Sanctuary cities are problematic

(1-19-2017) Original from the blaze and Numbers USAlogo

2017-01-19_sanfransueAn illegal immigrant who had his car stolen is suing the city of San Francisco for turning him in to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Pedro Figueroa Zarceno, a 32-year-old man from El Salvador filed the suit in U.S. District Court this week, claiming that the city violated his right to due process along with breaking their own sanctuary city ordinance. The suit also includes a demand that the city files paperwork stating that Figueroa was a victim of false imprisonment.

Figueroa was in ICE custody for two months after reporting his car stolen in November 2015. When he showed up at the police station to fill out a police report to claim his car once it was found, police arrested him and handed him over to federal authorities.10271625_738727066173535_5519494596076767310_n

Homeland Security reported that San Francisco police ran a routine background check after Figueroa filed the police report and discovered that he had an outstanding warrant from 10 years ago ordering his deportation when he failed to appear at an immigration hearing in 2005 and a 2012 conviction of driving while intoxicated.

As a sanctuary city, San Francisco city officials are not permitted — per local ordinance — to use city resources to help federal officials enforce federal immigration law. The law was written to provide illegal immigrants the ability to report crimes or seek assistance from city authorities without fear of being deported.

After Figueroa appeared at a press conference in February, Police Chief Greg Suhr admitted procedure was not followed when he was handed over to federal authorities. Police said that internal affairs would review the case to establish whether there was any officer who should face disciplinary action.

cw7rwo2ukaejcx6According to his attorneys, Figueroa planned to seek asylum due to the ongoing violence in his home country of El Salvador. They insist he had no idea there was an outstanding warrant for his deportation until the day he was arrested. But if Figueroa wins the case, paperwork filed by the city stating he was a “victim of false imprisonment” would set him up to become eligible for a U-Visa, which is sometimes given to those who were victims of a serious crime.

One of Figueroa’s attorneys Saira Hussein told the San Francisco Chronicle, “With an incoming federal administration threatening mass deportations and targeting sanctuary cities, we must hold SFPD and the Sheriff’s Department accountable and ensure that every single officer is following the city’s due process protections.”

An immigration hearing for Figueroa is set for May, but with the immigration court backlog, his attorneys don’t expect the hearing to actually take place for another two years.

The handwriting is all over the walls in America ⸻ if one were to look at Figueroa’s attorney’s name and see what they have to say about sanctuary cities and the demands put on regular officers ⸻ that were just doing the duties of their jobs – YES! There is a problem in our country.

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Obamacare Lies: Let’s make this Obamacare’s Last Birthday

Obamacare Lies: Let’s make this Obamacare’s Last Birthday

2010votesToday is the sixth anniversary of President Obama signing into law the signature achievement of his presidency: Obamacare?

This is also President Obama’s last year in office, so it’s worth taking a look back at the promises he and his allies made about the law and compare those to what has actually happened, six years since it passed.

A disturbing trend reveals itself: the law was sold on a series of claims that turned out not to be true, and the American people – the majority of whom have never approved of the law – are left holding the bag.

CLAIM: “If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan.”obama13

This has turned out to be the most infamous guarantee President Obama made to the American people. He and his allies did so dozens and dozens of times, attempting to assuage the concerns of the vast majority of Americans who were content with their healthcare plans that Obamacare’s government takeover would not affect them.

As we all know, as Obamacare was fully implemented in the fall of 2013, millions and millions of Americans had their health plans canceled because the plans did not meet the minimum requirements of Obamacare. Politifact called it 2013’s “Lie of the Year.”

Worse? The Obama administration knew as early as 2010 that millions of people would not be able to keep their plans. They knowingly lied to the American people.

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Isn’t he gone yet??

But like a bad TV infomercial, wait, there’s more. Over the past few months, hundreds of thousands of Americans have had their health plans canceled (many for the second time), as Obamacare’s non-profit state co-ops collapse. The co-ops are selling plans at artificially low rates, and falling victim to a fundamental flaw within the law. Overall, 12 of the 23 co-ops have failed, leaving over 700,000 people scrambling and costing taxpayers over a billion dollars.

Obamacare upended the healthcare market, and unsurprisingly its narrow provider networks have prevented millions of American families from being able to see the doctor they know and trust.

Despite his previous claims, President Obama admitted in an interview that his law has indeed caused this disruption for millions of Americans.

