A Week of Gratitude 2018: Supreme Court Judges

As we near Thanksgiving and reflect on the past year there is much to be thankful for despite all the negativity and evil out there.  And even though Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch was nominated and confirmed in 2017 both his and Justice Kavanaugh’s appointments are something we should be very thankful for.

Our Constitution has been under attack like never before in the past few decades and has only ramped up since President Trump took office.  I think perhaps it’s easy to take for granted all that President Trump has accomplished despite the best efforts of the Democrats to stop him.  And so much early success has spurned us to hope and expect for more from him.  And while I can’t speak for anyone else, I distinctly remember going into the election of 2016 that even if nothing else is accomplished, Supreme Court nominations would be the most important thing to win in the presidential election.  This serves as something of a safeguard and the ultimate checks and balances of a government gone amok.  And with the possibility of a progressive party coming into control looking to change the entire outlook of the values and rights this country was founded on, this was not a trivial matter.

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Thankfully, President Trump has delivered.  Justice Gorsuch replaced Justice Scalia, who died under very suspicious conditions.  The court at that time was in a very precarious position, 50/50 divided liberal/conservative.  One can make all the arguments one wants, but the Supreme Court is not supposed to be politically charged or motivated.  It’s one of the reasons why it’s a lifetime appointment; so they are not swayed by political pressures.  And while many want to interpret the Constitution as a living, breathing, document, Justice Gorsuch believes in interpreting the Constitution as our Founding Fathers wrote and hoped to interpret it, rather than bending the words to the day’s topic du jour to make it fit another meaning and enact new policy and change.  Legislation, one should recall, is not meant to be done by judges, much as the left wants that to be the case.  By securing Justice Gorsuch, only 51, he has secured a conservative seat on the bench for several decades.

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Justice Kavanaugh, as everyone by now knows, went through quite an ordeal to be nominated and confirmed.  Justice Kavanaugh, 53 himself, replaced a retiring Justice Kennedy.  Justice Kennedy was widely thought to be the centrist Justice.  This being such an important replacement, one that could tip the scales one way or the other, the Democrats sunk to their usual lows, and perhaps lower than usual, to besmirch his good name.  As the saying goes, you know you’re over the target when you start taking flak.  As I’ve written about before, Justice Kennedy wasn’t keen to judge on cases involving gun control and the second amendment.  This often times left the matter in a precarious position with a less secure future.  This will not be the case with Justice Kavanaugh and the left knew it.  The mud slinging was unprecedented.  Unsubstantiated sexual allegations were coming from all sides, with Christine Ford as the centerpiece.  And while many posited the question “what possible benefit could she have for making this up?” I offer you Exhibit A.  Suffice to say, we should not be weeping for Christine.  This was such a hot issue and really raised an important question to our country: Do we still believe in the notion of innocent until proven guilty?  Shockingly, though perhaps we shouldn’t be shocked by this anymore, this was a country divided on this question.  Many on the left thought Kavanaugh should not be nominated despite the fact there was exactly ZERO evidence supporting her claims, and in fact several of the claims were proven to be outright false.

Thankfully, despite their best efforts, the Democrats failed in both cases and we now have two more conservative judges on the Supreme Court.  Something tells me Justice Kavanaugh will not soon forget how he was treated.  That’s something to consider going forward.  And unless the Democrats try to pack the courts, an idea not unfamiliar to the left, it appears the court is secured for a few more decades.  And with the possibility of filling at least one more seat, President Trump has left us in a good position.  This was the most important issue going into the election and he has delivered in spades.

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and gratitude.  As we spend time with our families and loved ones this year, let us be thankful for what we have and what has been preserved.  But we cannot rest on our laurels and we certainly need to stop taking our liberties for granted.  We were thisclose to losing the Supreme Court to the most corrupt politician in American history.  And given how spineless most of the Republican party is, a majority in the Senate would not leave me with a good feeling that HRC wouldn’t have prevailed.  Even if she hadn’t, having the option to add several judges once a Democrat majority in the Senate came into fruition was a very real possibility.   Especially knowing how much they have stuffed the ballot boxes during the midterms.

Activist judge blocks Trump asylum ban

Sigh.  More legislation from the judicial branch thanks to an activist appointed Obama judge in California.  Who needs to take over the House and Senate when you can just control the laws with judges?  Via Fox News:

A federal judge in San Francisco on Monday barred the Trump administration from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally, likely prompting a legal challenge from the White House.

Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9 that said anyone who crossed the southern border would be ineligible for asylum.

U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar, who was nominated by President Obama in 2012 to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments in San Francisco.

The request was made by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which quickly sued after President Trump issued the ban this month in response to the caravans of migrants that have started to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border.

And further down:

U.S. border inspectors are processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana’s main crossing to San Diego. Asylum seekers register their names in a tattered notebook managed by migrants themselves that had more than 3,000 names even before the caravan arrived.

Homeland Security officials say there are currently 6,000 people in Tijuana waiting to be processed at the San Ysidro border crossing, with more on the way.

During a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, homeland security officials said “most of the caravan members are not women and children” and that more than 500 criminals are traveling with the group that has amassed on the other side of a San Diego border crossing.

This is a really terrific system we have set up, where the President cannot do anything to protect the border.  Obama has infested the court system with activist judges who will do their ideological bidding at a moment’s notice.  Just have a NGO or Soros type get some group to file some kind of suit in the district of your choosing and there you have it.  So while this is sorted out hundreds of literal criminals will be able to seek asylum.  Keep in mind if these people were truly seeking asylum they would’ve sought it in the first country outside of their affected country, in which case this would’ve been Mexico, which was offered to them and they refused.  Now they are just shopping for better real estate.  Beggars can be choosers, at least here.

The gig is transparent and simple; try to sneak in, if you get caught, claim asylum.  And why not?  When you have a system where the President cannot defend the border, and will be called racist despite the fact that even Mexicans think it’s an invasion too, what do you have to lose?

This is a disgusting misuse of the judicial branch of our government.  These judges were put in place to legislate by a duplicitous president and we are seeing the detrimental effects today.  For all those who say they deserve a chance at a better life, ask yourself why they don’t come through the proper channels then, and why when they don’t even bother respecting our laws should we bend over backwards to accommodate them?  Do you think kowtowing to them this way will transform their thinking and they’ll magically respect us?  Or might that not encourage them to continue their bad behavior when we’re going to allow it anyway?  No, none of that matters.  As always, these people prioritize the lives of non-Americans over those they were tasked to work for.  Expect more tragedies for American children and more of a strain on our economy.

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A Week of Gratitude 2018: Trump v ISIS

All too often around the world, and here, we only hear about how bleak things are getting.  And that’s very important; we cannot sugarcoat the problem.  We’ve been doing that as a nation for decades now and the problems herein have festered.  But all negativity all the time can have detrimental effects.  In this week leading up to Thanksgiving we should also reflect on the things we are thankful for and the good that IS being done.  Today we reflect on President Trump’s handling of ISIS.

Remember ISIS?  You can almost make that joke now.  It wasn’t that long ago that terrorist attacks claimed by ISIS happened in the United States, France, and Germany on a monthly if not weekly basis.  The situation seemed bleak, almost inevitable.  Like we needed to accept it and couldn’t do anything about it.  “Part and parcel” of living in this new globalized world, perhaps.  Our then Commander in Chief at the time, Obama, didn’t offer much in the way of a positive long-term outlook either:

Barack Obama has dubbed the US-led campaign against the Islamic State a “generational struggle” as he underscored the need to not just defeat the terrorist group on the ground but also to “discredit their ideology”.

“This broader challenge of countering violent extremism is not simply a military effort,” Obama said in remarks from the Pentagon on Monday. “Ideologies are not defeated by guns. They’re defeated with better ideas – a more attractive and more compelling vision.

“This larger battle for hearts and minds is going to be a generational struggle,” he added. “It’s ultimately not going to be won or lost by the United States alone. It will be decided by the countries and communities that terrorists like Isil [an alternative acronym for Islamic State/Isis] target.”

Contrast that with President Trump:

WE have to get rid of ISIS, we have no choice.

No BS, no long timeline, no excuses.  President Trump, with General Mattis as his bulldog, has made rather quick work of the group that was once thought to be a “generational struggle”.  Rest assured, whether it’s ISIS, or whatever acronym they come up with next for whatever new cell pops up, President Trump will deal with them as swiftly.

