Border security makes sense.
Sometimes, there is no need for satire, because reality satirizes itself.
What have we learned in the time since a crazy man jumped the White House fence, made it into the building, and caused an unmitigated panic? What did that incident teach us? Well, according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security, we need a better fence.
“A number of common-sense improvements should be explored. For sure, the fence must be taller; even an increase of four or five feet would be materially helpful.”
The report goes on to say that the fence should curve outward at the top, and according to Charlie Spiering of Breitbart:
“Currently, the report notes, ‘pranksters’ and the mentally ill’ can easily jump the fence, forcing the Secret Service to make a decision about the use of lethal force. ‘By deterring these more frivolous threats, a more effective fence can minimize the instances when such difficult decision making is required,’ the report notes.”
Given the recommendations for the White House fence following an unwanted intruder crossing the border of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, one wonders what else could be gleaned from such an incident. What other situation shares similarities with this episode? Perhaps a situation of national importance that almost exactly parallels the one that took place at the White House? Intruders entering a space illegally by crossing a man-made border of sorts.
The report includes references to those who could easily jump the fence, such as pranksters, and the mentally ill. But what about drug cartels, sex traffickers, murderers, sex offenders, thieves, criminals, and possibly terrorists? Is there no possibility of them crossing the precious White House border? Oh wait—that’s the southern border of the United States. I forgot, the southern border of the United States has only a partial fence, with wide gaps—essentially rendering the parts of fence that are in place pointless. For you see, when one builds a fence, one generally seeks to make it fully connected, and thus, of actual use—like the fence at the White House.
According to the report, a higher, and more effective fence will deter threats. But I’m not so certain that’s the case. For years, all I’ve heard from the left is that a fence along the southern border would be useless, and not cost effective. According to GlobalSecurity.org:
“…Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said a wall running the length of a border would cost too much. A 2,000 mile state-of-the-art border fence has been estimated to cost between four and eight billion dollars. Costs for a wall that would run the entire length of the border might be as low as $851 million for a standard 10-foot prison chain link fence topped by razor wire. For another $362 million, the fence could be electrified. A larger 12-foot tall, two-foot-thick concrete wall painted on both sides would run about $2 billion.”
There are massive discrepancies between the various estimations of what it would cost to build a state of the art fence along the southern border, but even giving the most generous estimate–$49 billion–the authority, that’s a drop in the bucket. I suppose tacking between $4 to $49 billion ($49 billion being approximately 0.29% of the $17 trillion national debt) would be asking too much.
Besides, according to Texas businessman Gary Jacobs:
“…it doesn’t matter how many fences you build, how high, how thick, if people want to get in they will find a way.”
In essence, let’s just give up. It’s the same argument we’ve heard for years regarding drug legalization. Why are meth and heroin illegal? People will just do them anyway! Well, that’s why we call those people criminals, and that’s why we have prisons–and also a legal system. We don’t reward heroin dealers. We don’t allow them to “come out of the shadows,” and pay some back taxes. We arrest them, and put them in prison. I’m not saying that all illegal immigrants are on the same level as drug dealers, but some indeed are–some are much worse–and the ones that aren’t still broke the law to get here.
We are a nation of laws, and one which has extraordinary resourcefulness. Certainly the challenges of building a fence, or finding another method by which we could secure the border in the areas in which a fence is not feasible, are enormous, but we have the intellect, and the ability to accomplish it. It is merely a question of will. And nearly all Democrats, and most Republicans don’t have the will, because they have a different agenda. They would rather reward illegal immigrants, and keep the borders open in order to allow even more to come here. The elite political class, as well as big business, can benefit greatly from amnestied illegals, and so long as they can profit, they will not build a fence.
A better fence will deter threats. It works for the White House, but apparently not the rest of the country. I guess keeping the president, and the White House staff safe is of greater importance than keeping thieves, drug dealers, sex traffickers, murderers, and terrorists out of our communities, and our country. The safety of the American people means nothing in the face of political profits.
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Roger Stone Associates Make Case for Keeping Political Provocateur Out of Prison
As of this writing, nearly 35,000 people have signed a petition asking President Donald Trump to pardon Stone.
