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About those peaceful immigrants

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From the Associated Press:

Police: Repeatedly deported MS-13 gang member abused child
A member of the MS-13 street gang who had been deported from the U.S. four times stabbed two women and sexually assaulted a 2-year-old girl in a New York City suburb, police said Thursday.

Tommy Vladim Alvarado-Ventura, 31, of Hempstead, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail Thursday. His court-appointed attorney declined to comment.

A real choirboy:

Authorities said that Alvarado-Ventura had been in the home with the child late Tuesday night before going to a nearby bar, where he argued with a woman over a marijuana deal and then stabbed her in the parking lot. The woman, who was not identified, suffered a collapsed lung, police said.

He then returned to the apartment where the child lived, police said. When the child's mother returned home from work at about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, she discovered injuries to her child and argued with Alvarado-Ventura. During that argument, he stabbed the woman, Krumpter said.

He needs to spend his life in prison - in El Salvador, his home nation.

Bugging President Trump

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As the fake news dissipates, the real news surfaces:

A very good word - the people on the streets these days are being bought and paid for by employees of rich white men and neither the employees nor the r. w. men will ever answer to the violence these poor stooges will be arrested for. These pwecious widdle snowflakes are being bought and paid for without their comprehension. Chattel.

From Anonymous:

I do not think that anarchy is a useful tool but I really respect the people behind Anonymous - they are able to see the societal problem and they stay on point. Their computer security is excellent too - got some good people working for them. Their credo starts at 4:55

How about that economy? From Investor's Business Daily:

California's Carl's Jr. Says So Long, Golden State
To hear Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, you'd think that taxes can go up to 60% or even 80%, and businesses and investors will just ... pay up. But the growing number of businesses stampeding out of high tax areas suggest that they're very wrong.

We got more evidence of that this week when CKE Restaurants, the corporate parent of Hardee's and Carl's Jr. restaurants, announced that they are relocating to Nashville, Tennessee.

Hardee's will move its headquarters from St. Louis, Missouri, to Nashville, Tennessee, one of America's fastest growing states.

Oh, and did we mention that the state has no personal income tax?

Meanwhile, the Carl's Jr. move puts more egg on the face of California and the political class in Sacramento. Hamburger fast food chain Carl's Jr. was founded in California and for years has been headquartered in Carpinteria, California. The highest income tax rate in California is 13%, so moving to Tennessee, where the tax rate is zero, will save the company millions of dollars on taxes a year.

Yes, we know that CKE's official line is that the firm is relocating because it has less need for office space as it consolidates operations. But the company executives say this with a wink. Tax savings are a big factor, as is the stifling regulatory environment on the left coast, where businesses are treated like villains and rich people as cash dispensers for big government programs. It's not a coincidence that CKE's CEO Andy Puzder has been one of the leading critics of high taxes and onerous rules in Washington D.C. and Sacramento.

As the great Margaret Thatcher once said: The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.

Governor Moonbeam should review the fable of The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs

With all the scrutiny that Judge Neil M. Gorsuch is getting, it is interesting to look at the scrutiny that Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg received at her Confirmation Hearing. The previous link is a C-Span video of whole procedure - four hours long. The fine folks at the Judicial Crisis Network have distilled this down to one minute of Judge Ginsburg waffling and the Democrats letting her skate.

Judge Ginsburg declined to answer questions on more than 60 occasions during her hearings. Double standards anyone?
Tip of the hat to Gerard for the link.
Judicial Crisis Network has a good backgrounder: The Ginsburg Standard and the Schumer Double Standard

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is profoundly liberal / progressive. Based in San Francisco it has the distinction of being one of the most overturned courts in the United States. In 2012, the US Supreme Court overturned 86 percent of the rulings it reviewed from the 9th

That makes this that much more curious - from Tyler O'Neil writing at PJ Media:

Five 9th Circuit Judges Eviscerate the 'Fundamental Errors' in Ruling Against Trump's 'Muslim Ban'
Five judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals went out of their way to denounce the "fundamental errors" in the February decision of a three-judge panel which effectively stopped President Donald Trump's first executive order temporarily halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, attacked as a "Muslim Ban." The five judges denounced the panel's ruling as a "clear misstatement of law," and argued that they had an "obligation to correct" it for the record.

"We are judges, not Platonic Guardians. It is our duty to say what the law is, and the meta-source of our law, the U.S. Constitution, commits the power to make foreign policy, including the decisions to permit or forbid entry into the United States, to the President and Congress," the judges declared. They argued that the panel's February ruling constituted clear judicial activism which undermined the separation of powers.

Very cool - welcome to reality folks! I love that line: We are judges, not Platonic Guardians

Ideology and partisanship have no place in the courtroom. Glad to see that some of the judges realize this...

Immigrants in Maryland

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A twofer.

First - from FOX News:

New details emerge in alleged school rape of teen by illegal immigrants
New, brutal details emerged Monday in the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl at a Maryland high school by two male students, at least one of whom was in the country illegally.

The unidentified student at Rockville High School in Rockville, Md. was violently raped, sodomized and made to perform oral sex in a campus bathroom stall by the two males, according to court records.

Jose O. Montano, 17, from El Salvador, and Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, 18, from Guatemala, were charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense after they allegedly attacked the girl at 9 a.m. last Thursday.

Alleged? The a**holes streamed it live on Facebook.

