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George W. Bush whines he may not live long enough to see America recover from Trump

On November 8, 2019, in a Fox News interview with “Never Trumper” Dana Perino, former President George W. Bush, 73, lamented the chaotic political climate in the United States.

As reported by Politico‘s Caitlin Oprysko, Bush said he expected the ship to right itself although he may not live to see that day: “I’m optimistic about the future because as you mentioned democracy is self-healing. This is an unsettled period in our country, but it isn’t the first time we have had unsettled periods. I won’t be around to see my grandkids thrive and prosper, but I am convinced the world they’ll be entering into will be unique and full of all kinds of possibilities.”

Politico reporter Oprysko writes:

The former president was no doubt alluding, at least in part, to the current occupant of the White House, with whom his family has had a running feud. Bush has made no secret of his disdain for Trump’s brash rhetoric, especially after the vitriolic campaign Trump ran against his brother Jeb during the 2016 election cycle.

While he’s strayed from naming Trump specifically and mostly steered clear of politics during the Trump-era, Bush offered a scathing rebuke of Trumpism when his presidency was just months old.

In a 2017 speech, Bush bemoaned that American discourse had been “degraded by casual cruelty,” seen “nationalism distorted into nativism,” and witnessed “the return of isolationist sentiments” in recent years.

Michelle Obama’s hands on laps of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, July 16, 2016

About the pic, see my post “George W. Bush’s love-fest with Michelle ‘Big Mike’ Obama”.

Wayne Dupree, a black conservative Republican and Air Force veteran, observes:

Bush, who kept quiet for 8-long and miserable years while Barack Hussien Obama destroyed this country with his twisted, failed policies, just can’t shut up now that an anti-globalist is in the White House.

There’s nothing that will make globalist G.W. Bush go on the attack like seeing an old fashioned America First President in action. God forbid the president places the needs of his people and his country above lobbyists and defense department contractors.

The failed former president didn’t use Trump’s name during the interview but he didn’t have to. See, Americans are not as dumb as our elected officials think we are.

Bush says he believes that America will “right itself” but he may not live to see it.

And by “right itself” Bush means allowing millions of more illegals into the country, getting hosed on trade, and watching our citizens die in endless Middle East wars.

There’s nothing a globalist hates more than the middle class

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~Eowyn

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Only one person showed up for RINO Mark Sanford’s presidential candidacy announcement

Mark Sanford, 59, a Republican, is the former governor of South Carolina (2003-2011) and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1995-2001).

Sanford is infamous for disappearing for six days in 2009, from June 18 to June 24. No one knew where he was — not his family (including his wife), or his staff, or South Carolina’s law enforcement. He did not answer 15 cell phone calls from his chief of staff; he also failed to call his family on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21.

Before he disappeared, Sanford told his staff that he would be hiking on the Appalachian Trail. It turned out he actually was in Argentina.

On June 24, reporter Gina Smith of The State, the daily newspaper of Columbia, South Carolina, intercepted Sanford when he arrived at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport on a flight from Argentina. Having been discovered, Sanford held a news conference several hours later in which he admitted to adultery with María Belén Chapur, a 43-year-old divorced mother of two in Buenos Aires whom Sanford called his “soul mate”.

Sanford’s wife, Jenny, filed for divorce, which was finalized in March 2010.

Although Mark Sanford resigned as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, he refused to resign his governorship of South Carolina. Sanford eventually reimbursed taxpayers for expenses he had incurred one year earlier with his mistress in Argentina, only after a Freedom of Information Act request was filed. On August 9, 2009, the AP reported that Sanford may have violated state law by other inappropriate use of state planes, including using a state plane to get a haircut. In January 2010, by a vote of 102–11, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a resolution to censure Sanford.

Following completion of his service as governor in January 2011, Sanford was hired as a paid political contributor for Fox News Channel. In August 2012, he became engaged to his former mistress Chapur, but the engagement was broken off two years later in September 2014.

Yesterday morning, standing next to a tiny wooden lecturn in the People’s Plaza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sanford held a news conference to formally announce he would challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.

As reported by Anna Orso for the Philadelphia Inquirer — who was the only reporter present — only one person who was not a reporter or a news photographer or Sanford’s aide, showed up for the announcement.

That person was Bill Quinn, a 63-year-old retired lawyer from Philadelphia and the father of one of Sanford’s former University of Chicago students. Quinn is a Democrat. He said that while he supports Sanford’s bid and believes what he’s doing is important, he has no plans to switch party registrations and vote in the GOP primary.

