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  • The surprising link between Alabama seafood, timber and U.S. national security, and how Shelby is leading the way

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    There are plenty of areas of debate over exactly how and where the U.S. should spend its foreign aid dollars. But for Alabamians in particular — and the entire Gulf Coast region more broadly — the international assistance that flows into cracking down on illegal wildlife trafficking is paying massive dividends, both economically and, perhaps more surprisingly, in terms of national security.

    A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates Americans grossly overestimate the amount the federal government spends on foreign aid.  The average answer was foreign aid accounts for a whopping 31 percent of spending. Fifteen percent of respondents actually thought it represented over half of the U.S. budget.

    In reality, according to the Congressional Research Service, it accounts for about 1 percent total when military, economic development and humanitarian efforts are combined.  And it is paying massive dividends for Alabama.

    Here’s how:

  • Rep. Byrne to Hold 12 Town Hall Meetings

    From a Congressman Bradley Byrne news release:

    Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) announced today that he will hold twelve town hall meetings during the August District Work Period.

    Known as the “Better Off Now” Town Hall Tour, Congressman Byrne will hold public town halls in each of the counties that make up Alabama’s First Congressional District. Byrne will discuss how the American people are better off now thanks to a booming economy, stronger military, and safer communities.

    Byrne ranks among the top of all Members of Congress for the number of town hall meetings held. Since assuming office in late 2013, Byrne has held over 100 town hall meetings, including meetings over the phone and through Facebook.

    All the town hall meetings are open to the public and free to attend. All the information can be found online below.

  • HudsonAlpha technology director to present at Google Cloud conference

    Excerpt from a HudsonAlpha news release:

    HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Technology Director Katreena Mullican has been invited to present at the Google Next ‘18 conference in San Francisco, Calif, July 24-26.

    Google Next is an international conference where more than 10,000 developers, technology leaders, and entrepreneurs come together to have a collaborative discussion about the Google Cloud Platform.

    Mullican has more than 20 years of experience in architecting Linux, virtualization and hybrid cloud solutions. As HudsonAlpha’s Cloud Whisperer, Mullican brings her expertise in automation of on-prem composable and public cloud infrastructure for scientific applications and workflows to the Institute.

    “HudsonAlpha is one of the top sequencing centers in the world, so it’s my job to think outside the box to design hybrid platforms appropriate for our sequencing and research workloads,” said Mullican.

    Mullican will participate in a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Cloud Talk Tuesday at 1:00 pm in the South Hall to discuss how HudsonAlpha uses the composable HPE Synergy platform for an on-premises Kubernetes cluster that can scale to Google Cloud Platform.

3 weeks ago

After President Trump’s pro-life justice is confirmed, Alabama should pass a law to challenge Roe v. Wade immediately

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When all the protestations are over, President Donald Trump will have two Supreme Court Justices. When all the hand-wringing is done, conservatives will have five Supreme Court Justices. While politicians will tell you there is no “litmus test” for Republicans, that test is how will you vote on Roe v. Wade. Sen. Susan Collins is just grandstanding. No nominee will be answering these questions during their confirmation process. This same test existed for Elena Kagen and Sonia Sotomayor. They knew they would not vote to overturn this particular ruling.

Trump understands where this is heading.

According to a Pew Research study, Alabama is staunchly pro-life:

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After this confirmation, the Supreme Court is primed to challenge Roe v. Wade. Alabama legislators should be prepared to act on this issue and represent their constituents, having nibbled around the edges of legality on the abortion issues for years. They have passed law after law that they hoped would pass Constitutional muster with Roe v. Wade in place, knowing they would likely be futile.

Now, these same legislators who have tried to effectively end abortion for decades must make a complete and total attempt to take down this ruling once and for all.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

3 weeks ago

7 Things: More protests, a man brings a gun to Huntsville’s ‘Families Belong Together’ gathering, calls to ‘abolish ICE’ grow, and more …

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1. A counter-protester pulls a gun at the Huntsville “Families Belong Together” event

— A former school teacher holding an “ICE ICE Baby” sign interrupted the opening prayer at the event with multiple utterances of “WOMP! WOMP!” He was shoved to the ground and then produced a handgun.

— Shane Ryan Sealy was arrested for possessing a gun within 1,000 feet of a protest and charged with misdemeanors of menacing and reckless endangerment.

2. The latest protest, of what has been and will be more, took place this weekend

— With over 700 events across the country, breathless media coverage, and baby dolls in dog crates, American liberals took to the streets to protest the country’s immigration policies, but Americans are not buying in at all.

— Previous marches that warranted non-stop media coverage and praise from the media included the Women’s March and the March for Our Lives, which are really just anti-Trump events.

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3. President Donald Trump tells opponents to “take it easy” as Democrats ramp up rhetoric in an effort to “abolish ICE

— President Trump appeared on Fox News and warned Democrats that the protests, extremist rhetoric, and protesters yelling at Trump Administration officials in public places may be “actually dangerous for the country.”

— At least four Democratic senators and countless other Democrats have called for the end of ICE. A minority of Americans agree with this view.

4. Toffee, the deaf and partially blind puppy, is rescued over the weekend after international hype

—The dog fell into a 50-foot-deep crevice behind a Huntsville home on Thursday. It took almost 30 hours and the assistance of rescuers, firefighters, and plumbers to get him out.

— At midnight, the seven-week-old puppy was pulled out of a hole by a snare and sardines. They had already tried rescuing the dog by lowing a person down, using a rope, with duffle bags, a net, and a crate.

5. Dishonest media and dishonest politicians have completely polluted the conversation about the next Supreme Court justice

— CNN’s Jeffery Toobin blurted out some insane things on social media, tweeting “See the new clearly: Abortion illegal; doctors prosecuted; gay people barred from restaurants, hotels, stores; African-Americans out of elite schools; gun control banned in 50 states; the end of regulatory state.”

— Maine’s Republican Senator Susan Collins is setting a weird standard for the confirmation. She says, “I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law’, but she knows the nominee will not be answering questions about specific cases and precedents are overturned regularly.

6. Trump’s foreign policy moves on NAFTA, WTO, Russia, and North Korea surprise many

— On the trade front, Trump will not sign a new NAFTA deal until the midterms are over and a leaked draft shows that Trump is prepared to skirt many World Trade Organizations rules.

— Trump’s deal with North Korea may be in question after reports indicate that they may be continuing to make nuclear weapons.

— Trump is preparing to go to Russia and is “going to mention” the meddling in the 2016 election.

7. Rep. Maxine Waters has been receiving death threats after telling people to harass members of the Trump administration

— After canceling events in Alabama and Texas, Waters claimed she has received credible death threats, but remained defiant by challenging those threatening her to “shoot straight” because “there’s nothing like a wounded animal.”

