Monday, September 4, 2017

Lewandowski: If Trump scraps DACA, it's because it's 'unconstitutional'

Via Billy

Lewandowski: If Trump scraps DACA, it's because it's 'unconstitutional'

Corey Lewandowski said ahead of President Trump's highly anticipated announcement Tuesday that if Trump decides to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program it is because it is "unconstitutional."

"If the president does rescind this, it's because it's been unconstitutional. We know that for sure," Lewandowki, Trump's former campaign manager and ally, said during an interview on Fox News shared Monday.

"And it's the president's prerogative to inject in this," he continued. "But here's my concern, all of a sudden we're hearing from leaders in Congress who are saying, 'Oh Mr. President, give us the opportunity to act."

Lewandowski said Congress has had years to act on the issue.

More @ The Hill

NH Dem Party Chair Calls Rural, Disaffected Voters ‘White Supremacists’


Yesterday, Adam Sexton of WMUR interviewed the executive director of a new organization called ‘Look Ahead America.’ The organization is made up of some former Trump campaign “data masterminds” and will be looking to New Hampshire for voter outreach. Executive director, Matt Braynard, spoke with Sexton about the number of inactive voters in New Hampshire and the possible number of unregistered voters as well.

“We’ve identified maybe 15,000 inactive voters who we would consider disaffected, patriotic Americans. And potentially 100,000 or more unregistered adults we’re going to reach out to,” Braynard said.

Moral Outrage Over Low Wages: Canada Joins Trump With Threats To Leave NAFTA

Via Frank

The threat of total abandonment of NAFTA took on a second front this weekend as Canada’s biggest private-sector union said NAFTA should be scrapped if Mexico cannot agree to better labor standards.

Please consider Sharp Differences Over Labor Surface at NAFTA Talks in Mexico.
Tensions over sharp differences in pay between Mexican workers and their Canadian and U.S. counterparts surfaced on Sunday as negotiators discussed labor market rules in talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Canada’s biggest private-sector union said NAFTA should be scrapped if Mexico cannot agree to better labor standards, clashing with Mexican business leaders who argued that workers rights were a matter for each country to resolve internally.
 Mote @ Zero Hedge

What’s the difference between the New Right and the Alt-Right?

Via Frank

The New Right is a right-leaning populist and nationalist political coalition of contrarians, meme magicians, disaffected Democrats and Republicans, and disappointed conservatives. What seems to unite them is a belief that the status quo hasn’t worked. Currently, the New Right is united by tactics and a loose network that can be found on internet social networking platforms. Its strategic aims and ideological pinnings have not yet settled.

The New Right: Extreme Tactics for Center-Right Politics. 

 More @ Medium

The Revolution of 1787 Ends the Founders’ Union

Several attempts were made to revise or replace the original founding document, the Articles of Confederation, after their ratification in 1781. By the fall of 1786, a majority of Congress thought an amendment necessary to grant Congress the power to regulate trade, though members warned that a proposed constitutional convention might grant unlimited powers to a national government, and that such a convention would be dangerous to the liberties of the people. Two of New York’s three delegates to the convention were selected because of their opposition to any fundamental reform of the Articles; Virginia included in its delegation Richard Henry Lee (father of Robert E. Lee) and Patrick Henry, both of whom were outspoken opponents of centralized political power.  The nine States (of 13) that ratified the new Constitution seceded from the Articles of Confederation.
Bernhard Thuersam,   The Great American Political Divide

The Revolution of 1787 Ends the Founders’ Union

“In proposing a second constitutional convention, [Elbridge] Gerry, [George] Mason and [Edmund] Randolph embraced the revolutionary decision of the convention to bypass the amendment procedures of the Article of Confederation. The convention delegates merely asked the members of the Confederation Congress to forward the Constitution to the States with a recommendation that the State legislatures call special conventions to assent to and ratify the Constitution. As soon as nine States had ratified the Constitution it would become operable among those [nine] States.

Gerry, Mason and Randolph accepted the basic outlines of that plan but wanted to allow the States to propose amendments to “be submitted to and finally decided on by another general convention” before the Constitution would finally become the law of the land [in nine States].

