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Jussie Smollett is being investigated for filing a false police report

February 20, 2019

  The big news over the last several days has been the homophobic and racist “attack” on Jussie Smollett by a couple of Donald Trump supporters. I have not written anything about it because, frankly, I have never even heard of this guy and right from the beginning it seemed something was wrong with the story.

 Between the “attackers” yelling “this is MAGA country” and wearing MAGA hats it was too conveniently connected to the President’s supporters.  Jussie Smollett went too far in making sure everybody knew who the guilty party was and I think in the end this was his undoing.

  Jussie Smollett is now being accused of hiring the two brothers to “attack” him and tie the noose around his neck and now, according to this story he is being investigated for filing a false police report.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Jussie Smollett is officially a suspect in a criminal investigation for filing a false police report, a Class 4 felony.

Guglielmi said CPD detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County grand jury.

  The problem is, and I have had to write this time and time again recently, that in today’s America a person is guilty until proven innocent and we saw it again in this case. It is true we never had any individuals to blame for this attack but that did not stop the media, liberals on social media, and members of the Democratic party from blaming Trump supporters for the attack and Donald Trump for the climate of hate which led to the attack. 

  But there was no attack and the story was fishy from the beginning, so why did the mainstream media, liberals, and the Democrats jump so quickly on Donald Trump and his supporters? Because they desperately wanted it, or something similar to it, to be true and to date I have not seen one Democrat apologize for getting this so wrong.

  Not one mea culpa and that is because in their eyes the end justifies the means and they do not think they have anything to apologize for. They still agree with Hillary Clinton in that if you voted for Donald Trump you are “irredeemable” and belong in a “basket of deplorables.”

  The left so desperately wants a Reichstag fire, this one failed but do not worry they will try again.

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16 states sue to stop Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration

February 19, 2019

  We knew it was coming and it did not take long; today 16 states filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop Donald Trump from using a national emergency declaration to reallocate funds in order to build a wall on the Southern border. Here is more:

A coalition of 16 U.S. states led by California sued President Donald Trump and top members of his administration on Monday to block his decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California came after Trump invoked emergency powers on Friday to help build the wall that was his signature 2016 campaign promise.

Trump’s order would allow him to spend on the wall money that Congress appropriated for other purposes. Congress declined to fulfill his request for $5.7 billion to help build the wall this year..

“Today, on Presidents Day, we take President Trump to court to block his misuse of presidential power,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “We’re suing President Trump to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states. For most of us, the office of the presidency is not a place for theatre,” added Becerra, a Democrat.

Here are the states which are joining in the lawsuit:

Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Virginia, and Michigan joined California in the lawsuit.

In other words:

I apologize for the digression but you get the point.

  It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out how this one is going to go; some judge will slap a stay on the President and stop him from reallocating funds while this makes its way through the court system. It will eventually make it to the Supreme Court and based on the last decision the Supreme Court made on a similar issue–the travel ban Executive Order–it would seem likely Donald Trump will win. (Although John Roberts remains the X-Factor.)

  The plan here seems to be delay, delay, delay in the hope that they can hold out long enough for a new President to take over and reverse the national emergency declaration. The only problem with that strategy is the fact the Congress already gave Donald Trump $1.37 billion to play with so the wall will continue to be built while we are awaiting the final decision.

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Democrats introduce legislation to stop Donald Trump from building the wall using national emergency

February 17, 2019

  On Friday Donald Trump made good on his threat to declare a national emergency in order to reallocate money from the Defense budget to build the wall on the Southern border.

  This was met with unanimous opposition by the Democrats and to mixed reviews by the Republicans and now the Senate Democrats have introduced legislation which will block the President from doing an end-run around the Congress and stop him from using Defense funds to build the wall.

  Here is more:

A group of Senate Democrats, including several 2020 contenders, have introduced legislation that would prevent President Trump from using disaster relief funds to finance a wall along the southern border.

The Protecting Disaster Relief Funds Act would block Trump from taking funds allocated to the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Housing and Urban Development or the Army Corps of Engineers for disaster relief and using that money to construct physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Harris said in a statement announcing the legislation that Trump “cannot go around Congress to fund his ridiculous vanity project.”

“I’m proud to introduce this bill today to ensure that funds intended for victims of natural disasters do not go towards a wall that Congress won’t fund and people on the border don’t even want,” she added. “This bill will stand up for Congress’ power of the purse and help California families affected by recent natural disasters begin the process of recovery.”

  It is going to be interesting to see how this plays out in the Senate. With some opposition by Republicans to the President’s emergency declaration there is the possibility it could pass and be sent to the House where there is no doubt it will pass. If it does pass the Senate will it pass with a veto-proof majority? That is the question that is most interesting.

