19 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-17-19

  1. Lax immigration enforcement is killing us.

    Literally. Illegal immigration is not a victim-less crime.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/12/lax-immigration-enforcement-is-killing-americans.php

    “LAX IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT IS KILLING AMERICANS

    Daniel Horowitz has reviewed ICE’s brand new comprehensive enforcement and removal operations report. ICE reported that it issued detainers on criminal aliens in fiscal year 2019 who were collectively charged with 2,500 murders. To put that in perspective, albeit via an imperfect comparison, Horowitz says that law enforcement agencies only arrested 9,049 individuals in total for homicide in 2018.

    This source places the total number of murder arrests in 2018 at a slightly higher number — 11,970. Either way, it’s clear that illegal aliens make up a shockingly high percentage of those arrested for homicide.

    Horowitz acknowledges that some of those for whom a detainer issued in fiscal year 2019 might have been legal immigrants who were convicted of murder a while ago. But “the bulk of them,” he adds are “front-end detainers on illegal aliens who have just recently been charged with murder.”

    Horowitz also notes that most illegal immigrants live in sanctuary jurisdictions where law enforcement doesn’t cooperate with ICE. Thus, there are many crimes, including murders, committed by illegal aliens that don’t result in detainers. California, for example, is home to by far the most illegal immigrants of any state in America. Yet, ICE only apprehended a fraction of the number of criminals they caught in Texas.”

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    Sanctuary….. for criminals.

    https://amgreatness.com/2019/12/16/13000-criminal-illegals-allowed-to-roam-free-because-of-sanctuaries-ice-director-confirms/

    “13,000 Criminal Illegals Allowed to Roam Free Because of ‘Sanctuaries,’ ICE Director Confirms”

    “Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence says that up to 13,000 criminal illegal aliens have been released into the country due to the actions of “sanctuary” cities and counties, as The Epoch Times reports.

    This comes after ICE reported that it had successfully deported over 267,000 illegal aliens along the border in the year 2019. However, resources for interior enforcement of immigration laws were depleted due to the crisis on the border, thus decreasing ICE’s rate of arresting convicted illegals by about 13,000 compared to 2018.

    “What that means,” Albence explained, “is there’s 13,000 more criminals that we could’ve gotten our hands on, could have got off the street, that are still out there and able to reoffend.”

    Of those criminal illegals who were arrested by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in 2019, a total of 489,000 crimes were committed collectively by the 123,000 individual illegal aliens, thus equating to a rate of “four criminal arrests or convictions per alien.” Thus, the 13,000 who were released account for at least 52,000 crimes that have already been committed, and each one is capable of committing an additional four crimes now that they are released.”

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    Thanks Dems and open borders RINOs. You built this.

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  2. Would anyone be shocked if this is true?

    Not anymore.

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2019/12/16/loughlin-prosecutors-covering-evidence-innocence/

    “Loughlin: Prosecutors Are Covering Up Evidence Of Our Innocence”

    “Well, why not? It’s not as if the FBI hasn’t cooked a case or two in the recent past. Perhaps sensing an opening, or at least a clever PR movement, actor Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli filed a new claim in court of prosecutorial misconduct in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal. If prosecutors have evidence that the pair thought the money would go directly to USC, then where’s the crime?

    Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, asked a federal judge in Boston for “urgently needed” help in forcing the government to fork over evidence they say disproves charges they bribed a USC administrator to get their daughters, Isabella and Olivia Jade Giannulli, into the school.

    “The Government appears to be concealing exculpatory evidence that helps show that both Defendants believed all of the payments they made would go to USC itself — for legitimate, university-approved purposes — or to other legitimate charitable causes. The Government’s failure to disclose this information is unacceptable, and this Court should put a stop to it,” lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli wrote in documents filed in Boston federal court.

    “If, for example, USC knew of Singer’s operation and accepted donations to the university from Singer’s clients as legitimate, then not only was there no bribery at USC, but also no fraud conspiracy at all.”

    Let’s start with the basics. In a criminal prosecution, the defense is entitled to the discovery process, in which all pertinent information about the case is revealed. That includes documents, fact witnesses, expert analysis, the works. If the Department of Justice has not fully cooperated in the discovery process and transparently disclosed all material to the defense, the court can impose a range of sanctions, including dismissal with prejudice or even legal sanctions on the prosecutors. And this does happen, albeit infrequently, especially at the federal level.