Roger Stone is very much an enigma in the turbulence of American politics, having survived innumerable political scandals with the gusto and panache of a man whose certain of his place in the world. He is a steady breeze where others are gusty, swirling, and fickle.
No, Stone is a rock, (no pun intended), and he has become a staple of The Beltway soap opera over the course of several decades. He’s the quintessential wildcard, and the political arena would be insufferably mundane without his presence.
That’s precisely why some are calling for a sentence of no jail-time for Stone, who faces charges of witness tampering and and lying to Congress…including a man who was considered a “victim” of Stone’s alleged improprieties.
Randy Credico, an activist and radio host who’s known Stone for years, was on the receiving end of the witness tampering. Evidence introduced by prosecutors during trial showed Stone repeatedly — and often with vulgar language — threatened Credico to not cooperate with a congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
But in a letter to D.C. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee, on Thursday, Credico said that he did not take any of those threats seriously and that he believes Stone does not deserve to go to prison.
“I understand that Roger Stone has broken federal laws, but a prison sentence is beyond what is required in this case,” Credico wrote. “It is not justice. It is cruelty.”
Credico’s endorsement of Stone was not without criticism, however.
“Roger Stone certainly rubs a lot of people the wrong way, particularly those on the receiving end of his wee hour lowbrow character attacks,” Credico wrote. “Stone enjoys playing adolescent mind games and pulling off juvenile stunts, gags and pranks. He shamelessly invents and promotes outlandish and invidious conspiracy tales.”
Roger Stone is set to face his sentencing on February 20th.
As of this writing, nearly 35,000 people have signed a petition asking President Donald Trump to pardon Stone.
Senator Blackburn Takes Flak for Alluding to Lt. Col. Vindman as ‘Political Activist’
Blackburn backed her beliefs up with a direct quote from Vindman’s commanding officer.
Given just how intertwined our personal lives have become with our political realities as of late, it can be difficult to keep ourselves from interjection a bit of emotion into our discussions of Washington DC and its inhabitants.
This is especially true in the case of Donald Trump’s looming impeachment trial, where half of the nation feels personally attacked by the other half, all while the mainstream media sits on the sidelines, fanning the flames of intolerance for the sake of ratings.
During the House’s impeachment “inquiry”, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was briefly at the crossroads of politics and angst, as Republican Congresspersons attempted to poke holes in his story while avoiding any naysaying of his military service. Despite their careful plodding, many still found themselves drawing the ire of the left as they interrogated Vindman.
Senator Marsha Blackburn is now feeling the same heat as she exposes her beliefs on the character of Vindman, which itself insinuates that she and her fellow Republicans are over the target.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has drawn fire from across the anti-Donald Trump political spectrum the past few days as she has publicly challenged the fake establishment built around key impeachment figure and Democrat witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.
Vindman infamously testified in his full military uniform–despite the fact he does not wear it to work at the National Security Council (NSC)–before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) during the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry stage last year helping build their case to pass articles of Impeachment before Christmas. The “impeachment managers,” the top Democrats that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has appointed to argue the Democrats’ partisan case for removing President Trump from office before the U.S. Senate, have repeatedly invoked Vindman’s testimony over the course of this week, where Democrats have finally finished their opening arguments after three long days of that and a previous late night on Tuesday in the Senate where they used a series of meaningless amendments to buy more time to press their case on the Senate floor.
Blackburn went all in.
On Thursday, Blackburn began a tweet thread–one of many she’s done this week exposing the left on this impeachment case–by questioning the image that the establishment media and Democrats have painted of Vindman being patriotic:
As she points out, Vindman was reprimanded earlier in his military career for badmouthing the United States in front of Russian military officials.
“Before he was detailed to the White House, Vindman served in the U.S. Army, where he once received a reprimand from a superior officer for badmouthing and ridiculing America in front of Russian soldiers his unit was training with during a joint 2012 exercise in Germany,” RealClearPolitics’ Paul Sperry wrote on January 22.
So, clearly, the facts behind Blackburn’s first tweet were factually accurate.
Then, a few minutes later, she added a follow-up tweet questioning whether–as HPSCI chairman and Pelosi-designated “impeachment manager” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) claimed on the floor of the Senate this week that Vindman was not “vindictive”–Vindman’s decision to circumvent his chain of command to leak the contents of the president’s call with Ukraine’s president was “vindictive.”
