Thursday, July 6, 2017

Republicans are winning and Democrats have no plan or platform (Racism alert)

The New York Amsterdam News ^ | July 6, 2017 | Roger Caldwell 

Democrats can never win in America without the Black vote and a progressive platform.
Trump and the Republicans are winning with approval numbers below 40 percent, and the Democratic leadership has no strategy to change the trajectory of this administration. The Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House, and there appears nothing the Democrats can do.
The Democrats can filibuster, resist and obstruct the Republicans’ policies, but when it is time for a vote, the Republicans win. In the House they win by 24 votes, and in the Senate they win by two votes.
In the special elections in 2017, the Democrats were not able to pick up any seats. They were close, but no cigar, and President Trump is taking a victory lap. From his point of view, Americans are supporting his policies, and there is no reason to change his positions.
In the last year and a half, politics has become a white race/class endeavor, and the Black vote has become insignificant and not important to either party. Even the Hispanic vote is not important, because Trump has proved that he can win his elections with only the white vote.
In 2008, the Democrats won the House, the Senate and the White House. The Black vote and the Obama coalitions pushed him over the top. At that point, the Republicans realized that they would have to show up at the polls, and take over the local, county and state offices and governorships.
With the radical arm of the Republican Party, “the Tea Party,” the conservatives and the alt-right, things started to change. When Obama won the elections in 2008 and 2012, whites from both parties understood that Blacks and Hispanics were becoming more powerful. The billions of dollars collected by both parties’ leaderships could end up being distributed to people with color.
As a result of this revelation, the leadership in the Republican Party became more white and racist. In the Democratic Party, the leadership became more white and homosexual, and this development is the dilemma of American politics.
In 2017, it is very difficult in many races around the country to determine if a candidate is a Democrat or a Republican. The Republicans have changed the rules in many local and county elections. The first two with the most votes in a primary go to the general election, and the two party system is eliminated. Many times the voters don’t know who the Republican is and who the Democrat is.
If the Democrats plan to win back the House and the Senate in 2018, there must be a major focus on mobilizing the Black vote. As Black Americans, our issues are unique and specific to our experiences in the United States, and Democrats must address Black issues, which are based on a Black Agenda.
The leadership class in the Democratic Party faces a crisis of legitimacy, and they will continue to lose until they organize around Black issues.
Black issues are visionary demands, and the problems in the Black community give the Democrats a platform and progressive plan. The “Black Agenda Report” in 2017 has developed a seven-point plan to build a Democrat platform around.
The seven-point plan is as follows: (1) End Poverty, (2) Community Policing and Criminal Justice Reform, (3) Economic Empowerment, (4) Education, (5) Affordable Housing, (6) Health and Wellness, and (7) Politics and Jobs. This 7-point plan is the starting point to build coalitions, and it gives the Democratic leadership legitimacy and a comprehensive platform.
Black income remains the lowest of any group in America, and it has been this way for 50 years. “So in the end Blacks are more vulnerable to poverty as a nation,” said David Love of the Grio. “We need to focus on policies that combat economic segregation, create jobs with a living wage and help build wealth.”

Senate Democrat blasts 'Obamaphone' over fraudulent findings, complete lack of oversight'

Fox News ^ | 6/30/2017 | Staff 

A new government audit finds more than a third of enrollees of the "Obamaphone" program may not be qualified -- among other fraudulent findings -- prompting a Senate Democrat to roundly criticize the program's "complete lack of oversight."

A report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) claims the program, which gives cell phones to poor people, stashed $9 billion in private bank accounts, the Washington Times reported.

The 90-page report was requested by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who serves as ranking Democrat on the Senate’s chief oversight committee and who is a former state auditor in Missouri.
A complete lack of oversight is causing this program to fail the American taxpayer — everything that could go wrong is going wrong," McCaskill said in a statement, according to the newspaper.
"We’re currently letting phone companies cash a government check every month with little more than the honor system to hold them accountable, and that simply can’t continue," she said.
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We Should Cheer CNN’s Ritual Suicide ^ | July 6, 2017 | Kurt Schlichter 