— Waters also called out Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who she claimed “will do anything that they think is necessary to protect their leadership“, and continued to call for President Trump’s impeachment.

3 weeks ago

VIDEO: Doug Jones will have to vote on Trump’s nominee — Border battle drawing out extremes — Attorney General Steve Marshall heart-wrenching press conference, and more on Guerrilla Politics!

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Dr. Waymon Burke take you through this week’s biggest political stories including:

— Will Doug Jones vote for Trump’s Supreme Court pick??

— How big a role will extreme positions on the border be for Democrats?

— Have we ever seen anything like Attorney General Steve Marshall’s press conference?

Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon discusses AG Steve Marshall’s press conference and the 2018 elections.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at folks who want open borders but don’t have the guts to say so.

Guerrilla Politics – 7/1/18

VIDEO: Doug Jones will have to vote on Trump's nominee — border battle drawing out extremes — Attorney General Steve Marshall heart-wrenching press conference, and more on Guerrilla Politics!

Posted by Yellowhammer News on Sunday, July 1, 2018

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3 weeks ago

Alabama Senator Doug Jones appears to be completely off the SCOTUS battlefield

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President Donald Trump is apparently moving at break-neck pace to select his next Supreme Court Justice before the midterm elections. Reports indicate that the choice could be made in less than two weeks. While Trump is often bashed as an impulsive leader who makes decisions single-handedly, that doesn’t appear to be the case here, a group of Democrat legislators met with the President:

The Washington Post reports that “Manchin, Donnelly and Heitkamp also met with Trump on Thursday to talk about the Supreme Court, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.”

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You will notice Alabama Senator Doug Jones is NOT in that meeting. Trump also met with Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, who many believe could hold up a nominee because of pro-choice concerns. If the president is meeting with pro-choice Republicans and red state Democrats, why would Jones be left out unless he is already a “No”? This probably means that any Trump nominee is an absolute non-starter for Alabama’s junior Senator.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

3 weeks ago

7 Things: Media fails to get the story right… again — Sen. Jones is silent on SCOTUS — more Alabama Republicans say ‘no’ to illegals — and more

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1. The media bungled the story again, this was an ongoing issue with the newspaper NOT about the “tone” Trump set

— The early coverage of this story followed a predictable line, journalists were killed so the president is responsible because he criticizes them regularly, and what appears to be mangled facts that he was a right-wing radical who burned off his fingerprints and had no I.D.

— Late into the night many cable outlets were still playing clips of reporters screaming that the president was ignoring him, implying he was responsible. Sean Hannity blamed Rep. Maxine Waters, the Editor at Reuters has blamed President Donald Trump, and they are both wrong and wondering if his language would change toward journalists even though their premise is provably wrong.

2. A newsroom was attacked in Maryland 

— A gunman with an issue with the paper started shooting through a glass door to the newsroom of Capital Gazette; he entered and then killed five and injured more.

— The shooter’s issue goes back 6+ years. In 2012 he filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper, he had a Twitter account where he made threats, and one employee said, “This is a guy who is going to come in and shoot us.’

3. Sen. Doug Jones remains tight-lipped on where he stands on Trump’s SCOTUS pick; Byrne is breathing down his neck

— It has been an entire day since Trump has been given another Supreme Court choice and Alabama’s junior Senator has not made any statement of value.

— Congressman Bradley Byrne has been outspoken since Jones’ win, he has spoken to other potential opponents, and is clearly angling for a run for U.S. Senate in 2020.

4. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein mixes it up with members of Congress

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— Rosenstein was peppered with accusations throughout the hearing, he felt it was personal, saying “your use of this to attack me personally is deeply wrong.”

— Rep. Trey Gowdy vented the frustration of a lot of Americans, “I think right now all of us are being denied. Whatever you’ve got, finish it the hell up, because this country is being torn apart.”

5. More Alabama Republicans come out against housing illegals in Baldwin County

— Both of the northern-most Congressmen in Alabama have joined Mobile’s Rep. Bradley Byrne and every other Republican Congressperson in the state to oppose this plan to house illegals on the coast.

— Sen. Richard Shelby continues speaking out as well, citing Byrne’s hurricane reference from earlier this week: “I have objected to similar efforts in the past. It would be ill-advised to allow individuals to seek refuge in tents on our coast during the height of hurricane season. I plan to do everything in my power to prevent this from happening on Alabama’s coast.”

6. Democrats keep dreaming of stopping President Donald Trump’s SCOTUS choice, one falls but one may have some legs

— They are lying about what McConnell said in 2016, pretending the filibuster could come back, pretending a president under investigation can’t appoint, and they are also dreaming about peeling away a few Republicans because that requires them keeping all of their’s in line.

— The idea that Sen. Jeff Flake was going to help them seems gone, he may be a TV star soon, though.

7. Internet Tough Guy urges others to rage against politicians, no sign he does so outside of Twitter

— Former Montgomery Advertiser reporter turned angry Twitter user continues to pretend that harassing your political enemies at dinner is a winning political strategy, he has yet to point out when he has actually done this.

— Moon wants someone, not him, to “protest them at their office, boo them in public settings,” and begs anyone, not him, to “not stop making life absolutely, utterly miserable for the conservative lawmakers who have worked so diligently the last several years to make sure life is.”

3 weeks ago

What will Sen. Doug Jones do on Trump’s Supreme Court pick and does it really matter?

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When Sen. Doug Jones beat Roy Moore to become Alabama’s junior U.S. senator, it was widely believed by everyone who was not in the mainstream media or a Jones voter, that Jones is a caretaker senator.

If Jones want to keep this seat, Jones has to represent Alabama and not just his voters. To keep his seat, barring a Roy Moore political rebirth, Jones has to represent all of the voters that sat out the 2017 special election. Can he do this without voting with President Donald Trump on a Supreme Court nominee? Congressman Bradley Byrne told WVNN and Yellowhammer News that Jones has to balance what he wants to do with what he has to do to survive:

“Doug is a personal friend of mine, and I like him a lot, but Doug really does personally deep inside of him agree with the liberal agenda. So, he knows the political ramifications of voting against whoever President Trump brings up. But deep down inside of him he does not want to vote for that person, and he’s getting a lot of support in that regard from people on the Democratic side. So, it is a tough decision for him, I get it, but he was elected to be a senator from Alabama. And when you are in that position you have to represent Alabama, and you are not representing Alabama if you are going against President Trump’s pick to be on the United States Supreme Court.”

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President Trump’s choice is going to be a pro-life choice, Jones and his base are not. Alabama, as a whole, is the most pro-choice in the union. While Jones does not have an election this year, other Democrats in red states do.

