Category Archives: 10th Amendment/States Rights

President Trump signs law restoring states' right to defund Planned Parenthood

On his first full day of work in the White House on January 23, 2017, a day after the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by signing an executive order to defund overseas abortion agencies. {See “Trump fulfills 3 promises in first day of work as POTUS, including defund International Planned Parenthood”)
On April 3, 2017, President Trump put an end to the U.S.’s $75 million funding  of a United Nations abortion agency — the UN Population Fund.
Ten days later on April 13, 2017, President Trump signed into law a joint Congressional resolution, H.J.Res. 43, enabling states to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion mills.

H.J.Res. 43 repeals one of Obama’s last malevolent acts as POTUS.
In December 2016, Obama had bestowed his parting gift to the abortion industry with a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule banning states from withholding Title X federal “family planning” grants to abortion clinics. At the time, HHS explained that the rule was created in reaction to states that tried to stop funding abortion providers.
H.J.Res. 43, that President Trump signed into law, reads:

Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients (81 Fed. Reg. 91852; December 19, 2016), and such rule shall have no force or effect.

On April 14, 2017, speaking for all pro-lifers, Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, said:

“Today we thank President Donald Trump for restoring states’ freedom to direct taxpayer dollars away from abortion providers in favor of supporting community health centers that deliver comprehensive women’s care, and already outnumber abortion providers 20 to 1.”

Applauding H.J.Res. 43, Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser urges Congress to take up more legislation to strip Planned Parenthood and abortion providers of other federal funds like Medicaid reimbursements, and redirect those federal funds to health providers that do not perform abortions.

Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) introduced H.J. Res. 43 to the U.S. House of Representatives, which nullified the HHS rule. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) sponsored H.J. Res. 43 in the Senate. The measure passed the House easily and then narrowly passed the Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence as the tie-breaking vote.
If the Trump administration never does anything else, H.J. Res. 43 alone is a confirmation of the rightness of our votes last November 8 for Trump-Pence.
And don’t let anyone tell you that Republicans are no different from the party of  Demonrats.

~Eowyn

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Betrayal: Inaugural singer Jackie Evancho speaks out against Trump's repeal of Obama's tranny bathroom decree

Before she sang the National Anthem at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, 16-year-old “America’s Got Talent” singer Jackie Evancho was a virtual unknown.
Evancho’s career and bank account mightily benefited from her inaugural gig:

  • Her weekly album sales immediately quadrupled for both digital downloads and with retailers.
  • Her album “Someday at Christmas” reportedly had to be restocked twice in local stores.
  • Evancho’s Billboard spot jumped significantly: her “Dream With Me” album and her “O Holy Night” EP shot up to No. 2 on the Billboard charts — the highest spot they’ve ever held.
  • Evancho is the youngest solo artist to ever go platinum.

See “Jackie Evancho’s album sales quadruple after it’s announced she will perform at Trump’s inauguration“.
But now Evancho is speaking out against President Trump’s revoke of Obama’s decree in May 2016 ordering public schools to allow so-called transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their imagined gender.
In so doing, Trump is honoring the Constitution’s 1oth Amendment on states’ rights by returning the matter of access to public bathrooms back to the jurisdiction of the states.
Target's new transgender-friendly bathroom sign
Oli Coleman reports for Page Six that yesterday, Feb. 22, 2017, Evancho — who has a transgender “sister,” Juliet — tweeted her opposition:

“I am obviously disappointed in the @POTUS decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide. #sisterlove.”
“@realDonaldTrump u gave me the honor to sing at your inauguration. Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u to talk transgender rghts❤.”

Reportedly, Evancho was criticized by trans activists when she signed up for the inaugural gig.
Juliet, Jackie Evancho’s 18-year-old M-to-F “transgender” “sister” whose original name is Jacob, is currently suing “her” Pittsburgh school district over its decision to stop students from using the bathroom that corresponds to their imagined gender.
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~Eowyn

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Police shot Oregon protester Lavoy Finicum 3 times in back

Last December, Ammon Bundy and armed militia members gathered in Burns, Oregon (about 280 miles southeast of Portland), to protest the jailing of local ranchers, father and son Dwight and Steven Hammond, for lighting fires on federal properties in 2001 and 2006 in order to scale back invasive plants and to protect their private lands from wildfires. (Ammon is the son of Nevada rancher Clive Bundy who had an armed standoff with federal authorities in 2014 over grazing rights. That matter was settled peacefully, after the Bureau of Land Management backed off and left the scene.)
After a peaceful rally in Burns, Ammon Bundy and the militia protesters took over a facility at the Mahleur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns.
On January 27, 2016, the feds put an end to the standoff by shooting dead Robert “LaVoy” Finicum multiple times at close range, and arresting other protesters, including:

  • Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox and Ryan Waylen Payne, who were arrested at a traffic stop on their way from Burns, Oregon, to a community meeting with ranchers in John Day, Oregon.
  • Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy (Captain O.) and Peter Santilli, who were arrested in Burns.
  • Jon Ritzheimer reportedly turned himself into police in Peoria, Arizona.

