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THE IMPONDERABLES
by Burt Prelutsky
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The Trump Effect on Illegal Immigration Is Real
by Political Editors:  One of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign promises was his commitment to dealing with the growing problem of illegal immigration. And since he took office there has been significant and measurable improvement — so much so that trying to illegally cross over into America via the southern border has never been more difficult. Here is a brief look at the progress he’s made.
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement reports that illegal immigration is down 24% from the same time last year.

  • Upon taking office Trump ordered the hiring of 10,000 new ICE agents and 5,000 more Border Patrol agents.

  • The Department of Homeland Security reports that illegal entry into the U.S. is at the lowest level since at least 2000 if not the early 1970s.

  • The apprehension rate of illegals caught crossing the border today (55% to 85%) has increased significantly from just 10 years ago (35% to 70%).

  • The House of Representatives recently passed the Criminal Alien Removal Act. This will give law enforcement tools and resources to specifically move more effectively against criminal gangs, such as MS-13. It will also prevent gang members from gaining eligibility for asylum as well as other immigration benefits.

  • Trump has reversed Barack liar-nObama’s “catch and release” policy, which had allowed individuals awaiting court proceedings to be paroled from detention before their court hearing. He also recently suspended liar-nObama’s illegally implemented DACA program, sending it to Congress — from which laws are supposed to be created.

Getting tough on illegal immigration may be Trump’s most impressive accomplishment thus far.  ~The Patriot Post
https://patriotpost.us/articles/51400


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Trump may add up to 9 more countries to
travel ban, but with less severe restrictions: Report
by Anna Giaritelli
{washingtonexaminer.com} ~ The Trump administration is getting ready to add countries to its list of six nations whose citizens are banned from traveling to the U.S. due to national security concerns... according to a report Friday morning. The Department of Homeland Security proposal would go into effect Sunday, the expiration of the 90-day travel ban against select countries in the Middle East and North Africa. DHS recently flagged 17 unspecified nations that have failed to meet U.S. standards for screening travelers and ignored other government mandates... http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-may-add-up-to-9-more-countr...
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San Francisco sues Exxon over
'warming,' but there's 1 huge problem ...
by ART MOORE
{wnd.com} ~ Just as prominent climate-change scientists are admitting their models predicting global warming were wrong, the city of San Francisco is suing five of the world’s largest oil and gas companies based on the “scientific consensus”... that mankind is causing catastrophic damage to the planet through fossil fuels and other carbon emissions. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in California court accuses the oil companies – including Chevron, Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips – of ignoring warnings that fossil fuels would cause global warming and of engaging in campaigns to discredit the claims of climate scientists, the Associated Press reported. The city of Oakland, at least two California counties and another city have filed separate but similar suits...  http://www.wnd.com/2017/09/san-francisco-sues-exxon-over-warming-de...
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Robert Mueller requests more 
details about Mike Flynn investigation
by Diana Stancy Correll
{washingtonexaminer.com} ~ Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating more details concerning former national security adviser Mike Flynn and what White House officials knew about his federal investigation at the beginning of 2017... according to a report Wednesday. Mueller has indicated his team plans to interview White House officials and additionally, his team asked for documents concerning Flynn and a Justice Department warning about Flynn's ties to a Russian diplomat, the Wall Street Journal reported. Mueller's probe, which was started on the premise of investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin, is reportedly looking into whether President Trump and other officials attempted to thwart the Russia investigation... http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/robert-mueller-requests-more-deta...
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Dem. Rep: RINO-McCain Will Make ‘Good Choices’  
On liar-nObamacare Repeal Because He’s Dying
by LIAM CLANCY
{dailycaller.com} ~ Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright said Tuesday night that RINO-John McCain will make “good choices” on liar-nObamacare repeal because he is “staring death in the face,”... a video obtained by the Daily Caller reveals. “Something tells me RINO-McCain, he’s staring death in the face right now, so he’s probably going to make good choices. He’s not going to bend to political pressure,” Cartwright told a town hall audience at Scheller Center at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Tamaqua, PA... http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/21/dem-rep-mccain-will-make-good-cho...
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Tucker Smacks Down Rob Reiner 
And Hollywood’s ‘War’ With Russia
by KATIE JERKOVICH
{dailycaller.com} ~ Fox News host Tucker Carlson had Hollywood director Rob Reiner spinning Thursday night when he came on his show to talk about Hollywood’s latest video declaring that America is at “war” with Russia... “When we say we’re at war, we are talking about a cyber war,” the 70-year-old film producer and member of the Committee to Investigate Russia group explained on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “A couple of things. First you’ve aligned yourself with people like Max Boot and David Frum who have long advocated for real wars, hot wars,” The Daily Caller co-founder told Reiner. “Both of them were big advocates of the war in Iraq predicated on the idea that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.”... http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/21/tucker-smacks-down-rob-reiner-and...
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THE IMPONDERABLES
by Burt Prelutsky


I believe the reason that I enjoy reading mysteries is because no matter how many questions are raised along the way, in the end logical answers are provided.

As you have no doubt noticed, that is the opposite of the way things work in the real world.

