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Betsy DeVos in the news

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There are enough people wanting to harm her that she is being guarded by the US Marshals Service - from The Washington Post:

Betsy DeVos being guarded by U.S. Marshals Service
The U.S. Marshals Service says it is providing security for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after a handful of protesters prevented her from entering a D.C. middle school.

The move is unusual for the Education Department, which typically has a team of civil servants guarding the secretary, and for the marshals, law enforcement officers who are generally responsible for protecting federal judges, transporting prisoners, apprehending fugitives and protecting witnesses.

The last Cabinet member protected by marshals was a director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Lynzey Donahue, a spokeswoman for the Marshals Service. That office ceased to be a Cabinet-level position in 2009.

So let me get this straight - Ms. DeVos is going after the Education Cartel and needs the same level of protection that the head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy needs while going after the Drug Cartels? That explains a lot about the state of Education in the United States. The Teachers Union needs to just go away - it is not doing any good and is just a political arm of the left. The bottom 10% of teachers need to be fired. This is an investment in our children and should not be made into a political football.

Fake news in court

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Great story from Law Newz:

Hospital CEO Wins Major Court Victory After Accusing CNN of False Reporting
Those who accuse CNN and other mainstream media outlets of “fake news” will probably revel in a recent decision by a federal judge in Atlanta, Georgia. While Judge Orinda Evans didn’t all out declare that CNN was peddling in falsehoods, she did take aim at the network in an initial judgment in favor of a former hospital CEO who sued CNN accusing them of purposely skewing statistics to reflect poorly on a West Palm Beach hospital. Judge Evans didn’t mince words in her 18-page order allowing the case to move forward, and dismissing CNN’s attempt to get it thrown out of court.

Case particulars and more at the site - this needs to happen often.

Cloud cuckoo land - the regressive left

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Only they would elevate someone who was fired for insubordination - from Legal Insurrection:

Fired Acting AG Sally Yates now “a symbol of the anti-Trump resistance”
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, fired for insubordination after she told DOJ not to defend Trump’s immigration Executive Order, is being held up as a new hero by the left for defying Trump over his executive order on refugees and immigration.

She attended an event on race in Atlanta this week and got a standing ovation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported:

Sally Yates gets hero’s welcome at Atlanta race panel discussion:
Sally Yates in 2020?

That was the hot half-joking question Wednesday night as the former acting attorney general made one of her first public appearances — at the Carter Presidential Library — since being fired by President Donald Trump for refusing to impose his controversial refugee ban.

Cloud cuckoo land? From Infogalactic:

Cloud cuckoo land
Cloud Cuckoo Land refers to a state of absurdly over-optimistic fantasy or an unrealistically idealistic state where everything is perfect. Someone who is said to "live in cloud cuckoo land" is a person who thinks that things that are completely impossible might happen, rather than understanding how things really are.

These poor people are isolated in a bubble of their own making - they think they have the one true solution and the rest of the world is evil. When their solution fails, they just double-down and say that they just did not try hard enough (or that not enough money was spent - this is the default setting).

A two-fer - first from AutoBlog:

Find out which bridges near you are 'structurally deficient'
America's road network isn't in amazing shape. A new report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) confirms a massive problem. The organization's report takes a look at the condition of bridges in the US, and finds that nationwide, just over nine percent of the country's bridges are "structurally deficient."

ARTBA's website also has a map that shows how many bridges in each state are in need of repair or replacement. It even provides locations of each bridge when you click on a state, in case you're interested in seeing whether the bridge you cross on the way to work is sound or deficient. According to the map, there are 23 states where more than 9 percent of the bridges are structurally deficient. On the flip side, citizens of Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and Washington D.C. can take pride that less than 5 percent of each location's bridges are in the deficient category.

Which begs the question, what happened to the one trillion dollars that Obama spent to upgrade our nation's infrastructure - this second post by Christina Hoff Sommers in The Weekly Standard explains it all - the spending was politically driven, not fact or data driven:

No Country for Burly Men
A "man-cession." That's what some economists are starting to call it. Of the 5.7 million jobs Americans lost between December 2007 and May 2009, nearly 80 percent had been held by men. Mark Perry, an economist at the University of Michigan, characterizes the recession as a "downturn" for women but a "catastrophe" for men.

And what happened:

Last November, President-elect Obama addressed the devastation in the construction and manufacturing industries by proposing an ambitious New Deal-like program to rebuild the nation's infrastructure. He called for a two-year "shovel ready" stimulus program to modernize roads, bridges, schools, electrical grids, public transportation, and dams and made reinvigorating the hardest-hit sectors of the economy the goal of the legislation that would become the recovery act.

Women's groups were appalled. Grids? Dams? Opinion pieces immediately appeared in major newspapers with titles like "Where are the New Jobs for Women?" and "The Macho Stimulus Plan." A group of "notable feminist economists" circulated a petition that quickly garnered more than 600 signatures, calling on the president-elect to add projects in health, child care, education, and social services and to "institute apprenticeships" to train women for "at least one third" of the infrastructure jobs. At the same time, more than 1,000 feminist historians signed an open letter urging Obama not to favor a "heavily male-dominated field" like construction: "We need to rebuild not only concrete and steel bridges but also human bridges." As soon as these groups became aware of each other, they formed an anti-stimulus plan action group called WEAVE-- Women's Equality Adds Value to the Economy.

So much money wasted and we have so little to show for it.

Sometimes it is hard to grasp the reality of large numbers. To understand how large one trillion dollars is, take it and spend ten thousand dollars each day. You would run out of money in 273,972 years. That big. Spend ten thousand dollars every minute, you would exhaust your money in 190 years.

Our National Debt is $19,976,716,000,000 - it was around $10 trillion when Obama took office.

The guy is unstoppable - from Breitbart:

New York Times; The Left Is Alarmed by Donald Trump’s Reach for Union Voters
Union leaders and progressives are increasingly worried that President Donald Trump will bring a large number of private-sector union members — and some union leaders — into his populist Republican Party, according to the New York Times.

