And check their arguments when confronted with the facts:
And check their arguments when confronted with the facts:
Trump saved American lives by increasing the defense budget that Obama eviscerated and changed the ROE in Afghanistan so they could defend themselves.
Via Daily Caller:
Navy SEAL veteran Dan Crenshaw responded Sunday to the critics who argued that it was a mistake for President Donald Trump to skip Veterans Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery.
During a panel segment on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Jake Tapper spoke to three members of the House’s new class — Crenshaw, a Republican who was elected in Texas, and Democrats Chrissy Houlahan (Pennsylvania) and Deb Haaland (New Mexico) — about Veterans Day and the fact that even President Trump acknowledged that perhaps he should have gone.
Houlahan is a veteran herself, and Haaland grew up in a military family — and both said that they were disappointed that Trump had not visited Arlington on Veterans Day. But Crenshaw, although he did admit he would have liked to see the president there, offered a slightly different take.
“Well, I’ve been to Arlington multiple times to bury my friends, at least two funerals there that I’ve attended and gone back occasionally,” Crenshaw began, “I also know the president on a very personal level has treated those gold star families very well and he has embraced them and has been very good to them.
Via Daily Caller:
Hundreds of angry residents took to the streets of downtown Tijuana on Sunday to protest the caravan of Central American migrants that has been streaming into the city in recent weeks.
Carrying Mexican flags and singing the national anthem, the demonstrators marched to a sports complex where about 2,000 of the migrants are being housed. There, held back by a wall of riot police, they denounced the mostly Honduran migrants as “criminals” and “freeloaders” who were openly flouting Mexican law.
“This is an invasion!” shouted local carpenter Luis Alexis Mendoza, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We demand respect. We demand that our laws be followed.”
Sunday’s anti-caravan march reflected simmering tensions in Tijuana, a sprawling border city of about 1.6 million, over the arrival of the latest Central American caravan. While the city has long been a waypoint for migrants of all stripes heading to the U.S., it has not had to deal with the presence of thousands of homeless Central Americans who are waiting indefinitely to apply for asylum at the ports of entry.
The gift that keeps on giving.
Via Fox News:
U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., lashed out at Republicans via Twitter on Sunday night, accusing the GOP of “drooling” in anticipation of the 29-year-old’s every misstep.
“Maybe instead of Republicans drooling over every minute of footage of me in slow-mo, waiting to chop up word slips that I correct in real-tomd (sic),” she wrote, “they [should] actually step up enough to make the argument they want to make: that they don’t believe people deserve a right to healthcare.”
She later tweeted a correction on the spelling of “real-time.”
It was the latest in a series of complaints the socialist political newcomer has made on social media since winning her election Nov. 6 in New York’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of New York City.
On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez complained that critics were calling her “divisive” because she participated in a demonstration about climate change two days earlier outside the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
“When I respectfully join young people in an action promoting climate action while encouraging leadership decisions, it’s ‘divisive,’” she tweeted.[…]
Since then, she has continued looking to stir things up in her own party. On Saturday she endorsed a far-left group’s bid to run primary candidates against moderate Democrats in 2020.
The group, called Justice Democrats, calls its effort #OurTime.
“We recruited and supported Ocasio-Cortez all the way to a historic victory,” Justice Democrats Executive Director Alexandra Rojas told Politico in a statement, “and now we’re going to repeat the playbook.”
Schumer should have held out for a new pair of glasses.
Via NY Post:
What does it take to friend a U.S. senator?
If you’re Facebook, all you need is about $50,000 in donations – and a cushy job for the politician’s daughter.
Facebook employees, including some at the top of its corporate pyramid, have helped fill Schumer’s campaign coffers – and he’s returned the favor by carrying water for the social media giant in Congress, according to a recent report.
And Alison Schumer, the senator’s youngest of two daughters, works as a Facebook product marketing manager – which pays an average of $160,000, according to Glassdoor.com.
