Well, that didn't take too long!
[Universal Hub] - Hours after failed Republican Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai sued Secretary of State William Galvin over what he claims is massive election fraud, a federal judge schooled him - and his lawyer - in the basics of federal constitutional law, specifically the 11th Amendment, which bars federal courts from hearing lawsuits involving the way state officials do their jobs, such as overseeing elections.
In an order, US District Court Judge Mark Wolf said Ayyadurai's demand for $1.2 billion from Galvin failed to show any legal citations for why he deserves the money, but said he doubted he could, since "the Eleventh Amendment bars the award of such relief in a case brought in federal court against a state official sued in his official capacity."
Wolf also initially rejected Ayyadurai's demand for a temporary injunction that would force Galvin to not use his alleged influence over Twitter to block the candidate from tweeting between now and Nov. 3, when Ayyadurai hopes to emerge victorious in a write-in campaign after losing in the Republican primary last month.
Wolf said he's willing to consider the request, but only after Ayyadurai's lawyer takes several required steps, which he failed to do yesterday, including providing proof he has served Galvin with a copy of the demand and that he has made a "good faith effort" to confer with Galvin's attorneys to try to resolve the problem or at least narrow the court's focus - and that he provide legal citations to show a court could even do what he requests. If my math's right, Shiva is now 0-3 or 0-4 when filing lawsuits against others. Couldn't happen to a bigger asshole nicer guy.
Thank you for adding the site name in square brackets at the top of the article, Raj. Because you did, I was able to find the URL on the first try — you’d forgotten to paste it into the Source box when you submitted it.
[RFERL] SKOPJE -- A town in North Macedonia that became famous for spreading "fake news" to U.S. voters ahead of the 2016 presidential election is back at it in 2020.
Internet researchers at Stanford University say "partisan clickbait" websites in Veles, North Macedonia, are once again posing as conservative U.S. news outlets in order to gather online advertising revenue.
According a report by the Stanford Internet Observatory and their research partners at the U.S.-based social-media-analytics firm Graphika, the Macedonian website operators have altered their social-media strategies to better "target conservative Americans with partisan content copied from American outlets."
These "content farms" in Veles still "follow the tradition of copying content" from better-known right-wing-conspiracy-theory websites in the United States, the researchers say.
But Macedonian websites have "refined their tactics since 2016 to conceal their trails and exploit right-wing social-media platforms that are less likely to take down such content," they conclude.
[Free Beacon] Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said a $15 federal minimum wage—which studies say will kill as many as two million jobs—was needed to "bail out" small businesses.
Biden again said that he would support a $15 minimum wage during Thursday night's debate, saying such a policy would help alleviate small businesses struggling amidst the coronavirus.
"I do because I think one of the things we're gonna have to do is we're gonna have to bail them out too," Biden said. "We should be bailing them out now, those small businesses."
A recent study from the pro-free market Employment Policies Institute (EPI) found that a $15 minimum wage would eliminate millions of jobs. The majority of jobs lost will be held by women, with the states of Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Georgia projected to be the hardest hit, according to the report.
No... it will sink them. Most small business owners are middle class. A huge minimum wage increase hurts them and the middle class and then the lower class.
First thing to go up, costs. Small business owners will raise their rates before the wage increase to build up capital to cover it. Poor and middle class hurt.
Wages go up for the lower class. They are now just where they were before because everything costs more. The wage increase will not hit the middle class for several years. They have the same income, but things cost way more.
That will put a lot of small business owners out of business. They have a hard time living on their salary and fewer customers. Lay off lower class. Wal-Mart and Amazon get richer.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25, so everybody except wait staff (and other tipped employees, plus some handicapped employees and under 18 employees) should be making that. Here in Michigan it is $9.65, and increasing by about 40 cents a year, under the theory that it should match inflation.
I wish I could say this is the most destructive proposal Biden made last night, but banning fracking and a months-long lockdown would both be even worse...
"You can't raise a family of four on less than $15/hr"
NO SHIT. If you're trying to raise a family of four, you shouldn't be making minimum wage, loser
Posted by: Frank G ||
10/23/2020 10:31 Comments ||
Also robotic and automated systems start becoming affordable at $15/h too. As Clem stated, not only do we have those kiosks (which I prefer), you will have a robot doing the burger flipping and assembling your food.