Some unions, even if traditionally Democratic, have aims that align with Mr. Trump’s stated priorities: building infrastructure, rewriting trade agreements, blocking an exodus of jobs. But union leaders are in many cases scrambling to get in step with members who responded to his pro-worker rhetoric — and to tap into that energy.

More at the site - good to see them running scared.

Fake News - a two-fer

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Two primo examples of Fake News from the mainstream media.

First, from The Daily Beast:

Homeland Security on AP’s National Guard: ‘Absolutely Incorrect’
The Department of Homeland Security is roundly condemning an Associated Press story that broke Friday morning about considering the use of the National Guard to “round up” undocumented immigrants. The DHS says that isn’t true, and—contra the AP’s reporting—that DHS Secretary John Kelly didn’t write the draft memo.

Second, from the New York Post:

Bogus Times scoops on Trump, Russia are recycled propaganda
Take a deep breath and realize how precious little substance there is in all the breathless reporting about supposed skulduggery by President Trump, his team and the Russian government. If the nation’s lucky, the coming congressional probes — and whatever surfaces from the apparent ongoing FBI investigation — may one day provide some clarity.

Hostile, hysterical reporting based on anonymous leaks provides no hard facts — just “narratives” that could come out of a creative writing class.

Take Wednesday’s breathless New York Times story, “Trump Aides Had Contact With Russian Intelligence” — which was remarkable for containing the same facts the Times reported back in October as “Investigating Donald Trump, FBI Sees No Clear Link to Russia.”

Fake news - the worst of the worst. No wonder Trump's popularity is soaring. The regressive left and the media represent a very small number of people - a few percent of the general population.

What a flaming ass-hat - John McCain

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I respect him for his service in the Vietnam War but he really needs to get off the world stage - from The Washington Post:

John McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump’s entire worldview
John McCain is increasingly mad as hell about President Trump. And on Friday, he went after Trump — hard.

During a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Republican senator from Arizona delivered a pointed and striking point-by-point takedown of Trump's worldview and brand of nationalism. McCain didn't mention Trump's name once, but he didn't have to.

A bit more:

In his speech, McCain suggested the Western world is uniquely imperiled this year — even more so than when Barack Obama was president — and proceeded to question whether it will even survive.

“In recent years, this question would invite accusations of hyperbole and alarmism; not this year,” McCain said. “If ever there were a time to treat this question with a deadly seriousness, it is now.”

A lot more at the site. Regardless of how they feel towards each other, that should be kept private or on Twitter - not as a keynote address to a group of global leaders. I can see where the two of them would have animosity - McCain is a RINO in the worst sense where Trump is a man of his word and completely upfront about how he feels.

Glad I do not live near the Oroville Dam

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From the Los Angeles Times:

Strongest storm in years taking aim at Southern California
The storm is expected to dump up to 6 inches of rain on Los Angeles County beaches and valleys and 5 to 10 inches on south-facing foothills and coastal mountain slopes, according to the National Weather Service .  A flash flood watch has been issued for Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties from Friday morning through Saturday morning.

And this bit of optimism from the San Francisco Chronicle:

If California dam failed, people likely stuck
Communities just downstream of California's Lake Oroville dam would not receive adequate warning or time for evacuations if the 770-foot-tall dam itself — rather than its spillways — were to abruptly fail, the state water agency that operates the nation's tallest dam repeatedly advised federal regulators a half-decade ago.

The state Department of Water Resources informed federal dam regulators that local emergency officials "do not believe there is enough time to perform evacuations in the communities immediately downstream of the dam during a sudden failure," according to a Feb. 8, 2011, letter reviewed by The Associated Press.

Absent "significant" advance warning, emergency responders instead would likely withdraw to safer ground and prepare for victims, said the same letter by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees safety of hydroelectric dams, in a summary of the state's conclusions.

How many billions of dollars spent on entitlement programs for illegal immigrants and what spent on infrastructure?

Classic regressive behavior - from Chicago, IL station WTTW:

CPS Chief Sends Child to Private School
Chicago Tonight has learned that the new head of the Chicago Public Schools, Forrest Claypool, sends his child to Francis W. Parker, an exclusive, private school in Lincoln Park. Claypool likely would have made the decision to enroll his child months before Mayor Rahm Emanuel tapped him to take over the ailing school system. The CPS Board of Education approved Claypool's appointment to the top job in late July. Parker's deadline for incoming high school students to confirm their enrollment is in March.

Chicago Tonight has reached out to Claypool’s office for comment and has not yet received a response.

During a Sept. 3 press conference regarding the controversy over Dyett High School, a reporter asked if Claypool believes it's relevant for CPS parents to know where his children attend school. "No," he responded. "As I said before, my kids have gone to both public and private school."

Mayor Rahm Emanuel faced similar questions during his first term. His three children have attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Hyde Park, as do those of CPS Board Vice-President Jesse Ruiz. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan also sent his children to the Lab School when he ran CPS, and reportedly will again when his family returns from Washington, D.C. The children of President Barack Obama currently attend the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.

Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson's daughter attends Mark Skinner Elementary School, a Level 1 – or top-rated – CPS school.

We would see a lot of improvement if we made these officials send their children through the same meatgrinder that the other 90% of us have to rely on. There would be a huge improvement in education if we could fire the 10% of the teachers - the worst. Get rid of the unions, they have no place in a public school system.

Seattle and rainfall

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Not doing so well - from The Seattle Times - February 9, 2017:

Millions of gallons of wastewater dumping into Puget Sound after heavy rainfall
Millions of gallons of untreated wastewater and stormwater began dumping into Puget Sound Thursday after high tides and heavy rains overwhelmed a King County wastewater-treatment center in Seattle.

Flooding at West Point Treatment Plant in Magnolia’s Discovery Park caused damage that apparently fried an electrical circuit and triggered a system shutdown, a spokesman said.

