The Greatest Thinkers Knew Gold Is Real, Paper isn’t worth the paper it is printed on!

Thomas Jefferson (portrait by Rembrandt Peale)

What if the gold standard is not an antique but, rather, a “timeless classic” (as termed in a speech by Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann in September 2012)?  High tech guru George Gilder deploys cutting-edge science to show why this is so, based on Shannon information theory. Gilder’s analysis is neither eccentric nor anomalous.

The intellectual pedigree of the classical gold standard runs through two of the greatest scientists in history: Copernicus and Newton. Nicolas Copernicus, in his Essay on the Minting of Money eloquently lays out the scientific foundations of the classical gold standard. (Full disclosure, I served as co-editor of a modern translation, by classicist Gerald Malsbary, published by Laissez Faire Books and recently republished by Cognella as part of a splendid compilation of source documents in classical economics in The Monetary Foundations of the Macroeconomy Volume 1 edited by Thomas Rustici, James Caton, Dima Shamoun, and Ted Shamoun).

Sir Isaac Newton, as Master of the Royal Mint of Great Britain, created what became the modern classical gold standard. This was a fact well known by President Jefferson, as astutely noted by Dr. Judy Shelton in erudite commentary to her definitive edition of Jefferson’s Notes on the Establishment of A Monetary Unit. Under the Newtonian gold standard, with variants, the world economy thrived for almost 200 years.

The gold standard also was one of the few things that both Jefferson, and his arch-rival in Washington’s cabinet, Alexander Hamilton, fully agreed. The gold standard’s intellectual provenance, both in deep scientific history and among the founders of America, really is impeccable.

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Copernicus and Newton, of course, are figures from the deep past. Jefferson, slightly more contemporary, was extolled by President Kennedy at a dinner honoring Nobel Prize winners when he greeted them as “the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

Copernicus and Newton, timeless classics, remain appropriately revered as two of the greatest members of the scientific pantheon. Their discoveries — Heliocentricity, and the Three Laws of Motion — remain central to science. Old does not equal atavistic.  Now let’s get modern.

It is less paradoxical than might superficially appear that George Gilder comes forward to exalt the scientific foundations of the classical gold standard. Gilder does so by drawing deeply upon modern Shannon information theory, work foundational to the high tech revolution very much alive and well.

So, a leading high-tech public intellectual attests to the ultra-modernity of the gold standard. Gilder, also known as the living author most quoted by President Reagan, went on to high tech iconic thought leader status as the author of Microcosm, Telecosm, The Silicon Eye, and Knowledge and Power among other highly-regarded works.

Gilder now presents a brilliant monograph, The 21st Century Case for Gold: A New Information Theory of Money. In it he explores at greater depth some of the thoughts he first broached in a key chapter of his influential Knowledge and Power. The 21st Century Case for Gold: A New Information Theory of Money was commissioned by the American Principles Project (whose sister organization I professionally advise).  He therein explodes the pernicious myth of the gold standard as an atavism.

In 106 lucid pages, Gilder magisterially demystifies money. A very few choice excerpts:

The economy is not fundamentally an incentive system, it is an information system. Manipulating money cannot create growth, and it distorts the information economic actors need to acquire the learning that alone is wealth-creation.

Growth in wealth stems . . . from the progress of learning. It is accomplished by entrepreneurs conducting falsifiable experiments of enterprise, with the outcomes measurable by reliable money.”

Claude Shannon “resolved that all information is most essentially surprise. Unless messages are unexpected, they do not convey new information.” But “[i]f a carrier is to bear surprising contents, it must itself be unsurprising.” That is what makes it possible to distinguish the signal from the noise.

In economics money is part of the conduit or carrier. If money is to foster learning and knowledge, it cannot itself be surprising. . . . money must be the measure, rather than what is measured.”

Gilder is unusual, but not unique, among tech leaders in his regard for gold. No less than Peter Thiel in an interview observed:

If you really wanted to create an alternate currency, it would have to be gold-based,” he says. “There are enough people who already believe in gold that you could probably get it to the tipping point. Starting completely from scratch is a lot harder to do. I have a lot more thoughts, but I’d say—you probably want to go with gold.”

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In the hands of Copernicus, Newton, and Shannon as channeled by Gilder, money becomes simple and intuitive.  Gilder gives us the real thing: science. In The 21st Century Case for Gold: A New Information Theory of Money, George Gilder, true to his title, lays out a compelling 21st century case for the gold standard. Gilder reveals anew the gold standard’s deep scientific foundation. Buy a copy on old fashioned paper in better bookstores everywhere or download it and read it.