Second - from the Washington Examiner:

Maryland moves to be 'sanctuary state’
Maryland Democrats this week took a major step to becoming a "sanctuary state," drawing outrage from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and concerns it would protect an 18-year-old illegal charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in a school bathroom last week.

The Democratically-controlled House of Delegates voted 83-55 to OK the Maryland Law Enforcement and Trust Act. Generally, it would bar state and local law enforcement from helping federal immigration officials seeking illegals, including requests to detain inmates for deportation.

Good God! Talk about being a clueless ninny. All the Dems are interested in is holding on to their power and getting more votes. Do they not see the writing on the walls. 2018 is going to be very 'interesting' for them when they find themselves out of office. Good riddance.

It seems people are having trouble getting a good night's sleep - from Yahoo News:

Sleepless in Seattle, and other places: Trump-induced insomnia stalks blue-state America
Susan Rogers, a poet and attorney in California, is “hurtling through space with no direction” on a plane that, she discovers with horror, has no pilot.

Alicia Bowman, a journalist from East Penn, Pa., is racing frantically through a train that is heading the wrong way, flinging off her belongings so she can run faster, calling frantically for her son, who is transgender.

Rachelle Pachtman, who does canine rescue on New York’s Upper West Side, is searching fruitlessly through her refrigerator for something to serve Michelle and Barack Obama, who have just happened to drop by for lunch.

And Allison Graham, a Los Angeles publicist, is in a hotel suite near her old Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, being interviewed by Donald Trump for a job as a supervisor on one of his big construction projects.

“But I don’t know anything about real estate; I have no qualifications or experience,” she tells him.

“Don’t worry, you’ll be great,” he says.

Then they all wake up.

Blue America is having trouble with sleep — tossing and turning as they lie awake, then falling into nightmares. And those who are suffering tend to blame the 45th president of the United States.

My hope is that a couple weeks of sleeplessness will force them to address their cognitive dissonance and see that Trump is doing what is needed for the majority of America. Jobs are up, the National Debt is down, the Stock Market is up. This in just two months.

Someone needs to check the history of this adviser - from the Washington Examiner:

Author of key Ryan tax reform plank is Berkeley professor who advised Kerry
House Speaker Paul Ryan's ambitious tax overhaul relies on an import tax concept originally developed by a Berkeley economist who once advised Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

Alan J. Auerbach is the director of the Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as an economic counselor to Kerry during his 2004 presidential campaign.

He also happens to be known as the godfather of "border adjustability," the linchpin of the tax reform plan that Ryan, a conservative Wisconsin Republican, is attempting to sell to the White House and push through the GOP Congress.

Not that Auerbach is stupid or anything but Senator Ryan should be careful about where he gets his advice. I would find someone at the Mises Institute.

The Best Korea

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Stilton reminds us of something - and remember, this woman was almost elected to be our President:

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Specifically:

As you may recall if you don't get all your news from mainstream media, Hillary "That Glass Ceiling Is Thicker Than It Looks" Clinton and her husband raised tens of millions of dollars for their (ahem) "charitable foundation" by peddling State Department access and favors, as well as signing off on highly questionable deals like selling 20% of America's uranium reserves to Russia.

But this was hardly new behavior for the gruesome twosome. Way back in 1996, when the Clintons were actually renting out the Lincoln bedroom for sleazy celebrity romps in return for campaign contributions, Bill struck a controversial deal (again for hefty campaign donations) to let the Loral Corporation sell advanced missile guidance technology to China.

After which, in a spontaneous burst of unbridled capitalism, China sold the technology to the lunatics running North Korea - a terrifying and entirely predictable outcome which the Clintons didn't give a flying damn about as long as their illicit checks cleared. Some things never change.

Hat tip to the Bayou Renaissance Man for this story (which I swiped in full):

About that Hawaii judgment against President Trump's executive order . . .
According to The Astute Bloggers, US District Court judge Derrick K. Watson had lunch on March 15th, in Hawaii, with former President Obama.  Their rendezvous was documented in a photograph on the restaurant's Facebook page.

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Later that same afternoon, Judge Watson ruled against President Trump's latest executive order concerning immigration.

I'm not saying that former President Obama had anything to do with Judge Watson's ruling . . . but we can't rule that out, can we?  Their meeting appears to have been at least as ill-advised as the notorious encounter between former President Clinton and the Attorney-General last year, of which a CBS reporter said that "the appearance of impropriety is just stunning".

Under the circumstances, their lunch date was, at the very least, breathtakingly poor judgment on the part of both the former President and the Judge.  It certainly appears to contravene Hawaii's Revised Code of Judicial Conduct, and therefore calls into question the propriety of Judge Watson's ruling.  He should, at the very least, have recused himself from the case, in the light of his meeting with the former President.  At worst, the situation might even be construed as an impeachable offense by the judge.

Why has the mainstream media not picked up this story?

A very good question. Thank you Peter for asking.

A toxic work environment - the EPA

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Must be absolute hell for a Trump appointee but please, stick it out and turn the place around. From The Daily Caller:

‘I Will Name Names’: Infighting At EPA Drives Top Official To Resign
A senior member of the Trump administration’s beachhead team at the EPA unexpectedly resigned over concerns of the “integrity” of political appointees and career employees.

David Schnare was expected to take a top post at EPA, but he abruptly resigned March 15. It wasn’t for personal reasons, but over what he called a “question of integrity.” Schnare resigned with the title of assistant deputy administrator.

“This wasn’t about me being angry or upset,” Schnare told The Daily Caller News Foundation, saying his resignation had a “much deeper story” than he was willing to disclose at the time.

