Kriseman’s Sanctuary Soft Shoe, Florida Legislature Targetting Sanctuary Cites; Global Warming Fake News Meltdown and MORE! Helena’s News Roundup

Rick-Kriseman_HeadlightsCongress Moves to Cut Immigration to U.S. By Half

“senators unveiled immigration reform legislation that would limit the number of refugees permitted into the US each year and eventually cut total immigration to America by 50%..Sens. Perdue and Cotton revealed the Reforming Am Immigration for Strong Employment Act which aims to boost wages by slicing immigration levels and recalibrating the system to accommodate those seeking employment.Overall immigration would be lowered to 637,960 within the first year of implementation and to 539,958 by year 10, according to these models. This would account for a 50% reduction over 2015 levels“Returning to our historically normal levels of legal immigration will help improve the quality of jobs and wages.”The goal of the legislation is to shift the immigration system in the favor of skilled workers. The net benefit of this recalibration would be to the advantage of all workers with lower-skilled jobs..”

The Democratic party has lost its mind — and its soul

“History was made Tues when VP Pence cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate to confirm Betsy DeVos as sec of educ.But the necessity of Pence’s vote reflected another kind of history, too: The decision by all Senate Democrats to reject DeVos marked a new low for the flailing party. Democrats claim to stand for the poor, immigrants and nonwhites. Yet given a chance to actually support someone who is dedicated to improving education for all America’s children, especially those trapped in urban failing schools, the Democrats’ said no, hell no.Joined by two Republicans, they stood in the schoolhouse door to block vital change, casting their lot with teachers unions that fear reform the way a vampire fears garlic…The teachers unions pulled the strings, and the political puppets danced to their masters’ tune.”

EXCLUSIVE: Gravy Train Flows Wide And Deep At Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Agency

Outrageous!!”Pay is flowing so generously at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that hundreds there receive more than most members of Congress.The Sen majority and minority leaders are paid $193,000 annually. 201 CFPB employees outdo Sens.McConnell and Schumer in pay…Another 170 CFPB employees earn more than the secretaries of defense and state, the AG and the director of national intelligence. All cabinet salaries are capped at $199,700, but not at the bureau… the consumer agency founded by Sen.Warren and Obama in 2011..was created under the Dodd-Frank Act to serve as a consumer agency protecting the poor against financial fraud. Warren deliberately placed the agency inside the Federal Reserve Board. As a result, the salaries there do not have to conform to the pay scale set for federal workers at all other departments and agencies.”

New York Times Iceberg Meltdown — Global Warming

Interesting!”In the post-Nov 8 universe, one man’s fake news is another man’s vitally important scoop. The third-most emailed article in today’s NYT is surely both things depending on who’s reading it. The story, “A Crack in an Antarctic Ice Shelf Grew 17 Miles in the Last Two Months,” written by Patel, gets the full bells-and-whistles treatment…Here’s the gist of it: A crack is growing in the Larson C Ice Shelf, “in an area already vulnerable to warming temps” and may soon create a very large iceberg.I’d be happy to list all the scary details.., but for one thing: this revelation buried in the story’s final paragraph: “According to [NASA’s] Dr. Rignot, the collapse of Larsen C would add only a tiny amount of water to the global sea level.”This is literally a story about an iceberg that could form—and then do no appreciable damage.”

Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán vows to Make Europe Great Again

A European Trump!! “Protecting a border is not a nice thing. It is not a matter of aesthetics; it cannot be done with flowers and teddy bears,” Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán said in a number of speeches this week… by protecting the border, “we are safeguarding the lifestyle, economic model, and safety so dearly cherished by Europeans.” He also attacked European elites, claiming that what the people of Europe want are “democratic societies“, not “open societies.”“The leaders of Europe always seem to emerge from the same elite, the same general frame of mind, the same schools, and the same institutions that rear generation after generation of politicians to this day. They take turns implementing the same policies. (…) large masses of people today want something radically different from what traditional elites want.”

Hundreds of immigrants convicted and not deported committed more crimes — even murder

“At least 121 killings in a 4-year span were carried out by convicted immigrants who were not deported, according to a 2015 Senate Judiciary Committee document..Every year, federal immigration authorities release foreign nationals convicted of crimes – including murder- both because the US Supreme Court has prohibited indefinite detention or because their countries refuse to take them back..While the release of convicted immigration criminals has been routine since the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling 15 years ago, the practice is in the spotlight because Trump has made it imperative to deport immigrant convicts as quickly as possible lest they commit more crimes. A committee document contains comprehensive information from the DHS about the number of immigrant convicts, their whereabouts, whether authorities have succeeded in deporting them and whether they committed additional crimes after being released.”

‘Right-to-work’ movement claims victory in Missouri, eyes NH next

Great News!! “Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed legislation Mon making Missouri the latest “right-to-work” state, as the growing movement sets its sights next on New Hampshire – hoping to break into one of the labor unions’ last remaining strongholds. Legislation advancing in the NH capital, if approved, would make the state the first in the Northeast to go “right-to-work.” The measure, which bars unions from forcing employees to join or pay dues, is set for a vote in the state’s House next week – after having passed the Senate.The push is the latest sign of labor unions’ diminishing clout, and how Republican gains at the state level are having a broad impact on policy, amid support for such legislation from the Trump White House.”