That has caused the county to operate the facility much of Thursday in “emergency bypass mode” — dumping untreated effluent directly into Puget Sound.

Officials were still calculating how much untreated wastewater had flowed into Puget Sound. Doug Williams, a spokesman for the county’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, estimated more than 150 million to 200 million gallons, with that number likely to grow.

And now, The Seattle Times - today:

Officials say damage to sewage plant in Discovery Park is catastrophic
King County has stopped dumping raw sewage into Puget Sound from its crippled West Point treatment plant for now — but the county will likely start dumping again when rainy weather returns.

Beaches at Discovery Park are closed because of the risk to public health from raw sewage pumped from the plant into the Sound, with no date yet for reopening. “We are here for the health of the environment, and for public health, and right now, we are compromising that,” said Mark Isaacson, director of King County’s wastewater treatment division.

And a bit more - the extent of the damage:

But the plant was already flooded by then, with a barrage of some 15 million gallons of water barreling through it, powerful enough to buckle and break down 25-foot-high garage doors, mangle equipment, and leave a fur of untreated sewage 12 feet up the walls. Cavernous rooms filled with pumps and other equipment were flooded to the ceiling and steeped in muck.

This is what happens when you defer maintenence and system upgrades and spend the money on handouts and virtue signalling.

California summed up in one meme

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From The Federalist:

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More at the site - lots of links.

Great news - two arrests

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From Cristina Laila writing at Gateway Pundit:

Update: Two Members Of #DisruptJ20 Exposed By Project Veritas Undercover Videos Have Been Arrested
Project Veritas released a series of undercover videos exposing members of #DisruptJ20 and their plot to use violence to disrupt Donald Trump’s inauguration. Today James O’keefe announced that his lawyers have confirmed that two of the men from the undercover videos have been arrested.

James O’Keefe took to Twitter to announce the arrests of Paul “Luke” Kuhn and Colin Dunn.

Let these arrests be a warning to other violent leftists. Obama is no longer President. We are a nation of laws and your criminal behavior will no longer be tolerated.

Good - act out and you will pay the price. James O'Keefe has done some wonderful work - the Abortion clinics, taking down A.C.O.R.N. on corruption charges, etc...

So they have to fiddle even more with the voting process to rig it in their favor. From The Hill:

With party in trouble, Dems hit voting laws
With their ranks decimated at statehouses and in Congress, Democrats are organizing around a redistricting push and opposition to changes to voting laws as ways to prevent Republican lawmakers from turning their party’s current power into a permanent advantage.

While honing an economic message that will help Democrats reconnect with the blue-collar voters who deserted them in 2016 remains a priority, top Democrats and rising party stars are busy organizing several expensive undertakings to combat what they view as structural electoral disadvantages.

Former President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder are overseeing the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), which aims to redraw the congressional district maps that currently tilt heavily in favor of Republicans.

Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D), who narrowly lost his bid for the Senate in 2016, has launched a new nonprofit called Let America Vote, a messaging and grassroots advocacy organization meant to “expose the true motivations” behind the Republican push for stricter voting laws.

That launch comes several weeks after Priorities USA, the super PAC that spent more than $190 million supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, rebranded itself as the “nation’s largest funder of voting rights lawsuits.”

You must show identification when buying booze, when getting on an airplane, even attending a Hillary Clinton rally. Why not show identification when voting.

Meanwhile, over in England

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Nigel Farage is one of my favorite politicians - great speaker:

Senator Pelosi gets punkd with fake tweet

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This is delightful - first the New York Times publishes some fake news. From Newsbusters:

Fake News: NY Times Journalist Touts Bogus Mike Flynn Twitter Account
In another round of fake news, the New York Times on Tuesday quoted from a bogus Twitter account purporting to be from Mike Flynn, the general who resigned on Monday night as National Security Adviser. In an article, the Times used a quote from “@GenMikeFlynn” asserting, “But if a scapegoat is what's needed for this Administration to continue to take this great nation forward, I am proud to do my duty.” 

This is a fake quote from a fake Twitter account. Appearing on CBS This MorningTimes journalist David Sanger pushed the tweet: “[Flynn] said himself in a Tweet this morning, that while he was responsible, there are others who are responsible, too.” 

And Senator Blinky fell for it in front of the television cameras. From Gateway Pundit:

VIDEO: Crazy Nancy Pelosi Falls For FAKE Mike Flynn Tweet
On Tuesday the New York Times circulated fake news by reporting a tweet from a fake twitter account claiming to by Michael Flynn.

And today:

Nancy Pelosi fell for the fake tweet when she quoted it at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

These idiots are beclowning themselves left and right. Fun to watch - just wish these were not our elected representatives. Term limits would be a wonderful idea to knock the dumb ones out of office. 12 years is enough.

Barry is trying to salvage what little there is of his "legacy" by doing anything and everything to take down or otherwise discredit the Presidency of Donald Trump. From Paul Sperry writing at the New York Post:

How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency
When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.

In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda.

He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.

And they were smart when they organised:

Registered as a 501(c)(4), it doesn’t have to disclose its donors, but they’ve been generous. OFA has raised more than $40 million in contributions and grants since evolving from Obama’s campaign organization Obama for America in 2013.

If they had organised as a 501(c)(3) (the most common kind of non-profit), they would have been required to list donors and they would not be able to engage in political activities. And this is downright curious:

Obama will be overseeing it all from a shadow White House located within two miles of Trump. It features a mansion, which he’s fortifying with construction of a tall brick perimeter, and a nearby taxpayer-funded office with his own chief of staff and press secretary. Michelle Obama will also open an office there, along with the Obama Foundation.

Critical to the fight is rebuilding the ravaged Democratic Party. Obama hopes to install his former civil rights chief Tom Perez at the helm of the Democratic National Committee.

Building a wall is he? Wonder if he and Hillary shared ideas on setting up the foundation. This is just childish. They have no good ideas so they try to force their marxism on everyone. Ideas so good they have to be mandatory. It is like dealing with a bunch of six year olds...