Schnare didn’t go into detail, but said he would soon write about the events that led to his resignation. His comments, however, suggested infighting at EPA between transition officials, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s inner circle and career employees.

“When the time comes I will name names and go into specifics, “ Schnare said. When asked if the details would be “eye-opening,” he responded: “Oh, I think so.”

Good - name names and get those people out of power. They are what is wrong with our Government, caring more for personal power and their own fifedoms rather than what is good for this Nation and its Citizens. I wish tarring and feathering was still in practice.

About those illegals

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Another case - from Breitbart:

Previously Deported Criminal Alien Charged in Teenager’s Death
A previously deported criminal alien from Mexico faces second-degree murder charges and federal charges after allegedly shooting and killing a teenager.

Louisiana State Police arrested Octavio Bringas, 49 years-old, for allegedly shooting 16-year-old Darius Plummer in the head — killing him on the day of his birthday, according to WBRZ.

And of course:

After the shooting, Bringas called one of the witnesses who had been communicating with the police, telling them that he had accidently discharged the gun and said he was already on his way to Lafayette, Louisiana, which was once a ‘sanctuary city’ in the state.

Bringas was subsequently arrested while heading to Lafayette, with police saying they believe he was attempting to flee the country.

I hope he spends a lot of time behind bars:

Bringas has a long history with the law. ICE spokesman Thomas Byrd told Breitbart Texas that immigration officials previously previously encountered Bringas on March 5, 2012, after he was released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Bringas was removed by ICE on March 22, 2012.

In August and September of 2003, Border Patrol agents deported Bringas after apprehending him illegally crossing the border.

There is a big difference between people who want to come here to better their lives and to assimilate into the American melting pot and these scum. The liberals conflate the two groups, they can not distinguish between the two - if they do, their talking points evaporate.

Going off the deep end - North Korea

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There is saber rattling but then there is North Korean saber rattling. From London, England's The Daily Star:

North Korea issues SHOCK war warning: ‘If a single bullet is fired, we WILL nuke the US’
Kim Jong-un’s rogue state issued the stunning warning as Washington and South Korea carry out war games in the region.

Pyongyang blames the rest of the world for rising nuclear tensions as the DPRK continues its quest for nuclear missiles capable of striking the US mainland.

Last week, US President Donald Trump’s White House admitted war is now “on the table” with North Korea.

US warships, soldiers and warplanes are carrying out military exercises alongside their allies in Seoul.

Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson arrived in the peninsula with its strike group of destroyers.

Drills are being carried out to test plans to “decapitate” the leadership in Pyongyang should nuclear tensions rise too high.

Jut for the sake of the citizens of North Korea, I hope that something is done to topple the government. Normally, I am an isolationist but that regime has gone on for too long. China is their patron and China should have stepped in a long time ago.

A lot of illegal immigrants just want a quiet life for them and their families. Unfortunately, there are a lot of criminals who are crossing our border too.
Some numbers from: The Dark Side Of Illegal Immigration

Impacts of Illegal Immigration: Crime Summary
While this report has attempted to put a personal face on the collateral damage of illegal alien crime, note that many of the links in this report detailing some of the crime are dependent on the archiving time of some of the various sources making their articles available. Once taken down, many of the crimes simply "disappear" from American consciousness.

Here are just a few of the entries - the list is long and well documented:

    • In Los Angeles, 95% of some 1,500 outstanding warrants for homicides are for illegal aliens. About 67% of the 17,000 outstanding fugitive felony warrants are for illegal aliens.
    • There are currently over 400,000 unaccounted for illegal alien criminals with outstanding deportation orders. At least one fourth of these are hard core criminals.
    • 80,000 to 100,000 illegal aliens who have been convicted of serious crimes are walking the streets. Based on studies they will commit an average of 13 serious crimes per perpetrator.
    • Illegal aliens are involved in criminal activities at a rate that is 2-5 times their representative proportion of the population.
    • In 1980, our Federal and state facilities held fewer than 9,000 criminal aliens but at the end of 2003, approximately 267,000 illegal aliens were incarcerated in U.S. correctional facilities at a cost of about $6.8 billion per year.
    • Nearly 63% of illegal alien sex offenders had been deported on another offense prior to committing the sex crime.
    • About 60% of the crimes being committed are by illegal aliens who were previously deported.

The whole website is very well documented and worth reading for an explanation of the dark side of globalism and open borders. It is set in chapter format with 28 individual chapters covering various topics.

Showing their communist roots - from Buzz Feed:

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Workers Will Strike May 1, Organizers Say
Almost 350,000 service workers plan to strike on May 1, a traditional day for labor activism across the world, in the most direct attempt yet by organized labor to capture the energy from a resurgent wave of activism across the country since the election of Donald Trump.

Tens of thousands of members of a powerful California branch of the Service Employees International Union will participate in the strike, according to David Huerta, the president of the chapter.

“We understand that there’s risk involved in that,” Huerta told BuzzFeed News, “but we’re willing to take that risk in order to be able to move forward in this moment, while the most marginalized are in the crosshairs of this administration.”

Willfully not show up for work? That's a firing.

Jerry is not happy with Donald

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From Politico:

Jerry Brown heads to D.C., with Schwarzenegger right behind him
California Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't travel much out of state, but amid intensifying conflict with Washington over health care, climate change, immigration and more, the governor of the nation’s most populous state will head east next week — his first trip to the nation's capital since President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The visit will come less than a week after Trump released a budget proposal that would cut deeply into social service programs and begin an easing of national vehicle emission standards — both anathema to policies in Brown’s heavily Democratic state. The governor called the environmental action “an unconscionable gift to polluters,” and California officials this week filed a motion in federal court to intervene in a lawsuit automakers brought against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A bit more:

It's unclear with whom Brown will seek meetings — or if they will include any Trump administration officials. The lack of scheduling is typical of the fourth-term Democrat, who eschews public schedules for the flexibility they deny him.

Brown traveled regularly out of state during his previous time as governor, from 1975 to 1983, and as in his three failed bids for president. Since returning to office in 2011, however, the 78-year-old Brown has largely limited his travel to events related to climate change. He skipped a meeting of the nation’s governors in Washington in February.

Bet he doesn't get very far meeting with people - and this wonderful bit:

While Brown has promised to confront Trump on issues ranging from immigration to health care and the environment, he has held out hope that Trump could prove helpful on infrastructure spending.

Brown is seeking to build a high-speed rail system and a $15.5 billion Delta water conveyance. Of Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure proposal, Brown said in his State of the State address in January, “I say, amen to that, man!”

I would love to be a fly on the wall for that meeting. That is $1T divided between all of the states, not just California. Jerry's new train set is budgeted at $68 Billion. Take one Trillion dollars and divide it by 50 states and you get $20 Billion per state. Jerry wants $83 Billion for his two pet projects - not counting the inevitable cost overruns. How about fixing I-5 Jerry - that highway is horrible and getting worse.

A bit of a coincidence - Obama

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I posted that Obama was taking a month off in French Polynesia - well, it seems that he stopped off in Hawaii first. The timing is interesting. From The Gateway Pundit:


Obama Paid Surprise Visit to Hawaii 48 Hours Before Hawaii Judge Rules Against Trump Temporary Refugee Ban (Updated)
SHADOW GOVERNMENT UPDATE
Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to Honolulu, Hawaii on Monday just days before US District Court Judge Derrick Watson, who presides in Honolulu, ruled against President Trump’s temporary refugee ban from terror states.

Via Pat Dollard and the Star Advertiser:

Coming off a string of high-profile meetings, former President Barack Obama made an unannounced return to Hawaii Monday.

Just three months removed from his last official holiday visit as president, Obama was spotted dining at Buzz’s Lanikai Monday night.

Local Democrats tried “their best to keep it under wraps the whole day.”

Then on Wednesday President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban was put on hold by US District Court Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu, Hawaii after hearing arguments that the executive order discriminates on the basis of nationality.

And this too:

Also — the judge, one Judge Watson, managed to produce a 43-page decision within two hours of the case being filed. Speedy guy, huh!

Just a coincidence - like the time that Clinton met with the AG at the airport.

Socialism's end game - nothing works. From the Miami Herald:

Venezuela has a bread shortage. The government has decided bakers are the problem.
Facing a bread shortage that is spawning massive lines and souring the national mood, the Venezuelan government is responding this week by detaining bakers and seizing establishments.

In a press release, the National Superintendent for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights said it had charged four people and temporarily seized two bakeries as the socialist administration accused bakers of being part of a broad “economic war” aimed at destabilizing the country.

In a statement, the government said the bakers had been selling underweight bread and were using price-regulated flour to illegally make specialty items, like sweet rolls and croissants.

Riiiight - someone who bakes a croissant is an enemy of the people. And what is with this "broad “economic war” aimed at destabilizing the country". All I see is a self-inflicted deep wound to the body. The leadership based their whole governance on giving away free shit and now that the country has run out of money, they have no more free shit to give away. Rather than own up to their own stupidity, they point fingers at everyone else.

This is the end game of socialism - when the Nation runs out of other people's money. Very happy that President Trump is in office and cutting our nations budget. Sure, it is going to be unpopular and sure, it will hurt but it will be a lot better in the long run. Better a couple of years of belt tightening than living like Venezuelans for the next 40 years.

When you rile Senator Nancy Pelosi - from The Hill:

Pelosi: Trump budget a ‘slap in the face’
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hammered the Trump administration’s new budget proposal on Thursday, framing the president’s federal spending blueprint as an immoral demolition of government that’s doomed in Congress.

“I don’t see how this budget can survive the light of day,” Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol.

The sound of corruption being stamped out. More faster please!

Must be nice - Obama vacation

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The guy sure likes his vacations - from Yahoo/Agence France Presse:

Barack Obama to spend a month in French Polynesia
Barack Obama arrived in French Polynesia where he will spend a month at a luxury resort frequented by Hollywood stars, according to local TV channel Tahiti Nui TV.

The former US president landed on the tourist island Tahiti without his family before going to Marlon Brando's privately owned retreat Tetiaroa atoll, which the Oscar-winning actor bought in the 1960s.

Obama has checked into the eco-friendly Brando resort, whose villas boast their own plunge pools and cost between 2,000 euros ($2,150) and 12,300 euros per night.

No political meetings have been announced during Obama's stay and it is not clear what he plans to do during the sojourn or whether his family will join him.

It will be interesting to see if the media reports on visitors - this would be a perfect location to make plans for President Trump's downfall or to have plausible deniability if something has already been scheduled. This video is interesting:

Great news from Zero Hedge:

Senators Demand State Department Probe Into Soros Organizations
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and a group of his colleagues are calling on the newly appointed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to immediately investigate how US taxpayer funds are being used by the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support Soros-backed, leftist political groups in several Eastern European countries including Macedonia and Albania. According to the letter, potentially millions of taxpayer dollars are being funneled through USAID to Soros' Open Society Foundations with the explicit goal of pushing his progressive agenda.

