17 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-23-19

  1. Let’s get to it….

    First up, once again Trump does what Republicans talk about, but never get around to doing.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/02/trump-administration-issues-new-rule-that-would-deprive-planned-parenthood-from-funding/

    “Trump Admin Issues New Title X Rule That Would Deprive Planned Parenthood of Federal Funding

    “It requires the ‘physical and financial” separation of family planning services and abortion.””

    “President Donald Trump’s administration has taken a step towards stripping Planned Parenthood of federal funding.

    The Health and Human Services Department has changed rules in the Title X program that will not allow groups that provide abortion or abortion referrals to participate in a $286 million federal family program.

    From The Washington Examiner:

    The rule applies to a grant, known as Title X, that pays for birth control, testing of sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer screenings. It requires the “physical and financial” separation of family planning services and abortion.

    Federal funds are not permitted to go toward abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, or if a woman’s pregnancy threatens her life. Abortion foes, however, have long fought for rules along the lines of the one advanced Friday because they say allocating federal funds toward clinics such as Planned Parenthood frees up additional funds to provide abortions.

    Planned Parenthood makes up the majority of the chunk of the program since it receives between $50 million and $60 million from it.

    The critics have called this a gag order, but clinics can still talk to women about abortions. They just cannot refer them.”

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    The pro-baby murder crowd hates it, as their Tweets show. They’re whining about the usual stuff, including their favorite red herring, no clause for the alleged health of the mother. Which is good, because that’s bogus too.

    From actual doctors who would know……

    https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/02/49619/

    “It Is Never Necessary to Intentionally Kill a Fetal Human Being to Save a Woman’s Life: In Support of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act”

    “The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act provides a scientifically sound, medically accurate, and respectful approach to ensure that the innocent human being who survives an attempted abortion will be treated with the same human dignity and respect that similarly aged human beings receive in the course of good neonatal medical care. It also ensures that human beings with disabilities are not targeted for intentional killing at the moment of birth.”

    “As medical professional organizations and individuals representing over 30,000 physicians who practice according to the Hippocratic Oath, we write in support of S. 311, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

    Medical facts are important.

    Fact 1: It is an undisputed scientific fact that a distinct, living human being exists in the womb of a pregnant mother.

    From the moment of fertilization, a human being meets all of the scientific criteria for a living organism [1] and is completely distinct from her/his mother, not a part of her/his mother’s body. This is scientific fact. It is therefore scientifically correct for S. 311 to identify the living survivors of abortions as human persons and afford those human beings the full protection of the law in the same way that infants of similar gestational ages are currently protected.

    Fact 2: Abortion is not healthcare, much less an essential part of women’s health care, and abortions in the third trimester are not done to save a woman’s life. [2]

    The fact that over 85 percent of OB-GYNs in a representative national survey do not perform abortions on their patients [3] is glaring evidence that abortion is not an essential part of women’s healthcare. The vast majority of abortions are done by abortion providers who do not provide any other kind of medical care for the woman. Abortion treats no disease. Pregnancy is not a disease, and deliberately killing the unborn child by abortion is not healthcare.”

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  2. Sanctuary policies darn near cost this cop her life, which is a recurring theme. She should sue the state.

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/man-who-shot-at-california-cop-previously-deported-arrested-but-cops-wouldnt-honor-ice-detainer-feds-say

    “Man who shot at California cop previously deported, arrested but cops wouldn’t honor ICE detainer, feds say”

    “The illegal immigrant killed Sunday in a shootout with a California cop had been deported three times and arrested and released over ICE’s objection on several occasions — including cases involving the very department whose officer took him down in a dramatic exchange caught on her body cam.”
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    “Immigration officials said Thursday that the shooting and the man’s death could have been prevented, but California’s state law prohibited them from arresting the Mexican citizen with a long rap sheet and multiple deportations.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Hernandez Morales has been deported three times before 2011 – twice in 2007 and once again in 2010.

    Since then, ICE had issued four separate detainers for him related to various arrests including suspicion of driving under the influence, battery on a peace officer and unknown probation violations.

    ICE said detainers were issued to Napa County Jail in 2014, 2015 and 2016 while Sonoma County Jail received one in 2016. None of the detainers were honored by jail staff.

    “This incident may have been prevented if ICE had been notified about any of the multiple times Hernandez-Morales was released from local custody over the last few years,” immigration officials said. “This is an impactful, scary example of how public safety is affected by laws or policies limiting local law enforcement agencies’ abilities to cooperate with ICE.”

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  3. Sorry California. The rest of the country is just not that into paying for your hair-brained schemes…..

    And Trump has made it so we don’t have to. 🙂

    Woo-wooooooooo! All aboard the Trump Train.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/02/us-dot-cancels-929-million-in-grants-for-californias-aborted-high-speed-rail-project/

    “US DOT cancels $929 million in grants for California’s aborted high-speed rail project

    Sacramento’s plans for the money may just have been derailed by the Trump Train.”
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    “The fate of California’s troubled high speed rail project was cast into further doubt Tuesday when the U.S. Department of Transportation said it will cancel $929 million in grant funds, a move that some viewed as political payback.

    The action marks an escalation in the battle between President Trump and the state of California since Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that the project lacked a path to complete a statewide system and vowed to scale back the $77 billion mega project.

    The transportation department also said it was “actively exploring every legal option” to get back another $2.5 billion grant that is being used to finance the construction of 119 miles of rail line in the Central Valley.

    The two federal grants represent about one-fourth of all the funding for the project — money critical to completing even a partial 119-mile segment in the Central Valley and finishing environmental reviews for other segments from San Francisco to the Los Angeles. If the funds are lost or tied up in a long legal battle, the state would have to either make up the money or further curtail the project.