“It sure looks hinky,” political strategist Susan Del Percio told The Post. “This is an industry that’s been trying for years to fend off heavy government regulation by actively cultivating relationships with senators and House members.”
Last week, it emerged that Schumer has been a strong advocate of Facebook on Capitol Hill. He pressured Sen. Mark Warner (D- Virginia), one of Facebook’s most aggressive challengers in Congress, to back off from investigating the company, according to The New York Times.
Say anything to get elected.
Via Roll Call:
Some of the newly elected Democratic House members who said on the campaign trail they would not support Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for speaker have already shown signs of cracking as Pelosi ramps up the pressure for them not to divide the party before it even takes control of the chamber in January.
Rep.-elect Mikie Sherrill, a New Jersey Democrat who said during her campaign that the party needs “new leadership, and it starts at the top,” declined to affirm that statement after meeting with Pelosi on Friday.
“I’m sorry, I got to go,” Sherrill told reporters waiting outside the minority leader’s office. She directed reporters to her press aide.
In an interview on Oct. 11 on local TV, Sherrill blasted her Republican opponent for trying to tie her to Pelosi at a debate.
“I don’t support Nancy Pelosi. I put out a commercial saying that I don’t support Nancy Pelosi,” Sherrill said.
The New Jersey Democrat is one of a handful of freshman Democrats who have softened their opposition to the caucus’s likely choice for speaker in January.
Rep.-elect Andy Kim, another New Jersey Democrat, defeated Rep. Tom MacArthur on a platform that included ushering in a “new generation of leaders” in both parties.
But he dodged a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter’s question about his previous opposition to Pelosi and whether anything had changed.
“Right now I’m not making any commitments,” Kim said. “I certainly wanted a new generation of leadership, and that’s certainly still something I want.”
Haley Stevens, an incoming freshman member from Michigan, had also signaled during the campaign she would not vote for Pelosi for speaker on the House floor.
But she kept her options on the table Friday before lawmakers and elected lawmakers, who’ve been at new member orientation this week, head home for Thanksgiving.
“I haven’t said no,” Stevens said of supporting Pelosi, CNN reported.
One new Democrat who has stuck to her guns in opposition to Pelosi is Virginia Rep.-elect Abigail Spanberger, whose opponent in the midterm elections, Rep. Dave Brat, invoked Pelosi’s name more than 20 times in their debate in October.
“I have tremendous respect for everything that Leader Pelosi has been able to accomplish thus far in her very distinguished career in Congress,” Spanberger said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday. “But I do think it is time, as we have such an incredible level of divisiveness in our political rhetoric and discussions. We need new leaders in the conversations.”
Acosta still hasn’t gotten the hint.
White House officials are planning to suspend CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass again, after a judge ordered them to temporarily restore it Friday, CNN has reported.
Officials sent a letter to Acosta with a view to revoking his newly regained privileges at the end of the month, the network stated.
CNN issued a statement Sunday claiming officials were “[violating] the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution.” “These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations,” the statement continued. “Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President.”
Officials revoked Acosta’s press pass November 7 after a press conference with President Donald Trump. During a heated exchange between the pair, a White House intern attempted to take the microphone from Acosta’s hand. The reporter—CNN’s chief White House correspondent—kept hold of the microphone and tried to finish asking a question, saying, “Pardon me, ma’am,” to the intern.
Via Indy Star:
When it’s time for lunch at Chick-fil-A in Avon, it’s all hands on deck as the employees try to get through the rush before they can see their favorite customer, Fox 59 reports.
“If we can get to Ernie, it’s been a good day,” laughed owner Chris Tincher.
Ernie, a World War II veteran, first came to the restaurant about a year ago. He comes back nearly every day of the week.
“I like nuggets,” Ernie said with a smile. “And if you want a good one, this is the place to come.”
“He’s just like the all-American grandpa,” Tincher said. “He just makes you feel good.”