Delight in a very modern, scientific, demystification of money and discussion of why the classical gold standard repeatedly has proved itself beneficial.   With The 21st Century Case for Gold: A New Information Theory of Money George Gilder well may have delivered his next game changer.

 

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The newest Obamacare fail: Penalties of $36,500 per worker! THE IRS MONEY GRAB!

” Internal Revenue Service penalty is not written into the Obamacare law.”

Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Opinion: The newest Obamacare fail: penalties of $36,500 per worker

Published: July 23, 2015 12:50 p.m. ET

The Internal Revenue Service swoops in with a money grab

By
Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Columnist

Hey, employers, don’t even think about reimbursing your workers’ health-insurance premiums.

Beginning this month, the IRS can levy fines amounting to $100 per worker per day or $36,500 per worker per year, with a maximum of $500,000 per firm.

This Internal Revenue Service penalty is not written into the Obamacare law. The amount is over 12 times the statutory amount in the Affordable Care Act of $3,000 per worker per year. That is what an employer is charged when one of its employees gets subsidized care on one of the health-care exchanges. It’s 18 times the $2,000 penalty for not offering adequate health insurance.

The $100 fine is applicable not only to large firms, but also those with fewer than 50 workers that are exempt from the $2,000 and $3,000 employer penalties. Firms with one worker are exempt. The penalty for S-corporations will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. The new rule is broad, sweeping and overly punitive.

This new IRS penalty does not assist in the ACA’s stated goal of expanding health insurance in the United States. Rather, it does the opposite. It discourages people from finding and purchasing the insurance that suits them. It also discourages companies from hiring. Consider that 14% of businesses that do not offer group health insurance have some sort of arrangement to reimburse their employees for insurance costs, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.

Small employers with a workforce of between 50 and 100 employees are required to offer the more expensive ‘essential health benefits.’

The administration should be encouraging employers to take on more labor, because many capable people are sitting on the sidelines. On the day after the IRS rule took effect, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its Employment Situation Report for June 2015. The report showed that U.S. labor-force participation had declined to a new low, 62.6%, equivalent to levels in October 1977. The drop included prime-age workers, those between 25 and 55, who are normally in the labor market because they generally have finished school and have not yet retired.

Rep. Charles Boustany, a Republican from Louisiana, has introduced the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act of 2015, and Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, has a companion bill in the Senate (S.1697). The bills would allow small businesses to use pre-tax dollars to assist employees purchasing insurance in the individual market.

Why has the IRS taken this extreme view? If the employer reimburses an employee for health-insurance premiums, this arrangement is described as an employer-payment plan. The employer-payment plan is considered by the IRS to be a group health plan that has to meet the conditions of Affordable Care Act insurance, including the prohibition on annual limits for essential health benefits and the requirement to provide certain preventive care without cost sharing.

MarketWatch columnist Bill Bischoff explains the new rule as follows. “Employer-payment arrangements have long been a popular way for small employers to help workers obtain health coverage without the hassle and expense of furnishing a full-fledged company health-insurance plan. Under an employer-payment arrangement, the employer reimburses participating employees for premiums paid for their individual health-insurance policies or pays the premiums directly on behalf of participating employees.”

Small employers with a workforce of between 50 and 100 employees are required to offer the more expensive “essential health benefits,” including hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental-health and substance-use disorder services, and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.

In contrast, large employers, those with more than 100 workers, do not have to meet all the generous standards for health-insurance plans offered on the state exchanges, but can offer lesser health insurance and still avoid penalties. The “minimum essential coverage” that large employers have to offer to comply with the law turns out to be substantially less generous than the “essential health benefits” required for plans sold to individuals and small businesses by insurance companies.

Of course, not all employers will choose low-benefit plans. In order to retain workers, many large employers are likely to offer generous plans, and offset the cost by paying a lower cash wage. Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that benefits account for 32% of compensation packages, with cash wages responsible for the remainder. However, low-benefit plans are likely to be attractive to employers with low-skill workforces in the restaurant, retail, and leisure and hospitality industries.

Although large employers can legally offer low-benefit plants, small employers are not allowed to do so. This leads to an extraordinary discrepancy in potential tax payments between small and large employers. Hence, they face both higher costs for insurance and higher tax penalties if they fail to offer such insurance.

