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  • Top Dem Says There Hasn't Been 'Adequate Justification' for Troops to Be at the Border

    Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the presumed incoming chairman for the House Armed Services Committee, voiced his extreme displeasure after the Department of Defense extended the deployment of active-duty service members on the U.S.-Mexico border. They will stay at the border until January 31.The Department of Homeland Security requested the extension due to the “ongoing threat” of large, and sometimes violent, migrant caravans.“I continue to strongly question the deployment of U.S. military service members at our southern border. Furthermore, the decision to extend this deployment to the end of January 2019 is not a responsible use of Department of Defense resources...
  • Unions Defy Supreme Court on Mandatory Dues, Suit Says

    12/07/2018 7:40:06 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 04, 2018 | Kevin Mooney
    Labor unions are collecting dues from public employees without their “affirmative consent” in defiance of a Supreme Court ruling that state laws requiring nonunion government workers to make such payments are unconstitutional, a new lawsuit alleges. The Freedom Foundation, a free market think tank based in Washington state, joined with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation to sue on behalf of 10 government employees in Oregon who argue that union dues or fees should not be deducted from their paychecks after they officially resigned from their union. “This is one of the biggest scandals I’ve ever witnessed from...
  • Why Did 101 Lawmakers Send Letters of Support to Israel-Bashing CAIR?

    11/05/2018 5:44:15 AM PST · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 11-5-18 | Steven Emerson
    If the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) stuck to its stated mission statement and only did civil rights work protecting Muslim Americans from discrimination and bigotry, you likely would never see it mentioned on this site.But CAIR has a second, perhaps more paramount objective that it never directly acknowledges: To oppose Israel and promote Palestinian nationalism.CAIR’s mission statement makes no mention of Palestine. Instead, it says it aims to “enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.” It describes its lobbying arm as focusing “on issues related to Islam and Muslims. The department monitors legislation and government activities and responds...
  • College Republicans want to build another Trump wall at WSU

    12/04/2018 6:56:12 AM PST · by BullDog108 · 5 replies
    The Spokesman Review ^ | 03 December 2018 | Chad Sokol
    The Washington State University chapter of the College Republicans wants to build another mockup of a border wall on the Pullman campus to “own the libs mercilessly” and show support for President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration proposal. The club’s president, Amir Rezamand, is soliciting $2,500 on GoFundMe.com to pay for tools, building materials and “any miscellaneous costs the university tries to throw at us.” The stunt would be a sequel to a demonstration the club held in October 2016, shortly before Trump was elected. Conservative student activists erected an 8-foot plywood wall, featuring the word “TRUMP” in gold spray paint,...
  • Dem Congresswoman Joins Migrant Caravan for Border Crossing, Helps Five Asylum Seekers Enter U.S.

    12/02/2018 9:06:03 AM PST · by ptsal · 45 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon (free bacon) ^ | 12-02-2018 | Aryssa Damron
    Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) joined the migrant caravan on Saturday in their attempt to cross the border, condemning President Donald Trump for "creating the crisis." She said she was able to help five asylum seekers gain access to the United States. "I was able to successfully assist 5 asylum seekers – 2 unaccompanied minors, a mother and her 9 year old child, and a young man with a serious medical condition – into the United States," she wrote in a tweet. I was able to successfully assist 5 asylum seekers – 2 unaccompanied minors, a mother and her 9...
  • To abolish unlawful, unjust, and unconstitutional gun laws in Washington state (I-1639).

    11/30/2018 6:29:37 PM PST · by jonascord · 3 replies
    White House ^ | November 13, 2018 | J.B.
    The great state of Washington, through fraudulent petitioning and tricky wording, has placed on the ballot and passed I-1639; one of the strictest anti-gun laws in our country. We The People therefor ask that our great President and our public servants, step in and abolish such laws restricting, infringing upon and/or otherwise limiting our right, that has been guaranteed to us within the 2nd amendment of the Bill of Rights, and further protected and solidified through centuries of bloodshed and legal proceedings. We The People humbly and gracefully plead for your helping hand Mr. President. Please put an end to...
  • Police exploring background of Seattle man arrested in vehicle attack outside L.A. synagogue

    11/27/2018 12:32:04 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 50 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | NOV 26, 2018 | JAMES QUEALLY
    Authorities are trying to determine the motivations and background of a 32-year-old Seattle man who allegedly tried to run down two men outside of a synagogue in Hancock Park last week in an attack that police have described as a hate crime. Mohamed Mohamed Abdi was arrested outside of Congregation Bais Yehuda in the 300 block of La Brea Avenue Friday night and held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he yelled a number of anti-Semitic insults and barreled his car toward the two men around 9 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Horace Frank said....
  • Man Faces Hate Crime Charge After Yelling Out Slurs, Trying to Hit Congregants With Car...