    First, though, one has to prove that the prosecutors have withheld anything relevant and substantial to the case. That brings us to the legal theory being pursued here, which is apparently that the Loughlins believed it was normal and proper to pay $500,000 during the admission process and pretend that their daughter was on an athletic team to gain admittance to USC. That’s, er, a rather strange claim, although maybe not entirely unbelievable. If the Loughlins thought this was all above board, why lie about their daughter’s athletic status — and why pay the money through ringleader Rick Singer at all? Would anyone engaging in that behavior be able to credibly claim that they thought all of that was both normal and legal? This doesn’t sound like a very good defense theory at all, even if they can prove that prosecutors have withheld evidence relevant to their own state of mind, which seems unlikely.”

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  3. Not working out like Dems and NTers had hoped.

    🙂

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/the_swing_voters_arent_swinging_anymore__axios_focus_group.html

    “Have Democrats shot themselves in the foot with impeachment?

    Sure looks like it with this damning piece about voter sentiment for them in this Axios focus-group piece:

    SAGINAW, Mich. — Some swing voters here who voted for Barack Obama and then Donald Trump are firmly in Trump’s camp now — and they’re sick of impeachment.

    Why it matters: The two-plus hour conversation revealed major warning signs for the Democratic Party in a crucial swing county that will be a pivotal area to win in 2020.

    This was the biggest takeaway from our Engagious/FPG focus group last week, which included 10 voters who flipped from Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016.
    While a focus group is not a statistically significant sample like a poll, these responses show how some voters are thinking and talking about the 2020 election in crucial counties.

    Why Saginaw matters: Trump won Saginaw County by just over 1% in 2016, and Obama won by nearly 12% in 2012.”

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    More from Axios.

    https://www.axios.com/focus-group-michigan-swing-voters-trump-impeachment-183e4fc7-5ecc-41bd-add1-537ed8a2fd8f.html

    “Focus group: These Obama/Trump voters are just Trump voters now”

    “The big picture:

    These voters hate the fact that House Democrats are moving toward impeaching the president. They call it a distraction from the issues that would actually improve their lives, like preserving Social Security, cracking down on illegal immigration, and keeping jobs in the U.S.

    “I think she’s wasting a lot of [taxpayer] money on a ghost chase,” said Chad Y., a 43-year-old Obama/Trump voter, of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “The money she’s spending on that could go to help the homeless or go towards health care.”

    Another participant, 73-year-0ld Michael G., said Democrats’ focus is in the wrong direction. “Instead of working on policies and things that will help the people, they are just working to basically preserve their own position … [T]hey don’t really care about you and [me], I don’t think.”

    Between the lines: These voters aren’t sick of Trump’s antics like other swing voters we’ve talked with, and they don’t feel a sense that things need to get back to “normal” — because Trump is their new normal.

    That’s reinforced by the fact that:

    They have virtually zero trust in the media’s coverage of him.

    Their support for Trump will grow, they said, even if the country enters a recession or a full-blown trade war with China.

    And they credit Trump with making health care more affordable, thanks to — they said — his GOP tax law, which some said has saved them more in taxes so they can now reallocate that money to pay for prescription drugs.

    Their responses were strikingly at odds with several other groups of Obama/Trump voters we’ve spoken with this year.

    In past focus groups this year around the upper Midwest, we’ve heard voters say they wish Michelle Obama would run for president; they’ve soured on Trump’s personality; and several of them have indicated they would vote for Obama over Trump in 2020 if he were allowed to run for a third term.

    But swing voters in our focus groups from Ohio, Iowa and now Michigan have revealed a common disdain for impeachment.

    What they’re saying: “He’s proven what he’s promised over and over to us,” said 38-year-old Mary D.

    “Let him finish out the last four years. Why not? He’s done good this far,” said 55-year-old Karen M.

    Others in group said they like Trump’s “I-don’t-give-a-s— attitude,” as one man put it.

    Heidi L., a 66-year-old Obama/Trump voter, said she likes that “nobody bought him his presidency. He did it all himself with his own money and nobody’s trying to buy him to do this or that.”

