Suburbanites Get Taxpayer-Funded Border Walls but We Don’t?

PJ Media’s Megan Fox found quite a gem in doing her taxpayer wall-building research. According to Federal Highway Administration reports, taxpayers have shelled out $671 million in funding for 23,073,413 square feet of suburban noise barriers from 2014 to 2016. If those numbers are tallied from 1963 to 2016, taxpayers have ponied up $7.44 billion for 3,263 linear miles of these walls. She further notes that these walls are removed, relocated, or even rebuilt every few years to accommodate new construction. Something tells us that noise control doesn’t hold a position on the priority list over curtailing human trafficking, drug trade, and terrorists.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

In the never-ending morass of arguing back and forth over whether or not walls work to keep out whatever unpleasant or annoying thing you need to keep off your lawn, an obvious solution has been missed. Have you ever heard of noise barriers? These are the giant cement walls that the states install to block the traffic noise from the highway from interfering with the hoi polloi as they barbecue on their stainless steel grills next to their jacuzzis. Unbelievably, their college degrees didn’t prepare the wealthy suburbanites of America for the burdensome process of finding homes that aren’t near noisy highways. And so, because Mr. and Mrs. don’t do basic research (or the state hasn’t insisted that builders stop putting developments next to highways), the state has to build noise barriers—miles and miles of walls paid for by the state for the comfort of idiots who buy McMansions right next to a twenty-four-hour Grand Prix. (I’ve yet to see a noise barrier blocking a housing project from highway noise pollution.)


Big govt, Elections

Breitbart’s Leaked Google Video Stuns Media

Earlier this week, Breitbart broke the story of a meeting among Google powers-that-be held the day after the 2016 presidential election. In that video, the group conveyed, without reservation, their ‘dismay’ at the election of Donald Trump. Reports Breitbart: “[the] eye-brow raising footage shows Google co-founder Sergey Brin contrasting supporters of President Trump with fascists driven by ‘boredom.'” Other officials effused anti-Trump sentiments along those lines. It’s yet another hit to the Silicon Valley elitism which unequivocally sought to aid the election of Hillary Clinton. Things are not going well for Google, Twitter, Facebook, et al.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Journalists, media executives, and political figures reacted Wednesday afternoon to a Breitbart News report revealing leaked footage of Google’s first all-hands meeting following the 2016 presidential election in which executives of the Silicon Valley giant expressed disillusionment with President Donald Trump’s victory.

As reported earlier by Breitbart News’Allum Bokhari, the eye-brow raising footage shows Google co-founder Sergey Brin contrasting supporters of President Trump with fascists driven by “boredom.”

“The Google co-founder then asks his company to consider what it can do to ensure a “better quality of governance and decision-making.” VP for Global Affairs Kent Walker argues that supporters of populist causes like the Trump campaign are motivated by “fear, xenophobia, hatred, and a desire for answers that may or may not be there,” writes Bokhari.

Yelp’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy Luther Lowe was among the first Silicon Valley executives to share the story, tweeting: “[U]mm… WOW. Breitbart just dropped video of a full TGIF (Google’s confidential company-wide meeting) the day after the election. Might send a bottle of scotch to Google D.C. What a nightmare.”


International, Issues

Pence to Central Americans: ‘If You Can’t Come Legally, Don’t Come’

During a visit to Brazil for a meeting with President Michel Temer, Vice President Mike Pence took the opportunity to deliver a pointed message to Central Americans who may be thinking about illegally immigrating to the U.S. (or counting on smugglers to traffick their children).

Pence demanded: “If you can’t come legally, don’t come at all.”

He went on to urge Central Americans to “hold on to your children” and to “build your lives in your homeland” and called for respecting American sovereignty.

It’s a bold message but one that needs to be delivered.

Democracy is the preferred system for a reason: use it or lose it.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Brazil on Tuesday with a warning message for Central Americans thinking of coming to the United States or sending their children with smugglers: “If you can’t come legally, don’t come at all.”

Pence was in Brazil meeting with President Michel Temer when he made remarks specifically addressed to Central Americans.

“To the people of Central America, I have a message for you, straight from my heart and straight from the heart of the American people,” Pence began, calling them neighbors with hopes that they will “prosper and thrive.”



GOP Forces Vote on DOJ Resolution, Threaten Impeachment

The House Rules Committee has teed up a vote on a resolution put forth by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) to ‘encourage’ the Justice Department to release documents subpoenaed by Congress…months ago.

The documents of concern are of course related to the FISA Warrant program and the FBI’s use of a confidential informant embedded in the Trump campaign.

Though unenforceable on its own, Meadows’ resolution rests on the threat of impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if the docs fail to be delivered by July 6.

We know it’s a novel concept, but perhaps Congress does, in fact, have the power the Founders actually intended in the Constitution. Do it!

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The House plans to vote this week on a new resolution from a House Republican who has been pressing the Justice Department for a pile of documents for months — a sign that the back-and-forth between the agency and Trump-allied lawmakers is heating back up.

The House Rules Committee is set to meet Wednesday afternoon to agree on the terms of the debate, meaning the resolution by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., could come to the floor as early as Thursday.

The text of the Meadows resolution, which is unenforceable, replaces a similar resolution that passed by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.



Nancy Pelosi’s Popularity Plummets…Among Democrats

Democrats may be soon showing House minority leader Nancy Pelosi of California the door.

The precariously-positioned Pelosi has polled the lowest in nine years with a favorability rating at a mere 55 percent – within her own party.

Likely not helping matters, her 2018 campaign platform includes raising taxes which is generally disliked on a bipartisan basis, at least among affected voters.

