Kamala Harris Could Lose Seat on Senate Judiciary Committee

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

I look for Harris to start screaming about racism and the fact she is a woman is why she is losing her place on the committee.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) could lose her seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee according to a Sunday report from the Washington Post.

Harris, who is a potential 2020 candidate, may be forced to give up her seat on the committee after Republicans gained seats in the midterm elections. The stronger GOP majority means an additional Republican will replace a Democrat on the committee. The California senator is the most junior Democratic member of the committee, which means unless she is able to negotiate an agreement with Republicans or her fellow Democrats on the committee, Harris would be the one replaced.

The committee is central in Supreme Court justice confirmations, attorney general confirmations, and oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, all issues bringing a lot of media spotlight, which would be beneficial to the first term senator if she decides to run in 2020.

Liberal advocacy groups like Demand Justice are trying to find a way for Harris to stay on the committee.

“Not only would it be unconscionable to remove the only African American woman from the committee, but Sen. Harris also is the most skilled questioner on the entire panel,” said Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice. “Whatever options they need to consider, removing Harris should not be one of them. The backlash would be intense.”

Harris wants to stay on the committee, the Post reports.

Shortly after the midterm elections, Harris told Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) that she wanted to stay on the Judiciary panel, according to her spokeswoman, Lily Adams. For Democrats who have repeatedly pointed out that the Republican side of the dais is all male and all white, the prospect of losing Harris is anathema.

Discussions on the committee’s size will begin after a run-off election in Mississippi on Tuesday to determine the state’s newest senator. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and Schumer could agree to increase the size of the committee, which would allow more Republicans to serve and Harris to stay. A similar agreement was made after 2014 when Republicans took back the majority in the Senate and allowed Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) to continue to serve.

“Senator Kamala Harris is a terrific member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and we are going to do everything we can to keep her there,” Schumer said in a statement.

Earlier this year, Harris made headlines for her behavior during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. She insinuated without evidence that Kavanaugh had secret conversations related to the Mueller investigation with someone at the law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres. She released a video showing deceptively edited comments from Kavanaugh about birth control and also fundraised during Kavanaugh’s hearing.

Mexico Will Deport 500 ‘Caravan’ Migrants Who Violently Tried to Crash U.S. Border Sunday

H/T Godfather Politics.

It is good to hear Mexico will help weed the scum out of this caravan.

The Mexican government said that it would deport 500 members of the so-called “migrant caravan” that launched a violent effort to break through the U.S. border on Sunday.

According to Reuters, the Mexican Interior Ministry said that authorities eventually waded in and restored order at the crossing between Tijuana and San Diego on Sunday.

Mexico also insisted it was not yet prepared to send its own military to the area as more than 7,000 illegal aliens gathered there.

The attack on the border caused U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to shut down the San Ysidro port of entry, one of the largest border crossings between San Diego and Tijuana, after hundreds of caravaners tried to breach a U.S.-Mexico border fence.

Border Patrol shut down both roads going in and out as well as the pedestrian bridges.

According to the Associated Press, American officials also used tear gas to stop the incursion.

The Border Patrol issued a warning that the port was closed.

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DHS Sec. Nielsen issues statement on San Ysidro Port of Entry closure: “As I have continually stated, DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons.” http://abcn.ws/2RbF3Bv 

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“Warning: Due to the current situation, the San Ysidro Port of Entry is now closed.”

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The freeway just north of the Port of Entry is shut down

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Some of these illegal invaders used Barack Obama’s campaign phrase, “Yes we can” as they tried to break our laws:

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Us military helicopters all over Mexican side of border now. Normal protocol bars this.

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Some pushing right to fence shouting “yes we can”. pic.twitter.com/m03bNX9LIk

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The attack on the border was not spontaneous and was well organized by Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the hard-core, anti-American, left-wing group helping guide the migrants behind the scenes.

If you don’t think this is an invasion, watch these videos:

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: Lanes and pedestrian crossings close at San Ysidro Port of Entry amid border marches. http://on.nbc7.com/2TLzfTH 

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Hundreds try to storm the border. Expect significant US response

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Here’s moment right before shot bang. You can see some rocks being thrown.