"Unfortunately, we have received a credible report that, over the past few years, the U.S. Mission there has actively intervened in the party politics of Macedonia, as well as in the shaping of its media environment and civil society, often favoring left-leaning political group over others. We find these reports discoraging and, if true, highly problematic."

"Much of the concerning activity in Macedonia has been perpetuated through USAID funds awarded to implementing entities such as George Soros' Open Society Foundations. As the recipient of multiple grant awards and serving as a USAID contractor implementing projects in this small nation of 2.1 million people, our taxpayer funded foreign aid goes far, allowing Foundation Open Society - Macedonia (FOSM) to push a progressive agenda and invigorate the political left. Our foreign aid should only be used to promote a political agenda if it is in the security or economic interests of our country to do so, and even at that, we must be cautious and respectful in such an endeavor. We should be especially wary of promoting policies that remain controversial even in our own country and that have the potential to harm our relationship with the citizens of recipient countries."

As Fox News pointed out, USAID gave nearly $15 million to Soros' Foundation Open Society - Macedonia, and other Soros-linked organizations in the region, in the last 4 years of Obama's presidency alone.

Our tax dollars at work. Going to fund the foundation of a sociopath.

Voter Identification

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This is a big deal for liberals who claim that enforcing voter ID will disproportionately affect minority's ability to vote. You have to show ID to get on an airplane or to buy a bottle of booze, why should casting a ballot be any different. There was a big study that agreed with the liberal viewpoint but it just fell apart. From VOX:

A major study finding that voter ID laws hurt minorities isn’t standing up well under scrutiny
It was supposed to be the study that proved voter ID laws are not just discriminatory but can also have a big impact on elections. And it was picked up widely, with outlets including ThinkProgress and the Washington Post reporting that the study found voter ID laws hurt Hispanic voters in particular and skewed elections to the right.

But a follow-up study suggests the findings in the original were bunk. According to researchers at Stanford, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania, the original study was based on surveys of voters that are extremely unreliable — skewing the results. On top of that, several calculation errors led to even more problems. When the errors are corrected, the follow-up researchers found, there’s no evidence in the analyzed data that voter ID laws have a statistically significant impact on voter turnout.

In other words, it’s possible that voter ID laws still have an impact on elections, but the original study just doesn’t have the data to prove it.

I have said it before and will say it again, the liberals know that their ideas will not stand up to scrutiny so they have to cheat to get them passed. Busing people around to stuff ballot boxes is just one example of this.

The city of Flint Michigan has been plagued with horrible contaminated water for a long time but the entrenched Democratic government has done nothing except pointing fingers and asking the Federal government for money. The people responsible have been brought to court - and given a little slap on the wrist. From the Flint ABC affiliate WJRT:

Several people charged in Flint water emergency appear in court
One of the first people to be sentenced in connection with the Flint water emergency learned her fate Monday.

Corinne Miller will face no jail time, even though she withheld information about legionella in Flint River water, but she does have to do something she's not looking forward to - 67th District Judge Jennifer Manley ordered her to write a letter of apology to the people of Flint.

Her attorney objected.

"It will put her in quite a position in the public record about an apology," said Kristen Guinn.

Manley insisted if Miller wants to avoid sitting in a cell.

These people are unelected and suffer no consequences if they fail to do their job. Legionnaires’ disease? From The Detroit News:

Stats link pneumonia deaths spike to Flint water crisis
New statistics on Genesee County pneumonia deaths in 2014 and 2015 align with some expert opinions that the Flint water crisis most likely resulted in more than the 12 Legionnaires’ disease deaths already linked to it.

So Miller failed to warn people about this disease and 12 people died from it and all she has to do is write a letter of apology? And the lawsuits begin...

From The White House - the gloves are off:

Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Purpose. This order is intended to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the executive branch by directing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director) to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies (as defined in section 551(1) of title 5, United States Code), components of agencies, and agency programs.

Sec. 2. Proposed Plan to Improve the Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Accountability of Federal Agencies, Including, as Appropriate, to Eliminate or Reorganize Unnecessary or Redundant Federal Agencies. (a) Within 180 days of the date of this order, the head of each agency shall submit to the Director a proposed plan to reorganize the agency, if appropriate, in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of that agency.

The deep state gets its pee-pee whacked with a baseball bat. CIA? NSA?

From The Daily Caller:

Trump’s Budget Plan Expected To Include Cuts Of Historic Proportions
The budget that Donald Trump is expected to send to Congress this week will include cuts to the federal government that the country hasn’t seen in 70 years.

The president’s budget for the fiscal 2018 year, set for release on Thursday, reportedly calls for a significant reduction in spending for environmental and public housing agencies while reducing the number of federal employees and adding millions to the defense spending.

The administration is expected to cut the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 25 percent and reduce its staff by 19 percent. The new budget also reportedly shrinks Department of Housing and Urban Development spending by nearly 14 percent, or $6 billion in cuts, and could could also include a slash to the Department of Commerce’s budget by 18 percent.

A good start. There is no bureaucracy in the known universe that willingly downsizes itself. These have been allowed to grow unfettered and it is well past time to trim the fat to the bone. The rending of garments, gnashing of teeth, lamentation of their women and the howling at the moon will be epic (and delicious to see).

