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Chuck Schumer can stuff his effort to ruin Thanksgiving dinner

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 19:03

**Written by Doug Powers

Another Thanksgiving is upon us, and with it another Democrat attempt to try and take advantage of families’ tryptophan dazes to push some liberal talking points:

Bring this chart to Thanksgiving dinner. It’ll come in handy when that family member who always talks politics tells you the Republican tax bill helps the middle class. pic.twitter.com/2EpZ5PxcDY

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) November 19, 2017

Make like it’s the turkey, and stuff it, Chuck.

If anything this might be a more fun chart to pass around the dinner table:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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Dumb sensors, deadly consequences

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 06:40

Dumb sensors, deadly consequences
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2017

The circumstances of U.S. Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez’s death this week remain murkier than the Rio Grande River.

Agent Martinez succumbed to critical head injuries early Sunday morning. An unnamed partner, who came to Martinez’s aid after he radioed for help from a remote area of the Big Bend sector in Texas, also suffered serious wounds. Whether by deliberate ambush or accident, one of our border enforcers is dead and the other hospitalized.

This much is clear: Dumb sensors + depleted forces = deadly border disorder.

Agent Martinez had ventured out alone to check on a ground sensor to determine who or what had set it off. He confirmed to his colleagues that human activity had activated the alarm before he died.

Here’s the scandal: Our federal government has been squandering billions of dollars on inferior border technology for years. It’s a monumental waste of taxpayer funds and a dangerous redistribution of wealth to crony contractors, whose ineffective pet projects are putting our men and women on the front lines at risk.

Nearly 14,000 ground sensors have been littered along the southern border over the past several decades — some dating back to the Vietnam War era. Untold numbers have simply been buried and lost by federal workers who failed to record where they put them. Twelve years ago, a Department of Homeland Security inspector general’s report found that agents couldn’t determine the cause of 62 percent of the sensor alerts because they were “unable to respond to the dispatch, or it took the agent too long to get to the sensor location.”

Compounding staff shortages are outdated sensors unable to distinguish between humans, vehicles and animals. They can’t tell cows from criminals or wild boars from dirty bombers. Thirty-four percent of alerts were confirmed false alarms in the 2005 review. Only 2 percent resulted in apprehensions of immigrants in this country illegally, the feds admitted.

The Arizona Republic reported that “a possible false alarm from a ground sensor, and faulty radio communications, may have contributed to the death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie in a friendly-fire incident” in 2012. “(A)gents didn’t detect anyone but each other when they arrived. Ivie, responding separately, apparently mistook the other agents for smugglers and opened fire. One of the agents shot and killed him.”

A $1 billion integrated fixed tower project, fronted by Boeing, was supposed to remedy the flaws of the ground sensor system. A surveillance program along the southwest border in Arizona, the IFT systems “are fixed surveillance assets that provide long-range persistent surveillance” using radars that send pictures back to a central hub to monitor illegal crossings and criminal activity.

But the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general reported this summer that the towers had never been properly tested for suitability and operational effectiveness. Its successors haven’t fared much better.

On a trip to the Sierra Vista, Arizona, region earlier this summer for my CRTV.com show, “Michelle Malkin Investigates,” I talked to ranchers who pointed out fancy new towers with fatal blind spots, out of reach of deep washes and heavy forests where illegal immigrants and drug smugglers travel.

“We have $50 million of infrastructure on this ranch now,” fourth-generation Arizona rancher John Ladd told me during a tour of his property, “and none of it has worked. Camera towers, radar, fence, roads, street lights.” All the technology in the world is useless, he has long pointed out to politicians and bureaucrats, without boots on the ground. And Border Patrol agents parked in air-conditioned cubicles hours from the border don’t count.

“You got 600 (agents) in Tucson” who “take 6 hours to get to the border. Move them down! You got Nogales … and Naco and Douglas that are within a mile of the border,” Ladd points out. “All the rest of them are more than 50 miles north. Why do we have that? What good is that?”

