18 Sep

Episode 20 – CA Flips Trump the Bird

California says FU to Trump.

Our show tonight definitely has a theme. We start off by talking about the Constitution since yesterday (9/17/17) was Constitution Day! Sean and Joshua wax political and shares his opinion on the Jemele Hill controversy and the First Amendment. And the Second Amendment. And Americans’ general illiteracy wen it comes to the constitution. We then dive into SB-54 — the Sanctuary State Bill — and all the nonsense and virtue signaling that has come from the California legislature since Trump was elected.

Constitution Day


      • Yesterday (9/17) was Constitution Day. I’d like to take a few minutes to talk about some issues people seem to be having with a particular part of our Constitution — namely, the First Amendment.
        • Jemele Hill has been in the news for calling the president both a white supremacist and a bigot.
        • There have been questions as to whether she should apologize for her statements and if she will be disciplined or fired for them by ESPN, her employer.
        • Trump Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has stated openly that Hill should be fired for her statements.
        • This calls into question what legal right(s) ESPN has to discipline its employee for what she said on her personal Twitter and what actually constitutes free speech.
      • As a reminder – The First Amendment protects you, me, and everyone from the government or any of its agents (public school teachers, police, politicians, etc.) from stifling our ability to have our voices heard. With a few exceptions (that have been codified through decades of case law), this is a very sacrosanct law. What isn’t protected by the First Amendment is how the public at large and any private employer reacts to what you say.


DACA Story – DREAMers Shut Down Pelosi News Conference


      • A group of undocumented youths took over a news conference Nancy Pelosi called to urge Trump to pass the DREAM Act.
        • “Our nation’s dreamers are an inspiration to all of us,” she said. “With their courage and their patriotism. They embody the promise of America… of the American Dream… Make America dream again,” Pelosi said to applause from the partisan crowd.
        • The Dream act was only introduced in the Senate on 7/20 (transferred to the committee on the judiciary the same day, with no further action taken yet) and the House on 7/26 (referred to the subcommittee on immigration and border security on 9/6)
        • How can she urge Trump to pass something that hasn’t even been voted on in Congress?
        • This was notching more than grandstanding for identity politics.
      • The undocumented youths stormed the stage and started chanting.
        • What kind of security was at this news conference? The House Minority Leader, as well as 2 other congressmen, were there on stage.
        • “We undocumented youth demand a clean bill … We undocumented youth demand that you do not sell out our community and our values …We undocumented youth will not be a bargaining chip for Trump.”
        • Some of them were carrying signs that read “Democrats are Deporters.”
      • Pelosi tried to regain control of her conference, but was ultimately unsuccessful.
        • “You’ve had your say, and it’s beautiful music to our ears,” Pelosi said. But when they interrupted again, she shouted “Just stop it now!”
        • She later left the conference.
      • In San Francisco Federal Court, 6 DACA recipients filed suit against the Trump Administration over the administration’s decision to end the DACA program.
        • The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco alleges the move violated the constitutional rights of immigrants who lack legal status and provided information about themselves to the U.S. government so they could participate in the program.
          • “The consequences are potentially catastrophic,” said Jesse Gabriel, a lawyer for the plaintiffs. “These people can very powerfully and very clearly communicate the extent to which they organized their lives around this program.”
        • These 6 join the more than a dozen states who have already sued the Trump Administration for the same reasons.
          • The lawyer for the plaintiffs described how one of his client’s lives were thrown in the lurch because of this decision.
            • He said Dulce Garcia is a 34-year-old lawyer in San Diego who came to the United States from Mexico when she was four years old. She recently signed a lease for an office and hired employees because she believed she could stay and work in the U.S. under the program, Gabriel said.
        • The Trump Administration maintains its position that the Obama Administration unconstitutionally and arbitrarily circumvented the law in granting the DACA recipients their protections.


