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Surrender: City of San Francisco Suddenly Figures Out They Can’t Win Their Latest War Against the NRA

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Last month, streiff wrote about a resolution passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that formally declared the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization.”

The resolution was inspired by the mass shooting in Gilroy, CA on July 28th that killed 3 and wounded 17. Though the NRA had nothing to do with the shooting, the Second Amendment-defending organization is a frequent whipping boy for Democrats when mass shootings happen.

They responded to the resolution by suing the city, county and the supervisors on First Amendment grounds:

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the city and county of San Francisco and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. It accuses city officials of violating the gun lobby’s free speech rights for political reasons and claims the city is trying to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA from doing business there.

A few weeks later, we find out that the city has decided to back down in its war on the group:

Mayor London Breed issued the advisory on Sept. 23, a few weeks after the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution labeling the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization” and calling on the city to take steps to assess possible ties between its contractors and the organization.

In a memo co-written by the city attorney, Breed wrote that the board can only enact new contracting requirements by ordinance. Resolutions have no legal weight.

In a desperate bid to save face, city officials say the NRA misinterpreted what the resolution actually said:

John Cote, spokesman for the city attorney’s office, said the resolution was never intended to change any laws.

“If the NRA thinks this is a win, it’s only because their lawsuit completely distorts what the resolution actually does,” he said.
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[Supervisor Catherine Stefani] said Tuesday that the resolution did not direct the city to assess contracting practices.

Cote and Stefani are both being dishonest (surprise). The resolution clearly states what the objective was:

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to assess the financial and contractual relationships our vendors and contractors have with this domestic terrorist organization; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organization; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco should encourage all other jurisdictions, including other cities, states, and the federal government, to adopt similar positions.

Resolutions are indeed typically more symbolic than binding, but this one was not written like that.

It’s not clear the NRA knew the resolution by its nature was essentially toothless. But what is clear is that any attempt the city makes in the near future to pass an actual ordinance on this matter will likely be met with the same response.

Related –>> Great News for L.A.’s Homeless Population: ‘Second Phase’ of City’s Plastic Straw Ban Now Underway

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Kamala Harris Is Burning Down

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. speaks Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Out of all the Democratic candidates, there is perhaps none more inauthentic and grating as Kamala Harris. To be fair, she doesn’t have the shrillness of Hillary Clinton, but she has every other bad quality in spades. She can’t hold a consistent position, she’ll do anything for support, and everything she says sounds like it was focus grouped. None of those things are good descriptors to be attached to one’s campaign.

After being fluffed as the presumptive front runner following the first debate (which I called a sucker’s bet at the time), Tulsi Gabbard kneecapped Harris in the second debate and she has never recovered. Since then, it’s been a steady stream of desperation from her campaign.

Things like this.

These are what you call publicity stunts. Her campaign is hemorrhaging cash, the donors have dried up, and she’s old news to the media.

But now things are getting even worse. Her campaign is literally breaking down.

The upper levels of her campaign staff are being changed up and she’s bringing over people from the Senate side to try to rescue her.

California Sen. Kamala Harris plans to restructure her struggling presidential campaign, sources with knowledge of the staffing plans tell CNN.

The changes represent the clearest sign to date that Harris, who has seen her poll numbers consistently fall over the last three months, feels changes are needed to jumpstart her presidential bid and streamline an operation that one source said has been been bogged down by bureaucratic hurdles.

Harris will elevate Rohini Kosoglu, her Senate chief of staff, and senior adviser Laphonza Butler into senior leadership positions within the campaign, the sources said, splitting responsibilities for the day to day management of the operation.

Here’s the problem though – It’s Kamala Harris.

It’s not her staff that are failing here. They’ve actually run a fairly typical campaign and done well with fundraising and managing of funds. But as Harris has fallen from glory, they’ve been put in a position where they can’t win. No amount of staff shake up is going to save her now. Her campaign is the walking dead at this point.

