07/2/18

Man Threatened To Chop Up Rand Paul And His Family With An Ax: ‘This needs to STOP!’

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has had a really, really rough year. First, he’s at a baseball practice where a Democratic terrorist named James Hodgkinson tried to kill a bunch of Freedom Caucus Republicans. Then, he’s personally attacked by his Democrat neighbor, Rene Boucher, who claimed it was over gardening issues involving tree limbs. Never did buy that and the guy got only a slap on the wrist for it too – a thirty-day sentence. But that’s being appealed to get him more time behind bars if possible. Paul got several broken ribs, broken teeth and a punctured lung that led to pneumonia.

He revealed today at an event in Litchfield, Kentucky, that some unhinged nutcase threatened to kill him and chop up his family with an ax. The guy that threatened Paul and his family was just arrested by police after a warrant was issued.

The Courier Journal reports that the man was taken into custody after he allegedly called in the threats to Paul’s Bowling Green office. “Capitol Police have issued an arrest warrant, this man had threatened to kill me and chop up my family with an ax,” Paul said while speaking to WHAS11 News’ Chris Williams. “It’s just horrendous that we have to deal with things like this.”

And it’s getting worse by the day. I suggest that Rand Paul get a security detail for his family and himself. “That on top of being attacked personally and having a very serious life-threatening attack on my person and then being shot at, I’ve had a year where it’s becoming more and more aware of we have these real threats out there,” Paul continued.

There are loony people on both sides, but there seems to be an inordinate amount of violent mental cases on the left these days. Marxism is driving them mad. This is just horrible and terrifying for Paul’s family. He’s right… this has got to stop. “Thank you to the US Capitol Police for their arrest of the man who recently threatened to kill my family and me,” Paul tweeted. The man was taken into custody in California… shocker there. He was identified by WBKO as Nathaniel Blane Huffman, who was arrested in Berkeley, California. He is originally from Murray, according to WBKO. Huffman is known to the Capitol Police for making aggressive statements to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others.

Huffman had not been in Kentucky for many months, but he felt the need to threaten Rand Paul and his family, so he called his office. Not very smart and I am thrilled he’s in custody. The left is going to keep this up until someone gets killed. Then this whole political powder keg will blow sky high. That’s what they want evidently. Chaos in the streets just like in Portland, Oregon last weekend with Antifa.

I am glad that Rand Paul and his family are now safe from this guy. It’s the violent ones we don’t know about that worry me and they are all leftist radicals of one flavor or another.

07/2/18

Netflix Host Michelle Wolf Compares Ivanka Trump To “Herpes” And Says There’s ‘Blood All Over You’

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Just when I thought I could not be any more disgusted by the left, Netflix host Michelle Wolf says, “Hold my beer.” Wolf is one of the most unfunny, vile people I think I have ever seen and that’s saying something. Netflix, who I thought was great at first, is turning into the ultimate media sewer hole on the left these days. First it was Bill Nye with his profane, almost pornographic, insanity. Then the Obamas moved in and now this. Not impressed to say the least.

Wolf got her 15 minutes of infamy at the White House Correspondent Association’s annual dinner this year, where she insulted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders mercilessly. Sanders withstood it and was far more gracious than I would have been in her heels. As part of her ‘roast’, Wolf made fun of Sanders’ appearance over and over again. “I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful,” she said. “Like she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye.” Who the hell thinks that’s funny? No one I know.

Wolf has now outdone herself. She made a series of obscene remarks about women working in the White House, including comparing First Daughter Ivanka Trump to “herpes” and a “vaginal mesh.” Talk about gutter humor. She’s trying to out-slur Samantha Bee who called Ivanka a ‘c**t’. Not cool. In Wolf’s latest episode of The Break With Michelle Wolf, she encourages people not to halfway harass members of Trump’s family or administration, but instead use words that are “life alteringly hurtful.” This woman is inciting hatred and violence just like Maxine Waters and the rest of the left are. “You can’t just casually harass these people; you have to insult them specifically,” Wolf said. “C**t doesn’t hurt them — it’s on their vision board. You have to make sure your words are life-alteringly hurtful.”

So, the Marxists are now hiding behind humor and what they claim is free speech to harass people on the right… especially women. The former Comedy Central comedianne made the suggestion in reference to the recent controversy surrounding TBS late-night host Samantha Bee, who called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c**t” for failing to challenge her father’s policy on immigration. Bee also suggested Ivanka seduce her father in that disgusting segment. “If you see Ivanka on the street, first, call her Tiffany,” Wolf said. “This will devastate her. Then talk to her in terms she’ll understand. Say, ‘Ivanka, you’re like vaginal mesh. You were supposed to support women, but now you have blood all over you and you’re the center of a thousand lawsuits.’”

