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Victory: SC City Decides to Allow Police Officers Monument With the Lord’s Name to Be Reinstalled

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Tega Cay, SC police officers monument. Screen grab via WCNC.

On Thursday, I wrote about the controversy surrounding a police officers monument in Tega Cay, South Carolina that the city decided to alter and then later remove after complaints from some residents about its Biblical references.

The city first made the crazy decision early in the week to scratch out the Lord’s name on the monument in hopes it would appease those who had expressed objections to the references. Here’s what it looked like:

The next day, however, they announced they were going to remove the monument entirely:

“We have received many comments, both locally and nationally, in response to the monument at the Tega Cay Police Station,” the city said in a statement posted Facebook. “We attempted to find a compromise but failed as our community has further divided.”

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“Hopefully folks understand why it was there. Hopefully folks understand why it has been removed. The text,” said Tega Cay City Manager, Charlier Funderburk.

[…]

“At this time, we have removed the monument while we continue to seek a solution that expresses our unwavering support and gratitude to those who risk their lives every day for ours,” they said.

The good news is that today they reversed course and now will not only restore the references to the Lord’s name on the monument but also will reinstall it at its original location. Here’s what the city posted on their Facebook page:

After careful consideration and much conversation with people on both sides of the discussion, City Council has made the…

Posted by City of Tega Cay, SC (government) on Friday, July 26, 2019

As I said yesterday, they never should have taken it down to begin with. After all, you can’t please everybody. But in the end, they made the right decision. All’s well that ends well.

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Supreme Court Hands Trump Administration A Decisive Victory Over A Rogue Judge and the Lawless Ninth Circuit

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As part of President Trump’s executive action to jumpstart the construction of new miles of a border wall with Mexico, he tapped into several existing pots of money. This is the listing of sources and authorities.

Some quick notes on early coverage of President Trump’s announcement today that pretty much all reporters are missing 1/

The WH did not make one executive action today. In reality they made three, only one of which involved an emergency declaration. 2/

First the WH announced they would be funding $601 million in wall construction from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund, relying on 31 U.S.C. § 9705. This does not require an emergency declaration. 3/

Second, the WH announced they would be funding $2.5 billion in wall construction under 10 U.S.C. § 284 (this is MilCon $ for combating drug trafficking). This does not require an emergency declaration. 4/

Finally, the WH announced they would be funding $3.6 billion under 10 U.S.C. § 2808. This money does require an emergency declaration. 5/

According to the WH this money will be spent sequentially so the § 9705 money will be spent first then the § 284 money then the § 2808 money. 6/

So depending on how fast they can begin construction, they will have to spend over $5 billion (including the $1.3 billion in fencing appropriations) before any of the emergency money is ever tapped 7/

But under the legal regime which now governs the land, Lex Trumpitis, anything Trump wants to do is presumed to illegal and illegitimate, law and precedent be damned. In May, Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, represented by the ACLU, went to court claiming that the money Trump was using from the drug interdiction fund was illegally diverted to the wall. Never mind that the wall clearly served the purpose of drug interdiction. Never mind that under no circumstance did anyone have standing to go into court on behalf of the Congress of the United States and presume to express their will. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, an Obama judge–yes, Chief Justice Roberts, there are Obama judges on the court–issued a permanent injunction agreeing that the President and Secretary of Defense did not have the authority to use money appropriated for drug interdiction to interdict drugs. (No word if Haywood Gilliam is related to the distinguished scholar Dr. Haywood Jablowme of Morehead University who has signed many, many progressive petitions over the years.) Let me digress for a moment. This is a classic case of forum shopping for a tame or bent judge. The wall is not being constructed in Gilliam’s district. The contracting office for the project is not in his district. In fact, the wall construction was not even programmed for the Ninth Circuit’s jurisdiction. An yet a lone rogue judge declared the construction project illegal.

The Trump administration appealed to the Ninth Circuit and (shocked face) lost.

In a now familiar pattern, the administration appealed to the US Supreme Court and earlier this afternoon they ruled. In a 5-4 ruling, the court handed the Trump administration a signal victory. It lifted the injunction and said that the plaintiffs in the case most likely did not have any standing to bring the case in the first place. The stay anticipates the Ninth Circuit will rule against the Trump administration and orders the stay to be lifted until the Supreme Court rules on the case should that be necessary.

