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NYT editorial: Federal government should require Section-8 housing be built in ‘affluent’ communities

In July 2018, the editorial board of the New York Times abandoned all journalistic objectivity with an editorial calling on the Democrat Party to go to war against President Trump, using mafia “Godfather” tactics.

But the plain truth is that, unless you are a “useless idiot” who swears by and only reads that piece of rag like an attorney I know, the New York Times (NYT) had abandoned objectivity long before July 2018. See:

We should, therefore, take a recent NYT editorial and its recommendation for what it is — yet another big dose of biased, leftist toxin.

On July 7, 2019, NYT published the editorial, “A New Approach on Housing Affordability,” penned by its editorial board, which “represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.”

The editorial begins by stating the problem, that of the high and rising cost of rental housing in the United States, and bemoans how millions cannot afford to live in the neighborhoods that they want. 

The editorial then commends Democratic presidential candidates (Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren) who are addressing this problem with these policy proposals:

  1. Increase federal subsidies for renters, at a cost of $93 billion (Kamala Harris) to $134 billion a year (Cory Booker) and more (Julian Castro).
  2. Increase federal subsidies for the construction of affordable housing (Booker and Castro).
  3. Increase housing construction by having the federal government put pressure on local governments to allow more “development” (Elizabeth Warren). 

The NYT editorial opines that while increasing housing construction (“more market-rate development”) is a worthy goal, that isn’t enough — “Market-rate development, however, is not a sufficient solution.

The problems are two:

  1. “Wealthy residents” are the most resistant to “development”. In fact, “the states most resistant to allowing housing construction are the strongholds of the Democratic Party, in the Northeast and along the Pacific Coast, and the most resistant voters are the wealthy residents of those states who provide so much of the funding for Democratic presidential campaigns.”
  2. Even if the federal government increases rent and housing subsidies, “poor children” would still not be “raised in economically diverse neighborhoods” with better schools, but instead would live “in neighborhoods with high levels of poverty.”

The New York Times’ proposal is to revive and expand a policy of the Obama administration, wherein “poor” renters were given large vouchers to move to areas with more expensive housing and better schools, by having the “irristible force” of the federal government require “affluent communities to accept affordable housing projects.” 

In other words, if the NYT has its way, the federal government will compel local governments to construct Section 8 apartments and high-risers (“affordable housing”) in middle-class and “affluent” communities of single-family homes. Those “affordable” apartments and high-risers will be inhabited by the “poor” — among whom are gangbangers, illegal aliens and “refugees”.

This is socialism and the UN Agenda 21 on steroids.

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~Eowyn

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Gov. Ron DeSantis conducts Florida state government in Israel

Ronald DeSantis, 40, is the Republican governor of Florida since only January 2019. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, DeSantis served as an officer and attorney in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) before he became a Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives (2013-2018).

An ally of President Trump, DeSantis is a rising star in the GOP. Though a relative unknown nationwide, DeSantis was included among the names in a recent Harvard-Harris national poll of five likely Trump vice-president running-mates in 2020. The other four are much better known: VP Mike Pence, Lindsey Graham, Nikki Hayley, and Marco Rubio.

Given DeSantis’s surprising political prominence, it should be of even more concern that he is governing the state of Florida as if it’s an offshoot of Israel by conducting government affairs in Jerusalem.

On May 29, 2019, while on a trade mission in Israel, DeSantis and members of his Cabinet (Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried) held a Cabinet meeting in the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

As reported by the AP via Times of Israel, a day before, an open-government watchdog group (The First Amendment Foundation) and several news outlets (Gannett Co., Gatehouse Media and the owners of the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times) had tried to stop the meeting by suing DeSantis and members of the Cabinet.

The lawsuit argued that the meeting violates Florida’s state constitution and open-government laws, which require that Cabinet sessions be open to the public, because Florida residents not in Israel wouldn’t be able to attend. Public access to the cabinet meeting was further restricted because of security concerns about the meeting’s location at the US embassy in Jerusalem. Florida reporters covering the trade mission were not allowed to take into the meeting equipment that could provide live coverage, including cellphones and laptops.

