Thursday, September 3, 2020

Last Call For Only Red America Matters, Con't

At this point Trump is now actively punishing Democratic cities that dare to defy him by redirecting billions away from them to more deserving white America.

President Trump is ordering the federal government to begin the process of defunding New York City and three other cities where officials allowed “lawless” protests and cut police budgets amid rising violent crime, The Post can exclusively reveal.

Trump on Wednesday signed a five-page memo ordering all federal agencies to send reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget that detail funds that can be redirected.

New York City, Washington, DC, Seattle and Portland are initial targets as Trump makes “law and order” a centerpiece of his reelection campaign after months of unrest and violence following the May killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.

“My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” Trump says in the memo, which twice mentions New York Mayor Bill de Blasio by name.

“To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.”

Federal agencies must detail “all Federal funds provided to Seattle, Portland, New York City, Washington, D.C.” Also, within 14 days Attorney General Bill Barr must develop a list of “anarchist jurisdictions” that “permitted violence and the destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures” to restore order. The memo does not require Barr to include the four cities, possibly for legal reasons.

The memo instructs White House budget director Russ Vought to issue guidance in 30 days from Wednesday “to the heads of agencies on restricting eligibility of or otherwise disfavoring, to the maximum extent permitted by law, anarchist jurisdictions in the receipt of Federal grants.”

100% straight-up unconstitutional.  But who's going to stop him when Trump and Trump alone decides who gets to enforce Congress's laws and budgets?  Mitch will block anything the Houses, even if it does survive a veto.

Still, there are actual laws preventing this kind of thing. The smart money is on Trump having the billions in police grants pulled screaming "You want to defund the police, here you go" and then let the courts deal with it. Of course, considering New York City alone gets $7 billion a year in various federal grants, there's a lot of damage Trump could do in order to punish the people who live there.

Just don't expect Trump to restore funding even after a SCOTUS ruling in a second term. Then again, "a second Trump term" will present a much, much larger problem for all of America.

The GOP's Race To The Bottom, Con't

Louisiana Republican Clay Higgins went on Facebook to proclaim how he would deal with any Black protesters if they were exercising their Second Amendment rights by promising to murder them. Even Facebook took that down as "incitement to violence."

A Louisiana congressman's Facebook post promising the use of force against armed protesters has been removed from the social media platform, prompting a response from the congressman that “America is being manipulated into a new era of government control.”

Republican Rep. Clay Higgins’ original post included a picture of Black demonstrators with long guns and said in part, “If this shows up, we’ll consider the armed presence a real threat. We being We, the people, of Louisiana.”

The post goes on to say,“We don’t care what color you are. We don’t care if you’re left or right. if you show up like this, if We recognize won’t walk away.”

The post goes on to say such protesters should “Have your affairs in order” and that “I'd drop any 10 of you where you stand.”

The Advocate in Baton Rouge said a Facebook spokesman confirmed late Tuesday that the post was removed for breaking the company’s “violence and incitement” policies. Although the post was removed from Higgins' campaign page, images of it were reposted by others in a chain of comments.

Higgins is a former sheriff's deputy who, before he entered politics, gained fame in south Louisiana for swaggering anti-crime videos in which he urged criminals of Louisiana’s Acadiana region to turn themselves in.

He has periodically stirred controversy with social media posts since his 2016 election to Congress. For instance, he drew widespread censure in 2017 for a post that followed a deadly terror attack in London.

“The free world ... all of Christendom ... is at war with Islamic horror,” Higgins wrote, going on to say of terrorists: “Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”
He was unapologetic in defending that post.

The Advocate reported that he did not respond to a query about the latest post Tuesday. His office did not immediately respond to a query from The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Higgins did address the issue on his website and on Facebook: “No, I did not remove my post. America is being manipulated into a new era of government control. Your liberty is threatened from within. Welcome to the front lines, Ladies and Gentlemen. I suggest you get your mind right. I’ll advise when it’s time gear up, mount up, and roll out.”

Clay Higgins is flat out inciting terrorism attacks against Black America, and he remains in the House like he's not a lunatic racist bigot who should be sitting on his porch screaming about the ni-CLANGs in his neighborhood.

And hey, Louisiana? He's been in Congress for several terms now.  Stop electing him.

Black Lives Still Matter, Con't

No fatalities reported as a racist old white couple shot multiple times at a man, his son, and a family friend, all Black, for the crime of Being Black And Stopping In Tallahassee With A U-Haul.

Charles McMillon Jr. was dropping off a U-Haul van with his young son and childhood friend Kendrick Clemons when out of nowhere bullets started flying.

They had just parked the van at a U-Haul drop-off at Fountain Plaza on Apalachee Parkway and were sitting in McMillon’s truck getting ready to go. As he typed in the mileage on a phone app, a gunshot rang out.

They looked back and saw an older couple coming toward them, both pointing guns in their direction. The couple yelled “Don’t move!” and other commands to surrender.

But McMillon threw his GMC truck in reverse, drove around the van and sped off in a blind panic. They heard more gunfire as they fled.

They managed to escape Thursday night with their lives — incredibly, a police officer who happened to be in the parking lot intervened after the shooting began. But they’ll never forget their ordeal — the product, they said, of racial profiling by would-be vigilantes.

It turned out the two shooters, Wallace Fountain, 77, and his wife, Beverly Fountain, 72, own the strip mall and were staking it out inside a U-Haul of their own. They said they were having problems with people stealing gas and wanted to scare off any culprits.

But McMillon and Clemons said the Fountains, who are white, never asked why they were there — or even whether they needed any help. They just opened fire.

“They saw three Black people, unarmed, dropping off a U-Haul,” McMillon said. “They got guns, they started shooting. That’s why it’s racially motivated.”

In a brief interview, Beverly Fountain, who retired in 1996 as a longtime secretary for the State Attorney's Office, said the shooting had nothing to do with race. She denied even knowing McMillon or Clemons’ skin color.

“Were they Black?” she asked. “We weren’t going off on that at all. You’ve got vandalism and theft going on at your property. Trying to protect your property — that’s the only issue.”

Just saw three "people".  Just happened to open fire on them for no reason other than the people were there with a van.  That's it.

And the cop actually did the right thing for once.

At least these assholes are bad shots.

Black Lives Still Matter though.


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