  • TRUTH: Millions of Americans have had their health plans canceled, some more than once. And the Obama administration knew this would happen.
  • CLAIM: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.”
  • TRUTH: As a result of Obamacare’s narrow provider networks, millions of Americans are unable to see their own doctor.
  • CLAIM: “We’re going to lower your premiums by up to $2500 per family per year.”
  • TRUTH: Millions of families have seen their premiums increase by double-digits every year since the law passed.

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When Ex-President Obama exits BUCK-UP!

When Ex-President Obama exits BUCK-UP!

obama h_CThere is a true dichotomy going on here between the last two presidential administrations and the ways in which they have decided to leave their positions.  Please be advised that the use of dichotomies is by definition the correct word usage meaning the division into two exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups. Between the calm, be the affront of every ugly joke a journalist could think of, and allowing the Obama administration as much leigh way and posturing as possible ⸻ please try and not forget this rip-off from the Pepsi generation ⸻ that indeed was produced by the Obama-maniacs during the transition period to what we have now…

Still mega data loads of rescinding the executive orders regarding the very unfavorable illegal immigration process

DACA and DAPA monstrous programs that need to be rescinded and redone.

The current administration has completely forgotten about a war going on in Afghanistan obama-leather-jacketand with ISIS

Wanton excessive Islamic terrorist activities without so much as a word for those wounded or killed ⸻ not to worry Trayvon, you will always look like him

We still have ObamaCare to rescind and with God’s help we’ll find a better way (Democrat’s: Hold your horses!)

We are not going to bring up Russia, Mr. Putin, or some Iran Nuclear Deal ⸻ however, we will bring up,

President Barack Obama is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident, a senior administration official said Thursday.

The repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy is effective immediately, according the official. The decision follows months of negotiations focused in part on getting Cuba to agree to take back people who had arrived in the U.S.

The Cuban government has in the past complained bitterly about the special immigration privileges, saying they encourage Cubans to risk dangerous escape trips and drain the country of professionals. But it has also served as a release valve for the single-party state, allowing the most dissatisfied Cubans to seek better lives outside and become sources of financial support for relatives on the island.

Relations between the United States and Cuba were stuck in a Cold War freeze for decades, but Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro established full diplomatic ties and opened embassies in their capitals in 2015. Obama visited Havana last March.

Since October 2012, more than 118,000 Cubans have presented themselves at ports of entry along the border, according to statistics published by the Homeland Security Department. During the 2016 budget year, which ended in September, a five-year high of more than 41,500 people came through the southern border. An additional 7,000 people arrived between October and November.

Unfortunately, there are egotistic, legacy hoping, childish, and arrogant people still left like Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi.

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Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United

Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United

9780674659988 While writing today, I ran across this book called, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United, a marvelous work written by Zephyr Teachout. What follows are some book descriptions by various book reviewers.

“At last someone has written a book that puts a name to what is perhaps the most significant factor shaping American politics today: corruption. In a masterly work of scholarship, Zephyr Teachout…traces the history of American approaches to what was long considered a mortal threat to the republic. She demonstrates that recent jurisprudence, which has whittled down the definition of corruption to encompass only a contractual exchange between briber and public official, represents nothing less than ‘a revolution in political theory.’… Teachout calls for a return to the Framers’ preference for across-the-board rules to help prevent corrupt acts before they are perpetrated, rather than relying on punishment after the fact.”Culture of Corruption #1 on NYT Best Seller list for 4 weeks straight

“Teachout’s book is filled with colorful anecdotes about Americans getting away with all sorts of chicanery… Corruption in America shows that it is possible to establish and maintain governmental institutions that shield us from our worst instincts. This was the goal of Madison and his peers, and it could still be achieved with a better public-election finance system, which could be constitutional under Citizens United if the system did not restrict private donations. Democrats who will be looking for a fresh agenda in 2016 should read Teachout’s book carefully.”

I found this one in particular very interesting in explaining what this nation endured the past eight years; private interests over public good in public office, sure helps me to define politics.

61bqfj1lucl-_ac_us160_“In Corruption in America, an eloquent, revealing, and sometimes surprising historical inquiry, Teachout convincingly argues that corruption, broadly understood as placing private interests over the public good in public office, is at the root of what ails American democracy.”

You have probably heard pundits say we are living in an age of ‘legalized bribery’; Corruption in America is the book that makes their case in careful detail… State governments subject to wealthy corporations? Check. Speculators in legislation, infesting the capital? They call it K Street… And all of it has happened, Teachout admonishes because the founders’ understanding of corruption has been methodically taken apart by a Supreme Court that cynically pretends to worship the founders’ every word.”

