Monday, April 24, 2017

Executive Orders

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And we thought he was gone.

Comedian Jon Stewart who built the Daily Show with his dry humor and fake news, appeared on Stephen Colbert’s new show to read off a batch of “Executive Orders.”

The skit, which is the most popular thing on YouTube today, shows the long-tied Stewart depicting . . . well, we really don’t know.

Watch above and comment below.

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Is Trump following Obama's lead on placating the Gay Community?

Today, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum that pledges to enforce a previous Executive Order signed by Barack Obama.

The order, Executive Order 13672, established protections against discrimination for LGBTQ members while working for federal contractors.

It took effect in July of 2014.

While protections existed based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, and veteran status exists, before Obama’s signing of the order, “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”, were excluded from protections until EO 13672 was signed.

“Gender Dysphoria” is a mental condition listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders that is published by the American Psychiatric Association.

It was previously listed as “Gender Identity Disorder” and used to diagnose the mental disorder that affects transsexuals and transgendered people.

The Executive Order, continued by Trump, requires federal contractors to hire without bias those with the GID mental disorder.

The Presidential Memorandum released today is below:

President Donald J. Trump Will Continue to Enforce Executive Order Protecting the Rights of the LGBTQ Community in the Workplace.

President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community. President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election. The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression. The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump.

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Who is in charge here?

Effective at noon on January 22, 2017, department heads of the federal government were instructed to halt all hiring with the exception of military personnel and those considered vital to national security interests.

The order was explicit:

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order a freeze on the hiring of Federal civilian employees to be applied across the board in the executive branch. As part of this freeze, no vacant positions existing at noon on January 22, 2017, may be filled and no new positions may be created, except in limited circumstances. This order does not include or apply to military personnel. The head of any executive department or agency may exempt from the hiring freeze any positions that it deems necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities. In addition, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) may grant exemptions from this freeze where those exemptions are otherwise necessary.

It looks like that a lot of government agencies missed the memo.

Since the executive order was signed by President Trump, the following non-military jobs were posted on the government’s hiring site, USAJobs.com

Posted 1/24/17: Criminal Investigator for the Department of State. Salary ranges from $54,972 to $71,467 per year.

Posted 1/23/17: Theater Specialist for the Department of the Interior. Salary of $36,281 to $47,171 per year.

Posted 1/23/17: Student Trainee (Clerical) for the U.S. Attorney’s office. Salary of $28,886 to $37,557 per year.

Posted 1/23/17: Laborer for the National Park Service. Hourly wage of $15.50 to $18.08.

Posted 1/23/17: Physician for the Department of Veterans Affairs (which is likely a reasonable hire). Salary of $120,000 to $262,000 per year.

Posted 1/23/17: Animal Keeper for the National Zoological Parks. Hourly wage of $19.03 to $22.21.

Posted on 1/23/17: Park Guide for the National Park Service. Pays $14.89 an hour.

Posted 1/23/17: Stage Door Aide for the National Park Service. Pays a salary of $28,886 to $37,557 per year.

Posted 1/24/17: Animal Keeper (Cheetahs) for the National Zoological Park in Front Royal, Virgina. Pays a measly $19 to $22 per hour to “care, feed, exhibit” Cheetahs.

The above are just a sampling of jobs posted since the 22nd . . . in Virginia alone.

The following civilian jobs were also posted by branches of the military but clearly do not fall under the exemption of “military personnel” as that would only apply to members of the armed forces – whether officer or enlisted.

Posted FOUR TIMES on 1/23/17: Student Trainee/Intern for the Department of the Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command. Salary ranges from $23,547 to $64,699 per year. Again, this is an internship position that pays up to $65k per year. Whoa.

Posted 1/23/17: Sales Clerk for the Department of the Navy. Pays $7.25 to $13.73 per hour.

Posted 1/23/17: Assistant Buyer for the Marine Corps. Salary of $35,000 to $55,000 per year.

Posted 1/24/16: Water for the Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA. Pays $7.81 to 9.11 per hour – plus tips!

Posted 1/23/17: Dock Attendant for the Navy in Norfolks, VA. Pays $7.25 to $8.75 per hour.

Posted 1/23/17: Accountant for the U.S. Marine Corps in Quantico. Salary ranges from $50,000 to $65,000 per year.

A total of 67 non-military personnel jobs were posted since the signing of the hiring freeze, and that’s only from a search in Virginia for jobs open to the public.

Another 92 jobs were posted in the District of Columbia that are open to the public, and another 203 that are open to current federal employees.

Who is in charge of the federal government? The President of the United States or hired bureaucrats?

Comment below.

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obama bans

Obama’s time is running out, but if his latest push for executive actions is any indication of how he is going to spend his last year in office, then we better get ready.

Obama is leaving office soon but not soon enough. He can still do a lot of damage to freedom in the time he has left so we decided to put together a list of the 28 Things That You Need To Buy Before Obama Bans Them.

Stock up on these awesome American freedoms before Obama bans them!

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Boehner-and-Obama

House Speaker John Boehner just threw in the towel on amnesty.

On Tuesday, in a 257-167 vote, the House of Representatives passed a controversial “clean” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, agreeing to continue to fund DHS through the end of the fiscal year without overturning Obama’s amnesty policies–losing what has been, in recent weeks, a key bargaining chip.

Boehner blamed the controversial law passing the House squarely on Republicans in the Senate–who “never found a way to win this fight” on the floor of the Senate–and on House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, who could have forced a vote on this bill after a Senate filibuster, due to a little-known House rule.

But while Boehner stressed that he was “outraged and frustrated. . . at the lawless and unconstitutional actions of this president,” he also admitted that passing a clean bill was “the right [decision] for our country.”

By failing to defund Obama’s amnesty policies, last year’s controversial executive order will continue to give unprecedented legalization to as many as 5 million illegal aliens–and open the door for increased illegal immigration as well.

With Congress refusing to take a firm stance against amnesty, the decision will ultimately be decided by federal courts. A Texas federal court, last month, ruled that Obama’s executive order was unconstitutional–but, with that ruling appealed, the fight over amnesty remains far from over.

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Obama Gender Identity
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In July of 2014, President Obama signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to assign “protected categories” within their private companies, to prevent discrimination against individuals based upon Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity.

Last week, the Department of Labor passed their “Final Rule” on the executive order, EO 13672, meaning the requirements will take effect within 120 days.

The new requirements affect half a million private companies in the United States that represent 42% of the civilian workforce according to the Family Research Council (FRC).

FRC, along with many other conservative and pro-business organizations are protesting the executive action by President Obama as they say it creates a $50 million compliance burden on these private companies.

Additionally, the regulations are imposed when no proof of widespread discrimination have been provided by the government.

Given the LGBTQ community represents only, at best, 3.8% of the population, the rules that will impact 42% of the civilian workforce seem unnecessary.

Obama’s executive order also provides no religious exemption for employers who must now hire and employ everyone from cross dressers to transgender employees in conflict with their religious beliefs.

The new rules also create significant issues with what used to be simple solutions to restrooms and dressing rooms. Rather than separating facilities based upon biological gender, private employers will now have to come up with creative ways to accommodate basic facilities by dividing them along individual sexual preferences.

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