Sens. Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Donnelly and Claire McCaskill’s public pronouncements may give us a clue as to where Jones is heading. However, Jones has been particularly secretive of his decision making, he hedged on the Trump tax cuts and still hasn’t said where he stood on Trump’s other Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. The obvious difference here is that he never had to cast votes on those matters so he can have some wiggle room, but he will have to vote on this.

Listen to the interview here:

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

4 weeks ago

7 Things: Here comes the judge — Alabama’s politicians celebrate judicial opportunity — AG Marshall gives heart-breaking press conference — and more

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1. President Donald Trump will get another Supreme Court Justice and Democrats will pout

—Justice Anthony Kennedy will be stepping down next month, opening the door for President Donald Trump’s second pick for the bench. Senate Majority Mitch McConnell has said the pick will get a vote this fall.

— MSNBC’s Chris Matthews channeled the left’s rage by saying there will be “hell to pay” for Democrats if they can’t stop Trump’s pick, which they can’t.

2. Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey and senior Senator Richard Shelby have weighed-in and both are very excited about this opportunity.

— Gov. Kay Ivey supports President Trump’s pick and the future it brings for the judiciary, tweeting “I am proud to stand with President Trump as he chooses a nominee to usher in a new era of conservative values.”

— Sen. Richard Shelby, who will get a vote on Trump’s pick, backed the president with a tweet seizing on “a great opportunity to nominate and confirm a strong, conservative jurist on the United States Supreme Court, someone who will serve this nation with honor for many years to come.”

3. Alabama’s Attorney General Steve Marshall did the saddest thing I have ever seen a political figure do

— Last Sunday, the Attorney General’s wife committed suicide via gunshot and the online rumor mill began to churn about what happened, forcing the AG to make a statement publicly.

— The gut-wrenching statement laid bare the mental health issues of Bridgette Marshall and the events surrounding her suicide. Marshall was clearly angry and sad to be having this press conference but he felt it was necessary due to reporting being done by media outlets that he said contained only “half-truths.”

4. Sen. Doug Jones will probably remain silent on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick

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— During the campaign, Jones refused to say whether he supported Trump’s first pick, Neil Gorsuch or not, but Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana did.

— Let’s be honest, Jones is screwed here, a Washington Post article from 2017 lays out his abortion stance as follows: “Jones opposes the Hyde Amendment, which prevents any federal funding for abortion; while stopping short of endorsing Sanders’s ‘Medicare for All’ bill, he supported the Democratic effort to save the Affordable Care Act, and criticized Alabama for declining to expand Medicaid. In an interview, he said he would have voted against Betsy DeVos’s nomination to be secretary of education, and might have opposed Neil M. Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.”

5. Congress’s more “moderate” immigration bill fails, as judge determines immigration policy

— President Trump went back on his request that Congress not pass an immigration bill and back Speaker Paul Ryan’s latest effort to get a bill through the House. That bill failed 121-301.

— 112 Republicans voted no on this bill, once again showing there is no appetite for amnesty or amnesty lite in Congress. This bill would give two million ‘Dreamers’ a path to citizenship and provide $30 billion for the wall.

6. Alabama has three big dogs sitting at the table during the appropriation process in Congress

— Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa), Rep. Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) and Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) were all present at the White House while discussing new spending bills.

— The cumulative goal is to avoid two very likely things, a large omnibus spending bill and a last minute panic-striken vote for huge spending.

7. Freedom wins at the Supreme Court

— USA Today referred to the decision as a “deeply-divided” court “dealt a major blow to the nation’s public employee unions” by ruling that the unions could not force people to give them money, claiming the required fees violated the free speech of objecting employees.

— Somehow a sitting Supreme Court justice, Elena Kagen, made an argument that giving people a choice on joining a union robs them of freedom. Seriously.

4 weeks ago

7 Things: Trump wins on travel ban — Alabama Governor Ivey warns tariffs could cost 4,000 jobs — Rep. Byrne doesn’t want refugee center in Baldwin County — and more

1. President Donald Trump wins legal battle over his travel ban, a year plus of pouting and speculation loses

— There really is no way to spin the latest Supreme Court ruling as anything but an unmitigated total victory for Trump, the 5-to-4 ruling was based on the letter of the law not tweets or hysterical protests.

— The real hero in all of this is Alabama native, Senator Mitch McConnell, who stalled Obama’s pick of Merrick Garland, created the Supreme Court campaign issue, and saw Neil Gorsuch confirmed.

2. Gov. Kay Ivey continues to sound the alarm on tariffs, says it could cost 4,000 jobs

— The governor has spoken “directly” to Vice President Mike Pence, according to Al.com, adding she sent letters to Congress: “I’ve sent several letters not only to the president but also to our Congressional delegation, so they know about our concerns,” she said.

— Another letter went to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Al.com reports, citing the 4,000 jobs the tariffs could cost Alabama, calling it a “threat to Alabama’s economy,” adding  she strongly was against “any efforts that may harm those companies that employ thousands of Alabamians and contribute billions to our economy.”

3. Congressman Bradley Byrne believes holding immigrants on Orange Beach is “inhumane

— As the border issues continue to dominate the news, catch-and-release has been re-authorized until suitable housing is found for families and illegal aliens. Baldwin County has been identified as a possible place to house them.

— Rep. Byrne noted the current lack of appropriate accommodations at the site, “No utilities — which means no water, no electricity. So obviously there’s nothing out there, so they’ll just have to put them in tents. It’s very hot, very humid. You know, bugs, snakes and hurricanes potentially.”

4. The left ramps-up their harassment campaign, Internet Tough Guys pile-on, Sarah Huckabee Sanders gets Secret Service protection

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— After a weekend of insane reactions to Trump administration officials, now Senator Mitch McConnell and his wife, Trump Transportation Secretary Elaine Choi, were harassed on the street after leaving a Georgetown event.

— Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will now receive temporary Secret Service protection at her home after she was chased from a restaurant. Other Administration officials were harassed at home, and liberals cheer them on.

5. The gay-marriage ruling, Obergefell v. Hodges, is now 3 years old; 8 Alabama counties still won’t issue marriage licenses

— In the three years since the issue of gay marriage became settled with a Supreme Court ruling, the public opinion hasn’t shifted that much, it was 55 in favor of same-sex marriage in 2015 and it is now 62 percent.

— After the ruling, Alabama changed its law to give counties the option of issuing any marriage licenses and 8 counties sill choose not to. They are Autauga, Clarke, Cleburne, Covington, Elmore, Geneva, Pike and Washington.

6. The Business Council of Alabama moves to replace Bill Canary after months of consternation and membership losses

— In a move that most political observers saw coming a mile away, the BCA finally agrees to a quicker transition plan that replaces Bill Canary by end-of-year rather than at end-of-contract in 2020 in a move they hope will stop the bleeding from their organization.

