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Blame for Illegal Human Smuggling Racket
by Michelle Malkin
 
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 The Real Trading Behind North Korean Sanctions 
In a significant move Saturday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously leveled new sanctions on North Korea after the hermit kingdom's game-changing tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last month. These ICBMs can reach the continental U.S., meaning many American cities are in range of a nuclear attack by unhinged North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The sanctions on North Korean exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood are worth about $1 billion, which is roughly a third of its annual export revenue.
          "This resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against the North Korean regime," said UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. "This is the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation. And this time, the council has matched its words and actions." Yet Haley appropriately warned, "We should not fool ourselves into thinking we have solved the problem. Not even close. The North Korean threat has not left us."
          The sanctions are important because Russia and especially China agreed to them. China is not only North Korea's primary communist backer but its biggest trading partner, accounting for at least 85% of the North's trade.
          To succeed in countering the North Korean threat, the U.S. must have assistance from China. But China has its own interests, particularly in the amount of trade it depends on with the U.S. Thus, the Chinese are using North Korean saber rattling as a bargaining chip to counter Donald Trump's rhetoric about trade with China. It's leverage to talk Trump down from starting a trade war, which was itself partly a bargaining position to get the Chinese to rein in North Korea. So perhaps the Art of the Deal is working for both sides — if the Chinese uphold their end of the bargain rather than skirting sanctions as they have in the past. Oh, and if anything will work on a lunatic like Kim, who promised "thousands-fold" vengeance and a "severe lesson" for the U.S., as well as reiterating that "under no circumstances" will the North negotiate on its nuclear weapons.  ~The Patriot Post
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GOP Congress Silent On HIT
MAN MUELLER To Gain RESPECTABILITY
{rickwells.us} ~ Lou Dobbs notes that his guest, Rep Trent Franks (R-AZ), has called on Robert Mueller to resign as special prosecutor, and asks him if it is still possible, politically, for President Trump to fire Mueller... Franks says that while it’s still possible it might not be in President Trump’s best interest to do so. He continues, “But you know I absolutely believe this counsel should never have been appointed and I said early on that even though Mueller has cultivated a pretty good reputation, that most of these special counsels go off the rails and certainly this one has. And I think Mr. Mueller is hurting his reputation, because of the partisan way he’s gone forward with this, he’s not been a real arbiter of justice here at all, Lou.” Franks points out, “Just the fact that he is looking at the statute that requires him to disqualify himself and ignores it undermines his very credibility as someone ostensibly upholding the law.” He adds that...  http://rickwells.us/dobbs-rep-franks-gop-congress-silent-hit-man-mu...
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Kim Jong Un Plots Revenge
as UN Drops Hammer on North Korea
{libertyheadlines.com} ~ North Korea condemned the latest round of U.N. sanctions Monday, promising revenge against those who seek to constrain the country’s growing military might... The U.N. Security Council passed a U.S.-drafted resolution Saturday approving the “the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against the North Korean regime” and “the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation,” according to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley. North Korea, which has developed an intercontinental ballistic missile some expert observers assess is capable of delivering a nuclear payload to cities across America, is livid and threatening to retaliate...  http://www.libertyheadlines.com/kim-jong-un-plots-revenge-un-drops-...
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Palestinian Propaganda Is Infiltrating US Public Schools
by Miriam F. Elman
{algemeiner.com} ~ Six years ago, a teenager in Newton, Massachusetts — Shiri Pagliuso — asked her father if it was true that Israel tortures and murders women activists in the Palestinian resistance movement... Then a high school freshman, Shiri had learned the information from her textbook — the Arab World Studies Notebook, a 540-page volume so riddled with unabashed bias that it had garnered a scathing 30-page report from the American Jewish Committee (AJC). He contacted his daughter’s teacher, the head of the high school’s history department, the principal, and eventually the superintendents — who all defended the Arab World Studies Notebook as essential for sharpening critical thinking skills. They also praised the book for providing a “balanced perspective” and an “Arab point of view.”...This is really sad to think this is happening.  https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/08/07/palestinian-propaganda-is-inf...
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Does Rod Rosenstein also need to recuse himself?
by William A. Jacobson
{legalinsurrection.com} ~ Jeff Sessions, in what so far is the defining event of the Trump administration, recused himself from involvement in the investigation of Russian meddling in the election because of a potential conflict... When people look back upon the history of the Trump administration, I think Jeff Sessions recusing himself is going to be, at least as of this point in time, the single biggest influencer of how the administration went. Now obviously we still got time, other things could happen. But as of now, that has probably been the single most significant event of the administration because it put into motion this seemingly endless, wide-ranging attempt to find a crime by the Mueller team. And that, I think, is the defining moment in the administration. But Sessions was not the only person with a conflict. I previously have expressed the position that Robert Mueller should not be involved investigation into Russian meddling in the election if any part of the investigation involves communications between Trump and James Comey...  http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/08/does-rod-rosenstein-also-need-...
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GARGOYLE Attacks Trump – Lies To
“Justify” MUELLER Bill To SEIZE WH in COUP
{rickwells.us} ~ Senator, Stolen Valor liar and corrupt political operative Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) knew what to expect when he attacked President Trump, he’s been doing it non-stop since Trump announced his candidacy... The news that the people of Connecticut allowed this scumbag to be elected despite having falsely claimed on many occasions that he served in Vietnam is not new but he insists on making it relevant by opening his septic face hole. Blumberg never left the states, serving his country in the Marine Reserves engaged in the always perilous “toys for tots” duty. The kids were the brave ones in those exchanges, understandably traumatized after catching a glimpse of his hideous mug. For many Christmas would never be the same again. Blumenthal is engaged in an attempt to insulate the Democrat Inquisitor, Robert Mueller, from accountability by sponsoring a bill with his fellow establishment call boy, Thom Tillis (RINO-NC)  removing executive branch authority over a portion of the Justice Department. It’s unconstitutional, but he couldn’t care less nor could Tillis. This is about the success of their coup against the President...  http://rickwells.us/gargoyle-attacks-trump-lies-justify-mueller-bil...
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Corrupt Mexican Officials Are to
Blame for Illegal Human Smuggling Racket
by Michelle Malkin
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dailysignal.com} ~ Florida truck driver James Matthew Bradley isn’t the mastermind of the human smuggling ring that led to the grisly deaths of 10 illegal immigrants in his rig, which authorities found at a San Antonio Walmart over the weekend.