Harris is the worst kind of Democrat. At least Bernie Sanders is honest about who he is. Harris, on the other hand, will tell you three different things within the course of a day. She grandstands in hearings to try to get media coverage while often beclowning herself in the process. Things like trying to impeach Brett Kavanaugh and begging Twitter to ban Trump are just the latest examples of a campaign built on nothing of substance.

I don’t know who becomes the nominee for the Democrats in 2020. I do know it’s not going to be Harris, and that’s a good thing.

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Bad News for Warren: Mark Zuckerberg Calls Her Policies an Existential Threat

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been supportive of Democratic candidates in the past and liberal candidates.

But there’s one Democratic candidate who he doesn’t view as a good choice, at least not for Facebook.

According to audio leaked by The Verge, Zuckerberg revealed that the company would probably sue the government, if Warren were to win the presidency and try to break up Facebook. He termed Warren as an “existential” threat.

From Fox News:

“You have someone like Elizabeth Warren thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies … I mean, if she gets elected president then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge,” Zuckerberg was quoted as saying in two Q&A sessions with Facebook employees during July.

“And does that still suck for us? Yeah. I mean, I don’t want to have a major lawsuit against our own government. I mean, that’s not the position that you want to be in when you’re, you know, I mean … It’s like, we care about our country, and want to work with our government and do good things. But look, at the end of the day, if someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and fight.”

Zuckerberg acknowledged that the comments were indeed his and encouraged people to read all his comments on the subject.

Warren has promised to try to break up Big Tech companies if she is elected, including companies like that Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple.

She reiterated that promise after Zuckerberg’s comments about her were revealed.

The problem is that while she’s disturbed about the companies’ control of the tech, she would replace it with the government’s control and dictating rules for social media. Government control would be far worse.

Zuckerberg’s opinion reveals part of the great Democratic divide on Warren.

While she has adherents on the left, those more toward the middle and any remaining Democrats receptive to business and desirous of keeping their own money are very uneasy about her.

Some big donors have even said that if she gets the nomination, they may defect to President Donald Trump.

From CNBC:

In recent weeks, CNBC spoke to several high-dollar Democratic donors and fundraisers in the business community and found that this opinion was becoming widely shared as Warren, an outspoken critic of big banks and corporations, gains momentum against Joe Biden in the 2020 race.

“You’re in a box because you’re a Democrat and you’re thinking, ‘I want to help the party, but she’s going to hurt me, so I’m going to help President Trump,’” said a senior private equity executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity in fear of retribution by party leaders.

That could spell ruin for her campaign and the Democrats.

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Amazon Is So Huge – It Dictates Terms to Almost Everyone on Almost Everything

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The Crony Joke’s On Us

 

One of the very many national course corrections President Donald Trump is making – is renegotiating REALLY-bad-for-US global trade deals.

We have been the planet’s largest economy for more than half a century.  Our current Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is $19.4 trillion.

And our trade deals – look like we have the purchasing power of a five-year-old with an empty piggy bank.

So Trump renegotiates.

But President Trump has repeatedly assured everyone on the planet:

“The word ‘reciprocal’ is the most important word with Donald Trump when it comes to what the subject….  I want reciprocal. If they’re going to charge us 100 percent for a motorcycle, it should be 100 percent the other way, too….  I’m a free trader. Totally. I’m a fair trader. I’m all kinds of trader, but I want reciprocal.”

Trump wants equal terms with our trading partners.  No more – no less.

Trump isn’t threatening the world with throwing our considerable weight around – to get unfair advantages for US.

That’s what huge companies like Amazon do.

Amazon is an inconceivably huge Big Tech monster (Market Cap: $849 billion).

All by its onesies – it’s almost 0.5%…of the entire US economy.  That is, again, inconceivably huge for one company to be.

