Courts, Issues, States

Round Two: Texas Wins Judgment on Sanctuary Cities

You may recall our report previously on the liberal federal judge in San Antonio who ordered an injunction on Texas’ new law against sanctuary cities.

That order has just been overturned by the 5th Circuit Court which decided in favor of the state’s appeal.

The three-judge panel essentially agreed that Texas has the right to pursue justice on behalf of the people until such time as the law is ruled invalid by the courts.

In other words, the pause button liberal judges have been hitting so much lately on conservative laws isn’t gonna fly in Texas.

Amid the battle against judicial tyranny, we’re well reminded not all judges are derelict.

Here’s more from the Daily Signal…

Texas has just won the second (procedural) round in the fight over the state Legislature’s attempt to punish cities that implement sanctuary policies.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily stayed on Monday key portions of the injunction issued in September by a federal judge in San Antonio that prevented the state from implementing major parts of the law.

As explained here, the 2017 statute applies to illegal aliens arrested or otherwise lawfully detained by local law enforcement.

The core parts of the law ban Texas cities from prohibiting or “materially limit[ing]” local law enforcement from:

  1. Notifying federal immigration officials that an illegal alien has been arrested.
  2. Cooperating with immigration authorities (including honoring detainer warrants on illegal aliens issued by federal authorities).
  3. Allowing federal immigration officers to enter local jails to conduct investigations of criminal illegal aliens.

The lower court federal judge had enjoined Texas from implementing the second and third provisions. However, the 5th Circuit issued a stay of that portion of the injunction.

Holding that Texas was likely to succeed on the merits of those two provisions, the 5th Circuit lifted the injunction until the appeals court has a chance to consider the merits of the case. Otherwise, the “state necessarily suffers the irreparable harms of denying the public interest in the enforcement of its laws.”

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Politics, States

VMI Holds Firm: Confederate Statues Are Staying Up

While the panty-waste educrats at various universities around the country are caving to demands by BLM and Antifa and pulling down Confederate statues, at least one isn’t budging.

The Virginia Military Institute, among the nation’s oldest, premier military undergraduate academies, essentially told the left to ‘talk to the hand’.

VMI Superintendent General J.H. Binford Peay III put the decision in typical laconic, military pith:

“We are a different school. And we build on the strengths of our traditions, the right traditions, the right statues, the right ceremonies that we have to make our graduates stronger and better for a nation…And I don’t think I’m being politically correct.”

Well done, sir.

Here’s more from Redstate…

The Virginia Military Institute has a storied history. It was established as a military college in 1839, and is known as “The West Point of the South.” Famous alumni include George Marshall, George S. Patton, Bobby Ross, and Mel Brooks (yes, really!).

VMI is located in Lexington, Virginia, and its campus, unsurprisingly, is adorned with numerous Confederate statues. Statues that antifa and other disgruntled SJWs would like to see torn down, burned, and/or decapitated.

Much to the dismay of common-sense people everywhere, many localities and communities have capitulated to the marauding hordes and removed the offending inoffensive (and inanimate!) Confederate statues.

That’s not how things work at VMI.

Leaders of the military college met today and decided that they would not be removing their Confederate statues. VMI is in the business of training leaders, and, as such, doesn’t give much credence to the idea that ignoring history is the way to build strong leaders.

VMI Superintendent General J.H. Binford Peay III said during the discussion about whether or not to remove the statues:

“We are a different school. And we build on the strengths of our traditions, the right traditions, the right statues, the right… ceremonies that we have to make our graduates stronger and better for a nation that needs to move to the future and advance in a right way. That’s my thinking ladies and gentlemen. And I don’t think I’m being politically correct.”

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Issues, States

Liberals Push Myth That Climate Change Created Harvey, Irma

Hurricane Harvey is less than 30 days from over and Irma is still churning up the Florida coast, but liberal econuts are so dogmatic about global warming they can’t give it a rest long enough to show a bit of sympathy for the victims.

With Harvey’s aftermath fresh on the streets of Houston, Politico ran a smug headline blasting ‘Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like’.

Not to be outdone, the enviro-chondriacs at the uber-liberal Climate Hawks Vote boldly proposed that Harvey and Irma are proof global warming deniers deserve jail time.

Except there’s one question: what accounts for the lack of major hurricanes since Katrina? Global warming hysterics only bother to crow when bad stuff happens.

Typical.

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

Flooding in homes and businesses across Houston was still on the rise when Politico ran a provocative article, titled “Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like.”

Politico was not alone, as another news outlet called the one-two punch of Harvey and Irma the potential “new normal.” Brad Johnson, executive director of the advocacy group Climate Hawks Vote, says Harvey and Irma are reason to finally jail officials who “reject science.”

