Big govt, Media, Politics

Remember the Santa Fe School Shooting?

The MSM doesn’t. Instead of seeing the May 18 shooting at Sante Fe High School as an example of how other students are responding to school safety and gun control, the talking heads are giving the limelight to the ongoing #NeverAgain march of Parkland students, including outspoken David Hogg, who is taking on the National Rifle Association while ironically surrounded by armed guards. At the school, where eight students and two teachers died, students and the community are not responding with rallies or fawning for the cameras. They are continuing to support the Second Amendment, pointing out that the shooter in their case tried to make bombs, rendering moot that a ‘gun’ is the problem in school shootings. Then again, neither logic nor consistency has been a strong point in the mainstream media’s agenda.

dHere’s more from The Daily Signal…

On May 18, Grace John woke up late as usual.

“Everybody talks about senioritis, but it’s real,” she told The Daily Signal.

Grace, a senior at Santa Fe High School, located an hour outside of Houston, was looking forward to cruising through her last few days of high school. That day, she walked into the band room, and told a friend she was going to take a nap because she was sore from playing in the powder puff game the night before.

She woke up to commotion in the hallway, and walked into the hallway to see what was going on. “I thought there was a fight going on, and I’m nosy,” she said.

Grace opened the door to see a bunch of people screaming: “Then I heard a really loud noise, and that’s when I saw somebody go down.”

“I don’t know if it was a kid, I don’t know if it was a teacher—but somebody fell.”

Grace had witnessed yet another mass school shooting in the United States. The shooting at her high school occurred just over three months after Parkland, where a 19-year-old man allegedly gunned down students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, murdering 17 students and teachers.


Economy & Investments, Politics

Jobs Report: US Economy Booms Again

Democrats can’t win for losing as summer comes to a close, and the final sprint to the November elections is upon us. On Friday, the U.S. Labor Department revised the jobs and unemployment numbers once again to show an additional 35,000 jobs and another drop in unemployment below 4%. In the history of presidential midterms, it’s very rare for a peacetime president with a booming economy to lose his party’s grip on Congress. It’s more bad news for Democrats, who can’t seem to catch a good break.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

The U.S. economy added another 157,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, according to a Labor Department report Friday.

Economists had expected a nonfarm payrolls gain of 190,000 and the jobless rate to tick down to 3.9 percent.

Nonfarm payroll growth for June was revised up to 248,000 from 213,000. May’s jobs were revised to 268,000 from 244,000. So what seems to have happened is that many of the jobs that were expected in July were actually created in prior months.

Manufacturing added 37,000 jobs, with most of the gain in the durable goods component.  Over the past 12 months, manufacturing has added 327,000 jobs.  Construction added 19,000 jobs and has increased by 308,000 over the year.

One reason job creation may have slower: the closing of Toys R Us. The category for toy and hobby stores fell by 32,000 workers.



Big govt, Issues

A New Era Dawns for Religious Freedom

Last week the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom marked the first-ever meeting to advance meaningful religious freedom around the world rather than increasingly diluted lip service to one of the quintessential foundational principles of our republic and in modern Western government. More than 80 countries and 400 civil society and religious leaders attended the meeting and together produced not only the Potomac Declaration and the Potomac Plan of Action as a road map of how to improve religious freedom in the real world but also as a reality check for current states to compel action. This is a landmark move rivaled only by the passage of the First Amendment among the Bill of Rights, the first of its kind in human history.

Here’s more from The Daily Signal…

Last week may have marked an inflection point for international religious freedom.

Historically, governments that strongly protect religious freedom have been a rarity. It is no small thing, then, that essentially all countries are now willing at least to pay lip service to the idea, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that religious freedom is a universal and fundamental human right.

But the gap between what countries say about religious freedom and what they actually do is often depressingly immense.

In this context, last week’s first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the State Department was truly historic. The U.S. government organized and hosted the meeting, bringing together 80 countries and roughly 400 civil society and religious leaders.

The event has already produced two results: first, a roadmap toward a new era of concerted international efforts to truly protect religious freedom, and second, solid evidence of just how dire the present situation is.


Big govt, Politics

McConnell Meekly Supports Trump Wall

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters Tuesday that he tentatively supports building the border wall. Or at least he’s open to talking about it. “We’re going to continue to discuss it with him and hope that this process can achieve what he would like to achieve on the wall, and also get these appropriations bills signed into law, which is quite different than what’s happened in the past.” It doesn’t mean, however, that he’s ready to force the issue with midterms right around the corner. President Trump has maintained his willingness to shut down the government to secure the border. With the polls squarely in favor of stiff border enforcement, McConnell may have to choose between supporting Trump or losing the election.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

“I support what the president is trying to do on the wall,” Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday. “Most of my members do as well.”

