22 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-18-19

  1. Like I said, this is nothing new.

    Don’t believe the hype. As usual, they’re simply overreacting because it’s Trump.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/02/trump-border-emergency-proclamation-there-is-no-constitutional-crisis-and-trumps-likely-to-win/

    “Trump Border Emergency Proclamation: There is no constitutional crisis and Trump is likely to win

    Get a grip. A president is taking action under a statute, and there will be litigation over it, just like the gazillion prior times that has happened.”

    “The hysteria over Donald Trump’s National Emergency Proclamation with regard to the Mexican border is peak stupid even by the standards of the times, in which almost everything Trump does is portrayed with cataclysmic predictions.

    This time around, it’s not just the usual Democrat and media suspects, but also some Republican Senators who worry that Trump is setting a precedent for a future Democrat president to use the National Emergencies Act to spend money for climate change or other perceived liberal emergencies.

    Other conservatives claim Trump is violating the separation of powers in the Constitution, and usurping the role of Congress in authorizing spending. Chris Wallace, interviewing Rush Limbaugh, suggested that Trump’s National Emergency Proclamation was the equivalent of Obama’s DACA and other immigration unilateral action and that if you condemned Obama, you can’t justify what Trump is doing.

    We’re told it’s “a contemptuous document. It’s the proclamation of a monarch,” a “dictator move” that is “forcing a constitutional crisis” and “the damage to the constitution is likely to last for generations.” As if that wasn’t enough, it’s a “threat to the rule of law” and “an attack on democracy.”

    The reality of the Trump emergency proclamation is quite different than as portrayed. Trump is using a statute Congress passed, the National Emergencies Act, which provides that the president can declare an emergency (which is not defined in the statute). There are currently 31 active National Emergencies, and 58 national emergencies have been declared, most of which don’t sound like “national emergencies” in any real sense.

    The National Emergencies Act enables the president, among other things, to spend money already authorized by Congress under statutes that provide for use of such funds when a national emergency is declared.

    A politically neutral analysis at the Lawfare Blog by Scott Anderson and Margaret Taylor explains how the use of this statutory authority works. It’s not unrestrained power by any means, and certainly does not even purport to supplant the constitutional order. Rather, the spending is relatively narrow and allowable only to the extent there is a specific congressional authorization in the statutes relied upon.”

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  2. Preach it.

    In court, context matters.

    “The claim that Trump has admitted that there is no emergency because of his statements at his press conference does not negate his discretion legally, or factually. The statement “I didn’t need to do this” is plucked out of both the sentence and the context. He said he could build a wall over time without this declaration, but that he wanted to do it faster. Because the situation is an emergency. Plucking a few words out of context may make for a Twitter legal victory, but I don’t think it will make for a court victory in the end at the Supreme Court.”

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  3. None of that matters at all.
    It’s about Trump and the wall. Dual issues.
    Seventy five percent of the politicians don’t want to inhibit illegal aliens.
    That is all the Democrats and half the Republicans.
    For them, it’s the next best thing to slavery.
    They have a source of labor that will work hard for whatever they are paid.
    They will not complain to authorities about mistreatment.
    But they have hope for their children.
    If I were from south of the border, I would be in that bunch trying to get in.
    I feel for them. I really do.
    But out country can’t take that many.

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  4. Trump wants to “Make America Great Again”
    Most of the people in the world still think America is the greatest in the world.
    Everyone wants to come here. Even Muslims. But we can’t have multiple cultures.
    It won’t work. We have to be
    “one Naquin under God”
    Or we’re finished.
    I fear for my grandkids and pray for them every day.
    I likely won’t live to see the fall.
    But some of you will.

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  5. Investigate the investigators.

    https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/lindsey-graham-calls-investigation-apos-094732099.html

    “Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has vowed to launch an investigation into whether top officials at the Justice Department and the FBI plotted to carry out a “bureaucratic coup” to force President Donald Trump from office.

    Graham made his pronouncement during a Sunday conversation with CBS’ “Face The Nation.” He’d been reacting to the bombshell “60 Minutes” interview with Andrew McCabe, in which the former FBI deputy director had confirmed that Justice Department officials had discussed ousting Trump in 2017 using the 25th Amendment.

    McCabe also corroborated earlier reports that said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had suggested wearing a wire when meeting with Trump ― an allegation that Rosenstein has vehemently denied.

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  6. According to a noted legal scholar, it’s a coup.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/02/alan-dershowitz-yes-using-the-25th-amendment-to-oust-trump-is-an-attempted-coup/

    “Alan Dershowitz: Yes, Using the 25th Amendment to Oust Trump is an Attempted Coup

    “a grievous offense against the Constitution”

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    “Andrew McCabe’s new revelations about high level meetings to discuss removing Trump have been described as an attempted coup. Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says if the 25th Amendment was on the table, then it absolutely was an attempted coup.”

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  7. It will take a long time to undo all the damage Obama had done.
    I speculate that in a second term, Trump will root out a lot of those that politics prohibits stirring up now.
    The next election is now under way.

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  8. Nope. No emergency here……. 🙄

    It’s not just heroin and fentanyl flooding our southern border folks.

    https://nypost.com/2019/02/16/mexicos-killer-meth-is-sweeping-through-america-and-ruining-lives/?utm_source=twitter_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site%20buttons&utm_campaign=site%20buttons

    “Mexico’s killer meth is sweeping through America — and ruining lives”

    “In October 2018, President Trump signed a breakthrough bipartisan bill aimed at dealing with the country’s drug-addiction epidemic, which most people associate with opioids. And for good reason: In 2017, there were 70,237 opioid overdose deaths in the United States — a 9.6 percent uptick from the previous year, according to the CDC.

    But meth is claiming lives at a rapidly increasing rate as well.

    In 2017, 10,000 Americans died from an overdose involving psychostimulants (meth as well as ecstasy and some prescribed stimulants) — a 33.3 percent jump from 2016, the CDC reported.

    And, in Ohio, overdose deaths involving meth have seen one of the steepest rises in the country, jumping 5,000 percent from 2010 (nine deaths) to 2017 (509 deaths), according to a report by the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health.

    The rush of meth into the state from the border is overwhelming: “It is raining drugs,” said Taylor Cleveland, an Ashtabula County sheriff’s officer assigned to the task force for the US Drug Enforcement Administration.”

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  9. Here you go. Your detailed list of all the politicians who rushed to judgement and slandered Trump supporters because they, like the media, desperately wanted to believe the Smollett hoax was true in order to score political points.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/17/politicians-rushed-to-judgement-smollett/

    “When Jussie Smollett claimed he was assaulted by two men wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, many Democratic politicians quickly came to his defense.

    Those Democrats included Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, and Reps. Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others.

    Waters blamed the attack on President Donald Trump and asked, “Why all of a sudden do we have people unable to study while black, unable to mow a lawn while black, unable to have picnic while black, and being attacked?”

    Pelosi tweeted, “The racist, homophobic attack on [Smollett] is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love.””
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    Someone needs to explain to the drunkard Pelosi that Twitter is forever.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/17/pelosi-deletes-tweet-jussie-smollett/

    “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deleted her original tweet sympathetic for “Empire” actor and singer Jussie Smollett amid reports that Smollett may have staged the alleged January 29 attack against himself.”

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    “Others have yet to retract their original statements or delete their original tweets, including California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Corey Booker. Both are running for the Democratic nomination for president.

    Booker was asked about the recent developments in the case and would only say he is waiting for more information before he makes any further statements about the matter.”
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    Yeah, after he already shot his mouth off.

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  10. The terrorists among us.

    Represented in their neighborhoods by America’s newest Jew hating bigot, Ilhan Omar.

    Obama built this.

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/how-rep-ilhan-omars-minnesota-district-became-the-terrorist-recruitment-capital-of-the-us-officials-highly-concerned

    “How Minneapolis’ Somali community became the terrorist recruitment capital of the US”

    “More men and boys from a Somali American community in Minneapolis have joined – or attempted to join – a foreign terrorist organization over the last 12 years than any other jurisdiction in the country.

    FBI stats show 45 Somalis left to join the ranks of either the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab, or the Iraq- and Syria-based ISIS combined. And as of 2018, a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS. Both numbers are far higher than those of alleged terrorist wannabes who left or attempted to leave the country from other areas in the country where Muslim refugees have been resettled.