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Lakeland, CO lab manipulated data from 1996 to 2014

Lakeland, CO lab manipulated data from 1996 to 2014

_35Two Interior Department scientists working at the Lakeland, CO lab manipulated data from 1996 to 2014, when their fakery was finally discovered. But the Interior Department has not punished the two scientists as of yet and no one at the agency knows how to prevent the same thing from happening again.

Washington Free Beacon:

“We haven’t received assurance that the agency has taken the necessary steps to prevent future, intentional misconduct or that any employees were truly held accountable for these indefensible actions,” Rep. Louis Gohmert told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

The Texas Republican is chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which is investigating the data manipulation.

Two USGS scientists manipulated data at a Lakewood, Colo., lab for nearly its entire existence from 1996 to 2014. Managers willfully neglected the falsification, and the agency learned how to prevent future manipulation as early as 2008, but the issue still isn’t fixed, The DCNF previously reported.

The USGS has repeatedly refused to say if any person has been punished or fired for the manipulation.

Gohmert’s panel has investigated the issue since June 2016 but hasn’t uncovered many answers. The USGS gave the subcommittee a batch of documents, but many were completely redacted, making them useless.

“The more we dig in, the more questions arise,” Gohmert told The DCNF. “We’re not talking about just a few fudged numbers, we’re talking nearly two decades of continuous data manipulation. We are still trying to understand the entire scope of the problem. Is this isolated to just one lab? Is similar misconduct happening elsewhere?”

The manipulated data regarded a variety of energy-related topics, including the quality of coal reserves and uranium deposits.

The motives of the scientists who manipulated the data are unknown. The effects are also unclear, though a June 2016 Department of the Interior Inspector General report said “they will be serious and far-ranging” and that $108 million worth of projects were affected.

“For the so-called gold standard of scientific integrity and reliability, the systemic issue of data manipulation is unfathomable and entirely unacceptable,” Gohmert said. “We need to restore accountability and integrity to our federal science institutions for the sake of our hardworking taxpayers.”the-kings-court

Government scientists are under constant pressure to fit their findings to a political agenda. We’ve seen this at the EPA, NOAA, and several other agencies who report on global warming. Then there are scientists whose honest work is twisted by bureaucrats above them to fit a predetermined narrative. (Just a little too “Obamaish”?)

The data manipulation gives the lie to those who cite “unbiased” government studies for everything from global warming to statistics on charter schools. In fact, those who claim global warming “deniers” are in the pocket of industry fail to note that funding for projects that seek to “prove” climate change can be equally biased r even more.

Just trying to be mindful of a couple of “At the bottom of Foggy Bottom” schemes that just maybe we will be able to stop or impede the amounts of money that are being distributed as waste.

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The Confirmation Process…

office-dcsmall-1This year, 2017, could prove to be a pivotal year for the Democratic Party based solely on the actions of what is now referred to as The Confirmation Process. As for me with my antenna pointed towards Washington D.C., I will openly disclose that what I am looking for is whether or not President-Elect Donald Trump will get his newly appointed cabinet members ratified through the Senate Sub-Committees and then the full Senate as well.

I want to be as compassionate as possible to our left leaning liberal party, however, there has been a considerable amount of “noise” coming from the democrats, albeit worthy or just a pesky pissed off political party.

It deserves at least one, maybe two sentences at least. As one looks back at the 200841oabvtxrsl-_ac_us160_ election, then comes Inauguration Day 2009, Barack Obama was not met with any creepiness from the right whatsoever. In the first day of the confirmation process, Obama’s selectees were openly granted confirmation.

I believe there were somewhere around 12 or more positions filled on his first day. Now I submit this next summation for you and/or the kind of leadership you would like to see in your country for at least the next four years. In an untimely or rude event such as Mr. Trump’s selections being delayed could be construed as deliberate grid locking the government from doing their jobs. Please believe me that I do understand the vetting and confirmation process.

Just because a person is worth in the billions of dollars and does not have a great deal of government experience, so what is the big deal? President-Elect Trump has helped to convince quite a few successful business types to serve who? Us! It really resembles getting a lot of the dead-pan waste out of our leadership positions and for once in my life getting the international behind-the-scenes BIGS behind us.

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U.S. Intelligence agencies need Clarity, Source information, and Reliability

U.S. Intelligence agencies need Clarity, Source information, and Reliability

300I cannot speak, write, or debate for anyone but myself. Yet, this situation does not preclude me from at least trying ⸻ with some reasonable amount of clarity and conciseness about what it is that they are trying to talk about. Everyone who visits this site can surely attest to my impression or understanding with regards to the leadership of our Nation.

