Rep. Steve King (R-KKK) Introduces Bill to Ban ALL Immigrants

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As published on Crooks&Liars on 4/3/2017: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/04/rep-steve-kings-bill-ban-all-immigrants

If you are even remotely aware of who Representative Steve King (R-IA) is, then you know that he’s virulently anti-immigrant. He is what Chester the Cheetah is to Cheetos, a mascot for the right’s anti-immigrant obsession. When Colorado’s Republican Representative Tom Tancredo vacated that position, King gladly stepped up to the plate. And with the gift of Donald Trump’s racist agenda, his bigoted voice has only grown louder and more prominent within the Republican party.

King’s racist rhetoric:

There are just too many examples of King’s racist remarks to list every single one, so forgive me if I leave out your favorite. Here’s a few I found from Vice and The Atlantic:

  1. May 2004 – He referred to the Abu Ghraib torture as “hazing.”
  2. July 2006 – King argued that we should build an electrified fence on the southern border and compared Mexicans to livestock saying, “We do that with livestock all the time.”
  3. March 2008 – Claimed that if Obama won, “radical Islamists would be dancing in the streets.” He further claimed that Obama’s middle name, Hussein, had a special significance to radical Islamists
  4. August 2012 – He’s a big fan of Trump’s birtherism claim, stating Obama was born in Kenya.
  5. October 2014 – King stated that immigration was turning the U.S. into a “3rd world country.”
  6. February 2015 – He shared the following tweet:

@NationalPrayerBreakfast POTUS’ “Crusader” speech is now a much bigger Jihadi recruiting tool than Gitmo. A long2yrs.

Representative King takes campaign donations from white supremacist terrorist groups:

Yes, even racist, white supremacist terrorist groups have political action committees (PACS). Two of the most prominent anti-immigrant PACS are the English Language PAC and the U.S. Immigration Reform PAC (FAIR). Both were started by John Tanton, a retired ophthalmologist who, in his spare time, enjoys attacking the rights of immigrants and anyone who is not white. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has an informative yet disgusting biography on Tanton. They have labeled him and his organizations as hate groups akin to groups like the KKK and the Aryan Nation.

According to FEC records, Representative King has taken $7,500 from Tanton’s English Language PAC and $12,687.20 from FAIR.

King also accepted 5 donations totaling $2,500 from Earl Pendleton Holt III. Holt is the president of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), which is often referred to as the more gentile KKK. The SPLC has also declared this organization to be a hate group. When Dylaan Roof murdered 9 innocent African American parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina’s Mother Emmanuel Church in 2015, he claimed he had been influenced by the CofCC’s website. This website is inundated with racist propaganda asserting that blacks are killing off the white race.Representative King’s latest anti-immigrant legislation:

On March 10, 2017, King introduced bill H.R. 1502 entitled “To terminate the EB-5 program.” It is currently in the Immigration and Border Security subcommittee. This bill effectively eliminates all immigrant work visas by repealing:

  1. 8 USC 1153 – immigrant visas for family members of immigrants and citizens currently residing here.
  2. 8 USC 1154 – procedures for granting immigrant visas.
  3. 8 USC 1186b – conditional permanent resident status for certain entrepreneurs, their spouses and children.

In plain English, this means a BAN ON ALL IMMIGRANTS to include those family members of citizens! Immigrants who are currently residing here will not be able to bring their spouses, children or parents over. Visas for immigrants with extraordinary skills such as math and science professors, doctors, engineers, entertainers and even athletes will be banned. King’s bill will not only stop future immigrants from applying, but will terminate any existing pending applications.

King has also introduced H.R. 997 – English Language Unity Act of 2017. This bill would declare English as the official language of the United States and require all immigrants applying for citizenship to demonstrate proficiency in English in order to obtain naturalization status.

The end of America’s melting pot:

To better understand what this means for America, consider an America without Albert Einstein, Madeleine Albright, Joseph Pulitzer, Hakeem Olajawon, Irving Berlin, Martina Navratilova, Bruce Willis, Elie Weisel, Desi Arnaz, Werner von Braun, Adrew Carnegie, Nikola Tesla, Neil Young, Stokely Carmichael, Audrey Hepburn, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, M. Night Shyamalan, Jose Canseco, Gloria Estafan, Igor Stravinsky, Carlos Santana, Alia Cruz and so many many more great Americans who were once immigrants.

