McCarthy – Mueller’s grand jury; Carter – Consent for Rice; Huma’s emails.
HEALTH CARE: Watson – Rand Paul solution; Hannity Free Market option.
LEADS: Yurchak – teacher salaries; Durden – Trade war with China; Spencer – Google silences Islam criticisms; Washington Times – Immigration reform; Durden – Electric car scam.
RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; (DeMint); Mark Levin 08-03-17); Diana Crandall – Travel in Missouri; Clark – Facebook droids invent own language.
The five counties surrounding Washington DC are packed with government workers who want to keep their house, salary, their kids’ school . . . and they send us lots of “Ad Council” notices. . .
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Mueller’s Grand Jury: What it means
and what it doesn’t mean”
“The most significant conclusion we can draw from news that a grand jury has been impaneled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is that the so-called Russia investigation, officially, is a criminal investigation.
“The purpose of a grand jury is to investigate a factual transaction or series of transactions to determine whether criminal charges should be filed. That makes it categorically different from a counterintelligence investigation. The latter, we have noted many times, is an information-gathering exercise geared toward understanding and thwarting the intentions and actions of foreign powers.
“There is no need for a grand jury in a counterintelligence probe.
“All that said, the fact that there is a criminal investigation does not mean charges are imminent, or indeed that they will ever be filed. There are virtually no limits on the investigative powers of the grand jury. Under our law, a grand jury may conduct a probe simply to satisfy itself that no crimes have been committed. That is to say, there is no evidentiary threshold that must be crossed before a grand jury can begin investigating. Contrast that with, for example, a search warrant or an eavesdropping warrant; those investigative techniques may not be used unless a court has first been satisfied that there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed.
“It is frequently observed that grand-jury proceedings are secret. That is not quite accurate. The obligation of secrecy applies to the grand jurors and government personnel who examine witnesses and collect evidence through subpoenas. But subjects of the investigation, witnesses, and their lawyers are under no duty to remain silent — even though it is usually a good idea to do so, since statements can be used as evidence. Of course, there are often government leaks. Putting that inevitability aside, though, it is worth noting who is permitted to speak and who is not. Media coverage of an investigation tends to rely on the people most at liberty to discuss it. That means coverage skews in favor of lawyers for the subjects, who obviously have a motive to minimize the prosecution’s proof.
“The principal advantage of the grand jury for prosecutors is the ability to issue subpoenas to compel testimony and the production of documentary or other physical evidence. No investigation of any complexity can be advanced without this capacity. When I say “advanced,” I do not mean a progression toward the filing of criminal charges — at least not necessarily. An investigation should be a search for the truth, which means getting to the bottom of what happened, regardless of whether crimes can be proven.
“Thus, the fact that we now have a grand jury does not mean a crime has been committed, much less that the filing of charges must be imminent. Still, the impaneling of a grand jury is a highly significant development. Prosecutors do not seek the assistance of the grand jury’s subpoena power, and do not contemplate presenting evidence to a grand jury, unless they see a realistic possibility of filing criminal charges.
“On that score, we should be mindful, and certainly Special Counsel Mueller should be mindful, that this is no ordinary criminal investigation. . .”
Sara Carter, Circa: “A letter from H.R. McMaster said Susan Rice will keep her top-secret security clearance”
“Almost one month after it was disclosed that former President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice was unmasking members of President Trump’s team and other Americans, Trump’s own national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, sent an official letter giving her unfettered and continuing access to classified information and waiving her “need-to-know” requirement on anything she viewed or received during her tenure, Circa has confirmed.
“The undated and unclassified letter from McMaster was sent in the mail to Rice’s home during the last week of April. Trump was not aware of the letter or McMaster’s decision, according to two senior West Wing officials and an intelligence official, who spoke to Circa on condition that they not be named.
“‘I hereby waive the requirement that you must have a ‘need-to-know’ to access any classified information contained in items you ‘originated, reviewed, signed or received while serving,’ as National Security Adviser,’ the letter said. The letter also states that the ‘NSC will continue to work with you to ensure the appropriate security clearance documentation remains on file to allow you access to classified information.’. . .”
