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PUERTO RICO & OTHER HEADACHES
by Burt Prelutsky
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Tuesday Top Headlines
Democrats promise to derail Congress until Dream Act passes (The Washington Times)
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At least 10 dead in Northern California fires and blocks of homes destroyed in Santa Rosa (The Sacramento Bee)
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Majority of households paying liar-nObamaCare penalty are low and middle-income (The Washington Free Beacon)
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Trump says he will act on health care — with or without Congress (The Washington Times)
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liar-nObama’s presidential library will have everything but a library of his records — Most Transparent Library in History (Chicago Tribune)
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Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery just got even more expensive — DHS ends waiver of protectionist shipping law that drives up costs. (Reason)
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Twitter blocks Marsha Blackburn’s pro-life campaign ad (National Review)
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Google sponsors event honoring president of nation’s largest abortion provider (CNS News)
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FBI cites black extremists as new domestic terrorist threat (Fox News)
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Humor: American Heart Association sued for discrimination against trans fats (The Babylon Bee)
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Policy: When it comes to cost of living, red states win (The Daily Signal)
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Policy: A blow for ecofascists: Trump gets rid of liar-nObama’s “Clean Power Plan” (Investor’s Business Daily)  ~The Patriot Post
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Feinstein Admits Dem “Feel Good” 
Gun Grab Talking Points Gain Nothing
{rickwells.us} ~ In a Sunday interview on Meet the Press, Dianne Feinstein spoke on the massacre in Las Vegas and related gun-grabbing issues... She’s pitching her own piece of legislation which has 38 Democrat co-sponsors, no Republicans, that would ban bump stocks. Feinstein says that regulations alone aren’t enough for her as they can be changed from one administration to the next. She wants a law. Asked to explain the increased sales of bump stocks following the Las Vegas shooting, Feinstein says she doesn’t know what to make of it. Clearly those who want one sense that a ban is likely, it’s tough for Feinstein to figure out probably in large part because she’s a Democrat and she doesn’t want to... https://rickwells.us/feinstein-dem-gun-talking-points/
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ICE Responds To California “Sanctuary State” Law –
CA Businesses Now Face Enhanced Immigration Raids
{theconservativetreehouse.com} ~ The day after California Governor Jerry Brown signs a bill that prevents local police notifying ICE of illegal alien arrests ICE notifies California... their new law forces workplace raids as enforcement actions: SB54 will negatively impact ICE operations in California by nearly eliminating all cooperation and communication with our law enforcement partners in the state, voiding the delegated authority that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has under the 287g program, and prohibiting local law enforcement from contracting with the federal government to house detainees. ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community. ICE will also likely have to detain individuals arrested in California in detention facilities outside of the state, far from any family they may have in California...  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/10/08/ice-responds-to-cal...
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'Count down days to death' in Israel
{wnd.com} ~ In one of the fieriest speeches directed at Israel by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, he called for the ethnic cleansing of all Jews in Israel... the destruction of the Jewish state and told Israelis to begin a “count down to death.” The speech echoed recent rhetoric recently by the Iranian regime and its military officials, who said Tel Aviv would be “destroyed” if Israel made “a mistake,” and that Israel would not survive for more than 25 years. “Israel should remain silent and count down the days to its death, because any minor mistake would lead to its demise as fast as lightning,” said Iranian army commander Maj.-Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi...  http://www.wnd.com/2017/10/count-down-days-to-death-in-israel/
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Trump's 'Calm before the Storm'
is a Message to North Korea and Iran
by Alan M. Dershowitz
{gatestoneinstitute.org} ~ Reporters continue scratching their heads about what President Trump meant when he spoke of the "calm before the storm" Thursday as he was hosting a dinner for military commanders and their spouses... It seems clear to me that he was sending a powerful message to North Korea and Iran: change your behavior now, or prepare to face new but unspecified painful consequences. North Korea and Iran are taking the measure of President Trump to see how far they can push him and how much they can get away with. The North Koreans continue testing nuclear weapons and long-range missiles and threaten to launch a nuclear attack on America and our allies that could kills millions. Iran is likely engaging in activities that could contribute to the design and development of its own nuclear explosive device...  https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11129/trump-message-north-korea-...
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VIDEOS
 
NBC’s Carol Lee: Democrats Must Answer For The Money The Took From Harvey Weinstein
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Dana Loesch Responds To The Gun Control Debate On Judge Jeanine
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Greg Gutfeld: liar-Hillary Has Made So Much, Out Of Doing So Little
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MSM’s Biased Reporting Of President’s Puerto Rico Trip
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Sen. Ron Johnson Agrees W/ POTUS There’s Only Thing Will Work With North Korea
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PUERTO RICO & OTHER HEADACHES
by Burt Prelutsky


I confess I’d never given Puerto Rico much thought. I knew the place was a territory, but I never really knew why. I mean, if we didn’t mean to grant the island statehood -- and why would we? -- why didn’t we let it become its own nation?

