Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Democrats are surprised that more money in pay checks is popular

The following article appeared in Powerline on February 26th

By Paul Mirengoff

How out of touch is the Democratic Party? This out of touch: The Washington Post reports that Democrats expected the Trump tax cut to be unpopular and are surprised to find that voters like seeing more money in their pay checks.

Post reporter Erica Warner writes:

Democrats predicted a political backlash for ­Republicans in December when the GOP pushed through a deeply unpopular tax cut that added more than $1 trillion to the federal deficit and disproportionately helped the wealthy.

But at the outset of the 2018 campaign season, Democrats’ early optimism appears less well founded here [in Indiana], where Democrat Joe Donnelly is facing a tough Senate reelection fight.
This seems to be unpopular. Imagine that!

The new law is rising in popularity as businesses in Indiana and elsewhere trumpet bonuses and bigger paychecks. And while Donnelly and fellow Democrats struggle to craft a consistent attack on the law, Republicans — boosted by outside spending from groups backed by the billionaire Koch brothers and others — are united in touting the tax cuts and slamming moderate Democrats who voted against them.

You know the Dems are hurting when their organ, the Washington Post, concedes there’s a problem and feels compelled to invoke “the billionaire Koch brothers” to help account for it.

According to the Post, Democrats like Sen. Donnelly intend to argue that the tax cut, though it increasing people’s paychecks now, will be bad for the country later on. Donnelly is referring, of course, to the debt. Yet, Donnelly just voted for a budget deal that will add hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending.

Donnelly makes an unconvincing deficit hawk. He’s far more convincing as a hack who votes the way his party demands.

At least Donnelly isn’t using the word “crumbs” to describe the extra money taxpayers are seeing in their paychecks due to the tax cut. However, that’s still how party leaders view the windfall.

Steny Hoyer, the number two House Democrat, toured the “Rust Belt” last week to pitch the Democrats’ economic message. The Post reports:

As for Pelosi’s comment criticizing the tax law’s benefit for the middle class as “crumbs,” Hoyer contended that Pelosi’s point was accurate even though it has become central to GOP attacks against Democrats. Still, “I don’t say it,” Hoyer said.

Not to voters, only to reporters. But just the fact that he thinks it shows how out of touch the Democrats are with ordinary Americans.

So does this, also from the Post’s report:

Since the [tax cut] passed, congressional Democrats have been largely focused on the issue of immigration, forcing the government into a three-day partial shutdown last month in an unsuccessful attempt to gain protections for the young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers,” who were brought to the country as children.

Meanwhile, Republicans have relentlessly promoted the benefits of the tax law.

In short, one party is working to allow American citizens to keep more of the money they earn. The other is ridiculing this effort, while forcing a government showdown to help illegal immigrants. And it’s surprised to learn that this approach isn’t going over well in the heartland.

That’s how out of touch the Democratic Party is.

Bad Guy with Knife Stopped by Good Guy with AR-15

The following article appeared in Breitbart on February 27th

By AWR Hawkins

A man armed with an AR-15 saved a neighbor who was being attacked with a knife Monday in Oswego Township, Illinois.

WGN 9 reports that the incident unfolded at an apartment complex on Harbor Drive, “when someone with a knife attacked another person during an argument.”

Dave Thomas (pictured) witnessed the attack on his neighbor, retrieved his AR-15, and ordered the attacker to stop.
Dave Thomas

Thomas said, “I poked my head out the door. There was a pool of blood, blood was everywhere in the hall. There was still a confrontation going on, there were about three or four people involved at this point. So I ran back into my house and grabbed my AR-15. I grabbed the AR-15 over my handgun — bigger gun, I think a little more of an intimidation factor. Definitely played a part in him actually stopping.”

Police arrived and arrested the suspect, while the victim was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition.

Thomas gave a statement afterward, saying, “The AR-15 is my weapon of choice for home protection. It’s light, it’s maneuverable. If you train and know how to use it properly, it’s not dangerous. And this is just a perfect example of good guy with an AR-15 stopped a bad guy with a knife. And there were no lives taken, so all in all it was a good day.”

Ed. It's a safe bet this story won't be covered on CNN, MSNBC, NBC or be reported in the New York Times. 

