Sweden: Rape Capital of the West

Gatestone Institute – Forty years after the Swedish parliament unanimously decided to change the formerly homogenous Sweden into a multicultural country, violent crime has increased by 300% and rapes by 1,472%. Sweden is now number two on the list of rape countries, surpassed only by Lesotho in Southern Africa.

Significantly, the report does not touch on the background of the rapists. One should, however, keep in mind that in statistics, second-generation immigrants are counted as Swedes.

In an astounding number of cases, the Swedish courts have demonstrated sympathy for the rapists, and have acquitted suspects who have claimed that the girl wanted to have sex with six, seven or eight men.

The internet radio station Granskning Sverige called the mainstream newspapers Aftonbladet and Expressen to ask why they had described the perpetrators as “Swedish men” when they actually were Somalis without Swedish citizenship. They were hugely offended when asked if they felt any responsibility to warn Swedish women to stay away from certain men. One journalist asked why that should be their responsibility.

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No Convention of States North Carolina (NoCOS-NC)

Dear No Convention of States North Carolina (NoCOS-NC) Committee Members and Friends:

Click here to read: Primary and Co sponsors HJR44 and SJR 36 2017

On February 9, 2017, I sent an ALERT asking you please to contact certain Legislators at the North Carolina General Assembly and ask them NOT TO Co-sponsor two new identical Convention of States (COS) joint resolutions, HJR 44 and SJR 36. The Legislators had until the end of the day, February 9, to sign on as Co-sponsors. The reason for the urgency was that our opponent (Convention of States Action (COSA)) had a list of specific Legislators that they were trying to recruit as Co-sponsors by the end-of-day deadline.

Thank you all who called or wrote to the targeted Representatives and Senators and/or contacted your own Representative or Senator in response to the ALERT.

I have ATTACHED a list of the Co-sponsors who signed on in support of HJR 44 in the House and SJR 36 in the Senate. The Primary Sponsors are listed as well.

If any of the Representatives and Senators who signed on as Co-sponsors are your Representative and/or Senator, you can certainly let them know, especially the new ones, that you completely disapprove of a Convention of States.

However, it will be more productive and yield better results for us to focus our energies on influencing THE REST OF the House and Senate bodies to vote against these two joint resolutions.

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SO WHAT IT THE NEXT STEP?

Before HJR 44 and SJR 36 can be sent to the House or Senate Floors for a vote, they must go through the Committee process.

HJR 44 was assigned by the House Leadership to the Judiciary I (House Standing) Committee. The Judiciary I Committee meets on Wednesdays at 1 pm.

SJR 36 was assigned to the Senate Rules and Operations Committee where it will be assigned to ANOTHER Committee. That Committee will consider whether it will send SJR 36 on to the Senate Floor for a vote.

According to the rules, if by April 27, 2017 the HJR 44 and SJR 36 do not make it out of their assigned Committee(s) for a FLOOR VOTE by the ENTIRE House and/or Senate, THEY WILL BE DEAD FOR THE ENTIRE 2017-2018 Session! THIS IS OUR GOAL!

Killing the resolutions could be achieved if the Committee Chair either:

1. Never puts HJR 44 or SJR 36 on their Agenda and allows it to sit there until April 27.

2. Holds a Committee Meeting to consider HJR 44 or SJR 36 and the result is that the Committee MEMBERS decide to vote against passing the resolution on to the House or Senate Floor for a vote. These Committee meetings usually provide a period for public comments which are generally limited to 3 minutes. It is important for our side of the issue to be well-represented at such Committee meetings.

Since HJR 44 is not on the agenda for this Wednesday, February 22, the House Judiciary I Committee Chair could put it on the agenda for ANY WEDNESDAY between March 1 and April 27, 2017.

So be on the lookout for an ALERT from me at any time asking you to contact the Members of the Judiciary I (House Standing ) Committee to urge them to vote against passing HJR 44. I will send you the contact information.

As for the Senate, we must wait to find out which Senate Committee the Senate Rules and Operations Committee assigns to SJR 36.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! Your participation in contacting these Committee Members and keeping up with what is going on will probably contribute as much as anything to the ultimate defeat of the Convention of States for this Legislative Session.

If you can save this information, it will be useful in the future.

