SCOTUS Weighs Limits on Police Seizure of Property

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Police seizures have gotten out of hand hopefully the Supreme Court will reign them in.

Timbs v. Indiana could open floodgates of asset forfeiture cases

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Last Seen Propped Against a Tree, Pistol in His Hand, 8 Japanese Lie Around Him

H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P. Sergeant(posthumous) Thomas Alexander Baker June 25, 1916 – July 7, 1944.

The Medal of Honor is the greatest and most esteemed American military decoration that can be bestowed. The soldiers who have received this honor are among the bravest and have sacrificed the most in service of their country.

One of these people is Thomas A. Baker who valiantly fought in the battle for Saipan.

Baker was born in 1916 and raised in New York. He joined the US Army in October 1940.

He spent four years in basic training before being assigned as a private in Company A of the 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division. His company was immediately thrust into WWII.

On June 16, 1944, his unit headed to Saipan, arriving at Agingan Point. The Saipan Island was of high strategic value to the US command as it is located 1,300 miles (2,092 kilometers) south of the Japanese home islands.

The island played a major role in the supply route between the Japanese islands and the Japanese army in the Central Pacific. Saipan would also be the perfect base for the US army to launch air attacks on the Japanese home islands and Tokyo.

LVTs heading for shore on June 15, 1944. The Birmingham is in the foreground; the cruiser firing in the distance is the Indianapolis.

 

Saipan: US reinforcements and landing crafts.

When Baker and his division arrived, they were ordered to provide support for another unit in capturing Aslito Airfield. The 105th moved to the east of the airfield and dug in for the night.

They knew the fight ahead would be hard as the Japanese would not give up the island easily.

On June 19, the 1st battalion pushed their attack toward Nafutan Point, east of the airfield. When they reached Ridge 300, they were confronted by heavy Japanese defenses.

The heavy machine-gun fire forced Colonel O’Brien, the commander of the 1st battalion, to change the attack plan.

Marines following an advancing Sherman M4 Tank in Saipan, 1944.

 

Marines and Jeeps Advance to Front Lines in Saipan.
M4 Tanks Cover Marines Attacking Japanese Positions in Saipan, 1944.

The attack was shifted from the west of the ridge to the north. This was done so tank support could be used to outflank the Japanese on the ridge.

The attack recommenced in the afternoon, but it soon came to a halt, forcing the army to dig in for the night.

The attack was made a bit easier by Baker. He had moved out of his position toward the ridge and observed the location of enemy positions. He borrowed a bazooka from one of the other soldiers and calmly walked into the field.

Holding a Colt M1911, a Marine moves cautiously through the jungle of Saipan. July 1944.
GIs at the wreckage of a Japanese sugar mill in Saipan.

The Japanese continued to shoot at him while he knelt in the middle of the field. He fired the bazooka into the enemy gun position and destroyed it. After firing, Baker walked back to his company.

The second phase of the Battle of Saipan started on June 21, 1944. During this assault, Baker’s company was moving forward across an open field. The field was flanked by obstructions and areas where the enemy could easily hide.

Baker took up a position at the rear of the company during the advance to protect the others from any ambushes.

Japanese Tanks Try to Break US Lines at Hell’s Pocket. Saipan, 1944.

While doing so, he came across two heavily fortified enemy pockets which were manned by ten enlisted men and two officers. The pocket had been bypassed by the rest of the company, but Baker attacked and killed them, disregarding the fact that he was outnumbered.

Further along, he uncovered six enemy soldiers who had concealed themselves and were waiting to ambush the company. Baker shot all six soldiers before continuing with the rest of the company.

Marines take cover behind an M4 Sherman tank while clearing Japanese forces from the northern end of the island of Saipan.

On the evening of July 6, the 1st and 2nd battalions of the 105th were near Tanapag. They dug in and set up a defensive perimeter.

During the evening and night, the Japanese patrolled the area looking for a weak spot. This continued until close to 5 am on July 7, when they launched a gyokusai attack.

Up to 5,000 enemy soldiers converged on the American location. The attack came from three sides and was brutal. In the opening stages of the fight, Baker was severely injured, but he would not be evacuated.

Marines Battle Way through Garapan, 1944, Saipan.

