“Black robes” out of control

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Over the years, we’ve laughed to tears with “El Tremendo Juez de la Tremenda Corte”.    He certainly took acting from the bench to hysterical levels.

This week, a judge in Miami has a lot of us screaming:   “Que cosa mas grande”!

We’ve discussed “judicial activism” often in these pages. However, I think that we are now beyond “activism.”

This is more like “black robes out of control” or judges who have decided to live out their fantasies from their bench.

Check this story from the Miami Herald:

 

Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch wrote that the policy violated the Tenth Amendment, which limits the reach of the federal government over states.

“Of course we must protect our country from the problems associated with unregulated immigration,” Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch wrote. “We must protect our country from a great many things; but from nothing so much as from the loss of our historic rights and liberties.”

The immediate impact of the ruling was unclear.

For one thing, the judge did not explicitly order Miami-Dade jailers to stop honoring requests by the federal government to hold people marked for deportation, or suspected of violating immigration laws. Hirsch’s ruling also could be delayed by more litigation.

The county immediately filed a notice of appeal with the Third District Court of Appeal.

“It is Miami-Dade County’s position that immigration is a federal issue which should be handled in federal court,” according to a mayor’s spokesman.

Since 2013, Miami-Dade County had stopped honoring most requests by federal authorities to hold undocumented or deportable jail inmates, even though their sentences were up or their cases closed. County officials expressed concern because the feds were not reimbursing the cost of detaining them.

But when President Trump took office in January, he threatened to cut federal funding from so-called “sanctuary” cities that did not cooperate with federal immigration authorities; Miami-Dade’s political leaders had long resisted labeling itself that.

“Miami is not, and has never been, a sanctuary city,” Hirsch wrote. “But America is, and has always been, a sanctuary country.”

I guess that America is now a “sanctuary country,” a shocker to most of us who came here legally.   Yes, the U.S. opened its loving arms to our family and gave us sanctuary from communism.   At the same time, it was legal and approved by Congress.

Furthermore, it looks like the long-forgotten 10th Amendment is suddenly “lo maximo” now that the Democrats have been reduced to California and a couple of other states.

Wonder how Judge Milton Hirsch feels about the 10th Amendment and the U.S. Supreme Court overturning state bans on same-sex marriage and abortion?

This is insane, and I hope that Chief Justice Roberts calls this judge, and a few others over in 9th Circuit, for a continuing education class on the U.S. Constitution.

We need it and very badly. It’s time to require some “CE” for judges because their ignorance of the Constitution is getting scary!

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And speaking of those women dressed in white in Congress

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Let me follow up on the post about Democrat ladies dressed un in white.

Unlike “Las damas” in Cuba, the Democrat women enjoy a few advantages:

1) They got to sit and criticize the president’s speech. “Las damas” in Cuba don’t get to boo or disagree with Raul Castro when he speaks; and,

2) The Democrat women got to run out of the speech and look for local reporters willing to broadcast their anti-Trump comments. We repeat that “Las damas” face thugs and the secret police harassing them every Sunday afternoon.

Of course, we live in a free country, and that means, among many things, that we have the right to make fool out of ourselves.

Nevertheless, the Democrats may want to reconsider their foolish approach to Trump. It seems that most Americans are done with the campaign and would like to see a genuine effort in governing, not partisanship.

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“La perreta”: Are the tantrums working or turning off the adults who vote?

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Back in my younger days, I had my share of “perretas” or the Cuban version of a temper tantrum.

My mother would stare at me and say “ya?   ya parastes de gritar?..”

Reality set in and I did whatever I was supposed to do.

I’d love to see my mom greet some of these anti-Trump supporters screaming about this and that.   My mother would say: “are you done yet… well stop being silly and act like an adult so you can make a real difference”.

Over the last few weeks, the political terrain has been flooded by some of the silliest statements this side of reality. Yet, are these anti-Trumpistas really moving the ball?  Are they going to win back the House or Senate with this behavior? My guess is that red state Democrats running for reelection in 2018 are whispering “No“.

We may soon know just how effective the anti-Trump street campaign has been, as John Kraushaar wrote about an upcoming special election in Georgia to replace Dr. Price, now in the Cabinet. It’s a district that Mr. Trump won by 2 points and Mr. Romney won by 20 in 2012. It may an early test,as we see in the article:

On pa­per, this elec­tion should be a golden op­por­tun­ity for Demo­crats to make polit­ic­al in­roads.

The dis­trict is filled with the type of col­lege-edu­cated voters who have grav­it­ated away from Trump—in­clud­ing in­de­pend­ents who don’t have strong par­tis­an loy­al­ties but tend to vote Re­pub­lic­an.

