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Is the Electorate Really Informed?
by Michael Swartz  
 dirty cop-Mueller Moves for Forfeiture
Order to Seize Manafort Assets
{} ~ Attorneys for special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller moved on Friday for an order to seize assets that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort... purchased with funds he hid from U.S. authorities in foreign bank accounts. dirty cop-Mueller's attorneys submitted a court document as part of Manafort's plea agreement asking  Judge Amy Berman Jackson to grant a request to seize five properties in New York owned by Manafort as well as a life insurance policy and three bank accounts. Forfeiture of the assets identified as part of Manafort's scheme to hide millions of dollars made lobbying for pro-Russia parties in Ukraine was agreed upon in a plea agreement Manafort signed with dirty cop-Mueller's team last month. Manafort signed the deal and agreed to cooperate with dirty cop-Mueller's team to avoid a second trial in Washington, D.C., after a jury found him guilty on eight counts in a separate trial in northern Virginia in August "The defendant admitted to the forfeiture allegations in the Information and agreed that the following property constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to the offense alleged in Count One," the court document states, while noting that two of the New York properties were substitutes for assets unable to be seized by the government... The dirty cop is sure a dirty cop.
The Best Pro-Kavanaugh Speech You Will Ever Hear
{} ~ Republicans look to have enough votes to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Sen. rino-Susan Collins said she would back him in a speech on the Senate floor Friday... Speaking on the Senate floor, rino-Collins went over all the arguments against Kavanaugh, including his judicial record and the allegations of sexual assault. She explained her thought process and why these arguments did not hold merit in her eyes. rino-Collins said while she believed Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged Kavanaugh groped her when they were teens, was assaulted by someone at some point, her allegations “fail to meet the ‘more likely than not'” standard. She said the witnesses who Ford said were there couldn’t corroborate any of her claims that Kavanaugh was the one who assaulted her and didn’t remember the party. Watch rino-Collins present her reasons for voting “yes” for Brett Kavanaugh:
Trump considering firing Air Force
secretary over 'Space Force' position
{} ~ President Trump is considering firing the secretary of the Air Force after the midterm elections over her handling of his proposed "Space Force,"... according to a report Thursday. Citing three unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter, Foreign Policy reported that Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has angered Trump and Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan with a perceived campaign to undermine Trump’s order to stand up the new military branch. “Shanahan hates her guts, and Defense Secretary James Mattis is lukewarm at best,” one source told the publication. The Air Force referred The Hill to the White House and the Office of the Secretary of Defense for comment. "There is no discussion by the President to oust Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson - all reporting to the contrary is simply false," White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in an email. In a separate statement, chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White called the report "nonsense."...
Iran's Economy Is on the Verge of Collapse
by Babak Vaziri, Sina Nahavandi, and Andi Frouzeche
{} ~ Many economics experts believe that Iran is entrenched in a financial death spiral... Officials within the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) claim that the gravity of economic crisis there is overstated. Furthermore, Islamist regime-sponsored lobby factions in the United States, such as the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), argue that fiscal predicaments the country is facing are consequences of malign U.S. policies toward the Iranian regime, including the enforcement of crippling economic sanctions. The truth is, precarious economic circumstances in Iran have been primarily – if not exclusively – triggered by a plethora of iniquitous economic policies adopted by the regime. This is evident by various indicators. The conversion rate of Iranian rial (IRR) to foreign currencies is one of the most important tools by which the country's economic well being can be gauged. The IRR has lost its value by nearly 70% since April 2018, a month before U.S. president Donald J. Trump reimposed sanctions on the Iranian regime over its rogue nuclear activities.  In order to uncover the reasons behind the pervasive devaluation of Iran's currency, it is important to examine key factors that influence the exchange rates. There are at least 7 factors that influence the value of any foreign currency, including the U.S. dollar (USD): inflation rate, interest rates, the country's current account, public debt, terms of trade, political stability, and rents (a to f)...
Germany Seeks Skilled Migrants
by Soeren Kern
{} ~ After months of wrangling, Germany's coalition government has reached an agreement on the key points of a new immigration law... one that is aimed at filling labor shortages and stabilizing the public pension system by encouraging the immigration of skilled workers from outside the European Union. The new law, which will tighten restrictions on the immigration of unskilled workers, is a tacit admission that Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door migration policy, which has allowed into Germany more than a million mostly unskilled migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, has failed to resolve the country's most pressing demographic challenges and labor shortages. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU), Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) and Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) presented the compromise agreement during a joint press conference in Berlin on October 2. The so-called  Fachkräftezuwanderungsgesetz (Law on Immigration of Skilled Workers) would waive existing requirements for companies to give preference to German or EU citizens when filling job vacancies. Specifically, it would allow companies to recruit non-EU (Drittstaaten) citizens in all economic sectors, provided that those recruits are qualified for the job and have satisfactory German language skills...
Is the Electorate Really Informed?
by Michael Swartz:  While last week we were singing the praises of Millennials for staying together in matrimony, one area where they’re falling short is the understanding of our basic system of government. Then again, they’re not alone: According to a survey conducted for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, just one in three Americans could pass a 10-question test derived from the U.S. Citizenship Test, which is required of all immigrants who wish to become American citizens. Tellingly, those under age 45 had just a 19% passage rate, meaning that fewer than one in five could answer six or more of the 10 questions correctly. (On the other hand, respondents over 65 had a 74% passage rate.)

