16 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-9-19

  1. Note: A final removal order is issued after all legal, court, and appeals have been exhausted. These are people who are criminals, or have already exhausted their legal options to stay.

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    https://freebeacon.com/issues/ice-prepares-to-deport-roughly-one-million-people/

    “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is gearing up to deport more than one million illegal immigrants who have been denied asylum or otherwise have final removal orders.

    Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli defended the plan during a Sunday appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation, the New York Daily News reports.

    ICE is “ready to just perform their mission, which is to go and find, detain and then deport the approximately one million people who have final removal orders,” Cuccinelli said.”

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  2. Border checkpoints in New Mexico are still closed to deal with the influx of asylum seekers. I wonder how many drugs etc are coming through without that stop.

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  3. It’s long overdue.

    This is as Dems have intended all along. Flood the country, run up the House seat count by keeping the citizenship question off the census, and then legalize them and get ’em voting. They’d never lose an election again.

    And again Ill note, no one has a problem with legal immigrants. But that’s not where all these numbers come from. Most are not legal immigrants, although now many are anchor babies, also as Dems intended when they threw open the back door and put out the welcome sign.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/record-60-million-hispanics-in-us-52-of-population-growth

    “Record 60 million Hispanics in US, 52% of population growth”

    “The U.S. Hispanic population surged another 1.2 million last year and now is a record 59.9 million, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau population estimates.

    The percentage of Hispanics as part of the overall U.S. population also jumped to 18%.

    A Pew Research Center analysis of the new data also found that between 2008 and 2018, “Latinos accounted for about half (52%) of all U.S. population growth over this period.”

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    They continue to lie and enable.

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  4. Sadly RKessler, that’s an angle few even consider, but you are correct. They can’t do their jobs if they’re babysitting. And we’ll suffer for it.

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  5. The revisionist history continues from the left. So yeah, more of our history must be purged for political correctness. The evil god of PC requires sacrifices.

    The next victim.

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/07/06/3-ignorant-myths-betsy-ross-flag-dispelled/

    “3 Ignorant Myths About The Betsy Ross Flag, Dispelled

    The nation’s leaders after the Civil War did not see a need to alter the flag’s appearance because they outlawed slavery under it. The American flag—the Union flag—was the victor in the Civil War.”

    “Nike’s decision to pull shoes depicting the Betsy Ross flag from the market because it might offend someone shows a gross lack of knowledge about the flag’s true meaning and origin. It’s time to dispel the myths about this flag and set the record straight.

    The Betsy Ross flag is not a colonial flag. It is the first official flag of the United States of America.

    The Betsy Ross flag is the first flag of the United States of America, not of Britain’s American colonies. Independence Day, July 4, 1776, marks the day that the Declaration of Independence changed the American colonies into states.

    While submitting to the authority of the Continental Congress, the new states began to set up new state governments and write new state constitutions. At the same time, Gen. George Washington knew that his army and the American people needed a new flag to symbolize this change from a government based on royalty to one based on representation. Betsy Ross, a known upholsterer in Philadelphia, sewed the first flag, according to sworn affidavits given by her descendants.

    When Congress officially issued this flag on June 14, 1777, they emphasized the symbolism of the thirteen new states, not the thirteen colonies. “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation,” declared the Journal of the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

    The first flag of the United States was not about slavery. It was about unity.”

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  6. Confidence in organized religion continues to slip.

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/259964/confidence-organized-religion-remains-low.aspx

    “STORY HIGHLIGHTS
    36% of Americans have confidence in the church or organized religion
    Americans remain most confident in the military, small business
    Congress ranks lowest in confidence ratings

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ confidence in the church or organized religion continues to erode, with 36% now saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in organized religion, establishing another new low point in Gallup’s trend.”

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  7. The hate crime epidemic that never was.

    https://quillette.com/2019/07/07/the-hate-crime-epidemic-that-never-was-a-seattle-case-study/

    “The Seattle Times recently reported that an epidemic of hate crimes is taking place in the Emerald City. According to the newspaper, more than 500 bias incidents were reported to Seattle police in 2018 alone, and this figure represents “an increase of nearly 400 percent since 2012.” However, this widely circulated claim is, at the very least, misleading. An examination of the Seattle data indicates that fewer than 40 actual criminal cases resulting from real, serious hate incidents were successfully prosecuted between 2012 and 2017. This provides an excellent case study of how media coverage of flash-point issues such as hate crime can—whether intentionally or not—sensationalize and exaggerate the urgency of social problems.