Because of Amazon’s hugeness:

Every time Amazon decides to do something – it is given unfair advantages…at the expense of everyone else.

Every time Amazon decides it wants something – it is given unfair advantages…at the expense of everyone else.

It is given these unfair advantages – by feckless, crony governments.

US governments at every level are all exceedingly willing to capitulate and prostrate themselves – so as to best please Master Amazon.

It’s as if they’re all auditioning for Kevin Bacon’s role in a looming remake of Animal House.  (Which is a remake that should never, EVER happen.)

Again: Amazon’s government cronyism – never, ever takes place in a vacuum.

Cronyism has a few winners – and a whole lot of losers.

Amazon’s cronyism – results in more losers than just about any cronyism ever.

Amazon sells…everything currently on offer on Planet Earth.

Thus, government cronyism for Amazon screws…just about everyone else on Planet Earth.

Of course brick-and-mortar retailers – of all sizes – are royally screwed.

So is every online retailer – not named Amazon.

Which of course means every business that attends to those retailers – is also screwed.

Manufacturers, packagers, shippers and many, many more industries’ players – all screwed.

All to help Massive Amazon.  Who needs the help less…than just about any other company on the planet.

When Amazon decided to simultaneously site its second headquarters in two US cities – governments all across our land lined up to screw everyone else besides Amazon.

Amazon’s HQ2 Was a Con, Not a Contest

Amazon HQ2: Magnet for Corruption

Something Is Rotten in Amazon’s Request for HQ2 Proposals

And governments did so – at the expense of…every one of their existing citizens.

It’s like Sanctuary Cities – for Monster Amazon.  Metropolises spending tons of citizen tax money – to entice foreigners to relocate there and displace them.

The Darker Side to Winning the Amazon HQ2 Sweepstakes

With Amazon HQ2, the Losers Are the Winners: Why Economic Development Subsidies Hurt More than They Help

One city that won the Crony Amazon HQ2 Contest – was close-to-DC Arlington, Virginia.

Shocker: Amazon wanting to be close to the DC – the Cronyism Capitol of America.

Shocker: Amazon has already long been priming the DC pump.

Amazon Is Flooding D.C. With Money and Muscle: The Influence Game:

“Since 2012, Amazon has ramped up spending by more than 460 percent.…”

Shocker: It’s working.

Amazon: One of the Biggest of Bigfoot Cronyism-Recipient Lobbyists

Why The Post Office Gives Amazon A $1.46 Subsidy on Each Box

Because cronyism, that’s why.

Think it’s fair to UPS and FedEx – to lose out on all of that Amazon shipping business…because of Government Post Office cronyism?

But the prize on which Amazon has long had its Sauron eye – is the biggest pots of money of all:

Government contracts.

Amazon: Government Has an Ongoing Problem Issuing Monopoly, Crony Contracts

And as we’ve seen since decades before Trump was sworn in as President:

The DC Deep State contains millions of Swamp Creatures.

Trump wants to Drain the Swamp.

DCs Swamp Creatures continue to countermand Trump’s Drain the Swamp mandate.

Top Amazon Boss Privately Advised US Government on Web Portal Worth Billions to Tech Firm

“Amazon executive Anne Rung communicated with a top official at the General Services Administration (GSA) about the approach the government would take to create the new portal, even before the legislation that created it – known to its critics as the ‘Amazon amendment’ – was signed into law late last year.

“Amazon Amendment” – ???

The ‘Amazon Amendment’ Would Effectively Hand Government Purchasing Power Over to Amazon

Well isn’t that special.

That’s Amazon Retail.  How’s Amazon Web Services – Amazon’s cloud computing wing – doing on the government monopoly front?

Quite well, natch.

Amazon Web Services Just Opened a New Cloud for the U.S. Government

Amazon and CIA Ink $600 Million Cloud Deal

Pentagon’s $1 Billion Cloud Deal May Signal New Era in Government Buying:

“The (Amazon) contract caught many industry players by surprise, in part due to the $950 million value and partly because it was awarded without a traditional government procurement. This deal may be a harbinger for how the Defense Department plans to purchase certain technologies moving forward.”

