Joe Henry, is the National Vice President for the League of United Latin American Citizens based in Des Moines, Iowa. He is responsible for the twelve states that comprise the Midwest region of the LULAC.
- LULAC is the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization founded in 1929. A membership based organization with over 1,000 councils and 150,000 members throughout the United States. I am responsible for advocacy, awareness, civic engagement and education programs across the region.
In 2012, as state director for LULAC, Joe Henry worked with the ACLU to take on a 2-year battle against the Iowa Secretary of State who attempted to suppress the vote amongst Latinos and other minorities. He also led a successful 5-year statewide voter outreach effort that culminated in tens of thousands of additional registered Latino Voters, a first ever data base of identified registered Latino Voters and a record turnout of Latinos in the 2016 Iowa Presidential Caucuses.
Joe Henry is also a thirty-year veteran of the Communist Party USA. He serves on the party’s National Political Commission, the Communist Party body delegated to work with “progressive” Democrats to advance the communist agenda within the Democratic Party.
In 2014, Joe Henry was included on a list of “50 of Iowa’s makers and shakers for the Democratic presidential caucuses/”
- Henry, 58, is the state director for the League of United Latin American Citizens and a Des Moines real estate agent with lots of connections. He is sought after for advice on a niche market in Iowa politics: Hispanic voters.
Henry has also worked as executive director for Tobacco Free Iowa which was “funded by a national grant for the purpose of educating the public on the dangers of second hand smoke.”
He was also development director for environmental and land use group 1000 Friends of Iowa and Field Director for Iowans for Sensible Priorities, “a non profit to educate the public and the presidential candidates about (the) national budget.
- Staff position, working directly for the President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington DC. Other assignments included — field services, organizing, contract negotiations, community campaigns and division assignments.
By: Denise Simon | Founders Code
After her last little press conference trying to undo her political rhetoric in a really feeble attempt, it would seem Maxine Waters is running silent now.
Senator Chuck Schumer came out with a huge critical response to Maxine and rightly so. Then Nancy Pelosi issued a comment as well, although it was much more thin on substance.
But inbetween all of this, two interesting things happened.
- Judicial Watch came out with a hand delivered letter to the Chairman and Co-Chairman of the House Office of Congressional Ethics demanding that Waters be investigated and disciplined for her violation of House rules.
- Congressman Andy Biggs, R-AZ introduced a measure calling for Waters to apologize and to resign her position.
What we have going on is building chaos that cannot be denied. The Department of Homeland Security issued an internal memo advising agency employees to take all measures for increased individual security and to be prudent in all work and life activities.
Meanwhile, this rhetoric, the protests and confrontations are only growing and far beyond that of government employees.
Check out Chicago as a bar called Replay Lincoln Park has refused to allow or serve customers wearing MAGA hats, stating it wants to keep the establishment classy.
There are some interesting, but nasty tactics being used across the country. But this tells a bigger story. You see, protestors in D.C. are virtually stalking administration personnel and surrounding their homes. How about this wanted poster being handed out and taped to walls and elevators?
So meanwhile, check out the plans for example in New Jersey set for June 30.
“On June 30, politicians across the country will hear the outrage of the American people towards these policies,” said Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn Civic Action, one of the groups organizing the protests.
More than 400,000 people have RSVPed on social media that they plan to attend the events around the country, organizers said.
Other groups participating in the rallies and protests include American Civil Liberties Union, Greenpeace, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Education Association, YWCA and the Women’s March organization, which held a similar large national march and sister rallies around the country in January.
The Washington, D.C., rally will be held at 11 a.m. at Lafayette Square near the White House. Some New Jersey activists are organizing buses to attend the event.
Then it seems breastfeeding moms have been invited to be a part of the anti-Trump immigration policy.
Supreme Court decision, 5-4 on the Trump third version of the travel suspension has been handed down… expect more protests. The Supreme Court decision is here. Of note: “[T]he government has set forth a sufficient national security justification to survive rational basis review. We express no view on the soundness of the policy. We simply hold today that plaintiffs have not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of their constitutional claim,” Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority.
Roberts also dismissed arguments that the Supreme Court’s Japanese internment rulings had any bearing on the outcome of the lawfulness of the travel ban.
“Whatever rhetorical advantage the dissent may see in doing so, Korematsu has nothing to do with this case,” Roberts wrote. “The forcible relocation of U.S. citizens to concentration camps, solely and explicitly on the basis of race, is objectively unlawful and outside the scope of Presidential authority. But it is wholly inapt to liken that morally repugnant order to a facially neutral policy denying certain foreign nationals the privilege of admission.”