In contrast, 54,000, including 30,000 outside the American Airlines Center where the rally was held, showed up for the Trump rally in Dallas, Texas, yesterday. Among them were Democrats (21.4%) and Latinos (11%). (Source).

The National Journal and GovTrack rated Mark Sanford as “moderate” and a “centrist Republican”. (Source: Ballotpedia)

~Eowyn

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Winning: Trump executive order to protect and improve Medicare; lowest unemployment rate in 50 years

Yesterday, Oct. 3, 2019, while President Trump was in The Villages, Florida, he fired his first shot to counter Bernie Sanders and other Democrats’ socialist scheme of “Medicare for all”.

See “$16.2 trillion tax hikes to fund millionaire-socialist Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All plan

Trump warned: “Medicare is under threat like never before. Almost every major Democrat in Washington has backed a massive government healthcare takeover that would obliterate Medicare.”

Trump announced a new executive order to protect and improve Medicare by:

  • Empowering senior citizens by giving them more plan choices, more access to telehealth and new therapies, and more time with providers.
  • Streamlining the approval of therapies, while reducing obstacles to improved patient care.
  • Improving quality by implementing reforms that better link payments to value.
  • Protecting beneficiaries by eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse.
  • Maximizing freedom for Medicare patients and providers by reducing regulatory burdens and eliminating unnecessary barriers.

President Trump had already undertaken the following improvements to Medicare and other health plans:

  • Lowered Medicare Advantage premiums next year to their lowest level since 2007, a 28% decrease since 2017.
  • Lowered Medicare Part D premiums next year to their lowest in the last 7 years.
  • Decreased prescription drug prices in 2018 for the first year in nearly five decades.
  • Led to the FDA approving a record number of generic drugs in 2017 and 2018 that will improve competition and drive down prices, saving $26 billion through the first year and a half of President Trump’s Administration.
  • Laid the foundation to start importing certain prescription drugs that are cheaper in other countries.
  • Increased the number of Medicare Advantage plans available to  seniors by nearly 1,200 over the last two years.
  • Expanded Association Health Plans, making it easier for employers to join together and offer more affordable health coverage to their employees.
  • Expanded the availability of short-term, limited duration health plans, which offer flexible coverage options and can be up to 60% cheaper than Obamacare plans.
  • Worked to ensure hospitals cannot hide prices for their services, requiring them to publicize more data and put quality and price information into patients’ hands.
  • Signed legislation ending “gag” clauses that prevented pharmacists from providing patients with information about lower cost options.
  • Signed legislation ending Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty, which forced many Americans to buy health plans they did not want.
  • Worked to provide electronic health records to patients by requiring providers to give patients their data.

Meanwhile, this morning’s jobless figures are impressive.

Alexandra Steigrad reports for the New York Post that U.S. unemployment rate fell to a 50-year low last month, dropping to 3.5% and matching a level last seen in December 1969. The jobless rate for Hispanics also hit a new record low, while the jobless rate for African Americans is at its lowest level ever.

The rate of discouraged workers and the underemployed also fell, declining 0.3 percent points to 6.9%, the lowest level in nearly 19 years.

No wonder the Demonrats and the never-Trump RINOs are more crazed and rabid than they’ve ever been, determined to remove this President by impeachment or by outright violence. Former RINO governor of Massachusetts William Weld actually called for Trump to be executed.

Please pray for President Trump.

~Éowyn

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Former Republican Governor of Massachusetts Calls For Trump To Be Executed

Bill Weld Wants Trump Arrested And Executed For Treason

The Fake Conservatives Are Showing Their True Colors

I voted for Weld back in earlier days, when he was a republican. I didn’t like him, but viewed him as the lesser of two evils. But I would never have predicted this.

Perhaps his appointment at the Vatican should have warned me, especially when he tried to cover the tracks of pedophile priests and bishops when he arrived in Rome. And now, who is more of a globalist than the current anti-pope?

On an episode of Morning Joe, the former governor literally pressed for the death penalty for the President!

National Review: No, Trump Is Not Facing the Death Penalty over Ukraine

By ANDREW C. MCCARTHY

“The details of the Trump–Zelensky communications are still emerging. Yet Weld decided he knows enough to pronounce that Trump’s purported “pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election” is not a matter of merely “undermining democratic institutions.” No, no, “It’s treason pure and simple.” Not content with ludicrous overstatement, Weld took pains to add: “And the penalty for treason under the U.S. Code is death. That’s the only penalty.”