Yours for the Constitution,

Wynne Coleman

Chair,

FreedomWorks to Congress: Get Serious with Paul/Sanford ObamaCare Replacement Act

Jason Pye, FreedomWorks’ director of public policy and legislative affairs sent the following letter of support to Hill offices on Thursday, February 16, 2017. The letter supports Congressman Mark Sanford’s (R-S.C.) ObamaCare Replacement Act, H.R. 1072, which is a companion to Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky) Obamacare Replacement Act, S. 222.

FreedomWorks sent a letter to Hill offices supporting Sen. Paul’s bill on February 6, 2017.

February 16, 2017

Support the ObamaCare Replacement Act, H.R. 1072

On behalf of our activists and the millions of Americans who have been negatively affected as a result of ObamaCare, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to support the ObamaCare Replacement Act, H.R. 1072, introduced by Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.). Last week, FreedomWorks released a letter of support for the Senate version of the ObamaCare Replacement Act, S. 222, introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), because the bill promotes key aspects of what the health insurance market should look like after ObamaCare is fully repealed.

The ObamaCare Replacement Act gives power back to patients and doctors by immediately eliminating mandates and regulations put in place by ObamaCare. By legalizing affordable health insurance plans, the bill would enable Americans to make decisions regarding their own healthcare.

ObamaCare not only forces Americans to purchase expensive health insurance, but often health insurance that doesn’t fit their individual needs. By applying free market principles to the health insurance industry and eliminating the mandates and regulations that have caused premiums to skyrocket, Americans will again have the ability to purchase affordable health insurance coverage. It is important to note that this bill would also allow American families to pay for health insurance with their health savings accounts (HSAs). This bill would undo the restrictions put in place by ObamaCare which created a financial hardship for Americans only trying to afford coverage.

By putting the patient’s best interest first this bill would allow Americans to save and use their HSAs for comprehensive healthcare services including over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, and nutrition and exercise programs. Unlike ObamaCare, which ravaged HSAs, this bill incentivizes savings with a $5,000 per taxpayer credit and allows infinite annual contributions.

Allowing individuals who do not purchase health insurance through an employer to deduct the taxes from their income will create an equal playing field and provide more options for Americans seeking affordable insurance. Along with equalizing the playing field this bill will allow Association Health Plans to negotiate lower prices. This aspect of the bill will positively impact small business, organizations, and people with pre-existing conditions. Americans reserve the right to stand together nationwide to demand lower prices.

The success of healthcare reform depends on the market, which the American people should influence rather than the government. Furthermore, purchasing power belongs in the hands of the American people, not in the hands of bureaucrats.

It’s time for Congress to get serious about repealing ObamaCare – every word of it – and replacing it with patient-centered, free market solutions. For these reasons, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to support the ObamaCare Replacement Act, H.R. 1072.

Sincerely, Adam Brandon President and CEO, FreedomWorks

Study: $15 Minimum Wage Would Force McDonald’s to Increase Prices 38 Percent

The New American – James Sherk, a Hillsdale graduate and now the Bradley Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, found that if a $15 minimum wage is enforced across the country, fast food prices will jump far more than initially thought. A 10-piece Chicken McNuggets, currently priced at $4.49, would jump to $6.20. A Starbucks Grande Mocha Frappuccino would increase from $4.56 to $6.29, while a 6-inch turkey sub at Subway would cost $5.87, up from $4.25. A Whopper Meal from Burger King would jump to $8.96 from $6.49.

A CrunchWrap Supreme, Crunchy Taco and large drink from Taco Bell would cost $8.27, up from $5.99; a Wendy’s Son of Baconator Combo, currently $6.69 would cost $9.23; a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Combo, priced at $5.95, would cost $8.21; and a Pizza Hut Medium Hand-Tossed Cheese Pizza, on today’ menu at $11.95, would jump to $16.55.

That’s a 38-percent increase, far higher than many old-school economists have concluded, and it puts the lie to union claims that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would result in a transfer of wealth from rich business owners to low-paid workers. Sherk’s analysis concludes that there would be a transfer, but it wouldn’t be from the business owners: It would be from their customers.

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GIVE HB 69 A FAIR HEARING! This bill is about constitutional (permitless) carry.

GRNC – As you know, Representative LARRY PITTMAN (R-Cabarrus) introduced House Bill 69 (with GRNC’s feedback and support) to restore our rights to constitutional (permitless) carry. The primary sponsors of the bill include Reps. MICHAEL SPECIALE (R-Beaufort, Craven, Pamlico), BEVERLY BOSWELL (R-Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Washington), and JAY ADAMS (R-Catawba).