Under both proposals the Confederation Congress was being asked to act as an agent in its own destruction and the State legislatures, hitherto bastions of hostility to centralized power, to vest State conventions with the authority to adopt a new form of government that materially restricted their own powers.

Despite the enormity of these requests there was a considerable likelihood they would be approved . . . In addition, the membership of the [constitutional] convention and Congress overlapped significantly. Richard Henry Lee complained that this overlap was so great that “it is easy to see that Congress could have little opinion [of its own] upon the subject.”

Finally, the Federalists, as the proponents of the new Constitution chose to call themselves, seized the initiative. They had a concrete proposal and a clear-cut plan of action. The revolution of 1787 was well underway.

(The Politics of Opposition, Antifederalists and the Acceptance of the Constitution, Stephen R. Boyd, KTO Press, 1979, excerpt, pg. 15)

The Ultimate Urban Combat Rifle: Barnes Precision Machine .308 — Full Review

Top illustration via Bob

As I mentioned in the Bravo Company Manufacturing (BCM) MK12 Replica 
review, there is serious debate about 5.56 versus .308 for urban combat roles. Just a few weeks back, some of the guys still on active duty called a few of us retired guys, and we had round table about what we liked for city fighting. In a meeting with north of 100 years of sniper experience, there was no consensus.

A Lasting First Impression

Here She Is, Miss North Carolina

Via Sister Anne

In 75 years, the Miss North Carolina Pageant has transformed from a swimsuit contest into a scholarship contest. Each woman who wears the crown makes us proud.

Room 1637 at the downtown Marriott in Raleigh smells of Liz Claiborne perfume. More than half a pizza sits getting cold on a table by the window. Hangers and garment bags lie strewn across the bed. These women are too busy to eat or straighten up.

“Which pair?” the younger woman asks the older. She holds up two different earrings to her ears. One is subtle, and one resembles a disco ball.

The older lady recommends the first. She’s never been much for flashy. But she knows style. Trudy Riley Kearney always dressed her best as Miss North Carolina 1946. Tonight she wears a black dress and jacket; it sparkles a little, but not much. Her superlative when she steps onstage tonight won’t be showiest or best dressed. At 85, Kearney is the oldest Miss North Carolina in attendance for the 75th anniversary pageant. In about an hour, she’ll join 42 other former Miss North Carolinas across the street in Memorial Auditorium.

More @ Our State

Barbeau Qued in Seattle The Government is Seeking the Last Drop of His Blood

Via Billy

Schuyler Barbeau’s Sentencing Recommendation, based upon his record, history, etc., recommends months of incarceration. This would be followed by 3 years of supervised release. It also recommends no monetary penalty, except the $200 Special Assessment. His Sentencing Hearing is scheduled for September 8, 2017, just a few days away. Schuyler was okay with this, as at least, he would be free (except the supervised release) in December or January.

Now, we must talk about the role of the United States Attorney. His role is to get a conviction. During trial, when Schuyler changed his pleas to Guilty, so the  that task was done. However, prosecutors are those people that will lie, falsify evidence, object to defendants putting on a defense, and use every conniving trick in their book, are also vindictive. The Sentencing Guidelines establish a check list for the punishment of guilty defendants. There wouldn’t be much need for the Guidelines if Congress felt that the punishment should be determined in the courtroom. However, they enacted the Guidelines in their quest for “equality”, and that should be the end of it.

However, those well-paid government attorneys seem to have a scorecard, like ticket quotas for police.  Their vindictive nature (since they are otherwise immune from nearly any remedy) shows when they can’t be satisfied with a job, well, well done, with the conviction.

Not so with USA Annette L. Hayes and AUSA Thomas M. Woods, with the United States Attorney in Seattle, Washington. They have prepared a 12 page “Government’s Sentencing Memorandum” in an effort to nearly triple Schuyler’s sentence, to 72 months.

That Memorandum says that:

Russia on edge: 'Any miscalculation' could lead to war
Take a look inside a Russian school where middle-schoolers learn to shoot assault rifles along with normal classes

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister warned Monday that the situation is so fragile on the Korean Peninsula that the slightest error from any of the major parties could lead to war.