Look at the above graph.  President Trump made about the same amount of progress, perhaps a little more, than Obama in his first year, though that first year took some time to get his Cabinet approved and things in order before he could really be said to be fully in control.  When he was, observe the change from 2017 to 2018.  Those who like to praise Obama and take credit away from Trump, whether it’s this, or the economy, are disingenuous and never heap blame on the man.  The fact that Obama allowed ISIS to become a thing to the extent that they did in the first place is never mentioned.  Promise made, promise kept, by President Trump.

Something that those paying attention may find interesting is that many of the problems we are told are impossible to solve, or will take generations, or are simply too complicated, really aren’t so.  Often times they want us to think they are this way so that we become accustomed to controlled struggle and hardship.  To live under the illusion that the government is doing all that they can when in reality they know what’s possible and are controlling what they give us and in what quantity they do so.  The struggle against ISIS is one great example.  Is it really so far-fetched to believe that having ISIS be around at all is something the government, or perhaps the CIA, wants to justify their budget and always increasing reach?  Or how about jobs.  Obama famously quipped that those factory jobs weren’t ever coming back.  They did.  Or that trade deals are so convoluted and complicated that they are impossible to renegotiate.  Or how about immigration?  We’re told that it’s an inevitability and that we just need to accept it as the way the world is in 2018.  This, perhaps more than any other, is the easiest to see what’s going on.  President Trump has tried to control the border now for 2+ years and the only thing holding him back are corrupt politicians and politically motivated judges.  The problem could already be solved, but they are going to more and more extreme measures to stop it because they don’t want it stopped.  Not because it’s impossible to stop.

But let’s be grateful for what has been done.  This barbaric terrorist group has largely been squelched.  The job isn’t done, but they hold a lot less territory and influence today than they did not so long ago.  The prospects seem a lot more positive now, and we have President Trump to thank for that.

Debunking a myth: Illegal Alien crime

One argument that a lot of liberals like to throw out is that immigrants, including illegals, commit crime at a much lower rate than Americans.  They use this as if that’s a good reason to let them in…like crime is an average rather than an aggregate.  They’ll cite studies like that done by the CATO Institute as they proudly proclaim this.  You’ll notice they’ll never include the crime of entering the country illegally in the first place when they tally up these statistics.

This article from American Thinker is a bit old, 2015, but offers a lot of useful information.  It’s important to keep in mind that these numbers go off the absolutely absurd notion that there’s only 11 million illegals in the country.  That number has been bandied about for years now, as if all illegal immigration stopped.  The number is likely upwards of 30-40 million…but they don’t want you to know that…being that it would represent about 10% (!!!) of the population.  The rate of illegal immigration has likely only increased since these numbers have come out, and with that have their violent crimes.

Per the GAO, “as of fiscal 2009, the total alien – non-U.S.-citizen – population was about 25.3 million, including about 10.8 million aliens without lawful immigration status.”

Since the population of the U.S. was about 306.8 million in 2009, non-citizens comprised 8.25% of the population and illegal aliens about 3.52%. (Recall that they represented 25% of the federal prison population then, and almost 39% in 2013.)

How many crimes did they commit? Almost three million. Here they are.

Now here is where the data get dicey: how do we convert these numbers to rates so that we can compare illegal aliens and non-citizens to other groups, such as U.S. citizens or inhabitants? We have to look at how the GAO determined those estimates.

“To determine the type of offenses for which criminal aliens were convicted, we analyzed data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission on federal convictions of criminal aliens from fiscal years 2003 through 2009 and conviction data from five states – Arizona, California, Florida, New York, and Texas – from fiscal years 2005 through 2008.”

So now we have an apples and oranges problem. The federal data cover seven years and all non-citizens. The state and local data cover four years and illegal aliens only (and only those reported via SCAAP).

Let’s take homicide as an example. The GAO estimates “criminal aliens” were arrested, convicted and incarcerated for 25,064 homicides. If non-citizens committed them over seven years, the annual rate would be 14.2 per 100,000 non-citizens. If illegal aliens committed them over four years, the annual rate would be 58.0 per 100,000 illegal aliens. Either way you compute, those are high rates.

By comparison, the FBI reports the murder rates for the entire U.S. from 2003 through 2009 varied from 5.0 to 5.8 per 100,000 inhabitants for an average rate of 5.5. To be clear, 5.5 is much lower than either 14.2 or 58.0.

Or look at the total number of homicides in those years. Per the FBI, there were 67,642 murders in the U.S. from 2005 through 2008, and 115,717 from 2003 through 2009. Per the GAO, criminal aliens committed 25,064 of them. That means they committed 22% to 37% of all murders in the U.S., while being only 3.52% to 8.25% of the population.

