Politics, States

Trump Rally in Phoenix Poised to Be Another Charlottesville

President Trump’s speech last night on a renewed strategy in Afghanistan — apart of actually detailing a renewed strategy — was also designed to change the subject to something other than racial tensions stoked by Charlottesville and the president’s fumbled response.

But a campaign rally in Phoenix Tuesday night threatens to pour hot water on a political grease fire that has yet to flame out.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has already announced he won’t be in attendance, and the question now is whether the convention center will be venue to more supporters inside than protestors outside.

What’s more, the prospect of an announcement of a presidential pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio has everyone on edge.

Whatever the outcome of the night’s event, it’s probably not going to be positive.

We’ll be watching closely should things go south.

Here’s more from The Hill…

Political leaders and law enforcement officials in Arizona are on high alert ahead of President Trump’s campaign rally Tuesday night in Phoenix.

The big question is whether there will be more supporters of Trump inside the Phoenix Convention Center, which holds 29,000, or protestors outside.

Trump’s response to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has become the biggest controversy to date of his presidency.

The Phoenix rally, as a result, has become an opportunity for Trump’s opponents to show their force.

Some GOP leaders, such as Gov. Doug Ducey, are steering clear of the rally entirely.

Trump is moving ahead with the event despite a plea from Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat, that he stay away.

Stanton said in a statement that he is “disappointed” that Trump would hold a campaign rally while the nation “is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville.”

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said in a statement that her force will have “maximum staffing during the visit.”

The department is “working 24/7 with our partners to ensure all of our resources are in place,” Williams said.

Stanton said the city is committed to keeping everyone inside and outside the arena safe.

“The Phoenix police is always professional and the FBI and Department of Homeland Security have been great about coordinating with local law enforcement,” former Arizona GOP chairman Robert Graham told The Hill.

Charlottesville isn’t the only reason to think the Phoenix rally could be combustible.

The president has mused publicly about pardoning controversial former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an early Trump supporter who was found guilty of racially profiling Latinos. Arpaio, who was prosecuted and convicted of racial profiling by former President Obama’s Justice Department, is a well-known and controversial figure in Phoenix.

Democrats are warning that a public pardon at a campaign rally would stoke racial tensions at a time when the nation is on edge.

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Millions Flock to Tiny Towns for ‘Eclipse of the Century’

We’ve intentionally been mum on the eclipse news until today to avoid adding to the over-hype in which the mainstream media has joined.

A rare eclipse like yesterday’s event is indeed a special, once in a lifetime thing.

But what we’ve taken important note of, aside from the celestial awe of the whole spectacle, are the political undertones and the unique fragility of American infrastructure.

In countless little towns along the thin 70-mile strip of real estate within which the total eclipse was viewable, millions of Americans thronged to places hither and yon never meant to cater to so many people in such a short span of time.

In addition to never-before-seen traffic snarls, there were rampant power outages, gas lines and food shortages along the path of the eclipse.

It’s what we might call FEMA’s laboratory.

And it offered a glimpse of what might happen should we fall prey to a multi-region detonation of an EMP or nuclear attack.

And the message we got yesterday is this: we’re not ready.

Here’s more from Daily Mail…

Eclipse mania! Millions of Americans sit in some of the ‘worst traffic jams in history’, flock to Burning Man-style festivals and fill camp grounds at 21 national parks ahead of yesterday’s once-in-a-lifetime celestial event.

Twilight will fall at midday on Monday, stars will glimmer and birds will roost in an eerie stillness as millions of Americans and visitors witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99 years.

The sight of the moon’s shadow passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but the halo-like solar corona, may draw the largest live audience for a celestial event in human history. When those watching via broadcast and online media are factored into the mix, the spectacle will likely smash records.

‘It will certainly be the most observed total eclipse in history,’ astronomer Rick Fienberg of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) said last week.

The eclipse begins its cross-country trajectory over the Pacific Coast of Oregon in late morning. It will reach South Carolina’s Atlantic shore some 90 minutes later.

The total eclipse of the sun is considered one of the most spell-binding phenomena in nature but it rarely occurs over a wide swath of land, let alone one of the world’s most heavily populated countries at the height of summer.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is warning drivers that the Monday celestial event could cause some of the worst traffic jams in the state’s history.