About time - felony rioting

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From NBC News:

More Than 100 Inauguration Day Protesters Indicted on Rioting Charges
A grand jury has indicted more than 100 Inauguration Day protesters on rioting charges in Washington, D.C. In total, 209 people have now been indicted.

The indictment, handed up D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday, charged 146 additional protesters with felony rioting — meaning they face a fine of up to $25,000 and a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Good - make the little snowflakes realize that their acting out has consequences. They were not residents of D.C. - they traveled to D.C. specifically for this riot and they came with the intent of rioting. They need to pay for their conscious decision.

As the realization sinks in

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Great article in the New York Times:

A Sense of Dread’ for Civil Servants Shaken by Trump Transition
Across the vast federal bureaucracy, Donald J. Trump’s arrival in the White House has spread anxiety, frustration, fear and resistance among many of the two million nonpolitical civil servants who say they work for the public, not a particular president.

At the Environmental Protection Agency, a group of scientists strategized this past week about how to slow-walk President Trump’s environmental orders without being fired.

At the Treasury Department, civil servants are quietly gathering information about whistle-blower protections as they polish their résumés.

At the United States Digital Service — the youthful cadre of employees who left jobs at Google, Facebook or Microsoft to join the Obama administration — workers are debating how to stop Mr. Trump should he want to use the databases they made more efficient to target specific immigrant groups.

What? Do these people think they have tenure or something? Trump promised he would reduce the size of government - of course this means that jobs and positions will be eliminated. It is not my fault that many of these people have zero marketable skills outside of bureaucracy. They should cash in a chunk of their 401k and take a two-year Welding program. Lots of jobs out there for qualified welders.

A two-fer - first, from the Media Research Center's Newsbusters:

MSNBC’s Tur Suggests Trump Will Be Responsible for ‘Suspicious Deaths’ of Journalists
MSNBC took its fear mongering smears of the Donald Trump administration to a dark new low Monday afternoon when reporter Katy Tur suggested the president’s war with the media would start racking up actual casualties. During an interview with Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican, Tur suggested Trump would take a page from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s playbook and start targeting journalists for death.

Second - from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Americans Trust Trump Administration More Than News Media in New Poll
An Emerson College poll found that 49 percent of U.S. voters believe that the Trump administration is “truthful,” while only 39 percent feel that way about the news media. Worse, for the so-called “opposition party,” 53 percent of those surveyed described the media as “untruthful.”

Projection? From Infogalactic:

Psychological projection
Psychological projection, also known as blame shifting, is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unpleasant impulses by denying their existence while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude.

According to some research, the projection of one's negative qualities onto others is a common process in everyday life.

If the shoe fits...

The Democrats are trying their damnedest to block anything President Trump does. From The Washington Free Beacon:

Senate Democrats Set Sights on Puzder
Leading Senate Democrats announced during a Thursday press conference that they will use any means necessary to block the confirmation of Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, called on Puzder to withdraw his nomination. Schumer reiterated that the Democratic Party would serve as a united front against President Trump's nominees after the contentious battle over Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who became the first cabinet appointee to ever require a vice president's tie-breaking vote.

A bit more - the claim:

Puzder is the first career businessman nominated to head the Labor Department since 1981. He is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's franchises. Schumer and Murray spoke alongside a California fast food worker, who accused Puzder of "stealing" from her by not paying her a $15 minimum wage or providing her with paid sick days. She called the nomination "the latest proof of how our economy is rigged."

The reality:

Nearly all Hardee's and Carl's Jr. restaurants are franchises in which small business owners, rather than the parent company, determine work conditions and pay scales. The company has been hit with dozens of unfair labor practice complaints since Puzder was nominated though it denies that it is liable for any of the complaints.

The $15 minimum wage is actually a ploy by the unions - it is not about the poor minimum wage worker at all. When unions negotiate a contract, many times the pay rate is based on a multiple of minimum wage and if that goes up, the unions get more money through higher dues and the union workers get a higher hourly pay rate. This is why they are so opposed to this. What do the unions do with all their money?

Murray and Schumer have been major recipients of union campaign donations over their careers. Murray has received $2.1 million from organized labor during her career, making unions one of her most lucrative support bases, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Schumer, meanwhile, has received $1.3 million from private and public sector unions.

This is my surprised face...

Judicial Watch found out:

Judicial Watch Obtains Eric Holder Contract Documents from California Legislature Regarding Law Firm’s Work in Developing ‘Legal Strategies’ Against Trump Administration
Judicial Watch announced today that on January 12, 2017, it obtained records from the California Legislature Joint Rules Committee revealing that the Legislature will pay the law firm of former Obama U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. $25,000 a month for 40 hours of work each month for providing “legal strategies regarding potential actions of the federal government that may be of concern to the State of California.” The contract precludes any other litigation or advocacy work.

A bit more:

On January 4, California legislative leaders announced that they had hired Holder to assist them in anticipated federal challenges to several state policies such as climate change and immigration.

In a statement, Kevin de Leon, California Senate President Pro Tempore said, “With the upcoming change in administrations, we expect that there will be extraordinary challenges for California in the uncertain times ahead.” The California Attorney General, who represents the State’s interest in court, already has a budget of $190 million.

Instead of blowing all their money on the high-speed rail, they should be taking a careful look at where they are spending their money. I do not think keeping this has-been on retainer ($625/hour!) should be one of their priorities.

From GotNews:

BREAKING: Anti-Trump President Of NYC Metropolitan GOP Club Broke FEC Laws To Donate To Democratic @SenSchumer
Deborah Coughlin, the president of New York City’s elite Metropolitan Republican Club that recently wrongly and forcibly removed all Trump supporters from its board, broke federal campaign finance laws in order to donate thousands of dollars to Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer in 2003.

Schumer has been one of the most anti-Trump Senators since President Donald J. Trump took office in January.