Longtime illegal immigration activist and systems engineer Glenn Spencer, who I first met in California in the 1990s, has lived and worked on the Arizona border for more than decade. He patented and tested a pilot system of seismic detection and ranging on 1.5 miles of his friend John Ladd’s property called Seidarm and paired it with a drone, dubbed Hermes, which automatically launches when border activity is detected within 500 feet of the smart sensors. It can be manufactured and built at a fraction of the cost of the big defense contractors’ systems. Unlike much of the government’s gold-plated technology, Ladd said: “It worked.”

“If they had SEIDARM/HERMES installed, they could have checked out the ground sensor without putting the agent in jeopardy,” Spencer told me after Agent Martinez’s death hit the news this week.

But politicians in both parties have spurned Ladd’s pleas and Spencer’s proposals. Special interests have raided public coffers to fund border security Kabuki theater and stave off meaningful assessments. Spencer doesn’t mince words:

“They don’t want to measure it; they don’t want to secure the border; they want to make it LOOK like they are.”

Beltway business as usual. Another agent’s life sacrificed. President Trump, the clock is ticking.

SNL alumni not offended by Franken vouch for beleaguered senator

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 18:13

**Written by Doug Powers

This could be the funniest thing to come from SNL in years, and the tragedy is that it’ll never make the cut for a sketch on the show:

Three dozen women who worked with Sen. Al Franken during his tenure on “Saturday Night Live” came out in defense of the Minnesota Democrat facing allegations of sexual misconduct.

In the letter, the women slammed Franken’s behavior toward Leeann Tweeden — who accused the lawmaker of forcibly kissing and groping her more than a decade ago — as “stupid and foolish” but wrote that “not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behavior” from the former SNL cast member.

“We feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken, whom we have all had the pleasure of working with over the years on Saturday Night Live (SNL). What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms. Tweeden, and to the public,” the women wrote. “In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant.”

There’s enough material here out of which to make a great sketch on SNL, if only it weren’t about SNL.

JUST IN: Women staff of "Saturday Night Live" sign letter in support of Sen. Al Franken pic.twitter.com/osN6IwMgvB

— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 21, 2017

Hey, the same thing would have happened if Franken were a Republican, right? RIGHT!?

Somewhere in the world a person accused of bank robbery might have just been inspired to get character references from all the banks he didn’t rob.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Why some congressmen cling to the job for life, part VII: Taxpayer-funded harassment insurance

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:36

**Written by Doug Powers

The latest member of Congress to be named in a harassment story is a Democrat who has been in the House since the continental ice sheet carved out the Great Lakes: Michigan Rep. John Conyers. Taxpayers, take note of the amount of money Conyers reportedly gave the woman to settle the complaint, because you paid for it:

The website BuzzFeed News reported on Monday that the office of Conyers, 88, paid the woman over $27,000 to settle the complaint under a confidentiality agreement.

BuzzFeed also published affidavits from former staff members who said they had witnessed Conyers touching female staffers inappropriately —rubbing their legs and backs — or requesting sexual favors. One former staffer said one of her duties was “to keep a list of women that I assumed he was having affairs with and call them at his request and, if necessary, have them flown in using Congressional resources.”
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BuzzFeed said it received the documents from right-wing activist Mike Cernovich, but independently confirmed their authenticity. Cernovich said he gave the documents to BuzzFeed News because Democrats would “try to discredit the story by attacking the messenger” if he published them himself.

Conyers is the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and the longest-serving current member of the House, having arrived in 1965. Calls to Conyers and his office seeking comment were not immediately returned Monday night.

I’m waiting for Conyers’ excuse to be “hey, what else is a guy to do while his wife’s in the slammer?”

Here’s the most maddening part: It isn’t just Franken, Conyers, etc. Congress has an entire cash pot set aside to settle claims against representatives & senators.

The government has paid more than $17 million in taxpayer money over the last 20 years to resolve violations filed by employees of Congress. https://t.co/i1019Amxcv

— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 21, 2017

And by “the government” they mean “taxpayers.”

Conyers allegedly used taxpayer funds to bring women to him, and then again used taxpayer funds to settle complaints. One reason some politicians try to cling to the job for life is that you can’t get that sort of 3rd-party-funded sexual harassment insurance in the private sector.

