20 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-5-19

  1. Awwww….

    The poor thing runs scared when questioned on her behavior. For the first time ever, she has nothing to say.

    Coward. Own it.

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  2. While Democrats seat Jew hating activists unqualified to be dog catchers in the new Congress, Republicans have some real public servants to seat too.

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    https://www.dailywire.com/news/39937/must-see-badass-all-american-photo-combat-veteran-amanda-prestigiacomo

    “The sacrifice of the brave souls who serve in the United States military was underscored on Thursday by a tweet from returning Republican lawmaker and combat veteran Brian Mast.

    Welcoming fellow combat veterans Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Jim Baird (R-IN) to the House floor, the Florida rep. posted an image of the three men to Twitter with the caption, “5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American.”

    War injuries from the brave men’s stints serving our nation include one lost eye, one lost arm, and two lost legs.”

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  3. Lazy. And pathetic.

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  5. The primary problem with a government shutdown is the military workers who may not be paid for quite some time. Is there any provision for paying them?

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  6. The military members may be in better shape than most. There are laws written concerning them and money. Service members also can apply to the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society for funds. It’s not pretty, it’s not convenient, but they’re probably less likely to suffer financial damage than others.

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  7. Just do it and be done with it.

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  8. Military members are being paid, except the Coast Guard, but Trump is trying to fix that as well.

    And every single time this happens, anyone not paid gets in retroactively when the new deal is signed. They always get back pay. All of them.

    More on the military here.

    https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2019/01/04/as-shutdown-continues-lawmakers-look-for-fix-on-coast-guard-pay/

    “With fears the partial government shutdown could drag on for weeks, the Senate is moving legislation that would pay Coast Guard service members, even if the budget stalemate continues.

    This week, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., introduced the “Pay Our Coast Guard Act” to keep paying personnel even during a lapse in appropriations.

    The exemption also would cover Coast Guard retired benefits, death gratuities and other related payouts.

    Seven other senators — three Republican and four Democrats — already have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill and Senate leaders fast-tracked the legislation so that the chamber could vote on it as soon as next week.

    If the shutdown continues another week, it will imperil paychecks scheduled for Jan. 15 to more than 50,000 members of the Coast Guard.

    About 42,000 of them are required to report to work without pay because they’re deemed essential employees.

    Salaries for members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps are not affected by the latest government shutdown because the Department of Defense had its full fiscal year funding approved last fall.”

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    And Trump’s intervention to help the CG, the only branch not paid..

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/trump-personally-intervened-to-pay-coast-guard-in-shutdown

    “Concerned about U.S. Coast Guard forces losing a paycheck in the partial government shutdown, President Trump personally urged his team to find a solution that would allow the administration to make this week’s $75 million payroll, according to officials.

    Trump stepped in on Wednesday, calling on top lawyers and staffers to determine if the Coast Guard could make payroll despite being included in the shutdown that has impacted about 25 percent of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security, which houses the Coast Guard.

    Military personnel under the Department of Defense are not included in the shutdown, because their appropriations were approved earlier in Congress.”

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  9. Some people have enough wherewithal to wait until receiving retroactive pay, but a lot of people wouldn’t, especially if this goes on for a while.

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  10. Well they should do a better job of preparing. They have to know by now they work for an inept govt. who refuses to do it’s most basic Constitutional requirement (pass a real yearly budget) and continues to kick their responsibilities down the road with continuing resolutions, this sort of nonsense will only continue. Plan accordingly.

    And if there are so many govt. employees deemed “non-essential”, then why are they even employed? Let’s face it, there’s a lot of unnecessary dead weight. I can muster little sympathy for such wasting of my and other taxpayers’ money.

    The only people I feel bad for are the taxpayers who will be affected the longer it goes. That’s also why something will be done. SNAP, tax refunds, and other benefits are coming due. They’re smart enough to know they can’t afford to mess up that many people without paying a price.

    Personally it’s why I think Trump should do what I mentioned in the post at 12:40. It ends the whole circus, and funds the wall without worrying about Democrats. They’re irrelevant if Trump does so. So he should.

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  11. And note as well that unlike Obama and Democrats in shutdowns past, Trump is trying to make this as painless as possible. He’s not weaponizing it for political purposes.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/01/shutdown_endangers_tax_refunds_and_food_stamps_if_stalemate_continues_.html

    “”We are currently looking at options for SNAP,” Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the Agriculture Department, told the Post. “The best course of action would be for Congress to pass a legitimate appropriations bill to the president to end the lapse in funding.”

    The USDA office that oversees SNAP sent home 95 percent of its employees without pay during the shutdown. SNAP’s faltering would not only hurt those in need but also retailers where the food stamps are spent.

    The Treasury Department, on its end, is heading into one of its busiest times of the year, as the IRS sent home nearly 90 percent of its staffers, according to the Post.