(See “Oregon Standoff: Militia man killed; others asked to sign talent releases” and “FBI arrests Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, ending Oregon standoff“.)
Yesterday, March 9, 2016, county prosecutors ruled the killing of Finicum “justified and necessary” despite the fact he had been shot three times in the back.
Below is a tweet, by RT anchor/correspondent Simone del Rosario, of an autopsy report’s sketch showing three gun wounds on Finicum’s back:
autopsy report of Lavoy Finicum showing 3 gun wounds on back
Here are excerpts from Les Zeitz’s report for The Oregonian/Oregon Live of the dramatic events that led to Finicum’s death:

As Robert “Lavoy” Finicum powered his Dodge pickup over Devine Summit on the state highway north of Burns, he spotted the police van idling on a U.S. Forest Service road.
Finicum glanced over at the state trooper in the driver’s seat as he went past.
He pointed a finger at him, as if to say “I see you” and kept going.
That likely was the moment Finicum realized he and his group wouldn’t make the community meeting planned that evening in John Day.
Less than 30 minutes later, Finicum was dead and four other leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover were in handcuffs.
Police knew the leaders planned to travel to John Day in Grant County to the north on the only direct highway there – U.S. 395.
They devised a traffic stop by state troopers to allow FBI agents to arrest the group on federal conspiracy charges. By midday, some members of the arresting team positioned themselves on Forest Service Road 2820, which branches east off the state highway toward a snow park near the summit of Devine Ridge. Another team set up roughly two miles north on the highway, prepared to act as a roadblock.
“The sheriff is waiting for us,” Finicum yelled out the driver’s window to the officers and agents staged behind his truck.
He puts his hands out the window and invited police to shoot.
“Back down or you kill me now,” he said.
He repeated twice more that he was going to meet the sheriff.
Ryan Bundy, 43, of Mesquite, Nevada, seated behind Finicum with a .38-caliber pistol and two rifles within reach, yelled out the window: “Who are you?”
Finicum echoed him. “Yeah, who are you?”
“Oregon State Police” came the reply.
“I’m going over to meet the sheriff in Grant County,” Finicum said.
Police continued demanding Finicum turn off the truck and surrender, according to officer statements to investigators. But they didn’t move against those in the truck as they waited for a trooper posted at McConnell’s Jeep to bring a launcher with multiple pepper spray rounds.
Those in the truck talked about what to do next.
“If we duck and you drive, what are they going to do?” [Shannon] Cox asked Finicum. “Try to knock us out?”
He noted they still had “50 ass miles” to go to reach John Day. He turned up the volume on country music that had been playing on the radio.
“Who can we call?” Bundy asked.
“Sheriff Palmer,” Finicum responded.
As Bundy and Cox tried to get a cell signal, Finicum continued yelling at police.
“You want a blood bath?” he asked. “I’m going to be laying down here on the ground with my blood on the street or I’m going to see the sheriff.
[…] Finicum instantly stepped out of the truck, his hands out to his sides at about shoulder height. Investigators concluded that an FBI agent on the highway clipped off two shots, one that went wild and one that pierced the truck roof and shattered the left rear passenger window. A shell fragment struck Bundy in the shoulder.
The trooper who had made it to the tree line had drawn his revolver and now commanded Finicum to get on the ground.
“Go ahead and shoot me,” Finicum said.
“Get on the ground,” the trooper yelled back.
Finicum continued yelling “Shoot me” and “You’re going to have to shoot me.”
He turned his attention from the trooper in the woods to two troopers coming up behind him, including the one who had fired at the truck. As Finicum shifted direction, the trooper in the woods holstered his gun and drew out his Taser X2, which can be effective from 25 feet but works best at about 15 feet.
Finicum at least twice reached with his right hand toward the inside of his left jacket, where he had a loaded Ruger SR9 semi-automatic pistol that had been a gift from his stepson.
He then turned back toward the trooper approaching with the Taser. He again reached for his jacket.
“It was consistent with drawing a handgun,” the trooper with the Taser told investigators. “He’s going for a gun and I can tell you right now, uh, I was very uncomfortable.”
He continued ordering Finicum to stop.
“He had the drop on me at this point,” the trooper said.
One of the troopers who had been coming up behind Finicum saw the same motion – “consistent with grabbing a firearm” is how he described it to investigators.
“I need to take action to stop him from being a threat” to the trooper with the Taser, he later told investigators.
He fired two rounds, both striking Finicum in the back. At the same instant, another trooper nearby fired a single round into Finicum’s back.
[…] Fifty seconds after Finicum left his truck, the shooting was over.”