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U.S.-Mexico border near Tijuana closed as migrants attempt to breach fence:

“Some of these migrants attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure…and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them,” DHS Sec. Nielsen said in a statement. https://abcn.ws/2RbF3Bv 

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Oldest Pearl Harbor Veteran, Ray Chavez, dies at 106

H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P. Pearl Harbor Veteran Ray Chavez.

On Wednesday, a tweet from the White House alerted everyone to the death of the oldest survivor of Pearl Harbor, Ray Chavez.  Chavez died in his sleep after fighting pneumonia.  The 106-year-old veteran lived in Poway, San Diego.

The tweet from the White House said that they were saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Chavez, as President Trump had been honored to host him at the White House in May during the annual Memorial Day celebrations.

The chief National Park Service historian at Pearl Harbor, Daniel Martinez, confirmed that Mr. Chavez was the oldest veteran of the horrific attack on Pearl Harbor that left 2,335 US service personnel and 68 civilians dead on 7 December 1941.

Mr. Chavez was a guest at the 75th Anniversary ceremonies held in memory of the event, and at the time he said that he still missed his friends that died that day.  He said that they were more than friends, they were brothers, and he felt very close to all of them.

Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island shortly after the beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack.

Mr. Chavez was stationed on the minesweeper USS Condor at the time of the attack.  Condor was one of the first American vessels to note the approach of a Japanese submarine as it cruised past the east entrance to the harbor.

Condor notified a destroyer, and the submarine was sunk a short time before waves of Japanese bombers pounded the harbor.

Mr. Chavez had been up all night, so he left to go to his home nearby and asked his wife not to wake him.  With the start of the bombing of the harbor, she had no option but to get him up.  He remembers asking in amazement who was attacking, and she told him it was the Japanese.

USS Condor (AMc-14) Photographed in 1941, probably off San Diego, California

He scrambled back into his clothes and took off for the harbor at a run, only to find it engulfed in flames.

Mr. Chavez then spent the following week working around the clock with his compatriots, sorting through the destruction.

After that, he was stationed on the transport ship USS La Salle, transporting cargo such as tanks and troops from Guadalcanal, to islands across the Pacific, to Okinawa.

USS La Salle (AP-102)

He was fortunate to not be wounded in the war, but he left the service suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.  He returned to San Diego, his hometown, and took work as a groundskeeper.  He attributed this job with restoring his health as it allowed him to work outside.  This along with a healthy diet and a strict exercise program permitted him a long and healthy life.

His daughter, Kathleen, said that he adored plants and had an encyclopedic knowledge of plants and trees.  His love of the outdoors and his job kept him busy until he retired at age 95.

USS West Virginia was sunk by six torpedoes and two bombs during the attack

She said that for many years her father could not talk about Pearl Harbor and what he had seen there.  At the last minute, he decided to return to Hawaii for the 50th Anniversary celebration in 1991.

This marked a turning point for Mr. Chavez, and after that, he attended the 55th, 60th, 65th, and then the 70th celebrations.  After that, he participated in the event every year until his failing health made it difficult to travel from San Diego. He had planned to attend the ceremony next month.

Ray Chavez, a 104-year-old Navy veteran and the oldest surviving Pearl Harbor veteran, poses for a photo after being greeted by several military members and personnel at the Honolulu International Airport, Dec. 3, 2016.

He was well known as the oldest survivor of Pearl Harbor and was often asked for his signature or to have his photograph taken with visitors at the many memorial services that he had attended.  His daughter said that he was a quiet man and maintained that he was just doing his job.

Mr. Chavez’s wife, Margaret, died before him and his only daughter survives him.

Identical Twins & WW2 Veterans Celebrate 100th Birthday

H/T War History OnLine.

A local Idaho news story on Fox6now recently shared the uplifting Veterans Day story of two exceptional twin brothers: Boyd and Ralph Henderson, who recently got together for their 100th birthday celebration. Sadly, a month after this milestone, Ralph Henderson passed away peacefully at home in Burley, Idaho.

The brothers should be recognized as exceptional for a number of reasons. While human lifespans are increasing slightly with each passing year, a person reaching the age of one hundred years is still quite a significant occurrence. Being identical twins is something which is remarkable in and of itself.

But what makes this celebration even more significant is the fact that the twin brothers are both decorated World War II combat veterans.

US Army troops landing at Anzio in Operation Shingle — on 22 January 1944.