According to Buzzfeed, the complaint against Conyers was settled in 2014, when Republican John Boehner was House Speaker and Nancy Pelosi the Dem Minority Leader. Both Boehner and Pelosi have gone full Sgt. Schultz and claimed they knew nothing of the settlement. If that’s true (big “IF”), where’s the oversight? For now, it sounds like the system was designed to be one giant plausible deniability machine. As if some politicians’ behavior towards others wasn’t bad enough, they also can’t stop groping taxpayers’ wallets.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Newsweek now considers Trump to be a member of *the family

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 22:17

**Written by Doug Powers

*The Manson family

Hell got a little more crowded yesterday after Charles Manson died, and Newsweek obviously just couldn’t help themselves, because nothing is too stupid anymore:

How murderer Charles Manson and President Donald Trump used similar language to gain followers https://t.co/SWNeoff4vY pic.twitter.com/pBPeHLXqAG

— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 20, 2017

For the article’s headline, Newsweek removed the word “similar”:

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Have you ever used language? If so you might be just like Charles Manson!

**Written by Doug Powers

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The ‘I’ in ‘IRS’ now stands for ‘Irony’ (as inspired by Lois Lerner)

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 07:07

**Written by Doug Powers

Last month, the Justice Department announced settlements had been reached with conservative groups the IRS admitted targeting for scrutiny during the totally scandal-free Obama administration. Last week, Lois Lerner and a person she worked with at the IRS at the time said they would fight unsealing of depositions for this reason:

Ms. Lerner and Holly Paz, her deputy at the IRS, filed documents in court Thursday saying tapes and transcripts of depositions they gave in a court case this year must remain sealed in perpetuity, or else they could spur an enraged public to retaliate.

“Whenever Mss. Lerner and Paz have been in the media spotlight, they have faced death threats and harassment,” attorneys for the two women argued.

Ms. Lerner and Ms. Paz gave taped depositions in a class-action lawsuit brought by tea party groups demanding answers and compensation for having been subjected to illegal targeting for their political beliefs.

In other words, Lerner & Company fear further information about their targeting could make them targets for those they targeted? The “I” in “IRS” should now stand for “Irony.”

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

10 months after 8 years of Obama, Joe Biden says America in grave danger

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 16:34

**Written by Doug Powers

Does Joe remember who was in charge for eight years up until January 20th? Maybe not:

Former Vice President Joe Biden lashed out at President Trump on Saturday for creating a “dangerous” climate in America.

Biden, while speaking about his upcoming book at the Miami Book Fair in Florida, paused to discuss the Trump administration. He accused the president of not caring about the working class voters that put him in the White House and said he and his advisors take advantage of “change and pain.”

“I think it’s one of the most dangerous times in modern history,” Biden said, according to the Miami Herald.
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“Do you think [Trump] really cares about the kids I grew up with in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as far as their economic well being?” Biden said.

In 2012, Biden sounded the alarm that Mitt Romney was going to “put y’all back in chains,” but Joe obviously wanted to prove to the country that his demagoguery tank remains far from empty. The only way this would be “one of the most dangerous times in modern history” would be if all Americans collectively heeded Biden’s shotgun advice.

Besides, the last thing the world needs is another lecture about caring for the working class from a Dem who supported the 2016 candidate who pledged to put coal industry workers out of jobs.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Epilogue XXIV: Hillary forgets different reason Bill ‘survived’ ’92 campaign

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 10:29

**Written by Doug Powers

A Clinton Foundation event marking the 25th anniversary of Bill’s 1992 campaign was scheduled before Hillary lost last November and when organizers were probably certain it would be a celebration of two presidents. Instead the event had all the positive energy of Hillary’s “victory” party after the election. But at least it was nice of Hillary to remind Bill that she had it so much tougher than he did:

“Unfortunately our body politic’s immune system has been impaired because there has been a concerted effort starting with the creation of the Fox network — it wasn’t there when Bill first ran, it was one of the reasons he probably survived, it was there when he ran the second time — it and all of its associated media outlets who are by no means delivering news. They are delivering partisan advocacy positions irrespective of the truth, the facts, the evidence,” Clinton said.