Authorities are worried about the traffic impact that the eclipse will have on small towns that are not equip to be flooded with people.

Don Hamilton with ODOT said ‘there may be a million people who descend on the state for the eclipse, especially in the 60-mile path of totality that spans the state from west to east,’ KRON reported.

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Issues, States

Planned Parenthood Loses Legal Battle Over Medicaid Funding

After the dozen or more sting videos of internal Planned Parenthood operations revealed in 2015 that the organization was engaged in the sale of fetal body parts, among other heinous financial transactions, states around the union reacted swiftly.

Among them was Arkansas wherein then-Governor Asa Hutchinson promptly terminated the state’s contract with Planned Parenthood for health services.

Planned Parenthood responded by suing the state arguing that the state cannot prohibit women from seeking medical care from a Medicaid provider.

In other words, the state is compelled to offer ‘health services’ via Medicaid, even if those services include abortion.

A federal judge agreed and issued an injunction on the governor’s order.

But on appeal, the 8th Circuit Court overturned the injunction remanding the decision back to the lower court.

Similar cases have come before the 7th and 5th Circuit Courts, which almost guarantees a fight in the Supreme Court.

Should Justice Kennedy retire soon, Trump’s replacement could ultimately decide Planned Parenthood’s fate in the states.

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

This week, a federal appeals court upheld Arkansas’ decision to cancel its Medicaid provider agreement with Planned Parenthood, which allowed Medicaid recipients to receive non-abortion services at Planned Parenthood clinics.

This is good news for other states that decide to stop allowing taxpayers’ money to flow to Planned Parenthood.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced in August 2015 that the state would terminate its contract following the release of videos that raised disturbing allegations of Planned Parenthood profiting from the sale of organs from aborted babies’ body parts.

The state Department of Human Services informed Planned Parenthood it would cancel its contract within 30 days and that Planned Parenthood had a right to an administrative appeal under state law.

Instead, Planned Parenthood rounded up a group of patients (known as the “Jane Does”) to file suit in federal court.

In their lawsuit, the Jane Does argue that, under the Medicaid Act’s “free choice of provider” provision, the state cannot prohibit them from obtaining medical care from the qualified provider of their choice—unless that provider is unfit to provide medical services.

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Democrat State Senator Calls for Assassination of Trump

Something tells us the leftist media won’t be spending much air time on this story for fear of giving time already allocated for the post-Charlottesville ‘white supremacy’ conspiracy.

Nevertheless, we’re making certain the record reflects the hope of BLM-sympathizing Missouri Democrat State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal that President Trump is soon assassinated.

During an exchange on Facebook she responded to a person worrying about being investigated by the Secret Service for referring to impeachment.

Then, making clear she expects to be investigated as well, she remarked, “No. I will. I hope Trump is assassinated!”

There’s pretty much no way to whitewash that one (pun fully intended).

And yes, the Secret Service is already investigating her.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D–University City) is no stranger to controversy. She was front and center during the protests in Ferguson and has been known to make rather provocative statements and Tweets.

She may have gone a bridge too far this time, however. In a Facebook comment (since deleted), Chappelle-Nadal responded to poster Christopher Gagné, who mentioned his cousin’s serving on the President’s Secret Service detail for two more years, and speculated that Trump may not last that long.

In a subsequent interview with the Post-Dispatch, Gagné said that wasn’t a reference to assassination, but to his earlier-stated belief that Vice President Mike Pence will use the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to have Trump removed from office.

“Damn,” Gagné then wrote, “now I’ll probably get a visit from the secret service smdh.”

Chappelle-Nadal responded: “No. I will. I hope Trump is assassinated!”

Since then, the St. Louis Field Office for the Secret Service has confirmed the incident is being investigated.

 

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Issues, States

Sessions Fires at Sanctuary Cities Again: No Funding. Period.

Two days after the state of Mexifornia joined the cities of San Francisco and Chicago in suing the federal government over sanctuary city funding, Attorney General Jeff Sessions came out firing.

