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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

#RedforEd: Socialists Organizing Teachers to Turn Purple States Blue by 2020

#RedforEd: Socialists Organizing Teachers to Turn Purple States Blue by 2020

 by Michael Patrick Leahy | 19 Feb 2019

A well-funded and subversive leftist movement of teachers in the United States threatens to tilt the political balance nationwide in the direction of Democrats across the country as Republicans barely hang on in key states that they need to hold for President Donald Trump to win re-election and for Republicans to have a shot at retaking the House and holding onto their Senate majority.

Monday, February 25, 2019



The Martin County School District announced plans to purchase a new administrative facility this afternoon at a location that will be familiar to many in the Martin County community.
On March 26, 2019, the Martin County School Board will vote on whether or not to approve a $7.5 million contract with Gannett Co., Inc. to purchase the TCPalm/ Stuart News Building, located at 1939 SE Federal Highway in Stuart. If approved, the school district would move its current administrative offices located at 500 E. Ocean Blvd. and 1050 E. 10th St. to the Stuart News building.
“The location of our administrative offices has been a pressing concern that has greatly impacted the orderly operations of the District,” said Christia Li Roberts, School Board Chair. “While the School Board had previously approved and set aside funding for the building of an administrative office, we put this process on hold to find a solution for the replacement of our two aging elementary schools.
Martin County voters generously approved a half-cent sales tax increase to expedite the replacement of these schools. The purchase price for the property is $7.5 million, and if approved by the Board, staff would move into the building before the start of the 2019-2020 school year.”
“This is a very exciting time in the Martin County School District,” Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord said. “The opportunity to have all of our district level employees working under the same roof will help us streamline communication, collaboration and operational efficiency. This is something that has been long overdue, and I’m thrilled to see what the future will hold for our district.”
The public notice advertising the March 26 School Board meeting, which will include the Board’s consideration of the contract for building purchase, will be published in the TC Palm/Stuart News on February 23, 2019.

SSN: SCOTUS Just Made a Landmark Ruling that Reins in the Power of Government

SCOTUS Just Made a Landmark Ruling that Reins in the Power of Government

February 25, 2019 - 8:00am  
It got little attention on such a busy news day, but the Supreme Court issued a landmark rulinglast Wednesday for property rights.
The court unanimously ruled that the Eighth Amendment protection against excessive fines in cases of individuals charged or convicted of a crime applies not only to the federal government but also to the states’ seizure of property and other assets.
The particular case involved someone who was convicted for dealing drugs. Indiana authorities seized and auctioned off his Land Rover, even though it was not purchased with drug money, on grounds that he used it to commit crimes by driving it while dealing drugs (with that kind of tenuous connection, they could have seized his sneakers, too.)
Mike Huckabee, a resident of Seaside, is a Christian minister who served as the governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007 and was a Republican candidate for president in the primaries of both 2008 and 2016.  This column appeared Sunday on explainlife.com.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Simon Black: Some clear thinking about Amazon’s ‘shocking’ tax incentives

Some clear thinking about Amazon’s ‘shocking’ tax incentives


Thursday, February 7, 2019

(What’s Left of) Our Economy: A Laughable Indictment of Trump’s World Bank Choice

(What’s Left of) Our Economy: A Laughable Indictment of Trump’s World Bank Choice

by  in (What's Left of) Our Economy

I was going to post this morning on more implications of yesterday’s new monthly U.S. trade figures, but as so often happens, the Mainstream Media has just come out with an article whose mind-boggling cluelessness reveals such deep-seated biases that I had to switch gears. Special bonus – it didn’t even come from a mainstay of the establishmentarian U.S. foreign policy and globalization Blob. Instead, we have the Financial Times editorial board to thank.
What other conclusion can be reasonably drawn from the FT editorial slamming President Trump’s appointment of David Malpass to head the World Bank?
Not that Malpass has been God’s Gift to Economics or to the cause of third world economic development. But according to the FT, a big problem with Malpass is that he lacks the leadership experience as well as intellectual and often political heft of previous U.S. choices like – wait for it – Robert S. McNamara.
That’s right – the same Robert McNamara who deserves such blame for the American disaster in Vietnam...