Harbinger indeed….

Uber-Crony Amazon – Is About to Get the Biggest Crony Deal in DC’s Awful History

The Defense Department cloud contract – is worth $10 billion.

And Amazon rigged it – so that they would get the whole thing.

Cronyism: Having Your Ex-Employees Award Government Contracts…:

“…makes it much more likely you’ll get government contracts.”

Meet Deap Ubhi:

“The Obama Administration started a new sub-agency in the DoD – in charge of tech procurement.  And hired thereby was a huge Obama fan by the name of Deap Ubhi.

Where was Ubhi working when the Obama Administration hired him?  Why…Amazon Web Services, natch.

“The DoDs multi-provider contract process – then suddenly became a sole source contract process.

“And the contractor description was rewritten – so that only Amazon Web Services met the specifications….

“When Ubhi was outed for his inside-out Amazon cronyism – he recused himself…from a contract process he had already thoroughly corrupted.

“And two weeks after his recusal – Ubhi quit the DoD…and went back to work for Amazon Web Services.”

But thankfully, Trump’s Swamp draining is starting to bear fruit – and lay bare the Creatures.

Which means less cronyism.

And better government policy.

All of which is bad news for Uber-Crony Amazon.

CIA Long Relied Exclusively on Amazon for Its Cloud Computing. Now It Is Seeking Multiple Providers for a Massive New Contract

The CIA is now looking to do things right.

And the DoD?

Pentagon Pauses $10 Billion Contract That Embroiled Amazon in Controversy:

“The Pentagon is hitting pause on a massive, first-of-its-kind cloud computing contract after President Trump cited critics’ accusations of favoritism toward Amazon.

“Mark Esper, the new defense secretary, is re-examining the project just weeks before the winner was expected to be announced.”

That is excellent news.

For everyone in the United States.

Except for Monster Crony Amazon.

Which is even more good news for everyone else in the United States.

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Obama Judge Rules That Discriminating Against Asians on the Basis of Race Is “Very Fine”

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On the surface, the case should have been a slam dunk in a society where either fairness or merit were a consideration. Asian students applying to Harvard have an average SAT Score significantly higher than any other group of students, yet they have the lowest admission rate.

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CREDIT: Harvard Crimson

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According to the Wall Street Journal:

Consider Harvard’s “holistic” admissions review. Applicants are rated on a scale of one to six on academics, extracurricular activities, athletics and highly subjective “personal” criteria. Admissions officers also assign applicants an overall score.

According to Students for Fair Admissions, Asian-Americans boasted higher extracurricular and academic ratings than all other racial groups. They also received higher scores from alumni interviewers. But they were rated disproportionately lower on personal criteria. Only about one in five Asian-Americans in the top 10% of academic performers received a “2” personal rating. Yet blacks and Hispanics with much lower grades and SAT scores received high personal ratings.

Asian-Americans also disproportionately received lower composite scores. Blacks in the top 10% of academic performers were three times more likely than Asian-Americans to receive a “2” overall rating (“1” is the best). A sample of applicant summary sheets disproportionately refer to Asian-Americans as “busy and bright” and “standard strong”—labels that liberals might call micro-aggressions.

So, while Asian applicants were stronger across the board, Harvard came up with a slick way of blackballing them. They created a Potemkin system of holistic admissions and weighted heavily the one part that Harvard could influence, a so-called “personal rating.”

See my previous posts:
Asian Students Sue Harvard For Discrimination
Irony Alert: How Blatant Racial Discrimination Just Might End Affirmative Action

The case made its way into court and yesterday an Obama judge, Allison Burroughs, ruled in favor of Harvard.