— A list of heavy-hitters have left the most-powerful organization in the state. Alabama Power Co., Regions Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, Protective Life Corporation, Progress Rail and Parker Towing have all left the BCA during the last week.

7. Americans know nothing about their political enemies according to a new poll

— Democrats believe that large numbers of Republicans are old, rich, evangelical southerners — they are wrong.

— Republicans believe that large numbers of Democrats are black, gay, heathens who belong to unions — they are wrong.


4 weeks ago

Alabama native, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the hero in the Trump ‘travel ban’ saga

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Not many people will admit it, but when it comes to the travel ban, President Donald Trump was almost the reason it was knocked down. His tweets were used by a Federal judge to stall it.

If you are looking for a hero, a person who is responsible for it being upheld, look no further than Sheffield, Alabama-native Mitch McConnell.

McConnell’s stalling of Merrick Garland’s appointment to the United States Supreme Court will go down in history as one of the shrewdest political moves of all time. Not only did it stop a 5-4 liberal majority, it gave conservatives, like Trump-skeptics such as MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt, a reason to vote for President Donald Trump.

As Trump said in Iowa in 2016: “If you really like Donald Trump, that’s great, but if you don’t, you have to vote for me anyway. You know why? Supreme Court judges, Supreme Court judges. Have no choice, sorry, sorry, sorry. You have no choice.”

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Would President Donald Trump be president if Sen. Mitch McConnell had confirmed a liberal/moderate Supreme Court Justice? Maybe not. But Justice Neal Gorsuch’s appointment will be felt for decades to come. We have already seen multiple 5-4 cases out of court with Gorsuch in the conservative majority. More are coming and liberals are not happy.

President Trump knows how important this was to his election, his agenda, and moving forward:

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

4 weeks ago

7 Things: Unpopular Democrat immigration policy — Alabama could get illegals processing facility — Trump can deport people without a hearing — and more

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1. Try as the media might, “open borders” is an absolute political loser and that is the Democrat agenda

— In a CBS news poll that shows 43 percent of the respondents are firmly against President Donald Trump, only 21 percent of them want the illegals released into the U.S. as they await a hearing, and 51 percent think a wall along the southern border is a good idea and should be built even if it doesn’t get 100 percent completed.

— But for now, catch-and-release is back, prosecution of families at the border has been temporarily halted and anyone who enters with a kid will be given a free pass to America’s interior.

2. Alabama could end up with a refugee processing center, how that plays out is anyone’s guess

— The U.S. Navy is considering building immigration detention facilities across the U.S. This includes California, Arizona, and even at an abandoned airfield in Mobile, Alabama, which could house 25,000 migrants. Rep. Bradley Byrne thinks this is a bad idea.

— This is nothing new, In 2014 the Obama Administration housed 7,700 illegal children on bases in Texas, California and Oklahoma.

3. No more due process for illegal aliens if President Trump gets his way

— The problem with this is that we have already had this fight in the U.S. If they get to our country we have to give most of them rights.

— But there are other options for “expedited removal,” a 1996 statute says undocumented migrants found within 100 miles of the border and within 14 days of entering the country can be removed without a hearing.

4. Trump slams Maxine Waters as two of America’s most absurd political players fight it out

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— As video of Maxine Waters calling for harassment of Trump Administration officials made the rounds, the president fired back saying she had a “low IQ” and that she should “Be careful what you wish for.”

— Waters is facing fire from all sane Americans and she has caved, stating that she wasn’t doing what she clearly was doing: “Trying to have people believe that I talked about harming people. There’s nowhere in my statement, anytime, anyplace that we talked about harm.”

5. The left in America can’t figure out what to do, Nancy Pelosi knows being insane is bad for business BUT the RESISTANCE must fight on

— Pelosi is trying to get her job back as Speaker of the House and knows that this behavior isn’t helping her. In response to Waters she said, “As we go forward, we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity from sea to shining sea.”

— Meanwhile liberal Congressmen and columnists, including one who works for Univision, has declared that harassment isn’t enough and violence could be necessary. “The U.S. had thousands of domestic bombings per year in the early 1970s” adding “The day will come, sooner than you all think, when Trump administration officials will look back fondly on the time when all they had to worry about was getting hollered at at a Mexican restaurant. ”

6. Harley Davidson becomes first major company to react to Trump’s tarriff war

— After Trump’s tariffs on European steel and aluminum, tariffs on U.S.-made motorcycles increased to 31 percent from 6 percent, and caused Harley-Davidson to shift some of their motorcycle production overseas; the stock market did not like this.

— President Trump says this is just an “excuse” and wants Americans to be patient. Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse laid into Trump and his tariffs, saying, “This will go over like a Vespa at Sturgis. The problem isn’t that Harley is unpatriotic – it’s that tariffs are stupid. They’re tax increases on Americans, they don’t work, and apparently we’re going to see more of this.”

7. We always hear, “voter fraud is rare” in Alabama during debates on Voter ID, except these allegation say otherwise

— Alabama’s Secretary of State’s office is concerned about voter fraud, and an odd piece at al.com lays out that voter fraud among absentee ballots is pretty common.

— This amazing paragraph needs some examination from the Secretary of State’s office: “Another popular tactic is to have several voters registered to a single family dwelling address. Poll workers will call people they know on the voter rolls on Election Day and vote for them. There have been times when poll workers would go outside of the polling place and allow voters to fill out ballots from their car in the parking lot.”

4 weeks ago

VIDEO: Trump caves to media pressure — ‘Moderate’ Doug Jones — Internet sales tax could mean more Alabama taxes, and more on Guerrilla Politics!

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Dr. Waymon Burke take you through this week’s biggest political stories including:

— Why did President Donald Trump cave on immigration and what do Democrats really want?

— How can Doug Jones keep his “moderate” label while co-sponsoring liberal bills on immigration?

— Will Alabama politicians make a play for Internet sales tax dollars?

Dr. Deidra Willis joins Jackson and Burke to discuss her runoff for State Senate, Internet sales taxes and gambling.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at folks who want open borders but don’t have the guts to say so.

Posted by Dale Jackson on Sunday, June 24, 2018

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1 month ago

CHALLENGE FOR WALT MADDOX: Let’s actually ride Amtrak before we start begging to waste Alabama money on it

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I am convinced that the people who are upset that Gov. Kay Ivey is not spending almost $5.3 million dollars on an Amtrak investment in south Alabama have never taken an Amtrak in their lives. Yellowhammer News’s Jeff Poor nailed how absurd this entire idea is when he wrote that the previous Amtrak service to New Orleans took 10 minutes longer than just driving there, but for that convenience, you are at the mercy of a notoriously unreliable service.

