25 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-7-19

  1. Progress, thanks to Trump’s hard line policies.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-reports-headway-in-us-mexico-talks-on-migrants-but-renews-tariff-threat/2019/06/06/bb0801e4-8860-11e9-98c1-e945ae5db8fb_story.html?utm_term=.2758ab4384b9

    “U.S. and Mexican officials are discussing the outlines of a deal that would dramatically increase Mexico’s immigration enforcement efforts and give the United States far more latitude to deport Central Americans seeking asylum, according to a U.S. official and a Mexican official who cautioned that the accord is not final and that President Trump might not accept it.

    Faced with Trump’s threat to impose steadily rising tariffs on goods imported from Mexico beginning Monday, Mexican officials have pledged to deploy up to 6,000 national guard troops to the area of the country’s border with Guatemala, a show of force they say will make immediate reductions in the number of Central Americans heading north toward the U.S. border.

    The Mexican official and the U.S. official said the countries are negotiating a sweeping plan to overhaul asylum rules across the region, a move that would require Central Americans to seek refuge in the first country in which they arrive after leaving their homeland.”

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    As the law says they must.

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    She’s dirty.

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  4. Scaring the kids.

    https://nypost.com/2019/06/02/school-shooter-drills-terrorize-our-kids-pointlessly/

    “As the school year meanders to a close, now is a good time for education departments across the land to make policy changes for the next year. One urgent step should be ending the insane lockdown drills our kids have to practice in their schools and tightening school security instead.

    In New York City, the Department of Education implemented General Response Protocols that mandate that all public schools have four lockdown drills, in addition to fire drills, per year.

    These “soft-lockdown” drills, ostensibly to prepare kids for a potential school shooter, require kids to hide in their classroom, sometimes in a closet, and remain quiet and out of view.

    It would be one thing to prepare teachers and school staff for this kind of rare emergency. But having children hide in a closet and practice being quiet is at best a waste of time and at worst a way to emotionally scar the children we’re trying to shield. Holding these drills four times per year is ludicrous.

    Anyone who has ever played “the quiet game” with kids knows they are generally terrible at staying silent. And even if the kids somehow manage to remain quiet for an entire practice drill, there is no guarantee they will do the same in an actual lockdown situation.

    Then there’s the question of why we subject the kids to these drills at all. Despite the wall-to-wall hysteria over school shootings, it is extremely unlikely for any student to experience such an event.

    A Washington Post column last year by David Ropeik, author of “How Risky Is It, Really?,” highlighted the rarity of a school shooting. Ropeik writes: “The statistical likelihood of any given public-school student being killed by a gun, in school, on any given day since 1999 was roughly 1 in 614,000,000. And since the 1990s, shootings at schools have been getting less common.”

    Meanwhile, according to National Geographic, “the odds of becoming a lightning victim in the US in any one year is 1 in 700,000. The odds of being struck in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000.” And according to the National Safety Council, your chance of dying in a motor vehicle accident is 1 in 103.

    We don’t have our kids practice car accidents or what to do if struck by lightning, because we know that preparing for these unlikely events is impossible, and scaring our children over the possibility would outweigh any benefit the preparation might offer. Yet in schools, we have decided that terrifying our kids is OK.

    Some schools have had drills with mock active shooters that have included shooting teachers with plastic pellets, which left actual bruises. Other schools have pretended that the drill was a real event, leading kids to vomit or pass out from fear.”

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  5. Everything Spike has ever done has been afrocentric. Yet he seems to miss the clear harm done to “his people” by the abortion industry, which clearly has targeted blacks since it’s inception.

    Sad really, he could of been a voice for reason. He could have helped save countless black lives by being their advocate. But instead……

    https://apnews.com/7a6057d36bcf4f55b767ba5fd98eae65

    “Director Spike Lee is calling for Hollywood production companies to leave Georgia over a law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks, upon detection of a fetal heartbeat.

