The Congressional Freak Show Involving Climate Change, Population Growth, and the Border Wall

The Congressional Freak Show will come to an end on November 6,2018.  Then, you must wait two years for the next Congressional Freak show.  In order to assist our readers, will address some issues discussed by the Democrat Crooks and the Republican Crooks.

The Democrat crooks are greatly concerned with climate change even though most Democrat candidates have little or no basic knowledge of this issue.  Lacking basic knowledge did not stop the Democrat crooks from offering “solutions” for climate change and global warming.  Their two main ideas are: 1) the Carbon tax, and 2) CO2 sequestration.  Both ideas are sophomoric and unworkable so I was not surprised that the Democrat Crooks thought of them.  Both of the unworkable ideas involve increasing taxation so I was not surprised that the Democrat party was receptive to them.

Rather than discussing the gross stupidity of these two taxing ideas, I believe that it might be better to state some scientific facts that are 100% accepted by all scientists.  About 75,000 years ago, life including human life was almost destroyed. It is estimated that only 5% of life forms survived when a huge eruption happened in Indonesia.  The eruption, known as Toba, was so massive that it became the most powerful volcanic event in the history of the earth. The force was so great that 670 cubic miles of rocks, dirt, lava, and ash were blown into the earth’s atmosphere.  Malaysia and an area now known as India and adjacent regions were covered with volcanic ash up to thirty-five feet deep.  The toxic smoke from this event spread all over our planet and destroyed almost all life forms. The explosion was followed by a volcanic winter which killed more life forms. Sadly an event like this could happen again tomorrow.  Understanding this event is basic to understanding climate change.

Scientists have found that 99.9% of all life forms on earth eventually became extinct. Scientists know for certain that five major extinction events have happened on earth where 90% or more of known life forms were destroyed.  So, how much money should U.S. citizens pay to save the snail darter, a small fish ?

President Trump recently started the idea of a ” Space Force. ” Knowingly or unknowingly, the space force idea may be of great help in saving life on earth.  Today scientists know that there are thousands of NEOs ( Near Earth Objects ) that cross the orbit of earth and threaten mankind.  Having a permanent station on the moon will help scientists gain valuable information about the universe and also allow scientists to possibly prevent an asteroid from striking earth and destroying our planet.

I believe that earth has already exceeded its carrying capacity and that the exponential growth in humans is the number one problem in the world today.  World population reduction without the use of war, starvation, and disease should be a goal for our world and our country.  Presently over two Billion humans exist on the equivalent of two dollars per day or less.

This brings the discussion to the border wall that helped elect President Trump in 2016. Lets look at some facts. There are rich countries and there are poor countries.  The way to assess the wealth of a country is by the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP ) per each person by computing an average.  The four poorest countries in the world are the Central African Republic with a GDP/Capita of $652. The second poorest is the Republic of the Congo with a GDP/Capita of $773.  Brundi is third with $$814 and Liberia is fourth with $855.  Contrast these numbers with: Switzerland with a GDP/Capita of $61,360. The United States with $59,500. The Netherlands with $$53,580, and Iceland with $52,150.

People all over the world living in poverty in poor countries would like to leave and cross a border into one of the wealthier countries.  The great divide is between the Democrat Party and the Republican Party on exactly this issue.  The Democrat Party is against a border wall between the U.S., a rich country, and Mexico a poorer country.  The Democrat Party has gone so far as to create sanctuary regions in the U.S. for both illegal immigrants and even illegal immigrants who have committed crimes.  The Republican party, especially those who support President Trump, believe that a wall will reduce illegal immigration and crime.

By using their power in congress, the Democrat party has prevented most construction needed to build a wall. The Democrat Crooks state that they are concerned with the welfare of the people who wish to cross our border.  Now I do not have room to list all of the millionaires who are members of congress. This includes both the Democrat crooks and the Republican crooks.  The hypocrisy of the Democrat Crooks is absolutely appalling.  Many multi-millionaire Democrat congressional members live in huge mansions with many rooms.  These mansions are often located  in developments that are surrounded by high cement walls that are guarded by armed security 24 hours a day and cars must have laser ID stickers to enter.  If these Democrats are so concerned about helping the poor who wish to live in America, why don’t they invite five or six impoverished immigrants to live in their mansions in their spare bedrooms?

