Trump administration seeks to juice dishwashers by scrubbing energy regulations

For years, consumers have complained about slower, noisier dishwashers that produce dirtier dishes, the result of tighter federal efficiency regulations that the Trump administration is now seeking to unload. The Energy Department last month proposed a rule to create a new dishwasher product class that would finish a normal cycle in an hour or less by using less stringent energy standards than permitted under the current rules. Sam Kazman, general counsel of the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, which led the charge for the regulatory clean-up, said the ever-tighter restrictions on energy and water have produced machines that take twice as long without getting dishes as scrubbed as earlier models. “Basically, these dishwashers have turned into crap, and it is solely the result of the Department of Energy’s so-called efficiency regulations,” said Mr. Kazman. He cited data from Consumer Reports showing that average wash times have increased from about 70 minutes in 1983 to 140 minutes in 2018 as manufacturers slow down the cycles to “compensate for the negative impact on cleaning performance,” as the department acknowledged in 2016. “The result has been ever longer and longer cycle times,” said Mr. Kazman. “Back in the late ‘70s, they were reporting one-hour times, not just for cleaning but for drying as well. Now it typically takes over two hours, in some cases two-and-a-half hours, and the dishes come out neither very clean nor very dry.”

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California city denies Straight Pride rally permit

A Northern California city has denied a request to hold a so-called Straight Pride rally at a park. Modesto city officials on Friday denied an application by the National Straight Pride Coalition for an Aug. 24 event at Graceada Park. Organizer Don Grundmann had estimated 500 people would attend. The group says it supports heterosexuality, Christianity and white contributions to Western civilization. Opponents argued the rally would promote hatred of LGBTQ people and minorities. City spokesman Thomas Reeves says the permit request was denied over safety concerns, because the group lost its liability insurance and the parks department determined the event wasn’t consistent with park use. However, Reeves says the city would allow the rally at a downtown plaza if the group proves it has insurance by Tuesday.

Hmmm..  Let’s wait and see if this group can provide it has the insurance…and then IF they have it, what the City of Modesto will do; whether or not it’ll issue the rally permit.  Regardless, just fathom a universe in which ANY city in California would deny such a permit to an LGBTQ organization to have their gay pride rallies and marches.  Of course, that’d NEVER happen.  And, we all know it.  One thing we love to do here at The Daily Buzz is show the brazen hypocrisy of the left, which includes Democrat politicians and the dominantly liberal mainstream media.  This is such an example.  The National Straight Pride Coalition has every right to have their rally.  It is their constitutional right, just as it is for the other side.  Freedom of association works both ways; not just for one side.

Anti-sex trafficking leader praises ICE, Trump: ‘No question’ he’s done more than previous presidents

Director and activist Jaco Booyens touted President Trump’s historic work in fighting sex trafficking and defended Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as “incredible people” who helped keep children safe. Fox News host Mark Levin asked Booyens whether Trump did more to address the issue than other presidents, including former President Barack Obama. “No question,” Booyens responded on “Life, Liberty, and Levin,” airing Sunday. Booyens said that despite all the criticism surrounding ICE, the agency has become a vital partner in combatting sex trafficking. “These are incredible men and women that help us … incredible people who actually go and keep America’s children safe. This president has empowered them to do so,” he told Levin. His movie “8 Days” tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who’s forced into sex trafficking after attending a party with her friends. Booyens said the film is available on Netflix and other places. Booyens claimed that he tried taking his story to CNN and MSNBC but faced “closed doors.” “I say that not to point finger or blame, that’s just a fact. This crime doesn’t ask ‘are you conservative or liberal?'” Levin asked Booyens whether CNN and MSNBC were too focused on their own “ideological agenda” to cover the issue. “You want to believe they’re too busy to pay attention and yes they are because they’re busy with silly stuff — accusing the president,” Booyens responded. He also argued that sex trafficking was rooted in sex addiction fueled by mass media. “It is sex addiction that in its core is fueled … it starts with a pornographic culture, soft porn, it’s the objectification of women — which we as a country have done a great job at completely objectifying women.” Specifically, Booyens said, Hollywood was to blame along with the Internet.