DeSantis’s office dismissed the concerns by labeling the meeting as “ceremonial.” But First Amendment Foundation President Barbara Petersen points out:

“The fact that there even saying, ‘Oh, it’s only ceremonial, therefore we don’t have to open it to the public’ shows to me a basic misunderstanding of the Sunshine Law. This has nothing to do with the trade mission. This has everything to do with our Cabinet holding a meeting in a foreign county. And I don’t care if they were holding the meeting in Montana, I’d have the same concern…. [T]he right of access guaranteed by our constitution makes no mention of ceremonial meetings being exempt from that right of access. We don’t want our future Cabinet meetings to be held anywhere but in the state of Florida.”

Hours before the lawsuit was filed, DeSantis discussed the meeting at a networking reception in the residence of US Ambassador David Friedman. DeSantis said: “Holding a meeting of the Florida Cabinet in the embassy in Jerusalem, that is going to be a real neat thing.”

According to The Ledger, the lawsuit was dismissed “because the governor and his cabinet members could not be served.” And so, the meeting became Florida’s first ever Cabinet meeting held in a foreign country.

After the Cabinet meeting ended, DeSantis signed into law HB 741, banning “anti-Semitism” in Florida’s public schools, making it the first bill in Florida history signed on foreign soil — in Jerusalem, Israel. 

~Eowyn

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President fauxcahontis Elizabeth Warren would admit 800% more refugees

Sam Dorman reports for Fox News that yesterday, July 11, 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released a sweeping immigration plan that would dramatically increase the number of refugees admitted into the United States by nearly 800% from FY 2018 and 250% from even the Obama years.

In FY 2018, because of President Trump’s bans on refugees from a number of countries in the Middle East deemed security threats, the number of refugee admissions fell to record lows to about 22,000. Warren decried Trump’s restrictions, calling it an “abuse” of his authority. She said she would increase the number of refugee admissions to 125,000 in her first year as President, which would be an increase of 795% from FY 2018.

Warren’s plan also includes:

(1) Repealing a law requiring local police to enforce federal immigration laws, as well as an end to “unnecessary” detention. She said: “We already have the tools to effectively track and monitor individuals without shoving them into cages and camps along the border. As President, I’ll issue guidance ensuring that detention is only used where it is actually necessary because an individual poses a flight or safety risk. Let there be no ambiguity on this: if you are violating the basic rights of immigrants, now or in the future, a Warren administration will hold you accountable.”

(2) Expand legal immigration.

(3) Decriminalize illegal border crossings. Warren said that as President, she would “take executive action to provide a measure of protection for those who are undocumented. I’ll work with Congress to pass broad-reaching reform, but I’m also prepared to move forward with executive action if Congress refuses to act.”

(4) Alleviate the migrant crisis by giving $1.5 billion a year in foreign aid to Central and South America.

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~Eowyn

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Harvard poll: Majority of U.S. voters, incl. Hispanics and Democrats, support citizenship question in census

According to Harvard University’s latest (June 2019) monthly national public policy poll, released by the Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies and the Harris Poll, a majority of all registered U.S. voters, Hispanics, and Democrats favor adding a question about whether the census respondent is a U.S. citizen to the 2020 census.

The poll also found that:

  • A majority of U.S. voters, including even Democrats and Liberals, as well all races and both genders think the U.S. economy today is strong.
  • A majority of U.S. voters believe there is growing crisis at the border.
  • A majority of U.S. voters also support President Trump declaring a national emergency to build a border wall.
  • There is no support for a war with Iran or anywhere in the Middle East.

From June 26-29, 2019, the survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,182 registered voters was conducted online. Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, marital status, household size, income, employment, political party, political ideology, and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population.

