On Asylum

From last July,

…Once the drug cartels succeed in getting the illegal aliens onto our soil, it’s almost impossible for us to stem the tide. This is not due to logistical limitations but to extra-constitutional lawsuits that create death by a thousand cuts through every aspect of the asylum process. To that end, the Trump administration issued a new guidance through USCIS to finally stop the invasion at our border and turn back most of the bogus asylum seekers

…In comes the USCIS with new guidance to automatically dismiss any “credible fear” assertion at the border that is premised simply on fleeing violence unless there is evidence of government-condoned persecution. Asylum adjudicators will also be required to take into account, as a mitigating factor in true asylum seeking, the fact that these people are crossing illegally at the behest of the cartels rather than requesting entry at the points of entry.

Is the Trump administration finally blocking the border invasion?

On collusion and ketchup

It has been about six months since I caught up my blog, and in that time I’ve had at least a thousand new registered users. Welcome! You will receive this post in your in-box. 

So here’s some older stuff that needs posted, I hope you enjoy it.

Welcome to RichTAkes!

Russia Collusion: Hillary Clinton, DNC, & FBI are the Real Stars

The fix was in for Hillary. Obama’s plumbers creating leaks. Ventriloquist’s dummies. And the oldest con in the book. This would make a great novella. Or a Marvel Comic™. You just can’t make this stuff up. Obama weaponized our government against political opponents in ways that I’m sure brought a smile to Hugo Chavez and Vlad Putin. Castro would be smiling but he was dead or dying.

Related, kind of: 

NRA-basher Emma Gonzalez (Whose Father Fled Castro’s Gun-outlawing Cuba) Celebrated as Hero by Cuba’s Media – Humberto Fontova

In the first months of the Obama Administration they launched the “Fast and Furious” gun-running scheme, with BATF and FBI approval. Once this came to light, and two US Border Patrol agents were killed by cartel types with “walked” guns, and close to 300 Mexicans killed by the cartels in Mexico, Holder refused to cooperate with congress’s oversight function and was held in contempt of Congress. A first for an Attorney General. Holder also has a long sordid past dating back to the Clinton Administration, especially prominent with Clinton’s unjust 12th hour pardons.

Hillary was fully aware of Operation Fast and Furious too. She gave a speech in Mexico City talking about all of the weapons going to Mexico from the US two days before someone at BATF held a press conference bragging about Fast and Furious. She knew that our government was enabling gun-running in an attempt to build support to degrade or eliminate our Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights. No doubt.

Then we have the IRS and their slow-walking TEA-Party organizations applications from receiving 501(c)4 approvals, a few applications were 501(c)3. If an application was red-flagged, that is, it might be a conservative organization, so multiple ridiculous questionnaires were sent out, again and again. If it seemed to be a liberal organization, it was simply rubber-stamped “approved”. I wonder how that works? Anything to keep the TEA party from affecting the 2010 mid-terms, and some of these folks were harassed to boot. Sending a message to any donor-types, do not mess with us.

The difference from a 501(c)3, and a 501(c)4 is that contributions to a (c)3 is fully tax-deductible, while contributions to a (c)4 are not. Most of these applicants were asking for 501(c)4 designation. A little off-topic, but Media-Matters is a 501(c)3 non-profit, as is Planned Parenthood. In PP’s case, we are also paying them 500 million or more per year for their works in the budget, so they are getting over twice.

Obama Says “Not Even a Smidgen of Corruption” in IRS Scandal – YouTube

What would it take to claw back the pension of a former President? Shouldn’t we at least find that Eric Holder and Lois Lerner should repay their ill-gotten benefits?

Chaffetz Asks DOJ Inspector General to Probe Comey Firing

Elijah Cummings seems to have been in complete agreement. This is the expanded probe that led to McCabe’s termination.

James Comey could be in ‘serious trouble’ for an admission he made to Congress last year. See the proof for yourself.

Two Surprising Facts About James Comey’s Memos Contradict His Senate Testimony

Office of Professional Responsibility | Department of Justice

“The OIG is required to notify OPR of the existence and results of any OIG investigation that reflects upon the professional ethics, competence or integrity of a Department attorney. In such cases, OPR will take appropriate action.”

Sessions fires McCabe from FBI

Here is the statement issued by Sessions:

“After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).

The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe.  Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions.

