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Eight MS-13 gang members in US illegally indicted in Texas for violent crimes

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From NY Post: Federal authorities have indicted eight MS-13 gang members in the U.S. illegally who used machetes and other weapons to carry out a string of violent attacks against rival gang members in North Texas last year.

U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said Friday that the street gang is one of the largest in the U.S. and described their tactics as cold, calculating and ruthless. A major rule of the gang is that members must attack and kill rivals, she said.

“Their trademark is violence,” Cox said at a Friday news conference in Dallas. “They are required to commit acts of violence in order to be involved with the gang and to participate as gang members.”

Seven people were in custody Friday morning. Cox reported Friday morning that an eighth person, who was not identified, is at large. The 18-count indictment includes attempted murder in aid of racketeering and assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.

Katherine Greer, a deputy special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, said the gang members are in the U.S. illegally, mostly from El Salvador.

President Donald Trump has singled out the gang as a threat to the United States, prompting criticism when he called its members “animals.”

MS-13 gang members committed at least six attacks in Dallas and nearby Irving last year, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. It said a sledgehammer was used in one attack, while a metal bat was involved in another. Rival gang members were victims of the attacks by MS-13 gang members, according to the statement.

The gang was founded in the U.S. in the 1980s by Salvadoran immigrants and has sunk roots in the country. Some of its members are U.S. citizens and not subject to deportation.

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Anonymous San Franciscan’s full page ad warns residents to “watch your backs” because city can’t do anything about homeless crisis

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Truth.

From Yahoo (via Business Insider): An anonymous resident of San Francisco placed a full-page ad San Francisco Chronicle Friday to draw attention to the city’s homelessness crisis after an alleged experience with a scissors-wielding homeless man in a downtown cafe left her feeling “horrified.”

The woman detailed her account in the ad, titled “Watch your backs — nobody else is.” You can read the entire ad above.

“The San Francisco city fathers and those who should be held accountable for our public safety have for years let us down by catering to the lowest common denominator,” the ad says. “We, the tax paying, responsible contributing members of society have had our quality of life as San Franciscans seriously compromised, dangerously so.”

In the ad, she says that she was trying to enjoy her lunch at a Neiman Marcus cafe in San Francisco’s downtown, when she had a run-in with a homeless person wielding scissors. She says that this “psychotic homeless person” was opening and closing the scissors “erratically,” making her fear for her safety. We’ve reached out to the Neiman Marcus in San Francisco for comment.

The ad claims to have been paid for by the “Fed Up Populace Campaign.” However, this campaign seems to have no online presence — Business Insider couldn’t find a website for the “Fed Up Populace Campaign” at the time of publication, nor does it appear to have any kind of social media presence.

Regardless, the ad comes at a time when the homelessness crisis continues to stoke tensions in San Francisco, as city residents increasingly complain that they don’t feel safe walking around highly-trafficked areas with large homeless populations. It’s started to take a toll on San Francisco’s tourism industry, too, as  at least one major medical conference reportedly decided to cancel its annual convention in the city, citing the homelessness problem.

The city’s homeless problem is attributed largely to the city’s lack of affordable housing, which has led real estate prices to soar. Now, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who was just sworn in this week, has pledged to take action on the homelessness crisis, even as she promises that the city will make way for more housing.

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University of Wyoming’s “cowboy” slogan deemed sexist & racist

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Must suck to go through life seeking out butthurt.

From Fox News: “The world needs more cowboys,” the University of Wyoming says in a new marketing slogan. But apparently not everyone agrees.

The slogan has drawn backlash from critics, including faculty members and Native American groups, who call the catchphrase sexist, racist and counterproductive to university recruitment — because it excludes women and people of color, Reuters reported.

“Honestly, I thought it was a joke at first,” associate professor Ellen Currano told the Chronicle of Higher Education. “I thought it was a joke. And then I looked it up on the university web page and saw that no, this was, in fact, serious.”