“I think we’ve got to stand up regardless of what party regardless of our own ideological beliefs. A democracy depends on an informed citizenry that has access to accurate information. And I will tell you that there is no such thing as an alternative fact it does not exist in politics or in nature,” she continued.

The universe is one more Clinton lecture about “accurate information” away from collapsing into a black hole from which not even light or the sound of Bill saying “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” can escape. Hillary said a lack of Fox News back in ’92 was a reason Bill survived that campaign, but she totally ignored another reason: A wife who was ready, willing and able to shove many women under the bus so she (and he) could get a grip on power.

This is like hearing Bonnie & Clyde bitching about the rising crime rate:

Liberals really do lament a time when only their like-minded cronies had control of all major media outlets.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Emergency! Soros, Pelosi handing out new Resistance playbooks in Calif.

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 12:02

**Written by Doug Powers

Is there a certain billionaire Dem Party puppet master out there who isn’t happy with his return on investment in recent years? It sounds like updated “Resistance” playbooks are being handed out in California this weekend:

Liberal billionaire George Soros and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were listed as the main attractions Friday at a California gathering of the anti-Trump elite.

The four-day event in Carlsbad, titled “Beyond #Resistance: Reclaiming our Progressive Future,” asked that guests refrain from contacting the media or posting to social media, the agenda shows.

Other speakers appearing in person or via video were expected to include U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-Minn.; and Democrats Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and governor-elect Ralph Northam of Virginia.

Special guest speakers were listed as CNN contributor Van Jones and Center for American Progress CEO Neera Tanden.

The conference, which began Wednesday and runs through Saturday at La Costa Resort, was organized by the Democracy Alliance, a network of liberal donors

The Washington Free Beacon obtained the conference agenda (at least one progressive conference attendee possesses sensitive party material about as responsibly as Hillary Clinton handled classified emails):

The first page of the conference agenda, which was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and can be viewed in its entirety below, lays out “participation guidelines,” explaining that the Democracy Alliance is a “safe place” for donors and activists to meet. Guests are instructed not to share members’ names with the press and not to post to any social media sites, to contact Democracy Alliance if “the media or a blogger” contacts them, and to “refrain from leaving sensitive materials out where others may find them.”

This latter directive was ignored.

The Dems are always so open and honest about their true intentions that they have to try and keep them completely under wraps.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Hillary Clinton’s election loss denial circus enters 2nd year

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 21:45

**Written by Doug Powers

Everybody remembers this Hillary Clinton classic from a couple weeks before the 2016 presidential election:

Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election.

That’s a direct threat to our democracy.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 24, 2016

That’s right up there with Hillary’s other all-time classics such as “like with a cloth or something” and “of course I believed Bill when he said the reason he was spotted in Vegas with no pants was that he’d generously donated his to a homeless person.”

But Hillary showed this week that she has no intention of applying any statute of limitations to her scapegoating and denial. If you’re keeping a timeline, Clinton’s excuse parade has now entered its second year:

In an interview with Mother Jones in downtown Manhattan, Clinton said Russian meddling in the election “was one of the major contributors to the outcome.” The Russians used “weaponized false information,” she said, in “a very successful disinformation campaign” that “wasn’t just influencing voters—it was determining the outcome.”

Republican efforts to make it harder to vote—through measures such as voter ID laws, shortened early voting periods, and new obstacles to registration—likewise “contributed to the outcome,” Clinton said. These moves received far less attention than Russian interference but arguably had a more demonstrable impact on the election result. According to an MIT study, more than 1 million people did not vote in 2016 because they encountered problems registering or at the polls. Clinton lost the election by a total of 78,000 votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Here’s my favorite part of the interview: Why did she lose Wisconsin? Why, GOP voter suppression efforts of course:

“In a couple of places, most notably Wisconsin, I think it had a dramatic impact on the outcome,” Clinton said of voter suppression.

The GOP’s alleged voter suppression efforts were so successful they prevented Hillary from even entering the state to campaign!

Update:

The back-to-back is even more pathetic in video form:

Hillary Clinton, 2016: "By questioning the legitimacy of the election, Trump is threatening our democracy!"

Hillary Clinton, 2017: "I have questions about the legitimacy of the election."

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