Month: May 2019

Mayor Stops Private Org From Building Wall…

Liberal Mayor of Sunland Park Issues Cease and Desist Order Against “We Build the Wall” — Founder Brian Kolfage Responds (VIDEO)

For months the liberal media mocked “We Build the Wall” founder and organizer Brian Kolfage and his noble plan to use private donations to help build the much-needed security wall between the US and Mexico. Brian raised over $20 million in private donations from over 260,000 individuals to build a border wall on the US southern border.

This Memorial Day Weekend the “We Build the Wall” organization built their first half mile of border wall near El Paso, Texas.

** Please donate to this incredible organization here.

Then on Tuesday the Democrat Mayor of Sunland Park announced the construction of a privately-funded border barrier on private property over Memorial Day weekend was not in compliance with City ordinance.

Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea issued a cease and desist order against “We Build the Wall” as they were wrapping up their project west of El Paso.


“We Build the Wall” refuted the liberal mayor’s charges.

We Build The Wall Inc. emailed ABC-7 the following statement:

“We Build The Wall has done everything they need to do to be in compliance with all regulations. We’ve had members from Sunland Park city government out to inspect the site and to witness the first concrete pour. We believe this is a last ditch effort to intimidate us from completing this historic project by a local government with a long history of corruption problems.”

Please call the corrupt officials in Sunland Park and tell then to stop playing games.

On Wednesday The Gateway Pundit spoke with Brian Kolfage, the founder of ‘We Build the Wall.” Brian told us this was nothing more than a witch hunt.

Brian Kolfage: We believe we have the correct permits. We have done everything necessary to remain in compliance. The city inspectors were down and gave the approval last week. This is just a political witch hunt and we are not going to back down.

We will post any updates as this story develops.

More… This is interesting. The Sunland Park Facebook Page has a Mexican administrator(?)

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Parliament looks to dissolve…

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament on Monday passed a preliminary motion to dissolve itself. The move further pushed the country toward an unprecedented political impasse, less than two months after elections seemed to promise Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a new mandate.

If the bill receives final passage in a vote scheduled Wednesday, Israel would be forced to hold new elections — sending the political system into disarray.

Netanyahu appeared to have a clear path to victory, and a fourth consecutive term, after the April 9 elections. His Likud party emerged tied as the largest party in the 120-seat parliament, and with his traditional allies, he appeared to control a solid 65-55 majority.

But he has struggled to form a government ahead of a looming deadline to do so. His prospective coalition has been thrown into crisis in recent days by former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, an ally and sometimes rival of Netanyahu’s.

Netanyahu delivered a primetime statement on Monday calling on his potential partners to put “the good of the nation above every other interest” in order to avoid sending the country once again to “expensive, wasteful” elections. He placed the blame on Lieberman for creating the crisis, but said he was hopeful his efforts to salvage a compromise in the next 48 hours would succeed.

Lieberman has insisted on passing a new law mandating that young ultra-Orthodox men be drafted into the military, like most other Jewish males. Netanyahu’s ultra-Orthodox allies demand that the draft exemptions remain in place.

Without the five seats of Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party, Netanyahu cannot muster a majority.

“The draft law has become a symbol and we will not capitulate on our symbols,” Lieberman defiantly said, vowing to press for new elections if his demands are not met.

Netanyahu and Lieberman met Monday evening in a last-ditch effort to find a compromise. Israeli media said the meeting ended without any progress, and quoted Likud officials as saying Netanyahu would soon order new elections.

Netanyahu’s ruling Likud has traditionally had an alliance with ultra-Orthodox and nationalist parties. But Lieberman, a former top Netanyahu aide, is a wild card. Though stanchly nationalist, he also champions a secular agenda aimed toward his political base of immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

Likud insists Lieberman is motivated by his personal spite for Netanyahu and has launched a vicious campaign against him in recent days. But Lieberman says he is driven by ideology and will not be a hand to religious coercion.

“I will not be a partner to a Halachic state,” he said, using the word for Jewish law.

Ultra-Orthodox parties consider conscription a taboo, fearing that military service will lead to immersion in secularism. But years of exemptions have generated widespread resentment among the rest of Jewish Israelis.

A stalemate on the issue was one of the factors that shortened the term of the previous coalition government, which Lieberman resigned from months before elections were called because he disagreed with its policy toward the Gaza Strip.

Dissolving parliament would be a shocking turn of events for Netanyahu, who has led the country for the past decade. “We invite Lieberman to join us today and not contribute to the toppling of a right-wing government,” a statement by Likud read. 

