Three Things You Need to Know - January 30, 2018

Andy's Ouster at the FBI

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, otherwise known as “Andy” in the infamous “insurance policy” text messages between Struck and Page, is leaving the Bureau. Anyone saying this is no big deal is seriously fooling themselves.

McCabe’s ouster comes the same day his boss, Director Wray, reviewed the classified memo prepared by the House Intelligence Committee. Some Congressman are even saying the memo shows KGB like behavior by the FBI. Others say it shows evidence that the controversial Steele Dossier was used as an excuse by the FBI to get a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. For a refresher, the Steele Dossier was financed by the DNC and the Clinton Campaign. Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned Steele to compile the dossier, was also working for someone else during that same timeframe… the Russian government.

As if that doesn't look bad enough, CNN reported late last night that Director Wray sent out an all-employee email yesterday evening hinting that McCabe’s dismissal had to do with an incoming Inspector General report investigating the handing of the 2016 Hillary Clinton email investigation.

And the hits just keep on coming. Was the House Intelligence Committee memo ON TOP OF the incoming Inspector General report the final hit that ultimately knocked McCabe out?

What the heck is going on at the FBI? We know McCabe’s wife received a campaign donation from a Hillary Clinton political action committee when she was running for the Virginia State Senate back in 2015. Did that payment buy his loyalty? We also know that Struck and Page were close to McCabe as revealed in their text messages. I refuse to use the words “Secret Society” here, but were these Three Amigos (McCabe, Struck and Page) the… uh… not spoken of - but definitely not secret - club… but definitely not society?

The House Intelligence Committee memo drops sometime this week. We’re about to find out if this is all just partisan hype or, as Struck says, something “ there there.”. This is feeling more and more like a Looney Tunes cartoon the further we get into this. So on that note… Stay tuned.

The 'Opportunity Zones' of the New Tax Plan

Was that Republican-backed tax plan evil or what?

At least that’s the official line from Democrats, that the plan is all about lining the pockets of companies and rich people. And how trickle-down economics is a myth invented by Republicans to make you poor and miserable. Democrats have repeated basically the same lines since Andrew Jackson. And the media helps repeat that message over and over.

Not that this tax plan was a brilliant overhaul of the system. It’s a very mediocre plan that could’ve been a lot better. But there is one part of the tax plan, which almost no one has talked about, that is designed to help some of the most economically depressed areas of the country.

This stealthy part of the tax plan is buried on page 130 of the bill. It allows states to designate certain regions within their borders as “Opportunity Zones.” These will be areas with high poverty, unemployment, and slow business growth. Businesses and venture capitalists that invest long-term in these “Opportunity Zones” could save a ton of money through avoiding capital gains taxes.

Over the last five years, the U.S. economy has grown and added jobs, but the growth has been mostly in large cities. From 2010 to 2014 – prime Obama years – more businesses closed in rural America than opened.

Investors will be allowed to create “Opportunity Funds” for the designated zones around the country to seed new businesses, expand existing businesses, or develop real estate. If investors maintain their investment for ten years, they avoid paying capital gains taxes altogether.

The chairman of President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers said if this plan works, “We’ll look back ten years from now and say this was one of the most important parts of the tax bill, and one we didn’t talk nearly enough about.”

There are plenty of ways to be cynical about a provision like this. Maybe it’s a corporate scheme to take rural America for a ride while avoiding taxes. Or maybe it really is what it sounds like – the government actually cracking open a window of opportunity, for private business to do what it’s best at, and in the process help parts of the country that need a boost. What a concept.

The 'Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act' Fails in the Senate

At five months in the womb, babies have 10 fingers and 10 toes. They can yawn and stretch. They can also feel pain.

Despite this scientific fact, the Senate voted against the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” which would ban late-term abortions on babies at 20 weeks.

46 out of 97 Senators decided they wanted to continue the debate on the bill rather than pass it.

