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Appeals court rules Donald Trump can withhold Federal funding from sanctuary cities

February 26, 2020

  It is hard to keep track of all the lawsuits Democrats have pending on virtually everything Donald Trump has tried to do as President. In some cases there are multiple lawsuits against the same issue. One such case is the issue of Donald Trump withholding Federal funding from cities which refuse to cooperate with Federal immigration laws.

  Back in 2017 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Los Angeles and stated the President was within his authority to withhold Federal money from sanctuary cities if they did not comply with Federal immigration laws, and today the Second Circuit Court of Appeals handed the President an even bigger victory on sanctuary cities in a lawsuit filed by seven states and New York City.

  Here is more:

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that the Department of Justice (DOJ) could withhold funding from cities and states that refuse to cooperate with the Trump administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

A three-judge panel on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously overturned a district court judge’s ruling that the department lacked the authority to impose immigration-related conditions on certain funding.

The panel’s opinion, written by Judge Reena Raggi, found that Congress had delegated authority to the attorney general to set conditions on the federal grant program it had created, called the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.

“Repeatedly and throughout its pronouncement of Byrne Program statutory requirements, Congress makes clear that a grant applicant demonstrates qualification by satisfying statutory requirements in such form and according to such rules as the Attorney General establishes,” wrote Raggi, who was appointed to the court by George W. Bush. “This confers considerable authority on the Attorney General.”

  So basically the panel ruled that if a state must meet requirements in order to recieve grant money the administration has the right to make sure the state is meeting those requirements and if it is not it is not entitled to the money. In other words the administration has the right to enforce the conditions of a bargain it makes with the states. This seems more than obvious to me and these lawsuits should have been thrown out in the first place so this decision was a long time coming but finally common sense seems to be prevailing.

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Democratic National Committee distances itself from Bernie Sanders for his praise of Fidel Castro

February 25, 2020

  It is no secret that the Democratic establishment is very worried about Bernie Sanders winning the party’s nomination for President. So much so that the Democratic National Committee changed the rules in order to get Michael Bloomberg onto the debate stage and is in the process of changing the superdelegate rules in order to wrestle the nomination away from the Vermont socialist at a brokered convention.

  Now the remaining candidates in the 2020 primary and the Democratic National Committee has been forced to distance themselves from Bernie Sanders after he voiced his support for Fidel Castro. We all knew that deep down inside Bernie Sanders was a communist sympathizer but until now he was able to keep it hidden, but anyway here is what he had to say:

“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but, you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad,” Sanders said. “You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?”

  Hmmm, that is sort of like when Donald Trump’s there were good people on both sides comment was taken out of context and used against him, only in this case what Bernie Sanders said was not taken out of context and it is many, many times worse than what Donald Trump was portrayed as saying.

  Here is what the Democratic National Committee had to say:

A spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) attempted to distance the party from Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ comments praising the late Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro’s “literacy program.”

“I’ll let Bernie Sanders speak for his comments,” DNC spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer Tuesday. “We are very clear in the Democratic party that we speak out against brutal dictatorships like Castro.”

  The Democratic National Committee is distancing itself from the comments however did not condemn the comments or ask for a retraction, and that is because deep down inside the Democrats all have communist leanings, they would just prefer to keep that to themselves.

  Can you imagine what would happen if anyone came out and said that Hitler might have been an authoritarian but he did some good things because he solved Germany’s unemployment problem and gave us the Volkswagen Beetle? Yet what Bernie Sanders said is comparable and Donald Trump is the fascist?

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Joe Biden to gun makers: ‘I’m coming for you. Period’

February 24, 2020

  I believe that Michael Bloomberg is the most radical anti-second amendment candidate in the 2020 Democratic field, however Joe Biden is apparently trying to give him a run for his money. Here is what Joe Biden had to say to gun owners and manufacturers on the campaign trail recently:

“A guy has 12 assault weapons with bump stocks, which means you can fire it faster. You can pull the trigger faster,” Biden  said to a crowd during a CNN town hall. “Why in God’s name should anyone, anyone, anyone, anyone be able to own that? It’s just wrong, and we’ve got to — and I promise you, as president, I am going to get these guys.”

  Apparently Joe Biden does not know that Donald Trump has already banned bump stocks, he is a little late to the party on this one. But back to good ole Uncle Joe:

“I want to let them know. I promise you. I’m the only guy that has beaten the gun manufacturers — I’m the only guy that has beaten the NRA nationally, and I did it twice, nationally. And gun manufacturers, I’m coming for you. Period.”

  I hate to break it to you Joe but you are not coming after anybody. Period. You are lucky if you have two weeks remaining in your Presidential bid.

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Sunday, February 23rd open thread: ‘Whiplash’

February 23, 2020

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

  Here 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.

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  Here is Metallica performing “Whiplash” live back in 1983:

MSNBC contributor calls Bernie Sanders supporters ‘racist liberal whites’

February 22, 2020

  For many years Democrats and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) have been calling Republicans racists. This really started ramping up with the election of Barack Obama, if you opposed him for legitimate differences in his politics you were called a racist in an attempt to delegitimize your position and to intimidate you into not voicing your criticism.

