Trying to figure out the real reason Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bans reporters from her town hall events

The New York Times reports that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has banned the media from two of her town hall meetings.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted the following explanation for the ban:

“Our community is 50% immigrant. Folks are victims of DV, trafficking, + have personal medical issues.”

“This town hall was designed for residents to feel safe discussing sensitive issues in a threatening political time.”

“We indicated previously that it would be closed to press.”

Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, responded with the following tweet:

“And how does the presence of reporters make people feel unsafe?”

I think Jacob’s question is an excellent one.

I’d also like to point out that all of the other Congressional districts also have constituents who are “victims of domestic violence” and who have “personal medical issues,” but that the Congressional representatives and candidates of those other districts haven’t banned the media from their town hall events.

In the video below, YouTuber Styxhexenhammer666 says that one possible reason for Ocasio-Cortez’s media ban is that any illegal aliens in attendance would – justifiably – worry about being filmed by the media. However, he then goes on to say that Ocasio-Cortez could ask the media to keep their cameras focused on her and not the audience, and that they would likely comply.

Styxhexenhammer666 then goes on to say that he thinks her real reason for banning the media is that there might be a constituent in attendance who asks her a tough question about economics that she can’t answer. Specifically, he says that she doesn’t seem to understand that the only reason that democratic socialism in countries like Norway works is because there is a strong, healthy private sector to pay the taxes to fund it. Take away that strong, healthy private sector, and your country ends up like Venezuela.

I agree with him on both of these points.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkk1_J6tucQ

August 18, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Venezuela. Leave a comment.

Even with google, it’s hard to find examples of assaults on reporters by right wing protesters

I just did the following two google searches.

The first search was for reporters assaulted by left wing protesters.

The second search was for reporters assaulted by right wing protesters.

The only difference between the two searches was whether I used the word “left” or “right.”

Here’s the link for the first search:

https://www.google.com/search?num=50&biw=1600&bih=763&ei=VVd3W5uAGoeZwgSj46uQAQ&q=reporters+assaulted+by+left+wing+protesters&oq=reporters+assaulted+by+left+wing+protesters&gs_l=psy-ab.3…53848.55548.0.55651.9.9.0.0.0.0.93.670.9.9.0….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.3.214…33i10k1j35i39k1.0.AUi-zi8SIoM

And here’s the screen capture for the first search.



And here’s what is on the screen when I scroll down to the very next, immediate part of the results for the first search:



So when I searched for reporters assaulted by left wing protesters, I got exactly what I searched for.

Here’s the link for the second search:

https://www.google.com/search?num=50&biw=1600&bih=763&ei=T1d3W_w9if3BBJWas7gI&q=reporters+assaulted+by+right+wing+protesters&oq=reporters+assaulted+by+right+wing+protesters&gs_l=psy-ab.3…4707.5148.0.5599.2.2.0.0.0.0.80.147.2.2.0….0…1c..64.psy-ab..0.1.80…33i10k1.0.sQHms7nYIeU

And here’s the screen capture for the second search.




And here’s what is on the screen when I scroll down to the very next, immediate part of the results for the second search:



So even when I specifically searched for assaults against reporters by right wing protesters, the search still resulted with the first items being assaults against reporters by left wing protesters.

So even with google, it’s hard to find examples of assaults on reporters by right wing protesters.

August 17, 2018. Tags: , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

R.I.P. Aretha Franklin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggJtfD8ZyW0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fVAD51UCpw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a5KIT2o_gQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtfjelo9skA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI8gtff3Dsk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFU2Lw3AI1o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y22qaPc0OZk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwx6iqJiblU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsL9UL9qbv8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dqu-sS0kqCI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EwviMURJFU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgHcsoDHqZ0

 

August 16, 2018. Tags: , . Music. Leave a comment.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez falsely says “that upper-middle class does not exist anymore in America”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said:

“They [national Democrats] were campaigning most when we had more of an American middle class. This upper-middle class is probably more moderate but that upper-middle class does not exist anymore in America.”

The Washington Post responded with the following:

“… the upper-middle class has actually grown. In a 2016 paper published by the Urban Institute, Stephen J. Rose documented that the upper-middle class has grown substantially, from 12.9 percent of the population in 1979 to 29.4 percent in 2014.”

The same Washington Post article also included this chart:




I don’t think Ocasio-Cortez was deliberately lying when she made her comment.

Instead, I think she is genuinely ignorant of a lot of basic facts that get regularly reported in the mainstream media.

