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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Murkowski DELAYS Trump Appointments, a DEMOCRAT at Heart

Murkowski strikes back: She delays committee hearings for Trump administration nominees

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, led by Sen. Lisa Murkowskidelayed a vote to confirm several Trump administration appointees on Thursday after she was criticized by a Cabinet member over her health care vote.
Ms. Murkowski, Alaska Republican, acknowledged Thursday that she had a conversation with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about President Trump’s displeasure with her vote against the Republican health care bill late Wednesday.
“I did have a conversation with the secretary. He told me what I already knew, which was that the president wasn’t pleased with the vote that I had taken, and I knew that,” Ms. Murkowski said to CBS News.
The committee, which she chairs, was set to nominate six Trump appointments Thursday morning, including three for the Interior Department.

A committee spokesperson said the delay was “due to uncertainty of the Senate schedule.”


In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, foreign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. Advocacy groups said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are rounding up people in large numbers around the country, with roundups in Southern California being especially heavy-handed, as part of stepped-up enforcement under President Donald Trump. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

Stephen Dinan

The country’s top immigration enforcement officer says he is looking into charging sanctuary city leaders with violating federal anti-smuggling laws because he is fed up with local officials putting their communities and his officers at risk by releasing illegal immigrants from jail.
Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also told Americans to expect more work site enforcement targeting unscrupulous employers and more 287(g) agreements with willing police and sheriff’s departments that want to help get illegal immigrants off their streets. Eventually, he said, ICE will break the deportation records of 409,849 migrants set in 2012 under President Obama.
“I think 409,000 is a stretch this year, but if [the Justice Department] keeps going in the direction they’re going in, if we continue to expand our operational footprint, I think we’re going to get there,” he told The Washington Times. “Our interior arrests will go up. They’re going to top last year’s for sure.”
Mr. Homan is the spear tip of President Trump’s effort to step up immigration enforcement — perhaps the largest swing in attitude for any agency in government from the last administration to the current one.
Agents and officers have been unshackled from the limits imposed by Mr. Obama, whose rules restricted arrests to less than 20 percent of the estimated illegal immigrant population.
Now, most illegal immigrants are eligible for deportation, though Mr. Homan said serious criminals, recent border crossers and people who are actively defying deportation orders are still the agency’s priorities.
He said the biggest impediment to expanding deportations is no longer ICE priority, but rather a huge backlog in the immigration courts, which are part of the Justice Department. Migrants who in the past would have admitted their unauthorized status and accepted deportation are now fighting their cases.
“They can play the system for a long time,” he said.
That resistance extends well beyond the courtroom.
Migrants are increasingly refusing to open doors for his officers and, when they do, the encounters are turning violent, Mr. Homan said. Use-of-force instances are up about 150 percent, and assaults on ICE officers are up about 40 percent, he said.
Local officials are also pushing back, declaring themselves sanctuaries and enacting policies that block their law enforcement officers from cooperating with ICE.
The refusals range from declining to hold migrants beyond their regular release time to refusing all communication — even notifying ICE when a criminal deportable alien is about to be released into the community.
For Mr. Homan, who came up through the ranks of the Border Patrol and then ICE as a sworn law enforcement officer, that sort of resistance is enraging.
“Shame on people that want to put politics ahead of officer safety, community safety,” he said.
Sanctuaries say that cooperating with ICE frightens immigrants — both legal and illegal — and makes them less likely to report other crimes. They say that is a bigger threat to public safety than crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
Solid data are tough to come by, though some police chiefs say they have been able to calculate drops in crime reporting among Hispanics since Mr. Trump took office, and they blame his get-tough approach to illegal immigration.
ICE is also facing headwinds in the courts. One judge this week halted efforts to deport Iraqi migrants who have been convicted of serious crimes and have been ordered deported, but who now say as Christians they fear for their lives if sent back to their home country.
The judge faulted the U.S. for not being able to guarantee that the deportees won’t end up in territory controlled by Islamic State terrorists, who routinely execute Christians.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court this week issued a ruling that law enforcement cannot hold migrants for pickup by ICE beyond their normal release times. That effectively forbids police from complying with detainer requests, which ask local authorities to hold targets for up to 48 hours.
Mr. Homan said one officer in a jail can process 10 people a day, but once someone is released, it takes a whole team of officers to track down and arrest the person in the community — where interaction is more dangerous for all sides.
That has helped fuel the spike in violent encounters that Mr. Homan highlighted in the interview.
“When we knock on doors, as any law enforcement officer will tell you, it’s risky, it’s dangerous. Compare that to arresting someone in the jail, when you know they don’t have weapons in the jail,” he said.
“It’s a matter of time before one of my officers is seriously hurt or doesn’t go home because someone made a political decision on the backs of my officers,” he said.
But he said he won’t be chased out of “sanctuaries” and pointedly raised a section of federal code — 8 U.S.C. 1324 — that outlaws attempts to “conceal, harbor or shield” illegal immigrants.
“I think these sanctuary cities need to make sure they’re on the right side of the law. They need to look at this. Because I am,” he said.
Asked whether that means he will recommend prosecutions, he said, “We’re looking at what options we have.”
The law carries a penalty of five years in prison in most cases, but penalties could rise to include life in prison or even death if someone is killed during the crime.
Mr. Homan said refusing to cooperate is counterproductive for sanctuary cities, whose goal is to protect illegal immigrants from deportation. He said if his agents have to knock on doors in the community, then thy are likely to encounter still more illegal immigrants to round up.
“If I arrest a bad guy in the jail, I arrest him. But if I go to his home or his place of employment and arrest the bad guy, and there’s five guys with him? They’re going to come too,” the chief said.
Indeed, those kinds of arrests have stirred anger among advocacy groups, which say “collateral” arrests are hurting immigrant communities.
Not all communities are resisting.
Mr. Homan said the number of police and sheriff’s departments signed up for the 287(g) program allowing them to help process illegal immigrants for deportation from their jails has already doubled under Mr. Trump and should triple by the end of the year.
He said he also has received inquiries from departments that want to restore 287(g) task forces, which would train state and local police to enforce immigration laws on the streets. Mr. Homan said he is studying that possibility.
Mr. Homan has become a target for immigrant rights groups — particularly after the ICE chief linked this weekend’s horrific deaths of 10 migrants at the hands of smugglers to sanctuary cities.
“Dishonest and disgusting,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice Education Fund. “This country deserves an immigration debate that connects the dots between development and opportunity in home countries, safe and legal migration policies, and intelligent immigrant integration policies. What it doesn’t need are hard-liners shamelessly politicizing a tragedy.”
Mr. Homan, who led the investigation into an even worse 2003 incident in which 19 migrants died in a trailer in Victoria, Texas, said the solution is to enforce the laws and persuade people not to make the dangerous journey in the first place.
His agency has even begun arresting parents who pay smugglers to bring their children on the dangerous journey to the U.S. Mr. Homan said it was too early to talk about numbers for that operation.
But he challenged his critics to see what he sees.
“People who don’t think we should enforce immigration law — I wish they’d hang out with me for a week,” Mr. Homansaid. “I wish they were with me in Phoenix, Arizona — people held hostage. A guy with duct tape all over his body, with a hole poked out in his mouth where he breathed through a straw for days, until they paid his fee. They weren’t with me on the trail in the Border Patrol where we found dead aliens abandoned by smugglers. They weren’t with me standing in the back of that traffic trailer with a 5-year-old boy who suffocated in his father’s arms.”

