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The only positive thing I can say about our current immigration policy is that thanks to the dummycrats-Democrats insisting on keeping our borders open and doing away with ICE; creating sanctuary cities and states; preventing foreign felons from being deported or even jailed; encouraging illegal aliens to vote; refusing to do away with chain migration and the visa lottery; and, in every instance, putting the concerns of foreigners ahead of the concerns of American citizens, the dummycrats-Democrats stand to lose seats in both houses of Congress next November.

One of the few politicians in Washington who seems to have given the problem the attention it deserves is Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas. A recipient of the Bronze Star, former 2nd Lt. Cotton served in both Iraq and Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne.

Last September, he delivered a speech at Hillsdale College’s eighth annual Constitution Day Celebration. It seems that he has what constitutes a novel idea -- novel at least for a U.S. senator -- namely that our immigration policy should exist in order to benefit America, not as a pressure release for the social and economic failures of Mexico, Honduras, Columbia, El Salvador and Venezuela.

One of the many salient points he made was that as a result of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, signed by Lyndon Johnson, we now have a million unskilled immigrants a year pouring into the country, mainly because they happen to be related to people who are already here. “That is why,” Sen. Cotton points out, “we have more Somalia-born residents than Australians, even though Australia is nearly twice the size of Somalia, and Australians are better prepared, as a general rule, to integrate and assimilate into the American way of life.”

What’s more, they speak English, mate.

Sen. Cotton goes on: “In sum, over 36 million immigrants, or 94% of the total have come to America over the past 50 years for reasons having nothing to do with employment. And that’s to say nothing of the over 24 illegal immigrants who have come here. Put them together and you have 60 million immigrants, legal and illegal, who did not come to this country because of a job offer or because of their skills. That’s like adding almost the entire population of the United Kingdom. And this is still leaving aside the millions of temporary guest workers who we import every year into our country.

“Unlike many open-border zealots, I don’t believe the law of supply and demand is magically repealed for the labor markets. That means that our immigration system has been depressing wages for people who work with their hands and on their feet. Wages for Americans with high school diplomas are down two percent since the late 1970s. For Americans who didn’t finish high school, they’re down a staggering 17 percent. Although immigration has a minimal effect overall on the wages of Americans, it has a severe negative effect on low-skilled workers, minorities, and even recent immigrants.

“Is automation to blame in part? Sure. Globalized trade? Yes, of course. But there’s no denying that a steady supply of cheap, unskilled labor has hurt working-class wages as well. Among those three factors, immigration policy is the one we can control most easily for the benefit of American workers. Yet we’ve done the opposite.

“I know the response of open-border enthusiasts: they plead that we need a steady supply of cheap unskilled labor because there are ‘jobs that no American will do.’ But that just isn’t so. There is no job Americans won’t do. In fact, there’s no industry on which the majority of workers are not natural-born Americans -- not landscapers, not construction workers, not ski instructors, not lifeguards, not resort workers, not childcare workers -- not a single job that over-educated elites associate with immigrants. The simple fact is, if the wage is decent and the employer obeys the law, Americans will do any job. And for tough, dangerous, and physically demanding jobs, maybe working folks do deserve a bit of a raise.

“’No American will do that job.’ Let me just pause for a moment and confess how much I detest that sentiment. In addition to being ignorant of the economic facts, it’s insulting, condescending, and demeaning of our countrymen. Millions of Americans make our hotel beds and build our houses and clean our offices; imagine how they feel when they hear some pampered elite say no American will do their job. And finally, I must say, that sentiment also carries more than a whiff of the very prejudice of which they accuse those concerned about the effects of mass immigration."

I don’t often quote a politician at such length, but that’s because none of them, with the exception of Donald Trump, ever says anything worth repeating, except to serve as targets for my ridicule.

⦿   Speaking of questions, one that I would frequently ask people is how old they would think they were if they didn’t know their actual age. Interestingly enough, only one person ever told me he would think he was older than he was. At the time, he was about 55 and said he'd guess he was 65.

Recently, when my wife asked me that question, probably because I wasn’t suffering with a sore back or painful fingers from an attack of rheumatoid arthritis at the time, I said, “Mid-fifties.”