August 15, 2018. Tags: , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

Video shows Democratic Congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib grabbing reporter’s camera

Rashida Tlaib is a member of the Democratic Party and also a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

She is running for U.S. Congress in Michigan’s 13th district this November.

She will be the only candidate on the ballot.

Here is a video from earlier this month which shows her grabbing a reporter’s camera:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoGS6KsNtiw

https://bigleaguepolitics.com/palestinian-congressional-candidate-assaults-jewish-journalist-at-political-event/

Palestinian Congressional Candidate ASSAULTS Jewish Journalist at Political Event

August 12, 2018

A journalist was assaulted by a soon-to-be congresswoman while asking her questions at a political rally for U.S. Congressional candidate Ilhan Omar in Minnesota on Saturday.

Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian Muslim who won her primary in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District on Tuesday, forcefully grabbed Jewish journalist Laura Loomer and stole her phone when Loomer approached her to ask questions at the rally.

In the Middle East, violence against Jews may be tolerable. In America, where Tlaib – running unopposed after her primary win – and is set to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, it is not. In fact, all types of political violence are denounced in America. The violent political left seems to have missed the memo.

Tlaib refused to answer Loomer when asked whether she was willing to admit that Palestinian Sunni-Islamist fundamentalist organization Hamas is a terrorist organization. The group is officially recognized as such by the federal government.

August 14, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

Attention Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez! Since you have accepted Linda Sarsour’s endorsement, please tell us if you agree or disagree with her statements that the U.S. should adopt Sharia law.

In the video below, Linda Sarsour says the following about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

“Alexandria is the hope that we’ve been waiting for.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTq7KlLrREY

On July 29, 2018, Ocasio-Cortez and Sarsour co-headlined the 16th Annual Universal Muslim Association of America. Here is a photograph of the two of them together at the event, taken from this source:


Linda Sarsour organized the Women’s March in January 2017.

Sarsour made this tweet, which says the following:

“10 weeks of PAID maternity leave in Saudi Arabia. Yes PAID. And ur worrying about women driving. Puts us to shame.”

She also made this tweet, which says:

“shariah law is reasonable and once u read into the details it makes a lot of sense. People just know the basics”

and this tweet, which says:

“You’ll know when you’re living under Sharia Law if suddenly all your loans & credit cards become interest free. Sound nice, doesn’t it?”

and this tweet, which says:

“If you are still paying interest than Sharia Law hasn’t taken over America.”

These statement’s prove that Sarsour wants the U.S. to adopt Sharia law.

Sharia law bans women from driving cars, prohibits women from appearing alone in public, calls for girls to have their genitals mutilated, and gives a woman’s testimony in court only half the value of a man’s.

So here is my question for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Do you agree or disagree with Linda Sarsour’s statements that the U.S. should adopt Sharia law?

August 14, 2018. Tags: , , , , , . Islamization, Politics, Sexism. Leave a comment.

After Ben Shapiro invited Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to appear on his show for a discussion, she falsely equated his invitation with “catcalling”

Conservative Ben Shapiro said he would give $10,000 to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign or favorite charity if she appeared on his show for a discussion.

She responded with the following tweet:

“Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions. And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one.”

Shapiro responded to that by saying, among other things:

“Have you met me? Have you seen me? Do I seem like the kind of guy who catcalls ladies? I’m an Orthodox Jew who was a virgin until I was marred.”

Skip to 3:05 in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um3YL7rNgPM

August 13, 2018. Tags: , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

Study shows global forest loss over past 35 years has been more than offset by new forest growth

Satellite measurements show that between 1982 to 2016, the total global land area covered by trees increased by a net amount equal to the combined area of Texas and Alaska.

This does not surprise me, because I already knew that among countries with an annual per capita GDP of least $4,600, deforestation has ceased to exist.

 

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-global-forest-loss-years-offset.html

Study shows global forest loss over past 35 years has been more than offset by new forest growth

August 9, 2018


a, Mean annual estimates. b, Long-term change estimates. Both mean and change estimates are expressed as per cent of pixel area at 0.05° × 0.05° spatial resolution. Pixels showing a statistically significant trend (n = 35, two-sided Mann–Kendall test, P < 0.05) in either TC, SV or BG are depicted on the change map. Circled numbers in the colour legend denote dominant change directions: 1, TC gain with SV loss; 2, BG gain with SV loss; 3, TC gain with BG loss; 4, BG gain with TC loss; 5, SV gain with BG loss; and 6, SV gain with TC loss. Credit: Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0411-9

A team of researchers from the University of Maryland, the State University of New York and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has found that new global tree growth over the past 35 years has more than offset global tree cover losses. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes using satellite data to track forest growth and loss over the past 35 years and what they found by doing so.

