No Peace, No Joy

 

Post by Mustang

One wonders how it is possible to convict a police officer for 30 counts of sexual assault against women, to receive two life sentences for his crimes, and then achieve parole after only seven years in prison.  Combine this with the fact that the Birmingham Penitentiary in the UK is far more dangerous to inmates and custodial officers than any place within the city’s highest crime area.

The fact that some felons, some of whom have a rap-sheet longer than a man’s arm, walk out of court scot-free after such additional offenses as breaking a man’s jaw in three places, or beating elderly people with a hammer, or selling drugs to adolescents.

It would appear that there is no justice for our British cousins, and I suspect that part of this is the result of the fact that British citizens are not allowed to vote for their local magistrates.  They are appointed by the government.  It is, at first blush, evidence that no government is a trustworthy custodian of society’s peace and security.

We Americans should not gloat, however.  Considering the number of murders, manslaughters, and sexual assaults perpetrated against our own citizens by illegal aliens, we are in no position to criticize our British cousins.  Our system is every bit as broken as theirs’s —and we do get to select our judges.

My good friend “Kid” recently posted a rant at his blog about the murder of Miss Molly Tibbets, whose only mistake was assuming that she could jog in the park without fear of losing her life.

I have to ask; what kind of a society are we to put up with this nonsense?  We often hear the term “first responder,” generally referring to police officers who are charged with “serving and protecting” their communities, but I don’t think these uniformed people are first responders at all.

WE are the first responders; it is up to us to defend ourselves, first, because quite frankly, you call the emergency response telephone number and then wait for twenty or more minutes for the arrival of our saviors.  By the time police arrive, the damage is irreparably done.

My point is that had Molly’s parents given her the facility for protecting herself, including arming her for self-defense, Molly would still be with us.  Our mistake is in the assumption that the government has our back; it is a failure that has dire consequences.

I wonder how long it will take Americans to wake up to this sad, new reality: the world is a dangerous place, particularly when our own government ignores literally millions of illegal aliens, a large percentage of whom seek to do us harm, and yet does nothing toward enhancing our personal and communal security.

I wonder how many more Kate Steinle’s and Molly Tibbets’ we must endure before we finally wake up.

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Enter SCOTUS Brett Kavanaugh – The positives and concerns

 

Daniel Horowitz wrote an excellent piece at the Conservative Review that Mark Levin suggested reading. I made a special effort to catch Levin’s program as I was curious as to Mark’s take on the SCOTUS pick. The big concern was Kavanaugh starting the ball rolling with the Obamacare as a tax. I suggest wandering over to the Conservative Review for a balanced view and thoughts on the judiciary.

The full podcast is out there at Levin’s website and on YouTube if you want the full thing. I agree with Mark. Let’s ask some questions. Must we follow and support blindly? Or can we raise questions without feeling disloyal to Trump?

 

 

Below are some points:

Here are several concerns that conservatives should research thoroughly throughout the confirmation process and Kavanaugh’s meetings with senators:

  • Obamacare regulation as a tax: In Seven-Sky v. Holder (2011), Kavanaugh wrote a dissent opining that the individual mandate of Obamacare could not be challenged in court because, under the Anti-Injunction Act of 1867, no lawsuit can be brought until the plaintiff actually was forced to pay the tax, which in this case wasn’t for another few years. I’m a big stickler for courts staying in their lane and properly abiding by rules of standing, but in this case his entire rationale was built upon a dangerous premise that a government mandate/penalty was really a tax. This served as the basis for John Roberts’ infamous opinion upholding Obamacare.

 

  • Endless standing to rip God out of the public square: In Newdow v. Roberts, an infamous atheist sued to take the words “so help me God” out of the presidential oath of office. Aside from it being insane to suggest this violates the Establishment Clause, the notion that a random person could get standing to sue and that this is even a justiciable case violates the very essence of what distinguishes a court from a legislature. It lies at the core of what is allowing the ACLU to shut down our civilization for years with radical forum-shopped lower courts. While, in his separate opinion, Kavanaugh ruled the right way on the Establishment Clause, he held that the plaintiff indeed had valid standing to sue as “offended observers.” This is the type of nonsense that is plaguing public prayer and display of the Ten Commandments across the country. It is simply astounding for any originalist to disagree with other justices in granting such standing and is very consequential for cases that will reach the Supreme Court soon. Kavanaugh hid behind Supreme Court precedent, but admitted that the high court never directly addressed the issue of this type of standing.

These rulings taken together, Kavanaugh is essentially saying that a random atheist with an obscure and abstract claim against a presidential oath can get standing, but individuals directly forced to purchase a private product and engage in commerce couldn’t get standing.