Does anyone know why they canceled this train line in the first place? Hurricane damage? Why is there no clamoring for its return? Simple: it sucks.

So before we declare this is some major economic boom for Mobile and Alabama in general, let’s see if we can get some of these people on the Amtraks that exist right now in the state:

For $47 dollars Mayor Maddox and his crew (I am buying) can board a train and ride for seven hours and 24 minutes to New Orleans. They will then stop in Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport and Bay St. Louis, Miss. When they arrive, even if they get there on time (they will not), I will already be three Hand Grenades in because driving takes five hours.

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No one is going to ride this stupid train, this is just a way for Alabama Democrats to say “Alabama sucks.” If only we would seek out more federal government money, any government money, for any reason, the state would be better off. This ignores the “major disruption” the Amtrak commuter rail would cause at the bustling Port of Mobile, where actual money is being made.

This also ignores that more routes will only cost the federal government because of how terrible Amtrak is at actually making money, which according to Wired.com “has been losing money since it was founded during the Nixon administration.”

The only reason Maddox is even talking on this issue is so he can get the phrase “Alabama is not ‘on the right track‘ out to his media allies. I look forward to Mayor Maddox letting me show him how terrible this idea actually is.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

1 month ago

7 Things: No immigration bill, all of Alabama’s government loves new taxes they don’t have to pass, “fake news” fuels family separation crisis, and more …

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1. No immigration plan vote coming on compromise immigration bill as we careen towards crisis; Trump blows it all up

— The more conservative “Goodlatte bill” failed, the “compromise bill” was delayed until today and now postponed until next week which hands Democrats another victory on immigration.

— Senator Jeff Sessions claimed separations were never their desired outcome, but without a positive ruling by a federal judge to allow longer family detentions the only options will be separations or catch-and-release, Democrats don’t care because they want more illegals.

2. New potential taxes on Internet purchases excites media outlets and politicians in Alabama

— New revenue always makes liberals happy, but the Alabama retail association and Governor Kay Ivey are gushing over this opportunity to allow you to pay more for Internet purchases.

— The framing that this give retailers a level playing field is accurate, but the biggest retailers are already paying the state voluntarily and this new tax will hit smaller retailers and consumers.

3. The face of the “family separationwasn’t separated from her family at all; her father is mad at the mother

— TIME magazine decided to use a picture of a Yanela Hernandez crying on the cover of their magazine to highlight how awful America is — the whole thing is fake news.

— Denis Hernandez, the father of this kid, said his wife and daughter were never separated, he never got to say goodbye, she was not fleeing violence because she was seeking a “better future,” and she paid a coyote $6,000 dollars to smuggle her.

4. Amtrak sucks; Gov. Kay Ivey agrees

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— Anyone that has taken an Amtrak train outside of the Northeast corridor knows that the service leaves a lot to be desired. In Alabama the previous service took two hours and twenty minutes for a trip where a drive took two hours and ten minutes.

— The cost for a return to Amtrak service in Alabama would cost the state almost six million dollars and is not a priority. Her opponent for governor says this means Alabama is on the “wrong track“.

5. The Business Council of Alabama is in trouble

— After a week of BCA hemorrhaging big donor members, the next head of the group has bailed as well, BCA Progress PAC Chairman Mike Kemp was in charge of handling the political donations of the group.

— AL.com’s Cameron Smith argues that this could be good for consumers, mostly arguing that a BCA without massive businesses supporting it can actually argue for a better business climate (lower power rates) and lower health care costs.

6. The First Lady wore a jacket

— You cannot make me care about this, but you can try.

— After the First Lady’s team says there was no message, Trump says it is about the media.

7. Wannabe terrorist is sentenced to prison for plotting to kill cops and soldiers in Huntsville

— A judge sentenced Aziz Ihab Sayyed to 15 years in federal prison for plotting with the Islamic State to plan attacks in the United States.

— He bought bomb components in order to attack police stations and the military installation Redstone Arsenal.

1 month ago

Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers says Mueller probe should be ended by ‘Jefferson Beauregard Sessions’

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The numbers do not lie: America is clearly starting to turn on the Special Counsel investigation by Robert Mueller. The IG report on the FBI cast more doubt on some of the players involved and the non-stop media coverage has Americans growing weary. U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-AL) told WVNN and Yellowhammer News that this investigation needs to stop now:

“I want it stopped now. I called for that about two weeks ago,” Rogers said. “We’ve passed the one year mark, we have spent $25 million dollars. This town leaks like a sieve on anything and particularly with this group of folks if they had anything it would of been leaked out months ago. Even if they have something, they need to tell us, it has been a year and $25 million dollars. I am a recovering attorney, I know exactly how lawyers work, these people are going to keep running the clock as long as we are willing to keep writing checks every month and paying them.”

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Congressional Republicans who were inclined to “let this play out” are now openly calling for this to end. They are sighting the lack of results, the length of the investigation, the costs, and even the cloud it is casting over the country.

When asked who should be the one to end the investigation Rogers did not miss a beat, he put that task on one of Alabama’s favorite sons “Jefferson Beauregard Sessions.”

Listen to the interview here:

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

1 month ago

7 Things: Trump caved, Democrats feel emboldened, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall correctly blames Congress, and more …

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1. Make no mistake, President Donald Trump caved

— After saying he couldn’t do anything, he then signed an executive order to end the separation of migrant families and said, “We are going to keep the families together,” but Democrats still want more from the president, he continues to hit Democrats.

— Democrats aren’t going to help Republicans pass an immigration bill, they have no interest in actually solving this issue, they demand more immigration and no enforcement of our laws.

2. Separation of criminals from their children is now over along the U.S. border, maybe

— President Donald Trump’s Executive Order asks a federal judge to allow the government to keep criminals and their children together. If that fails we will go back to a catch-and-release policy that is their desired policy, and that is probably where this is headed.

— This could all be for naught, because the ‘Flores settlement” and subsequent found this covered unaccompanied illegal children but ones that came in with their  parents set a general standard that the government couldn’t hold them in custody for more than 20 days and Democrats are calling this “internment.”

3. Alabama’s Attorney General Steve Marshall calls BS on those blaming President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for immigration issues

— AG Marshall told Yellowhammer News that leadership shouldn’t decide how to enforce immigration laws based on shifting public opinion or media coverage; this was before Trump issued his executive order on separation between criminals and their family.

— He stated he was optimistic that there would be real change on immigration issues but it was not up to the president to change the law stating, “We are a nation built upon the rule of law, and we cannot — and should not — ask the Executive Branch to enforce the law according to the whims of public opinion or the media on any given day.”