Hopefully, this is a sign that the Supreme Court is getting impatient with the #Resistance antics that are taking place in the Ninth Circuit and other places. Chief Justice Roberts is an institutionalist and he has to realize the immense damage this flouting of the law by the federal judiciary for the sole purpose of scoring cheap political points on a president the detest is doing to the public perception of the courts. The question is does he have the huevos to make the clown car on the West Coast behave.

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Solomon To Gorka: Following Mueller Testimony, The Entire Russia Collusion Investigation Flipped From GOP Playing Defense To Offense

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller listens to committee members give their opening remarks before he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Federalist Editor Mollie Hemingway put a tweet out Thursday following special counsel Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony Wednesday that suggested the script has flipped regarding any investigation into Russia collusion.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board seems to agree, publishing a piece that insinuated every matter Mueller declared “beyond his purview” in his testimony should be investigated by Attorney General Barr’s DOJ:

Having failed to prove collusion and obstruction of justice, the cheerleaders of the Robert Mueller investigation are now highlighting his claim this week that Russia is still trying to interfere in U.S. elections. No doubt the Russians are. Which makes it all the more important that the Justice Department finish the half of the Russian-meddling probe that Mr. Mueller didn’t.

We’re referring to the areas that Mr. Mueller said this week were not in his “purview.” We counted nine times the former special counsel resorted to that answer, all in response to questions about the origin story of the FBI counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign.

John Solomon of The Hill, who has really been the reason the Russia collusion story broke wide open, echoed both of those sentiments on Seb Gorka’s show when he told Gorka that Mueller, in demurring on the issue of Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, admitted there was another investigation looking into those things, a.k.a. Barr and his appointee Durham (video below).

Paybacks are hell, Dems.

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Bill de Blasio Confuses the Position of “Mayor” with “King,” Declares Trump Unwelcome In New York

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I get that New York is the most popular city in all of the United States, and possibly the entire western hemisphere. So many people and so much culture flows through there that it’s something of a world hub. They even placed the United Nations there.

However, the Mayor of New York and 2020 candidate Bill de Blasio seems to believe that he has the power to say who is and who is not welcome to live in the city he was elected to serve. With that delusion in mind, de Blasio announced that after President Donald Trump’s term(s) in the White House are over, he will not be welcomed back home.

Sitting down with BuzzFeed for a Q&A on Thursday, de Blasio proclaimed that he would debate Trump after the President criticized him for a string of videos that have been released showing NYC’s police officers being soaked with buckets of water and not able to do anything about it in return.

He also criticized Trump, a Queens native, for not understanding the city.

“When his presidency is over, really soon, he will not be welcome back in New York City!” exclaimed de Blasio to cheers from the crowd.

It’s likely Trump won’t accept King de Blasio’s challenge. Not because Trump is scared but because de Blasio isn’t worth his time. His royal majesty is currently sitting as no one’s first choice according to a Quinnipiac poll of 454 Democrats. In fact, 1 our of 12 Democrats said they would be unhappy if he got the nomination.

Perhaps his highness should stop trying to debate Trump and focus on the fact that his officers are being laughed at as they’re soaked on the streets.

Sadly for him, King de Blasio doesn’t actually have the power to prevent Trump from entering the city. It’s not up to him to say who is and isn’t welcome to be there. It’s because he’s not a King, he’s just a mayor. The most he can do is scream into a microphone that Trump is banished to the laughter of Trump as he walks back into Trump tower once his terms are over.

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Illegal Immigrants Ask the U.S. Government for Millions in Compensation Over Separation

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Three illegal immigrant fathers are asking the U.S. government for millions in damages over supposed “lasting harm” caused to them by being separated from their children while in detention.

Here’s CNN presenting this is the most one-sided light.

Three fathers who were separated from their young children when they tried to migrate to the US want millions of dollars in compensation from the US government for the toll the months of separation took on their families.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and law firm Covington & Burlington filed administrative claims Thursday seeking damages from the US government on behalf of three men who were separated from their children at the border. The separation caused lasting harm for the families, the advocacy group and law firm said in a news release.