The Democrat crooks and the Republican crooks will continue their battle until the Congressional Freak show ends on November 6,2018. While I can not state that the Republican Crooks are better or worse than the Democrat Crooks,  I support all republicans who stand with President Trump.  The U.S. needs a border wall and it is a testament to the incompetency of congress that a border wall was not constructed 35 years ago.

R. Van Conoley  ( Editor’s Note: I have a great deal of respect for the American voter.  Many of the so called middle class voters are extremely well informed.  Both the super-rich Republicans and the super-rich Democrats have used illegal immigration for their own Nefarious purposes until Donald Trump was elected President.  Trump has given the working middle income citizens in the U.S. a voice and will make America great again. )

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U.S. Congressional Projections – 2018

The U.S. Commerce Department reported on July 27,2018, that the U.S. gross domestic product grew at 4.1% in the second quarter of 2018.  President Trump hailed the data as proof that his economic policies were working.

The 4.1% GDP growth rate is extremely good news for republican candidates seeking election in 2018.  This growth rate is the best in over a decade.  President Trump declared: ” We are the economic envy of the entire world. ”

This new economic data helps republican candidates seeking election in the 2018 Congressional elections.  Historical records indicate that the party out of power, the Democrat party, has gained congressional seats in Mid-Term elections like 2018.  However, the party not in power has lost seats in Mid-Term elections when the party in power has powerful economic growth like the 2018 results.

R. Van Conoley

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North Dakota Senate Projection In July, 2018 is following four U.S. Senate races. The four “toss-up” races are in: 1) Florida, 2) Tennessee, 3) North Dakota, and 4) Missouri.

Florida is tied with New York as the third largest state by population in the U.S. Florida has a massive 12,875,998 registered voters.  North Dakota is the fourth smallest state by population in the U.S. North Dakota has a population of 755,393 and has often been ignored in past Presidential election years.

In the 2018 Mid-Term election, the U.S. Senate race between Heidi Heitkamp (D) and Kevin Cramer (R) is attracting a lot of attention.  Election Polls taken in July, 2018 indicate that the race is a toss-up.  However, one of the polls shows Mr. Cramer with a very slight lead.

With oil extraction from the Bakken formation creating jobs, the population of North Dakota has grown more on a percentage basis than any state in the U.S. in the past five years.  Both Heitkamp and Cramer need to encourage the new residents to register to vote and vote for them.  It would be interesting to speculate what Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton would say to the new residents working the oil fields.  Still Donald Trump remains a powerful force in North Dakota.  The race remains too close to project a favorite at this time.

R. Van Conoley

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Projections For The 2018 Congressional Elections

The general election for the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate will be held in all states on November 6, 2018.  There are three possibilities: 1) The Republican party will continue to have a majority in both Houses as they do now;  2) The Democrat Party will gain control of one House of Congress; or 3) The Democrat party will gain control of both the House and the Senate.

Presently, the Republican party has a slim majority in the Senate with 51 seats.  The Democrat party has 47 seats.  Two seats are held by independents who caucus with the Democrat party and usually support the Democrat party in their voting.

This website has selected four U.S. Senate races for analysis.  They are in: 1) Florida, 2) Tennessee, 3) North Dakota, and 4) Missouri.  These states were selected because the elections in these four states could be won by either a Democrat or a Republican with an equal probability.  North Dakota held their primary election on June 12, 2018, so the two candidates in the general election are known.  Heidi Heitkamp is the Democrat nominee and Kevin Cramer is the Republican nominee.  Missouri will hold their primary on August 7, 2018.  Tennessee will hold their primary on August 2,2018.  Florida will hold their primary on August 28, 2018. presently projects that the Republican Party could win all four general elections with a probability of 2%.  We also project that the Democrat party could win all four general elections with a probability of 2%.  There are three other possibilities: 1) 3-1 for the Democrats, 2) 3-1 for the Republicans, or 3) a 2-2 split. All four of these general elections is considered a “toss-up.” Yet these four races may predict which party will control Congress after the general election.