Since its introduction, HP 69 currently resides in House Judiciary I which is chaired by Representative TED DAVIS, JR. We have reported his actions in previous GRNC Alerts and feel strongly that HB 69, if it stays in House Judiciary I under Rep. Davis, will be in danger of being stopped.

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A Month of Islam and Multiculturalism in Germany: January 2017

“If we are serious about the fight against Islamism and terrorism, then it must also be a cultural struggle.” — German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.

German authorities issued 105,000 visas for so-called family reunifications in 2016, a 50% increase over the 70,000 visas issued in 2015, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The 105,000 visas for family members were in addition to the 280,000 new asylum seekers who arrived in Germany in 2016.

Police say Sudanese migrants, many of whom were allowed to enter Germany without having their fingerprints taken, have “created a business model” out of social security fraud. Local officials have been accused of covering up the fraud.

An employee at a social security office handed her boss a file with 30 cases of suspected fraud. After he refused to act, she contacted the police. She was fired for “overstepping her authority.”

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble revealed that the migrant crisis would cost German taxpayers €43 billion ($46 billion) during 2016 (€21.7 billion) and 2017 (€21.3 billion).

The Bishop of Regensburg, Rudolf Voderholzer, said there could be no reconciliation between Christians and Muslims. Islam is a “post-Christian phenomenon, with the claim to negate the core content of Christianity,” he said.

January 1. Some 2,000 “highly aggressive” migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East gathered at the central train station in Cologne and the square in front of the iconic Cologne Cathedral, where mass sexual assaults click here to read more.

Your Favorite Products Are about to Cost So Much More

FEE – The United States tax code clearly needs reform, but one plan being proposed by House Republicans – border adjustment – will have a significant negative impact on consumers.

Imports Are Important

In our global economy, so many of the products we use every day are imported to the US – the Apple iPhone you’re checking Facebook on, the Nike tennis shoes you work out in, the Jose Cuervo tequila that’s in your happy hour margarita.

Under border adjustment, a company would be taxed based on where their products are sold, not where the company is headquartered. Supporters of the strategy say it’ll keep businesses from moving abroad to try to escape the United States’ high corporate taxes. (Fremont’s asks: So, why not just lower the corporate taxes? Seems like a simple fix to me. Ask THEM why they always try to make things so complicated.  Isn’t simple in most case the best way?)

Who do you think will cover the added tax costs? That’s right – us, the consumers.

But the real result will be consumers paying much more to cover the added expenses.

Click here to read why.

Explaining Tunnel Vision

When it comes to developing and maintaining situational awareness, tunnel vision is a big deal. Effective situational awareness is developed from having a broad perception of the environment in which you are operating. As your focus narrows, you start to miss things. Those “missed things” are like lost puzzle pieces, leaving holes in your understanding of what is happening. Thus, situational awareness is flawed. This article provides an explanation for the phenomenon we know as tunnel vision.

Tunnel vision

Situational Awareness Matters!Tunnel vision is defined as one’s tendency to focus on a single goal or point of view. The more important the goal or the more threatening a stimulus is perceived to be, the more likely a person is to focus attention on it. In the first responder arena, tunnel vision is a big deal because much of what responders do is high risk and high consequence. Responders are also goal driven, sometimes to the detriment of their own safety.

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Overnight Regulation: Trump’s new Labor pick | Trump undoes Obama coal mining rule

The Hill – THE BIG STORIES

President Trump on Thursday announced he was nominating Alexander Acosta to be his Labor secretary, less than 24 hours after his first nominee for the position withdrew amid criticism from Republican senators.

“He has had a tremendous career,” Trump said of Acosta in a press conference at the White House, listing off highlights of his nominee’s resume. Acosta was not present at the press conference.

“I think he’ll be a tremendous secretary of Labor,” the president added, noting that Acosta has gotten through the Senate confirmation process before.

Acosta is a former member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and is currently the dean of Florida International University’s law school.

A Republican, Acosta served on the NLRB from December 2002 to August 2003 and authored more than 125 opinions, according to his bio on FIU’s website.

A Harvard law graduate, he was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003 to be the assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

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Trump’s regulatory freeze in full force

The Hill – President Trump’s regulatory freeze is in full effect.

Federal agencies are following orders to delay the rules that Obama administration officials finalized before leaving office, but have not yet taken effect.