President Donald Trump waded into Israeli politics and tweeted support for Netanyahu, saying he was “hoping things will work out with Israel’s coalition formation and Bibi and I can continue to make the alliance between America and Israel stronger than ever.”

With the 42-day timeline allotted to Netanyahu to sign agreements with his partners and present his new government set to expire late Wednesday, his Likud party presented the paperwork to dissolve the parliament.

The Knesset passed the bill on Monday with 65 members of parliament voting in favor. But the motion could still be pulled at any moment before Wednesday’s vote if a compromise is found.

The main opposition party, Blue and White, which also controls 35 seats, appealed for a chance to form a coalition. But a parliamentary vote for dissolution would automatically trigger new elections. Blue and White has ruled out any alliance with Netanyahu.

If Wednesday’s final vote passes, it would mark the first time the scenario had played out in Israel and set the stage for an unprecedented second election in the same calendar year.

Polls indicate the results of a new election would not be much different from the last one.


Ilan Ben Zion contributed to this story.

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Searchers slaughter boars, comb intestines for human remains…

KAHULUI, Hawaii – The helicopter buzzed over the forest canopy. Three searchers peered into dense foliage and rolling waterfall beds as they watched their fuel dwindle. It would soon be time to turn back and end the 16th day of the search for Amanda Eller, led in part by a recently unemployed arborist.

Search coordinator Chris Berquist was fired from his day job just a few days into the rescue operation. He said his boss was frustrated with the time he spent on the search, organizing a battalion of volunteers devoted to finding the missing hiker in Hawaii’s Makawao Forest Reserve. He didn’t have the paycheck, but it freed up Berquist to lead the effort.

Berquist, along with Javier Cantellops and Troy Helmer, were scanning the forest from about 150 feet above, over roaring waterfalls and jagged cliffs. In a flash of human presence among the branches, Berquist made out a figure in faded yoga pants and a dirtied white shirt. Eller was waving, barefoot and ecstatic. The team had studied her face for days. They knew they found her.

“I’ve never met her before, but there was no mistaking that’s who it was,” Berquist told Maui Now.

The dramatic rescue of Eller, a 33-year-old Maui resident, physical therapist and yoga instructor, was fueled by the efforts of volunteers and organizers who braved the heat, wild animals and precarious terrain – and ultimately returned with Eller, shaken but alive.

Their effort began when Maui fire rescue personnel ended the official search on May 12, after hitting a 72-hour limit on missing-person assistance. Maui Fire Chief David Thyne did not return a request for comment asking about his department’s role in search efforts after the time limit passed, though volunteers praised their continued assistance and “behind the scenes” support.

The volunteer search started as a low-tech slog. Volunteers turned to crude “pirate maps”and unorganized guidance, according to Eller’s father. Days later, they were aided by GPS mapping and analysis tools that pointed them toward the most promising areas to search.

Eller, a physical therapist and yoga instructor, got turned around on a hiking trail and lost in the reserve carved into the northwest slopes of the Haleakala volcano thick with tropical ash, bushy ferns, bamboo and massive rotting trunks. She fractured her leg on the third day, ate moths and unknown plants and covered herself in leaves for warmth.

She slept in a wild boar’s den one night.

Meanwhile, volunteers faced the same conditions as they searched. They took time off to help comb through much of the reserve’s 2,000 acres. Coordinators like Berquist ferried them into the jungle, where they braved a relentless sun, flooding rivers and unforgiving terrain that they took head on with the business end of machetes. They picked through the intestines of the boars they slew to look for human remains.

The pressures weighed on volunteers, Berquist told The Washington Post.

“As time pushes on in a search, it’s natural for people to lose a little bit of faith,” he said. “It starts to play with your mind the longer you’re out there and not finding her.”

Coordinators set up a yurt in a parking lot, where volunteers, sometimes numbering 150 in a day, received their orders based on ability and skill.

Those who could not hike ran tables at the base camp where nurses were on stand by. Experienced backcountry hikers fanned deep into the bush. Drone operators took to the skies, and hunters, rock climbers and rappellers carved out terrain to search.

“The terrain there is pretty rough, there are a lot of trees down and a lot of confusing side trails,” said Elena Pray, a rappelling guide on Maui who volunteered for nearly the entire search effort.

Berquist, who said he had experience with EMS operations and cave rescues, warned each of them to be careful. “We don’t need any more victims,” he told one group.

As the days wore on, Eller’s father’s tech background became key to search efforts.