Days of Rage could still be upon the country. So, where is Maxine now? Has she deferred to Corey Booker or The Open Society Institute or Kamala Harris?
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) had the unmitigated gall to suggest this morning that Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch had been bribed to vote in support of President Trump’s travel ban, which stops unvetted refugees from countries that are hotbeds of terrorism from coming into the U.S. The Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision upholding President Trump’s “travel ban” as constitutional. Ellison stated that Gorsuch had “done what his paymasters sent him there to do,” Ellison told CNN. He was furious, calling the decision discriminatory and racist as usual.
“Today’s decision undermines the core value of religious tolerance on which America was founded,” Ellison said in his statement. “I am deeply disappointed that this ruling gives legitimacy to discrimination and Islamophobia.” “Our country has gone through some ugly days. The Supreme Court in the 1850s said that it was OK to own a black person, that was the Dred Scott decision. That decision hit the dust bin of history … and this one will too,” Ellison told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on “At This Hour.” “Discrimination and racism and hatred and religious bigotry is never going to be winning in the end,” Ellison said.
Currently, Ellison is the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee. He has announced he is leaving Congress to run for the attorney general spot in Minnesota. It can’t be soon enough in my book. This guy is incredibly deranged and dangerous. He’s a committed Islamist and communist. Earlier, he compared the decision in Trump v. Hawaii to the Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott decision, which upheld slavery in the pre-Civil War era, which is just patently ridiculous. There is so much stupidity and violence floating around these days it makes my head spin.
SCOTUS upholding Muslim/Travel ban is reminiscent of Taney Court’s Dred Scott decision, in which an partisan court reached a discriminatory holding to support a futile attempt at suppressing human dignity. The dustbin of history awaits this one too. https://t.co/FVSYJbbFVw
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) June 26, 2018
Ellison went on to expand on his criticism in a telephone interview with CNN’s Kate Bolduan, comparing the decision to Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which upheld racial segregation, as well as Korematsu v. United States (1844), which upheld the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II. This guy is just unhinged – Trump’s travel ban and the Japanese internment camps have absolutely nothing in common and he knows it.
“The Supreme Court has said that no matter how bad the discriminatory language is, before, during and after President Trump’s run and his service, as long as he puts a very thin veneer of national security on top of all that discrimination and racism, they will buy it,” Ellison said. “As long as a pig has some lipstick on it, it’s fine, and that is what they have said.”
Ellison added, “It just proves one thing: if you steal and rip off a Supreme Court justice, then you can try to jam any kind of nasty racist ugly policy you can down the throats of the American people.” He is of course referring to the fact that the Senate Republicans blocked the confirmation of then-President Barack Obama’s appointee, Merrick Garland. Obama nominated Garland after constitutional originalist and conservative Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in 2016. Instead, it was delayed until President Trump came into power and he chose Gorsuch to fill the seat in 2017.
Rep. Keith Ellison reacts to the travel ban ruling: “As long as [Trump] puts a very thin veneer of national security on top of all that discrimination and racism, they will buy it. In other words, as long as a pig has some lipstick on it, it's fine." https://t.co/TCZUC1dYCN pic.twitter.com/S4ad1mAa3z
— CNN (@CNN) June 26, 2018
“[Trump] has his Supreme Court tailor-made to his ugly philosophy, this partisan’s court,” Ellison later said. He added: “Gorsuch really should not be on the Supreme Court. In my view, he may be there, but he’s not there properly. You know, you can do that. I mean, you can jam in a Supreme Court by denying a sitting president their right to appoint the Supreme Court justice. That’s exactly what happened. And Gorsuch has done what his paymasters sent him there to do. And so it’s a shame, but I just know, and have deep faith, that the best impulses of this country are about liberty, about equality, about religious liberty and freedom, and we’re just not going to stop and we will prevail.” No, you won’t.
He also said that the Court majority had “tainted themselves,” but vowed to press ahead, politically: “We’re not daunted … Discrimination and racism will never win in the end. So we’re just — we’re fired up and pushing forward.” Good luck with that. “The people who believe in dignity of all people, who believe in freedom of faith and freedom of religion in America, we’re not going to stop fighting,” he continued. “In fact this is going to enliven us, this is going to inspire us to push even further and harder to establish the dignity of all people in this country. We’re not daunted here. We’re going to keep on pressing.” And we’ll keep fighting you all the way because what Ellison and his comrades want is not ‘dignity’, it is sheer Marxism.