    In the announcement, the DOT’s Federal Railroad Administration said that the California High Speed Rail Authority project has missed “timely and satisfactory financial reports,” as well as several important deadlines tied to the $928 million appropriation.

    The letter addressed that CHSRA has no chance of finishing the first phase of the project by the 2022 deadline.

    The Federal Railroad Administration said it “has regularly communicated its concerns on the above issues to CHSRA,” and noted that “California Governor Newsom presented a new proposal that represents a significant retreat from the state’s initial vision and commitment.”

    The FRA said because the CHSRA “failed to take appropriate corrective actions,” the FRA plans to “de-obligate the full $928,620,000 obligated under the agreement.”

    California’s politicos are angered by the move.”
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    And we’re angered that you think it’s your money to begin with.

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  4. I just finished a book called “License to Lie” by Sidney Powell, a lawyer whose office is in Asheville, NC. But it seems she spent most of her time in Houston and Washington.
    It is about the endemic corruption in the Dept. of Justice. Dealing with two cases. Primarily with the Enron/Merril Lynch debacle. Four men served prison for something that wasn’t a crime. I don’t recall what happened and don’t have space to describe it anyhow, but Enron collapsed and lots of people were hurt. That meant that heads had to roll. It didn’t matter it injustice was done, someone had to pay. And four innocent men did.
    The book is a tome, difficult to read if you don’t have a legal background. But I plowed through it to see how it happened.

    The problem, as I said, is endemic. The Justice Dept. is not about justice, but winning the case. She tells how Sen. Ted Stephens of Alaska was framed and lost his seat. He was later cleared
    The following link tells about the Ted Stevens case.
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    https://www.rollcall.com/news/recalling_the_injustice_done_to_sen_ted_stevens_commentary-237407-1.html

    Corruption didn’t start in the Obama administration. As I said, it’s endemic. A person doesn’t move ahead in the Justice Dept. by obtaining Justice, but by winning cases. Sometimes by withholding evidence the Government have, but defendant’s don’t. Justice knows all the time that the defendant is innocent. But you don’t get promoted by losing cases. It’s by ruining lives.

    “In fact, Jim had been on probation two years longer than his entire sentence would have been. The government had supervised him, controlled his life and jerked him around at will for almost eight years – about a deal he wanted Merrill not to do.”

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  5. Speaking as someone from California, most of us didn’t think the “train to nowhere” was a good idea either. That’s why we voted against it, complained and were disgusted with our governor.

    We were overruled by our governing authorities who are so much wiser than we are in every way–and they really love to waste money.

    A Biblical scholar I know points out the purpose of government is to spend our money. God warned us when He gave us a king that we wouldn’t like it: the king would take our money, our crops, our children.

    History has only proven that true. 😦

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  6. “Neither the government, District Judge Werlein, nor Fifth Circuit Judges Smith, Southwick, and Graves ever acknowledged – much luss discussed – the prosecutor’s own highlighting of the crucial statements in recognition that the prosecutors kniw this information was “Brady” before the Barge trial.
    No court ever required the politically powerful former prosecutors to answer for their conduct. No court cares that they capitalized on their misconduct repeatedly. It didn’t matter that they had told the contrary a hundred times to the jury and multiple courts, solicited testimony from multiple witnesses that the hidden evidence contradicted, and took advantage of having hidden the evidence even more than did the prosecutors in Stevens. While they contrived crime and concealed the truth to obtain the wrongful convictions, four Merrill executives went to prison. “

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  7. How’s Debra doing?

    Maybe she could chime in and let us know she’s not flooded out like my friend Evelyn is.

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    https://www.wjhl.com/local/greene-co-mayor-roads-closed-due-to-flooding/1803962263?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_WJHL&fbclid=IwAR0-nbD5eMLlbKxvAYQBvhfYBlODS0kHmno5OsswqIo2fQCPb3kuWpTwKmk

    “EMA: 7 rescued from high waters in Greene County; 80+ roads closed”

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  8. More….

    https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2019/02/23/nashville-braces-severe-storms-may-cap-record-breaking-rainfall/2960994002/

    “Storms were set to continue in Middle Tennessee on Saturday night after Nashville broke the February rainfall record earlier in the day. More than 12 inches of rain have fallen this month, the highest total since 1880.

    Water rescues
    Nashville Fire Department responded to at least 60 water rescue calls Saturday evening, but reported no major injuries or fatalities connected with them.

    Nashville’s Office of Emergency Management reported flooding on Rosa Parks Boulevard around 6:45 p.m.

    OEM reported the street was holding enough water that cars could not move through, but that the farmers market was not flooded.

    Flash flood watches and warnings remained in place across the region until midnight, but the NWS said changing conditions meant they were unlikely to be renewed.”

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  9. @8:59 Hi, everyone! I’m checking in from sunny Chattanooga. We are not flooded at all here in my area, though there was much rain and some of our neighbors in the county have had some flooding. My cousin’s church a few miles away in Soddy was completely flooded in last month’s downpour, but I think even they escaped with only a few sandbags this time. Nashville was not so fortunate.

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  10. My grandson was let out of his TN school early because of flooding. My daughter left work early that day, since roads were already flooded on her way to work. Their home is high on a hill, so is fine, but some of the neighbors are close to a river.

    My daughter’s friend had flooding in her below ground garage and her mom’s yard was all under water. It has receded. They are over near Knoxville.

    I would rather have our snow. Today is wicked with the winds, but we were able to go to church. Lots of drifts both on the way in and coming back. Roads were open, however.

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