John Eller, the chief executive of a telematics company, introduced a search interface that allowed volunteers to log via their smartphones where they already looked. When they returned to camp, they handed over their own GPS data to coordinators, which then colored in swaths of a map and revealed which areas still needed to be combed.

Spirits lifted when searchers glimpsed monitors and saw their efforts in real-time. It was paired with a data analysis of where missing persons are often located.

“We found out that more than 80 percent of people recovered are in drainages or creeks – and that’s where we found her,” Berquist said.

Amanda Eller’s decisions imperiled her from the start.

She left her water and phone at her car, thinking they were unnecessary for a three-mile hike. She said in an interview that her “gut instinct” drew her in one direction that led her deeper into the forest. She fell off a cliff and fractured her leg. Her shoes were lost in a flood. And on several occasions, Eller heard helicopters buzzing overhead but couldn’t reach them.

“There were times of total fear, and loss and wanting to give up,” Eller said in a video statement from her hospital bed after the rescue. “It came down to life and death. And I chose life.”

Data, and some luck, led Berquist, Helmer and Cantellops to Eller on Friday.

Research pointed to waterfall beds and rivers as likely places Eller would take refuge. With fuel supplies low, Berquist spotted Eller near a waterfall and signaled to her that they were there for the rescue and not some oblivious, waving tourists, he told Maui Now.

“There is no professionalism at this point,” Berquist said, describing their emotions upon seeing her. “We’re just trying to get to her.”

The helicopter, which was contracted and paid for through donations, landed on a plateau. The team fought through thick grass to cut a path to Eller. Cantellops, who had previously met her, called out. He nearly fell off a cliff, Berquist said. Then he shouted again for Eller, asking if she recognized his voice.

“Javi?” Eller called back. Cantellops was the first to reach her and snapped selfies and video before a rescue helicopter hoisted her up in a basket. Then it did the same for the rescuers. For the first time in more than two weeks, they could enjoy the beautiful island view as it whirred by.

“It didn’t feel wrong to be enjoying that,” Berquist said.

Recovering from dehydration, a broken leg and badly blistered leg wounds, Eller praised the search effort. “This was all about us coming together for a greater purpose of community and love, and appreciation for life,” she said.

Eller’s father said he would harness the lessons and technology to create software that could be utilized to find lost hikers in the future, and Berquist agreed it was a model that could be scaled up.

“We’re going to make sure this is a well-oiled machine,” he said, “and doesn’t take 15, 16 plus days to find someone next time.”

Cantellops said the team was still elated Saturday afternoon. But the celebration was short-lived. He cut an interview short to hop on a helicopter with Berquist to search for Noah Mina, a hiker lost in Iao Valley.

Horton reported from Washington, D.C.

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Migrant Backlash Brewing in Murrieta…

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Alabama abortion bill's restrictions weigh on Republicans ahead of vote… Developing…

OXFORD, Ala. – On Monday, a day before Alabama lawmakers were scheduled to vote on a bill that would all but ban abortion in the state, Republican Del Marsh, president of the state senate, asked a group of young mothers – toddlers bouncing on their laps – what they want the Legislature to do.

“How do y’all feel about banning abortion, even in cases of rape and incest?” he asked the women, who gathered at tables outside a Southern Girl Coffee truck here, on the edge of Talladega National Forest, about 100 miles from Montgomery.

“I’m praying for y’all, and I wouldn’t want your job,” sighed Lauren Holland, 32, her 2-year-old daughter climbing on her chest. She said she would have the baby if she were raped, but making that the law? “That there is real hard for women. I’m a Christian. One-hundred percent pro-life. But I don’t think I want that in the law.”

Marsh asked the women to keep praying for him as he navigates a contentious fight that could put Alabama on the leading edge of the anti-abortion push to get a state law in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. He, like many other Republicans here, has long been against abortion and wants the court to overturn Roe v. Wade – and he embraces the strategy of a bill that will force the issue. But he also long has been accepting of three exceptions to bans on abortion: cases that involve rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger.

Marsh and some others in the Republican majority here are struggling with Tuesday’s vote on an abortion ban, largely because it is so restrictive. Any unborn baby is innocent and deserves a chance at life, the bill’s backers argue, even those that are the result of violent or criminal origins.

“It’s just, I’m not real comfortable with having a law that forces a woman to carry a baby after rape,” Marsh said.

A move to amend the bill last week with exceptions for rape or incest led to a shouting match on the Senate floor, and the vote was tabled. Marsh asked legislators to go home and speak to their constituents, as he himself has done. A vote on the bill has been rescheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

The bill would outlaw most abortions in the state – except those that would protect a woman whose life is in danger because of the pregnancy – and make performing abortion a felony punishable by up to 99 years imprisonment. That part of the law would be considered extreme in some states but was without controversy here.