Indeed..  Catch this interview tonight on Fox News if ya can…and tell your friends, especially your liberal, Democrat ones.   🙂

Appeals court rules Pennsylvania county can keep cross on its seal

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday a Pennsylvania county’s 70-year-old seal and flag is allowed to remain after being targeted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia ruled 3-0 Thursday that after the Supreme Court upheld the Bladensburg “Peace Cross” war memorial in June as a historic monument, the Lehigh County can maintain its seal as a symbol that “has become part of the community.” The seal and flag feature grain silos, the Liberty Bell, a heart, among other items. But it was the cross at the center of the seal that the Wisconsin-based group had a problem with. FFRF sued the county in 2016 to get the cross removed. A federal judge ruled in FFRF’s favor in 2017 based on the Lemon test from the Supreme Court case, Lemon v. Kurtzman, requiring courts to decide whether the government is trying to “endorse” religion with a mention of God or religion, something the court has moved away from since the June decision by the Supreme Court. “It is common sense that religion played a role in the lives of our nation’s early settlers,” said Diana Verm, senior counsel at Becket, a religious liberty law firm. “It is only right that Lehigh County can continue honoring its history and culture.” The group that complained about the seal was disappointed in the court’s decision. “The appeals court decision validates a Lehigh County seal that sends a wrong, exclusionary message,” Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president, said in a statement. “The county should be welcoming of all residents regardless of religion — and it’s appalling that the court didn’t prod county officials to move in that direction.” First Liberty Institute, which successfully defended the Bladensburg Peace Cross at the Supreme Court, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case and said the mere presence of a cross “does not establish a religion.” “The Supreme Court made it clear in its recent decision in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association that the days of offended observers forcing governments to scrub all public references to the divine are over,” Stephanie Taub, First Liberty Institute general counsel, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to see our victory in that case already making an impact.”

Great news!  This is a HUGE victory for religious rights!  We’re thrilled to see the anti-religious bullies getting smacked down in federal court.  Outstanding!!    🙂

Supreme Court: Right to bear arms protected by highest category of liberty recognized by law

Last weekend’s mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have produced a flood of words about everything from gun control to mental illness to white nationalism. Most of those words have addressed the right to keep and bear arms as if it were a gift from the government. It isn’t. The U.S. Supreme Court has twice ruled in the past 11 years that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual pre-political liberty. That is the highest category of liberty recognized in the law. It is akin to the freedoms of thought, speech and personality. That means that the court has recognized that the framers did not bestow this right upon us. Rather, they recognized its pre-existence as an extension of our natural human right to self-defense and they forbade government — state and federal — from infringing upon it. It would be exquisitely unfair, profoundly unconstitutional and historically un-American for the rights of law-abiding folks — “surrender that rifle you own legally and use safely because some other folks have used that same type of weapon criminally” — to be impaired in the name of public safety. It would also be irrational. A person willing to kill innocents and be killed by the police while doing so surely would have no qualms about violating a state or federal law that prohibited the general ownership of the weapon he was about to use. With all of this as background, and the country anguishing over the mass deaths of innocents, the feds and the states face a choice between a knee-jerk but popular restriction of some form of gun ownership, and the rational and sound realization that more guns in the hands of those properly trained means less crime and more safety. Can the government constitutionally outlaw the types of rifles used by the El Paso and Dayton killers? In a word: No. We know that because in the first Supreme Court opinion upholding the individual right to keep and bear arms, the court addressed what kind of arms the Second Amendment protects. The court ruled that the Second Amendment protects individual ownership of weapons one can carry that are of the same degree of sophistication as the bad guys have — or the government has. The government? Yes, the government. That’s so because the Second Amendment was not written to protect the right to shoot deer. It was written to protect the right to shoot at tyrants and their agents when they have stolen liberty or property from the people. If you don’t believe me on this, then read the Declaration of Independence. It justifies violence against the British government because of such thefts. Governments are the greatest mass killers on the planet. Who can take without alarm any of their threats to emasculate our right to defend our personal liberties?

Agreed..   Thanks to Andrew Napolitano for reminding us how much our precious Second Amendment is protected.  Andrew is a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey.  He is the author of nine books on the U.S. Constitution.