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  4. Well it’s working out fine for Trump.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/16/trump-campaign-fundraising-impeachment-10-million/

    “Trump Campaign Raises $10 Million In Just One Week Amid Impeachment Probe”

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  5. Meanwhile, the back pedaling and moving of the goalposts yet again by Dems and NTers, has begun. 🙂

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/amid-rising-opposition-to-impeachment-new-democrat-strategy-emerges-withhold-impeachment-articles

    “Amid Rising Opposition To Impeachment, New Democrat Strategy Emerges: Withhold Impeachment Articles”

    “With reports of increasingly “nervous” Democrats amid rising opposition to impeachment, a growing number of Democrats and their supporters on the left have begun to seriously push a new strategy: vote on the two articles of impeachment against the president in the House but then refuse to send the articles to the Senate, where they’re destined to die a quick death.

    In a piece for his website, The Bulwark Editor-in-Chief Charles Sykes spells out the strategy that more Democrats and their supporters are beginning to embrace: Accuse Republicans of intending to “violate their impeachment-trial oaths” and refuse to send over the articles so the Democrats can maintain some “leverage” over Republicans.

    With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham having already made clear that there’s “no chance the president will be removed from office,” Sykes accuses the Republican leaders of having “literally said that they intend to violate their oath as judges/jurors.” House Democrats, he urges, should play up McConnell and Graham’s public assertions.

    “House Democrats should treat these comments as game changers,” Sykes states. Noting that there is “no requirement that the House immediately send the articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Sykes recommends that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi play her “final card” (formatting adjusted):

    So here is a modest proposal: the House should (1) vote to impeach on Wednesday, and (2) withhold sending any articles which pass to the Senate unless and until a majority of senators commit to holding an open and fair trial in accordance with the Constitution.

    Speaker Pelosi could highlight Trump’s continued cover up and obstruction, while also noting that his abuse of power is a crime in progress. She could also explicitly link the referral to Chuck Schumer’s demands for key documents and the testimony of senior White House officials, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney; Mulvaney’s senior adviser Robert Blair; and former national security adviser John Bolton.

    Sykes even goes so far as to provide Pelosi with a script for how to frame this delay tactic as a “constitutional moment.”

    But the “hold the impeachment articles” ploy is not just a theory by a left-wing editor, it’s already being pushed by some Democrats, as The Hill highlights (formatting adjusted):”

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    I love the smell of desperation in the morning. 🤣😂🤣

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  6. An interesting take, or just looking for a scapegoat for their losses?

    https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2019/12/15/home-depot-ceo-blames-opioid-crisis-theft-profit-loss/

    “Home Depot CEO Blames Opioid Crisis For Theft, Profit Loss”

    “It may be a first- the Home Depot CEO Craig Menear is pointing his finger at the national opioid crisis for profit losses the chain is suffering. He has labeled the problem as “organized retail crime”.

    Menear isn’t 100% sure of his reasoning and Wall Street analysts point out that it is the first acknowledgment that the opioid crisis is hurting company profits. It looks as though Menear has a perfectly legitimate reason to make the claim. He notes that earlier this year $1.4 million worth of Home Depot merchandise was found in a warehouse. The merchandise was part of $16.5 million worth of merchandise stolen from many retail stores and stored in a warehouse in Rochester, New York.

    Menear said that Home Depot is working “hand-in-hand with law enforcement” to get the theft problem under wraps. Security measures have been increased in stores and Home Depot is working with law enforcement during investigations by providing security camera footage. Home Depot spokeswoman Margaret Smith also noted that Home Depot is asking for tougher legislation to prosecute shoplifters. Extra protection of high dollar merchandise and technology-based security is being tested in stores now.

    The effects of drug addiction aren’t something new for retailers. From 2015 to 2018, according to the Society of Actuaries, the opioid epidemic cost the U.S. economy $631 billion. If businesses, including Home Depot, can’t get such huge losses under control, they will continue to slash their bottom lines. In 2018, Home Depot had sales of $108 billion and about 400,000 employees.

    Financial analysts have been caught by surprise by the financial loss being reported. The results of additional security measures will likely not be seen until well into 2020. Home Depot expects a 0.5% smaller operating profit margin next year. Two-thirds of retailers have seen an increase in theft over the last year. According to the National Retail Federation, retailers lose about $51 billion in sales from “shrink” each year. The increase in organized retail theft is the latest challenge.”