Conclusion: criminal and illegal aliens commit murder at much higher rates than all inhabitants of the U.S. – at least 3 to 10 times higher.

And I believe these are low-end estimates. For one, murder is almost always handled at the state and local level, not the federal level. So the GAO’s homicide data are skewed toward the state and local data, which cover fewer years (four) and a smaller population (illegals only). The Washington Post states that “Federal prisoners made up 10 percent of the total incarcerated populations in the United States in 2013.”

OK, let’s assume that 90% of the crimes listed by the GAO (other than immigration itself) were committed by SCAAP persons in state and local institutions. That would mean illegal aliens committed 22,558 murders over four years. That is a rate of 5,639 per year, or over 15 per day. (For reference, Rep. Steve King reported a figure of 12 per day. A sheriffs’ association is reported to estimate it at 25 per day. I don’t know how reliable these values are, but they are not totally out of line with the GAO’s data.)

That would give a murder rate for illegal aliens of 52 per 100,000 (5,639 in a population of 10.8 million) – about 10 times that of U.S. citizens.

Here are the numbers of crimes per day committed by illegal aliens in just a few crime categories, based on those GAO numbers and the 90% figure for SCAAP persons over four years.

  • Kidnappings:  9
  • Murders:         15
  • Sex offenses:   43
  • Burglaries:       71
  • Assaults:         131

There’s a lot of evidence to suggest these numbers are under-reported if anything.  And what of catch and release?  Do those statistics count I wonder?  It probably depends on the city and state reporting the crime.  Something tells me the illegal stats tallied in San Francisco are done in such a way to make it appear less worse than it really is.

We need to win the war of ideas and we cannot continue to sit by and listen and not speak up when the NPCs chirp these statements as if they are concrete fact.  This is one of those lines they like to repeat constantly, along with “diversity is our strength” and “we’ve always been a nation of immigrants”.  Do not be afraid to call them out on this.  There’s a good chance a lot of other people in the conversation quietly agree or you may just turn them onto an idea they hadn’t considered or heard before.

 

A man with a very sensible plan

Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma recently wrote an opinion piece on how the wall can be built for just $25 billion:

For too long, illegal immigrants have claimed refundable tax credits through Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) rather than a work-eligible Social Security number. By requiring work-authorized Social Security numbers for refundable tax credits, we’ll save billions of dollars in tax credits that are only supposed to benefit American citizens or immigrants with legal status.

My bill would also ensure eligibility for federal welfare programs, like food stamps, by using E-Verify, a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S. While we’ve had laws on the books to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving these benefits for years, the system is vulnerable to document fraud.

By using E-Verify, we can ensure the integrity of our social safety net for the families who are lawfully entitled to it. We can also deter illegal immigration by imposing (and enforcing) a fine on illegal border crossings.

I want to be clear – closing these loopholes would prevent federal benefits for illegal immigrants. Closing these loopholes would not impact the services or tax credits for citizens or legal immigrants.

The Democrats will no doubt decry this as a racist something or other.  To recap, his entire plan to fund the wall is to close loopholes that allow people who aren’t supposed to be here in the first place from receiving benefits designed for Americans and lawful immigrants.  The American taxpayer doesn’t have to pay a dime.  You can be sure the Democrats will not be on board with this; it is far too sensible and would only benefit Americans.

More Mainstream Media Lies

The MSM actions of this past week may be the easiest example to show to people how the mainstream media manipulates and outright lies to further their agenda and why we do not trust them.  The video below is the perfect supplementary evidence you can provide as ammo to back up the point too.  Watch the initial encounter first.  Then watch the Paul Joseph Watson video, which InfoWars zoomed in at the point of contact to show the contact.  The media took this as doctoring the video and lambasted the White House for posting a “doctored” video from InfoWars and used this as a rallying cry of sorts.

Objectively speaking, Jim Acosta was being completely disrespectful, rude, and unreasonable.  He asked a question and President Trump answered it.  He allowed one question and wanted to give other reporters a chance to ask one too.  Jim continued to press a new question, interrupting, speaking over the President and other reporters, and knocked away the hand of the intern trying to take the mic away.

