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Trump-bashing Puerto Rican mayor facing FBI corruption probe

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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz: Her t-shirt speaks volumes

This comes as no surprise. As most people know, Puerto Rico (run by demorats) has an “unshakable culture of corruption.”

From Fox News: The mayor of Puerto Rico who shot to international fame after criticizing President Trump for not doing enough to help Hurricane Maria victims is being investigated by the FBI on corruption charges, according to multiple news outlets.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and her administration are under fire for allegedly obstructing critical supplies from reaching victims of the category-4 hurricane that leveled much of the tiny U.S. territory nearly nine months ago.

The FBI reportedly launched the investigation following a February lawsuit filed by Yadira Molina, the former director of procurement. Molina claims she was retaliated against for reporting “alleged irregular acts” to the local comptroller.

“On February 21, Molina sued the city council after reporting alleged acts of corruption in the shopping division in the town hall under the administration of Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto,” according to El Vocero de Puerto Rico.

The report says Molina claims she was punished for reporting on the allegedly rigged system and that she was blocked from her right “to report wrongdoing in her capacity as a private citizen, not as a public employee.”

Shortly after Cruz became mayor, Molina claims a supply company was granted “preferred supplier” status which paid them more than three times what regular suppliers made. She also alleges that other city officials engaged in a corrupt scheme to steer business the preferred supplier’s way.

Concerns about Cruz are not new. There has been a growing backlash from frustrated residents who say they feel forgotten and say the mayor’s personal political ambitions are coming at the expense of the very people she’s supposed to be representing.

For example, at a time when residents needed food, water and shelter, Cruz hired extra photographers to follow her around post-storm. “She comes out, goes on television and pats herself on the back,” Simon Menendez, a small business owner in San Juan, told Fox News. “It stopped being about us a long time ago.”

A bartender at a popular hotel in Old San Juan told Fox she feels like a political pawn. But complaints from constituents are largely being ignored.

Instead, Cruz’s feud with the president over recovery efforts have turned her into a liberal star – and it’s a role she seems to be relishing. Her global close-up has morphed into a parade of self-promotion.

She’s showed up on numerous television shows – including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – and scored a high-profile invite to the State of the Union as the guest of New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. She was also featured on Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2018.

Last month, she traveled to Connecticut to receive the “Latina Champion” award at the Latinas & Power Symposium, which promotes Hispanic professional women. She then went on to Boston to receive an honorary doctorate and give the baccalaureate address at Boston University.

Back home in Puerto Rico, officials say the island remains in desperate need of help and is woefully unprepared should another storm hit soon. Among other things, there is little to no water or diesel fuel for generators. This year’s hurricane season started June 1.

A new Harvard University study published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates the number of people who died in Puerto Rico as the result of Maria could top 4,600. The official number issued by the U.S. territory is 64.

Multiple attempted to reach Cruz were unsuccessful.

An FBI spokesperson said the agency does not comment on ongoing investigations.

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Utopia! Bernie Sanders pushes plan for feds to guarantee every American a job

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It’s called “communism,” Bernie. And it DOESN’T WORK, no matter how much you demorats believe you can get it right.

From Fox News: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is preparing to unveil a plan for the federal government to guarantee a job offering $15 per hour and health care benefits to any American worker “who wants or needs one,” The Washington Post reported Monday.

It is not clear when Sanders will announce the plan and a Sanders spokesperson told the Post that it was still being crafted.

It was not clear how Sanders’ plan would be paid for. Republicans have long opposed a federal jobs guarantee, saying such a plan would be too expensive and impractical.

The Post reported that an early draft of Sanders’ plan calls for the government to fund hundreds of projects in categories such as infrastructure, education and the environment. Americans would be entitled to receive a job with one of those projects or receive job training to do so.

Sanders, who ran a surprisingly strong campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and is rumored to be running again in 2020, joins two other rumored presidential contenders who have supported a jobs guarantee or offered guarantee plans of their own.

Last week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. tweeted support for a jobs guarantee, saying it would help “regular Americans who are unemployed and willing to work to better their local community.”

On Friday, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. announced the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act, which would call for the Department of Labor to select up to 15 areas to institute a job guarantee. According to Vox, which first reported on Booker’s plan, those jobs would pay the higher of $15 per hour or the prevailing wage and offer paid family leave and health benefits.

“The federal jobs guarantee is an idea that demands to be taken seriously,” Booker said in a statement. “Creating an employment guarantee would give all Americans a shot at a day’s work and, by introducing competition into the labor market, raise wages and improve benefits for all workers.”

