Saturday, July 9, 2016

Justice ends funding to 'sanctuary cities' in huge House GOP victory!

Washington Examiner ^ | 07/07/2016 | PAUL BEDARD 

Finally acting on a promise made to House leaders, the Justice Department on Thursday shut off funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" that ignore federal laws and protect illegal immigrants wanted for crimes.
"Today, the DOJ notified local and state law enforcement agencies across America that they will no longer be eligible for federal law enforcement grants unless they certify under oath that their local or state laws do not interfere 'in any way' with requests for immigration information from federal authorities," according to Texas Rep. John Culberson who demanded action earlier this year.
Justice sent Culberson a letter detailing the new rules that cut off several Justice grants, many to law enforcement, if cities like San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and over 300 others block access to criminal illegals sought by federal authorities.
It is a huge victory for Culberson, chairman of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee on Appropriations, and others who sought to shut down the once secret system in cities. The practice of taking federal money then refusing to give up criminal illegals became public after the 2015 San Francisco killing of Kate Steinle allegedly by an illegal immigrant who had been deported for crimes several times.
"Sanctuary cities are a hub for illegal aliens and criminal activity, and we've seen the tragic results of these policies time and time again. It has been more than a year since Kate Steinle was murdered at the hands of a criminal illegal alien who intentionally sought out shelter in San Francisco due to the city's sanctuary policies. This violence and suffering is intolerable and completely preventable," said Culberson.

Hillary Clinton: My record as Secretary of State proves I take classified material seriously!

Hotair ^ | July 8,2016 | JOHN SEXTON 

Hillary Clinton was interviewed by Scott Pelley and offered a new defense of her careless handling of classified material. You’ll be shocked to learn it was all someone else’s fault. In addition, she actually had the gall to point to her record as Secretary of State as proof that she takes the handling of classified information seriously.
“And to the voters who wonder whether you can be trusted with the nation’s secrets, you say what?” Scott Pelley asked. “I say I have been and I have proven that over the course of my 8 years in the Senate; my four years as Secretary of State,” Clinton replied. She added with a straight face, “I take classified material seriously and this investigation has proven that I had no intent to do anything wrong….”
This thread, that Clinton was just a victim of circumstance, came out earlier in the same interview. Asked if she was “extremely careless” in handling classified information, Clinton first changed the subject to a couple of documents which contained classified markings. Then, without mentioning that over 100 classified emails were found on her private server, Clinton turned the blame on the rest of the State Department. “I worked with over 300 people during email exchanges, predominantly in the State Department,” she said. “I had no reason to second guess their judgments about the material that they were exchanging and that they would forward or send to me.”
Clinton phrased this carefully enough that the shifting of blame from herself to others is relatively subtle. But when Pelley pressed thhe point by asking, “Well, were you extremely careless?” Clinton offered a more blunt version of the same statement. “No I was not,” she said. She then added, “And neither were the 300 people who sent me that material, Scott.”
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Sheriff Clarke: Obama Is the “Cop-Hater-in-Chief”

CNS News ^ | July 8, 2016 | Brian Lonergan 

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., reacted to the shootings of police officers in Dallas, calling resident Obama the “Cop-Hater-in-Chief” and strongly criticized the resident’s comments on polarizing incidents between police officers and minorities.
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This is beyond belief for the American law enforcement officer,” he said. “I want to know, have we heard from the Cop-Hater-in-Chief Obama yet on this? Have we heard from Mrs. Bill Clinton who threw up the hashtag Black Lives Matter yesterday? They exploited the situation, two situations. One in Louisiana, one in Minnesota.”
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David A. Clarke Jr., a Democrat, was elected to a 4-year term as the sheriff of Milwaukee County in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In those elections he won, respectively, with 74%, 78%, 74%, and 79% of the vote. In April 2016 he was named Law Enforcement Leader of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association Foundation.
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When Is Donald Trump Really Going To Go After Hillary Clinton?

The Federalist ^ | 07/07/2016 | Mollie Hemingway 

Trump said he'd go after Clinton like nobody else could or would. But his attacks have been low-energy and ineffective. One of his selling points, which he reiterated frequently, was that he alone had the cojones to go after Hillary Clinton. He promised he would.
Amid a flurry of more exciting tweets and speech moments, he has continually critiqued her judgment, energy level, campaign ability, and character. He’s tested out insults, landing on “Crooked Hillary” as his choice.
In June, he promised he’d ramp up attacks against her. He spent weeks saying he’d go after her, finally doing so toward the end of June. It was fine but didn’t really land a punch. Politico said the teleprompter-delivered speech was “subtler” and more “conventional” than his other campaign rhetoric.
 ...the last two weeks would have been an absolute gift from the electoral gods. A sober and well-documented report linked Hillary to the failings and deaths in Libya. It showed how she had made the bombing and destabilization of Libya central to her State Department tenure, making her unable to follow other international groups who protected their workers there by removing them. Suggesting she didn’t want to admit defeat of something her advisors planned to make a centerpiece of her upcoming presidential campaign, she resisted repeated recommendations to pull Americans from Benghazi.
As for corrupt email practices, recent days saw Bill Clinton secretly meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on a tarmac, Hillary suggesting she’d keep Lynch as AG after her election, Hillary meeting with FBI agents investigating the scandal, leaks to CNN just hours after that meeting saying she’d get away with everything, and a 10-minute denunciation by the FBI director of everything Hillary had claimed about the email scandal. It reeked to high heaven of corruption.
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Confirmed: Dallas Shooter was Member of Houston New Black Panther Party!