U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs emphasized the university has a compelling interest in cultivating a diverse campus community, and that Harvard’s practices, though imperfect, are narrowly tailored to achieve its desired end.

“The process would likely benefit from conducting implicit bias trainings for admissions officers, maintaining clear guidelines on the use of race in the admissions process, which were developed during this litigation, and monitoring and making admissions officers aware of any significant race-related statistical disparities in the rating process,” the decision reads. “That being said, the court will not dismantle a very fine admissions program that passes constitutional muster, solely because it could do better.”

This is an interesting case because unlike most affirmative action cases which involve white students vs. minority quotas, this one showcases what happens when the interests of minority groups collide. In this case, the disparity between the standard required for Asian students to matriculate actually places them at a disadvantage even compared to white applicants. The Supreme Court has declared that “disparate impact,” that is, neutral programs and processes which overwhelmingly disadvantage minorities are suspect. Here we have at classic case and the judge basically says, “f*** y’all, you aren’t really members of a minority group.”

This case is almost certainly headed to the Supreme Court. The weak sister of affirmative action cases, Anthony Kennedy, is gone and, statistically speaking, even Iron Woman RBB will not be there. So the line up is looking pretty grim for the forces of racial balkanization.

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Leftist Comedian Bill Maher Calls for the Rejection of Radical Fringe Democrats, Bashes PC Culture

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Leftist comedian and show host Bill Maher is not happy about the radicals that have taken over the Democratic party, and like other leftists who have grown sick of it, Maher is speaking out against them.

New York Times Magazine interviewed Maher and the first question posed to him was why he tends to attack the left as much as he does the right. Maher’s response wasn’t kind to the PC culture police who have effectively become giant babies:

It’s hard to answer that question without sounding self-serving. I will say this: Our studio audience is not representative of liberals across the country. Your paper and The Atlantic had in the last year saying that 80 percent of Americans think this politically correct BS has gone too far. But the people on Twitter are the people who control the media a lot. They’re the millennials who probably grew up with helicopter parents who afforded them a sense of entitlement. They are certainly more fragile than previous generations. Trigger warnings. Safe spaces. Crying rooms. Microaggressions. That crowd feels like anything that upsets their tender sensibilities is completely out of line.

Maher went on to suggest that if the Democrats want to win another election, then the correct way to deal with this “ultrawoke” crowd is to push them out of the party.

“The most important thing that the Democrats can do to win the next election is to broom this element out of their party and stand up to the Twitter mob and the ultrawoke,” said Maher.

The comedian went on to describe the SJW crowd with accuracy, and he wasn’t kind:

They don’t do anything. They’re pointing at other people who are somehow falling short of their standards, which could have changed three weeks ago. They’re constantly moving the goalposts so they can go, “Gotcha!” For example, when I was growing up, the most liberal thing you could do is not see color. Well, that’s wrong now. You see color, always, so you can register your white privilege. But I grew up in the Martin Luther King era: Judge by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. I still think that’s the best way to do it. Not see it.

Maher’s take on PC culture is one that seems to be shared by many comedians, and it’s no wonder. The outrage mobs that have sprung up around this “woke” philosophy have sunk careers and ruined comedy as a general rule. Society needs comedy. It’s one of the best disinfectants we have against the ridiculousness of people taking things too seriously to the point of creating sacred cows.

Dave Chappell and Bill Burr recently released comedy specials that more or less dared the SJW crowd to get angry with them. It worked, and the resulting support from the general public showed that the woke crowd may be loud, but they’re not numerous.

Recently, Joker director  Todd Phillips also took a moment to bash the “woke” crowd in an interview with Vanity Fair.

(READ: “Joker” Director Todd Phillips Smacks Social Justice Warriors And Their PC Culture)

“Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture,” said Phillips. “There were articles written about why comedies don’t work anymore—I’ll tell you why, because all the f***ing funny guys are like, ‘F**k this shit, because I don’t want to offend you.’ It’s hard to argue with 30 million people on Twitter. You just can’t do it, right? So you just go, ‘I’m out.’”