Inflation doesn't happen in Biden's Fantasy World when you double wages
Biden and his ilk just don't understand economics, that's all. It's not really 'inflation', more like massive raw cost increases. If you increase wages by a sizable amount, then the cost of any raw materials from the US would increase proportionately, due to compounded manufacturing/procurement/handling/shipping costs, etc. (i.e. increased cost of cheese/sauce/flour for a pizza that used to sell for $12 and is now $16 because everyone upstream got a big raise).
We'd have to go back to buying these materials from China or Mexico, and maybe that's been the plan all along.
Well, that and the vast numbers of newly unemployed living at the government's discretion.
Posted by: Mullah Richard ||
10/23/2020 13:45 Comments ||
Why only $15/hour? That's only $30,000/year. Starvation wages.
Why not make the minimum wage $50/hour, so everyone makes $100K/year?
Yes, I am being sarcastic.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
10/23/2020 14:38 Comments ||
/\ Make everyone a daily millionaire and eliminate Poverty: 125,000 US$ hourly!
Via revolver news That government salary really stretches the dollar earned.
[Town&Country] "Even as a kid in high school I'd been seduced by real estate."
For most of his 44-year-long career in public office, Joe Biden had a nickname: Middle Class Joe. He also often called himself "one of the poorest members of Congress." His scrappy roots‐born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to a father who suffered a number of financial setbacks‐are now a big part of his 2020 presidential campaign's plan to appeal to American voters. But according to the Wall Street Journal, the reason why Biden was often at the bottom of the wealth ladder among his colleagues in the Senate had a lot to do with his life-long obsession with real estate. "Even as a kid in high school I'd been seduced by real estate," he wrote in his 2007 autobiography, Promises to Keep.
Biden began buying homes‐especially those that were outside his budget‐in his twenties, taking out multiple mortgages and receiving loans against life insurance policies. His net worth was often in the negatives‐in 2007, he was ranked the least wealthy senator.
Today, the 77-year-old Democratic presidential nominee is hardly middle class anymore. According to a 2019 Forbes estimate, Biden and his wife Jill are worth $9 million, much of that accrued from speaking fees and book deals that came pouring in after his vice presidency. About $4 million of that worth is in his real estate.
While the Bidens' collection of homes pales in comparison to his opponent Donald Trump's many gilded palaces, the family still lays claim to an impressive group of stately digs. Cases in point, below.
[Washington Free Beacon] A majority of House and Senate Democrats supported a resolution praising a key diplomatic achievement of the Trump administration. Bipartisan! Over the past month, 93 Senators and 372 House members‐amounting to over 90 percent of the Senate and 85 percent of the House‐cosponsored legislation supporting the signing of the Abraham Accords, a series of peace agreements between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Israel brokered by the Trump administration. Both the Senate and House resolutions affirm the desire for a peaceful solution to issues between Israel and Palestinians, and encourage other Gulf countries to consider fully normalizing relations with Jerusalem. Article has links to the list of those approving the resolution. I checked: Pelosi and Schumer are absent. Either didn't vote, or voted "nay".
And yet both Senators Pelosi and Schumer parade themselves as big Israel supporters.
amusingly, a few weeks my brother got email from a retired professor in Israel, a leftist, who thinks this is all a ruse or a plot or a hoax and it is Trump who is going to ruin the world, etc. Then a week ago I spoke to a retired Rabbi in the US who basically came up with the same drivel.
Posted by: Lord Garth ||
10/23/2020 12:30 Comments ||
^ Massive cognitive dissonance. Must be driving these poor people to the brink now.
They can't wrap their heads around the fact that their guys are/were the warmongers and Trump the peacemaker. Or that BLM are the violent racists fomenting a race war. Or that Trump's opponent is the corrupt shill for a hostile foreign power.
How do their heads keep from explaining? Pity the poor bastards
[PJ] The emails purported to be Hunter Biden’s on that abandoned laptop have been verified by one recipient. They’re real and they’re spectacularly damning, according to Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden.
Another email begs for answers from Joe Biden’s vice-presidential running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris. Fox News reports:
A list of "key domestic contacts" for a joint venture involving Jim and Hunter Biden and now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co. included former Vice President Joe Biden’s current running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, among other prominent Democrats, Fox News has learned.
An email exclusively obtained by Fox News, with the subject line "Phase one domestic contacts/ projects" and dated May 15, 2017, Biden’s brother, Jim Biden, shared a list of "key domestic contacts for phase one target projects."
The email is unrelated to the laptop or hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son.
Jim Biden is the Democratic nominee’s brother.