A majority of Alabama residents are firmly against abortion, and the sponsor of the bill, state Rep. Terri Collins, a Republican, says she has empathy for survivors of rape and incest. But she also wants to make sure the law is strong enough to force federal court intervention – something she and others hope will lead to national restrictions on abortion. To achieve that, she said, the bill must do nothing short of declaring that a fetus has rights from Day One.

“It has to be 100% a person at conception,” Collins said,

Collins said she would support states making their own decisions about exceptions. And she agrees “that rape and incest could be an exception in state law.

“But what I’m trying to do here is get this case in front of the Supreme Court so Roe v. Wade can be overturned.”

On Monday, the impending vote had lawmakers scrambling across the state. Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, a Republican, urged lawmakers to pass the abortion bill without exceptions and posted a video on Twitter urging Alabamians to call their senators.

“Abortion is murder,” he says in the video. “Those three simple words sum up my position on an issue that many falsely claim is a complex one.”

Conservatives see this year’s state legislative sessions as an important turning point, with governors and lawmakers across the country passing highly restrictive abortion bills in hope of attracting the attention of what they see as the most anti-abortion U.S. Supreme Court in decades.

“It’s getting closer and closer,” said Scott Dawson, an Alabama evangelist and Birmingham minister who ran for governor in 2018. “In this political landscape, it is time for action. Alabama could actually be the leader of the conservative voice in the United States.”

Alabama’s bill could serve as a test for the “personhood” strategy, especially if it passes without exceptions. But anti-abortion groups say that even if exceptions are added at the last minute, they won’t back down.

“We will never give up on protecting life in the womb,” said the Rev. Mike Crowe, who from the pulpit on Mother’s Day urged members of Southside Baptist Church outside Birmingham to get ready to be proud foster parents if the bill passes. “I’m sure there are families for those babies.”

Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, a senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, said the current round of anti-abortion legislation is more radical than in the past. Alabama is just the latest state to consider doing away with exceptions for victims of rape and incest. Georgia and Ohio recently passed “heartbeat” bills – which ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant – that would also apply to victims of rape and incest.

“It shows how extreme and how emboldened the people who are pushing these laws feel now,” she said. “Before, they knew they couldn’t get away with it. Now they think they can.”

The ACLU, she said, is preparing to sue if the Alabama measure passes – with or without exceptions.

“At the end of the day, an all-out abortion ban, whether it’s at six weeks or before, is blatantly unconstitutional whether those exceptions exist or not,” Kolbi-Molinas said.

The vote Tuesday is sure to elicit high emotions, especially after an effort last week to address the issue of exceptions by voice vote rather than by the standard roll call. Democrats saw the move as an attempt by Republicans to exclude the exceptions without going on record as voting to force victims of rape and incest to give birth. Democrats have vowed to try again Tuesday to amend the bill to allow abortions in cases of rape and incest.

With Democrats in the Senate expected to vote against the bill and Republicans divided, “it’s going to be real close,” Republican Sen. Cam Ward said in his home in suburban Birmingham, where his 7-month-old daughter was about to go down for a nap.

Ward said his stomach hurts over the idea of denying rape victims the opportunity to terminate a pregnancy.

“In California, I’d be to the right of Attila the Hun,” he said. “But in Alabama, I’m a moderate.”

Last week, Ward said, a young woman came to his office in the Statehouse and said she was raped by a relative when she was 14. She did not become pregnant, but she and her mother said she would have had an abortion had she conceived. As it was, she attempted suicide, was hospitalized for three weeks, struggled in school and is still in counseling years later.

“Her world got very small fast,” her mother wrote Ward in an email. “This bill is barbaric. Representatives need to think outside of themselves and their own life experiences.”

Ward said he can’t get her story out of his mind.

“Look, we are so pro-life in this state. But we’ve never faced anything like this,” Ward said, noting that he has concerns with a bill that doesn’t have exceptions for rape and incest.

“The question is, are we going to be the state that says this is OK?” he said. “Even if this is just a legal strategy, I also have a 16-year-old daughter. Would I want her to carry a baby from a rape?

“That’s where my stomachache comes in,” he said. “That’s where folks feel real sick about this.”

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The Washington Post’s Arianna Eunjung Cha in Washington and Chip Brownlee, a freelance journalist based in Alabama, contributed to this report.

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