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NEWS

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These disgusting PIGS didn’t just leave behind inanimate trash.  They also abandoned PETS.

http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Furry-Friends-Rockin-Rescue-helps-dogs-left-behind-at-DAPL-protest-camp-414793233.html

I got the stuff below in an email from Catholic Vote.  In comments, I’ll add other stuff I see that doesn’t inspire a whole blog.

BUDGET // Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Trump’s first budget proposal will spare Social Security and Medicare from any cuts. http://cvote.it/2mu5Aep

HEALTH CARE // A draft Republican bill to repeal Obamacare has been leaked. The replacement plan reduces subsidies, takes out the individual mandate, and scraps the Medicaid expansion. But the Republican plan would maintain some elements supported by Obama, including the “Cadillac” tax on more generous health plans. http://cvote.it/2mtUBBS

CONGRESS // President Trump will address a joint session of Congress tomorrow night. GOP insiders say he may not be in the mood to play nice. http://cvote.it/2mu7P1B

MONDAY MOTIVATION // “The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.-Saint Vincent de Paul

MARKETING // Conservative activist Grover Norquist says that on regulatory reform, Trump is ‘out-Reaganing Reagan.’ http://cvote.it/2mu1WRL

MILITARY // Trump wants to raise military spending, but cut everywhere else. http://cvote.it/2mtM4yC

CATHOLIC // Spirit of 79: The number of Americans proposed for sainthood. http://cvote.it/2mu7Pyv

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There’s a new boss in town

And the Obama Sheeple know it.  According to Hot Air,  EPA employees were so upset after Trump won that they had to take sick leave.  And a few days ago, an unnamed employee reported more than a few friends were still coming to work in tears.

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But for those who are more committed to science than to politics, things are looking up.  In December, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee issued a report on their investigation into the firing of an Energy Department scientist.

The committee determined there to be an institutional disregard for separation of powers that amounted to “a reckless and calculated attack on the legislative process itself, which undermines the power of Congress to legislate.”

“Institutional disregard” is a polite way of saying that the Obama administration was so determined to have its own way that it actually forbade Energy Dept scientists from giving Congress information about their work and fired one who gave Congress information requested.

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the committee, said, “In this staff report based on lengthy record before the committee, much has been revealed about how senior level agency officials under the Obama administration retaliated against a scientist who did not follow the party line.”

“Moving forward, the department needs to overhaul its management practices to ensure that Congress is provided the information it requires to legislate and that federal employees and scientists who provide that information do so without fear of retribution.”

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Ridiculous Republicans Raise My Blood Pressure!

So far, at least 19 Republicans have announced opposition to or questioned Trump’s executive order banning travelers and refugees from 7 countries from entering the U.S.  Their statements are mostly b.s. and lies.

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Sen. John McCain: “There’s so much confusion out there,” McCain said on “Face the Nation.” “Obviously this process and these conclusions were not vetted.” He warned the order could be used as propaganda by ISIS for recruiting.

[So instead of using your bully pulpit to INFORM VOTERS what’s actually in the executive order, you promote the Democrats’ hyperbole and fake news.  Well done, Senator RINO.  You schmuck.]

Rep. Carlos Curbelo: “I expect that these executive orders are in fact temporary and that once the Administration strengthens the vetting process, we can continue our tradition of welcoming those who are persecuted in an orderly manner and without any kind of religious test.”

[“I expect …”  Duh, yeah, cuz THAT’S WHAT THE EXECUTIVE ORDER SAYS, you ignorant blowhard!]

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: “I object to the suspension of visas from the seven named countries because we could have accomplished our objective of keeping our homeland safe by immediate implementation of more thorough screening procedures.”

[And all the years that Obama did NOT implement the screening procedures that were recommended, you were doing what with your mouth and your congressional position?]

Rep. Charlie Dent: “This is ridiculous. I guess I understand what his intention is, but unfortunately the order appears to have been rushed through without full consideration. You know, there are many, many nuances of immigration policy that can be life or death for many innocent, vulnerable people around the world.”

[Right.  Like that Iraqi guy who was killed waiting for his visa during Obama’s BAN ON REFUGEES FROM IRAQ.]

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick: “While we certainly need to enhance our current vetting process and significantly reform our immigration policies to make sure terrorists are not exploiting our nation’s proud tradition of freedom and acceptance, the President’s policy entirely misses the mark.”

