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National Sporting Goods Store Files For Bankruptcy

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H/T Bearing Arms.

I can understand why Gander Mountain is in trouble financially their prices are ridiculous. 

St. Paul, Minnesota-based Gander Mountain Co. is currently in the process of filing for bankruptcy. The company is working with a financial advisory firm, Lighthouse Management Group, to file bankruptcy as early as this month.

The financial decision comes after Gander Mountain attempted an aggressive expansion of its stores but failed to attract new customers. To date, the sporting goods chain has roughly 160 stores, 60 of which have opened since 2012.

According to a Reuters report, Gander Mountain took out substantial loans:

The company has a $30 million loan, and revolving credit lines for $25 million and $500 million, according to Thomson Reuters data. It is not clear how much money in the credit lines Gander Mountain has yet to draw down on.

The company released a statement, explaining their financial hardships to consumers and employees:

Gander Mountain is the nation’s largest outdoor retail network with 162 specialty stores across 26 states. We are a fully integrated Omni-Channel retailer dedicated to servicing the hunting, camping, fishing, shooting sports, and outdoor products markets. As ‘America’s Firearms Supercenter™,’ we are a market leader in the shooting sports category with an extensive offering of firearms, ammunition, and accessories.

Like most retailers, we are subject to normal economic cycles, changes in our industry and shifts in consumer demand that require us to adapt our business accordingly. It’s been that way since 1960, when we started out as a catalog company in small-town Wisconsin, and it remains the case today. It is this constant adaptation and desire to offer our customers the best selection, best value and best service that has been our hallmark for generations.

Gander Mountain and its ownership group have undertaken a best-practices approach to review our strategic options specific to positioning the company for long-term success. When we engage in such a review we often seek information and advice from external advisors to inform our decisions. To assist in this process, we have retained Houlihan Lokey as independent advisors and we are confident that the outcome of the review will identify the right go-forward strategy. In the meantime, our Gander Mountain stores and gandermountain.com remain the place to go for all of our customers’ outdoor adventure needs.

This announcement follows the closing of Sports Chalet, Sports Authority and Bass Pro’s purchase of Cabela’s.

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House GOP Could Deliver Major Blow To Federal Unions

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H/T The Daily Caller.

The federal unions need to be broken and the civil service act needs to be reformed or repealed so these nameless faceless bureaucrats can be terminated. 

Republican lawmakers in the House are working to prevent federal employees from misusing “official time” to work on union activities.

Citing a report by the Government Accountability Office showing the Department of Veterans Affairs used one-third of its working hours between 2008 to 2012 on union business, House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman said the statistics show roughly 345 working essentially full-time on union issues despite being prohibited from conducting union-specific business.

“Official time certainly is of benefit, but when it’s used in excess, it becomes abusive,” he said. “Today is a somber moment. We have a responsibility to serve our veterans. Any abuse of the system will be looked at in a finite way, and we will correct it.”

The GAO report, which used information collected from the Office of Personnel Management, noted the VA failed to accurately track how official time was being used.

Texas Rep. Jodey Arrington, the chairman of the House Committee on Veteran Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, echoed Meadows’ concerns.

“I don’t believe the average American would see this as reasonable or as necessary,” he said at a hearing Thursday. “I believe the average American would be outraged.”

“With the VA taking up one-third of the official time for the entire federal government, it’s important that it employs accurate methods to calculate and records to show how much time we’re spending on those union activities,” Meadows  continued.

Lawmakers should utilize the Holman Rule, Competitive Enterprise Institute policy adviser William Kovacs suggested, which allows Congress to dock individual federal employee pay for workers who have dedicated all their time to union work, The Washington Post reports.

Union leaders and Democrats slammed Republican criticisms, arguing it’s necessary to improve VA workplaces.

“Without the work of these unions, we would not be able to train appropriately. We would not be able to protect and facilitate whistleblowing,” Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke said. “It’s U.S. law going back to the Kennedy administration, and every single Congress and administration since then has found value in this.

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia argued limiting use of official time could  place a disadvantage on whistleblowers looking to report things like poor VA conditions.