In fact, if it wasn’t for those damn mirrors, I'd probably say mid-40s.

⦿   In real life, I have never known a couple that ever remarried the same person after getting a divorce, but in the rarified world occupied by celebrities it is almost commonplace.

I was already aware of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, but with eight marriages to her credit, it was almost impossible that she wouldn’t have married the same guy twice. The same holds true for Larry King, who has been married nine times, twice to someone named Alene Akins.

But the list is a lot longer than you’d guess. It includes Ben Stein and Alexandra Denman, Stan Laurel and Virginia Roger, Barbara Walters and Merv Adelson, Pamela Sue Anderson and Rick Salomon, Richard Pryor and both Jennifer Lee and Flynn Belaine, Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers) and Kim Scott, Judge Judy and Jerry Sheindlin, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, Elliott Gould and Jennifer Bogart, Marie Osmond and Steve Craig, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Gladys Portugues, Dionne Warwick and William Elliott, Paul Hogan and Noeline Edwards, Rosemary Clooney and José Ferrer, George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst, Lana Turner and Steve Crane, Jane Wyman and Fred Karger, William Saroyan and Carol Marcus, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner and, finally, Rodney Dangerfield and Joyce Indig. 

While it’s true that a few of these couples stayed married the second time around, the majority didn’t and, instead, provided their divorce attorneys with a second bite of the apple.

I’m not sure how to explain it, but my theory is that those who achieve great fame and fortune, particularly in show business, are simply too arrogant to admit they made a mistake and move on like normal unhappily married people.

⦿   Speaking of dummies in authority, as some of you already know, here in California, the state legislature keeps passing one insane bill after another. Just the other day, while having lunch with my wife at a coffee shop, I found myself on the verge of making a citizen’s arrest when our waitress, the brazen hussy, broke the law by handing us plastic straws.

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DON'T COME AND DO NOT BRING KIDS.   GOD WHAT MAKES PEOPLE THINK THEY CAN JUST MARCH INTO THIS COUNTRY...........................................................

they were told by their country, by previous pres and liar-nObama they are welcome which is a big lie




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TEA PARTY -> Lois Lerner Case Explodes:
IRS Docs Link McCain’s Office To Tea Party Attacks


Since announcing his brain cancer was terminal, Arizon Sen. John McCain has continued to make headlines, but not due to his medical status. Instead, it has been one controversy after another revolving around him, and now one more had been added to the list.

This one is based in his dislike not for Ted Cruz or Rand Paul, but of the tea party.

McCain has never really endeared himself to conservatives, and he made his feeling public about the tea party movement at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in 2015, according to a Yahoo report.

“I think also — I probably shouldn’t say this — but some of (the tea party) appeals to the bad angels of our nature rather than the better angels of our nature,” McCain said.

This attitude ties into the latest scandal swirling around McCain.

One of a number of scandals that plagued President Barack Obama and his administration involved the IRS targeting tea party groups after 2010. It seemed that their tax-exempt status requests were denied or delayed due to intense political partisanship in the agency.

In May 2013, The Washington Post reported that the IRS’s exempt-organizations division director Lois Lerner “let slip” the week prior “that low-level IRS staffers had focused extra scrutiny on conservative groups with words such as ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their names.”

In addition, “internal reviews have shown that Lerner knew about the targeting in 2011 — but neither Congress nor the public knew until (2013).” Despite this, Lerner was never prosecuted and was allowed to retire with her taxpayer-funded pension intact.

This did not change, even after House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican, and Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam, an Illinois Republican, wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In it, they begged him to reopen a probe into the matter, according to Jay Sekulow, chief council for the American Center for Law and Justice, writing in a commentary for Fox News.

When President Donald Trump was sworn into office, some held out hope that the perceived injustices from Obama’s tenure would somehow be made right. However, in September 2017, Trump’s administration had already preemptively declined to pursue criminal charges against Lerner “based on the available evidence,” according to Fox News.

But more has since been uncovered about the scandal. Government watchdog group Judicial Watch has obtained and released “internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.”