    Most studios that have commented have said they’re waiting to see if the so-called “heartbeat” law actually takes effect next year, or if the courts will block it. But at the arrivals line for Denzel Washington’s AFI Lifetime Achievement tribute Thursday, Lee said now is the time for Georgia-based productions to “shut it down” and boycott the state’s booming film industry to drive change.”

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  6. Give up your password, or go to jail?

    That doesn’t sound right. Even if you are a criminal, you still have certain rights, like the one against unreasonable searches and self-incrimination.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/give-your-password-or-go-jail-police-push-legal-boundaries-n1014266

    “Give up your password or go to jail: Police push legal boundaries to get into cellphones

    “The world should know that what they’re doing out here is crazy,” said a man who refused to share his passcode with police.”

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    “William Montanez is used to getting stopped by the police in Tampa, Florida, for small-time traffic and marijuana violations; it’s happened more than a dozen times. When they pulled him over last June, he didn’t try to hide his pot, telling officers, “Yeah, I smoke it, there’s a joint in the center console, you gonna arrest me for that?”

    They did arrest him, not only for the marijuana but also for two small bottles they believed contained THC oil — a felony — and for having a firearm while committing that felony (they found a handgun in the glove box).

    Then things got testy.

    As they confiscated his two iPhones, a text message popped up on the locked screen of one of them: “OMG, did they find it?”

    The officers demanded his passcodes, warning him they’d get warrants to search the cellphones. Montanez suspected that police were trying to fish for evidence of illegal activity. He also didn’t want them seeing more personal things, including intimate pictures of his girlfriend.

    So he refused, and was locked up on the drug and firearms charges.

    Five days later, after Montanez was bailed out of jail, a deputy from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office tracked him down, handed him the warrants and demanded the phone passcodes. Again, Montanez refused. Prosecutors went to a judge, who ordered him locked up again for contempt of court.

    “I felt like they were violating me. They can’t do that,” Montanez, 25, recalled recently. “@#$% y’all. I ain’t done nothing wrong. They wanted to get in the phone for what?”

    He paid a steep price, spending 44 days behind bars before the THC and gun charges were dropped, the contempt order got tossed and he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor pot charge. And yet he regrets nothing, because he now sees his defiance as taking a stand against the abuse of his rights.”

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  7. Maybe we should be helping these folks right here, the people who are already our neighbors, before we start importing more on a massive scale. How about we clean up our own house and do some ministering here to those in desperate need? Poverty? Violence? Gangs? We have all that right under our own noses.

    Just a thought.

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/06/07/in-dignity-we-see-the-faces-of-poverty-and-our-forgotten-neighbors/

    “In ‘Dignity,’ We See The Faces Of Poverty And Our Forgotten Neighbors

    In Chris Arnade’s new book, ‘Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America,’ a Wall Street banker goes searching for answers about how to best deal with Americans living in poverty.”

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    “Left behind, forgotten, mocked, stigmatized. That’s how journalist Chris Arnade describes those profiled for his book, Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America.

    It’s become a familiar story—the breakdown of a formerly booming factory town, now teeming with crumbling infrastructure and abandoned buildings. Once economically thriving small towns, boasting high employment rates and happy families, now claim the opposite, subsisting on the people unlucky enough to be stuck there—physically, financially, and emotionally unable or unwilling to leave.

    In many of those towns today, including places such as Hunts Point, New York, located on a peninsula in the South Bronx, people rarely depart the neighborhood. This is where Arnade began his journey to meet and ultimately, advocate for, the citizens in “back row America,” where poverty and geography silence the voices who need to be heard.

    Arnade, a former Wall Street banker, stumbled upon what would eventually become this book after examining his privilege as a highly credentialed, educated male in New York City. He has a PhD in physics, lives in Brooklyn, sends his kids to private school, and, like many in his elite world, considered himself open-minded, inclusive, and progressive. However, he didn’t actually engage any of the people he claimed to care about. Meeting them changed everything.