Gunman’s left-wing views thwart Democratic efforts to pin mass shootings on Trump

Democrats blaming President Trump for last weekend’s mass shootings saw their argument continue to unravel Tuesday as more details emerged indicating that the suspected gunmen held some avowedly left-wing views. Connor Betts, the 24-year-old killer in the deadly shooting in Dayton, Ohio, expressed pro-antifa, pro-socialist and anti-ICE positions on a now-suspended Twitter account believed to be his, as well as support for Democratic Sens. Bernard Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday she was “hopping mad” that media outlets have given “scant coverage” to the Dayton suspect’s leftist beliefs while reporting heavily on Democrats accusing Mr. Trump of stoking the El Paso massacre with his border-security broadsides. “The president did not respond in kind. They politicized this over the weekend. They all blamed him, and I want to name and shame them now, because he did not respond in kind,” said Ms. Conway on “Fox & Friends.” They include former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who said Mr. Trump “helped create the hatred that made Saturday’s tragedy possible,” referring to the El Paso shooting that left 22 dead. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, said at a Monday rally that Mr. Trump’s rhetoric was “directly responsible for what happened in El Paso,” according to the New York Daily News, prompting conservatives to point out that the congresswoman may have inspired a recent attack. An armed antifa protester was killed by police earlier this month as he tried to bomb an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Tacoma, Washington, after posting a manifesto in which he used her “concentration camps” dig at border detention centers four times. “Based on her own standard, which I reject, she is ‘directly responsible’ for a violent armed attack,” said Townhall’s Guy Benson. “Will she accept blame? Will she turn herself in to authorities?” The El Paso suspect, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, is believed to have authored a 2,300-word manifesto saying he was motivated by the “Hispanic invasion of Texas,” criticizing “race mixing,” and warning of “cultural and ethnic replacement.” Along with such white-nationalist stances, however, are positions that would fit in with the agenda of the climate-change movement, including blasts at corporations, consumerism and environmental degradation. “[O]ur lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country,” said the document. “The decimation of the environment is creating a massive burden for future generations. Corporations are heading the destruction of our environment by shamelessly overharvesting resources.” The manifesto went on to say that “water is being polluted from farming and oil drilling operations” and consumption is “creating thousands of tons of unnecessary plastic waste and electronic waste, and recycling to help slow this down is almost non-existent.” The “next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using resources,” said the document. Craig Rucker, president of the free-market group CFACT, called out 2020 Democratic presidential contenders for being “quick to take cheap shots at the President for supposedly fueling this gunman’s bigotry.” “[W]hat’s particularly irksome in this case is that if these presidential candidates are going to point fingers, then [they] ought to be very careful it doesn’t come back on them,” Mr. Rucker said in a statement. “That’s because this so-called manifesto does not just point to anti-immigration as a motivating factor, but also deep green ecology.” He said other mass shooters have also sounded “eco-terrorist” themes, including the gunman who killed 51 worshipers in March at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the 2011 Norway attacker who killed 77, both of whom also railed against immigration. “What then, should we point the blame of this attack and others on the fearmongering of liberal politicians on subjects like climate change, overpopulation and resource depletion?” Mr. Rucker asked. “No, and we won’t, because these are the rantings of a madman, and tragedy is not the time to score political points.” Indeed, mass shooters aren’t known for their coherent political philosophies. The Dayton suspect, for example, had expressed support for gun control and was “actually anti-Second Amendment,” a former classmate told the Dayton Daily News.

Wow..  That’s some pretty Inconvenient info for the dominantly liberal mainstream media, isn’t it?  Doh!!  For more, click on the text above.

Tucker Carlson: The left demands conformity, will use threats to keep people in line until the next election