"There should be no room for escalation," Sergei Ryabkov told reporters, according to Russia's state-owned news service Tass.

"Those who are smarter and stronger should show restraint," he said. "Given the current situation, any miscalculation may lead to a political or military outbreak, rather than to a nuclear test like the one recently conducted, which actually reflects the deteriorating situation in Northeast Asia."

Judd Gregg: The left's theater of the absurd

Via Billy

The Democratic Party of New Hampshire, along with its counterparts in several other states, has dropped the name of its signature annual dinner.

Previously known as the “Jefferson-Jackson Dinner,” it will now be renamed the “Kennedy-Clinton Dinner.”

This change was done to observe the politically correct standards that have led to the censorship of history by the contemporary left.

Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, it turns out, have just been discovered by the Democratic leadership to have been slave owners.  

Of course all the founding fathers who later became president, with the exception of Adams, were slave owners.

For consistency’s sake, liberals probably should not hold meetings in, or go to, Washington. They should not read, or allow their children to read, the Declaration of Independence written by Jefferson.

They should not attend the University of Virginia, which was founded by Jefferson.

The list could go on and on.

More @ The Hill

Trump has decided to end DACA, with 6-month delay

Via Billy

President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. Senior White House aides huddled Sunday afternoon to discuss the rollout of a decision likely to ignite a political firestorm — and fulfill one of the president’s core campaign promises.
The administration’
s deliberations on the issue have been fluid and fast moving, and the president has faced strong warnings from members of his own party not to scrap the program.

Trump has wrestled for months with whether to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. But conversations with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who argued that Congress — rather than the executive branch — is responsible for writing immigration law, helped persuade the president to terminate the program and kick the issue to Congress, the two sources said.

More @ Politico

Pier Weekly September 3, 2017

View from  Christine's house on the river in Stella.



This segment of "Air Force Now" features the A-1 Skyraider in action inVietnam with the First Special Operations Squadron also known as the "Hobos". In this instance the Skyraider is seen flying cover for "Jolly Green Giant" rescue helicopters performing search and rescue operations.

As American involvement in the Vietnam War began, the A-1 Skyraider was still the medium attack aircraft in many carrier air wings, although it was planned to be replaced by the A-6A Intruder as part of the general switch to jet aircraft. Skyraiders from Constellation and Ticonderoga participated in the first U.S. Navy strikes against North Vietnam on 5 August 1964 as part of Operation Pierce Arrow in response to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, striking against fuel depots at Vinh, with one Skyraider from Ticonderoga damaged by anti-aircraft fire, and a second from Constellation shot down, killing its pilot.

As they were released from U.S. Navy service, Skyraiders were introduced into the South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF). They were also used by the USAF to perform one of the Skyraider's most famous roles: the "Sandy" helicopter escort on combat rescues. USAF Major Bernard F. Fisher piloted an A-1E on 10 March 1966 mission for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing Major "Jump" Myers at A Shau Special Forces Camp. USAF Colonel William A. Jones, III piloted an A-1H on 1 September 1968 mission for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. In that mission, despite damage to his aircraft and suffering serious burns, he returned to his base and reported the position of a downed U.S. airman.

After November 1972, all A-1s in U.S. service in Southeast Asia were transferred to the South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) and their roles taken over by the subsonic LTV A-7 Corsair II. The Skyraider in Vietnam pioneered the concept of tough, survivable aircraft with long loiter times and large ordnance loads. The USAF lost 201 Skyraiders to all causes in Southeast Asia, while the Navy lost 65 to all causes. Of the 266 lost A-1s, five were shot down by surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), and three were shot down in air-to-air combat; two by North Vietnamese MiG-17s. In contrast to the Korean War, fought a decade earlier, the U.S. Air Force used the naval A-1 Skyraider for the first time in Vietnam. As the Vietnam War progressed, USAF A-1s were painted in camouflage, while USN A-1 Skyraiders were gray/white in color; again, in contrast to the Korean War, when A-1s were painted dark blue.