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Trump’s Twitter-Heel

Challenges to Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel for people coming from seven nations have little legal support, irrespective of the recent actions by U.S. District Court Judge James Robart to block the order. The Justice Department has ably defended Trump’s EO, providing solid and substantive arguments based upon sound legal precedent ­ Trump’s actions were well within both constitutional parameters and the common practice of prior presidents. But honestly, that is not what all the fuss is about. Continue reading

Immigration Enforcement Big Bang

“This is a law-enforcement agency.”

That’s what President Trump told Department of Homeland Security staff Wednesday after he signed two executive orders on immigration enforcement.

The fact that he had to say that – and that the assembled ICE agents, Border Patrol officers, and others heartily applauded – tells you all you need to know about how badly Obama gutted immigration enforcement and torpedoed employee morale. Continue reading

The End Of Empires: Rome Vs. America

“The Populace Is Just As Stultified And Easily Distracted Now As It Was Then”

The year was 451, and the battle of Chalons (also known as Catalaunian Fields and Campus Martius) was fought between a coalition of Roman legionnaires, Germanic Visigoths, and Gauls against the Huns. Flavius Aetius was the Roman commanding general, and he led his forces to defeat Attila, king of the Huns and commander of the Hun armies. The loss caused Attila to withdraw and skirmish into Italy, but again (this time through diplomacy and concessions) he withdrew in 452, returning into what is now modern Hungary. Attila died in 453, and the Hun menace to Europe had ended.

Aetius had been the declining (and fragmented) Western Roman Empire’s best chance to restructure itself. He had fought in Gaul and throughout Italy and Europe for decades, sometimes even with support from the Huns before Attila began his quest for empire. A master strategist, tactician, diplomat, and warrior, he effectively stemmed the collapse of the Western Roman Empire for another 25 years. In all probability, he may have been able to turn things around for a longer period of time.

This was not to be, as he was assassinated by none other than the Emperor Valentinian III and his henchman Heraclius on 22 September 454. Continue reading

New AG Can ‘Flip the Switch’ To Stop Funding Sanctuary Cities

The Trump Administration will be able to “flip the switch” on federal funding to the nation’s top-ten sanctuary jurisdictions on day one, says U.S. Representative John Culberson (R-TX).

Speaking to a group of supporters in Houston this week, Culberson said existing law allows the Trump Administration to not only stop future funding to these jurisdictions, but actually take back past funding. Culberson, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, said he has briefed members of the Trump transition team about the report from the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG) that details the defunding process. Continue reading

Get a rope!

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is SUED to come clean on secret airport meeting with Bill Clinton days before she was to decide on charging his wife over server scandal
clinton-lynchAttorney General Loretta Lynch is facing a federal lawsuit to give details of a meeting she had with Bill Clinton days before she was to decide on his wife’s fate.

The meeting in June was barely a week before the Justice Department which she heads dropped its probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed the lawsuit against the Department of Justice in Washington on Wednesday demanding more information about the meeting, which led to Lynch stepping aside from the server investigation.

As head of the Department of Justice, Lynch was supposed to be deciding whether to proceed with charging Hillary Clinton over her unauthorized server arrangements while she was secretary of state.

But she met with the Democrat’s husband on June 27 on the tarmac of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport, Arizona. Bill Clinton delayed his flight’s departure in order to grab face time with Lynch… (Continue to full article)

Smith: America in Crisis

“This isn’t just the fight of my life, it’s the fight of our lives — together — to save our country … Together we will make America strong again.” ~ Donald Trump in Charlotte, NC; August 18, 2016.

smith_15_lateThe future of America is at stake, and Donald Trump is the only clear choice when compared to Hillary Clinton, who will continue Obama’s agenda and introduce new and worse policies that will certainly exacerbate this current moment of crisis in America. Whatever flaws are associated with Trump, they pale in comparison to the machinations and malevolence behind the transformation Hillary s designing for America.

Donald Trump loves America, Her heritage and traditions. And Hillary Clinton obviously hates America and the U.S. Constitution and America’s founding principles.

Early this month, a fiercely disturbing and stomach-turning speech Hillary delivered to Brazilian bankers from Banco Itau was leaked, in which Hillary confesses that she “dreams” of a “hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders“, essentially ending U.S. sovereignty and our existence as an independent nation. She envisions a superstate rising from a merger of North, Central and South America. Continue reading

Government Of The People, By The People, And For The People: Will It Endure?