[And your plan would be what exactly?]

Rep. Justin Amash: “It’s not lawful to ban immigrants on basis of nationality. If the president wants to change immigration law, he must work with Congress.”

[Obama banned Iraqis.  Plus, coming in to this country is a privilege, not a right. Just like it is if one of us tries to go to some other country.  Plus, where were you when Obama was ordering LEOs to IGNORE IMMIGRATION LAW?]

Rep. Barbara Comstock: “The President’s Executive Order issued yesterday went beyond the increased vetting actions that Congress has supported.”

[Too bad none of you made any of that stuff happen while Obama was squatting in the WH.]

Sen. Susan Collins: “The worldwide refugee ban set forth in the executive order is overly broad and implementing it will be immediately problematic.

[Oh COME ON!! It’s not a “worldwide refugee ban”, you stupid cow!  It’s seven nations and it’s for a specific amount of time while we shore up our vetting process!  READ THE ORDER, DAMMIT!]

Sen. Jeff Flake: “It’s unacceptable when even legal permanent residents are being detained or turned away at airports and ports of entry.”

[And these legal permanent residents were, ummmm, lemme think, vetted and allowed in, right?  Oh yeah.  That’s what I thought.  So big f*ing deal.  Some folks got delayed at the airport.  Small price to pay to keep suicide bombers out.]

Sen. Ben Sasse: “If we send a signal to the Middle East that the U.S. sees all Muslims as jihadis, the terrorist recruiters win by telling kids that America is banning Muslims and that this is America versus one religion. Our generational fight against jihadism requires wisdom.”

[Asshat.  Don’t use a minute of your time in the press spotlight to CLARIFY what the order actually says, cuz that would be like, I dunno, too pro-Trumpish or something?]

Sen. Rob Portman: “This was an extreme vetting program that wasn’t properly vetted.”

[This is NOT A VETTING PROGRAM.  Did you even read the order?  I did!  It’s posted here:

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/28/politics/text-of-trump-executive-order-nation-ban-refugees/

And if that’s too COMPLICATED for you, Mr. Senator, cuz of all the big words, you can read the simplified version I wrote and posted here:

https://polination.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/protecting-u-s-from-terrorists/%5D

Sen. Cory Gardner: “I urge the Administration to take the appropriate steps to fix this overly broad executive order.”

[See what I said to Senator Portman.]

Sen. Bob Corker: “[T]his executive order has been poorly implemented, especially with respect to green card holders.”

[Green card holders aren’t affected.  Butthead.  READ THE DAMN ORDER!]

Sen. Lindsey Graham: “Such a hasty process risks harmful results…. And we should not turn our backs on those refugees who have been shown through extensive vetting to pose no demonstrable threat to our nation, and who have suffered unspeakable horrors, most of them women and children.” (in a statement with John McCain)

[The order allows for case-by-case exceptions.  READ THE DAMN ORDER!]

Rep. Elise Stefanik: “I oppose President Trump’s rushed and overly broad Executive Order.”

[READ THE DAMN ORDER!]

Sen. Lamar Alexander: “This vetting proposal itself needed more vetting.”

[Oh, wow.  THAT’s really perspicacious /sarc. Oh wait.  You’re too dumb to know any big words.  Well, google it.  Or do you not know how to use the internet?]

Rep. Will Hurd: “This visa ban is the ultimate display of mistrust and will erode our allies’ willingness to fight with us.”

[Bullsh*t.]

Rep. Mike Coffman: “While I’ve supported heightened vetting procedures for those wanting to travel to our country, I have never, nor will I ever support a blanket travel ban for people solely based on ethnic or religious grounds.”

[OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. READ THE DAMN ORDER.  IT ISN’T A BLANKET TRAVEL BAN AND IT DOES NOT TARGET ANYONE BY ETHNIC OR RELIGION. ARGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!]

Gov. John Kasich: “In probably many Arab capitals today, people are like, ‘What is America doing?’ He told WashPo.

[Why the hell don’t you use your exalted position as governor to INFORM THEM.  But lemme guess … you didn’t read the order yourself, right?  You just caught what some Democrat blowhard said on MSNBC?]

Stupid people don’t violate their own party’s wishes.  Corrupt people do.  And the most likely reason a corrupt person would say stupid and deceitful things that are in lock-step with the most extreme factions of the OTHER party is blackmail.