Death to his opponents! Why?

Here’s a clue: https://weld2020.org

He’s running for republican nomination against the President. So it’s not too hard to see one of his motivations, personal gain. That should explain the hyperbole at least. But does that make him fit to lead America?

And if he wants death for the President, how big a step is it to ask if he wants death for Trump’s supporters?

TD

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“Republican” mayor calls for his city to ban assault weapons because “my prayers aren’t working”

RINO George Cretekos

Mayor of Clearwater, Florida – George Cretekos – ain’t no republican, despite what this story states.

The proof? Just look at his Twitter timeline and some of his tweets and who he retweets:

Retweet of Paul Krugman: “I was warning about escalation, but things moving faster than I expected”

Retweet of Garry Kasparo (who promotes Renew Democracy in his Twitter bio): “As in Helsinki, Trump’s demeanor around Putin is that of a loyal dog afraid of being whipped. Joking with a dictator about his proven attacks on US elections is pathetic”

Retweet of Bill Kristol: “Excellent from @DavidAFrench at @NRO: “’Where is the outrage?’ The same question applies today, but to a different audience. The lies are simply too much to bear. No Republican should tolerate such dishonesty.” (Regarding Mueller report)

Retweet of Politico: “Opinion: Trump’s national emergency is great news for future President Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Cretekos a republican? Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

From Yahoo: The Republican mayor of a Florida city is calling on Congress to take action on strong gun control measures, saying that thoughts and prayers just aren’t cutting it when it comes to America’s gun violence epidemic.

George Cretekos urged his fellow city council members in Clearwater to pass a resolution which would represent a potent message in a state known for its fidelity to the National Rifle Association.

“I’ve gone to church, I’ve prayed,” Mr. Cretekos said this week, referencing a common refrain after mass shootings in which politicians offer “thoughts and prayers” for victims, but stop short of taking any practical measures to prevent future shootings.

“My prayers aren’t working,” he continued, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Florida state law prohibits cities from enacting their own firearms regulations, but Mr. Cretekos’s resolution would send a symbolic message to Congress that it should move to ban assault-style weapons and high capacity magazines, to pass a national “red flag” law, and to expand background checks so they can cover private sales.

“In the past, council and I have stayed away from national issues,” Mr. Cretenkos said. “But I think this issue is something that we need to consider to let people know where we stand as a community to encourage safety.”

Florida is the state in which two of the most deadly mass shootings in recent years have occurred, having drawn national attention after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, and at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Seventeen people were killed in Parkland by an expelled former student in February 2018, while 49 people were killed and more than 50 wounded at the Pulse nightclub in June 2016.

Mr. Cretenkos’s call for action is significant not only because of the state he lives in, though, but also because of his standing as a Republican.

In the past, Republican leaders and politicians in Washington including Donald Trump have reacted to shootings by proposing modest gun control measures, but have yet to make good on those promises.

The good mayor’s call for an assault weapons ban was shot down:

“The City Council on Thursday approved a resolution that called on Congress to pass modest gun control measures, but failed to go as far as Mayor George Cretekos had proposed earlier in the week.

In a compromise, the five-person council, which includes Cretekos, voted 3-2 to pass a resolution calling for the red flag law expansion and the stricter background checks. But the resolution was softer on the weapons and magazines. Instead of calling for a ban, it called for a “review of laws governing the accessibility of high-capacity ammunition magazines and military-style assault weapons.”

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Trump uses $3.6B from Defense budget to build 175 miles of border wall

Back in February, stymied by the refusal of the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives –the branch of the U.S. government which controls the “purse strings” — to appropriate his requested $5+ billion funds for a border wall, President Trump declared a national emergency at our southern border so as to build the wall with defense funds.

Recall that 12 Republican senators joined every Demonrat senator in voting for a resolution to block Trump’s invocation of a national emergency, after the House had passed the resolution. President Trump promptly used his veto powers for the first time to overturn the Congressional resolution, calling it “reckless”.