Also Judicial Watch, “Judicial Watch: Huma Abedin Emails Reveal Transmission of Classified Information and Clinton Foundation Donors Receiving Special Treatment from Clinton State Department”
Also, Adam Kredo, “Former U.N. Amb. Power Unmasked ‘Hundreds’ in Final Year of Obama Admin”
“Congress moves closer to detailing potentially illicit national security leaks
“Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power is believed to have made ‘hundreds’ of unmasking requests to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources who said the behavior is unprecedented for an official in her position.”
Steve Watson, InfoWars: “RAND PAUL: TRUMP MAY TAKE EXECUTIVE ACTION TO REPEAL OBAMACARE”
“Senator meeting with POTUS this week.
“Senator Rand Paul is advising President Trump on a potential executive order to repeal and replace Obamacare, a move that he says could help millions of Americans who cannot afford skyrocketing premiums.
“In interviews with earlier this week, Paul noted that Trump is considering penning an executive order to get the job done, following the failure of Republicans in Congress to pass legislation.
“‘I just got off the phone with the president, and I think he and I both want to get something done,’ Paul said.
“What I’m talking to him about is that I think through executive action, I think he can legalize the health associations that I’ve been talking about.”
“Paul says he is planning to have further talks with Trump this week, noting that there is a precedent for the president to take action, given that under the the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Executive can decide how private companies provide benefits.
“Paul is pushing for so called ‘association health plans,’ which would provide an avenue for Americans to get health more affordable insurance in large groups across state lines.
“It’s the same principle as Wal-Mart,” Paul said. “Wal-Mart can buy in such large bulk that you can get milk for a very reasonable price often just barely above their cost, and they do it because they have such large buying power.’ . . .”
Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
Free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.
The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,). Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC. Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded! I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.
Joanne: Teacher Salaries
I obtained these compilations (below) from the Keystone State Education Coalition which sends out periodic E-mails on the educational system in PA. I find them to be extremely valuable and informative even though the focus sometimestends towards liberal political viewpoints. They can be obtained on the web at: http://keystonestateeducationcoalition.org.
I think that by E-Mailing firstname.lastname@example.org you can request that these educational updates be sent to your inbox.
Pa. schools with highest average teacher salary
Penn Live Posted August 02, 2017 Updated August 02, 2017
It probably comes as no surprise that the bulk of public school teachers with the highest average salary in 2016-17 live in the counties surrounding Philadelphia, where the cost of living is generally higher than in other parts of the state. But teachers in some southcentral Pennsylvania school districts have average salaries that aren’t too shabby either. According to data from the state Department of Education, York County’s Dallastown Area School District comes in with the highest average full-time teacher salary in this region at $84,701.
“Teacher pay: Search the database to find out the average teacher salary in any Pa. public schools
Penn Live August 02, 2017
“The following searchable database allows you to see what the average teacher salary and average years of teaching experience is in Pennsylvania’s public schools. The data from the 2016-17 school year also includes the number of full-time teachers in a school district, vo-tech, charter school or intermediate unit. The department doesn’t factor in salaries of less than $18,500 in calculating averages. To use this database, you can search by selecting an individual school district or charter or career and technical school or by selecting a county to see a listing of school districts in that county.”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Trump to Launch Trade War with China on Friday, Beijing Vows Retaliation”
“Yesterday, the WSJ reported that the Trump administration is planning to begin a probe of what the U.S. sees as violations of intellectual property by China. Against a backdrop of Trump’s frustrations with domestic policy, sliding approval ratings and disagreement with China over North Korea, the chances of protectionist action are rising, as is the probability of a “hot”, retaliatory trade war. This morning ow learn when Trump is set to fire the first shot. Reuters reports, citing White House officials, that President Trump is expected to make a speech and sign a memorandum at the White House on tomorrow, Friday, that will target China’s intellectual property and trade practices, effectively firing the first shot in what could escalate into a major US-China trade war.
“This will be the opening salvo to several months of trade actions, and is expected to be followed by actions on steel and aluminum dumping — which could include tariffs and quotas — and subsequent measures to protect services, and comes at a time when Trump has become increasingly frustrated with the level of support from Beijing to pressure Pyongyang to give up its nuclear and missile program.
