Already Broke Cities and States Pour Money into Illegal Immigrant Defense Funds

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The Electoral College drama has ended and Donald Trump is the next president of the United States. Turns out it was much ado about nothing, as there were few surprises. Now it’s on to the implementation of his agenda, and whether his actions will match his campaign and post-election rhetoric.

Front and center of his agenda items will, or should be what brought him to the dance in the first place. I’m speaking of course of illegal immigration. He must build the wall, which he says construction will commence in March, 2017. The other issue will be to begin deportation of illegals.

Although he will get pushback over construction of the wall, it won’t be nearly as virulent as the deportation issue. After all, we get can’t really put a face to the wall, which liberal groups will surely do regarding deportation. The Trump administration had better be prepared for a fight, as cities and states across the country are already preparing what they are calling, “Immigration Defense Funds.”

Cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, as well as the States of California and New York intend to flood these “funds” with tens of millions of dollars – money which none of them have. read more

Podcast – The FBI is as Corrupt as All the Rest – San Francisco Keeps its Open-Air Urinal

James Comey, Director of the FBI, has evidently sold his soul to the Obama administration. The days of an independent Federal Bureau of Investigation are over. Comey has joined forces with Obama and Hillary Clinton to obstruct bringing Hillary to justice. By making side deals and destroying evidence, Comey has ceased to America’s top cop and has now become part of Hillary’s defense team.

A Christian Group in San Francisco filed a lawsuit against the city to remove an open-air urinal from a popular park. The pissoir, as it is called, was installed in Dolores Park in an attempt to stop individuals from relieving themselves pretty much everywhere else. The Christian group says its smell bad and is generally offensive. A judge did not agree. read more

San Francisco P.D. has a Sense of Humor – the Left Does Not

Here is yet another example of the left and their complete lack of a sense of humor. The San Francisco police posted a photo in their newsletter asking: “Maybe it’s time we all just sit back and tone down the rhetoric.” The photo is of a couple of … well, just watch the short video below.

After watching, you’ll agree that the left is simply unable to laugh at anything anymore – except for any misfortune which may befall anyone on the right.
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Podcast – A Win For the Anti-Gun Left – The Feminisation of Special Warfare

In segment One of the podcast, I discuss the closing of the last gun shop in San Francisco. The have finally had it with the persecution of their shop by the Marxists in charge of the city.

In segment Two, I discuss yet another branch of our military’s special warfare to cave to pressure of the Obama administrations social experimentation. This time it’s the Navy SEALs – and you won’t believe what has been discovered about those two “heroic” female Rangers. read more

As the Right Wins On Illegals – The Left Will become More Unhinged

by: the Common Constitutionalist

One way to gauge how the upcoming presidential election is going is to track the lefts actions regarding illegal immigration. If they sense a victory for the Democrat (or even a squishy Republican), we’re likely to see the status quo continue. But it’s when the “right” (or wrong, depending on your perspective) Republican starts gaining momentum, gaining support from voters – this is when the left will start freaking out and ramping up the hysteria with not only outrageous claims against the right, but proposed preemptive legislative action.

So, rather than relying on polls and pundits to tell us who is winning, and how to think of what’s been said or done, watch for the actions of the left. Watch what they do – follow their wacky legislative proposals, not just nationally, but within majority democrat states.

This is how we should gauge the mood of the left. This is how we tell whether they think they are winning or losing. And, at least so far, it appears they believe they are losing on the issue of illegals. Case in point.

There are more than 200 sanctuary cities and counties in the United States “that protect criminal aliens from deportation.” These jurisdictions have “policies, laws, executive orders, or regulations that impede open communication and information exchanges” between local, state and federal law enforcement. read more

Same-Sex Marriage vs. Illegal Immigration – A Challenge to the Left

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Regarding same-sex marriage, the Knoxville Sun Sentinel  wrote: “In a historic decision, a sharply divided US Supreme Court on Friday extended the right to marry gays and lesbians. The 5-4 decision immediately wiped out Tennessee’s constitutional definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. All states now must license and recognize same-sex marriages. Gov. Bill Haslam and state Atty. Gen. Herbert Slatery, though expressing dismay at the outcome, pledge to abide by the decision.”

Many states have said something similar. “Once the Supreme Court has ruled, it’s order is the law of the land,’ Georgia Atty. Gen. Sam Olens wrote. As such, Georgia will follow the law and adhere to the ruling of the court.” And Arkansas Atty. Gen. Leslie Rutledge wrote that, “I am disappointed that the justices have chosen to ignore the role of the states to define marriage. The justices have issued a decision, and that decision must be followed.”

So it appears most of the remaining holdout states are falling in line. But one isn’t, and that one is Texas. “A judge-based edict that is not based in the law,” is how Texas Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton  described the Supreme Court ruling. read more

Book Store Closes Due To Minimum Wage Hike

The following is a news release from Borderland Books in San Francisco explaining why they must close up shop after 18 years in business.