    In Hunts Point and other marginalized communities nationwide, he met the people all of our well-intended social welfare policies and political debates aim to help. What he found was great despair, a growing epidemic of addiction, and a large number of people who are trapped in their lives. He also discovered that the same people struggling with substance use disorders, prostitution, and societal rejection were seeking respect and dignity amid the brokenness.

    As one man in the book put it: “When you don’t have anything, respect is all you have.” And that sums up much of the message Arnade attempts to send in these pages.

    The stories of Dignity come to life with pages of powerful photojournalism to accompany each vignette. Arnade makes it clear that “front row” America has a distorted vision about those sitting behind them. The economically privileged are neatly separated from the back by ZIP codes and Ivy League degrees, attempting to bridge the gap with charitable donations or social media posts about the downtrodden. The front row supports social welfare policies aimed at creating change—without ever speaking to a single human they’re supposed to help.

    Arnade went into the places he was told not to go, the places “nice people” don’t frequent. What he found there is great faith and strong communities in unlikely places, namely, the local McDonalds. In nearly every neighborhood he visited across the country, these fast food spaces housed young and old, gathered for hours all portions of the day. They were desperate for a place to convene for human contact, and this was the only available warm or air-conditioned location.

    He spent weeks befriending those in each neighborhood, camping out at the McDonalds or local bar, to get a sense of why so many remained in these forgotten towns. He discovered that the life those in the “front row” think their “back row” counterparts want is not so.”

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  8. Some of my relatives sent their children to elite private schools in LA along with famous people. Those children began lockdown/anti-kidnapping drills in kindergarten as long as 20 years ago.

    We had a kid with a BB-gun lock down a local high school last Friday during finals/graduation rehearsal at three congruent schools.

    The report was high school kids sheltering in the gym did just fine. Some kids even played basketball while they waited for the all clear.

    Horrifying to have to drill, yes, but didn’t you do nuclear attack drills in elementary school? I did.

    But that was 55 years ago.

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  9. Meanwhile, as a friend in Southern California pointed out last week, his local media is flooded with info on Pride Week parades with nary a mention of the typhus outbreak at city hall.

    Priorities?

    The media increasingly reminds me of The Truman Show/Pravda media— slight of hand or we’ll only tell you what we want you to know. Good luck with everything else.

    In good news, the FCC finally agreed to do something about robocalls.

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  10. Here is my latest letter to the editor, if you are interested or skip if not. Feel free to pray for any readers:

    If you are reading this and have had an abortion and regretted your choice, I want you to know that forgiveness is available. Once you realize the gravity of your action, it can become quite heart breaking. But by acknowledging what happened, and agreeing with your Creator and your baby’s Creator, that what you allowed was wrong, you can begin to forgive yourself. Ask Him. It is the reason He died. Accept His forgiveness, and forgive yourself. He has more right to be angry than you have and He understands and forgives.

    If you are reading this and are considering abortion, please think again. There is a wonderful alternative. Life. You may not believe you are in a place to provide this baby with what it needs. There is help available. Have you asked the baby’s dad? Your family? A church? Your local Crisis Pregnancy Center? Or considered allowing a couple to adopt your beautiful baby and make him or her their own? Babies do not wait long for adoption.

    If you know somebody who is considering abortion, please encourage her to think of the baby, a unique human being with its own hopes and dreams. She can give nine months of her life to ensure the baby has a good start. Who knows? Baby may grow up to change the world!

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  11. https://world.wng.org/content/biden_flip_flops_on_abortion_funding

    Biden flip-flops on abortion funding
    by Harvest Prude
    Posted 6/07/19, 01:02 pm

    After intense criticism from pro-abortion advocates, former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday he no longer supports the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal dollars from directly funding abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and when the mother’s life is endangered.

    Biden announced at a Democratic National Committee event in Atlanta on Thursday that he changed his position due to Republican lawmakers in some states passing “extreme laws in clear violation of constitutional rights.” …

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  12. Mumsee – Good job on that letter. I’d be interested in hearing what kinds of responses it elicits (if it is published).

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  13. Idiots.

    Fast to act, slow to think it thru.