  As you know, I am opposed to Donald Trump using a national emergency declaration in order to pass part of an agenda he could not get through the Congress but of course I was also opposed to Barack Obama doing the same and that is where people like myself differ with the people who are opposed to the President this time around.

  Where were all of these Democrats when Barack Obama used Executive action to change immigration law? And what about the Republicans who opposed Barack Obama’s use of his pen and his phone who are now behind Donald Trump doing the same?

  I have come to the conclusion that most politicians in Washington have a love/hate relationship with the Constitution and it is directly proportionate to how much power–or lack thereof–their party has at the time.

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Sunday, February 17th open thread: ‘Wonderful Life’

February 17, 2019

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 KJV)

  open-threadHere is this week’s open thread. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

 You can subscribe to America’s Watchtower to receive email updates and you can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right.

  Here is Nick Cave performing “Wonderful Life” live from 2003, enjoy:

Nancy Pelosi says a Democrat President could declare a national emergency on gun violence

February 14, 2019

  For several weeks now Donald Trump has been threatening to declare a national emergency at the Southern border so that he will be able to take money from the Defense Department in order to build a border wall. It is now being speculated that the President is going to declare a national emergency while signing the new spending bill.

  Regular readers of America’s Watchtower know that I am vehemently opposed to this type of governance by crisis and I am very much afraid of the precedence it would set moving forward. Even Barack Obama, who loved to use his pen and his phone to go around the Congress, did not push the envelope this far.

  And now, according to this story, Nancy Pelosi is warning people to be careful what they wish for because a Democratic President could play the same game and declare a national emergency in regards to gun violence. Here is more:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday issued a warning to Republicans poised to support President Trump‘s decision to declare a national emergency at the southern border: the next Democratic president, she said, could do the same on guns.

“A Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. “So the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans.”

Pelosi noted that Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 students and faculty dead. She argued that the real national emergency is not illegal border crossings, but gun violence in the U.S.

“Let’s talk about today: The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America,” Pelosi said. “That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would. 

“But a Democratic president can do that.”

  There you have it, exactly what I feared but why stop there once this cat is out of the bag?

   This reminds me somewhat of when Harry Reid used the nuclear option to get some of Barack Obama’s judicial nominees and cabinet appointees through the Congress. When Donald Trump won the Presidency the Republicans expanded the nuclear option to include Supreme Court nominees and more cabinet appointees and some Democrats have expressed remorse at having set that process in motion.

  You might agree with Donald Trump declaring a national emergency in order to build a wall but you must ask yourself if you think it is worth it to do an end-run around the Congress on this issue while knowing the Democrats will then use this same power to advance their agenda without the Congress.

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Green New Deal co-author upset Mitch McConnell wants to vote on it

February 13, 2019

  Last week the Democrats unveiled the Green New Deal which would set America back a couple of hundred years or so and yesterday Mitch McConnell agreed to bring the legislation to the floor for a vote in the Senate.

  You would think, if they were serious about saving the earth from global warming, the Democrats would be thrilled by the opportunity to pass a major part of their agenda but they are not. In fact Ed Markey, who cosponsored the legislation, is rather upset by the turn of events. Here is what he Tweeted out today about this:

And here is another one:

  So now voting on a piece of legislation is “silencing your voice” and that seems 180 degrees off to me. And when Ed Markey says that this will not allow people to debate this issue what he is really saying is the Democrats had no intention of passing this legislation but wanted instead to use it as a political issue for the 2020 election. That tells us all we need to know about how serious the Democrats are about this issue.

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The Congress reaches a deal on border wall funding

February 12, 2019

  It has been widely reported all day that the Congress has reached a deal on border wall funding which it hopes will avert another government shutdown. It still has not been voted on as I write this, but we are being told it will include about $1.37 billion to fund some type of border barrier for 55 miles. (The Democrats prefer that term to “wall” because they are playing semantics.)

  It has also been reported that Donald Trump is not happy with the deal and is still deciding what he will do if this does indeed make it to his desk for a signature. He has repeatedly said he would not accept anything less than $5 billion so he is going to have to make a political decision on this.

  Does he sign the bill and alienate his base and the political pundits like Anne Coulter and Sean Hannity while trying to claim a small victory and blame “radical Democrats” for putting illegal immigrants ahead of Americans and hope his base understands and stays with him? Or does he hold fast to his demand and shut down the government again, which would appease his base while also most likely having a negative impact on his poll numbers?

  There is a third scenario: could he possibly sign the deal and take the $1.37 billion and then declare a national emergency to take the rest of the money from the Defense Department? Stay tuned, I do not think it is going to take very long to find out what he chooses.

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