Sounds like sour grapes to me. I’m thrilled that the Supreme Court validated Trump’s travel ban. It’s about damn time.
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Mauricelm-Lei Millere is a black radical extremist who also goes by the name Minister Mauricelm X. He’s the same guy who previously called for the killing of police officers after police fatally shot Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2016. He’s known better for being one of the founders of the African American Defense League. The other founder is former head of the New Black Panther Party, Malik Zulu Shabazz. You remember him right? The guy that wants to kill all ‘crackers’. That guy.
One alleged member of the African American Defense League was Micah Johnson, who fatally shot five and wounded nine other officers in a 2016 ambush in Dallas. “Millere is known for calling for violence against police specifically, on a regular basis,” Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, told the New York Times after Johnson’s ambush. “Usually after a high profile police-related shooting he takes to social media to encourage violence against police,” Segal added.
Which brings us to Millere’s latest call for violence. He is now summoning activists around the country to inflict revenge on Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania police officers, after the shooting death of 17 year-old Antwon Rose. Antwon was killed on June 19 by a police officer who conducted a traffic stop after the vehicle in question was tied to a non-lethal drive-by shooting. There is video of the encounter and it does not look good for the police. But I would also warn people that they don’t have the full story yet on this. What it looks like is that two or three young men were stopped and handcuffed and then proceeded to run away. At that point, it looks like Officer Michael Rosfeld shot Antwon in the back, killing him.
It does not appear that any suspect fired on the officers. Rose, who was a Woodland Hills High School honors student, was hit several times and died sometime later in a nearby hospital from three gunshot wounds. Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said that the incident was under investigation and Rosfeld was put on leave. That is standard procedure in a shooting these days. He also added that two guns were found in the vehicle after police executed a search.
After the shooting, there were days of protests and a great deal of rage in the black community. The protests are still going on this week. Dozens of protesters shut down traffic in downtown Pittsburgh during morning rush hour this morning in a continuing call for justice over the fatal police shooting of Antwon Rose, who was buried yesterday. Marchers have disrupted the city repeatedly in the week since Rose Jr. was killed by a white police officer in nearby East Pittsburgh.
On Saturday, Millere posted on Facebook a call to arms:
Dispatch To Pittsburgh Is Written In Blood and No Less!
Attention: To All Who Is Concerned!
We are on our way to Pittsburgh to apply the laws of an eye for an eye, in self-defense of our younger black brother, who was murdered hours earlier!
We have no alternative! We must kill the police, that are killing our black children & Families In Self-defense!
This police must not be allowed to live in peace/or War!
To All Black Nationalist, Gangstas, Featherweights, Heavyweights, Black Mercenaries, MS-13, Especially ETCs!
We have taken oaths of death before dishonor, to right the wrongs that are happening in our communities (both foreign and domestic)! I am enacting this Black Nationalist/Internationalist Oath Now!
We’re arriving to Pittsburgh to ‘Right This Wrong!’ We are coming to Pittsburgh ‘To Die If Necessary’ in Self-defense But ‘We Demand The Life of The Officer That Killed Our Younger Black Brother or Any Blue Life Will Do!
We Are Seriously Considering Instituting An Annual Purge Across America — Against All Racist White Organizations, All Racist White Police, And All Their Ignorant, Conformed, Black Coons/Goons, for the sins/killings that are being committed against our people (daily, monthly, annually) by such enemies (both foreign and domestic )!
We cannot/will not accept any less! We Will Die To Fulfill This Cause In Self-defense! May Allah Be With Us Until Whatever End!
A Police Cruiser attempts to push through the crowd as a rally shuts down Braddock Avenue a day after an East Hills Police Officer shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student during a traffic stop. @TribLIVE #AntwonRose pic.twitter.com/hJsCyUeJcP
— Andrew Russell (@RussBurgh) June 20, 2018
Why he hasn’t been detained for inciting violence against police officers, I have no idea. Michael Rosfeld, 30, had been on duty in East Pittsburgh, PA, for only three weeks and was only sworn in less than two hours before the incident, although he has been an officer in the region for seven years. Rosfeld had previously worked in Harmarville and for the University of Pittsburgh Police Department.
Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said last Wednesday that during the drive-by, the shooter fired nine .40 caliber rounds at the victim. The victim also returned fire. He also noted that, under Pennsylvania law, there are circumstances that permit officers to use lethal force on a fleeing suspect. It is allowed to prevent death or serious injury to an officer or another person or if the suspect has used or threatened violence or possesses a lethal weapon. However, as it stands right now, it doesn’t look like Antwon posed a threat and he was unarmed. There are a lot of unanswered questions here.