Here are the poll’s findings (partial list):

On the question “Should the census be able to ask whether people living here are US citizens?”:

  • All registered voters: 67% yes, 33% no
  • Political ideology:
    • Conservatives: 90% yes, 10% no
    • Liberals: 44% yes, 56% no
  • Political party:
    • Republicans: 88% yes, 12% no
    • Democrats: 52% yes, 48% no
    • Independents: 63% yes, 37% no
  • Race:
    • Whites: 72% yes, 28% no
    • Blacks: 59% yes, 41% no
    • Hispanics: 55% yes, 45% no
  • Gender:
    • Males: 67% yes, 33% no
    • Females: 67% yes, 33% yes

On “How strong do you think the U.S. economy is today?“:

  • All registered voters: 69% “strong”, 31% “weak”
  • Political ideology:
    • Conservatives: 87% “strong”; 13% “weak”
    • Liberals: 58% “strong”; 42% “weak”
  • Political party:
    • Republicans: 90% “strong”; 10% “weak”
    • Democrats: 56% “strong”; 44% “weak”
    • Independents: 65% “strong”; 35% “weak”
  • Race:
    • Whites: 74% “strong”; 26% “weak”
    • Blacks: 54% “strong”; 46% “weak”.
    • Hispanics: 62% “strong”; 37% “weak”
  • Gender:
    • Males: 75% “strong”; 24% “weak”
    • Females: 63% “strong”; 37% “weak”

“Do you think there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our border with Mexico, or is this mainly a manufactured political crisis ahead of the 2020 elections?”:

  • 62% “growing crisis”, 38% “manufactured crisis”

On the Wall: “In the last month over 100,000 people were intercepted trying tocross illegally into United States on the southern border with Mexico.Given these numbers, do you favor or oppose the decision by the President to declare a national emergency to secure the funding he needs to build a wall on the border with Mexico?”:

  • 52% favor, 48% oppose

On deportation: “Would you favor or oppose a mass action by the U.S. government to roundup and remove thousands of illegal immigrantsfrom the United States?”:

  • 47% favor, 53% oppose

“Do you think President Trump is too tough, too lenient or just right in dealing with illegal immigrants caught trying to cross the border?”:

  • 42% too tough, 24% too lenient, 34% just right

On war against Iran:

  • “Should the United States have launched a military strike on Iran after it shot down an unmanned U.S. drone in international waters last week?”: 28% “attacked”, 72% “not attacked”
  • “Would you support or oppose another US-led military engagement in the Middle East?”: 38% support, 62% oppose
  • “Would you support or oppose the U.S. government launching a military strike on Iran if it continues hostilities in the Persian Gulf and the region but does not attack US military assets or personnel?”: 43% support, 57% oppose

On the question “In general, do you think the country is on the right track or is it off on the wrong track?“:

  • All registered voters: 38% “right track”; 55% say “wrong track”; 7% “don’t know/unsure”.
  • Political ideology:
    • Conservatives: 66% “right track”; 27% “wrong track”
    • Liberals: 18% “right track”; 75% “wrong track”
  • Political party:
    • Republicans: 71% “right track”; 23% “wrong track”
    • Democrats: 15% “right track”; 80% “wrong track”
    • Independents: 31% “right track”; 59% “wrong track”
  • Race:
    • Whites: 42% “right track”; 50% “wrong track”
    • Blacks: 20% “right track”; 75% “wrong track”
    • Hispanics: 38% “right track”; 53% “wrong track”
  • Gender:
    • Males: 43% “right track”; 51% “wrong track”
    • Females: 34% “right track”; 59% “wrong track”

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as President of the United States“:

  • All registered voters: 44% approve; 56% disapprove
  • Political ideology:
    • Conservatives: 78% approve, 22% disapprove
    • Liberals: 18% approve, 82% disapprove
  • Political party:
    • Republicans: 83% approve, 17% disapprove
    • Democrats: 13% approve, 87% disapprove
    • Independents: 41% approve, 59% disapprove
  • Race:
    • Whites: 51% approve, 49% disapprove
    • Blacks: 20% approve, 80% disapprove
    • Hispanics: 39% approve, 61% disapprove
  • Gender:
    • Males: 49% approve, 51% disapprove
    • Females: 40% approve, 60% disapprove

“Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democratic Party is handling its job?”:

  • 72% of Democrats approve, 28% disapprove

“Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republican Party is handling its job?”:

  • 75% of Republicans approve, 24% disapprove

~Eowyn

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Alleged anti-Semitism: Cartoonist Ben Garrison disinvited from White House Social Media Summit; high school principal fired for refusing to state Holocaust really happened

Holocaust denial, the denial of the genocidal killing of approximately six million Jews in Europe by Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, is illegal in Israel and 16 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain).