Good news stories are somewhat an exception in these difficult times. Our daily news cycle includes reports of conflicts in many parts of the world and continual worries about nuclear war. As such, we should appreciate the very positive story of a great pair of older citizens like Boyd and Ralph Henderson.

The Henderson twins were born in Eastern Idaho in 1918. Notably, this was the same year World War I ended.

Military service for the identical twins began when the US started to expand its force for what would soon be the Second World War. The brothers were always together, and when Ralph was drafted into the US Army, Boyd enlisted soon after.

A M10 of the 701st TD Btn advancing along a mountain road, in an example of the broken terrain common in Italy

The Henderson twins were part of the 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion that saw combat action in Allied campaigns in North Africa and Italy in 1943.

Deseret State News reports that, on one occasion, a German 88 shell hit Boyd’s tank destroyer underneath the turret. The armor plating blew, filling the tank with shrapnel and hitting Boyd in the back. He spent a short time recovering and soon returned to combat duty, earning the Purple Heart.

The Purple Heart medal

Ralph Henderson earned a Silver Star for his efforts to save a fellow soldier trapped in a minefield during the Allied invasion at Anzio, according to IdahoStateJournal.

Silver Star Medal

The twins returned to Idaho at the end of the war and went into the lumber business together. They had seen the destruction that came with the second great war in Europe and began the next chapter in their shared lives by helping their Idaho neighbors build homes during the post-war boom and for many years after.

Both brothers have not only enjoyed a long life, but had long marriages with many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Some people will rightly wonder as to the secret of the one hundred years of life Ralph enjoyed and that Boyd continues to this day. As we know, many brave fighting men did not return from the war in Europe.

Perhaps the twins were just lucky to avoid the enemy bullets or artillery shells that may have ended their lives in combat. It may have been their military training or their faith in God that kept them safe. When it comes to combat situations, no one can say for sure.

M26 Pershings; a powerful heavy medium tank which effectively made the specialist tank destroyer obsolete.

It’s possible the secret to their long lives after the war may have been their lifestyle. Like many from Idaho, the identical twins are of the Mormon faith, which does not allow for the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine products. This is certainly a factor to consider.

It could very well be that the close bond the identical twins had along with a large, loving family which helped them in times of stress are other factors which prolonged their lives.

Regardless of the source of their exceptional time on earth, what is important is that we all honor both twins for their service and know their story will be a source of inspiration for many years to come.

The greatest American ace – Richard Bong

H/T Beyond The Band Of Brothers.

R.I.P. Major Richard Ira Bong September 24, 1920 – August 6, 1945.

Major Bong had 40 confirmed kills and 3 probable.

Richard Ira Bong (1920-1945) fell in love with flying at the age of eight. President Calvin Coolidge spent the summer in Superior, Wisconsin and had his mail flown in daily, with the mail carrier flying exactly over the Bong family’s farm, setting Richard on a track that would define the rest of his life.

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Richard Ira Bong

He enlisted in the Civilian Pilot Training Program at the age of 18 and in the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program in 1941. His talent as a pilot was recognized when he became the only cadet of his class who could stay on the tail of a Lockheed P-38 Lightning while flying a much slower AT-6 training plane. After a short stint as a gunnery instructor, he was transferred to Hamilton Field in California, where his enthusiasm got him into all kinds of trouble. Flying a loop around the Golden Gate Bridge, buzzing the home of a fellow pilot who had recently gotten married and flying so low over San Francisco’s Market Street that he could wave at secretaries in their offices earned him a grounding. On one occasion, he flew so low that turbulence from his propeller ripped off the drying clothes from a line and scattered them around. As punishment, he was sent to the address and told to help the lady there with her next washing.

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Bong in the cockpit

Bong’s squadron was sent to the Pacific in September 1942. There, he quickly acquired both the nickname “Bing Bong” and a reputation as a quiet and introverted person on the ground who got extremely aggressive in the air. In December of the same year, he claimed his first two victories on a single day.

On a trip back home, he met Marjorie Vattendahl, a local beauty from Bong’s native Douglas County, and the two fell in love. Once he got back to the Pacific, he had Marjorie’s portrait painted on his brand new P-38 Lightning.

