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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Maybe This Time Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Correct

Yesterday we posted an article about the new Representative from New York complaining that 

the governments of New York City And Washington D.C. had given large amounts of money 
to Amazon so it would build their new headquarters in those areas.  We thought she was wrong,
however, upon learning more about this situation, we have to admit she was right.

We have long complained about big corporations (usually well connected and wealthy) being
given funds and property tax credits for locating a facility in their city. We also have hated 
those wealthy owners of sports teams being given free stadiums (at tax payer expense) and other 
credits for either staying in the city or for relocating to the city.  Both of these situations are wrong
on so many levels.  

A business should locate where it can get the best employees, raw materials and other
things necessary for their business, not because the city fathers bent over and gave them 
the store. The same goes for sports franchises.

On this matter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is right (can't believe we are saying this).  It is a time for
corporate welfare and sports team welfare to end.  Instead of giving billions (in the case of
Amazon) away, those same dollars should be spent on the roads, bridges and other
infrastructure that is failing in this country.

Conservative Tom

Fox News' Star Stuns Himself By

 Agreeing With Anti-Trump Dem

  • 2018-11-14 
  • Source: AAN 
  • by: AAN Staff
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For promising America's two richest cities monstrous corporate headquarters
complete with tens of thousands of employees – guaranteed to raise house
prices past the speed of inflation and make commuting even more miserable
 – the world's richest man will receive $2 billion in tax breaks.

That's made for some strange bedfellows in Washington, D.C.

The Hill's Joe Concha reports:

Fox News host Tucker Carlson says Rep.-elect Alexandria

Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) "has a very good point" in criticizing Amazon receiving

taxpayer subsidies for its new headquarters, asking, "How does that work?"

Carlson admitted on his primetime program late Tuesday that while he hated

"to admit it," he agreed with Ocasio-Cortez's perspective.

"Jeff Bezos, who is the world’s richest man, will receive more than $2 billion

in subsidies from you, the taxpayer," he stated. "New congresswoman

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had this to say: 'Amazon is a billion-dollar

company. The idea it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax

rates at a time when a subway is crumbling in our communities need more

investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.'”


The anomalous agreement between the conservative host and the

newly-elected declared Democratic socialist comes after Amazon

announced Monday it had chosen Long Island City in Queens and

Arlington, Va. as the sites of a new split headquarters. Amazon is

owned by the richest man on the planet, Jeff Bezos, who is

ranked #1 on Forbes' annual list ahead of Microsoft founder

Bill Gates. The retail giant became only the second company

to hit $1 trillion in market capitalization after Apple achieved the

mark in August.
 Source: AAN


Was She Lying Or Just Misleading?

Ocasio-Cortez implied she can’t afford a DC apartment yet — here’s what her financial records say

Ocasio-Cortez implied she can’t afford a DC apartment yet — here’s what her financial records say
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to her supporters during her election night party in the Queens Borough of New York on November 6, 2018. - 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New Yorks 14th Congressional district won Tuesdays election, defeating Republican Anthony Pappas and becomes the youngest woman elected to Congress. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) expressed doubts last week about how she would be able to afford a Washington, D.C. apartment before receiving her congressional salary, but a Financial Disclosure Report has raised questions about whether she was actually in a place of financial uncertainty.
According to a report filed April 30, 2018, Ocasio-Cortez had a checking account worth between $15,001 and $50,000 and two investment accounts worth between $1,001 and $15,000. She also took a salary from her campaign (a common move), drawing about $6,200 between August 15 and October 15, according to Federal Election Commission data.
This is important because: Ocasio-Cortez accused Fox News hosts who joked about her situation of mocking working class people and laughing at the U.S. housing crisis. “It reveals what they actually think about us,” she wrote on Twitter on Friday. However, the account balances shown on the report are not typically associated with the “working class.”
What she really said was: While it has been widely reported (and not corrected by Ocasio-Cortez) that she said she could not afford an apartment in Washington, D.C., that’s not exactly what she said.
The story began with a quote in a New York Times article. Here is the excerpt:
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said the transition period will be “very unusual, because I can’t really take a salary. I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.” She said she saved money before leaving her job at the restaurant, and planned accordingly with her partner. “We’re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January.”
The way she worded her answer is somewhat ambiguous. It’s possible she saved $15,000 before leaving her restaurant job in February, and spent the money between then and when she began taking a campaign salary in August. But, it’s also possible that she’s in a much more comfortable financial position than she implied to the New York Times and in her Twitter responses.
Ocasio-Cortez will earn $174,000 annually beginning next year.