The White House then took away Jim Acosta’s hard pass, essentially for making contact with the intern.  Though he should’ve had his pass revoked for his childish behavior overall.  They then posted a video which was initially posted by InfoWars showing the incident and zooming in at the point of contact.  The mainstream media, disingenuous as we know they are, decried that this was a doctored video that misrepresented the actual encounter.  In reality, the video wasn’t doctored at all, but rather just a zoom in to show the contact to prove the White House was correct in their assessment.

This is why we hate the mainstream media.  Consider the facts, watch for yourself, see how they reacted, and judge accordingly.  The video was not doctored.  Doctoring is changing or obscuring a video with the express purpose of misrepresenting what happened.  This does not do that.  If you play the videos side by side you can see they are the same exact speed (not sped up or slowed down to exaggerate contact) and the slight quality difference is due to compression of the video.  That’s it.  Notice how rather than chastise their own reporter, who was completely out of line, they try and put this on the President as if he is suppressing the press.  To drive a narrative.  And to wind up the crazies on the left who look for anything and everything to be mad at President Trump, whether it’s based in reality or pure fiction.  If this isn’t clear cut proof to show how purposefully deceptive they are, how they peddle lies to drive their narrative, then I don’t know what is.  Use this to show why we do not trust them.  They simply do not, it seems cannot, objectively report events anymore.  Everything they put out is through a lens to drive their agenda.  And then they beam out this message to their NPCs who chirp the message to the NPC masses.  Pull in the late night hosts to spread the lie too.  Disgusting.

Election Meddling Rampant

The blatant attempt to steal the mid-term elections is rather clear now.  Florida, Broward County in particular, is the hotbed for this.  It should tell the lay person all they need to know about the war of ideas when one side so very clearly tries to steal elections on a regular basis.  That seems to be the only way they can win.  And why exactly is the person leading the recount in Broward County, the most liberal county in Florida, a Democrat who has already been charged with election fraud in 2016?  This is absolutely insane.  She will not even allow legacy media in, or report how many ballots are still not counted.  Presumably because it all depends on how many votes are needed to steal the election.  Or why was a rental car found with a box of provisional ballots by an Avis employee?  That seems rather careless and fishy, no?  At no point should official ballots be in an unsupervised rental car.  And it gets worse.  OFFICIAL RECORDS also show that many underage teens have voted in Florida too.  We all know how indoctrinated young people vote.

And this isn’t happening just in Florida.  News from Georgia as well:

Bombshell numbers out of Fulton County, Georgia show that a vast amount of the provisional ballots submitted in the Democrat stronghold were rejected for being duplicate ballots.

Now, the Democrat Stacey Abrams campaign is pushing on Fulton County, running an entire campaign-style operation with phone banking, texts and email blasts to reach out to people who allegedly cast provisional ballots on Election Day.

Abrams’ search for provisional ballots may yield fruit, but her search for credible provisional ballots that can be counted in this election will prove futile. Why?

A full 1,811 provisional ballots in Fulton County were duplicates (49 percent), and 1,556 of them (42 percent of the total provisionals) were rejected.

And it also seems Sinema in Arizona is benefiting the most from further ballots coming in.  This one may actually be true but it still seems fishy.  Essentially any close race that the Democrats lost has something awfully strange going on where magically more Democrat votes are found.

I’m hoping beyond hopes President Trump knew they would try and do this and put surveillance and traps in place to catch them in the act.  A bunch of shady stuff happened in 2016 and with their only hope for impeachment being to win the House and Senate there’s no way there would magically be less corruption in 2018.  But punishments need to happen.  They are barely even trying to hide it anymore.  Having their own oversee the recount.  This is Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s territory.   My God.

This shouldn’t be a partisan issue.  And I fear that it is.  Many on the left are happy with it if it’s “their guy” (or girl) who benefits.  The obedient lemmings who will do whatever their masters chirp to them.  This is at the core of a bigger issue.  One side plays by the rules, the other does not.  And when you play an asymmetrical game like this the results will not be fair and just.  The race in Florida should be called now.  Those guilty of wrongdoing should be prosecuted the full extent the law allows and serious reform MUST happen to curb voter fraud.  Voter ID is a must.  This is not racist.  It’s racist to think a minority doesn’t have the ability to apply for a voter ID.  I’d prefer to go one step further.  Perhaps a simple civics test to ensure that the voter in question has some idea, the most minimum requirements, of what is going on when they do their civic duty.  It adds accountability.  And ya know what?  Dead people can’t take a test.  Yet another way to reset the voter rolls.