At 92 years old, Ernie still drives and works around the house
“We were just fascinated because he’s always like ‘oh I just mowed my lawn,’” Executive Director Melissa Luebbert said. “And he push-mows!”
Every visit, Ernie orders his chicken nugget kid’s meal with a root beer.
“It’s the best root beer in town,” said Ernie
While Ernie sits down to enjoy his meal, he’s joined by other employees who take him up in conversation.
“All of us take turns sitting with him and eating with him,” said team leader Amy Chambliss. “We just enjoy his company.”
“He’s just so warm,” Luebbert said. “Anytime you take his food to him, he’d ask how we were doing, and then it got to where we just formed a friendship.”
It’s a friendship that went a step further this Veterans Day, when Luebbert, Tincher and employee James Cooke had an idea.
“James came up with a really good idea as we were thinking of how to honor you,” Tincher said in the video posted to Facebook. “He said ‘what if when Ernie came in, he never had to pay for Chick-fil-A again, when he came to our restaurant?’ So that was James’ idea, he wanted to honor you. So we wanted to say every time you come into this restaurant, you’re family now. So you no longer have to pay for any of your meals.”
Really need someone competent for 2020. And check the whole culture, in that office and Palm Beach, as to why they keep screwing up.
Via NBC Miami:
Brenda Snipes has submitted her resignation as the Broward County supervisor of elections.
A representative of Snipes confirmed the news to NBC 6 on Sunday.
Snipes became the Broward County supervisor of elections in 2003 after the calamitous issues in the 2000 election.
Snipes faced heavy scrutiny over Broward’s election and recount process in the recent 2018 midterm contest.
Snipes was appointed to serve out a term in the role by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and she has won re-elections ever since. She was re-elected despite some controversies along the way.
Expect another recount.
President Trump will jet in next week to campaign with Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi in the last undecided Senate race, hoping to carry her over the finish line in a race she sometimes seems intent on losing.
Two foolish caught-on-camera remarks by Ms. Hyde-Smith have imperiled what should have been a cruise to the finish line in a runoff set for Nov. 27, in which she faces former Clinton-era Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy.
In one Ms. Hyde-Smith joked about “a public hanging,” and in the other she quipped about voter suppression, putting her on the defensive against Mr. Espy, who is black, and Democrats are hoping the remarks surge black voter turnout.
Analysts say it’s not likely to work.
“In my opinion, Senator Smith would have to make a far more inflammatory statement or action to dramatically change her level of support state-wide; or I suppose a series of them,” said Joseph Weinberg, an associate professor of political science at the University of Southern Mississippi. “I don’t foresee any major ‘surprises’ from either candidate at this point that could swing the vote to any significant degree.”
Ms. Hyde-Smith, 59, a Democrat-turned-Republican, was appointed last year to fill the seat left vacant when longtime Sen. Thad Cochran retired.
She faced voters earlier this month in an election to decide who would fill out the rest of Mr. Cochran’s term, coming in on top 41.5 percent to 40.6 percent for Mr. Espy. Another Republican, Chris McDaniel, claimed 16.5 percent of the vote, and with nobody clearing the 50 percent mark Ms. Hyde-Smith and Mr. Espy moved to the runoff.
In deep-red Mississippi the outcome shouldn’t be in doubt.
And yet Republicans are deploying Mr. Trump to try to shore up Ms. Hyde-Smith, scheduling two rallies for the day before the runoff.
Her first misstep came before a small crowd in Tupelo. Accepting a speaking invitation from someone in the crowd she admired, Ms. Hyde-Smith said she would “be in the front row of a public hanging,” if he invited her.
Then, a tape emerged on which Ms. Hyde-Smith, speaking to people at Mississippi State University, joked that perhaps it wouldn’t be a bad thing to make it harder for “liberal folks at those other schools” to vote.
Community policing wasn’t working.