Breitbart Texas ^ | 8 Jul 2016 | Bob Price 

HOUSTON, Texas – Micah X. Johnson was a member of the Houston New Black Panther Party.
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As head of the Houston Chapter, Quanell X said Johnson was only a member for about six months. He did not say when that affiliation began or ended. Breitbart Texas has reached out to Quanell X for clarification. No response was immediately available.
Breitbart Texas was present at an armed march carried out by the Houston New Black Panther Party in Waller County last summer. This writer took photos and video of the armed marchers at that time. One of the members holding an AR-15 style rifle appears to be Micah Xavier Johnson.
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The Marines are Looking for a Few Fat Millennials

US Defense Watch ^ | July 8, 2016 | Ray Starmann 

You are witnessing history.
You are watching the death of one of the greatest fighting forces in the long history of this planet.
You are a spectator with a fifty yard line seat as the complete and utter destruction of the United States Marine Corps takes place.
It has been seven months since Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, with the blessing of White House social engineers, decided to lift the ban on women serving in the combat arms (infantry, armor, armored cavalry, artillery) and special operations (Marine Recon, Marine Raiders, the Green Berets, the Rangers, Delta Force and the SEALs).
Carter’s authorization was barely even discussed and rubber stamped by a Congress sorely lacking in military knowledge, moral courage and veterans; and indeed combat veterans who served in the Army or Marine combat arms units.
It’s been the battle cry of the Pentagon perfumed princes, from Dempsey to Dunford to Milley and Carter and Mabus that the standards will never be altered to accommodate women as the US Military continues its kamikaze run to destruction on future battlefields.
Obviously, those assurances, like everything else flushed downstream from the Pentagon toilet bowl is genuine, Grade A, horse dung.
This week, as reported in the Washington Post, the Marine Corps will now allow chubbier women to slip through the cracks.
“Female Marines will be allowed to weigh five to seven pounds more than before for each inch of their height, according to new guidelines published by the service. A 5-foot-6 woman, for example, was previously allowed to weigh up to 155 pounds, but can now be 161. A 5-foot-9 woman was allowed to be up to 169 pounds, but can now be 176.”
In order to accommodate those muscular superstars of the Millennial Generation, the Corps is also relaxing the rules on pull-ups for men and women.
The new rule will eliminate fixed-arm hanging as an alternative choice to pull-ups for women. In place of fixed-arm hanging women, and men, will have the option to choose push-ups instead.
What’s next, perhaps an option not to show up for the test at all?
“Push-ups become an option on the PFT (Physical Fitness Test), but Marines are incentivized toward pull-ups, as these are a better test of functional, dynamic upper body strength and correlate stronger to physically demanding tasks,’ Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said in an administrative message to the Corps released Friday. ‘Push-ups are also a valid exercise and good test; however maximum points can only be earned by executing pull-ups.”
Comrade General Neller continues with more Orwellian doublespeak:
“The hybrid pull-up option is the Marines’ solution to a four-year conundrum of how to promote pull-ups for all Marines without making it impossible for women to succeed.”
And, there lies the rub. The Corps knows, like everyone knows, except the brainwashed academics, pundits and leftists in the Obama Administration, that 99% of women cannot meet the physical standards required to serve in the combat arms.
The standards will be lowered until the new gender neutral Marine Corps is so weak that they couldn’t seize and hold a sandbox, much less a hostile beachhead.
Here are some highlights from Neller’s memorandum for record:
Last November we began a comprehensive review of physical fitness and body composition standards. Subsequent efforts focused on developing a physical fitness program that incentivizes behavior toward an end state of a healthy and fit force able to better answer the call in any clime and place. The review was a collaborative effort that drew from fitness experts and Marines, and provided wide-ranging options for consideration.
As a result, a major change to the PFT is the elimination of the Flexed Arm Hang for females and incorporation of a push-up / pull-up hybrid event for all Marines, recruits, and officer candidates. Push-ups become an option on the PFT, but Marines are incentivized toward pull-ups, as these are a better test of functional, dynamic upper body strength and correlate stronger to physically demanding tasks. Push-ups are also a valid exercise and good test; however maximum points can only be earned by executing pull-ups. These changes go into effect 1 Jan 2017.
Other changes to BCP include modifying the maximum allowable weight limits for female Marines, use of more precise tape measuring devices and de-centralizing BCP waiver granting authority from Manpower and Reserve Affairs (Manpower Management) to the first General Officer in a Marine’s chain of command. These BCP changes go into effect immediately.
America expects its Marine Corps to be the most ready when the Nation is least ready. Collectively, these are the biggest changes to the PFT since 1972 and CFT since 2009. We will monitor the effects of these adjustments for two years and then adjust if required to ensure our standards continue to contribute to the effectiveness of our force and enhance our ability to respond when our Nation calls.
Neller made his decision after getting the results of what he called a “comprehensive review of physical fitness and body composition standards.”
“We will monitor the effects of these adjustments for two years and then adjust if required to ensure our standards continue to contribute to the effectiveness of our force and enhance our ability to respond when our nation calls,” he said.
Effectiveness of the force? Ability to respond when our nation calls? It gets better…
Major-General James W. Lukeman, the commanding general of Marine Corps Training and Education Command, said in a statement that the new testing plan raises the bar for physical fitness for all Marines.
Really, how’s that general? It looks like allowing overweight Marines to serve in combat units, or serve at all would be lowering the Corps’ readiness. Furthermore, dropping the pull up requirement clearly lowers standards.
Lukeman concludes with some truly impressive Bravo Sierra…
“Marines today are stronger, faster and fitter than ever and these changes reflect that,” he said. “Bigger and stronger often means heavier, so tying performance on the PFT and CFT to changes to the Body Composition Program are improvements that we think the Marines will appreciate. In the end, it’s all about improving the readiness and combat effectiveness of our Corps, and the physical fitness of every Marine contributes to that.”
I have news for Lukeman, fatter and bigger does not create track and field stars. Fatter and bigger creates slow moving targets of opportunity for the enemy.
Fat and out of shape Marines die in battle.
Fat and out of shape Marines put their unit and the Corps in danger by their total lack of fitness and physical prowess.
Idiots like Carter and Mabus and sycophants like Neller and Lukeman think that they’re somehow being kind and compassionate by allowing the physically unfit to serve in the ranks of the Marines.
There is no compassion in war. There is no gender neutrality in battle. Everyone doesn’t get a trophy in combat. In war, the strongest and the smartest survive, and the weak; the fat, the slow, the less than able are toe tagged and body bagged.
The US Marines didn’t carve a trail of courage and ferocity for 240 years because their ranks were filled with overweight women and soft and pudgy men. They won wars because they were tough, fast, brutal SOB’s who knew that in war there are no second chances, that in the words of MacArthur, “There is no substitute for victory.”
The US military is on the verge of complete collapse and our enemies are loving every minute of it.