Perhaps we’re approaching a point where the hold of SJWs on our society is going to break. Rest assured, if and when it happens, society will become a lot less stressful.

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Warren Embraces AOC’s Radical ‘Just Society’ Plan: ‘Big Structural Change’ Including Welfare For Illegal Aliens

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Socialist hero Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) isn’t running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

But some of her ideas are.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who is running, has endorsed Ocasio-Cortez’s new “Just Society” plan, calling it “just the type of bold, comprehensive thinking we’ll need” to make “big, structural change.”

Sounds a bit like “fundamental transformation,” doesn’t it? “Big, structural change” seems to be Warren’s tag line. She says it about everything, while behind the scenes reportedly getting the aid of failed candidate, Hillary Clinton, the establishment candidate of 2016, perhaps the furthest thing from ‘big structural change” that one might find.

But let’s check out this plan that Warren is embracing. Because yes, it would be “big, structural change.”

Just not the kind Americans would want.

What are they calling for in this “Just Society” plan? A festival of socialism.

Here’s AOC introducing the plan, in her best imitation of FDR’s “Fireside Chat” pose to appear presidential, even with an old-fashioned mic.

The idea behind the bills is that they’re supposed to “eradicate poverty.” But have you ever noticed that, historically, the Democrats’ ideas for eradicating poverty tend to put as many people as possible on the government dole?

Plus, poverty is at historic lows, including in New York City, where Ocasio-Cortez’s home district is. In fact, poverty is so low under President Donald Trump, AOC has to actually jack the numbers by changing the poverty line, making the poverty line $38,000/year without even considering benefits. That’s the benefit of Trump’s supercharging the economy and letting capitalism operate more.

Among other things, the “Just Society” plan calls for nationwide rent control as well as making sure welfare is available for illegal aliens and ex-convicts.

As Brad Polumbo at the Washington Examiner explains:

Price controls just restrict the supply of housing, because they discourage developers from building more housing by lowering potential profits. This, in the long-run, will send rents soaring in non-rent-controlled areas. Meanwhile, property owners who do face rent restrictions may convert their apartments to condos or otherwise stop renting them, rather than rent out their property at artificially low prices.

And what does number six mean?

In classic Green New Deal style, though, the most radical part of the Just Society package is the resolution it includes. Ocasio-Cortez’s plan would have the United States sign on to an international accord that states all people “have the right to work, fair and just conditions of work, social security, an adequate standard of living, including adequate food, clothing, housing, and healthcare.”

While that might sound nice in the abstract, it’s a vision of positive rights — the right to something rather than freedom from — that inevitably involves massive amounts of socialism.

How are we going to pay for the festival of socialism? They don’t say. How are you doing to deal with the unintended consequences of this, such as the greater housing shortage that this would cause and the greater number of illegal aliens coming in to get welfare that you’re guaranteeing them? They don’t say but you know it means you’ll be paying for it.

It’s a recipe for government takeover, killing the economy and making more Americans poor and dependent.

Joe Biden has been suffering a lot of hits in media and justifiably so. But his difficulty has allowed Warren to slowly creep up in the polls.

Embracing this crazy idea may make Warren more palatable to the far left.

But it’s a killer come the general election, if she was to get the nomination.

Republicans need to keep talking and revealing how radical and destructive to Americans this and Warren are.

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VA Police Officer Suspended After Turning Illegal Alien Over To ICE: Police Chief Says Officer Had ‘Lapse in Judgement’

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Following a September 21st traffic accident in Alexandria, VA, a police officer discovered one of the drivers did not have a state driver’s license. He ran a check with the Virginia DMV which showed this individual had “failed to appear for a deportation hearing. The officer verified the warrant and alerted officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). An ICE agent was close by and arrived at the scene. The officer cited the driver for not having a driver’s license and turned him over to the federal agent.”