At a presser in Miami, Sessions pointed out that no city is entitled to federal dollars. Getting taxpayer money means, at minimum, you must comply with federal law.

Lauding Miami-Dade’s recent decision to comply with immigration regs, Sessions pointed out rightly, “So to all ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions across the country, I say this: Miami-Dade is doing it, and so can you.”

Indeed, this isn’t really about federal funds for cities like Chicago and SanFran.

It’s about a political ideology that sees no need for borders and simultaneously wants to grant amnesty to more would-be Democrat voters.

What’s worse, sanctuary supporters stand athwart 80 percent of American voters who agree that local authorities should comply with federal immigration law.

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that a sanctuary city is a “trafficker, smuggler, or predator’s best friend,” specifically taking a whack at Chicago, the first sanctuary city to sue the Justice Department for withholding federal grants.

Sessions heralded Miami-Dade County, the first jurisdiction to reverse its sanctuary policy after President Donald Trump took office, as an example of how localities can work with federal officials who enforce immigration law.

“I know that Miami-Dade will be an example of the good that comes from following the law. We have already seen that: The same Independence Day weekend when Chicago suffered more than 100 shootings and 15 homicides, Miami-Dade also had a historic number of shooting deaths—zero,” Sessions said during his remarks at PortMiami.

Sanctuary cities endanger not only their own citizens and police but federal immigration officers, Sessions said, yet “have the gall to feign outrage when their police departments lose federal funds as a direct result of their malfeasance.”

Sanctuary cities are municipalities that opt against working with federal law enforcement on applying immigration law to illegal immigrants.

“So to all ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions across the country, I say this: Miami-Dade is doing it, and so can you,” Sessions said, adding:

Work with us to enforce a lawful immigration system that keeps us safe and serves our national interest. The Department of Justice will not concede a single block or street corner in the United States to lawlessness or crime. Nor will we tolerate the loss of innocent life because a handful of jurisdictions believe that they are above the law.

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TX Gov. Abbott Signs Bill Preventing Tax Dollars From Funding Abortions

Once again the Lone Star state is leading the way on smart, conservative policy in ways the federal either can’t or won’t.

While the federal government is still funding Planned Parenthood to the tune of half billions smackers, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott just signed a bill into law barring taxpayer dollars from funding abortions through insurance programs.

And as we might expect, the pro-abort left is frothing at the mouth over that mean, insensitive jerk at the state capitol who doesn’t care for ‘women’s rights’.

Except those of would-be women in the womb, that is.

It’s long past due that Republicans in Congress take a hint from Texas and do what’s right.

Will they? We’re not holding our breath.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Texas has long been a role model for life. Former Governor Rick Perry was a staunch defender of the unborn, and Governor Greg Abbott follows his predecessor with a similar, unwavering defense.

In a time which clearly praises the devaluing of life, and refuses to assign personhood to the unique individuals growing inside of wombs, legislative measures that alleviate taxpayers from participating in the horrific abortion industry are encouraging to see.

On Tuesday, Governor Abbott signed HB 214, a bill that addresses insurance coverage for elective abortions.

Life News reports, emphasis mine:

Abbott signed House Bill 214 (HB 214) that will protect Texans from paying for the abortions of others through their tax dollars and health insurance premiums. The bill limits insurance coverage for abortion procedures. Under this new law Texans will not be forced to pay for elective abortions through their insurance plans. This legislation is an important piece of the Governor’s pro-life agenda that has been championed by Sen. Brandon Creighton and Rep. John Smithee this special session.

“As a firm believer in Texas values I am proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child,” said Governor Abbott in a statement to LifeNews. “This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policy holders to subsidize elective abortions. I am grateful to the Texas legislature for getting this bill to my desk, and working to protect innocent life this special session.”

As expected, backlash came from pro-aborts who claimed Abbott was against reproductive rights! And against freedom!

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Trump ‘Seriously Considering’ Presidential Pardon

Earlier this week President Trump revealed to Fox News that he’s seriously considering issuing his first presidential pardon for the left’s greatest immigration pariah Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Sheriff Joe was convicted earlier this year for contempt of court for refusing to comply with an Arizona judge’s order to cease traffic patrols aimed at catching illegal immigrants.