If Anyone Believes The Mueller Probe Is Anything But A "Get Trump At All Costs While Employing Any Methods" Adventure, You Would Wrong

Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller
Another conflict-of-interest charge was leveled against special counsel Robert Mueller’s team when a witness pointed out Tuesday the special counsel lawyer questioning her represented Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation only a short time ago.
Now, the former Clinton lawyer is questioning witnesses regarding possible links to the Trump campaign that defeated Clinton in the 2016 election.
Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller reports an associate of onetime Trump adviser Roger Stone called out prosecutor Jeannie Rhee for her recent connections to the twice-failed Democratic presidential hopeful.
“The prosecutor, Jeannie Rhee, has questioned witnesses about Roger Stone, the Trump confidant who is one of the targets of the investigation, numerous sources tell The Daily Caller News Foundation. Rhee questioned Tyler Nixon, an attorney for Stone, just before his grand jury appearance on Nov. 2,” the report said.
“[Rhee’s involvement] was not disclosed to me prior to my testimony, and I find this to be deeply troubling and certainly Ms. Rhee should be recused or removed from the investigation,” Nixon told the Daily Caller.
The report explained the context.
“Recusals related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe became an issue after the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general on Nov. 7. Among the reasons that Democrats have called for Whitaker’s recusal are his comments criticizing the Trump-Russia probe as well as his work in 2014 on a political campaign for Sam Clovis, a former Trump campaign official who testified before the Mueller grand jury as a witness in 2017.”
In fact, it’s a big issue for Democrats who have been depending on Mueller’s ability to find some misdeed committed by Trump after all their other efforts to oust him from office so far have failed.

Mueller, who was assigned to investigate claims of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, has produced no evidence of collusion after 18 months.“Seven top congressional Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and California Rep. Adam Schiff, cited Whitaker’s work with Clovis in a letter Sunday to the Justice Department’s top ethics official. The Democrats asked DOJ whether Whitaker has been advised on whether he should recuse himself from the probe,” the report said. But Nixon said Rhee’s presence is a much larger conflict of interest.
“I find it astonishing that there are cries for the recusal for Mr. Whitaker when I know that I was personally interviewed on behalf of the special counsel by an attorney, Jeannie Rhee, who was Hillary Clinton’s and the Clinton Foundation’s personal attorney not one or two years prior to her joining the special counsel,” Nixon said in an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
She defended the foundation against a claim of racketeering. And she defended Hillary Clinton when she was under FBI investigation for transmitting classified information through an unsecure, private email server while she was secretary of state.
Rhee’s presence also has been noted by Stone, the report said.
“It seems somewhat incredible that Democrats are calling for Acting Attorney General Whitaker to recuse himself from the Mueller investigation based on his prior political activities, but they think it’s perfectly all right for Hillary Clinton’s personal attorney and campaign donor to lead a potential prosecution of Roger Stone,” Stone told the foundation.
The special counsel’s office, which has been criticized for being staffed largely by Democrats who donated to Clinton, claimed Justice Department ethics experts had approved of Rhee’s appointment.


The Open Mindedness Of The College Campus

Protesters chant ‘John McCain is dead,’ ‘F*** Ben Shapiro’ at Shapiro’s Ohio State lecture

Protesters chant ‘John McCain is dead,’ ‘F*** Ben Shapiro’ at Shapiro’s Ohio State lecture
Conservative political commentator, writer and lawyer Ben Shapiro waves to the crowd as he arrives to speak at the 2018 Politicon in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 2018. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
As often happens when Ben Shapiro arrives on a college campus to speak, liberal students behaved as if they were under attack. This time, the result was some truly disgusting chants about deceased Republicans, according to The Federalist.
Video sent to The Federalist’s Emily Jashinsky from Young America’s Foundation showed protesters outside the venue where Shapiro was set to speak chanting “Reagan is dead” and “John McCain is dead,” as well as “F*** Ben Shapiro.”
While the video evidence makes it clear that the university’s own students caused more disruption than Shapiro himself ever has by speaking at a university, some at Ohio State still felt Shapiro’s very presence could “threaten the emotional and mental safety of much of the campus community.”
The Morrill Scholars Program Student Advisory Council, which operates within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, sent an email to students encouraging them to “seek a safe environment” for themselves if they don’t “feel comfortable around a climate that will be created by Ben Shapiro’s presence.”
The email, ironically, warned of the “hostile environment that can result from these kind of events” while failing to acknowledge that the hostility would be created exclusively by students protesting the event.
The Morrill Scholars Program offered a “safe space” to students who preferred not to be alone and found themselves somehow unable to ignore a single lecture attended by several hundred people on a large campus with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 46,000 students.