You can hear and see Finicum yelling to the police in the video below of cell phone footage from inside Finicum’s truck (lower left corner) synced with aerial footage taken by the FBI. Finicum was in the driver’s seat, while Ryan Bundy, Victoria Sharp and Shauna Cox were in the back seat.

Do you think Finicum had goaded police to shoot him? Was shooting him in the back justified? How could the police have de-escalated the situation?
H/t ZeroHedge
~Eowyn

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Oregon Standoff: Militia man killed; others asked to sign talent releases

Last December, Ammon Bundy and armed militia members gathered in Burns, Oregon (about 280 miles southeast of Portland), to protest the jailing of local ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. (Ammon is the son of Nevada rancher Clive Bundy who had an armed standoff with federal authorities in 2014 over grazing rights. That matter was settled peacefully, after the Bureau of Land Management backed off and left the scene.)
Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son, Steven, 46, are due to go to jail for 5 years for lighting fires on federal properties in 2001 and 2006 in order to scale back invasive plants and to protect their private lands from wildfires.
After a peaceful rally in Burns, Ammon Bundy and the militia took over a facility at the Mahleur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns.
Yesterday, matters between the militia and the feds took an ugly turn.
As reported by Vicky Davis for TVOI (The Voice of Idaho) News, Jan. 27, 2016, five militia men were arrested at a traffic stop, on their way from Burns, Oregon, to a community meeting with ranchers in John Day, Oregon. The five are Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox and Ryan Waylen Payne. Additionally, two others were arrested in Burns: Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy (Captain O.) and Peter Santilli. Another man, Jon Ritzheimer, reportedly turned himself into police in Peoria, Arizona.
But a militia man named Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was “murdered in cold blood,” shot multiple times at close range. A source told TVOI that “LaVoy was not resisting but was dragged out of a vehicle.”
Here’s a video of Finicum:

And here’s the complete video footage of a joint FBI and Oregon State Police traffic stop and OSP officer-involved shooting of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The footage has been edited only to blur out aircraft information. It was taken by the FBI on 01/26/2016 and released by the FBI on 01/28/2016. Note regarding date/time stamp in the left corner of video: Pilots use Zulu Time, also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), when they fly. Zulu time is eight hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST). Therefore, although this footage was taken on January 26, 2016 in Oregon, the date/time stamp on the video shows just after midnight January 27, 2016. (H/t FOTM reader gamegetterII):

To add to the confusion in Oregon, a fascinating exchange was captured by the live video feed of the standoff.
Beginning at the 1:20 mark of the video below, you’ll hear the following exchange:

Voice of Man #1: “Hey guys. Can I get you guys to sign talent releases?”
Voice of Man #2 (member of militia): “Say what?”
Man #1: “Talent releases. I must get you guys to sign off.”
Man #2: “What is that?”

At which point, a man rushed up to the camera to turn off the live feed.

Talent release forms are an essential tool for movie and music makers.
Caleb Ward of PremiumBeat, “a curated royalty free music website,” explains:

“a talent release form gives you the right to distribute a film with an actor’s likeness. Without a talent release form your production could be at a legal risk and you could potentially get sued!”

As explained by maggie of Still Motion, a website of and for filmmakers, talent release forms are contractual agreements with actors — “pieces of paper that serve to legally cover your butt” because “If you don’t have them sign a release, you have no right to use the footage should they want to have it removed for whatever reason.”
By signing a talent release form, the signer:

  • “Waives their right to approve or disapprove of the finished product.
  • Acknowledges that the production/company is conducted professionally.
  • Acknowledges that they’re over 18.
  • Confirms that they’re not breaching another contract by participating in your film.”