Earlier, in a speech to the American people on January 8, 2019, Trump had sounded the alarm on threats to U.S. border security which should concern all Americans but not Democrats, which should tell you what their priorities are. Those threats include:

  • In fiscal 2017, as many as 3,755 known or suspected terrorists entered the U.S.
  • In fiscal 2018, which ended on Sept. 30, at the southern border:
    • Customs and Border Protection agents caught 17,000 adults who had criminal records.
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement apprehended 6,000 members of gangs, including the violent MS-13.
    • A 73% increase in fentanyl, one of the deadliest drugs, totaling 2,400 pounds.
    • A 38% increase in methamphetamine.
    • A 38% increase in heroin.
    • 50 migrants a day required medical treatment.
    • 31% of female migrants said they were sexually assaulted on the journey to the U.S.

6 months later, Trump is fulfilling his promise of using defense funds to build the wall.

On Sept. 3, 2019, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper informed Congress he had authorized $3.6 billion to be reallocated from the Pentagon budget so as to build more walls along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The $3.6 billion will be used for 175 miles of a border wall. Currently, walls and fencing cover only about 654 miles of the 2,000-mile US-Mexico border. The first half of the $3,6 billion will be available immediately for transfer to the Department of Homeland Security.

Invoking a national emergency and calling the border walls to be built “military construction projects,” Defense Secretary Esper wrote in a letter addressed to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. James Inhofe:

Based on analysis and advice from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and input from the Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of the Interior and pursuant to the authority granted to me in Section 2808, I have determined that 11 military construction projects, along the international border with Mexico, with an estimated total cost of $3.6 billion, are necessary to support the use of the armed forces in connection with the national emergency. These projects will deter illegal entry, increase the vanishing time of those illegally crossing the border, and channel migrants to ports of entry.

Esper also said the construction of the walls will allow Defense Department personnel to be redeployed to areas where more assistance is needed.

With tiresome predictability, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) criticized Esper for authorizing the military funds to be used for what Schumer calls President Trump’s “misguided border wall”. Schumer tweeted that Trump “is willing to cannibalize already allocated military funding to boost his own ego”.

Newly released Pentagon documents indicate the $3.6 billion will be reallocated from these military projects if Congress does not approve replacement funds:

  • $1.8 billion originally slated for construction projects overseas.
  • $8 million for the missile field at Fort Greely, Alaska, to add two missile interceptors as a backup for when the existing 40 interceptors undergo repair and maintenance.
  • $26.1 million from the Navy’s ship maintenance facility in Portsmouth,Virginia.
  • $88.9 million from another pier and maintenance facility at the Navy’s base in Kitsap, Washington.
  • $38 million in military construction funding from Texas.
  • $400 million in DoD projects to repair facilities in Puerto Rico damaged by Hurricane Maria two years ago.

Sources: Washington Examiner; Fox News; Breaking Defense

~Eowyn

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Ohio considers approving “constitutional carry”

 

Ohio is set to become the 17th state to approve “constitutional carry,” a law that would allow all law-abiding Ohioans to carry a concealed weapon without obtaining a permit — a measure that Republican Gov. Mike DeWine supports. If approved, Ohio would become the 17th state to approve connotational carry.

On Tuesday, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed into law Senate Bill 150, making Kentucky the 16th state to allow “constitutional carry.” The Kentacky law states that “Persons age twenty-one (21) or older, and otherwise able to lawfully possess a firearm, may carry concealed firearms or other concealed deadly weapons without a license in the same locations as persons with valid licenses issued under KRS 237.110.”

Ohio House Bill 174 was introduced Wednesday by GOP Reps. Ron Hood of Ashville and Tom Brinkman of Cincinnati. The measure immediately attracted 27 co-sponsors from among the 61 majority House Republicans. Hood and Brinkman have introduced the same legislation for years without winning passage. Prospects for approval now, however, prospects for passage seem favorable. Almost half of Ohio House Republicans are pushing for passage of this bill.

Chris Dorr, director of Ohio Gun Owners, posted a YouTube video featuring comments from Hood and Brinkman after the bill was filed in the clerk’s office.

“Gun owners are law-abiding citizens who follow the rules, and we need to let them be able to protect themselves. That’s what this is all about,” Brinkman said, noting that sixteen states now permit the carrying of weapons without permits.

The proposed Ohio bill would permit anyone age 21 or over, who is not disqualified by federal law due to a felony conviction or other offense from obtaining a weapon, to carry a hidden gun — without obtaining a concealed-carry permit. The bill also would repeal a current requirement that concealed-carry owners notify police officers they are carrying a gun when stopped. It also would authorize the expungement of the misdemeanor offense of anyone previously convicted of failing to inform an officer that he or she had a gun.