Great news from The Whitehouse

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From The Washington Post:

Trump budget expected to seek historic contraction of federal workforce
President Trump’s budget proposal this week would shake the federal government to its core if enacted, culling back numerous programs and expediting a historic contraction of the federal workforce.

This would be the first time the government has executed cuts of this magnitude — and all at once — since the drawdown following World War II, economists and budget analysts said.

The spending budget Trump is set to release Thursday will offer the clearest snapshot of his vision for the size and role of government. Aides say that the president sees a new Washington emerging from the budget process, one that prioritizes the military and homeland security while slashing many other areas, including housing, foreign assistance, environmental programs, public broadcasting and research. Simply put, government would be smaller and less involved in regulating life in America, with private companies and states playing a much bigger role.

Our government has grown way too big. We have thousands of personal fiefdoms trying to expand their scope. We have duplication of efforts throughout many agencies. Time to cut to the bone.

Welfare fraud in the news

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A particularly egregious case - from District of Columbia NBC affiliate:

Virginia Woman Charged With Welfare Fraud For Collecting Benefits While Husband Earned Millions
An Arlington woman was arrested this week and charged with four counts of welfare fraud for collecting over $100,000 in benefits – all while her husband was a high-earning attorney in D.C., police say.

Police say a six-month investigation into Helen Agbapuruonwu, 41, found that the mother of four had collected benefits like food stamps and Medicaid assistance for the past six years.

While Helen was collecting benefits, her husband, Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, was earning $1.5 million per year as a lawyer, according to court documents obtained by News4.

In 2001, Fidelis received the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship which helped pay his way through law school.

Fidelis’ LinkedIn page claims he works for the D.C. firm of Mayer Brown, but today the firm said he no longer works there. Court officials believe Fidelis, a Nigerian immigrant, has “fled the country and is somewhere in Africa.”

Bonus points for the Soros link. Paul Soros is George's brother who passed away in 2013.

I really pity this poor fool - if this is how they define their lives and their accomplishments then they live a very shallow existence. From The Weekly Standard:

Berkeley Goes Offline
A few years ago, an adjunct professor and disability-rights activist named Stacy Nowak went to take a look at a college course offered online by the University of California, Berkeley. The course was called "Journalism for Social Change." Nowak is deaf. She has no connection to UC Berkeley; she teaches art at Gallaudet University. But she was displeased with the quality of the closed captioning the university provided on the course's video.

Nowak, who declined to be interviewed for this article, got hold of the National Association of the Deaf, which she's a member of. In doing so she set in motion a train of events that will come to a head on March 15. Already famous for other reasons, the Ides of March will likely stand as a signal day in the development of modern liberalism, or progressivism, as we are supposed to call it. That's when one bastion of left-wingery, UC Berkeley, will give in to the demands of another, the disability-rights movement, to deprive the rest of us of a uniquely wonderful resource of modern technology. It's not as complicated as it sounds.

Since 2012, UC Berkeley (among many other schools) has offered video and audio recordings of many of its courses to the general public, via YouTube and iTunes U. The Seussian acronym is MOOCs, for massive open online courses. Over the years Berkeley's catalogue of MOOCs has grown to more than 40,000 hours of high-end pedagogy. There are introductory courses in economics, European history, statistics, physics, geography, and pretty much everything else. More advanced courses range from "Scientific Approaches to Consciousness" and "Game Theory" to "The Planets" and "Philosophy of Language," this last taught by John Searle, the country's, and maybe the world's, greatest living philosopher. Not all of the content will be to everyone's taste, of course, and I'm sure there's something to annoy anyone sooner or later. Professor Michael Nagler's simpering "Intro to Nonviolence" makes me want to punch something. I probably wouldn't like "Journalism for Social Change," either.

A bit more:

After Nowak notified the National Association of the Deaf of her frustration with Berkeley's MOOCs, NAD went straight to the white-hot center of the American grievance industry, the federal government's Department of Justice. The organization filed a complaint with DoJ on behalf of Nowak and a Gallaudet colleague as "aggrieved individuals." The government lawyers got to work.

UC Berkeley, needless to say, is deeply involved in the disability rights movement and has gone to great lengths to keep it satisfied. Its Division of Equity and Inclusion boasts a Disabled Students Program that offers a long list of services to accommodate disabled students, including Disability Management Counseling and disability-specific problem-solving groups. The school adheres to an accessibility policy that issues Web Content Accessibility Guidelines that are enforced by the Web Accessibility Services team. There's even a minor in disability studies.

None of this impressed the Justice Department or the aggrieved individuals or the activist organization of which they are a part. Note that the accommodations listed above are for students and faculty only. But Berkeley opened its MOOCs to the general public. Among the videos, the intrepid DoJ investigators discovered some without captions, thus discriminating against members of the general public who are deaf. Some "contain[ed] text [that] had poor color contrast," thus discriminating against Americans with visual impairments. Others contained graphs and charts in which "information was sometimes conveyed using one color alone," thus discriminating against the color-blind.

So they are pulling all the classes. What a pathetic little bint and what a classic example of all that is wrong with the progressive movement today. There is actually quite the cottage industry filing ADA Lawsuits (here, here, here and here).

I get it. I really really get it. Being disabled sucks and there are many unintentional barriers to your living a full life. That being said, this should be a personal one-on-one matter and not something that is litigated. And also, there are things I cannot do and I do not consider myself to be disabled. Do I sue? No - that is for wusses who do not have a life. Grow a pair - bionic if you want.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Ellison Says Trump and Russia Colluded, Immediately Walks Back Claim
Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) claimed on Friday there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, although he admitted he had no evidence to back his claims. The accusation came during an interview with Alisyn Camerota on CNN's "New Day."