“We’re going to continue to discuss it with him, and hope that this process can achieve what he would like to achieve on the wall,” McConnell continued, “and also get these appropriations bills signed into law, which is quite different than what’s happened in the past.”

Both McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan want to avoid the border wall issue as best as possible until after November’s midterm elections. Both of them met with President Donald Trump to that effect, and sources close to the matter claimed the president had been convinced to put off the debate until 2019.

Trump, however, does not seem to have gotten that memo: “I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall,” Trump tweeted on July 29.“Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!”


Issues, Politics

States Sue to Stop 3-D Gun Printing

State-level gun grabbers across eight states are going full throttle to stop the release of 3-D printable gun designs to the American people. The tricky part, however, is that judges may not be able to lawfully block release of the files. Rather, they may only prevent state residents from downloading the gun design files. At least that’s the plan. The lawsuits are the result of the Trump administration’s decision to allow a Texas company to publish the blueprints. From the left’s perspective, printable guns are a direct threat to the drive toward full gun control. And they’re absolutely right.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

Over the weekend I looked at the imminent release of a collection of 3-D printable gun designs and the frantic efforts of gun control advocates to prevent it from happening. The deadline for action was originally supposed to be midnight tonight, but apparently, the files became available last night. In either case, the wheels of justice would need to be moving far, far faster than is their normal routine if anything was to happen. Surprisingly, opponents of the release were able to push some judges to begin issuing orders in record time, but only at the state level.

The first example comes to us from Pennsylvania, where a judge might not be able to block the release, but will at least attempt to stop residents from downloading the files.

Pennsylvanians will not be able to download plans to make 3D-printable guns.

The decision comes after a rare Sunday night emergency hearing in Federal Court. Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Governor Tom Wolf, and Pennsylvania State Police sued to block the company that distributes those plans.


Big govt, Politics

Nunes Considering Legal Action Against Twitter over ‘Shadowban’

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California is seriously weighing legal action against Twitter for the now proven censoring of conservatives through “shadow banning,” a secretive process that hides contents or accounts using special algorithms that make the content or accounts harder to find or view. During an interview with Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Nunes reported he has even been a victim of the practice that appears to be biased toward shadow banning conservatives, particularly Republican members of the House Freedom Caucus. None of this comes as any surprise. Look for lefties to begin harping about the First Amendment, in which the Constitution is only something they like when it protects their lack of patriotism.

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California said on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that he’s looking to possibly take legal action against Twitter after reports surfaced indicating the company is censoring conservatives.

“I don’t know what Twitter is up to. It sure looks to me like they are censoring people and they ought to stop it. And we’re looking at any legal remedies that we can go through,” Nunes said Sunday.

Nunes, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chairman, added that he was receiving complaints that people were unable to find him on Twitter — suggesting he had been shadow banned.

Shadow banning is hiding content or accounts without outright deleting them through the use of special algorithms that make the content or accounts effectively harder to search for.

“I had no idea what shadow banning even was. For several months, people have been contacting me saying that, ‘Hey I tried to find you on Twitter, I couldn’t find your account. Why is that?’” Nunes said.


Economy & Investments, Politics

Trump Gives Thumbs Up on Economic Boom

President Trump took to the South Lawn at the week’s end to sing praises for revised economic numbers that showed a revision of more than 2% to the original projections of GDP growth. The U.S. economy crossed the 4% mark in the second quarter of the year, continuing the acceleration on the heels of the GOP tax reform bill coupled with the administration’s slicing and dicing of federal regulations. Of course, none of this should come as a surprise to us; businesses generally like investing in expansion when they know the government isn’t going to penalize them for creating jobs.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The U.S. economy exploded in the second quarter of 2018, with the gross domestic product (GDP) climbing 4.1% — nearly doubling the first quarter, which was revised up to 2.2%.

The booming rate is the highest since the third quarter of 2014 and just the third-highest since the Great Recession began in 2008. The running four-quarter average is 3.1%, considered by economists to be a very strong number.

In Q2 of 2018, consumer spending grew 4%, while nonresidential business investment jumped 7.3%, both also considered strong numbers.

Trump took a victory lap on the White House’s South Lawn, telling reporters that the high numbers are “sustainable.”