The university’s mascot is a “cowboy” riding a bucking horse with hat in hand.

But Darrell Hutchinson, a cultural specialist, told Reuters that people who do not fit the stereotypical image of a cowboy – “a white man with a wide-brimmed hat riding the range on horseback” – are not made to feel welcome.

“If you’re not a white person, and especially if you’re an Indian, it would make you feel out of place — it wouldn’t make you feel too good about yourself,” said Hutchinson, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming.

But university officials in Laramie defended the tagline, which they said was created by a Colorado-based marketing firm.

“In a vacuum, the term ‘cowboy’ appears gender- and perhaps race-specific, but in the context of the branding campaign it is connected to images and words that show our cowboys are diverse, of every sex and background,” university spokesman Chad Baldwin said, according to Reuters.

He said the university wants to “throw away” the stereotype of cowboys, updating what it means and looks like to be one. “A cowboy is not what you are, but who you are,” Baldwin said.

The campaign cost $500,000 and is part of a more than $1.4 million investment to advertise the university, located around 50 miles northwest of Cheyenne.

Jim Magagna, executive vice president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, said ranchers are worried the dispute may cast “aspersions on a time-honored way of life and work,” according to Reuters.

“We are proud of the true image of the real cowboy or cowgirl, often of very diverse race or ethnicity, riding the range on a well-groomed horse while sporting a cowboy hat, chaps, spurs and a rope,” he said in a statement.

Wyoming, the so-called Cowboy State, hosts the university’s sports teams, also called the Cowboys; a cowboy mascot named Pistol Pete also appears at games.

But Donal O’Toole, a university professor, said he believes the critics make a valid point. “This is a sexist slogan,” O’Toole told the Chronicle of Higher Education.

“As with many universities, the higher you will go up in rank, the higher proportion of men you find within the university,” said O’Toole, who is president of the Faculty Senate. He said that in a state where the official motto is “’Equal Rights’ … we need to make an effort to reach everyone.”

To associate professor Christine Porter, the slogan simply sounds outdated. “It’s very 1950s to think that ‘boy’ somehow includes ‘girl,’” Porter said, the education publication reported.

Christine Boggs, co-chair of the Committee on Women and People of Color at the university, told Reuters that she had no criticism of cowboys, since her father was one. But she pointed out that the committee’s 50 to 60 members were “very upset,” the Chronicle reported.

“If we’re striving to be a diverse university, exposing our students to a broader scope of ideas, we have to invite them in a more positive, inclusive way,” Boggs told Reuters.

A group of female scientists also wrote a letter to university administrators, asking them “embrace a slogan that takes us into the 21st Century,” according to the education news site.

Despite the pushback, the new slogan is set to launch Sept. 14.

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Demorats who drafted bill to abolish ICE say they’ll vote against it

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Proof that it’s not about children separated from their families at the border. It’s about keeping their TDS alive for their hopeful “Blue Wave” this November.

From Fox News: Democrats who drafted a bill to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] suddenly announced Thursday night that they would vote against it if the legislation went to the floor, after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News he intended to call their bluff.

“We know Speaker [Paul] Ryan is not serious about passing our ‘Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement System Act,’ so members of Congress, advocacy groups, and impacted communities will not engage in this political stunt,” Reps. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Adriano Espaillat of New York told The Hill and other news outlets. “If Speaker Ryan puts our bill on the floor, we plan to vote no and will instead use the opportunity to force an urgently needed and long-overdue conversation on the House floor.”

McCarthy, R-Calif., said earlier Thursday he would place a bill to abolish ICE on the House floor later this month.

Democrats have long pushed back on the administration’s immigration policies but tensions have escalated in the past month over family separations at the border. Calls from some far-left lawmakers to abolish ICE have grown ahead of the November elections.

Former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., last week slammed the federal agency as being a part of a “cruel, dysfunctional immigration system” that needs “comprehensive” reform.

