Anti-gun Hollywood celebrities enjoyed presidential-level protection by barricades, bomb-sniffing dogs, armed guards, LAPD officers, and numerous security checkpoints as they arrived for the 2019 Golden Globes.
Security was reportedly ramped up after last month’s triple stabbing at a Manchester railway station on New Year’s Eve.
“The recent attacks in Europe only reinforce that nothing can be left to chance tactically and strategically,” a Los Angeles law enforcement official told Deadline. “Our plan is to have eyes everywhere and shut down any possible disturbance that could arise long before it gets anywhere near the venue or the event.”
Law enforcement performs a security sweep of the red carpet as Jeannie Mai, right, prepares for the arrivals at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
A police dog participates in a security sweep of the red carpet at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Law enforcement officers do a security sweep of the red carpet at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Variety previewed the heightened level of security expected around the Beverly Hilton — the venue for Sunday night’s star-studded ceremony — by noting that the days of being able to park on the street, walk up, and get inside may be long gone. They report that “the City of Beverly Hills has cracked down on allowing crowds near the building.”
And while the Beverly Hill Police Department would not go into details on specificity of their security plans, they made clear they would be using “additional staff and security measures to ensure a safe and secure site, utilizing the latest technology and best practices for high-profile events.”
— Sandra Spagnoli (@Chief_Spagnoli) January 6, 2019
Beverly Hills public information manager Keith Sterling made clear that federal agencies would also be involved in security. Sterling said, “As you might imagine, we are prohibited from discussing the specific security plans we have in place. But this is an extensive, collaborative effort, with federal and local agencies assisting the Beverly Hills Police Department.”
A member of law enforcement screens behind a hedge on the red carpet at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
A bomb-sniffing dog inspects a backpack during a security sweep on the red carpet at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
After the good guys with guns keep Hollywood’s upper crust safe at the Beverly Hilton, the celebrities can go back home, and wake up Monday to start pushing more gun control for commoners.
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NBA star and gun control proponent LeBron James is critical of private citizens carrying guns for self-defense, but employs “at least 10 armed security personnel” at his home for defense of himself and his family.
Following the October 1, 2015, attack on gun-free Umpqua Community College Associate Press reporter Tom Withers quoted LeBron saying, “There’s no room for guns.”
He told the AP that there need to be greater penalties for carrying a gun, “legal or illegal,” to make people think twice about doing it.
After the February 14, 2018, attack on gun-free Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the Bleacher Report indicated LeBron criticized laws allowing 19-year-old “minors” to buy a gun and called for the passage of more gun control.
But LeBron is fine with being surrounded by guns for defense of himself and his family. TMZ that news of a burglaries of “more than 24 homes of the rich and famous” in Los Angeles has led LeBron to fortify his dwelling. This fortification includes “at least 10 armed security personnel at the home — including off-duty police officers.”
Celebrity gun control advocate Kim Kardashian modeled this same kind of hypocrisy after being robbed in Paris in 2016. TMZ reported Kardashian “met with some ex-special force members from the Israeli army, ex-CIA agents as well as former Secret Service members” after the robbery occurred and hired an unspecified number of former Secret Service agents as part of the effort to “[amp] up her security to Presidential levels.”
All the while Kardashian’s public comments on guns were those favoring stricter gun laws for rank and file Americans.
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Few U.S. government efforts are consistently more vilified than anti-poverty programs. They’re dismissed as ineffective and ridiculed as giveaways to undeserving recipients.
A new paper puts the lie to these assertions by showing that the nation’s most important anti-poverty efforts all succeed in serving their goals — in the case of Social Security, spectacularly. The authors, Bruce D. Meyer and Derek Wu of the University of Chicago, used administrative statistics from six major programs to demonstrate that five of the six “sharply reduce deep poverty” (that is, income below 50% of the federal poverty line) and the sixth has a “pronounced” impact among the working poor.
The programs that reduce deep poverty are Social Security; Supplemental Security Income; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which is what commonly is known as “welfare”; housing assistance; and food stamps, or SNAP. The sixth is the Earned Income Tax Credit, which helps mostly families that earn around 150% of the poverty line. (That line is about $25,100 in annual income for a family of four.)
The claim that poverty hasn’t gone down since the start of the war on poverty is nonsense.
Bruce D. Meyer, University of Chicago
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In each case, Weber and Wu found that the effect of each program has been materially underestimated by traditional measurements. That’s because the earlier estimates are based on Census Bureau surveys that underreport benefits from these programs. As a result, the authors say, the effects of food stamps and TANF are underestimated by one-third to one-half, and the impact of Social Security is underestimated by as much as 44%. Their research covered 2008-13, the period of the Great Recession.
“You don’t want to say that our programs haven’t reduced poverty,” Meyer told me. “They’ve had huge effects in reducing poverty.”
These findings are important because all these programs, with the possible exception of the EITC, come under constant attack by budget-cutters and other conservatives. The claim is that, despite the expenditure of trillions of dollars in public funds, the poverty rate has barely budged in more than a half-century.