What isn’t at question is Millere and his New Black Panther Party comrades wanting to kill police officers. That needs to be stopped before it happens. The protests aren’t helping and the grieving mother isn’t either. Michelle Kenney said, “He murdered my son in cold blood,” referring to the police officer who shot him three times. Kenney sobbed, “I miss my baby… Every time you turn on the TV… It’s a young African American male shot by the police and you say, ‘I feel sorry for them’. But them is me. Them is him.” The mother said, “It was like he was taking out target practice on this young man’s back. He didn’t flinch, he didn’t say, ‘stop running’.” That will whip up the New Black Panthers and others into a murderous rage no matter what the facts are. Let’s hope justice is served here one way or the other and soon before more people die.
— Jizzy Gillespie (@serial1337) June 20, 2018
By: Kent Engelke | Capitol Securities
Led by technology, equities had their worst day since early April broaching key technical levels. According to Bloomberg, the Dow closed below its 200 day average for the first time in 500 days. Will the selling continue as second quarter earnings season quickly approaches?
Some are making the point the current selloff is unique given that profit estimates are rising. Several months ago, I opined the averages could fall even as earnings increase because of a change in monetary policy, specifically stating the impact as to when the yield of the six month treasury exceeds that of the S & P 500. Historically when this occurs, volatility rises. The six-month Treasury is today yielding 2.08% versus a 1.93% yield for the S & P 500.
Most attributed yesterday’s selloff to trade tensions. I too share this view, but also believe changing monetary policy is contributing to recent declines. Interest rates are the largest component of valuation formulas.
I must also write the largest dollar companies have the greatest impact upon the averages. When shares fall, the losses are magnified.
Bloomberg writes the proverbial four FANG stocks outpaced the market by 14 times this year and tumbled 3.8% yesterday, wiping out more than $70 billion in market value. In other words, the stocks that had the greatest performance thus far in 2018, suffered the greatest fall yesterday. Is this a harbinger of things to come?
I must write a $70 billion decline is a rounding error as the four companies mentioned are worth over $2.4 trillion.
What will happen today?
Last night the foreign markets were mixed. London was up 0.57%, Paris was up 0.40% and Frankfurt was up 0.18%. China was down 0.52%, Japan was up 0.02% and Hang Sang was down 0.28%.
The Dow should open nervously flat. Oil is higher on supply concerns. There is a growing consensus that OPEC, et.al. cannot meet demand because of lack of infrastructure spending, geopolitical strife and unplanned outages. Six weeks ago, the consensus was the inverse… supplies would again overwhelm demand. The 10-year is unchanged at 2.88%.
By: Thomas A. Stern | Self-Educated American
Social media is an interesting place for friends to sort out issues… and for folks who’re not so friendly. That said, I remember reading how families fought on either side, North and South, during the Civil War. Maybe that’s the purpose of Facebook; to sort out what we’re willing to stand up for… or is it simply a distraction, something to waste time that could have been spent more productively?
This entry sparked some interesting comments, “What if, hear me out here, not every policy with which you don’t agree is morally equivalent to the policies of the worst mass murderers in history?”
The political spectrum, unlike white light separated through a prism into equal bands of visible light; …the political spectrum has become loaded left and right with almost nothing discernable in the middle. Folks are pretty sure that anyone who doesn’t agree with their particular ideology are direct descendants of Satan or consider them so dense as to have fallen off the proverbial turnip truck in the last twenty-four hours.
The image selected is from Pink Floyd’s, Dark Side of the Moon, album.
One of my Friends, more adversarial in nature; but generally civil during discussions…where was I… My friend leans toward socialism as he’s the beneficiary of near total indoctrination by schools pretending to educate young minds. I on the other hand believe in our constitutional republic as originally founded and would love to see our nation return, at least incrementally, toward such a lofty goal.
While exchanging ideas my friend boasted about how much better some socialist countries in Europe treated their citizens (subjects) and how Americans should consider moving in that direction.
My response, omitting his name out of respect for his privacy, “…there is no such thing as a socialist country that respects individual God given inalienable rights. While there are some that infringe on them less than others, the constitutional republic established by our founders with Divine intervention is by far much more desirable. How about we, as individuals, how about we work at restoring that “more perfect union” rather than seeking a replacement.”
His flippant response bothered me, enough to pursue and expand on the topic, and yet I’ve considered his attitude on other important issues as, “Well, that’s just the way he expresses his sarcasm”; but I fear it’s much deeper than sarcasm, he must really feel this way.