    In the case of the Somalis, it’s no longer just the men. Early last year, a female was apprehended by authorities on charges of supporting providing material support to Al Qaeda and arson.

    So what has made the area such a hotbed for such activity? And what has been Rep. Ilhan Omar’s record in addressing the issue – either before she was elected, or since?

    The answers matter because federal authorities say they remain “highly concerned” about the terrorist connection with the Minneapolis Somalis – even though al-Shabab is struggling against the Somali government, and the so-called ISIS “caliphate” has crumbled under a sustained U.S.-led military campaign.”

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    “As for Omar, she spoke up for a group of six Somalis arrested in 2015 for trying to cross into Mexico, as part of a plan to join ISIS in Syria. As the case went to trial the following year, the then-state representative wrote a letter to the trial judge requesting “compassion” – and lighter sentencing on behalf of one of the Minnesota men, who was facing 30 years jail time.”

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    ““Rep. Omar is asking for our justice system to support known terrorists, this sets an extremely poor precedence and should not be allowed,” contended Rudolph Atallah, chief executive officer of White Mountain Research, and former Africa Counterterrorism in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. “She clearly has a bias and an agenda and does not understand what the United States truly stands for.””

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  11. Only a few weeks into 2019 and over 30 sex crimes against kids committed by illegal aliens in that time. Could be many more, as this is only what has been researched and documented by one person. If you have a strong stomach, here you go:

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  12. Chas at 8:54,
    Did you not get the memo? We don’t care about immigrants. We want them all to suffer and die. (Completely disregard the idea that we want to continue to allow legal immigration and that many of us send money to organizations working to relieve the pain in many countries or attempt to adopt children or families from these countries in order to offer a better life). I repeat, we are to despise all immigrants. We certainly cannot empathize or otherwise care. It is all or nothing.

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  13. Sorry Mumsee. Sometimes I do stray off the reservation.

    When I started work at the Army Map Service in 1962, my first boss was a black man. Zeno V. K…’ Also during my career, I had a black woman as supervisor.

    If I were a black man, I would thank God every day that one of my ancestors was captured and brought to America as a slave.
    In 1721, a German man named Frederick Scholl escaped Germany for some reason and came to America. I don’t know what drive him, but I’m thankful that he did. r

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  14. I notice in the inter-gender squabbles, it is always a man trying to enter women’s athletic events and into women’s rest rooms. Never, that I’m aware of, women entering men’s athletic events and showers.

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  15. And I’ll just point out, too, that it was the local Chicago media that aggressively went after the holes in this story with police sources from the start, not the national media. All media is not created equal.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/02/18/jussie-smollett-everything-we-know-case-police-chicago-investigation/2903410002/

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    Jussie Smollett investigation: Everything we know so far
    Jayme Deerwester and Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY

    Developments over the weekend “shifted the trajectory” of the investigation into the Jan. 29 attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

    The actor told police last month he was attacked in Chicago in the early hours of the morning by two masked men who shouted “racial and homophobic slurs.” Police said Smollett described the assailants punching him in the face, pouring a chemical on him and wrapping a rope around his neck.

    Now, Chicago police want to speak to the actor again after two brothers claimed they were paid by the actor to orchestrate the attack, and the case could be headed to a grand jury soon.

    Here’s what we know as of now: …
    _________________________________________

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  16. The Kirsten Powers tweet thread is OK, but:

    The Covington boys weren’t being disrespectful, as she claims. At most, they were being obnoxious in ways HS boys have been, time immemorial.

    If follows, then, that those boys didn’t have “one really bad day,” as she asserts.

    The boys gave the discredited Native American guy and his cohorts all the room they wanted, including plenty of space to walk around, film stuff, talk to boys on this side of the crowd and that, etc. If a group of mostly black male students (I better not say “boys) had acted similarly, most folks, although admittedly a few more, perhaps, wouldn’t have had a problem with that, either, despite what she says.

    It’s a half-hearted mea culpa, tantamount to, “I’m sorry if what I said offended anyone.”

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  17. It is alright, Chas, happens to all of us. You must also remember that as a pro life person, you care about nobody after the womb. Sometimes we forget. How did you know it was me?

    Yes, God can do wonders, bringing good from evil. Slavery always has been and apparently always will be as long as human hearts are dead.

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