It’s not a perfect bill by any measure. It still allows babies conceived by rape or incest to be aborted and it draws a hard line at 20 weeks.

Does that mean a 19 week and six-day-old baby conceived by rape doesn’t feel pain?

That baby absolutely feels pain.

And even if there was some point in the womb where babies don’t feel pain, does that mean it’s ok to kill them? Just because it doesn’t hurt, is it ok to take that life? No. Period. We shouldn’t be dismembering and sucking babies up with a vacuum. Abortion is and always will be a hideous and barbaric act no matter what gestation period it occurs or how that baby came to be.

As a society, we need to reject abortion wholly and completely. But this bill was a step in the right direction.

It showed a glimmer of hope that maybe we are beginning to realize the sheer horror and murder of abortion.

I have no doubt humanity will realize what an atrocity abortion has been.

And that realization will serve as a gruesome blemish on mankind’s history.

Let’s hope we open our eyes sooner rather than later.

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Science did it again. It only took 270 million years, but this week, scientists finally solved the mystery that has kept the world up at night. We finally know where octopuses come from: outer space. That explains why they look like the aliens in just about every alien movie ever made.

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It turns out octopuses were aliens that evolved on another planet. Scientists haven't determined which one yet, but they've definitely narrowed it down to one of the planets in one of the galaxies. Hundreds of millions of years ago (give or take a hundred), these evolved octopus aliens arrived on Earth in the form of cryopreserved eggs. Now, this part is just speculation, but it's possible their alien planet was on the verge of destruction, so Mom and Dad Octopus self-sacrificially placed Junior in one of these cryopreserved eggs and blasted him off the planet to save their kind.

This alien-octopus research, co-authored by a group of 33 scientists, was published in the Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology journal. I'm sure you keep that on your nightstand like I do.

Anyway, these scientists say octopuses evolved very rapidly over 270 million years. Which sounds slow, but in evolutionary terms, 270 million years is like light speed. And the only explanation for their breakneck evolution is that they're aliens. The report says, “The genome of the Octopus shows a staggering level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes — more than is present in Homo sapiens."

Lucky for us, they landed in the water. Otherwise, we might be octopus pets.

They mention that the octopus' large brain, sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies and ability to change color and shape all point to its alien nature. Octopuses developed those capabilities rather suddenly in evolution, whereas we're still trying to figure out the TV remote.

These biological enhancements are so far ahead of regular evolution that the octopuses must have either time-traveled from the future, or “more realistically" according to scientists, crash-landed on earth in those cryopreserved egg thingies. The report says the eggs arrived here in “icy bolides." I had to look up what a “bolide" is, and turns out it's a fancy word for a meteor.

So, to recap: a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, an alien race of octopuses packed their sperm-bank samples in some meteors and shot them toward Earth. Lucky for us, they landed in the water. Otherwise, we might be octopus pets.

President Trump's approval rating is rising, and Democrats — hilariously — can't seem to figure out what's going on. A few months ago Democrats enjoyed a sixteen point lead over Republicans, but now — according to CNN's recent national survey — that lead is down to just THREE points. National data from Reuters shows it as being even worse.

The Democratic advantage moving towards the halfway mark into 2018 shows that Republicans are only ONE point behind. The president's public approval rating is rising, and Democrats are nervously looking at each other like… “umm guys, what are we doing wrong here?"

I'm going to give Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi a little hint. We know that the Left has enjoyed a “special relationship" with the media, but they might want to have a sit down with their propaganda machine. The mainstream media is completely out of control, and Americans are sick of it. We're DONE with the media.

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Look what has been going on just this week. The president called MS-13 gang members animals, but that's not the story the media jumped on. They thought it was more clickable to say that Trump was calling all immigrants animals instead. In the Middle East, the media rushed to vilify Israel instead of Hamas. They chose to defend a terror organization rather than one of our oldest allies.