It’s a shame the media won’t stir itself to cover this. Or, when they do, they’ll spin it faster than a NutriBullet. Because it looks for all the world like the whole Biden family trades on Joe’s long and mediocre career in politics, with Hunter as the tip of the lucrative spear.
And they don’t care at all about who they trade with, including the communist oligarchy that rules China. Here is the actual email. Mr. Bobulinski is one of the cc’d recipients, along with Hunter Biden and two others.
The Biden camp has not responded to it in any way. Joe himself remains under his self-imposed lid until after tonight’s final presidential debate, which will be moderated by a journalist with longstanding Democratic ties. Harris has yet to hold any sort of press event. The malevolent media have not clamored for one.
Sen. Harris is specifically named in the email, along with several other prominent Democrats and one Republican.
All the great projects going on in New York, Virginia, and Minnesota -
Minnesota is in process for its mandated five-year update, the Minnesota State Rail Plan is MnDOT's modal plan for the state's freight and passenger rail system.
Fla. Gov. Rick Scott is a 'friend of a friend'. This is more like a list of folks we can arrange for you to meet, and some of the large projects (money sources?) contained therein. Harris is just on of six Calif. politicians listed. Just listed. Like Fla. Gov. Scott. [yawn]
[RedState] Former Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski pretty much blew the story wide open Wednesday night when he confirmed that yes, Joe Biden was actually very involved in Hunter Biden’s business deals and that Joe Biden wasn’t telling us the truth when he claimed he never talked to Hunter about his business.
Bobulinski verified that the "big guy" in the Hunter Biden email who got 10% in the deal with a Chinese energy firm was Joe Biden. Bobulinski said he turned over documents to the Senate Homeland Security Committee yesterday. He also explained Hunter & Joe Biden’s brother James Biden, aggressively leveraged their family name to secure foreign business deals.
But it gets worse for Joe Biden.
Not only did President Donald Trump invite Tony Bobulinski to the debate as his guest, as we reported, but Bobulinski made a statement before the debate that has to give Biden, who has been in hiding for days to escape the furor of the scandal, a lot to worry about.
Go for it, guys! Keep the discussion loudly on a subject that polls really well for President Trump.
[NYPOST] New York City, along with Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore., filed a lawsuit against President Trump Thursday for his administration’s decision to place the three cities on a list of "anarchist jurisdictions" eligible to lose federal funds.The 51-page complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief was filed in Seattle at the US District Court for the Western District of Washington.
It calls the labeling of "anarchist jurisdictions" an "oxymoronic designation without precedent in American jurisprudence."
The "actions" of the defendants, which in addition to Trump include Attorney General Bill Barr, Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, "violate bedrock principles of American democracy: separation of powers, federalism, and due process," the suit charges.
The Post first reported in September that New York City, Portland and Seattle were labeled "anarchist jurisdictions" by the Justice Department and targeted to lose federal money for failing to control protesters during recent demonstrations against racism and for defunding police.
The cities argue that the executive branch lacks the authority to add conditions to congressionally appropriated funds without congressional authorization and they challenge the proposed action on five different grounds, including the violation of separation of powers and the 10th Amendment.
Mayor Comrade Bill de Blasio ...cryptocommie mayor of New York and for some reason a Dem candidate for president in 2020. Corrupt and incompetent, his qualifications for office seem to consist of being married to a black woman, with whom he honeymooned in Cuba. He has a preppy-looking son named Dante, whose Divine Comedy involved getting his back hair up when a police car drove past him slowly. New Yorkers voted for him, so they deserve him... announced that the suit would be filed during a City Hall press briefing Thursday morning.
"What we’ve seen from President Trump threatening funding for New York City and other cities ... it’s morally wrong. It’s legally unacceptable," de Blasio railed.
[NYPOST] Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner Tony Bobulinski was warned "don’t mention Joe" in a 2017 text exchange that emerged following Bobulinski’s bombshell statement to The Post that former Vice President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden ...Candidate for president in 2020. I'm not working for you. Don't be such a horse's ass.... was involved in his family’s plot to make millions in Communist China.
The messages, obtained by Fox News on Thursday, purportedly show Bobulinski being instructed by James Gilliar, another key player in the alleged scheme, not to make any mention of the former veep’s involvement.
"Don’t mention Joe being involved, it’s only when u [sic] are face to face, I know u [sic] know that but they are paranoid," a screenshot of the message shared by Fox News’ chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel reads.
