Friday, April 28, 2017

Chuck Hoster

Chuck Hoster
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He likes hunting, dogs, and supports the troops at home and abroad.

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nuclear war

Democratic Rep. David Cicilline has claimed President Donald Trump is risking nuclear war with North Korea, authorizing a missile strike on a Syrian airbase and using the MOAB (mother of all bombs) in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, to bump up his own popularity.

Rep. Cicilline, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, believes that any preemptive strike against North Korea could lead to a war, and even more, a nuclear war.

“A preemptive strike, if it were to happen, is likely to ignite a very serious conflict, a war, and maybe even a nuclear war,” Cicilline said to MSNBC’s Ali Velshi. “It would expose American troops on the [Korean] peninsula to tremendous danger … The appropriate course is to really to reduce the rhetoric and try to de-escalate this and continue to use all the levers of diplomatic-economic power to try to achieve the right results here. And obviously, a preemptive strike has tremendously serious consequences that may well ignite a very significant war … This is very serious. I think what we have to be sure is that the president understands the implications of this kind of military action.”

Cicilline told Velshi that he “fears” Trump wouldn’t mind risking a nuclear war just to improve his popularity.

“What I fear is, [Trump] sort of got a political bump, he got a political bump from the Syria airstrike [and] the mother of all bombs strike in Afghanistan,” Cicilline said. “And we don’t want the president to be making decisions where he just sort of thinks more bombs are the way to build up his popularity, but rather they’re making decisions based on the national security interests of the United States and the long-term safety and security of the American people.”

Ever since Trump became the president, Cicilline has been one of the harshest critics of his administration and its decisions.

Earlier this year, in February, Cicilline said that the Trump presidency is similar to the Netflix science fiction TV show, “Stranger Things.”

“Like the main characters in ‘Stranger Things,’ we are now stuck in the Upside Down,” Cicilline said. “Right is wrong, up is down, black is white.”

The Upside Down is portrayed as a petrifying mirror-image of the real world, in the show, where monsters are shown to roam free and kill innocent people.

Elaborating on his reference to the TV show, Cicilline said, “This is not a TV show. This is real life. We have a president unlike any we have ever known. And like Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Eleven, we must remain focused on the task at hand and hold this administration accountable so we can escape from our own version of the Upside Down.”

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Karma will eventually catch up with health insurance pigs.

According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation report, average premium for the silver plan of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will rise by 19 percent if the government fails to fund the program’s cost-sharing subsidies.

The Affordable Care Act used cost-sharing subsidies as a means to curtail the cost of out-of-pocket expenses for low-income households by reimbursing insurance providers.

Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce, the two House committees investigating the source of the funding for the subsidies, said they were unconstitutional. They found that the Obama administration had been funding the program without permanent adoption from the Congress. They also filed a lawsuit challenging the payments.

“With a legal appeal pending, the federal government and Congress are in a position to choose whether to continue reimbursing insurers for their cost,” Kaiser said.

The report states that if the government fails to fund the program through cost-sharing subsidies, premiums will rise significantly; from 9 percent in North Dakota to 27 percent in Mississippi.

“The analysis—based on cost-sharing subsidy payments and benchmark premiums in federal marketplace states in 2016, the most recent data available—finds that the estimated premium increase for silver plans would be higher (21%) in states that did not expand Medicaid under the ACA than in states that expanded Medicaid (15%),” the report notes.

“Cost-sharing subsidies are generally higher in states that have not expanded Medicaid because they have a larger share of enrollees with incomes from 100% to 150% of the poverty level, who get the biggest cost-sharing reductions.”

There are currently around 7.1 million Americans who receive these types of payments, accounting for almost 58 percent of the people who chose an Obamacare plan in 2017.

Additionally, it has been noted that these potential premium hikes would come after the Obama administration’s announcement in 2016 that premiums would increase by approximately 22 percent in 2017, after several insurers faced heavy losses.

President Donald Trump and several other Congressional Republicans have also repeatedly warned that Obamacare will ultimately collapse due to its own shortcomings, if it isn’t repealed soon enough.
With that said, health insurance providers continue to experience soaring profits. In February, one of the largest insurance providers, Aetna, doubled it’s quarterly cash dividends and announced a $3.3 billion share buyback. The company generated $2.3 billion in net income in 2016.

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Leaking

After serving as the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond for 13 years, Jeffrey Lacker resigned abruptly after confessing that he leaked confidential information to an analyst of a financial firm in 2013. Since his resignation, he has been questioned by several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI.

“I crossed the line to confirming information that should have remained confidential,” Lacker wrote in a statement he issued through his lawyer, on Tuesday. His lawyer confirmed that the investigation is now complete and no charges are expected to be filed against Lacker.

“It’s a tragedy, it’s sad,” says Richard Fisher, former head of the Dallas Fed bank who served alongside Lacker. “I never dreamed Jeff Lacker would have done what he says he has done.”

Jeffrey Lacker admitted to have leaked information in 2012, when the Fed was taking extraordinary steps to allow the US economy to recover after the financial crisis of 2008. The Fed’s every move was being monitored closely by investors around the globe, who were trying to profit by finding out the specifics of the Fed’s actions.

The Fed made a decision to buy more bonds in September 2012, in order to pump more money into the economy and try to boost growth. This policy is known as quantitative easing three, or QE 3 in short. At that time, Lacker was the only person who voted against QE 3.

Lacker admits that he spoke with an analyst at Medley Global Advisors, an economic advisory firm based in New York. He shared details with the analyst on October 2, two days before the details of the Fed’s September meeting were released to the public.

According to an investigation later conducted by ProPublica, Medley Global send a report its clients, primarily hedge funds, with intricate details about the types of bonds the Fed had decided to buy. The report by Medley was sent a day before the Fed released details to the general public.

“I deeply regret the role I may have played in confirming this confidential information and in its dissemination to Medley’s subscribers,” Lacker wrote in his statement.

The Federal Bank of Richmond is one of the 12 branches of America’s central bank. Vice president Mark Mullinix is now the acting head of the Richmond Fed.

The Federal Reserve also released a statement saying that is fully committed to maintaining the security of confidential information. It reassured that the officials at the central bank “cooperated fully with the independent law enforcement investigation into an unauthorized disclosure in 2012.”

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Maybe they think we already built the wall.

The head of the Department of Homeland Security reported that recorded illegal Mexican border crossings plummeted by almost 72 percent since December, to mark the lowest monthly figure in over 17 years, this March. The number of people caught crossing the border illegally fell to 12,000, last month.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that the sharp decline in arrests is “no accident” and gave credit to Trump’s approach towards illegal immigration. He reported the figures in written testimony to a Senate committee ahead of an appearance on Wednesday.

The Washington Times also reported that former Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar, on Tuesday, told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that arrests declined 67 percent in March.

“This administration has said we’re going to address illegal immigration,” he told senators. “ICE has started working in the interior, unlike other times. So that message resonates.”

Several commentators credited President Donald Trump’s tough stance on immigration throughout the 2016 presidential campaign as the primary reason for the decline.

“Pat & Stu,” a radio show, discussed on Wednesday, that the decline in illegal border crossings could be temporary while Mexicans wait to see how US policies on immigration change under the new administration, before risking illegal entry. However, like many others, the hosts were quite pleased with the progress on curtailing the influx of illegal immigrants.

“The tough talk, I think, is a good short term thing here. And look, that’s better than what we’ve had; there’s no doubt about that. That goes back to not only the previous president but the one before that, and almost everybody else, really. I mean even if you go back to Reagan, this was his big problem issue for a lot of conservatives. So we’ll see what happens. We’ll see if the rhetoric matches up to the actions, which we have not seen yet,” Stu said.

While the Trump administration has not yet changed anything with regards to border patrolling, President Trump’s tough stance on immigration, including his plans to build a wall, and increased efforts to arrest illegal immigrants already living in the country are believed to have acted as deterrents.

However, it’s unclear if the decline in the number of illegal crossings will continue. The number of people caught trying to illegal cross the border into the US typically increases as the weather begins to warm, but arrests during the generally slower winter months were quite high than in previous years, so it is possible that many migrants rushed to the border before Trump took charge of the White House.

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Thursday, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted to repeal one of Obama’s gun regulations.

The House ended the regulation that requires the Social Security Administration to reveal mental illness information to the national gun background check system.

Obama put the regulation into place in the finals days of his administration and now Trump has rolled it back.

Now those that the Social Security Administration incapable of managing their own disability benefits due to mental illness can now get a gun. On the surface it sounds like it is logical, but the devil is in the details.