"This is stunning when you think about it. Far worse than Watergate, when you believe a hostile foreign power engaged in an attempt, and with the collusion of the sitting administration to manipulate an election," Ellison said.

"Well you don't know that," Camerota interjected, saying there is no evidence of collusion.

"I'm not saying there was collusion, I'm saying those meetings indicate that there could be, and I think that needs to be investigated," Ellison said.

Actually, Ellison does not need facts because his constituents are even dumber and they buy whatever he is selling.

The recent Wikipedia leaks show that the CIA had copies of Russian hacking software and they could use it to create a false crumb-trail leading back to Russia when in fact, the hacking and gathering of data was done in Langley, VA. See the Umbrage files of the Embedded Development Branch (EDB) for the details. (more here, here and here)

This just makes me sick - Veterans

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These people need to be fired immediately - talk about partisan stupidity. From The Daily Caller:

Union Officials Admit They Let Veterans Die Rather Than Talk To Republicans
A federal employee union president is wracked with regret because veterans likely died at a time when she knew about gross misconduct within her Department of Veterans Affairs facility but didn’t tell congressional leaders because they were Republicans.

“If I would’ve gone to him two years ago, who knows what kind of lives could’ve been saved,” Germaine Clarno told a radio interviewer Monday, referring to the Republican leader of a VA subcommittee. Clarno, a lifelong Democrat and social worker at the Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital in Hines, Ill., has been president of the union representing doctors at the hospital since before the deadly wait-time scandal unfolded.

Dozens of veterans have died in recent years while waiting for appointments with doctors at multiple VA hospitals and care centers around the nation. But VA staffers systematically manipulated records to make it seem like they didn’t have long waits. The problems became so severe by 2013, that as many as 40 patients died at just the Phoenix facility.

The same practices took place at Hines, with the knowledge of its director. Additional problems also plagued Hines, like heart scans getting discarded without being read.

What really gets me is that this person came forward now - now that President trump is in office. They knew that crap like this was going to be investigated and they would be found out. Outing themselves first makes them the lauded whistleblower so their buddies in the system take the fall and their job is protected. The whole lot of them should be fired. Actions have consequences.

Michael Ramirez - leaks

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked the remaining Obama appointed Judges to resign. Preet Bharara did not and he was fired. Here is Dinesh D'Souza's take on this - from The Gateway Pundit:

Dinesh D’Souza Cheers Firing of Obama Lackey Preet Bharara
Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney who was fired today was also the attorney who brought charges against conservative activist and author, Dinesh D’Souza back in 2014. D’Souza was sentenced to 5 years probation and 8 months in a community confinement center.

Dinesh D’Souza faced political persecution after he directed and released anti-Obama film, “2016: Obama’s America”. He was indicted over illegal campaign contributions. It was an obvious witch hunt. Read more about D’Souza’s political persecution here.

Dinesh's tweet:

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Excellent essay from one of my favorite writers - from National Review:

Don’t Sweat the Big Stuff
The recent Academy Awards ceremony turned into a monotony of hate. Many of the stars who mounted the stage ranted on cue about the evils of President Donald Trump.

Such cheap rhetoric is easy. But first, accusers should guarantee that their own ceremony is well run. Instead, utter bedlam ruined the event, as no one on the Oscar stage even knew who had won the Best Picture award.

Stars issued lots of rants about Trump but were apparently unaware that one of the ceremony’s impromptu invited guests was a recent parolee and registered sex offender.

A bit more on ranting:

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg used to offer all sorts of cosmic advice on the evils of smoking and the dangers of fatty foods and sugary soft drinks. Bloomberg also frequently pontificated on abortion and global warming, earning him a progressive audience that transcended the boroughs of New York.

But in the near-record December 2010 blizzard, Bloomberg proved utterly incompetent in the elemental tasks for which he was elected: ensuring that New Yorkers were not trapped in their homes by snowdrifts in their streets that went unplowed for days.

The Bloomberg syndrome is a characteristic of contemporary government officials. When they are unwilling or unable to address pre-modern problems in their jurisdictions — crime, crumbling infrastructure, inadequate transportation — they compensate by posing as philosopher kings who cheaply lecture on existential challenges over which they have no control.

And in Dr. Hanson's home state of California:

Schwarzenegger’s successor, Jerry Brown, warned of climate change and permanent drought and did not authorize the construction of a single reservoir. Now, California is experiencing near-record rain and snowfall. Had the state simply completed its half-century-old water master plan, dozens of new reservoirs would now be storing the runoff, ensuring that the state could be drought-proof for years.

Instead, more than 20 million acre-feet of precious water have already been released to the sea. There is nowhere to put it, given that California has not built a major reservoir in nearly 40 years.

And Dr. Hanson's observation:

We have become an arrogant generation that virtue-signals that we can change the universe when in reality we cannot even run an awards ceremony, plow snow, fix potholes, build a road or dam, or stop inner-city youths from murdering one another.

Do our smug politicians promise utopia because they cannot cope with reality? Do lectures compensate for inaction?

There really is a systemic failure of the left to do what needs to be done. The spend their time (and our taxpayer money) doing things that sound good. Ideas so good they have to be mandatory and since they cannot get We The People to vote for these ideas, they have to cheat at the ballot box.