The Boustany-Grassley bill is focused on small businesses, but it makes sense to allow individuals in large companies to choose less expensive options. Health-insurance premiums are rising substantially. Oregon’s health-insurance commissioner has just approved raises of 25% to 33% for Moda Health Plan and Lifewise, affecting over 220,000 people. Other health-insurance companies nationwide are asking for increases in the same range, and insurance commissioners are deciding whether to approve them.

Even the least expensive plans on the health exchanges, termed bronze plans, feature deductibles that are prohibitive for many. The average deductible on a bronze plan is $5,000 for a single person and $11,000 for a family, according to HealthPocket, a research firm.

Businesses need to take a stand against this new IRS power grab. As Americans search for low-cost ways to stay insured, it makes sense for the government to give employers more options, rather than fewer.
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A Veterans Letter to McCain: TRUMP IS RIGHT

Trump is right!  “… McCain was “extremely disrespectful to the thousands upon thousands of people, many of whom happen to be his constituents, that came to listen to me speak about illegal immigration in Phoenix last week by calling them ‘crazies.’”
“Crazies” was, in fact, a term McCain used in response to Trump’s Phoenix rally, during which the Republican presidential contender invited a man whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant to join him on stage, doubling down on the crusade against illegal immigration…”

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Dear Naomi, 
Please tell the senator that I would wish he not run for office ever again. Please give him a copy of this letter-it is meant for him, even though you are the only one I know that can reach him.
I will not vote for him, and many of my veteran buddies will no longer do so either. There are many reasons for this, but the biggest is that he has incompetent advisers. If that is not the case, as he gets older he is developing some problems with his thinking ability!
As a fellow Vietnam veteran with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star I do respect his military service. However, I might be crazy, but the millions of other people backing  Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Ben Carson are not. 
I’m sick of all of the politicians-among the crop of politicians only Cruz (and a few others) have the balls to stand up for America and the American Citizen.  Both Carson and Trump are real people that have had to have real life experiences with all of the struggles the politicians stick us with.
Trump is 100% correct when he says, “ McCain was “extremely disrespectful to the thousands upon thousands of people, many of whom happen to be his constituents, that came to listen to me speak about illegal immigration in Phoenix last week by calling them ‘crazies.’”
I realize Mr and Mrs McCain and their family do not have to shop were we regular people do, but when Arizona passed laws that reinforced the federal laws to protect all the citizens of all ethnic backgrounds from the illegal alien, our shops once again became normal with relative clean rest rooms, and the display shelves neat and not strewn into disarray.  After Obama and Holder took our states rights away by letting the illegal alien resume his infiltration of our state, everything sucks again!
I challenge the senator and his wife to come to our Ross’s in Prescott and find it neat after the hordes of illegals come through.
I realize much of south of the border do not have flush toilets, but why won’t the smugglers (or the respective embassies) tell their charges about flushing a toilet. Most adult American citizens whether black, hispanic or white flush!  Why can’t the illegal?
I’m not sure I can blame the illegals from Mexico.  After many trips to Encinitas, Plaza Santa Maria and Tijuana (as well as Mexico City and Ixtapan), the people were always pleasant, and all of the places I frequented were like  places in the USA, having flush toilets!?!  So either Trump was correct again, when he said Mexico sends its worst, or else these illegals causing the problem are from other parts of the world?
I don’t want to bring up the murders, the drunken “illegal” drivers, the “illegal” wrong-way drivers and the rapes and child molestations by “illegals” Neither do I want to bring up the 650,000 crimes committed in Texas, alone, by “illegals.”  Just know the senator’s claim that Americans are crazy for agreeing with Trump, shows he is the most out of touch person for not knowing what is going on in his realm of responsibility, the state of Arizona!
One final thought: We the people are not blind  We see the charade you establishment rupugnants are pulling.  Ted Cruz needs to run the senate! Obviously, Obama has some dirt on McConnell because Obama gets everything he wants from him and Boner or Bohner or however he spells his weak-kneed name.  I can’t believe his father ran a bar.  He is such a pussy!
You political shysters can come after me if you want.  I have nothing, so I have nothing to lose!  Also, if you do come after me there is about 20 or 30 million more of me that are sick and tired of watching this willing destruction of our once great nation!  Either open your eyes and do what we elected you to do, or get out of the way so someone with brains and balls can start to fix this mess most in the senate and house OF BOTH PARTIES created!
I thank God for the Ben Carson’s, Don Trump’s, Ted Cruz’s and the handful of others that are trying to save our country while the demonrats and repugnants are selling out our beloved America!  In the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Sincerely,
Al Battista
PS
Yes! I’m mad.  My Italian relatives have been fighting for the USA since WW I, All of my uncles paid a price in WW II. My greatest uncle fought with Patton during WW II, then paid the ultimate price in Korea.  My blood was minimal in Vietnam, mostly because, as Trump said, “it was a stupid war!” That war was won 4 times by the American troops and their Vietnamese allies.  Stupid politicians threw those 4 victories away just like Obama threw our Iraq victory away!  Do you understand why we no longer want stupid politicians running things.  That is why we need Ben Carson and Don Trump!  WE WILL TAKE ANYBODY, WITH LIFE EXPERIENCE, THAT IS NOT A SLICK, SMOOTH TALKING POLITICIAN!
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Democrats Want Fraud to Run Amok in Obamacare!