Monday, February 4, 2019

Texas Can Get Trump's Border Wall Accomplished

Texas Can Get Trump's Border Wall Accomplished

February 4, 2019 | By Jonathon Moseley

Texas can make a border wall happen.  Many worry that courts will block President Donald Trump from building a border wall with funds reprogrammed from other projects under a declaration of an emergency.  However, Texas is in the more conservative Fifth Circuit, not the Ninth.
As an attorney who worked for Judicial Watch and more recently for Larry Klayman at Freedom Watch, this topic has prompted legal research by the author.
The border wall should be built exclusively in Texas at first, postponing California, Arizona, and New Mexico until after the Texas border is secure.  That will keep lawsuits in the Fifth Circuit and out of the Ninth.  Texas can make this happen.
  1. Texas governor Greg Abbott should formally request that the president issue a declaration of an emergency.
  1. Abbott should declare a state-level emergency.
  1. Abbott should ask Texas officials to compile incidents of violence, gang activity, drug-smuggling, human-smuggling, sex-trafficking, etc. to document grounds for an emergency.
  1. Abbott should make demand invoking Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution that the federal government "shall" protect Texas against "invasion" by armed gangs and criminals.
  1. The Texas Legislature should pass a resolution invoking Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution that the federal government "shall" protect Texas against "domestic violence" spread from Mexico across the border, including armed gangs and criminals, drug-smuggling, human-smuggling, sex slavery, etc.
Decision-makers need to stop viewing this topic as one single step or as mutually exclusive with other actions.  Trump should declare a national emergency while still negotiating with Congress for appropriations.  It is not "either-or."  He can reprogram funds in a later, separate step.
Section 4, Article 4 of the U.S. Constitution commands the U.S. government – unconditionally – as follows (emphasis added):
"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive  (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence."
Congress passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006, mandating the following:
Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take all actions the Secretary determines necessary and appropriate to achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States, to include the following[:] ... (2) physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful entry by aliens[.]
The law further mandates that "operational control" means "the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband."
Notice "entire" border.  Notice "prevention of all unlawful entries."  The act requires "all" of the border to be 100% secure, not just 700 miles, as people say.  The secretary of DHS has to decide what type of barrier is best in various sections.  But the result must – with no discretion – prevent "all" unauthorized entry.
However, Congress never appropriated sufficient money to fund the construction authorized by the Secure Fence Act.  It was yet another lie by politicians.  Yet under an emergency, any president can repurpose funds under the authority of 33 U.S. Code §2293.
President Trump's declaration of a national emergency would be unassailable in the courts if backed by a declaration of a state-level emergency; a request from Texas for a declaration of a national emergency; the legislative command of the Secure Fence Act of 2006; and a constitutional command of Article IV, Section 4.
Attorney General Greg Abbott – now governor – sent several letters to President Barack Obama calling for action.  One letter responded to bullets fired from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico that struck City Hall in El Paso, Texas on June 30, 2010.  See Texas Capitol Report, El Paso Times, June 30, 2010. 
Dear Mr. President,
Deadly violence from drug cartels and transnational gangs in Mexico is knocking on the United States' door with ever increasing frequency.  Yesterday, gunfire from the cartels pierced that threshold and struck City Hall in El Paso.  Fortunately no one was injured or killed.  But that good fortune was not the result of effective border control – it was mere luck that the bullets struck buildings rather than bodies.
Luck and good fortune are not effective border enforcement policies.  The shocking reality of cross border gunfire proves the cold reality: American lives are at risk.  As the attached news article notes: "More than 1,300 people have been murdered in Juárez this year as a war continues relentlessly between the Juárez and Sinaloa drug cartels."  Americans must be protected as this deadly war bulges at our border.
Law enforcement officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety and your own U.S. Customs and Border Protection will reveal the hard truth.  Our state is under constant assault from illegal activity threatening a porous border.
The time for talk has passed.  The time for action is now.  The need is urgent.  Each day that passes increases the likelihood that an American life will be lost because of the federal government's failure to secure the border.
This threat demands immediate and effective action by your Administration to secure our border.  As the Attorney General of Texas, I urge you to make border security your top priority so that no more innocent lives are lost to border violence.
A 48-year-old woman shopping in El Paso was struck in the leg by bullets that flew across the border from Ciudad Juárez while pushing a stroller on a busy downtown El Paso street (Fox News, February 22, 2012).
On October 8, 2015, The Daily Mail reported: "[A] gang of drug traffickers tried to hide from US border patrol agents next to [Olissa's] home. ... Olissa, of McAllen, Texas, lives two blocks from the border, and her home is less than a mile from the most dangerous Mexican border city, which has a higher murder rate than many war zones."
Abbott should immediately order a meticulous update of survey data of the whole border, even requesting LANDSAT satellite images.  Texas could upgrade roads and muster mobile housing for workers to move along the border as work progresses, water trucks, stockpiles of food, and cargo trucks.
Texas should immediately acquire 1,000-foot easements along the border by eminent domain where needed.  Under Kelo v. City of New London, Connecticut, 545 U.S. 469 (2005), lawsuits cannot stop eminent domain, only squabble after the fact over payments.  The correct approach is for only an easement, not the "designed to fail" approach of taking entire ranches whole to artificially drive up the cost.
If Trump starts in the Fifth Circuit, opponents can delay the project.  But they cannot stop it.  The sooner we start, the sooner we will get it finished.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

CFP: Communism Making Comeback as Globalism

Communism Making Comeback as Globalism

By  —— Bio and Archives--January 31, 2019

“It’s a brave new world,” one in which radicals are elected to high office in a system more corrupt and ignorant than ever imagined possible. The voters believe in the “shiny illusions of socialist/communist hell and are racing to implementation.”
Americans are not quite sure when the surge to communism finally planted its roots in the population at large and things began to change. Some argue it was the 1950s, others the 1960s. Over time, the corrupt main stream media and the progressive-controlled education system brought us slowly but surely to today when good people are overwhelmed by manufactured news and personal attacks meant to marginalize anyone who disagrees with the socialist agenda, while the entire system of liberty and justice for all is collapsing.

The dangerous cult of personality which mesmerized an entire nation into submission to a magical black president now includes Millennials like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), who, despite her International Relations degree, is, by her own admission, totally ignorant of world politics, and two Muslim women who took their oath on a book that contradicts everything our Constitution stands for and are flinging vulgarities and anti-Israel /anti-American insults to the American public...
Read the rest of the article at CanadaFreePress.com...

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