He’s just a cog in the machine.

Bradley may now face the death penalty for transporting up to 100 people crammed in the trailer of his 18-wheeler. But what about the open-borders overlords making a real killing off this insatiable racket?

I’m looking at you, America-bashing corruptocrats in Mexico.

For years, our nation has been subjected to endless complaints, race-baiting insults, and vicious attacks by politicians south of the border.

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon trashed our immigration laws on U.S. soil before the California state Legislature.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox dropped F-bombs at President Donald Trump and millions of law-abiding Americans who support construction of an effective border wall.

Current Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto took to CNN’s airwaves to bash U.S. citizens who support strong borders as “exclusionary and discriminatory.”

Last year, Nieto defiantly proclaimed at the United Nations that “there are no barriers that can stop either the movement of people or the fusion of cultures.”

Meddling Mexican consular officials in the U.S. have lobbied aggressively from New York to Texas to California for mass amnesty, driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, discounted tuition for illegal immigrant students, and systematic sabotage of interior enforcement and deportation policies.

Armed incursions by the Mexican military have targeted our immigration enforcement agents for years.

After vehemently denying a Mexican government helicopter fired on Border Patrol personnel in 2014, our “friends” were forced to admit the incident happened when Judicial Watch obtained homeland security documents detailing the attack near Sells, Arizona, on the Tohono O’Odham Indian Reservation.

In fact, Department of Homeland Security records have tracked at least “300 documented incursions by Mexican military and law enforcement authorities onto U.S. soil since 2004″—with few consequences for the foreign invaders.

When they’re not busy trash-talking our laws, shooting at our first-line protectors, or actively undermining our sovereignty, Mexican government bureaucrats are up to their eyeballs in narco-state corruption.

Please note that the federal criminal complaint in the San Antonio border death truck tragedy included the statement of one Mexican trafficking victim from Aguascalientes who told authorities he met a “smuggler linked to the Zetas” cartel at the Rio Grande, where they charged “11,000 Mexican pesos for protection and 1,500 Mexican pesos to cross by raft” before loading into Bradley’s big rig of death.

At the Walmart parking lot, a phalanx of six SUVs operated by the reputed Zetas-associated smugglers whisked away several groups of human chattel, who were marked with color-coded tape.

Yes, that would be the same Zetas cartel that has bought and paid for top Mexican politicians for years.

Last summer, a former top financial operative for the gang testified at the federal trial of Marciano Millan Vasquez that “Millan and other Zetas leaders were able to smuggle drugs, kill with impunity and launder money through real estate and government contracts because they had bribed the personal aide of former Coahuila governor Humberto Moreira,” according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Human rights watchdogs and border reporters left, right, and center—from The Huffington Post to Breitbart Texas—have exposed callous Mexican government officials selling out their own people while turning a blind eye to massacres, kidnappings, extortion, and racketeering across the Mexican border states.

These usually mouthy Mexican leaders are now quiet as church mice about the latest casualties of open borders. Why? Because illegal immigration is the country’s budgetary bonanza.

This spring, cash transfers to Mexico spiked 15 percent in March compared with the same period last year. Remittances, the majority of which are sent by immigrants working illegally in the U.S. to their Mexican relatives, topped $2.5 billion.

That’s the “third largest in U.S.-Mexico remittance history, after October 2008 ($2.6 billion) and May 2006 ($2.5 billion),” according to The Hill.

It’s not just what’s illicit, but what’s licit, that explains Mexico’s countenance of the mass abuse and enslavement of its own people.

“No borders, no walls” means a Mexico that will never work hard enough to improve itself so that desperate people would rather pursue their dreams at home instead of stuffing themselves into sweltering death ovens on wheels.

And yet we’re the ones accused of human rights violations and lack of compassion.

How do you say “chutzpah” in Spanish?

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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.

TEA PARTY TARGET

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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