Borderlands Books to Close in March

In 18 years of business, Borderlands has faced a number of challenges.  The first and clearest was in 2000, when our landlord increased our rent by 100% and we had to move to our current location on Valencia Street.  All of the subsequent ones have been less clear-cut but more difficult.  The steady movement towards online shopping, mostly with Amazon, has taken a steady toll on bookstores throughout the world and Borderlands was no exception.  After that and related to it, has been the shift towards ebooks and electronic reading devices.  And finally the Great Recession of 2009 hit us very hard, especially since we had just opened a new aspect to the business in the form of ourcafe.But, through all those challenges, we’ve managed to find a way forward and 2014 was the best year we’ve ever had.  The credit for that achievement goes to the fine and extraordinary group of people who have come together to work here.  Their hard work, combined with the flawless execution and attention to detail provided by Jude Feldman, Borderlands’ General Manager, is the reason we’ve succeeded for these past 18 years.Throughout the years we’ve managed to plan for the problems that we could predict and, when we couldn’t plan for them, we’ve just worked our asses off to get through.  Overall, Borderlands has managed to defeat every problem that has come our way.  At the beginning of 2014, the future of the business looked, if not rosy, at least stable and very positive.  We were not in debt, sales were meeting expenses and even allowing a small profit, and, perhaps most importantly, the staff and procedures at both the bookstore and the cafe were well established and working smoothly.

So it fills us with sorrow and horror to say that we will be closing very soon.

In November, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly passed a measure that will increase the minimum wage within the city to $15 per hour by 2018.  Although all of us at Borderlands support the concept of a living wage in principal and we believe that it’s possible that the new law will be good for San Francisco — Borderlands Books as it exists is not a financially viable business if subject to that minimum wage.  Consequently we will be closing our doors no later than March 31st.  The cafe will continue to operate until at least the end of this year.

Many businesses can make adjustments to allow for increased wages.  The cafe side of Borderlands, for example, should have no difficulty at all.  Viability is simply a matter of increasing prices.  And, since all the other cafes in the city will be under the same pressure, all the prices will float upwards.  But books are a special case because the price is set by the publisher and printed on the book.  Furthermore, for years part of the challenge for brick-and-mortar bookstores is that companies like Amazon.com have made it difficult to get people to pay retail prices.  So it is inconceivable to adjust our prices upwards to cover increased wages.

The change in minimum wage will mean our payroll will increase roughly 39%.  That increase will in turn bring up our total operating expenses by 18%.  To make up for that expense, we would need to increase our sales by a minimum of 20%.  We do not believe that is a realistic possibility for a bookstore in San Francisco at this time.

The other obvious alternative to increasing sales would be to decrease expenses.  The only way to accomplish the amount of savings needed would be to reduce our staff to: the current management (Alan Beatts and Jude Feldman), and one other part-time employee.  Alan would need to take over most of Jude’s administrative responsibilities and Jude would work the counter five to six days per week.  Taking all those steps would allow management to increase their work hours by 50-75% while continuing to make roughly the same modest amount that they make now (by way of example, Alan’s salary was $28,000 last year).  That’s not an option for obvious reasons and for at least one less obvious one — at the planned minimum wage in 2018, either of them would earn more than their current salary working only 40 hours per week at a much less demanding job that paid minimum wage.

Although the major effects of the increasing minimum wage won’t be felt for a while, we’ve chosen to close now instead of waiting for two reasons.  First, the minimum wage has already increased from $10.74 per hour to $11.05 (as of January 1st) and it will increase again on May 1st to $12.25.  Continuing to pay the higher wage without any corresponding increase in income will expend the store’s cash assets.  In essence, the store will have less money (or inventory) six months from now, so closing sooner rather than later makes better business sense.  But more importantly, keeping up our morale and continuing to serve our customers while knowing that we are going to close has been very painful for all of us over the past three months.  Continuing to do so for even longer would be horrible.  Far better to close at a time of our choosing, keep everyone’s sorrow to a minimum, and then get on with our lives.

Some of you may be wondering, what can I do to help?  Honestly, the best thing that you can do for us is — come in and buy books!  We’ve got an awful lot of damn good ones and we’d love to see every single one go to someone who appreciates it before we close.  We’re also going to be selling all our shelves and other fixtures.  It would make us very happy to know that our hand-built shelves were going to sit in the living room of someone who was a customer of ours and who appreciates their history.  And finally, if you’re looking for a way to remember Borderlands (and you already have enough shelves and books — crazy though that idea is) — we’re having hooded sweatshirts made with our logo and “1997 – 2015” on them. Once we’re closed, there’ll never be another place to get them again. We’ll have those in by the middle of February.

But, more importantly than coming in and buying stuff, please come in and say, “Hi”.  The best thing about this business has been our customers and we’re going to miss you all (well, most of you at least <grin>).  But please do be considerate of us; we all understand that finding that we’re closing may be sad and upsetting but remember — it’s even harder for us. Borderlands was our livelihood, our pride & joy, and, for many of us, it was a big part of what defined us.  Although we understand your feeling of loss, it is dwarfed by what we are feeling. So come in, give us your best wishes, and try to be cheerful.  Everything changes and everything ends.  We did a hell of a job for a long time and now it’s time for us to do something else.

Some of you reading this probably have questions popping into your minds — Is there a way to keep Borderlands open?  What alternatives have you considered?  What about moving out of SF?  What is going to happen to the cafe?  Is the business for sale?  And so on.  Before asking us your questions, please wait for a week.  We’ll be sending out and posting updates frequently over the next week or so and those updates will probably answer most of your questions.  We will also be holding a public meeting in the cafe at seven P. M. on Thursday, February 12th. We’ll be on hand to answer questions and moderate a discussion about alternatives to closing the store.  Although we do not believe that any viable alternative exists, we also think that we have a very smart and imaginative group of customers.  It is not impossible that we’ve missed a potential solution, and so we want an opportunity to hear your thoughts.

Thank you all for your support, business, and friendship over these last 18 years.  This has been the best job that any of us has ever had and we’re very grateful to you for giving us the chance to do it.