Saturday, February 16, 2019



This weekend marks the three month anniversary of the Yellow Vests  protests in France and nationwide protests are planned today with a special protest in Paris tomorrow.

The Yellow Vests protests began in response to the tax-economic policies of French President Emmanuel Macron which sharply raised gasoline taxes in the name of combating climate change.

Highways given to private companies to operate and charge tolls created additional high costs especially for rural areas of France.

The Yellow Vests story is on the Breaking News post.....HERE

"California will see you in court" is the response from Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom to President Trump's emergency declaration to erect a barrier on the US-Mexico border.

Trump expected as much when he signed the declaration Friday.  He figures the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will rule against him but he hopes to win on the final appeal to the US Supreme Court.

Former Republican Massachusetts governor William Weld wants to challenge President Trump in 2020.   Weld forming an exploratory committee for a candidacy that would oppose the President for the GOP nomination.

Weld said the Republican Party needs to assume again "the mantle of being the party of Lincoln".

He said the President has brought a "culture of divisiveness" to Washington.

Five are dead in a workplace shooting incident in Aurora. Illinois.    Five police officers wounded,  The perpetrator shot dead by the police.

He has just been fired from his job.

General Joseph Votel, commander of US Central Command, which includes forces in Syria, says the US should not withdrawal its troops from Syria as ordered by President Trump.

He believes more needs to be done to defeat ISIS and that he would not have recommended the withdrawal to President Trump.

Votel made his comments to CNN.

The President said at the Rose Garden of the White House Friday that by today important announcements will be made in regards to Syria.

The Lebanese al-Manar TV channel reported Friday that US forces pulled out of key base in northeastern Syria in recent days.

A summit between the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey on the future of Syria with agreement that the territorial integrity of Syria must be respected.

After the Thursday meeting in Sochi, Russia Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Turkey and Russia have agreed to clear Idlib province in northern Syria of jihadist groups.   He said "No" when asked if that meant a military operation.

A sudden middle of the night meeting led to a delay in Nigeria's presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for today. 

The Independent National Electoral Commission says the delay till next Saturday is needed to ensure a free and fair vote.

Both of the countries major political parties, the All Progressives Congress and  People's Democratic Party, came out following the announcement accusing the other of trying to manipulate the vote.

There have been incidents in recent weeks of election offices being burned with thousands of card readers and voter cards being destroyed.

A sudden election call Friday from Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.  Voters will go to the polls on April 28th.

Socialist Sanchez called the election after he was unable to get parliament to pass his budget.    His party only has 84 seats in the 350 seat parliament.

Trade talks between the US and China will resume in the United States next week after this week's talks in China.

No agreement yet with the US warning that very difficult issues remain to be resolved.

The US will impose higher tariffs on Chinese goods if an agreement is not reached by March 1st.

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is recommending 19 to 24 years in prison for President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Manafort was found to be breaking an agreement to cooperate with Mueller investigation.   Manafort has been found guilty of wrongdoing in connection with lobbying work he did for the government of Ukraine.

The Special Prosecutor also calling for a 50-thousand to 24 million dollar fine against Manafort.

Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who kneeled for the national anthem, has reached a legal settlement with NFL owners.   Kaepernick accused the owners of collusion against him after his protest on the field over violence by police against black people.

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid has also settled a collusion complaint with the NFL.

A joint statement by lawyers on both sides Friday says the terms of the settlement are confidential.

Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler out with a statement Friday evening responding to left-wing  accusations of collusion between the police and "right-wing extremists".  It's all about a Portland police lieutenant's text messaging with Patriot Prayer Group leader Joey Gibson.

Patriot Prayer protesting frequently in Portland with leftists including Antifa confronting them.

Wheeler's statement in part reads:

"First and foremost: Chief (Danielle) Outlaw and I are going to implement training for the Portland Police Bureau around how to identify white supremacy based on the recommendation of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, Council on American-Islamic Relations Oregon and the Western States Center..."

Wheeler also said there will be an independent investigation into any bias from the Portland Police in favor of groups on the Right.

Two brothers from Nigeria who worked with actor-singer Jussie Smollett, were held for questioning in an attack on Smollett.

Smollett alleges he was attacked by two white men who alluded to President Trump's signature slogan "Make America Great Again".    He says they left a noose around his neck.

The two Nigerian men were taken into custody when they arrived in Chicago Wednesday night.  The brothers work as extras on the "Empire" series and worked out at the gym with Smollett.


Sources said to be within the Chicago Police have told the media they believe the alleged attack was a hoax but that was contradicted by top Chicago Police officials in recent days.

The attack on Smollett is being described as "racist and homophobic".

(BREAKING NEWS:  The Vatican announced Saturday that Cardinal and Washington Archbishop Theodore McCarrick has been defrocked.     Pope Francis has made the move following sexual abuse allegations recognizing the decision of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the matter to return McCarrick "to the secular state".)

The Vatican's representative in France being investigated for sexual assault.

Archbishop Luigi Ventura, the apostolic nuncio, is accused by a Paris City Hall employee of repeatedly touching his buttocks using more force on later occasions with the third and final incident being witnessed by other City Hall employees.

And that's the way it really is on this Saturday morning February 16th, 2019.

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