Fri, 20 April 2018
You what to know how messed up our government is? Keep reading.
Before leaving is post-Comey shared three personal memos documenting conversations he had with Trump. Two of those documents were unclassified and one was classified. Comey went to the effort of redacting the classified portion of the memo of concern even though he had the power to declassify the information of interest in that memo.
Now that he's left the FBI someone else has changed the classification of one of the memos now claiming its content is classified.
The Justice Department is now looking into the issue to determine if Comey shared classified information with his friend.
Now keep in mind the information WAS NOT classified when he shared it but apparently, he can still be charged if the classification is changed later. (yeah WTF? That's what I said)
This is our legal system today.
Thu, 19 April 2018
I've got a bunch of stuff in the stack today, but at the end of today's episode, I discuss a question I get a lot. "What's your view on the death penalty?"
Libertarians are generally united in their opposition to the death penalty but why? Are there times when it's acceptable to kill someone for their crimes? What are they?
I'll discuss all of it on the show today.
Great show today and it's good to be back.
Tue, 17 April 2018
If there was ever a new story that deserved to be omitted the headlines, it's the admission by Michael Cohen's lawyers that Sean Hannity is a client.
There is some question as to whether or not Hannity is actually a client but even if he is what does that mean? Answer: Absolutely nothing.
As a regular listener of this show, you know there is no love lost between Hannity and myself. But this is rediculous. Rachel Maddow would have you believe this is a bombshell. MSNBC is using terms like "shocked" and "floored" to describe the courtroom admission.
In the world of real journalism, this is a non-story. Unfortunately, real journalism is dead in America.
Mon, 16 April 2018
So, Trump was nice enough to wait until I was making dinner to drop bombs on Syria, so I didn't have time to talk about it on Friday. So today I'll give you my thoughts on that fiasco.
Great discussions today plus a very exciting announcement at the top and bottom of the show.
Fri, 13 April 2018
It seems ridiculous to even ask. "Of course robots are not people!" But, since it's Friday, I thought I'd spend a little time challenging the idea.
While I will admit, robots are not human the question about life remains. What constitutes life? If we're talking about humans or animals, we might use the standard of a heartbeat which I have used many times when discussing infants in the womb. But is this the only way to classify life?
I want to dig into this a little and have a bit of a philosophical discussion. It's something we don't do much on the show, but given the fact that the EU is proposing giving legal status to robots it seems worthy of discussion.
Smash cut to the Russian defense minister who, in a statement said, "We have evidence that proves Britain was directly involved in organizing this provocation."
But again, if the Russians have evidence, they're not sharing it. So who's telling the truth? Probably no one.
Enjoy the weekend! Don't forget to share!
Thu, 12 April 2018
I haven't Jeffrey in a few years, and it was so great to have him in the studio today.
Jeffrey is a WEALTH of knowledge on everything from Bitcoin to foreign policy, and I always learn something after talking with him.
Today we cover a variety of issues ranging from the future of Bitcoin to Trump's economic, foreign policy. I know you're going to get a lot out of it.
Wed, 11 April 2018
The USS Truman carrier strike group with a complement of 7 warships has set sail for Syria. Although it will take them a couple of weeks to get there, the movement has already initiated a response.
Russia has deployed 11 battleships out of the port in Syria for what they are claiming are "military training exercises." Of course, this is nonsense.
But what will the carrier group do when they get to Syria? Will Trump launch an attack? Prime Minister Theresa May has already said publicly they require more evidence (read ANY evidence) that a chemical attack took place while the Russias are claiming they are already on the ground and found no evidence an attack took place.
In a den of thieves and liars, who's telling the truth? Probably none of them. You certainly don't want to trust any of them.
Tue, 10 April 2018
You could see this coming.
John Bolton joins the Trump inner circle, a chemical attack goes off in Syria, and Nikky Haley goes on record saying America will act even if the security council does not.
Is it any shock some people don't agree?
There is no evidence a chemical attack even happened. We have video of a bombing, we have dead and injured, but there has been no evidence chemical weapons were used.
Meanwhile, the investigation into Trump's activities continues. The investigation has now expanded into his lawyer's actions. Yesterday the FBI raided Michel Cohen's offices looking for dirt on his $130,000 payoff of porn star Stormy Daniels.
What a mess!
Finally, China's president Xi said in a speech that China intends to reduce tariffs on the automobile industry this year and wants to open up China, making it freer and more accessible.
Is this validation of Trump's heavy-handed foreign policy or is it another tactic China is using to gain the upper hand?
Mon, 9 April 2018
If you remember, back in February, on this very show I reported on a little-known statement by Secretary of Defense Mattis that the US had "no evidence" Assad used chemical weapons against his people.
That didn't stop them from launching an attack on a Syrian airbase just after Trump took office.
Today we find out the US is again accusing Assad of using chemical weapons and again has no evidence to back it up.
Apparently, there was an attack on a rebel-controlled area of Syria as Assad works to root out the last vestiges of resistance, but there appear to be no evidence the attack used chemical weapons.
Even Fox News is being cautious, referring to an "alleged chemical attack."
And let us not forget, this accusation comes on the heels of a meeting between Turkey, Iran, and Russia over how best to stabilize Syria.
From the beginning, the US has been anything but a good faith actor, and this latest accusation is far too convenient to dismiss out of hand.
Fri, 6 April 2018
If you've been listening to this show for the past few months, yesterdays announcement did not come as a surprise.
Let's review the history...
- Trump decides to impose $50 Billion in tariffs as retaliation against Chinese intellectual property theft.
- China immediately responds with $50 Billion of new tariffs on US goods including soybeans and cars.
- Trump responds by asking for an additional 100 Billion in tariffs on Chinese goods.
So what's next? Well, you can expect China to respond in kind. America has no leverage. It's the reason none of the tariffs have gone into effect yet. China knows this. The question is, who's going to blink first?
If nobody blinks, we'll be looking at an all-out trade war, and both parties are doing a lot of saber-rattling.
Finally, The DJI is off almost 600 points as of this writing and Trump thinks all this pain will be good for us. Let's hope he's right.