If the lame stream media really wants to investigate scandals, they should have started with the liar in chief. They’d all have jobs for years and years.

Govt Watchdog Finds Obama Justice Dept Illegally Discriminated Against Veterans

“The veterans refused to withdraw…”

A new government watchdog report published on Wednesday found that the Obama Justice Department discriminated against veterans in its hiring practices.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, charged with overseeing the Justice Department, received complaints alleging that the DOJ’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program “attempted to influence veterans to withdraw from competition for two vacant competitive service positions in 2015.”

Federal law requires government agencies to give preferential consideration to veterans in hiring, and ICITAP officials had non-veteran candidates in mind.

According to the OSC report, the ICITAP’s mission is “to work with foreign governments to develop law enforcement institutions in support of U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives,” which would seem a natural fit for many who have served in the military.

“The veterans refused to withdraw, and human resources told the ICITAP hiring officials that they had to hire the veterans,” the Washington Times reports.

In response, the ICITAP canceled the initial job postings altogether.

Still determined to hire non-veterans, the agency re-posted the openings in 2016, but added requirements to the position that effectively excluded veterans from applying.

The OSC determined that the treatment of these veterans violated multiple laws, including prohibitions against seeking to influence candidates to withdraw from competition and recommending hiring against veterans’ preference requirements.

The government watchdog further found that while the ICITAP did not break any specific laws in re-advertising the positions, it believes the agency should have consulted with the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management before adding requirements that effectively excluded veterans.

As reported by Western Journalism, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in January, listed multiple times the Obama Justice Department failed to follow or enforce the law.

“For eight years, we’ve seen a Department of Justice consistently disregarding the rule of law,” he said.

Some of the instances Cruz listed included Operation Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting of conservative groups; Operation Choke Point, the release of thousands of criminal illegal aliens; and multiple recess appointments by President Obama, which the Supreme Court later unanimously ruled unconstitutional.

Gee, who’d have guessed? Be careful what you ask for…

Vagrants Overrun Colorado Town, Residents Cite Legalized Marijuana as the Reason

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Durango, Colo. was once a picturesque mountain resort town. But the advent of marijuana legalization has reportedly transformed it into a haven for panhandling.

Durango sits near the New Mexico border, and much of its economy is based on its resort status, including its luxury hotels. That prosperity is now being threatened, however, by a recent influx of panhandlers, Fox News reported Wednesday.

According to Durango officials and business owners, the legalization of marijuana in Colorado drew large numbers of transient drug addicts.

Fox documented many people walking Durango’s streets, some of whom just ask for marijuana directly or panhandle with a picture of a green marijuana leaf. Vagrants come from New Mexico, Arizona, and even as far as New York to take advantage of Colorado’s lax pot laws.

Beyond irritating panhandling, Durango residents attribute more serious social and even criminal problems to marijuana legalization. Loitering and even violence are serious issues, according to Durango business owner Caleb Preston.

“Just this year there has been a major influx of people between 20 to 30 who are just hanging out on the streets,” Preston said. “The problem is while many are pretty mellow, there are many more who are violent.”

The Durango store manager claims that shoplifting has been a growing issue. Preston, who regularly has to dispel vagrants in front of his store, says that many of those causing problems come from other states, drawn by Colorado’s permissive laws.

“Most of the kids here are from out of state, and I would say it has a lot to do with the legalized pot,” Preston said.

Not just marijuana users are coming to Durango.

“[The] city really started freaking out when they started seeing needles in the streets,” Durango resident Matthew Marinseck told Fox.

On May 12, Durango’s Business Improvement District held a meeting to review a survey of local businesses on how to address the panhandling problem. Suggested solutions included strategically placing tables, flower boxes, and other obstacles to block potential loitering and signs discouraging panhandling.

Durango is limited in its ability to address the problems posed by the panhandling presence for its coming tourist season, however. The city recently settled a lawsuit, litigated by the American Civil Liberties Union, allowing the homeless to panhandle.

Help from the police is also currently absent from Durango’s arsenal. There is no notable police presence in Durango’s downtown, according to Fox. Kamran Afzal, the city’s police chief, has only been on the job a month and is still determining the best strategy to police the town.

Afzal freely admitted that the city’s problems are substantial: the property crime in Durango is 12 percent higher than the national average. But Afzal qualified that he could not name the cause of that heightened rate.