“I am certain that my colleagues do not intend to disadvantage whistleblowers, but the effect of their concerted attacks on unions and civil service protections would be to strip whistleblowers of their advocates in the workplace — their union,” Connolly said.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/17/house-gop-could-deliver-major-blow-to-federal-unions/#ixzz4Z60AZl4N

The “Russia Scare” Coalition: ISIL’s “Useful Idiots”?

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Victory by the “Russia scare” coalition will limit America’s ability to fight ISIL, complicate efforts to win UNSC support for tough enforcement of the Iran nuclear deal and give China more leverage over both Moscow and Washington.

The turmoil surrounding Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s resignation and wider allegations of links between President Donald Trump, his campaign and Russia seems to have made a strong impression in Moscow. Many there had already calibrated initially unrealistic expectations after Mr. Trump’s initial weeks in office; recent events have tempered even these more limited ambitions. Hopes have long faded that Washington would become a Russian ally in Syria, pursue cooperative military action against ISIL, or delink the conflict in Ukraine from the wider U.S.-Russia relationship.

Still, until recently, sober voices on Russia’s television talk shows were a clear minority. Arguing that Russia would have to demonstrate its commitment to working with the United States…

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Criminal Aliens Detained in Sanctuary NYC Include Gang Member, Rapists, Sex Offenders

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H/T Breitbart Texas.

The lamestream media got their panties in a knot when candidate Trump called some of the illegal aliens rapists and murderers.   

The ICE raids are proving Donald Trump was right about many of these illegals.

ICE officers arrested and detained 41 criminal illegal immigrants in New York City, New York, which prides itself on being “sanctuary city.”
The criminal aliens detained were part of a targeted arrest operation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

Altogether, officers detained 22 illegal immigrants in New York City, 14 in Long Island, two in Rockland County, two in Orange County and one in Putnam County, according to WABC News.

Of the 41 criminal illegal immigrants, one was involved with the MS-13 gang, a criminal multinational syndicate. Many others were previously charged with rape of children, burglaries, sex crimes, drunk driving and drug distribution.

WABC reported ICE released full descriptions of each illegal immigrant detained in the raid, excluding their names:

A 31-year-old El Salvador national with a criminal conviction for assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and self-admitted MS-13 gang member. He was arrested in New Hyde Park, NY2. A 49-year-old Jamaican national with a criminal conviction for first degree sexual assault of a victim under the age of 11. convicted of sexual assault carnal abuse. He was arrested in Bronx, NY.3. A 60-year-old Mexican national with a criminal convicted for first degree sexual assault of a victim under the age of 11 and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arrested in Staten Island, NY.

4. A 23-year-old Guyana national with a conviction of rape. He was arrested in Richmond Hill, NY.

5. A 29-year-old Guatemala national convicted of rape. He was arrested in Bronx, NY.

6. A 30-year-old El Salvador national with a conviction of rape. He was arrested in Jamaica, NY.

7. A 51-year-old El Salvador national with a conviction of a sex offense against a child/fondling. He was arrested in College Point, NY.

8. A 54-year-old Guinea national convicted of sexual assault carnal abuse. He was arrested in Bronx, NY.

9. A 38-year-old Ecuador national with a conviction of sexual assault carnal abuse. He was arrested in Jackson Heights, NY.

10. A 43-year-old Mexican national with a conviction of sexual assault carnal abuse. He was arrested in New York, NY.

11. A 30-year-old Ecuador national convicted of sexual assault. He was arrested in New City, NY.

12. A 35-year-old Mexican national with a conviction of a sex offense. He was arrested in New York, NY.

13. A 34-year-old El Salvador national with a conviction of a sex offense. He was arrested in College Point, NY.

14. A 30-year-old Honduras national with a conviction of assault. She was arrested in Monroe, NY.

15. A 40-year-old Mexican national with a conviction of assault. He was arrested in Staten Island, NY.

16. A 34-year-old El Salvador national with a conviction of endangering the welfare of a child. He was arrested in Hempstead, NY.

17. A 29-year-old Mexican national convicted of family neglect. He was arrested in Elmhurst, NY.

18. A 30-year-old previously removed Mexican national convicted of robbery. He was arrested in Brooklyn, NY. He will be prosecuted federally by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York for re-entry after deportation.