Think about that. The media is so anti-Trump that they've chosen a violent street gang AND A GLOBAL TERROR ORGANIZATION as their torch-bearing heroes. Come on, Democrats. Are you seriously baffled why the American people are turning their backs on you?

Still not enough evidence? Here's the New York Times just yesterday. Charles Blow wrote a piece called "A Blue Wave of Moral Restoration" where he tried to make the case that the president and Republicans were the enemy, but — fear not — Democrat morality was here to save the day.

Here are some of these cases Blow tries to make for why Trump is unfit to be President:

No person who treats women the way Trump does and brags on tape about sexually assaulting them should be president.

Ok, fine. You can make that argument if you want to, but why weren't you making this same argument for Bill Clinton? Never mind, I actually know the reason. Because you were too busy trying to bury the Juanita Broaddrick story.

Let's move on:

No person who has demonstrated himself to be a pathological liar should be president.

Do the words, “You can keep your doctor" mean anything to the New York Times or Charles Blow? I might have saved the best for last:

No person enveloped by a cloud of corruption should be president.

I can only think of three words for a response to this: Hillary Frigging Clinton.

Try displaying a little consistency.

If the media really wants Donald Trump gone and the Democrats to take over, they might want to try displaying a little consistency. But hey, maybe that's just too much to ask.

How about starting with not glorifying terrorist organizations and murderous street gangs. Could we at least begin there?

If not… good luck in the midterms.

In the weeks following President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the mainstream media was quick to criticize the president's pro-Israel stance and make dire predictions of violent backlash in the Middle East. Fast forward to this week's opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem and the simultaneous Palestinian “protests" in Gaza.

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Predictably, the mainstream media chastised Israel for what they called “state-sanctioned terrorism" when the IDF stepped in to protect their country from so-called peaceful Palestinian protesters. Hamas leaders later admitted that at least 50 of the 62 Palestinians killed in the clashes were Hamas terrorists.

“In our post-modern media age, there is no truth and nobody even seems to be looking for it …. This is shamefully clear in the media especially this week with their coverage of the conflict between the border of Israel and the Gaza strip," said Glenn on today's show. He added, “The main media narrative this week is about how the IDF is just killing innocent protesters, while Hamas officials have confirmed on TV that 50 of the 62 people killed were working for Hamas."

The mainstream media views the Palestinians as the oppressed people who just want to share the land and peacefully coexist with the people of Israel. “They can't seem to comprehend that in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only one side is actively trying to destroy the other," surmised Glenn.

Watch the video above to hear Glenn debunk the “peaceful Palestinian protest" fallacy.

Here are a few headlines regarding the protests in Israel: 'Global protests grow after Israeli killing of Palestinian demonstrators,' the Guardian. 'Israel kills dozens at Gaza Border,' the New York Times. 'Palestinians mourn dead in Gaza as protests continue,' CNN. 'Over 50 Palestinians in massive protest are killed by Israeli military, bloodiest day in Gaza since 2014 war,' ABC News. 'Gaza begins to bury its dead after deadliest day in years,' BBC.

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In each, the spoken or unspoken subject of the sentence and villain of the story is Israel. Innocent Palestinians murdered by the cruel Israelis. This is the narrative that the mainstream media has promulgated. Few have mentioned that the majority of the “protestors" that died were members of Hamas, the militant (and highly anti-Semetic) Sunni-Islamist organization that has been labeled a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department.

A senior Hamas official told reporters that 50 of the 59 people killed in Monday's protests were members of Hamas, and the remainder were “from the people." So…they were all Hamas.

As usual, mention of such membership has been left out of the mainstream media's anti-Israel, pro-Islam narrative.

As usual, mention of such membership has been left out of the mainstream media's anti-Israel, pro-Islam narrative. Maybe they think of Palestinians as underdogs and they love a good scrap. Well, they aren't underdogs. But their outburst have been glorified for so long that it's near impossible to disagree with that narrative.