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    So is the Soros led effort to make prosecutors ignore small crimes like is happening in Cali. and other liberal strongholds right now. If you won’t prosecute the criminals, you won’t stop the crimes.

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  7. Cali. is doing it wrong. Again.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/12/impending-california-gig-law-triggers-vox-media-to-cut-hundreds-of-freelance-jobs/

    “Impending California Gig Law Triggers Vox Media to Cut Hundreds of Freelance Jobs

    “Contractors who wish to continue contributing can do so but ‘need to understand they will not be paid for future contributions.’”

    “When progressives in California’s media supported the Democrats in state elections, they may have forgotten that the politicians were going to enact fiscal as well as social policies.

    Now that the Democrats have a continuing majority in the state legislature, the representatives have passed a measure that is designed to “protect” employees from unscrupulous employers. The new law, known as AB 5, require businesses to hire workers as employees, not independent contractors, with some exceptions.

    The move has triggered one firm to cut its staff ahead of AB 5 implementation.

    Hundreds of freelance writers at Vox Media, primarily those covering sports for the SB Nation site, will lose their jobs in the coming months as the company prepares for a California law to go into effect that will force companies to reclassify contractors in the state as employees.

    “This is a bittersweet note of thanks to our California independent contractors,” John Ness, executive director of SB Nation, wrote in a post on Monday. “In 2020, we will move California’s team blogs from our established system with hundreds of contractors to a new one run by a team of new SB Nation employees.”

    In a separate memo seen by CNBC, Ness said that California contractors can apply for a full-time or part-time position in California. Contractors who wish to continue contributing can do so but “need to understand they will not be paid for future contributions,” he said. “We know this may be a difficult decision, so we’re giving everyone affected 30 days to decide what works for them,” Ness added.

    Approximately 200 freelance jobs will be consolidated into about two dozen full- or part-time positions.”

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    They were warned this would happen too.

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  8. Even funnier, Vox was celebrating this new law along with their progressive overlords.

    Karma.

    https://www.vox.com/2019/9/11/20851034/california-ab-5-workers-labor-unions

    “Gig workers’ win in California is a victory for workers everywhere

    Millions of people have been working without basic labor protections.”

    “After two hours of debate Tuesday, it happened: The California Senate voted on AB 5. It passed.

    Democratic lawmakers applauded. Supporters of the bill cheered online.

    “I have tears in my eyes and goosebumps on my limbs,” wrote Veena Dubal, a law professor at University of California Hastings.

    AB 5’s passage — which Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign — could easily be seen as just another progressive victory in California. But it is more than that. It is a historic moment for the US labor movement too.

    By making it hard for employers to misclassify employees as independent contractors, potentially millions of California workers who’ve been kept off payrolls will get basic labor rights for the first time, like overtime pay and unemployment benefits. This includes janitors, construction workers, security guards, and hotel housekeepers — and yes, this group also includes Uber and Lyft drivers.

    “Symbolically, this is huge,” César Rosado Marzán, a labor law professor and co-director of the Institute for Law and the Workplace at the Illinois Institute of Technology, told me. “The pride of California is tech. Now they’re passing a law that says these people are your employees, and you need to take care of them. It shows that labor unions and activists have a lot of pull.”

    The passage of AB 5 also means millions of new workers will now have a right to join labor unions. To get a sense of how big this workforce is, consider this: When state tax investigators audited about 8,000 California businesses in 2017, they discovered nearly half a million employees had been misclassified or otherwise left off payrolls.”

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    So…. do you think they changed their tune now?

    I bet the employees have at least….

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  9. That’s a big part of the problem Michelle, is that it was so poorly thought out. A lot of these consequences were obvious, and like you mentioned, there are entire industries that are being impacted that weren’t the target of the legislation to begin with. Like the writers at Vox, they didn’t see it coming either, and I’m sure were also assured they wouldn’t be impacted. It’s a mess, an avoidable one.

    Micromanaging like this from govt rarely works as intended, or promised.

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  10. I asked a friend who worked for Uber/Lyft about it and he said it was a bunch of drivers who couldn’t be bother to work hard and find their own drives. As a result, they spoiled the opportunity for everyone and he quit. He now works at Walmart . . .

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  11. Seems Democrats are the most regrettable people in the world.
    Each one starts off a speech on how much He/she regrets the burden placed on the by the necessity of impeaching Trump.

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