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Roe v. Wade and the Confusion 
of Sen. rino-Collins 
by Bill Murchison 
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{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ One of the strongest geopolitical alliances exists between the U.S. and Japan... President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are not only good friends, but also work well together toward regional goals for a denuclearized Korean peninsula. Additionally, the U.S-Japan alliance is bolstered by a respectful economic partnership; and the appearance of Secretary Pompeo arriving in Japan to brief Prime Minister Abe on his discussions with the DPRK also highlights the importance of the relationship.   https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/07/07/secretary-pompeo-ar...
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No, President Trump Is Not Purging The Military Of Immigrants
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{ taskandpurpose.com } ~ The Department of Defense is strongly disputing a recent article by the Associated Press that suggests the United States Army has begun purging its ranks of non-U.S. citizens... as the Trump administration ramps up efforts to crack down on illegal immigration. The July 5 article centers on the plight of immigrant recruits attempting to enter the military through the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program, which was launched in 2008 to attract more recruits with critical skills such as doctors, nurses, and those who speak strategically valuable languages like Chinese, Dari, Farsi, and Russian by offering them an expedited path to citizenship. Service members who’ve enlisted through the MAVNI program represent only a small percentage of immigrants in the military, the vast majority of whom joined through the same channels as their U.S.-born counterparts. Titled “US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits,” the AP story reports that “some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged.” The story implies that institutionalized xenophobia might be behind the a recent spike in the number of MAVNI recruits being “booted” from the program...
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Devin Nunes: Evidence Underlying Carter Page FISA 
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{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes appeared on Fox News with Jeanine Pirro to discuss the ongoing investigations into the DOJ, FBI and State Department.   https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/07/07/devin-nunes-evidenc...
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100 Days of Fire 

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{ israeltoday.co.il } ~ For the last 100 days not a single day has passed in which fields and forests were not set ablaze by Hamas kites and balloons... During these 100 days, Israel did next to nothing to stop Hamas from burning Israel's southern Negev region. Justifying Israel's policy of containment and appeasement is possible only by trying really hard. Containment and appeasement, the legal daughters of defeatism, have accompanied Jews in exile for a very long time. In exile, where they were a defenseless, persecuted minority, containment and appeasement were entirely understandable, a necessary evil that allowed Jews to survive. This approach to conflict resolution is recited three times a day at the conclusion of the Amidah prayer – "let my soul be mute to those who curse me and let my soul be as dust before all." Two thousand years of recitation have done their job, and made this approach second nature, a habit difficult to abandon. And it is not as if we haven't tried. From the 1920s to the 1940s, the Jewish society in Israel was deeply divided between those who opposed appeasement (revisionists) and those who supported it (labor parties). Back then, those supporting appeasement feared that retaliation would endanger the small and vulnerable Jewish population in mandatory Palestine. Containment, then, was believed to be an effective way to appease the Arabs and the British, but it never really worked out that way...
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Exalted Righteousness, Tawdry Methods Lead to Walk Away
by Clarice Feldman

{ americanthinker.com } ~ Victor Davis Hanson, writing in American Greatness, surveys how history’s bad ideas inspire the “progressives.”... He focuses on the plans for court packing, the resegregation of students in universities, the growing movements to censor speech, restaurants’ decision to refuse service to those whose views they disagree with and local governments’ nullification of laws sanctuary cities. The common themes in all these schemes are innate to progressivism. To survive and spread, exalted righteousness always excuses tawdry methods, given the supposed ignorance and gullibility of the unenlightened. Short-term expediency is well worth the goal of regaining power. Any smell from low tactics later can be perfumed away -- once power is back in the correct hands. Unfortunately for them, it seems not to be working so well this time. The growing #WalkAway movement, in which lifelong dummycrats-Democrats publicly announce they are walking away from the party, shows they supposed wrong about “the ignorance and gullibility of the unenlightened.”...
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Roe v. Wade and the Confusion 
of Sen. rino-Collins 

by Bill Murchison

{ townhall.com } ~ Neat! We know what the Supreme Court debate is all about -- the debate, that is to say, over who shall take retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat.

The debate is about abortion.

Or so declares Sen. rino-Susan Collins, the Republican moderate from Maine, whose vote could prove essential to confirmation of whatever nominee the White House puts forward: "A candidate for this important post who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me. That would indicate an activist agenda that I don't want to see a judge have. And that would indicate to me a failure to respect precedent."