There has been a growing consensus in recent years that because humans cut down so many trees (most particularly in the rainforests) that global tree cover is shrinking. In this new effort, the researchers have found that not to be the case. They contend that global tree cover is actually increasing.

To track global tree cover changes, the researchers studied data from advanced very high-resolution radiometers aboard a series of 16 weather satellites covering the years 1982 to 2016. By comparing daily readings, the researchers were able to see small changes occurring regularly over a relatively long period of time—which added up to large changes. Over the entire span, the researchers found that new tree cover had offset tree cover loss by approximately 2.24 million square kilometers — which they note is approximately the size of Texas and Alaska combined.

The researchers report that most of the new tree cover occurred in places that had previously been barren, such as in deserts, tundra areas, on mountains, in cities and in other non-vegetated land. They further report that much of the new growth came about due to efforts by humans (such as reforestation efforts in China and parts of Africa) and because of global warming—warmer temperatures have raised timberlines in some mountainous regions, and allowed forests to creep into tundra areas. Other areas of new tree growth resulted from large farm abandonments in places like Russia and the U.S. The researchers report that their calculations showed that human activities have directly caused approximately 60 percent of new global tree growth. They suggest their technique for monitoring tree cover could be used to predict tree cover changes in the future due to global warming.

More information: Xiao-Peng Song et al. Global land change from 1982 to 2016, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0411-9

Abstract

Land change is a cause and consequence of global environmental change. Changes in land use and land cover considerably alter the Earth’s energy balance and biogeochemical cycles, which contributes to climate change and—in turn—affects land surface properties and the provision of ecosystem services. However, quantification of global land change is lacking. Here we analyse 35 years’ worth of satellite data and provide a comprehensive record of global land-change dynamics during the period 1982–2016. We show that—contrary to the prevailing view that forest area has declined globally—tree cover has increased by 2.24 million km2 (+7.1% relative to the 1982 level). This overall net gain is the result of a net loss in the tropics being outweighed by a net gain in the extratropics. Global bare ground cover has decreased by 1.16 million km2 (−3.1%), most notably in agricultural regions in Asia. Of all land changes, 60% are associated with direct human activities and 40% with indirect drivers such as climate change. Land-use change exhibits regional dominance, including tropical deforestation and agricultural expansion, temperate reforestation or afforestation, cropland intensification and urbanization. Consistently across all climate domains, montane systems have gained tree cover and many arid and semi-arid ecosystems have lost vegetation cover. The mapped land changes and the driver attributions reflect a human-dominated Earth system. The dataset we developed may be used to improve the modelling of land-use changes, biogeochemical cycles and vegetation–climate interactions to advance our understanding of global environmental change.

Journal reference: Nature https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0411-9

August 11, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Environmentalism. Leave a comment.

Video: Living off grid with solar panels and batteries

The woman in this video talks about what it’s like for her and her family to live off grid with solar panels and batteries. She and her family are real environmentalist who practice what they preach. She says there are some inconveniences, but that they have manged to get used to them. She also says their daily electric usage fell from 60 kwh to between 4 and 6, not counting their limited use of air conditioning, which brings their daily usage up to 10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLhlm-iZFVI

 

August 10, 2018. Tags: , , , . Environmentalism, Technology. Leave a comment.

43% of Republicans say Trump should be allowed to shut down media

These Republicans are the very definition of fascism.

 

https://nypost.com/2018/08/07/43-of-republicans-say-trump-should-be-allowed-to-shut-down-media/

43% of Republicans say Trump should be allowed to shut down media

August 7, 2018

President Trump’s repeated cries of “fake news” and attacks on journalists as “enemies of the American people” have resonated with his base, with 43 percent of Republicans saying he “should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior.”

The results — suggesting that a plurality of Republicans would have no problem trashing the First Amendment — came from a stunning new poll conducted by Ipsos and reported Tuesday by the Daily Beast.

The survey also showed that just 36 percent of GOP voters disagreed with that statement.

When asked if Trump should close down specific news organizations, such as CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times — all frequent Trump targets — 23 percent of GOP voters agreed while 49 percent did not.

Overall, Republicans were more likely to take a dim view of the media, the website reported.

Forty-eight percent said they believed “the news media is the enemy of the American people,” with only 28 percent disagreeing.

Nearly four out of five — 79 percent — said that they believed “the mainstream media treats President Trump unfairly.”

The commander-in-chief — who as recently as January called existing US libel laws “a sham and a disgrace” — has routinely accused journalists of lying, making up sources and knowingly reporting false information to make him look bad.

“The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!” he ranted Sunday in a typical media-bashing tweet.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently refused to respond when she was asked if she thought journalists were the enemies of the people — though first daughter Ivanka Trump said she disagreed with the characterization.

But it’s not only Republicans who think the president should have the power to muzzle the media, a common practice in dictatorships and authoritarian states like Russia, North Korea and China.

According to the survey, 12 percent of Democrats and 21 percent of independents agreed that “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior.”

Conversely, 74 percent of Dems and 55 percent of independents disagreed with the statement.

But 12 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of independents agreed that “the news media is the enemy of the American people,” while 74 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of independents disagreed.

But there were kernels of positive news for the press in the survey as well.

Overall, 57 percent of those surveyed said they believed the news media and reporters were “necessary to keep the Trump administration honest” — including a 39 percent plurality of Republicans.

And a large majority — 85 percent — believed that “freedom of the press is essential for American democracy,” compared to 4 percent who opposed that statement.

The 43 percent figure roughly corresponds to the president’s loyal base.

Gallup’s most recent weekly tracking poll showed that 41 percent of voters approved of the job Trump is doing while 54 percent disapproved.

 

August 10, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , . Donald Trump, Police state. Leave a comment.

Video: Police officer tasers unarmed black man in the back while the man is sitting on the sidewalk

This video is from the Guardian’s YouTube channel.

In the video, an unarmed black man is sitting on the sidewalk, and a police officer tasers him in the back.

After this incident happened, the New York Times reported that the police officer would not be suspended, because

Preliminary findings showed that the officer complied with use of force and Taser policies, which allow an officer to use force when a suspect fails to respond to multiple verbal commands

The incident happened in Pennsylvania.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i27bfjfdVGQ

 

August 10, 2018. Tags: . Police brutality. Leave a comment.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says you’ll never need a funeral if we adopt single payer health care

At 1:29 in this video, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says:

“Why aren’t we incorporating the cost of all the funeral expenses of those who died because they can’t afford access to health care? That is part of the cost of our system.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLQ7JcJEeKs

So here’s my response: Bill Gates can afford all the health care that he wants, but it won’t save him from the expense of having a funeral.

 

August 10, 2018. Tags: , , , , , . Health care. Leave a comment.

I just added items #1,367 through #1,375 to my list of Obama’s lies and lawbreaking

The complete list can be found at https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:

1,367) Chicago community organizers accused Chicago community organizer Obama of not practicing what he preaches

Before Obama ran for political office, he was a community organizer in Chicago.

Later, as an ex-President, he was planning to build his presidential library in Chicago.

However, the city’s other community organizers accused Obama of not practicing what he preaches.

In November 2017, the Washington Post reported:

In what local pundits are calling the irony of ironies, Obama — who cut his teeth as a South Side community organizer — is now in the bull’s eye of the area’s community organizers.

Dozens of groups have asked the city, the Obama Foundation and the University of Chicago (the official library host) to sign a legally binding pledge to protect low-income housing and homeowners, set aside 80 percent of jobs for immediate neighbors and bolster support for black-owned businesses, among other things.

At a community meeting last month, Obama said he wasn’t interested, according to the Chicago Tribune. Agreements such as those, he said, can be highly successful for communities dealing with for-profit developers.

“But here’s the thing,” he said. “We are a nonprofit and aren’t making money. We are just bringing money to the community.”

1,368) Obama was photographed smiling with racist and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan

Louis Farrakhan is a racist and anti-Semite.

Askia Muhammad is a professional, award-winning journalist who “doggedly covered” Obama.

In 2005, Muhammad took a photograph of Obama and Farrakhan smiling together.

However, Muhammad did not let the photograph be published at the time.

It wasn’t until a year after Obama left the White House that Muhammad allowed the photograph to be published.

In January 2018, Muhammad said that he held the photograph back from publication because, regarding Obama’s chance of getting elected President:

“I insist. It absolutely would have made a difference.”

1,369) Photographs show how horribly the Obama administration treated illegal aliens

The photographs at this link show how horribly the Obama administration treated illegal aliens.

1,370) Obama supporters falsely blamed President Trump for a 2014 photograph of illegal alien children being mistreated by the Obama administration

In May 2018, Obama supporters falsely blamed President Trump for a 2014 photograph of illegal alien children being mistreated by the Obama administration.

1,371) “Obama administration approved $200G grant to group with Al Qaeda ties”

In July 2018, Fox News reported:

Obama administration approved $200G grant to group with Al Qaeda ties

The Obama administration approved a $200,000 grant to a group in Sudan with ties to Al Qaeda even though it had been designated a terrorist-financing organization by the U.S. years earlier…

Further, an agency official acknowledged the prior administration allowed taxpayer money to flow to the group even after its designation was discovered.

The 2014 grant to the Islamic Relief Agency, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, was revealed by Sam Westrop of the Middle East Forum in a story for the National Review.

“More stunningly, government officials specifically authorized the release of at least $115,000 of this grant even after learning that it was a designated terror organization,” Westrop wrote in the article.

1,372) The “most transparent administration in history” did not tell the public when it approved a $200,000 grant to an organization with ties to Al Qaeda

In 2014, the Obama administration approved a $200,000 grant to the Islamic Relief Agency, a Sudanese organization with ties to Al Qaeda. However, the grant was kept secret until 2018.

1,373) After Obama said “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money,” he signed a book deal which was worth at least $30 million

In April 2010, Obama said

“I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

You can see him saying it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpoTSeuLffA

However, less than two months after leaving the White House, he signed a book deal which was worth at least $30 million.

1,374) At the same time that Obama criticized rich people who owned mansions, he owned an $8.1 million mansion

In July 2018, Obama said:

“There’s only so much you can eat. There’s only so big a house you can have. There’s only so many nice trips you can take. I mean, it’s enough.”

“History shows that societies which tolerate vast differences in wealth feed resentments and reduce solidarity and actually grow more slowly. And when economic power is concentrated in the hands of the few, history also shows that political power is sure to follow and that dynamic eats away at democracy.”

However, in June 2017, Obama had purchased an $8.1 million mansion in Washington D.C.

1,375) Obama nominee Judge Staci Michelle Yandle illegally maintained the U.S. citizenship of al-Qaida terrorist Iyman Faris, who had met with Osama bin Laden, had planned to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge, and had falsely claimed to be a student on his immigration application

In January 2014, Obama nominated Staci Michelle Yandle to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

In July 2018, Yandle ruled that an immigrant and al-Qaida terrorist named Iyman Faris could keep his U.S. citizenship.

However, Yandle’s ruling was in violation of federal law. Federal law required Faris to be deported because he had lied on his immigration application.

Faris had traveled to Afghanistan, where he had met with Osama bin Laden.

Faris had also traveled to Pakistan, where he had met with Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was named as “the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks” in the 9/11 Commission Report. Mohammed told Faris that he was setting up a plan to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge by slashing its suspension cables. Faris agreed to participate in this.

Like the 9/11 terrorists, Faris had come to the U.S. on a student visa, but never actually enrolled in school.

ABC News reported that Faris had

“admitted he was an al Qaeda sleeper – a terrorist lying in wait for instructions”

and that he

“had access to airports and was licensed to haul flammable, poisonous chemicals”

August 6, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. Leave a comment.

Liberals’ favorite country bans Muslim women from wearing full-face veils

Denmark bans Muslim women from wearing full-face veils.

As a person who values individual liberty and limited government, I’d be very much opposed to a law like this in the U.S. It would be a violation of the first amendment, as well as something that I would view as being totalitarian.

But Denmark is the “happiest” and “most progressive” country in the world, and who am I to tell them what to do?

I do have to wonder why Muslims would immigrate to Denmark when it is so Islamophobic.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/04/first-woman-fined-in-denmark-for-wearing-full-face-veil

First woman fined in Denmark for wearing full-face veil

Woman fined 1,000 kroner (£120) and told to either remove her veil or leave the public space

August 4, 2018

A 28-year-old woman wearing a niqab on Friday became the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a new law banning full-face Islamic veils in public places, media reported.

Police were called to a shopping centre in Horsholm, in the north-eastern region of Nordsjaelland, where the woman had become involved in a scuffle with another woman who had tried to tear her niqab off, police duty officer David Borchersen told the Ritzau news agency.