This week alone, the Department of Health and Human Services delayed two rules: one to protect the privacy of alcohol and drug abusers who seek treatment, and a second to help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s protect against the introduction, transmission and spread of communicable diseases like Ebola and the Zika virus.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission delayed a rule it finalized two days before the inauguration requiring federal agencies to enact hiring policies that favor individuals with disabilities.

Last week, the Federal Railroad Administration delayed new safety rules for commuter trains, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) delayed news standards for how animals should be treated if the farmer wishes to sell the meat as certified organic.

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Enhancing Private Property Protections – House Bill 3

With an overwhelming bipartisan vote earlier today of 104 to 9, the North Carolina House passed House Bill 3, legislation that proposes a constitutional amendment to preserve the private property rights of citizens across the state. Representative McGrady was the primary sponsor of the legislation.

The constitutional amendment would specify that any government taking of private property may only be undertaken for a “public use” rather than merely for a “public benefit,” and that “just compensation shall be paid and shall be determined by a jury at the request of any party.”

The voter-approved change would restrain government abuses of property rights in a way that statutory legislation could not. Legislation can be overturned by a simple majority vote of a future General Assembly; once passed by the voters, a constitutional amendment can only be rescinded by both legislative action and popular approval.

North Carolina is one of the few states whose constitution does not explicitly address eminent domain powers.

The change to the constitution is intended as a direct response to the controversial 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London, which declared that it can be proper for a unit of government to condemn and seize a private citizen’s land and turn it over to a private developer for a general public “benefit” — as in the case of New London, for upgrading the property’s value and thereby increasing city’s revenues.

The introduction of House Bill 3 this year marks the seventh time since 2005 that a bill has been filed in the legislature to address the issue of government takings for private uses. Each of the previous six times, the proposal met with resistance and stalled. Last session, although the proposal enjoyed broad bipartisan support in both chambers, the bill fell victim to last-minute legislative maneuverings in the Senate. But sponsors are counting on a more favorable environment this time around; it may be significant that a companion bill, SB34, has been introduced in the Senate, signaling support across chambers.

Click here to read more. PS: Chuck emailed me to say that: Folks need to talk to their senators.

GOP Missing the Real Elephant in the Room

The American Thinker – Taking a walk on the wild side, I happened upon MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” during my morning drive. Not my first choice in news, but my other favorite radio stations were on commercial break. Senator Bob Corker was being interviewed over the Michael Flynn resignation.

Senator Corker asserted, “The base issue is getting to the bottom of what the Russian interference was and what the relationship was with associates of the Trump effort.” The proverbial “elephant in the room” as the senator described it.

He also wondered if the White House would have the ability to, “stabilize itself.” He went further talking about “the American people counting on us to do big things this year.” He did briefly mention intelligence leaks, as a “subissue that needs to be dealt with” using his words. But then reiterated that Russian involvement was the “big issue.”

Where to start?

How about President Obama’s admonition to Donald Trump last October, when Mrs. Clinton was on her way to a landslide electoral victory and Mr. Trump was headed back to reality TV. Trump claimed that the election was rigged against him. Obama advised Trump, “Stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.” Which he did. Going further, Mr. Obama added that there was, “no serious person” who would suggest it was possible to rig American elections. I presume this statement included the Russians.

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The Team with a Plan is running for Buncombe County Republican Party Executive Board

We thank you for your consideration and hopefully your vote.

 

The Team views our job, if elected, as to promote the Republican principles, future candidates and present elected Republicans YEAR around NOT just at election time.

 

The Buncombe County Republican Party will hold it’s 2017 Convention and Joint Precinct Meetings on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Ferguson Auditorium on the AB Tech Asheville Campus located at 340 Victoria Road. Precinct officials will be elected during the Joint Precinct meetings and Board officers will be elected during the Convention. These elections are for the two-year term 2017-2019.

Registration will be held from 5pm-6pm – Joint Precinct Meetings will be held from 6pm-6:45pm – the Convention will convene at 7pm

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED REPUBLICAN WITHIN BUNCOMBE COUNTY AS OF JANUARY 31, 2017 TO ATTEND

FREE BUS RIDE TO DC, March 15th.

Freedom Works is sponsoring a DC bus trip to rally and lobby our Representatives and Senators to support Presidents Trump’s effort to repeal Obama Care, for Tax Reform and Regulatory reduction.

