18 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-4-19

  1. Is it just me, or does California’s health dpt. seem to be overwhelmed and unable to operate with such legislative foolishness directing their mission?

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/06/los-angeles-police-officers-contract-typhoid-fever-others-show-typhus-like-symptoms/

    “Los Angeles Police Officers Contract Typhoid Fever, Others Show Typhus-Like Symptoms

    Meanwhile, instead of killing disease-spreading rats, California legislator proposes a ban on rodenticides.”

    “The last time we visited Los Angeles in our posts, a local TV investigative team reported that the city wastes tens of millions of dollars per year in clean-up efforts because LA’s homeless encampments quickly repopulate once cleaning ends.

    The rat population has exploded as a result of garbage accumulation, and a Los Angeles police officer has now shown symptoms of the flea-borne disease typhus spread by rats.

    The I-Team has been exposing uncollected filth, an exploding rat population and fears of a new typhus outbreak in downtown Los Angeles, with an LAPD officer working downtown possibly the latest victim of the disease.

    A spokesman for the LAPD confirmed to the I-Team that an officer stationed at Central Division has typhus-like symptoms but has not yet been diagnosed with the disease. Typhus can be spread by infected fleas that live on rats that have been linked to growing homeless encampments.

    The disease can cause fever, chills, vomiting and confusion.

    Typhoid fever is another disease associated with garbage and sewage, which doctors can confuse with typhus. One LAPD officer is now recovering from that disease.

    The LAPD announced late Wednesday that an employee who fell ill at the downtown LAPD station had contracted the strain of bacteria that causes typhoid fever and was being treated for the condition. The LAPD confirmed that a second employee had a lower intestinal infection, but a specific diagnosis has not been determined.

    It’s unclear where the officers contracted typhoid, though officials said they were not patrol officers. The LAPD appeared to link the case to officers’ work conditions, saying in a statement that “our police officers often patrol in adverse environments and can be exposed to various dangerous elements.”

    Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi. It affects about 22 million people worldwide each year, with 350 cases reported in this country annually, usually as a result of their travels to poverty-stricken areas abroad. One can contract Typhoid fever from eating food or drinking beverages that connected with infected people, sewage, or bacteria-filled water.

    The NBC4 Los Angeles video of the area shows why the police department suspects that the officer’s work environment exposed them to the diseases.”

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  2. “William Barr Is Washington’s Worst Nightmare

    Nothing scares the denizens of D.C. more than an honest man.”

    https://spectator.org/william-barr-is-washingtons-worst-nightmare/

    “f you are bewildered by the weird antipathy with which Democrats and the media regard Attorney General William Barr, consider a passage from the Nobel Prize acceptance speech delivered by Polish dissident Czesław Miłosz in 1980: “In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.” Our government hasn’t yet devolved into the kind of totalitarian regime under which Poland groaned at that time, but there is a conspiracy of silence surrounding the skullduggery that led to the Russia collusion fraud, and Barr fired that metaphorical pistol on April 10, 2019.

    Barr used the word “spying” during testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee with regard to his plan to look into counterintelligence activities against the Trump campaign during the 2016 election cycle. When he first uttered that word, it clearly startled every Democrat on the committee. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) immediately inquired if he really believed spying had occurred. Barr said, “I think spying did occur, yes.” That bullet continues to ricochet around the Beltway to this day. Indeed, his use of the “s” word was belabored at considerable length by Jan Crawford during the CBS interview with Barr that aired Friday:

    On using the word, I mean, do you understand, and I know that some of the, some former intelligence chiefs have said that the president has made that word somewhat pejorative, that there is spying, this is a witch hunt, this is a hoax, and so your use of that word makes it seem that you are being a loyalist.

    Having endured that word salad with his characteristic patience, Barr ignored the odd suggestion that “being a loyalist” was somehow improper. He did, however, make it clear that he had no intention of heeding the none-too-subtle attempts to stop him from using the verboten term. “It’s a perfectly good English word; I will continue to use it.” This is why Barr is so scary to Washington insiders. He’s an honest man with more concern for the truth than his popularity inside the Beltway. This has clearly caused considerable trepidation in the Justice Department, the intelligence community, the Democratic Party, and the media.

    And all four were deeply involved in creating, cultivating, and keeping the Russia collusion narrative “above the fold” for nearly three years. Thus, Barr’s obvious intention of getting to the bottom of what was essentially a thinly veiled coup attempt has inevitably caused the number of self-serving attacks on the AG to increase. A clearly frightened James Comey, for example, tweeted: “Bill Barr on CBS offers no facts. An AG should not be echoing conspiracy theories. He should gather facts and show them. That is what Justice is about.” Saint James is obviously terrified that he will do just that. It’s a valid fear as Barr told CBS:

    I just think it has to be carefully looked at because the use of foreign intelligence capabilities and counterintelligence capabilities against an American political campaign to me is unprecedented and it’s a serious red line that’s been crossed.… What was the process? Who had to approve it?”

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    Lookin’ at you Barry…….