California Story – Legislature Passes SB 54 (California Values Act)


      • Lawmakers passed a Sanctuary State Bill that would offer protections to undocumented immigrants in California.
        • The legislation by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), the most far-reaching of its kind in the country, would limit state and local law enforcement communication with federal immigration authorities, and prevent officers from questioning and holding people on immigration violations.
        • The bill was passed along party lines (27-11)
        • The final version is drastically different from the version that was first introduced by Kevin de Leon all those months ago.
          • There were many concessions for which Gov. Brown argued.
            • “These amendments do not mean to erode the core mission of this measure, which is to protect hardworking families that have contributed greatly to our culture and the economy,” he said. “This is a measure that reflects the values of who we are as a great state.”
            • Initially, the bill would have prohibited local law enforcement agencies from using any resources to engage in any immigration-related activity.
            • After talks with Brown, amendments to the bill made this week would allow federal immigration authorities to keep working with state corrections officials and to continue entering county jails to question immigrants. The legislation would also permit police and sheriffs to share information and transfer people to immigration authorities if they have been convicted of one or more crimes from a list of 800 outlined in a previous law, the California Trust Act.
              • The list of hold eligible offenses includes sex crimes and violent crimes. We have the whole list posted on our site.
              • Click here for the link to the file.
      •  SB-54 also included concessions from the other side as well.
        •  Under the additions to the bill, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would have to develop new standards to protect people held on immigration violations, and to allow immigrant inmates to receive credits toward their sentences serviced if they undergo rehabilitation and educational programs while incarcerated.
      • The head of ICE, Thomas Homan, claims that with the passage of SB-54, California politicians have “chosen to prioritize politics over public safety.
      • The Department of Justice has vowed to withhold funding for California based on this vote.

In a statement Saturday, Department of Justice spokesman Devin O’Malley said “state lawmakers inexplicably voted today to return criminal aliens back onto our streets. This abandonment of the rule of law by the Legislature continues to put Californians at risk, and undermines national security and law enforcement,” he said.

Thomas Homan’s full statement – https://twitter.com/ICEgov/status/909141157816479744


CA GOP Story – Anthony Rendon / Chad Mayes Bromance in Full Swing


      • GOP Leader @ChadMayesCA: You have been an effective leader for your caucus, and perhaps more important, you are true to your convictions.
        • This is just salt in the wound. You have the opposition party leader praising the former GOP assembly leader for bucking his own party’s platform and voting with the other side.
        • This also shows how ineffectual the CA GOP actually is.
          • If only the CA GOP had some way of excommunicating people. Mayes would be at the top of the list.


California Story – Legislature Passes Legally Questionable Bill as an FU to Trump


      • California lawmakers on Friday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill setting a new requirement for people wanting to run for president in California: Hand over five years of tax returns.
        • This is directly in response to President Trump refusing to provide his tax returns in the run up to and throughout the 2016 presidential election.
          • For the sake of clarity, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) didn’t provide his tax returns either.
        • The stated purpose of the bill is to provide “voters with essential information regarding the candidate’s potential conflicts of interest, business dealings, financial status, and charitable donations.”
      • Legislature lawyers have said the bill’s constitutionality is questionable at best and likely violates the qualifications clause of the US Constitution.
        •  No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
      • This is more posturing by the California legislature to show just how much they don’t like Donald Trump.
      • A person would still be able to vote for Trump in California, but they’d have to write his name in on the ballot. He would not be listed as a candidate for the office.


Jerry Brown Story – He Thinks Trump Supporters in California Are Troglodytes


      • Brown, an outspoken Trump critic, issued an usually harsh derision of Trump supporters after dismissing the president’s rhetoric on climate change science and U.S. policy toward North Korea as “stupid and dangerous and silly. They’re both kind of very similar,” Brown said. “You should check out the derivation of ‘Trump-ite’ and ‘troglodyte,’ because they both refer to  people who dwell in deep, dark caves.”
      • Brown is still upset with Trump for pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Accords.
        • “President Trump is the null hypothesis, which he’s proven,” Brown said. “Everything he’s doing is … stupid and dangerous and silly. I mean, come on, really, calling the North Korean dictator ‘Rocket Man?’ … He is accelerating the reversal through his own absurdity.”


US Story – 50% of Millennials Would Disenfranchise Themselves for Student Debt Forgiveness


    • According to a new survey from Credible, a personal finance website, 50% of all respondents (ages 18-34) said they would give up their right to vote during the next two presidential elections in order to never have to make another loan payment again.
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