Representative Steve King recently stated that America’s civilization cannot be restored with “someone else’s babies.” He is also supportive of Trump and other right-wing, white supremacist politicians in Europe such as Dutchman Geert Wilders. They would prefer to be called Nativists, but like the Alt-Right movement, they are literally the same racists that used to be called Neo-Nazis and KKK.

Likewise, there ain’t enough lipstick in the world to make Representative Steve King, a pig, look like anything other than a white supremacist.

DeVos Sneaks Religion into Public Schools

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As published on Crooks & Liars on 3/29/2017: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/03/devos-sneaks-religion-public-schools

If anyone was wondering whether Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Secretary of Education, would try to inject public schools with religion, question no more. On Monday, DeVos held a closed door meeting with Pamela Bondi and Tony Dungy. That would be Pam Bondi, the current Florida attorney general of Trump University bribery fame. Tony Dungy, for those who don’t follow the NFL, is the former Colts coach.

DeVos’ staff failed, perhaps intentionally, to list the organization they were representing. So, off on an internet search I went. Turns out that Dungy is the spokesman of All Pro Dad, a non-profit organization that partners NFL players and coaches with schools. All Pro Dad holds monthly meetings in participating schools for fathers and their children. According to their website, they advertise activities and discussions for these meetings. Add NFL players and breakfast by Chik-fil-A, and kids go nuts for it.

But then that’s the whole point right? The goal is to get kids to go home with flyers advertising the All Pro Dad events and tell their dads that they could meet an NFL player all while having father daughter/son time. What could be wrong with that?

Truth about All Pro Dad

All Pro Dad is actually a subsidiary of Family First. Family First is owned by Mark and Susan Merrill. If you can stomach all the pictures of them kissing on their website, you will find that the sole purpose of Family First is to: “…provide parenting, marriage and relational truth that helps people love their family well and gives them greater hope for the future.” In plain English, that translates to “trying to find a way to make you a Christian.”

Family First used to be named Florida Family Council and was affiliated with the American Family Association, which has been labeled as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Merrill and his followers are sure there’s a gay agenda afoot to recruit children into becoming homosexuals.

Florida Family Council began by being demonstrably anti-gay. In 1995, they even went so far as to protest Disney’s domestic partner benefits program stating: “We strongly disapprove of your inclusion and endorsement of a lifestyle that is unhealthy, unnatural and unworthy of special treatment.” After the opinions of millions of Americans changed towards gays, Florida Family Council changed their name to Family First and took a more subversive tactic. They no longer vocalized their homophobic tendencies, and choose instead to covertly turn people into bigots. In their minds, the best way to stop the gays was to have their own Christian agenda in your kid’s school.

The death of separation of church and state.

It was then Florida governor Jeb Bush who advanced the agenda of Family First through allowing All Pro Dad into Florida’s public schools in 2008. He literally stated: “…that all Florida public schools were to host a Christian-based program designed to increase father’s participation in their children’s lives.” Jeb also allowed Family First to accept donations by issuing a Florida license plate with their logo. Florida residents can give to this religious organization by going to their government run DMV website and purchasing these plates.

Even the Florida Department of Education promotes All Pro Dad and has links on its government website. Family First, through All Pro Dad, uses school property and equipment for these monthly functions. Meetings are announced by sending home flyers with kids and by the schools’ calendars on their websites like this one. Breakfast is provided by Chik-fil-A, a well known supporter of any and all anti-gay organizations.

Notice there is no mention of the group’s true purpose. Like cigarette companies used a cartoon camel to get kids to smoke, All Pro Dad uses the NFL. As the Free Republic stated, All Pro Dad:

“…combines a biblical foundation with the draw of popular athletes to promote the belief that ‘the father is the head of the household’ and that men should rely on God to help them be better parents…It also encourages Bible Reading.”

Thanks Coach @TonyDungy, @markmerrill, Troy Fowler, and Cary Gaylord for bringing awareness to fostering, adopting, and family values! 🙏

All Pro Dad currently boasts partnerships in 45 states with 1367 schools. Now it seems the program is getting support from the federal Department of Education and Pam Bondi. Check here to see if your kid’s school is promoting All Pro Dad. Be sure to contact your local school boards and legislators to demand religion stay out of public schools, and don’t forget to call your local ACLU chapter to file a complaint.

Representative Nunes has got some splaining to do!

As seen on Crooks & Liars on 3/27/17: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/03/representative-nunes-has-got-some

The Daily Sabah, a Turkish daily newspaper, is reporting that disgraced former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn met with the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu on January 18th of this year. The breakfast meeting was held at Trump’s new Washington D.C. hotel. Cavusoglu even attended the inauguration just a few days later.

