NYC subway terrorist entered US via chain migration

December 13, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that the suspect in Monday morning’s failed rush hour suicide pipe bomb attack on a Port Authority bus terminal and subway station in New York City entered the United States from Bangladesh in 2011 through one of the chain migration categories. DHS says ISIS-inspired Akayed Ullah, 27, is a green card holder who arrived here on an F43 visa, according to this Breitbart News report.

Numbers USA explains that an F43 visa is issued to a foreign national who is the child of an adult sibling of a U.S. citizen. It falls under the 4th preference of the family preference green card categories, which allows 65,000 green cards each year to be issued to adult siblings and their spouses and children of citizens.

Tyler Houlton, a DHS spokesperson tweeted:

.@DHSgov can confirm that the suspect was admitted to the United States after presenting a passport displaying an F43 family immigrant visa in 2011. The suspect is a Lawful Permanent Resident from Bangladesh who benefited from extended family chain migration.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also made reference to the information during her daily press briefing.

There is no question that the terrorist was admitted to the United States after presenting a passport displaying an F-43 family immigrant visa in 2011. The immediate issue is revoking such a dangerous policy. President Trump’s policy calls for an end to chain migration, the method used by Akayed Ullah to enter the U.S. If his policy had been in place, the attacker would not have been allowed into the country.  President Trump has appropriately advocated for responsible and total immigration reform. 

During a rally last weekend in Pensacola, Florida, Pres. Trump called on Congress to end Chain Migration.

Numbers USA President Roy Beck has an entire section devoted to the Chain Migration scheme that leaves Americans needlessly vulnerable to those who mean us harm. The website contains a wealth of information that is not found elsewhere.

U.S. Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) has introduced the American Labor, Wages, and Sovereignty Act (American LAWS Act), H.R. 4340 with Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX.). The legislation contains provisions to eliminate the visa lottery program, end chain migration, and institute mandatory E-Verify. Read the full text of H.R. 4340.

The visa lottery program is also a disaster. L. Francis Cissna @DHSgov saying visa lottery standards are very low,“ stated “Random lotteries, extended family connections, that’s not the way to run an immigration system.”  This is a topic with which he has more than a passing familiarity. Cissna is the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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Ala. US Senate election today: LIVE RESULTS HERE 

December 12, 2017

Voter turnout was far greater than predicted with 40.46% of the state’s voters casting ballots. In the end, Democrat Doug Jones won by a slim margin of less than 1%. The final vote totals were Jones 49.92% to Roy Mo0re’s 48.38%. Moore did not concede following the vote tally.

John Merrill, Alabama’s Secretary of State has revised his original predictions of a light 20 to 23% voter turnout in today’s Special Election for the U.S. Senate seat, saying he expects the numbers  to exceed 25 percent. Although the state has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 25 years, the barrage of unsubstantiated, nearly 40-year-old allegations against Judge Roy Moore will clearly be a factor. But in the conservative state of Alabama, liberal pro-abortion, Democrat Doug Jones has his own mountain to climb. We’re putting our money on a Roy Moore victory, During the Sept. Primary Election, Luther Strange only won 4 out of 67 counties. During the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump triumphed over Hillary Clinton, by 62.18%  to her 34.33%.

Pres. Trump, a Moore supporter, tweeted this out today — Election Day:

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The people of Alabama will do the right thing. Doug Jones is Pro-Abortion, weak on Crime, Military and Illegal Immigration, Bad for Gun Owners and Veterans and against the WALL. Jones is a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet. Roy Moore will always vote with us. VOTE ROY MOORE!

6:09 AM – 12 Dec 2017

Polls close in Alabama at 7 p.m. (CST). (6 p.m. AZ time)   

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AZ Republic headline gives conservatives hope

December 12, 2017

The headline in the left-wing Arizona Republic newspaper is a head turner: “Removal process of feral hogs continues across New Mexico.“

Will the trend catch on and continue across the wide expanse of the entire United States? It sounds like New Mexico is eradicating its Democrat population, so fond of the concept of nanny government (brief video).

It’s also reminiscent of a previous post (March 26, 2011) on the topic of capturing wild hogs.