In a story that GotNews broke and that the New York Post has now picked up, a deeper dive into the financials surrounding the scandal-plagued board of New York City’s Metropolitan Republican Club has produced more troubling questions: what are the political views of the people running this New York City GOP club?

Five Trump supporters and long-time club members – Georgia Palmieri, Alain Palmieri, Michael Javelos, Allan Stevo, and Sandra Chase – were wrongly and forcibly removed from the board of the elite Upper East Side club because of their support of President Donald J. Trump by Club President Deborah Coughlin (2015-2017), Secretary Jeff Charles Goolsby, Chairman Ian Walsh Reilly, the son of former club President Robert Morgan III (2006-2012), and former club President Peter Hein (1980-1985).

It is really telling how some people can get away with flagrant violations but other people get the book thrown at them - case in point Dinesh D'Souza who made the same kind of over-the-limit contribution to a candidate for the New York State Senate and was sentenced to eight months of confinement at a correctional center and five years probation.

Betsy DeVos goes to school

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What is it about Democrats blocking people from entering a school? From The Washington Free Beacon:

DeVos Physically Blocked by Protesters From Entering DC School
Newly confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was physically blocked from entering a school in Washington, D.C. on Friday by protesters.

Anti-DeVos demonstrators climbed the stairs of the back of the Jefferson Middle School Academy building in southwest D.C. and began to scream and hover around the secretary. DeVos' security team quickly moved in and escorted her back to her car.

And DeVos was very classy in her reaction:

DeVos also addressed the protests directly.

"I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education," the statement said. "No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation's school children."

My reference about Democrats blocking school doors can be read here: Stand in the Schoolhouse Door

The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door took place at Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama on June 11, 1963. George Wallace, the Democratic Governor of Alabama, in a symbolic attempt to keep his inaugural promise of "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" and stop the desegregation of schools, stood at the door of the auditorium to try to block the entry of two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood.

Yeah, those Democrats.

Illegal voting - make it hurt

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Great news - time to punch back twice as hard - from the Dallas, TX Observer:

Grand Prairie Woman Gets Eight Years for Illegally Voting in Dallas County Elections
Rosa Maria Ortega was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday after being convicted Thursday of two counts of illegal voting. Ortega, 37, will also pay a $5,000 fine for casting ballots illegally during the 2012 general election and 2014 GOP primary runoff in Dallas County.

Ortega, according to prosecutors, successfully voted five times in elections between 2004 and 2014, despite only being an authorized resident of the United States, rather than a citizen.

Her trouble started after Ortega moved to the Tarrant County portion of Grand Prairie and attempted to change her voter registration. She sent in her voter registration, ticking the box that she was not a U.S. citizen, and received a reply from the county registrar that she could not be registered. Five months later, she sent in another application, this time claiming that she was a citizen.

We need to send strong messages like this - that tampering with our Democracy will not be tolerated. The regressive left has nothing that stands on its own so they have to cheat to win. We must not let them be able to take this route. I have said before that if John F. Kennedy were running, I would vote for him in a heartbeat. Time to bring the Democrat party back to what it used to be.

And it begins - immigration

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From The Washington Post:

Fear spreads in L.A. after immigration ‘raid,’ advocates claim. Officials say arrests are ‘routine.”
The panicked emails and phone calls began streaming in from community members at about 11 a.m. Thursday morning, inundating Los Angeles immigration lawyers with far more cases than usual. Immigrant advocate groups claim that more than 100 people had been taken into custody by federal immigration officials in Southern California Thursday, indicating a “coordinated sweep” in arrests and heightening fears that Donald Trump’s promise to crackdown on deportations had begun to take effect.

Police and immigration officials denied the “raids” and disputed the claim that the arrests were part of a more stringent approach, saying any detentions were simply part of “routine” enforcement activities. But a flurry of calls regarding arrests spurred immigration attorneys into rapid response efforts, and prompted protests on the streets of downtown Los Angeles.

Good - these people can become naturalized citizens if they want. Time to cut the benefits to non-taxpayers; we have enough citizens who need a hand up.

Nails it

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Gives me hope about the younger generation. All the regressive liberals are stupid entrenched apparatchiks - time to pry them out of their cozy little bubble.

Tip of the hat to Gerard for the link.

Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people - from Bloomberg:

Chelsea Clinton's Husband Closes His Hedge Fund
Eaglevale Partners, the hedge fund co-founded by Marc Mezvinsky, the son-in-law of Hillary and Bill Clinton, closed in December, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Eaglevale, based in New York, is in the process of returning money to clients, said the person who asked not to be named because the firm is private.

That was the primary hedge fund. There was a secondary fund that closed in May of 2016 - The Daily Caller:

Chelsea Clinton’s Husband Closing Hedge Fund After Losing 90 Percent Of Its Money
Chelsea Clinton’s husband is shutting down a hedge fund he founded after losing 90 percent of investors’ money.

Marc Mezvinsky promoted Eaglevale Hellenic Opportunity as a means to bet on, and profit from, a Greek economic recovery. The fund was a spinoff of Eaglevale Partners, a larger hedge fund founded by Mezvinsky and two colleagues from his days working at Goldman Sachs.

Eaglevale Hellenic Opportunity specialized in buying up Greek stocks and government debt, betting the country would finally get its house in order and come roaring back. Mezvinsky argued in 2014 that, despite many signs to the contrary, Greece would soon be on the road to “sustainable recovery” and investors would be able to take advantage.

And the Clinton's own finances are not doing that well - from this December 29, 2016 post at Heat Street:

No Longer Selling Access, the Clinton Foundation Begs for Funds
The Clintons have always claimed their family charitable foundation was able to raise so much money because, deep down, Saudi princes and Ukrainian oligarchs are really concerned about poor children in Haiti.

It will be interesting to see if past Clinton Foundation donors will continue their generous giving in the years to come. Hillary’s shocking defeat in the presidential election means that no member of the Clinton dynasty currently holds, or is running for, a powerful government position.