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  3. Nothing riles the left like accurately reporting the facts.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/06/furious-reaction-to-accurate-advertisement-calling-out-rep-rashida-tlaibs-holocaust-lies/

    “Furious reaction to accurate advertisement calling out Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s Holocaust lies

    Led by James Zogby, who calls the ad “a dishonest & dangerous assault …. It’s not an ad, it’s incitement” — But the ad is accurate.”

    “Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib attempted to rewrite history recently by claiming that the Arabs of the British Mandate for Palestine (they would not be called “Palestinians” until decades later) provided “safe haven” to Jews before, during, and after the Holocaust.”

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    “The advertisement is accurate. It accurately debunks Tlaib’s historical fabrication, making many of the same points we made in our coverage:”

    The advertisement has brought out a who’s-who of Israel haters, led by James Zogby, a Bernie-Democrat known for trying to realign U.S. policy on Israel (second from right in image below, appearing on panel during 2016 Democratic Convention, alongside Keith Ellison and Linda Sarsour).

    Zogby is obsessive about Israel, including accusing it of culinary “genocide”:”

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  4. The stupid is weapons grade in her case. Not a good look for a member of Congress to be so ignorant, where, let’s face it, the bar is set really low to start.

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  5. And she’s a total hypocrite.

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  6. The DoJ and FBI need to be called out on this.

    They dogged Trump for 2 years with baseless charges while Clinton broke laws with impunity, and it appears, the FBI’s willing help, including the hiding of documents.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/strzok-page-emails-show-gaps-in-clinton-probe-files-alleged-special-treatment-for-her-lawyer

    “Strzok-Page emails show gaps in Clinton probe files, alleged ‘special treatment’ for her lawyer”

    “Internal FBI emails released Monday show FBI officials in 2016 sought to “expeditiously” accommodate a request for information from then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, in what a conservative watchdog group claimed is evidence of “special treatment.”

    Judicial Watch – a group that routinely sues for government records – obtained and released 218 pages of emails between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Many of the emails have to do with the bureau’s investigation into whether Clinton improperly used a private email server as secretary of state to discuss classified information.

    The emails involve discussions about so-called “302s” – reports written by the FBI after witness interviews. In one email, Page curiously acknowledged that four such 302 reports relating to the Clinton investigation “had never been written.” She didn’t go into detail about why the reports weren’t written, or say which witnesses the 302s would have been about.

    There have been previous concerns about missing investigative material related to the Clinton case. In 2016, Fox News reported that two “bankers boxes” of Clinton’s emails went missing during the investigation.”

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  7. Finally, a judge with some basic understanding of the law and presidential powers.

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    https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/445184-federal-judge-backs-trump-rules-emergency-declaration-on-wall-can

    “A federal judge has ruled against congressional Democrats who sought to temporarily stop the president from using military funds for a border wall.

    Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, handed the president a needed victory after the White House suffered several losses in legal battles with Democrats in recent days.

    McFadden ruled that House Democrats cannot go to court to block Trump from using military funds to build the border wall “because the Constitution grants the House no standing to litigate these claims.”

    “To be clear, the Court does not imply that Congress may never sue the Executive to protect its powers,” McFadden wrote.

    But he said that because the House failed to show it has standing in court and given the lack of binding precedent showing it can sue and rulings made in related cases, “the Court cannot assume jurisdiction to proceed to the merits.”

    Trump issued a national emergency declaration earlier this year to tap Pentagon funding and start construction at the border.

    However, a federal judge in California last week ruled to block the administration from using some of the military funds tapped under the national emergency declaration.”

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  8. Let’s keep doing more of this. 🙂

    https://www.realclearpolicy.com/articles/2019/06/03/proposed_easing_of_obama-era_labor_rules_yet_another_good_move_by_trump_administration_111210.html

    “Proposed Easing of Obama-Era Labor Rules Yet Another Good Move by Trump Administration”

    “The Trump Administration’s effort to reduce growth killing regulations gets far less coverage than it deserves. So, if you’re a franchised business owner — or hold one of the 7.6 million jobs they create — the Department of Labor’s (DOL) recently proposed “joint employer” rule may help you more than you realize.

    Joint employer rules impose liability for violating an employee’s rights on entities in addition to the employee’s direct employer. Traditionally, to incur such liability, an entity had to meaningfully affect “matters relating to the employment relationship such as hiring, firing, discipline, supervision, and direction.”

    In 2015, the Obama-era National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), expanded this traditional standard in cases involving collective bargaining and unfair labor practices. It imposed joint employer liability on entities that had an “indirect” — or even a “potential” — relationship to another business’s employees. Ostensibly, the NLRB intended this new standard to address “changes in the workplace and economic circumstances.” In practice, it blurred the lines between franchisers and franchisees, contractors and sub-contractors, staffing service and their customers, making it easier to unionize larger businesses and relieving unions of the need to unionize smaller entities one by one.