“During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again,” Borchersen said.
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Police took a photograph of the woman wearing the niqab, and obtained security camera footage from the shopping centre of the incident.

The woman was informed she would receive a fine of 1,000 kroner (£120) in the post, and was told to either remove her veil or leave the public space.

“She chose the latter,” Borchersen said.

As of 1 August, wearing a burqa, which covers a person’s entire face, or the niqab, which only shows the eyes, in public carries a fine of 1,000 kroner.

Repeated violations can be fined up to 10,000 kroner.

The ban also targets other accessories that hide the face such as balaclavas, masks and false beards.

Human rights campaigners say the ban is a violation of women’s rights, while supporters argue it enables better integration of Muslim immigrants.
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Belgium, France, Germany and Austria have also imposed bans or partial bans of full-face veils.

August 4, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Clothing, Racism, Religion. 2 comments.

Government spends nearly $1 million of taxpayers’ money on cancer treatment for illegal alien who had repeatedly raped an 8-year-old child

In my opinion, this is a waste of the taxpayers’ money.

Also, there’s something very unfair about this. If this guy was a law abiding U.S. citizen, instead of an illegal alien who had repeatedly raped a child, I’m wondering if he would be getting this much health care for free.

 

https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/07/26/utah-county-inmate-was/

A Utah County inmate was headed to trial and possible deportation. Then came his cancer diagnosis and medical bills nearing $1M.

July 27, 2018

Gerardo Valerio-Romero was in Utah County custody, accused of repeatedly sexually abusing an 8-year-old relative, when he was diagnosed with cancer.

The day after the medical determination, the 49-year-old Mexican citizen was in LDS Hospital receiving cancer treatment, marking the start of an ongoing saga that exposed a rift between the county’s sheriff and its commission as well as medical bills that threaten to top $1 million.

Even at a discount, Valerio-Romero’s cancer treatments have drained the county jail’s medical budget. His case is set for trial early next month, and he’s caught the interest of federal immigration officials who will look at possibly deporting him if he’s acquitted. Until then, he’s in Utah’s court system, where his case is stalled and costs from his treatment continue to climb.
Spoiler:

“It’s a Catch-22,” Sheriff Jim Tracy said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a detainer on Valerio-Romero when he was arrested in March 2017, meaning ICE asked to be notified when he was convicted or acquitted on six counts of felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child. (He also faces eight felony charges related to forgery and one count of unlawful possession of another person’s identification.)

“A detainer is basically saying, ‘Hey, listen, when you’re going to be releasing him, let us know so that we can pick this guy up,’” ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok said Wednesday.

Valerio-Romero’s trial has twice been delayed, once last August at the request of prosecutors and again in December, when he asked for a new attorney and rejected a plea deal offered by the state (the details of which haven’t been disclosed).

The defendant has waived his right to a speedy trial, the court docket shows.

His next three-day trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 8. It’s unclear whether he’ll be ready to stand trial. If not, Tracy said, his medical treatment will continue to ring up costs for the county.

Valerio-Romero has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him. Court filings indicate he may have used the name Jesus Melgoza for work and cashing checks. His attorney, Clayton Simms, didn’t respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

The case was catapulted to the public spotlight early this month, when Tracy took the microphone during public comment at a County Commission meeting and announced he is quitting, partially over the inmate’s medical bills. His last day is Aug. 3.

Commissioners said at the time they were caught off guard by Tracy’s abrupt resignation. They said they believed the office could shift money around to cover immediate costs before the commission can meet next month and adjust its budget.

Commissioner Nathan Ivie was also critical of Valerio-Romero, saying he “shouldn’t even be in this country” because of a prior conviction.

Tracy said Valerio-Romero’s previous conviction wasn’t an offense for which he could be deported.

The sheriff said he was frustrated with the county’s funding of his department over the past 10 years. While he said Valerio-Romero’s case isn’t the only reason he’s quitting, he said Wednesday that things came to a head when he asked for emergency budget help from the commission.

He said commissioners will vote early next month — just after his exit — on emergency funding through year’s end.

“The solution to this problem … was adding additional money,” Tracy said. “This guy pops up with a million-dollar [problem], which we don’t even have. That’s why there was the crisis. The solution has always been from Day One you’re going to have to transfer money” to cover medical costs.

“It’s a mess,” he added. “That’s the final straw that broke the back.”

August 3, 2018. Tags: , , , , . Government waste, Health care, Immigration. 2 comments.

