Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Gas hasn't been this cheap on the Fourth of July since 2005

Wash Exam ^ | July 3, 2017 | Emily Jashinsky 

The last time gas was this cheap in America on the Fourth of July, the Kardashians didn't even have a television show.

According to AAA, the average national gas price currently sits at $2.23 per gallon. That figure hasn't dipped so low since 2005 when Fourth of July drivers also owed $2.23 on average. It's the cheapest gas has been throughout 2017 as well.

"The combination of tepid demand and increased gasoline and crude output continues to put downward pressure on gas prices," AAA Spokesperson Jeanette Casselano said in a news release.

The least expensive market in the country is South Carolina at $1.90. Drivers in Hawaii are facing the steepest prices with their average sitting at $3.05 per gallon, according to AAA.
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Republicans just quietly got some very good Supreme Court news

WaPo ^ | 07-03-2017 | Aaron Blake 

In a story that was ostensibly about new Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch's voting record, NPR legal affairs reporter Nina Totenberg dropped this tantalizing piece of news about Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's potential retirement:

"Kennedy may also have thought it best to ensure that there is a full complement of nine justices for at least a year. He could even have been put off by President Trump's tweets about the judiciary.
But it is unlikely that Kennedy will remain on the court for the full four years of the Trump presidency. While he long ago hired his law clerks for the coming term, he has not done so for the following term (beginning Oct. 2018), and has let applicants for those positions know he is considering retirement."

That's called burying the lead. And it's a piece of news that, especially after a tough first six months of the Trump administration, Republicans will be very, very happy to see.
It's not terribly surprising that Kennedy would consider retirement — indeed, there was some thought he could even have announced it last week, when the court's term ended — but this looks like a pretty good indicator that it will come at some point in President Trump's first term. If Kennedy is considering retiring in 2018, is he really going to stick it out until 2021, when he will be 84 years old? That seems even more unlikely now than it did before.
The upshot? It would mean that Democrats wouldn't have a chance to unseat Trump before the next big Supreme Court vacancy comes along. And not only that, but it would seem they may not even have a chance to stop it the other way: with a Senate majority...
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GOP Senator Proposes Transferring Sanctuary Cities' Federal Funds to Border Wall Budget!

The Daily Signal ^ | June 29, 2017 | Rachel del Guidice 

One Republican senator is proposing a new solution for sanctuary cities that do not follow U.S. immigration law: Take some of their federal funding and transfer it to a budget for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

“How many innocent American lives must be lost before security becomes the first priority of immigration?” Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., asked the audience at an event Thursday at The Heritage Foundation.

“How many criminal aliens have to be released shy of justice being served for the rule of law to be affirmed as the first priority of a functioning society?”

Strange’s legislation, introduced in May, would keep federal funds from being given to areas with sanctuary cities that fail to comply with the Justice Department in following immigration law, or that punish small businesses for submitting bids in the construction process for the border wall promised by Trump.

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Barack Obama Just Violated The Logan Act…Again

The Federalist Papers ^ | 7/3/17 | Steve Straub 

For some unknown reason Barack Obama met with South Korea’s new leader almost immediately after he returned from a meeting with President Trump. The Korea Herald reports:

President Moon Jae-in renewed his resolve to pursue sanctions and dialogue to tackle North Korea’s nuclear program during a meeting with former US President Barack Obama on Monday, saying now is the “last chance” for the regime to return to the negotiating table.
During the 40-minute talk, Moon shared the results of his recent summit with his incumbent US counterpart Donald Trump, asking for Obama’s advice on ways to advance the relationship.
This could be construed as a violation of the Logan Act as defined by Cornell Law School:
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
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62.9 Million People Voted for Trump. ZERO Voted for Anyone in the Media!