             “Unfortunately this study found the average American to be woefully uninformed regarding America’s history and incapable of passing the U.S. Citizenship Test,” said Foundation president Arthur Levine. “It would be an error to view these findings as merely an embarrassment,” Levine warned. “Knowledge of the history of our country is fundamental to maintaining a democratic society, which is imperiled today.”
               Regular readers will recall that we’ve sounded this alarm bell before, particularly when Constitution Day comes around. All kidding about “Civics for Dummies” aside, though, ignorance of the basic tenets of our government leaves our citizenry vulnerable to abuse by those people who realize how simple it is to game the system to their advantage. “We don’t need a citizenry made up of constitutional experts,” wrote our own Brian Mark Weber, “but how can we expect voters to make informed decisions if they know next to nothing about our system of government or their rights under the Constitution?
               It’s almost too easy to blame the educational system, whether it’s the replacement of traditional American history by “New Civics” classwork at the college level or a lack of emphasis in high school — a glaring deficiency that prompted the scumbag/liar-nObama administration to simply stop measuring the lack of progress in teaching these subjects. Noteworthy was a 2012 Tufts University study, which found that while most states required a basic civics course for high-school graduation, only eight had a civics portion as part of mandated testing to graduate. Moreover, the remaining tests were becoming easier, having dropped their short-answer and essay requirements in favor of simpler multiple-choice questions. Those 2012 students are today donning the civics dunce cap.
               Picking up on the admonition of the Woodrow Wilson Institute, the editors at The Wall Street Journal are correct in stating flatly: “It’s embarrassing.
               When just 13% of Americans can recall when the Constitution was ratified — most said 1776, meaning they can’t keep the Constitution and Declaration of Independence straight — and 60% don’t know which countries the United States fought in World War II, woe is us. And is it merely comical or downright shameful that “only 24% can identify something that Ben Franklin was famous for, and 37% credit him for having invented the light bulb.” In Millennial-speak: “OMG!
               With Election Day less than a month away — in fact, early voting has already begun in a few select states — this study should be yet another wake-up call to ratchet up our awareness a few notches. Unfortunately, subjects that don’t lend themselves to becoming popular iPhone apps aren’t high on the Millennial priority list — and, hey, they don’t mind socialism anyway.
               Barbie once complained that “math class is tough.” Maybe so, but try convincing today’s education establishment that it’s important to properly teach our young people about the Constitution and the role of government. Given these latest dismal results, it’s time to take on this toughest of tasks.

~The Patriot Post  

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Comment by Rudy Tirre on October 8, 2018 at 8:06am


Our government had done alot of this misgiving to our education. We have to start with our elected offices to get it done right, especially in out states. 

Comment by Bonnie Somer on October 8, 2018 at 4:35am





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