From the looks of things, it would seem that the D.C. police department has declared an occupation of some of the city’s neighborhoods. In the name of getting guns off the street, the department has taken to stopping and frisking pedestrians, and searching cars as well. Per NPR, in “2016, D.C. police confiscated more than five times as many illegal guns per capita as did the New York City Police Department, and nearly twice that of the Los Angeles Police, according to police data.”
The numbers grab your attention, which is what the department hopes for. But as James Trainum, a retired D.C. homicide detective who works with the Constitution Project on policing reform, tells National Review: “Any time there’s a spike, there needs to be a question: Why?”
It recalls the way Philadelphia seized five times as many assets as Los Angeles, despite having less than one-sixth its population. Philadelphia’s program ended with a settlement wherein the city acknowledged wrongdoing and agreed to pay $3 million to its victims.
WAMU and American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop went through D.C.’s numbers and revealed some shocking trends. Forty percent of these gun-possession cases were dismissed, revealing clearly that in the rush for volume, quality policing and the rule of law (not to mention the Fourth Amendment) are being abandoned. And in the process, the relationship between the citizenry and law enforcement is breaking down even further.
Assistant police chief Robert Contee has defended the aggressive search policy, saying that a cost in community trust is still superior to a cost in lives — but the impact of community–police relations can’t really be waved away so easily. Trainum is disappointed by this response, saying, “To me the whole thing is very disturbing. If you get 40 percent of your cases dismissed, you should want to correct that.” If this doesn’t receive pushback from higher ups, “You’re violating civil rights [and] encouraging officers to cut corners.”
Trainum points out that “if 40 percent of the forest is rotten, and you don’t realize it, it’s going to damage the rest of the trees.” The problem starts here, at the point of arrests and roundups. After all, these are the ways in which communities encounter the police most vividly, and if entire neighborhoods become fearful of cops, it makes it difficult to tackle actual violent crimes.
“One of the biggest complaints from homicide detectives is: ‘We can’t solve cases because people don’t talk to us,’” Trainum says. “If the uniformed officers are out there cheating and getting pats on the back for getting guns off the street, [residents] are not going to trust police.” This, in turn, means that murders and other violent crimes go unsolved.
The numbers game isn’t limited to uniformed officers. Trainum points out that, to most detectives, the “closure rate is more important than the conviction rate,” but this is a much less useful metric for measuring law enforcement. “D.C. has a very, very high homicide closure rate that’s outside the norm, so why aren’t other departments flocking to D.C. to learn [about] it?” Colorfully, he answers the question: “It’s because they know the numbers are bullsh**.”
Via NBC News:
Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday laughed off the suggestion that President Donald Trump has recently questioned his loyalty, saying that he “was tempted not to dignify it with a comment.”
A New York Times story on Friday reported that multiple aides and outside advisers to the president had said Trump was openly asking whether Pence was loyal to him.
Earlier in the week at a White House press conference, Trump was asked about Pence and had his vice president stand as he responded that he felt “very fine” about having Pence be on his 2020 ticket.
While talking to reporters overseas on Saturday, Pence acknowledged talking with Trump in a phone call earlier in the day about the article but said that Trump made clear to him that he had never questioned Pence’s loyalty.
“Let’s just leave it that we had a good laugh, and you know, the president said to me, ‘There are no anonymous sources that would say what that article said,’” Pence said.[…]
On Saturday, Trump tweet without evidence that The New York Times “made up sources” for their story and that they “refused to ask” Trump for a quote.
“I can’t imagine any President having a better or closer relationship with their Vice President then the two of us,” Trump tweeted.
— Masud Ali 🍑 (@Masudaliii) November 16, 2018
Via Daily Caller:
Chipotle fired a manger for refusing to serve a black man she suspected had previously stolen food, despite the company knowing that he admitted on Twitter to repeatedly dining-and-dashing.
A company spokeswoman said it had “no choice” but to take the word of the 21-year-old, who was convicted of theft in January and previously pleaded guilty to another theft charge, despite having no evidence that the manager wrongly accused him.