The donors were donating to get something in return - pay for play. Corruption plain and simple. Nice to see it falling apart. I wonder when Chelsea and Marc's apartment is going on the market.

From The Hill:

GOP lawmaker proposes abolishing Department of Education
On the same day the Senate confirmed President Trump’s secretary of Education pick by a historically narrow margin, a House Republican introduced legislation to abolish the entire department Betsy DeVos will lead.

Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill is only a page long, after merely stating the Department of Education would terminate on Dec. 31, 2018.

Massie believes that policymakers at the state and local levels should be responsible for education policy, instead of a federal agency that’s been in place since 1980.

"Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children's intellectual and moral development. States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meet the needs of their students,” Massie said in a statement.

Absolutely - public education is not mentioned in the Constitution and the Tenth Amendment puts it as being the responsibility of the individual State. This is the way that we were supposed to operate with each state trying out their ideas and if they worked well, other states could implement them. The unelected bureaucrats in Washington have no accountability for their decisions or actions.

Too much botox - Senator Pelosi

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Getting into her brain - from The Washington Free Beacon:

Nancy Pelosi Says She Can’t Work With ‘President Bush’
A day after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) was drilled by Meet The Press host Chuck Todd on whether her party's leadership was out of touch with the current political climate the nearly three-decade veteran of Congress mistakenly referred to President Donald Trump as "President Bush."

"While its only been a couple of weeks since the inauguration, we've seen nothing that I can work with President Bush on," said Pelosi during a Monday press conference.

Time for the whole lot of them to retire from politics. We need term limits on Congress. 12 years and you are out of there and no cushy lobbying jobs either.

Great news from D.C. - Betsy DeVos

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From The New York Times:

Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary; Pence Breaks Tie
The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos on Tuesday as education secretary, approving the embattled nominee only with the help of a historic tiebreaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.

The 51-to-50 vote elevates Ms. DeVos — a wealthy donor from Michigan who has devoted much of her life to expanding educational choice through charter schools and vouchers, but has limited experience with the public school system — to be steward of the nation’s schools.

Emphasis mine - I see this as a major asset and not a liability. The entrenched unionized school system has failed our children and it needs to be reformed. We elected President Trump for the very same reason. Here is a chart from Cato Institute that makes things perfectly clear:

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An interesting look at the rioters

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Lots of people rioting these days - here is an interesting observation from Gavin McInnes writing at Taki's Magazine:

Normalizing Degeneracy
Earlier this week we learned that Micah Rhodes, one of the heads of Portland’s Resistance movement, is a pedophile. He was arrested for political action but then brought into court for sexual charges totally unrelated to anarchy. He’s now facing four counts of second-degree sexual abuse. His comrades can say it’s all a lie based on Micah’s recent political status, but they likely don’t know he’s already a registered sex offender in the area, responsible for first-degree sexual abuse and sodomy. This isn’t the first time he’s anally raped a young teenage boy and girl.

His group is another one of these “antifascist” movements you see with kids wearing masks, smashing Bank of America windows, and punching “Nazis” (anyone who disagrees with them) in the face. They purport to be about equality, but I just had an epiphany and realized they’re actually mentally ill perverts who are at war with normalcy because it exposes them for the freaks they truly are. One of their favorite accusations is we are “normalizing white supremacy.” This sounds like a world where skinheads with swastika tattoos pack your groceries and it’s very confusing if you take it literally, but what it really means is: “Normal” is the worst thing imaginable. If you recognize it as a concept, you’re a Nazi.

Rhodes has been an integral part of fighting Trump and resisting hate in Portland. His people achieve this by standing arm in arm to stop a busful of people going to work (something the police are no longer tolerating). It seems so illogical. Why do you give a shit if someone goes to their retail job to sell shirts? Are you anti-shirt? No. They are anti-normal. If they can create a world where weird is the norm, we won’t be as disgusted when we discover they molest 13-year-old boys. Rhodes isn’t an unusual case with the far left. It’s looking like the guy who punched alleged Nazi Richard Spencer in the face may be an S&M cuckold who lets people defecate on him. Many of my fellow Proud Boys recently had Antifa harassing their employers. We were told many of these irritating busybodies were associated with a band called Pink Mass. These guys are gay necrophiliacs who blow nail-covered dildos and whip each other dressed in leather dog masks. I don’t want their shows to be banned, but the fact that we live in a society where a phone call from them is given credence shows how normalized the abnormal is. Next time your boss says he’s been getting complaints, it’s important to ask, “From whom?” You should be allowed to bartend, sell real estate, and practice law even if GG Allin disapproves of your political beliefs.

Much more at the article - Gavin cites a number of other examples simmering just below the public consciousnesses and closes with this paragraph:

This isn’t a conspiracy. It’s history repeating itself. In the 1920s we had Weimar culture, where intellectuals justified the rampant prostitution of Berlin that had everyone from Grandma to her grandchildren being sold for revolting and elaborate sex acts. In the 1950s and ’60s we had beatniks such as Allen Ginsberg, who later came out as a proud lover of young boys. He even joined NAMBLA! In the 1970s we had more Marxist intellectual sabotage with Michel Foucault, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir fighting hard to lower the age of consent to 13 or 14. Simone and Sartre are portrayed as brilliant revolutionaries, but they were Nazi sympathizers who systematically raped their students. Today we have Epstein and Bean and these Antifa pigs. The one thing they all have in common is duplicity. They pretend to care passionately about justice yet turn a blind eye when it doesn’t suit their narrative. This is because they don’t care about justice. All they care about is self-gratification, and if America has to be burned to the ground to satiate the fire in their loins, they want it to turn to ash. Unfortunately for them this isn’t Rome, and the only thing we’re going to let burn is them.

Things are going to get interesting before they get better. What with the general Democratic butt-hurt at losing the election, we have opened the cages of the monkey-house and given the inmates run of the asylum; all happily funded by George Soros who makes his money by destabilizing cultures. History Does Not Repeat Itself, But It Rhymes

Disgusting news from Politico:

Federal workers turn to encryption to thwart Trump
Federal employees worried that President Donald Trump will gut their agencies are creating new email addresses, signing up for encrypted messaging apps and looking for other, protected ways to push back against the new administration’s agenda.