Former SEAL Kristin Beck: ‘Tell me I’m not worthy’ to my face

First of all Beck is a Liar. He never Served his Nation as a Transgender. After retirement he started dressing as a women. This is just another example of sexual
preferences making it into the Headlines. Good Job of Fooling your comrades and those who love you. Just another interloper with a personal mission... His Alpha Dog Statement, 'Tell me I'm not worthy' to my face says it all!...tmiraldi

Former Navy SEAL Chris Beck chronicles the transformation to a woman, Kristin Beck, in her new book "Warrior Princess."

‘Transgender doesn’t matter. Do your service,’ she added

 Jessica Chasmar

Kristin Beck, a former Navy SEAL Team 6 member who publicly came out as transgender in 2013, had some tough criticism for President Trump’s plan to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military.
“Let’s meet face to face and you tell me I’m not worthy,” Kristin Beck, a 20-year Navy veteran and the first openly transgender former SEAL, told Business Insider on Wednesday. “Transgender doesn’t matter. Do your service.”
Mr. Trump announced the controversial decision to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military “in any capacity” in a series of tweets Wednesday morning.
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” the president wrote. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
Ms. Beck, who served stints in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan and received multiple military awards and decorations, said the move would negatively impact the thousands of transgender individuals already serving in the military or those who want to enlist. She said any potential issues with military unit cohesion or readiness should signal a problem with leadership, not transgender people as a whole.
“A very professional unit with great leadership wouldn’t have a problem,” she said. “I can have a Muslim serving right beside Jerry Falwell, and we’re not going to have a problem. It’s a leadership issue, not a transgender issue.”
Ms. Beck said the money the Trump administration is looking to save with this decision is “negligible.”
“You’re talking about .000001% of the military budget,” she said.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