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JW President @TomFitton: Much of what you know about the IRS scandal is thanks to JW... Our new docs show the scandal is bipartisan in nature. A McCain staffer suggested Lois Lerner audit all of the 501(c)(4) groups in a way that'd be financially ruinous.

Meeting notes from April 30, 2013, involving Kerner, Lerner, “and other high-ranking IRS officials” were obtained by JW. With the meeting taking place only 10 days before the IRS scandal exploded into the public view, they are particularly incriminating against Kerner and Lerner:

“Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time.”

“Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely.”

“Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints.”

“Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.”

Thus far, there is no evidence that McCain knew about or directed Kerner to take such action. It is plausible that Kerner, knowing of McCain’s dislike of the tea party, opted to be a proactive and loyal staffer by urging the IRS to take action against the groups.

But McCain’s personality does little to keep him far removed from the scandal and tongues are wagging with speculation as to his involvement. Regardless, McCain’s frosty relationship with President Donald Trump has not made the Arizona senator many fans among Trump supporters.

New suspicions about him betraying the tea party won’t help matters at all.


Chelsea Handler Says Fox Doesn’t Work With
Black People, Obviously Doesn’t Watch Network

Humor is supposed to be based on truth. After all, the reason we laugh at a joke or scenario is because it triggers a feeling of recognition about reality, especially if it’s presented in an unexpected way.

It doesn’t look like “comedian” Chelsea Handler has a very firm grasp on truth or reality, however.

After a production error during a Fox News broadcast was called out by users on Twitter, the raunchy and sex-obsessed Handler tried to bash the network … but ended up showing off her ignorance instead.

“Fox News honored Aretha Franklin by using a graphic that contained a photo of Patti LaBelle,” the comedian and television host posted on Twitter Thursday evening.

That part was true enough: Fox admitted that they made a mistake on a background slide during a tribute to the late soul singer, and accidentally showed a faded photo of LaBelle. The main image still showed Franklin, who passed away on Thursday in Detroit.

Broadcast television is complex, which you would think Handler understands after being involved in TV for many years. Honest mistakes happen on every network. But no: In Handler’s alternate reality, the only explanation for the mistake was racism.

“It’s probably hard for anyone who works at Fox News to tell black people apart because they’ve never worked with any,” she declared.

Chelsea Handler  @chelseahandler

Fox News honored Aretha Franklin by using a graphic that contained a photo of Patti LaBelle. It’s probably hard for anyone who works at Fox News to tell black people apart because they’ve never worked with any.

Was she trying to be bitter or funny? It was hard to tell, but either way, that statement shows just how isolated the Hollywood left is from reality.

If she really believes that Fox has “never worked with any” black people, maybe she should try an experiment: Actually watch the channel for a minute.

She would probably tune in to the face of Harris Faulkner, the enthusiastic and Emmy-winning host of “Outnumbered,” which airs every single weekday.

Or, maybe she could get a clue from Deneen Borelli, another well-known face of Fox News for nearly a decade. How about the venerable Juan Williams, co-host of “The Five” and a “Fox News Sunday” regular for over 20 years?

Nah. They apparently don’t count, because Handler would rather live in an alternate reality of ignorance than admit she was the one making racial assumptions.

We’re not finished! Moving on to frequent guest contributors to Fox News, how about Candace Owens? Brandon Tatum? Ben Carson? Larry Elder? All of these smart individuals are familiar faces at Fox, and all are — look closely! — African American.

That’s saying nothing of the behind-the-scenes staff at Fox, a good number of whom are of course black. In fact, it’s completely possible the photo mix-up was accidentally made by a black employee. Handler openly assumed the race of the staff members who made the error, while knowing nothing.

Once again, the left has tipped their hand and revealed just how elitist and out of touch they are.

Handler has likely never turned on Fox News in her life, yet she thinks she’s an expert on it. She eagerly diminishes and waves away the contributions of black Americans to one of the most popular news stations in the nation, while lecturing others about race.

This type of attitude implies that only “liberal approved” black voices count. If they don’t parrot a 43-year-old white comedian’s politics, they’re invisible to her.

That arrogant view, and not an honest editing mistake, is perhaps the real outrage here … and it’s exactly why so many black voters are walking away from the left.

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