Whether inside the Environmental Protection Agency, within the Foreign Service, on the edges of the Labor Department or beyond, employees are using new technology as well as more old-fashioned approaches — such as private face-to-face meetings — to organize letters, talk strategy, or contact media outlets and other groups to express their dissent.

The goal is to get their message across while not violating any rules covering workplace communications, which can be monitored by the government and could potentially get them fired.

At the EPA, a small group of career employees — numbering less than a dozen so far — are using an encrypted messaging app to discuss what to do if Trump’s political appointees undermine their agency’s mission to protect public health and the environment, flout the law, or delete valuable scientific data that the agency has been collecting for years, sources told POLITICO.

There are only a handful of people using these apps. They need to be terminated right now to nip this in the bud. This is childish behaviour from people who work for us. Do they have something to hide?

Now this is curious

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Their seems to be some worms in the apple. From The Daily Caller:

EXCLUSIVE: House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs Committee Members Compromised By Rogue IT Staff
Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.

Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.

A bit more:

The brothers are suspected of serious violations, including accessing members’ computer networks without their knowledge and stealing equipment from Congress.

Jamal handled IT for Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat who serves on both the intelligence and foreign affairs panels.

And a bit more (there is a lot at the post):

Jamal did not return a request for comment from TheDCNF at a personal email address, while emails to House addresses in the three men’s names bounced back Friday.

Another man, Omar Awan, is a senior IT specialist for the House’s Chief Administrative Officer. An email to his House address did not bounce back Friday, but did not receive a response.

Abid, Imran and Jamal have all shared a house in Lorton, Virginia, that is owned by Hina R. Alvi. Alvi is a female House IT employee who works for many of the same members as the three brothers, as well as the House Democratic Caucus.

Signs of trouble have long been visible in public records. The Congressional Credit Union repossessed Abid’s car in 2009, and he declared bankruptcy in 2012, facing multiple lawsuits.

Alvi, who did not respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment, has taken multiple second mortgages.

Security-sensitive jobs typically require background checks for credit and legal problems that can create pressures to cash in on access to secret information and documents.

Jamal, who public records suggest is only 22 years old and first began working in the House when he was 20, was paid nearly $160,000 a year, or three times the average House IT staff salary, according to InsideGov, which tracks congressional salaries. Abid was paid $161,000 and Imran $165,000.

Nothing like running a secure system. Prosecute for treason? With all the crap that has been leaked from our government in the last eight years, I would bet that there are some others that need to be flushed out as well.

It is dead but parts are still twitching and issuing press releases - from Bloomberg:

Trump Ghost Looms Over EU Summit as Leaders Push Back
U.S. President Donald Trump loomed over a Mediterranean gathering of European leaders, who used the meeting Friday to hit back at the new administration that has upended trans-Atlantic relations by dismissing the European Union’s validity.

“It is unacceptable that there be, through a certain number of statements by the president of the United States, a pressure on what Europe must be or what it must not be,” French President Francois Hollande told reporters Friday at the EU summit in Valletta, Malta.

Valletta, Malta - why are these "meetings" always held in the most posh of tourist destinations. Why are these over-educated ponces not using Skype. I love it that their chief complaint is about President Trump bothering their little sinecure and not what they are doing wrong that is making their world fall apart. It is never their fault - they are too smart to do anything wrong, it is always some outside force that they blame.

I love what our guy said to these 'leaders'

Laying bare the tensions, Ted Malloch, who says he’s been interviewed for the role of U.S. ambassador to the EU, lashed out at the 28-member bloc in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Friday. Following Trump’s lead, he encouraged other member states to hold referendums similar to the U.K., which voted last year to leave the bloc.

The EU “is an overly complex fairly bloated bureaucratic organization,” Malloch said. “Its ambitions have basically overstepped its capabilities, so the question really is what the European member states want to see for that European Union.”

Overly complex - that is putting it mildly. None of the Brussels bureaucrats are elected. Time to admit failure of the grand idea and go back to what works and stop trying to force what "sounds good".

Barry's Pen and Phone - the cost to us

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$890 Billion Dollars - from Breitbart:

Study: Obama Issued $890 Billion in Regulations from White House
Former President Obama issued more than $890 billion worth of regulations during his presidency, according to a new study from American Action Forum (AAF).

This number includes $24 million worth of midnight regulations issued in January, more midnight regulations than any lame duck president in history, Breitbart News reported.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued $344 billion worth of regulations during the Obama administration, and implemented the most expensive regulations out of all government agencies, according to the study.

The Department of Energy came in second, issuing $194 billion in regulations over the last eight years.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued $104 billion in regulations as it worked to roll out Obamacare provisions.

Let's see - US Population is about 319 million, 890 Billion divided by equals a $2,789.96 extra expense for every man woman and child and that is just from the added regulations. Not talking about increased taxes or poor economy.

Winning the popular vote

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Nice to see this getting some attention finally - from FOX News:

Experts: California voter registration system 'highly susceptible' to fraud
California’s voter registration system is “highly susceptible to being compromised,” because of immigration policies protecting the Golden State’s 2.4 million illegal immigrants, authorities have told Fox News.

The integrity of elections may be compromised by a lack of oversight of non-citizens registering and voting, said Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative and senior legal fellow for the Institute for Constitutional Government at The Heritage Foundation.

And of course the illegals vote democrat because they get free shit from the party. Some more:

The problem with California is there is no separate verification of citizenship on voter registration, said Charles Bell, Jr., a partner with California-based Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP, a law firm that specializes in election law. Applicants can check a box affirming they are citizens, and this is not checked against any other government database such as federal immigration records.