Statue-of-Liberty-crying-628x356Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, captured the essence of the 2016 election when he commented about a number of Republicans disavowing endorsements of or support for Donald Trump following the release of the vulgar 2005 video:

“A lot of these bed-wetting, hand-wringing Republicans: They’re not afraid Donald Trump is going to lose ­ they’re scared to death that Donald Trump is going to win,” and “mess up the neat little package of fun they have and they all play to the donor class.”

Even avowed Hillary supporter MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski tore into Republicans who withdrew their support for Donald Trump over his hot mic comments, calling them “pathetic, weak and spineless.” Continue reading

IT’S OVER: Hillary’s ISIS Email Just Leaked & It’s Worse Than Anyone Could Have Imagined…

wiki-word-cloud-with-magnifying-glass-business-conceptToday Wikileaks released what is, by far, the most devastating leak of the entire campaign. This makes Trump’s dirty talk video looks like an episode of Barney and Friends.

Even though when Trump called Hillary the ‘founder’ of ISIS he was telling the truth and 100% accurate, the media has never stopped ripping him apart over it.

Today the media is forced to eat their hats because the newest batch of leaked emails show Hillary, in her own words, admitting to doing just that, funding and running ISIS.

John Podesta, Hillary’s campaign chair, who was also a counselor to President Obama at the time, was the recipient of the 2014 email which was released today. Continue reading

Hillary’s Evil Plan To Destroy America Leaked Last Night…

Read IT Before She Deletes It!

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks on as she was looking at a smartphone when she leaves a fundraiser at a private home in Southampton, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

We all know that Hillary wants to destroy America. We all suspected it, but now it is becoming increasingly obvious that she is going for the destruction of this country.

If elected president, Hillary Clinton will resettle one million Muslim migrants in her first term as president, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

She will increase the inflow of refugees, but don’t take my word for it. Take hers.

In new Wikileaks drops from her Chief of Staff, John Podesta, there are emails from the Hillary campaign discussing how badly the Muslim migrants have been for Germany and the rest of Europe. (Continue to full article)

Will Illegal Foreign Voters Steal the Election?

“It could all come down to Colorado.”

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That’s the latest conventional wisdom from presidential poll watchers. But it may not be legal American citizens in my adopted home state who choose the next commander in chief.

Instead, it could very well be foreign noncitizens voting illegally in the Rocky Mountains — and in other crucial swing states — who seal our country’s fate.

Former Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler identified nearly 5,000 noncitizens in Colorado who voted in the 2010 general election. Gessler’s office uncovered upwards of 12,000 noncitizens registered to vote. Liberal groups who oppose stronger election system protections attacked him for trying to verify citizenship status — because God forbid public officials sworn to uphold the rule of law actually do anything to enhance the integrity of our election system! Continue reading

Hillary is spared an inconvenient trial – AGAIN!

Justice Department drops case against arms trader who ‘sold weapons to Libyan rebels’ after he threatened to expose Clinton’s role in arming extremists

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“WHEW – that was a close one!”

An arms dealer who allegedly sold weapons to rebels in Libya has walked free after the Obama administration dropped charges amid claims the White House was worried about the trial showing Hillary Clinton in a negative light.

Federal prosecutors had faced a deadline of today to turn over discovery documents to Marc Turi’s legal team after he had been charged with selling weapons to Libyan rebels. A trial was scheduled for November 8, the same day as the Presidential Election.

But late on Tuesday, the Obama administration dropped the case.

‘I am glad this horrific five-year ordeal is over and I am pleased to be able to move on with my life,’ Mr Turi told Fox News. ‘The American public has the right to know that an injustice was committed against an innocent American.’

Critics say the deal will avert a trial which could have cast more scrutiny on Hillary Clinton’s private emails as Secretary of State and would have shed an uncomfortable amount of light on the CIA’s attempts to fund rebels who fought Colonel Gaddafi. ~ (Continue to original article)

U.S. Welcomes Undocumented Refugees

terrorWhen it comes to the Obama administration’s refugee program, America’s borders are basically wide open. We begin with an excerpt from The Washington Times, which notes: “Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said a ‘significant’ number of refugees have been implicated in terrorist plots over the past eight years but that the rejection of some 7 percent of Syrian applications proves his officers can spot danger signs.”

That assertion is not only contradictory, it’s downright deceitful. Continue reading

The Danger and Cost of the Broken U.S. Immigration System

immigration_shutdown_02While our country has long prided itself on being a “melting pot” by welcoming people from other countries and assimilating them into our society, there are some areas that need to be addressed within our current immigration system. Many Americans may not know precisely how large, dangerous, and costly our immigration problem has become.