Hunter Biden (right) and former Vice President Joe BidenAP
In a lengthy statement to The Post’s Michael Goodwin, Bobulinski addressed a May 13, 2017, email published last week that revealed how Hunter Biden pursued lucrative deals with a Chinese energy company and wanted to hold 10 percent of profits for "the big guy."
Bobulinski specifically confirmed that "the big guy" was Joe Biden.
"Hunter Biden called his dad ’the Big Guy’ or ’my Chairman,’ and frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals that we were discussing," he said in the devastating statement.
[FOXNEWS] Tony Bobulinski, who was listed as the recipient of an email published by the New York Post that appeared to detail a business arrangement involving a Chinese company and members of the Biden family, has confirmed that the email is "genuine" and provided more information regarding the Bidens' role in the deal.
The email includes a note that "Hunter has some office expectations he will elaborate." A proposed equity split references "20" for "H" and "10 held by H for the big guy?" with no further details.
"The reference to 'the Big Guy' in the much publicized May 13, 2017 email is in fact a reference to Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden ...Candidate for president in 2020. Old, boring, a plagiarist, fond of hair sniffing and grabbing the protruding parts of women, and not whatcha call brilliant... ," Bobulinski said in a statement to Fox News.
Bobulinski said he is the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings, which he explained "was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family." He said he was brought on as CEO by Hunter Biden and James Gilliar, who was listed as the sender of the email.
Bobulinski went on to say he does not believe Joe Biden's past claim that he and Hunter did not discuss his son Hunter's business, claiming that Hunter "frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals."
"I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line," Bobulinski said.
"The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist controlled China," he added.
Bobulinksi also said that he believes that the Chinese involvement in the deal was "political or influence investment" on their part, and that "Hunter wanted to use the company as his personal piggy bank by just taking money out of it as soon as it came from the Chinese."
[JUSTTHENEWS] Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Martha McSally of Arizona, Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, and Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi have put forward the proposal.
A constitutional amendment requires 2/3rds supermajorities in both Houses in order to pass. At the moment the Senate Republicans do not have a supermajority, and they are a minority in the House. So while there is no chance it will pass in this Congress, it does give President Trump something to throw at Joe Biden, and another arrow in the quiver of Republican candidates across the country.
...of course there is the option of a states' convention. Only takes 2/3rd of the convention to send it back to the states for 3/4th approval. If I was running a party dependent upon a dozen or so metro areas, that would give me grave concern when 38 small states get feed up enough to act.
Actually, there's an arguement for setting the Supreme Court at 11, or even 13.
Hear me out.
Supreme Court Justices are not full time at that; the biggest part of their job is they are also the chief judge of a circuit court district.
There are 11 circuit court districts, and two specials:
District of Columbia Circuit - John G. Roberts
First Circuit - Stephen Breyer
(ME, MA, NH, PR, RI)
Second Circuit - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(Conn, NY, VT)
Third Circuit - Samuel A. Alito
(DE, NJ, PE, Virgin Island)(that's gotta be tough)
Fourth Circuit - John G. Roberts
(Maryland, NC, SC, WV, VA)
Fifth Circuit - Samuel A. Alito
(LA, MS, TX)
Sixth Circuit - Sonia Sotomayor
(KT, MI, OH, TE)
Seventh Circuit - Brett M. Kavanaugh
(IL, IN, WI)
Eighth Circuit - Neil M. Gorsuch
(AR, IO, MN, MS, NE, ND, SD)
Ninth Circuit - Elena Kagan
(AK, AZ, CA, Guam, HI, ID, OR, MT, NE, N Mariana Is, WA)
Tenth Circuit - Sonia Sotomayor
(CO, KA, NM, OK, UT, WY)
Eleventh Circuit - Clarence Thomas
(AL, FL, GA)
Federal Circuit - John G. Roberts
(I think I got those abreviations right.)
So you have Roberts tripling up on the 4th, DC, and Federal Districts.
You have Alito doubling up on the 3rd & 5th.
Sotamayor doubling up on the 6th and 10th.
Plus, if you look at the 9th circuit, it's all over the place, and probably needs to be split.
(That's why some many weird decisions come out of the 9th; it was basically what was left over.)
Anyway, that's my arguement for eleven justices.
Posted by: ed in texas ||
10/23/2020 12:45 Comments ||
The Democrats are going to pack the Supreme Court with hard left justices because they, on a fundamental level, reject us being able to rule them. It's a nullification of the basic fact of democracy: you don't win all the time. Democrats think they should win all the time and we should be a one-party system, like California.
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.