It should surprise no one that the Southern Poverty Law Center is behind this.

Just to recap, these are illegal immigrants who chose to commit a crime by crossing the border illegally. Now they want millions of dollars in taxpayer money paid out in damages for being separated from their chidren while in detention, which is required by U.S. law. Not only did they commit the original crime of illegal entry, but now they want money from the U.S. government because they chose not to break the law and keep their kids in jail with them. Yes, that’s as absurd as it sounds.

The filings describe children who cry in the night, refuse to eat and are fearful of going out, and parents struggling with guilt and anxiety.

“Thousands of children, parents and entire families will suffer the rest of their lives as a result of this administration’s intentionally cruel family separations,” said Michelle Lapointe, senior supervising attorney at the SPLC.

Look, I can sympathize with that. I can also sympathize with an American citizen who’s separated from their children while in prison. That doesn’t change the reality of the situation. There’s no doubt that there’s truth to the idea that a child is harmed by the incarceration of a parent, but that’s not the U.S. government’s fault. In fact, that’s one of the reasons to think first and not commit a crime. The consequences affect more than just the person breaking the law. If you truly care about your children, don’t break the law and end up in jail, or in this case, detention.

By the logic of this complaint, every single parent currently in prison is owed millions of dollars from the U.S. government for “lasting harm.” I see noway that any judge (if they sue after the six month waiting period) could even entertain this. It would be a Pandora’s box that essentially makes it impossible to detain people with children for criminal activity.

CNN’s piece reads like pure propaganda, offering absolutely no push back on the technical issues with these complaints, but they do stumble into the key factor.

Meantime, M.C.L. is struggling with guilt over not having done more to prevent the separation, according to the filing.

M.C.L. is the father and he absolutely should feel guilty. He drug his child on a dangerous journey, knowing he had no legitimate claim for asylum, and then chose to break the law, leading to their separation. What’s been lost in the entire immigration debate is any semblance of personal responsibility.

These complaints are frivolous on their face. Again, I’m generally sympathetic to the plight of migrants and most would consider me fairly moderate on immigration. But the idea that American taxpayers need to be fleeced further because these fathers chose to break the law is ludicrous. These kinds of things only build animosity toward those who actually have legitimate claims for asylum. It’s an unfair abuse of the system and whatever judge receives these complaints should shut them down immediately.

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Nail Meets Hammer: Dan Crenshaw Sternly Reminds Dems of Their Daily Moral Failure to Consider ‘Born-Alive’ Bill

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, walks through the halls on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

H.R.962, better known as the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, was introduced in the House on February 2, 2019 by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO). 186 Republicans are co-sponsors. There are 3 Democratic co-sponsors.

The reason for the bill is simple:

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.

It provides protections for babies who are born alive after botched abortions. It has nothing to do with infringing on a woman’s “right to choose” – as Democrats often wrongly state.

Every day that Congress has been in session since the introduction of the bill, one Republican representative has taken to the floor to ask for unanimous consent so the bill can be debated on the floor.

Each time, that request has been denied.

On Thursday, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) took his turn to ask for unanimous consent – the 78th time it has been requested since the bill’s introduction – and was denied:

After Democrats blocked his attempt at UC, Crenshaw had this to say in a statement:

“There are certain moral issues that are not debatable, and this is one of them. Somehow, we as a Congress cannot agree that babies who survived attempted abortions deserve medical care. While House Democrats refuse to give these innocent lives a chance, House Republicans will continue to demand a vote to protect them.”

The freshman Congressman also posted similar thoughts on Twitter about House Democrats and their refusal to allow the bill be debated and voted on:

I pray they never stop asking. Please don’t ever stop asking.

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Trump Campaign Out With Scorching New Video Starring ‘The Squad’

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President Trump has succeeded in making the four far-left freshmen Congresswomen the face of the Democratic Party. And he’s determined to keep it that way.

His campaign has released a new video starring Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ayanna Pressley (MA) at their radical best.

The video first features a newscaster reporting a “letter written by Representative-elect Omar asking a U.S. District Court judge for compassion when sentencing nine Minnesota Somali-American men convicted of joining the terror group ISIS.”