First of all, we have laws regarding immigrants—how they are to be selected, what they must do to qualify as immigrants and eventually as citizens, and exact procedures for coming into the U.S. Unfortunately, many of these laws are being broken or blatantly ignored. Why are those breaking the law not punished and why are those in positions of authority ignoring the enforcement of these laws? Continue reading

The Conversation

conversationYesterday was interesting enough when it was reported that in a vote of 97-1 (the only rebel being one-eyed Harry Reid), the Senate voted to override President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).

It was expected that the House of Representatives would take up the issues next week. It only took one day for them to overwhelmingly override Obama’s Veto of Bill Allowing Terror Victims to Sue Foreign Governments – the first such rebuke to Himz-elf since he took office. The House voted 348-77 to overturn Buckwheat’s Friday veto of the bill. Families of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have long sought the right to sue Saudi Arabia for any alleged role in the attacks, which the kingdom has denied.

The White House has warned that the U.S. could ultimately end up facing lawsuits in foreign courts, putting American service members at legal risk, should the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act take effect – a view shared by many legal experts.

OK – now you understand the groundwork, which led to the following conversation between Granny and myself… Continue reading

Justice Department Officials Objected to Cash Payment to Iran

lynchSenior Justice Department officials objected to sending a plane loaded with cash to Tehran at the same time that Iran released four imprisoned Americans, but their objections were overruled by the State Department, according to people familiar with the discussions.

On the day the Americans were freed in January, President Barack Obama announced the U.S. would pay $1.7 billion to Iran to settle a failed arms deal dating back to 1979. What wasn’t disclosed at the time was that the first payment would be $400 million in cash, flown in as the prisoners were released, as The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The timing and manner of the payment raised alarms at the Justice Department, according to those familiar with the discussions. (Read Complete Story)

Clinton Destroys Medicare

death-of-medicareHillary Clinton is taking a sledgehammer to Medicare. In a move calculated to fire up the extreme left wing of the Democratic Party, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledges to open Medicare to people 55 to 64, and make a “public option” insurance plan for all ages. The 65-and-overs are already having a hard time finding a doctor willing to accept Medicare’s stingy payments. Clinton’s proposals will suddenly invite in millions more patients competing for the same doctors. Seniors, brace yourselves for long waits to see a doctor.

Medicare is stretched so thin to meet the needs of today’s seniors that expanding enrollment is like inviting the neighborhood for dinner when you don’t have enough to feed your own kids. Continue reading

GOP Platform Supports Transferring Western Public Lands To States

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The Feds shouldn’t own or control ANY LAND other than that set forth in the Constitution. As I understand things – Those first PILGRIMS left England for America in order to OWN THEIR OWN PROPERTY and not be subject to the King, Those we have allowed to sit in office have tossed that concept into the FEDERAL OWNERSHIP DUMPSTER, making America Citizens once again living on the King’s property… ~ Granny

farmersThe newly approved Republican platform expands the party’s support for turning over federal lands to the states ­ creating a new flashpoint in the presidential campaign.

The call for sweeping land transfers comes largely from Republicans in Oregon and other western states with huge tracts of federal forests and grasslands. They have long argued that the federal government is a poor land manager that puts too many restrictions on logging, ranching and mining. Continue reading

Chronology: Clinton-Lynch-Clinton

JFB_2009_portWhether the following line-up of headlines and related columns are in the proper order or not – no longer makes a difference. The entire godammed government is out of order. As I stated to a colleague earlier this evening, “…along with the unfolding of the Hillary story and the Supreme Court decision this past week – pretty well hammers the final nail in the coffin that was America.”

Have a ‘happy’ Independence Day.
Jeffrey Bennett, Publisher

Loose cannon Bill keeps blundering when he’s trying to help Hillary
His apparently spur-of-the moment decision to chat this week with Attorney General Loretta Lynch even as her agency is overseeing a sensitive investigation of his wife’s use of a private email server as secretary of state was only the latest in a series of loose-cannon episodes… (Continue to full article)

clinton-lynchDid Bill Clinton unconsciously trip his wife on the road to the White House?
Nothing unconscious about it…. (Continue to full article)

Judicial Watch Asks Justice Inspector General to Investigate Loretta Lynch-Bill Clinton Meeting
Maybe Bill is going after older women these days… (Continue to full article)

Hillary Clinton Scheduled To Meet With FBI On Saturday
That explains the urgency of Bill’s tarmac sprint… (Continue to full article)