Ivanka is a massively successful business woman and she tends to stay out of the limelight. She terrifies leftists and that is why they attack her out of the blue over seemingly nothing. Her beauty, grace, brilliance and acumen terrify the ever-living crap out of these weasels. Samantha Bee went after Ivanka when she posted a pic of herself holding her baby boy. That was all it took to set the left off. They are violently unhinged.

Wolf didn’t stop at Ivanka. She also went after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, EPA head Scott Pruitt and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. But her favorite was obviously Ivanka and she had a whole list of new names for the first daughter. She’s evidently trying to be a female Bill Maher. “Oh wait, real quick, I thought of another one for Ivanka,” Wolf said. “‘Ivanka, you’re like that birth control pill Yaz. At first, it seemed like it’d be really cool and helpful, but you need to be immediately recalled.’”

Unfortunately, there was more. “Say, ‘Hey girl, do your legs hurt? Because you’ve been running afoul of government ethics all year.’ And that will satisfy you more than it will hurt her, so follow it up with something like, ‘Is your nickname herpes? Because you’re not necessarily the most dangerous person in the administration, but you’re very unpleasant, totally incurable, and you always show up when we’re about to get f***ed.’”

This isn’t the first time Wolf has attacked Ivanka, but it is the most vicious. She called Ivanaka “just a pretty little girl” in an interview with the Daily Beast. Sounds like she’s jealous. Wolf should be ashamed of herself, but she won’t be. I can’t stand to listen to her and I don’t watch her. Netflix should take a hint.

07/2/18

Iranian Regime Using Water as a Weapon and APT 33

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

The Iranian people have been protesting against the regime for quite some time and in some cases it has turned deadly, where military forces are firing on the protestors. What are the protests about? Their economy. Remember when the Obama White House gave Iran billions that apparently we owed from back debts and the regime was to use the money to infuse growth in the economy? Yeah, not so much. In fact the starving and unemployed citizens of Iran are demanding the regime get out of Syria and pay attention at home.

Related reading: Iran Calls for Calm After Water Protests, Clashes

Yet, water availability in Iran has been at a crisis point for a few years and getting worse.

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07/2/18

Ridiculous Deductibles Broke the Healthcare System

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Hello Democrats… what again did Obamacare solve?

Sky-High Deductibles Broke the U.S. Health Insurance System

Employers are questioning a system they say costs patients too much.

Bloomberg: When Carla Jordan and her husband were hit with a cascade of serious medical issues, she knew that at least her family had health insurance through her job. What she didn’t realize was that even with that coverage, a constant stream of medical bills would soon push the family to the edge of financial collapse.

The Jordans, both 40, were once solidly in the middle class, but ever since the 2008 financial crisis, money has been tight at best. Then calamity hit. In 2016, Carla needed a gallbladder operation. Her husband John suffered a seizure the same year, followed by an unrelated infection that sent him to the emergency room. Toward the end of the year, Carla was diagnosed with diabetes. Even after paying $501 a month for medical insurance, they ended the year owing $8,000 to 18 different providers, with creditors threatening to garnish John’s wages.

Health plans similar to the Jordans’ that put patients on the hook for many thousands of dollars are widespread and growing, but some employers are beginning to have second thoughts. “Why did we design a health plan that has the ability to deliver a $1,000 surprise to employees?” Shawn Leavitt, a senior human resources executive at Comcast Corp., said at a conference in May. “That’s kind of stupid.” A handful of companies, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and CVS Health Corp., have recently announced plans to reduce deductibles or cover more care before workers are exposed to the cost.

Yet it’s still the reality for a growing share of Americans. Today, 39 percent of large employers offer only high-deductible plans, up from 7 percent in 2009, according to a survey by the National Business Group on Health. Half of all workers now have health insurance with a deductible of at least $1,000 for an individual, up from 22 percent in 2009, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. About 41 percent say they can’t pay a $400 emergency expense without borrowing or selling something, according to the Federal Reserve. The bottom line: People like the Jordans simply can’t afford to get sick.