The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability.  As the OPR proposal stated, ‘all FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal and that our integrity is our brand.’ 

Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”

By the way, the Office of Professional Responsibility is the same entity that recommended that Sessions recuse himself from any investigation related to the Russians and Trump, since Sessions campaigned enthusiastically for Trump, due to an appearance of a conflict of interest. Sessions complied and recused himself.

Also, the phrase “lack of candor” is agency-speak for lying. I understand that close to 20 agents have been terminated in the past 12 months for the same infraction, while not under oath.

Firing Andrew McCabe Was The Right Call: Abuse of Federal Authority Must Not Be Tolerated

Two Surprising Facts About James Comey’s Memos Contradict His Senate Testimony

DOJ IG releases explosive report that led to firing of ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

Andrew was the DAG from the Southern District of New York who led the prosecution of the Blind Sheik during the World Trade Center one attack in the 90s.

The Reckoning of the FBI Has Begun

Sharyl Attkisson Accuses Obama DOJ of Secretly Swapping Out Her Computer Hard Drive

Sharyl is a Patriot. She has never shown any signs of being on one team or another.

Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama Emails: Key to Lack of Clinton Indictment | National Review

How Would Ronald Reagan Have Replaced Obamacare?

This read may surprise you.

March for Our Lives Narrative Continues to Unravel: Only 10% Teens

Officers were ‘stunned and upset’ at what they saw Broward deputies do at Florida shooting | TheBlaze

Pro-Cop Killer Women’s March Is Organizing the National School Walkout for Gun Control – Chris Reeves

Opinion: I honestly want to take your gun protest seriously, but I can’t until you do | SOFREP

Climate activists predict both outcomes — more snow, less snow — so they are never wrong | Climate Depot

Wind’s False Promise Of Environmental Purity…Everywhere “Everything Is Rotating And Blinking”…”High Price To Pay”

“Wind energy is destroying the country more than any other industry.”

Scientific American Says ‘Chill Out’ over Global Warming

Should We Chill Out about Global Warming? – Scientific American Blog Network

Los Angeles paints its streets white to battle Climate Change

But it only lasts six months to a year. Cars have black rubber tires and oil, and black is the only UV resistant color for anything.

Observations of an Irishman: The Side of Immigration Nobody Is Talking About

Good read for consideration.

FCC Sends Letter To Dems Over Sinclair

Uh, we are not going to revoke their license and violate the First amendment?

March for Our Lives Narrative Continues to Unravel: Only 10% Teens

The turnout was also much lower than initially reported. Mostly professional protestors showed up.

Betsy Devos flushes Obama era bathroom policy.

Duh? Really, ya don’t say?

Cronkite admitted blowing it on his famous commentary

On the Tet offensive. We won Tet, By the Way. But you wouldn’t know it by the reporting at the time.

Adjust these Facebook privacy settings to protect your personal data

Good info.

Apple killing support for 32-bit apps, which could impact popular business programs – TechRepublic

A huge iOS issue. Most apps have dealt with this by now.

Thanks for looking!

 

PS: For those visiting for the first time. my comments are always in cayenne, quotes are in light gray, and links are in blue.

Et Tu, Drudge?

It is starting to look like Drudge is now in the tank for Trump too, et tu, Drudge?

TedAnnointed

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

I guess it’s okay to make ridiculous highly edited assertions about a certain Presidential candidates religion in the heat of the primary.

I don’t recall the press making a huge deal about JFK’s run for POTUS concerning his Catholic faith, although I’m sure there was a lot of uncertainty about our Pres taking orders from the Pope at the time. I also don’t recall a huge amount of press regarding Obama’s Muslim up-bringing. If you think he’s a Christian, you should google (marxist) liberation theology sometime. The right Reverend Wright preached liberation theology, which has little to do with scripture, and a whole lot to do with grievances. He was not a Catholic, but you can learn more about it here and here. Or search it yourself.

On the other hand, Reagan did help to take down the Soviet empire without spending a single shot, along with the Pope, Maggie Thatcher, and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl (who later started a department store in Wisconsin – just kidding!)

So now comes Drudge posting his top story this morning that Ted Cruz is supposedly the blessed anointed one, when the links he provided showed nothing of the sort. I read two of the three links offered, they showed a typical Rafael Cruz appearance. Thankfully, Trump’s cancelled appearance at UIC knocked this pic off of his page.