Is Loretta Lynch REALLY stepping out of Clinton server probe after secret meeting with Bill?
First she says she is – but then she hedges by saying she ‘fully expects’ to accept FBI verdict on indicting Hillary What Bill-shit!!! (Continue to full article)

Lynch to Remove Herself From Decision Over Clinton Emails
While this *sounds* good – I don’t trust any of them to do what they SHOULD do. The corruption that fills the air in every corner of this OCCUPATION FORCE ‘government’ prevents TRUTH and ETHICS from surviving. It is going to take every prayer warrior there is to push back the EVIL we have allowed to take hold… (Continue to full article)

What Went Down On The Tarmac?
What the hell was Bill Clinton thinking in springing a “spontaneous” visit with Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Phoenix airport? He’s way too smart to know that the visit wouldn’t be explosive if revealed. There is reporting out this afternoon from The Observer that Clinton delayed his departure from Phoenix so that he could meet Lynch, and that he caught Lynch by surprise… (Continue to full article)

Bill Clinton’s Loretta Lynch Meeting Part of his ‘Soft Intimidation’ Campaign To Neutralize Threats
Retired U.S. Secret Service officer Gary Byrne told Breitbart News exclusively that former President Bill Clinton’s secret meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch was a form of “soft intimidation” he became all too familiar with when he used to stand guard outside Clinton’s Oval Office. “I know all too well how the Clintons use intimidation – it was often soft intimidation, and other times not so soft – to get their way,”… (Continue to full article)

HillaryFiredFeds ask for 27-month delay in release of Clinton staff emails
The Obama administration on Thursday asked a federal court to delay until October 2018 the release of 14,000 pages of emails from aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
… (Continue to full article)

Clinton looks set to be cleared of breaking secrecy laws
‘It was just announced – by sources – that no charges will be brought against Crooked Hillary Clinton. Like I said, the system is totally rigged.’ ~ Donald Trump (Continue to full article)

REVEALED – FBI Ordered Reporters to Do THIS During Secret Clinton-Lynch Meeting
When Lynch and the former president were meeting on her jet, FBI and Secret Service on the scene requested, on behalf of the pair, the media be shut out and not allowed to video or photograph any part of the meeting… (Continue to full article)

Steve Vaus ~ We Must Take America Back

Life, Liberty & All That Jazz may be heard at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) for TWO-HOURS, each Monday through Friday on The Micro Effect.

Law Enforcement Sources: Gun Used in Paris Terrorist Attacks Came from Phoenix

The Plot thickens…

NOTE: Thanks to our friend, John Slagles for this one. ~ J.B.

FF_smallOne of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.” Continue reading

Practical Thoughts on Immigration

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   You are now entering the Administration’s SPIN ZONE

The lesson from the last 20 years of immigration policy is that lawlessness breeds more lawlessness. Once a people or a government decides to normalize one form of lawbreaking, other forms of lawlessness will follow until finally the rule of law itself is in profound jeopardy. Today, we have a constitutional crisis on our hands. President Obama has decided that because Congress has not granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S., he will do so himself. Let us ponder for a moment just how shameless this assertion of power is. Continue reading

VA Kept Veterans Waiting More Than 100 Days For Care

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 03: Homeless U.S. military veterans stand in line for free services at a "Stand Down" event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. A week ahead of Veterans Day, more than 500 homeless veterans were expected to attend the event, where they received free medical care, winter clothing, employment assistance and were able to see a judge to resolve legal issues. Organizers say the homeless veterans population has surged in recent years with the high national unemployment rate. Stand Down is a military term that means a temporary stop of offensive military action. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 03: Homeless U.S. military veterans stand in line for free services at a “Stand Down” event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. A week ahead of Veterans Day, more than 500 homeless veterans were expected to attend the event, where they received free medical care, winter clothing, employment assistance and were able to see a judge to resolve legal issues. Organizers say the homeless veterans population has surged in recent years with the high national unemployment rate. Stand Down is a military term that means a temporary stop of offensive military action. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

A report released by the Veteran Affairs Office of the Inspector General Wednesday showed that the Central Alabama VA Health Care System kept veterans waiting an average of 109 days for outside medical consultations, leaders were aware of this and the issues went unaddressed. Continue reading

Sowell: The New Inquisition

Cong. Raul Grijalva

Cong. Raul Grijalva

How long will this country remain free? Probably only as long as the American people value their freedom enough to defend it. But how many people today can stop looking at their electronic devices long enough to even think about such things?