Trump falsely says “If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID”

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/01/politics/trump-grocery-shopping-id/index.html

Trump claims you need ID to buy groceries. You do not.

August 1, 2018

Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump used an odd example Tuesday night to call for stronger voter ID laws, saying that identification is required for buying groceries.

There is no such requirement.

“We believe that only American citizens should vote in American elections, which is why the time has come for voter ID, like everything else. Voter ID,” Trump told the crowd of supporters gathered at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

“You know, if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID,” Trump continued. “You go out and you want to buy anything, you need ID and you need your picture.”

He added that “the only time you don’t need it in many cases is when you want to vote for a president, when you want to vote for a senator, when you want to vote for a governor or a congressman. It’s crazy.”

Photo ID is required when purchasing alcohol or cigarettes, and occasionally when verifying purchases made with a credit card. In a small number of states, identification photos are included on food stamp cards for low income families, and several chains, such as Costco, may require identification when applying for membership.

Asked about the remark Wednesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump was referring to liquor purchases.

“If you go to a grocery store and you buy beer or wine, you’re certainly going to show your ID,” Sanders said. “He’s not saying every time he went in. He said, ‘When you go to the grocery store.’ I’m pretty sure that everybody in here who’s been to a grocery store that’s purchased beer or wine has probably had to show their ID. If they didn’t, then that’s probably a problem with the grocery store.”

Trump has repeatedly railed against a “rigged” system that he claims, without evidence, allows people to vote illegally. A widely criticized commission Trump established to look into the matter dissolved in January due to what the White House described as “endless legal battles at taxpayer expense.”

August 3, 2018. Tags: , . Donald Trump. 2 comments.

Obama nominee Judge Staci Michelle Yandle illegally maintained the U.S. citizenship of al-Qaida terrorist Iyman Faris, who had met with Osama bin Laden, had planned to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge, and had falsely claimed to be a student on his immigration application

In January 2014, Obama nominated Staci Michelle Yandle to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

In July 2018, Yandle ruled that an immigrant and al-Qaida terrorist named Iyman Faris could keep his U.S. citizenship.

However, Yandle’s ruling was in violation of federal law. Federal law required Faris to be deported because he had lied on his immigration application.

Faris had traveled to Afghanistan, where he had met with Osama bin Laden.

Faris had also traveled to Pakistan, where he had met with Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was named as “the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks” in the 9/11 Commission Report. Mohammed told Faris that he was setting up a plan to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge by slashing its suspension cables. Faris agreed to participate in this.

Like the 9/11 terrorists, Faris had come to the U.S. on a student visa, but never actually enrolled in school.

ABC News reported that Faris had

“admitted he was an al Qaeda sleeper – a terrorist lying in wait for instructions”

and that he

“had access to airports and was licensed to haul flammable, poisonous chemicals”

August 3, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Islamic terrorism. 2 comments.

Trump wants to give $12 billion of taxpayers’ money to help farmers who were hurt by Trump’s own trade war

I’m against trade barriers, and I’m also against farm subsidies.

Trump was wrong to start this trade war, and he’s also wrong to use taxpayers’ money to help farmers who were hurt by his trade war.

 
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-farmers/trump-wants-12-billion-in-aid-to-u-s-farmers-suffering-from-trade-war-idUSKBN1KE1YE

Trump wants $12 billion in aid to U.S. farmers suffering from trade war

July 24, 2018

WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Tuesday said it will use a Great Depression-era program to pay up to $12 billion to help U.S. farmers weather a growing trade war with China, the European Union and others that the president began.
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August 2, 2018. Tags: , , , , . Donald Trump. 1 comment.

Trump has a new proposal for dealing with undocumented immigrants

President Trump has a pretty nasty proposal for dealing with undocumented immigrants who try to climb over the border wall that he is planning to build.

On the positive side, at least he lets family members stay together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0ghNBhlzAQ

 

July 28, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Donald Trump, Humor, Immigration, Television. Leave a comment.

Fox News, July 27, 2018: Obama administration approved $200G grant to group with Al Qaeda ties

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/27/obama-administration-approved-200g-grant-to-group-with-al-qaeda-ties.html

Obama administration approved $200G grant to group with Al Qaeda ties

July 27, 2018

The Obama administration approved a $200,000 grant to a group in Sudan with ties to Al Qaeda even though it had been designated a terrorist-financing organization by the U.S. years earlier, a conservative think tank revealed this week.

Further, an agency official acknowledged the prior administration allowed taxpayer money to flow to the group even after its designation was discovered.