Currently, Ohioans can only carry a concealed weapon after obtaining a $67 permit from a county sheriff upon passing a criminal background check and completing eight hours of training by a certified instructor, including two hours of range time and live-fire training.

DeWine press secretary Dan Tierney said of the bill: “Gov. DeWine supports protecting Ohioans’ Second Amendment rights. We are reviewing the recently introduced proposal and look forward to following its movement through the legislative process.”

The legislation would not be restricted to handguns — it also would allow Ohioans to conceal and carry long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Ohioans already are allowed to openly carry firearms without a permit.

Democrats, predictably, are taking a stand against the measure. Rep. David Leland, D-Columbus, lamented what he portrayed as the Republicans’ obsession with guns when issues such as health care and education demand legislative attention.

“It’s going the exact opposite direction of what most people want,” he said of the bill. “If more guns make more people safer, we would be the safest country in the world. Yet, our gun violence exceeds most every other country on this planet.

Dorr, in an email to supports, countered Leland, saying, “We already know there will be efforts by anti-gun Democrats and Rino-Republicans to block, stop and KILL Constitutional Carry. And as we saw last General Assembly, there’s always a lily-white coward willing to cut a deal and water down these pro-gun bills.”

The Republican state representatives co-sponsoring the constitutional carry bill are Niraj Antani of Miamisburg; Brian Baldridge of Winchester; John Becker of Union Township in Clermont County; Louis Blessing III of Cincinnati; Speaker Pro Tem Jim Butler of Oakwood; Sara Carruthers of Hamilton; Jon Cross of Kenton; Bill Dean of Xenia; Kris Jordan of Delaware; Candice Keller of Middletown; Kyle Koehler of Springfield, and George Lang of West Chester.

Also, Scott Lipps of Franklin; Susan Manchester of Waynesfield; Don Manning of New Middletown; Riordan McClain of Upper Sandusky; Derek Merrin of Monclova Township in Lucas County; Jena Powell of Arcanum; Craig Riedel of Defiance; Mark Romanchuk of Ontario near Mansfield; Tim Schaffer of Lancaster; former Speaker Ryan Smith of Bidwell; Todd Smith of Farmersville; Nino Vitale of Urbana; Scott Wiggam of Wooster; Shane Wilkin of Hillsboro; and Paul Zeltwanger of Mason.

Before the 19th century, there were no state laws regulating the carrying of firearms or other weapons by law-abiding residents. Then, states began to restrict the carrying of firearms and require a permit for those who wanted to exercise their right under the Second Amendment to “keep and bear arms,” ignoring the fact that that right “shall not be infringed.” By the 20th century, the only state that did not pass laws infringing the right to keep and bear arms was Vermont.

The constitutional-carry movement began to gain ground in 2003, when Governor Frank Murkowski of Alaska signed House Bill 102 into law. That law marked the first time a state rescinded its laws requiring a permit to carry a concealed weapon. No other state followed suit until 2010, when Arizona passed Senate Bill 1108.

The trend began to catch on, slowly at first, then picking up the pace more recently, with Wyoming (2011), Kansas (2015), Maine (2015), Mississippi (2016), Idaho (2016), Missouri (2016), West Virginia (2016), New Hampshire (2017), North Dakota (2017), Arkansas (2018), Oklahoma (2019), South Dakota (2019), and now Kentucky passing constitutional carry in one form or another.

Many of those states have kept concealed-carry permits on the menu to allow residents who wish to do so to take advantage of reciprocal agreements with other states, allowing them to carry concealed weapons when they travel to those states.

The path to constitutional carry has not been an easy journey in every case. For instance, in Mississippi, the implementation was incremental. The initial law passed in 2013 allowed for “a loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver carried in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case.” That was expanded in 2016 to include holsters (whether worn on the belt or shoulder) and sheathes.

The passage of constitutional carry in Arkansas could best be described as evolutionary. In August 2013, Arkansas enacted Act 746, making two important changes to the existing law, which previously prohibited “carrying a weapon … with a purpose to employ the handgun, knife, or club as a weapon against a person” and allowed an exception if the person carrying the weapon was “on a journey.”

Those changes were (1) the term “journey” — which had had previously not been defined — was at long last defined as “travel beyond the county in which a person lives” and (2) the addition of the phrase “attempt to unlawfully” to the existing statute, making it read that the law prohibited “carrying a weapon … with a purpose to attempt to unlawfully employ the handgun, knife, or club as a weapon against a person.”