By their fruits we shall know them.  Their fruits tell me that Democrats have got something on these Ridiculous Republicans and will destroy their careers if they don’t march to the tunes played by the Progressive Nazi Collaborator George Soros.

Text of Republican statements
https://www.axios.com/gop-on-ban-ridiculous-2223599195.html

H/t Pistol Pete

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Building the Wall

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Trump’s order to start building the wall is not by-passing Congress.  Back in 2006, Congress passed a law authorizing the construction of 700 miles of fencing along the southern border, as well as additional lights, cameras and sensors to enhance security.

Then, Democrats got control of Congress a few months later and put an amendment into a 2008 spending bill that took all the teeth out of the 2006 law.

IOW, Democrats buried an unpopular measure they wanted inside a spending bill so they could avoid standing up and taking responsibility for blocking something Americans want done.

But, and this is a big but, the original law was never repealed.  Congress doesn’t have to pass a new law to begin construction.  All they have to do is package the funds necessary to build the original and substantial law into a massive spending bill.

Democrats would have a politically hard time blocking construction, since it would require them to block the spending bill and shut down the government, something they mocked Republicans for doing in the past.

Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton all voted for the 2006 law.  So did Chuck Schumer and a whole host of other Democrats in the House and Senate, many of whom are still in Congress.

President Trump has said the wall will be from 35 to 50 feet high and made of pre-cast concrete.  He also plans to figure out a way to make Mexico pay for it.

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http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/25/top-democrats-voted-for-the-border-wall-trump-is-building/

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Pro-Life News

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Jan 23, 2017:  President Trump signed an executive order restoring the Mexico City Policy, which bans the U.S. from funding any group like International Planned Parenthood that performs abortions outside the country.  He also took steps to defund UNFPA, a United Nations agency which promotes abortions worldwide.

Jan 24, 2017:  The House passed a bill to completely and permanently ban taxpayer funding of abortions.  Currently, this has to be done year by year.  President Trump said that, if the bill passes in the Senate, he will sign it into law.

Jan 24, 2017:  The Senate voted 96-4 to confirm Trump’s appointment of Governor Nikki Haley as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  She is strongly pro-life and swore she will use her new post to oppose abortion on an international level.

Jan 25, 2017: Sean Spicer announced that Kellyanne Conway and other White House staff will attend the D.C. March for Life tomorrow.  In previous years, Obama marked the day of the march by issuing a presidential statement praising Roe vs. Wade.

Jan 25, 2017: Vice President Mike Pence says pro-lifers should drop what they are doing and show up to the national mall on Friday.  Dearest plans to do just that.  

Jan 25, 2017: U.S. Senator Ben Sasse reintroduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act today in Congress amid strong hopes that the bill will pass this time around. The bill would provide federal legal protection to newborns who survive abortions by requiring appropriate care and admission to a hospital.

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Like a Cyclone Through a Wheatfield

A lot of people in D.C. are waking to the realization that Donald Trump means what he says. He is making good on his promises at a dizzying rate. No time for speeches or useless puffery. He’s all business and it’s already making some skeptics tired trying to keep up.

Trump Expected To Sign Executive Orders On Immigration Regarding Islamic Countries!
Trump’s orders were expected to involve restricting access to the United States for refugees and some visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.

Congress Reintroduces Bill That Gives Governors the Option to Reject Refugees
Under the State Refugee Security Act of 2017, the federal government must give states at least 21 days’ notice that they plan to resettle a refugee there. If a governor maintains that the government has failed to prove the refugee presents no security threat, they can refuse to accept him or her.

Trump on Keystone: ‘We’ll See If We Can Get That Pipeline Built’–With USA-Made Pipe
Continuing his “America first” blitz on Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed five executive orders dealing with oil pipelines, the pipe itself, and “regulatory burdens” he plans to lift.

GOP Senators Unveil Patient Freedom Act to Replace Obamacare
“We need comprehensive legislation,” Collins continued. “It’s still a work in progress. … But if we don’t start putting specific legislation on the table that can be debated, refined, amended and enacted, then we will fail the American people.”

Trump expected to sign order funding border wall
White House officials told The New York Times that Trump was planning to sign an executive order directing federal funds toward the wall.