Pelosi may be leading her party into a sea of red in November as the Republican Party continues to grow in favor among generic ballot polls.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

On top of her stellar approval ratings, Pelosi’s plan for 2018 includes campaigning on raising your taxes. In April, she said that she would repeal the Trump tax cuts.

“One of our complaints about what they did with the tax bill is they did it in the dark of night with the speed of light,” she said. “We’ll sit down at the table and say … what would be a tax bill that creates growth, that creates good paying jobs as it reduces the deficit?”


Issues, Politics

Poll: Majority of Americans Support Trump’s Wall

Let’s see how quickly the Left changes the subject from crying children detained by the Obama administration and calls for mob protest in the defense of illegal immigrants when they get word of the latest CBS News/YouGov poll.

Respondents indicated by 51% among ALL likely voters and 55% among swing voters in battleground districts support President Trump’s border wall to roll back the open-borders welcome.

As for the Establishment Republicans, they’d better get in line with their constituents: an overwhelming 90 percent of Republican battleground voters want the wall.

The blue wave isn’t just a blue trickle now; in November it’s looking like a red river.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

A majority of Americans and swing voters in battleground districts across the United States say they support President Trump’s most central campaign promise of building a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to end illegal immigration.

In the latest CBS News/YouGov poll, a majority of 55 percent of swing voters said they believe the border wall is a “good idea that can probably be completed” or a “good idea that should be tried, even if it can’t be completed,” as Trump wants.

Likewise, about 51 percent of all likely voters in those battleground districts said the same, supporting the construction of a border wall on the southern border.



Trump Slams DOJ, FBI for Failure to Handover Docs

President Donald Trump blasted the DOJ and FBI for failing to turn over documents related to the ‘Witch Hunt’ investigation to Congress.

At issue are over 25,000 documents not turned over despite a nine-months-old request from Congress to do so.

Trump tweeted: “I have tried to stay uninvolved with the Department of Justice and FBI (although I do not legally have to), because of the now totally discredited and very expensive Witch Hunt currently going on. But you do have to ask why the DOJ & FBI aren’t giving over requested documents?”

It’s a valid question that goes to the heart of the Constitution.

Are ‘we the people’ (i.e. Congress) the most powerful branch of government or not?

Clearly the DOJ doesn’t think so despite an oath to defend that same Constitution.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

President Donald Trump expressed his anger Monday at the Department of Justice and the FBI for not being forthcoming with documents to the Congress.

Trump’s tweet appears to be in response to a segment on Fox and Friends early Monday morning with Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows who lamented the difficulty Congress has had in extracting documents and information from the DOJ and the FBI.


Issues, Politics

Bloomberg Donates Millions for Gun Control Bills

Notoriously self-serving and self-funding billionaire and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pledging $80 million for congressional candidates supporting gun control in the hopes of flipping the House of Representatives accordingly.

He did however give a shout out to Republican Senators John McCain (AZ) and Pat Toomey (PA) for breaking with the NRA to support knee-jerk legislation in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack.

We’re wondering how this isn’t equivalent to aiding and abetting the red coats as they marched on their way to Lexington and Concord to disarm the colonials.

We should remind Bloomberg that that episode did not end well for the British.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Gun control proponent Michael Bloomberg is donating $80 million to Democrat candidates in hopes of flipping the House of Representatives to a pro-gun control position.


Media, Politics

We Lost One of Our Best: RIP Charles Krauthammer

Whether you agreed or disagreed with the Pulitzer Prize winner most of the time or never, Charles Krauthammer was a rare breed for modern American media.

Instead of dramatics and catchphrases, he was all elegance and analytics.

Beyond his professional life in journalism and the media writ-large, Charles — a paraplegic from a diving accident just days before entering Harvard Medical School –didn’t merely graduate at the top of his class

He also rejected his psychiatric field only to join what some of us would regard of the same leftist ilk — the American media.

A liberal who evolved into a Reaganite, Krauthammer coined ‘The Reagan Doctrine’.

May he rest in peace as his legacy lives on.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

When you call someone the greatest at anything, you risk being accused of foolishness or worse; but it’s safe to say that Charles Krauthammer, who passed away Thursday, was the greatest political commentator of our time.

I write this not just because he won the Pulitzer for commentary as a conservative, a near Herculean task.  And I say this even though I sometimes disagreed with him, especially lately. Whom do we not disagree with at one time or another — even ourselves?

I write this because Krauthammer was the gold standard of columnists, the most incisive mind in political journalism augmented by the most elegant and precise prose. For much of his life, no one was even close.  In recent years, others have stepped forward as Charles had, as happens after many years in the limelight, more difficulty wrapping his mind around contemporary events.  But as we now know, he was desperately ill.


Big govt, States

University Settles Lawsuit After Discriminating Against Republicans

More news from the Left Coast Ivory Tower this week after a Republican campus group will receive a windfall settlement of well over six figures from the University of Washington.

Not wanting to risk a clearly losing battle in court, the U of W is writing a check to the local student Republican group to cover legal fees and return the dubious charges imposed on them by the administration as ‘security fees’.

It seems the new strategy by wayward lefties on campus is to impose exorbitant fees as a bludgeon to keep conservative groups from organizing.

Nice try. Better luck next time.

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

A Washington university is shelling out big bucks to settle a dispute with a Republican student group that filed a lawsuit alleging the school discriminated against it by charging exorbitant security fees for speaker events.

The University of Washington settled with the university’s College Republicans Monday, agreeing to pay $122,500 to make the lawsuit go away. The settlement comes after the campus group filed a lawsuit claiming that UW’s speaker policies “unconstitutionally infringed upon the [University of Washington College Republicans’] First Amendment freedom of speech by making it unaffordable and therefore impractical to host events likely to invite violent protests,” Campus Reform reported.