4. Jefferson County School Board member will not resign for stupid Facebook posts

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— Try as they might, al.com was unable to force a Jefferson County School Board member to resign from her job for saying dumb things on Facebook … yet.

— Her crime was posting on Facebook that she was supporting Roseanne Barr and that she thought Valarie Jarrett was Iranian. No word on whether al.com plans on punishing their columnist who defends rapists on their pages.

5. Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) says it is time to fire Strzok and end the Mueller probe

— Rogers told Fox Business that he believes the Mueller probe was started for nefarious reasons and accountability is needed. He said, “we know for a fact they were using their jobs, their positions in the FBI trying to try to keep President Trump from being elected, trying to initiate this probe — those are basises for being fired.”

— Rogers left no doubt about whether the probe should be shut down: “We definitely should shut down the probe, spent enormous amount of money over a year on to no avail. It’s time to stop it.”

6. Unhinged Democrats respond to media and Democrat rhetoric by threatening children

— A man has threatened to kill U.S. Rep. Brian Mast’s children, saying “”I’m going to find the congressman’s kids and kill them” and “If you are going to separate kids at the border, I’m going to kill his kids.”

— Actor Peter Fonda wants Barron Trump to be raped, he actually put this in a Tweet reading, “WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES AND SEE IF MOTHER WILL WILL STAND UP AGAINST THE GIANT A****** SHE IS MARRIED TO. 90 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STREETS ON THE SAME WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY. F***” (original tweet’s profanity edited to stars).

7. U.S. airlines are weighing in on immigration issues for some reason; Trump should sign order banning them from federal funds

— American, United and Frontier publicly preened that the federal government should not use their airlines to transport children separated from their parents who enter the country illegally.

— The Department of Homeland Security seemed to push back tweeting: “Buckling to a false media narrative only exacerbates the problems at our border and puts more children at risk from traffickers. We wish the airlines would instead choose to be part of the solution.”

1 month ago

7 Things: Cruz offers fix to ‘family separation issue,’ illegals stream into Alabama, Walt Maddox says nothing but still gets headlines, and more

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1. Sen. Ted Cruz offers a bill to end the “child separation” crisis; Sen. Chuck Schumer rejects it to keep a campaign issue

— Cruz’s reasonable bill would require illegal families stopped on the border stay together “absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children.” It would also bring in new judges and temporary shelters, but it will fail as it actually enforces the law.

— Sen. Diane Feinstein has her own terrible bill that would not allow any person with a child to be arrested within 100 miles of the border, giving smugglers, smugglers, and regular criminal aliens a free pass into the United States.

2. More illegals flowing into Alabama in 2018

— Illegals are finally being stopped at the border under the new “zero-tolerance” border policy, but we continue to receive illegal unaccompanied minors in the state of Alabama.

— 453 illegal children have been sent to sponsors in Alabama compared to 598 in all of fiscal year 2017.

3. Candidate for Governor Walt Maddox comes out against enforcing immigration law by locking up lawbreakers too

— In an effort to ride the wave on this issue, Maddox said the president could do something else, saying he also would not be deploying Alabama National Guard troops to the southern border.

— He offered no real solutions and more political softballs: “If I were governor, I would use the power of the office to encourage the president to find a humane solution to this issue.”

4. Let’s check Sen. Doug Jones’ record on immigration, and let’s stop being surprised

— Yesterday my column laid out how Jones’ position on immigration was out of step with Alabamians, and how his attacks on President Trump and DHS Secretary Nielsen put him at odds with most Alabamians.

— This should not surprise Alabamians, Jones’s past is pretty clear: He has opposed the border wall, the termination of DACA, he wanted more legal immigration and opposed Alabama’s HB-56.

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5. On Monday, Alabama Power bailed on the Business Council of Alabama and now others including Regions Bank is out

— The BCA’s power base continues to crumble as Alabama’s big hitters and economic drivers decide they want nothing to do with the embattled organization.

— This all stems from an internal battle over BCA President and CEO Bill Canary leaving the organization. The big dogs want him out now but the powers that be want a longer transition.

6. Some governors won’t send the national guard to the border because they might do their jobs

— Only one governor is actually recalling his troops, most others were never going to send National Guard members to the border, but we are going to pretend this is a rebuke for some reason.

— Governor Ivey is not “mum” on this issue, as the Decatur Daily opines, there are National Guard members on the border and they aren’t coming back, so that is your statement.

7. Rachel Maddow cried on TV, so the debate on issues is over

— The agenda driven reporting in the mainstream media is out of control and completely one-sided.

— On the other side of the issue, Corey Lewandowski mocked a commentator who brought up a 10-year-old girl with down syndrome being taken away from her parents, and Lewandowski used an Internet colloquialism “Womp womp.”

1 month ago

‘Moderate’ Doug Jones continues to prove he is just another liberal on immigration

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Senator Doug Jones’ views on immigration seem to line up more with California Senator Kamala Harris than they do with Alabama voters. He has endorsed Harris’ long-shot attempt to end “child separation” at the border as a standalone bill.

He has also taken to Twitter to publicly blame President Trump for the entire problem:

These aren’t really new positions by Senator Jones.

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In an American Immigration Council article by Melissa Cruz, she points out his views, which are very clear over his career:

“Jones opposes construction of the Trump administration’s U.S.-Mexico border wall

“Jones did not support the termination of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative”

“Jones favors upgrading the immigration system. Specifically, he has proposed reassessing the current quota system, as well as looking at potential overhauls to the administrative procedures for immigration.”

“If we can make a more streamlined process of allowing immigrants into this country legally…” Jones said, “we would have far less undocumented immigrants.”

“Jones publicly spoke out against HB 56—then considered the harshest anti-immigrant law in the country—and reiterated that position throughout his campaign.”

Why this matters:

No one believes Senator Jones would be in D.C. if it was not for the fact that the Republicans nominated a completely destroyed dumpster fire named Roy Moore.

The selling point by Alabama’s political press was that “Jones isn’t even that liberal”, a tactic they are using with Walt Maddox as well.

The problem for Jones is that eventually votes will have to be cast and positions will have to be taken.

The reality is Jones is wildly out of step with most Alabamians and every passing day will expose that.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

1 month ago

7 Things: Illegal immigrants told not to come to U.S., another protest march is planned, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey questions Trump’s tariffs, and more …

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1. Looks like the Trump plan on the border is paying off

— Maria Covernali who helps illegals enter the U.S. is now telling people that coming to America is a bad idea, “What I’m trying to do is like, telling them, telling the people, don’t go because they’re going to take away your kids,” she said.

— The AP calls this a “self-inflicted political crisis,” but even they explain these aren’t really asylum seekers, and that if “a person doesn’t arrive at an appropriate port of entry to claim asylum, the crossing is deemed illegal and prosecuted even if the person does not have a criminal history. With the adult detained and facing prosecution, any minors accompanying them are taken away.”

