Thursday, March 30, 2017

ICE Raids Target Austin, Texas

International Business Times ^ | March 30, 2017 | Chris Riotta 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deliberately targeted Austin, Texas after talks between the agency’s officials and local authorities went awry, U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin said during a public court session Tuesday. Immigration officials reported at least 50 people were arrested in Austin – typically described as a sanctuary city for its welcoming stance on immigration – early last month after a federal crackdown began following President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The raids began after Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez met with an ICE field office director to discuss the federal government’s new immigration guidelines under Trump.
Instead of working with federal agencies to comply with an increase in immigrant detentions and deportations nationwide, Hernandez created a policy limiting the cooperation between local law enforcement and immigration officials.
The judge said he was warned by immigration officials that the city "could expect a big operation, agents coming in from out of town" that was "a result of the sheriff’s new policy, that this was going to happen" when questioning ICE agent Laron Bryant Tuesday.
"That’s the one we heard about where 50-some-odd people were arrested," Judge Austin said. "My understanding is, what was told us is, one of the reasons that [the raid] happened is because the meetings that had occurred between the field office director and the sheriff didn't go very well."
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MSM sits on Evelyn Farkas story hoping their suppression will make it go away!

Canada Free Press ^ | 03/30/17 | Judi McLeod 

Too sad for words for American readers, television viewers and radio listeners, that the MSM couldn’t give a damn!

The mainstream media, including its alphabet television news networks, the New York Times and Washington Post are sitting this morning on the bombshell revelation that ex-Obama official Evelyn Farkas appears to have owned up in her own words to have participated in well-planned surveillance of the Trump team conducted by the Obama administration which buried their dirty work deep in the federal bureaucracy. Read The Swamp.

Farkas, who left her position as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia in the Obama White House in 2015, and who went on to join the Hillary Clinton rat pack campaign team, spoke openly about her personal knowledge of Obama national security officials rushing to preserve as much intelligence as they could before Trump took office and directed that information to Congress: (more at link above)

Trump Warns Freedom Caucus: Get on Board or Be Challenged in 2018 Elections

thegatewaypundit ^ | Kristinn Taylor 

President Donald Trump sent a blunt warning Thursday morning to the Freedom Caucus, demanding the House GOP group that blocked the Obamacare repeal bill stop fighting the ‘Republican agenda’.

Trump posted to Twitter, “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!”
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Get ready to pay more at the pump; California's gas taxes could see 43 percent hike!

Press Enterprise | AP ^ | 3-29-17 

California’s governor and legislative leaders on Wednesday proposed raising $52 billion to fix the state’s roads through a big gasoline tax increase, higher car registration fees and a charge on emission-free vehicles.

The 10-year plan would boost gasoline excise taxes for the first time in more than two decades, raising them 12 cents per gallon — a 43 percent increase. The tax would rise automatically with inflation.

For the first time, owners of zero emission vehicles would pay a $100 annual fee because they use public roads but don’t pay gasoline taxes that fund highway maintenance.

The plan also includes a sliding fee on vehicles, with owners of cheaper vehicles paying less. The fee, separate from annual vehicle registration fees, would range from $25 a year for vehicles worth less than $5,000 to $175 for cars worth $60,000 and up.

Gov. Jerry Brown said the plan would cost most drivers less than $10 per month and would be offset by reduced vehicle-repair expenses. The governor and Democratic legislative leaders hope to rush it through the Legislature next week.

“Yes, it costs money. And if the roof in your house is leaking, you better fix it, because it gets worse all the time,” Brown said at a Capitol news conference. “This is mostly about fixing what we already have. If for some reason people try to fight this, and God help us if they were successful, they won’t defeat this, they’ll just delay it and make the expenses go up.”
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Transgender People Are Now Oppressed Because ‘Pussy Hats’ ‘Equate Womanhood With Having A Vagina’ ^ | 3/29/17 | Eric Owens 

Men who dress up in women’s clothing and insist they are women are unfairly ostracized from the modern American feminist movement because feminists are overly “reproductive system-focused,” according to an op-ed in the Daily Emerald, the University of Oregon’s student newspaper.

The author of the 790-word jeremiad, Taylor Griggs, trains her invective on “‘free the nipple’ campaigns” and, especially, the perky, neon-pink-yarn “pussy power hats” with which many participants in the January Women’s March on Washington festooned themselves.

Griggs quotes Marie Solis in Mic for the proposition that signs at the Women’s March reading “Pussy power” and “Pussy grabs back” deliver “a clear and oppressive message to trans women.” That oppressive message is: “having a vagina is essential to womanhood.”
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Giving Up a Seat for a Soldier Makes Drexel Professor Want to ‘Vomit’ ^ | By Lukas Mikelionis 

A radical Drexel University professor who once wished for “White Genocide” for Christmas and hoped to “Abolish the White Race” is under fire again. This time, he said he wants to “vomit or yell about Mosul” after someone gave their seat to a uniformed soldier.
Drexel professor George Ciccariello, currently a visiting researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, shocked his online followers after he complained about an act of appreciation for a soldier.
“Some guy gave up his first class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him. I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul,” he tweeted.
Senior Townhall columnist Kurt Schlichter slammed Ciccariello, saying: “You tried not to vomit or yell? No, you just sat there quietly like a little bitch. Ignored, irrelevant, wishing you were a man.”
“Because you’re a douchebag?” tweeted prominent conservative Ben Shapiro.
This isn’t the first time the Drexel professor has been criticized. Last December, he tweeted how “All I want for Christmas is White Genocide.” Dexel investigated the issue and ended up releasing a statement claiming the professor’s tweets fall under the category of “protected speech” and that he wouldn’t lose his job.
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DEA Seized $4 Billion From People Since 2007. Most Were Never Charged with a Crime!

Reason ^ | March 29, 2017 | C.J. Ciaramella 

The Drug Enforcement Administration seized more than $4 billion in cash from people suspected of drug activity over the last decade, but $3.2 billion of those seizures were never connected to any criminal charges.
A report by the Justice Department Inspector General released Wednesday found that the DEA's gargantuan amount of cash seizures often didn't relate to any ongoing criminal investigations, and 82 percent of seizures it reviewed ended up being settled administratively—that is, without any judicial review—raising civil liberties concerns.
In total, the Inspector General reports the DEA seized $4.15 billion in cash since 2007, accounting for 80 percent of all Justice Department cash seizures. Those figures do not include other property, such as cars and electronics, which are favorite targets for seizure by law enforcement.
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JUDICIAL WATCH Releases Emails Clinton/Abedin Sending CLASSIFIED Information/It Gets Worse!

IWB ^ | Pamela Williams 

This is as bad as it gets as far as Clinton and Abedin using unsecured email accounts to send CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. These records show 29 previously undisclosed Clinton emails – a total of which is now at least 288 emails that were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department. If FBI Director Comey cared enough to have done a proper investigation into this case, he might want to know this contradicts statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department.
Clinton’s lies grow and grow even as she is no longer Secretary of State or running for President. It will never end, and I blame James Comey for this. He can never be forgiven for what he has allowed to continue. In this case, classified material was sent to Clinton and Abedin’s unsecure email accounts that was information “to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy; foreign relations or foreign activities of the US, including confidential sources.”
Did Clinton or Abedin even flinch when this material appeared on their unsecured server? Did they even once consider who else might have access to such delicate information? The redacted information concerns “former GTMO Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed” and Mohamed’s request for “various classified intelligence documents” that contained US intelligence information related to his detention before he was taken to Guantanamo.
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