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Demorats propose ban on assault weapons

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Maybe demorats should start by having their precious federal government enforce current laws. Oh wait, we know how much they really care about following the law

From NY Post: Nearly two dozen Democratic senators, including Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, introduced a bill on Wednesday to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and bump stock devices like the one used in the Las Vegas massacre, saying it “will begin removing the weapons of war on our streets.”

“We’re introducing an updated assault weapons ban for one reason: so that after every mass shooting with a military-style assault weapon, the American people will know that a tool to reduce these massacres is sitting in the Senate, ready for a debate and a vote,” said a statement released by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif).

The legislation calls for a ban on the “sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 205 military-style assault weapons by name,” but allows owners to keep their existing weapons.

The measure also proposes to ban “bump-fire stocks and other devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at fully automatic rates.”

The madman who opened fire on an open-air concert in Las Vegas last month outfitted his weapons with a bump-fire stock that allowed him to turn his semi-automatic rifles into rapid-fire weapons and spray thousands of rounds in the span of about 10 minutes. He killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more in the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Five weeks later, a deranged Air Force veteran opened fire on a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, using an AR-15-style assault rifle. He emptied 15 magazines and killed 26 congregants.

Democrats called on their Republican counterparts to begin a discussion on gun violence after the killings, but GOP lawmakers and President Trump responded it was “too soon” after the tragedy and would be “disrespectful to the dead.”

Trump initially said the church shooting “isn’t a gun situation” it is “a mental health problem” then rejected calls for stepped up background checks.

Asked about “extreme vetting” for gun buyers while on an overseas trip this week in South Korea, he said: “If you did what you’re suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago and you might not have had that very brave person who happens to have a gun or a rifle in his trunk.”

The Democrats’ legislation also calls for a ban of assault weapons that take a “detachable ammunition magazine and has a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock.”

It says 2,200 types of guns used for “hunting, household defense or recreational purposes” will be exempted.

This bill won’t stop every mass shooting, but it will begin removing these weapons of war from our streets,” the statement reads. “Yes, it will be a long process to reduce the massive supply of these assault weapons in our country, but we’ve got to start somewhere.”

Feinstein and the Democrats introduced a bill in 2013 with similar provisions after the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 but it was defeated in the Senate by a 60-40 vote.

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NY truck terrorist came to US via Chuck Schumer’s Diversity Visa lottery

Yesterday afternoon in New York city, shouting “Allahu Akbar!,” a man drove a truck down 17 blocks of the West Side Highway bike path near Ground Zero, killing 8 people and injuring another 15.

Only when he crashed into a school bus, injuring two kids, one critically, did the terrorist stop. The man brandished two fake guns before being shot in the stomach by an NYPD officer. He survived the gun shot and is out of surgery. ISIS flags and notes pledging his allegiance were found in the truck. (Daily Mail)

The man is Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, an Uzbek who immigrated to the U.S. in 2010.

Thanks to a tweet from President Trump early this morning at 4:24 AM (!), we now know that this Muslim terrorist was admitted into the United States under a little-known program called Diversity Immigrant Visa or lottery, the architect of which is Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

In other words, Saipov was not admitted into the U.S. on merit, but simply because he fit Democrats’ PC notion of “diversity,” as if the United States, with 66.2% of the population being non-Hispanic whites, 15.1% Hispanic, 12.6% Black and 5.1% Asian in 2015 isn’t already diverse.

One can argue that the Diversity Visa Program is the Coudenhove-Kalergi plan for America.

From Wikipedia:

The Diversity Immigrant Visa program, also known as the green card lottery, is a United States congressionally mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. The Immigration Act of 1990 established the current and permanent Diversity Visa (DV) program.

The lottery is administered by the Department of State and . . . makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually and aims to diversify the immigrant population in the United States, by selecting applicants from countries with low rates of immigration in the five years prior.

Just minutes ago, the Wikipedia entry on “Diversity Immigrant Visa” said that the  Diversity Visa Program “is also known as the Schumer program, after its sponsor” Sen. Chuck Schumer. But now that sentence is deleted from the entry.

Attempts had been made by Congress to abolish the program:

  • In December 2005, concerned that the Diversity Visa was susceptible to fraud and is a way for terrorists to enter the U.S., the House of Representatives tried to abolish the Diversity Visa by voting 273–148 to add an amendment to the border enforcement bill H.R. 4437. But the Senate never passed the bill.
  • In March 2007, there was another attempt to abolish the Diversity Visa program. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced H.R. 1430, which would eliminate the program. The bill was passed by both the House and the Senate to eliminate funding for the program, but the final version of the bill with amendments, signed into law on December 26, 2007, did not include the removal of funds for the program. Meanwhile, a 2007 GAO report actually admitted that nearly 9,800 persons from countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism have obtained permanent residency in the United States through the Diversity Visa program.
  • In May 2009, Rep. Goodlatte tried again to eliminate the Diversity Visa program via H.R. 2305, but the bill did not pass.

