Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Do You Have The Right ID??? From Congressman Wittman


I wanted to make sure you knew about a new ID requirements for boarding domestic flights and accessing secure federal facilities going into effect by this time next year.

Because of a federal law change, beginning October 1, 2020, you will be required to have a REAL ID complainant identification in order to board a domestic flight or to access secure federal facilities, like military bases. Your standard driver’s license, like the one you may have in your wallet right now, can be used to drive. In addition, a driver’s license or identification card can be used as ID to vote, cash a check, apply for or receive government benefits, or conduct everyday local business. While you will be able to continue to use this ID for these activities, you will no longer be able to use a standard driver’s license to board domestic flights. If you have a U.S. Passport or 
another form of approved identification, you can use that instead. The REAL ID is an optional credential; it is not required as long as you also have another form of approved ID to fly domestically.

However, if you fly domestically or frequent secure federal facilities you may want to upgrade to a REAL ID compliant Virginia driver’s license. REAL ID compliant credentials display a small star in the upper right corner to indicate they meet federal requirements. Choose which documents you’ll need to bring to DMV to get a REAL ID with DMV’s interactive 
Document Guide. Don’t make your next visit to the DMV longer by not bringing the right materials to the DMV the first time. The next time you renew your standard credential and choose not to upgrade to a REAL ID, it will display “Federal Limits Apply” in the top right corner in order to distinguish it from a REAL ID compliant credential.

Again, you will not need this ID until October 1, 2020.
I also want to reiterate, this credential is completely optional; if you will not need it, you are not required to get it.

Click here for more information from the Virginia DMV, and click here for frequently asked questions.


  Congressman Rob Wittman

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Capital Research Center's Latest News items

CARMA & Others, I'm eager to share the latest from CRC with you:
  • Look what Big Labor bought last year
    Last week, CRC's Mike Watson commemorated the law that requires unions to report their spending. This week, Watson takes a deeper dive to see how they paid for bad baseball and bad science--not to mention $60,000 in voter turnout efforts. Read what Big Labor buys here.

  • Revealed:  The shadowy special interests behind "net neutrality"
    As federal courts uphold the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era internet regulations, CRC's Hayden Ludwig reminds us that so-called "net neutrality" is a product of the socialist Left, underwritten by a handful of wealthy special interests--including Demand Progress and the Media Democracy Fund, two front groups for the shadowy nonprofit empire run by the consulting firm Arabella Advisors. Learn more here.
  • When your tax dollars help groups sue the government . . .
    . . . everyone loses. Lawsuits against the government can be expensive, and plaintiffs may have ulterior motives beyond simply arriving at the correct application of the law. And when suits are brought by groups already feeding at the federal trough, the issue becomes especially thorny. CRC's Robert Stilson takes a close look at what happens when groups like the National Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund bite the hand that feeds them.
  • NBC News is wrong: the Epoch Times is not a pro-Trump "dark money" operation.
    In August, NBC News claimed that the Epoch Times, a right-leaning newspaper founded by anti-Communist Chinese expatriates, had "obfuscate[d] its connection to some $2 million worth of ads that promoted the president. . . ." CRC's social media team of Jake Klein, Caleb Sutherlin, and former intern James Selvey investigate those claims and prove they're false here.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

NEW SCAM - Cash Out Money - Get Your Receipt

A LOT OF SHOPS NOW ASK IF YOU NEED A RECEIPT-otherwise you don’t get one!  LEAVES IT WIDE OPEN DOESN’T IT!  (I’ve noticed this lately)
KEEP THE RECEIPT…This is worth reading if shopping at stores with a credit card. They do not automatically hand you a receipt anymore if the sale is under $30.  YOU MUST ASK FOR IT!


An associate bought a heap of stuff the other day while on holiday (over $450), & when he glanced at his receipt as the cashier was handing him the bags, he saw cash out of $20.  He told her he didn't request any cash and to delete it.  She said he'd have to take the $20 because she couldn't delete it.  He told her to call a supervisor.  Supervisor came and said he'd have to take it.  He said NO Bloody way!  Because taking the $20 would be a cash advance against his Credit Card and he wasn't paying interest on a cash advance!  If they couldn't delete it then they would have to delete the whole order.‎ So the supervisor had the cashier delete the whole order and re-scan everything!

The second time he looked at the electronic pad before he pinned in his number and again…cash-back of $20 popped up! At that point he told the cashier and she deleted it.  The total then came out right.  The cashier said that the Electronic Pad must be defective. Obviously, the cashier knew the electronic pad was defective because she NEVER offered him any cash after either of the transactions.
Can you imagine how many people went through before him and by the end of her shift how much money she pocketed?  His wife went into a Kohl’s Warehouse last week.  She had her items rung
up by the cashier.  The cashier hurried her along and didn't give her a receipt.  She asked the cashier for the receipt and the cashier seemed annoyed but gave it to her.