  • Contraception as a “compelling government interest”: Almost every circuit upheld Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Like most of the originalist judges, Kavanaugh dissented from these opinions and sided with plaintiffs in Priests for Life, which is good. But what is still puzzling is that he gratuitously and explicitly conceded that the government has “a compelling interest in facilitating women’s access to contraception.” While the Supreme Court did assume that the government might have a general interest in promoting contraception, the court never assumed, much less ruled, that such an interest would apply to the narrow subset of employees at religious institutions. The fact that he didn’t join the stronger dissent from Judges Brown and Henderson – built upon the premise that the government must find a compelling interest specifically in mandating “seamless” coverage – raises concerns that we won’t see him categorically opposing the Left on these issues and joining Thomas on the court.

 

  • Immigration: Immigration is perhaps the most important issue winding through the courts now, and most of the nominees had thin records on the issue. I haven’t seen anything big on the fundamental issues of the plenary power doctrine, for better or worse. However, as we reported last year, the D.C. Circuit absurdly granted an illegal alien the right to demand access to an abortion. While Kavanaugh rightly dissented on the grounds that the opinion drastically expanded abortion jurisprudence, he declined to sign on to Judge Karen Henderson’s indispensable dissent, finally laying down the law on sovereignty and the plenary power doctrine. That was a much-needed dissent, given what is going on throughout the circuits on immigration, and it is a bit peculiar that he didn’t sign on to that dissent, while Henderson signed onto Kavanaugh’s dissent tackling the abortion angle.

Snip…

“At least he’s a lot better than the other side” is no longer good enough. If we are going to accept the premise, as the president himself did last night, that “The Supreme Court is entrusted with the safeguarding of the crown jewel of our Republic, the Constitution of the United States,” we can’t afford to settle for anything less than the best. The aforementioned concerns notwithstanding, conservatives should be happy with much of Kavanaugh’s record but should look a little deeper before jumping in with both feet.

Full thing at Conservative Review 

CONGOLESE ‘MIGRANT’ CAN SUE TO STOP FAMILY SEPARATION IN IMMIGRATION JAILS, JUDGE RULES

 

Sure, bring your car too

This didn’t take long. If a U.S. citizens can be separated when breaking the law, why not those who choose to jump the fence? It’s “brutal and offensive?” What about taking my bucks to pay for all of this nonsense? It sure is brutal and offensive to me. We must get an immigration bill and pronto but the rate we are going we will have nothing but an open border bill:

 

A federal judge in California will allow a Congolese migrant’s lawsuit challenging the federal government’s practice of separating families for immigration detention to proceed.

U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw of San Diego issued the ruling late Wednesday, finding the policy may violate the Constitution. The decision is not a ruling on the merits of the dispute.

“In the most forceful language, the court rejected the Trump administration’s claim that the Constitution permits it to engage in the inhumane practice of tearing little children away from their parents,” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the America Civil Liberties Union’s immigrants’ rights project. The ACLU organized the lawsuit and serves as counsel for the lead plaintiff, a Congolese immigrant identified in court papers as “Ms. L” who arrived in the United States with her 6-year-old daughter on Nov. 1, 2017.

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The judge explained that the right to family integrity is established by the Constitution’s due process guarantees. That right applies in Ms. L’s circumstances, Sabraw found, because she is lawfully seeking asylum.

The court also agreed that the government conduct alleged is so outrageous it “shocks the conscience.”

“Such conduct, if true, as it is assumed to be on the present motion, is brutal, offensive, and fails to comport with traditional notions of fair play and decency,” he wrote. “At a minimum, the facts alleged are sufficient to show the government conduct at issue ‘shocks the conscience’ and violates plaintiffs’ constitutional right to family integrity.” More at the

Daily Caller

Let’s not forget about this Bill Kristol fellow – accuses Fox News and Carlson

For whatever reason, Bill Kristol has been rehabilitated by the lefties and now is making appearances on MSNBC and CNN. Sadly, even Fox has succumbed to him. Let us not forget: Earlier post: 

Kristol criticizes Fox News host Tucker Carlson, saying what he does on TV is “close now to racism,

Bill Kristol takes on Fox News, Tucker Carlson – CNBC.com

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/24/bill-kristol-takes-on-fox-news-tucker-carlson.html

 

 

I always have enjoyed the last twenty or so minutes of Bret Bair’s Fox News Hour segment of commentary. Bill has wormed his way into that segment as well at times. Imagine when I caught Tucker Carlson lamenting last night that Kristol called him a racist. Just so we don’t forget about this Kristol fellow. We will be seeing more of him no doubt.