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  14. Michelle,

    “Where was the press when this woman ran for Congress in the first place?”

    Black
    Immigrant
    Muslim
    Democrat
    Anti-Trump
    Anti-Semitic
    Left wing prog

    She checked all their boxes, so no vetting was necessary in the minds of the press. She’s near perfect in their eyes.

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  15. And she’s not the only corrupt Dem. Their leadership is even worse.

    More charges against Clyburn’s wife. And why is he not being charged as well? He’s clearly complicit.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/06/07/cummings-wife-irs-complaint/

    “ELIJAH CUMMINGS’S WIFE HIT WITH NEW ALLEGATIONS OF SELF-DEALING AND PERJURY IN UPDATED IRS COMPLAINT”

    “The wife of House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings is facing new allegations of self-dealing and perjury following the disclosure of financial dealings between her charity and her for-profit consulting firm, according to an IRS complaint a watchdog group filed Friday in response to a Daily Caller News Foundation report.

    The National Legal and Policy Center’s complaint is an amendment to its original May 20 complaint against Maya Rockeymoore Cummings’s charity, the Center for Global Policy Solutions (CGPS), which alleged that the nonprofit’s overlapping relationship with her for-profit company, Global Policy Solutions, LLC, could have derived an “illegal private benefit” for her and her husband.

    The NLPC’s amended complaint filed Friday highlights the charity’s audited financial reports, first reported by TheDCNF, which detail how it paid Rockeymoore Cummings’s for-profit venture over $250,000 in “management fees” between 2013 and 2015.

    TheDCNF’s report on the arrangement “increases the imperative for an immediate Internal Revenue Service investigation,” the NLPC stated in its amended complaint. “

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  16. A major win toward stopping the mob rule on college campuses and holding the so-called “educators” who stir the mobs responsible for their actions.

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    VERDICT: Jury awards Gibson’s Bakery $11 million against Oberlin College
    Punitive damage phase to start next Tuesday, which could increase the damages to $33 million.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/06/verdict-jury-awards-gibsons-bakery-11-million-against-oberlin-college/

    “The short version of this story is that the day after the 2016 election victory by Donald Trump, a black male Oberlin College student was stopped for shoplifting wine at Gibson’s Bakery and Market in downtown Oberlin, OH. Gibson’s had been in existence since 1885, was frequented by students, and also provided baked goods to the college dining halls. A scuffle ensued that was joined by two black female Oberlin College students accompanying the male shoplifter and apparently acting in concert with him. All three eventually would plead guilty to shoplifting and aggravated trespassing, and would avow that Gibson’s was not engaged in racial profiling.

    But before those guilty pleas, students at the college immediately declared that Gibson’s was guilty of racial profiling, and large protests were organized outside the bakery. Flyers were passed out claiming Gibson’s was “racist” and had “a long account of racial profiling and discrimination.” The Oberlin College Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo allegedly participated in handing out the flyers in front of the bakery. The Oberlin College Student Senate also passed a resolution claiming Gibson’s “has a long history of racial profiling and discriminatory treatment of students and residents alike.” The college administration allegedly helped spread this student senate resolution.

    Students started a boycott of the bakery, initially joined in by the college. The college eventually resumed business with the bakery, but then terminated that business after the lawsuit was filed.

    Gibson’s and its owners sued the college and Raimondo for libel, tortious interference with business relationships and contracts, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and trespass. Gibson’s alleged long-term damage to its business and reputation for the allegedly defamatory accusations and other torts. The plaintiffs in closing argument asked the jury to award $12.8 million in compensatory damages.”

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  17. DJ,

    Even his aides are having trouble selling his 180 to normally compliant and willing to play along media sources. 🙂

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  18. Nice to see Ben man up, unlike Spike Lee. 🙂

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  19. Oh, and Mueller is again caught red handed editorializing conversations to say what he wants, not what was actually said. He’s lying, and it’s misconduct for a prosecutor to act this way.

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  20. Hehe. 🙂

    Git ’em Mitch. 🙂

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