Meanwhile, attempts to shut down people whose free speech interferes with other people’s political agendas go on, with remarkably little notice, much less outrage. The Internal Revenue Service’s targeting the tax-exempt status of conservative groups is just one of these attempts to fight political battles by shutting up the opposition, rather than answering them. Continue reading

Sen Robert Menendez: Pimps Are Us!

19-bulldog-fakeHow Menendez ‘conspired’ to import rich donor’s babes

They are the models who could bring down a senator.

Sen. Robert Menendez mobilized his staff to secure a visa for a Brazilian actress who posed nude on the cover of Sexy magazine; he stepped up for a sultry Ukrainian student who wanted a plastic-surgery consult; and he directd a staff member to “call Ambassador asap” in order to reverse a visa denial to a 22-year-old Dominican model.

The young women were all paramours of Dr. Salomon Melgen, 60, a married eye doctor and one of Menendez’s biggest donors, prosecutors charge.

The New Jersey Democrat’s efforts on behalf of Melgen’s lovers came to light in a 68-page indictment against the two men unsealed this month. Continue reading

Why the Progressive Machine Is Mobilizing for Elizabeth Warren and Ignoring Bernie Sanders

Indian-WarrenIf you want to understand the current state of American politics and why the oligarchy always seems to have an advantage, allow me to make a Civil War comparison: The right is the Confederacy, and the left is the Union. Just as the Confederacy nearly won the Civil War with strategic geniuses like Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, the left nearly lost the Civil War due to the strategic incompetence of generals like George McClellan and Ambrose Burnside. Even when McClellan had the Confederacy’s battle plans at Antietam, he still failed to win the battle and wasted the lives of thousands of soldiers. The opposite was true of the Confederacy – even when Stonewall Jackson was outnumbered 60,000 to 17,000, his troops still won the Valley Campaign due to his strategic prowess, gaining 46 miles of ground in 48 days. Continue reading

House GOP blocks immigration proposals

"Pull my finger!"

“Pull my finger!”

House GOP leaders formally blocked a pair of immigration measures from getting a vote on a critical defense policy bill early Wednesday, dealing another blow to the prospects of legislation to rewrite the immigration system this year.

The Republican-led House Rules Committee, which hews closely to the wishes of leadership, declined to include legislation written by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) — giving a path to green cards for immigrants who came here as children if they serve in the military – among the amendments that will get a vote on the National Defense Authorization Act. Continue reading

Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Justice Department Grows

holder_jnrIt appears that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would like to change the subject from “stock market’s rigged” by our own U.S. stock exchanges and U.S. banks as asserted by bestselling author Michael Lewis on 60 Minutes on March 30 to a different subject involving “tax evasion” by Swiss and other foreign banks.

In a clear sign that the Department of Justice and Holder plan to launch a public relations offensive with a trail of crumbs leading away from U.S. banks, yesterday the DOJ released a video of Holder asserting that no bank is too big to jail. That comes on the heels in the past few days of multiple media outlets reporting that Holder may be close to a guilty plea and more than a $1 billion fine against the large Swiss bank, Credit Suisse, over facilitating tax evasion by Americans.

That Holder might be willing to hold foreign banks to a higher standard of “justice” than U.S. banks has apparently entered the mind of Switzerland’s Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf. According to Bloomberg News, Widmer-Schlumpf traveled to the U.S. last week and met with Holder to ensure that Swiss banks are going to receive even-handed treatment by the Justice Department.

More than a few global finance ministers, along with Wall Street On Parade, have noticed that when it comes to meting out justice, as in the case of the Libor interest-rate rigging prosecutions, for example, the long arm of the law seems to lose its grip when it comes to Wall Street banks. Thus far, the Justice Department has yet to prosecute a U.S. bank over Libor, despite email evidence of serious wrongdoing. It has, however, charged multiple foreign banks. (Continue to original article)

Bundy: The REST of the Story

BLM_444No, no, no – this is not about the alleged “racist” comments that the media is accusing Cliven Bundy of having made. That story has been proven false.

What you are about to read – and I suspect that few of our readers will – because it takes time commitment – is this report issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just weeks before Agents of the Federal Government moved in on the Bundy Ranch.

Oh Harry – you and your minions must be having one BIG laugh over all of this. Just remember – we’re watching – and are ready to ACT!

Our thanks to Lawrence Miller for having taken the time and put forth the effort to find this timely report and send it to the Federal Observer for publication.

Read it and weep! (J.B.)

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