Obama’s regulation did not allow for any due process. If you were on the list that blocked you from getting a gun, then there was no way to get off. The regulation also received criticism for being too broad and limiting people that should not be eliminated.

In a rare moment in history, the National Rifle Association and the American Civil Liberties Union both agree that the rule cast too large of a net to be legal. Both groups opposed the regulation.

Even though the rule had opposition from all sides, there is no doubt social media and the liberal media will fan the “Trump” hate with jokes about him “finally being able to buy a gun.” Or worse, just plain hysteria without facts.

We are living in an interesting time and there are a lot of people spending their days hating Trump. Trump gives them a lot of ammo, but this gun regulation by Obama limited the Constitutional rights of many Americans. Trump is standing up for the Constitution. That is all we can hope for.

What do you think about Trump changing Obama’s gun regulation? Let us know in the comments below.

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It’s now been watched 17 million times.

“Inauguration Day” by the YouTube Channel “Bad Lip Reading” is the hottest video on the Internet.

If you haven’t seen it and need a laugh to get you through the day, view away above.

And don’t miss out on their Yoda ballad to Seagulls which will likely leave you in tears.

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It was the shocker of the night last Thursday night as cameras and media mingled with protesters outside of the National Press Club who were rioting over the “Deploraball” taking place upstairs.

An 11 year-old boy was interviewed by Fox News after allegedly setting a fire in the street to send a message that says, “screw our president.”

It turns out, the boy, Connor Carey, is the son of Marine Corps Veteran and host of the Price is Right, Drew Carey.

Drew Carey was in town, emceeing the Armed Service’s Ball taking place to celebrate the inauguration of Donald Trump.

The relationship was first reported by TMZ, who reached out to Drew and reported that the young Carey “regretted his words” after having a chat with his parents.

It’s unknown if Conor had to reach for his angles to take a spin at the wheel . . . or for a paddling, but his father was all in favor of punishing “bully” teens a few years to the point he offered a $10,000 reward for their location.

Don’t expect Conor Carey to be acting up anytime soon.

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For those looking to find a job in government this year, sorry, hit the bricks.

Today, President Trump signed an executive order freezing all non-military hiring within the federal government.

The move was not unexpected, as Donald Trump had announced his intent in November of last year.

Past administrations, most notably Ronald Reagan’s administration, froze federal hiring upon taking office.

The federal government employs a bit over 2 million Americans and another 3.7 million people remain on contract with the government.

There are also 1.58 million people employed through federal grants and .49 million employed by the U.S. Postal Service.

As of this writing, the executive order is not yet public and it is unclear if the order includes a freeze in hiring new contractors.

A search conducted on the federal government’s hiring site, USAJobs.gov showed 1797 positions open in Virginia and Washington, D.C. alone with salaries as high as $400,000 per year.

The lowest paying, non-volunteer position available was for a Custodial position that pays up to $9.29 per hour.

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Nukes

South Korean news agencies are reporting that North Korea is loading long-range nukes to be ready by the Inauguration.

The South Korean Joint Chief of Staff said in a statement on Thursday that the reports of missiles could not be confirmed operational, but that they were monitoring things closely.

South Korean reports say that two missiles are already loaded on temporary firing platforms.

According to the South Korean reports, an unnamed source said that the missiles are being prepped in order to send a “strategic message” to Donald Trump.

While the reports are not completely verified, they are specific about the types of missiles. The devices have been reported as being no more than “15 meters” which would be smaller than their current ICBMs.

This isn’t the first time North Korea has put on a display prior to a new administration taking over. They have been known to test nukes or attempt a missile launch, but this is the first time they have loaded nukes on long-range missiles.

U.S. military has plans to launch a new satellite on Friday and will stream the launch live. The new high-tech satellite will allow the Air Force to monitor missile launches around the globe.

Threats come often from the North Korean government, and they normally amount to nothing more than words.

Do you think that North Korea will actually fire a missile towards the US during the Inauguration?

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Samantha Bee, former Daily Show “reporter” and now host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee couldn’t help but commit a full segment to the Trump “Golden Shower” fake news story that was released by BuzzFeed and promoted by none other than CNN.

Bee had a great time with the story as shown in her segment above, and to her credit, took a few jabs at Hillary Clinton in the process.

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