16 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-1-16

  1. What did Bill and Loretta really talk about in Phoenix? Two days after the meeting, the DOJ does this:

    “Department of Justice officials filed a motion in federal court late Wednesday seeking a 27-month delay in producing correspondence between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s four top aides and officials with the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a closely allied public relations firm that Bill Clinton helped launch.

    If the court permits the delay, the public won’t be able to read the communications until October 2018, about 22 months into her prospective first term as President. The four senior Clinton aides involved were Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Fuchs, Ambassador-At-Large Melanne Verveer, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin.”


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  2. DHS is playing dumb. Again. It seems no one is to blame for purging references to Islam, jihad, and terrorism from law enforcement training documents. I guess it was magic. 🙄


  3. All to attack political rivals.


    “National Review’s Eliana Johnson has an important story today about a transfer of over a million pages of confidential tax documents to the Department of Justice back in 2010. It now appears that the transfer of those materials, made at Lois Lerner’s behest, violated the law.

    The existence of the transfer itself has been known since 2014, but how exactly it was accomplished has not been clear. As the story explains, there were two ways in which the transfer could legally have been made, but this transfer did not meet either of those legal requirements.

    Federal law prohibits the IRS from sharing tax returns filed with the agency, with very limited exceptions…Documents suggest that Lerner’s massive document transfer to the DOJ didn’t meet any of those exceptions, including one that allows the agency to disclose returns for use in criminal investigations — if they’ve been requested in relation to “an actual investigation about a person to whom the investigation is related,” says [former assistant Attorney General Eileen] O’Connor…

    A lawful transfer of the documents would have required a formal request from the DOJ to the IRS, but DOJ trial attorney Stephanie Sasarak told Cause of Action in a March 9, 2016, letter that the department did not make any requests to the IRS for the documents it received. Alternatively, the secretary of the Treasury could have turned the documents over to the DOJ. In either case, section 6103 requires the Treasury secretary to disclose the transfer to the bipartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, which releases publicly a list of disclosures each year. But the Joint Committee on Taxation’s 2010 disclosure report does not show a transfer to the Department of Justice that matches the one Lerner sent in October of that year.

    So the DOJ did not request the documents and the Secretary of the Treasury did not turn them over, or at the least did not notify the Joint Committee on Taxation as required. It seems as if the IRS, again at Lerner’s behest, handed the material over in violation of the law.”


  4. The second wave is upon us. And they just keep coming.


    “The federal government is buckling under a surge of asylum cases, a dilemma that could only get worse as the United States allows more refugees into the country, the U.S. immigration agency’s own watchdog said Wednesday.

    The backlog at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has ballooned by 1400 percent since 2011, with more than 128,000 asylum cases still pending at the end of 2015, the agency’s ombudsman Maria M. Odom, said in her annual report to Congress. And the flow isn’t letting up: New applications have more than doubled in five years, to 83,197, the report said.

    As it struggles to keep up, CIS has been forced to reassign asylum officers to its Refugee Affairs Division to handle a larger influx of people fleeing violence and persecution around the world.”

    If you’re curious as to what illegal immigrants cost us, here’s a breakdown by state.


    “Decades ago, Nobel laureate Milton Friedman famously argued that illegal immigration could actually be preferable to legal immigration, as illegal immigrants wouldn’t be able to benefit from our welfare state as non-citizens.

    If only he was right.

    “Unfortunately, the border around the welfare state today is about as weak as our actual border. Illegal immigrants are a burden, and welfare is the least of our worries. Of all Federal outlays on illegal immigrants, 27% is devoted towards “administration of justice,” while 21% is medical, an 29% are “general expenditures.” Only 16% of costs are public assistance. At the State level, almost all the costs are related to education, Medicaid, and justice.

    Plus, illegal immigrants who have children here will have children who are legal citizens. They’re thus entitled to an even larger array of benefits, which itself is a cost of illegal immigration even if this one doesn’t turn up in the statistics for illegal immigrant costs. The total cost of illegal immigration is $113 billion a year at the federal, state, and local level, but the vast majority of the costs ($84 billion) are taken by state and local governments.”


  5. The Republican’s plan to replace Obamacare doesn’t look so hot. . .

    “As it turns out, the health care policy that Republicans might pursue looks, well, a lot like Obamacare—except, possibly, worse.

    Although the plan starts by repealing the health care law in its entirety, it ends up replacing many of its central components with similar provisions: preexisting coverage rules, subsidies for the purchase of insurance, and even an (implicit) mandate.

    Cato Institute Health Policy Director Michael Cannon, writing at Forbes, identifies a number of striking similarities between the House GOP plan and Obamacare, including the use of tax credits to help subsidize insurance coverage, regulations requiring insurers to sell to all comers regardless of health status, the millennial mandate to cover dependents up to age 26, and the sort of political definition of what constitutes qualifying coverage that is inevitable with any plan that doles out subsidies to some plans but not others.”



  6. Linda – I’m guessing Ricky knows that.

    It is kind of funny, though (or maybe disturbing?), how many people on Facebook take satirical posts, from the Onion or other satirical sites, as serious. I have a friend who is eligible for Mensa who has at least twice posted satirical posts, but thought they were serious. That is because they were making fun of conservatives or conservative Christians, so her prejudice against them made her susceptible to believe anything that showed them to be stupid or ridiculous. (Like the one about Christian parents complaining to a school board about their children being taught Arabic numerals.)