    11/26/2018 8:32:18 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 47 replies
    Original title: Man Faces Hate Crime Charge After Yelling Out Slurs, Trying to Hit Congregants With Car Outside Hancock Park Synagogue: LAPD A man is facing a hate crime charge after allegedly yelling out anti-Semitic slurs and trying to hit Jewish congregants with his vehicle outside a Hancock Park synagogue over the weekend, Los Angeles Police Department officials announced Monday. Mohamed Mohamed Abdi is seen in a booking photo released Nov. 26, 2018, by Los Angeles police. Mohamed Mohamed Abdi is seen in a booking photo released Nov. 26, 2018, by Los Angeles police. The incident occurred about 9 p.m....
  • Prosecutors: Seattle [SOMALI] Man Traveled To LA Specifically For Attack Outside Synagogue

    11/28/2018 9:56:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Mohamed Abdi Mohamed is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Deputy District Attorney Richard Ceballos told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Teresa Sullivan that authorities believe Mohamed traveled to California to commit the crime, while an attorney from the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office countered that the prosecution’s theory was “purely speculative.” Police say the 32-year-old yelled anti-Semitic remarks at the pair of victims, made a U-turn and then drove at the men, who were on a sidewalk. Mohamed faces a possible maximum sentence of eight...
  • Someone burned a ‘Trump 2020’ flag while it flew on a Vermont veteran’s lawn, he says

    11/27/2018 1:05:11 PM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    www.miamiherald.com ^ | November 27, 2018 08:47 AM | By Josh Magness
    <p>After someone burned a ‘Trump 2020’ flag flying outside of his house, Gus Klein says he sees his Burlington, Vermont, neighborhood in a whole new light.</p> <p>“It does make me sad,” Klein said, according to NECN. “I’m going to be 58 years old, and I’ve never seen something like this before. I’ve always lived in this area.”</p>
  • To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?

    11/27/2018 10:28:29 AM PST · by Tilting · 33 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | July 06, 2018 | Ryan Sabalow
    The dam straddles Oregon and Washington, and the sea lions' voracious eating there affects fish populations in both states, as well as in Idaho and elsewhere. Biologists have tried transporting the sea lions to other locations, but they just keep coming back. Other strategies, such as constructing barriers, shooting the animals with rubber buckshot and scaring them with firecrackers, have had little effect. States currently are allowed to lethally remove 93 animals each year, but fisheries managers, tribal officials and others argue that's not enough. Now, a bill that would give states the latitude to kill several hundred more sea...
  • Senator Murray Reiterates Call to Send Troops at Southern U.S. Border Home Immediately

    11/26/2018 6:09:24 PM PST · by mdittmar · 36 replies
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Nov 22 2018 | U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    News Releases Senator Murray Reiterates Call to Send Troops at Southern U.S. Border Home Immediately Nov 22 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement: “Instead of being at home with their loved ones, today thousands of U.S. servicemen and women, including a number of soldiers from JBLM, are spending the Thanksgiving holiday on an unnecessary deployment on the Southern U.S. border at the behest of President Trump. I reiterate my call to end this operation immediately, and to stop using troops and taxpayer dollars to fulfill what appears to be nothing more than...
  • Child Rapists, Killer Busted near Texas Border

    11/24/2018 6:07:09 PM PST · by davikkm · 8 replies
    breitbart ^ | BOB PRICE
    Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector stopped several criminal aliens and three gang members from making their way successfully into the U.S. interior. Those arrested included two child rapists, two killers, a member of the 18th Street gang and two MS-13 gang members. On the day before Thanksgiving, McAllen Station agents arrested a man who illegally crossed the border from Mexico near the town of Hidalgo, Texas. During processing at the station, agents discovered the man is a Honduran national and a confirmed member of the 18th Street gang. Later that same day, other agents working near...
  • Gun-rights supporters sue to block I-1639