Here in the United States, notwithstanding the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech, “anti-Semitism” is not just politically incorrect and verboten, the trend is towards banning and criminalizing “anti-Semitism” and Holocaust denial altogether:

  • A bill (HR 1697) in Congress seeks to make it a felony to support any anti-Israel boycott.
  • On May 29, 2019, in Jerusalem, Israel, Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill, HB 741, into law banning “anti-Semitism” in Florida’s public schools — the first bill in Florida history signed on foreign soil.

Below are two recent cases of alleged “anti-Semitism”.

(1) Political cartoonist Ben Garrison

Tomorrow, July 11, the Trump administration will host a Social Media Summit  on the “opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment,” in the words of White House spokesperson Judd Deere.

Deere made the announcement on June 26, the same day President Trump said the federal government should file lawsuits against some of the tech giants. Trump has accused Google, Facebook and Twitter of being biased against him and other conservatives. (Politico)

Brilliant political cartoonist Ben Garrison was first invited to the Social Media Summit, then the invitation was rescinded because of complaints from the Anti-Defamation League that Garrison is “anti-Semitic”.

This is his statement:

(2) Florida high school principal William Latson

Meanwhile, a high school principal in Florida was fired for refusing to state that the Holocaust of six million Jews in WWII was a factual, historical event.

Sarah Mervosh reports for the New York Times that in April 2018, William Latson, the principal of Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton, Fla., wrote in an email exchange with an unidentified parent that “Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened,” amd that he had to stay “politically neutral”. He said that the school offered an assembly and courses on the Holocaust, but that they were optional and could not be “forced upon” all students.

Making a distinction between his personal beliefs about the Holocaust and his role as the principal of a public school, Latson wrote: “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee. I do allow information about the Holocaust to be presented and allow students and parents to make decisions about it accordingly. I do the same with information about slavery.”

The emails were recently obtained and published by The Palm Beach Post, which led to an intense backlash in South Florida — an area with a third of the population being Jewish.

Thousands signed an online petition calling for Latson’s resignation. On July 1, the Palm Beach County school district announced that he would be stripped of his position as principal and reassigned to another job in the district.

In its statement, the school district said Latson had made “a grave error in judgment” in refusing to state the Holocaust as fact. Latson was counseled by district officials in a series of meetings, and spent several days at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to increase his awareness. Latson apologized in a statement to The Palm Beach Post: “I regret that the verbiage that I used when responding to an email message from a parent, one year ago, did not accurately reflect my professional and personal commitment to educating all students about the atrocities of the Holocaust.”

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Sunday Devotional: I am sending you like lambs among wolves

Luke 10:1-12, 16

At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house
and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’
Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you,
go out into the streets and say,
‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet,
even that we shake off against you.’
Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand.
I tell you,
it will be more tolerable for Sodom
on that day than for that town….
Whoever listens to you listens to me.
Whoever rejects you rejects me.
And whoever rejects me
rejects the one who sent me.”

Our Lord said: “I am sending you like lambs among wolves.

He also warned us: “And you will be hated by everyone because of my name” (Mark 13:13) and “If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you” (John 15:18).

So it shouldn’t surprise us that Christians are being persecuted across the world and even in First-Amendment America:

But for enduring the world’s hatred and persecution, we are told to “rejoice” because “your names are written in heaven”. (Luke 10:18) As Jeremiah 17:7-8 says:

Thus says the LORD:
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
it fears not the heat when it comes;
its leaves stay green;
in the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.

Be strong!

