[MCCLATCHYDC] Texas politicians requested another $18.7 billion in federal funds to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts Thursday.
This second wave of relief funding would bring the federal government’s total Harvey recovery investment to nearly $34 billion, if approved by Congress and signed by the president. The House could act on the request as early as next week, when it votes on a supplemental funding bill.
Texas’s two senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, along with members of Congress from both parties and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, delivered the request in a letter Thursday to House and Senate appropriators.
Their proposal would direct $10 billion to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for rebuilding projects that are ready for construction. Another $7 billion would go to low-income housing rebuilding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Recovery program.
[MCCLATCHYDC] The National Rifle Association gave Republicans a green light to review whether a device used by the Las Vegas shooter should be made illegal.
It was a surprising turn for the gun lobby, one of the most powerful organizations in U.S. politics, and it allows congressional Republicans to consider banning the "bump stock," which authorities believe Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, used to dramatically increase the firepower of his weapons, killing more than 50 people and wounding hundreds.
"The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations," said NRA leaders Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox, as their Republican supporters faced days of pressure to respond to the Las Vegas massacre.
The NRA asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives "to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law."
The Right Scoop has the full NRA statement here.
BLUF: "Despite the fact that the Obama Administration approved the sale of bump stocks on two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), to immediately review whether these devises comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic-rifles should be subject to additional regulations." If my reading of this article is correct, it would appear that the NRA is suggesting these so-called 'bump stocks' be added to the ATF's CLASS-III licensing classification of weapons and devices.
[MCCLATCHYDC] The U.S. Department of Justice has walked back a memo issued under President Barack Obama Because I won... that extended anti-discrimination protections to transgender workers, according to documents obtained by Buzzfeed News.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly sent a letter to U.S. attorneys saying the Justice Department will no longer interpret the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s Title VII section as protecting transgender workers from discrimination based on their gender identity.
"Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status," Sessions reportedly wrote.
The 1964 law bans discrimination in the workplace, and in 2014 the B.O. regime joined the growing chorus of LGBT activists who said it also should cover the discrimination claims of transgender people, according to Vox.
[BREITBART] Perennial Presidential Campaigner Hillary Crooked Hillary Clinton ... former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away... said she’ll "keep speaking out" for gun control Wednesday on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Clinton lamented Congressional inaction on gun control, saying, "I can’t believe that one whole political party in the greatest country on Earth is totally sold to the gun lobby and will do whatever they are ordered to do, despite the loss of life."
The former Democratic presidential candidate criticized the fact that one of President Trump’s first actions on guns was to repeal Barack Obama I am the change that you seek... ’s Social Security gun ban and she claimed that the repeal allows people with mental problems to purchase guns. She said, "This makes no sense, and the vast majority of Americans, and the vast majority of gun owners know we need common-sense gun safety measures, so I’m going to keep fighting for it."
IMO, the Donks will never support "true" gun control.
If they got their way, only "special" people would have firearms, and their ability to beat the Pubs over the head with a "now perverted / outdated, etc." Second Amendment would no longer be an argument.
They'll continue to stir up their minions while taking no real measures (while blaming the Pubs, of course.) towards their stated goal, while, more importantly, keeping the $-flow going.
Never letting a crisis go to waste is for the children, after all. / sarc
Washington (CNN) Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators met this past summer with the former British spy whose dossier on alleged Russian efforts to aid the Trump campaign spawned months of investigations that have hobbled the Trump administration, according to two people familiar with the matter. "Two people familiar".... but unnamed of course.
Information from Christopher Steele, a former MI-6 officer, could help investigators determine whether contacts between people associated with the Trump campaign and suspected Russian operatives broke any laws. Well, did it "help investigators" or no? Apparently not.
CNN has learned that the FBI and the US intelligence community last year took the Steele dossier more seriously than the agencies have publicly acknowledged. James Clapper, then the director of national intelligence, said in a January 2017 statement that the intelligence community had "not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable." And of course we all take Jim Clapper seriously.
The intelligence agencies, particularly the CIA, and the FBI took Steele's research seriously enough that they kept it out of a publicly-released January report on Russian meddling in the election in order to not divulge which parts of the dossier they had corroborated and how.
This contrasts with attempts by President Donald Trump and some lawmakers to discredit Steele and the memos he produced.
Ever since the dossier came to light in January, Trump and his allies have repeatedly insisted that it is a complete work of fiction. He told The New York Times this summer that the dossier "was totally made-up stuff." In a series of tweets earlier this year, Trump said the memos were written by a "failed spy" who had relied on "totally made-up facts by sleazebag political operatives."
FOX had THIS STORY yesterday, so CNN had to immediately man the defibrillator.
Donald Trump was a strong supporter of the UK's exit from the EU. Not a popular position for our deep state cousins. If one examines the comments of our own intelligence community nattering nabobs, it becomes a bit clearer. They all appear to be rowing in the same boat. I suspect the dossier was a collaborative effort.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, has come out in support of Brexit, saying the UK would be “better off” outside of the European Union and lamenting the consequences of migration in the continent. Link to 5 May 2016 Guardian article
[SFGATE] Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, will beef up protections for undocumented immigrants colonists beginning in January under a controversial new law Gov. Jerry Governor Moonbeam Brown ... those who ignore history are bound to repeat it ... signed Thursday to create a statewide sanctuary policy.
Brown signed the bill and 10 other immigration-related bills on the same day as a critical deadline for immigrants colonists aided by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, who must file by Thursday for a final two-year extension before the program is phased out.
SB54, by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, limits when local law enforcement agencies can help federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on deportations cases to instances where an immigrant has been convicted of certain crimes. The law, considered the most-far reaching sanctuary policy of its kind, goes into effect Jan. 1.
"These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day," Brown wrote in his signing message on SB54.
It's not even difficult to boycott their products. They actually make less and less worthwhile stuff all the time.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/06/2017 0:54 Comments ||
Also, the perfect time to eliminate the legal fiction of "sovereign immunity." Any crime committed by an illegal from cali = conspiracy / RICO charge against every state official that "sanctuaried."
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/06/2017 1:13 Comments ||
I live about 20 minutes away from the site of Battle of Olompali. In addition to being the only true battle of the Bear Flag revolt, it was also the 1st battle of the Mexican-American War. True Californios know their history and will not go quietly.
Posted by: Rex Mundi ||
10/06/2017 3:23 Comments ||
Yes! It's important that those who say the law will not be applied to a group take responsibility for any laws broken by that group.
I hope it could be passed by the GOP in an expedited manner.
M. Murcek, I believe you'll find a ton of high tech, and a large number of farm products (why they are so soft on illegals) come out of California. It'd be harder to boycott California than you think.
I think the entertainment boycott is growing however and like the NFL they will only be able to avoid the issue for so long before having a live or die moment.
Having said that, the US should welcome California taking this sort of step (as a Californian I don't). This will act as a magnet to bring illegals and all of their problems onto California (who can't afford it despite the virtue signaling) which will bring the whole thing to a head before Trump's second term.
[REUTERS] Republican Senator Lindsey Graham introduced a 20-week abortion ban in the Senate that would penalize medical providers who perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. So at 20 weeks it's a people? Would 139 days qualify? If it's twins, does each get 20 weeks for total of 40, or does it run concurrently ?
"Penalize med providers who perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks." What is the penalty, cranial aspiration? Dismemberment ?
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.