SPLC Rails Against Possible Terrorist Designation for Antifa

The designation…presents a dire threat to the civil liberties of all citizens.

(SPLC in response to President Trump’s tweet)

 

Surely you would not have imagined otherwise.

Like the three little monkeys, here is the Southern Poverty Law Center that sees no haters in a violent Antifa.

Antifa in DC in 2019. Imagine if this man had ‘white power’ emblazoned on that T-shirt. Would he be permitted to ‘demonstrate’ on any street in America?  Would the SPLC defend his civil liberties?  https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-antifa-tweet-right-wing-catnip-potentially-troubling-consequences-ncna1222686

Designating Antifa as Domestic Terrorist Organization Is Dangerous, Threatens Civil Liberties

Antifa, short for anti-fascist, is a broad, community-based movement composed of individuals organizing against racial and economic injustice. Those who identify with the label represent a large spectrum of the political left. The Trump administration frequently uses the term to describe any group or individual that demonstrates in opposition to its policies. Far-right extremists use similar tactics.

The SPLC’s official position on Antifa.

The move by the president is an unprecedented and alarming development with significant implications for the civil liberties of U.S. citizens, particularly those of color, who are already disproportionately policed. The designation would grant federal law enforcement broad powers, under the federal terrorism code, to surveil and investigate anyone labeled as antifa. It could also allow federal law enforcement to broadly target anyone involved in protests viewed unfavorably by the Trump administration, even retroactively.

President Trump’s announcement is rooted in politics, not the present realities of the terror threat in the U.S. Classifying antifa as a domestic terror organization has been a wish-list item for the president’s allies on the far right and in the conservative mainstream for years. The designation retreads some of the darkest moments in our federal law enforcement’s past, further victimizes communities that have already been wronged and presents a dire threat to the civil liberties of all citizens.

More here.

Check out the link under the photo above to see how hard it would be (but not impossible) to get a terrorist designation accomplished and see this story from CNN (yes, CNN) to learn more about Antifa and what they want.

The exact origins of the group are unknown, but Antifa can be traced to Nazi Germany and Anti-Fascist Action, a militant group founded in the 1980s in the United Kingdom.

Modern-day Antifa members have become more active in making themselves known at public rallies and within the progressive movement, says Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

“What they’re trying to do now is not only become prominent through violence at these high-profile rallies, but also to reach out through small meetings and through social networking to cultivate disenfranchised progressives who heretofore were peaceful,” Levin said.

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While it can be difficult to distinguish Antifa activists from other protesters, some dress head to toe in black. Members call this the “Black Bloc.”

They also wear masks to hide their identities from the police and whomever they are protesting.

More here.

P.S. Putting ol’ Joe in the White House is not going to end the pain, but unfortunately there will be many naive and weak Americans who think it will.

Couple Rips Off Medicaid to Fuel Lavish Lifestyle, Indicted Wednesday!

‘This case represents one of the most brazen and egregious cases of home health Medicaid fraud ever seen in this district [N Carolina].’

(US Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr)

 

The UK Daily Mail, masters of such news, has the disgusting story replete with photos to make your head explode and a juicy title published here on Wednesday.

Thanks to Judy for spotting it as I am just home from a happy family duty and am farther behind than usual with reading and writing.

‘Gluttonous’ Vegas couple ‘stole identities of dead people to defraud Medicaid of $13m’ which they blew on a private jet, luxury cars, designer clothes and vacations which they bragged about in tacky online videos

A Las Vegas couple have been accused of stealing $13million from Medicaid to fund a lavish lifestyle that included a private jet, luxury cars, jewelry and clothes.

Latisha and Timothy Harron bought expensive cars, real estate, a private jet and pricey vacations.  They also bought gym equipment which clearly did not benefit Latisha, by ripping off US taxpayers!

 

Latisha and Timothy Mark Harron worked together to carry out a ‘massive fraud’ on the North Carolina Medicaid program, according to a press release from the Department of Justice issued on Wednesday.

The couple, who were arrested on Wednesday, allegedly did this by billing the government for what the Department described as ‘fictitious home services’.