There have been those who sought just that for decades. I recall from my childhood that a bunch of Puerto Rican nationalists took pot shots at the White House while Harry and Bess Truman were in residence. Now I can understand we wouldn’t want to be seen caving in to the demands of terrorists, but that was about 70 years ago. It’s long past time that we stopped worrying about a place that, as a result of always electing Democrats, is sinking in a sea of red ink.

I mean, if we never intended to adopt it, why did we want to be its foster parent?

I understand it would be unseemly to cut the place loose this soon after it’s suffered through two major hurricanes. On the other hand, when I heard that the mayor of San Juan, a typical left-wing dingbat named Carmen Yulin Cruz, claimed that Donald Trump was inflicting genocide on Puerto Rico, I felt my gorge rising.

For one thing, Trump has sent a rescue force numbering over 10,000, and we have seen the food and water pile up on the docks because along with taking out the electricity, hurricanes named Jose and Maria washed out most of the roads to the interior. It hasn’t helped that Puerto Rican truck drivers apparently haven’t stepped up to help transport the necessities.

For another thing, if Mayor Cruz weren’t a typical liberal, ever ready to hurl rocks at Republicans while displaying her own breathtaking ignorance, she would know that, like Vizzini in “The Princess Bride,” who kept tossing around the word “inconceivable,” until Indigo Montoya finally had to point out that the word didn’t mean what Vizzini apparently thought it did, she was misusing “genocide.”

Genocide happens to be the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national or racial group. It was what the Turks attempted to do to the Armenians, what Hitler tried to do to the Jews and what Turkey, where bad habits never die, is today trying to do to the Kurds. 

I doubt if Mayor Cruz actually believes that Trump is out to kill off all the Puerto Ricans, but like her fellow pinheads on the mainland who have no problem comparing Trump to Hitler and Stalin, when liberals hold forth, the truth inevitably dies from lack of oxygen.

Wouldn’t you think Mayor Cruz would be a lot angrier with God than she is with Trump?

I have a friend who regards Puerto Rico as a hole in the ocean so far as the United States is concerned. I think so, too, but I wouldn’t want word to get around because I’d like to see us auction off the place, describing it as a garden paradise in the brochure, but perhaps admitting it is currently something of a fixer-upper.

● For the life of me, I don’t know why the Republicans have gone out of their way to destroy their credibility with their base. For seven years, they kept begging for the chance to get rid of liar-nObamaCare. Then once they had the chance, they kept tripping over their own feet doing their impression of the Keystone Kops.

Personally, I didn’t care for any of the bills they came up with. But, then, that’s because I don’t think the federal government has any more business meddling with healthcare than with education. But I’m enough of a realist to understand that when it comes to what they regard as entitlements, Americans tend to be very large babies who insist on hanging on to their candy.

Therefore, the best we could expect of the 52 senators is that they would pass something, almost anything, so they could at least say they had repealed the vilest piece of legislation ever saddled on the American electorate.

The worst of the sorry lot was RINO-John McCain who got himself off a sick bed so he could join the Democrats in casting a nay vote. I have never thought much of Sen. RINO-McCain, who regarded himself as a statesman even if nobody else ever did, but that struck me as a particularly low blow, delivered not only to the American voter, but to his GOP colleagues, who will now have a very difficult time being re-elected in 2018.

When I asked myself why RINO-McCain would go to such lengths to sabotage the efforts to repeal liar-nObamaCare, I suddenly remembered that during the primaries, Trump had said he didn’t admire POWs, he admired those who weren’t captured. At the time, I merely regarded it as a stupid, insensitive, remark. I now have reason to suspect that RINO-McCain didn’t forget and certainly never forgave.

● Although we haven’t been hearing much about Robert Mueller’s witch hunt, wouldn’t you think by now that even Chuck clown-Schumer and James Comey would stop promoting the Russian connection?

I’m sure that Putin no longer expects Trump to invite him to the senior prom. Not after bombing Russia-backed Syria; sending additional troops to Afghanistan to fight Russia’s allies, the Taliban; voicing support for NATO; selling missile defense systems to Poland and Romania; and opposing the Russian-blessed nuclear deal with Iran.

The Left used to make fun of Sen. Joe McCarthy because he was always changing the number of Communists he insisted were conniving away at the State Department, but they have no problem fudging numbers when it’s in their own interest. For instance, do you remember when they were first pushing the collusion story that they kept referring to 17 intelligence agencies? Mrs. liar-Clinton, for one, was wont to say: “We have 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyberattacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin, and they are designed to influence our election.”