If you ever had any doubt that Donald Trump was right that the mainstream media is the enemy of the American people, CNN corrected your inexplicable inability to comprehend this painfully obvious truth by choosing July 4th to threaten some guy for daring to make fun of Its Medianess Holiness. Apparently, if you dare defy the media it has the right to wreck your life - as long as you are an anti-Obama rodeo clown or a meme-making rando on Reddit. If you are a zillionaire like Anthony Scaramucci with the bucks to hire top flight law firms and Gawkerize its lame carcass - which I would have done in a split-second if CNN had lied about me the way it did about him - then you get a free pass.
Instead of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable, CNN's new motto is apparently “Confront the afflicted and settle with the comfortable.” Every time I see the CNN logo I hear James Earl Jones's voice intoning “This is CNN, and we suck.”
But actually, maybe we should all thank CNN for its work guaranteeing Trump’s second term.
Now, before we move on, someone is going to point out that the meme guy is kind of a jerk and said stuff that offends decent people. So? How is that the point? This is a multi-billion dollar media corporation using all its power to threaten an individual into not criticizing it. How is that ever okay? And don't pretend for a minute this media extortion precedent gets limited to outlier Reddit guys. Normal Americans are next.
The media babbles about “principles,” but as soon as they become inconvenient then out the window go those precious “principles.” A silly wrestling gif supporting the president “promotes violence against the media,” but a week before that funding a play where President Trump is stabbed to death was artful political commentary? That’s my objection to all this recent “principles” talk. They are never actually promoting “principles.” It is always a scam and a pose designed to stop other people from acting in, or defending, their own interests. These “principles” never, ever require the people allegedly holding them to not act in, or defend, their interests.
CNN has all sorts of “principles” it uses to bludgeon its opponents, none of which ever seem to limit CNN’s own actions. How convenient.
President Trump sees this and not only calls it out but refuses to back down even an inch in the face of the media’s predictable “Oh, well, I never!” campaign of conservashaming. That's why we see wussy Fredocon Republicans like Jeb! and Kasich trotted out to sadly shake their heads; they're always willing to submit to this nonsense and obediently trash conservatives in the name of principles that they never, ever apply to the media or to their liberal string-pullers. But Trump doesn't play that, and whatever his other faults, it's glorious.
Normal Americans are receptive to Trump’s attacks on the media because they hate the mainstream media too. They are now woke to the unarguable fact that the mainstream media is almost entirely composed of liberal activists who hate normal people and who see absolutely nothing wrong with using their platform to aggressively promote a leftist agenda, all while presenting themselves as non-partisan public servants.
It’s all a lie, and we know it, and beyond the hate directed at us, having the hypocrisy of it rubbed in our faces is even more galling. You know, if you want the prestige and honor due a nonpartisan, objective truth teller, you need to actually be a nonpartisan, objective truth teller. If you won't do the hard work of doing that, then you don't get the benefit. You want respect? Try earning it.
But the media doesn't want to have to do that. It wants its cake, and to eat it too, and further, it wants to make us bake it lots of cakes and write on them “Best Wishes Upon Your Voluntary Transformation From Boy To Girl By The Mere Power Of Your Wanting To Because That Is Totally A Thing And So Is Global Warming And Russians.”
It’s reassuring to see the near universal contempt for CNN’s creepy extortion gambit, and perhaps by the time this column runs the CNN brain trust will have listened to their general counsel, who has probably aged 15 years in the last 15 days, and apologized, retracted, and fired everyone associated with this unbelievable idiocy.
Or it might double down, because CNN's innovative ratings strategy appears to be focused entirely toward identifying and pursuing a smaller, more select audience composed solely of members of the elite Complete Idiot demographic.
Whatever. I just want CNN to collapse, and I want to laugh at its twitching corpse. And then superstars like noted legal scholar Chris Cuomo can focus on important things, like his new puppy Woofy.
Perhaps the best part of all of this is the indisputable fact that CNN’s own actions have validated every bad thing Trump has ever said about the lying media. That he was totally and completely correct about CNN's moral bankruptcy makes it all the sweeter.
As much as it is a joy to see CNN shred its pretenses and act openly as we always knew it wanted to, this sort of thing is not good. There is a cultural war underway alreadyand this only makes it more likely to get worse. When the media takes a side, it makes the other side its enemy. That’s a conscious choice. And CNN seems happy to help feed the fire by embracing its liberal fascist id.

