Troubling News For Americans

Grind for March 13th, 2019
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“I would be stupid not to be on my own side. But I’m a human being, too. And I’m on the side of human beings, rather than on the side of crocodiles.”

– Maya Angelou



Shots Fired

The Headline

Democrats support municipalities that allow illegals to vote

The Grind

House lawmakers Friday voted 228-197 against a proposal to condemn voting by illegal immigrants.

The vote fell largely along party lines, with only one Republican joining Democrats in rejecting a proposal to add the following language to a Democrat-backed election proposal (HR1):

“Allowing legal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.”

The wording is a direct response to San Francisco’s decision to allow illegal immigrants to vote in school board elections.

“Today, I offered a motion to recommit #HR1 reaffirming that only US citizens should have the right to vote,” tweeted Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R). “Dems rejected it. Next time you go to the ballot box, keep that in mind. The future of their party is in cities like San Fran, where illegals can vote. Let that sink in.”

The Details

As Crenshaw pointed out, 41 Democrats who rejected the proposal on Friday supported a nearly identical proposal in September.

Those Democrats will now have to explain to voters why they changed their minds on such an important matter.

“We’ve watched Democrats prioritize illegal immigrants over American citizens for a while now,” tweeted Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). “But today they took it a step further by blocking our motion to prevent illegal immigrants from voting in elections – effectively devaluing the vote of legitimate voters.”

HR1 was approved later on Friday without the clause on illegal voting. As it stands, the proposal defends localities (like San Francisco) which allow illegal immigrants to vote in local elections. Non-citizens are still banned from voting in federal elections according to US law.

If signed into the law, HR1 would:

— Establish Election Day as a holiday

— Require all presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns

— Institute public financing of congressional campaigns

— Require all organizations that spend money on elections to disclose donors

In a letter to lawmakers, the ACLU insisted the proposal would threaten free speech. “They will have the effect of harming our public discourse by silencing necessary voices that would otherwise speak out about the public issues of the day.”

The Takeaway

Democrats want illegals to come to America and vote in elections because non-citizens will always support Democratic candidates.

And while illegal immigrants’ participation in school board elections might be benign, the principle could have disastrous effects if adopted at higher levels; for example, Mexico could flood a state with illegal immigrants and take over with alien votes. We must not allow this to happen.



Better Safe Than Sorry

The Headline

Satellite imaging suggests North Korea is readying missile or rocket

The Grind

Satellite images taken in late February suggest activity at a missile site near Pyongyang.

Images clearly show vehicles, rail cars, and cranes at the Sanumdong facility, a site North Korea has used in the past to assemble ICBM missiles and satellite-launching rockets.

News of the activity at Sanumdong follows similar reports about the Sohae Satellite Launching Station on the country’s west coast. Sohae was partially torn down last year following Trump’s first summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The two leaders met again last month, but no progress was made.

The Details

Recent images of Sanumdong show fewer vehicles and cranes, suggesting something has left the facility.

“I can definitely say the train has left the station,” says North Korea expert Melissa Hanham. “But I can’t, unfortunately, use X-ray vision to see what’s on the train and tell whether it’s a civilian space launch vehicle or a military ICBM.”

If something came out of Sanumdong, it is likely headed to Sohae.

Prior to Trump’s meeting with Kim, Pyongyang said it was planning to launch two satellites into space.

“We know that a space launch was a thing that the North Koreans were talking about doing,” says Jeffery Lewis, who leads a nonproliferation project in Monterey, California.

While the type of rocket used to launch a satellite could hardly be considered a weapon, State Department officials have made it clear that any launch whatsoever from North Korea would represent a violation of the agreement Kim made with Trump.




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