Much more at the site - a good essay worth some of your time to read.

What with all the Fake News flying around, this is a handy word to remember - from InfoGalactic:

Gleichschaltung
In Nazi terminology, Gleichschaltung was the process by which Nazi Germany successively established a system of totalitarian control and coordination over all aspects of society.

Among the goals of this policy were to bring about adherence to a specific doctrine and way of thinking and to control as many aspects of life as possible.

A bit more - from Joe:

Goebbels said: "The best propaganda is that which, as it were, works invisibly, penetrates the whole of life without the public having any knowledge of the propagandistic initiative", further claiming on another occasion that "Good propaganda does not need to lie, indeed it may not lie. It has no reason to fear the truth. It is a mistake to believe that the people cannot take the truth. They can. It is only a matter of presenting the truth to people in a way that they will be able to understand."

Remind you of anyone? Antifa? Black Lives Matter? Anarchist Black Cross? New Black Panthers? George Soros?

Long but very well researched post on the Obama's wiretaping scandal - from The Strata-Sphere:

Obama’s Surveillance Of Team Trump: A Probable Paper Trail
In the shifting saga of how members of the Trump campaign/administration ended up having their phone conversations tapped under the Obama administration, the American people have been fed a series of shifting excuses on how the Obama administration would never violate the laws concerning surveillance of US Persons.

We were told the President cannot order such surveillance (which we know is a false statement, see here and here).

Then we were given the impression by the Fake News Media these “intercepts” were under a FISA court warrant. But later we learned the FISA court rejected the application by Team Obama in June 2016.

A.J. then cites specific examples (with links to source materials) of leaks from Trump telephone calls to the liberal media and suggests how to build the paper trail back to the specific surveillance requests. I really hope that AG Sessions nails them to the wall with this - this is downright criminal.

Delicious irony - Pelosi

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She just keeps getting more and more surreal and disconnected - from Breitbart:

Nancy Pelosi: ‘We Have a Right to Know What’s in Health Care Bill Before It Passes’
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif) sent a letter Tuesday to Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.) demanding to know the contents of his American Health Care Act, or RyanCare, before it passes the House–a rich hark back to what she said when Congress was considering Obamacare seven years ago.

“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” is what Pelosi said March 9, 2010 to the National Association of Counties.

Tuesday, Pelosi wrote: “Members must not be asked to vote on this legislation before the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation have answered the following questions about your legislation in 2018 and 2019, over the 10-year budget window, and in the decade after: How will this bill measure up to the Affordable Care Act and current Medicaid law on coverage, quality, and cost? And how will it impact Medicare solvency?”

Unreal - she needs to retire from public office and spend her remaining years playing with her grandkids.

It's not nice to shaft your kin

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Ex-president Obama has basically ignored his half-brother Malik. Malik just returned the favor - from The American Mirror:

Malik Obama shares photo of brother Barack’s Kenya ‘certificate of birth’
An Obama has joined the birther movement.

Malik Obama, Barack Obama’s half-brother, tweeted image of what appears to be Barack’s birth certificate.

Except it’s not from Hawaii, but rather Kenya.

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Obama's staff did release a scan of a Hawaiian Certificate of Live Birth but it immediately raised a few eyebrows in the graphic arts world. Bring the photo into Photoshop and you will find it is comprised of many separate layers. A scan would only have the one. Also, the people doing this could have collapsed the layers into one final layer but they did not - not familiar with Photoshop???

There are discrepancies in typeface, the curve of the lines at the left margin. A lot of things scream very bad forgery.

Malik's twitter account has the following caption for his photo:

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I love it!

Interesting news from the EPA

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From twitchy:

Founder of EPA’s environmental justice office quits; Also, the EPA has an environmental justice office
No offense to Sweet Meteor O’ Death, but the impact of Donald Trump’s Election Day victory was a seismic event like no other and is still being felt four months later, and the ripples are splashing cold water in places we didn’t even know existed. One thing’s certain: a lot of people who were enjoying a warm, cozy life in the federal bureaucracy don’t like the neighborhood anymore.

There’s no easy way to say this, so we’ll just blurt it out: the founder of the EPA’s environmental justice office has quit after decades of doing whatever it was he did.

Losing your job sucks; we’re pretty certain more than a few readers who work in the private sector have been through it. But then again, Ali is resigning, apparently on the assumption that his position is going to be eliminated.

Does that include communities like Flint, Michigan? Because Ali’s tenure easily overlaps the timeline of that city’s water crisis, and now the EPA is facing a $722 million class action lawsuit filed by 1,700 people who blame the agency for doing nothing about contaminated drinking water.

If I were king, I would eliminate all programs at Colleges and Universities that had the word "Studies" in the description. I would also eliminate from all Federal, State, County and City governments any agency that had the name of "Xxxxxxxx Justice office". Cut the rot off at the source.

From Don Surber:

378-pound governor proposes soda tax
Despite collecting a soft drinks tax for 65 years, West Virginia is second only to Arkansas in obesity.

West Virginia's governor, Democratic billionaire Jim Justice, has proposed doubling the tax as part of his Better Health Initiative.

Governor Justice is is 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 378 pounds.

Besides his obesity, Justice also owes the state $4.4 million in back taxes.

He is the richest man in the state.

Wonder when the next gubernatorial election for West Virginia is scheduled? Should be an easy victory over this Jabba the Hut - there is a photo at the site. I took pity on you my dear readers and did not include it in this post. Eyebleach warning.

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