She didn't look at her receipt until later that night when back at their Hotel.  The receipt showed that she had asked for $20 cash.  SHE DID NOT ASK FOR ANY CASH, NOR WAS SHE GIVEN IT!  So she called Kohl’s who investigated but could not see that the cashier pocketed the money.  They then spoke with a friend who works for one of the banks; they told them that this was a NEW SCAM that was bound to escalate.

The cashier will key in that you asked for cash and then hand it to one of her friends when they next come through the check-out queue.  This is NOT limited to Kohl’s; they are just one of the largest retailers to have the most incidents.  I wonder how many "seniors" have been, or will be, "stung" by this one?


Friday, September 13, 2019

Life Is Not A Fairy Tale

Life is not a fairy tale. If you lose your shoe at midnight, you’re probably drunk.

If women are upset at Trump’s naughtiness who bought 80 million copies of "Fifty Shades of Gray"?

Bill Clinton paid $850,000 to Paula Jones to get her to go away. I don’t remember the FBI raiding his lawyer’s office. 🙅

Not one feminist has defended Sarah Sanders. It seems women’s rights only matter if those women are liberal.

They sent more troops and armament to arrest Roger Stone than they sent to defend Benghazi. Think about that. 😢

Nancy Pelosi invited illegal aliens to the State of the Union. President Trump Invited victims of illegal aliens to the State of the Union.

Chelsea Clinton got out of college and got a job at NBC that paid $900,000 per year. Her mom flies around the country speaking out about white privilege

Russia donated $0.00 to the Trump campaign. Russia donated $145,600,000 to the Clinton Foundation. But Trump was the one investigated! Let that sink in.

Maxine Waters opposes voter ID laws; she thinks that they are racist. You need to have a photo ID to attend her town hall meetings. Make sense?

From being against foreign interference in our elections to allowing non-citizens to vote in our elections. No Border Walls. No voter ID laws.

How do you walk 3000 miles across Mexico with no outside support and show up at our border overweight and with a cellphone? Huh?

Pres. Trump’s wall costs less than the Obamacare website.

Let that sink in, Americans.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wants to ban cars, ban planes, give out universal income and thinks socialism works. She calls Donald Trump crazy. 😂

A socialist is basically a communist who doesn’t have the power to take everything from their citizens at gunpoint ... YET

I wake up every day and I am grateful that Hillary Clinton is not the President of the United States of America. ☺

The same media that told me Hillary Clinton had a 95% chance of winning now tells me Trump’s approval ratings are low.

We are one election away from open borders, socialism, gun confiscation, and full term abortion nationally.

We are fighting evil. Wake up!

60 years ago, Venezuela was 4th on the world economic freedom index. Today, they are 179th and their citizens are dying of starvation. In only 10 years, Venezuela was destroyed by democratic socialism.

President Donald J. Trump —

"They’re not after me. They’re after you. I’m just in their way."

Read that again.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Interesting Statistics - Guns Don't Cause Most Deaths

Interesting statistics.  This jives with the research of Prof. Lott at the University of Chicago, who is a noted expert on gun laws and stats.

Here are some facts.

There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. The U.S. population is 324,059,091 as of June 22, 2016. Do the math: 0.00925% of the population dies from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant! What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death:

65% of those deaths are by suicide, which would never be prevented by gun laws.
15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified.  17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – better known as gun violence.  3% are accidental discharge deaths.

So technically, “gun violence” is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100. Still too many? Now let's look at how those deaths spanned across the nation.
480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago
344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)

So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.

This basically leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation, or about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others. For example, California had 1,169 and Alabama had 1.

Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California, of course, but understand, it is not guns causing this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So, if all cities and states are not created equal, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.

Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assaults are all done by criminals. It is ludicrous to think that criminals will obey laws. That is why they are called criminals.

But what about other deaths each year?  40,000+ die from a drug overdose–THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT!  36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths.  34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities (exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide).

Now it gets good:  200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medical errors. You are safer walking in the worst areas of Chicago than you are when you are in a hospital!

710,000 people die per year from heart disease. It’s time to stop the double cheeseburgers! So, what is the point? If the liberal loons and the anti-gun movement focused their attention on heart disease, even a 10% decrease in cardiac deaths would save twice the number of lives annually of all gun-related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.).

A 10% reduction in medical errors would be 66% of the total number of gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides... Simple, easily preventable 10% reductions! So, you have to ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns?

It’s pretty simple:  Taking away guns gives control to governments. The founders of this nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did by trying to disarm the populace of the colonies. It is not difficult to understand that a disarmed populace is a controlled populace.

Thus, the second amendment was proudly and boldly included in the U.S. Constitution. It must be preserved at all costs.  So, the next time someone tries to tell you that gun control is about saving lives, look at these facts and remember these words from Noah Webster: “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed.”

David H. McDonald
The McDonald Group, LLC
Author, "Saving America's Cities", 1st & 2nd Editions