Here’s an example of a standard talent release form:
Talent release form
The militia in Oregon are not professional actors, so why are they asked to sign talent releases?
Is there an innocent explanation for this? Is a documentary team filming the standoff?
H/t MHB commenter Michael K.

UPDATE (Jan. 30, 2016):

Writing for HenryMakow.com, someone named James Farganne offers an explanation for the talent release. He claims that crisis actors, including a 27-year-old named David, are posing as militia members and are live-streaming “a parallel ‘militia encampment’ in Burns, run by the FBI. However, it must be said that is Farganne’s speculation. (H/t FOTM‘s Lana)
~Eowyn

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TV talk-show host Montel Williams wants National Guard to "shoot to kill" Oregon protesters

Montel Williams
When did Americans become so vile and vicious toward each other?
I’ve said before that a portal to Hell was opened when Obama was elected president in 2008. Since that election, politics have become utterly venomous. More and more, Americans wish death for those who disagree with them.
Even after a tenured professor was fired for maintaining that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was a false flag, those who believe the official narrative are not satisfied, but send hate mail to the professor, wishing bodily harm and death to him and his children. (See “Hate mail sent to Prof. James Tracy for being a Sandy Hook skeptic”)
Now, a well-known TV personality openly calls for killing the militia protesters in Oregon.
In December, Ammon Bundy and armed militia members gathered in Burns, Oregon (about 280 miles southeast of Portland), to protest the jailing of local ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. (Ammon is the son of Nevada rancher Clive Bundy who had an armed standoff with federal authorities in 2014 over grazing rights. That matter was settled peacefully, after the Bureau of Land Management backed off and left the scene.)
Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son, Steven, 46, are due to go to jail for 5 years for lighting fires on federal properties in 2001 and 2006 in order to scale back invasive plants and to protect their private lands from wildfires.
After a peaceful rally in Burns, Ammon Bundy and the militia took over a facility at the Mahleur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns.

Montel Williams is a former daytime TV talk-show host who now does infomercials.
John S. Roberts reports for Young Conservatives, Jan. 3, 2015, that in a series of Twitter messages on Jan. 2 and 3, Williams called for a “shoot to kill” treatment of Bundy and the militia. Here are his tweets:

It appears #OregonUnderAttack by a bunch of undereducated terrorist buffoons who follow #ClivenBundy shall we send them to meet #ISIS.

Totally fine with a massive use of deadly force in Oregon to take out Ammon Bundy.
Then let’s give them some – put this down using National Guard with shoot to kill orders.

And even after other Twitter posters reacted to Williams with outrage, he did not back off but justified his call for killing the protesters with this message at 10:34 PM, Jan. 2, 2015:

I said what I said re Oregon tonight bc these clowns are PURPOSELY endangering LE and threatening armed conflict (by implication) – NOT OK

The next morning, Williams redoubled what he tweeted the day before, with this message at 8:12 AM, Jan. 3, 2015:

I’m calling on Govt to end terrorist siege perpetrated by a bunch of hillbilly American Taliban #OregonUnderAttack

And a second message at 9:22 AM, Jan. 3, 2015:

Totally fine with a massive use of deadly force in Oregon to take out Ammon Bundy. #OregonUnderAttack.”

The social fabric of America is not just frayed, it is torn asunder. No country can continue like this for long.
~Eowyn

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State governors refuse Syrian refugees, 98% Muslim, who get staggeringly generous services from taxpayers

Yesterday morning, Donald Trump correctly tweeted that Obama is “insane” for flooding the U.S. with Syrian refugees since his administration doesn’t know who they are and if among them are members of ISIS.
Later that morning, as reported by Politico, Trump spoke to conservative radio host Laura Ingraham and said this about the refugees:

They send them to the Republicans, not to the Democrats, you know because they know the problem … why would we want to bother the Democrats? In California, you have a Democrat as a governor; in Florida you have [Republican] Rick Scott so they send them to the Republicans. Taking these people is absolutely insanity.”