‘CONFORM or ELSE’: Democrats BULLY Conservative Women, Minorities

On Monday, the Democrats were really excited about their new slogan, “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.” Widely ridiculed for being idiotic, here’s a slogan they could have chosen, which is much more honest about the current liberal agenda:
“A Bully’s Deal: If You Ever Think For Yourself and Don’t Conform, We’ll Ruin Your Life.”
This slogan has been operational for a generation. It is shouted at conservative women, gays and other minorities because, you see, today’s Democrats cannot afford to have anyone in any of their protected classes get the idea that they can think for themselves. What would happen should women come to realize conservatives aren’t out to get them, but maybe, just maybe, actually have the plan to make their lives better?
The latest case in point: attempts to smear and degrade Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Mrs. Sanders, a perfectly lovely woman, was instantly berated by famously tolerant and feminist liberals as she was announced as the new White House press secretary.
Writing for the Daily Beast, a gay man calling himself “Ira Madison III,” tweeted a homophobic slur about Mrs. Sanders, “Butch queen first time in drags at the ball.” Lovely, no? This is supposed to be a clever way of insulting Mrs. Sanders by referring to her as a man in a dress. For gays, this is clearly homophobic, transphobic and misogynistic. And yet, this from the same crowd that loves to wear duct tape over their mouths with the motto “NOH8” scrawled on it. Got it.
Last night, after I appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” followed by White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci condemning the tweet, Madison apologized and deleted it.

 But this attack isn’t a new one from the gay left, or from liberals in general. Ann Coulter has also been referred to as a man in drag. When I was a gay activist in the 1990s, the misogyny in the gay community was palpable. It has clearly become malignant.

Attacking Mrs. Sanders isn’t just the purview of one jerk on the internet. NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” also chimed in. In one sketch, Aidy Bryant playing Mrs. Sanders declared, “My father is Mike Huckabee. My mother is a big Southern hamburger.” They also had her eating during the sketch.
An attempt at fat-shaming? Why not? With the hatred consuming the left why shouldn’t they stop the pretense that they’re decent people?
In May, the NBC comedy show also thought it would be funny to do a skit about Kellyanne Conway. Did they laud the fact that she is the first woman to successfully run a presidential campaign? No. They decided it would be better to portray her as the Glenn Close character in “Fatal Attraction.” As the Daily Beast put it:
“McKinnon’s Conway tries to seduce Beck Bennett’s take on CNN’s Jake Tapper. She threatens to kill him with a knife until he agrees to let her back on TV. Moments later, she falls out of a window and appears to die, only to pull her body parts back together again. … Casting Conway as the Glenn Close character from ‘Fatal Attraction’ and depicting her death in such a way was considered sexist, unfair, and even a gift to the administration.”
While some may want to engage in some academic debate about comedy or the relevance of “Saturday Night Live,” the real fact of the matter is this: The gobsmacking hypocrisy of liberals and feminists who strut around still claiming to represent women, gays and minorities while being their worst enemy, has been exposed for all to see.
This isn’t about jokes gone wrong, or a mistake made that offended one group or another. This is a strategy meant to send a message to everyone who might dare to stray from liberal orthodoxy: If you do so, we will work to humiliate and destroy you.
Enough is enough. When you lie to your base, take them for granted and ruin their lives, there is an immediate impact on the desire of your voters to come back out and vote for you. Especially if you begin to threaten them by proxy.
A new study by Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster and researcher, found that 40 million fewer people will vote in 2018 than did so in 2016. The Hill reported:
“The study … found that among the 40 million Americans expected not to vote in 2018, nearly two-thirds are considered part of the ‘Rising American Electorate’ — a block consisting of millennials, unmarried women and people of color, who account for more than half of the country’s eligible voters.”
In other words, it’s the liberal base that will be staying home. Big league. Even some “moderate” Republicans have been expecting “moderate” Democrats to carry them through in 2018, but with a revelation like this, that’s not something they should count on.
What are liberals to do? You’ve got to keep those who are left in the program. Like a cult, anyone who dares to not pay allegiance to the liberal narrative will be attacked. Smearing high-profile conservative women, gays and people of color is meant to send a message to everyone else: conform or else. Doesn’t sound like a “Better Deal” at all, does it?