    In 2016, the Obama-era DOL followed suit by issuing an Administrator Interpretation (AI) expanding joint employer liability consistent with the NLRB’s interpretation. The new rule applied to employee compensation claims such as those involving overtime pay and the minimum wage.

    This expansion of joint employer liability posed a significant threat to the franchise business model. Franchised businesses are independently owned and operated, even if they license a name and follow operating standards from a larger brand. It is a basic premise of the franchiser/franchisee relationship that the franchisee controls its labor force including hiring, firing, benefits, wages and incentives. Executives in McDonald’s Chicago office have no control over who fries the fries in your local McDonald’s.

    Under the expanded joint employer rules, franchisers suddenly found themselves potentially liable for their franchisees’ employment practices and targets for unionization if they had even a tangential connection to their franchisees’ employees. Understandably, this increased exposure hurt both parties.

    A recent report by the International Franchise Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, found that franchises saw a 93% increase in lawsuits following changes to the joint employer standard, while 92% of respondents said it led to reduced support from franchisers, who were now concerned about incurring liability for making even innocuous suggestions that might impact a franchisee’s employees.”

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  9. That’s another false leftist/RINO narrative, shot down in flames.

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  10. Pelosi: “The era of self-regulation is over.”

    Yeah! Now you have to bribe public officials with campaign donations to get the regs you want passed, just like every other industry. 🙂

    So yeah, take it for what it’s worth.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/06/congress-doj-launch-antitrust-investigation-into-big-tech-monopolies-business-practices/#more-285198

    “Congress, DOJ Launch Antitrust Investigation Into Big Tech Monopolies, Business Practices”

    “The House Judiciary Committee announced on Monday that it would launch an antitrust investigation into big technology like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also announced their own investigation into these companies.

    The fact is these companies gained their success from the market. They are market-driven monopolies.

    The United States implemented antitrust laws to target companies that practice unethical business practices to put the competition out of business and then absorb said competition.”

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  11. I saw on FoxNews that California is going to put warning labels on coffee.
    A commentator said, “If you have warning labels on everything, you have warning labels on nothing.”
    Good point.
    I once saw a traffic situation where a traffic light was stuck on red. People stopped, then drove through.

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  12. I just heard on Rush that CNN pays airports, etc. to carry it’s programs. They pay Miami airport over $100k/year to carry their station.

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  13. Let them fight!

    Sure. This’ll fix Baltimore’s problems.

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    Head. Desk.

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  14. Damn those pesky laws! Full speed ahead!

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  15. It sounds that way because it’s exactly that way.

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    Dems are too used to an AG who breaks the law when they request it, like Eric Holder, or Loretta Lynch.

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  16. When you’re running a circus, you always lead with the clowns.

    🤡🤡🤡🤡

    https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2019/06/04/jerry-nadler-starts-mueller-hearings-first-witness-laughable/

    “Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has decided he’s moving forward with hearings on the Mueller report. Because we must get to the bottom of what happened, according to Democrats, and 400+ pages from the Mueller report just won’t do.

    In reality, this is a partisan exercise with no real end game except to drag the issue out into the 2020 election. Nadler has been rebuffed at every turn, even by Robert Mueller himself, who’s said he has no reason to testify.

    In the absence of any real, substantive witnesses though, Nadler has a plan.

    His first witness in the hearings will be…Nixon White House Counsel John Dean?

    That’s a Politico reporter above breathlessly letting us know that the Democrats are shifting to “substance” by bringing in irrelevant lawyers from a 50 year old administration. Makes sense.

    While having no actual testimony to give concerning the Mueller report and its inner workings, what Dean does have is delusional anti-Trump bonafides and that’s good enough for Jerry Nadler.”

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    Cue the circus music…… 🤡

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  17. Charges for the cowardly sheriff’s deputy who hid outside while the shooter rampaged thru the school in Parkland.

    Long overdue.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/06/former-broward-sheriffs-deputy-scot-peterson-charged-with-11-counts-tied-to-parkland-shooting/

    “Former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson Charged With 11 Counts Tied to Parkland Shooting

    “The FDLE investigation shows former Deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers and staff and injured 17 others.”

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    “The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) announced Tuesday afternoon that officials arrested former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson and charged him with “seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence, and one count of perjury.”

    Peterson has faced criticism for not entering Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018 during a shooting that killed 17 and injured 17 others.

    The FDLE and the Broward State Attorney’s Office spent 15 months investigating the shooting, which included interviewing 184 witnesses and viewing hours of video. They devoted over 800 hours to the investigation.

    From WPTV:

    “The FDLE investigation shows former Deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers and staff and injured 17 others,” said Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.”

    BSO said following its own internal investigation, Sheriff Gregory Tony determined that Peterson and another law enforcement officer, Sergeant Brian Miller, neglected their duties during the school shooting.

    They were both terminated and can no longer serve as deputies with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

    The FDLE stated that not only did Peterson not investigate the shooting, but he also “retreated while victims were being shot inside the school.”

    He then “directed other law enforcement who arrived on scene to remain 500 feet away from the building.””

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