    In the Times piece, headlined “Reported Hate Crimes and Incidents up Nearly 400% in Seattle Since 2012,” reporter Daniel Beekman suggests that the problem continues to get worse, estimating that since 2017 alone, hate cases have jumped 25 percent. He also reports that “community organizations say hate crimes are a serious issue,” and cites sources claiming that “more support from the city” is needed to battle hate crime. Beekman’s tone is relatively measured. But others have delivered more alarmist takes, creating fear that minority residents may be swept up in an “epidemic” of hate.

    A look through the data that has been made available from Seattle’s office of the City Auditor reveals that there is little basis for panic. First, most of the situations contained in the 500-plus documented incidents for 2018 turned out not to be hate crimes at all. Out of 521 confrontations or other incidents reported to the police at some point during the year, 181 (35 percent) were deemed insufficiently serious to qualify as crimes of any kind. Another 215 (41 percent) turned out to involve some minor element of bias (i.e., an ethnic slur used during a fight), but did not rise to the definition of hate crime. Only 125, or 24 percent, qualified as potential hate crimes—i.e., alleged “criminal incidents directly motivated by bias.” For purposes of comparison: There are 745,000 people living in Seattle, and 3.5-million in the metro area.

    Even that 125 figure represents an overestimate, at least as compared to what most of us imagine to be the stereotypical hate crime (of, say, a gang of white racists beating up someone of a different skin color). Seattle’s remarkably broad municipal hate-crime policies cover not only attacks motivated by racial or sexual animus, but also those related to “homelessness, marital status, political ideology, age and parental status.”

    Indeed, if there is a single archetypal Seattle hate incident that emerges from this data, it would seem to involve a mentally ill homeless man yelling slurs at someone. According to the City Auditor, 22 percent of hate perps were “living unsheltered” at the time of their crime, 20 percent were mentally ill, and 20 percent were severely intoxicated.

    The conviction rate in cases such as these has been very low. As Beekman notes, 398 reports of actual hate crime, i.e. instances of “malicious harassment” that were “verified by the Department,” occurred between 2012 and 2017. Of these, 128 were referred for prosecution, indicating authorities’ baseline belief that the accusation was not a hoax and that the police had managed to identify and apprehend a viable suspect. But not all of those cases were prosecuted. And only 37 of those that were prosecuted resulted in a conviction for malicious harassment between 2012 and 2017. That is an average of about six per year—fewer than half of which likely involved a sane, sober, non-homeless offender. That’s hardly an epidemic of hate.”

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  8. In this country, at least the last time I checked, it is unconstitutional to write and pass laws intended for one or a small group of individuals. The courts don’t allow our laws to be used that way, and for good reason. Laws that do rarely pass judicial review.

    Laws like this. Passed with one intent, and to get at one individuals tax returns. This is as un-American as it gets.

    Dems in NY aren’t concerned with that though. Having already lost in curt attempting to get his federal returns, they’re now trying an end run around it.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/07/new-york-gov-cuomo-passes-law-to-allow-congress-access-to-trumps-state-tax-returns/

    “New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law on Monday morning that allows Congress to access President Donald Trump’s state tax returns. From The New York Times:

    The bill requires state tax officials to release the president’s state returns for any “specified and legitimate legislative purpose” on the request of the chair of one of three congressional committees: the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation.

    It is effective immediately, though it is unclear whether it would be challenged by the Trump administration, or used by the congressional committees; the Ways and Means Committee, for instance, has said previously that it remains focused on pursuing Mr. Trump’s federal tax information.

    Still, the state tax documents from New York — the president’s home state and business headquarters — would likely contain much of the same information as the contested federal returns, tax experts say.

    Cuomo claimed the bill “would help Congress ‘fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities, strengthen our democratic system and ensure that no one is above the law.’”

    Republicans described the law as unconstitutional since it aims at only one person “as well as a potential invasion of privacy.” Cuomo replied that “tax secrecy is paramount” except for “being for bona fide investigative and law enforcement purposes.””