He stayed in position to fight the enemy forces even when his ammunition was gone. After that, he used his rifle in hand-to-hand combat.

Finally, without any ammunition and his weapon battered to uselessness, he was carried 50 yards away from the fight by a fellow soldier.

The soldier helping him was wounded at that point, and Baker refused to be moved any further. He insisted that the other soldiers continue to safety while he remained where he was.

At Baker’s request, he was propped against a tree and given a pistol filled with only eight bullets.

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This would be the last time Baker was seen alive.

When the area was later retaken by US forces, they found his body just as his fellow soldiers had left him. Around him were the bodies of eight enemy soldiers.

MS-13 Member Admits He Traveled With Migrant Caravan To California

H/T Godfather Politics.

If the is on MS-13 gang banger with the caravan there more of them in the caravan still.

Border Patrol agents arrested an MS-13 member who claimed he traveled through Mexico with a migrant caravan. The arrest was after he illegally crossed the border from Mexico into California.

According to the Washington Examineran active member of the MS-13 gang admitted to U.S. Border Patrol officials that he joined a caravan of migrants in the hopes of reaching the border and crossing into the United States. Jose Villalobos-Jobel of Honduras was arrested on Nov. 24, after being spotted standing on the U.S. side of the border.

Phyllis Batso@PhyllisBatso

Big Surprise..
Absolutely Not https://www.breitbart.com/border/2018/11/28/ms-13-member-says-he-traveled-with-migrant-caravan-to-california/ 

MS-13 Member Says He Traveled with Migrant Caravan to California

Border Patrol agents in California arrested an MS-13 member who claimed he traveled through Mexico with a migrant caravan.

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Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector in California arrested a previously deported MS-13 member who claimed he traveled through Mexico with a migrant caravan. The agents made the arrest after he illegally crossed the border from Mexico into California.

El Centro Station agents patrolling east of the Calexico Port of Entry came upon a suspected illegal immigrant who just crossed the border from Mexico. During an interview, the agents learned the man is a Honduran national who claimed membership in the hyperviolent MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha 13) gang, according to El Centro Sector Border Patrol officials.

The Honduran national told agents he traveled through Mexico as part of a large group of caravan migrants coming from Central America with the intention of filing for asylum in the U.S., officials stated.

The agents transported the gang member to the El Centro Station for further investigation and a biometric background check. The agents identified the man as 29-year-old Jose Villalobos-Jobel, a citizen of Honduras. More

Just because this one bad hombre was alone when he was caught doesn’t mean he traveled alone or that there aren’t more of them mixed in the mobs. 

Larry W.@First10Fiddle

https://www.breitbart.com/border/2018/11/28/ms-13-member-says-he-traveled-with-migrant-caravan-to-california/  via @BreitbartNews. Of course he CAN’T be MS-13 or that would negate the entire idea democrats have that all immigrants are harmless! A TX Teacher must have run over herself, Steinle shot herself & Mollie just laid down in a field & died! Coddling fools!

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In case the libs think the migrant caravan is just women & children ( it’s not ) mostly work age males who are not applying for asylum. MS-13 Member Says He Traveled with Migrant Caravan to California https://www.breitbart.com/border/2018/11/28/ms-13-member-says-he-traveled-with-migrant-caravan-to-california/ 

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🇺🇸 Ray 🇮🇱@FauxNewsHound

Hey @CNN, @NBCNews, and @MSNBC! You told us they weren’t coming. Then you said there aren’t criminals in the imaginary caravan?

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TG2 Truth Seeker🖤@TG2TruthSeeker

HEY DEMOCRATS, here’s one of your innocent caravan members!!

MS-13 Member Says He Traveled with Migrant Caravan to California http://bit.ly/2DP9fP8  via @BreitbartNews

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tori1954@safesky19

Pelosi would call him a patriotic dreamer. How many in the caravan are gangbangers already deported and coming back here which makes them felons?

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Restaurant Sells Nasty Anti-Trump T-Shirts, Instantly Regrets the Decision

H/T Right Wing Folks.

I hope that Amigos Taqueria y Tequila gets a visit from the Secret Service and they get boycotted out of business.

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A Mexican restaurant in Rhode Island wasn’t prepared for the intense backlash they faced for selling offensive anti-Trump T-shirts.