The Senator from Tennessee, knowing full well that her stance would not be received warmly by many, followed up the tweet storm with a quote that says it all:
Vindman’s commanding officer, Army Lt. Col. Jim Hickman: “Do not let the uniform fool you. He is a political activist in uniform.”
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 24, 2020
Trump Legal Team Claims ‘Danger’ in Removing President From Office
The sudden derailment of the Trump train could be bad news for everyone.
The impeachment train has left the station, and there is no telling where it might end up as it careens wildly down the tracks.
It is assumed that there will be stops at the UkraineGate station, and we already know that the locomotive has been parked at the corner Kremlin and conspiracy theory for a while. From here, however, it’s anyone’s guess as to what sights we may see on our travels.
According to the Trump legal team, however, there could be a derailment in our future if we’re not careful.
Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump told his Senate impeachment trial on Saturday that Democrats’ efforts to remove the president from office would set a “very, very dangerous” precedent in an election year.
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, the head of the defense team, told Senators they would be denying voters their right to give their opinion on Trump at the Nov. 3 presidential election if they found him guilty and ousted him now.
The well-respected lawyer continued:
Cipollone said taking Trump off the ballot in November would mean having to “tear up all of the ballots across this country on your own initiative, take that decision away from the American people.”
“They are asking you to do something very, very consequential and, I would submit to you … very, very dangerous,” he said.
With political tensions running high in America these days, Cipollone could be completely accurate…which in and of itself is a worrisome proposition.
Trump Private Dinner Conversation Leaked, Attendees Discussed Yovanovitch
Where Lev Parnas goes, trouble for President Trump seems to follow.
The sheer volume of avenues to explore in the UkraineGate impeachment case are enough for an entire anthology of Hollywood films, and, as the Senate begins to adjudicate the issue in earnest, we will surely be hearing a whole lot more about the ins-and-outs of the matter.
This information could be hard to come by, however, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised Republicans a swift and expedient trial with as few as zero witnesses being called.
The left seems to believe that this somehow delegitimizes the process. In turn, a number of seemingly important pieces of information have come to the American people not through the official channels, but rather from sources outside of the Capitol.
The latest fork in the road is a fitting example.
A recording reviewed by ABC News appears to capture President Donald Trump telling associates he wanted the then-U.S. ambassador to UkraineMarie Yovanovitch fired while speaking at a small gathering that included Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman — two former business associates of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani who have since been indicted in New York.
The recording appears to contradict statements by President Trump and support the narrative that has been offered by Parnas during broadcast interviews in recent days. Sources familiar with the recording said the recording was made during an intimate April 30, 2018, dinner at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
“Get rid of her!” is what the voice that appears to be President Trump’s is heard saying. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.”
Parnas has been a real thorn in the side of the Republicans’ case against impeachment, consistently interjecting new bits of information at the most inopportune times…quite conveniently for the Democrats.
This has raised the specter that his intentions are purely for self-preservation as he faces federal indictments stemming from his work as a foreign agent.
As Joe Says ‘No’ to Testifying, Rudy Giuliani Threatens to Reveal ‘The Goods’
Could Rudy be onto something here?
This entire UkraineGate saga has at times felt like a made-for-TV movie.
There are some real characters involved in our real life political drama these days, and the Trump administration has been exception. In the beginning of Trump’s first term, we were introduced to a shady, conniving lawyer and his porn star client. Then, as 2020’s election came into view, we were treated to a debate performance by a spiritual guru running for President who called Trump a “dark, psychic force”.
Even in impeachment, we are being greeted daily by some outlandish persons and predicaments.
The most recent wildcard in The Beltway has been Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City Mayor and current personal attorney for Donald Trump. Rudy has been part and parcel in the UkraineGate scandal, and has repeatedly insisted that the Biden family has been involved in corrupt dealings within the tiny European nation.
This week, Rudy threatened to spill ‘the goods’.
“Everything I tried to tell the press last March is now coming out, and more. I will now start to reveal the evidence directly to you, the People,” the former New York mayor tweeted. “The Biden Family Enterprise made millions by selling public office. Then when Joe was Obama’s Point Man, they ALL made millions.”