Ronald Reagan’s quip on the topic, from his 1988 State of the Union address, has adorned reams of Republican screeds against the safety net: “The federal government declared war on poverty, and poverty won.” Republicans have exploited the notion to support proposals to cut program benefits, turn anti-poverty efforts over to private or philanthropic organizations, or block-grant the funds to states (a back-door means of cutting benefits).
The truth is, however, that poverty has lost. Meyer and Wu find that Social Security alone has reduced poverty among the elderly by 75%; the other programs do more for non-elderly households, though at lower rates.
The paper doesn’t specifically address the programs’ effect on the poverty rate, but Meyer has examined that effect in other research. In a 2012 paper with James X. Sullivan of Notre Dame, for example, he concluded that the official poverty rate failed to count tax credits received by needy households such as the EITC, and overlooked food stamps, housing benefits, and other in-kind transfers that have become an ever more important component of anti-poverty spending.
An inflation index that overstated price increases over time also tended to minimize the success of the war on poverty, as did a focus on household income rather than consumption, which Meyer and Sullivan suggested was a better indicator of a household’s standard of living.
The official measurement indicated that the poverty rate fell by a scant 4.4 percentage points from 1960 to 2010, ending at 15.1%. Adjusting for flaws in the measurement however, Meyer and Sullivan determined that the percentage of Americans living in poverty had fallen by more than 26 percentage points, to about 4.5%.
“The claim that poverty hasn’t gone down since the start of the war on poverty is nonsense,” Meyer says. “You can see there were big reductions in poverty over time due mainly to two things — all the transfer programs we’ve added such as SNAP, TANF, SSI, expanded Social Security, and housing benefits — and because the economy has grown.”
The findings of Meyer and Wu give a hint of what’s at stake in the debate over the federal safety net. It’s often pointed out that the elderly are among the economically best situated Americans. But for many of them — especially the lowest-income seniors — their economic status is dependent on Social Security.
“Most people who are very low-income and retired are getting almost all their income from Social Security,” Meyer says. “If you took it away, a lot of them would be below the poverty line.” To put it in terms of the paper’s specific findings, three-quarters of the elderly who would live below the poverty line are raised above that line by Social Security.
Meyer doesn’t think that all our anti-poverty programs are equally effective or well-designed. “It’s fair to say that we could try and encourage work more,” he says. “Even the poor prefer to have a job than to be on the dole. Support for work or even provide public service employment for those who can’t find a job would be improvements.”
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Exclusive: John Brennan still has top security clearance
Tucker: Former CIA director John Brennan still has top security access and has history of dishonesty and is now a partisan talking head for a cable news network. Brennan is not alone, and Sen. Rand Paul finds this ‘alarming.’
President Trump is looking into revoking the security clearances of several top Obama-era intelligence and law enforcement officials, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday, accusing them of having “politicized” or “monetized” their public service.
She made the announcement at Monday’s press briefing, after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called on the president to specifically revoke Trump critic and former CIA Director John Brennan’s clearance.
Sanders said Trump is considering it — and also looking into the clearances for other former officials and Trump critics: former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former CIA Director Michael Hayden (who also worked under President George W. Bush).
Sanders said Trump is “exploring mechanisms” to remove the security clearances “because [the former officials] politicize and in some cases actually monetize their public service and their security clearances in making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia.”
Sanders added that their clearances effectively give “inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence.”
“When you have the highest level of security clearance…when you have the nation’s secrets at hand, and go out and make false [statements], the president feels that’s something to be very concerned with,” Sanders said.
When asked whether former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden would have their security clearances revoked, she said she did not have any further information.
The topic came into the spotlight Monday morning, with Paul’s tweets against the former CIA director.
“Is John Brennan monetizing his security clearance? Is John Brennan making millions of dollars divulging secrets to the mainstream media with his attacks on @realDonaldTrump?” Paul tweeted early Monday.
Brennan joined NBC News and MSNBC in February as a contributor and senior national security and intelligence analyst. A spokesperson for the networks did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Paul’s tweet, which did not list any specific allegations.
The Kentucky Republican, who last week jumped to Trump’s defense as the president faced bipartisan criticism over his summit and press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, followed up the original tweet by saying:
“Today I will meet with the President and I will ask him to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance!”
Paul’s tweets come as fellow congressional Republicans push for Brennan to testify on Capitol Hill regarding the investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election.
The former CIA director has been a consistent and harsh critic of the president, blasting his performance with Putin in Helsinki as “nothing short of treasonous.”
Today I will meet with the President and I will ask him to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 23, 2018
But Brennan is not the only former intelligence official to take to the media world. In April, Comey began a media blitz promoting his new memoir, “A Higher Loyalty,” while Hayden and Rice also frequently make media appearances.
On Twitter, just minutes after the announcement from the White House brieifing, Hayden responded in a tweet to several journalists that a loss of security clearance would not have an “effect” on him.
Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018
“I don’t go back for classified briefings. Won’t have any effect on what I say or write,” Hayden tweeted.
I dont go back for classified briefings. Won’t have any effect on what I say or write
While Mexican officials are railing against Donald Trump for having the audacity to suggest that he would be building a wall along the border of Mexico and America, it would be interesting to note how the Mexican nation views their southern border.