Sheriff Scott Israel shoves aside NRA as scapegoat for Parkland massacre

The following article appeared in the American Thinker on February 26th

Leftists love scapegoats when they get to choose them.  But their narrative on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass slaughter is crashing and burning.  The statist gun-grabbers thought they had another golden opportunity when 17 people were massacred at a high school in an affluent suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Plenty of articulate student survivors and grieving parents to mobilize for kangaroo court town halls and to be bussed to Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. spelled good visuals and heartbreaking stories.

The knee-jerk response of the left-media combine following a school shooting always is to blame the NRA, which stands in the way of dreams of tyranny.  If only Americans didn't have access to guns, we'd all be safe, goes the familiar mantra, ignoring mass slaughters in gun-restrictive locales the Bataclan in Paris.
Sheriff Israel

But this time, it turns out that an armed responder was present – joined by three colleagues from the Broward sheriff – and all failed to take action as the carnage continued.  It also turns out that federal funding and local policies prevented the arrest of the perp for crimes committed that would have prevented him from buying his armory.  Existing laws could have prevented the problem, and existing personnel on the spot at the high school could have minimized casualties.  But they didn't – and one man stands at the center of both problems: Broward County sheriff Scott Israel.

Over the weekend, Sheriff Israel moved aggressively to make himself the scapegoat for the outrageous slaughter.  Two videos tell the story.

First, if you have half an hour, treat yourself to the grilling administered by Jake Tapper on CNN's Sunday-morning interview show.

Tapper was moderator at CNN's now notorious town hall where Israel berated NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch while concealing the fact that his armed deputies stood by as the shooter finished his bloody mission.  Perhaps Tapper doesn't appreciate being bamboozled this way.

Israel, already in a hole, dug deeper a bit later in the day, claiming he was not responsible for his deputies' behavior:

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel refusing to resign telling @nbc6: "I gave him a gun. I gave him a badge. I gave him the training. If he didn’t have the heart to go in, that’s not my responsibility." Clip from our one-on-one interview below. #DouglasHighSchool
— Erika Glover 🎥 (@ErikaGloverNBC6) February 25, 2018

Apparently, Israel has never heard of Harry Truman's famous adage, "The buck stops here."  Were he a military officer, he would be cashiered. 
CNN's Jake Tapper interviews Sheriff Israel HERE

Keep in mind that the tapes of cell phone or radio conversations with the four deputies who stood by have not been released.  It is inconceivable that they did not contact their bosses and ask for guidance.  When those tapes are released, we will understand what kind of orders they were under from the sheriff's office.  

Israel was a fervent supporter of Hillary Clinton's candidacy.

He is even reported to have been a favorite of Clinton for appointment as director if the FBI.  But he is now so radioactive that the #fireSheriffIsrael hashtag is trending, and Governor Rick Scott is pondering removing him from office, a move that is fully within Governor Scott's power.

In the era of Trump, conservatives don't accept the media-generated memes as gospel.  We fight back.  And often enough, we win.  This story is not going away, and it could get much, much worse for the party of statists who demand our guns while they prove they are unable to protect us.

Guess which one percent of the population committed 33% of the mass shootings in the last decade?

The following article appeared in the American Thinker on February 27th

Isn’t it peculiar that nobody in the media seems to mention this? Daniel Greenfield writes:

In the last decade, there were only 10 major mass shootings where the death toll went into the double digits. Three of those were carried out by Muslim terrorists. That’s all the more remarkable since Muslims make up less than 1% of the United States population, but account for 33% of major mass shootings. Proportional to their representation in the population, Muslims are responsible for far more mass shootings than Americans.

The trend is worrisome. Since 2015, not a single year has passed without a Muslim mass shooting. While 2017’s Muslim mass shooter Kori Ali Muhammad only managed to kill three people in Fresno, his expressions of racial and religious hatred make it clear that we are dealing with a hateful pattern.

Muhammad had sought to kill "as many white males as possible". He shouted, “Allahu Akbar” when captured by the police. While the media has emphasized Dylann Storm Roof’s racist attack on a black church in Charleston, he was only 1 of 3 racially motivated mass shooters in the past 5 years, 2 were African-Americans, Muhammad and Micah Xavier Johnson, the Black Lives Matter protester who murdered 5 Dallas police officers. Johnson’s massacre of police officers and September 11 were the deadliest attacks on American police officers in this century. Both were carried out by Muslim attackers.