“We’re going to go a lot higher,” Trump said. “As the trade deals come in one by one, we’re going to go a lot higher than these numbers, and these are great numbers. …

“We’ve accomplished an economic turnaround of historic proportions,” Trump said. “Once again, we are the economic envy of the entire world.”


Big govt, Politics

Trump to Twitter: Stop Shadow-banning Or Else

President Trump blasted Twitter (via Twitter) this week after a study demonstrated that the alleged ‘shadow-banning’ of conservatives isn’t a conspiracy theory after all. The folks at Vice News demonstrated that conservative accounts weren’t auto-populating in search results as they’re supposed to, which essentially hides those accounts from users’ view, as if they don’t exist. Trump warned Twitter to stop the practice or he’d urge action by Congress. Of course Twitter blames a technical glitch, which Vice News pointed out must be a very partisan glitch that doesn’t affect liberals.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

If it’s tough to find conservatives on Twitter, it’s because Twitter is making it tough to find them. And Donald Trump wants to do something about that — even if it’s just venting. As John wrote yesterday, Vice News decided to investigate complaints by Republican officials that Twitter has “shadow-banned” them, screening their accounts out from search results, making it difficult for other users to follow them. Lo and behold, it turns out not to be a conspiracy theory but the actual truth:

The Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel, several conservative Republican congressmen, and Donald Trump Jr.’s spokesman no longer appear in the auto-populated drop-down search box on Twitter, VICE News has learned. It’s a shift that diminishes their reach on the platform — and it’s the same one being deployed against prominent racists to limit their visibility. The profiles continue to appear when conducting a full search, but not in the more convenient and visible drop-down bar. (The accounts appear to also populate if you already follow the person.)

Twitter tried brushing this off as an algorithm problem, but as Vice News’ Alex Thompson discovered, the bug never seems to bite Democrats and progressives:


Big govt, Politics

DOJ: ‘Illegal Aliens’ Not ‘Undocumented’

For eight long years we had to suffer the Obama administration’s euphemistic reference to illegal aliens as ‘undocumented’ immigrants, as if the shuffling of a few papers would magically make everything perfectly fine. But now the Trump administration is setting things back to normal. According to a declaration by the Department of Justice this week, those folks who’ve inadvertently wandered across the border shall henceforth be referred to ‘illegal aliens’. Truth in advertising.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

Is this just a case of legal semantics having little effect on actual prosecutions and casework? Of course, but it’s still worth mentioning. The Washington Times reports that the Justice Department has sent an email to its attorneys instructing them to stop using the progressive, inaccurate term “undocumented immigrants” and instead follow the federal legal code and say, illegal alien. You know this is another “own the libs” maneuver, but they’ve got a point.

No more “undocumented” immigrants, just “illegal aliens.”

CNN reported Tuesday evening that the Justice Department has told its attorneys that the term “undocumented” is inaccurate according to U.S. immigration law and that they should start using the legally correct term.

“Illegal alien” is the accurate term used in the U.S. Code, the email reportedly says.

The use of the term “illegal” in the nation’s immigration debate has come under increasing attack from immigrant-rights activists, who can frequently be seen holding signs saying “no person is illegal.”


Big govt, Courts, Politics

NRA Files Suit Against Seattle Gun Control Law

The NRA is taking the city of Seattle to task for violating both the U.S. Constitution and Washington state law. A new regulation passed by the city requires citizens to keep firearms behind a locked door unless they’re physically carrying the weapon. The obvious problem is that defending one’s home during invasion and having to fish around for a key to the safe aren’t necessarily compatible. The NRA is arguing that Seattle officials are simply making a political statement, and the courts will likely agree. If the decision is appealed, however, look for this to go to the Supreme Court.

Here’s more from Fox News…

A pair of gun-rights groups announced they filed a lawsuit against Seattle’s restrictive gun-storage ordinance on Friday because they say it violates Washington state law.

The National Rifle Association and Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation are working together with two Seattle residents in the suit against the city. They say the city’s requirement that any guns in a person’s residence must be stored in a locked container unless being carried by the owner or other authorized users violates state law.

“The City of Seattle has been trying to erode state preemption almost from the moment it was passed back in 1985,” Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said. “When the city tried to ban guns from city parks facilities under former mayors Greg Nickels and Mike McGinn, SAF and NRA joined forces with other organizations to stop it, under the state preemption statute. We should not have to repeatedly remind Seattle that they are still part of Washington State and must obey the law.”

He claimed Seattle is intentionally running afoul of the state’s preemption law in order to send a political message.