McCABE – Pence marches for life; DRUDGE – 1/30/17
ISLAM/SHARIA: McCARTHY – Exclusion of aliens; FRENCH – Exec Orders; PALAZZOLO – Court meddles; WADHAMS – Court meddles; TANCREDO – Sanctuary costs $7B/yr.
LEADS: McCLATCHY – GOP & OCare; LeMIERE – “Calexit”; YAHOO! – “Calexit” grows; QUINTON – City/State conflict; WALSH – Trump delivers.
NOTES: LOPEZ – Gosnell?; BRODY – ShariaNO
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“A competent journalist has always understood that he has the duty to be skeptical of every source in the spirit of the old city editor, staring at a credulous reporter with beady eyes under his green eyeshade, demanding that ‘if your mother says she loves you, check it out.’”
Neil McCabe, Big Govt: “Pence Joins Washington’s March for Life”
“Vice President Mike Pence became the first vice president to address the annual March for Life since the Washington, D.C. protest began in 1974, the year after the Supreme Court legalized abortion as a constitutionally-protected right.
“Pence told the hundreds of thousands of marchers that he brought greetings from President Donald J. Trump.
“Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America, told Breitbart News the crowds were enthusiastic about hearing from Pence, but the pro-life community was serious about holding politicians accountable for their pledges to outlaw abortion.
“After a National Mall rally between the White House and Washington Monument, the marchers make their way up Capitol Hill, passing the Capitol and the Senate office buildings, before making the big right turn towards the Supreme Court. . .”
SUPREME COURT CHOICE COULD BE ANNOUNCED TODAY… DEVELOPING…
Fight sure to go nuclear…
WORLD ORDER SHAKEN BY TRUMP IMMIGRATION DIRECTIVES…
Confusion Grips Airports… Chaos at LAX…
Heartland voters shrug it off… Faint corporate outcry beyond Silicon Valley…
Iraqi parliament wants govt to retaliate…
Restrictions Put Saudi Arabia in Bind…
Trump expands power of immigration officers… Agents Cheer…
UK under pressure to cancel state visit…
HOLLYWOOD SAG SHOW TURNS INTO TRUMP-BASHING FEST…
Lily Tomlin Says Nazis…
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Trump’s Exclusion of Aliens from Specific Countries Is Legal”
“Arguments to the contrary ignore the Constitution and misstate federal law.
David French, NRO: “Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees — Separating Fact from Hysteria”
“. . . So, what did Trump do? Did he implement his promised Muslim ban? No, far from it. He backed down dramatically from his campaign promises and instead signed an executive order dominated mainly by moderate refugee restrictions and temporary provisions aimed directly at limiting immigration from jihadist conflict zones.
“Let’s analyze the key provisions, separate the fact from the hysteria, and introduce just a bit of historical perspective.
“First, the order temporarily halts refugee admissions for 120 days to improve the vetting First, the order temporarily halts refugee admissions for 120 days to improve the vetting
process, then caps refugee admissions at 50,000 per year. Outrageous, right? Not so fast. Before 2016, when Obama dramatically ramped up refugee admissions, Trump’s 50,000 stands roughly in between a typical year of refugee admissions in George W. Bush’s two terms and a typical year in Obama’s two terms.
“In 2002, the United States admitted only 27,131 refugees. It admitted fewer than 50,000 in 2003, 2006, and 2007. As for President Obama, he was slightly more generous than President Bush, but his refugee cap from 2013 to 2015 was a mere 70,000, and in 2011 and 2012 he admitted barely more than 50,000 refugees himself.
“The bottom line is that Trump is improving security screening and intends to admit refugees at close to the average rate of the 15 years before Obama’s dramatic expansion in 2016. Obama’s expansion was a departure from recent norms, not Trump’s contraction.
“Second, the order imposes a temporary, 90-day ban on people entering the U.S. from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. These are countries either torn apart by jihadist violence or under the control of hostile, jihadist governments.
“The ban is in place while the Department of Homeland Security determines the “information needed from any country to adjudicate any visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA (adjudications) in order to determine that the individual seeking the benefit is who the individual claims to be and is not a security or public-safety threat.” It could, however, be extended or expanded depending on whether countries are capable of providing the requested information.