Robert Spencer, PJM: “Google Manipulates Search Results to Conceal Criticism of Islam and Jihad”
“The jihad against the freedom of speech is advancing rapidly, and most people don’t even know it’s happening.
“Turkey’s state-run news outlet Anadolu Agency reports:
‘Google’s first page results for searches of terms such as ‘jihad’, ‘shariah’ and ‘taqiyya’ now return mostly reputable explanations of the Islamic concepts. Taqiyya, which describes the circumstances under which a Muslim can conceal their belief in the face of persecution, is the sole term to feature a questionable website on the first page of results. (emphasis added)
“‘Reputable’ according to whom? ‘Questionable’ according to whom?
“Google has bowed to pressure from Muslims such as Texas imam Omar Suleiman, who led an initiative to compel Google to skew its results. Apparently Google hasn’t considered whether those who are demanding that search results be manipulated in a particular direction might have an ulterior motive. Could it be that those who are pressuring Google wish to conceal certain truths about Islam that they would prefer non-Muslims not know?
I discuss the Islamic supremacist initiative to compel the West to accept Sharia blasphemy laws under the guise of stamping out “hate speech” — an initiative that is now galloping forward and achieving immense success — in my new book The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Google executives should read it, and should study Islam themselves in order to determine whether or not they have been misled by the Muslims who are pressuring them. But that’s not going to happen. . .”
Washington Times: “A good start on immigration reform”
“The president endorses the common-sense Cotton-Perdue Act
“Why enact a law or write an executive order to reform a broken immigration system when a poem will do? President Trump endorsed new immigration legislation Wednesday, moving to a merit-based system, and it was greeted with predictable cries and squeals from advocates of open borders.
“Two Republican senators, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, joined the president at the White House to announce that they have been working with the administration to revise and expand legislation introduced earlier this year that would reduce by half the number of immigrants who would receive legal permanent residence over the next decade.
“The two senators said their legislation would move the United States to a merit-based immigration system and away from the current model, which is geared to approving applicants with family members already in the United States. It’s a model rife with fraud, deceit, swindle and chaos.
“The president said the legislation would be the most significant reform to the broken U.S. immigration system in a half-century. “As a candidate,” he said, “I campaigned on creating a merit-based system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers and that’s why we’re here today.” He said the changes would ‘reduce poverty, increase wages and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars.’. . .”
Also . . . Neil Munro, BigGovt: “Donald Trump Unveils Merit Based Immigration Reform”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Electric Car Fever”
“Mid-70s, United States. For no apparent reason, suddenly everyone seemed to be singing in a high-pitched falsetto voice and wearing skin-tight lycra with open collared shirts displaying chest hair and gold medallions.
“It was fun for a while but got old fast.
“Electric Car Fever is now upon us. Laws are being passed – the Brits being the latest – mandating the production of electric cars by outlawing the production of cars powered by internal combustion.
“This will get old fast, too.
“King Canute could decree that the tide not come back – and politicians can decree that we’ll all be driving electric cars by “x” year, not too far from now. But wishing – and decreeing – can’t overcome reality. It can just make things really expensive and difficult for us.
“One reality almost no one seems willing to talk plainly about is the fact that hundreds of thousands of electric cars queuing up to spend 30-45 minutes each at a recharging port is as ludicrous in concept as waiting that long at McDonald’s to get a burger. Especially when there is a Wendy’s across the street that’ll get a burger in your hands and you back on the road in less than 5 minutes.
“Most people will never accept this. Would you accept waiting 30-45 minutes (absolute best-case scenario, if a “fast” charger is available) to put a partial charge back into your EV? Were you aware that at the high-voltage “fast” chargers, due to the nature of the thing (and for the sake of battery life) you cannot put more than 80 percent charge back into the thing?
“So, whatever the advertised best-case range of the car is, subtract 20 percent.
“That puts even the longest-ranged of them in the same class as the fiercest-guzzling IC-engined SUV. Maybe 200 miles or so. But the fierce-guzzling SUV can be refueled to 100 percent in 5 minutes.