    What is really disturbing, though, is when I read a news story that is so ridiculous (like the third grader in trouble for talking about brownies, which someone thought was racist), but it is not satire.


  7. Me, too, Kim, at least most of the time (there are certain sources I trust).

    This morning I had to tell a very conservative Christian friend that the Hillary Clinton “quote” he shared was false, which prompted the post I wrote this morning (on FB) about double-checking those things before posting.

    Some of those false stories will even falsely claim that it was reported on the news or was an official police statement. One kind of innocuous story was about a few celebrities who had supposedly served in a war together, going on to quote a supposed Tonight Show with Johnny Carson episode with one of the stars. Didn’t happen, & there was no such episode. Why do people make up stuff like that?

    As Christians, we run the risk of bearing false witness by sharing those kinds of things without being sure they are true. I cringe a bit when I see a couple of my Christian friends (like the one I mentioned) who are not too careful about what they share.


  8. No I don’t. Next you will tell me that Trump won’t really send the aliens home, that Benghazi wasn’t caused by the video and that OJ wasn’t looking for the real killer when they put him in jail.

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  9. It’s time to end this “security theater.”


    “A disabled woman was beaten bloody by federal agents during an airport security screening while on her way to undergo treatment for a brain tumor.

    Hannah Cohen set off the metal detector at a security checkpoint at the Memphis International Airport, and she was led away for additional screening, reported WREG-TV.

    “They wanted to do further scanning, (but) she was reluctant — she didn’t understand what they were about to do,” said her mother, Shirley Cohen.

    Cohen said she tried to tell agents with the Transportation Security Administration that her 19-year-old daughter is partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed and easily confused — but she said police kept her away from the security agents.

    The confused and terrified young woman tried to run away, her mother said, and agents violently took her to the ground.

    “She’s trying to get away from them, but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor,” Cohen said. “There was blood everywhere.”

    The young woman, who was returning home after finishing treatment for the brain tumor at St. Jude Hospital, was arrested and booked into jail.”

    All for the illusion of safety.


  10. These special little snowflakes need a safe space. And I’m not talking about the kids, I mean the supposed adults….


    “An official in the Washington education department has sent an email to the state’s schools urging them to prepare students for “increasing levels of fear and anxiety” because of the so-called “Trump effect.”

    Teachers are told to create “safe places,” plan for “recovery” from election rhetoric, incorporate election-related lessons in the classroom, and provide students with “protection” who are exposed to the rhetoric.

    The email, which was obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation, was sent out by Mike Donlin, program supervisor of the School Safety Center for the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Donlin sent the email to a mailing list of school officials in charge of complying with state law concerning harassment, intimidation, and bullying in schools.

    Bearing the subject “The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Schools,” Donlin’s June 16 email warns recipients that they should be taking preemptive action to stop Trump’s rhetoric from hurting students.”


  11. Laws? What laws?


    “Nearly 1 million immigrants are ignoring deportation orders to remain in the U.S. — including more than 170,000 convicted criminals, according to a new report Thursday that suggests the government’s deportation efforts are still falling short.

    Only a small fraction of the immigrants are even being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), meaning most of them remain free on the streets, where they can commit crimes and continue living in the shadows, according to the study by Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies.

    “The fact that almost 10 percent of the illegal resident population has already been ordered removed and is still here illustrates just how dysfunctional our immigration enforcement system is. It also should be of great concern that 20 percent of them are conviction criminals, and that most of these are at large in our communities,” Ms. Vaughan said.

    She said the 925,193 aliens who were still here despite a deportation order break down into three categories. In some cases their home countries refuse to take them back, and U.S. officials feel constrained by law to release them; other times they are released by sanctuary cities, who help thwart deportations; and still others abscond on their own.

    Mexicans account for the most aliens, with nearly 200,000 ignoring deportation orders. About a third of those are convicted criminals, Ms. Vaughan said. El Salvador accounts for more than 150,000 of the aliens, but just 10,000 of them are convicted criminals.”


  12. I had hoped this was from The Onion or The BB. But sadly, it’s not.

    We’re doomed……..


    Maybe this has something to do with it.


    “Several elite colleges do not require students pursuing a history degree to take U.S. history courses, according to a new American Council of Trustees and Alumni report.

    Only 23 of the 76 institutions ranked as “the best” by U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 rankings mandate that history majors take at least one course in U.S. history, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

    The chairman of the history department at Carleton College, a private liberal arts school in Minnesota, said that history majors are not required to take a single U.S. history course because the university is “committed to the idea that all histories are important and valuable in the cultivation of a robust civic consciousness.”

    He noted that many students had already received high scores on the Advanced Placement U.S. history exam.

    History students at the University of Pennsylvania meanwhile only have to take a course in four of five geographic areas, leaving the opportunity that history students could avoid the United States, though spokesman Ron Ozio told the Wall Street Journal “that almost never occurs.”

    At the University of Texas at Austin, history students can partially complete their U.S. history requirement by taking a course called “Jews in American Entertainment.””

    Very little of it is taught in many of today’s public schools as well, and much of what is, shows the US in a bad light.

    Dooooooomed I say!

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