REAL COLLUSION: Congress Wants Answers on DNC/Ukraine

 Brooke Singman

Republicans in Congress have joined the White House in asking questions about the extent to which a Democratic Party consultant may have worked with Ukrainian officials to hurt then-candidate Donald Trump's presidential bid last year. 
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote a letter earlier this week to the Justice Department asking whether the Democratic National Committee broke the law. Grassley, R-Iowa, specifically asked if the DOJ was investigating Alexandra Chalupa, a Ukrainian-American DNC consultant who allegedly had meetings at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C., to discuss incriminating information about Trump campaign officials.
President Trump, trying furiously to tamp down the controversy over alleged Russian coordination with his associates, has questioned why the same scrutiny is not being applied to the Democrats' alleged Ukraine connection. 
In a Tuesday tweet, he complained about the lack of an investigation into Ukraine efforts to "sabotage" his campaign. 
Prying into such claims, Grassley's letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein flagged the “deficient enforcement” of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and asked why the Justice Department did not require Chalupa to register.
“Chalupa’s actions appear to show that she was simultaneously working on behalf of a foreign government, Ukraine, and on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign, in an effort to influence not only the U.S. voting population but U.S. government officials,” Grassley wrote to Rosenstein, claiming that if that were the case, Chalupa would have been required under law to register under FARA.
FARA requires individuals to register with the Justice Department if they act, even through an intermediary, “as an agent, representative, employee or servant” or “in any other capacity” at the behest of a foreign actor to engage with a U.S. official, according to Grassley’s letter.
Grassley requested a response from Rosenstein by Aug. 3. The Justice Department declined to comment on the matter. Grassley said it was “imperative” that the Justice Department explain why Chalupa had not been required to register. 
But Chalupa’s attorney, Conrad Nowak of Hinshaw Culbertson, LLP told Fox News that the law was “inapplicable” to Chalupa’s actions.
“When discussing the actions of Alexandra Chalupa, the spirit and letter of FARA could not be more inapplicable. In contrast, Mr. Manafort, we must remember, was in fact directly working for a foreign entity for enormous sums of money,” Nowak said, referring to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. “Chalupa was nothing more than an individual involved in ethnic relations, not unlike countless other ethnic and heritage communities throughout the United States.”
Chalupa, who has since left the DNC, worked as a part-time consultant, primarily in ethnic-American outreach.
Her attorney blamed the “attack” over her activities and the “attempt to force them into FARA” as “nothing more than continued anti-immigrant, anti-ethnic rhetoric.”
Nowak did, however, point out that FARA has “never had a successful prosecution under its provisions,” and that it “exempts certain cultural, social or academic activities.”
“It’s my belief that all of this is nothing more than misdirection from the real issue and that is Russian intervention in our presidential election, which it is important to point out, has been already proved and supported by intelligence agencies,” Nowak said. “Believe me, if there was anything to this Ukraine red herring, we would’ve heard about it a long time ago.”
Chalupa was first brought into the conversation in January, after Politicopublished a report exposing her as a DNC operative, who worked in the Clinton White House and met with officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in an effort to expose ties between Manafort and Russia. 
Even before Trump tweeted on Tuesday, the White House was raising questions about Democrats' ties to Ukraine. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders even suggested it could amount to "collusion" -- the same charge critics level against the Trump team and Russia. 
A DNC spokeswoman told Fox News the White House has been “pushing this narrative” to “distract.”
“No one is buying it,” DNC Deputy Communications Director Adrienne Watson told Fox News. “The Trump campaign embraced an offer from a hostile foreign government to interfere in our elections. Trump and some of his family watched for months as the Kremlin attacked our democracy, and did nothing but encourage and celebrate their efforts.”
Watson added: “The FBI is investigating whether the Trump campaign was involved in these efforts.”

But Grassley has applied scrutiny to both sides of the aisle. His committee initially subpoenaed Manafort to appear in a public hearing Wednesday to discuss the same issue – Foreign Agent Registration. The committee then reached an arrangement with Manafort to avoid public testimony for now.