El­ev­en Re­pub­lic­ans will be fight­ing against each oth­er on an all-party primary bal­lot, mak­ing it likely the even­tu­al GOP stand­ard-bear­er will be wounded head­ing in­to an ex­pec­ted run­off. Trump’s pres­id­ency has got­ten off to a rocky start, giv­ing any Demo­crat plenty of ma­ter­i­al to work with.

But the early Demo­crat­ic fa­vor­ite in the race is about as awk­ward a fit for this par­tic­u­lar dis­trict as Demo­crats could find. Jon Os­soff, a self-de­scribed in­vest­ig­at­ive film­maker, is a 29-year-old Bernie Sanders back­er and a former na­tion­al se­cur­ity staffer for lib­er­al Rep. Hank Johnson…

Os­soff fills the con­front­a­tion­al role to a tee.

In case his cam­paign mes­sage wasn’t clear, his web­site is em­blazoned with the head­line: “Geor­gia: Stand Up To Trump.”

Mak­ing the race about Trump is help­ing him raise his pro­file and bring­ing in loads of cam­paign cash.

But money isn’t a sub­sti­tute for a mes­sage that can win over Re­pub­lic­ans who will find Os­soff’s down-the-line lib­er­al views as prob­lem­at­ic as Trump’s pop­u­lism.

Demo­crat­ic act­iv­ists may be en­er­gized by Os­soff’s broad­sides against the pres­id­ent, but they will end up dis­ap­poin­ted if he doesn’t meld them with a cent­rist mes­sage de­signed to at­tract dis­af­fected Re­pub­lic­ans…

If Demo­crats can even run com­pet­it­ively in this dis­trict, it would be a sign that an unadul­ter­ated anti-Trump mes­sage can pay di­vidends.

But if the next Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­ee per­forms like Price—who nev­er won less than 62 per­cent of the vote in his sev­en cam­paigns—it will send a sig­nal that simply be­ing the op­pos­i­tion isn’t enough to win back con­trol of Con­gress.

“If you have an old white guy who’s hard right-wing, pro-Trump, anti-Muslim, and anti-gay mar­riage run­ning against a wo­man who comes across like Michelle Nunn, that’s the dy­nam­ic that could be a prob­lem for us,” said one GOP strategist track­ing the race.

“But you’re not go­ing to have that dy­nam­ic.”

We remember that the GOP won governor’s elections in New Jersey and Virginia in the fall of 2009. They were seen back then as signs that the Tea Party efforts were paying off in votes. Then came Scott Brown’s victory in the special election to replace Senator Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts in January 2010.

My guess is that the GOP will hold on to the seat because Michelle Nunn is not running.

The left will probably react by saying that they lost because they didn’t scream loud enough or were too centrist.

One of these days, the Democrats will learn another one of my sweet mom’s lessons of life:  the problem with screaming is that nobody listens.

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Trump is right that many do not believe the media

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We’ve heard a lot about the media’s problems.    However, the media’s credibility problems did not begin today.  The Gallup polls about the media tell you the same story over the last few years:

2004: Media Credibility Reaches Lowest Point in Three Decades

2015: Americans’ Trust in Media Remains at Historical Low

2016: Americans’ Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low

Love him or hate him, President Trump was correct when he told the media this week that the people do not believe them.  In fact, they trust him a bit more, according to another poll.

Polls aside, anecdotal evidence confirms that the public does not really trust the media.  Have you met anybody who thinks the media are truthful?  Have you really?

The media have themselves to blame here, and it really goes back to 2008 when they jumped on the Obama bandwagon.  It was like watching a bunch of teen girls at a Donny Osmond concert.

Yes, the media bias got Senator Obama elected and President Obama re-elected. The media got their man but lost a significant chunk of the nation watching reporters too eager to accept whatever story the White House was peddling.

Will the media get their credibility back?

I don’t know but they can start by bringing a little bit more fairness to their coverage.

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Your Valentine’s Day card to Iran will be “returned to sender”

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We hope that you had a very Happy Valentine’s Day.

We warn you that you will be seeing that Valentine’s Day card sent to Iran in your mailbox with a big “Return to sender” on the front.

Unfortunately, no girl got flowers in Iran or no wife made some Valentine’s Day cookies. No way! In fact, it is illegal:

Iranian news outlets reported the police directive Friday warning retailers against promoting “decadent Western culture through Valentine’s Day rituals.” Police informed Tehran’s coffee and ice cream shops trade union to avoid any gatherings in which boys and girls exchange Valentine’s Day gifts.

The annual Feb. 14 homage to romance, which tradition says is named after an early Christian martyr, has become popular in recent years in Iran and other Middle East countries.

The backlash in the Islamic Republic is part of a drive against the spread of Western culture.

Saudi Arabia has also sought to stamp out Valentine’s Day but it’s celebrated widely in nearby places like Dubai.

A country that doesn’t tolerate Valentine’s Day? Welcome to Iran, or the country that we gave billions to under the expectation that there were reformers in the horizon.