That seemed to make the law say that unless a person was carrying the weapon for the purpose of carrying out a crime, it was lawful to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. But, as the well-known saying goes, the law is an ass. In July of 2013, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued an opinion stating that Act 746 did not authorize open carry. To add to the confusion, current Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge disagreed. Rutledge issued a statement in August 2015 saying that it would be within the law to open carry a weapon under Act 746 as long as there is no intent to unlawfully use the weapon.

The issue was finally settled in an Arkansas Court of Appeals ruling in August 2018, when the court declared that carrying a concealed weapon is not — in and of itself — a crime. That court decision ended the debate, allowing Act 746 to mean that Arkansas allows for constitutional carry.

In 2013, Utah’s legislature passed constitutional carry, only to have it vetoed by Republican Governor Gary Herbert. Though the law had passed with a two-thirds majority in both houses, Herbert’s veto was not overturned, and residents of Utah are not afforded the “privilege” to exercise their right under the Second Amendment to “keep and bear arms” in a concealed manner without first asking the state’s permission.

One element that seems important in the growing trend toward constitutional carry is the landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller Supreme Court case. Though the Heller ruling did leave open the idea that some controls over the right to keep and bear arms could be enacted by state and local governments, the court’s interpretation of the protections guaranteed by the Second Amendment were further explained in light of Heller in the 2010 Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. Chicago. The court ruled that the Second Amendment is “fully incorporated” and the “right to keep and bear arms” is not “watered down,” but “fully applicable.” The court went on to rule that the Second Amendment limits state and local governments from passing laws that restrict the “individual” and “fundamental” right to “keep and bear arms” in “self defense.”

As the trend hopefully continues to grow and more and more states remove the shackles that have bound the hands of the law-abiding, America may see a return to the time before the passage of restrictive anti-gun laws of the 19th and 20th centuries. Perhaps, in our lifetimes, we will see the right to keep and bear arms no longer infringed.

~ Grif

 

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Whoopi Goldberg defends Creepy Joe Biden (of course); doesn’t want him to change his ways

From Yahoo (via HuffPo): Whoopi Goldberg defended former Vice President Joe Biden following an allegation that he inappropriately touched and kissed a former Nevada assemblywoman, saying she doesn’t want the likely 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to change his behavior.

Goldberg, a co-host on ‘The View,’ was irked when colleague Sunny Hostin predicted during Monday’s program that Biden would curb his tactile tendencies with women after Lucy Flores said she felt uncomfortable when Biden placed his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair and kissing the back of her head at a 2014 campaign event. Flores was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in Nevada and Biden was appearing on her behalf.

“I don’t know that we will see any more smelling of hair and kisses on the forehead,” Hostin said of the controversy, eliciting a strong rebuke from Goldberg.

“That pisses me off,” she said. “I don’t want Joe to stop doing that.”

Meghan McCain, another “View” co-host and daughter of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), agreed, suggesting Biden’s behavior was simply part of his brand.

“There’s a certain type of retail politician that loves people,” she said. “I would put Bill Clinton in that category, I would put my father in that category, I would certainly put Joe Biden in that category. When he came on this show, he was the only politician other than my father to go into the crowd and shake everyone’s hand.”

Bill Clinton…a “hands on kind of guy”

Goldberg also noted that Biden is known to be “a hands-on kind of guy,” which is evident from photos of his interpersonal interactions spanning years, some of which show him touching shoulders and at least one in which he is pictured holding a reporter’s waist.

“In the old days, we would call Joe ― some folks of a certain age would say he’s a little overly familiar,” Goldberg said.

Goldberg said that she took Flores’ account seriously. But she also argued that Flores, who lost the lieutenant governor’s race, should have directly told Biden to stop.

“My point is, I want women to get to the place where they can say, ‘Hey, you just made me uncomfortable.’ This idea that you have to tippy-toe away from this or you have to carry [it] ― you do not have to carry it. If someone makes you uncomfortable, tell them.

On Sunday, moments before Flores appeared on CNN to discuss the allegation that she first detailed in a New York magazine article published Friday, Biden released a statement saying he would “listen respectfully” to women alleging he had displayed inappropriate affection toward them but that it had never been his intention to do so.

He also said that “not once ― never ― did I believe I acted inappropriately.

During her CNN interview, Flores suggested that Biden’s comments indicate he lacks awareness of how women ought to be treated. She also said that her experience wasn’t the first time he crossed boundaries.