The Mexican southern border divides the country from the nation to their south, Guatemala.
Along the border, is a partial wall that Mexico constructed to secure the border, and to prevent Guatemalans from crossing into Mexico illegally. At the time of its construction, Guatemalan officials were calling the wall, “senseless,” and suggesting that illegal immigrants would find a way to cross into the northern nation.
Mexico has cracked down on illegal immigration in other ways that would have Liberals’ heads spinning if such measures were tried in America.
From the Washington Times:
“Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years.
Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.”
In other words, Mexico treats illegal immigration as a crime, and enforces its laws. It does not grant amnesty to millions of people who have thwarted the law, but instead incarcerates or deports them back to their home country. The Times continues:
“The law also says Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to ‘economic or national interests,’ violate Mexican law, are not ‘physically or mentally healthy’ or lack the ‘necessary funds for their sustenance’ and for their dependents.”
That means that unlike the United States, Mexico does not pay its immigrants, legal or otherwise, welfare to stay in the country. If they have crossed the border, they are expected to work to be productive members of society. This is different from the U.S, who, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, pays more money in welfare benefits to illegal immigrants than it does to its own citizens.
It seems slightly hypocritical for Mexican officials to accuse the United States of being racist and xenophobic for wanting to secure its borders, and crack down on illegal immigration, when Mexico is substantially harsher towards their illegal immigrants.
H/T The Federalist Papers
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In Shelbyville, Ind., where deer and turkey hunting are popular, Teresa Meredith, a kindergarten teacher, said she was stunned by the notion that weapons would have a sanctioned place in an American classroom.
Mr. Trump’s comments, she said, seemed to be taking for granted that mass shootings would continue.
“It felt like he was giving up and saying, ‘This is the new normal,’ instead of saying, ‘How can we prevent this from happening in the first place?’” Ms. Meredith said. “As a teacher, I’m supposed to teach and love and educate and nurture.”
Annaka Larson, 34, a first-grade teacher at Paul and Sheila Wellstone Elementary in St. Paul, Minn., said that on Wednesday, after Trump seemed to float the idea of arming teachers, the subject dominated a meeting that was supposed to be spent planning lessons.
Not a single teacher in the room supported the idea, she said.
A number of teachers, like Skye Warren, who teaches in Houston’s Third Ward, flooded Twitter on Thursday with opposition to Mr. Trump’s plan.
Ms. Warren, who is in her first year of teaching, worries that placing guns in schools would harm students.
“Our kids are already exposed to so many of these violent crimes,” Ms. Warren said. “It’s unacceptable for them not to have safe space like schools. ”
Mr. Trump’s idea is not new. A similar proposal was raised in 2012, following the massacre of first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The nation’s largest education organizations immediately rejected it.
“Firearms in principals’ and teachers’ hands might do more harm than good,” the National Association of Secondary School Principals said in a December 2012 statement. “To be effective, schools must be perceived as safe havens.”
Tom Kuroski, president of the Newtown Federation of Teachers and a teacher of 33 years, said that he could not conceive how such a measure would have prevented the Sandy Hook massacre.
“It just shows you how removed they are from what happens in the classroom on a day-to-day basis,” Mr. Kuroski said.
He added he would be in favor of hiring retired law enforcement officials or military veterans, those trained in using a weapon, to help secure schools.
Opposition also came from the leaders of large school districts.
“The mere thought that teachers should be armed in order to ward off violence is utterly illogical and will only result in making our students and teachers less safe,” said Tommy Chang, the superintendent of Boston Public Schools, in a statement. “The real issue at hand continues to be access to guns.”
Rocky Hanna, the head of a large Florida school district encompassing Tallahassee, said he had not talked to a single person in education or law enforcement who believed it was a good idea.
“Teachers are educators, not security guards,” Mr. Hanna said.
Despite opposition to the idea, dozens of schools across the country, many of them in Ohio, say they have successfully started programs in which select teachers are trained and armed.
Chad Wyen, superintendent of Mad River Local Schools, located in the Dayton metro area, said his district passed a policy to establish a response team that could access weapons following a 2016 nonfatal school shooting in the nearby town of Middletown.
Mr. Wyen said that he was determined that he would not leave his 3,900-student school system, which includes his own children, vulnerable.
“I decided that we may not be able to stop everything, but we can stop a lot,” Mr. Wyen said.
But a survey by the National Education Association in 2013 found that only 22 percent of N.E.A. members favored a proposal to train and arm school employees. Studies have also found that many law enforcement personnel oppose the idea.
Steve Dillon has spent decades teaching science and special education in Tehama County, a rural area in Northern California where a gunman entered an elementary school after killing five people last fall. Mr. Dillon, 60, has owned a shotgun for nearly 50 years and occasionally goes hunting or skeet shooting. But, he said, he would never want a teacher armed on campus.
“I specifically came to teaching because I wasn’t going to need to do anything with a gun,” he said.
“There’s a lot of teachers who are under a lot of stress. All it takes is one kid to get into something that they are not supposed to be into — if they find the weapon, what are the results?”