Time to clean it up across the USA. You need to have an ID card to get on an airplane, to open a bank account, to buy booze. Why not to vote.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

'Can she eat more kale?' Hordes of liberals want reassurance RBG's health is good
On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch for deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's long-empty seat. On Wednesday morning, liberals woke up, did the math and realized it was time to be concerned about Ruth Bader Ginsburg's fiber intake. Also bone density. Also exposure to airborne viruses (Madame Justice, what is your flu shot status?), and salmonella, and slippery ice, and also: Has anyone heard how scientists are coming along with a Zika vaccine?

"I'm very interested in this." says Jeanette Bavwidinski, a community organizer in Pennsylvania. "I'm interested in what her daily regimen is. Like, what are you all feeding RBG? Is she getting enough fresh air? Is she walking? Is she staying low-stress? What is she reading? Is she reading low-stress things?"

"Can she eat more kale?" asks Kim Landsbergen, a forest ecologist in Ohio. "Eat more kale, that's all I can say. We love you. Eat more kale.

Heh - amazing what the mindset of the regressive liberal is. Whenever they hit bottom, they keep digging. I would not be surprised if there wasn't an entry in the DSM-IV

UPDATE: Found it - from October 30th, 2015 - DSM-IV 301.95 Progressive Personality Disorder

DSM-IV 301.95 Progressive Personality Disorder
A. A pervasive pattern of progressive political and inter-personal thought and action, rooted in discredited leftist (neo-Marxist) beliefs, beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by at least five of the following (individual must be at least 18 years of age to qualify for the diagnosis of Progressive Personality Disorder, as many of the criteria are age-appropriate for adolescents). This disorder often coexists with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

    1. Utopian thinking, e.g. a delusional belief that there exist simple, linear, side effect-free solutions to all social problems.
    2. Lack of historical knowledge and perspective, and repression of personal memories dissonant with this belief system. e.g., the national mood post 9-11, including that of PPD patients, is suppressed in order to avoid conflict with subsequent reversal of beliefs as the PPD delusions were reinstated - hence the downplaying of terrorism as a threat and the obsessive concern for the "rghts" of temporarily feared and hated terrorists. (Note to clinician: please differentiate between mere historical ignorance, e.g., a doctorate in history from an elite university, vs. neurotic or psychotic delusions necessary to sustain these beliefs. )
    3. Anthroplastic delusion, e.g. The delusion that behavioral conditioning performed by the government or some other collective will cure all behavioral and social problems, rooted in denial of fixed human nature. Implicit in this delusion is the idea that human beings are infinitely malleable and subject to behavioral manipulation leading to perfect control and predictability. Free will, personal conscience, and objective morality are denied, devalued or denigrated.

Much more at the original site

From Breitbart:

Pelosi: Sanctuary Cities Make Us ‘Safer,’ ‘Not Disobeying the Law’ – ‘These Are Law-Abiding Citizens’
During a town hall on CNN on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) argued that sanctuary city policies make us “safer,” and “in our sanctuary cities, our people are not disobeying the law. These are law-abiding citizens, it enables them to be there without being reported to ICE in case of another crime that they might bear witness to.”

A bit more - a nice come-back:

Later, Pelosi was asked by the mother of a man who was killed by an illegal immigrant, “If you need to go home tonight and line up your babies as you say, and your grandbabies, which one of them could you look in their eyes today, and tell them that they’re expendable, for another foreign person to have an a nicer life? Which one would you like to say, ‘You, my child, are expendable for someone else to come over here and not follow the law and have a nicer life?'”

I continue to wonder if the botox has seeped into her brain. She is playing right into President Trump's Executive Order - from The Hill:

Trump order calls for weekly list of crimes done by undocumented workers
President Trump in the executive orders he signed Tuesday called on the Department of Homeland Security to publish a list each week of the crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.

The order says the Homeland Security Secretary “shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens."

The aim, according to the document, is “to better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions.”

Heh - a couple weeks of these reports and John Q. Public will be clamoring for faster and more comprehensive action.

Interesting developments - unions

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From the London Daily Mail:

Gov. Walker: White House interested in Wisconsin union law
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he spoke with Vice President Mike Pence about how the White House can implement on a federal level parts of the Republican governor's contentious policy that all-but eliminated collective bargaining for public sector unions in the state.

President Donald Trump has talked about wanting to weaken collective bargaining protections for federal employees, most of whom can't currently bargain over wages or benefits, to make it easier to hire and fire government workers and base pay on merit rather than tenure. Those changes would require an act of Congress.

Walker severely restricted union power in Wisconsin and is now talking with the Trump administration about "how they may take bits and pieces of what we did" with the union law and civil service reform and "apply it at the national level."

Unions very much had their place in America but they have not adapted to the times and wind up being very expensive for all parties. Public Sector unions especially - teachers, government officials, etc... It is next to impossible to fire bad or delinquent workers, benefits (specifically retirement pensions) outstrip the abilities of the organization to fund - case in point California. It will be an uphill battle but the net outcome will be very good for everyone except the incompetent union employee.

Things are getting interesting over there - from the San Francisco Chronicle:

SF sues over Trump’s executive order targeting sanctuary cities
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a federal lawsuit against President Trump on Tuesday, calling his executive order that seeks to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities unconstitutional.

The legal action is the first lawsuit from a major sanctuary city under threat from Trump’s executive order that aims to supersede local immigration policy while ratcheting up enforcement.

“Not only is it unconstitutional, it’s un-American,” Herrera said at a City Hall news conference. “It is necessary to defend the people of this city, this state and this country from the wild overreach of a president whose words and actions have thus far shown little respect for our Constitution or the rule of law.”

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, cites the 10th Amendment of the Constitution that limits the federal government from interfering in powers reserved to states.

You can virtue signal all you want but your argument has no basis in fact. The Tenth Amendment reads:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Short and sweet. Emphasis mine. Unfortunately for the great legal minds in San Francisco, they forgot Article One, Section Eight of the US Constitution which includes the following line:

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization

It is in the Constitution, President Trump has the authority so get over it.

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