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    Cuomo is talking BS. He knows this is a lie to get Trump’s returns, which they have no right to.

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  9. So…….

    Who flipped? 🙂

    Somebody did. 🙂

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/07/whos-flipped.php

    “At the Daily Wire, Ryan Saavedra postulates a breakthrough in DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into alleged FISA abuse against the Trump campaign. Saavedra reports that “at least one witness has started to cooperate in the investigation.” Fox News also reports that an Obama administration official has flipped.

    Saavedra suggests that the official most likely to be cooperating with Horowitz’s investigation (which in turn, as I understand it, is collaborating with the Durham probe that was ordered by Attorney General William Barr) is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec.

    We wrote about Kavalec’s role in the Russiagate investigation in May. The relevant point is that Kavalec knew that Christopher Steele’s Hillary-financed “dossier” on Donald Trump was a fraud in early October 2016, before the Department of Justice misled the FISA court in order to get a surveillance order on Carter Page:

    In her typed summary, Kavalec wrote that Steele told her the Russians had constructed a “technical/human operation run out of Moscow targeting the election” that recruited emigres in the United States to “do hacking and recruiting.”

    She quoted Steele as saying, “Payments to those recruited are made out of the Russian Consulate in Miami,” according to a copy of her summary memo obtained under open records litigation by the conservative group Citizens United. Kavalec bluntly debunked that assertion in a bracketed comment: “It is important to note that there is no Russian consulate in Miami.””

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    More:

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/49222/inspector-general-reaches-breakthrough-key-witness-ryan-saavedra?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=070819-news&utm_campaign=position3

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  10. I kinda feel bad for the guy.

    He announces his run on Twitter and the left makes it known in the comments that they don’t want a rich, white guy to run, they just want his money for other Democrat candidates.

    They’re not that into you Tom.

    Your money on the other hand…… they’re all about that!

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  12. Some of the rationale behind hiring Acosta, and maybe it’s true. But it still stinks. But he doesn’t look like the weasel in the scenario, the FBI does.

    Or more importantly, the guy running it at that time, Bob “he’s my asset” Mueller. It appears others at the FBI called the shots and ordered the deal, not Acosta. He seems to have just followed orders from higher up the food chain.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epsteins-sick-story-played-out-for-years-in-plain-sight

    “Epstein’s name, I was told, had been raised by the Trump transition team when Alexander Acosta, the former U.S. attorney in Miami who’d infamously cut Epstein a non-prosecution plea deal back in 2007, was being interviewed for the job of labor secretary. The plea deal put a hard stop to a separate federal investigation of alleged sex crimes with minors and trafficking.

    “Is the Epstein case going to cause a problem [for confirmation hearings]?” Acosta had been asked. Acosta had explained, breezily, apparently, that back in the day he’d had just one meeting on the Epstein case. He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had “been told” to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,” he told his interviewers in the Trump transition, who evidently thought that was a sufficient answer and went ahead and hired Acosta. (The Labor Department had no comment when asked about this.)”

    “And so, it seemed—until the news of Epstein’s arrest on Saturday for allegedly trafficking minors—thus continuing a pattern of blatant exceptionalism that surrounded him, and his social and business nexus.

    For almost two decades, for some nebulous reason, whether to do with ties to foreign intelligence, his billions of dollars, or his social connections, Epstein, whose alleged sexual sickness and horrific assaults on women without means or ability to protect themselves is well-known in his circle, remained untouchable.”

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    “After the one meeting with then-U.S. Attorney Acosta, where presumably “intelligence” was mentioned, the indictment was shelved and, instead, Epstein signed a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors, pleading guilty to one count of solicitation of prostitution and one count of procurement of minors for prostitution, which earned him a cushy 13 months in county jail, from where he was allowed to leave to work at his office and go for walks.

    The deal granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators.” Most significantly, federal prosecutors agreed to keep the deal secret from Epstein’s victims, which meant they would not know to challenge it in court. As it turned out, this actually broke the law, because victims have a right to know of such developments, under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.”

