Ukraine in flames and the Clintons and Trump Behind Bars?
Hello out there in internet land and welcome back to our USA Really daily podcast, with today’s edition for December 10. We’ve made it through yet another weekend, and who doesn’t love that little extra chance to catch up on sleep? It’s pretty necessary. As you well know, however, the news doesn’t take a nap, so we’ve got all that good info for you to fill your ears on this wintery Monday.
But you know what we have to do first: 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, today we have again an entry in the contest. We’re always happy to get your original compositions, so keep them coming! Today it’s “Ukraine: US-installed Fascist Tyranny in Europe’s Heartland” by Stephen Lendman, and it was submitted for the Best Essay category. He begins: “Ukraine matters. Its territory is Europe’s largest after Russia’s. It borders seven countries in Europe’s heartland – Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Russia. It shares a strategically important 1,500-long land and sea border with the Russian Federation.” Now this is a topic that really interests me, because, living in Russia, the turmoil in Ukraine is of course a great concern to us. Russians are Ukrainians are brothers, despite the hateful rhetoric coming from the Ukrainian government, and it’s sad to see how the US has a direct hand in the enmity that is constantly being stoked there. Lendman continues: “The Obama regime’s February 2014 coup d’etat replaced democratic governance in Kiev with Nazi-infested tyranny. Political crisis continues to grip the continent since that time, flashpoint conditions risking East/West confrontation. Obama bears full responsibility for what happened.” But what are all the implications of US involvement and where’s it taking Europe and particularly Russian-Ukrainian relations? Check out this piece to find out!
Then let’s rock some history for all o’ y’all out there. First we have our “This Weekend in History” piece. First up, on December 8, 1941, President Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress and 81% of American homes tuned in on the radio. What’d he say? He spoke about the previous day’s terrible Pearl Harbor attack, of course. Within an hour, Congress had formally declared war on Japan. And on December 9, 1775, the Battle of Great Bridge in the Southern Theater of the Revolutionary War was fought. This was one of the important clashes of the early period of the American Revolutionary War. The victory achieved by the colonial Virginia militia forces led to the departure of Royal Governor Lord Dunmore and any remaining vestiges of British power over the Colony of Virginia during the early days of the conflict. And, on December 9, 1872, P. B. S. Pinchback became the first black governor of Louisiana. To be honest, a date that early kind of blows my mind! Of course, get all the details on these events in the full piece.
Then there’s our “This Day in History” piece for today. On this day in 1884, a great book was published—The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, on this day in 1898, the Treaty of Paris between the US and Spain was signed, to end the war between them that occurred that year, and on this day in 1906, Teddy Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the Russo-Japanese War. All the details on all these events are here for you in the piece!
And let’s kick off the news with our sweet piece, “Whistleblower epidemic across America yields $168 million in awards.” Apparently there’s a government program where you can make BIG bucks for providing important info on crimes and what not. They’ve awarded more than $326 million to 59 individuals since the beginning of the program apparently. DANG! I need to up my spy and detective skills and find some secret info I can share! And the most tips come from California, New York, Texas, Florida, and New Jersey.
And in no surprise to anyone at all, the Democrats are still going after Trump with everything they can. There’s now talk that he will face jail time after he leaves office, since, many say a sitting president can’t be indicted. And, you know, if they can’t get him on Russian collusion or daring to build a Trump building in Moscow, then they’ll get him for supposedly paying off two more women to keep hush about affairs. It’s amazing how little civility, how little class the Left has. Now, I’m not saying Trump is some great, decent human being, but these people are like ravenous wolves, and they’ll stop at nothing. “There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him — that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the very real prospect of jail time,” California Democratic congressman Adam Schiff, incoming chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday. What a bunch of loons. Check it all out in our piece, “Trump could face jail time once he leaves office.”
Economic growth has been the defining feature of a historic global success story spanning the past 75 years. Even with its limitations, globalization has lifted more than 1 billion people out of poverty and delivered unprecedented improvements in virtually all areas of human development. However, in recent years, the banner of globalism has fallen from the hands of the United States. China tried to catch it. But it does so very carefully and still does not know where and how it will carry it. In 2018, trade, more than any other policy area, was “disrupted.” To prevent backsliding, the focus must shift from aggregate growth to inclusive growth. The gains from growth must accrue not just to those at the top, but to those at all income levels, and not just to global corporations, but to small and medium-sized businesses as well. But all this leaves us with the question: “Who will pick up the banner of globalism?”
And it looks like it could be some hard knocks for the Clintons coming soon, and dear God, we know they deserve them. I did just recently hear that their multi-city speaking tour was canceled because of abysmal ticket sales. Perhaps the world is finally ready to tell them that we don’t care anymore. They’ve been in the spotlight for far too long. Plus, donations to the Clinton Foundation plummeted by 90% over the three-year period since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to President Trump. But that may be the least of their worries. The rats had already run off her sinking ship and she now has many reasons to lose sleep. The former Chief Financial Officer of the Clinton Foundation has turned on the crime family and is now working as a government informant. This could spell doom for the Clinton Crime Family. Our piece, “Chickens Coming Home to Roost: Chief Financial Officer of Clinton Foundation Turns Government Informant on Crime Family” has all the juicy and yummy details for you, so be sure to check this one out!
And the world is increasingly packing heat—everyone is manufacturing and loading up on guns and other military supplies, like airplanes. The total sales of the 100 largest arms companies in 2017 amounted to $398.2 billion--2.5% more than in 2016 and 44% more than in 2002. But who’s in the lead for spending? Well, the US, of course. US companies hold more than half of the world market share for military equipment, and the American company Lockheed Martin remains the undisputed leader among the world's 100 largest defense companies. With sales amounting to $44 billion, Lockheed Martin leads the SIPRI ranking by a wide margin. BUT, those darn Russians are loading up too, we’d better be careful! Oh, and the Chinese don’t publish reliable enough information to be included in these stats, so who KNOWS what they’re up to! Check it all out in our piece, “SIPRI: US dwarfs rest of world in armaments production.”
Alright kids, that’ll do it for our news for today. As always, let’s take a look at tomorrow’s opinion piece before wrapping up the podcast for today. It’s called “The Christmas Season as Preparation” and it’s by Jesse Dominick. In this piece he looks at the traditional Christian practice of preparing for holidays beforehand and celebrating them afterwards, and at this Advent period in particular as our way to prepare to meet Christ on His Nativity. Of course, our modern society has us celebrating Christmas already two months before it even happens—with Christmas parties and all kinds of things in the weeks leading up to the holiday itself. But, as we know from the name, the point of the holiday is Christ Himself, and to meet God, well, that requires some preparation. Check out this piece tomorrow to find out more about how to do that.
And with that, ladies and gentlemen, we wrap up for the night. I hope you’re all doing well out there, and as always, thanks for listening, thanks for reading, and keep it right here for all the news you need to know.