Years ago, we saw this same regime kill its own people for calling for free and honest elections. Just a few days, they marched with “Death to America” placards.

We need regime change in Iran not more deals.

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An “extra loco” left losing it over Trump

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Two weeks of Trump, and it looks to me that his critics have gone crazy, or “extra loco,” as my mother used to yell at us in Spanish when she thought we were acting strange.

Maybe this state of “extra loco” is a natural consequence of what happened on Election Night.  After all, most of these people thought Election Day was just a formality to Mrs. Clinton’s sweeping electoral victory.

And the media is even worse.

They’ve gone from eating out of Obama’s hand to biting Mr. Trump’s.

They’ve gone from silly poodles to pit bulls in a dogfight.

The media protected Obama, from “Fast and Furious” to the IRS to Benghazi, and now they want to tear up Trump over everything.

As you may remember, I did not start out as a Trump supporter.  However, I’m on his side now, especially after watching the other side freak out over everything.

Memo to anti-Trumpistas: Take a couple of aspirins with a glass water, and remember that you’ve got four more years of President Trump. Maybe eight years!

And it won’t look any prettier on Election Day 2018, with so many Democrats running in red states.

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Yes, there are some “very bad hombres” in Mexico

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Did he say it?    There is a story that President Trump told President Pena-Nieto that there are some “very bad hombres” on the border.

This is an account of the alleged incident:

“You have a bunch of bad hombres down there,” Trump told Pena Nieto, according to the excerpt given to AP. “You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”

No one is confirming anything.   However, you don’t need to be an expert on the US-Mexico border to know there are indeed many “bad hombres” running around.

Since 2006, when President Calderon employed the military to fight the cartels, it is believed that 80,000 people have been killed.    I have seen 100,000 in other sources!

Let’s put that figure in some context.    Mexico has a population of 100 million people.  It would translate into 240,000 in the US over a 10-year period.

We are not suggesting that President Trump sends troops to fight cartels.  However, he is exactly right that there are some “very bad hombres” killing a lot of innocent people south of the border.

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Neil Gorsuch, a judge who understands “judging”

Judge Neil Gorsuch (C) and his wife Marie Louise look on, after US President Donald Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court, at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 31, 2017. Trump named Judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI

Our politics is getting sillier by the minute.  Democrats don’t show up for votes in the U.S. Senate.  People are marching against a Supreme Court nominee before he is named.

Let’s look at more silliness:

First, the New York Times beat the drums of “the stolen seat.”

What stolen seat?   Didn’t then Senator Biden (1992) and Senator Schumer (2008) say that the US Senate should not consider a nomination in the last year of a president?

Second, some Democrats are now saying that President Trump should not appoint a conservative judge because he is a plurality president.   So were  President Clinton and President Kennedy, but they put their people on the court.

Neil Gorsuch comes on the scene at a time when Democrats have little power but very loud supporters.  They’ve also been taking over by interest groups that only care about abortion, same-sex marriage, or men who want to use a woman’s bathroom. They’ve completely forgotten about the millions who live in the real world.

Time will tell, as it always does. So far, I am pleased that Judge Gorsuch said last night that he believes that legislatures, not judges, write laws.    Finally, a judge who understands “judging”.

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Our family never felt we had a ‘right’ to move to the US

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Our family came to the U.S. from Cuba in the fall of 1964. It was a process that took months, in part because we had to be “vetted” or acquire legal entry to the U.S..

We wanted to move to the U.S. and leave a communist regime. We also understood that the U.S. had the last word. In other words, we did not have a right to come to the U.S.

This is what makes these “marches” so strange, as Rich Lowry wrote:

Nowhere is it written that the United States can never tap the brakes on immigration. 

For much of the political class and for an inflamed left, any new restriction is tantamount to melting down the Statue of Liberty. 

This is an ahistorical attitude that desperately needs a corrective.

President Trump, in scattershot fashion, is setting out to provide one.

To be honest, the Trump order was poorly implemented and did open the door to Democrats looking for anything to criticize.  I hope that the White House learned its lesson and will be more careful in the future.

It’s easy to second guess but a brief speech to the nation would have made it a lot easier to process this order.   My guess is that most people watching the speech would have focused on the merits of the order rather than the very few cases at airports.

So where did we go from vetting is a reasonable thing, as my parents believed, to calling everyone a racist if you believe in reviewing procedures?

I am not sure, but somewhere along the way the Democrat Party was taken over by people who don’t believe in borders or understand national security.

My suggestion is that we send all of these protesters to Europe, especially the women, and give them a Refugee 101 class.

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Lopez-Rivera, the women march and other topics with Fausta Rodriguez-Wertz

Guest:  Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog……….the Trump inauguration and the women marches…….President Pena-Nieto to meet with President Trump this month….a plane crash in Brazil….the Lopez-Rivera commutation……….and other stories