A lesson in Media Fraud:  Note the difference between my headline above, and the one used by AP below.  Both are biased.  If you just look at the one saying dems want fraud, you think they are all a bunch of crooks.  If you just saw the one below, you would think “Oh, those repubs are trying to hurt Obama again!” 

If you call AP out on this they will say, “Look at the sub-headline.” “Probe Finds Phony Applicants Got Health Benefits!” They would point to that saying, “See we let our readers know there is more to the story than what the headline infers.” However, they know the majority never read past the main headline.

Anyway, here is the article.  Make sure you read between the biased lines of these liberal, Obama propagandists.

Democrats decry undercover probe of HealthCare.gov

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Probe Finds Phony Applicants Got Health Benefits!

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Democrats pushed back Thursday against an undercover government probe of President Barack Obama’s health care law, saying it didn’t uncover any real fraud.

Investigators for the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office signed up 11 bogus beneficiaries for 2014 coverage then got HealthCare.gov to continue benefits this year for all but one.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said these were “fictitious cases” and the GAO investigators themselves admit the findings can’t be translated to the 10 million people getting subsidized coverage through the law’s health insurance markets. Wyden spoke at a Finance Committee hearing on the investigation.

But GAO’s audits chief Seto Bagdoyan said the investigation exposed real concerns. He said it was relatively easy for GAO’s fictitious characters to get and keep coverage, even to get reinstated after HealthCare.gov terminated them. HealthCare.gov seems to put a higher priority on getting people covered than on verifying they are legally entitled to benefits, Bagdoyan said.

Democrats have no tolerance for fraud, but “the report up for discussion today is not about any real-world fraud,” Wyden said. “Not one of them was a real person who filed taxes or got medical services. No fast-buck fraudster got a government check sent to their bank account.”

Bagdoyan said GAO is continuing its work on the strength of HealthCare.gov’s antifraud controls, but his preliminary conclusion is that the administration’s main focus is to get as many people signed up as possible. “As of now, the balance would probably favor access over program integrity,” he said.

For example, the investigation found that HealthCare.gov’s document-processing contractor is not charged with deterring fraud beyond looking for papers that appear to have been altered. “They are not tasked to look for fraud,” Bagdoyan said, adding: “We do have concerns about the flags we’ve detected.”

The law’s subsidies for premiums get paid directly to insurers, not individual policyholders. But health insurance is a valuable product in and of itself, with the cost of employer-sponsored family coverage averaging close to $17,000 a year.

Opponents of Obama’s health care law don’t need much prodding to recite its flaws, real or imagined. But GAO’s findings aren’t pure make-believe, said Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind.

“Sure it’s fictitious,” Coats said. “But if this isn’t an alarm bell … I don’t know what is.”

GAO is the investigative agency of Congress.

The facts prove that it is easy to defraud Obama’s unaffordable health care.

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Cash Will Soon to Be Outlawed! How to Protect Yourself from the War on Cash?

Is the U.S. Government Waging War on Cash?

Will cash be Outlawed? Denmark is Moving in that Direction.

Does the U.S. government views money as an enemy? How else can you explain their actions?

Recently, the FBI raided two legitimate businesses: a gun shop, taking everything they had and a convenience store where they took more than $100,000 from their bank account. Their  “crime”? Making  cash deposits in excess of $10,000.

These are not isolated cases. The government uses civil asset forfeiture laws to steal  money from law-abiding Americans on a regular basis.

Does the Government Hate Cash? Would outlawing cash Fulfill the dream of a cashless society?

All governments hate cash because it’s impossible to control, hard to track and easier to hide from the taxman.