“At this point, since I’m new here, I can’t definitively say this number is related to our homeless population,” the police chief said.

Afzal was also unwilling to explicitly tie the influx of panhandlers to the legalization of marijuana.

“We are going to look at the behavior of individuals who cause discomfort for residents and visitors,” he said, using a Community Engagement Team.

One clerk at a local hotel who chose not to give her name to Fox said the problem has gotten out of hand.

“I’ve lived here my entire life and don’t feel safe here anymore,” the clerk said. “If it wasn’t so beautiful here, I would probably move.”

Liberal heads about to explode in 3 , 2, 1…..My dreams are beginning to come true. By far, the best news I’ve had all week…maybe all month.

Trump Administration Taps Sheriff David Clarke for DHS Role

Clarke: ‘I’m both honored and humbled to be appointed to this position’

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The Trump administration tapped Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to serve as assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for partnership and engagement.

Clarke, a tough-talking, conservative firebrand recognized by his penchant for cowboy hats, announced the appointment during an interview with a local Wisconsin radio station Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m both honored and humbled to be a appointed to this position by [DHS Sec. John Kelly], working for the Trump administration in this position,” Clarke told WISN Milwaukee.

Clarke will begin in the position in June. The position does not require Senate confirmation.

Clarke, a Trump loyalist who served as a surrogate during the campaign, was one of three black speakers who endorsed President Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention. He is a vocal proponent of gun rights with close ties to the National Rifle Association.

His name has been floated as a possible replacement to former FBI Director James Comey, but the announcement Wednesday scraps those rumors.

Clarke’s brazenness and tendency to fire-off provocative, off-hand comments have contributed to his rise as one of Wisconsin’s most controversial political figures. The law-and-order sheriff has frequently told Black Lives Matters protesters to “stop trying to fix the police, fix the ghetto” and referred to Ferguson demonstrators as “vultures on a roadside carcass.”

Clarke is also facing scrutiny for the death of a mentally ill inmate who died of dehydration at the Milwaukee County Jail after being refused water for seven days. No criminal charges have been filed, but the case is under review by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

The 38-year-old man was one of four people, including the newborn of an inmate, who died last year at the jail overseen by Clarke.

The sheriff will replace the current acting assistant secretary John Barsa.

Living the dream…give me your poor huddled masses and infect the state with disease….Do you still question President Trump’s vetting idea?

Measles Spreads to Fourth County in Minnesota as Cases Increase to 60

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced on Tuesday that the measles outbreak has now spread to a fourth county in the south of the state and the number of cases has increased to 60.
Fifty-one cases have been diagnosed in Hennepin County, and three have been diagnosed in Ramsey County, both of which are in metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul. Four cases have been diagnosed in Crow Wing County in the northern part of the state. Now two cases have been diagnosed in Le Sueur County in the south of the state.

Fifty of the sixty cases “are Somali Minnesotan.”

Fifty-seven are “in children (ages 0-17 years).” Three “cases are in adults.”

Fifty-seven are “confirmed to be unvaccinated. 1 had 1 dose of MMR. 2 had 2 doses of MMR,” MDH reported.

“When it began last month, public health officials knew this outbreak could be large and ongoing, because many Somali-Americans have been refusing the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine for years over unfounded rumors that the childhood immunization, whose first dose is routinely given to babies at 12 to 15 months, causes autism,” the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) reported.

“This is not an access question,” said Kristen Ehresmann, RN, MPH, director for infectious diseases at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). “It’s an issue of being misinformed about the risk. Doing community outreach and engagement is much more labor intensive, because it’s not about just offering more clinics and opportunities to get the vaccine.”

Ehresmann said that staffing costs for the current measles outbreak, which includes the communication office, are an extra $207,096 for the state per 21-day period. But Ehresmann said the $200,000 number is just the “tip of the iceberg.”

“We’re already into the second month of this outbreak, and we haven’t plateaued yet,” she said. Ehresmann said the costs incur from several different departments: $165,000 for staffing infectious disease and communication departments; $9,600 for having staff on call 24/7; $14,000 for materials, testing supplies, translations, and shipping.

Last week, Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger requested that the Minnesota State Legislature “create a public health response contingency fund of $5 million to ensure sufficient resources are available for immediate, life-saving actions to protect Minnesotans from infectious disease outbreaks.” The request specifically focused on measles, tuberculosis and syphilis, as well as “other unanticipated public health threats.”

“Governor Dayton has given me his support for this proposal, and we will advocate for its inclusion in any final legislative budget agreement,” Ehlinger added.

The costs of treating the current measels outbreak are expected to continue to grow as it spreads further throughout the state.

“We’re projecting another 3 months out at this point; it’s going to be expensive,” MDH’s director of infectious diseases Ehresmann told CIDRAP:

“If the measles outbreak lasts 3 months,” said Kate Awsumb, MA, MPH, “the back-of-the-envelope costs are approaching $1 million.” She is the assistant director of communications with the MDH.

And those are just the MDH costs. Hennepin County, the epicenter of the outbreak, has to date incurred $79,000 on the outbreak, according to Lori Imsdahl, a communications specialist with the county.

But that cost does not include staffing and payroll, information that won’t be calculated until May 19, Imsdahl said. On that date, the county will be able to estimate an average weekly cost for the outbreak.

The 60 cases of measles that have been diagnosed in Minnesota since the first case was detected on April 11 are the most in the state in more than 20 years.

Another act of class and dignity by our commander in chief.

Donald Trump Will Light White House in Blue to Honor Fallen Law Officials

President Donald Trump will light the White House in blue on Monday night, to honor law enforcement officials who have perished in the line of duty.

Plans to light the White House were detailed in a document signed by Trump declaring May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and kicking off police week in Washington D.C.

“Police officers are the thin blue line whose sacrifices protect and serve us every day, and we pledge to support them as they risk their lives to safeguard ours,” the statement from Trump read.

ump also encouraged Governors to fly their flags at half-staff to remember the fallen law officials.

According to the White House, 118 officers killed in the line of duty in the United States last year, including 66 in malicious attacks.

Trump personally met with officials at the White House who suffered the loss of a police officer in their department and promised to prosecute crimes against law enforcement officials.

“We’re going to get it taken care of quickly,” he said.

The Trumps also lit the White House in blue light in April to recognize World Autism Awareness Day.  

President Barack Obama lit up the White House with rainbow lighting to celebrate the Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage and lit the White House in pink to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Peace officers Memorial Day and Police week.

Take the time today or sometime this week to shake a LEO’s hand, thank them for what they do, buy them lunch, or simply take a moment to remember that cops are people too…just like everyone else.  In this day and age with all the cop hating going on, I think it would be nice to go out of one’s way to make a LEO feel appreciated.

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Peace Officers Memorial Day in the United States

Peace Officers Memorial Day is held annually in the United States on May 15 in honor of federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. It is observed in conjunction with Police Week.

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Peace Officers Memorial Day honors federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.
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What Do People Do?

Many people in the United States will pay tribute to officers who lost their lives or were injured in their jobs. According to Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), about 140-160 officers are killed in the line of duty each year and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss.

Many businesses and community members across the nation, especially those who lost family members, friends or colleagues who were local officers, will lower their flags in remembrance of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Some police departments hold an annual law enforcement memorial ceremony on this day.

Each year, the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary organizes a national memorial service on the day, drawing thousands of people from many parts of the United States. The service is followed by the placement of a memorial wreath at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC. On this day, people are also reminded of the need to be vigilant against all forms of crime.

Public Life

Peace Officers Memorial Day is an observance but it is not a federal public holiday in the United States. Some people may take some time off work, such as an extended lunch break if a memorial service is held at noon, to attend a memorial service on this day.

Background

The idea of a Peace Officers Memorial Day came into effect on October 1, 1961, when Congress asked the president to designate May 15 to honor law enforcement officers. President John F Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. Each year, the president of the United States proclaims May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week of each year during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week.

According to the Legal Information Institute, the president is requested to issue a proclamation to: designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day; to direct government officials to display the United States flag at half staff on all government buildings; and to invite state and local governments and the people to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

 

 

And who does the left call when someone steals their Prius ? Cop bashing is a great idea…until you need one to rescue your ass.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Police-Bashing’s Contemptible Consequences

An unclassified FBI report reveals that the American Left’s penchant for police-bashing has yielded deadly results.

Arnold Ahlert · May 8, 2017

An unclassified FBI report reveals the consequences of the American Left’s penchant for police-bashing.

According to “Assailant Study — Mindsets and Behaviors,” which examined “multiple high-profile police incidents across the country,” the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the ensuing mayhem it engendered “initiated a movement that some perceived made it socially acceptable to challenge and discredit the actions of law enforcement,” the report states. “This attitude was fueled by the narrative of police misconduct and excessive force perpetuated through politicians and the media.”

“Hands Up Don’t Shoot” has been the most enduring narrative promoted by the Leftmedia and their political allies, despite being ultimately labeled one of 2014’s “biggest lies of the year” by Washington Post “fact-checker” Glen Kessler. The lefty Kessler also reminded us that four Democrat members of the Congressional Black Caucus “raised their hands during their speeches in solidarity” with the anti-cop gesture it spawned, despite the reality the “grand jury had questioned this characterization by then.”

For a racially polarized Obama administration, the grand jury that ultimately exonerated Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson was considered insufficient. The Justice Department, led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, conducted its own investigation — and much to the dismay of a race-baiting left, Wilson remained un-indicted.

But what about the plethora of witnesses who claimed Michael Brown’s hands were in the air when Wilson shot him? “All of these purported witnesses, upon being interviewed by law enforcement, acknowledged that they did not actually witness the shooting, but rather repeated what others told them in the immediate aftermath of the shooting,” the DOJ report reveals.

Moreover, forensic evidence backed Wilson’s version of the events.

Keep reading:

This is what dignity and class look like.

Trump and First Lady Celebrate Mother’s Day with Military Spouses and Families

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted military families at the White House on Friday to celebrate Mother’s Day.

“We want to thank you. Believe me, we want to thank you. To all of the military families here today, thank you for your daily service to your families, and equally as important, to our great, great nation. And we have a great nation, and it’s getting stronger every day,” he said.

He delivered his remarks to “an excited group of military mothers and spouses” before introducing his wife, according to a White House press pool report.

Trump mentioned, according to the report, proposed increases in defense spending, to a big round of applause.

“We were in the depleted side, to put it mildly. We won’t be anymore,” he said according to the report. “You have my complete and total support. This government stands behind you.”

Trump especially thanked the spouses of the military aides who work at the White House.

“I especially want to thank the spouses of the military aides and I’m dealing with them all the time and they’re incredible, incredible people, right? Who support me every hour of the day,” he said.

Trump also said he had a great mother and that he thought she was looking down on him. Many of the mothers had their cameras out and cheered throughout the talk, the report said.

“I love you,” he told the group, and as he left, stopped to say hello to several of the mothers.

The first lady then thanked the group for being there, and gave some remarks:

I’m honored by your presence, especially as we celebrate National Military Appreciation Month and Mother’s Day on Sunday.

As everyone in this room knows, mother is a title that claims your heart and changes your life forever. In fact, it has been said that having a child means allowing your heart to walk around outside of your body. For the mothers of someone who has or is serving our country, this must be especially true. As you all know, I, too, am a mother.

However, I have no idea what kind of different challenges each of you must face as the parent of a soldier. And while you stand with many other parents, so strong and so proud, I am sure that you sometimes march on this journey alone. While your sons and daughters are away serving so selflessly, having a community share even some of that burden must make all the difference in the world.

I want to know – I want you to know, you’re among that community today and we are all so proud to be part of it with you. I also want to say thank you for all that you do, for your selflessness and for your own sacrifice on behalf of our country. Let today’s celebration with this community of strong and selfless moms be a first step in building the relationships and – and in your knowing that my husband and I, along with the vice president and Mrs. Pence and everyone here at the White House, hold you close in our hearts and thoughts each and every day.

In honor of our bravest, we have the United States Army…and members of the Marine band performing for us today. Enjoy it. They are incredible.

In closing, I want to say God bless our troops and the courageous men and women who are also your sons and daughters and God bless you, dear mothers, for all that you sacrifice so that your children may keep this country safe. Have a happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.

Union bosses screwing the membership. The difference is CEO’s get their salaries from profits, union bosses steal it from their members.

AFL-CIO ‘Paywatch’ report slams CEO pay but not the high pay of its own execs

Perry Chiaramonte

A powerful labor union’s new report slams the pay gap between CEOs and rank-and-file workers, but critics say it conveniently ignores the sky-high salaries union bosses pull down.

The AFL-CIO’s annual Executive Paywatch  report, unveiled this week, found that last year the average S&P 500 CEO earned a total of $13.1 million in compensation, while the average U.S. worker made only $37,632, a pay ratio of 347:1. But not included in any of the figures are the total compensations of nearly 192 union presidents who earned more than the average executive’s income.