Arpaio quickly earned a reputation as the toughest sheriff in the country leading the crackdown on illegal immigration.

Despite routine death threats both from amnesty advocates and from Mexican drug cartels, he made international news when he instituted a program that forced jailed illegal immigrants to wear pink jumpsuits while they awaited deportation.

Signaling his intent, Trump said of Sheriff Joe, “Is there anyone in local law enforcement who has done more to crack down on illegal immigration than Sheriff Joe?”

If he follows through, the pro-amnesty left will go into an apoplectic fit, which is to say it’ll be a normal weekday.

Here’s more from Fox News…

President Trump may soon issue a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the colorful former Arizona sheriff who was found guilty two weeks ago of criminal contempt for defying a state judge’s order to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected undocumented immigrants. In his final years as Maricopa County sheriff, Arpaio had emerged as a leading opponent of illegal immigration.

“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” the president said Sunday, during a conversation with Fox News at his club in Bedminster, N.J. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”

Trump said the pardon could happen in the next few days, should he decide to do so.

Arpaio, 85, was convicted by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton of misdemeanor contempt of court for willfully disregarding an Arizona judge’s order in 2011 to stop the anti-immigrant traffic patrols. Arpaio had maintained the law enforcement patrols for 17 months thereafter.

The man who built a controversial national reputation as “America’s toughest sheriff” admitted he prolonged his patrols, but insisted he did not intend to break the law because one of his former attorneys did not explain to him the full measure of restrictions contained in the court order.

He is expected to be sentenced on Oct. 5 and could face up to six months in jail. However, since he is 85 years old and has no prior convictions, some attorneys doubt he will receive any jail time.

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Issues, States

‘White Lives Matter’ Rally Planned – What Could Go Wrong?

That rally in Charlottesville didn’t go so well.

Both because fringe crackpots from both extreme ends of the political spectrum showed up and because police didn’t do enough to stop the violence, it melted down into a free-for-all.

And now, undeterred by the possibility of more violence, a ‘White Lives Matter’ rally has been scheduled for next month on the campus of Texas A&M by infamous white nationalist firebrand Richard Spencer.

And already a counter-rally called ‘BTHO Hate’ has been organized.

We’re not clairvoyant, but something tells us this won’t end well.

And now the leftist media is working quickly to brand any conservative as the equivalent of a KKK member for taking longer than two milliseconds to condemn the rally.

We’ll keep you posted as this develops further.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Charlottesville wasn’t enough, apparently.

Noted alt-right personality, Richard Spencer, is bringing his white nationalist freak show to the campus of Texas A&M.

From the Texas Tribune:

Richard Spencer, an infamous white nationalist who brought major unrest to Texas A&M University once already, will be coming to College Station again, according to the man who brought him to the university the first time. This time, the event will take place on Sept. 11 at a “White Lives Matter Rally” hosted by Preston Wiginton, a Texan with deep ties to white nationalist movements.

Wiginton announced plans for the rally Saturday afternoon, saying he had invited Spencer. On Sunday, Wiginton said Spencer confirmed plans to attend.

At the top of a Saturday press release announcing the event, Wiginton declared “TODAY CHARLOTTESVILLE TOMORROW TEXAS A&M,” referencing the violence in Virginia.

I’m going to assume that release went out before a woman was killed.

Then again, I doubt they care.

As can be expected, a counter-protest was quickly planned, with the name, “BTHO Hate.”

That would be “Beat The Hell Outta Hate,” in borrowing from a Texas A&M football chant, often used to taunt opposing teams.

The organizer of the counter protest said the event would be nonviolent, and was organized to “demonstrate that members of the Aggie community do not support the hateful bigotry espoused by Wiginton and the planned speakers.”

“White supremacists keep coming to our campus thinking we’re going to support them,” said Adam Key, a doctoral student at A&M and the organizer of the counter protest. “Just like the last time they showed up, we want to demonstrate as clearly as we can that their ideas are not welcome here.”