According to the Associated Press, governors from both parties have accepted refugees, although the number is nearly double for GOP states. More than 1,000 Syrian refugees have been accepted into states with Republican governors since January 1, while just over 500 have moved to Democratic-led states. (The number of Republican governors outweighs Democrats, 31 to 18, however.)
Here’s a map showing where Syrian refugees were resettled:

↓ Click map to enlarge ↓
Syrian refugees in USA

The map, however, is dated, as 10,000 more Syrian refugees recently arrived in Louisiana, according to the Agence France Presse.
According to The New York Timesthe Obama administration will increase the number of worldwide refugees the U.S. accepts each year to 100,000 by 2017, a significant increase over the current annual cap of 70,000, and will explore ways to increase the overall limit of refugees beyond 100,000.
The number of state governors who are refusing to accept Syrian refugees is growing, to more than half by late Monday, Nov. 16, the majority of whom are GOP governors. The refusenik states are:

  1. Alabama
  2. Arkansas
  3. Arizona
  4. Florida
  5. Georgia
  6. Idaho
  7. Illinois
  8. Indiana
  9. Iowa
  10. Kansas
  11. Kentucky: Republican governor-elect, who will take office next month, also refused.
  12. Louisiana
  13. Maine
  14. Massachusetts
  15. Michigan
  16. Mississippi
  17. Nebraska
  18. New Hampshire
  19. New Jersey
  20. New Mexico
  21. North Carolina
  22. Ohio
  23. Oklahoma
  24. South Carolina
  25. Tennessee
  26. Texas
  27. Wisconsin

State leaders are upset because the federal government relocates Syrian refugees in their state without notifying them.
Already, a Syrian refugee resettled in Louisiana is reported missing.
According to WBRZ, Catholic Charities, the refugee resettlement group that resettled that refugee said the immigrant left for another state after a couple of days, and they don’t know where the refugee went since they don’t track them.
Catholic Charities, like all the other “voluntary agencies” that resettle refugees (as well as illegal immigrants), is not doing this gratis but is paid by the government taxpayers.
Liberty News recently published an audio recording of a phone call between a representative of Refugee Services of Texas and a man posing as a potential volunteer.

As summarized by The American Mirror, the services given to refugees, all paid for by taxpayers, are “staggering”. They include:

  • $925 of “welcome money” per person.
  • Being picked up at the airport
  • Finding and securing an apartment
  • Setting up the apartment “so it’s livable” with a Walmart gift card to buy “all the items needed for the refugee’s apartment.”
  • Providing bus orientation
  • Transporting them to Social Security office to apply for card
  • Helping find employment
  • 8 weeks of English as Second Language (ESL) classes
  • A job readiness class after they “graduate” from the ESL class. There, they’re taught how to compete against Americans for jobs by learning “how to be professional in the United States, how to fill out a job application.”
  • Sign up for a few “cash assistance programs” but refugees supposedly are only eligible to enroll in one.

According to Liberty News, Refugee Services of Texas is “one of the largest networks set to receive Syrian refugees,” received $1,243,000 in tax dollars last year. That amount is expected to “increase significantly” this fiscal year.
New Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) is calling for a “pause” in the refugee program, citing national security risks in the wake of the Paris attacks. (Washington Post)
And if you think the Syrian “refugees” being “resettled” in the U.S. are Christians, think again.
Less than 2½% (or 53) of the 2,151 Syrian “refugees” currently in the U.S. — the ones we can track — are Christian. As many as 97.5% (or 2,098) are Muslims. (Source: CNSNews, h/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV)
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update:

On Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, moved to kill funds for Obama’s plan to bring 85,000-100,000 refugees to the United States. Demanding hearings on the plan, Sessions said that the cost to resettle the refugees could soar past $55 billion and they would be allowed to receive housing, welfare and food stamps. (Washington Examiner)
~Eowyn

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Texas attorney general: U.S. is heading toward a constitutional crisis because of Obama flouting Congress and courts

Ken Paxton
In an interview on Fox News yesterday, Ken Paxton, the attorney general of the State of Texas, was asked whether America is heading toward “a constitutional crisis” because of Obama’s total disregard for Congress and now the courts. (The segment begins at the 2:55 mark in the Fox News video, here.)
Paxton replied:

“I think we are. If you think about what’s going on here — the President is violating federal law, the U.S. Constitution, which is going past what Congress is supposed to be doing, and now we’ve got the administration in court not being forthcoming about they’re supposed to be forthcoming about. We definitely have a huge issue here related to whether the Obama administration is going to follow the Constitution, and then once they get into court, whether they’re going to tell the truth.”

Paxton’s stunning remark was precipitated by Obama’s latest “F-you” to the court, specifically to Andrew Hanen, the federal judge who is single-handedly doing the job of the useless Congress by standing up to Obama’s reckless amnesty.