It turns out that in 2007, Fairfax County had enacted a policy which “prohibits officers from confirming a person’s immigration status and detaining them solely based on civil violations of immigration law.”

After spending three hours in police custody, the driver was released and issued an ankle monitor.

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. said, “This is an unfortunate issue where the officer was confused. We have trained on this issue a lot. This is the first time we’ve had a lapse in judgment, and the officer is being punished.”

Roessler added, “Our county is one of the most diverse counties in the nation and no one should have the perception that FCPD is acting as a civil immigration agent for ICE.”

Roessler posted a statement about this incident on the Fairfax County Police Department website. He describes the situation and displayed the county’s policy.

Since 2007, the FCPD General Order 601-Arrest procedures (VIII c. 5. e.) is very clear on this matter:

If the response reads “OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATIVE WARRANT OF REMOVAL” and the individual is not in custody or being taken into custody for any other violation of law, officers shall not confirm the hit through LESC and shall not take the individual into custody based solely upon the IVF hit. The majority of such administrative warrants represent civil violations of immigration law.

In addition, training at our Academy, as clearly outlined in lesson plans, as well as in-service training reinforces to our personnel that we do not enforce nor detain for administrative warrants and we have no authority to enforce federal law. We have also been working closely with community members and advocates to review our General Orders in this regard.

As a matter of full transparency to our community – our police officer violated our longstanding policy and deprived a person of their freedom, which is unacceptable. We have been informed by ICE that the driver was released after three hours and issued an ankle monitor. When I learned of this event, I directed an immediate internal investigation to look at all factors in this matter to ensure that all are held accountable for this violation. Our county is one of the most diverse counties in the nation and no one should have the perception that FCPD is acting as a civil immigration agent for ICE. This matter damages our reputation and the longstanding policy that I have stated many times that our officers shall not act as immigration agents. The officer involved in this event has been relieved of all law enforcement duties pending the outcome of this investigation. It is my duty to enforce our FCPD – and Fairfax County – policies and hold all accountable for their actions.

Forget purple. Virginia has already turned blue.

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Newly Obtained Documents Shred the Media’s False Narrative on Ukrainian Interference in 2016 Election

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Last week, The Hill’s John Solomon reported he had obtained 450 pages of new documents related to former Vice President Joe Biden’s Ukraine story and Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Solomon is a long-time investigative journalist with an extensive network of connections inside the Washington intelligence community. Clearly, it will take time to pour through such a vast quantity of material. Accordingly, Solomon will be presenting several documents at a time. Last night, he appeared on “Hannity” to share the first two, both of which discredit the false narratives being peddled by the left. Solomon reports:

There is a media narrative that is false…MSNBC’s Katy Tur and many others over the weekend said there is no evidence that the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington was ever asked to help the Democratic National Committee. In fact, on NBC News, Katy Tur called that claim Russian propaganda. Now, you showed the Politico article.

I have a statement from the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, on the record, from their sitting ambassador in Washington, that in fact, Alexandra Chalupa, the DNC contractor, came to the Ukrainian Embassy in spring 2016 and asked for help in finding dirt on Donald Trump in hopes of staging a Congressional hearing to hurt Donald Trump in the fall election of 2016. That is the Ukraine Embassy’s on the record statement.

In addition, they state that Miss Chalupa also asked for the Ukraine president to visit the United States and spend time with an investigative reporter trying to turn up dirt on Donald Trump and Paul Manafort.

What did the Embassy do? They said they recognized this request for what it was – an improper effort to influence the election and they refused to cooperate with Miss Chalupa. That’s a very important confirmation of something that the rest of the media is calling a tin foil hat conspiracy. It’s on the record. It’s in Politico. It’s in the Embassy’s own words.