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Stanford University Offers Course That Explores ‘Abolishing Whiteness’

Back in the 1990s it was all the rage for universities to open up new programs for ‘gender studies’ and ‘women’s studies’ that explored ‘heterosexual and male hegemony’ in Western society.

We know of course that they were thinly-veiled hives for leftists who wanted federal subsidies to support their feminist and/or LBGT political agenda while they brain-washed unsuspecting young minds.

Those same ivory tower elites are now taking the next iteration of extremism to its logical level: ‘white identity politics’.

To wit, Stanford University is offering a course as a part of its ‘whiteness studies’ program that explores how to ‘abolish whiteness’.

If this sounds a bit like reverse racism, that’s because it is.

Replace ‘whiteness’ with ‘blackness’, ‘redness’ or ‘yellowness’ — as ridiculous as that sounds — and there’s no doubt on-campus riots would ensue.

It’s now nearly a crime for merely being born into a majority demographic.

Naturally, leftists don’t recognize hypocrisy or irony when it stares them in the face.

Here’s more from the College Fix…

Stanford University is slated to offer a class this fall called “White Identity Politics,” during which students will “survey the field of whiteness studies” and discuss the “possibilities of … abolishing whiteness,” according to the course description.

Citing pundits who say “the 2016 Presidential election marks the rise of white identity politics in the United States,” the upper-level anthropology seminar will draw “from the field of whiteness studies and from contemporary writings that push whiteness studies in new directions.”

Questions to be posed throughout the semester include: “Does white identity politics exist?” and “How is a concept like white identity to be understood in relation to white nationalism, white supremacy, white privilege, and whiteness?”

“Students will consider the perils and possibilities of different political practices,” according to the course description, “including abolishing whiteness or coming to terms with white identity.”

The course will be taught by instructor John Patrick Moran. Reached by e-mail, Moran declined to comment, instead directing The College Fix to Stanford communication’s office.

Ernest Miranda, a spokesman for Stanford, told The Fix via e-mail that “‘abolishing whiteness’ is a concept put forward in the 1990s by a number of white historians. Their belief was that if other white people would, like them, stop identifying politically as white, it would help end inequalities.”

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‘Stress Reduction’: University Lets Students Choose Their Own Grades

Leftist elites in the Ivory Tower are at it again with more ‘academic freedom’ nonsense.

Apparently the fear of ‘micro-aggressions’ has already become so pervasive in the Trump era that professors are now worried that giving students a bad grade might imperil their ability to function in the real world with a bruised ego — or gasp — a compromised sense of their ability to cope with bad news.

To that end, the School of Business at the University of Georgia is offering courses in which students can request a different grade if don’t like the one they received.

A student simply needs to email the instructor and “it will be so changed…no explanation is required.”

Congratulations, America!

We’ll now be graduating professionals into global competition with the notion that ‘fair’ means whatever we want it to mean.

Somewhere in the world, Kim Jong Un is laughing out loud.

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

A professor at the University of Georgia created a “Stress Reduction Policy” that allows students who feel “unduly stressed” to choose their own grades, according to a Monday report.

Richard Watson incorporated the policy into two business courses, Campus Reform reported. The syllabi have since been updated to remove the policy, but an archived version of one is available.

“If you feel unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable [sic] material or the overall course, you can email the instructor indicating what grade you think is appropriate, and it will be so changed,” Watson said in a syllabus revised Friday for MIST 4610: Data Management. “No explanation is required, but it is requested that you consider waiting 24 hours before emailing the instructor.”

The “Stress Reduction Policy” also states that students may leave group work whenever they desire and choose to have their grade not reflect that segment of the course. All exams will be open-book.

“Only positive comments about presentations will be given in class,” the policy continues. “Comments designed to improve future presentations will be communicated by email.”

“While this policy might hinder the development of group skills and mastery of the class material, ultimately these are [a student’s] responsibility,” Watson states in the policy. “I will provide every opportunity for you to gain high level mastery.”

MIST 4550/6550: Energy Informatics, another course taught by the professor, apparently also had the policy, according to Campus Reform. However, both course syllabi were updated Aug. 8 with the policy removed.

Watson is the J. Rex Fuqua distinguished chair for internet strategy at the University of Georgia.

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