Judge Andrew Hanen

Judge Andrew Hanen


On Feb. 16, 2015, U.S. District Judge Hanen issued a preliminary injunction to temporarily block Obama’s amnesty so as to give a coalition of 26 states the time they need to pursue a lawsuit to permanently stop the amnesty orders. If the implementation of Obama’s amnesty were not blocked, Hanen reasons, the 26 states will “suffer irreparable harm in this case” because once the millions of illegals obtain amnesty, “the genie would be impossible to put back into the bottle.” (See “Federal judge stops Obama’s executive amnesty for illegals”)
At issue are two executive memoranda signed by Obama last November:

  1. The first memorandum expands eligibility for Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which halts deportations and allows work permits for certain undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.
  2. The second executive memo, known as DAPA, would extend similar benefits to the parents of U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents.

See also “Obama has issued more executive orders than any U.S. president in history.

Combined, DACA and DAPA could affect as many as 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally. Some estimates are as high as 10 to 12 million illegals.
4 days after Judge Hanen’s order blocking the implementation of Obama’s amnesty, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would seek an emergency stay of the judge‘s injunction. (See “Obama emergency order to restart amnesty in defiance of federal judge Hanen”)
Hanen responded by denying the DOJ’s request. So the federal government has asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to lift Hanen’s injunction while the case is appealed.
Obama vs. Hanen
 
The latest tussle between Judge Hanen and Obama took place last Thursday, March 19, 2015.
As reported by FoxNews, at a Texas hearing on Obama’s amnesty executive actions, Judge Hanen sharply scolded a DOJ attorney — that the administration had misled Hanen on a key part of the program, for which Hanen fell “like an idiot.” Hanen said he could order sanctions against the administration if he finds the DOJ indeed had misrepresented the facts.
At issue is whether the DOJ had misled the judge into believing that a plank of the Obama amnesty program would not go forward before he made the Feb. 16 ruling to temporarily halt it. The program is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that gives deportation reprieves (i.e., effective amnesty) to thousands of young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as “minors.” The problem is that even before Hanen’s ruling on Feb. 16 to block DACA’s implementation, federal officials had already given 3-year reprieves and work permits to more than 108,000 illegal aliens.

Kathleen Hartnett Associate White House Counsel Kathleen Hartnett, a Harvard Law grad like Obama, successfully worked on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

At the Thursday hearing, Hanen chided DOJ attorney Kathleen Hartnett for telling him at a January hearing before the Feb. 16 injunction was issued that nothing would be happening with regard to DACA until Feb. 18.
“Like an idiot I believed that,” Hanen said.
A flustered Hartnett repeatedly apologized to Hanen for any confusion related to how the reprieves and work permits were granted. “We strive to be as candid as possible. It truly became clear to us there was confusion on this point,” she said.
“Can I trust what the president says? That’s a yes or no question,” Hanen asked.
“Yes your honor,” Hartnett replied.
The coalition of 26 states have asked that Hanen consider issuing sanctions against the Obama administration because, in the words of the coalition’s lead attorney Angela Colmenero (who is also a lawyer with the Texas Attorney General’s Office), DOJ attorneys had made “representations (that) proved not to be true or at a minimum less than forthcoming.”
Obama’s DOJ lawyer Hartnett insists “There is absolutely no basis for sanctions here. The government is absolutely trying to do the right thing.”
Hanen said he would issue a ruling “promptly” on what action, if any, he will take against the Justice Department.
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~Éowyn

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Texas Gov. Perry deploys 1,000 National Guard troops to border


