By: Kevin Chiucchini, Co-host
On Thursday's show, Armstrong Williams with his co-host Kevin (Dr. Q), covered a wide range in topics including the North Korea nuclear threat, terrorism in the United States, and finished the conversation with some deeply personal stories from callers struggling with opioid addiction. Armstrong and his co-host were joined by Van Hipp of American Defense International, Inc., Professor Bruce Hoffman from Georgetown University, and Dr. Devon Smith, DMV.
There were some very insightful comments from callers with military experience who explained the reason they had such a hard time trusting President Donald Trump. Some even went as far as comparing Donald Trump to Kim Jong Un, dictator of a country that has diplomatically isolated itself from the world through its repeated threats against our nation. Professor Hoffman seemed to disagree with the callers stating that the United States doesn't starve and kill off its own people. With the majority of the country receiving food and humanitarian aid, and a high percentage of spending directly on its nuclear weapon program, how can someone even try to make a comparison? We have come back to the old argument that if he has one, why shouldn't I have one?The fact is, Kim Jong Un is a direct threat to our democracy and our allies in East Asia. To say that Trump escalated this war wouldn't hold too much water considering they have been secretly developing their nuclear program long before he was in office. It seems likely they would threaten more as they get closer to having a completed and working ICBM with nuclear capabilities.
The conversation took a different turn in the last hour as the hosts and guest Dr. Devon Smith spoke about our nations crippling opioid crisis. Although obvious and receiving plenty of media coverage, why does nothing change? Why do people switch to street drugs knowing the dangers after they were denied or used to quickly their prescription pain medication.
One caller described her doctor prescribing her pain medication, and seemed to place much of the blame on the doctor and drug companies initially. She also stated that her mother had called in the pharmacy and told them about her addiction so she was cut off from her supply. With nowhere else to go, and to not feel dope sick she must travel to a methadone clinic just to feel normal. Armstrong asked her directly, "You know you're an addict, right?". Interestingly enough, the caller agreed completely and said she was.
Ifa doctor prescribed you a large amount of pain medication, would you use the whole amount or have enough self control to take the medication as truly needed. The human mind is a strong force that influences our opinions and decisions in life. When it becomes altered and craves a substance that you can only supply through a doctors prescription, it can create a false narrative and make you feel pain that might not exist. Eventually you are addicted and you do feel physical and emotional pain from not being on your medication. There is no denying that opioids have helped countless amounts of people with issues of pain, but is it always appropriate for a chronic condition knowing you most likely will get addicted? Maybe it's time for the patients to start asking the doctor, "What are my alternatives to prescription pain medication, I'm afraid of developing an addiction".
At one point in time, Columbus Day was a big deal, but today no one really cares. For most people it's a day to be off, a day to catch up with personal matters and things around the home.
No one can deny how tragic the events in Las Vegas were. Any event that results in the loss of human life is tragic; however, we should not allow these instances to dictate our norms as it relates to guns. Beyond that, those who want to restrict guns are on the wrong do so without considering data.
78% of Americans do not own a gun, so the argument that we should restrict guns doesn't make logical sense because a majority of people aren't interested in owning a gun. We also know that the national murder rate dropped to a 33-year low, but despite these statistical facts, those on the left have been quick to critize this terrible event for political gains.
Last month, U.S. Constitutional Lawyer, Bruce Fein joined TV Host Armstrong Williams to share some tragic experiences from his recent visit to Nigeria.
Earlier today, Nigerian native & international media consultant, Linus Idahosa joined Armstrong & Bruce in-studio to directly address Mr. Fein’s claims. As the discussion progressed, the atmosphere decidedly grew tense.
Listen below as Linus Idahosa responds:
When asked if there were any actual encounters with all of the corpses Fein had referenced, here’s what he had to say:
Here are Linus' last words in closing the broadcast:
Linus Idahosa has no affiliation with the Nigerian Government, his thoughts and words are of his own representation.
Last night in Alabama, former state supreme court judge, Roy Moore beat Senator Luther Strange, the candidate backed by the Republican establishment and President Trump. Despite the money of the establishment and the backing from the president of the United States, it wasn't enough to beat Moore. President Trump and Republicans haven't been able to accomplish anything. We the People have given the Senate and The White House and despite it all, we haven't seen anything in return. We gave them a mandate, and that also includes President Trump to change things, and they continue to fall short.
If Republicans, including President Trump continue to not get anything done, the people will get tired of it and replace them with someone else. Politicians continue to make promise and never deliver on them. We are trying
1) Investigations of this order are necessarily intense, comprehensive and thus, scary. That's not new. However, they're newsworthy because of so many interviewed and to what degree. Look at any prior special counsel, and you'll see the same, for Republicans or Democrats.
2) That said, expect Sean Spicer to be a central figure. Not because he's a Commie. He was just in so many important meetings as the president's spokesman.
3) Paul Manafort will likely be indicted. There is a lot of focus on him at the moment, and none of it is good. However, the lingering question is whether or not Manafort will look to make a deal. If he does, what are the implications for The White House?
It is clear that this investigation isn't going anywhere and I can only hope that things don't get any worse for the American people.
For eight years, the Obama Administration relied mostly on soft power to deal with our adversaries and those policies were a disaster. One merely needs to look at North Korea. Under the Obama Administration, Kim Jung Un was able to accelerate North Korea's nuclear and missile system. The result of their development is not only a threat to the region and our allies, but it is also a threat to Guam a U.S. territory.
Though some didn't like President Trump's strong words about North Korea, he has no other the choice. It's time to use hard power. It's time to put all options on the table including military force to deal with North Korea because it should be clear to all concerned that more sanctions are meaningless and diplomacy has all but failed.
America's show of force is not meant to bully anyone but is intended to serve as a warning to North Korea and any other nation that doesn't recognize that the way we handled our foriegns affairs in the past has come to an end. We must protect our interest across the globe and that means coming to the defense of our allies.
As an entrepreneur who owns real assets — real estate, spectrum licenses, and a publishing library, among others — I was able to benefit, at least on paper, from the Fed’s asset inflation strategy. I have been able to refinance my debt at attractive rates, and seen asset prices (but not necessarily values) climb. But others, especially workers (who derive the bulk of their income from salary instead of capital appreciation) and savers (retirees living on a fixed income), have lost under this post-recession scheme.
Workers lost because their spending power diluted drastically over the past ten years. The costs of housing and energy have continued to rise in areas where the highest concentrations of jobs are located. For example, a young college graduate who wants to earn a high salary in the tech industry has to live in Silicon Valley, where even a base salary of $100,000 won’t enable them to afford to purchase a home there. Home prices are so out of line with average salaries that cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles are seeing an epidemic of homelessness never experienced since the Great Depression of 1929.