Where to begin? Almost anywhere, I warrant.

Let's start with the right to abortion, a piece of Supreme Court craftsmanship from 1973. No authority, prior to the Roe decision, had believed, or asserted, that the right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy lay draped, undiscovered, in the folds of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Aha, said seven justices, speaking for the court. Here it is! We had to search, but we found it: No law can take from any woman the basic if previously undiscovered right to an abortion.

And that was that. Supposedly. Except that the country soon learned that perhaps half our fellow citizens either thought the high court was out of its mind, or else accepted that abortion might be permissible under circumstances less sweeping than laid out in Roe. A likely never-to-be-finished controversy began almost the minute the justices went to lunch.

But a Supreme Court nominee unpledged to last-ditch defense of the Supreme Court's 1973 job of judicial engineering wouldn't get Sen. rino-Collins' vote.

You don't say. I duly note that this is the nature of things when law and the divergent art of politics collide. Don't look for the logic in these occasions.

The second thing to notice here is Sen. rino-Collins' adamancy as to what she calls precedent. If the court said it -- by golly -- that's it! Dissenters, be off!

Sure would have been fun in the 1950s and '60s watching the future Sen. rino-Collins, or her intellectual avatars, attack Brown v. Board of Education -- the school desegregation case -- for its disregard of precedent. Precedent cf Plessy vs. Ferguson, 1896, and Lum v. Rice, 1927 was squarely on the side of the states' claimed right to segregate the races. In Brown, the court said dismissively, "Plessy v. Ferguson is overruled." Minds change; the world moves on. The higher truths endure; not so, in every case, the interpretations we fallible folk put on things.

I do hope Sen. rino-Collins is not downing one dry martini after another, hoping to blot out the dire prospect of a Brown-like overrule of Roe. As a piece of judicial mischief -- unanchored, that is to say, in precedent or moral reasoning, Roe deserves to fall on its face in the mud. However, I don't think that's likely to happen. Not in our own time, anyway.

Roe, by now, due to the love it inspires in feminist activists and their well-wishers -- due as well to the culture's acclimation to the idea of detaching sex and its consequences from childbirth -- enjoys enormous support. That it doesn't deserve such support is beside the point, politically speaking. Were the Supreme Court suddenly to sweep Roe down the back steps, with the household dust and dead insects, there would occur such tumult as the political process is not well fitted for. A likelier near-term prospect than reversal is gradual acceptance by the court of state laws making abortion harder and more expensive to achieve. This, while -- maybe -- the moral environment becomes friendlier to the idea that bringing new humans into the world is not the bad or oppressive thing it is often said to be.

In any case, how useful to note Sen. rino-Collins' confusion between the abiding principles of law and the politics of the moment. It is a very modern kind of confusion, making the stakes in Supreme Court confirmation hard to discern. It is enough to know the present stakes are altitudinous: far, far less about Roe v. Wade than about prospects for the survival of American freedoms.

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Ignored By Media: Trump Is Using Obama’s National Emergency On Mexican Cartels To Build The Border Wall

President Trump declared a State of Emergency at the US southern border on Friday.

Declaring the immigration crisis a national emergency was overdue. Presidents have declared national emergencies for nearly 50 years.

Barack Obama declared 13 national emergencies, 11 of which continue to this day. The Obama emergencies included the Swine Flu, Flint water crisis and Iran.

And Obama declared the Mexican drug cartels a national emergency in 2011.

Congress believes President Trump has $21 billion in unobligated military construction funding money available for the border wall with Mexico.

Now this was mostly ignored by the liberal media. President Trump is using Barack Obama’s previous national emergency on Mexican drug cartels to get funding for the border wall.

Via Law and Crime:

As it turns out, back in 2011 then-President Barack Obama issued an executive order “blocking property of transnational criminal organizations organizations.” Obama cited his authority as granted through the Constitution to invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. 1701, and the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1601. The latter is the same legislation that Trump is citing to get funding for the wall to achieve his immigration reform goals. That executive order targeted a number of criminal organizations, including the Mexican Los Zetas cartel, an ally of the MS-13 gang President Trump has regularly called out as a danger to Americans.

“Drugs, gangs and people — an invasion,” Trump said on Friday. “We have an invasion coming into this country.”

Trump all but thanked his predecessor on Friday.

“We may be using one of the national emergencies that [Obama] signed having to do with criminal cartels… it’s a very good national emergency… we’re going to be using parts of it,” he said.

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