At the time, I found myself wondering about all those agencies. Were they including the intelligence-gathering arm of the Cub Scouts?

As it happens, there were only three agencies, the FBI, the CIA and the National Security Agency, and, as we’ve seen over the past several months, all three have become as politicized as the DNC or, if you prefer, the NY Times and CNN.

But because the spies have shown themselves to be actively engaged in undermining this administration, the Democrats don’t have a problem with it. In fact, Chuck clown-Schumer could barely conceal his delight when he said: “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you. So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, Trump is really dumb to do this.”

Former George W. Bush speechwriter/Never Trumper David Frum tossed in his own two cents, saying: “CIA message to Trump: you mess with us, get ready for a leakstorm of Biblical proportions.”

There is always the question when security agencies are involved about who is going to watch the watchers. Clearly, at least so long as their illegal activities are directed at Trump, those who have sworn an oath to defend the Constitution, don’t have a problem with standing by, rubbing their hands gleefully and chuckling over their good fortune.

● When President Trump refrained from firing Jeff Sessions for recusing himself, I was relieved. My mistake. So far as I’m aware, the only thing that Sessions has done in eight months is conduct a well-publicized campaign against MS-13, a gang of Salvadoran punks who terrorize their countrymen in the U.S.

I hope the agents of the Justice Department jail, deport or kill, the bunch of them.  But in the meantime, I don’t see Sessions doing anything about jailing liar-Hillary Trump or going after the likes of Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes, Loretta Lynch, Lois Lerner, James Comey, or any of the other skunks who lurked in liar-nObama’s woodpile.

It doesn’t help Sessions’ credibility as America’s Top Lawman that he comes across like a southern spinster lady. It’s hardly the image of a tough crimefighter, but an Attorney General doesn’t have to look or sound tough; he just has to be tough and to believe in his gut that nobody in America is too big to jail.

I can't help hoping Trump still has Rudy Giuliani on speed-dial.
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Newt Says What The Rest Of Us Are Thinking:
It’s Time To Throw Peter Strzok In Jail

Disgraced FBI special agent Peter Strzok, a senior member of the bureau who gained notoriety in recent months over his anti-Trump text messages to a colleague, was grilled for nearly 10 hours during a joint congressional committee hearing on Thursday.

At issue was Strzok’s anti-Trump texts to former FBI lawyer and lover Lisa Page that coincided with his leading of the investigations into both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal and the alleged Trump/Russia 2016 election collusion, as well as his involvement in the subsequent Robert Mueller special counsel probe.

The hearing proved to be a heated battle, as Strzok displayed an arrogant smugness in defiance of pointed questions from Republicans that he largely danced around, while Democrats sought to upend and undermine the entire hearing with a plethora of interruptions, parliamentary maneuvers and outright praise for the man who helped let Clinton off the hook while ferociously targeting Trump.

Former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was less than impressed with Strzok’s performance and cooperation in the hearing and suggested during an appearance on Fox Business that the FBI agent should be held in contempt of Congress.

“I think they have to move to hold him in contempt and throw him in jail,” Gingrich said of Congress and Strzok.

“This is a person who is willfully standing up and refusing to appear as a congressional witness and he was a government employee at the time,” he continued.

“He has every obligation to inform the legislative branch, and I don’t think they have any choice except to move a motion of contempt because he is fundamentally — and so is his girlfriend (Page) — they’re both fundamentally in violation of the entire constitutional process,” he added.

Page had been subpoenaed to appear before Congress on Wednesday but refused to appear, saying she’d been unable to review relevant documents prior to the scheduled hearing, a closed-door hearing that has since been rescheduled for Friday.

Gingrich was not the only one who thought Strzok deserved to be held in contempt of Congress, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte informed Strzok that he remained at risk of such during the hearing, according to The Daily Caller.

That warning from Goodlatte came after Strzok had refused to answer a straightforward question posed by House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, regarding how many people Strzok had personally interviewed between a specific set of dates in relation to the Clinton email investigation.

“Mr. Strzok, please be advised that you can either comply with the committee’s direction to answer the question or refuse to do so,” Goodlatte stated. “The latter of which will place you in risk of a contempt citation and potential criminal liability. Do you understand that? The question is directed to the witness.”

Strzok still refused to answer, citing instructions received from his counsel and the FBI to not answer certain questions on certain topics.

Goodlatte replied, “Mr. Strzok, in a moment we will continue with the hearing, but based on your refusal to answer the question, at the conclusion of the day we will be recessing the hearing and you will be subject to recall to allow the committee to consider proceeding with a contempt citation.”