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  13. And again, lookin’ at the dropped balls by the DoJ……..

    https://spectator.us/jeffrey-epstein-lolita-express-unequal-justice/

    “Some questions are obvious — and demand answers. The most compelling one about the 2008 case is ‘why did Epstein get such kid gloves treatment?’ The most obvious one about the 2019 case is ‘why the hell did it take so long?’ Wasn’t it common knowledge among Manhattan’s rich and famous that Epstein was constantly flying young women (some allegedly underage) to his mansion in Palm Beach and his island hideaway? Didn’t people call the Caribbean estate ‘orgy island‘? Wasn’t his private jet known as ‘The Lolita Express’? I’m not saying these should have been hints, but…

    As blogger David Burge put it, ‘It’s always the billionaire convicted pedo with private Lolita Express jets to his own orgy island that you least expect.’ Droll but accurate. How did the Department of Justice manage to miss this ongoing scandal for years?

    The likely answer is that Epstein has lots of rich and powerful friends. As we say in Chicago, ‘He knows a guy who knows a guy.’ He must have known lots of guys. They were passengers on his planes, visitors at his estates.”

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    “This nexus of power, money, and influence is why this scandal is likely to widen. Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Christine, herself a Democratic National Committee official, said as much. ‘It is quite likely that some of our faves are implicated,’ she tweeted. She didn’t mention names, but an obvious one is Bill Clinton, who took more than two dozen flights with Epstein and didn’t always bring his Secret Service detail along.

    We will know much more when the indictments are revealed and the investigative reporters file their stories. Of course, everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence. But that doesn’t mean we have to be deaf, dumb, and blind to this nasty business, for which Epstein was convicted once before.

    The underage victims of sexual violence deserve justice. They also deserve an explanation of how this went without investigation and unpunished for so long.

    The American people deserve that explanation, too, for two reasons: first, because the alleged crimes are so heinous, and, second, because the rich and powerful should face the same scrutiny and the same consequences as everyone else.

    America’s justice system was never meant to have seats in first class and coach. That, alas, is not just a question about Jeffrey Epstein and ‘orgy island.’ Its jagged shadow looms over all American politics.”

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  14. Barr recuses.

    https://nypost.com/2019/07/09/barr-recuses-himself-from-jeffrey-epstein-sex-trafficking-case/

    “Attorney General William Barr has recused himself from Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking case because his former law firm once represented the convicted pedophile.

    “I am recused from that matter because one of the law firms that represented Epstein long ago was a firm I subsequently joined for a period of time,” Barr told reporters in South Carolina, according to Newsweek.”

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    ““Senator, I have to recuse myself from Kirkland & Ellis matters, I am told,” Barr told Sasse. “And I think Kirkland & Ellis was maybe involved in that case, so I need to sort out exactly what my role can be. I will say that if I’m confirmed, I’ll make sure your questions are answered on this case.”

    The law firm’s senior partner Jay Lefkowitz is among the list of attorneys, including Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz, who once represented Epstein, according to Newsweek, which cited Law and Crime.”

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    Note Barr himself didn’t represent Epstein, but a firm he worked for did.

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  15. And Bill Clinton is lying.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bill-clinton-not-telling-truth-epstein-investigative-journalist

    “Bill Clinton ‘not telling the truth’ about Jeffrey Epstein, says investigative journalist who first revealed allegations in 2010”

    “Investigative journalist Conchita Sarnoff said Monday that former President Bill Clinton isn’t telling the truth when he says he “knows nothing” of the alleged crimes of Jeffrey Epstein.

    Sarnoff, who’s the executive director of Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking and the author of her book “Trafficking,” appeared on Fox News @ Night after an indictment alleging sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy was unsealed Monday morning against Epstein, while Clinton’s spokesman issued a statement denying knowledge of Epstein’s alleged behavior.”

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    “But Sarnoff, who first broke the Epstein story back in 2010, says the figure isn’t accurate, claiming that Clinton was a guest on Epstein’s planes many more times over a longer period.

    “I know from the pilot logs and these are pilot logs that you know were written by different pilots and at different times that Clinton went, he was a guest of Epstein’s 27 times,” she said, adding that “many of those times Clinton had his Secret Service with him and many times he did not.”

    “Almost every time that Clinton’s name is on the pilot logs there are underage girls there are initials and there are names of many many girls on that private plane.””

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