The Feds punish cash with it’s civil asset forfeiture laws. They call it “policing for profit”. (Not your profit)

States use other methods. Even “so-called” conservative governors (who should know better), such as Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal put into effect a law that OUTLAWS cash while conducting second-hand deals?

Denmark’s considering a law which would reject cash payments. If it’s successful there, be sure the other countries in the world will follow!

Could this be a first step in outlawing cash, creating a “cashless society”? Such a move would assist the government in controlling all aspects of our lives and our money, taking away all “free choice” as well as how and when your money is spent. (They did it with health care! Why would you think they won’t do it with your money?)

This will also happen right here in America. In fact, Former Congressman Ron Paul has already warned, “The cashless society is the IRS’s dream: Total knowledge of, and control over, the finances of every single American.”

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What liberals Need to Learn form Putin and Trump!

Subject: Putin Quote  (Similar to the sentiments of Donald Trump!)  POLITICIANS YOU MUST HEED THIS ADVICE!
This is one time the elected leaders in the civilized world should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin.
No wonder he was selected by Forbes as the most powerful person in the world.

Vladimir Putin’s speech – SHORTEST SPEECH EVER.

On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia :

“In Russia , live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia , to work and eat in Russia , it should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslims then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law.

” Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia , and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We better learn from the suicides of America , England , Holland and France , if we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia . The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.

“When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians.”

The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.

THE TRUMP AFFAIR-
MOST MEXICAN-AMERICANS AGREE WITH TRUMP.
The majority of legal immigrants, and children of legal immigrants agree with Donald Trump.  They came here using the system, as cumbersome as it is.  They feel:
1) The simple fact the people Trump referred to came here illegally makes them criminals.
2) A large number of them do commit criminal acts.  SEE THE STORY FOLLOWING THE IMMEDIATE ONE BELOW.
3) The legal immigrant fears the gang-bangers such as MS-13 and other terrorists and criminals sneaking in with the otherwise innocents.
4) The Hispanic leaders quoted in the article below are in favor of criminal behavior and do not reflect the attitude of legal citizens!
4) Dumb republican politicians better wise up!

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump’s characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers.

Several 2016 contenders have brushed off Trump’s comments while others have ignored them. Marco Rubio, a Florida senator who is Hispanic, denounced them as “not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive,” after declining for two weeks to address the matter directly. Another Hispanic in the race, Ted Cruz, said Trump is “terrific,” ”brash” and “speaks the truth.

It’s an uncomfortable moment for Republicans, who want more votes from the surging Latino population.

And it could be a costly moment if more candidates don’t go beyond their Donald-will-be-Donald response and condemn him directly, said Alfonso Aguilar, a Republican who leads the American Principles Project’s Latino Partnership.

“The time has come for the candidates to distance themselves from Trump and call his comments what they are: ludicrous, baseless and insulting,” Aguilar said. “Sadly, it hurts the party with Hispanic voters. It’s a level of idiocy I haven’t seen in a long time.”

So far, Trump has paid less of a political price than a commercial one.

The leading Hispanic television network, Univision, has backed out of televising the Miss USA pageant, a joint venture between Trump and NBC, which also cut ties with Trump. On Wednesday, the Macy’s department store chain, which carried a Donald Trump menswear line, said it was ending its relationship with him. Other retailers are facing pressure to follow suit.

On Friday, the NASCAR motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami. The CEO of a top NASCAR sponsor, Camping World’s Marcus Lemonis, had said he would not participate in the awards ceremony if it were held at a property owned by Trump, whom he criticized for “recent and ongoing blatantly bigoted and racist comments … in regards to immigrants.”

In his speech last month marking his entry into the Republican race, Trump said Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

The businessman has refused to back down, although he insists his remarks were misconstrued.

“My statements have been contorted to seem racist and discriminatory,” he wrote in a message to supporters on Thursday. “What I want is for legal immigrants to not be unfairly punished because others are coming into America illegally, flooding the labor market and not paying taxes.” His original comments, though, did not make a distinction between Mexicans who came to U.S. legally and those here illegally.

His rhetoric may resonate with some of the Republican Party’s most passionate voters, who have long viewed illegal immigration as one of the nation’s most pressing problems. But the 2016 contest brings opportunity for the party to make inroads with Hispanics, with several Latino candidates and a former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, who has deep Latino ties and speaks Spanish and hasn’t been shy about using it in the campaign.

Even so, Bush has said little more about Trump’s comments than that they were “wrong.”