“Which would you prefer to take on a road trip? One where there might not be a ‘fast’ charger available when you run out of juice. What then?
“Then, you spend overnight wherever you happen to be.
“Electric car freaks peddle a Disney-esque fantasy to counter this objection. They envision everyone plugging in at home, overnight – or at work, while they work. The problem with this idea is the ant-like uniformity of use it assumes. Everyone going to work – and back home – at pretty much the same time.
“A middling-bright eight-year-old would be raising his hand about now. . .”
Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com”
Mark Levin (08-03-17)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, The media are thrilled today because special counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury in D.C., affording him the power to subpoena documents, put witnesses under oath, and seek an indictment should there be any evidence of criminal activity. They are going to drag Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, in front of that jury and see if they can find any contradictions in their testimony. Then they will see if they can get somebody on perjury. This process is un-American when it’s abused the way this one has been. This is a coup that should upset every American — Trump supporter or not. You can bet the entire purpose of the special counsel appointment is to destroy Trump’s presidency. However, in destroying his presidency, the Democrats are undermining Trump’s ability to protect this nation from Iran, North Korea, China and Russia.
“After that, Benjamin Netanyahu is being accused of bribery. The same left attacking Trump in America are going after Netanyahu in Israel. Allegation after allegation is coming against him, but Netanyahu has strenuously denied any wrong doing. You have Hezbollah building bases on the border with Israel and Syria and these guys are chasing Netanyahu with no evidence. The left is unbelievable.
Later, John Bolton former Ambassador to the UN calls in to talk about North Korea. The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, thinks he has a great idea, let’s talk to the North Koreans. How are we going to talk to the North Koreans when they are building ICBMS to aim at us? We have tried negotiations with them for 25 years and they have used that time to make ballistic missiles. Pyongyang should not be able to terrorize innocent American citizens or threaten its neighbor South Korea.
“Finally, Mo Brooks calls in to talk about his run for one of Alabama’s Senate seats. Mitch McConnell is using $8 million dollars from special interest groups to subvert the will of the American people to elect Luther Strange. McConnell is trying to make Brooks out to be the same as Nancy Pelosi which is a lie. Also, McConnell hasn’t raised money from the people of Alabama but from millionaire and billionaire special interests who are happy with what is going on Washington. Strange’s loyalty will lie with these groups trying to put him in office. These Senate seats should be based on who is the best candidate and who promotes conservative principles that are the foundation of our nation.”
Diana Crandall, RealClearLife: “NAACP Issues First Travel Advisory to U.S. State Over Racist Attacks”
“The alert was reportedly issued in response to incidents and legislation affecting local minorities.
“The NAACP has issued a national travel advisory to people of color planning to visit Missouri because of discrimination and racist attacks, the Kansas City Star is reporting. It’s the first time the civil rights organization has ever issued a warning of this type, the Star notes.
Missouri was reportedly chosen as the first state due to new legislation that makes discrimination lawsuits more difficult to win, as well as a significant history of racial disparities in traffic enforcement; a recent attorney general’s report shows that, since the year 2000, black drivers continue to be 75 percent more likely to be pulled over while driving in Missouri than white people are. . .”
Bryan Clark, The Next Web: “Facebook’s AI accidentally created its own language”
“Researchers from the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab (FAIR) recently made an unexpected discovery while trying to improve chatbots.
“The bots — known as ‘dialog agents’ — were creating their own language — well, kind of.
“Using machine learning algorithms, dialog agents were left to converse freely in an attempt to strengthen their conversational skills.
“Over time, the bots began to deviate from the scripted norms and in doing so, started communicating in an entirely new language — one they created without human input. . .
“In an attempt to better converse with humans, chatbots took it a step further and got better at communicating without them — in their own sort of way.
“And it’s not the only interesting discovery.
“Researchers also found these bots to be incredibly crafty negotiators. After learning to negotiate, the bots relied on machine learning and advanced strategies in an attempt to improve the outcome of these negotiations. Over time, the bots became quite skilled at it and even began feigning interest in one item in order to “sacrifice” it at a later stage in the negotiation as a faux compromise. . .”