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A P-38 Lightning replicating the paint scheme on Bong’s own, including Marjorie’s portrait and his kill marks

Throughout his career, Bong claimed 40 victories. He also shot down a Japanese transport plane carrying high-ranking officials but he didn’t claim it as it was destroyed on the runway, rather than in the air. Even though he was a gunnery instructor for a short while, he felt his aim to be pretty bad and compensated for it by flying very close to his targets before firing. Another typical Bong maneuver was to attack the enemy head-on, a position where his stable, well-armed Lightning had an advantage over Japanese Zeros and Oscars. He scored at least 16 of his 40 victories with this method.

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Bong (second from the right) with some of his fellow pilots in New Guinea

In April 1944, he matched and broke American World War I ace Eddie Rickenbacker’s record of 26 kills. Upon hearing of the news, Rickenbacker sent him his personal congratulations and the promise of a case of Scotch. General Kenney, the man who grounded Bong for his stunt flying over San Francisco, sent a case of champagne. General of the Army, later of the Air Force, Henry “Hap” Arnold knew Bong preferred Coca Cola to alcohol and accordingly sent two cases of the drink. Pilots from other squadrons helpfully declared that if Bong doesn’t like the booze, they would be happy to take it off his hands.

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General MacArthur congratulating Major Bong

Soon afterwards, Bong was assigned as an advanced gunnery training instructor. This was a non-combat position but he was allowed to accompany others on missions as an “observer” to see how well they did. Bong, of course, used the chance to improve his score even further. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in December, 1944 and was sent home to the States for good the following year.

Back home, Bong took part in war bond drives and other PR activities, and married his love Marjorie. Unfortunately, their life together wouldn’t be very long. Bong was fascinated with the development of the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, the first U.S. jet fighter to see operational service, and accepted a position as a test pilot.

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On one occasion, Bong had a chance to take his wife Marge on a “piggyback ride” in his P-38

On August 6, 1945, something went wrong during takeoff. As far as could be determined, the primary fuel pump likely malfunctioned and Bong either forgot to switch over to the auxiliary pump or was prevented from doing so by the malfunction. It’s also been suggested by renown test pilot Chuck Yeager that Bong hadn’t familiarized himself with the controls well enough and had simply forgotten the correct takeoff procedure. Either way, the plane apparently didn’t have an ejection system, so Bong popped open the cockpit and tried to jump out with his parachute. He was either too low for the parachute to deploy or it got entangled in the plane which dragged the pilot to his death.

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A Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star, similar to the one Bong died in

America’s greatest fighter ace died the same day Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima as the first of two devastating nuclear strikes that would force Japan on its knees and bring an end to the war. The following day, Bong’s death shared the headlines with the atomic bomb on the front pages of newspapers across the country.

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Atomic Bomb Hits Japan / Jet Plane Explosion Kills Maj. Bong August 7, 1945 morning edition of the Los Angeles Times, with the article on Bong’s death printed on the front page above the fold

You can learn more about the heroes of World War II on our tours to Western Europe, the Eastern Front and the Pacific Theater.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: We’re All Going To Die From Climate Change

H/T Right Wing Folks.

It is amazing how far in the future this stuff is going to happen.

They make it so far in the future so nobody alive today will be alive to call them out for the liars they are.

Newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is doubling down on her first week’s agenda in Congress, calling on her colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass a “Green New Deal” because “people are going to die” from climate change.

Ocasio-Cortez cited a report released Friday by the U,S. Global Change Research Program, a voluntary committee of scientists from 13 federal agencies and a number of outside pressure groups, that warned that thousands could die, and the United States could suffer a striking 10% reduction in its gross national product by the end of this century if humans do not curb their fossil fuel consumption.

CNN reports that the US Global Change Research Program estimates tens of thousands of “premature deaths” from the effects of climate change, including deaths from starvation, mosquito-borne illnesses, extreme heat, flooding and other natural disasters.

The report seems extreme on its face, and critics were quick to point out that the computer models used to predict the “thousands” of deaths may be outdated, but leftists, including Ocasio-Cortez, soaked up the report without question, inciting mass panic.

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People are going to die if we don’t start addressing climate change ASAP.

It’s not enough to think it’s “important.” We must make it urgent.

That’s why we need a Select Committee on a Green New Deal, & why fossil fuel-funded officials shouldn’t be writing climate change policy.

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“People are going to die if we don’t start addressing climate change ASAP,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “It’s not enough to think it’s ‘important.’ We must make it urgent. That’s why we need a Select Committee on a Green New Deal, & why fossil fuel-funded officials shouldn’t be writing climate change policy.”