    11/23/2018 8:54:08 PM PST · by BullDog108 · 20 replies
    The Spokesman Review ^ | 23 NOVEMBER 2018 | Jim Camden
    A Spokane gun dealer and four Washington residents who soon will be too young to buy semi-automatic rifles are among those filing a federal challenge to the state’s recently passed gun control measure. Robin Ball, owner of the Sharp Shooting Indoor Range & Gun Shop, is among those joining with the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation in a lawsuit that contends Initiative 1639 violates the U.S. Constitution and portions of federal law. Although the results of the Nov. 6 election won’t be certified until Dec. 6, I-1639 is passing with nearly 60 percent of the vote and...
  • Police struggle to recover body of US missionary killed by remote island tribe

    11/23/2018 7:32:36 AM PST · by ETL · 174 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Nov 22, 2018
    John Allen Chau was killed last week by North Sentinel islanders who apparently shot him with arrows and then buried his body on the beach, police say. But even officials don't travel to North Sentinel, where people live as their ancestors did thousands of years ago, and where outsiders are seen with suspicion and attacked. "It's a difficult proposition," said Dependera Pathak, director-general of police on India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where North Sentinel is located. "We have to see what is possible, taking utmost care of the sensitivity of the group and the legal requirements." ..." Police are consulting...
  • American missionary killed in India

    11/21/2018 5:48:04 AM PST · by mooncoin · 26 replies
    India Today ^ | November 21, 2018 | Priyamvatha P and Geeta Mohan
    An American man was killed on an island inhabited by a tribe known to resist outside contact in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. And, his body still lies there. The American was identified as 27-year-old John Allen Chau, who sources said was a Christian missionary who wanted to convert the Sentinelese tribe that inhabits the island where he was killed. Chau was killed by members of this tribe, which is protected under Indian law, a senior police officer told India Today TV. The officer stressed that the Sentinelese must be left alone and that any forced contact with the outside...
  • Missionary wrote ‘God, I don’t want to die’ right before tribe killed him

    11/22/2018 10:15:07 AM PST · by SMGFan · 274 replies
    NYPost ^ | November 22, 2018
    John Allen Chau, the American missionary who was killed by an isolated tribe on a remote Indian island, reportedly wrote in his journal hours before his death, “God, I don’t want to die.” Chau, 26, of Vancouver, Wash., chronicled his last days while traveling to the Andaman Islands. He was intent on making contact with the Sentinelese tribe on North Sentinel Island, according to his journals shared by his mother with The Washington Post. “You guys might think I’m crazy in all this but I think it’s worthwhile to declare Jesus to these people,” he wrote in a last note...
  • Wash. police chief says he won't enforce new gun law

    11/19/2018 6:36:28 PM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 45 replies
    Police One ^ | 11/19/18 | Erik Lacitis
    REPUBLIC, Wash. — Loren Culp, the police chief in Republic, pop. 1,100, recently got a big shout-out from Ted Nugent, the “Cat Scratch Fever” rocker who these days is also known for his gun-rights and conservative views, and calls himself the “Motor City Madman.” The reason for the shout-out was that Culp announced he wasn’t going to enforce Initiative 1639, the strict state gun-law measure passed Nov. 6.
  • One eastern Washington town could become a "sanctuary city" for gun rights

    11/18/2018 4:59:04 PM PST · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    yakima herald ^ | Nov 16, 2018 | Will Campbell Spokesman-Review
    The Republic, Washington, City Council is mulling legislation to shield itself from state and national laws that limit Second Amendment gun rights, including the recently passed Initiative 1639. Republic Mayor Elbert Koontz said on Monday the Republic City Council will begin discussing the idea of becoming a “sanctuary city.” The move has widespread support within the city, he said. “Everybody in Republic seems to like it and has decided that it seems like a great thing,” Koontz said. The idea was sparked by a message Republic police Chief Loren Culp posted last week to the Republic Police Department’s Facebook page....
  • Republic, Wash., considers 'sanctuary city' status to protect Second Amendment rights

    11/16/2018 4:01:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 16, 2018 | Jessica Chasmar
    The city of Republic in Washington state is mulling legislation that would shield residents from state gun control laws that were approved by voters last week. Republic Mayor Elbert Koontz said the Republic City Council will begin discussing the idea of becoming a “sanctuary city” to protect residents against Initiative 1639, which goes into effect Jan. 1, The Spokesman-Review reported. The sweeping gun-control measure includes raising the age limit for buying semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21 and requiring buyers of those weapons to pass an enhanced background check, show proof of firearms-training and complete a 10-day waiting period before...