19. A 56-year-old El Salvador national convicted of robbery. She was arrested in Riverhead, NY.

20. A 25-year-old Trinidad national convicted of robbery. She was arrested in Roosevelt, NY.

21. A 31-year-old Honduras national convicted of larceny. He was arrested in Island Park, NY.

22. A 27-year-old El Salvador national with a conviction of burglary. He was arrested in Bayshore, NY.

23. A 44-year-old Colombia national with a conviction of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He was arrested in Brooklyn, NY.

24. A 41-year-old previously removed Dominican Republic national convicted of cocaine sale. He was arrested in Bronx, NY. He will be prosecuted federally by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York for re-entry after deportation.

25. A 46-year-old El Salvador national with a conviction of cocaine possession. He was arrested in Elmont, NY.

26. A 38-year-old previously removed Dominican Republic national convicted of drug possession. He was arrested in Bronx, NY. He will be prosecuted federally by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York for re-entry after deportation.

27. A 44-year-old previously removed El Salvador national with a conviction of police obstruction. He was arrested in Roosevelt, NY. He will be prosecuted federally by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York for re-entry after deportation.

28. A 40-year-old Mexican national with a conviction of invasion of privacy. He was arrested in Bronx, NY. He will be prosecuted federally by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York for re-entry after deportation.

29. A 35-year-old previously-removed El Salvador national convicted of driving under the influence. He will be prosecuted federally by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York for re-entry after deportation. He was arrested in Hempstead.

30. A 54-year-old Guatemalan national with convictions of driving under the influence/Human Rights Violator. He was arrested in New York, NY.

31. A 26-year-old previously-removed Guatemala national with a conviction for driving under the influence. He was arrested in the Riverhead, NY.

32. A 28-year-old Guatemala national convicted of driving under the influence. He was arrested in Brewster, NY.

33. A 36-year-old El Salvador national with a conviction of driving under the influence. He was arrested in Copiague, NY.

34. A 40-year-old El Salvador national with a conviction of driving under the influence. He was arrested in Brentwood, NY.

35. A 52-year-old Mexican national with a conviction of driving under the influence. He was arrested in Suffern, NY.

36. A 41-year-old El Salvador national with a conviction of driving under the influence. He was arrested in Wyandanch, NY.

37. A 36-year-old El Salvador national with a conviction of driving under the influence. He was arrested in Brentwood, NY.

38. A 57-year-old Trinidad national with a conviction of driving under the influence. He was arrested in Richmond Hill, NY.

39. A 35-year-old Honduras national who is considered a fugitive with a final order of removal was arrested in Newburgh, NY.

40. A 25-year-old Ecuador national who was considered a fugitive with a final order of removal was arrested in Brooklyn, NY.

41. A 33-year-old previously-removed Mexican national. He will be prosecuted federally by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York for re-entry after deportation. He was arrested in New York, NY.

During the nationwide criminal illegal immigrant arrests last week, ICE arrested and detained a total of 680 individuals– most are now awaiting deportation or criminal convictions.

President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order prioritized the deportation of previously convicted criminal illegal immigrants, giving full authority to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

CNN’s Jim Acosta to Trump: ‘When You Call it Fake News, You’re Undermining Confidence in Our News Media’ [VIDEO]

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H/T Eagle Rising.

I have news for CNN’s Jim Acosta and all of the other media types President Trump is not undermining confidence in the news media and their stories.

Danny Blather(Rather) Tommy Lockjaw(Brokaw) and their cronies have undermined confidence in their news stories years ago. 

During President Trump’s press conference, he discussed a wide range of topics, including Russia, fake news, his former national security advisor General Mike Flynn, fake news, the problem of the inner cities, jobs and unemployment, fake news, the Democrats’ stalling his cabinet appointees, and fake news. Trump was clearly in his element.

He took a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Ironically, Acosta had lamented the day before that the ‘fix was in,’ noting that Trump was only going to call on friendly networks.

Well, that wasn’t the case. The President called on lots of different people – even Jim Acosta, whom the President said works for a ‘very fake news’ organization CNN.

“Aren’t you concerned, sir, that you are undermining the people’s faith in the 1st Amendment freedom of the press, the press in this country, when you call stories you don’t like ‘fake news?’” Acosta asked the President. “Why not just say, ‘It’s a story I don’t like?’”

He added, “When you call it ‘fake news,’ you’re undermining confidence in our news media. Isn’t that important?”