California Closer to Creating Sanctuary State

Courthousenews ^ | 07/05/2017 | DEREK FLEMING

California Closer to Creating Sanctuary State Posted by DEREK FLEMING
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – Over objections from sheriffs’ unions and the California Police Chiefs Association, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee took a step forward in making the Golden State a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.
State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, said his measure, Senate Bill 54 or the “California Values Act,” is intended to prevent state and local law enforcement from cooperating with what he calls the “Trump Deportation Machine.”
Opponents call it a “sanctuary state measure” that goes against federal immigration law and obstructs the ability of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to do their job.
De Leon said the bill is only necessary because of the election of President Donald Trump and his campaign promise to drastically reduce the number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
“If Jeb Bush or Chris Christie or John Kasich had been elected, this bill would not be necessary,” De Leon said. “These are extraordinary times.”
“Under constitutional threats from the reckless Trump administration, SB 54 protects state and local law enforcement and resources necessary to keep our communities safe,” De Leon said. “ICE is out to arrest and deport honest, hard-working parents who obey the laws and pay their taxes and owe allegiance to the red, white and blue. Arrests of undocumented immigrants with no previous criminal record are up 150 percent since Trump became president.”
Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes said the measure is necessary not just for California, but for the nation.
“California must send a clear message that we will remain the last line of defense against the fear-mongering and xenophobia,” Reyes said. “Rather than addressing the failure of policy, the federal solution has been to demonize our immigrant communities.”
De Leon said the bill protects the trust police departments need to effectively investigate crimes, by ensuring witnesses and victims will not be arrested and deported just for cooperating with law enforcement. The measure prevents communication between state and local police with federal authorities except within a narrow list of crimes for which an undocumented person must have been previously convicted.
“Senate Bill 54 is not about safeguarding criminals,” De Leon said. “We are focusing on arresting dangerous criminals, prosecuting them and imprisoning them, not engaging in criminal dumping and letting them avoid prosecution.”
Despite a May 25 raid in which ICE agents arrested 188 illegal immigrants in Los Angeles, total numbers of arrests of illegal immigrants are relatively flat in California and somewhat lower than during the Obama administration, according to U.S. immigration officials.
Many of those arrested in the May 25 raids had ties to El Salvadoran prison gangs such as MS-13. About 90 percent had previous criminal records for a variety of crimes including drug offenses, domestic violence, DUI, sex crimes, battery, weapons violations, assault, burglary, fraud, vehicle theft, arson, cruelty to a child, robbery, obstructing justice, property damage, larceny, escape, manslaughter, prostitution, trespassing, incest, and receipt of stolen property.
Under SB 54, virtually all of these individuals wouldn’t be transferred to ICE after serving time for convictions since the measure specifies “serious felonies” – which doesn’t include most of the crimes precipitating the May 25 raids.
Boasting a constitutional legal sign-off written by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, De Leon’s bill has support from police departments in Los Angeles and several other counties throughout the state.
Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, R-Rocklin, pointed out that Holder was paid for his analysis and released his approval of the bill one day before announcing his intention to run for president in 2020.
Kiley questioned Holder’s reliability and asked why De Leon paid for Holder’s analysis rather than rely on one prepared by the Legislative Council. Kiley said Holder refused to meet with GOP representatives to discuss the measure, opting instead to meet only with Democrats.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, also president of the California Sheriffs Association, said sheriffs and deputies do not act as immigration police and that SB 54 protects criminals.
“We believe this bill provides sanctuary to criminals and makes our communities less safe,” Brown said. “SB 54 would result in many dangerous criminal offenders being released to our streets without proper communication and cooperation with immigration authorities.”
Brown said that due to the narrow definition of crimes that permit local law enforcement interaction, many criminals – including those convicted of burglary, multiple DUIs, spousal abuse and murder suspects who have not been convicted – would not be turned over to ICE.
A similar bill passed by the Legislature in 2012 was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown because it was missing serious crimes, all of which are also absent from SB 54. De Leon has refused to make amendments proposed by the Sheriffs Association to add these crimes and to address other concerns held by sheriff’s departments, whose primary responsibilities are the operation of jails.
Conflicting federal laws could tie the measure up if it is approved and signed into law. Legislation signed by President Bill Clinton in the mid-1990s bars states from creating laws that restrict communication with federal law enforcement agencies.
Meanwhile, judicial decisions at the federal level have also created precedence that the federal government cannot commandeer local law enforcement resources for the purpose of immigration enforcement, nor can they force states to use resources to further federal goals.
The measure is supported by immigrant rights groups and the ACLU, and has received support from law enforcement agencies including the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD sees the measure as an extension of its policy that has been in effect for more than 40 years.

GOP tensions rise over Cruz proposal [Senate healthcare bill]

The Hill ^ | 07/06/2017 | Alexander Bolton 

Tensions between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his old antagonist, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), have reappeared in the high-stakes negotiation over healthcare reform.