The FreedomWorks bus will leave Asheville, NC at 6 am for the US Senate Offices on March 15th. Bus should arrive by 2pm. You will be asked to lobby our Senators to support Presidents Trump’s effort to repeal Obama Care, for Tax Reform and Regulatory reduction. Return Bus should leave DC about 10pm for the return trip to Asheville. This is a 24 hour round trip. Your expenses will be any food or other items you wish to purchase. Again the bus trip is FREE. Snacks will be provided on the buses. More details coming.

Contact: Bill Lack by email: bill.lack@charter.net or by phone 828-253-5709 ASAP.

The carbon tax scam – Taxing for energy consumption would make everything America produces more expensive.

The Washington Times – By Stephen Moore – Sunday, February 12, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I have nothing but respect for former Secretaries of State Jim Baker and George Schultz, but come on gentlemen: you’ve been snookered.

These two esteemed gentlemen are endorsing a tax scam that would be one of the largest income redistribution schemes in modern times. It would do considerable and lasting damage to the U.S. The justification for the tax is that it will save the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but it won’t even do that.

The Baker-Schultz plan would impose on America a carbon tax, which would be a tax on American energy consumption. Since energy is a central component of everything that America produces, it would make the cost and thus the price of everything — and I mean everything — produced in America more expensive. It is a tax that only China, India, Mexico, and Russia could love.

The tax is highly regressive so the remedy that Mr. Baker and Mr. Schultz call for is a welfare check to every American — which they call a dividend. Somehow they have come to the conclusion that two really bad ideas paired together make for a good idea. Huh?

So let’s get this straight. We are going to tax the producers of the economy and then give the money to people who don’t produce and this isn’t going to negatively affect the economy? If this makes sense then why not adopt a 100 percent tax of production and then redistribute the money to everyone?

My colleague Katie Tubb at the Heritage Foundation has noted another glaring flaw with the carbon tax. While it is true that a carbon tax is a much more efficient way to cap carbon dioxide emissions than the mishmash of EPA regulations, renewable energy standards, and subsidies for wind and solar power, the high likelihood is that the carbon tax will not be a replacement for these economically destructive policies — rather an addition to the regulations and subsidies. It is naive in the extreme to think otherwise.

Climate Lawsuit Threatens Free Speech

The New American – “As a practical proposition … if I enjoy normal life expectancy, this case will consume the bulk of my remaining time on earth. In the event that I don’t, the thuggish Mann will come after my family, as has happened to my late friend Andrew Breitbart’s children.”

This is how well-known political commentator Mark Steyn recently summed up his opinion about the libel suit filed against him by Penn State “climate scientist” Michael Mann, which is expected to be set for trial soon.

“I did not seek this battle.… But I will not shirk the fight, and I will prevail,” Steyn predicted in a recent blog.

Remarks made by Rand Simberg, a policy analyst with the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in 2012 were the genesis of the Mann suit. Simberg referred to Mann as the “Jerry Sandusky of climate science.” Sandusky was a coach with the Penn State university’s football team who had been convicted of child molestation. The university has been roundly condemned for neglect in allowing Sandusky’s antics to continue for so long.

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Overnight Regulation

THE BIG STORY:

Republicans successfully used the Congressional Review Act to repeal a regulation for the first time in 16 years Tuesday.

As The Hill’s Tim Cama reports, President Trump signed legislation to repeal a controversial rule that would have required energy companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments.

The Securities and Exchange Commission rule, part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, forced energy companies on the United States stock exchanges to disclose the royalties and other payments that oil, natural gas, coal and mineral companies make to governments in an effort to fight corruption in resource-rich countries.

Republicans have been working to roll back a series of Obama-era rules. Earlier this month, a resolution to kill Obama’s coal mining rule passed both the House and Senate. That rule required coal miners to clean up the waste from mountaintop removal mining and prevent it from going into local waterways.

The administration and congressional allies reportedly claim the SEC rule repealed Tuesday imposes massive, unnecessary costs on United States oil, natural gas and mining companies, putting them at a significant competitive disadvantage to foreign companies that do not have to comply.

Supporters, however, say it was needed to protect investors.

“This kind of transparency is essential to combating waste, fraud, corruption and mismanagement.” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), top Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, said earlier this month.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Trump’s action helps puts American businesses on equal footing with their foreign competitors.