First of all, Trump didn’t invent the term ‘fake news.’ The news media did – or at least, they’re responsible for its popularity. And they used it to undermine confidence in conservative and libertarian-leaning organizations and news media. It’s been part of an effort to eradicate anything and everything that contributed to Hillary Clinton’s loss.

But it’s backfired. Trump is merely using their own words and tactics against them, and they don’t like it.

Second of all, the media undermines itself by distorting facts, over-sensationalizing stories, omitting key details, publishing reports based on totally unsubstantiated information, all for the purpose of undermining the people’s confidence in Trump. They’re doing exactly what they’re accusing Trump of doing to them.

They don’t need the President to undermine the people’s confidence in the news media. They do it to themselves. They’re pointing a finger at Trump, but they’ve got three fingers pointing back at them.

 

WILL VULNERABLE DEMOCRATS DROWN IN SCHUMER’S ‘MAINSTREAM’?

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H/T BarbWire.

I know that Senator Joe Manchin(D-WV) and Senator Heidi Heitkamp(D-ND) are thinking about breaking ranks and not filibustering Judge Neil Gorsuch appointment to the Supreme Court.

If Senator Joe Donnelly(D-IN) has any brains and he does not he would break ranks with Little Smuckie Schumer and vote for Judge Neil Gorsuch. 

Senate Democrats facing tough re-election battles in 2018 may have to decide if they want to hang a political anchor around their necks by joining a filibuster against Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s highly credentialed Supreme Court nominee.

Predictably, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) threatened to filibuster Gorsuch in an op-ed on Politico.com and another in The New York Times, demanding 60 votes to confirm, rather than a simple majority as the Constitution allows. Schumer called Gorsuch “very smart, articulate and polite, with superb judicial demeanor” but not “mainstream.”

Here’s what Schumer thinks is “mainstream.” “Senseless in Seattle and San Francisco” sums it up. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a temporary restraining order issued by a Seattle district court judge against President Trump’s order banning entry into the U.S. for 90-120 days by those from Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and Libya.

Schumer should explain how judges, who aren’t privy to a national security briefing, know a shish kabob from Somalia’s Al-Shabaab, one of whose thugs beheaded a British soldier in London in 2013. Nonetheless, uninformed judges seized President Trump’s plenary power in foreign relations and national security and substituted their ignorant opinions. Foreign nationals, who’ve never set foot in the United States, now supposedly have due process rights under our Constitution. It’s all within the two left banks of Schumer’s “mainstream.”

Schumer should also explain why he now opposes Gorsuch yet joined in Gorsuch’s unanimous confirmation to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ten years ago.

Gorsuch’s record reveals his commitment to uphold the Constitution and laws as written, not those Schumer imagines. Consider:

Judicial duty within the Constitution’s separation of powers

Judge Gorsuch explained his judicial philosophy in his 2016 lecture at Case Western Reserve University honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:

“First, consider the Constitution. Judges, after all, must do more than merely consider it. They take an oath to uphold it. So any theory of judging (in this country at least) must be measured against that foundational duty. … To the founders, the legislative and judicial powers were distinct by nature and their separation was among the most important liberty protecting devices of the constitutional design, an independent right of the people essential to the preservation of all other rights later enumerated in the Constitution and its amendments.”

The ACLU, like Schumer, objects that Gorsuch’s “commitment to an ‘originalist’ theory of constitutional interpretation that disregards our nation’s evolving understandings of constitutional rights is also of concern.”

Declaration of Independence:

In his book, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, Gorsuch reiterates the Declaration’s foundational principle of unalienable rights: “All human beings are intrinsically valuable, and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.”

First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion Clause:

Judge Gorsuch joined a dissenting opinion after the Tenth Circuit refused to grant a re-hearing by the full court in Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell.

“The opinion of the panel majority is clearly and gravely wrong – on an issue that has little to do with contraception and a great deal to do with religious liberty. When a law demands that a person do something the person considers sinful, and the penalty for refusal is a large financial penalty, then the law imposes a substantial burden on that person’s free exercise of religion.”

Gorsuch joined the majority opinion in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, holding that the plaintiffs, a Christian family whose business is dedicated to Christ, were entitled to bring claims under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because their religious beliefs are substantially burdened by the Obamacare contraceptive coverage requirement, including abortifacients.