Black & Blonde Media ^ | 7/3/17 | Black & Blonde Media 

Every elected official in this country was vetted by those in their jurisdictions, the people voted for them, and they know who's representing them. Who asked the public if they regarded Brian Stelter enough of a "reliable source" to be on CNN reviewing anything? Were any of us consulted when a pouty, irritatingly nasal-voiced Brooke Baldwin was going to be an afternoon option? Anyone get a heads up we were going to have to endure a Chris Cuomo or Anderson Cooper and were we ever offered a choice between them and someone who just may have actually been qualified for the position of delivering the news to the nation daily?
Sorry folks but none of us were consulted as to any of those who supposedly deliver unbiased news to us. None of us are asked for our opinions when they screw up as to should they keep their jobs, and if not for the First Amendment press protection, many of them would've been sued for slander months ago.
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Crime rate plummets when Phoenix drops sanctuary city policies!

American Thinker ^ | 07/03/2017 | Rick Moran 

A study by City.com reveals that the crime rate in Phoenix dropped dramatically after the city dropped its sanctuary city policies.

There are many reason why crime rates decline over a certain period of time. But the study suggests a provacative link between fewer criminal illegal aliens roaming the streets and a falling crime rate.


“When we eliminated our sanctuary policy back in 2008, we saw crime, violent and stolen vehicles fall by 25 percent,” former Phoenix police officer and Executive Director of the Arizona Police Association Levi Bolton told Fox News Channel’s William La Jeunesse in an . “We saw a 20-year low crime rate. When we were allowed and had the discretion to contact our federal immigration partners, crime fell drastically.”

Lajeunesse reported data from City-Data.com revealing that from 2008 to 2009, the murder rate in Phoenix dropped by 27 percent. Other crimes fell as well. Auto thefts fell by 36 percent, robberies 23 percent, thefts by 19 percent, burglaries by 14 percent, and assaults by 13 percent, the report states. The rates fell again in 2010, but by smaller numbers. The overall crime index fell by 20 percent the first year after the city’s policy change.

Police chiefs around the country tout that sanctuary cities are safer than cities that actually turn criminal aliens over to immigration officials for removal from the country.
“Police chiefs across the nation believe that enlisting local police to enforce immigration law is a bad idea,” California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D) told reporters during a recent press conference “Having [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] pluck criminals out of jail and send them across the border or wherever they came only to come right back endangers our communities.”

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...

Judge Allows Bowe Bergdahl to Be Charged for Endangering Comrades, Faces Life in Prison

http://ijr.com ^ | 7/3/17 | JULIO ROSAS 

A military judge ruled that the charge of endangering service members' lives can be used against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at his upcoming trial.

According to the Associated Press, Col. Jeffery Nance reasoned that since some service members had been wounded in firefights on missions looking for Bergdahl, they would've been fine if he hadn't left his post in the first place.

The official charge of misbehavior before the enemy carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
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The Amazing Maturity of the Young Declaration Signers

Intellectual Takeout ^ | July 1, 2016 | Annie Holmquist 

THIS added more to my comprehension of our history and our founders than anything I've ever read in my life !

George Walton (Georgia), John Penn (North Carolina), and Samuel Chase (Maryland) were 35.
Arthur Middleton (South Carolina), James Wilson (Pennsylvania), and William Hooper (North Carolina) were 34.
Thomas Jefferson (Virginia) and Thomas Stone (Maryland) were 33.
Elbridge Gerry (Massachusetts) was 32.
Benjamin Rush (Pennsylvania) was 31.
Thomas Heyward Jr. (South Carolina) was 30.
Thomas Lynch Jr. (South Carolina) was 27.
And Edward Rutledge (South Carolina) was a mere 26 years old!
Perhaps even more remarkable than the young ages of these signers is the young age at which many of them began what we today consider “adult life.” A number of signers entered prestigious colleges such as Harvard between the ages of 13 and 16, including John Hancock, Samuel Adams, William Ellery, Robert Treat Pain, and Elbridge Gerry. Still others, such as George Ross, John Penn, Benjamin Rush, and William Whipple, were already beginning their careers as businessmen, lawyers, and doctors by the time many modern young people are just finishing their undergrad years.

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