“I look forward to President Trump signing even more such resolutions in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the House will pass more CRAs this week, and we look forward to continuing to work with the President to clean up the regulatory mess in Washington,” he said in a statement. Click here read more.

Study Reveals 72 Terrorists Came From Countries Covered by Trump Vetting Order

By Jessica Vaughan, February 11, 2017

A review of information compiled by a Senate committee in 2016 reveals that 72 individuals from the seven countries covered in President Trump’s vetting executive order have been convicted in terror cases since the 9/11 attacks. These facts stand in stark contrast to the assertions by the Ninth Circuit judges who have blocked the president’s order on the basis that there is no evidence showing a risk to the United States in allowing aliens from these seven terror-associated countries to come in.

In June 2016 the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, then chaired by new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, released a report on individuals convicted in terror cases since 9/11. Using open sources (because the Obama administration refused to provide government records), the report found that 380 out of 580 people convicted in terror cases since 9/11 were foreign-born. The report is no longer available on the Senate website, but a summary published by Fox News is available here.

The Center has obtained a copy of the information compiled by the subcommittee. The information compiled includes names of offenders, dates of conviction, terror group affiliation, federal criminal charges, sentence imposed, state of residence, and immigration history.

The Center has extracted information on 72 individuals named in the Senate report whose country of origin is one of the seven terror-associated countries included in the vetting executive order: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The Senate researchers were not able to obtain complete information on each convicted terrorist, so it is possible that more of the convicted terrorists are from these countries.

The United States has admitted terrorists from all of the seven dangerous countries:

Somalia: 20
Yemen: 19
Iraq: 19
Syria: 7
Iran: 4
Libya: 2
Sudan: 1
Total: 72

According to the report, at least 17 individuals entered as refugees from these terror-prone countries. Three came in on student visas and one arrived on a diplomatic visa.

At least 25 of these immigrants eventually became citizens. Ten were lawful permanent residents, and four were illegal aliens.

These immigrant terrorists lived in at least 16 different states, with the largest number from the terror-associated countries living in New York (10), Minnesota (8), California (8), and Michigan (6). Ironically, Minnesota was one of the states suing to block Trump’s order to pause entries from the terror-associated countries, claiming it harmed the state. At least two of the terrorists were living in Washington, which joined with Minnesota in the lawsuit to block the order.

Thirty-three of the 72 individuals from the seven terror-associated countries were convicted of very serious terror-related crimes, and were sentenced to at least three years imprisonment. The crimes included use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit a terror act, material support of a terrorist or terror group, international money laundering conspiracy, possession of explosives or missiles, and unlawful possession of a machine gun.

Some opponents of the travel suspension have tried to claim that the Senate report was flawed because it included individuals who were not necessarily terrorists because they were convicted of crimes such as identity fraud and false statements. About a dozen individuals in the group from the seven terror-associated countries are in this category. Some are individuals who were arrested and convicted in the months following 9/11 for involvement in a fraudulent hazardous materials and commercial driver’s license scheme that was extremely worrisome to law enforcement and counter-terrorism agencies, although a direct link to the 9/11 plot was never claimed.

The information in this report was compiled by Senate staff from open sources, and certainly could have been found by the judges if they or their clerks had looked for it. Another example that should have come to mind is that of Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who attacked and wounded 11 people on the campus of Ohio State University in November 2016. Artan was a Somalian who arrived in 2007 as a refugee.

President Trump’s vetting order is clearly legal under the provisions of section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which says that the president can suspend the entry of any alien or group of aliens if he finds it to be detrimental to the national interest. He should not have to provide any more justification than was already presented in the order, but if judges demand more reasons, here are 72. Source: http://cis.org/vaughan/study-reveals-72-terrorists-came-countries-covered-trump-vetting-order?utm_source=E-mail+Updates&utm_campaign=431c348e90-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7dc4c5d977-431c348e90-44685013%E2%80%8B

Rep. Meadows’ Statement on Obamacare Replacement Bill

Feb 15, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement on Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Mark Sanford’s (R-SC) Obamacare replacement plan—endorsed by the House Freedom Caucus.

“I applaud my colleagues Senator Paul and Representative Sanford for their efforts in crafting this healthcare reform bill. The need for fundamentally sound healthcare alternatives right now is absolutely critical–Obamacare has been a disaster from the beginning, and Americans can no longer sustain the crushing weight of its failures.