“Maybe we’ll have a chance to have an honest discussion about it onstage,” Bush said last weekend while campaigning in Nevada, referring to Republican presidential debates.

Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, is paying keen attention to how the candidates respond to Trump’s “xenophobic rhetoric.”

“We’re listening very, very closely, not just what candidates say but what they don’t say — the sins of commission and the sins of omission,” he said.

Among 2016 contenders:

—New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Trump’s comments “wholly inappropriate.” But in a subsequent radio interview, he said Trump is “a really wonderful guy (who’s) always been a good friend.”

—Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said: “I don’t think Donald Trump’s remarks reflect the Republican Party.”

—Cruz said he likes Trump and thinks NBC “is engaging in political correctness” in breaking ties with him.

—Rubio said the next president “needs to be someone who brings Americans together — not someone who continues to divide.”

—Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson have been silent.

Not since the 2004 re-election campaign of President George W. Bush has a Republican presidential candidate earned as much as 40 percent of the Hispanic vote. Mitt Romney got a dismal 27 percent in the 2012 contest against President Barack Obama.

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Associated Press writers Ken Thomas in Washington, Hillel Italie in New York and Jill Colvin in Ashland, New Hampshire, contributed to this report.

San Francisco: No ‘legal basis’ to hold shooting suspect

Associated Press

July 3, 2015 11:32 PM

KGO – San Francisco

Friends hold gathering to mourn woman shot at Pier 14

Friends hold gathering to mourn woman shot at Pier 14

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man suspected in the shooting death of a woman at a busy San Francisco tourist destination has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times, most recently in 2009, a federal agency said Friday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had turned Francisco Sanchez over to authorities in San Francisco on March 26 on an outstanding drug warrant, agency spokeswoman Virginia Kice said.

Sanchez was booked into the San Francisco County Jail from federal prison, according to a statement from the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, which operates the jail.

Police officers arrested Sanchez about an hour after Wednesday’s seemingly random slaying of Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14 — one of the busiest attractions in the city. People gather there to take in the views, joggers exercise, and families push strollers at all hours.

Sanchez was on probation for an unspecified conviction, police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said Thursday.

Kice said ICE issued a detainer for Sanchez in March, requesting notification of his release and that he stay in custody until immigration authorities could pick him up. The detainer was not honored, she said.

Freya Horne, counsel for the sheriff’s office, said Friday that federal detention orders are not a legal basis to hold someone, so Sanchez was released April 15. San Francisco is a sanctuary city, and local money cannot be spent to cooperate with federal immigration law.

The city does not turn over people who are in the country illegally unless there’s an active warrant for their arrest, she said. Horne said they checked and found none. ICE could have issued an active warrant if they wanted the city to keep him, she said.

“It’s not legal to hold someone on a request to detain. This is not just us. This is a widely adopted position,” Horne said.

Steinle was gunned down while out for an evening stroll with her father along the waterfront. Police said witnesses heard no argument or dispute before the shooting, suggesting it was a random attack.

Liz Sullivan told the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1IuWbKw) the killing of her daughter was unbelievable and surreal. “I don’t think I’ve totally grasped it,” Sullivan said.

Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said witnesses snapped photos of Sanchez immediately after the shooting, and the images helped police make the arrest while he was walking on a sidewalk a few blocks away.

Police were still waiting for fingerprint identification on Sanchez, who is believed to be a 45-year-old whose last address was in Texas. Authorities said he does not yet have a lawyer who could be reached for comment.

Sullivan told the Chronicle that her 32-year-old daughter turned to her father after she was shot and said she didn’t feel well before collapsing.

“She just kept saying, ‘Dad, help me, help me,’ ” Sullivan said.

Her father immediately began CPR before paramedics rushed the woman to the hospital. “She fought for her life,” Sullivan said.

Steinle went to high school and previously lived about 40 miles east of San Francisco, the newspaper said. She recently moved just blocks from the waterfront and worked for a medical technology company.

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This story has been corrected to show the shooting happened Wednesday instead of Thursday.

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QUOTE OF THE CENTURY:
 
A liberal’s paradise would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only law enforcement has guns.   
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Govt stimulus means using the police power of the state to trick men to do what their reason would tell them not to.
Government subsidy: Take money from the productive; government takes their cut; then returns pennies on the dollar to those that did not produce that money!
All Political Systems enrich SOME group; with big govt it is ruthless politicians. with limited govt it is productive businessmen and workers.

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