  This dangerous rhetoric has only become worse since Donald Trump emerged on the national scene as a viable candidate for President. We remember Trump supporters being labeled irredeemable deplorables by Hillary Clinton and now if you support the President you are either a racist, Nazi, white supremacist, homophobe, misogynist, or worse. 

  The Democrats have become so used to using these ad hominum attacks that it has become the only debate tool they have left, they no longer have the ability to engage in a legitimate conversation with an opponent and it reared its ugly head on MSNBC yesterday when a contributor claimed that Bernie Sanders supporters were “racist, liberal whites.” Here is more:

MSNBC contributor and editor at “The Root,” Jason Johnson said 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was the favorite candidate of “racist, liberal whites.”

Johnson said, “I do find it fascinating that some racist, liberal whites seem to love them some Bernie Sanders consistently.”

He added, “The man cares nothing for intersectionality. I don’t care how many people from the island of misfit black girls you throw out there to defend you on a regular basis it doesn’t mean your campaign is serious.”

  At some point we do have to get back to a more civil debate, we cannot continue to go down this path without it leading to devastating results which will make the Steve Scalise shooting by a Sanders supporter seem mild in comparison, but still I have to admit it brings a smile to my face when I see the left turn against themselves.

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United States to sign agreement with the Taliban to end the violence in Afghanistan

February 21, 2020

  You can put this in the take it for what it is worth category but it is being reported here that the United States and the Taliban are going to sign an agreement next week which will eventually lead to the end of the war in Afghanistan. Here is more:

U.S. officials and the Taliban have reached an “understanding” that could result in a “reduction in violence” in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday, paving the way for an agreement later this month that would bring to an end America’s longest war.

“After decades of conflict, we have come to an understanding with the Taliban on a significant reduction in violence across #Afghanistan,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter, describing the latest development as “an important step on a long road to peace,” and calling on Afghans “to seize this opportunity.”

In a more substantial statement released by the State Department, Pompeo offered further details regarding the “extensive talks” between the two parties, which he said are intended to “facilitate a political settlement to end the war in Afghanistan, reduce United States and Allied Forces presence, and ensure that no terrorist group ever uses Afghan soil to threaten the United States or our allies.”

Pompeo said that U.S. negotiators in Doha, Qatar, arrived at the understanding with the Taliban in recent weeks in consultation with the Afghan government. Upon the “successful implementation” of the understanding, “signing of the U.S.-Taliban agreement is expected to move forward” at the end of February, Pompeo said.

  I wrote that we needed to take this for what it is worth not because I believe it is fake news but because I trust the Taliban as much as I would trust, oh I don’t know let’s say Iran, to adhere to the terms of a nuclear deal. But still this seems to be a step in the right direction in an attempt to end the Afghanistan war (I thought Barack Obama was going to end this war?) and Donald Trump deserves credit for making the attempt, although the left will claim he is cowardly giving in to terrorists and being played by the Taliban. 

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Michael Bloomberg plots brokered convention strategy

February 20, 2020

  As we have been discussing on America’s Watchtower, the Democratic establishment is very worried that their voters are going to choose a Democratic Socialist to be their nominee. But the problem is that the people who are running against Bernie Sanders in the primary are a conglomeration of people who all have their own issues which makes them unelectable, so the party insiders appear to be rallying around the newcomer in the race.

  Of course I am referring to Michael Bloomberg and the fact that the Democratic National Committee changed the rules so that the New York billionaire would qualify for the debate and last night he made his debut.

  Yesterday I had a story about how worried the Bloomberg campaign was about Bernie Sanders getting the nomination, they talked about how dire the situation was (and I believe this is a reflection of how the Democratic party in general feels) and now we are learning the Bloomberg camp is  plotting to take the nomination away from Bernie Sanders at the convention. Here is more:

Mike Bloomberg is privately lobbying Democratic Party officials and donors allied with his moderate opponents to flip their allegiance to him —and block Bernie Sanders— in the event of a brokered national convention.

The effort, largely executed by Bloomberg’s senior state-level advisers in recent weeks, attempts to prime Bloomberg for a second-ballot contest at the Democratic National Convention in July by poachingsupporters of Joe Biden and other moderate Democrats, according to two Democratic strategists familiar with the talks and unaffiliated with Bloomberg.

The outreach has involved meetings and telephone calls with supporters of Biden and Pete Buttigieg — as well as uncommitted DNC members — in Virginia, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and North Carolina, according to one of the strategists who participated in meetings and calls.

With Sanders’ emergence as the frontrunner in the presidential primary, Democrats in those states have recently raised the prospect that the democratic socialist could be a top-of-the-ticket liability.

“There’s a whole operation going on, which is genius,” said one of the strategists, who is unaffiliated with any campaign. “And it’s going to help them win on the second ballot … They’re telling them that’s their strategy.”

  I mentioned above that I believe Michael Bloomberg’s concern about the possibility of a Sander’s nomination is shared by the Democratic party and I think they are already behind this brokered convention plan.

  And the reason I believe this is because the Democratic National Committee is in the process of changing the superdelegate rules in the event of a brokered convention in order to stop Bernie Sanders once again. I believe the Democratic National Committee and Michael Bloomberg are in cahoots and how angry will the Democratic voters be if they steal the nomination from the socialist and hand it to the billionaire?

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