It shows a smiling Omar telling a crowd that “ignorance is very pervasive in this country.”

Next, it moves onto footage of Tlaib telling supporters that “we’re going to go in there and we’re going to impeach the mother***er.” It switches over to the video which surfaced earlier this week of Tlaib being dragged out of a 2016 Trump campaign event.

Then it’s Pressley’s turn. She is shown making her comments heard ’round the world at a recent NetRoots Nation event. “We don’t need any brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice.” That was all for Pressley.

And they save the most radical for last. AOC is shown saying that “the women and children on that border that are trying to seek refuge and seek opportunity in the United States of America with nothing but the shirt on their backs are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be.”

Finally, AOC is shown telling an interviewer, “Yeah, you know if that’s what radical means, call me a radical.”

The words are repeated, but a voice changing machine is used which lowers the tone and slows the words. And, for good measure, they give her kaleidoscope eyes.

Watch the video below.

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Call the Wahmbulance: AOC Gets Schooled On Her Own Words After Whining About What Kevin McCarthy Calls Her

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The week just wouldn’t feel complete without some unintentional comic relief courtesy of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Remember a few months ago when AOC seemingly took offense over some Fox News personalities allegedly referring to her as “Cortez” rather than “Ocasio-Cortez”?

Not a single instance of this happening was ever provided as proof of this serious injustice, but nevertheless she jumped on to the Twitter machine to, of course, protest:

She went on to say that simply referring to her as “AOC” was “fine though”:

Fast forward to Thursday. Apparently Ocasio-Cortez is on the verge of needing a wahmbulance called on her behalf thanks to how House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy reporteredly refers to her:

HORRORS. She wasn’t pleased:

But, but … she said just a few months ago that calling her “AOC” was ok?! I’m so confused:

Red State‘s Bonchie had a response for her that, once you read it, felt like that feeling you get when your favorite major league baseball team scores the winning run in the bottom of the 15th inning in game 7 of the World Series:

Bonchtastic!

The comments to AOC’s post were not all negative against her, though. Pro-abortion mouthpiece Alyssa Milano jumped in to express some sisterly solidarity with the freshman Congresswoman:

Trust me, ladies. Y’all being called “AOC” and ““ah-leese-ah” respectively is much more polite than what y’all call us.

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Twitter is Trump’s Laser Pointer & the Democrats/Media are the Cats

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Twitter is Trump’s Laser Pointer & the Democrats/Media are the Cats

Trump has the Democrats/Media cabal (DMC) on the run…literally. He controls the news cycle. Every Sunday Morning, he decides what the DMC is going to be outraged about for the upcoming week. Then he tweets out that outrageous spark and that starts the news cycle for the week.

Last week was no different. He started off with a tweet about two female Democrat House rookies, known for their anti-American stances. Within three days, he had the leftists so bamboozled, their leader, the Speaker of the House, who had been trying to distance herself from them ended up publicly embracing the America hating foursome. As I mentioned in a previous article, this is going to cost the Democrats in 2020. The titular head of the Democrat party has just aligned with four anti-American legislators who hate those same blue collar workers and the Americana they are part of. In 2020, those blue collar Obama voters who took a chance on Trump in 2016, are gonna be back at the polls…with friends this time, just because of stuff like this.

Trump does this all the time. I can just imagine him upstairs in The Residence telling Miss Melania, “Hold my Big Mac and watch this.” He uses his rapid fire tweets to stay ahead of his detractors. His fast pace keeps him continually inside the DMC decision cycle. He’s using his twitter account like a laser pointer and the DMC, the cats, are going nuts trying to keep up with the red dot. On more than one occasion, his red dot runs the cats right into the wall. Come to think of it, the cat in the illustration does kind of remind me of Speaker Pelosi.

Special thanks to B. Black Fox who kicked out this illustration in what seemed about 30 seconds.