Enabling Killer Cruz

The following article appeared in Frontpage Magazine on February 27th

Leftist school policies aid the classroom-to-grave pipeline.

If the FBI and local law enforcement had followed established policy, the Valentine’s Day murder of 17 high-school students by Nikolas Cruz could very well have been stopped. Gaining less media attention, on the other hand, is the role of educational policies in the total failure to protect the students from a known threat. 
Nikolas Cruz

As the Sun-Sentinel of Florida’s Broward County reports, Nikolas Cruz “kicked doors, cursed at teachers, fought with and threatened classmates and brought a backpack with bullets to school.” In 2014, administrators transferred Cruz to an alternative school for students with “emotional and behavioral disabilities” but two years later changed course and retuned Cruz to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cruz was banished for disciplinary violations but “never expelled from Broward schools. Legally, he couldn’t be.”

Under federal law, the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Nikolas Cruz had a right to a “free and appropriate” education at a public school. As special education lawyer Stephanie Langer told the Sun-Sentinel, “You can’t just kick kids out of the public schools because you are afraid of them, or because they are hard to educate.” In Parkland, Florida, that notion overrode the right of other students to an education free from fear, and as it turned out, deprived them of their right to life as well. 

Broward County Schools superintendent Robert Runcie refused to reveal Nikolas Cruz’s school records and told reporters he had no “knowledge” of Cruz’s threats while a student.  As Runcie told the American Prospect in 2013, he sought to close the “racial achievement” gap and noticed a “huge differential in minority students, black male students in particular, in terms of suspensions and arrests.” 

Runcie fought against “zero tolerance” policies and implemented a code that “prohibited arrests in some circumstances, and developed alternatives to suspension.” Instead of suspensions, students are referred to the PROMISE program, in which they receive counseling then return to school.

Like other programs aimed at shutting down the “school-to-prison” pipeline, PROMISE aims to help “students of color,” and this opened the door for Nikolas de Jesus Cruz. Under the regime of political correctness, “Latinos” and/or “Hispanics” qualify as people of color, regardless of national origin or skin shade. So Cruz fit the “metrics” of the program and was not arrested. 

In his interview with Broward County sheriff Scott Israel, Jake Tapper of CNN noted that in 2013 the local school board opted to pursue the “least punitive means of discipline” instead of arresting students for crimes. 

“Were there not incidents committed by the shooter as a student,” Tapper asked, “had this new policy not been in place that otherwise he would have been arrested for and not able to legally buy a gun?”

“What you’re referring to is the PROMISE Program,” Israel responded, “And it’s giving the school the ability under certain circumstances not to call the police, not to get the police involved on misdemeanor offenses and take care of it within the school. It’s an excellent program. It’s helping many, many people.”

“What if he should be in the criminal justice system?” Tapper said. “What if he does something violent to a student? What if he takes bullets to school? What if he takes knives to schools? What if he threatens the lives of fellow students?”

“Then he goes to jail,” Israel said, to which Tapper responded, “But that’s not what happened with the shooter.” As the world knows, what happened was a mass murder that could have been prevented at several levels, starting with school. 

Superintendent Runcie’s policy kept the violent Cruz safe from arrest but at this writing, nobody is calling for Runcie to resign. Likewise, the mass murder has not prompted changes to the PROMISE program that places students in danger. 
Sheriff Israel

Sheriff Israel has thus far retained his job. The lawyer for Scot Peterson, the armed deputy who failed to engage the shooter, is claiming that the officer is “not a coward” and acted appropriately.

Nikolas Cruz did everything but take out an ad on the Super Bowl to announce his deadly intentions. The mighty Federal Bureau of Investigation failed to follow up on explicit warnings that Cruz would shoot up a school. 

After he did, FBI agents claimed deep regrets over the massacre but FBI boss Christopher Wray resisted a call to resign from Florida governor Rick Scott. A ballpark figure for FBI agents who will be disciplined or fired is zero. 

In the Parkland, Florida case, political correctness, plus incompetence, plus cowardice, equals 17 deaths and fathomless sorrow for the victims’ families. 

Meanwhile, according to news reports, Nikolas Cruz wants to plead guilty in return for a promise not to seek the death penalty.  Prosecutors should drop back and punt on that one. If Nikolas Cruz can take 17 lives and preserve his own, add the criminal justice system to the list of failures.