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Filthy Bilge Rats Tuesday Late PM 10-27-15

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This is an update on the report  that Heritage Foundation’s President, former Senator Jim DeMint, told the members of the Freedom Caucus they should elect Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as the next Speaker of the House.

In my conversations with a friend who is one of the regional directors of Heritage.org’s Heritage Action for America Sentinel program, there was a miscommunication and misunderstanding that led to Congressman Louis Gohmert (R-TX) to tell One America News Network that De Mint was making personal calls to members of the Freedom Caucus. These were Gohmert’s original comments:

“I was really surprised that the head of the Heritage Foundation, Jim DeMint was making calls telling conservatives to back off their conservatism and back the guy for Speaker that doesn’t just have a D, he has an F under the Conservative Review analysis,” Gohmert said.

I, myself was surprised upon hearing it.  What I know about Jim DeMint, definitely does not lead me to associate the two individuals (him and Ryan), in the same frame of reference.

My sources tell me two things. One – no such calls were made, and Two – Heritage, as a matter of long standing policy, does NOT endorse candidates in a House Speaker race or any other such post in Congress. And Mr. DeMint himself, in an interview with Time Magazine’s Alex Rodgers, said this very thing back in 2014 – “Heritage is not involved in elections and doesn’t endorse candidates”.

The reason, in the main, is that if that individual’s actual performance of their duties is unsatisfactory and / or goes contrary to the policy positions sponsored by Heritage, then the organization’s credibility and effectiveness are subject to question as a consequence. Heritage promotes and advocates legislation, not individual lawmakers.

I’m told that the other reason the organization doesn’t involve itself in the internal maneuverings of this process of selecting leadership is that it hampers their ability to reach out to all House members as they do on an ongoing basis. If they step on the wrong toes – we’ll, we all know Elephant’s have a long memory. Makes sense. And Matt Schuck of OANN, posted this story update:

After this story was posted, The Heritage Foundation spokesman Wesley Denton sent OANN the following statement: “Jim DeMint has not endorsed in the Speaker’s race nor made calls in support of any candidate. He talks to members to encourage them to stay in the fight to advance our principles.”

Incidentally, this is not the first time that claims have been made that DeMint has made an endorsement that he has had to issue a clarification on. DeMint , while still in the Senate, was said to have publicly endorsed Mitt Romney in the last month, but issued a strong denial through Wesley Denton, who was with DeMint’s staff in the Senate also.

Hey everyone – tonight is the last opportunity for any and all of you that are so inclined, to let your member of Congress know that you don’t approve of the election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House. The vote is tomorrow.

The word that I am hearing is that it is fait accompli. If that is the case, then why am I letting my Congressman know I’m against it and why should you? Because, even if we can’t derail the Ryan speakership – we can put him and the House GOP on notice. Things had better change or someone could get “Boehnered” again.

This is for you that have a Twitter account, but the list has FB links as well. The call to action and the engine supporting your Twitter and FB shoutout to House GOP members is hosted by NumbersUSA – the leading, grass roots, volunteer based advocacy group resisting amnesty, increased levels of legal immigration and foreign worker visas and Open Borders. The page is Super simple – 1 click does the trick:

https://www.numbersusa.com/pages/no-speaker-paul-ryan

Filthy Bilge Rats Morning Edition 10-21-15

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need to get these guys back out there hooking and booking

Q. What are ICE officials doing, now that Obama has relieved them of their day to day responsibilities for internal immigration enforcement?

A. Organizing sex parties

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Tuesday that it is investigating reports that a supervisor used government time to recruit workers for private sex swinger parties at his home.  An internal misconduct investigation is looking into the claims centered on workers in San Diego, ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack told NBC News in a statement.

It follows a report by the San Diego Union Tribune that an accusation of gross sexual misconduct was made in a complaint submitted to the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security earlier this year.

The newspaper said employees at the ICE Enforcement Removal Operations office in the city complained that they had been approached during work hours to participate in the parties held at the home of a supervisor in the office along with his wife, who is also an agent.

“The agency takes all allegations of misconduct seriously,” Mack said in the statement. “The matter you reference has been referred to ICE Homeland Security Investigations Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for further investigation. That inquiry is ongoing and, as such, we are unable to offer further comment at this time.”

The complaint, which has been seen by the newspaper, says the recruitment has been going on for more than a year, and alleges the practice is coercive of subordinate employees and an abuse of authority. It said workers were approached about the parties by the supervisor, whose wife is also an employee.

While the looting of the country by government, the political class and its benefactors continues apace, America has other more pressing priorities (From the Hollywood Reporter) …

The months and months of hype have paid off for Disney and Lucasfilm this afternoon, as theater chains began offering advance ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which hits theaters two months from today on December 18. Perhaps a little too well, however. Legions of Star Wars fans immediately rushed to online ticket sellers to secure their seats but alas, the force is not strong with them. The sudden rush of demand from Jedi-happy fans has caused loading issues and site outages on purchasing platforms including Fandango, the Alamo Drafthouse, and AMC Theaters.

As I have stressed repeatedly, the Democrats and Republicans (at least at the party leadership level), have more in common with one another than not. Usually, a consistent effort is made to maintain the phony optics of conflict, but now and then they let their guard down and demonstrate that they are as different as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.

Congressman Paul Ryan in what he thought was a venue safe from scrutiny of anti-Amnesty forces, made some remarkable comments at the Erie House in Chicago, in concert with Democrat open borders champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who has recently endorsed Ryan’s House Speaker bid to replace John Boehner.

Ryan outlined the desirability of a system that eliminates all restriction in current U.S. Immigration law regulating the importation of workers. “We want to have an immigration system that… has gates open to the people who are coming in pursuit of their version of the American dream,” Ryan told the crowd.

He went on to diminish the value of national sovereignty and enforcement of borders. “America is more than just a country,” Ryan said. “It’s more than Chicago, or Wisconsin. It’s more than our borders. America is an idea. It’s a very precious idea.”

Most strikingly, as this is the money quote – Ryan lays bare the fact that the Democrats and Republicans are not really two parties, but in reality, merely two (sometimes) competing divisions of a massive political racketeering operation. “Luis talked about his peaceful protests and the arrests that resulted from them,” Ryan said. “That just goes to show that Republicans and Democrats might do things a little differently, but we don’t always see things differently. And that’s the point I just simply want to make here today.”

In a related theme…

George W. Bush, also thinking that his comments would not be fodder for general consumption, admitted that Ted Cruz is the Republican in the GOP presidential race that the GOP establishment is most concerned about. W, told contributors in a donor event for brother Jeb, (that was so unsuccessful that organizers had to hustle last minute to pimp drastically discounted tickets to the gathering), that “I just don’t like the guy”, referring to Cruz.

Attendees noted that Bush referenced the nomination race with regard to Ted Cruz, “He said he thought Cruz was going to be a pretty formidable candidate against Jeb, especially in Texas and across the South.”

What is really eating at Bush and the GOP establishment? Aside from Jeb’s poll numbers plummeting, anyone – particularly as effective as Ted Cruz, that can articulate a genuine move towards limited government, scares the GOP leadership to death. The Republican party as it is presently constituted, is unsustainable, if the national government is reduced in size, scope, spending and power. The same is true of the Democrats, but Democrats are convinced that their voters want more government, not less.