Rather than focus on the victims and offer solutions for speedy recovery, pundits and politicians in the wake of Harvey focused on saying, “I told you so.”

Except they’re not telling the full story.

Consider this data from a 2012 article in the Journal of Climate, authored by climatologists Roger Pielke Jr. and Jessica Weinkle. Pielke tweeted a graph from the paper that shows no trends in global tropical cyclone landfalls over the past 46 years.

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Issues, States

Berkeley Offers Students ‘Counseling’ to Cope With Shapiro Speech

Apparently ‘micro-aggression’ — which, as you might expect, is typically a valid concern only if the source of the aggression is conservative rhetoric — has quickly become an epidemic in America. Curiously the epicenter of the epidemic is on liberal university campuses around the nation where students are increasingly dealing with the onslaught of psychological trauma after being forced to consider ideas otherwise foreign to their liberal minds. It’s so rampant we might consider a new condition in need of psychiatric treatment: Snowflake Syndrome. But fear not, leftist administrators at UC Berkeley are out to spare these poor, overly-privileged children from an excess of said trauma. Ahead of an expected address by former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro, Berkeley is setting up counseling services for students and staff whose ‘sense of safety and belonging’ are ‘threatened or harassed simply because of who they are or for what they believe’. And, no, that’s not an article from The Onion. We’ve come a long way, folks, from the land that produced the Greatest Generation who saved the world from Nazi rule.

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

Maybe the coolest Halloween costume on campuses this fall will be dressing up as Ben Shapiro.

Because apparently that’s about the scariest thing a college student can encounter.

Shapiro, a conservative commentator and writer, is set to give a speech at University of California, Berkeley next Thursday.  If you know anything about Berkeley, you’re aware that it’s unlikely there’s much agreement, either from students or locals, with Shapiro’s conservative viewpoint.

If we lived in a sane world, that would mean Shapiro would be giving a speech in front of half a dozen College Republicans, wearing bow ties to be countercultural—and everyone else would just ignore that he was coming.

However, we live in a world where apparently speech you disagree with can be traumatizing. Here’s what Paul Alivisatos, UC Berkeley’s executive vice chancellor and provost, writes in his memo about Shapiro’s talk:

Support and counseling services for students, staff and faculty

We are deeply concerned about the impact some speakers may have on individuals’ sense of safety and belonging. No one should be made to feel threatened or harassed simply because of who they are or for what they believe. For that reason, the following support services are being offered and encouraged:

 

Um … what?

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States

Americans Stranded in Caribbean as Hurricane Jose Grows

As of Sunday night more than 3 million Floridians were without power as Hurricane Irma continues to pummel the western coast of the Sunshine State.

Early Sunday morning Irma upgraded again to a CAT 4 storm after entering the warm waters off the Florida Keys.

It has since been downgraded again as it tears along the coastal island toward Tampa on its way northward toward the panhandle and on to Tennessee.

And just when things seemed to be at its worst, yet another major hurricane is gaining steam to the east of Bermuda, already at a CAT 3.

Hurricane Jose is projected to track westward toward Florida in the next week.

While several tracks show it spinning off into the north Atlantic, others show it slamming head-on into Miami.

What’s fairly certain is that it will run through the Bermuda islands where thousands of American tourists are already stranded from the devastation left by Irma.

Here’s more from Redstate…

The popular Caribbean tourist destination island of Saint Maarten was left devastated in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and now we know via the U.S. consulate that almost 6,000 Americans have been left stranded.

As residents of the island begin to rebuild, the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao is working on ways to get Americans out via boat or air.

In the meantime, visitors and residents, regardless of citizenship, are left without power and clean water.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told the AP the storm “caused wide-scale destruction of infrastructure, houses and businesses.”

“There is no power, no gasoline, no running water. Houses are under water, cars are floating through the streets, inhabitants are sitting in the dark in ruined houses and are cut off from the outside world,” he said.

To make matters worse, a new hurricane, Jose, has developed in the Atlantic and is tracking to hit Saint Maarten, as well as other islands already destroyed by Irma, as recovery efforts are just beginning.

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States

Irma Swings Left, Hits West Coast of Florida

If you’re reading this Sunday morning, you’ve probably already awoken to news that Irma has finally made landfall in Florida while we were asleep.

At the last minute Irma was predicted to swing to the west as it came off the northern coast of Cuba, sparing Miami and Ft. Lauderdale of the worst.

But that’s bad news for all the cities on the Gulf side.

There’s still more to watch as Irma continues its path northward, potential gaining energy from the warm Gulf waters, which may increase it back to a Cat 4 storm after having been downgraded early Saturday to Cat 3.

Regardless, the devastation will not be minimal for the more than 1 million residents who’ve evacuated in the last week.

Here’s more from Daily Mail…

Hurricane Irma is once again forecast to hit the Florida Keys as a Category 5 storm, as more than a million people have fled its path and abandoned their homes.