“The ban, however, contains an important exception: “Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked.” In other words, the secretaries can make exceptions — a provision that would, one hopes, fully allow interpreters and other proven allies to enter the U.S. during the 90-day period.
“To the extent this ban applies to new immigrant and non-immigrant entry, this temporary halt (with exceptions) is wise. We know that terrorists are trying to infiltrate the ranks of refugees and other visitors. We know that immigrants from Somalia, for example, have launched jihadist attacks here at home and have sought to leave the U.S. to join ISIS.
“Indeed, given the terrible recent track record of completed and attempted terror attacks by Muslim immigrants, it’s clear that our current approach is inadequate to control the threat. “Unless we want to simply accept Muslim immigrant terror as a fact of American life, a short-term ban on entry from problematic countries combined with a systematic review of our security procedures is both reasonable and prudent.. .”
Joe Palazzolo, WSJ: “High Court Precedent May Limit Trump’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Order”
“Supreme Court has ruled Constitution forbids federal government from using funds to ‘coerce’ states
“A thicket of U.S. Supreme Court rulings could limit the reach of the executive order issued by President Donald Trump last week meant to prod “sanctuary cities” into helping the federal government enforce immigration law.
Some local and state officials, including in New York, have promised to fight the order, which says cities that fail to turn over information about illegal immigrants “are not eligible to receive federal grants.”
Legal experts said the Supreme Court has given them many tools for resistance.
Nick Wadhams, et al., Bloomberg: “Judges Block Parts of Trump’s Order on Muslim Immigration”
“A nationwide ruling in Brooklyn, New York, barring refugees and visa holders already legally in the U.S. from being turned back came hours after the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued to halt the Jan 27 order.
“A separate order in Alexandria, Virginia, forbid the government from removing about 60 legal permanent residents of the U.S. who were being detained at Dulles International Airport.
“Neither ruling strikes down the executive order, which will now be subject to court hearings. White House officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment late Saturday.
“The Department of Homeland Security, which runs the Customs and Border Protection agency, said in a statement Sunday that it would comply with judicial orders and that the government retained the right to revoke visas for reasons of national or public safety.
“There were wrenching scenes — and angry protests — at major airports across the country before the court orders were issued. . .”
Tom Tancredo, Breitbart: Over 300 Sanctuary Cities Are Costing State and Local Taxpayers over $7,000,000,000 Annually”
“Unlike Obama, President Trump is not trying to making new laws by executive decree. In his Executive Order, the president is only reminding mayors and governors of existing federal law dating to 1996:
U.S. Code › Title 8 › Chapter 12 › Subchapter II › Part IX › § 1373
8 U.S. Code § 1373 – Communication between government agencies and the Immigration and Naturalization Service:
Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.
(b) Additional authority of government entities Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, no person or agency may prohibit, or in any way restrict, a Federal, State, or local government entity from doing any of the following with respect to information regarding the immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual:
(1) Sending such information to, or requesting or receiving such information from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
(2) Maintaining such information.
(3) Exchanging such information with any other Federal, State, or local government entity.
(c) Obligation to respond to inquiries
The Immigration and Naturalization Service shall respond to an inquiry by a Federal, State, or local government agency, seeking to verify or ascertain the citizenship or immigration status of any individual within the jurisdiction of the agency for any purpose authorized by law, by providing the requested verification or status information.
(Pub. L. 104–208, div. C, title VI, § 642, Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009–707.
“The president’s executive order is not only good news for law enforcement, it is also a good civics lesson for some mayors and even some members of Congress.
The mayor of Denver last week said in the same breath that Denver is not a sanctuary city but it will continue to defy federal immigration law.
“Congressman Michael Coffman, whose district office is located in Aurora, Colorado, made an announcement after the mayor of Aurora similarly disclaimed the label “Sanctuary City” while affirming, sanctuary policies, Representative Coffman said he will propose a bill in “Congress defining a sanctuary city as ONLY cities which call themselves sanctuary cities.
Is it any wonder citizens are confused when politicians go to such lengths to obfuscate the issue?
