• Harry Reid, Republican Mastermind

    Democrats can blame themselves for blowing up the judicial filibuster.

    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Nov. 16, 2016. PHOTO: ALEX BRANDON/ASSOCIATED PRESS

    By The Editorial Board

    Updated June 28, 2018 7:34 p.m. ET

    Schadenfreude is overrated, but it is amusing to see Democrats apoplectic that Republicans might confirm a Supreme Court Justice with 51 Senate votes. Let’s review the tape on the Sage of Searchlight, Nevada, because Harry Reid made this moment possible by blowing up the filibuster for judicial nominees.

    Democrats are in various stages of grief about the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy but the prevailing mood is rage. Democrats are insisting that the Senate not confirm a replacement until after the November election. The left is still furious that GOP Leader Mitch McConnell barred until after the 2016 election a vote on Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to replace Antonin Scalia. They think Mr. McConnell should be “consistent” now.

    But that Court opening came amid a presidential election, when Americans decide who will determine the direction of the courts for four years. No less than a quarter of Donald Trump’s voters said their reason was the Supreme Court. Hillary Clinton would have had her pick of nominees, and Mr. Garland or a more radical jurist would be on the Court. The real Democratic grievance as ever should be with Mrs. Clinton for losing.

    Supreme Court confirmations ahead of a midterm election are routine. The Senate confirmed Justice Elena Kagan in August 2010, Justice Samuel Alito in 2006, Justice Stephen Breyer in 1994, and David Souter a month before midterms in 1990. The Great Scalia was confirmed in September 1986.

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  • Civil War

    How do civil wars happen?

    Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. In addition, they cannot settle the question through elections because they do not even agree that elections are how you decide who is in charge.

    That is the basic issue here.

    Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.

    The Mueller investigation is about removing President Trump from office and overturning the results of an election.  We all know that. However, it is not the first time they have done this.

    The first time a Republican president was elected this century, they said he did not really win. The Supreme Court gave him the election. There is a pattern here.

    What do sure odds of the Democrats rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they do not accept the results of any election that they do not win. It means they do not believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections.

    That is a civil war.

    There is no shooting. At least not unless you count the attempt to kill a bunch of Republicans at a charity baseball game practice. However, the Democrats have rejected our system of government.

    This is not dissent.

    It is not disagreement. Read more …

  • IMMIGRATION

    The Truth about Separating Kids

    U.S. Border Patrol agents with illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas, May 9, 2018. (Loren Elliott/Reuters)

    Some economic migrants are using children as chits, but the problem is fixable — if Congress acts.The latest furor over Trump immigration policy involves the separation of children from parents at the border.

    As usual, the outrage obscures more than it illuminates, so it’s worth walking through what’s happening here.

    For the longest time, illegal immigration was driven by single males from Mexico. Over the last decade, the flow has shifted to women, children, and family units from Central America. This poses challenges we haven’t confronted before and has made what once were relatively minor wrinkles in the law loom very large.

    The Trump administration isn’t changing the rules that pertain to separating an adult from the child. Those remain the same. Separation happens only if officials find that the adult is falsely claiming to be the child’s parent, or is a threat to the child, or is put into criminal proceedings.

    It’s the last that is operative here. The past practice had been to give a free pass to an adult who is part of a family unit. The new Trump policy is to prosecute all adults. The idea is to send a signal that we are serious about our laws and to create a deterrent against re-entry. (Illegal entry is a misdemeanor, illegal re-entry a felony.)

    When a migrant is prosecuted for illegal entry, he or she is taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals. In no circumstance anywhere in the U.S. do the marshals care for the children of people they take into custody. The child is taken into the custody of HHS, who cares for them at temporary shelters.

    The criminal proceedings are exceptionally short, assuming there is no aggravating factor such as a prior illegal entity or another crime. The migrants generally plead guilty, and they are then sentenced to time served, typically all in the same day, although practices vary along the border. After this, they are returned to the custody of ICE.

    If the adult then wants to go home, in keeping with the expedited order of removal that is issued as a matter of course, it’s relatively simple. The adult should be reunited quickly with his or her child, and the family returned home as a unit. In this scenario, there’s only a very brief separation.

    Where it becomes much more of an issue is if the adult files an asylum claim. In that scenario, the adults are almost certainly going to be detained longer than the government is allowed to hold their children.

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    Give a few bucks to help out the good folks looking into Boulder’s anti-gun funny business. They need funds for an open-records request the city doesn’t want them to see.


    On April 5, 2018, Boulder City Council passed its first reading of a ban on nearly every semi automatic firearm in city limits. The ban also includes bump stocks and all magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

    Despite more than 80 percent of the people who spoke that night opposed to the ban, city council then passed the ordinance on second reading on May 1.

    If this ordinance passes third reading, all owners of banned weapons will be required to obtain a certificate of ownership from the Boulder Police Department or surrender their weapon(s). No new purchases or possession will be allowed in the city limits.

    All bump stocks and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition will be required to be surrendered to the police.

    The only exceptions to the ban are for active law enforcement, military or anyone possessing a federal firearms license.

    I have already organized several successful Rally for Our Rights protests including one in Boulder, which brought out more than 500 people in the snow for a peaceful demonstration in defense of our right to keep and bear arms.

    However, my work is not done. I have good reason to believe that Moms Demand Action and several of the Boulder City Council members have violated open meetings laws to conspire on this ordinance, as well as possible other violations in their efforts to take away your rights under the United States Constitution.

    Because of that, I filed a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request for emails between city elected officials, certain city employees and Moms Demand Action leaders.

    The city of Boulder wants more than $1,200 to fill that request. I believe this is a stall tactic and a way to discourage me from getting at the truth. As a single mom fighting for my children’s future, this level of financing to keep all our rights in tact is out of control on the part of the city of Boulder.

    So I am asking for your help in funding my cause to get access to those emails and to keep fighting the fight down the road, as I’m sure more expenses like this one will pop up.

    Please donate what you can any little bit helps.

    Leslie Hollywood

    The Second Amendment Transparency Project

  • The question is why this high-energy president seems to have fallen for the media claim that his only proactive course is to fire Mr. Mueller. It isn’t. There are two very bold actions the Trump White House could take to reset the Russia dynamic. Both would aid Mr. Trump’s presidency and serve the executive branch and the public in the longer term.

    The first is an abrupt overhaul of the president’s legal team and strategy. Mr. Trump has talented lawyers, but not ones skilled at confronting the threat at hand. They continue to fret over his personal liability, when the real threat is to the Constitution—to this presidency and every future one. Mr. Mueller is by all accounts now focused on obstruction of justice. Mr. Trump needs constitutional powerhouses who can swiftly take that issue off the table.

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  • Judge rules part of Thornton’s oil and gas regs violates state, federal law

    By   – Reporter, Denver Business Journal
     Updated 

    Sections of Thornton’s 2017 oil and gas regulations governing oil and gas gathering pipelines and a 750-foot setback for new wells violate state and federal law, an Adams County District Court Judge has ruled.

    Colorado’s two main oil and gas trade groups in October sued the city of Thornton, saying the town’s rules for industry operations within its borders were illegal under state and federal law.

    The suit kicked off a new round of legal battles over which level of government — local, state or federal — should have control over aspects oil and gas operations.

    And it came barely a year after the Colorado Supreme Court in May 2016 tossed out bans on oil and gas operations imposed by Fort Collins and Longmont.

    The ruling by Adams County District Court Judge Edward Moss, which included citations to the 2016 ruling from the state’s highest court, was issued late Tuesday.

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