And so, in 2010, a fanatic Muslim named Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov won the “lottery” and was given permanent residence in the U.S. Seven years later, this lucky visa lottery winner would ram his truck down a bike path, killing 8 and injuring 15, in the name of ISIS.

Together with Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chuck Schumer also fought to bring into the U.S. a snowshoe athlete named Tanveer Hussain, who was denied a visa by the American Embassy in New Delhi.

In March 2017, Hussain was arrested in upper state New York for sexually abusing a 12 year old girl.

~Eowyn

Bill de Blasio may be running for president

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Go for it Comrade Wilhelm. You ain’t got a chance of winning.

From NY Post (by Richard Johnson): Mayor de Blasio is putting out feelers to run for president, spreading whispers that Bernie Sanders, 75, and Elizabeth Warren, 68, are too old, sources say.

De Blasio, 56, will claim he’s the rightful standard bearer for the progressive wing of the Democratic party.

“He thinks he’s going to coast to re-election victory,” one Dem told me. “His people are sending out overtures asking where he should go next and whom he should meet on a national level.”

His jockeying could turn New York into a circular firing squad with Gov. Cuomo obviously poised to run; plus Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has been relentlessly raising money this summer; plus State AG Eric Schneiderman, who has friends in Hollywood, where Norman Lear has hosted fund-raisers for him.

De Blasio — who goes the extra mile to please his campaign donors and is richly rewarded for his service — was recently granted $2.57 million in city matching funds for his re-election. Whatever he doesn’t spend on the mayoral race can be rolled over to the coffers for his presidential campaign.

“The rumor is, he is setting up fund-raisers across the country after the election,” a veteran political consultant told me.

“De Blasio is putting all his chips on the 2020 race,” observed one longtime pol-watcher. “That’s why, instead of staying in the city to comfort the children of assassinated police officer Miosotis Familia, he jetted to Germany to join the anti-Trump rioters who were smashing store windows.”

“He thinks he’s the inheritor of the Warren and Sanders legacy,” said a Democratic power broker, “but no one told Warren and Sanders they were dead.”

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Schumer and Gillibrand pulled visa strings for athlete accused of sex abuse

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When their names are attached to a case like this, these demorats are all for punishment to the fullest extent under the law. Gotta protect that political career.

From NY Post: A snowshoe racer from India who got a visa after Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand pulled some strings was being held Friday in an upstate jail on a sex charge.

The US embassy in New Delhi rejected Tanveer Hussain’s application for a visa so he could compete in the World Snowshoe Championship last month, Fox News reported.

Local officials then appealed for help to Schumer and Gillibrand, and their offices reached out to the New Delhi embassy, which let Hussain successfully reapply for a visa.

Obviously, this is a troubling matter for him — these are troubling accusations,” Brian Barrett, Hussain’s lawyer, told Fox. “He is in good spirits and he looks forward to fighting these charges.”

Saranac Lake Police Chief Charles Potthast said Hussain, 24, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, for “engaging in a passionate kiss” with a 12-year-old girl. He was also accused of touching her over her clothing in an “intimate area,” the network reported.

Barrett said the girl “had been following him around all week. But that’s really all I can say on that.”

Hussain was arrested Wednesday after Saranac Lake Village police received a report of the alleged incident, which was reported to have happened on Monday. He has pled not guilty.

Hussain, who was being held Friday on a $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond, will have a preliminary hearing Tuesday at St. Armand Town Court.

Schumer’s office told Fox he often intervenes to help international competitions. “As we often do when local communities ask for help, at the request of Saranac Lake we helped to navigate the visa process so these athletes could compete at a local competition. The charges against one member of the group, who is accused of a serious crime and abusing our visa program, are extremely troubling. If he’s found guilty, he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” a rep said.

Gillibrand’s office offered a similar response, adding that the charges are “extremely serious.”

Barrett said he believed that Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, whose district extends to the Vermont and Canadian borders, also helped. “Our office simply inquired with the embassy as to why his visa was originally denied,” a spokesman for Stefanik told Fox. “We were told it was because he could not prove substantial ties to his country and we took no further action,” the Stefanik spokesman said.

The revelation comes as Schumer, the Senate Democratic minority leader, is fighting with President Trump over a number of policy issues.

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