Giuliani’s claim that he could reveal evidence detrimental to the former vice president follows his offer to testify in Trump’s impeachment trial taking place in the Senate.
“I would love to see a trial. I’d love to be a witness – because I’m a potential witness in the trial – and explain to everyone the corruption that I found in Ukraine, that far out-surpasses any that I’ve ever seen before, involving Joe Biden and a lot of other Democrats,” he said Sunday morning on “The Cats Roundtable” with radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970.
The revelation comes as former Vice President Joe Biden has emphatically stated that he has no interest in testifying before the Senate.
For some Republicans, Rudy’s antics have been a bit over-the-top. But, should he produce definitive evidence of the Biden family fiascos that allegedly occurred in Ukraine, there may yet be a spot at the table for Mr. Mayor.
White House Warns Republicans to Stay in Line…or Else!
There was talk of placing their ‘heads on a pike’.
The political extremes that our nation has come to face have created a sort of dichotic balancing act that leaves the entire nation often on the precipice of very real peril.
In matters of life or death, political or literal, we often see the fate of America and Americans being decide by a single vote or two. This is by design, of course, as the Founding Fathers intended for our nation to exercise their newly minted First Amendment rights vigorously and often, allowing the people to work it out amongst themselves, rather than take order from on high.
That is why the impeachment saga that is currently unfolding in Washington has made for such riveting television: It’s a narrow path that both parties are traveling. If any stragglers or strays fall away from the group, there could be a wild swing in the outcome.
The White House recognizes this, and is taking steps to ensure that the flock remains intact.
Republican senators have been warned in stark terms not to break ranks with President Donald Trump during the impeachment trial, according to a new report.
‘Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike,’ the senators were warned, an unnamed source close to the president told CBS News.
It’s unclear from the report whether the warning was issued by the White House or Republican leadership in the Senate.
So far, no Republican yet has defied the party on a series of procedural votes that set the rules for the trial — but the true test of loyalty is yet to come on the vote to convict.
The news comes as polls show a majority of Americans are hoping to see witnesses called in the Senate trial – something that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been vociferously opposed to.
Puerto Rico: Protesters Bring A Guillotine To Governor’s Mansion
A guillotine was carried to the governor’s mansion as Puerto Rico protests dramatically escalates.
The video shows the protesters carrying a full-sized guillotine to the governor’s mansion, also known as La Fortaleza or ‘the fortress’. The guillotine highlights a Puerto Rican flag.
— J.Meléndez-Badillo (@jorellmelendezb) January 23, 2020
Um, the people of Puerto Rico are carrying a guillotine to the Governor’s mansion right now. pic.twitter.com/uAeH1WoLcN
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) January 23, 2020
Puerto Rican protestors carried a “symbolic” guillotine to the American territory’s governor’s mansion on Thursday to protest leaders’ handling of disaster relief supplies.
As earthquakes continue to rock the island leaving thousands without power, Puerto Ricans are still suffering the effects from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Late last week, residents of the city of Ponce discovered “a warehouse filled with water, cots and other unused emergency supplies,” NBC News reported. The unused supplies had been there since 2017.
Although Governor Wanda Vázquez fired several officials with oversight, including the U.S. territory’s housing secretary and Office of Emergency Management director, it wasn’t enough to stop massive protests Thursday, including one in which several protesters carried a guillotine to the governor’s mansion. More
Civil unrest, caused by failed Democrat leadership… Who would have thought? They let their citizens die all in the name of trying to make President Trump look bad. The Democrats are despicable!
This was the moment, a short time ago, that police used tear gas to disperse protesters in front of the Puerto Rico Governor’s mansion. They are demanding the resignation of Governor @wandavazquezg and Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz. pic.twitter.com/X3DK2TRVEz
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 24, 2020
A Puerto Rican guillotine of the resistance flag. Worth noting, Puerto Rico has one of the highest indices of income inequality in the world. Protester tells me that they want to move up elections now to remove the current government. “We gave them a chance, and they struck out.” pic.twitter.com/f4ca0OBoG2
— Arelis R. Hernández (@arelisrhdz) January 23, 2020
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) January 23, 2020
The guillotine has been been put up outside the Governor’s mansion in San Juan. pic.twitter.com/siTCpihlRO
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) January 23, 2020
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