Being altogether more specific ⸻ how many of us can say with 100% certainty that we trust our leaders? If there is any legacy that Mr. Barack Obama should be left with ⸻ make no doubt about it whatsoever. Barack Obama should be left with a legacy of a lying, cheating, and coward.

How many of us trust our Nation’s leadership when, for years of lying and misrepresenting policies, not even asking the public about various legislation passed and with an imperial presidency that disregards our ‘rule of law’ ⸻ The US Constitution through either just making judgments, or by executive orders?

Now I like to ask you this question. How many of you out there trust information on a loretta_lynch_official_photoreport submitted by a US Intelligence Agency that is given in “trust and faith.” How many of you trust James Clapper? Hillary Rodham Clinton? National Security advisor Susan Rice? Senator John McCain? Senator Schumer? Representative (Rep.) Elijah Cummings? Rep. Nancy Pelosi? Trust or believe me when I say this list contains a lot more individuals that have lied and been caught in the very lie they spoke.

How could anyone trust the FBI or their esteemed director, John Comey? Can anyone

trust the US Attorney General Loretta Lynch after she met with William “Bill” Clinton in a clandestine meeting aboard a jet paid for by the US taxpayer to somehow influence the election? Now isn’t that the same proof that may be suggested about Russian involvement in the 2016 general election?

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President Barack Obama is on pace to leave the White House

President Barack Obama is on pace to leave the White House

InmatePresident Barack Obama is on pace to leave the White House with a smaller federal prison population than when he took office – a distinction no president since Jimmy Carter has had, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The number of sentenced prisoners in federal custody fell 5% (or 7,981 inmates) between the end of 2009, Obama’s first year in office, and 2015, the most recent year for which BJS has final, end-of-year statistics. Preliminary figures for 2016 show the decline continued during Obama’s last full year in office and that the overall reduction during his tenure will likely exceed 5%.

By contrast, the federal prison population increased significantly under every other president since 1981. Please understand that this report from Pew Statistics is only counting “Club Fed” or those sentenced in a federal prison system. One will not find illegal immigrants in this system insofar as most are sentenced by the state. Not to be taken wrong here, Obama has freed more illegal immigrants that almost any president.

During the eight years of Ronald Reagan’s tenure, for example, the number of sentenced inmates in federal custody rose 78% (or 16,539 prisoners), the largest percentage increase for any administration on record. It went up 39% (16,946 prisoners) during the four years of George H.W. Bush’s presidency; 56% (38,769 prisoners) during the eight years of Bill Clinton’s tenure; and 32% (36,784 prisoners) during the eight years of George W. Bush’s administration. In absolute numbers, the increase during Clinton’s tenure was the largest on record.

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Despite serving only four years, Carter presided over a 34% decline in sentenced prisoners between 1977 and 1980, a reduction of 9,625 inmates. The decline during Carter’s tenure was the largest of any president on record, both as a percentage and in absolute numbers.

It’s important to note that presidents are just one of many factors that can affect the size of the federal prison population. Crime rates, law enforcement practices, and judicial sentencing patterns also can play a role. (Crime rates, for instance, rose sharply during the 1980s, but have generally fallen since.) Still, presidents can help set federal criminal justice policies, and those policies can affect the prison population.

Obama has made criminal justice issues a focus of his presidency. Among other things, he has overseen a Justice Department initiative that emphasizes lighter sentences for those convicted of lower-level crimes and used his executive clemency power more frequently than any other modern chief executive.

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Reagan also focused on criminal justice during his presidency, but in a different way: He signed into law several measures that increased federal penalties in response to rising crime. Among the policies enacted during his presidency was the elimination of parole in the federal prison system.

To determine changes in the federal prison population under each administration, we analyzed BJS data that go back to 1925. The data exclude prisoners who have not yet been sentenced and those who are not in the physical custody of the federal government (such as those in private, contracted prisons). In years in which multiple presidents served, we attributed the change in the inmate population to the president who served the majority of the calendar year: Richard Nixon, for example, served until August 1974, so we counted that year under his administration, rather than Gerald Ford’s.

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“In undue haste, confusion or disorder” or “in a haphazard manner.

“In undue haste, confusion or disorder” or “in a haphazard manner.”

beatles33According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, Helter Skelter means “in undue haste, confusion or disorder” or “in a haphazard manner.” And the lyrics to the Beatles song of the same name seem innocent enough.