“The Trump executive order is also good news for taxpayers. Sanctuary cities impose a huge, billion cost to taxpayers that has been hidden from public view and shielded from political accountability.
That annual taxpayer burden amounts to over $14 Billion nationally, over $1 billion in California and Texas and over $100 million annually in over a dozen states.
“This will be news to you because those annual taxpayer costs are hidden from public scrutiny — by Congress, by state legislatures, and by local officials. Sanctuary city policies have a high cost not only in allowing criminal aliens to roam free on our streets, they also impose a huge burden on taxpayers.
“How can we estimate those taxpayers costs? There is a wealth of data hidden in the annual reports on the federal State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) published by the US Department of Justice and each state department of corrections that chooses to apply for reimbursement grants under that program. Over 2,000 local county sheriffs also get federal reimbursement grants under that federal program. . .”
McClatchy: “Conservatives fear GOP losing momentum on Obamacare repeal”
“. . . Some conservatives worry that delay could be costly, perhaps even fatal, sapping lawmakers’ drive to repeal and sidelining the effort in favor of other priorities, such as keeping the federal government running.
“Right now you are seeing the question of replace stopping the momentum of repeal,” said James Wallner, a former Senate aide and group vice president for research at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “Before you know it, you are into the late summer or fall because you have to do stuff like funding the government, and you haven’t done (repeal) yet. You can see very quickly how you end up in a place where you’re just trying to shore up the existing system.”
But former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an on-again, off-again adviser to the president, insisted that Congress will not get sidetracked with Trump at the top.
“It is inevitable that it will be replaced,” Gingrich said of the health care law.
Jason LeMiere, IBT: “What Is Calexit? California Could Secede From The Union By 2019 If Ballot Initiative Wins Enough Signatures, Votes”
Will they pay for Federal land (Yosemite and other parks). What are to be the arrangements for military bases!
“The prospect of California seceding from the Union took a step closer Thursday after supporters of the campaign were cleared to begin collecting signatures to get the so-called “Calexit” initiative on the ballot in 2018. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla made the announcement that the hundreds of thousands of signatures required could now be collected.
“If the campaign is successful in obtaining the at least 585,407 valid voter signatures required by July 25 then the measure will go on the ballot in 2018. Were a majority of voters to vote in favor, it would remove clauses from the California Constitution stating that the state is “an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land.”
“If it passes then a statewide special election, similar to the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, would be held in March 2019 asking voters if they want California to become an independent country. Fifty-five percent of voters would need to cast their vote in favor for California to declare its independence.
“The idea of California seceding has long been debated. The state currently has the sixth largest economy in the world, with a GDP of $2.4 trillion in 2015 putting it behind only the U.S., China, Japan, Germany and the UK.
“California loses [by] being a part of America culturally and financially,” Marcus Ruiz Evans, one of the Calexit group’s founders, told the Los Angeles Times. ‘It could be a nation all its own, everybody knows that. The only question is if they want to break off.’ . . .”
Yahoo!: “California campaign to secede gains momentum”
“California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla gave the green light on Thursday for proponents of “California Nationhood” — also known as Calexit — to start collecting the nearly 600,000 signatures needed for the measure to qualify on the November 2018 ballot.
“The 585,407 signatures required by July 25 represent eight percent of registered voters in California — the most populous state in the country with nearly 40 million residents and the world’s sixth-largest economy.
“Should the initiative make it on the ballot, a ‘Yes’ vote would repeal clauses in the California Constitution ‘stating California is an inseparable part of the United States and that the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land,’ a statement by Padilla’s office said.
“Voters would then need to decide in another referendum in 2019 whether California should become a separate country.
“Padilla said the independence measure — deemed highly unrealistic — would have a deep impact on the state and would likely face legal challenges.
“‘Assuming that California actually became an independent nation, the state and its local governments would experience major, but unknown, budgetary impacts,’ he warned. . .”
Sophie Quinton, Pew: “Expect More Conflict between Cities and States”
“With the federal government and most states controlled by conservative Republicans this year, Democrats are looking to Democratic cities and counties to stand up for progressive policy.
“But they may want to temper their expectations. State lawmakers have blocked city action on a range of economic, environmental and human rights issues, including liberal priorities such as minimum wage increases, in recent years. And the stage looks set for more confrontation between cities and states this year.