2. Fear not, the American media is ginning up the activists for another march

— Liberals love protesting and Americans love hating protesters. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was promoting a march to “Keep families together” (which no one opposes).

This crap started yesterday in New Orleans with Attorney General Jeff Sessions when people marched to the Trump Administration’s MVP’s speech chanting, “No Sessions, No KKK, no fascist USA.”

3. Gov. Kay Ivey sounds the alarm on tariffs and how it isn’t good for Alabama

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— It’s rare to see a Republican in a red state make a statement against President Donald Trump or his policies, but Gov. Ivey joined Senators Richard Shelby and Doug Jones in opposing tariffs that will harm Alabama manufacturing.

— Ivey’s statement is pretty blunt, “I strongly oppose any efforts that may harm those companies that employ thousands of Alabamians and contribute billions to our economy.”

4. Alabama Senator Doug Jones continues to side with illegals over Alabamians

— Jones has tweeted an attack on Donald Trump and DHS Secretary Kristijen Nielsen, “Yes, and , you did. And you can end it with the stroke of a pen. Please do so. Please.”

— This follows Jones announcing that he is co-sponsoring California Senator Kamala Harris’ “Keep Immigrant Families Together Act“. His stance on the border wall and other immigration efforts remains out of step with Alabamians.

5. Support for the Mueller investigation continues to plummet, 45 percent think it should end

— A recent Monmouth poll found that Americans are far less likely to believe the Mueller probe should continue than they were in May of 2017.

— Support for the probe has dropped from 73 percent in May 2017 to 52 percent in June of 2018. Also, those wanting it to end has jumped from 24 percent to 45 percent.

6. President Trump says we are forming a Space Force

— Trump directed the Pentagon to establish a “Space Force” and correctly pointed out that “for too many years, our dreams of exploration and discovery were really squandered by politics and bureaucracy. And we knocked that out.”

— As with most things Trump proposes, Democrats have found a way to oppose it and members of Trump’s cabinet oppose it as well. Defense Secretary James Mattis ” has opposed this saying it was “premature” to do this “at a time I am trying to reduce overhead.”

7. Media continues to leave major facts out of their emotional campaign of photos/audio of young children crying on the border

— An audio recording obtained by ProPublica has children who were brought by their parents or others to the border illegally has been released, they are crying for their family, but their family has been detained for crossing the border outside of our asylum system.

— A photo of a crying toddler has been making the rounds and the photographer is the latest media darling who demands we do something. The fact that she was being smuggled in for $7,000 by someone other than her mother is rarely mentioned.

1 month ago

Immigration debate: ‘There is no room for them at the inn’ is a better Bible verse to reference

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Americans have been told for decades that we need to have a complete and total separation of religion and government, including ignoring your religious beliefs during policy making when it comes to abortion and gay marriage. But when “children are being ripped away from their parents” at the border, the American media and Democrats have found the Bible to be a useful tool for bashing Christians.

Christian leaders were outraged, Attorney General Jeff Sessions responded by referencing his own Bible verse about following the law, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders agreed. Liberals and their media saw an opportunity, and an MSNBC host started quoting the Bible on-air.

The King James Bible has another verse that we can quote out of context for this immigration debate if we are so inclined:

Luke 2:7: “…there was no room for them in the inn.”

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If Americans, their politicians, and the media, were serious about this debate it would be about how illegal immigrants impact our society.

We’d talk about the crime some of them bring and the resources that they consume.

We’d talk about the impact on wages and the employment market.

We’d talk about how a person making minimum wage can‘t afford an apartment on their own.

But this isn’t about any of that.

It is about fighting President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown, and Donald Trump’s presidency in general. They want more immigrants because they view that as the future of their political power.

This isn’t about reason or even morality, it is about emotional manipulation.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

1 month ago

7 Things: Everyone is mad about a policy from decades ago, Alabama Senator Doug Jones goes soft on immigration, Democrats think Trump is more dangerous than Putin/Kim/Iranian mullahs, and more …

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1. The media is lying to us about border policy, they know they are lying to us, and they don’t care

— No, we are no separating “asylum” seekers as policy, it’s just not true, they are separating EVERYONE who gets caught entering illegally.

— Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen makes this crystal clear:”This misreporting by Members, press & advocacy groups must stop. It is irresponsible and unproductive. … You are not breaking the law by seeking asylum at a port of entry. For those seeking asylum at ports of entry, we have continued the policy from previous Administrations and will only separate if the child is in danger, there is no custodial relationship between ‘family’ members, or if the adult has broken a law. … We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.”

2. Pretend outrage over separated minors policy goes on

— “Reporters“, politicians, First Ladies, and celebrities continue to be “outraged” that America is enforcing it’s immigration policy.

— The misinformation in this matter has been great, most children are sent to live with family members already living in the U.S. Liberals want all immigration policies ended, so they want no prosecutions for anyone bringing in a child.

3. Alabama Senator Doug Jones is going soft on immigration

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— Jones says he’ll co-sponsor ‘Keep Families Together Act’, which would allow kids to stay with their guardians, but the real result would be to release the adults into the U.S. where 90 percent don’t show up in court.

— The stand alone bill will do nothing, and will not pass. Two GOP bills are up this week and Jones has not indicated he would support either.

4. Democrats think President Donald Trump is more dangerous than Kim Jong Un and Iranian mullahs

— Despite the fact that President Trump’s election was 100 percent legal and uncontested, Democrats who are still smarting over it still feel like he is the biggest threat facing the world.

— Democrats think Trump (48 percent), Vladimir Putin (46 percent) and Kim Jong-un (40 percent) are far more dangerous than the mullahs in Iran. Only two percent of Democrats view them as dangerous but six percent view Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu as dangerous.

5. FBI informant approached the Trump campaign with “info” on Hillary Clinton

— While the headlines scream about how Trump associate Roger Stone sought dirt on Hillary Clinton, the dirt was offered by an FBI informant.

— Stone and Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo think they were the targets of a setup by FBI employees hostile to the Trump campaign. The meeting took place two months before the government has acknowledged their investigation started.

6. One dead and 22 hurt in a mass shooting in New Jersey, national media doesn’t care because the wrong gun was used by the wrong attacker

— If a shooting takes place in a state with strong gun laws, with a handgun, and the attacker is black, will anyone care?

— The now-dead shooter was killed by responding police officers, he had been on parole since February for another homicide.

7. Nazi comparison were very in vogue this weekend

— Former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden tweeted a photo of a concentration camp, while analysts on MSNBC said U.S. detention facilities ARE concentration camps — this was not a comparison.