They are accused of spending Medicaid money on a British Aerospace Bae 125-800Acosting private jet that cost $900,000, ‘thousands of dollars of gym equipment’ and properties in North Carolina.

‘Stealing taxpayer money from a health care program designed to care for the poor and disabled just to bankroll a private jet and other luxury products – as alleged in this case – is reprehensible,’ said Special Agent in Charge Derrick L. Jackson of the HHS Office of Inspector General.

Here is how they did it!

In 2012, Harron – who also goes by Latisha Reese Holt – moved to Maryland from North Carolina. There, she is said to have continued to bill NC Medicaid as though she was providing services to real North Carolina recipients.

The indictment then alleges that Latisha moved to Las Vegas in May 2017 to live with Timothy Harron. The two got married in 2018.

Timothy had a prior conviction which he concealed on NC Medicaid enrollment documents.

The couple then worked together to fraudulently bill the Medicaid program for more than $10 million between 2017 and 2019, according to the press release.

The DOJ said the couple searched through obituaries to find people in North Carolina who had recently died.

They then allegedly found out whether those people had a Medicaid ID number using an eligibility tool accessible only to Medicaid providers.

They then used it to bill Medicaid for ‘fictitious services’ it claimed to have provided before their deaths, the DOJ said.

Go here to see the many photos and sickening details of their alleged theft.

It’s a good thing that the couple was so dumb to post photos of their largesse on line giving the Daily Mail such a titillating story.

If found guilty they could spend decades behind bars with surely lots and lots of gym time provided!

As I have said before, the Trump team should be broadcasting these successful busts far and wide as the 2020 election approaches.

WTH! Your Tax Dollars Paid for Bat Research at Wuhan Lab!

And, the ‘good doctor’ Fauci was involved during the Obama Administration!

Why isn’t this front page news everywhere?  Why does it take the Asia Times, Gateway Pundit, Powerline blog, and other smaller media to get this story out.

Thanks to reader Paul for alerting me to a Powerline blog post yesterday where blogger extraordinaire John Hinderaker wraps with this paragraph:

  Wouldn’t it be great if we had a free press that might ask questions about reports like this one? The problem, of course, is that Dr. Fauci would be the guy on the hot seat, and he is a revered “expert” in the press’s narrative. Even more important, Fauci’s enlistment of the Wuhan lab to do research banned in the U.S. happened in 2015–that is to say, during the Obama administration. If it had occurred during the Trump administration, there would be nothing else on the front pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Please go read it all!  Follow the links for more information.

Arab Immigrants Angry, Say they Will be Undercounted in 2020 Census

“You’re making us invisible.”

(US Rep. Rashida Tlaib)

I haven’t been paying any attention to the Census other than noting that we have received at least three mailings telling us to get it done.

Here we learn that Arab-speaking immigrants to the Detroit area are working hard to be sure they are not undercounted so they can get their government goodies.  But, government goodies aren’t given out to specific ethnic groups anyway.

I suspect the real reason is that they want to be sure that mostly Muslims from the Middle East and North Africa are designated separately as a way to show their potential political power.

From the AP at Fox 13:

Hard-to-count Arab Americans urged to prioritize census

A Detroit area billboard

 

DEARBORN, Mich. — (AP) — At a Michigan gas station, the message is obvious — at least to Arabic speakers: Be counted in the 2020 census.

“Provide your community with more/additional opportunities,” the ad on the pump handle reads in Arabic. In the fine print, next to “United States Census 2020,” it adds: “To shape your future with your own hands, start here.”

As state officials and nonprofit groups target hard-to-count groups like immigrants, people of color and those in poverty, many Arab Americans say the undercount is even more pronounced for them.

That means one of the largest and most concentrated Arab populations outside the Middle East — those in the Detroit area — could be missing out on federal funding for education, health care, crime prevention and other programs that the census determines how to divvy up.

That also includes money to help states address the fallout from the coronavirus.

“We are trying to encourage people not just to fill it out because of all the reasons we had given before, where there’s education and health care and all of that, but also because it is essential for the federal government to know who is in Michigan at this point more than ever before,” said Rima Meroueh, director of policy and advocacy with Dearborn-based ACCESS, one of the largest Arab American advocacy nonprofits in the country.

The Arab American community checks many boxes that census and nonprofit officials say are hallmarks of the hardest-to-count communities: large numbers of young children, non-English speakers, recent immigrants and those who often live in multifamily or rental housing.

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Democrat U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib. https://fraudscrookscriminals.com/2019/03/02/petition-seeks-to-impeach-michigan-rep-rashida-tlaib/

But groups face a hurdle after the Trump administration decided not to include a category that counts people from the Middle East or North Africa as their own group. The Census Bureau recommended the so-called MENA box in 2017 after years of research and decades of advocacy.

The decision to scrap the choice angers many Arab Americans, who say it hinders representation and needed funding. Democratic U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, an Arab American representing part of Detroit and several suburbs, expressed her displeasure while questioning Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham on Capitol Hill in February.

“The community did it right — they went through the process,” she said. “You’re making us invisible.”

More here.

Does it make any sense to you? Is the area around Detroit going to get any less stuff if Arab-speaking people of the Middle East and North Africa don’t get a separate category?  Or is it more about flexing some Arab-power muscle?

Just so you know here (below) is the region they are talking about, the region they call MENA—the area (still expanding) colonized by the followers of Mohammed.

Do we refer to Muslims in Africa as colonizers or is that dirty word only reserved for western countries that colonized Africa through the centuries?  Just wondering.  Heck we could say that Arabs are colonizing Michigan and Somalis are colonizing Minnesota!

A little fact you might not know: The number one language of refugees admitted to the US for at least the last twelve years is Arabic.

 

https://www.mauldineconomics.com/editorial/5-maps-of-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-that-explain-this-region

 

 

Dear Mr. President, You Will Not Energize the Base with Half Measures on Immigration

So much for the President halting all immigration to the US during the on-going Chinese virus crisis.  See yesterday’s post.

 

Today we have Politico (of all places) describing what is believed to be the direction President Trump’s executive order on immigration might take when it is revealed possibly today.

Trump’s immigration pause falls well short of full ban

On Monday night, President Donald Trump vowed he would suspend immigration into the United States during the coronavirus outbreak.

On Tuesday, he unveiled his plan. It was far short of a full ban.
Trump announced that he will sign an executive order blocking most people for 60 days from receiving a permanent residency visa, or green card. But the order will still allow the government to continue processing visas for hundreds of thousands of temporary employees, including farm workers, landscapers and crab pickers — the largest source of immigration.

The order is also expected to carve out additional exemptions for so-called essential employees, including health care workers, and immigrants who come into the United States through immediate family members, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Trump, who will sign the executive order as soon as Wednesday, said the measure will be reassessed in two months.

“It would be wrong and unjust for Americans laid off by the virus to be replaced with new immigrants, labor flown in from abroad,” Trump said at the daily White House briefing, nodding to the 22 million Americans who have filed for unemployment in recent weeks. “We must first take care of the American worker, take care of the American worker.”

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The move angered conservatives who were hoping the president would go further. The Trump administration has already paused most routine visa processing and refugee cases during the coronavirus pandemic, meaning the president’s executive order may be redundant for many already-stalled cases. Moreover, a majority of immigrants seeking green cards are already living in the U.S.

The Administration has not paused the Special refugee status for Afghans.

 

Mark Krikorian

“Briefly delaying green cards for people, most of whom are already in the U.S. and working, and ignoring work visas doesn’t help U.S. workers and doesn’t ease pressure on hospitals, “ said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies.“Can’t know for sure until there’s actually something official to read, but this looks more like a political gesture than a serious policy move.”

[….]

“To continue most immigration at this time would show a callous disregard for those Americans who are enduring deep economic suffering,” said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, which supports immigration restrictions.

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Trump’s announcement had his critics decrying the move as a transparent attempt to rile up the president’s base in an election year, while distracting from the ongoing criticism of his coronavirus response.

Continue reading here.

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