Biden’s defense of himself was bolstered on Sunday by Stephanie Carter, whose husband served as defense secretary during President Barack Obama’s second term in office. Biden, as vice president, attended the swearing-in ceremony for Ash Carter, and a widely circulated photo showed him resting his hands on her shoulders from behind and whispering into her ear.

Questions were raised at the time about Biden’s action. But in an essay in Medium, Stephanie Carter disputed that Biden had acted inappropriately. “The Joe Biden in my picture is a close friend helping someone get through a big day, for which I will always be grateful,” she wrote.

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Barbara Bush blamed Donald Trump for her ‘heart attack’

America’s Ruling Class at the George W. Bush Presidential Library dedication, Dallas, Texas, April 25, 2013.

Add Barbara Bush (BB) to our long, long list of Demonrat crazies.

The New York Post reports, March 27, 2019, that in a book by USA Today’s Washington bureau chief Susan Page, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, which is based on interviews in the last 6 months of her life, BB blamed Donald Trump for her “heart attack” after he “relentlessly” ridiculed her son Jeb during the 2016 Republican primaries with the nickname “Low Energy Jeb”.

But Page points out: “It wasn’t technically a heart attack, though she called it that. It was a crisis in her long battle with congestive heart failure and chronic pulmonary disease that hit her like a sledgehammer one day in June 2016,” when Trump had secured the GOP nomination.

An excerpt from Page’s book:

Afterward, Jeb, whose presidential campaign was already history, urged her [BB] to let it go, to focus on herself and have faith in the country.

“Jeb said, ‘Mom, don’t worry about things you can’t do anything about,’” [Barbara] Bush recalled. “He’s right. Just do good, make life better for someone else.”

Page says that BB’s “negative opinion of Trump” actually “dated back decades”:

  • In 1988, Trump volunteered to be George H.W. Bush’s running mate, which, according to BB, George dismissed as “strange and unbelievable.
  • In 1990, BB wrote in her diary that Trump is “the real symbol of greed in the ’80s.”
  • BB told Page she was incredulous that Trump won the presidency: “I woke up and discovered, to my horror, that Trump had won. I don’t understand why people are for him.”
  •  After Trump was elected, a friend gave BB a red, white and blue digital “Trump countdown clock” that displayed how many days, hours, minutes and seconds remained in his term. BB placed it on a table at her bedside, where she could see it every day to the day she died.
  • When asked how she thought things were going during the Trump presidency as his first anniversary in office approached, BB said: “I’m trying not to think about it. We’re a strong country, and I think it will all work out.”

BB’s Trump Derangement Syndrome actually led her to leave the Republican Party. Although in October 2017, BB told Page she considered herself a Republican, four months later (and two months before she died), BB said: “I’d probably say no today.”

Net rumor is that satanist Aleister Crowley was Barbara Bush’s biological father

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12 Republican senators voted against Trump’s national emergency to build border wall

Bridget Bowman reports for Roll Call that yesterday, 12 Republican senators joined every Demonrat senator in voting for a resolution to block President Trump invoking a national emergency at the southern border so as to build the wall with defense funds. Trump had declared a national emergency last month after the Democrat-dominant House refused to appropriate his requested $5+ billion funds for a border wall.

See “The Trump Show” on Trump’s declaration of national emergency to build border wall, and “Ann Coulter: By signing the budget deal, Trump signs away his right as CIC to build the wall“.

The resolution passed the Senate, 59-41, after passing the House late last month.

The Gang of 12 Republicans includes so-called “moderate” senators — one of whom is up for re-election in 2020 — and so-called “conservatives”. 6 of the 12 serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Here are the 12 Republican senators who voted to thwart President Trump’s national emergency declaration:

(1) Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee: A 3-term senator and member of the Appropriations Committee said in a statement yesterday ahead of the vote that although he supports the president on border security, the emergency declaration sets a dangerous precedent: “His declaration to take an additional $3.6 billion that Congress has appropriated for military hospitals, barracks and schools is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution that I swore an oath to support and defend.” Alexander announced last December that he would not run for re-election in 2020.

(2) Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri: A senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Blunt is concerned about the precedent Trump’s declaration of emergency would set. Blunt was re-elected to a second Senate term in 2016. (He served several terms in the House before running for Senate in 2010.)