It is unclear if Goodlatte and the committee ultimately did consider a contempt citation for Strzok following the contentious hearing, nor is it clear if Page will be held in contempt for blowing off her subpoenaed appearance on Wednesday.

Hopefully Congress will follow through on the threats of contempt followed by actual jail time against Strzok and Page in response to their uncooperative behavior and failure to appear when subpoenaed, if only to ensure that future witnesses called before Congress for sensitive or contentious hearings don’t think they can get away with the same sort of behavior.

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Cops Sent To Seize Veteran’s Guns Without A Warrant, He Refused To Turn Them Over

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” says Leonard Cottrell, after successfully staving off law enforcement and the courts from confiscating his firearms. Cottrell, an Iraq War veteran, was at work when he received a phone call from his wife. The cops were there, busting in to take his guns away. It all started after a casual conversation his son had at school.

Ammoland reports:

Police said their visit was sparked by a conversation that Leonard Cottrell Jr.’s 13-year-old son had had with another student at the school. Cottrell said he was told his son and the other student were discussing security being lax and what they would have to do to escape a school shooting at Millstone Middle School.

The conversation was overheard by another student, who went home and told his parents, and his mother panicked. The mom then contacted the school, which contacted the State Police, according to Cottrell.

The visit from the troopers came around 10 p.m. on June 14, 2018, Cottrell said, a day after Gov. Phil Murphy signed several gun enforcement bills into law.

After several hours, Cottrell said police agreed not to take the guns but to allow him to move them to another location while the investigation continued.

“They had admitted several times that my son made no threat to himself or other students or the school or anything like that,” he said.

Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was “not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing.”

The troopers searched his son’s room and found nothing, Cottrell said.

“To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” he said. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

“In the Garden State, the usual approach is to confiscate first and ask questions later, and victims of this approach often don’t know their rights. ‎In this case, the victim pushed back and confiscation was avoided — but the circumstances surrounding the incident are outrageous. A student expressing concern over lack of security is not a reason to send police to the student’s home — but it might be a reason to send police to the school to keep students and teachers safe” said Scott L. Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs and a member of the NRA board of directors.

NJ.com adds:

Cottrell, a disabled U.S. Army veteran who served three tours during “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” owns a shotgun and a pistol. He has all the correct permits to own the firearms, he said, and predominately uses the shotgun to hunt.

He said his wife allowed the officers to enter the home, and with her permission, they searched his son’s room — but they did not find any weapons, he said. The officers, he said, didn’t have a warrant but still wanted to take his guns. Cottrell wouldn’t let them.

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” he said Thursday.

He said the attempted seizure resulted because of a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law that makes it easier for police to confiscate guns when someone in the state poses a threat to themselves or others. The law is part of a broader statewide effort to make New Jersey’s gun laws even tougher amid the national outcry for more gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Cottrell said the officers “danced around the issue” when he confronted them about the new law.

A New Jersey State Police spokesman declined to answer questions about whether this incident had anything to do with the new gun laws.

In an email, Sgt. First Class Jeff Flynn said, “Troopers responded to Mr. Cottrell’s residence in reference to the report of a possible school threat. Based on their investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cottrell’s weapons did not need to be seized.”

David Codrea, writing for Ammoland, further added:

To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” New Jersey gun owner and Army veteran Leonard Cottrell Jr. told New Jersey 101.5 after a June 14 visit from State Police,. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

Cottrell was recalling state troopers showing up at his door to confiscate firearms after his 13-year-old son was overheard discussing lax school safety with a friend.

Indoctrinated by a pervasive snitch culture — one that never seems to deter the blatantly obvious demonic nutjobs — the eavesdropping student told his parents, who told school administrators, who in turn called the cops. (Note “If you see something, say something” carries risks of its own – if you report the wrong person, you could end up smeared as a “hater.”)

“Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was ‘not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing,’” the report continued. Despite that, his home is now a “gun free zone” and that has been publicized by the media. He has, in fact, willingly ceded those rights, and by his own words in order to make authorities “happy.”

Before judging him for that, consider the environment that is New Jersey. Then consider the overwhelming force the state can bring to bear, and its predisposition to using it, especially if it’s to enforce citizen disarmament. It’s easy to anonymously declare “Molon Labe” on the internet. In meatspace, resistance is more effective when the aggressor doesn’t get to dictate the time and place, especially if that place is your home and you have family inside.

Appeasing gun-grabbers, generally couched as “compromise,” is impossible. It’s like throwing a scrap of flesh to a circling pack of jackals and expecting them to be sated and leave you alone — instead of sensing opportunity and fear, and moving in closer.

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