Furthermore, the speculation on what a replacement will look like has created an unnecessary climate of anxiety in this discussion. As members of Congress, we have a responsibility to reassure Americans—particularly those with preexisting conditions—that they will be protected under a new system. I commend Senator Paul and Representative Sanford for releasing a plan so that we can move toward debating the issues at hand and ultimately keeping our promises to the people.”

KrisAnne Hall Joins with C ­ SPAN to Educate Americans on their Rights

C-SPAN2 to broadcast Constitutional Educator KrisAnne Hall’s class on The Duty of Each State: Functioning as a Constitutional Republic.

Wellborn, Florida, February 15 . 2017: Constitutional Education & Consulting announced today that C-SPAN2 will broadcast, on three separate days, Constitutional Educator, KrisAnne Hall’s class titled: The Duty Of Each State: Operating as a Constitutional Republic. When describing her class, KrisAnne Hall said; “Americans have many questions about the limits of federal power and the role the States take in checking the federal government.”

Ms. Hall went on to say; “This class will answer these questions, not by opinion, not by interpretation, but by fact, history, and the words of those whose designed our Constitutional Republic. Those who have attend this class leave educated, motivated, and empowered to make the real changes necessary to ensure government is operating within its few and defined delegated powers.”
When asked about who this class is for Ms. Hall said; “This is a class for Republicans and Democrats alike:
constitutional truths have no relevance to party affiliation.

It’s not a class that is shrouded in legal jargon. It is not written just for attorneys. It is given in plain everyday English so that anyone, no matter who they are, can understand and apply these essential truths. This is an education that should be taught in our public schools. C-SPAN2 will broadcast this 75 minute class on:

• February 19th 7:00pm EST
• February 20th 11:00am EST

About KrisAnne Hall and Liberty First, KrisAnne Hall is a disabled Army veteran, a Russian linguist, a mother and pastor’s wife.
She’s also an attorney a former prosecutor and was fired for teaching the Constitution on her own time and now travels the country 265 days a y ear teaching the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents. For more information about KrisAnne Hall or about the C-SPACN event contact KrisAnne at her website: http://krisannehall.com, Email at: info@krisannehall.com and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/krisanne.hall/

HARDISTER: North Carolina, stronger and more prosperous

After posting a $552 million budget surplus for this fiscal year, North Carolina’s economy is outperforming the national average in job creation, labor-market gains, and economic activity. We have the 23rd largest economy in the world and our gross domestic product is one of the fastest-growing in the country.

North Carolina’s recovery from the Great Recession was produced by reforming the tax code, reducing regulations on the private sector and balancing the budget responsibly. Enacting these reforms has drastically improved our state’s economy. Our unemployment rate is half of what it was in 2011, and the private sector has created over 500,000 jobs since our recovery began.

By reforming the tax code and reducing tax rates, we have allowed hard-working people to keep more of the money they earn. Reducing taxes on individuals and businesses has resulted in more economic activity and job creation. In fact, the nonpartisan Tax Foundation has improved our national ranking from near the worst (44th) for taxes to the 11th best.

Responsible investments in health care, transportation, and public safety have also been beneficial to our citizens.

The General Assembly has collectively eliminated hundreds of regulations that were hurting the private sector. We have also required all state regulations to be periodically reviewed and justified by the Rules Review Commission. These efforts have made it easier for businesses to grow and create jobs.

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Global Effort Launched to “Repeal and Replace” United Nations

The New American – A global effort dubbed “Covenant of Democratic Nations” is working to abolish the United Nations, widely ridiculed as the “dictators club,” and replace it with an international forum open exclusively to free and democratic nations. Basically, it is a “repeal and replace” campaign to protect the world from the UN and its increasingly vicious attacks on freedom and self-government. A number of lawmakers around the world have expressed interest in the campaign as the movement travels from city to city hosting events to expose the UN and promote an alternative.

The figurative straw that broke the camel’s back for organizers appears to have been UN Security Council resolution 2334 declaring the presence of Jews in parts of Jerusalem to be a violation of supposed “international law.” The move sparked outrage across the political spectrum. Even stalwart neo-conservatives and globalists jumped on the bandwagon to defund the UN. On Capitol Hill, interest in protecting America and liberty from the UN has surged since that vote. The “Covenant of Democratic Nations” agenda also has strong support among certain Jewish and Zionist groups seeking to defend Israel against the constant UN demonization.

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