Bill Kristol casually describes how the white working class has become lazy and the only solution for unemployment, poor conditions, poor benefits, etc. is to bring in immigrants.

 

Harwood interview short version:

Here is Tucker giving it his best shot.

Mitch McConnell let loose a poison arrow from his quiver

McConnell: Senate waiting on Trump to strike immigration deal

Oh yea…Trump hasn’t made it clear.. you sir are abundantly clear… one view of his remarks headline: Passive Aggressive McConnell. Yesterday we hear this from McConnell. Did he get his feelings hurt? The GOP swamp is alive and well in the persona of one Mitch McConnell. Hint for Mitch: Border Wall, end of Visa lottery, no chain migration then he would consider DACA. Maybe you sir could talk to Trump and make America GREAT again!

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Republicans in the Senate are waiting to learn President Trump’s position on an immigration deal before moving forward on legislation. In response to a question from CBS News congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes, McConnell said he’s “looking for something that President Trump supports, and he’s not yet indicated what measure he’s willing to sign.”

Visa Lottery has brought in 30,000 from terror ridden countries since 2007

 

Chuckie boy was out on the Senate floor lambasting Trump for not knowing what he is doing. I can’t find that clip, but I found one of his back in 2006 praising his little wonder he created with the so called “Lottery Visa” program he and his buddy best known for his swimming ability, Ted Kennedy. I have posted before on this, but the magnitude of this Trojan Horse has yet to be appreciated. JUST THINK ON THIS! Has anyone posed a greater danger to our Nation?

NEW YORK CITY, New York — The United States’ visa lottery has brought in nearly 30,000 foreign nationals from foreign countries designated by the State Department as state-sponsors of terrorism during the last decade.

Since 2007, 28,783 foreign nationals from Iran, Syria and Sudan — three countries which support international terrorism — have become legal immigrants into the United States through the visa lottery, according to new State Department data.

Under the lottery program, championed by former Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the U.S. randomly gives out 50,000 visas every year to foreign nationals from a multitude of countries, including those with known terrorism problems – such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Yemen, and Uzbekistan. Winners have undergone only minor screening from immigration officials, even when their ideology is hostile to Americans laws and culture.

The U.S. has brought in nearly 21,000 Iranian nationals, 2,732 Sudanese nationals and 812 Syrian nationals on the Visa Lottery — not counting subsequent chain-migration of additional unscreened people from those countries — even though all three countries are listed as state-sponsors of terrorism.

Over the last half-decade between 2012 and 2016, as Breitbart News reported, 72,794 foreign nationals have come to the U.S. on the Visa Lottery from countries that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has designated as terrorist-sponsors.

In 2016 alone, more than 15,600 foreign nationals entered the U.S. from terrorist-sponsored countries. Those countries included Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Algeria. More at  Breitbart

MSNBC: Border Wall a Problem Because Birds and Bats Might Not Be Able To Fly Over It

If we thought that the wall with Mexico was on the chopping block because of Ryan, the Environmentalists promise to tie the project up with years of litigation. MSNBC is always at the ready to support anything anti-Trump, but this interview in the clip takes it to a new level in the clip below.”Birds and bats may not be able to fly over the wall.” One comment: the good news is, those animals stuck on this side won’t be endangered of being eaten. First a fast review:

GOP leaders dropping funding for border wall 

Paul Ryan apparently concedes there will be no money in the budget vote coming up later this month for a border wall. To quote The Hill:  “And some Republicans are concerned that deteriorating relations with Mexico may be too high a price to pay for the wall.” – the funds will come at a later date.

Paul Ryan- Give us your tired, your poor- our borders are open 

In the video in the post linked above, Ryan begins by adopting a left-wing narrative about GOP voters and suggesting that their opposition to mass migration is fueled by “ignorance.” Ryan rejects the idea that America is “a country”— i.e. a land with a fixed border and heritage—but instead an “idea” since ideas don’t have borders.In the wide-ranging 53 minute video, which took place in Chicago, both Gutierrez and Ryan outline their shared plan for adopting open borders: that is, a national policy of allowing companies to bring in and hire as many foreign workers as they would like. This “free movement” of people across national boundaries is the centerpiece of the open borders ideology to which Ryan has devoted much of his career.

MSNBC Is Worried That Birds (Yes, Birds) Won’t Be Able To Fly Over Trump’s Border Wall

Melvin began the segments discussing Rep. Raul Graijalva (D-AZ) and the Center for Biological Diversity’s lawsuit against the federal government over the border enforcement project. In California, the state legislature is considering punishing construction firms that participate in building the wall.

More at Townhall

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