Printed on the back of the shirts was “86 45.”

The owner of Amigos Taqueria y Tequila says the phrase means to get rid of or replace President Donald Trump.

“Wendy Carr, owner of Amigos Taqueria y Tequila in Westerly, said the business sold shirts with the logo “86 45” printed on the back to raise money for political candidates. According to The Westerly Sun, which first reported the story, restaurant staff wore the shirts on Election Day this year,” Fox News reported.

However, in the gang world to “86” someone means to “murder” them, according to Republican state Sen. Elaine Morgan.

“To ‘86’ or ‘Deep 6’ a person means to murder them,” Morgan told NBC 10. “Calling for the murder of anyone is wrong. Calling for the murder of our president is not only wrong but also treasonous. The right thing to do for any responsible citizen would be to call attention to and try to put a stop to this blatant incitement of violence.”

Fedupwithhate@liannemr1

86-45 shirts sold at Westerly Rhode Island @ Amigos Taqueria Y Tequila ..Wendy Carr owner

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The restaurant was quickly hit with an avalanche of criticism and angry Trump supporters. But Carr claimed the phrase is not meant to encourage violence.

“I would never advocate for harm of violence in any way,” Carr said in response to the backlash. “The T-shirt was clearly always had the message of, ‘Impeach the president.’”

In a message on the restaurant’s website, Carr apologized to any customers who interpreted the shirts as a call to violence.

“I am deeply troubled that as an elected state official, Elaine Morgan, would make up a malicious story about Amigos and call for a boycott of a local business solely because I, the owner, have a different political view than herself. I apologize to everyone that was led to believe her lie and hope that this explanation clears up any misunderstanding of our intent,” the statement said.

The statement added, “We would like to thank our friends and loyal customers for standing by us during this time. We always like to stay focused on the positive and this is seen by all the new patrons that have come to show their support! Thank YOU! All are always welcome at Amigos regardless of political view and we look forward to serving you soon!”

John Kerry Not Ruling Out a 2020 Presidential Bid

H/T Town Hall.

Wow, what a crowd for the DemocRat nomination in 2020 two time loser Hildabeast Clinton, John Lurch Kerry and Creepy Slow Joe Biden.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, who lost the 2004 presidential election to George W. Bush, revealed Tuesday evening that he has not ruled out a run for president in 2020.

“I’m thinking about how the hell to get out from under that question fast,” Kerry quipped when asked if he was considering a run during Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.

“I’m not taking anything off the table,” he emphasized. “I haven’t been running around to the most obvious states, laying any groundwork or doing anything.”

“Am I going to think about it? Yeah, I’m going to think about it,” he concluded.

Prior to the midterm elections In September, Kerry said that he wasn’t thinking about a 2020 run.

“I’m really not thinking about it,” he said. “Talking about 2020 right now is a total distraction and waste of time. What we need to do is focus on 2018.”

President Trump mocked him about considering a presidential run in a tweet at the time.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

I see that John Kerry, the father of the now terminated Iran deal, is thinking of running for President. I should only be so lucky – although the field that is currently assembling looks really good – FOR ME!

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Regarding the current field of potential Democratic 2020 presidential candidates, Kerry also said he’s not too impressed.

“I’m perfectly ready to embrace somebody that I think can win, or who wants to address all the issues that I just talked about and understands them,” he said. “But I’m going to be very candid here, and some people who are thinking about it aren’t going to love me for it, but I’m not — I don’t see the person yet that I’m prepared to say that about.”

He did have praise for former Vice President Joe Biden but said he wasn’t sure if he would run.

“I don’t know if Joe’s going to run, he’s a great pal of mine, we’ve known each other 40 years,” he said. “He’s clearly qualified, clearly great, he understands all these issues, and let’s see what he decides to do.”

Trump judicial nominees stall on Hill, as Flake digs in over Mueller plan

H/T Fox News.

Flakey Jeff is an embarrassment to the people of Arizona as well as a despicable human being.

Sadly he will not be replaced by any better Senator in January. 