    The IRS paid out $147.6 billion in tax refunds to 48.5 million households in the early months of 2018, according to the Post. It said last year that it would not issue any tax refunds during a shutdown and a senior administration official told the Post that the payments would be significantly impacted if they are paid at all.

    If this were a Democrat in office, we might suspect a little gamesmanship on the part of the agencies in order to make ordinary people feel their pain. President Obama was known for this – closing the national parks, for instance, when Trump is showing they can remain open.

    But the shutdown’s impact on the food stamp program cannot be overstated. It’s a matter of cash; no cash, no EBT. You can’t cannibalize other programs because they don’t have any money, either.

    As for tax refunds, the IRS could choose to prioritize them, but how do you pick and choose which taxpayer gets his refund and who doesn’t?

    It’s hard to guess where the tipping point will be for one side or the other so that a deal will eventually get done.”

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    More….

    https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/423988-shutdown-may-jeopardize-tax-refunds-food-stamps-report

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  12. Sad. And totally preventable.

    Democrats have his blood on their hands.

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/hundreds-pay-tribute-to-california-officer-ronil-singh-who-was-gunned-down-after-stopping-an-illegal-immigrant

    “Hundreds of cops packed a California church Saturday in final salute to police officer Ronil Singh who was killed the day after Christmas when he stopped an illegal immigrant suspected of driving drunk.

    Ronil Singh, 33, a member of the Newman Police Department, was eulogized as a dedicated cop and a loving husband and father who grew up in his native Fiji watching cop dramas on TV and dreaming of being a police officer in the U.S.

    “He told me he came to this country with one purpose that one purpose was to become a police officer,” tearful Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson said during his eulogy.

    The funeral service at CrossPoint Community Church in Modesto began with a moment of silence and bagpipers playing “Amazing Grace.” Singh’s casket stood at the foot of the altar draped by an American flag. Richardson and the others who spoke stood at a podium with Singh’s photo.

    Richardson said those who had offered him their condolences included people Singh had arrested on the street.”

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  13. This is flat out child abuse of the most vile kind.

    CONTENT WARNING!!!!!!! We dealing with some real sickos here.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/39980/website-sells-phallic-prosthetics-prepubescent-frank-camp

    “As the transgender movement has developed, so too has its focus on the transitioning of younger and younger people. TransKids, according to the “about” section of the transgender youth website, is “a safe and affirming place where helping your kids live fully and embodied is our only goal.”

    TransKids.biz, which is “dedicated to providing young folks with gender expression gear and resources,” not only recommends transgender children’s books like “Who are you? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity” and “Be Who You Are,” it markets and sells garments and prosthetics designed to fit young children between the approximate ages of 8-13.

    Each prosthetic and piece of clothing is casually described as if it were a blouse in an old department store catalogue. For example, the “Tuck Buddies Underwear,” which is meant for biological girls who identify as boys, is described as follows:”
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    I’ll leave it at that. You can read the gory details at the link if you want the rest. But remember, you can’t un-know this stuff, just like you can’t un-see other stuff……..

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  14. You go girl! 🙂

    https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/01/03/i-just-threw-him-woman-22-uses-karate-training-to-take-down-man-who-broke-into-her-home/

    “It was New Year’s Eve and festivities were wrapping for the Hughes family in Nemacolin, Greene County, when Deb Hughes, Hannah’s mom saw something unusual.

    “I saw all of her lights on in the upstairs of her house. She lives right across the street,” Deb said.

    Hannah recalls the moment, saying, “She [Deb Hughes] came and met me in this area, and said, ‘Who’s in your house?’ I said there better be no body in my house.”

    Moments later, Hannah took off.

    The 22-year-old telling KDKA’s Ross Guidotti, “I just bolted out the door. The only thing I could think is if I get a hold of this guy, I’m not letting him go.”

    She would have her chance. Standing in her home’s doorway was a man, identified as 19-year-old Edward William Staley of nearby Carmichaels. Hannah had no idea who the stranger was.

    According to the California University of Pennsylvania senior, things got physical quickly,.”
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    And then the burglar, who looks like an extra from a Napoleon Dynamite film, makes yet another mistake, thus continuing a long series of poor decisions he’d made on this particular New Years Eve. 🙂

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  15. An expansion of executive power and circumventing of legislative authority is an interesting idea from the party which cried foul whenever Obama even breathed over the line.

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  16. It’s called discretionary spending. Presidents do it all the time, and have money budgeted for just such emergency spending.

    Also, Presidents always have the discretion to decide what is and isn’t an emergency as well.

    Remember Obama and his pen?

    Now the shoe’s on the other foot. Deal with it.

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  17. You do realize Trump has signed more executive orders than Obama in the same period……and now Trump wants “militaty” eminent domain.

    It appears your objection to Obama’s use of executive power is due to policy not the constitution.

    Your 921 demonstrates capitalism in action.

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