This parable defines the issue of government dependency: 

Years ago a wise farmer noticed that wild pigs roamed freely in the woods adjacent to his farm. “If I could just capture some of those wild pigs, I could fatten them up and reap financial rewards,” he told his neighbor.  But the neighbor scoffed, “Those pigs are wild animals, clever in fending for themselves. You can never round them up.”

The wild pigs were suspicious of any advances by the farmer. However, the farmer was a very patient man, and knew the rewards would be great if he was able to gain their trust. The farmer set out with his plan to tame the beasts.

His plan evolved. Each day he took corn and tossed it in the woods where the pigs could safely feast under the cover of darkness. Gradually, as the pigs grew less cautious, the farmer scattered the corn in a pasture located nearer the farmhouse. Then he set about hammering in fence posts around one side of the pasture. That night, the pigs noticed the posts with some curiosity but were eager to dig into the big pile of corn the farmer had left them. A few nights later, they noticed more posts had been erected. At last, the farmer attached wire to the posts around the perimeter but the corn inside was so enticing and delicious that they gobbled it up as they had gotten used to doing, setting aside any apprehension they had about the fence.

Finally, the pigs noticed there was a fence around the entire pasture with a wide and welcoming gate, swung open and leading to where the sweet corn was piled high. Although a few pigs were suspicious and refused to enter the gate, the more fearless ones entered the enclosure. After several nights when no harm came to them, the others decided to join in the banquet and gorged to their delight, as pigs do.

Then late one night as the pigs were busy feeding, the farmer quietly walked up to the gate, closed and locked it.

So it is with reliance on government to meet our basic needs. The trap is set.  We simply have to anticipate the gate swinging shut on us.


Unseemly sideshow at the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals

December 11, 2017

Sexual impropriety once again raises its multi-faceted, sordid head. As if members of the U.S. House and Senate, business titans, and celebs aren’t enough, the judiciary now gets its turn at the harassment lynching tree. Ancient claims, often alleged by unidentified women are all that are needed to bring down the powerful in the current climate.

The latest is Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski. We’re no fans of the liberal, frequently overturned U.S. Circuit Court, but Alex Kozinski, a Reagan appointee on the bench since 1985 is decidedly unlike his fellow jurists. His few campaign contributions were not large and made in the early 1990s, but they all went to Republican congressional candidates. He served as chief judge of the appellate court for seven years.

Judge Kozinski’s personal background contributed to his broader view. He was born in Communist Rumania and immigrated to the U.S. with his Holocaust survivor parents when he was 12.  His background made him a supporter of the Second Amendment. Among his many notable quotes is this:

“My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history. The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime usually do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed only for those exceptionally rare circumstances when all other rights have failed. A free people can only afford to make this mistake once.”

Yet, none of this background explains his bizarre predilections. In his case, there is no presumption of innocence. His actions are a repeat performance.

Just days ago, Heidi Bond —- who as a romance novelist uses the pseudonym Courtney Milan —- told The Washington Post that Kozinski showed her pornography three times in his chambers while she was clerking for him over a decade ago. Four other women who previously worked for Kozinski have since followed suit, saying he also acted improperly towards them, lacing his conservation with sexual innuendo. Except for Bond, Judge Kozinski’s accusers remain anonymous saying they feared “retaliation.” Other former Kozinski clerks contacted by the newspaper denied experiencing any harassment.

The judge, described as “brilliant and possessing a wry sense of humor,” is decidedly a mixed bag. n 1992 Judge Kozinski authored the foreword to a handbook titled, “Sexual Harassment in Employment Law.”

Constitutional-law professor Josh Blackman writing for National Review provides insight into the legality 0f Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Arizona law. Kozinski dissented. Read his reasoning on this contentious issue.

He may be brilliant and funny, but he has a decided disconnect. Similar allegations against Judge Kozinski emerged in 2008. At the time, his lawyer wife, Marcy J.K. Tiffany, sent this email* attempting to explain the reasons he had pornography on his computer.

The time has come for Judge Kozinski, age 67, to retire from his lifetime appointment. With President Trump naming his replacement, conservatives can breathe easily.