Confirmation proceedings for President Trump’s judicial nominees have partially stalled on Capitol Hill, as outgoing Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake is standing firm in his vow to oppose all Trump nominations until the Senate votes on legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Flake, a frequent Trump critic who opted against running for re-election this year, followed through on his threat Wednesday afternoon and joined Democrats in opposing a bid to advance Thomas Farr’s nomination to serve on the federal bench for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Vice President Pence was then forced to break a tie on a procedural vote, in a rare Senate intervention. A final vote is expected Thursday.

While nominees like Farr may narrowly advance on the floor, proceedings at the committee level are stuck for now. Late Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee canceled plans for a Thursday meeting to vote on a long list of judicial nominees. Flake is a member of that committee. None of the nominations would have been favorably moved out of the committee if all Democrats plus Flake voted no.

Meanwhile, nominees already passed out of committee could be confirmed on the floor, though they may result in more airtight votes requiring Pence to serve as tie-breaker.

Flake, along with Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, on Wednesday tried to use a parliamentary maneuver to pave the way for a vote on the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, which would shield Mueller from inappropriate removal or political pressure.

Flake asked for unanimous consent to vote on the bill, but Utah Sen. Mike Lee objected, blocking the effort.

The three lawmakers expressed concern over comments made by President Trump, who has called the Mueller probe a “phony witch hunt,” as well as Trump’s ousting of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“It’s clear, therefore, something has to be done to protect Mr. Mueller’s investigation,” Flake said on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act mandates that a special counsel can only be fired for good cause by a senior Justice Department official.

Earlier this month, Flake said on the Senate floor, “I have informed the majority leader I will not vote to advance any of the 21 judicial nominees pending in the Judiciary Committee or vote to confirm the 32 judges awaiting confirmation on the Senate floor until … [the bill] is brought to the full Senate for a vote.”

Some Republicans counter that the bill is unnecessary.

“This is a solution in search of a problem,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters this week.

Still, with Flake’s vow complicating GOP efforts to confirm Trump’s judicial nominees, The Hill reported Thursday that the Republican leadership is privately measuring support for the bill, and considering whether to hold a vote on it to satisfy Flake.

During Tuesday’s briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders denied that the president is considering firing Mueller.

“Look, I think that the president has had Robert Mueller doing his job for the last two years, and he could’ve taken action at any point, and he hasn’t. So we’ll let that speak for itself,” she said.

Sanders added, “He has no intent to do anything.”

Other Republicans also are signaling, for other reasons, they are willing to hold up Congress’ agenda — including a spending bill meant to avert a partial government shutdown. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday suggested he may refuse to vote on other issues until the Senate hears from the CIA about the murder of Saudi activist Jamal Khashoggi.

“I’m not going to be denied the ability to be briefed by the CIA,” Graham told reporters. “Anything that you need me for to get out of town, I ain’t doing it until we hear from the CIA.”

As for judicial nominees, a final confirmation vote on Farr’s nomination is expected Thursday. Though Farr’s nomination advanced with Pence’s support Wednesday, it’s not clear whether he will still have the votes of all Republicans in the final floor vote.

The Farr nomination has been controversial, with all 49 Democrats opposing Farr, arguing that Farr discriminated against African Americans through his rulings on voting laws.

“Mr. Farr defended North Carolina’s absurdly restrictive voter ID law, also passed by the conservative Republican state legislature, and they tailored their election laws to disadvantage African-American voters after requesting race-specific data on voting practices,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York said.

Republicans, meanwhile, are standing behind Farr.

“The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary — a body that’s frequently been held up by my Democratic colleagues as the ‘gold standard’ — has awarded Mr. Farr its highest possible rating: unanimously well qualified,” McConnell said.

Trump denies pursuing Moscow real estate project

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Comment by Jim Campbell

November 29, 2019

In yet another attempt to create horse shit without the horse, the media is stirring it up again.

So much of “Attorney Client Privilege.”

Ambulance chasing former Trump attorney’s attempt to role on President Trump is clearly a non issue

So you want to be president of the United States of America?

The current Moscow skyline

This should come as no surprise, it’s what the progressive left and their media whores live for.

Axios News Service

November 29, 2018

After meeting cancellations, more headaches await Trump at G20

President Trump outside the White House, before departing for the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, on November 29, 2018. Photo: Win McNamee via Getty Images

President Trump is flying to Argentina today for the G20 Summit, and, after he canceled a meeting with Russian President Putin and downgraded another with Turkish President Erdogan

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