Racist Christmas Trees and Bringin’ Home the Bacon
Ahoy to all of you out there and welcome to our USA Really daily podcast for December 7. Every year on this day we remember a pretty major event in US history, which we’ll talk about in our history piece. And besides that, we’ve got a ton of articles to run through, so get ready for a ton of newsy fun!
And now, before we jump into the articles, don’t forget that our Global Democracy Award contest has been EXTENDED until December 31, giving you another month to get us your original works about the US government’s interference in other countries! This is a serious contest, offering thousands of dollars to the winners! And we also still have our Zuckerberg Wanted action going, where we’re looking for solid evidence of the government enforcing illegal censorship online, and especially on social networks. If you have something solid, you could find yourself the happy owner of several thousands of dollars, so check this out now!
And let’s jump into the articles with today’s opinion piece It’s called “Betrayed not Betrothed,” and it’s by Charles Lee Gillenwater. It’s on everyone’s favorite topic of RussiaGate witch hunting! CAUSE THE RUSSIANS ARE EVILLLLLL. He writes: “The latest development in the RussiaGate saga, which has kept America spellbound for over a year, are recirculated rumors of an impending arrest of Republican-operative Paul Erickson for his role in the Russian meddling of the 2016 election. Erickson, the strange, if not estranged, lover of the alleged Russian spy Maria Butina, was notified, way back in September, by federal investigators that he may be charged under Title 18 U.S.C. 951: Agents of foreign governments.” Yup, he could be charged with conspiring, but he’s refusing to testify before the US Senate Intelligence Committee that had tricked his girlfriend into making statements they could later use against her. While it appears that Paul Erickson is a poor businessman, and an irresponsible custodian of money, we will have to wait and see how this drama plays out. Will he betray his lover, yielding to a burden of enormous debts and criminal charges of fraud, passing bad-checks, or maybe even Treason, choosing instead to take a plea deal to save his own skin, one which requires him to implicate Ms. Butina, even if she is innocent? Will Ms. Butina experience betrayal instead of betrothal?
Next up is our “This Day in History” piece, and today we’ve got a MAJOR event for you, and you’d better know what it is, I shouldn’t even have to tell you. On this day in 1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. And I’m not even going to give you any details on it, BECAUSE YOU SHOULD KNOW. 5 years later in 1946 was the Winecoff Hotel fire—the deadliest hotel fire in US history, with 119 victims. This occurred in Atlanta, by the way. Thankfully there were people who managed to escape by jumping out the window into firemen’s nets. And in 1993, there was the Long Island Railroad shooting. In all, 6 were killed and 19 wounded, but it could have been worse had the shooter not been stopped by other passengers. The guy got over 300 years in the slammer, thank God.
And have you heard about PETA’s latest idiotic campaign, where they’re trying to get us to give up age-old saying like “bring home the bacon,” and “beat a dead horse?” Yah, stupid, cause those are like soooo specieist, they say. Anyways, Sen. Orrin Hatch had a pretty cool response: He shared a video of him enjoying some yummy bacon with some fun music playing over it. Other users responded with some fun memes and pics of their own. Then this piece breaks down the stupidity of PETA’s suggestions for new phraseology, so be sure to check it out for all the details!
Next up: “How Many Will They Have to Kill to Disarm Americans?” California Congressman Eric Swalwell has a plan for stopping gun violence—basically instituting a mandatory gun buyback program like they had in Australia. If the buyback is mandatory, then what happens when people resist, as we know they will? How much force will be used? Didn’t this happen in MD just like two weeks ago? A guy resisted and was killed in his own home. This piece has a whole lot on guns for you—their history in America, stats on how many people and households have them now, and an analysis of the prospects of Swalwell’s proposed program.
And here’s a fun story about parenting: Some girl was suspended from riding the bus to school twice for being a bully, so when she told her dad he’d have to drive her to school, he instead made her walk all the way to school, while he drove behind her, videotaping and making comments about bullying and parenting advice. He got lots of positive comments on social media, although some negative ones, of course.