For instance, I try to avoid Starbuck’s because I know the guy behind it is Howard Schultz, a rabid liberal, and I prefer not to provide him with money I know he will share with left-wing groups and politicians. It is the same reason I don’t buy Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream or any of the Paul Newman products that line my market’s shelves.

And yet, I recently heard that left-wing feminists are calling for a boycott of the coffee giant. Not a complete boycott, you understand, because even the most ardent feminists wouldn’t expect people to completely forego over-priced java.  Instead, they want people to boycott pumpkin spice lattes, which I shouldn’t think would constitute too great a sacrifice.

It seems the ladies are upset because apparently there are a few Starbucks located in buildings owned by Trump. So, it’s a matter of guilt by association, which apparently was a cardinal sin during the so-called Commie witch hunts of the 1950s, but not such a big deal these days.

● Meanwhile, over at Harvard, they hired Chelsea Manning to be a Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Instead of coming right out and saying they craved the attention they’d receive for having a notable freak on campus, they explained: “She speaks on the social, technological and economic ramifications of Artificial Intelligence. As a trans woman, she advocates for queer and transgender rights.”

What the school didn’t explain was what any of that has to do with the purpose of the JFK School of Government or why they’d want to place an advocate in an academic position, when it obviously makes more sense for that person to get a job with the appropriate advocacy group.

Then there are the semantic problems that leap out at you. Since when has it become permissible in polite society to call queer people “queers”? What’s next?  Fags? Fairies? Poofs? Flamers? Pansies? Fruits?

All of that, of course, was before Harvard decided to un-hire Chelsea Manning. It seems that in spite of all those very special qualities that Ms. Manning brought with her, Harvard decided they couldn’t stand up to the backlash. It’s probably just as well. After all, it would seem like a sick joke if Chelsea Manning would henceforth be known as a Fellow. At the very least, it would be an ironic title to bestow on someone who used to be an actual fellow, but found the burden of manhood simply too much to bear.

It’s worth noting that prior to Harvard’s change of heart, former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrel had immediately resigned his own Harvard Fellowship because he refused to work for an institution that would honor a convicted felon who had leaked classified information.

I tried to remember the last time I heard about someone resigning as a matter of principle. But I stopped after an hour or so because my head was starting to hurt.

● When Donald Trump was down in Florida checking out the damage wrought by Hurricane Irma, I noticed Marco Rubio in the throng of officeholders standing behind the President. Since the last time I had seen the two men together was onstage during the Republican primary debates, I half-expected to see little Marco flashing the two-finger horn over Trump’s head. But no such luck.

● I have two pieces of advice for Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. The first is that they consider handing the job off to a couple of guys who wholeheartedly support the agenda that got Donald Trump elected.

Next, in opposing Bernie Sanders, don’t let him get away with calling his plan Single Payer Health Care. It sounds far too benevolent, especially as it makes it sound like God is going to pick up the tab, when, in fact, it’s the American taxpayer who will be crushed. Instead, always refer to it as Socialized Medicine, and let the Democrats try to pretend it’s not.

Heck, if Harvard can call homosexuals “queers,” there’s no reason why Republicans need to mince words.

● In College Park, Maryland, the city council has decided that illegal aliens will be allowed to vote in local elections. The mayor has made a point of saying that they wouldn’t be permitted to cast ballots in presidential elections, but even as he said it, his nose sprouted several inches and a couple of pigeons flew down and perched on it.

Once you grant a person who is not only not an American citizen, but is a criminal trespasser, the right to vote in certain elections, it is merely a matter of time until he’s voting in any election he feels like.

● I understand that Kim Jong-un keeps firing off missiles because, one, he gets a kick out of terrifying Japan, South Korea and, to a lesser degree, the United States, and, two, he keeps racking up chips to use in the coming negotiations.

What I don’t get is how can he be so sure that the rockets flying over Japan and into the Ocean or the ones he sends into the South China Sea, are going to land harmlessly in the water? As reluctant as everyone seems to be to confront him, the stakes would surely be raised if one of those missiles hits a Japanese fishing boat or an American cruiser.  

● I used to think that black Americans had hit rock bottom when they were insisting that Ebonics was an actual language and had a place in the curriculum on college campuses. Now I can only look back at my younger self and scoff at my naivety.

In my defense, however, could anyone imagine that people as ignorant as Rep. Maxine Waters would say she feared “If Kim Jong-un nuked America, President Trump would declare war on North Korea” or that ESPN host Jemele Hill would say “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has mostly surrounded himself with other white supremacists” or that Rep. Hank Johnson would worry that if too many Navy families were settled on Guam, it might tip over or that Loretta Lynch would say, well, just about anything.

● Finally, although I’ve heard that God created little green apples, I don’t believe Adam would have been tempted by one of those. Having only recently tasted my first Envy apple, I prefer to believe those were the ones growing in the Garden of Eden. And if I’m right, Adam probably decided, all things considered, it was worth the eviction notice. What’s more, I bet he filled a bag with them before he and Eve headed East.


If you want to Comment directly to Burt Prelutsky, please mention my name Rudy. BurtPrelutsky@aol.com

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