One of the first senators to push for eradicating ICE was Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who said last month that ICE “has become a deportation force” which should be abolished.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio echoed Gillibrand, calling the agency “broken” and “divisive.”

“It should be abolished,” he tweeted.

As analysts point out, if Democrats vote against the proposal and kill it, it undermines their word. If they earn enough “yes” votes, Republicans could turn the issue and tie all Democrats to the crisis at the border.

Perhaps sensing trouble ahead of the primaries, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California have called instead for the agency to be restructured.

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Transient man in Washington state arrested for sexual assault, released next day on condition he stay away from victim & show up for court

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Get this: The perp has an extensive criminal history that includes 50 arrests.

Progressive politicians and bureaucrats in charge of King County have left the prosecuting attorney’s office (PAO) short staffed. Yet they claim that “gun violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and homicide remain the highest priority cases for the PAO.”

Or so they would have you believe…

Amy Clancy at KIRO reports that a man was arrested for a violent sexual assault and attempted kidnapping on-board a Metro bus in May. From KIRO:

Thirty six-year old transient Samuel Eugene Lawrence was arrested by King County Sheriff’s deputies just after noon Tuesday on a $100,000 warrant.

Lawrence is suspected of sexually assaulting a 23-year old intoxicated female bus passenger on board Metro coach No. 6100 about 4:20 a.m. May 6, officials say.

According to court documents, the bus was driving north on Pacific Highway South near 316th when the driver noticed “a commotion” and saw Lawrence pulling the woman to the rear of the bus.

In surveillance video obtained by KIRO 7, the woman can be heard saying “I really need help, I’m bleeding everywhere.”

After allegedly assaulting the woman, Lawrence pulled the cord for the bus to stop, grabbed the victim’s arms and hands and “threw her off the bus” then “tried to drag her away,” according to the incident report.

However, the surveillance video shows at least two passengers intervening to stop Lawrence.

Lawrence was arrested nearby and booked into the King County Jail at 6:16 a.m. that day, but released the following evening under the conditions he have no contact with witnesses or alleged victim, no new violations and must attend all court hearings.

According to King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ryan Abbott, the detective working the case didn’t even know Lawrence was out of jail until he saw Lawrence mid-day Tuesday on Pacific Highway South in Federal Way, not far from where the alleged attack took place.

“So he just ran his name real quick and it came back with a $100,000 warrant for his arrest,” Sgt Abbott told KIRO 7. Lawrence was booked into the King County again.  He’s been charged with one count of indecent liberties.

Meanwhile, this attack was not an isolated incident. In 2017, there were more than 100 reports of sexual assaults on Metro passengers and drivers, which is why in April King County launched an effort called “Report It To Stop It,” aimed at curbing attacks on-board Metro buses.

According to the KIRO report, Lawrence has an extensive criminal history, with more than 50 arrests for criminal trespass, assault, malicious mischief and disorderly content.

Read the whole story here.

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Washington state governor Jay Inslee running for president in 2020?

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Jay Inslee (r) and his buddy Obama

Demorat Jay Inslee has been governor of Washington State since 2013 and is a career politician. About his background, from Wikipedia:

“He served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1989 to 1993, and then represented Washington’s 4th congressional district, which included parts of the state around Yakima, in the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 1995. Defeated for re-election in 1994, Inslee returned to private practice, and then ran for governor in the 1996 election, coming fifth in the blanket primary ahead of the general election, which was won by Democrat Gary Locke. Inslee then served as regional director for the United States Department of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton.

Inslee was elected back to the House of Representatives in 1998, this time for Washington’s 1st congressional district, which included Seattle‘s northern suburbs in King, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties. He was re-elected six times before announcing that he was running for governor again on June 27, 2011. He resigned from Congress on March 20, 2012, in order to focus on his campaign.”