* H/T Patterico’s Pontifications


The bizarro world in which leftists exist

December 10, 2017

Anniversary of Trump’s election perceived as “tragedy that befell our country”

With bodies dropping like flies in the frenzied aftermath of harassment allegations consuming the news, you might have missed a really big event that required an RSVP.

Most of us think of The Scream as an overrated, overpriced painting by Norwegian primitive artist Edvard Munch. The mixed media (crayon, pastel, tempera and oil on cardboard) last sold for nearly $120 million. And it’s not even unique. There are four versions of the childlike artwork floating around.

But there is another “scream” that Newsweek magazine thought was worthy of coverage. It pertains to the dissolute liberals, still depressed over sandal plagued Hillary Clinton’s presidential loss. Putting their time to optimum use, they gathered in Boston to scream at the sky, in a display of their utter despair as they “acknowledge the tragedy that befell our country,” the day marking the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s election.

While the event calls upon people to “Scream Helplessly, we want to convert that sense of helplessness into resistance, into action, and maybe even into optimism,” Scream activist Johanna Schulman explained. “Although it is important to acknowledge the tragedy that befell our country on November 9th, we cannot let it defeat us!”

“This administration has attacked everything about what it means to be American,” said Schulman, an organizer the event, told Newsweek. “Who wouldn’t feel helpless every day? Coming together reminds us that we are not alone, that we are part of an enormous community of activists who are motivated and angry, whose actions can make a difference.”

Screaming babies garner a lot of attention. They are usually calmed when their dirty diapers are changed or with a bottle of warm milk. Adults publicly braying at the sky were once confined to asylums. Now they walk among us. They are liberals.


Amazing! Republic gets honest

December 9, 2017

Imagine our surprise when we turned to the local newspaper’s Business Section — OK, it’s only two pages, but the failing newspaper with the USA Today insert tries to sound fully packed — and found a report headlined, “Republic Services names new chief.”

Who, we wondered, was being replaced? And why would anyone who qualifies as a “chief” want to sign on with the dying Arizona Republic newspaper?  Such swirling queries piqued our interest enough to read further.

In a remarkable coincidence the similarly named company, described as “Arizona’s most valuable corporation” — generating $billions in annual revenue — is, in fact, “a Phoenix-based trash hauler and recycler.”

We’ve accused the local newspaper of hauling trash and disseminating garbage for years. Unlike their similar namesake, it is not generating $billions.

 


AZ’s U.S. Rep. Trent Franks resigns: Loss will be incalculable & Update

December 8, 2017

#MeToo has reached into the sordid abuse bag and pulled out an absurdity culminating in the resignation of U.S. Rep. Trent Franks

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, a self-identified “conservative Reagan Republican,” who has served in Congress since 2003, has revealed  he recently learned the House Ethics Committee had opened an investigation of complaints brought against him by two former staffers. Do we know their names?  Of course not. But they have jumped on the “take ‘em down” bandwagon that is cutting a wide swath through political, entertainment and business entities leaving suits in its path.

Are all men saints? Of course not. Sen. Al Franken, actor Kevin Spacey, mogul Harvey Weinstein and their ilk are ‘poster child’ proof.  But allegations brought by publicly undisclosed sources long after the incidents are alleged to have taken place, and swift judgment calls resulting in expulsion minus an unbiased day in court should trouble any fair minded person. House Speaker Paul Ryan wasted no time in calling on Franks to resign. Look for Ryan to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Senate President Mitch McConnell to try to block seating Judge Roy Moore if he wins the Alabama senate race Tuesday. Make no mistake, these judgments are a referendum on President Trump and Judge Moore. Impeached former President Bill Clinton, who finally admitted (video) having a sexual relationship with a White House intern, and was previously accused of rape, remains a Democrat icon.

Franks, a staunchly pro-life and child advocate, and his wife, had long-standing fertility problems and were unable to conceive a child. Using a surrogate resulted in the birth of healthy twins. Trent Franks discussed the issue of surrogacy with the former staffers, who took offense — in a big way.

Read Congressman Franks letter of resignation.