The Democrat party has 25 seats up for election and the Republican party has 8 seats up for election.  Also, the Democrat party has 10 seats up for election in states that supported Donald Trump in 2016 over Hillary Clinton.  Those elected to Congress on November 6, 2018, will begin their terms on January 3, 2019. will publish updates on North Dakota presently and then publish updates on the other three states after the primary elections are completed.

R. Van Conoley  ( Editor’s Note: Indiana and Nevada are also considered as possible “toss-up” states. Also, the party in power very often loses seats in Mid-year elections like 2018. This fact favors Democrats. President Trump in 2016 carried ten states where there is a general election in 2018.  This fact favors Republicans. Also, Senator Bernie Sanders is expected to campaign for Democrat candidates and President Trump is expected to campaign for Republican candidates in the general election.  Ms. Clinton’s plans are not yet finalized. )

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The Florida Election – 2018 – Senate and Governor

Florida is tied for the third largest state by population in the U.S.  California is the most populous and Texas is second.  Florida and New York are virtually tied as the third largest state.

The one thing that people almost never find is truthful and factual information about an election.  In 2016, Candidate Hillary Clinton made the foolish mistake of believing the propaganda supplied by the Democrat Party and the liberal anti-Trump media.  Mr. Trump relied on private polls and easily won a majority of the electoral college vote. This article is truthful and factual as it is humanly possible to compose. Here are the facts.

The state of Florida has 12,875,998 registered voters.  Of that total, 4,547,635 are registered republicans.  The Democrat Party has 4,776,092 registered voters. Converting to percentages, the republicans have 35.3% of the voters statewide while the Democrat Party has 37.1%.  Florida has a designation of NPA for voters who do not wish to register either as a democrat or a republican.  NPA stands for “No Party Affiliation.” The NPA voters, along with a very small number of minor parties, are 27.6% of all registered voters.  So to win a statewide election in Florida a candidate will receive support from his party but must also win a majority of the independent voters.

Florida has 67 counties.  The three largest counties are: 1) Miami-Dade County with a population of 2.7 Million; 2) Broward with a population of 1.9 Million; and 3) Palm Beach County with a population of 1.5 Million.  But the winner in all statewide races is the individual with the most total votes. So a candidate can not ignore the other 64 counties including Liberty County with a population of 8,242.

So what is the big deal? It turns out that Florida is a state that is predictive of how the next Presidential election will conclude. In 2018, Florida has a number of statewide races that wise individuals are observing carefully since they will effect the 2020 Presidential election. The two most important statewide races are for governor and the U.S. Senate in 2018.

The republican candidates for Governor are: 1) Adam Putnam, 2) Ron De Santis, 3) Don Baldauf,  4) Timothy Devine, 5) Bruce Nathan, and 6) Bob White.  Mr. De Santis and Mr. Putnam presently hold political offices and are considered to be leading at the present time. But that could change.

The democrat candidates for Governor are: 1) Gwen Graham, 2) Phillip Levine, 3) Andrew Gillum, 4) Chris King, and 5) Jeff Greene. Presently there is no clear leader.

The other statewide race that is attracting a great deal of attention is the race for the U.S. Senate.  Bill Nelson is the Democrat incumbent and has held this seat since 2001. Mr. Nelson has served in public office for more than 40 years. The two republican candidates that hope to oppose Mr. Nelson are: 1) Governor Rick Scott who can not seek election for a third term as Governor by state law and 2) Roscoe De La Fuente who uses the nickname of “Rocky.” Rocky is a native of San Diego and strangely is also running for the Senate from Hawaii, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wyoming.  Rocky stated: ” anybody can run for any state.”

The Florida primary elections will be held on August 28, 2018.  The general election is on November 6, 2018. will cover the Florida Senate race and three other U.S. Senate races in key states in 2018.