Apparently some think he’s going to run for president in 2020. From SF Gate:

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee isn’t a household name outside the Pacific Northwest, but that could soon change — the 67-year-old Democrat is starting to be mentioned as a possible 2020 presidential candidate.

He’s got progressive cred as the head of a state that legalized same-sex marriage and recreational cannabis before California, although he was initially opposed green-lighting legal weed. Washington declared itself a sanctuary state before California, and Inslee and other state leaders were among the first to sue the Trump administration over its initial plan to ban travel to the U.S. from several majority-Muslim nations.

Now, as the chair of the Democratic Governors Association, Inslee travels the nation as one of its loudest critics of President Trump.

His central theme: denouncing the administration’s “eagerness to deceive the American public with what’s going on with their business. … (Trump) does it every day,” as he put it recently on The Chronicle’s “It’s All Political” podcast. “It is a threat to democracy when you have a president who is willing to use the bully pulpit to be a bully.”

Like other Democrats, Inslee argues that Trump is “grossly” and “repeatedly” exaggerating when he says his immigration crackdown along the southern border is necessary because of “an ‘infestation’ of MS-13 GANGS in certain parts of our country.”

Inslee recently visited an immigrant detention center in his state and said the people there weren’t members of the fearsome Salvadoran gang. “These are the victims of the gangs,” Inslee said. “These are the people who are most angry and fearful of the gangs. These are the people that American policy has provided a legal means of asylum. So yes, there is gang activity. And these are the people you should be embracing, not victimizing with your distortion of reality.”

He called Trump’s argument “a propaganda exercise that this administration has embraced and used as a tactic.”

It’s just the sort of red-meat rhetoric that could appeal to voters in the Democratic presidential primaries in 2020, which happens to be the last year of Inslee’s second term as governor. Is that thought running through his mind? “I’m focused on 2018,” he said. “If you’re thinking about 2020, you’re not doing your job.”


While the SF Gate article touts Inslee’s TDS, let’s take a look at some of the governor’s accomplishments, shall we?

Under Inslee’s leadership the psychiatric hospital, Western State Hospital, recently failed a federal inspection and the place is called ‘hell.”

From the AP article: “Behind tall brick walls and secure windows, hundreds of patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital live in conditions that fail U.S. health and safety standards, while overworked nurses and psychiatrists say they are navigating a system that punishes employees who speak out despite critical staffing shortages.

They don’t have enough staff to protect patients, or provide them with the bare minimum of care,” said Lisa Bowser, whose mother spent two years at Western State Hospital and suffered dozens of falls and assaults.

“Going there was like going into hell,” said Bowser, who has sued the state-run facility. “I honestly thought they would kill her before I could get her out.”

Read the whole AP story here.

Under Gov. Inslee, homelessness has increased in Washington State. From the Department of Commerce: “After eight years of steady improvement, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Washington State began to increase in 2013.”

In November 2016, it was reported that the homeless population in Washington state increased by 7.3 percent. From the Seattle Times: Washington’s counts showed an increase of 1,408 people sleeping outside and in shelters — the country’s second-largest bump behind California. The state’s total number was 20,827.”

The homeless situation in Seattle is a crisis. I’ve done many blog posts about this: See here, here, here, here and here.

Earlier this year, Gov. Inslee rewarded SEIU by signing SB 6199 which requires caregivers to pay union dues as a condition of serving Medicaid recipients. As reported by the Freedom Foundation: The move sets the stage for the union representing the state’s 36,000 individual provider home care aides (IPs), SEIU 775, to force all caregivers to again pay union dues as a condition of serving Medicaid recipients. Under current state law, IPs contract with the state to serve specific Medicaid clients and are considered public employees only for the purposes of unionization. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Harris v. Quinn established that, under this arrangement, caregivers could not be forced to financially support a union against their will.

About 4,000 IPs in any given month do not pay SEIU 775 dues, costing the union about $2.8 million per year.