Our usual method of providing a biography would be with a link. Due to the fact that Congressman Trent Franks will be leaving office at the end of January 2018, his bio will no longer be available. We are taking the unusual step of printing it here in its entirety to illustrate his longtime commitment to children and their issues:

Full Biography

     “Congressman Trent Franks is a conservative, Reagan Republican, and is currently serving in his eighth term in the United States Congress. Trent serves on the House Judiciary Committee, in the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, and in the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, where he is the outgoing Chairman. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, serving in the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, and is the Vice Chair of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee. Trent Co-Chairs the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Caucus as well as the Congressional Caucus on Adoption, the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus, and the International Religious Freedom Caucus.

     He is the Chairman of the National Security Working Group for the Republican Study Committee, taking the lead among the conservative members of Congress on issues relating to national security. Trent co-chairs both the Missile Defense and the Electromagnetic Pulse Caucuses; he leads efforts to reduce national security vulnerabilities in our electric energy grids and to increase America’s missile defense capability against all enemy missile threats including those potentially launched by jihadists seeking to bring nuclear terrorism to America. Trent firmly believes the foremost responsibility of our federal government is to provide for our nation’s common defense. He is also a staunch advocate of Israel, serving as the co-chairman of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus.

Trent has spent most of his life working on children’s issues and trying to build a better future for all children. Trent was the author and principal proponent of the Scholarship Tax Credit which was upheld in the Landmark Supreme Court decision Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn in 2011. This policy is now in nine states and has provided billions of dollars from the private sector for hundreds of thousands of scholarships to provide a better education for American children.

     Before he was elected to Congress, Trent served in the Arizona Legislature as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Child Protection and Family Preservation where he was a prime sponsor of nationally recognized bills designed to protect children and the family, including the “Child Obscenity and Pornography Bill” (which survived major challenges in the U.S. Federal District Court) and the “Dangerous Crimes Against Children Bill” which gave Arizona the strongest child protection laws in the nation.

     Trent was later tasked by the Governor of Arizona to provide oversight for all of Arizona’s state programs for children when he became the Cabinet level Director of the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children. He also served as Chairman of the Arizona State Children’s Cabinet as well as Chairman of the Inter-Agency Study Committee on Children and AIDS.

     Trent founded and served four and a half years as Executive Director of the Arizona Family Research Institute which is a non-profit organization associated with Dr. James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family” for the purpose of advocating and advancing public policy to protect children and families in Arizona. Trent and his wife Josephine worked as Sunday School teachers for the one and two year olds in their Church Preschool Department for nearly 22 years. Because of his lifelong commitment to Children and Children’s issues, Trent was nominated “Children’s Champion” by Arizona State Legislators.

    Trent is a rare leader who still believes that people and principles should be at the center of political discourse in America. Trent believes the purpose of government is to protect the lives and Constitutional rights of the people. He works very hard in Congress for smaller government by cutting government waste, taxes, bureaucracy, and regulation. He believes in personal responsibility, strong national defense, free enterprise, protecting the innocent, and in the timeless truths and principles of the United States Constitution.  Prior to coming to Congress, Trent was a small business owner. After struggling to have children of their own for more than two decades, Trent and his wife Josie are now the deeply grateful parents of two precious Gifts of God; eight-year-old twins, Joshua Lane and Emily Grace.”

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This is what we’re losing based on claims of two shadowy women who say they were made to feel “uncomfortable” by Congressman Franks words. He should not resign over such foolishness.  But as Julius Caesar said,  “The die has been cast.” Arizonans and all Americans are lessened by losing the voice of this decent man in Congress.

 

Amid allegations he offered a staffer $5 million to act as a surrogate for him and his wife, carrying a pregnancy to term for them, Trent Franks has made his retirement effective Friday, Dec. 8,, rather than the previously reported Jan. 31, 2018 date. He and his wife have battled infertility problems throughout their marriage. Their twins were conceived via in vitro fertilization.

“Last night, my wife was admitted to the hospital in Washington, D.C., due to an ongoing ailment. After discussing options with my family, we came to the conclusion that the best thing for our family now would be for me to tender my previous resignation effective today, December 8th, 2017,” Franks said in a statement.