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Sources Tell Fox News: DOJ Probe Is Focusing on Overseas Meetings Between FBI Informant and George Papadopoulos

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Sources “familiar” with the investigation have told Fox News that the DOJ’s internal probe is focusing on transcripts of recordings of meetings between one or more government sources and former Trump campaign foreign advisor George Papadopoulos in various foreign locations. They are especially interested in “why certain exculpatory material from them was not presented in subsequent applications for surveillance warrants.”

It is common practice for government sources to record discussions with their targets. One source told Fox that “Barr and Durham are reviewing why the material was left out of applications to surveil another former Trump campaign aide, Carter Page.”

The source also said, “I think it’s the smoking gun.”

The second source said, “These recordings have exculpatory evidence. It is standard tradecraft to record conversations with someone like Papadopoulos—especially when they are overseas and there are no restrictions.” The source said the specific exculpatory evidence is: “Papadopoulos denying having any contact with the Russians to obtain the supposed “dirt” on Clinton.”

It is well-known that Link University professor Joseph Mifsud “met” with Papadopoulos at the Link campus in Rome in March 2016. The next month, they met a second time in London. Mifsud told him that the Russians had thousands of emails that would be very harmful to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. In May, Papadopoulos famously told Australian diplomat Alexander Downer over drinks at a London bar that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton. He did not tell Downer that it was in the form of emails. In July, Downer notified embassy officials who passed the information to the FBI.

The DOJ is also trying to determine the exact start date of the FBI’s counter-intelligence investigation into Trump/Russia collusion. The FBI claims that it began on July 31, 2016 when they learned of Downer’s conversation with Papadopoulos.

However, there are indications that it began earlier.

Papadopoulos was pleased with this latest news. His mention of Mifsud in the tweet below is in reference to investigative reporter John Solomon’s scoop earlier this week that Mifsud’s Swiss attorney, Stefan Roh, is said to be cooperating with prosecutor John Durham’s team. Roh agreed to provide them with a “deposition Mifsud gave in the summer of 2018 about his role in the drama involving Donald Trump, Russia and the 2016 election.” I posted about this story here.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) questioned former special counsel Robert Mueller about precisely when the FBI’s investigation began during his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. Nunes said:

The FBI claims the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign began on July 31, 2016, but in fact, it began before that. In June 2016, before the investigation was officially opened, Trump campaign associates Carter Page and Stephen Miller were invited to attend a symposium at Cambridge University in July 2016. Your office, however, did not investigate who was responsible for inviting these Trump associates to the symposium.

Naturally, Mueller replied, “Those areas…I’m going to stay away from.”

Papadopoulos also met with other “informants” while overseas. According to Fox:

He met with Cambridge professor and longtime FBI informant Stefan Halper and his female associate, who went under the alias Azra Turk. Papadopoulos told Fox News that he saw Turk three times in London: once over drinks, once over dinner and once with Halper. He also told Fox News back in May that he always suspected he was being recorded. Further, he tweeted during the Mueller testimony about “recordings” of his meeting with Downer.

It is unclear, at this point, which of these individuals may have recorded conversations with Papadopoulos.

Fox News contributor and former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) had access to the transcripts of the “secretly recorded conversations between FBI informants and Papadopoulos” in his capacity as the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

He mentioned the existence and the significance of these transcripts earlier this year, but because this material is classified, he could not discuss the details.

In May, Gowdy appeared on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” and said, “If the bureau’s going to send in an informant, the informant’s going to be wired, and if the bureau is monitoring telephone calls, there’s going to be a transcript of that.” He also said they contained exculpatory information. He added:

Some of us have been fortunate enough to know whether or not those transcripts exist. But they haven’t been made public, and I think one, in particular … has the potential to actually persuade people. Very little in this Russia probe I’m afraid is going to persuade people who hate Trump or love Trump. But there is some information in these transcripts that has the potential to be a game-changer if it’s ever made public.

While we know that Durham’s team is busy trying to arrive at the truth of what happened and who was involved, it’s become frustrating receiving only the dribs and drabs of information which get leaked to well-connected reporters. The DOJ Inspector General’s report on the FISA application process, expected in May or June, has now been pushed out to September.

Unfortunately, we have no choice other than to be patient. I, for one, feel confident in Attorney General William Barr, prosecutor John Durham and DOJ IG Michael Horowitz to get the job done.

 

 

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