However, by making IPs “employees” of a private company, SEIU and union-backed policymakers seek to subject caregivers to the federal National Labor Relations Act, which would arguably remove caregivers’ Harris protections and allow SEIU 775 to again force IPs to pay union dues and fees.”

In January of this year, Gov. Inslee proposed a carbon tax in Washington State.  Inslee is a big believer in climate change and wants more taxpayer dollars to address it. From the Seattle Times: “Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday urged Washington lawmakers to embrace his ambitious plan to tax fossil-fuel emissions in Washington state.

“It is time to step up,” Inslee told lawmakers at the Capitol. The impacts of climate change, he added, “will be carried by our children, our economy, our security and our quality of life.”

Inslee’s proposal would levy a $20-a-ton price on carbon emissions, said Reed Schuler, an Inslee policy adviser. That price would rise over time.

The state would start collecting the revenue in the 2020 budget year, with $726 million generated that year. The tax would raise a total of $3.3 billion over four years.”

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Gov. Inslee ignores federal law and harbors illegal aliens. On July 4th he met with illegal aliens to hear their concerns about President Trump’s immigration policies.

In 2017 a Washington State Trooper helped ICE find a wanted criminal illegal alien with a warrant who had been deported FOUR times. Washington State Patrol then conducted an administrative review of the Trooper’s action at the request of the governor. From Breitbart: “The governor’s office confirmed to the Olympian that an administrative review is underway. “The governor takes very seriously the need to make sure all residents of Washington feel safe in their interactions with the men and women in our state Patrol, particularly given the anxiety that many in our state are feeling right now,” Spokesperson Jaime Smith told the local newspaper.”

I could go on about the progressive tactics of Gov. Inslee and his partisan politics. If this is the best that demorats can offer in 2020, make way for more of this:

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NYC’s murder rate rises due to gang violence

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Maybe the good mayor should focus on his city’s crime instead of illegal aliens at the border and the SCOTUS nomination.

From NY Post: Warring gangs have driven New York’s murder rate to an 8 percent spike through the first half of the year, authorities said Tuesday.

The city saw 147 murders through the end of June, an increase of 11 from the 136 notched to the same point in 2017.

“We were all quite sober about the fact that trying to repeat what happened in 2017 was going to be very, very difficult,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio at the briefing, invoking last year’s record-low crime numbers. “There’s also real work we have to do and some real specific things we have to address.”

Among those issues is gang violence that has accounted for roughly one-third of this year’s slayings — and spilled over to the mainstream last month with the mistaken-identity slaying of innocent Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz by a band of blade-wielding Trinitarios.

“When it comes to the homicides, it’s around 30 percent [gang-related],” said NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan. “When we come to non-fatal shootings, it’s around 40 percent where there’s some sort of gang nexus. And those are the ones we know about.”

Much of that bloodshed has come in the Bronx, which has seen 51 homicides so far this year, up 64.5 percent from last year’s 31 to the same date, department stats show. “The Bronx is driving the murder year-to-date,” Monahan noted.

To combat those trends, the NYPD is deploying additional officers to two of the borough’s most crime-ridden precincts: the 40th, which hosted Tuesday’s meeting, and the 48th, where gangs and homicide intersected in horrifying fashion last month with the slaying of Guzman-Feliz, a 15-year-old aspiring cop.

Guzman-Feliz was yanked out of a bodega and hacked to death with machetes and knives by a mob of Trinitarios gangbangers who confused him with a rival. Twelve suspects have been arrested so far in the gruesome murder.

Despite the troubling homicide spike, overall crime reports are down 1.8 percent on the year, including drops in robberies, felony assaults, and shootings, officials said.

Rape reports have spiked by 33.2 percent in 2018 — from 678 last year to 903 this year — but Monahan attributed much of the hike to sexual assault in the news, as well as increased reporting of domestic attacks and previously unreported incidents from years past.

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