Months (actually years, since 2012) after illegal aliens began surging across the Mexico border into America’s southern states (at a rate of 35,000 a month into Texas), Governor Rick Perry is finally really doing something to stem the invasion.
Yesterday, July 21, 2014, stating that the federal government offers only “lip service” on border security, Perry announced that he is activating up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border  as a “force multiplier” to help the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) “combat the brutal Mexican drug cartels that are preying upon our communities.”
“I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor. We are too good of a country,” Perry said.
The National Guard troops could detain people if asked, Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said at the press conference with Perry, but they are planning to play a “referring and deterring” role by deterring cartels with their visible presence and referring any immigrants suspected of being illegally in the country to DPS.
Perry argued that the elevated response at the border by DPS personnel has already acted as a deterrent force and reduced apprehensions. That operation comes at a cost of $1.3 million per week. A state memo obtained by the McAllen Monitor, which first reported Perry’s plan to deploy the National Guard, indicates the new efforts will cost the state of Texas $12 million per month.
Perry said he expects the federal government to eventually reimburse the state of Texas for the costs it has incurred protecting the southern border.
CBS reports that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said prior to Perry’s announcement that the Obama administration has not yet received the formal request from Perry to activate the troops, but he downplayed it as a merely a symbolic measure, “What we’re hopeful is that Governor Perry will not just take these kinds of steps that are generating the kind of headlines I suspect he intended, but will actually take the kinds of steps that will be constructive to solving the problem over the long term.”
Referring to the $3.7 billion in emergency appropriations the POS has requested from Congress, Earnest said, “To be specific that means that we hope that Governor Perry will support the supplemental appropriations request that this administration put forward a few weeks ago and that that Governor Perry will use his influence with congressional Republicans in Congress an urge them to stop blocking comprehensive bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives.”
Blah. Blah. Blah.
Mouth of Sauron Joshua Earnest
To Joshua Earnest, the new Mouth of Sauron:
The United States Constitution recognizes America’s state National Guards or militias, and gives them vital roles to fill: “to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasion.” (Article I, Section 8, Clause 15).
State governors have the full authority to activate state National Guards, without having to issue a “formal request” to Washington, D.C.
In the end, however, Perry’s deployment of 1,000 Texan National Guard troops to the border is merely a symbolic act that will be entirely ineffectual in stemming the Invasion of the Illegals.
H/t FOTM’s swampygirl
~Eowyn

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What Cliven Bundy Really Said. The Full Quote Before NY Times Edited it.

I really don’t have a dog in this hunt. I just knew something was not right. Sure enough the New York Times released an edited version of transcript, and Media Matters Uploaded the same edited Vid to You-Tube. Please read and watch. Then make up your mind. We have been played, and if you’re not pissed off…then I don’t know.

I am ticked Off, All the Cowards who ran for cover.

Beck, Hannity, All the Pols. Cowards all.


First, this is textbook; Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals rule #12

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)”

…” and so what I’ve testified to ya’, I was in the WATTS riot, I seen the beginning fire and I seen the last fire. What I seen is civil disturbance. People are not happy, people is thinking they did not have their freedom; they didn’t have these things, and they didn’t have them.

We’ve progressed quite a bit from that day until now, and sure don’t want to go back; we sure don’t want the colored people to go back to that point; we sure don’t want the Mexican people to go back to that point; and we can make a difference right now by taking care of some of these bureaucracies, and do it in a peaceful way.

Let me tell.. talk to you about the Mexicans, and these are just things I know about the negroes. I want to tell you one more thing I know about the negro.

When I go, went, go to Las Vegas, North Las Vegas; and I would see these little government houses, and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids…. and there was always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch. They didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for the kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for the young girls to do.

And because they were basically on government subsidy – so now what do they do? They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never, they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered are they were better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things? Or are they better off under government subsidy?

You know they didn’t get more freedom, uh they got less freedom – they got less family life, and their happiness -you could see it in their faces- they were not happy sitting on that concrete sidewalk. Down there they was probably growing their turnips – so that’s all government, that’s not freedom.

Now, let me talk about the Spanish people. You know I understand that they come over here against our constitution and cross our borders. But they’re here and they’re people – and I’ve worked side-by-side a lot of them.

Don’t tell me they don’t work, and don’t tell me they don’t pay taxes. And don’t tell me they don’t have better family structure than most of us white people. When you see those Mexican families, they’re together, they picnic together, they’re spending their time together, and I’ll tell you in my way of thinking they’re awful nice people.

And we need to have those people join us and be with us…. not, not come to our party.

~Steve~                  H/T https://www.infowars.com/unedited-video-shows-bundy-making-pro-black-pro-mexican-comments/

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BLM vs. Bundy: Bundy spews, while Reid calls militia “domestic terrorists”

Bundy militia vs BLMNearly two weeks after a tense standoff between armed BLM agents and a 1,000-strong coalition (of armed militia-men, cowboys on horseback, states’ rights advocates and gun rights activists) over the BLM’s roundup of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle from federal rangeland, armed militia campers are still guarding Bundy’s ranch near the town of Bunkerville, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

67-year-old Bundy says he doesn’t recognize federal authority on the land his family settled and has used since the late 1870s, when Bunkerville was founded. His dispute with the BLM dates to 1993, when the government designated the  Gold Butte area as protected habitat for the endangered desert tortoise and cut Bundy’s allotment of cows. Bundy quit paying grazing fees (the current fee is $1.35 per cow per month). The BLM canceled his grazing permit and ordered him to remove his cattle. Federal judges upheld the agency action.