Meteorologists expect the powerful hurricane to hit the Sunshine State between 5am and 7am ET on Sunday.

‘Obviously Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States,’ Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said at a press conference Friday morning. ‘We’re going to have a couple rough days.’

The storm was first downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 4 earlier on Friday morning, but as of 5pm ET on Friday, it is predicted to hit the U.S. as a Category 5. This will only be the fourth time ever a Category 5 has hit US mainland.

As of 6.30pm ET Friday, the hurricane is moving west at 12 mph and located 345 miles southeast of Miami.

Government officials along with the National Hurricane Center have cautioned that Irma is ‘extremely dangerous’ with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. That’s strong enough to bring down power poles, uproot trees and rip the roofs off of homes.

In preparation for what is predicted to be the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in years, an estimated 1.4million people have been given mandatory evacuation orders in both Florida and Georgia.

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Elections, States

Fraudulent Votes May Have Flipped the Presidential Race in NH

The prevailing sentiment for months has been that President Trump’s near-obsession with voter fraud is just an imagined phenomenon.

But since his inauguration evidence has been mounting across the country of rampant and even organized vote fraud. In North Carolina, 37,000 people were registered to vote in 28 other states.

In over a third of Detroit precincts, there were more votes cast than the number of voters registered in those precincts.

And now a report has been certified in New Hampshire that over 5,000 non-resident voters cast ballots in the state for president.

Since that was a close race, it’s possible most of those fraudulent votes went to Hillary thus turning the state blue.

Couple these stats with the overwhelming opposition by Democrats of voter ID laws and a very clear picture gets painted of a system of election rigging that’s beyond mere conspiracy theory.

Here’s more from Redstate…

One of the things that has amazed me about the election of President Trump has been the issues upon which conservatives agreed before November 8, 2016 and were split into warring camps after that date. Perhaps no example is more stark than the issue of vote fraud. Before Trump’s election vote fraud was assumed to be real and to have an impact.  After that date, in the minds of a lot of previous believers, vote fraud was entirely a figment of Trump’s imagination. Except that it isn’t.

I’m not talking about the small scale, registering dead folks to vote scam like some progressive goober tried to pull in Virginia. I’m talking about the scale of vote fraud that elects big city mayors and members of the House of Representatives in 50-50 districts.

For instance, in 2014 the North Carolina director of election identified 765 North Carolinians who had voted in at least one other state. Another study found over 37,000 persons registered to vote in North Carolina who were also registered to vote in one of 28 other states in the only national voter database. The resources were not available to determine how many of those 37,000 did vote more than once but it is a good bet the number is above zero.

During the recounting of votes in Michigan after the 2016, 37% of all of Detroit’s precincts had more votes cast than the number of voters who showed up to vote. This is not someone shipping voters from precinct to precinct, something voter ID would stop. This is good, old fashioned ballot-box stuffing on a scale that Tammany Hall would have been embarrassed to try.

In the 2016 election, Chicago had a very similar problem:

More than 14,000 votes were cast in Chicago during the 2016 general election than there were voters to cast them, based on separate figures released by the Chicago Board of Elections, the chairman of the Chicago Republican Party has reported.

Chris Cleveland told the Chicago Wire that “on a whim,” he filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the board, which provided him with a list of 1,101,178 people who voted in the general election. An earlier post on the board’s website said that 1,115,664 votes had been cast.

None of this is news to election officials. The chief  of elections of Broward County, FL, testified under oath in a lawsuit that her office had knowingly registered ‘hundreds’ of voters that gave commercial addresses, usually rented mailboxes, instead of residential addresses. She also said that she knew that numbers of convicted felons and illegals were voting but her office didn’t stop them.

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States

Miami Becomes Ghost Town As City Braces for Direct Hit

The speculation over whether Hurricane Irma might take an alternate track and steer clear of the Florida peninsula is over as virtually all projections show a direct hit on the state within 48 hours.

With a week of warnings gone, major cities like Miami have become ghost towns as residents have evacuated.

The National Hurricane Center is calling the city of Miami in the ‘worst possible position’ in which winds in excess of 150 mph are expected to hit the coast.

One can look at the devastation in islands already hit to get an idea of what a post-Irma Miami might look like over the next week.

What could be worse is that the track may move along the eastern seaboard of Florida maintaining the warm water energy, thus slingshotting it up the eastern coast through Georgia, South Carolina and beyond.

Here’s more from Daily Mail…

Miami is now in the ‘worst possible position’ as Hurricane Irma heads for the U.S. mainland.

With the storm barreling toward the southern tip of Florida for perhaps a catastrophic blow this weekend, the U.S. National Hurricane Center forecast reported that the most likely path of the eye of the storm had shifted and that it could hit Florida earlier than expected.