“Lawmakers in Kentucky, Virginia and six other states are considering preventing localities from allowing transgender people to use some restrooms that match their gender identity. In Montana, one lawmaker wants to prevent local governments from banning texting while driving.
“While legislators say they’re trying to ensure consistency in state policy, so-called state preemption laws often expose political differences between state leaders — many of whom hail from rural districts — and city leaders. . .”
Michael Walsh, NY Post: “The real shocker: Trump is a politician who delivers on his promises”
“Here we are, barely a week into the Trump administration, and half of the country that opposed him during the election is quivering with rage. He’s building the wall! He’s banning immigration from some Muslim countries! He’s wrecking ObamaCare! He’s sacking top officials at the State Department! He’s threatening sanctuary cities! What’s going on here?
“It’s called: keeping his campaign promises.
“The answer is simple: we’ve become so inured to politicians lying to us to get elected that we find it hard to believe that the new man in the White House actually meant what he said — and can’t wait to get on with it.
“Not since the heyday of Ronald Reagan have the Democrats been in such shock and disarray. . .”
Kathryn Jean Lopez, NRO: “Gosnell, Game Changer”
Was Gosnell looped into Planned Parenthood?
James Brody: 1492 Redux
Islam was stymied but not destroyed in Andalusa in 1492. The crusades left behind a people of sub-average intelligence (Lynn & Vanhannen, 2006) and the need for five prayers per day, led by an Imam, to keep them disciplined (Barkley, 1997; Bronowski, 1977). (They still make good soldiers but lousy taxpayers!) And their “religion” pivots around a prophet who probably never existed (Spencer, 2007) and lists of oppressive rules – Sharia –that keep women out of school, off the streets, escorted by male relatives, beaten, walking, uneducated, infibulated (1), and into forced marriages (Hirsi Ali, 2017; Geller, 2017). And the really sad news: intelligence and impulsiveness tend to be unchanged from parents to children, at least in 10 cultures for 500 years (Clark, 2014) According to Clark, social programs, such as those in Sweden reduce the citizen’s complaints but elevate neither their intelligence nor their levels of prosperity. Meanwhile, three Muslim males raped a Swedish woman and posted it on Facebook. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/01/24/three-men-raped-a-woman-in-sweden-on-facebook-live/?utm_term=.992735d6b46c
Facts bubble and boil but the Bamster golfs while his latest Cloward-Piven tactic, planting seed communities of Muslims across this country, gives him and Jarrett a step into their next jet.
Local news: Mayor Kenney protects the city’s “sanctuary” income, Casey does the Democrat thing instead of the principled thing, and Wolfe protects Democrat votes. Has any one of these three guys asked educated women what they think of Islam? Is Islam pro-abortion?
Not so local: Chicago remains a “sanctuary” with both the toughest gun laws and the nation’s highest murder rate, again because undereducated, impulsive young males are pulling triggers while the mayor plays pocket pool! And mosques not only guide the believers but can be armories! (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/31/why-hamas-stores-its-weapons-inside-hospitals-mosques-and-schools/?utm_term=.7fd6708d461a )
Old news: twin towers, Shanksville, the Pentagon, Fort Hood (where the shooter was brought down by a lady cop) and ten other attacks since 9/11. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_in_the_United_States#Islamic_extremism) And Hillary’s favorite group of Muslims: the gangs in Tripoli and their buds in Syria!
Rant over . . .
Infibulation: The practice of excising the clitoris and labia of a girl or woman and stitching together the edges of the vulva to prevent sexual intercourse.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infibulation
Barkley R. (1997) ADHD and the Nature of Self Control. NY: Guilford.
Bronowski, J. (1977) A Sense of the Future. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Clark, Gregory (2014) The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
Geller, Pamela (2017) The Geller Report http://pamelageller.com/
Hirsi Ali, Ayaan, (2017) http://www.theahafoundation.org/
Lynn, Richard & Vanhanen, Tatu (2006) IQ and Global Inequality. Augusta, GA: Washington Summit.
Spencer, Robert (2007) The Truth About Muhammed. Washington DC: Regnery.