The 2014 grant to the Islamic Relief Agency, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, was revealed by Sam Westrop of the Middle East Forum in a story for the National Review.

“More stunningly, government officials specifically authorized the release of at least $115,000 of this grant even after learning that it was a designated terror organization,” Westrop wrote in the article.

(more…)

July 28, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Islamic terrorism. Leave a comment.

If the biggest racism problem in the U.S. is whites being racist against blacks, then how come the rate of “whites killed by blacks” is more than 12 times the rate of “blacks killed by whites”?

As I’ve pointed out many times before,  the Black Lives Matter protestors don’t care about the 93% of black murder victims who are killed by other blacks.

Here’s a webpage from the FBI that gives even more info.

Someone took the info from that FBI link and created this chart. Please note that all of the numbers are per capita based on the murderer’s race. (I don’t know who created the chart, but I got it from here.)


I think that chart is extremely informative.

If the biggest racism problem in the U.S. is whites being racist against blacks, then how come the rate of “whites killed by blacks” is more than 12 times the rate of “blacks killed by whites”?

July 28, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Racism, Violent crime. 2 comments.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez exposes her extreme ignorance by falsely claiming, “Just last year we gave the military a $700 billion budget increase”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just said:

“Just last year we gave the military a $700 billion budget increase”

I immediately knew that couldn’t possibly be true, because the entire budget of the military is approximately that amount.

So I did some googling, and came up with this CNBC article from last year, which is titled

“Senate passes $700 billion defense policy bill, backing Trump call for steep increase in military spending”

So it’s just as I had thought. The $700 billion does not represent the increase. Instead, it represents the total military budget.

Ocasio-Cortez was either deliberately lying when she said the $700 billion was an increase, or she has an incredibly extreme ignorance of the federal budget.

I don’t think she was deliberately lying.

Instead, I think she is extremely ignorant about the numbers in the federal budget.

And this is the person that the Democrats nominated to run for the U.S. Congress, in a district which is so heavily blue that she is almost guaranteed to win?

Hilarious!

July 27, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Military. 1 comment.

Apparently, Anne Hathaway either doesn’t know or doesn’t care that 93% of black murder victims are murdered by other blacks

Anne Hathaway just said:

“White people — including me, including you — must take into the marrow of our privileged bones the truth that ALL black people fear for their lives DAILY in America and have done so for GENERATIONS. White people DO NOT have equivalence for this fear of violence. Given those givens, we must ask our (white) selves — how ‘decent’ are we really? Not in our intent, but in our actions? In our lack of action?”

Apparently, Hathaway either doesn’t know or doesn’t care that 93% of black murder victims are murdered by other blacks.

July 26, 2018. Tags: , , , . Politics, Racism, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

In my opinion, the fact that Maxine Waters supporters stole an American flag is far more significant than the fact that they burned it

This article from the Washington Times includes the following photograph of Maxine Waters supporters burning an American flag:




As a libertarian who believes in free speech and property rights, I think it should be legal to burn the American flag as long as both of the following conditions are met:

1) The flag being burned is the property of the person (or people) who is (or are) burning it, i.e., the flag is not stolen.

and

2) The flag is burned in a manner that is in accordance with all of the fire and safety laws, i.e., the flag burning doesn’t pose a physical threat or fire hazard to the lives or property of other people.

Well, the particular incident in the above photograph fails this test, because, according to the same article from the Washington Times:

A small crowd that gathered Thursday outside the Los Angeles office of U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters to counter an expected protest by a self-styled militia group burned an American flag taken from the back of a pickup truck.

The vehicle, occupied by two men who appeared to be white, was stopped by the crowd. Some marchers opened the doors and one grabbed the flag flying on a pole in the bed of the truck, which sped off.

In other words, they stole the flag.

In my opinion, the fact that these Maxine Waters supporters stole an American flag is far more significant than the fact that they burned it.

I hope the person who stole the flag is prosecuted for robbery.

And I hope the people who blocked the vehicle and opened its doors are charged as accessories to robbery.

There is no excuse for committing robbery. Shame on them.

July 20, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Flag burning, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

A happily married woman explains how a welfare caseworker encouraged her to get divorced so she could receive more government benefits

In this video, a happily married woman explains how a welfare caseworker encouraged her to get divorced so she could receive more government benefits:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG6JqmdIubA

 

July 17, 2018. Tags: , , , , . Politics. 1 comment.

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