Far be it for me to attack anyone who holds deeply held religious beliefs. In fact, I think that is a good thing in nearly all cases, radical jihadis excepted.

Drudge should be ashamed of himself.

RichTAkes! on Yogi Berra

RichTAkes! on Yogi Berra

Rest in peace Yogi, you were a true class-act!

Yogi Berra, Yankee Who Built His Stardom 90 Percent on Skill and Half on Wit, Dies at 90

Yogi-Berra-ObitI was five and turned six during the 1962 season, I was a huge Yankees fan, they were on the Sunday “Game of the Week” nearly every Sunday afternoon. It must have been on CBS. Former Yankee Dizzy Dean was the announcer, and Falstaff beer sponsored the game. (this was before the “Papa Joe Greasydick” campaign in the early 70s which doomed that brand of beer. What were they thinking?)

Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra, what more could anyone at my then tender age ask for? Clete Boyer? Yes! I think his twin brother was named Clint, who played for the Cardinals with Stan “the Man” Musial.

By this time, Yogi was far along in his career and shared catching duties with Elston Howard. Jim Bouton was a pretty good pitcher too.

For me, this was the golden era of the Yankees, they won 14 of 17 World Series during this time.

I was surprised to learn that Yogi has played in more World Series games than any other player, he came up to the majors in 1947 if I recall correctly (it’s in the NY Times piece above). This would put Yogi in the same rookie class as Jackie Robinson with the cross-town Brooklyn Dodgers.

He later managed both the Yankees and the Mets and probably knew more about baseball than anyone, excepting possibly Leo “the Lip” Durocher.

I also learned yesterday that he was a machine-gunner’s mate in the Navy serving at the invasion at Omaha Beach.

Yogi was an American icon, I wish him Godspeed to his next destination. He was truly a class-act.

Here is the 1962 Yankees roster:

1962 New York Yankees Roster by Baseball Almanac

35 of Yogi Berra’s most memorable quotes

1. “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

2. “It’s deja vu all over again.”

3. “I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.”

4. “Never answer an anonymous letter.”

5. “We made too many wrong mistakes.”

6. “You can observe a lot by watching.”

7. “The future ain’t what it used to be.”

8. “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

9. “It gets late early out here.”

10. “If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.”

11. “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”

12. “Pair up in threes.”

(hit the link for more)

The Yogi Book (9780761154433): Yogi Berra

The Yogi book on Amazon

The BLM email-gate TAkes!

Now we have yet another email-gate.

Hillary is most likely toast, yet the Democrat bench only seems to have Joe sitting on it.

Enjoy the BLM email Takes! (and turn your flash-blocker on)

Planet Obama

Hillary Clinton Hacked Emails For Sale

Will Hillary Clinton’s Emails Burn the White House?

The incalculable damage done

“We know now that HC had classified information on her email server because of what she turned over. What we don’t know is what she didn’t turn over. This creates a massive Counter-Intelligence (CI) problem… This action has done irreparable damage to US national security”

Clinton Admits She Destroyed Government Property

Tech company: No indication that Clinton’s e-mail server was ‘wiped’

someone is really incompetent

Peggy Hubbard’s classic rant about black lives matter after a nine year old was killed while studying in Ferguson MO.

MN Black Lives Matter Protesters Chant: “Pigs in a Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon” – YouTube

The assassin who killed two cops in NYC tweeted that he was going to put pigs in a blanket.

NFL Star Richard Sherman GOES OFF On Man Who Called For “Open Season On Crackers and Cops”

Sherman is a star in more ways than one.

Farrakhan: We Must Rise Up and Kill Those Who Kill Us; Stalk Them and Kill Them

where are the voices to condemn and/or arrest Farrakhan? The O seemingly loves it.

Message to the Black Lives Matter Movement

complete Whaley video above

…if you have a Boehner lasting longer than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention!

Articles: Donald Trump and the Revenge of the ‘Low-Information’ Voters

Biden: ‘Totally Legitimate Argument’ That Iran Can Use Sanctions Relief to Fund Terror

Yet he has no problem moving ahead with this disaster anyway

Three illegal immigrants charged with murder of Va. student

Captured: Convicted Burglar Deported 5 Times, Back in Texas

Obama claims that the border is more secure now than ever. I guess that is not saying much.

USA Today reporter covering Scott Walker’s campaign signed petition to recall him

I’d like to know what “journalists” contributed to political campaigns too.

John Kerry Appoints Clinton Donor to Oversee Email Production

nothing says transparency like hiring a Clinton partisan to oversee the release of Hillary Clinton’s email

~ remember when State conducted an investigation into Benghazi without interviewing Hillary, or producing a single document with her name on it? That was also conducted by another Clinton partisan, surprise, surprise!

FEC Must Investigate Democratic National Committee for Employing Illegal Alien to Craft 2016 Political Message

I’d be shocked if that ever happened

Obama EPA rule blocked, criticized as fed power grab over state waters

“Judge Ralph R. Erickson called the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt “inexplicable, arbitrary and devoid of a reasoned process,” and issued an injunction preventing the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from claiming oversight of millions of acres of land that contain small bodies of water.”

Clintons Facilitated Donor’s Haiti Project That Defrauded U.S. Out of Millions

The Clintons should be prosecuted under RICO laws as a continuing criminal enterprise

What Is Obama’s Top Population-Control Freak Hiding?

Science czar John Holdren is withholding his private email too. He is the top strategist in Obama’s war on carbon, war on coal, war on the West and war on the economy.

Conservative Review – McConnell Plans to Fund Planned Parenthood

He’s funded everything else that Obama wanted

Satanists are Pro-Choice, If You Didn’t Know

duh!

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Rich’s Select Committee Double-TAkes!

Special Double Edition Rich TAkes!

Lots has been going on, and very little has been going on. Trey Goudy is named Chairman of the Select Committee to investigate Benghazi, The EPA has been asking human subjects to stick their head up a tail-pipe, and the IRS targeting seems to track directly to the White House (to the surprise of virtually no one).  Trey

The EPA has also proposed regulating (read: taxing) cow farts. And the FCC has raised the ugly head of Net Neutrality once again. Oh yes, the TEA Party is not dead yet.

Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

Linking straight to the White House

The Terrifying Implications of the IRS Abuse-DOJ Connection

Gun-running in Libya and Syria led to 9/11/2012 at Benghazi?

House approves select committee to investigate Benghazi attack

I’m not sure if better late than never applies here, John Boehner should have done this a year ago

CIA Whistleblower faces the ire of an angry Justice Department over Benghazi questions

Hillary Language On Benghazi Identical To Rhodes Email — 1 1/2 Days Before!

Clinton advisor Dick Morris traces video talking points directly to Hillary.

Fast & Furious: Benghazi Edition

Speaking of Fast & Furious, I remember raising my eyebrows when I heard reports of an early Secretary of State speech in Mexico City inn early 2009. She said, “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,” Mrs. Clinton said, using unusually blunt language. “Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians.”

Besides the obvious, which is, if we controlled our borders this wouldn’t be happening, my second thought was that legal semi-automatic firearms sold in the US would not be at the top of any drug cartel’s wish list. Much better would be Mac10s, Uzzis, and AK47s from black market sources, which would also be cheaper than US AR-15s when purchased in bulk.

The timing here is important, this story appeared in the NY Times on March 25, 2009.

Clinton Says U.S. Feeds Mexico Drug Trade – NYTimes.com

Judging by her statements in Mexico City, Hillary must have been in the loop on fast & Furious as well. No other logical conclusion can be reached. 

The Obama administration announces on March 24 that Project Gunrunner will be expanding: “March 24, 2009: David Ogden, deputy attorney general at the time, stated, “The president has directed us to take action to fight these cartels and Attorney General Eric Holder and I are taking several new and aggressive steps as part of the administration’s comprehensive plan.””

Fast & Furious timeline:

Fast and Furious: The Events Leading to Eric Holder’s Contempt Vote

And this from MRC:

“DOJ’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is increasing it’s efforts by adding 37 new employees in 3 new offices using $10 million dollars in Recovery Act funds and redeploying 100 personnel to the southwest border in the next 45 days to fortify it’s Project Gunrunner- which is aimed at disrupted arms trafficking between the United States and Mexico. ATF is doubling it’s presence in Mexico itself, from 5 to 9 personnel working with the Mexicans specifically to facilitate gun tracing activity which targets the illegal weapons and their sources in the United States.”

Flashback: David Ogden Announces New Efforts With Project Gunrunner “As Directed By the President”

Vid at the link.

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