(3) Sen. Susan Collins of Maine: Not only is this POS pro-late term abortions, Collins actually co-sponsored the resolution ostensiblyout of concern for the precedent an emergency declaration would set for the powers of the executive branch. The four-term senator is likely to face her toughest re-election next year, with Democrats raising millions of dollars for a yet-to-be-determined challenger after she voted for Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

(4) Sen. Mike Lee of Utah: First elected in 2010, Lee announced his support for the resolution Wednesday after Trump rejected Lee’s offer of a compromise to curtail future national emergency declarations through an amendment of the National Emergencies Act to include the automatic termination of future emergencies after 30 days unless Congress authorizes the emergency to continue. Lee said in a statement announcing his decision that “For decades, Congress has been giving far too much legislative power to the executive branch.”  One of the most conservative senators, Lee is up for re-election in 2022.

(5) Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas: A member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Moran tweeted that “I share President Trump’s goal of securing our borders, but expanding the powers of the presidency beyond its constitutional limits is something I cannot support.” Moran is up for a third term in 2022.

(6) Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: Another pro-abort POS, Murkowski said in a floor speech earlier this month: “Congress is a co-equal branch of government and as such Congress should stand up for itself.” She is not up for re-election until 2022.

(7) Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky: Earlier this month, Paul announced at a GOP Lincoln Day dinner that he would support the resolution because Congress did not appropriate the funds Trump was looking to use for the border wall, and “If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing.” A self-described libertarian, Paul was re-elected to the Senate in 2016 after a failed White House bid, and he will not face voters again until 2022.

(8) Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio: Portman had worked with Mike Lee on the compromise resolution. The two-term senator said that while he supported Trump’s request for border wall funding, an emergency declaration is not necessary to secure those funds, and that the declaration would set a “dangerous precedent” by opening “the door for future presidents to implement just about any policy they want.” Portman won re-election by more than 20 points in 2016 and won’t face voters again until 2022.

(9) Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah: Although Romney is a freshman senator, he entered the Senate with a high profile as his party’s 2012 presidential nominee and the former governor of Massachusetts. Critical of Trump in the past, even before Trump officially declared a national emergency, Romney said he “would also expect the president stay within statutory and constitutional limits.” Romney won the open Utah Senate race in 2018 by 32 points, and he is not up for re-election again until 2024.

(10) Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida: Like the others, Rubio too warned of the precedent set by Trump’s national emergency. A member of Senate Appropriations, he said in February that while he agrees there is a crisis at the southern border, “a future president may use this exact same tactic to impose the Green New Deal.” Rubio won re-election by 8 points in 2016 after an unsuccessful run for the GOP nomination for president. Trump carried Florida by just 1 point in 2016.

(11) Sen. Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania: A “conservative” Republican, Toomey had occasionally broken with President Trump in the past, particularly on Trump’s use of tariffs. Toomey told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he supports Trump’s effort to build a border wall, but the declaration of a national emergency was “a very important separation of powers issue.” Toomey narrowly won re-election in 2016 when Trump won Pennsylvania by less than a point.

(12) Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi: The two-term senator, who’s the chairman of the Commerce Committee and the second-highest-ranked Republican on the Armed Services Committee, also had “serious reservations” about what an emergency declaration would do to the separation of powers. Wicker said in a statement earlier this week: “The precedent we set this year might empower a future liberal President to declare emergencies to enact gun control or to address ‘climate emergencies,’ or even to tear down the wall we are building today.” Wicker, an Air Force veteran, won re-election comfortably last fall in a state Trump carried by nearly 20 points in 2016.

Today, President Trump used his veto powers for the first time to overturn the Congressional resolution, calling it “reckless”. He said: “Today I am vetoing this resolution. Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it.” To override his veto would require two-thirds of the vote in both the House and the Senate, and the Senate doesn’t have the 67 votes needed for an override. (New York Post).

For all the Gang of 12’s concerns about the separation of powers and Trump setting a “dangerous precedent” by declaring a state of national emergency, one would think such declarations are rarely invoked.

Not so.

The fact of the matter is there have been 58 national emergencies declared by presidents since 1979 under the National Emergencies Act of 1975, 31 of which are still active national emergencies. Below are the number of national emergencies declared by President Carter and after:

  • Jimmy Carter: 2 — one of which is still active.
  • Ronald Reagan: 6 — none of which is active.
  • George H.W. Bush: 5 — none of which is active.
  • Bill Clinton: 17 — 6 of which are still in effect.
  • Barack Obama: 13 — 11 of which are still active.
  • Donald Trump: 3. (Source: CBS News, citing the Brennan Center)

H/t Kelleigh

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