That’s all very interesting but, the real news is that the Daily Sabah is also reporting that a certain someone who is currently leading a congressional investigation into to the Trump administration was present as well – Representative Devin Nunes! The article gives no further information on why Nunes was there or what he may have said or done.

As yet we don’t know if this has anything to do with Nunes’ escapades this past week, but it’s raising some eyebrows for sure. As a member of the Trump transition team, it’s conceivable that he may have information on the campaign’s contacts with Russian agents or government officials. It’s even plausible that he may be one of the Trump advisers that was caught by the FBI in their surveillance of foreign officials.

Flynn wasn’t always so enamored with the Turkish dictator

As late as July of 2016, he could be heard criticizing Turkey’s president, Recep Erdogan, for turning our long time ally from a secular nation to a more Islamic one. Proof of this, according to the conspiracy loving Flynn, was that Erdogan had become “very close to Obama.”

Not that Flynn cared , but this was not true. Especially when it was Obama who cut off Erdogan’s cash cow, Iran. In 2013, the U.S. closed a loophole in the sanctions against Iran. This loophole had allowed Erdogan to trade gold for oil and gas with Iran. Contrary to Flynn’s propaganda, Obama was not considered a friend

Additionally, the Turkish president, his sons and his political allies were accused of profiting illegally from these trades. Erdogan responded by purging the police and judicial system. He fired thousands of police officers and reassigned judges and prosecutors who were involved in the investigations into his corruption. His main accuser was Muhammed Fethuallah Gulen, a well known Turkish iman and writer. Erdogan labeled Gulen a terrorist and demanded his arrest, forcing him to then flee to the U.S. Erdogan repeatedly requested the Obama administration return Gulen to Turkey, but Obama refused stating that it was a decision left up to the courts.

Flynn praises Erdogan

Flynn quickly changed his tune on president Erdogan in August 2016. Documents filed with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) show that Flynn was hired and paid $530,000 to obtain intelligence on Erdogan’s mortal enemy, Gulen. The contract extended from August 15, 2016 to November 16, 2016. Technically, as reported by the Daily Caller, he was not hired by the Turkish government. Instead Flynn was hired by the Inovo BV company which is owned by Ekim Alptekin, the chairman of the Turkish-American Business Council.

The fact that Flynn had an inside track to government officials and agencies was paramount to his hiring as can be seen in the FARA documents that stated the Flynn Intel Group was chosen because it was “…led by senior defense, diplomacy, development and intelligence professionals.”

FARA documents further indicated that:

“In early September 2016, Flynn Intel Group was invited by Mr. Alptekin to meet with a group of government officials from Turkey for the purpose of understanding better the political climate in Turkey at the time, as background for the project. Officials of Turkey attending the meeting on September 19, 2016 in New York were the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Mevlut Covusoglu – the same who attended the meeting in D.C.) and the Minister of Energy (Berat Albayrak – Erdogan’s son-in-law).”

We now know this meeting was also attended by former Director of the CIA, Woolsey who was acting as an advisor for the Flynn Intel Group. According to the Wall Street Journal this last week, Woolsey stated that the topic of conversation was how to get around the U.S. extradition laws and return Gulen to Turkey. It is not known what exactly they were planning, but “getting around extradition laws” makes one think they were investigating how they might kidnap Gulen.

Flynn planted propaganda in op-ed article

On Election Day, November 8, 2016, Flynn wrote an op-ed on the subject for The Hill. It is important to recall that at this time, no one knew he was under contract with Inovo BV. In this article, he argued for the U.S. to have better relations with Turkey and claimed that they were our “strongest ally against ISIS.” Whereas just four months prior he’d been claiming Erdogan and Obama were buddies, now he claimed Obama was being disrespectful to him by keeping Turkey at “arms length.”

Flynn’s op-ed continued into a nonsensical rant on how Gulen was a terrorist akin to the Muslim Brotherhood. He offered no evidence of his claims and referred to him as a “shady character.” He even went to far as to compare Gulen to Osama bin Laden stating, “From Turkey’s point of view, Washington is harboring Turkey’s Osama bin Laden.”

The Hill has since added an editor’s note to the article stating that Inovo BV reviewed the article before it was submitted to them. They further stated that Flynn never revealed he was under contract with Inovo BV.

It is absurd that Nunes is allowed to be on the investigative committee that is looking into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia when he was a member of the Trump transition team. We know what Flynn was doing at these meetings.

The question that remains: What was Devin Nunes doing there?