Trump Announces BAN on TRANSGENDER People in the Military

Mark Moore

President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that “transgender individuals” should not be allowed to serve in “any capacity” in the US military.
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow​ …,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming …​”​
He finished up by writing: “victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
His comments are a significant change in the stance he took last year during the presidential campaign.
“Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs,” Trump wrote on Twitter in June 2016.
It’s not certain what prompted Trump’s tweetstorm about transgender people in the military, but earlier this month the House narrowly defeated a bill that would have ended allowing the Pentagon to pay for gender transition surgeries and hormone therapy.
The amendment to the defense policy bill introduced by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) would have prohibited money to be spent by the military on medical treatment related to gender transition.
“It makes no sense to create soldiers who are unable to fight and win our nation’s wars,” she said.
Democrats, including Rep. Steny Hoyer and ​House leader Nancy Pelosi, called the measure bigoted.
​Stoyer of Maryland accused Hartzler of trying to “politically denigrate” transgender troops.​
​Transgender military members have been able to serve openly since last year when Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban. ​
​​Last month, Defense Secretary James Mattis extended a deadline by six months for military officials to review whether the policy of allowing transgender individuals to ​enlist will affect the “readiness or lethality” of the armed forces.
​Transgender people already in the military would be allowed to continue​ serving, but no new transgender recruits would be able to join during the review.
​A Rand Corp. study​ ​ found that there are between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service members in the active-duty military.
With wires​

Trump Critics Liken BOY SCOUT Event to a HITLER Youth Rally

The spectacle of wealthy left-wing Hollywood elites publicly knocking members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of their robust cheering for President Trump as he addressed their national gathering is producing a backlash among those familiar with both the White House and the 107-year-old youth organization.
Earlier this week, Trump gave a speech in West Virginia to the National Scout Jamboree, a yearly gathering of more than 40,000 Scouts, leaders and volunteers. Besides lauding Scouts’ values, Trump blasted his predecessor and made other highly partisan comments. Throughout the speech, the boys gave him frequent enthusiastic applause.
Criticism from across the political spectrum focused on the partisan tone of the speech, and the group’s leadership even issued a statement distancing itself from Trump’s comments.
The Boy Scouts of America “is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy. The invitation to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies,” the BSA statement said.
But while there was bipartisan criticism of Trump for injecting politics into the Boy Scouts meeting, some on the left also ridiculed the Scouts themselves for cheering Trump.
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and soap opera actress Nancy Lee Grahn, for example, both likened the Boy Scouts meeting as reminiscent of Hitler Youth rallies.
[Boy Scouts of America] is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy.
- Boy Scouts of America
The Hitler invocations are not new where Trump is concerned. Many progressives routinely compare Trump to the Nazi leader. There’s even a Twitter account named @TrumpandHitler.
Moore tweeted: “I'm an Eagle Scout. Trump using the 30,000 Boy Scouts as his props tonight was a scene out of Triumph of the Will. Shocking abuse of children.”
Grahn, who appears on the soap opera “General Hospital,” tweeted: “Tragically, #boyscouts in 2017 applaud Trump just like the all blonde blue eyed youth did for Hitler in the 30's.”
Many say those who are drawing parallels to Hitler and young Nazis are being vicious and irrational.
“It’s customary to invite the president,” said John Stemberger, an Eagle Scout and a former Scoutmaster who founded Trail Life USA, a conservative group that opposes homosexuality and was formed as an alternative to Boy Scouts. “If you’re going to invite President Trump, you need to know he’s going to be President Trump. He was doing what he does.”
Though Stemberger has been a vocal opponent of the Boy Scout’s more progressive moves, such as allowing gay members and troop leaders, as well as transgender Scouts, he said he objects to the criticism that has been heaped upon the youths after Trump’s speech.
“There are many legitimate criticisms of the Boy Scouts of America, but it’s nonsense to compare them to Hitler youth,” Stemberger said. “It’s an irresponsible comment. The left is critical of anything that tries to promote uniformity and character-building. That’s a problem for them.”
Richard Painter, chief ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration and now chairman of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, called Trump’s speech “highly inappropriate.”
“In a speech to the Boy Scouts, of course the president should go and speak, and give views on policy, on the health care bill," Painter said, “But I don’t think that in front of the Boy Scouts you attack your predecessor, President Obama, and the Boy Scouts to cheer, or attack Hillary Clinton for an election that’s over. You’re using the Boy Scouts for a political rally.”
That said, Painter noted, tossing out terms like "Hitler youth" is unfair.
“I don’t want this to be an attack on the Boy Scouts,” said Painter, adding that the organization has to invite all presidents. “I think it would be sad for people to turn on the Boy Scouts and portray them as a right-wing organization.”
“Scouting prepares Democratic and Republican [boys] alike to be loyal to their country, their values transcend political party, and patriotism is critical [to them],” he said. “They have an American flag on their sleeve, not a picture of Donald Trump.”