St. Paul, Minnesota, resident Masud Ali posted a video on Twitter of Chipotle employees refusing to serve him and a group of black men after asking for proof that they would pay, saying that Ali had left without paying previously.
“Can a group of young well established African American get a bite to eat after a long workout session. @ChipotleTweets ??” Ali wrote in the tweet, which had received more than 70,600 retweets and nearly 31,500 likes at the time of publication.
Feds doing the job Chicago didn’t want.
It’s one of the rare things on which Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Donald Trump agree: the need for more federal gun prosecutions in Chicago.
In 2014, Chicago’s Democratic mayor declared that federal prosecutors in Chicago, working under then-President Barack Obama, were doing a “horrible” job tackling gun crime.
Trump took up the issue, beginning as he campaigned for the Republican nomination for president. And just after he assumed office in early 2017, he tweeted that he would “send in the Feds” if the city didn’t “fix the horrible carnage.” Days later, Jeff Sessions, his attorney general at the time, promised to step up gun prosecutions in Chicago.
Now, a year and a half later, the mayor and the president seem to have gotten what they wanted. Federal gun prosecutions in Chicago are up, as they are nationally.
That’s according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of court data that also found that the number of federal fraud prosecutions in Chicago has fallen in recent years and that fewer illegal immigration cases are being brought here than a decade ago.
Days ago, John Lausch, the U.S. attorney in Chicago, noted the rising number of gun prosecutions. But Lausch also said: “We’re not patting ourselves on the back. I mean, we have a lot of work to do.”
In 2016, the Sun-Times found that the number of federal gun-crimes prosecutions in Chicago was lagging behind other urban areas even as the number of killings had shot up. With 771 murders, it was the city’s deadliest year in nearly two decades.
Gun-crimes prosecutions began to go up in Chicago after the spring of 2016, court records show.
The Sun-Times analysis found that the number of gun-crimes defendants rose by 75 percent from March 2016 to March 2017.
It went up another 29 percent over the next year, through March 2018. One hundred and 60 people were charged with gun crimes over that period.
The analysis was based on data from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, which counts defendants according to the most serious charge filed against them.
The U.S. attorney’s office released its own preliminary numbers this past week, showing 197 defendants have been charged with gun-related crimes in the year ending on Sept. 30, 2018, compared with 177 over the same period the previous 12 months.
People in Georgia wouldn’t give a damn what they think.
Via Daily Caller:
Several Hollywood actors have called for a boycott of Georgia’s film industry after Republican Brian Kemp officially won the state’s gubernatorial contest.
The hashtag #boycottgeorgia began to trend after Stacey Abrams, a former Democratic state representative and romance novelist, announced Friday that she would no longer challenge the Georgia Secretary of State’s election results. While Abrams acknowledged Kemp would be the winner of the election, she refused to call her speech a “concession” because a “concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper.”
Downplaying violence from the left.
An afternoon of protests, tense moments and projectiles thrown landed 6 people in jail in the wake of another faceoff between Patriot Prayer supporters and anti-fascist activists.
The arrests and charges were announced by Portland police at the end of about 6 hours of rallies, chants, skirmishes and near-mayhem over issues related to sexual assault allegations and its political implications.
Of the 6 people arrested, 5 were charged with interfering with a peace officer: Ruben A. Delahuerga, 25; Betsy Toll, 68; Elizabeth L. Cheek, 33; Brittany Frost, 35; and Gary Fresquez, 52.
Fresquez also faces disorderly conduct. The 6th person, 19-year-old Hannah R. McClintock, was charged with harassment.
In the first of 3 separate-but-connected rallies Saturday at Terry Schrunk Plaza, Olivia Katbismitch, the co-chair of Portland Democratic Socialists of America, said, “The only thing that beats fascists is a bigger crowd of anti-fascists.”