First Amendment Free Speech Clause

As a college freshman in the mid-1980s, Gorsuch ran for a seat on the student senate. According to the Washington Post, Gorsuch responded to a question from the Columbia Spectator about the Marines recruiting on campus by pointing out the university’s hypocrisy regarding freedom of expression:

“The question here is not whether “the Marines should be allowed to recruit on campus” but whether a University and its community, so devoted to the freedom of individuals to pursue their own chosen lifestyles and to speak freely, has the right or obligation to determine who may speak on campus or what may be said. … Free speech works; it works better than any form of censorship or suppression; and in exercising vigorously, the truth is bound to emerge.”

Second Amendment

Judge Gorsuch noted in a decision involving the “Gun Control Act” that the “Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own firearms and may not be infringed lightly.”

Fourth Amendment

Gorsuch dissented over a warrantless search of a home based on “implied consent” in U.S. v. Carloss.

Gorsuch upheld traffic stop patdowns in U.S. v. Rochin and U.S. v. Rodriguez:

“Not every traffic stop is so innocuous. Sometimes what begins innocently enough turns violent, often rapidly and unexpectedly. Every year, thousands of law enforcement officers are assaulted – and many are killed – in what seem at first to be routine stops for relatively minor traffic infractions.”

If Schumer insists on 60 votes to stop a filibuster, he should be reminded that in 2003, Sen. John Cornyn’s office pointed to Schumer’s admission on the record that “51 Senators of the majority could propose changes in the rules” [Judicial Nominations, Filibusters, and the Constitution: When a Majority is Denied Its Right to Consent, S. Hrg. 108-227, at 60 (2003)].

Call it “Patriot 51,” and obliterate any attempt to filibuster a constitutionally mainstream judge eminently qualified for the Supreme Court.

Despite Dem Skepticism, ICE Verifies Secretary Kelly’s Claim that Most Newly-Apprehended Immigrants Are Convicted Criminals

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H/T Liberty UnYielding.

DemocRats want to keep every illegal as they know they will vote DemocRat.

The claim that an overwhelming majority of immigrants targeted in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids last week were convicted criminals is correct and backed by hard numbers, despite skepticism from House Democrats.

The raids stretched from California to New York, where more than 680 unauthorized immigrants “who pose a threat to public safety, border security or the integrity of our nation’s immigration system” were apprehended for deportation and jail, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in a statement.

Kelly added that of the nearly 700 immigrants arrested, “approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens, convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges.”

But Democrats were not initially convinced of Kelly’s claim. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters Thursday that there is a cloud of doubt around the 75 percent figure, on which ICE should further elaborate:

“I haven’t seen any statistics that support that claim. I have a great deal of respect for [Secretary Kelly], but by observation that is hard to support.”

After Democrats levied concerns, ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan gave a handful of House members, which included Republicans, a briefing Thursday to discuss the recent raids.

Afterward, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) told reporters the takeaway from the meeting was that “the universe of people who are priority for removal is greatly expanded” and that many more raids are expected in the future. Sanchez added that ICE’s only limitations are due to their relatively small resources and manpower.

Independent Journal Review obtained a copy of the list of various criminal offenses provided to the members by Director Homan, which shows that Kelly was correct in his assertion that the crimes were of a severe nature.

There were 161 DUIs, 47 cases of domestic violence, 15 assaults with an aggravated weapon, 15 cases of sex offense/fondling against a child and dozens of other cases of sexual and violent crimes.

In total, 507 of the 683 apprehended immigrants had criminal convictions, on par with Kelly’s claim of 75 percent. However, as Democrats noted, some of the crimes were less severe, including traffic violations and shoplifting.

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) told IJR, “If they’re lawbreakers, there are consequences to breaking the law,” adding:

“I don’t understand why we defend criminals. I don’t understand it. If the other side of the aisle wants to defend the criminals, I guess that could be their thing.”

Perry added that his understanding from the Donald Trump administration is that the immediate focus was going to be on immigrants with criminal convictions, and that it would make sense to target the most severe first.

“I don’t know what their threshold is, but once again we’re talking about the crime,” he said.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article misidentified Rep. Sanchez. It has been corrected.

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