Aaaaand, we haven’t had enough racist accusations lately, have we? Well here’s one: “Cops Put on Leave Over “Racist” Christmas Tree Decorations.” The tree was littered with police tape, an empty can of Steel Reserve malt liquor, a cup from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, bags of Takis chips and packs of Newport cigarettes, and the two Minnesota cops responsible have been placed on leave. Of course, Black Lives Matter people and the like are flippin’ their crap. Sure, the cops were dumb, but people sure do love to overreact.
Next up is Part 19 of “Voting Problems, Fraud, Scandals Plague Polling Places Across America” and this time it’s about Maine. This one’s probably our longest report in the series yet. There’s a little bit of every kind of corruption, violation, and plain ol’ dumbness. Check out this piece if you want to think really negatively about Maine.
Next up, “Trump’s Labor Secretary Under Fire.” Miami Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was accused ten years ago of sexually abusing dozens of girls in Florida, but after a secret agreement with the prosecution he merely visited prison. The then-Public Prosecutor, Alexander Acosta, is now Labor Secretary for the Trump administration and some are asking for his resignation. An online petition calling for Acosta's resignation had nearly 70,000 signatures on Thursday. "What Acosta did when the Epstein case fell on his desk is reprehensible in the pre and post era #MeToo," one newspaper said.
Aaaand, if there aren’t enough pedophile Catholic priests in America, well, one of them has been living in the Philippines for a few decades and doing his pedophilia thing there. Hendricks, 77, faces charges of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places, a federal crime that could result in up to 30 years in prison. The case is being run by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Ohio — where Hendricks was previously based. So far, the authorities have identified 10 victims — including four who came forward at a town hall meeting held in the Philippines. One victim told agents the priest sexually abused him numerous times, starting in 2012, when he was around 12. Another said he was first abused when he was seven. So sick.
Next up, we’ve got a USA Really exclusive video. Year after the year the United States beats all other countries in having the highest rate of incarceration in the world. According to a 2018 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) over 2.2 million adults were held behind bars at the end of 2016. People of color & native Americans make up the majority of those imprisoned. George Szamuely, a senior fellow at The Global Policy Institute has researched incarceration trends in the US and abroad. Check it all out at “Prison Industrial Complex.”
Next up is a shocker of a headline: “Trump's Team Takes Daughter of Chinese Billionaire “Hostage”.” The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Deputy General Director and at the same time financial Director of Huawei Corporation, caused joy and ecstasy within the American political and media elite. If to believe the CNN sources, part of the Trump administration believes that this arrest can be used as a "lever of pressure" on Beijing in negotiations on trade issues, which means that the US leadership has finally moved to a means of solving international issues that is more typical of terrorist organizations than self-respecting civilized states. Someone may think that this is literally a "power move" on the part of the Trump administration, but in this case, we believe, the Trump administration rather harms long-term American interests and this harm does not depend on any tactical benefits that the US may or may not receive due to the arrest in Canada of the top Manager of the flagship of the Chinese Telecom industry.
Next up, we’ve got some “Frightening Prison Statistics.” Nearly half of all American adults have an immediate family member who has experienced incarceration, according to a study published on Thursday that spotlights the extent of mass imprisonment in the US. The population of the US is less than 5% of the world's population. However, the US accounts for a quarter of all prisoners on Earth. With 710 prisoners per 100,000 people, the US incarceration rate is far ahead of Western democracies – 147 in Britain, 118 in Canada, 108 in Belgium and 98 in France. That’s a lot of friggin’ prisoners, eh?
Then here’s something that I knew nothing about—apparently cops can take people’s personal property if they suspect it was somehow used in a crime—like if you used your car to sell drugs—then they sell it and use the money how they want! What a racket! Texas police got more than $50 million this way last year. Even if the person isn’t eventually charged with a crime, the cops don’t have to give your stuff back. People often spend ridiculous amounts of time and money to get their stuff back. What a crappy situation.
Aaaaand we end this day with Part 20 of our “Voting Problems, Fraud, Scandals Plague Polling Places Across America” series, and this time it’s about Massachusetts. You guys know the drill here—it’s the same in every state, but check it out if you’re interested in the details.
Alright kiddos, with that we pack it in for the night. We wish you a good weekend. Thanks for listening, thanks for reading, and keep it right here for all the news you need to know.