A much larger crowd of self-identified anti-fascists filled the streets of downtown Portland as supporters of Patriot Prayer held a small #HimToo rally, which makes the claim men are oppressed and abused.
As Joey Gibson and his Patriot Prayer acolyte Tusitala “Tiny” Toese spoke and danced at the small #HimToo gathering of no more than 75 people, the antifascists — kept away by police and Department of Homeland Security officers — chanted “We believe survivors.”
But as the rally came to a close around 4 p.m., a march through the streets began. Portland police once again began using their loudspeakers in an effort to corral demonstrators.
Soon, tear gas and a small explosive were set off. The Portland police ordered all demonstrators “to disperse to the north.”
The crowd marched through the streets. Chants of “Nazis, go home!” boomed. Police in riot gear arrived in various locations to keep the demonstrators on the sidewalks.
Shortly after 5 p.m., most of the Patriot Prayer and #HimToo supporters had cleared the area, but some Antifa and #MeToo supporters remained along SW Yamhill.
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She quickly corrects to “three chambers of government” and of course, that’s wrong as well because it’s branches of government, not chambers. And the branches of government are not the “president, Senate and House,” they are the exeecutive the legislative and the judicial.
Swamp money laundering operation.
Newly empowered House Democrats are vowing an all-out fight to salvage the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the face of the Trump administration’s drive to curb the agency’s power.
Party lawmakers have seethed for the last year as Mick Mulvaney has cut back on enforcement and curtailed funding requests for the bureau, the brainchild of President Donald Trump’s nemesis, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, will soon depart as acting CFPB chief to be replaced by his little-known lieutenant at OMB, Kathy Kraninger, who has no experience in either consumer affairs or banking. That could give the Democrats a much stronger hand in defending the Obama-era bureau, by doing everything from securing its independent source of funding to conducting endless oversight hearings.
Fending off further GOP attempts to rein in the CFPB “would be a battle with this administration, and it would be a test of wills,” said Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services subcommittee with jurisdiction over the agency.
“I’m ready to fight that battle,” Clay said.
Maxine Waters, the California Democrat who will take over as chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee, has made clear that shielding the agency will be a key priority. And even if Kraninger is confirmed as CFPB director by the time the gavel switches hands, there will be pressure from consumer advocates to investigate lingering questions from Mulvaney’s tenure on how the agency has handled everything from fair lending enforcement to student loans.
“You can’t protect consumers without looking at and investigating the CFPB under Mick Mulvaney,” said Karl Frisch, executive director of the consumer group Allied Progress.
One snowflake got butthurt.
A long-time substitute teacher is told not to come back to Parkway South High School after he thanked students for standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. That act was considered “bullying” a district spokeswoman said.
Teacher, Jim Furkin, 66, thanked students for standing for the pledge but at least one student who did not stand felt singled out and bullied. It’s a school district where school board members stand and recite the pledge at every meeting and where the Parkway South nickname is, “Patriots.”
“The PA announcer says please rise for the pledge of allegiance,” Furkin told Fox 2. “I say ‘let’s go’. The kids get up, 24 kids in class and 22 got up. I say, ‘thank you very much, all of you that participated. I appreciate that. I’m sure all of those families that lost loved ones so we could have the freedoms we have today would appreciate that, too.’ That’s what I said.”
Furkin was a substitute teacher for the district for about 10 years. He filled in at Parkway South almost daily for the past 5-years. The encouragement for support of the pledge is nothing new, he said.
Still, after this incident district officials told him he could no longer work at Parkway South but could still fill in at other schools. He told the school board this week he was done.
Furkin compared his action to complimenting the hairstyle of one board member but not the others and then being banned from future meetings because he’d bullied the other board members. The flag, he said, was a special case with him.
“I just think that I would try to convey something like that to the kids who just take everything for granted. That flag is not to be taken for granted, in my opinion. It is our symbol of freedom,” Furkin said.