The second document Solomon presents is the deposition of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. He is the prosecutor whom Biden demanded be fired in March 2016. Biden famously threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to the country unless Shokin was fired in the next six hours. Shokin had been investigating Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, at the time and was planning to interview Hunter Biden about his business dealings with the company as part of his probe. For obvious reasons, Biden insists he called for Shokin’s firing because he was corrupt. Solomon explains:

Mr. Shokin says in his sworn deposition, under the penalty of perjury, under oath, that in fact, he was fired because he refused to stand down in the Burisma investigation. That is the only reason he was fired. He was told that by Ukraine’s President [Petro Poroshenko].

That is a complete contradiction of everything Joe Biden has said.

Solomon will appear again on “Hannity” tonight to “go through 8-10 of the biggest lies and show people the proof moment by moment, step by step.” I will post on this new information tomorrow morning.

Note: The Politico article Solomon refers to is an in-depth, investigative piece written by Kenneth Vogel and David Stern in January 2017. It is a well-researched overview of Ukraine’s interference in our election. It covers the role of Alexandra Chalupa whose name you will likely hear frequently as this story unfolds. It is entitled, “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire.” Here is the link.

Watch the video. (Relevant segment starts at 11:55.)

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Federal Funds ALWAYS Have Strings Attached

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Foreign Aid isn’t the only instance of Federal funds having strings attached. As I noted previously, one of the reasons we give monetary and other forms of aid to other countries, is so that we can establish a “string” to pull on should we need to exert some influence on their behavior.

However, our Foreign Policy isn’t the only arena in which the Federal government uses this technique. Closer to home, Federally funded, stand alone, state and local programs , along with joint, Federal-State programs, are all subject to Federal strings. This is how the Federal government gets around state sovereignty issues. For now at least, there are still some things the Federal government may not force states to do. These funds give the Feds leverage to “encourage” cooperation, often resulting in severe degradation of state sovereignty and sometimes civil rights.

Once a state or locality has been the recipient of Federal dollars for any length of time, it grows dependent upon those dollars. Government entities become so dependent, they often “bet on the come,” by including Federal funds in their forward budget projections. If for some reason those funds are withheld, budgetary havoc ensues. The Federal government and its legions of unelected bureaucrats know this. Every dollar that the state or local government gets back (The Feds can’t give what they first don’t take away) from the Feds, comes with specified and implied constraints.

The specified constraints aren’t usually the problem. For example, Federal highways built and maintained with joint State-Federal dollars must meet certain specifications…materials, construction methods and the like. These are clearly related to quality and hopefully lead to best results on any given project.

However, some Federal strings have little relation to the project being funded and are solely about Federal control. Some examples regarding Federal Highway Funds were enforcement of the national 55 MPH speed limit, national motorcycle helmet law and raising the drinking age to 21.

Some other examples hit closer to home and have led to some egregious civil rights violations and the destruction of lives. Title IX U.S. Code involves equal treatment of women in Education. During the Obama administration, his Department of Education rewrote Federal guidance regarding the handling of ”sexual assault” cases. These new regs came with thinly veiled threats to withhold federal funding from Universities and Public School districts for failure to comply with these new regulations.

As has been determined by numerous court cases, these new regulations turned presumption of innocence on its head. Male students could be charged and “convicted” in a School run process outside the criminal justice system, without being able to see the evidence against them or in many cases, unable to confront their accusers. Several students have been later proven in civil court to have been wrongly “convicted” and expelled…but not before their reputations were ruined—all to exert Federal control and promote a leftist agenda. This is dangerous to our Republic.

Where do conservative, liberty loving states and locales go next? The answer is simple, but tough. The best way to put some limits on this form of Federal control, is to limit dependence on Federal funding. Every Federal dollar comes with strings attached. Some visible, most hidden. It’s tough, but in the long run, states and localities that run their own tight budgetary ship, will be rewarded. Such states will of course attract highly motivated, skilled workers. Just make sure they don’t bring their Blue State attitudes with them.

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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