And taking a nap is not a treat anymore...it's mandatory!  Cause if I don't on my own free will...I just fall asleep where I sit!      
And so...now I enter this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!   But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last   this I know, that when it's over on this earth...it's over. A new adventure will begin!      
Yes, I have regrets.  There are things I wish I hadn't done... things I should have done, but indeed, there are also many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.      
So, if you're not in your winter yet. let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.  So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, please do it quickly!  Don't put things off too long!!  Life goes by quickly.  So, do what you can TODAY, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!              
You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life... so, LIVE FOR TODAY and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember....and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!              
"Life" is a GIFT to you.  The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.  Make it a fantastic one.              
Remember: "It is Health that is real Wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."              
~Going out is good.. coming home is even better!              
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch.              
~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.      
~But "Old" is good in some things:
Old Songs, Old movies.. and best of all, our dear...OLD FRIENDS!!  
Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" (h/t)  Gay Palestine, Texas