The center said it had become likely that Irma will make landfall late Saturday in southern Florida as a dangerous major hurricane and bring ‘life-threatening storm surge and wind impacts’ to much of the state.

‘It looks like it’s shifting, even though it may be just 20 miles, it puts Miami right in the worst possible position,’ CNN meteorologist Tom Sater said.

‘Because when you look at the formidable storm, the strongest winds, the strongest storm surge, the bands of heavy rain are always in that north, northeastern quadrant.’

Just before 5am ET Friday, the hurricane was centered about 55 miles northwest of Great Inagua Island and 495 miles southeast of Miami.

Irma weakened from a Category 5 storm to Category 4 on Friday morning with maximum sustained winds near 155 mph, but it remained a powerful hurricane and it could intensify again as it enters warmer than normal waters around Florida. Irma’s core is expected to hit Florida early Sunday morning, but its tropical force storm winds can arrive as early as Saturday morning.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued hurricane warnings for South Florida and the Keys late Thursday night as Irma tracks toward the state. A storm surge has also been issued for the same area.

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States

Florida’s Gov. Scott on Irma: ‘We Can’t Save You’

It’s being called the largest storm on record, and the destruction so far over the Caribbean islands is proof in the pudding.

Hurricane Irma continued to demonstrate windspeeds off the charts and Haiti, Puerto Rico and other area islands are being devastated.

Most hurricanes quickly lose energy as they hit land, but Irma is so large that landfall isn’t doing much to slow it down.

And when it reaches the warm, shallow waters off the southern Florida coast, it likely will reenergize and gain more speed.

That’s probably why Florida Gov. Rick Scott just ordered citizens to get the heck out of dodge or stay at your own risk.

His warning was dire: “If you stay, we cannot save you.”

And now gasoline is completely gone in many cities and highways are clogged with residents pouring out of the state ahead of landfall, which is estimated to be late Saturday or early Sunday.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Hurricane Irma is barreling towards southern Florida, with weather experts describing her as a “major, dangerous” storm. Irma is expected to make landfall near Miami as a Category 5 or strong Category 4 hurricane, having only slowed down marginally since tearing through Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.

Fox News reports that at least 500,000 residents of southern Florida have been evacuated, and Gov. Rick Scott today told those in evacuation zones to leave their homes. He warned:

“Do not try to ride out this storm … we can’t save you once the storm hits.”

Irma has already left a path of destruction in her wake. Reports out of Puerto Rico are that 1 million people are without power, and the tiny island of Barbuda is said to be in shambles. Billionaire Richard Branson, who rode out the hurricane on his private island in the British Virgin Islands, said the area has been “utterly devastated.”

As if Irma weren’t enough to deal with, two other hurricanes have developed in the Atlantic basin. Hurricane Jose, who is taking a similar path to Irma, was upgraded earlier this evening to a Category 3. Jose is not expected to make landfall, but islands decimated by Irma are likely to feel his wrath nonetheless.

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Issues, Politics, States

Texas Voter ID Law Reinstated by 5th Circuit Court

The Lone Start state just won a major battle in federal  court over its voter ID law which was struck down by a liberal federal judge.

Appealing to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas asked for a stay on the lower court’s ruling arguing that its amended version of the bill would pass legal muster.

With a 2-1 vote, the 5th Circuit agreed and reinstated the law.

Liberals are squarely against voter ID regulations around the country arguing that they act as voter suppression tools against minorities.

The problem with that logic is that IDs are already required for the purchase of tobacco, lotto tickets, alcohol, military service and a handful of other commonplace transactions.

Which liberals don’t seem to have much problem with.

It’s the fact that voters must show they actually are legally registered that has them up in arms.

Why is that, pray tell?

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

Last week, Christian Adams and I reported on the latest mistaken decision by federal district court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who threw out—for the fifth time—Texas’ amended voter ID law.

Texas immediately appealed to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and requested a stay of Ramos’ decision. On Tuesday in a 2-1 vote, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit granted the state’s request. That means the Texas voter ID is back in effect and will remain in effect until the appeals court makes its final decision on the appeal.

This also means the voter ID law will be in effect for state elections in November.

When deciding whether to grant a stay of a lower court order, appeals courts consider a number of factors. One of those is whether the party appealing “is likely to succeed on the merits.”

The 5th Circuit panel granted the stay because Texas “made a strong showing” that it would “succeed on the merits.” This is because Texas had amended its original law to allow voters “without qualifying photo ID to cast regular ballots by executing a declaration that they face a reasonable impediment to obtaining qualifying photo ID.”

The 5th Circuit obviously found it significant that every single one of the 27 voters “whose testimony the plaintiffs used to support their discriminatory-effect claim … can vote without impediment” under the amended law.

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