See also “Without baptism, we are abandoned to the wolves”.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Unreal: New Jersey ISIS recruiter gets just 48 months behind bars

The good judge…

You want to know how old the judge in this case is? He was appointed by Lyndon B. Johnson. Yes, Lyndon B. Johnson. The good judge is 97 years old.

From NY Post: A Brooklyn federal judge Wednesday sentenced an admitted ISIS recruiter and failed government cooperator to only 48 months behind bars — despite prosecutors’ requests that the New Jersey woman serve 30 to 50 years for her crimes.

The lenient sentence from Judge Jack Weinstein means Sinmya Amera Ceasar, who’s already served 29 months, will walk free in just over a year and a half following her guilty pleas to charges of providing material support to ISIS and obstruction of justice.

“I was used by people when I was confused,” Ceasar told the court ahead of sentencing. “I wasn’t drawn into it by violence.”

“I’m not blaming others, I’m blaming myself,” she said.

The “wounded animal” aka terrorist supporter

Prosecutors Josh Hafetz and Ian Richardson spent the past three days arguing that Ceasar, who called herself “Umm Nutella,” was still a danger to society after she flouted a 2016 cooperation agreement with the feds and kept talking to fellow jihadists online.

Yet Weinstein disagreed. “It’s apparent that this young woman is in need of serious educational, medical, and economic support,” the judge said in explaining the low sentence. “This sentence will also save her as a human being.”

“She’s like a wounded animal,” defense attorney Deirdre von Dornum said of her client, who was repeatedly sexually abused as a child. “Her life has been ruined, but there’s hope for her.”

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Morgan Stanley’s business confidence index has biggest drop since 2008 financial crisis

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is an American multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in New York City. JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the United States, and the sixth largest bank in the world by total assets as of 2018, to the amount of $2.535 trillion. It is the world’s most valuable bank by market capitalization and was named one of the top stocks to buy in 2019.

The Morgan Stanley Business Conditions Index (MSBCI) is an economic barometer based on an internal monthly canvass of industry analysts in JPMorgan’s North America Equity Research. The MSBCI measures general analyst sentiment as well as component indicators that gauge financing, advance bookings, pricing, hiring, capital spending, and expectations. Since its inception in June 2002, the MSBCI has served as a valuable and effective instrument for anticipating directional moves in the U.S. economy.

Morgan Stanley just published its latest Business Conditions Index and it is shocking.

As reported by Maggie Fitzgerald for CNBC, June 13, 2019:

Morgan Stanley’s Business Conditions Index, which captures turning points in the economy, fell by 32 points in June, to a level of 13 from a level of 45 in May. This drop is the largest one-month decline on record and the lowest level since December 2008 during the financial crisis, according to the firm.

Morgan Stanley said June’s conditions index reading showed notable declines in hiring, hiring plans, capex plans, and business conditions exceptions.

Economist Ellen Zentner said in a note to clients that the sharp MSBCI decline “shows a sharp deterioration in sentiment this month that was broad-based across sectors. Fundamental indicators point to a broad softening of activity, but analysts did not widely attribute the weakening to [Trump’s] trade policy.”

In addition to the sharp drop in the Business Confidence Index, here are other economic indicators of a possible economic slowdown:

  • Last Friday’s much-worse-than-expected jobs report from the Labor Department, showing that the U.S. economy added just 75,000 jobs in May.
  • A report on Thursday showed a spike in jobless claims last week.
  • Manufacturing activity last month grew at the slowest pace in two years.
  • The manufacturing subindex business conditions fell sharply to zero, the lowest level for the subindex on record.
  • The services subindex also fell to 18 from 35.

Meanwhile, another CNBC report on June 12 says “risks are rising for an oil price spike as tensions between the U.S. and Iran increase” which would further exacerbate business confidence.

Analysts say oil could be more than 10% higher, but if the situation in the Middle East intensifies, there are risks of price spikes that take oil to as high as $100 a barrel this summer.

Four years ago, in June 2015, Bob Johnson wrote in Veterans Today that the powerful Israeli lobby, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), was trying to push the U.S. into a war against Iran for Israel’s benefit. (See “Yinon Plan“)

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