Japan readies package for Trump to help create 700,000 U.S. jobs

Wow!! “Japan is putting together a package it says could generate 700,000 U.S. jobs and help create a $450-billion market, to present to Trump next week, gov sources familiar with the plans said.The five-part package, to be unveiled when PM Shinzo Abe visits Trump on Feb.10 in Washington, envisage investments in infrastructure projects such as high-speed trains and cybersecurity, said sources. Investing in overseas infrastructure projects dovetails with a key plank in Abe’s growth strategy, which is to export “high-quality” infrastructure technology.Japan will invest 17 trillion yen ($150 billion) in public and private funds over 10 years, the sources said. That would include helping develop high-speed railways in the northeast US, and the states of TX and CA, and renovating subway and train cars.”

Byron York: Justice Department demolishes case against Trump order

Must Read!”..the DOJ argued that Robart’s restraining order violates the separation of powers, encroaches on the president’s constitutional and legal authority in the areas of foreign affairs, national security, and immigration, and “2nd-guesses the president’s national security judgment” about risks faced by the US…the gov argued that a US District Court judge has no legal right to stop a presidential action in which the president exercised his own constitutional power to conduct foreign policy, as well as power in the area of immigration. ..In addition, the government argued, “courts are ill-equipped to 2nd-guess the president’s judgment about future risks.” “Unlike the president, courts do not have access to classified info about the threat posed by terrorist organizations in particular nations, the efforts of those organizations to infiltrate the US, or gaps in the vetting process.”

Blog: How to truly bring Iran’s mullahs to their knees

“Trump’s press secretary suggested Fri that more sanctions, and even military action, could be on the way,” reports indicate.U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis, known for his “Iran, Iran, Iran” remarks, also sent a crystal-clear message to the mullahs by labeling their regime the world’s “biggest state sponsor of terrorism.”It has become a custom for senior Iranian officials, including Khamenei, to use Friday sermons as a platform to make remarks about foreign policy issues. And yet there has been no serious reaction from the mullahs’ apparatus.This proves that Tehran has been caught off guard and miscalculated the Trump administration’s possible response to its ballistic missile test.What is also interesting is that those advocating a policy of rapprochement with Iran, especially during the Obama years, refuse to recognize their dismal failures after 8 years.”
EXCLUSIVE: House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs Committee Members Compromised By Rogue IT Staff 

The three IT brothers accused of accessing computers worked for several Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee!! They were also paid $160,000 or more, 3X the average House IT salary. “Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thurs.Three members of the intelligence panel and 5 members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and docs, including those related to the war on terrorism.”

Rick Kriseman declares St. Petersburg a ‘sanctuary from harmful immigration laws’

Thank goodness we have Gualtieri!! “Although St. Petersburg isn’t officially classified as a sanctuary city, Mayor Kriseman all but declared that’s exactly what his town is on Sat. And if the Trump administration wants to deny the city federal funds because of that stance, the mayor’s response is essentially, ‘We’ll see you in court.’“While our county sheriff’s office is ultimately responsible for notifying the federal government about individuals who are here illegally, I have no hesitation in declaring St. Petersburg a sanctuary from harmful federal immigration laws,” Kriseman wrote Sat…“Should our solidarity with ‘Sanctuary Cities’ put in peril the millions of dollars we receive each year from the federal government or via pass-through grants, we will then challenge that decision in court. Win or lose, we will have upheld our values.”

Florida House passes ban on ‘sanctuary cities’ for undocumented immigrants

Great News from the FL House-now let’s get FL Senate to agree!!”The FL House Wed voted to require local governments to detain people thought to be undocumented immigrants and, in some cases, let the government remove local officials from office when they don’t comply.It’s an effort to stop so-called “sanctuary cities,” which refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agencies. The House’s proposal (HB 675) includes not only traditional sanctuary cities but also any place that releases nonviolent offenders who may be undocumented immigrantss.That could potentially impact as many as 30 Fl counties, according to the ACLU of FL, including all of So Florida and Tampa Bay.”

Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data 

Global warming fraud exposed!! “The Mail reveals astonishing evidence that the world’s leading source of climate data rushed to publish a landmark paper that exaggerated global warming and was timed to influence the historic Paris Agreement. A high-level whistleblower said that America’s NOAA breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Obama and Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.The report claimed that the ‘pause’ in global warming in the period since 1998 never existed, and that world temperatures had been rising faster than scientists expected. But the whistleblower, Dr John Bates, a top NOAA scientist,has shown The Mail irrefutable evidence that the paper was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data.”

Richard Corcoran: Looking for a More Ethical, More Fiscally Prudent Gov’t

Good! “Richard Corcoran is watching Tallahassee like a hawk — suspicious of everything unless it’s transparent, he admits. And even then, he turns on a light and flushes out cockroaches — well, figuratively speaking.That’s what he said Tues at the AP meeting for reporters and editors. “…  There are cockroaches everywhere and I think you’re seeing that,” Corcoran told the media gathered on the Capitol’s top floor. “You turn on the lights, and there’s Enterprise FL and you say, let’s take a closer look …”Free enterprise “lifts all boats,” he said. “FL shouldn’t be into picking winners and losers” and the money we’re giving to “these top 1% companies” coming in to compete with existing businesses could go to education, police departments, a myriad of needs closer to “the people.”  Also see article showing Scott’s displeasure over Corcoran’s objection to Enterprise FL: