De Blasio Threatens Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline

Perhaps NY City mayor Bill de Blasio should shut down all the pipelines in his city. And stop using fossil fuels himself

(Daily Caller) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened Wells Fargo bank for its investment in the North Dakota Access Pipeline.

In a February 17 letter to Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan, de Blasio said he wanted to “express my deep concern about your involvement, and the involvement of other banks, in financing the Dakota Access Pipeline,” noting his concern is partly based on being a Mayor of a “coastal city threatened by climate change.”

De Blasio claimed the pipeline would violate “human and tribal rights of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation” and would have “negative environmental consequences” to the land and water of the area.

“As someone with a leadership role in funds that are long-term investors in shares of your bank, I am profoundly troubled by the risks you are taking by involving your institution in this controversial project,” the liberal mayor of New York wrote. “Beyond the potential direct financial costs to the bank if Energy Transfer Partners is unable to repay the financing you have provided for the pipeline, I am apprehensive about the risks to your reputation.”

De Blasio goes on to note multiple times that he’s in charge of all the investments for NYC assets that pay for benefits for active and retired NYC employees. De Blasio is very upset that Trump may withhold funding due to NYC being a sanctuary city, but, de Blasio is refusing to back down, and has slammed Trump for these threats. Yet, here’s de Blasio threatening Wells Fargo, a private company for doing something he doesn’t like, something which is entirely within the law.

As for NYC being threatened by ‘climate change’, it’s a fallacy, and the city has much more things to worry about. But, hey, if Bill is so concerned, why doesn’t he block the use of all fossil fueled vehicles other than public transportation? Why doesn’t he show us the way and stop using his own limos? He can turn the AC up to 85 and the heat down to 58. Impose a carbon tax in the city. Obviously, he won’t do any of those things, because it would kill business and raise costs to his voters (beyond the already massive cost of living). Plus, he himself surely doesn’t want to be inconvenienced by practicing what he preaches.

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Sanctuary Cities Could See Their Transportation Projects Caught In The Crossfire

There are penalties for violating federal law on a subject that the federal government is tasked with per the Constitution

(Politico) A tunnel under New York’s Hudson River may be imperiled. In Los Angeles, millions of dollars could be at stake for port improvements. And other communities’ hopes for major transportation projects could be caught in the crossfire as President Donald Trump threatens to strip federal funding from “sanctuary cities” that defy his immigration policies.

Considering that Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., have all declared themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, Trump’s reprisals could end up canceling or delaying major infrastructure projects in some of the nation’s most congested areas — even as the administration touts a $1 trillion proposal to rebuild the United States’ roads, railroads, bridges and airports.

Trump issued an executive order last month that declares a “policy” of blocking federal funds for cities, states and other jurisdictions that refuse to provide information and assistance to federal immigration authorities. That puts potentially hundreds of millions of dollars on the chopping block, and transportation advocates say the damage could extend far beyond Trump’s intended targets.

“Wouldn’t punishing a city with a loss of transit funding have deleterious effects on an entire region?” asked Steve Davis, communications director for the advocacy group Transportation for America. “D.C. for example — if the District lost transportation funding, wouldn’t Prince William or other outlying counties pay part of the price too in congestion, lost productivity and economic turmoil?”

There’s an easy solution to this: stop being sanctuary cities. Stop sheltering those who are unlawfully present in the country. Cooperate with federal authorities when it comes to illegal aliens. Leftists claim to love the federal government, yet, when federal law goes against their predilection for illegal aliens, even those who are stone cold felons such as child molestation, they want to defy the federal government. The Constitution gives the Congress the power duty to protect our borders.

Many liberal cities and counties have recently changed their tune, such as Miami. Whether they’ve only rescinded their policies in name only and will continue the actual practices remains to be seen. Yet, this is the right path. The rest should think long on whether they should continue protecting illegal aliens who usually end up in police stations because they’ve broken the law.

Nor is it out of bounds for a president and/or Congress to threaten to withhold funding. They do it all the time. They’ve done it on highway funding, especially regarding things like lowering the speed limit to 55, legal drinking age, and the use of seat belts.

Interestingly, Team Obama threatened to withhold funding to schools and even North Carolina if they didn’t allow men who felt they were women to use girls bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms. Where was the media outrage over this strong-arm tactic which would violate the privacy and sanctity of women and girls? Those threats were outside the norm, and not in line with the Constitution. Withholding funding for cities and counties that refuse to obey Constitutional federal law is well within the purview of the federal government.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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Horrific News: GOP Wants NASA To Focus On Space Instead Of ‘Climate Change’

Have you ever heard something so horrible?

Republicans Find Another Way To Derail Climate Change Fight

Republican lawmakers seem to have found yet another way to undermine the battle against climate change.

GOP members of Congress and officials with President Donald Trump’s administration want to shift NASA’s mission away from climate change research to focus exclusively on space exploration, according to a report in E&E News. Representative Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, told E&E that he wants to “rebalance” NASA’s assigned duties since President Barack Obama’s administration cut funds for deep space exploration.

“Our weather satellites have been an immense help, for example, and that’s from NASA, but I’d like for us to remember what our priorities are, and there are another dozen agencies that study earth science and climate change, and they can continue to do that,” said Smith, a Republican from Texas. “Meanwhile, we have only one agency that engages in space exploration, and they need every dollar they can muster for space exploration.”

How terrible! How will those dozen agencies survive without one more replicating their (fabricated) data?

A case can be made both for and against NASA doing research into the climate, as we look at the original legislation that created the agency. Regardless of any arguments, the problem here is, first, that so many other agencies do the same research.

Secondly, what’s happened within NASA is that it has become pseudo-religious in it’s pursuit of pushing anthropogenic climate change while minimizing the aeronautical and space research it was tasked with performing.

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If All You See…

…is a wonderful greenspace perfect for solar panels, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Just One Minute, with a post on the “loyal opposition.”

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Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Patriotic Pinup

Happy Sunday! A truly outstanding day in America. The sun is shining, the squirrels are squirreling, the Media Industrial Complex is having apoplexy. This pinup is by Vincente Caruso, with a wee bit of help.

What is happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere? The Fine 15

  1. Right Wing News notes NPR whining about Trump having a rally
  2. Watcher of Weasels (Bookworm) notes liberals attempting to use the 25th Amendment to get rid of Trump
  3. Vlad Tepes notes a Christian refugee being called racist for describing persecution under Islam
  4. This ain’t Hell… describes life inside the bubble
  5. The Other McCain discusses social justice vs heterosexuality
  6. The Last Tradition covers John McCain being out of control
  7. The Daley Gator notes workers fired for blowing off work to go to a stupid protest
  8. Raised On Hoecakes notes a student being expelled for recording a teacher’s hate speech
  9. Political Clown Parade smacks around Excitable Chuck Todd
  10. Outside The Beltway isn’t happy over Trump’s war against the media
  11. Moonbattery notes who what the streets really belong to (to the Benny Hill song)
  12. Michelle Malkin (Doug Powers) covers self censorship in the literary industry
  13. Legal Insurrection discusses the risks of colleges offering sanctuary to illegals
  14. The Geller Report covers refugees streaming into Canada
  15. And last, but not least, Gay Patriot notes the media brought this on themselves

As always, the full set of pinups can be seen in the Patriotic Pinup category, or over at my Gallery page. While we are on pinups, since it is that time of year, have you gotten your “Pinups for Vets” calendar yet? And don’t forget to check out what I declare to be our War on Women Rule 5 and linky luv posts and things that interest me

Don’t forget to check out all the other great material all the linked blogs have!

Anyone else have a link or hotty-fest going on? Let me know so I can add you to the list. (BTW, since someone asked, the reason I leave links for the previous week up (or you might see a *) is because they are place holders for later in the day or for next weeks. Easier than rewriting all the time. Also, the listing order has to do with how they are added over time, not how good a post is. I just copy and paste from the previous week, then edit. If you see one of the *’s, go ahead and check out the blog anyhow, see if there is an update. I cannot update with my Android during the day.

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DHS Seeks Sweeping New Guidelines To Deport Those Unlawfully Present

This should make a few illegal alien supporting heads explode. Starting with the editorial board of the NY Times, which has gone all in on supporting the unlawfully present

About 11 million people are living in this country outside the law. Suddenly, by presidential decree, all are deportation priorities, all are supposed criminals, all are threatened with broken lives, along with members of their families. The end could come for them any time.

Why yes, yes it could (you should read the editorial. Quite frankly, it deserves it’s own post, but, every paragraph is beyond moonbat)

(Washington Post) Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has signed sweeping new guidelines that empower federal authorities to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants inside the United States and at the border.

In a pair of memos, Kelly offered more detail on plans for the agency to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests.

The new directives would supersede nearly all of those issued under previous administrations, Kelly said, including measures from President Barack Obama aimed at focusing deportations exclusively on hardened criminals and those with terrorist ties.

The NYTEB said it: they are living in this country outside the law. If they crossed the borders without permission or overstayed their visa, then they are unlawfully present. They also complained about creating an atmosphere of fear. Good. Criminals should be worried.

Illegals have no one to blame but themselves. This is not on the citizens of the U.S. We didn’t make them come here illegally/overstay visas. They CHOSE to do that. They chose that for their children, in many cases. They do not help their case when they demand, DEMAND, that the United States give them money, services, welfare, healthcare, housing, food, education, the right to vote, and citizenship. They aren’t asking. They’re demanding. They’re out in the streets insulting citizens, they freak out over citizens flying the flag of the U.S., they fly the flags of Mexico and other nations, and they demand the return of the American southwest to Mexico. Being humble would help their case: they are anything but.

The new procedures would allow authorities to seek expedited deportation proceedings, currently limited to undocumented immigrants who have been in the country for two weeks or less, to anyone who has been in the country for up to two years.

Another new provision would be to immediately return Mexican immigrants who are apprehended at the border back home pending the outcomes of their deportation hearings, rather than house them on U.S. property, an effort that would save detention space and other resources.

The guidelines also aim to deter the arrival of a growing wave of 155,000 unaccompanied minors who have come from Mexico and Central America over the past three years. Under the new policies, their parents in the United States could be prosecuted if they are found to have paid smugglers to bring the children across the border.

“This memo is just breathtaking, the way they really are looking at every part of the entire system,” said Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

Obviously, she isn’t thrilled with this state of affairs. It is breathtaking that a presidential administration is finally looking to crackdown on illegal immigration. If you want to stem the flow, you have to create that fear that they won’t be caught and let go with promise to come back for a hearing, for which the illegal rarely shows up to. You get caught, you go bye bye. Too often, over the years since Reagan first tried an amnesty, thinking this would be the last, federal policies have emboldened illegals to journey to the U.S. Now? Deterrence.

Team Trump needs to start taking on those who have overstayed their visas, as well, along with looking at policies that penalize companies that employee illegals, among others. Create the atmosphere where illegals won’t come, they won’t overstay visas, no one will hire them. At that point, then we could perhaps look at a limited pathway to citizenship, or, at the least, permanent resident status.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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If All You See…

…is a machine of war made more likely due to carbon pollution hanging out on heat created snow, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Victory Girls Blog, with a post on the fable that Trump’s going to deploy the National Guard to round up illegals.

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Everybody Panic: Climate Change Means More Oroville Dams!

This is what cult’s do: see something happen, and roll it into their dogma

The dam truth: Climate change means more Lake Orovilles

Just two years ago, Lake Oroville was so dry that submerged archaeological artifacts were starting to resurface. That was in the middle of California’s epic drought — the worst in more than a millennium.

And then the rains came. This winter is on track to become Northern California’s soggiest on record. A key precipitation index is running more than a month ahead of the previous record pace, set in the winter of 1982–1983 (records go back to 1895). Lake Oroville is so full that it spilled over for the first time, spurring evacuations downstream.

California’s climate has always been extreme (even before humans got seriously involved), but what’s happening right now is just ridiculous. We are witnessing the effects of climate change play out, in real time.

Go that? There’s nothing unusual about this, it has happened before, but now it Mankind’s fault! Why? Because shut up, that’s why. The high priests of the Cult of Climastrology have spoken.

Climate science and basic physics suggest we are already seeing a shift in the delicate rainfall patterns of the West Coast. A key to understanding how California’s rainy season is changing lies in understanding what meteorologists call “atmospheric rivers,” thin, intense ribbons of moisture that stream northeastward from the tropical Pacific Ocean and provide California with up to half of its annual rainfall. Exactly how atmospheric rivers will change depends on greenhouse gas emissions and science that’s still being worked out.

How do we know this is different from what’s happened in the past? Doesn’t matter. There’s a Narrative to be rolled out. As for delicate rainy season, the flash floods and things like mudslides have been happening on the West Coast as long as we have recorded history. Sorry, sorry, facts are not necessary, or wanted, in CoC World.

Peter Gleick, chief scientist of the Pacific Institute and frequent visitor to the Oroville area, is clear about what the drama at Oroville represents. “We’re seeing evidence of more extremes,” he says. “To ignore that would be a mistake.”

We’ve built dams based on old weather patterns, not for the extremes we’re now seeing. A clear problem emerges when we manage society for how things were, not how things are. In many ways, we are planning for the future with the expectation that the weather will be more or less the same as in the past. It won’t be.

The talking point about infrastructure being built for old weather patterns is gaining steam within the CoC. Do not expect it to go away.

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Peaceful Leftists At UNC Promote Violence Against Trump Supporters

It’s an interesting dichotomy. Leftists always tell us how peaceful they are, how they abhor violence, that the solution is never violence. Then, you turn around, and they are committing violence, such as assault, arson, property destruction. Remember all the rapes and other crimes from Occupy Wall Street? All the riots since Trump was elected? And then there are the threats. Leftists say they are tolerant. In practice? Not so much

FLYER POSTED ON UNC CAMPUS EXPRESSES ACTS OF VIOLENCE TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is responding to a threatening flyer circulating around campus.

In a letter to students, faculty, and staff Thursday, Chancellor Carol Folt – along with other UNC officials – said the flyer expresses acts of violence to supporters of President Trump.

They said the university is taking the flyer very seriously.

“The flyer and its message are the antithesis of the values that are the foundation of our University,” the letter read. “It is not designed to spark civil discourse or encourage thoughtful debate. Its intentions are to incite violence, and there is no place for that here or in our society.”

Well, really, that’s today’s Democrats in a nutshell. Those last two sentences perfectly describe Liberals. They do not want to debate, and they love violence against anything and anyone who are Not Approved.

While it is great that the University leadership put out a message, it is rather short. From what we have seen in the past, the messages tend to be very long when they are supportive of leftist causes.

Leftists should remember that right leaning citizens are more likely to be armed than leftists.

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Trump’s Immigration Orders Could Endanger Public Safety Or Something

The notion of catching those who are unlawfully present in the United States and potentially deporting them causing a supposed problem with public safety is not a new notion talking point. Supporters of illegal aliens have long trotted it out as a reason to not perform a silly function like enforcing immigration law and securing our nation from invasion (Article 4 section 4). Why do they support illegals? The better question is, why do they support illegals over US citizens, going so far as to lie and omit information? We should ask Jonathan Blanks, who’s part of the libertarian leaning CATO institution

How enforcing Trump’s immigration actions could hurt public safety

Last week, federal immigration officials seized an unauthorized immigrant at an El Paso courthouse where she had been seeking a protective order against an alleged domestic abuser. The judge who oversees the court that issued the protective order expressed dismay that such a seizure took place when the person was seeking protection from violence, and perhaps acting on a tip provided by the alleged abuser himself.

President Trump has said his proposed actions to stiffen immigration enforcement are in the interests of public safety, but seizures such as the one in El Paso and the proposed revitalization of the 287(g) program that deputizes local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law make the public less safe and interfere with local policing priorities. (snip)

Seizing a person who is seeking refuge from violence subverts the protective function of police officers. If individuals fear as much from law enforcement as they do the criminals living among and victimizing them, they will not come forward to report crimes or cooperate with criminal investigations. Non-cooperation makes police officers’ jobs harder by emboldening and enriching criminals who, consequently, may operate with impunity where people are less willing to help investigators.

Well, now, that is very cute. Law enforcement arrested a person seeking protection from violence! Perhaps Blanks should have mentioned a bit of information from the Washington Post article he cited (which itself is rather unhinged that this person would be detained by ICE), which is way, way, way deep, at a point where most have already moved on to a new story

According to the affidavit, I.E.G. has a criminal and immigration history that dates back to 2010 and includes numerous deportations and arrests for assault, violating probation, domestic violence, false imprisonment and possession of stolen mail.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: is this the type of illegal that supporters really want to defend? Well, sure, when they fail to mention that they aren’t one of the “good illegals”. Regardless, if you’re starting out your screed with a lie of omission, the rest is a pile of mule fritters.

One Los Angeles Police Dept. detective told the Los Angeles Times, “It is my job to investigate crimes. . . . And if I can’t do that, I can’t get justice for people, because all of a sudden, I’m losing my witnesses or my victims because they’re afraid that talking to me is going to lead to them getting deported.” When he recently approached a group of Latino workers to investigate a crime, they stood up and walked away. Even though Los Angeles has repeatedly asserted its self-appointed status as a “sanctuary city” for immigrants, one of the workers uttered “Trump is coming,” as he left.

Here’s the gist, which has been trotted out before: if illegals are being targeted for detainment and deportation (God forbid!), they might be unwilling to reach out to law enforcement and/or talk to them about crimes against themselves and/or within their communities of illegal aliens.

It’s a load a steaming donkey droppings. If they weren’t here in violation of immigration laws, it wouldn’t be a problem in the first place. The criminal community isn’t too enthused about reaching out to law enforcement over crimes against themselves. No one complains about that. If illegals aren’t present in the United States, then there’s no problem. Why, exactly, are we so concerned with the plight of law breakers?

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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