“There is no such thing as God given inalienable rights. Those are words written by men to comfort other men. They do not necessarily comfort me. Replace divine intervention with French intervention, and you may be getting somewhere.”
My friend thinks our founding documents are nothing but fancy words intended to make simple minded folks (that would be me… and anyone else who falls for this nonsense), words intended to make us feel better.
It’s far more than a casual rewrite of history. If you don’t believe that we have a nation whose foundation started with God given inalienable rights then nothing, and I mean nothing America stands for is legitimate.
All those precious God given rights; to include freedom of speech, freedom to peacefully assemble, freedom from unwarranted searches, the right to own and bear arms…these are nothing more than government entitlements which are determined by which political party happens to be in power.
Everything I believe tells me that my friend is mistaken. I’m fairly certain my point of view is lost on him; but I’ll share some of my reasons anyway.
J. Ruben Clark, a President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, stated:
“We may first observe that communism and socialism – which we shall hereafter group together and dub Statism – cannot live with Chistianity nor with any religion that postulates a Creator such as the Declaration of Independence recognizes. The slaves of Statism must know no power, no authority, no source of blessing, no God, but the State…” (Church News, September 25, 1949, pp. 2, 15.)
David O. Mckay, another President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, recorded a similar warning:
“Communism is antagonistic to the American way of life. Its avowed purpose is to destroy belief in God and free enterprise. In education for citizenship, therefore, why should we not see to it that every child in America is taught the superiority of our way of life, of our Constitution and the sacredness of the freedom of the individual. Such definite instruction is not in violation of either the federal or the state constitution. . .” (Treasures of Life, pp. 501-503.)
My friend isn’t simply disregarding my political philosophy; he’s discounting the foundations of our nation along with our inseparable ties to our Creator, the individual we know as the Word, the Son of God, our Savior and all that is associated with Christianity.
In the Book of Mormon there’s an individual named Korihor, found in Alma 30. He came to mind as I reviewed the comment thread. This is not a good thing for my friend if you’re familiar with how it played out for this particular non-believer.
Korihor was gifted in language skills and went about tearing down the foundations of society by telling folks they were ignorant fools for going along with the nonsense that was being foisted off on them. He did such a good job that a prophet of God was sent to confront him, to challenge the false teachings in order that the people would be saved from going down the path to hell.
In the end, Korihor was forced to admit that he knew all along that God did indeed exist, that everything testified of His blessing and being involved in the lives of the people. He’d been duped by Satan and had to face the consequences of his actions. I’ve provided a link if you’d like to get more then my Cliff Notes version of this important lesson.
I’ll finish with a quote by J. Edgar Hoover, yet another warning to Korihor’s followers of today:
“This nation is face to face with the greatest danger ever to confront it, a sinister and deadly conspiracy, which can be conquered only by an alert, informed citizenry. It is indeed appalling that some members of our society continue to deplore and criticize those who stress the communist danger. Public indifference to this threat is tantamount to national suicide. Lethargy leads only to disaster. Knowledge of the enemy, alertness to the danger, everyday patriotism are the brick and mortar with which we can build an impregnable fortress against communism.” (Conference Report, April 1962, p. 125.)
By: Renee Nal | New Zeal
Laurence Key of Stuart, Florida threatened U.S. Rep. Brian Mast’s kids in a call that resulted in his arrest on June 18. Key, a very active democrat as illustrated on his social media pages contacted the Congressman’s office threatening to kill the Congressman’s children because of President Trump’s immigration policies.
“I’m going to find the congressman’s kids and kill them, If you are going to separate kids at the border, I’m going to kill his kids,” as reported at a local news outlet. According to court documents, Key called Mast’s office 478 times. He also contacted the offices of Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson Monday.
Based on his Twitter, Laurence Key is a hard-core democrat, following accounts such as Right Wing Watch, Obama’s Organizing for Action, ThinkProgress and the official Twitter account of the Democratic Party.
Key claims on Facebook that he attended a meeting and directly spoke with former Miami mayor Philip Levine, who is currently running for governor.
Levine tweeted about that meeting, as well.
In Martin County last night, I promised residents I won’t take a penny from Big Sugar, the @NRA, or any group that hurts our environment or our safety. When I’m Governor, our environment won’t be for sale any longer—it will be protected and preserved! https://t.co/5vAcjmKcBO
— Mayor Philip Levine (@MayorLevine) April 4, 2018
This story, unsurprisingly, has not been picked up by CNN.