“Gun control saves lives.” That’s what they’re telling you day and night on CNN. In fact, they’re having a town hall meeting on Wednesday to tell you some more. Anyone who opposes gun control, they’ll tell you by implication of – not directly – is a bad person, a callous, cruel, probably violent, person. Somebody who doesn’t care about the safety of others. Well, on Monday night, a group of progressive activists took that very message to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home. “Stab him in the heart. Break his neck.” That was one of the messages for Mitch McConnell. They’re totally opposed to violence, and that’s why they want to kill Mitch McConnell. If you’re confused, you haven’t been paying much attention lately. Almost everything the left says these days is projection. In almost every single case, they accuse you of exactly what they’re doing, and this week was no different. In the wake of two horrifying mass shootings, they’ve been telling us President Trump is a hater. “He is using race to divide us!” they scream. “It’s wrong.” Well, they are right about the second part. It’s definitely wrong. They are using race to divide us. That’s a core tenet of the left. Identity politics is the process of dividing people on the basis of immutable characteristics, factors they can’t control. And that’s what the Democratic Party is at this point. It’s an identity politics party. They promise some Americans reparations. They denounce others for their skin color. They call it “privilege.” The entire country, they’ll tell you, is fundamentally racist and therefore, evil. Beto O’Rourke, 2020 presidential candidate: “This country was founded on white supremacy, and every single institution and structure that we have in our country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation in Jim Crow, and suppression, even in our democracy.” Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., 2020 presidential candidate: “We can’t be blind to the impact of generations of racism and white supremacy that were written into our laws over centuries.” So they’re buffoons. Yes, they are. They’re dumb. Of course. Do they have no idea what they’re really saying? Probably not. But that doesn’t make the cumulative effect any less sinister or damaging. What you’re watching every day is a systematic effort by the left to undermine the institutions that hold this country together. Chief among those institutions in this and all societies throughout time, is law enforcement, our justice system. Over the past 25 years, that’s been a success story. America’s cops have radically reduced crime across this nation. They brought our cities back to life. If you don’t know that, you’re obviously under 40. Ask anybody who lived in New York City in 1991 what it was like. If that person is honest, you’ll be grateful for what the cops did. But now, on the basis of no evidence whatsoever, the left is telling us police are racist monsters. Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., 2020 presidential candidate: “I have challenged our Police Department to recognize all of the ways in which the uniform has been burdened by racism.” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., 2020 presidential candidate: “We’re going to crack down on police brutality and primarily at people of color.” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., 2020 presidential candidate: “Training for police officers on implicit racial bias and procedural justice, because to deny it exists is to deny folks liberty and in many cases, life.” O’Rourke: “How do we continue to lose the lives of unarmed black men in the United States of America at the hands of white police officers? That is not justice.” Julian Castro, 2020 presidential candidate: “If you are young and black, you’re treated differently because of the color of your skin. I don’t believe that it’s just a case of a few bad apples. I believe that the system is broken.” Imagine if you were a cop, or your dad was a cop or your son was, having to sit and watch that slander day after day, again, on the basis of no evidence. It’s disgusting. Dividing us? Oh, yes, they’re dividing us. Or how about our thousands of ICE agents working to enforce laws that the Congress passed? The Congress passes the laws and then hires people. It doesn’t pay them all that much to enforce their laws. Now Democrats are calling those people Nazis. Good people doing a thankless job that we need to have done only to have some pampered moron like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez savage them for political reasons. None of this is new by the way. Three years ago, you’ll remember Hillary Clinton ran an entire presidential campaign on this premise, attacking the country itself and its people as immoral bigots. Hillary Clinton: “You could put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, — you name it.” That’s a message of unity? No. It’s a message of disunity. It’s a message of hate, actually. Think through the implications of it. “Racist, sexist, xenophobic.” What do you do to people like that? Do you try and help them? Do you feel like they’re your countrymen? Your brothers? No. They’re horrible. You try to destroy them — and they are trying to destroy them. On Monday, Texas Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro — we’re not making this up, by the way — tweeted out the names of 44 residents of San Antonio who’ve donated to the Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Illegal activity, but he tweeted them out. And then he tweeted out the names of their employers, too. Why do you think he did that? You know the answer. How would you feel if you were one of those people? Would you feel safe? No, you wouldn’t. That’s fine with Congressman Castro, though. His point is really clear. You know exactly why he did that. If someone gets hurt, that’s not his problem. You can see where this is going. It wasn’t that long ago that the Boston Globe ran an op-ed suggesting that restaurant workers poison the food of Trump supporters. And of course, Democrats like Cory Booker and Maxine Waters have been calling on people to harass and scream at people tied to the Trump administration. For years they’ve been saying that. So yes, these people are buffoons, and it’s our fault, sometimes. If we’re being honest, including this show for highlighting what buffoons they are, because by doing that, we underplay how dangerous their rhetoric is. Our democratic system only works when citizens are free to disagree, free to say to their neighbors, “We’re on separate pages. We vote for separate people,” and not be afraid to say that. But the left is making us afraid to say that. The left demands total conformity. They don’t believe in diversity in any sense. They’ll use censorship and threats to keep people in line. And in the short term that may work. They’re hoping it works until next November. But over time, it’s a big mistake. It’s exactly how things fall apart.

Indeed…  Powerful stuff.  Thanks to Tucker Carlson over at FoxNews for that outstanding op/ed.  Tucker is exactly right.  Excellent!!      🙂