US media trouncing Trump 24/7 proves democracy a charade!

RT ^ | July 8, 2016 | Finian Cunningham 

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is right: the 'system is 'rigged'. The media barrage against the billionaire demonstrates irrefutably how the power establishment, not the people, decides who sits in the White House.
Trump is increasingly assailed in the US media with alleged character flaws. The latest blast paints Trump as a total loose cannon who would launch World War III. In short, a “nuke nut”.
In the Pentagon-aligned Defense One journal, the property magnate is described as someone who cannot be trusted with his finger on the nuclear button. Trump would order nuclear strikes equivalent to 20,000 Hiroshima bombings as “easy as ordering a pizza”, claimed the opinion piece.
If that’s not an example of “project fear” then what is?
The mainstream US news media have never liked the brash billionaire Trump. He makes good circulation figures for sure, but the large coverage the Republican contender has received from the outset is preponderantly negative.
Trump’s campaign has instead been buoyed by the popular vote, not by endorsement from the elite establishment, including the Republican Party leadership and the corporate media...
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The State Department Just Rebooted Their Probe Into Clinton's Emails

Townhall.com ^ | 8/8/16 

With the conclusion of the FBI investigation that ended with no recommendation for charges to be brought forward against Mrs. Clinton for mishandling classified material, though they added that she and her team were “extremely careless” in that respect, the State Department announced that they will reboot their internal probe into the former first lady’s email usage. The probe was suspended upon the announcement of the FBI’s investigation into the matter to avoid interference
Spokesman John Kirby says the emails probe is restarting now that the Justice Department isn't pursuing a criminal prosecution. The State Department suspended its review in April to avoid interfering with the FBI's inquiry.
Kirby set no deadline for the investigation's completion.
Clinton was secretary of state until early 2013. Most of her top advisers left shortly thereafter.
But Kirby said this week former officials can still face "administrative sanctions." The most serious is loss of security clearances, which could complicate Clinton's naming of a national security team if she becomes president.
While Team Clinton and her supporters want this matter to go away after FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that Mrs. Clinton wouldn’t be charged for her egregious lapse in judgment regarding safeguarding state secrets, the presumptive Democratic nominee isn’t out of the woods yet. Also, there’s the Clinton Foundation is still under FBI investigation.

Clnton couldn't get indicted if she tried!

NRO ^ | 8 July 2016 | Kevin D Williamson 

FBI director James Comey’s explanation of the case against the case against Hillary Rodham Clinton — “Sure, she pretty clearly did what she’s accused of doing but hey man aren’t penguins cute is that a squirrel man hey check it out a squirrel!” — is a fascinating floor routine of intellectual gymnastics in and of itself, dissected in these pages by several very fine lawyers and others with much more of interest to say on the strictly legal question than I have. But it is worth considering the context. The context is this: America is a lawless state.
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