Cruz is insisting on a reform to the Senate GOP bill that senior GOP aides say is a nonstarter with much — if not most — of the Republican conference.

While Cruz sought out Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to play what he promised would be a constructive role in the debate, senior GOP aides say Cruz is no longer being agreeable.
Instead, he is again being a thorn in McConnell’s side, much like he was in 2013, when he insisted on blocking a government spending bill unless it included language halting the implementation of ObamaCare, the staffers argue. Two years ago, Cruz famously called McConnell a liar on the Senate floor amid a debate on the Export-Import Bank.
GOP aides say the proposal that Cruz and his allies are framing as the potential key to passing the stalled healthcare bill is a nonstarter with most Republicans in the upper chamber.
The proposal would allow insurance companies the freedom to sell any kinds of health plans they want as long as they also sell at least one plan that qualifies under the regulatory requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“I would say that if we voted on the Cruz proposal, it would be in the neighborhood of 37 to 15 against, 37 no votes and 15 yeses, and that’s probably generous,” said a GOP aide familiar with the Senate negotiations.

Get Able-Bodied Americans off the Couch

The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 4, 2017 1:18 p.m. ET | Peter Cove 

America doesn’t have a worker shortage; it has a work shortage. The unemployment rate is at a 15-year low, but only 55% of Americans adults 18 to 64 have full-time jobs. Nearly 95 million people have removed themselves entirely from the job market.
According to demographer Nicholas Eberstadt, the labor-force participation rate for men 25 to 54 is lower now than it was at the end of the Great Depression. The welfare state is largely to blame. More than a fifth of American men of prime working age are on Medicaid. According to the Census Bureau, nearly three-fifths of nonworking men receive federal disability benefits.
The good news is that the 1996 welfare reform taught us how to reduce government dependency and get idle Americans back to work. Attaching work requirements to social benefits like Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income would make what these pages have called “America’s growing labor shortage” a nonissue.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 41% of nondisabled adults on Medicaid do not have jobs. Thirteen million Americans 18 to 54 currently receive SSDI or SSI benefits. Conservatively, work requirements could add 25% of that population (3.3 million workers) back to the labor force. Work requirements for people on SNAP would increase the worker rolls by 1.9 million if only 10% who are not engaged in work rejoined.
There’s no question that insisting on work in exchange for social benefits would succeed in reducing dependency. We have the data: Within 10 years of the 1996 reform, the number of Americans in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program fell 60%. But no reform is permanent. Under President Obama, federal poverty programs ballooned.
A better long-term solution to the work shortage would be to eliminate all forms of public support except for those who are unable to work, and eliminate all poverty programs, since they have not reduced poverty since they were established in 1965. The money currently being spent on these programs should be redirected to job creation—preferably for private-sector jobs, but public-sector jobs will do in a pinch. A trillion-dollar federal infrastructure program, such as the one President Trump has said he will propose, could absorb a large number of the unemployed and underemployed.
There are other avenues to pursue. For young men who are not working, a mandatory two-year public-service requirement with an off-ramp for those who snag a job could motivate them to get off—and stay off—the couch.
Too many Americans who could be available to help fuel robust economic growth are instead sitting on the sidelines. It’s time to get them in the game. It’s time to solve our work shortage.
Mr. Cove is author of “Poor No More” and founder of America Works.

DOJ reviewing jurisdictions ‘alleged’ compliance with immigration law

The Washington Times ^ | July 6, 2017 | Andrea Noble 

The Justice Department will take a close look at the responses provided by 10 jurisdictions that received warnings about their ‘sanctuary’ policies, with officials appearing skeptical that all are living up to their claims they are compliant with federal immigration laws.
The 10 jurisdictions were warned in April that they risked federal grant funding if DOJ determined their local policies were thwarting immigration agents’ efforts to locate and take custody of illegal immigrants. Each jurisdiction was required to submit certification by June 30 attesting that its policies fall in line with federal immigration law.
In a statement issued Thursday, the Justice Department indicated it received “alleged compliance information” from each of the 10 jurisdictions and that officials were in the process of reviewing the documentation provided.
“It is not enough to assert compliance, the jurisdictions must actually be in compliance,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday. “Sanctuary cities put the lives and well-being of their residents at risk by shielding criminal illegal aliens from federal immigration authorities. These policies give sanctuary to criminals, not to law-abiding Americans.”
The jurisdictions required to certify compliance include California, Connecticut, Chicago, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia...
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Trump’s Polling Solid, Steady And Good ^ | 7/5/2017 | Dick Morris 