Days Into Trump Admin, Corrupt Employees Are Already Being Fired At The VA
Days into Donald Trump’s administration, heads are finally beginning to roll at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Two notoriously corrupt employees in Puerto Rico were fired this week, indicating that more may be on the way.
One is the hospital’s CEO, DeWayne Hamlin, who offered an employee $305,000 to quit after she played a role in exposing his drug arrest.
“Mr. DeWayne Hamlin was removed from federal service effective January 20, 2017,” the VA said. Jan. 20 was Inauguration Day.

Trump: ‘We Are Bringing Manufacturing Back to the United States Big League’
Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States was a cornerstone of Trump’s campaign. On Monday, the president signed an executive order withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, another facet of his pro-worker campaign promises.

U.S. House votes to permanently ban taxpayer funding of abortion
The No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act (HR 7), introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ, makes permanent the so-called Hyde Amendment permanent. Thus far the amendment, which prohibits federal money from being used to fund abortions through Medicaid, has been subject to annual renewal.
The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates the Hyde Amendment has saved over two million lives since it was enacted in 1976.

White House suggests it won’t appease Democrats on Court nominee
THE DEMOCRATS WILL COME TO REGRET FORMER SENATE SCUMBAG HARRY REID PULLING THE NUCLEAR OPTION ON ALL JUDGES SHORT OF THE SUPREME COURT. McCONNEL HAS INDICATED HE MAY DO IT IF THE DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO ACT LIKE SPOILED CHILDREN.
President Trump will not capitulate to Democratic lawmakers who have threatened to block his nominee to the Supreme Court if the individual is not “mainstream” enough, the White House indicated today

Democrats And Republicans Unite To Rescind Last-Minute Obama Order Seeking Federal Election Takeover
All 50 state secretaries of state are urging the Trump administration to rescind a last-minute Department of Homeland Security directive calling state election systems “critical infrastructure.”
Many state officials fear this is the first step toward a federal takeover of state-run elections, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

E-Verify Use May Soon Be Required Of All Employers
THIS WOULD BE YUGE
Every employer in America may soon have to use E-Verify to check the legal status of their employees.
Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley introduced a bill Tuesday requiring all employers to use the now-voluntary, internet-based E-Verify system to certify employee immigration status and terminate anyone who fails the test.

WH Spox to Breitbart’s Spiering: We’ll Have ‘Heavy Administration Presence’ at the March for Life

Tuesday at the White House press briefing when Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering asked press secretary Sean Spicer about the Trump administration’s plans for Friday’s March for Life, Spicer said, “Obviously we’re going to have heavy administration presence there.”

Trump Orders EPA To Take Down Global Warming Web-Page
“If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear,” the staffer told Reuters Tuesday. The staffer was not authorized to speak to the media and claimed EPA employees were scrambling to save data on the website.

Trump calls Egypt’s President, stressing U.S. support
THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST KNOWS TRUMP IS NOT THE PATHETIC PHONY THAT OBAMA WAS

Trump told El-Sisi his administration is committed to maintaining the US’s annual military aid to Egypt.
El-Sisi stressed to Trump Egypt’s commitment in the fight against terrorism despite economic burdens the country faced in the past three years.
Meanwhile, Trump reiterated to the Egyptian president his appreciation for the difficulties Egypt endured in the fight against terrorism, and commended El-Sisi on the country’s economic reform program.
The two presidents affirmed their belief in the strategic nature of the relationship between Cairo and Washington.
Egypt annually receives $1.3 billion in military aid from the United States.

Trump State Department Freezes Obama’s $221 Million Parting Gift To The Palestinians
The Trump administration has frozen Obama’s parting gift to the the Palestinians.
Former US President Barack Obama, in his waning hours, quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA), which Congress had been blocking.
The Trump administration announced it is freezing the move.

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115th Congress: 96% Judaeo-Christian

This is no plurality or simple majority.  This is a great, big, whopping SUPER MAJORITY.  And, didja catch how all the non-J-Cs are Democrats?

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http://www.faithwire.com/2017/01/03/this-fascinating-graphic-reveals-what-members-of-the-new-u-s-congress-believe-about-god/

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Cops as Pigs painting coming down

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This painting will now be removed permanently from the Capitol after a ruling that it violates House rules.

I think Michelle Malkin’s suggestion to relocate it to Obama’s presidential library would be fitting, given all he and his cronies have done to harm local law enforcement officers during his eight years in the White House.

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