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07/2/18

Question China And They Were Uninvited To RIMPAC

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

The U.S. Navy and allies are drilling in the Pacific Ocean as part of the massive Rim of the Pacific naval exercise. After years continuing to sail alongside China in RIMPAC, even as the peer competitor militarized man-made islands in the South China Sea, the U.S. decided enough is enough and rescinded the invitation. (Andrew Jarocki/Staff)

Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. The theme of RIMPAC 2018 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.” Participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy operations, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations. This year’s exercise includes forces from Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam. This is the first time Brazil, Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam are participating in RIMPAC. Additional firsts include New Zealand serving as sea combat commander and Chile serving as combined force maritime component commander. This is the first time a non-founding RIMPAC nation (Chile) will hold a component commander leadership position. This year will also feature live firing of a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force aircraft, surface to ship missiles by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, and a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) from a launcher on the back of a Palletized Load System (PLS) by the U.S. Army. This marks the first time a land based unit will participate in the live fire event during RIMPAC. RIMPAC 18 will also include international band engagements and highlight fleet innovation during an Innovation Fair. Additionally, for the first time since RIMPAC 2002, U.S. 3rd Fleet’s Command Center will relocate from San Diego to Pearl Harbor to support command and control of all 3rd Fleet forces in 3rd Fleet’s area of responsibility to include forces operating forward in the Western Pacific. The Fleet Command Center will be established at a deployable joint command and control on Hospital Point for the first part of the exercise and then transition to USS Portland (LPD 27) for the remainder of the exercise. Hosted by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 will be led by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, Vice Adm. John D. Alexander, who will serve as combined task force (CTF) commander. Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Bob Auchterlonie will serve as CTF deputy commander, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Hideyuki Oban as CTF vice commander. Fleet Marine Force will be led by U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Mark Hashimoto. Other key leaders of the multinational force will include Commodore Pablo Niemann of Armada de Chile, who will command the maritime component, and Air Commodore Craig Heap of the Royal Australian Air Force, who will command the air component. This robust constellation of allies and partners support sustained and favorable regional balances of power that safeguard security, prosperity and the free and open international order. RIMPAC 2018 contributes to the increased lethality, resiliency and agility needed by the joint and combined force to deter and defeat aggression by major powers across all domains and levels of conflict.

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07/2/18

Welcome To The Second Half Of 2018

By: Kent Engelke | Capitol Securities

Welcome to the second half of 2018. Thus far, 2018 has been the year of surprises. Bitcoin is down 70% from its late 2017 apex. Oil at $74/barrel is at a 3 /1/2 year high versus the consensus view of $45/barrel.

Second quarter GDP is expected to be in the “high four handle” versus the projected “low two handle.” The PCE or the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflationary indicator is at the highest level since March 2012, again eclipsing expectations. Accordingly the 10-year Treasury at 2.85% yield eclipsed the 2.50% mid-year target. Four interest rates are now expected versus two.

And then there is equity performance. The NASDAQ has continued its relentless advance, but the advance is predominately focused in just five names perhaps creating the most concentrated amount of wealth in history. The S & P 500 and Dow are essentially flat.

Geopolitically, economic nationalism and populism has replaced globalism and interdependency. On January 1, “the experts” declared economic nationalism as dead; a flash in the pan.

Today is vastly different than yesterday, a differentiation that I believe is not yet manifested in the markets, perhaps the result of the massive proliferation of passive algorithmic and index trading that now comprises 90% of the volume. Such trading is based upon momentum and size not macroeconomic/geopolitical and security analysis.

On January 1, 2019, what will I be writing? In my view, because of the tectonic changes in the geopolitical and macro-economic landscape, a macroeconomic and geopolitical thesis is required, further stating the days of passive investing/indexing are waning. This is the inverse of the last 10 years.

At this juncture, I will not opine about the election other than I believe the support for the president and his policies is much greater than the media — both traditional and social — suggests.

Few will risk speaking true views under fears of being labeled homophobic, xenophobic, unenlightened and uneducated individuals. The president is challenging the establishment, an establishment which the business and political elite have spent billions in creating and maintaining.

This is holiday shortened trading week. June’s unemployment data is released Friday and will offer evidence as to the economy’s underlying strength. Historically, voters vote by their pocketbooks and the data could offer some potential insight into November’s elections.

Last night the foreign markets were down. London was down 0.83%, Paris was down 0.79% and Frankfurt was down 0.33%. China was down 2.52%, Japan was down 2.21% and Hang Sang was closed for a holiday.

The Dow should open lower on trade and geopolitical concerns. A major question at hand will be whether the accepted leader and cheerleader of the EU — Chancellor Merkel of Germany — survive? Many believe if her coalition — which is on the verge of collapsing because of immigration — fails, it will question the survivability of the EU in its current state. We are indeed living in tectonic times. The 10-year is up 7/32 to yield 2.84%.