One of the most common items of “disinformation” in the media these days is the assertion that Donald Trump’s presidency is drawing negative reviews from the American voter.
The Guardian, for example, reports that Trump’s approval ratings “fall off a cliff” and goes on to wonder why he “sees no reason to course-correct.”
But, the fact is that Trump’s poll numbers are steady, fluctuating in a narrow range, and are higher than Obama’s were during most of his tenure.
Rasmussen, the only pollster who surveys “likely voters” shows the marks of a successful presidency:
Rasmussen: Trump’s Job Approval JULY 2 = 44% JUNE 13 = 45% JUNE 4 = 45% MAY 30 = 43% MAY 23 = 48% MAY 14 = 44% MAY 7 = 47%
Source: Real Clear Politics.
All the other polls survey “adults” or “registered voters”, thereby including vast numbers of non-citizens, non-voters, and unregistered adults. Most of these folks lean Democrat and distort the other polls to show a higher disapproval. Likely this bias is deliberate. More disinformation.
But it is remarkable that, amid the totally negative coverage with which the media pounds President Trump daily, that he has been able to keep his ratings right around his vote share: In the mid-to-high 40s.

The Democrats' Denial Dialectic

Front Page ^ | July 6, 2017 | Lloyd Billingsley 

“There’s absolutely no proof, no evidence of massive voter fraud in California or anywhere across the country,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Los Angeles Democrat, proclaimed back in February.

More recently, Padilla announced in a statement that he will block the federal effort to find evidence of voter fraud.   “I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally. California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach.

The President's Commission is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today: aging voting systems and documented Russian interference in our elections.”
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Chemotherapy may spread cancer and trigger more aggressive tumours, warn scientists!

Telegraph ^ | July 5, 2017 | Sarah Knapton 

Chemotherapy could allow cancer to spread, and trigger more aggressive tumours, a new study suggests.
Researchers in the US studied the impact of drugs on patients with breast cancer and found medication increases the chance of cancer cells migrating to other parts of the body, where they are almost always lethal.
Around 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Britain every year and 11,000 will die from their illness.
Many are given chemotherapy before surgery, but the new research suggests that, although it shrinks tumours in the short term, it could trigger the spread of cancer cells around the body.
It is thought the toxic medication switches on a repair mechanism in the body which ultimately allows tumours to grow back stronger. It also increases the number of ‘doorways’ on blood vessels which allow cancer to spread throughout the body.
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Grassroots Activists Push for Statewide Ban on Red-Light Cameras

NBC DFW ^ | Jul 5, 2017 | Alice Barr 

There's a new push to end red-light cameras across Texas. Grassroots organizers are asking the state legislature to take up a ban on the cameras at its special session later this month, and these organizers have been around the block before.
Faith Bussey doesn't fit the typical image of a legal rights activist.
"Nope, I'm a mom," she said with a laugh. "I'm a mom who wants a better Texas for her kids when they get older."
Three years ago, Bussey joined forces with other folks to gather more than 11,000 signatures for a special election in Arlington. Then in 2015, voters banned red-light cameras in that city. Dallas Cowboys LB Arrested for Aggravated Assault "It was guilty until you prove your innocence," Bussey said. "That's not the way our justice system is supposed to work."
Now Bussey and her fellow activists want to take their case statewide. They wrote a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott asking him to bring up a red-light camera ban during the upcoming special session. "This is a great way to be popular, with all the unpopular things that they're doing," Bussey said.
The push comes from the Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition, with Republican groups from all over the state signing on.
But it's one of the few issues that needs no party lines. Anyone can get caught and get mad.
"I do have red light tickets, I'll tell you that now. I just haven't paid them," said Fort Worth driver Ralph Miller. "I'm able to pay them, but I refuse to pay them because I don't think it's right."
City governments and police argue it's about safety.
While Arlington was going through its fight, city staff said at a 2014 city council meeting that accidents at red-light camera enforced intersections had dropped 75 percent after the cameras went in. But even though she has a lot riding on Texas roads, including three children, Bussey doesn't buy that reasoning.
"These particular cameras are policing for profit," she said. "And that's wrong." NBC 5 checked with the governor's office and was told Abbott already has his agenda set for the special session and it does not include red-light cameras. At this point, a state lawmaker would have to make this a pet project and find a way to attach it to one of the topics the governor does want discussed.









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