(See “Bundy’s beef with BLM is about Federal vs. State ownership of land in Nevada” and “Leaders of 9 western states meet to take land back from federal govt”.)

In what Bundy advocates call the Battle of Bunkerville on April 12, 2014, the federal government eventually backed off, citing safety concerns. BLM agents were faced with military-style AR-15 and AK-47 weapons trained on them from a picket line of citizen soldiers on an Interstate 15 overpass, with dozens of women and children in the possible crossfire. BLM police released the confiscated 380 cattle, gave up the weeklong roundup, and lifted the closure of Bundy’s vast range half the size of the state of Delaware. The agency said it would resolve the matter “administratively and judicially.”

An armed man stands watch as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management's base camp near Bunkerville, NevadaOn April 12, 2014, Eric Parker from central Idaho stood watch on a bridge with his weapon as protesters gather by the BLM’s base camp, where cattle seized from rancher Cliven Bundy were being held, near Bunkerville.

Left unresolved is the federal government’s claim that Bundy owes more than $1.1 million in fees and penalties for letting some 900 cows “trespass” for 20 years on federal rangeland.

According to his son Ammon, Cliven Bundy has since received several certified letters from the BLM, but hasn’t opened them. BLM spokesman Mitch Snow said the letters offer Bundy a chance to keep his cattle if he pays the $1.1 million in trespass fees, plus “reasonable expenses of the impoundment.” Agency officials have said the contract for the roundup was $900,000.

Jonathan Allen writes for Reuters, April 17, 2014, that the federal government’s decision to withdraw in the face of armed resistance has alarmed some who worry that it has set a dangerous precedent and emboldened militia groups.

Ryan Lenz, a writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center that is concerned only with “right wing” terrorism and racism but not the terrorism/racism of the left or of Muslims, fumes, “Do laws no longer apply when the radical right no longer agrees?”

Militia experts say that armed Americans using the threat of a gunfight to force federal officers to back down is virtually unparalleled in the modern era.

Alex Jones, whose Infowars website had helped popularize Bundy’s dispute, called it a watershed moment: “Americans showed up with guns and said, ‘No, you’re not,’ before confronting the armed BLM agents. And they said, ‘Shoot us.’ And they did not. That’s epic. And it’s going to happen more.”

The 5,000-strong Oklahoma Milita has pledged their support to Bundy and vows to take up arms against the BLM if needed.

Energized by their success, Bundy’s supporters are already talking about where else they can exercise armed defiance. They are searching for other Bundys, such as Tommy Henderson, a rancher on the Texas-Oklahoma border who is fighting BLM attempts to seize some of his land.

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As for Bundya Mormon, father of 14, and a registered Republican — he’s not just energized but displays every sign of hubris.

He’d taken to the stage fashioned from a flatbed trailer to tell reporters he wants sheriffs around the country to seize weapons from federal bureaucrats. Bundy’s given interviews and daily press conferences on matters ranging far from his dispute with the BLM, including one on April 19 in which he called black Americans “negroes” and wondered aloud whether blacks on welfare would be “better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Bundy’s rants already have alienated whatever supporters he had in Congress:

  • Nevada’s Republican senator Dean Heller had spoken out in defense of Bundy and called for a Congressional hearing on the BLM’s roundup. But now, his spokesman Chandler Smith said that the senator “completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way.”
  • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul released a statement today, saying Bundy’s “remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him.”
  • Nevada state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore said, “I strongly disagree with Cliven Bundy’s comments about slavery.”

The BLM’s backing down is only a temporary tactical maneuver. As Martin Armstrong of Armstrong Economics puts it, “The likelihood of the Feds ever backing down is highly unlikely, The Federal Government is severely disconnected from the people and views anyone who stands up to them as a criminal and domestic terrorist.”

harry-reidIndeed, two days ago on April 22 on KSNV-TV, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) already called the militiamen who have converged in Bunkerville “domestic violent terrorist-wannabes.”

Reid then ominously predicted that “something is going to happen” that will stop Bundy from grazing his cattle on allegedly federal land:

“It’s obvious that you can’t just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to what’s going to happen next. But I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen.”

The Battle of Bunkerville may merely be a dress rehearsal for what lies ahead – a rising confrontation between the government and the American people.

H/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska, swampygirl and CSM

~Eowyn

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