“Do you__ don’t you want__ me to love__ you

I’m coming down fast but I’m miles above you

Tell me, tell me, tell me, come on tell me the answer

You may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer

Helter skelter, helter skelter, helter skelter”
For their part, the Beatles said little about the invocation of their song as a justification by Manson. In a 1980 interview with Playboy, however, John Lennon said he wasn’t troubled by the fact that the lyrics were interpreted in a destructive manner.

“No, it has nothing to do with me. It’s like that guy, Son of Sam, who was having these talks with the dog,” Lennon said in the interview. “Manson was just an extreme version of the people who came up with the “Paul is dead” thing or who figured out that the initials to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” were LSD and concluded I was writing about acid.”

So it’s still rock & roll to me…John Lennon with these words, I believe, let people begin to assign meaning to lyrics; by giving no definitive answer during his interviews, with the exception of his responding to a comment taken completely out of context, “We are bigger than Jesus Christ in England,” was muttered as a joke to approximately 100 rabid reporters who had asked him, “do you ‘Fab Four’ have any idea of how big you are around the world?”

People wonder constantly why John was so quiet; the reality of the matter is that at onearts-notes-00010 time John was in fact, the spokesperson for the entire band. But thanks to a hapless reporter, looking for fame prints this rubbish about The Beatles, John Lennon, and Jesus Christ! That is your reason for John’s getting quiet.

Actually, the song has nothing at all to do with ‘Helter Skelter’ although the world sure seemed as such when it was released, which was November 22, 1968.

I would encourage ⸻ Beatles fans ⸻ to see the site marked here for further information on how Pete Townsend, The Who, and others encouraged the making of Helter Skelter.

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Ford to scrap Mexico plant, invest in Michigan; CEO cites Trump policies

Ford to scrap Mexico plant, invest in Michigan; CEO cites Trump policies

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Isn’t he gone yet??

Ford Motor Co said Tuesday it will cancel a planned $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and invest $700 million at a Michigan factory after President-elect Donald Trump had harshly criticized the Mexico investment plan.

The second-largest U.S. automaker said it would build new electric, hybrid and autonomous vehicles at the Flat Rock, Michigan plant and add 700 jobs.

Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields said the decision to cancel the new Mexico factory was the result of sagging demand for small cars in North America and not because Trump was elected president. He told Fox Business that the automaker would have made the same decision even if Trump had not been elected.

“There was no quid pro quo because there was no negotiation” with Trump over the decision to cancel the plant, Fields said.

Fields told reporters the decision related to the need to “fully utilize capacity at existing facilities” amid declining sales of small and medium sized cars such as the Focus and Fusion.

Fields also endorsed “pro-growth” tax and regulatory policies advocated by Trump and the Republican-led Congress. “This is a vote of confidence for President-Elect Trump and some of the policies he may be pursuing,” Fields said.

Trump repeatedly said during the election campaign that if elected he would not allow Ford to open the new plant in Mexico, which he called an “absolute disgrace” and would slap hefty tariffs taxes on imported Ford vehicles.

Ford executive chairman Bill Ford Jr. told reporters he spoke with Trump to notify him of the decision. The company said the decision was influenced by Trump’s policy goals such as lowering taxes and regulations but that there were no negotiations over the decision announced on Tuesday.

a-trumpBy contrast, Trump’s team held talks with United Technologies Corp in November before the company agreed to keep about 800 jobs at its Carrier air conditioning unit in Indiana out of 2,100 set to go to Mexico. Trump has also held high profile meetings with the chief executives of Boeing and Lockheed Martin to talk about the cost of military contracts.

Also on Tuesday, Trump threatened to impose a “big border tax” on General Motors Co for making some of its Chevrolet Cruze cars in Mexico.

The New York businessman, who has vowed to bring back American jobs that have been outsourced overseas and be tough on illegal immigration from Mexico, takes office on Jan. 20.

Fields said Ford will build a battery-electric SUV with a 300-mile driving range at the Michigan plant by 2020 — taking on companies like Tesla Motors Inc.,  Volkswagen AG, and GM — and will launch production there by 2021 of a fully autonomous vehicle without a steering wheel or a brake pedal for use in ride services fleets.

Ford also plans new hybrid versions of its F-150 pickup truck, Mustang and police vehicles by 2020 as the auto industry faces rising fuel efficiency mandates.

Ford will add 700 jobs at the Flat Rock plant, Fields said, to cheers from union workers gathered at the factory for the announcement.

I believe that this story is a classic example of how Ford Motor Company works; while on the one hand they say “No” to Trump policies and on the other, the CEO and one bearing the “Ford” name says something completely opposite.

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