R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: Florida has four pivot counties.  They are Jefferson, Monroe, Pinellas, and St. Lucie.  In 2012, Obama carried all four of these counties and was elected President. In 2016, Donald Trump carried all four of these counties and was elected President. Had the news media been reporting facts instead of propaganda, the media could have reported by 9:00 p.m. the following: ” Candidate Trump has carried four key pivot counties in Florida. Possibly Ms. Clinton may have a more difficult race than was originally projected.”  Of course the media was busy spinning science fiction instead of projecting accurate information. )

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The U.S. Stock Market and the 2018 Elections

When Donald Trump was elected President in November, 2016, the stock market began and continued to rise.  2017 was a good year for stocks and the market closed the 2017 year with an increase of over 17%.

The question that everyone wants to know is: ” Where will the 2018 market close? ” The last trading day in June, 2018, marked the first half of the year. Stocks in the first half of 2018 ended the mid term with no gain and just a fractional loss. Why is 2018 so different from 2017?

History has shown that U.S. stock markets strongly dislike two things. They are: 1) Double digit inflation, and 2) interference with free trade.  President Trump has placed very reasonable tariffs in certain areas in order to promote fair trade between the U.S. and other countries.

So, where will the markets close on the last trading day in December, 2018?  It all depends on the October surprises that President Trump has figured out. The U.S. House and over a third of the U.S.Senate are up for election in November, 2018. The media is telling us that the Democrat Party will take control of the House and the Senate. Remember, this is mostly the same media group that stated that Hillary Clinton would win in November, 2016!  Will they get it right in 2018?

The answer largely depends on the Democrat Party’s ability to depict Trump as an opponent of free trade.  President Trump knows this and his October surprise will work something like this. President Trump and Country A will reach an agreement that will reduce tariffs and promote free and fair trade between these two countries.  That will promote confidence in Mr. Trump’s policies.  When this same paradigm is repeated with Country B and Country C, the market will rise along with Republican popularity. This is the October surprise. projects that the U.S. stock market will close 2018 with an 11.8% gain. The 2018 elections will also be a function of President Trump’s October surprise.

R. Van Conoley  ( Editor’s Note: The party in power  almost always loses mid-term elections. President Trump wants to rewrite history again. )

Editor’s Note 2- ( The U.S.-China trade situation is complex and will not be resolved in 2018. Hence, China will not be part of Trump’s October surprise. )

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Peter Fonda and Hanoi Jane Fonda

Peter Fonda, 78 year old brother of ” Hanoi Jane ” Fonda, recently published a comment about President Trump’s son.  Fonda wrote: ” We should rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles…”

While the psychotic ramblings of sick and deranged individuals have been made against past presidents, the news media had the basic common decency not to unwisely publicize them.  Today the extreme leftist anti-Trump media panders to the Trump haters. believes that some portions of the U.S. media have lost all perspective about how to report both news and commentary.

The pro-Trump media has not allowed the anti-Trump media to bring them down to the pathological standards now displayed by the anti-Trump leftist media.  Nevertheless, threatening the President of the U.S. is a felony under U.S. Code Title 18, Section 871. This website believes that the Secret Service should act forcefully against individuals who threaten the President in any way.  Federal law enforcement should investigate and arrest individuals when needed to protect our Republic and all elected officials.

If the psychotic ramblings of the deranged Peter Fonda are not handled wisely and legally, the President may find that in the future his only option in a state of anarchy is to declare Martial Law under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15 of the U.S. Constitution. The extreme leftist anarchists have clearly demonstrated many times that they have no decency and will do anything to destroy our Republic. Recent tactics by the extreme leftists involve shouting and screaming at elected officials in public areas.  This is clearly illegal and should be forcefully dealt with by local law enforcement.

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A Wise Saying – Part 160

In the end, the politics of the Euro Zone weren’t strong enough to create a fully integrated fiscal union with a common banking system.     Joseph Stiglitz

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A Wise Saying – Part 159

Killer asteroids are nature’s way of asking: ” How is that space program coming along? “

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A Wise Saying – Part 158

The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don’t have a space program, it’ll serve us right.     Larry Niven

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