“By attacking business leaders with cherry-picked data, labor leaders are glossing over their own startling pay discrepancies,” Luka Ladan, spokesman for Center for Union Facts, told Fox News. “The AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions would be better off figuring out how to effectively serve their disgruntled members than scoring cheap PR points.”

Officials for the AFL-CIO did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

An audit of past Paywatch reports by the American Enterprise Institute found that the AFL-CIO’s conclusion of the disparaging CEO-to-worker pay ratio is faulty and misleading, saying that the actual average U.S. chief executive earns $194,350.

“[T]he AFL-CIO reported an average CEO pay (total compensation) of $11.7 million for 2013 based on ‘available data from 350 companies,’” reads a 2015 analysis by AEI Scholar Mark J. Perry. “This year, the AFL-CIO fails to mention the exact number of companies it is using to determine that average CEO compensation in 2014 was $13.5 million.”

“BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) data show that there are actually 246,240 ‘chief executives’ in the US, who earned an average annual salary of $180,700 in 2014.”

Some of the AFL-CIO executives and their salaries that were omitted from this year’s Paywatch report were:

•         Timothy Canoll of the Air Line Pilots Association: $775,829

•         Newton B. Jones of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers: $756,973

•         Terence M. O’Sullivan of the Laborers’ International Union: $717,992

•         John T. Niccollai of the United Food and Commercial Workers: $594,193

•         Harold J. Daggett of the International Longshoremen’s Association: $533,222

Also missing from the list is the AFL-CIO’s own president, Richard Trumka, who reportedly earns $294,537 in total compensation.

“This year’s report provides further proof that the greed of corporate CEOs is driving America’s income inequality crisis,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a recent press release touting the new edition of the Paywatch report.

“Big corporations continually find ways to rig the economy in their favor and line their CEOs’ pockets at the expense of the workers who make their businesses run. Too often, corporations see workers as costs to be cut, rather than assets to be invested in. It’s shameful that CEOs can make tens of millions of dollars and still destroy the livelihoods of the hard-working people who make their companies profitable.”

The AEI’s Perry also pointed out in his analysis that the methodology of the Paywatch reports often uses extremely small sample sizes that represent only 1 percent to 2 percent of all companies with CEOs, fails to compare CEO compensation to worker pay at the same company, including bonuses and all forms of noncash compensation and fringe benefits for CEOs, while ignoring those forms of compensation for employees.

“Among other flaws, the AFL-CIO’s metrics only take into account the highest-paid CEOs from the S&P 500, not the average pay of all U.S. chief executives — a much more accurate indicator of executive pay,” the Center for Union Facts’ Luka Ladan told Fox News. “Numerous fact-checkers, including The Washington Post, have questioned the AFL-CIO’s misleading conclusions.”

Perry Chiaramonte is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @perrych

Of course, its the high concentration of Somalians, east Africans, and open borders. This is one of the few writers I’ve seen that gets it right.

Measles in Minnesota: It’s the borders, stupid

In this Tuesday, May 2, 2017, photo, Amira Hassan, of Burnsville, Minn., plays in the waiting room at the specialty clinic at Children’s Minnesota in Minneapolis. Hassan went to the hospital’s clinic for a routine wellness check, but had to … more >
– The Washington Times – Thursday, May 11, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Minnesota is facing a bit of a measles crisis, with nearing 50 confirmed cases in the last four weeks — a level that hasn’t been seen in three decades or so.

But the blame for this crisis is being wrongfully cast on anti-vaccination activists, and not on open border folk, where it more rightfully belongs.

It should be noted these cases came primarily from the Somali community of Hennepin County. They also come from a state with a massive refugee acceptance rate.

As the StarTribune wrote way back in December 2015: “Minnesota is poised to receive more refugees in 2016 than in any year for almost a decade. … Roughly three-quarters of the [2015] newcomers settled in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. Of the 2,338 total, almost 45 percent hailed from Somalia. … Minnesota remains near the top among states for refugee resettlement … [and] is the top destination for refugees who move from the state where they were originally resettled.”

And now that state, and in particular, that county in the state known for taking in Somalian refugees, is experiencing a near-historic measles outbreak.

Coincidence? Methinks not.