The U.S. Global Change Research Program makes no recommendations on how to curb “climate change,” but it’s quite clear that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes the only way to make real in-roads on the subject is to enact a massive, socialistic environmentally focused legislative package, using taxation and other “incentives” to help Americans cut down on fossil fuel usage, while pouring millions into “green jobs” and “alternative energy.”

The issue is obviously important to Ocasio-Cortez; her first act upon finding herself in Washington, D.C., as a freshman Congresswoman was to join a sit-in protest at Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Capitol Hill offices, designed to pressure the presumptive House Majority Leader into tackling the “climate change” issue with a select committee. Ocasio-Cortez called the protest “important work,” but seemed to heavily temper her follow-up criticism of Pelosi, announcing late last week that she intends to support Pelosi’s bid to reclaim the Speakership.

But Ocasio-Cortez seems to miss that the United States is well ahead of its global peers when it comes to curbing fossil fuel emissions, with or without a complex “climate change” legislative scheme. According to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, the United States ranks at the top of most major countries in regularly reducing its own carbon footprint.

“The major reason for the reduced pollution levels is the shale oil and gas revolution that is transitioning the world to cheap and clean natural gas for electric power generation,” the Daily Signal reports. “Meanwhile, as our emissions fell, the pollution levels rose internationally and by a larger amount than in previous years. So much for the rest of the world going green.”

The worst climate offender? China. But Ocasio-Cortez’s plan doesn’t include any foreign policy recommendations.

RIOT: French Protesters Burn Champs-Élysées Over Carbon Tax

H/T Right Wing Folks.

This carbon tax is caused by the Paris Climate Accord.

Thankfully President Trump out of this lunacy.

Law enforcement and fire patrol are struggling to keep the peace (and keep the Champs-Élysées from burning) in Paris as riotous protests enter their eighth day.

Although the most violent — and deadliest — demonstrations have taken place in Paris, protests are being held country-wide over a proposed increase in France’s “fuel tax” designed to curb fuel usage and cut down on carbon emissions to prevent “climate change.” French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing the tax to help cut down on the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and to “fund renewable energy projects,” according to the Associated Press.

“The anger is mainly over a hike in the diesel fuel tax, which has gone up seven euro cents per liter (nearly 30 U.S. cents per gallon) and will keep climbing in coming years, according to Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne. The tax on gasoline is also to increase four euro cents. Gasoline currently costs about 1.64 euros a liter in Paris ($7.06 a gallon), slightly more than diesel,” the AP says.

On Saturday, thousands of protesters, clad in the bright green safety vests all Parisians are required to keep in their car for emergencies, set fire to barricades in a massive bonfire near the famous Arc de Triomphe, and waged a campaign of destruction along Paris’s main shopping and dining thoroughfare, the Champs-Élysées.

More than a dozen people — including one police officer — have been hurt in the melee, and one person has been seriously injured. More than 3,000 law enforcement officers have been deployed to contain the situation and enforce “no-go” zones around government buildings and in heavily trafficked tourist areas.

The AP reports: “Thousands of police were deployed nationwide to contain the eighth day of deadly demonstrations that started as protests against tax but morphed into a rebuke of President Emmanuel Macron and the perceived elitism of France’s ruling class.”

“It’s going to trigger a civil war and me, like most other citizens, we’re all ready,” one protester told the Associated Press.

The New York Times reports that the protesters aren’t from the “far right” or the “far left/Antifa” exclusively. “Welling up rapidly from rural and forgotten France, this broad-based, citizen-driven movement is among the most serious challenges yet to President Emmanuel Macron’s pro-business government.”

Macron has a bare-bones, 29% approval rating among his countrymen, and American President Donald Trump wasted no time in pointing out that Americans — not just the French — have been shockingly mistreated by Macron’s agenda.

Trump tweeted about the protests early Sunday: “The large and violent French protests don’t take into account how badly the United States has been treated on Trade by the European Union or on fair and reasonable payments for our GREAT military protection. Both of these topics must be remedied soon.”

Macron, of course, has been trying to position himself as the European Union’s “anti-Trump,” suggesting in meetings earlier this month that France and other European countries were relying too heavily on an increasingly nationalist United States, and could just as easily pay for their own defense, outside of NATO agreements.