— Pope Francis, while initially praised for questioning the separation of illegal immigrants from their families, ended the weekend being blasted for calling abortion an equivalent to the Nazi-era eugenics programs.

1 month ago

VIDEO: Trump/Kim summit — there will be no Gubernatorial debate — IG report says “no bias,” and more on Guerrilla Politics!

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Dr. Waymon Burke take you through this week’s biggest political stories including:

— Who comes out looking best from President Donald Trump’s trip to Singapore?

— The debate between Gov. Kay Ivey and Mayor Walt Maddox is never happening, so can we stop talking about it?

— How can the IG report show bias and then declare that there was none?

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Lt. General James Link joins Jackson and Burke to discuss his the summit between the United States and North Korea.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at President Trump’s random pardons and commutations.

Guerrilla Politics – 6-17-18

VIDEO: Trump/Kim summit — there will be no Gubernatorial debate — IG report says "no bias", and more on Guerrilla Politics!

Posted by Yellowhammer News on Sunday, June 17, 2018

1 month ago

Let’s all come to grips with this — there will be no debate in the governor’s race

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All of Governor Kay Ivey’s Republican primary opponents wanted the governor to participate in a debate, but it did not matter. Now, two weeks into the general election, Democrat candidate Walt Maddox has had two separate news cycles where he asked for a debate.

It is not happening.

Ivey can be as coy about this as she wants, but by not being clear, Ivey is being crystal clear that this ain’t happening:

“There will be plenty of time for these discussions…” a campaign spokesperson wrote in an email, according to the Associated Press.

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Yes, Alabamians deserve to hear the competing ideas of the two candidates running for governor, but it doesn’t have to be a debate.

If Walt Maddox wants to get in front of as many people as he possibly can, go answer questions from every TV station in the state.

If Maddox wants to reach Republican voters looking at potentially crossing over, including Republicans who voted for Senator Doug Jones over Roy Moore, go on talk radio.

It is 2018 — Maddox has access to plenty of ways to touch Alabama citizens every single day; however, a debate with the incumbent Governor Kay Ivey will not be one of them.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

1 month ago

7 Things: IG and bias, $750 million Facebook investment to Alabama, AG Sessions defends enforcing immigration policy, and more

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1. Report that has multiple instances of bias, declares there was no bias — just really terrible job performance

–Somehow a report that included texts from FBI agents, attorneys, and even a redacted attorney talking about being part of the “resistance”, was found by the IG to have “no bias” . Still, they will train their agents not to be biased.

— The only clear thing about any of this is that Former FBI Director James Comey was operating on his own accord, he deserved to be fired, and he has no credibility.

2. $750 million dollar Facebook development comes to Huntsville, Amazon could end up in Birmingham-area

— Another big win for Huntsville and Alabama as Gov. Ivey helped Facebook announce 100 jobs, that will pay an average of $80,000 a year.

— If Amazon brings a warehouse to Bessemer, the $325 million project could create 1,500 jobs.

3. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Bible justifies American border policy; media can’t handle this

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— Sessions, who has received absurd criticism from the Catholic Church, quoted scripture in response, “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order.”

— When questioning the White House press secretary, NBC’s Brian Karem demanded to know if she had any “empathy” as a “mother”. Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed this as a ploy for TV time.

4. Trump Foundation may be more like the Clinton Foundation than we ever thought

— The New York Attorney General’s Office claims the Trump Foundation operated outside of the law for more than a decade and alleges they paid off legal bills, promoted Trump properties, and acquired personal items with charitable funds.

— President Trump responded (but not really to the allegations) via Tweet, “the sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000”.

5. Alabama Board of Education considers more SROs and armed administrators 

— One proposal is a school resource officer in every school will cost the same as adding a teacher, but this will never happen, Alabama Superintendent Eric Mackey’s acknowledged, saying “that’s a very expensive endeavor.”

— Gov. Kay Ivey’s Sentry program was discussed as well — they pointed out there are currently 12,000 “administrators” in Alabama schools AND that local boards could designate whoever they want as one and have them trained to have access to a firearm but not carry it.

6. Rep. Bradley Byrne believes Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize if peace is achieved

— The achievement has not yet been earned according to Byrne, but it could be, “So if he pulls that off, yes I think he does deserve the peace prize from the Nobel Peace Prize people.”

— Byrne is 100 percent correct, Obama was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize 12 days after his swearing in.

7. As Trump’s war with the media continues on all fronts, Trump tax cuts continue to spur on economic growth

— Consumer spending is up after the GOP tax cut has gone into effect, GDP is well above prior estimates, and it is now tracking near the president’s campaign promise of 4 percent for the second quarter.

— Some economists say that the average consumer is seeing the tax cuts and is treating them as disposable income.

1 month ago

We love talking about Republicans who don’t like Trump, but what about Alabama Democrats?

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In Republican primaries, we’re seeing the argument about who loves Trump the most taking center-stage. With Congressman Mark Sanford in South Carolina it mattered, but with Congressman Mo Brooks in North Alabama it did not, and with Congresswoman Martha Roby’s primary in the Wiregrass it is shaping up to be a race between a Republican who dislikes Trump vs. a former-Democrat who voted for Pelosi.

But in a state like Alabama, where Trump has a 63 percent approval rating, shouldn’t we be asking if Alabama’s statewide Democrats like Trump enough?

Democrat candidate for Governor Walt Maddox voted for Hillary Clinton for president, but Real Talk 99.5’s “Matt and Aunie” asked Maddox if he wished that Hillary Clinton had won:

Matt Murphy: Do you wish Hillary Clinton had won? Yes or No?

Walt Maddox: I voted for Hillary Clinton because there were only two people —

Matt Murphy: No, the question was do you wish Hillary Clinton had won?  It’s a yes or no question, or you can choose not to answer.

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Walt Maddox: It’s a yes or no in your mind, not a yes or no in mine because —

Matt Murphy: No, it’s a yes or no question, Walt.

Walt Maddox: Nah, come on, Matt.

Why this matters:

Obviously, Maddox was never going to surprise people about voting for Trump, but he refused to say whether he wanted Hillary Clinton to win? Now, this may be a weird line of questioning, but shouldn’t Maddox’s supporters question why he is so wishy-washy on his party’s nominee? He also won’t answer a question that he clearly has an opinion on.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin knows that running in a pro-Trump state means he has to lean towards Trump. He might even endorse him.

Doesn’t Maddox need Trump voters?

Shouldn’t the same journalists who are writing story after story after story on Martha Roby’s Trump “issues” be asking Maddox where he stands? Shouldn’t he be forced to explain his answer and tell people where he stands?

I doubt they would accept this kind of stuff from Maddox if he was a Republican.

Listen to the full interview here:

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN