Highly reminiscent of our outrageously bought and paid for judiciary, Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider the following. It's appalling. Runs against the grain of everything our formerly great country once stood for. No longer.
The Republican Party is not the party of the family. Certainly, not under the Trump nazi and his henchmen. In fact, this fascist and his fellow nazis are breaking up the family. CBS News reports:
"The family of a Michigan man deported to Mexico are blaming a legal blunder for his removal. Immigration officials forced Jorge Garcia, who has lived in the U.S. for about 30 years, to return to Mexico this week. He has an American wife and two children. CBS News' Anna Werner spoke with the family who says they will fight to get him back to the U.S. The Garcia family had been back and forth with immigration officials since the Obama administration. So although their concerns over deportation didn't start with the Trump presidency, the new administration's change in its approach to enforcement means those fears have now become reality."
Raw national socialism ala Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.
"After 15 years of marriage, Cindy Garcia had to say goodbye to her husband. Her children had to part from their father. Cindy said it was "devastating." "We did not want to let him go. We said our goodbyes, we told him we love you, we're going to miss you, but you don't want to let someone go that you love. It's very hard," she said. Garcia has lived in the U.S. since an uncle brought him here from Mexico at 10 years old. He and Cindy married in 2002 and began trying to get him on the path to citizenship through proper legal channels, but she says their first lawyer did not follow the right immigration procedures. "Jorge was exposed to ICE because of this application that should not have been filed," said Diego Bonesatti of Michigan United Legal Services."
ICE couldn't care less about the United States Constitution, and/or the rule of law. This nazi jackbooted agency has been granted carte blanche by Trump and his fellow national socialists.
"Garcia was ordered removed. During the Obama administration, ICE granted stays several times while the couple worked to resolve his residency issues. Then President Trump came into office. Suddenly, Garcia was told he had to go. ICE told CBS News in a statement, that the agency "exercised prosecutorial discretion on multiple prior occasions" in Garcia's case, but that anyone violating immigration laws "may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and…removal from the United States."
A raucous, boot clicking, goose stepping, treasonous, treacherous, traitorous Sieg Heil! You jackbooted bastards are out of uniform. Where are your swastika armbands?
"I understand that the president wants to protect our borders. But at the same time, if my husband was brought here as a child, he has no criminal record, each individual case needs to be looked at because we try to do the right thing. It's not like we didn't. We tried," Cindy said. "So what do you say to people out there who say you know what, he came to this country illegally, so tough luck?" Werner asked. "What I'd like to tell them is he came at 10 years old, so somebody brought him into the country. So there was nothing he possibly could have done," she said. "There will be no ICE coming to the door to try and deport me because I am a U.S. citizen. There's nothing ICE can do to shut me up."
Goddamned right. Let it rip. F--k the bastards.
"The Garcia family expects to be apart from Jorge or at least 18 months, until they hope to get him an appointment with a U.S. Consulate in Mexico. But delays in these cases often go on for years, and it's anyone's guess as to when – or if – he will ever be allowed to return to the U.S."
Nazi America. A goddamned fascist police-state quickly transforming to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich. Amazing how these GOP nazis seem to have conveniently forgotten their UNDOCUMENTED forebears came to this continent centuries ago. Stole this land from its native inhabitants. BROKE every goddamned treaty signed. Now they want a wall? Give me a goddamned break.
Cowardly fail to financially and/or materially support those fighting for all civil and constitutional rights and liberties at great personal cost and risk? Get what you truly deserve.
Once again, Trump disgraced himself and the presidency. Demonstrated profound unfitness for office. The Washington Post reports:
"President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to two people briefed on the meeting. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday. The comments left lawmakers taken aback, according to people familiar with their reactions. Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 percent and prioritizing countries already in the system, a White House official said."
Needless to say, this ignited quite a firestorm not only in our formerly great country, but across the globe.
"Graham and Durbin thought they would be meeting with Trump alone and were surprised to find immigration hard-liners such as Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) at the meeting. The meeting was impromptu and came after phone calls Thursday morning, Capitol Hill aides said."
Trump obviously set both men up, determined to advance his racist xenophobic agenda.
Think Norwegians wish to emigrate en masse to the United States? CBS News Moneywatch reports:
"President Trump suggested he'd prefer to see "more people from places like Norway" immigrate to the U.S., according to accounts of his now-infamous Oval Office conversation with congressional leaders Thursday on immigration reform. There's one big problem with this: Norwegians apparently aren't so enamored of life in America."
Why would they be? Consider the following:
"Both the U.S. and Norway are rich countries, but Scandinavian countries tend to score higher on rankings of quality of life because of their strong social services, such as universal health care. Norway ranks No. 1 in the United Nation's Human Development Index, receiving high marks for health, education, gender equality and income. By comparison, the United States ranks 10th, with lower marks for education, wealth and life expectancy. More than 16 percent of Americans live in poverty, or double the rate in Norway."
Surprised? Why? Handwriting's been on the wall last fifty years. Forget? Our system is based on an Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged winner-take-all laissez-faire system of capitalism. That is, the top of the food chain makes money the old fashioned way. Steal it. Think not? Wake up. Loot labor. Create shoddy products and services that remain outrageously overpriced.
Amazing how wealth defies the law of gravity. Flows from bottom and middle class to the very top of the economic system. Top of the food chain owns and controls most of the wealth. Yet, the hopelessly greedy falsely insist there is indeed a 'free' market.
Absolute nonsense. A lie. Convoluted determined deception. Those with the wealth own, control, manipulate the market. Yet, the hopelessly greedy disingenuously continue to claim the opposite. Shamelessly lie.
To maintain a status quo that remains ludicrously unsustainable. Ignoring the rumble. An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming. As the country continues to deteriorate. Doomsday clock strikes ever closer to midnight.
"It may be no surprise that at least one developed country is now targeting Americans as potential immigrants: New Zealand. The country has started a campaign called NZ. Now to lure American professionals to the antipodean country. Two of its selling points: its public health care system and quality of life. It added that a 2017 effort to lure software developers has attracted more than 7,000 U.S. applicants so far. Even if New Zealand is an exception in targeting America as a source of potential immigrants, it's clear that Norwegians aren't going to start flooding back to the U.S. like it's 1890 again. After all, that would mean giving up universal healthcare, almost five weeks of paid vacation and 46 weeks of fully paid parental leave."
Amazing how in Nazi Llano County only ones raving about life in our formerly great country are wealthy Republican national socialists who continue to live off the fruits of the labor of others. -- Those on the bottom and middle class who've been royally f--ked in the ass without the KY. So those on the top enjoy opulence they didn't earn. Stole from others.
While egregiously unpresidential, Trump's use of vulgarity is not the issue. His pernicious embrace of racist nazism is.
Cowardly fail to financially and/or materially support those fighting for all civil and constitutional rights and liberties at great personal cost and risk? Get what you truly deserve.
There are a few people left in our country willing to stand on principle. Not sell out. Can't be bought. John Feely is one of them. The Washington Times reports:
"The U.S. ambassador to Panama resigned Friday, saying he can no longer serve in his post under President Trump. Ambassador John Feeley wrote a letter to the State Department announcing his decision, Reuters reported. “As a junior foreign service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when I might not agree with certain policies,” Mr. Feeley said in the letter, Reuters reported. “My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come.”
He'll be leaving 3/9. Hat's off, Mr. Ambassador.
Cowardly fail to financially and/or materially support those fighting for all civil and constitutional rights and liberties at great personal cost and risk? Get what you truly deserve.
There are indeed a few people in government service willing to stand up to the Trump nazi. NPR reports:
"Three-quarters of the seats on the U.S. National Park Service advisory board are vacant following a mass resignation Monday night, citing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's unwillingness to meet with them. Nine of the panel's 12 members, led by former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, handed in their resignations. The bipartisan panel was appointed by President Barack Obama and the terms of all members who quit were set to expire in May. Knowles, in a letter of resignation to Zinke from himself and the eight other members, said the board had "worked closely and productively through 2016 with dedicated National Park Service employees, an inspiring Director and a fully supportive Department."
All apparently for naught:
"Since then, as explained in the letter, the board had repeatedly tried and failed to secure a meeting with the new interior secretary. "[Our] requests to engage have been ignored and the matters on which we wanted to brief the new Department team are clearly not part of the agenda," the letter reads. Alaska Public Radio quoted Knowles as saying that the Department of the Interior "showed no interest in learning about or continuing to use the forward-thinking agenda of science, the effect of climate change, protections of the ecosystems, education."
Trump and his henchmen can't, won't be confused with the truth.
There are indeed a few people in Congress willing to stand on principle. Not sell out. Not be bought. Sen. Jeff Flake is certainly one of them. CBS News reports:
"Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, delivered a rebuke of President Trump on the Senate floor Wednesday, in a speech that drew a comparison between Mr. Trump and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and called for greater protections of the truth and members of the press around the world. In his remarks, Flake called out Mr. Trump's repeated attacks on the news media, saying it's an "assault as unprecedented as it is unwarranted."
The Senator stood tall. Too bad he's leaving the Senate. Here is the transcript of his speech courtesy of NBC News:
Mr. President, near the beginning of the document that made us free, our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident...” So, from our very beginnings, our freedom has been predicated on truth. The founders were visionary in this regard, understanding well that good faith and shared facts between the governed and the government would be the very basis of this ongoing idea of America.
As the distinguished former member of this body, Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, famously said: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” During the past year, I am alarmed to say that Senator Moynihan’s proposition has likely been tested more severely than at any time in our history.
It is for that reason that I rise today, to talk about the truth, and its relationship to democracy. For without truth, and a principled fidelity to truth and to shared facts, Mr. President, our democracy will not last.
2017 was a year which saw the truth — objective, empirical, evidence-based truth — more battered and abused than any other in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government. It was a year which saw the White House enshrine “alternative facts” into the American lexicon, as justification for what used to be known simply as good old-fashioned falsehoods. It was the year in which an unrelenting daily assault on the constitutionally-protected free press was launched by that same White House, an assault that is as unprecedented as it is unwarranted. “The enemy of the people,” was what the president of the United States called the free press in 2017.
Mr. President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies. It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase “enemy of the people,” that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin for the purpose of “annihilating such individuals” who disagreed with the supreme leader.
This alone should be a source of great shame for us in this body, especially for those of us in the president’s party. For they are shameful, repulsive statements. And, of course, the president has it precisely backward — despotism is the enemy of the people. The free press is the despot’s enemy, which makes the free press the guardian of democracy. When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn’t suit him “fake news,” it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press.
I dare say that anyone who has the privilege and awesome responsibility to serve in this chamber knows that these reflexive slurs of “fake news” are dubious, at best. Those of us who travel overseas, especially to war zones and other troubled areas around the globe, encounter members of U.S. based media who risk their lives, and sometimes lose their lives, reporting on the truth. To dismiss their work as fake news is an affront to their commitment and their sacrifice.
According to the International Federation of Journalists, 80 journalists were killed in 2017, and a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists documents that the number of journalists imprisoned around the world has reached 262, which is a new record. This total includes 21 reporters who are being held on “false news” charges.
Mr. President, so powerful is the presidency that the damage done by the sustained attack on the truth will not be confined to the president’s time in office. Here in America, we do not pay obeisance to the powerful — in fact, we question the powerful most ardently — to do so is our birthright and a requirement of our citizenship — and so, we know well that no matter how powerful, no president will ever have dominion over objective reality.
No politician will ever get to tell us what the truth is and is not. And anyone who presumes to try to attack or manipulate the truth to his own purposes should be made to realize the mistake and be held to account. That is our job here. And that is just as Madison, Hamilton, and Jay would have it.
Of course, a major difference between politicians and the free press is that the press usually corrects itself when it gets something wrong. Politicians don’t.
No longer can we compound attacks on truth with our silent acquiescence. No longer can we turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to these assaults on our institutions. And Mr. President, an American president who cannot take criticism — who must constantly deflect and distort and distract, who must find someone else to blame — is charting a very dangerous path. And a Congress that fails to act as a check on the president adds to the danger.
Now, we are told via Twitter that today the president intends to announce his choice for the “most corrupt and dishonest” media awards. It beggars belief that an American president would engage in such a spectacle. But here we are.
And so, 2018 must be the year in which the truth takes a stand against power that would weaken it. In this effort, the choice is quite simple. And in this effort, the truth needs as many allies as possible. Together, my colleagues, we are powerful. Together, we have it within us to turn back these attacks, right these wrongs, repair this damage, restore reverence for our institutions, and prevent further moral vandalism.
Together, united in the purpose to do our jobs under the Constitution, without regard to party or party loyalty, let us resolve to be allies of the truth — and not partners in its destruction.
It is not my purpose here to inventory all of the official untruths of the past year. But a brief survey is in order. Some untruths are trivial — such as the bizarre contention regarding the crowd size at last year’s inaugural.
But many untruths are not at all trivial — such as the seminal untruth of the president’s political career — the oft-repeated conspiracy about the birthplace of President Obama. Also not trivial are the equally pernicious fantasies about rigged elections and massive voter fraud, which are as destructive as they are inaccurate — to the effort to undermine confidence in the federal courts, federal law enforcement, the intelligence community and the free press, to perhaps the most vexing untruth of all — the supposed “hoax” at the heart of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
To be very clear, to call the Russia matter a “hoax” — as the president has many times — is a falsehood. We know that the attacks orchestrated by the Russian government during the election were real and constitute a grave threat to both American sovereignty and to our national security. It is in the interest of every American to get to the bottom of this matter, wherever the investigation leads.
Ignoring or denying the truth about hostile Russian intentions toward the United States leaves us vulnerable to further attacks. We are told by our intelligence agencies that those attacks are ongoing, yet it has recently been reported that there has not been a single cabinet-level meeting regarding Russian interference and how to defend America against these attacks. Not one. What might seem like a casual and routine untruth — so casual and routine that it has by now become the white noise of Washington — is in fact a serious lapse in the defense of our country.
Mr. President, let us be clear. The impulses underlying the dissemination of such untruths are not benign. They have the effect of eroding trust in our vital institutions and conditioning the public to no longer trust them. The destructive effect of this kind of behavior on our democracy cannot be overstated.
Mr. President, every word that a president utters projects American values around the world. The values of free expression and a reverence for the free press have been our global hallmark, for it is our ability to freely air the truth that keeps our government honest and keeps a people free. Between the mighty and the modest, truth is the great leveler. And so, respect for freedom of the press has always been one of our most important exports.
But a recent report published in our free press should raise an alarm. Reading from the story:
“In February … Syrian President Bashar Assad brushed off an Amnesty International report that some 13,000 people had been killed at one of his military prisons by saying, “You can forge anything these days, we are living in a fake news era.”
In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has complained of being “demonized” by “fake news.” Last month, the report continues, with our president, quote “laughing by his side” Duterte called reporters “spies.”
In July, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro complained to the Russian propaganda outlet, that the world media had “spread lots of false versions, lots of lies” about his country, adding, “This is what we call 'fake news' today, isn't it?”
There are more:
“A state official in Myanmar recently said, “There is no such thing as Rohingya. It is fake news,” referring to the persecuted ethnic group.
Leaders in Singapore, a country known for restricting free speech, have promised “fake news” legislation in the new year.”
And on and on. This feedback loop is disgraceful, Mr. President. Not only has the past year seen an American president borrow despotic language to refer to the free press, but it seems he has in turn inspired dictators and authoritarians with his own language. This is reprehensible.
We are not in a “fake news” era, as Bashar Assad says. We are, rather, in an era in which the authoritarian impulse is reasserting itself, to challenge free people and free societies, everywhere.
In our own country, from the trivial to the truly dangerous, it is the range and regularity of the untruths we see that should be cause for profound alarm, and spur to action. Add to that the by-now predictable habit of calling true things false, and false things true, and we have a recipe for disaster. As George Orwell warned, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”
Any of us who have spent time in public life have endured news coverage we felt was jaded or unfair. But in our positions, to employ even idle threats to use laws or regulations to stifle criticism is corrosive to our democratic institutions. Simply put: it is the press’s obligation to uncover the truth about power. It is the people’s right to criticize their government. And it is our job to take it.
What is the goal of laying siege to the truth? President John F. Kennedy, in a stirring speech on the 20th anniversary of the Voice of America, was eloquent in answer to that question:
“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
Mr. President, the question of why the truth is now under such assault may well be for historians to determine. But for those who cherish American constitutional democracy, what matters is the effect on America and her people and her standing in an increasingly unstable world — made all the more unstable by these very fabrications. What matters is the daily disassembling of our democratic institutions.
We are a mature democracy. It is well past time that we stop excusing or ignoring — or worse, endorsing — these attacks on the truth. For if we compromise the truth for the sake of our politics, we are lost.
I sincerely thank my colleagues for their indulgence today. I will close by borrowing the words of an early adherent to my faith that I find has special resonance at this moment. His name was John Jacques, and as a young missionary in England he contemplated the question: "What is truth?" His search was expressed in poetry and ultimately in a hymn that I grew up with, titled “Oh Say, What is Truth.” It ends as follows:
“Then say, what is truth? 'Tis the last and the first,
For the limits of time it steps o'er.
Tho the heavens depart and the earth's fountains burst.
Truth, the sum of existence, will weather the worst,
Eternal… unchanged… evermore.”
Thank you, Mr. President. I yield the floor.
While not in agreement with all his policy positions and Senate votes, Sen. Flake certainly has the stature of the founder of his party, President Abraham Lincoln.
Once again, Republican national socialists in the House betrayed their oaths of office to protect and defend the United States Constitution. Particularly, the Bill of Rights. NPR reports:
"A controversial spying law survived in the House after a kerfuffle on Thursday morning in which President Trump took aim at the bill despite his administration's formal support for it."
... Once again, demonstrating his egregious unfitness for office.
"The House voted to reauthorize snooping provisions known by the Capitol Hill shorthand as "Section 702," which are due to expire next week. The Senate would need to vote next in order to preserve them in law."
Anyone voting for this bill is a goddamned traitor.
"The White House supports reauthorization, but Trump escalated the intermittent war with his intelligence agencies on Thursday in a series of Twitter posts that threatened to torpedo the vote."
Leading one to pointedly question who runs the White House? The Trump nazi? Staff? Both? Neither?
"The controversial law permits U.S. intelligence to surveil Americans without a warrant when they are detected talking with foreigners overseas who were under surveillance."
Direct violation of the Fourth Amendment requirement of probable cause and a search warrant. These goddamned nazis are traitors.
"But that law — known by its congressional shorthand, Section 702 — has become tangled up in the sprawling political imbroglio over Russia's attack on the 2016 election, and Trump resurrected charges that it might have been used to snoop on him. "This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?" he wrote."
Jesus Christ. Carefully, reread the last quote. Ferociously pointedly, when it's the Trump nazi's privacy invaded the son of a bitch is ferociously against such surveillance. When it's the rest of us, this fascist piece of shit couldn't care less:
“House votes on controversial
FISA ACT today.” This is the act that may have been used, with the help
of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the
Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2018"
The hypocrisy reeks.
ABC News reports:
"President Donald Trump is under fire following a pair of seemingly contradictory tweets that thrust confusion into the debate over a program deemed critical by government national security agencies. The controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which authorized the U.S. government to seek to monitor electronic communications of foreign persons suspected of terrorist activities, passed the House on Thursday in a 256-164 vote, but not before the president issued confusing statements via twitter that drew his support for the measure into question. "This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?" Trump tweeted Thursday morning."
What's good for the goose isn't good for the gander, Mr. 'President?'
"That tweet seemed to contradict a statement from the White House just 12 hours earlier which expressed clear support for the measure, — and it seemed to support a proposed amendment to reform the program that the White House had also said it didn't want. The 'USA Rights' amendment proposed by Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., would have banned government officials from looking through Americans' data collected under FISA's '702 program' without a warrant."
Jesus Christ. Can't have that, can we? That is, adhering to the Fourth Amendment requirement of probable cause and a warrant. These jackbooted Republican nazis are traitors:
"That amendment failed Thursday morning in a 183-233 vote. Opponents of the proposal, including House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said the proposed change would “disable” the 702 program. The White House came out against the amendment and for re-authorization on Wednesday, though President Trump appeared to oppose the measure in a tweet Thursday morning."
"The nation's top spy bosses scrambled to the White House early Thursday to urge President Trump to restate his support for a controversial surveillance law after he spent the morning trashing it on Twitter. CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, White House chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser H.R. McMaster all convened in the Oval Office with the president to urge him to row back his criticism. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also joined in by telephone. The men helped coach the president in wording the conclusion of a thread that began with a condemnation of the law that the president's administration supports."
These men are traitors. Abrogated their oaths of office to protect and defend the United States Constitution.
Trump's henchmen continue to shamelessly cover his sorry ass. NPR reports:
"The Secretary of Homeland Security testified Tuesday that she did not hear President Trump use a vulgarity in a meeting with lawmakers about immigration last week. The president was widely reported to have used a disparaging word to describe African nations and wondered aloud why people from countries like Haiti were allowed to come to the United States. "You were in the room, you're under oath," pointed out Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, the senator from Vermont. "Did President Trump use this word or a substantially similar word to describe certain countries?" "I did not hear that word used, no sir," DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen responded in what was an, at times, contentious Senate hearing with two of the senators who were also in that meeting. "That is not the question," Leahy shot back. "Did he use anything similar to that describing certain countries?" "The conversation was very impassioned. I don't dispute the president was using tough language. Others in the room were also using tough language." She didn't elaborate what that tough language was."
The Senator egregiously failed to hold her feet proverbially to the fire.
CBS News reports:
"Following his explosion at Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, told "CBS This Morning" that he believes Nielsen "lied under oath" and was not "telling the truth" about details surrounding a vulgar exchange during an Oval Office meeting on immigration last week. "She was an American citizen under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee and she pretended like she didn't remember, she couldn't remember what the President of the United States, the Commander in Chief, her boss was saying. She didn't remember Lindsey Graham, who challenged the president on his vile words yesterday," Booker said Wednesday. "It was so offensive to me that she lied under oath."
Welcome to the club. Par for the course in Nazi America. A fascist police-state quickly transforming to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
"He called Nielsen's testimony "a lie" and a "sham," and he wondered, "Why would an American under oath lie? To protect their job?"
To protect her fuhrer's sorry ass.
"On Tuesday, when Secretary Nielsen was testifying before the Senate committee, Booker, along with several other senators, probed Nielsen about her recollection of a White House meeting on immigration in which President Trump reportedly used vulgar language about some immigrants from some countries when he was being apprised of proposed changes to the the diversity visa lottery program. Nielsen repeatedly denied having heard Mr. Trump use the word "sh*thole," telling senators, "I did not hear that word used." She added, "I don't dispute that the president was using tough language.
"A heated Booker railed against Nielsen's responses. "Your silence and your amnesia is complicity, " he told her. He went on in an emotional plea, "When Dick Durbin called me, I had tears of rage when I heard about his experience in that meeting. And for you not to feel that hurt and that pain, and to dismiss some of the questions of my colleagues, saying 'I've already answered that line of questions,' when tens of millions of Americans are hurting right now because of what they're worried about what happened in the White House, that's unacceptable to me."
Aryan arrogance displayed by one of Trump's lackeys. Par for the course in a nazi state.
"Booker commented on his heated exchange, saying, "I'm not going to take it. I did get very upset sitting there." He added, "I had to listen to her over and over again tell lies to my colleagues. I'm just not going to take it."
They didn't proverbially hold her feet to the fire. The same question needed to be asked over and over and over again until it was responsively answered. If not possible, hold the witness in contempt.
"He argued, however, that his anger was not necessarily about the profanity used, but rather that "the president of the United States would speak in such a bigoted manner against large groups of people, large groups who are represented here in this country as our fellow America citizens."
Jesus Christ, precisely right. It's Trumps racism, bigotry, embrace of national socialism that is and remains the problem.
"He added, "What is the worst thing that allows bigotry and hate to proliferate is people who...stand by and do nothing when it's said. Those of us who stand by and do nothing are complicit in that ignorance."
That's right. Precisely, the principle made over and over and over again in this publication ad nauseum.
"Booker said he didn't believe Nielsen's claim that she didn't hear the president use such language, especially because the meeting took place in the Oval Office."
No kidding. That's right. Yet, the other GOP nazis present with the exception of Sen. Lindsey Graham continue to deny the truth.
"When you're in that room, it's a sacred space in our country," Booker said "All your senses are heightened. You know what the president of the United States is saying, especially in heated exchanges. There's just no way I buy that."
Goddamned right. Let it rip, Sen. Booker.
The FCC is being aggressively sued vis a vis repeal of net neutrality rules. Doesn't your heart bleed? The Washington Post reports:
"Twenty-one states, the District of Columbia and several public interest groups filed the first major lawsuits Tuesday to block the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, marking the start of a high-stakes legal battle over the future of the Internet. The FCC's rules had prohibited Internet providers from slowing down or blocking websites. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is leading the states' suit, said that the FCC’s repeal of the net neutrality rules was “arbitrary” and “capricious” and violates federal law."
What it truly is is the Trump nazi and his henchmen determinedly lining the pockets of the corporate management suite off the backs of the rest of us.
"The suit comes just a day after Democrats in the Senate said they were inching closer to the votes needed for a legislative measure to help overturn the FCC's rule change. Their resolution aims to reverse the FCC's decision and block the agency from passing similar measures in the future. It has garnered the support of all 49 Democratic senators as well as one Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine."
Former military officers are concerned vis a vis the Trump nazi's fitness. CBS News reports:
"A group of 17 former nuclear launch officers are calling on Congress to rein in President Trump's power to use nuclear weapons, saying he "poses a clear and present danger to the country and the world." Global Zero, an international nuclear disarmament advocacy group, sent the letter to Congress on Thursday, following a similar letter written after Mr. Trump won the 2016 presidential election. "Every American president has absolute authority to order the first use of nuclear weapons. No one – not the secretary of defense, not the attorney general, not Congress – can veto that order. There are no reliable safeguards in place to contain this power," the officers wrote."
A problem. Big problem. Certainly, in the case of Trump. Sadly, first time since 1945 and the beginning of the nuclear era there has been any such concern with the Oval Office occupant.
"The letter references Mr. Trump's recent tweets comparing the size of his nuclear button to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's, calling the comments "dangerous and risks catastrophic miscalculation." "Threats of 'fire and fury' and total destruction of the Kim dictatorship undercut diplomatic efforts and increase the likelihood of stumbling into conflict," they said."
From Day 1, Trump's temperament is, has been, still remains in question.
"The officers said there are a "number of good proposals" before Congress that can rein in the president's power to "order the first use of nuclear weapons." "Whether it's assigning the defense secretary and attorney general a role in certifying a launch order, requiring a Congressional Declaration of War before the first use of nuclear weapons, or ending the policy of nuclear first use entirely, any of these common-sense measures would reduce the risk we now face. All are backed by top experts and worthy of consideration," the letter states. "Whichever path we take, it is essential officials on both sides of the aisle come together to reform the system."
Indeed, time for change.
Amazingly gratifying how the sordid past continues to determinedly haunt the Trump nazi. CBS News reports:
"Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal attorney, arranged a $130,000 payment to a leading porn star in return for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, say that Cohen arranged the payment in October 2016 to Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels. Clifford was one of the most popular adult actresses in the country when she met Mr. Trump in 2006 at a golf championship in Nevada. She was 27 years old at the time, and Mr. Trump would have just turned 60."
White House continues to stonewall:
"These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election," a White House official said in response. Cohen didn't comment on the alleged pay-off, although he did tell the paper that "President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels." "This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client," Cohen added. "You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011." Cohen also released a statement signed by "Stormy Daniels" denying that she has a "sexual and/or romantic affair" with Mr. Trump, who married his wife Melania in 2005. "When I met Donald Trump, he was gracious, professional and a complete GENTLEMAN to me and everyone in my presence," the statement says."
"Clifford had been in talks to discuss Mr. Trump with ABC's "Good Morning America" in the weeks leading up to the election when Cohen arranged the payment to her, according to the Journal. The payment, the Journal reports, was made through Clifford's attorney, Keith Davidson. Davidson declined to comment on the story, citing "attorney-client privilege."
Someone's lying. Guess who. All the more reason the media needs to keep digging. Uncover the truth. No matter what it happens to be.
Trump has once again proven he is no honest peace broker in the Middle East. NPR reports:
"The State Department is withholding $65 million it planned to send to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, calling for reforms and for other nations to step up their support — especially those that criticize the Trump administration's positions regarding Palestinians and Israel."
Clearly, 'The King has no clothes.'
"The U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees in the Near East had stood to receive $125 million in U.S. funding. Instead, the State Department will send $60 million, money that State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Tuesday is meant "to sustain schools and health services to ensure that teachers and also health care providers can be paid their salaries." Nauert said the remaining $65 million is "not being canceled. It's just being held for future consideration."
Think that will force Palestinians to kiss the Trump nazi's ass?
"The funding freeze comes weeks after the U.S. was soundly rejected in its attempts to block a nonbinding resolution in the U.N. that called for countries not to move their embassies to Jerusalem — as President Trump pledged to do in early December."
A guaranty there can't, won't be any peace in the region for the foreseeable future. Trump is achingly stupid.
"The U.N. vote to approve the resolution was 128-9, prompting U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley to say, "The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation."
What it does is strengthen the resolve of the world community to stand up to the lunatic nazi dictator in the Oval Office.
Another Republican Senator continues to stand up to the Sessions nazi. NPR reports:
"Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, who is calling on the Trump administration to allow states to legalize marijuana without federal interference, is continuing his nearly weeklong standoff with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the issue. In an interview with NPR, he suggests that if the Department of Justice doesn't back off, it might spur Congress to act. Last week, after Sessions opened the door for aggressive prosecution of marijuana offenses, Gardner threatened to hold up Department of Justice nominations until Sessions reversed course. Gardner said the policy change "directly contradicts" a commitment Sessions made before his confirmation. The two men met Wednesday, and neither has budged, Gardner tells NPR. "There was no breakthrough yet," the Republican senator told NPR's Kelly McEvers, in an unaired conversation. "But I hope there will be." "I have not changed my decision to hold these nominations until we have a commitment that lives up to what I believe was given to me prior to the confirmation," Gardner said."
Use the power you have, Senator, to force the issue.
"The policy shift announced by Sessions "spurs Congress [to] an even greater need to act in this area of law," Gardner said. He pointed to efforts in the House of Representatives to protect states' medical marijuana laws and suggested congressional hearings on the subject in the future. "We need ... a long-term legislative solution," he said."
Should have happened fifty years ago. Instead, we got Nixon and his failed "War On Drugs." Overloaded the jails and prisons. Corrupted every law enforcement agency in our formerly great country. Created the gang problem. List can go on and on. Aggressive stupidity at its worst.
Once again, Trump lied to cover his sorry ass. LOL. -- Certainly, gave the Brits a good laugh. The Washington Post reports:
"Many Londoners on Friday offered their own reasons for President Trump canceling a possible trip to the British capital: He was nervous about the expected protests that could greet him. “It seems he's finally got that message,” wrote London's mayor, Sadiq Khan."
You think? LOL.
"Trump tweeted: “Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO.”
"In fact, it was the George W. Bush administration that decided more than a decade ago to relocate the embassy during a worldwide push for greater security at U.S. diplomatic sites."
Trump certainly doesn't understand it's far, far easier to simply tell the truth.
"David Lammy, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party, believed Trump was shaken by the prospect of being “met by millions of us out on the streets protesting.”
"What a load of ********! You finally got the message that you’d be met by millions of us out on the streets protesting. https://t.co/L0Y4Q42bcT
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) January 12, 2018"
Don't you love it? LOL.
The LGBTQ community continues to come under vicious attack. NBC reports:
"At least 129 anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced across 30 states during the 2017 state legislative season, according to a new report published by LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Twelve of these bills — which range from adoption laws to “religious freedom” legislation — became law, the report noted. “If an LGBTQ couple drove from Maine to California today, their legal rights and civil rights protections could change more than 20 times at state borders and city lines,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement."
Sad, isn't it? Egregious violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is, freedom from religion.
Highly reminiscent of our outrageously bought and paid for judiciary, Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider the following. It's appalling. Runs against the grain of everything our formerly great country once stood for. No longer.
In follow up to a case repeatedly covered in this publication and elsewhere, CBS News reports:
"The former leader of a specialized unit of Baltimore's police force will plead guilty in a corruption case. The Baltimore Sun reports Wednesday that former Sgt. Wayne Jenkins will enter a guilty plea Friday in federal court in Baltimore. The Sun says his lawyer confirmed the plea, but wouldn't specify what guilty counts to which Jenkins plans to plead."
Disgraced himself, the badge, and the oath he falsely swore. Betrayed the public, only to target them and become their predator:
"Jenkins is among the group of detectives charged in a sweeping federal indictment with stealing from people they falsely accused. The elite unit was tasked with getting illegal guns off the streets of Baltimore, but federal prosecutors say they used their position to detain people on false pretenses, steal their money, fake police reports, lie to investigators, and defraud their department."
Think any common criminal has done more lasting damage to the public and their confidence in law enforcement than a rogue officer? Worse, this piece of crap and his cohorts may have been involved in the murder of a fellow cop who was due to testify against them before a grand jury:
"Jenkins' plea will make him sixth Baltimore officer charged in the case to plead guilty. His trial was scheduled to being on Jan. 22. In additional charges announced last month, Jenkins was accused of duping a fellow officer into discovering a cache of heroin he planted in a car during a 2010 arrest. The duped officer was identified by Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis as Sean Suiter, who was fatally shot in the head with his own gun in November while probing a triple homicide in a particularly rough West Baltimore neighborhood. Davis said Suiter was "not involved in any way, shape or form" in the deception and said Jenkins "was able to operate with impunity on this police department for far too long." Suiter was scheduled to testify in the federal corruption case a day after he was killed."
Readers are reminded, the AG Sessions nazi and his FBI have refused to investigate the murder of this fine officer.
In stark contrast to our outrageously bought and paid for judiciary, Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider how other officials honorably, heroically conduct themselves elsewhere in the country.
Surprise, surprise. Who'd 'a 'thunk' it? NPR reports:
"Less than one month after U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the case against Cliven Bundy, his two sons, and a self-styled militiaman, Navarro has dismissed the charges entirely. The decision Monday puts an end to the federal case against the four men for their role in the 2014 armed standoff over cattle-grazing rights in Nevada. Navarro found that the prosecution had committed "flagrant misconduct" by withholding evidence that could have supported the defendants' case. Namely, Navarro explained that federal prosecutors had failed to disclose information from cameras recording video from the standoff and the presence of federal snipers around the Bundy Ranch."
Sadly, this shit goes on in courtrooms all over the country. Very rarely is anything done about it.
"Navarro ruled that as a result, the men, who had been slapped with felony conspiracy and firearms charges, could not receive a fair trial. She dismissed the charges "with prejudice," which specifically bars the possibility of bringing a new trial against them. "The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated," Navarro said Monday, according to The Los Angeles Times."
Hard to believe this ends it, that is, the government won't once again trump up phony charges.
Highly reminiscent of our outrageously bought and paid for judiciary, Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider the following. It's appalling. Runs against the grain of everything our formerly great country once stood for. No longer.
Transition to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich is well under way. CBS/AP reports:
"U.S. immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump's presidency. Agents targeted about 100 stores nationwide, broadening an investigation that began with a 4-year-old case against a franchisee on New York's Long Island. The audits could lead to criminal charges or fines over the stores' hiring practices."
Papieren Bitte! Papers Please! ... How you SS jackbooted storm troopers get your cookies off?
"The action appears to open a new front in Mr. Trump's sharp expansion of immigration enforcement, which has already brought a 40 percent increase in deportation arrests and plans to spend billions of dollars on a border wall with Mexico. Hardliners have been pressing for a tougher stance on employers."
The Trump nazi and his jackbooted henchmen are certainly following in the footsteps of their national socialist mentors, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.
"Today's actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable," Thomas D. Homan, ICE deputy director and senior official performing the duties of the director, said in a statement. "Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration and we are working hard to remove this magnet. ICE will continue its efforts to protect jobs for American workers by eliminating unfair competitive advantages for companies that exploit illegal immigration."
A raucous boot clicking, goose stepping, treasonous, treacherous, traitorous Sieg Heil!, Mr. Homan. You and your goons are out of uniform, sir. No swastika armbands, you fascist son of a bitch. Like your fuhrer, the Trump nazi, you're a congenital liar.
Your objective is not to 'protect jobs' for American citizens. These jobs are ones most Americans don't want. It's about raw nazism, xenophobia ala Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini. Precisely, how you traitorous, treasonous jackbooted bastards get your cookies off abusing power. Goddamned storm troopers.
"Derek Benner, a top official at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told The Associated Press that Wednesday's operation was "the first of many" and "a harbinger of what's to come" for employers. He said there would be more employment audits and investigations, though there is no numerical goal."
"This is what we're gearing up for this year and what you're going to see more and more of is these large-scale compliance inspections, just for starters. From there, we will look at whether these cases warrant an administrative posture or criminal investigation," said Benner, acting head of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations, which oversees cases against employers."
"It's not going to be limited to large companies or any particular industry, big medium and small," he said. "It's going to be inclusive of everything that we see out there."
Your victims need to sue the living shit out of your goons. On the corporate level, certainly have the financial wherewithal to keep your sorry jackbooted asses perpetually in court. Out of control corrupt, abusive, murderous, inept policing is precisely why an unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looms. Too deaf to hear the rumble?
Here is precisely why this latest jackbooted bullshit will likely fail:
"Illegal hiring is rarely prosecuted, partly because investigations are time-consuming and convictions are difficult to achieve because employers can claim they were duped by fraudulent documents or intermediaries. Administrative fines are discounted by some as a business cost."
In follow up to an earlier edition here and elsewhere, CBS News reports:
"A Mexican man acquitted of murder in the shooting death of a San Francisco woman that sparked a national immigration debate was sentenced to time served for illegal gun possession Friday. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Samuel Feng also denied a defense request to give Jose Ines Garcia Zarate a new trial for his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Garcia Zarate will now be taken into federal custody, but it's not clear when he will be transferred. Defense attorneys argued that the judge failed to properly instruct jurors, who found Garcia Zarate not guilty last month of killing Kate Steinle on a popular pier in 2015. Garcia Zarate faced a maximum sentence of three years behind bars but has been held in the San Francisco jail since his July 1, 2015, arrest."
Amazing how nazi government no longer follows the Constitution, particularly, the Bill of Rights. No longer considers all under its jurisdiction entitled to these rights guarantied by the Founders.
A raging war against privacy continues unabated. On all fronts. ABC News reports:
"Customs officials searched more travelers’ electronic devices in 2017 than any previous year. In fiscal year 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducted 30,200 searches, up nearly 60 percent from 19,051 in 2016. The number of searches of cellphones, laptops, tablets and other electronic data spiked from 2015 to 2016 and the upward trend continued last year. The record month was in August, with 3,133 searches of electronic devices. CBP is authorized to search any device of any international traveler -- both U.S. citizen and non-citizen -- as they leave or enter the United States, similar to a bag search. About 80 percent of searches are of non-U.S. citizens. Only diplomats are exempt."
No warrant required to search data on an electronic device under the above circumstances. Not in a goddamned fascist police-state, soon to become the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
"CBP also released an updated policy directive this week, which provided clarified guidance and standard operating procedures for searching, reviewing and retaining information found on these devices. The bureau issued the new directive to clarify public questions over the issue, as well as give “crystal clear” guidance to officers conducting the searches in the field, according to the senior CBP official. The directive clarifies that only data found on the physical device at the time of travel can be reviewed by customs officials. Information stored on the cloud that’s not already downloaded cannot be viewed."
Who the hell are these goddamned nazi bastards to ignore the Fourth Amendment requirement of a search warrant? A right that has been concertedly, determinedly, repeatedly bastardized by our nazi government.
"In addition, officials are instructed to ask travelers to turn off their data transmission capability, such as putting a phone in airplane mode, before an officer looks at the phone, so that cloud data won’t inadvertently be viewed."
Jesus Christ. Nowhere near sufficient. More nazi ignorance of the Fourth Amendment.
"Officers are instructed to document passwords only for the purposes of opening a phone or other device, according to the directive. CBP officers must destroy the password once the device is opened."
F--king unbelievable. Why would anyone give these jackbooted bastards a password? Let them take the time and expense to f--k you out of your privacy. Make the bastards work for it. More important? Why travel with a device that has any personal data on it? F--k the jackbooted bastards.
"The directive also distinguishes “basic” and “advanced” searches. A basic search is a review of the content on the phone. An advanced search is when CBP is required to conduct further forensic testing to retrieve the data."
Since nazi U.S. government no longer respects the Fourth Amendment requirement of a search warrant, all the more reason not to travel with a device that has any personal data on it. We now live under the boot heel of nazi government that no longer has any respect or regard for all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. None at all.
"In order to do an advanced search, it must be based on “reasonable suspicion” of a violation of the law or a “national security concern” and requires approval by a higher-level officer."
Proof positive the Fourth Amendment has been deliberately abrogated by these goddamned out of control nazi storm troopers. Fourth Amendment clearly guaranties the right to a search warrant signed by a judge.
"The majority of searches are basic searches, said CBP. If someone refuses to unlock a device, the device can be detained by CBP."
No more than illegal unconstitutional search and seizure in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment. Nazi justice in a fascist police-state.
"Electronic searches have been under scrutiny from groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which said that despite improvement, the updated policy still "falls far short of what the Constitution requires -- a search warrant based on probable cause." “The policy would still enable officers at the border to manually sift through a traveler’s photos, emails, documents, and other information stored on a device without individualized suspicion of any kind. Additionally, it fails to make clear that travelers should not be under any obligation to provide passcodes or other assistance to officers seeking to access their private information."
F--k the criminal jackbooted bastards. These officers are traitors. Deliberately abrogate their oaths of office to protect and defend the United States Constitution.
"In this digital age, border searches of electronic devices are essential to enforcing the law at the U.S. border and to protecting the American people," John Wagner, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, said in a statement. "CBP's authority for the border search of electronic devices is and will continue to be exercised judiciously, responsibly, and consistent with the public trust," he added."
Nazi bullshit. Double talk. Exact opposite is true. Can be no faith or trust in government that deliberately, concertedly, perniciously ignores the United States Constitution. Ferociously pointedly, who the hell protects us from our goddamned 'protectors?' Who?
Once again, the FBI Director and his henchmen have falsely cried wolf. The Washington Times reports:
"Law enforcement’s growing inability to access the contents of encrypted cellphones and other electronic devices has created an “urgent public safety issue,” FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Tuesday."
A crock of crap. These goons have many other investigative ways of accessing information. -- Involves executing the very same legwork employed prior to digital devices. Encryption has usefully, rightfully made it far more difficult for these out of control jackbooted storm troopers from going on fishing expeditions.
"The FBI was unable to glean data off 7,775 digital devices during fiscal year 2017, or more than half of the total devices lawfully seized by federal investigators, Mr. Wray said at a cybersecurity conference, according to a copy of his prepared remarks released by the bureau."
Doesn't your heart bleed? Nowhere near good enough, however. Encryption and other security measures need to be strengthened to the point where it takes years to crack all devices.
“This problem impacts our investigations across the board,” Mr. Wray told attendees, running the gamut from human trafficking and counterterrorism, to organized crime and child exploitation."
Another crock of shit. These bastards simply don't want to do the investigative legwork. Takes effort. Want the easy way out. A back door to all digital devices to facilitate fishing expeditions.
“While the FBI and law enforcement happen to be on the front lines of this problem, this is an urgent public safety issue for all of us,” Mr. Wray added. “Because as horrifying as 7,800 in one year sounds, it’s going to be a lot worse in just a couple of years if we don’t find a responsible solution.”
Horse shit. The hell it is. This piece of crap is shamelessly crying wolf. The world hasn't come to an end due to encryption. Certainly, won't. What it will do is rein in these jackbooted bastards to at least some small extent. Protect the privacy of innocent law abiding citizens. Lower the amount of harassment by out of control law enforcement.
Walls continue to close in on the Trump nazi. Amazing how quickly a political firestorm has spread throughout the country as a result of the recently published Michael Wolff Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Trump's reaction? Neither rational or balanced. Surprised?
NBC News reports:
"President Donald Trump fired back at Steve Bannon on Wednesday, saying his former chief strategist had "lost his mind" after being fired from the White House. "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency," Trump said in a scathing statement responding to a new book by writer Michael Wolff about the inside workings of the Trump White House. "When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind," the president continued about Bannon."
Sounds like the proverbial kettle calling the pot black, doesn't it? LOL. Readers are reminded Bannon was the Trump nazi's chief strategist. LOL.
"Trump's statement bashed Bannon for pretending "to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. "It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books," Trump added."
Sounds like the president has his shorts in a wad, doesn't it? LOL.
"In the book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," Bannon called a meeting of Trump campaign officials with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower during the presidential campaign "treasonous" and "unpatriotic." Bannon also said he believed that the Russians were taken after the meeting to meet Trump, something the president has denied happened."
Clearly, trouble in nazi paradise, no? LOL.
"White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the book a "trashy tabloid fiction expose" and asserted that the accounts inside it came from "individuals who have no access or influence with the White House." However, reporters were quick to point out on Twitter that they saw Wolff coming and going into the White House for meetings on multiple occasions."
Proving Ms. Sanders is truth-challenged. LOL.
The following is achingly pathetic. Worse, heartrending. NPR reports:
"President Trump insisted Saturday that he is "a very stable genius," following the recent publication of a book that raises questions about his mental state and fitness for office."
Trying to convince himself, -- or the rest of us?
"In series of tweets, Trump claimed that his ability to win the presidency on the first attempt shows he is mentally stable."
Think so? ... Or, does it say far more about the idiots who got snookered by this sick son of a bitch?
"Some partisans and political observers — primarily, though not exclusively, Democrats and liberals — along with some journalists have criticized Trump's psychological state, and last year, some prominent mental health professionals released armchair diagnoses of the president."
No question, his behavior? Achingly aberrant. Demonstrative of egregious unfitness for office. An exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. Worse? A madman unfit to have his finger on the nuclear arsenal.
Think any president in his right mind would make the following statements?
"Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart," Trump tweeted, noting: "I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star ... to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius ... and a very stable genius at that!"
Worse, far worse:
my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like,
really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard
and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful
businessman, to top T.V. Star.....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
"....to President of the
United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart,
but genius....and a very stable genius at that!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018"
While we've had achingly inept presidents over the last several decades, none of them came close to this one in terms of incompetence, dangerous instability.
"Questions surrounding Trump's temperament intensified this week after excerpts from the book, Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House, detailed chaos inside the White House and portrayed an inept Trump at the helm."
Most of this was already known. What's new is the fact this is now apparently confirmed by those closest to the president.
"Pulitzer-Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin tells Weekend Edition Saturday that Trump's "lack of humility" illustrates an issue with temperament. "The ability to control impulses and emotions is a really important part of temperament of any leader, not just a president," she says. Trump knows "these tweets get him into trouble, and despite everyone saying, 'Stop,' he cannot stop."
The Washington Post reports:
"In a tweetstorm Saturday morning ahead of the news conference, the president called himself a “very stable genius” and called being “really smart” one of his greatest assets. Trump cited his career in business and reality television and his victory in last year's election as evidence of his mental prowess. And he again lashed out at the ongoing special counsel investigation into his campaign's contacts with Russian operatives, calling suggestions that he colluded with Moscow a “total hoax on the American public.”
"Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence.....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018"
Trump keeps claiming no collusion. Worse, claims there's proof there was no collusion. That's simply false. To date, special counsel has remained tightlipped about the investigation. Trump's assertions, delusional. False. Fake.
"Trump's outburst came a day after the public release of the book by Wolff, who said he spent time in the West Wing interviewing top aides, as well as Trump. Wolff said he spent a total of three hours talking with Trump during the campaign and after Trump became president, but White House aides said Wolff spoke to Trump only once by phone for about five to seven minutes after he assumed office."
Someone's lying. Guess who.
"Stephen K. Bannon isn't
the only person offering a candid assessment about the Trump administration
in the upcoming book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael
Wolff. (Bastien \
Inzaurralde/The Washington Post)
"Wolff paints the picture of a president who is unfit for the job and aides who come to fear Trump is not capable of, or interested in, processing information and making important decisions. Late Friday, Trump blasted Wolff as a “total loser,” and the president mocked his former campaign chairman and former White House adviser, Stephen K. Bannon, who was a key source for the book. Bannon criticized other aides and Trump's son, calling a meeting at Trump Tower last year between Donald Jr. and a Russian lawyer “treasonous.”
"Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad! https://t.co/mEeUhk5ZV9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018"
Again, most of this is not new information. What is so interesting is the fact it seems to be confirmation coming from those closest to the president.
Has certainly raised one hell of a firestorm over the last week or so. LOL. Bannon has certainly taken quite a figurative beating. NPR reports:
"When Steve Bannon left the White House in August 2017, he framed his exile from the West Wing as a promotion, not a demotion."
Aryan arrogance at its worst. LOL.
"I feel jacked up," he told the Weekly Standard. "Now I'm free. I've got my hands back on my weapons." Bannon spoke about using his perch at Breitbart News and as an independent political operator to wage war on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other establishment Republicans, by recruiting and promoting a slate of insurgent primary challengers."
My o' my have times changed. LOL.
"Bannon's 2018 suddenly looks a lot less productive. Last week, he found himself cut off from his two biggest patrons: President Donald Trump and conservative activist and donor Rebekah Mercer, the head of the Mercer Family Foundation and the daughter of billionaire investor Robert Mercer. "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency," Trump said in the blistering statement issued by the White House press office after Bannon was quoted, among other things, calling Donald Trump, Jr. "treasonous" in a new book. "Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn't as easy as I make it look."
No matter what, however, two peas in a pod. LOL.
"I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected," Rebekah Mercer told the Washington Post in a statement. "My family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements."
Certainly, hurting Bannon in the pocketbook. Doesn't your heart bleed? LOL. ... Think he might ask the Trump nazi for a loan? LOL.
Apparently, Bannon is shitting in his pants:
"On Sunday, Bannon offered an olive branch of sorts, issuing a statement expressing "regret" for the comments made in the book and reversing course to praise both the president and his son. "Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man," Bannon said in a statement, first reported by Axios."
Nauseating. ... Hey, Steve? Take your nose out of your fuhrer's ass. Butt hole stinks, fool. LOL.
"Bannon said there was "inaccurate reporting" in the book regarding Trump Jr., and instead those comments were directed at Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman."
Give me a break. Worse?
"As NPR reported, Bannon went on to praise his former boss saying: "My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda."
Day is night, night is day, and shit smells perversely sweet in the convoluted world of a national socialist.
Republicans remain achingly unprincipled. Political expediency reigns supreme. NBC News reports:
"And Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who said Trump was “crazy,” “unifit” and “a kook” during the 2016 GOP presidential primaries, has emerged as a key Trump ally. On “Meet the Press” yesterday, Graham explained why he still sticks up for Trump: 1) because Trump is president, and 2) because Trump can help him with his policy goals."
Pitiful, isn't it? Achingly, myopic. Gets worse:
"On Sunday, according to NBC’s Hallie Jackson, Kelly O’Donnell and Kristen Welker, Steve Bannon released a statement backtracking from calling that June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr./Paul Manafort/Jared Kushner and the Russians as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” But it wasn’t a full backtrack. Here’s the statement:
Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around.
My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda — as I have shown daily in my national radio broadcasts, on the pages of Breitbart News and in speeches and appearances from Tokyo and Hong Kong to Arizona and Alabama…
My comments about the meeting with Russian nationals came from my life experiences as a Naval officer stationed aboard a destroyer whose main mission was to hunt Soviet submarines to my time at the Pentagon during the Reagan years, when our focus was the defeat of 'the evil empire,’ and to making films about Reagan's war against the Soviets and Hillary Clinton's involvement in selling uranium to them.
My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate. He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.
Everything I have to say about the ridiculous nature of the Russian 'collusion' investigation I said on my 60 Minutes interview. There was no collusion and the investigation is a witch hunt.
I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr. has diverted attention from the president's historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency.
"As NBC’s Jonathan Allen decodes the statement, Bannon doesn’t deny he said the meeting was treasonous and unpatriotic; he admits he can’t afford to alienate Donald Trump Jr.; he stresses that the Russians are a potential threat; and he doesn’t mention Jared Kushner AT ALL."
Fascinating, isn't it? Especially, as our formerly great country continues to come apart at the seams.
CBS News reports:
"The White House pushed back against journalist Michael Wolff's new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," in which some of President Trump's closest aides say he's unstable and ill-equipped for the presidency. Mr. Trump countered the book's claims by tweeting this weekend that he is a "stable genius," and he called "Fire and Fury" a "fake book." On "CBS This Morning," Wolff responded by saying, "Everything in the book is true."
Has also recently claimed he has notes and recordings, but not stated when or if he would release them. Fascinating, isn't it?
"(Trump) did call it a work of fiction," said co-host Bianna Golodryga. "I can reliably say Donald trump has never read a work of fiction," Wolff replied."
How does he know? LOL.
"Wolff was asked about the 25th Amendment -- the constitutional provision by which the president could be removed from office if he is deemed medically unfit -- and whether there are people inside the White House talking about trying to remove him from office. He replied, "They're not talking about trying to remove him from office. They are wondering what's going to happen. The people in the White House are like everybody else in the country: 'What's going to happen here? We don't know from day to day.' This is for them, as for everyone, an extraordinary experience, and I think that they certainly question what's going to happen here, like everybody else."
That's certainly up to Mueller and what comes of his investigation. To say nothing of the reaction in Congress.
Here's where it gets interesting:
"The president has denied he ever spoke with Wolff for the book. "I think he probably had no idea he was speaking to me for this book. When I would meet the president in the White House, we would chat as though we were friends," he said. "I have sat down with the president for extended periods of interviews. But there are other periods -- and that's essentially what he's saying. They're trying to parse this, saying, 'Oh, I didn't know I was speaking to him when I saw him in the White House.'" "Just to clarify, the White House says the last time they have a record of you meeting with President Trump was February 2017," said O'Donnell. "Did you interview him after that date?" "Let's separate this out: I interviewed him at that point. After that, we would speak – I'm sure he didn't think they were interviews, and in all fairness, he might say, 'I was not being interviewed.'"
Seems like Wolff is as adept at 'parsing' as Trump and his henchmen. LOL.
NBC News reports:
"Michael Wolff, the author of a new book that gives a behind-the-scenes account of the White House, defended his work Friday, insisting he spoke with President Donald Trump on the record and calling the commander in chief "a man who has less credibility than, perhaps, anyone who has ever walked on earth."
While Trump incessantly lies, Wolff would have been better served had he simply disclosed all notes and recordings to support his allegations.
"Wolff, in an exclusive interview on NBC's "Today," said that everyone he spoke to for the book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," described the president the same way."
That's hard to believe. Disclose all notes and recordings.
"I will tell you the one description that everyone gave, everyone has in common: They all say he is like a child," Wolff explained. "And what they mean by that is, he has a need for immediate gratification. It is all about him." Wolff added that "100 percent of the people around" Trump, "senior advisers, family members, every single one of them, questions his intelligence and fitness for office."
Again, hard to believe. If true, why do they continue to work for the president? Associate with him? Support him no matter what publicly? Worse? Not much of the book has yet been confirmed.
NBC News reports:
"Facing increasing questions over his mental stability after the publication of an explosive new tell-all book, President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is a "very stable genius." In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, Trump said his critics were speculating about his mental health because the claims that he had colluded with Russia were “proven to be a total hoax.”
Not so. Not by a long shot. Mueller has yet to finish the investigation and disclose the results.
“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” the president added in a follow-up tweet."
Think so? LOL. ... Trying to convince himself, -- or the rest of us? LOL.
"While the White House and some Republicans in Congress have sought to downplay the seriousness and credibility of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, four members of Trump's transition team or cabinet have been charged so far in the investigation."
NBC News reports:
"Anticipating that special counsel Robert Mueller will ask to interview President Donald Trump, the president's legal team is discussing a range of potential options for the format, including written responses to questions in lieu of a formal sit-down, according to three people familiar with the matter. Lawyers for Trump have been discussing with FBI investigators a possible interview by the special counsel with the president as part of the inquiry into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election. The discussions were described by one person with direct knowledge as preliminary and ongoing. Trump's legal team is seeking clarification on whether the president would be interviewed directly by Mueller, as well as the legal standard for when a president can be interviewed, the location of a possible interview, the topics and the duration. But the president's team is also seeking potential compromises that could avoid an interview altogether, two of those interviewed told NBC News."
Think Trump's legal team could trust his performance under oath? LOL.
... Especially, in light of the following. Get this. NBC News reports:
"Donald Trump's counsel and multiple other White House officials tried to talk Attorney General Jeff Sessions out of recusing himself from the Russia investigation, a senior U.S. official told NBC News, amid reports the effort was orchestrated by Trump himself. In the weeks before Sessions recused himself from the probe in March, White House Counsel Don McGahn and other White House officials called him and urged him not to disqualify himself from running the probe, the senior official said. The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump ordered McGahn to prevent Sessions from recusing himself, because Trump wanted an attorney general who could protect him from what he viewed as an improper inquiry. After Sessions recused himself, Trump reacted with fury, the Times reported. NBC News has not confirmed that aspect of the story."
Can you say obstruction? LOL. Gets worse:
"Trump has said publicly that he disagreed with Sessions' decision to remove himself from the Russia matter. "He should not have recused himself from the Russia investigation almost immediately after he took office, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office, and I would have quite simply picked somebody else," Trump said at a news conference on July 25. "It's not fair to the presidency."
"An explosive New York Times scoop revealed that Sessions tried to smear then-FBI Director James Comey before he was fired. The report, by Michael Schmidt, also said President Trump ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to lean on Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia probe, and when Sessions did recuse, the president fustigated him. Sessions offered to quit but Trump said no. So not only is Sessions persona non grata with the president — that's been the case for months. Now the public and people inside the Justice Department know Sessions was actively trying to undermine his own FBI director, as part of a pattern of conduct directed by Trump — who himself had asked Comey to lay off then-national security adviser Mike Flynn, then fired Comey, etc."
Think Mueller isn't having a field day? LOL.
NBC News reports:
"President Donald Trump ordered his White House counsel to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself in the Justice Department's investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, The New York Times and The Associated Press reported Thursday night. The Times cited two sources as saying White House Counsel Don McGahn tried but failed to persuade Sessions not to recuse himself. The AP also cited two people familiar with the discussions as confirming details of the conversation between McGahn and Sessions."
Noose is certainly figuratively tightening:
"While the White House and some Republicans in Congress have sought to downplay the seriousness and credibility of the Mueller probe, Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon appeared to lend it new credibility with explosive comments reported in a new tell-all book about the Trump administration. NBC News reported last month that Mueller appears to be focused on possible obstruction of justice by the president, according to two people familiar with the matter."
All this remains no more than speculation at the moment, -- as the nation awaits Mueller completing his investigation.
Think Trump and his henchmen are not getting a bit paranoid? LOL. Get this. NBC News reports:
"White House staffers and guests will no longer be able to use their personal cellphones in the West Wing, the Trump administration said Thursday. The announcement came just a day after details from a forthcoming book about the inner-workings of the Trump administration emerged — a development that enraged President Donald Trump and prompted him to threaten legal action against Steve Bannon, the former strategist who is quoted widely in the book. In a statement Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "The security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the Trump administration."
Bullshit. Unadulterated bullshit. -- Figuratively protecting Trump's sorry ass remains Job 1. LOL.
Hard to say what the ultimate effect of Wolff's book will be. What's incredibly sad is the fact he had near unlimited access to the principals involved, but neglected to simply present the facts, then back them up with his notes and recordings. CBS News reports:
"Michael Wolff, author of the new bombshell book "Fire and Fury: Inside Trump's White House," told the BBC in an interview broadcast Saturday that he believes understanding revelations resulting from his book about President Trump will "finally end this presidency."
He doesn't know that. Hasn't a clue. This remains a deeply divided country. If Trump's reign ends, it will be as a result of the findings of the Mueller investigation. If, indeed, there was obstruction, Trump is finished. Even if the House remains in GOP hands, Republicans want to be returned to office, -- prime directive of all politicians. Ignoring obstruction would be the figurative kiss of death.
Subsequent to the above, Bannon got the boot from Breitbart News. Certainly, a loose cannon. Be interesting to see his next move. LOL.
The Sessions nazi once again reneged. CBS/AP reports:
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a marijuana enforcement memo Thursday rescinding the Obama administration's guidance, which enabled states to legalize marijuana without federal intervention. His one-page memo makes it clear that marijuana possession and distribution is against federal law, and it will direct U.S. attorneys to approach these cases as they do all other cases when enforcing them."
This immediately ignited a major political firestorm. Especially, since state after state continue to legalize it.
"States that have already legalized marijuana are likely to protest Sessions' directive. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner said before Sessions' announcement that the attorney general is going back on what he'd told Gardner earlier.
"This reported action
directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his
confirmation. With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department
has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states.
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) January 4, 2018
"And he's also threatening retribution. "I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the Attorney General lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation," he tweeted, along with a reminder that "@realDonaldTrump had it right. This must be left up to the states."
Should certainly get Sessions' attention. Insanity and uncertainty never end when it comes to Sessions, however. LOL. NBC News reports:
"Justice Department officials were reluctant on Thursday to predict that a change in federal policy toward marijuana would result in aggressive new enforcement measures against an industry that has grown rapidly in the past few years."
Why not? Why not inform the states precisely what the Sessions nazi intends to do? This is supposed to be a nation of laws, not men. Clearly, no longer. Certainly, not in a de facto fascist police-state soon to be transformed into the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich:
"They conceded that the shift injected uncertainty into the system sanctioned by individual states for growing and selling cannabis plants. But that very doubt appears to be what they believe is one of the benefits of the policy change."
... Only under a nazi dictatorship where the dictator rules by fiat.
Believe the Republican Party mantra the GOP is supposedly the party of the family? Fox News reports:
"As many as 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants living in the United States will no longer be allowed to stay after the Trump administration announced the end to their protected status. The Central Americans had been permitted to stay following a devastating earthquake in 2001, under Temporary Protected Status, or TPS. In the 17 years that have followed, every administration has extended their window to stay, including the Obama administration in September 2016."
For damned good reason. While the earthquake is indeed no longer an issue, criminal activity vis a vis a gang war remains an exigent threat. Not only that, mass deportation would break up an enormous number of families. Many of their kids were born here and are American citizens. Despite this fact, Republican nazis remain all too willing to break up immigrant families. Just like their forebears in Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy.
Yet, these goddamned national socialists falsely claim to be Christians. For you sick Trump sycophants out there and ferociously pointedly, your UNDOCUMENTED forebears came to this continent centuries ago. Stole the land from its native inhabitants, then gallingly BROKE every goddamned treaty ever signed. The hypocrisy reeks.
Once again, the Trump nazi got his ass figuratively kicked hard in court. Remains one unhappy petulant camper. Doesn't your heart bleed? NPR reports:
"A federal judge in California temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program late Tuesday night. Widely known as DACA, the program protects young immigrants from deportation. In September, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the program would be phased out. President Obama implemented the program in 2012; it has protected about 800,000 people who were brought to the United States as children by their families, some of whom overstayed their visas. Under the program, young adults, often referred to as "Dreamers," have been permitted to live and work legally in the U.S."
Nearly a million adult Dreamers brought here as kids by their parents will get deported if the Trump nazi ultimately gets his way. -- Productive people in the work force paying their way not on the taxpayer tit.
"The ruling from U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco granted a request by California and other states to keep DACA going, at least until lawsuits can play out in court."
Can't have that, can we?
"Responding to the news on Wednesday morning, President Trump tweeted, "It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts."
Tough shit. The higher courts are populated with Republican nazis legislating their outrageously perverse religious and ideological views from the bench, Mr. 'President.'
"In his ruling, Alsup wrote that lawyers for the immigrants' "have clearly demonstrated that they are likely to suffer serious, irreparable harm," unless the court steps in with an injunction. "DACA covers a class of immigrants whose presence, seemingly all agree, pose the least, if any, threat and allows them to sign up for honest labor on the condition of continued good behavior," Alsup wrote. "This has become an important program for DACA recipients and their families, for the employers who hire them, for our tax treasuries, and for our economy."
The Trump nazi, as his mentors Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, won't be confused with the truth.
Lawsuits do slow the Trump nazi down. NBC News reports:
"Hours after abruptly shutting down his controversial election integrity commission, President Donald Trump accused states of covering for illegal voters and again alleged without evidence that widespread voter fraud exists.
mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election
to the Commission On Voter Fraud. They fought hard that the Commission
not see their records or methods because they know that many people are
voting illegally. System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2018
"But there is no evidence for any Trump's latest claims. There is still no corroboration of large-scale voter fraud, nor proof that millions of illegal voters cast ballots in the 2016 election as Trump has previously claimed. (Trump lost the popular vote by 2.8 million votes.) Fraud occurs only in rare, isolated instances, according to experts. Justin Levitt, a former Justice Department official who is now a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, reviewed one billion votes. He found just 31 credible cases of voter fraud."
The narcissist in the Trump nazi blinds him to the truth.
"Many states protested the commission's data request because it included sensitive identifying information, like Social Security numbers, and cited state privacy laws that barred them from complying. There's no evidence that states were trying to hide illegal voters, as Trump claimed in his tweet. They weren’t all blue states, either: Nearly half those that fully refused to comply voted for Trump in the last presidential election. Consider the response from one deep-red state: In Mississippi, the secretary of state, Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, told the commission to “go jump in the Gulf of Mexico.”
The lunatic fuhrer in the Oval Office now intends to hand over the 'investigation' of voter fraud to Homeland Security. Aren't we lucky?
Trump and his henchmen lost another one. The Washington Post reports:
"The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday unanimously rejected a proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would have propped up nuclear and coal power struggling in competitive electricity markets. The independent five-member commission includes four people appointed by President Trump, three of them Republicans. Its decision is binding."
Perry isn't a happy camper, but apparently making the best of it. LOL. Get this:
"Perry issued a statement saying “as intended, my proposal initiated a national debate on the resiliency of our electric system.” But most analysts saw it as a setback for the administration. “This outright rejection of subsidies for coal and nuclear shows that Commissioners of both parties have little interest in manipulating electricity markets in favor of any fuel source,” said Paul Bledsoe, a former consultant at the Obama-era Energy Department, now a lecturer at American University’s Center for Environmental Policy."
Encouraging, isn't it?
“The law and common sense prevailed over special interests today,” John Moore, director of the Sustainable FERC Project Coalition, said in a statement. “The FERC correctly found that the Department of Energy’s proposal violated the basic requirements of the Federal Power Act. Secretary Perry’s plan would have subsidized coal and nuclear plants with a 90-day fuel supply yet Perry never explained why those plants were inherently more reliable or resilient.”
They're not. Trump and his henchmen merely wish to line the pockets of their fossil fuel corporate masters. The future is renewable energy, -- wind, solar, etc..
Once again, lining pockets of the corporate management suite trumps safety. NBC News reports:
"The number of federal workplace safety inspectors has fallen under the Trump administration, according to new data obtained by NBC News, raising questions about the government's efforts to protect workers and the long-term impact of the White House's move to slow hiring."
Fewer inspectors conveniently translates to increased income in corporate coffers:
"OSHA is one of the many federal agencies where hiring has stalled in Trump's first year and mounting vacancies remain unfilled. Some worker advocates and former officials worry that staffing delays are undermining the work of a small but critical institution responsible for protecting the health and safety of American workers."
Republican nazis have no interest in that, only lining the pockets of their corporate masters. Where are the Democrats? Out to lunch, -- since November 22, 1963.
"OSHA inspectors are the ground troops that enforce federal health and safety requirements in the workplace. Inspectors flag potential hazards, investigate employee complaints, and document apparent violations, which can result in citations, fines and other penalties against employers. Since the agency has limited resources, OSHA prioritizes high-risk workplaces like construction sites and manufacturing plants that have elevated rates of fatal accidents, illnesses and serious injuries."
To fascists in the Republican Party, workers are expendable. ... With Trump's war on immigration, so too is the family.
Think the corporate management suite will ever get enough? CBS News reports:
"Apple gave its CEO a salary bump as sales and profit picked up this year. Tim Cook received a total of $12.8 million, an increase of 46 percent from last year, when earnings fell, according to an SEC filing on Wednesday. Adding $89.2 million in equity award, Cook brought home a whopping $102 million in 2017, minus compensations."
Think he needs more? Risks impoverishment? All you fools out there buying his products are certainly handsomely lining his pockets. LOL.
In follow up to an earlier edition, Green Beret Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson fought heroically to the very end. Did precisely what he was trained to do. NBC News reports:
"Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in a hail of gunfire, hit as many as 18 times as he took cover in thick brush, fighting to the end after fleeing militants who had just killed three comrades in an October ambush in Niger, The Associated Press reports. A military investigation has concluded that Johnson wasn't captured alive or killed at close range, dispelling a swirl of rumors about how he died. The report has determined that Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida, was killed by enemy rifle and machine gun fire from members of an Islamic State offshoot, according to U.S. officials familiar with the findings. The Oct. 4 ambush took place about 120 miles north of Niamey, the African nation's capital. Johnson's body was recovered two days later."
The investigation is not yet over. Officials spoke to The Associated Press on conditions of anonymity.
"Johnson was struck as many as 18 times from a distance by a volley of machine gun rounds, according to the U.S. officials, who said he was firing back as he and two Nigerian soldiers tried to escape. All told, four U.S. soldiers and four Nigerian troops were killed in the ambush. Two U.S. and eight Nigerian troops were wounded."
Readers will recall:
"The bodies of three U.S. Green Berets were located on the day of the attack, but not Johnson's remains. The gap in time led to questions about whether Johnson was killed in the assault and not found, or if he was taken away by the enemy."
"According to the officials, a medical examination concluded that Johnson was hit by fire from M-4 rifles — probably stolen by the insurgents — and Soviet-made heavy machine guns. It is believed he died in the attack. The officials said Johnson was found under thick scrub brush where he tried to take cover. There were no indications he was shot at close range, or had been bound or taken prisoner, as several media reports have suggested."
Had to be quite a harrowing fight:
"The report concluded that Johnson, who was athletic and a runner, was in the lead and got the farthest away, seeking cover in the brush. Officials said there were a number of enemy shells around Johnson, and evidence that he appeared to fight to the end. His boots and other equipment were later stolen, but he was still wearing his uniform."
Readers will recall:
"Johnson's combat death led to a political squabble between President Donald Trump and a Democratic congresswoman from Florida after Trump told Johnson's pregnant widow in a phone call that her husband "knew what he signed up for."
... No greater love.
Any idea what uncommon valor meant during Jim Crow? The Washington Post reports:
"She was walking home from a church revival in her small Alabama town on the evening of Sept. 3, 1944, when a green Chevrolet filled with white men pulled up. Recy Taylor tried to run, but one of the men grabbed the 24-year-old black mother and forced her into the sedan. She was driven into a grove of pine trees, where, one by one, six men brutally raped her, threatening to cut her throat if she cried out, according to state records."
Alabama. Ku Klux Klan country.
"A few days later, news of the horrendous gang rape reached the office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People office in Montgomery. The NAACP sent its best investigator to Abbeville, Ala., to find out why there had been no arrests. That investigator’s name was Rosa Parks."
Name sound familiar? Should.
"More than a decade before Parks became a civil rights hero for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man, Parks led a national campaign against sexual assaults on black women."
Uncommon valor. At an extremely dangerous time in the Deep South.
"Taylor’s rape is the subject of a new documentary that coincides with a wave of sexual assault and harassment accusations against powerful men. But in 1944, obtaining justice for a black woman in the segregated South was nearly impossible. Rosa Parks was 31 when the NAACP sent her to Abbeville."
No one was better qualified, -- more gutsy:
"She was propelled by her own experience with sexual assault. In an autobiographical sketch contained in her personal papers, she described how a white male neighbor had tried to rape her in 1931. “He offered me a drink of whiskey, which I promptly and vehemently refused,” Parks wrote. “He moved nearer to me and put his hand on my waist. I was very frightened by now.” Parks resisted. “I was ready to die but give my consent never. Never, never.”
Remember, at the height of Jim Crow.
"In Abbeville, Parks found Taylor at her home, a cabin on a sharecropper’s plantation. Parks took notes as Taylor described the assault. After the men raped Taylor, they blindfolded her and left her on the side of a deserted road. “After they messed over and did what they were going to do me, they say, ‘We’re going to take you back. We’re going to put you out. But if you tell it, we’re going to kill you,’ ” Taylor, remembered in a 2011 interview with NPR’s Michel Martin when Taylor was 91."
Think there was any justice?
"About 3 a.m., Taylor’s father, who had been out searching for her, saw his daughter staggering along the highway. Recy Taylor’s friend, Fannie Daniel, who witnessed the abduction, had already reported the kidnapping to Will Cook, a former police chief who also owned a store. Taylor and her father reported the assault to the then-local county sheriff, Lewey Corbitt. One of the assailants, Hugo Wilson, confessed to the rape and named six other men involved: Dillard York; Billy Howerton; Herbert Lovett; Luther Lee; Joe Culpepper and Robert Gamble. None of the men were arrested."
"As Parks interviewed Taylor, Corbitt kept driving by the house, according to the book “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance.” The sheriff finally burst into Taylor’s house, demanding that Rosa Parks leave. “I don’t want any troublemakers here in Abbeville,” he said. “If you don’t go, I’ll lock you up.”
Think the same kind of shit doesn't still go on here in Nazi Llano County, right, Sheriff?
"Parks returned to Montgomery, where she promptly launched the Alabama Committee for Equal Justice for Mrs. Recy Taylor. The committee flooded the South with fliers “decrying white attacks on black women,” according to the Chicago Defender. By October 1944, Taylor’s rape was making headlines across the country. The Chicago Defender’s headline, “Victim of White Alabama Rapists,” ran above a now-famous photo of Taylor sitting on a sofa, dressed in a hat and checkered blazer with her daughter, Jayce, on her lap and her husband, Willie Guy Taylor, beside her."
Tyrants fear exposure, right, Sheriff?
"In the story, the Defender’s staff correspondent Fred Atwater reported that the lawyer representing the suspects in the case had offered $600 to Willie Guy Taylor to silence his wife. “Nigger — ain’t $600 enough for raping your wife,” the story quoted the lawyer saying. The six defendants were willing to pay $100 each “if Recy Taylor would forget.”
"On Oct. 9, 1944, a grand jury refused to indict the men. Outraged, Parks urged people to write protest letters to then-Alabama Gov. Chauncey Sparks. Hundreds of letters of outrage began pouring into the governor’s office."
Not only that:
"Parks sent a letter of her own on Alabama Committee for Equal Justice letterhead to the governor:
“As a citizen of Alabama, I urge you to use your high office to reconvene the Henry County Grand Jury at the earliest possible moment,” Parks wrote. “Alabamians are depending upon you to see that all obstacles, which are preventing justice in this case, be removed. I know that you will not fail to let the people of Alabama know that there is equal justice for all of our citizens.”
"The letter was signed: “Respectfully yours, Rosa L. Parks, 22 Mill St., Montgomery, Ala.”
Sheds a whole different light on her refusing to give up her seat on a bus approximately a decade later, doesn't it?
"In response, Sparks ordered another investigation of the rape. On Feb. 14, 1945, a Henry County grand jury refused to indict the suspects for a second time. The men were never prosecuted. Six years ago, Alabama lawmakers finally issued an apology for what Taylor had endured. “That we acknowledge the lack of prosecution for crimes committed against Recy Taylor by the government of the State of Alabama,” the resolution read. “That we declare such failure to act was, and is, morally abhorrent and repugnant, and that we do hereby express profound regret for the role played by the government of the State of Alabama in failing to prosecute the crimes.”
Ms. Parks died in 2005. While progress has indeed been made, Alabama has a long, long, long way to go. ... So does Texas, right, Sheriff?
Ms. Taylor died December 28. Was about to turn 98 on New Year's Eve.
In follow up to a case covered here repeatedly and elsewhere, it is certainly now clear the AG Sessions nazi is doing great damage to justice. ABC News reports:
"The FBI has declined to lead an investigation into the murder of a veteran Baltimore detective who was killed one day before he was due to testify in a federal police corruption trial, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. On Nov. 15, homicide Det. Sean Suiter, an 18-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, was killed last month while conducting a follow-up to a homicide investigation, police said. While on the scene, Suiter approached a man who he saw was engaging in suspicious activity, and the man shot Suiter in the head shortly after with Suiter's own gun, police said. Suiter was scheduled to testify the next day in federal court regarding an ongoing corruption investigation of eight police officers being led by the FBI, which is what led Davis to request that the FBI assume a lead in the murder investigation into Suiter’s death, he said."
Clearly, the Police Commissioner apparently did not trust his own department to conduct an impartial investigation. Had more than sufficient reason. Ferociously pointedly, when a local department cannot be trusted to police itself, who else is there under current law other than the FBI to do so? In Nazi Texas, the Texas Rangers aren't worth a crap. Nearly always, rubber stamp the jackbooted bastards.
"Yesterday, Davis received a letter from FBI Assistant Director Stephen Richardson, explaining that since "no information has been developed to indicate Det. Suiter’s death was directly connected to an FBI investigation," the investigation into his murder should remain with the Baltimore Police Department."
Jesus Christ. Fox guarding the chicken coop. Problem lies with Sessions. Insanely believes police do no wrong. Has drastically withdrawn federal oversight of rampant ubiquitous police malfeasance all across our formerly great country.
"The FBI emphasized its "current commitment" to assist the police department, which will include providing FBI analytical, forensic and investigative support as well as $25,000 toward a reward "for information leading to the arrest of anyone who may have been involved in this matter," the letter states, according to Davis, who added that the total reward stands at $215,000."
Nazi symbolism over substance. At any other time, the FBI would have shown enormous interest in this case since a principled, honest, experienced officer was murdered under extraordinary circumstances just before he was due to testify against fellow officers. This is not a good day for honest law enforcement. Not a good day for the rule of law, a supposedly democratic republic, to say nothing of the United States Constitution.
Carefully consider the following:
"The FBI's decision to not lead the murder investigation reiterates in "black and white" that Suiter's death had nothing to do with the pending corruption investigation into the department, Davis said."
It does? How? How would they know if they did not conduct the investigation themselves? Could it be Davis has somehow been compromised? Received threats? His statement makes no sense. Not a valid conclusion. Non-sequitur.
"In addition, there is "zero evidence" to suggest that Suiter committed suicide, Davis said. "So, what we have left before us is a murder committed by a yet-to-be-identified perpetrator," Davis said."
That's true. What's terribly alarming is the fact remains the murderer may have indeed been one of the department's own. Precisely, why an outside investigator is desperately needed. Exactly why a new federal agency needs to be created that is totally independent from law enforcement to investigate, prosecute, and try criminal officers in a court whose sole function would be to try such cases.
Trump's Fourth Reich expands. CBS News reports:
"The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says politicians who run sanctuary cities should be charged with crimes."
Listen to the nazi. The nazi has spoken. In what is clearly no longer a democratic republic.
"Thomas Homan said in an interview Tuesday with Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto that the Department of Justice needs to file charges against municipalities that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities and deny them funding. He also says politicians should be held "personally accountable" for crimes committed by people living in the U.S. illegally. Homan says, "We've got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes."
Clearly, we live in a de facto fascist police-state transforming itself into the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich. These bastards are following in the footsteps of Hitler and Mussolini.
"California officially became a sanctuary state on Monday, after Governor Jerry Brown signed the law giving the entire state sanctuary status in October. Under the law, police cannot ask people about their immigration status or participate in Homan singled out the state for criticism."
Brown has to be commended for heroically standing up to the Trump nazi, his sidekick, the AG Sessions nazi, and this turd who is acting director of one of the most corrupt abusive inept jackbooted police agencies in our formerly great country.
"I think it's terrible–you got the state of California that wants to put politics ahead of public safety, ahead of officer safety. What they have done is forced my officers to arrest dangerous criminals on their turf, in their homes and places of business, rather than arresting them in the safety and security of a county jail," Homan complained. "It's ridiculous to annoyingly and intentionally put law enforcement at risk."
All the above quote, demonstrable horse shit. First, has nothing to do with politics over public safety. Non-sequitur. The nazi at ICE exaggerates the risk of immigration as did Hitler and Mussolini decades ago. Does this because he and his goons get their cookies off exercising jackbooted power. Second, most of those arrested by ICE were held on chicken shit non-felony crimes. Third, this piece of shit has no clue you can't hold on to a fully adjudicated prisoner about to be released simply because a federal agency wants to deport him. Where's the warrant or court order to hold the prisoner? Fourth, outrageously ludicrous for this jackbooted storm trooper to piss and moan vis a vis risk suffered by officers, when it is his goddamned jackbooted goons who present an exigent threat to those they target.
This piece of shit at ICE and his goons have falsely sworn oaths of office to protect and defend the United States Constitution. Greatest threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties is no foreign power. No terrorist organization. Not even the criminal element. It is out of control government, all levels and branches. Liberty? Gone. Masquerades as freedom to do what you're told. Life micro managed to line the pockets of those at the top of the food chain. Dream? All but dead. We no longer own property in this country. Don't pay the rent, that is, taxes, government seizes the property you never owned and sells it to another sucker. Think this can go on forever?
Yet, the jackbooted element remains dangerously clueless:
"Of Brown, Homan said, "If he thinks he's protecting immigrant communities, he's doing quite the opposite because if he thinks ICE is going away, we're not. There's no sanctuary from federal law enforcement." Further, he vowed, "I'm going to significantly increase our enforcement presence in California -- we're already doing it." California had "better hold on tight," Homan said. "They're about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation hours in the state of California."
This jackbooted asshole clearly remains an exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. Remains too deaf to hear the rumble. An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming. Doomsday clock striking ever closer to midnight.
Republicans aren't thinking straight. At least, not in the Deep South. In follow up to an earlier edition, ABC News reports:
"The widow of a Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself following a sexual assault allegation has been nominated by Republicans to fill the seat he held. Bullitt County GOP Chairman Paul Ham said a vote was taken Thursday night to nominate Rebecca Johnson. Gov. Matt Bevin set a Feb. 20 special election to find a replacement for Republican Dan Johnson, whose body was found this month with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He died a day after denying that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in 2013. Johnson was in his first term representing a House district south of Louisville. Rebecca Johnson will face former state Rep. Linda Belcher. The Bullitt County Democratic Party announced on Thursday that Belcher was selected as the nominee by a unanimous vote."
Incomprehensible considering the circumstances:
"Johnson was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2016 amid a wave of Republican victories that gave the GOP control of the chamber for the first time in nearly a century. During the campaign, he defied calls from Republican leaders for him to drop out of the race after he compared Barack and Michelle Obama to monkeys in a Facebook post."
Far worse? As reported in an earlier edition here and elsewhere, Johnson claimed to have raised the dead. Made numerous other claims that turned out to be patently false. If Republicans wish to be returned to office after the ongoing Trump fiasco, this is certainly not the way to do so.
Achingly ludicrous to see the kettle repeatedly calling the pot black. There are indeed serious problems within Iran. Have been for decades. Even before the Islamic Revolution. Without question, the late Shah was certainly an abusive tyrant. Good to see Iranians are again challenging an unsustainable status quo. To see the Trump nazi cheering them on, however, remains the height of hypocrisy. Worse? To see him doing it for crass self-serving political purposes is galling.
NBC News reports:
"President Donald Trump put Iran on notice Tuesday, blasting the nation’s regime as "brutal and corrupt," and warning that America is watching how the protests that have rocked the country in recent days unfold. "The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime," Trump tweeted."
The nazi in the Oval Office seems to conveniently ignore the fact law enforcement in our formerly great country is out of control. Abusive, corrupt, murderous. Yet, this lunatic narcissist has instructed his AG sidekick, the racist Sessions nazi, to call off the dogs in the DOJ responsible for enforcing civil rights laws, reining in out of control law enforcement.
"All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their 'pockets,'" he continued, referring to the Iran nuclear deal. "The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!"
More distortion of reality. Re-write of history by the sick moron warming his seat in the Oval Office. -- When he's not, of course, vacationing at one of his resorts. The nazi remains determinedly oblivious there is no justice any longer in our formerly great country. Founders? Spinning in their graves. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, hopelessly bastardized.
"Trump's continued tweeting — he posted Monday that Iran was "failing at every level" and that it was "TIME FOR CHANGE!"— came as Iran continued to be roiled by protests by citizens angry about the nation's economic situation."
His hypocrisy? Ludicrous. The very same can be said right here in our formerly great country. His recently-passed tax law favors the corporate management suite and the top of the food chain. At expense of the bottom and middle class. While corporate tax breaks are permanent, those afforded the middle class are temporary.
Hunger remains a humanitarian issue in our formerly great country. So does homelessness. So does continuing inadequate access to healthcare for millions of our citizens. Where was Trump's outrage when during his inauguration law enforcement goons arrested hundreds for merely peacefully exercising their right to protest a racist nazi dictator?
"Later in the day, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley echoed Trump’s message speaking to reporters at the UN, praising the "great bravery" of the Iranian people. She also read aloud some of the messages being chanted by the protesters, countering the Iranian government's social media blockade."
Where was Madam Ambassador's outrage when law enforcement goons arrested innocent protesters at her fuhrer's inauguration? There are problems in Iran. There are problems here in Nazi America. Do the Trump nazi and his equally clueless henchmen delusionally believe dissent can be successfully squelched, stifled, repressed by slyly diverting attention overseas?
Trump truly thinks he's a dictator. Above the law. CBS News reports:
"President Trump told The New York Times Thursday he thinks special counsel Robert Mueller will treat him fairly -- but left his options open regarding his dealings with the Justice Department."
Of course, that contradicts earlier statements made by staffers and fellow Republicans.
"When asked whether he would order the Justice Department to reopen the probe of Hillary Clinton's emails, Mr. Trump seemed to refer to the Russia investigation, telling the Times, "I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department. But for purposes of hopefully thinking I'm going to be treated fairly, I've stayed uninvolved with this particular matter."
Does not have the power to do as he pleases with the 'Justice' Department. No one is above the law, including the president. Cannot legally obstruct justice.
Once again, Trump has contradicted himself.
CBS News reports:
"President Trump says there won't be protection for young immigrants brought into the country illegally unless he gets funding for a border wall and other items. Mr. Trump said on Twitter Friday: "The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc." He added: "We must protect our Country at all cost!"
Non-sequitur from a lunatic nazi.
Once again, Trump has demonstrated profound ignorance, egregious unfitness for office. The Washington Post reports:
"Even though he is vacationing in Palm Beach, Fla., where temperatures are in the 70s, Trump tweeted on Thursday seemingly mocking those who accept climate science, suggesting that the East Coast will be so cold on New Year’s Eve that global warming may be a good thing instead of an environmental calamity."
This man is a moron. Rabidly ignorant of science.
"His response was greeted by a tweet storm of ridicule from elected Democrats, scientists and ordinary social media users who continue to marvel at his willful contempt for scientific knowledge. His missive was a timely year-end reminder that this president refuses to educate himself on the most basic aspects of key policy issues."
Proof positive, 'can fix ignorant, can't fix stupid.'
The 'Justice' Department, at least for now, is caving in to reality. CBS News reports:
"The Justice Department is putting its attempt to ban transgender military recruits on hold. The decision means enlistment of transgender people can start Jan. 1. But their future in the armed forces remains murky. The Justice Department isn't dropping its court fight to uphold its proposed ban on transgender enlistment. Instead it says it will wait for a Pentagon study on the issue in coming weeks before deciding what to do. A federal appeals court recently refused the Trump administration's request to let the ban start Jan. 1. Other federal judges have also refused to side with the administration."
There are many transgenders already in the military. This will add to the population, making it much more difficult to discharge them in the future. Think the 'Justice' Department doesn't see the handwriting on the wall? It's 2018, not 1958.
The LGBTQ community has made progress in the last year. All that remains at risk with the Trump nazi and his henchmen in power, in Congress, and the courts. Think the nazi element won't do all it can to turn back the clock?
Another positive move for the LGBTQ community. Hopefully, this change will not be reversed by the nazi element. CBS News reports:
"Starting in January, Illinois will bar a rare criminal defense allowing the use of a victim's sexual orientation as justification for violent crime, a ban gay rights advocates say they will attempt to replicate in about half a dozen states next year. Defense attorneys will no longer be able to mount the so-called "gay panic defense" in Illinois, the second state after California to prohibit the tactic. There are variations, but the defense argument generally goes like this: A person doesn't realize someone is gay or transgender and engages in a flirtation, then discovers that person's sexual orientation and that discovery triggers a passionate involuntary response such as murder."
All this progress remains at risk courtesy of the Trump nazi and his henchmen in power, in Congress, and the courts.
Homophobic nazis lost yet another LGBTQ case. The Washington Times reports:
"An appeals court ruled Thursday against the Oregon bakers who were fined $135,000 for declining to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. In its decision, the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld an administrative law judge’s ruling that Melissa and Aaron Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, violated a public accommodations law barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."
Good day for the Bill of Rights.
"Kelly Shackelford, president of the First Liberty Institute, a religious liberty law firm representing the Kleins, said he was “disappointed” by Thursday’s decision. “Freedom of expression for ourselves should require freedom of expression for others,” Mr. Shackelford said in a statement. “Today, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided that Aaron and Melissa Klein are not entitled to the Constitution’s promises of religious liberty and free speech. In a diverse and pluralistic society, people of good will should be able to peacefully coexist with different beliefs.”
That's not the issue. Your clients have every right to believe as they wish. Don't, however, have the right to discriminate against others who do not share their religious views.
"The panel of appellate judges concluded that baking wedding cakes does not constitute “speech, art or other expression” protected by the First Amendment. Even if the Kleins “imbue each wedding cake with their own aesthetic choices,” the court said, other people will not necessarily “experience any wedding cake that the Kleins create predominantly as ‘expression’ rather than as food.”
Wouldn't want to confuse a religious nazi with the truth, would we? The Supreme Court recently heard a similar case. Be interesting to see the upcoming ruling.
Guess who were the biggest losers last year? NBC News reports:
"American consumers took it on the chin in 2017, as regulations designed to protect them were weakened or eliminated by the administration of President Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress. “Not only has progress been halted on rules to ensure that consumers are treated more fairly in the marketplace, but protections they already had have been rolled back,” said Susan Grant, director of consumer protection and privacy at the Consumer Federation of America."
Again, the Republican Way. Where's the outrage of Democrats? Out to lunch since November 22, 1963.
"In his first week in office, President Trump vowed to slash regulations by 75 percent or more. The administration’s goal of “cutting the red tape” has resulted in what Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, the non-profit consumer rights advocacy group started by Ralph Nader, calls “a disaster” for consumers. “With companies like Wells Fargo and Equifax illustrating, yet again, that big companies feel completely free to exploit, rip off and endanger consumers, if it helps profits, the Trump administration rushed to remove the federal cops on the beat,” Weissman said. "The consequences will be draining people's wallets for years to come.”
Voted for this nazi son of a bitch? Got what you deserved. Enjoy the f--king. ... Not that Hillary was any better, however. Both egregiously unqualified for totally different reasons.
"Edgar Dworsky, founder of ConsumerWorld.org, told NBC News he believes the president was able to get such quick results by appointing department heads “who have a history of fighting the very agencies they are now overseeing.” Consumer advocates are reeling from the losses, following eight years of working with the Obama administration to create rules designed to clean up the marketplace and punish bad corporate behavior."
Corporate management suite and the top of the food chain have nowhere near enough. Precisely, why the Trump nazi and his henchmen gave them additional tax breaks. -- At at a time of record corporate profits and cash reserves.
“It was a disastrous year in consumer protection,” said Liz Weston, personal finance columnist for NerdWallet. “We lost a breathtaking amount of ground in the past 12 months and the consequences will be draining people's wallets for years to come.”
The American Way. Nazi America. To say nothing of the obliteration of net neutrality by Trump's henchmen in the FCC and the killing of forced binding arbitration rules by Republican nazis in Congress. You've taken it hard in the ass without the K-Y. Enjoy. Got what you deserved. Too bad the rest of us have to suffer your aggressive stupidity, raging gutlessness.
Highly reminiscent of Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider the following. It's appalling. Runs against the grain of everything our formerly great country once stood for. No longer.
Aggressive stupidity, indeed, knows no bounds. CBS News reports:
"It was a heartwarming scene: A U.S. citizen, forbidden to enter Mexico, wed the love of his life in a brief moment when the gate separating the two countries was opened. Now a newspaper says the groom is a convicted drug smuggler and border agents are furious that he passed a federal background check and was approved for the "Door of Hope" event last month. "The agents are upset, feel like they were taken advantage of, feel like they were duped," Joshua Wilson, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 1613, told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Turns out we provided armed security for a cartel wedding."
Jesus Christ. How does something like this happen? Then again, with all that's recently going on with the Border Patrol and ICE, nothing comes as any surprise.
Doesn't the following warm the cockles of the heart?
"On Nov. 18, Brian Houston of San Diego and Evelia Reyes of Mexico signed official Tijuana documents making them husband and wife and then embraced between the doors of a steel border gate that is opened for only an hour or so every year. It was the first wedding at Border Field State Park during the "Door of Hope" event, which permits people who cannot cross the border to meet for about three minutes each. "It's a statement that love has no borders," Houston told the Union-Tribune at the time."
"Those allowed to take part in the event were supposedly carefully screened. But it appears the federal background check didn't turn up the news that Houston is awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to drug smuggling in May in San Diego federal court. Houston was arrested in February while crossing into the U.S. at the San Ysidro border checkpoint. Prosecutors said 43 pounds of heroin, 47 pounds of methamphetamine and 43 pounds of cocaine were hidden in his car."
Couldn't be, could it? LOL.
"The Union-Tribune reports that Houston's sentencing is set for Feb. 23. Because of his arrest, he is not allowed to enter Mexico. Because of Houston, the "Door of Hope" event is now under scrutiny."
You think? LOL.
Despite the fact the Border Patrol is desperately trying to pass the buck, this appears to be directly the fault of BP which apparently failed to do a full background check:
"The nonprofit group Border Angels has organized six such openings since 2013. Executive Director Enrique Morones said the group doesn't vet applicants but provides the Border Patrol with questionnaires filled out by candidates. It leaves background checks to that agency, Morones told the Union-Tribune. Border Patrol spokesman Takae Michael said Houston was screened through an internal vetting process based on information provided by Morones and a review did not indicate criminal activity."
Common knowledge the bar is intentionally set extremely high to prevent corrupt, abusive, murderous officers from being held legally accountable for their crimes. Doesn't change? Hear the rumble? An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming. ABC News reports:
"The conviction earlier this month of ex-police officer Michael Slager, who was sentenced to a 20 year in prison for the murder of Walter Scott, marks a rare instance where a police officer has been found guilty of murder for the shooting of an unarmed civilian. Despite the conviction in his case, however, some legal experts and family members of victims feel this will have little effect on how similar cases of shootings by police will be tried in the future."
Likely won't due to the fact the bar is set so high to ensure a criminal jackbooted bastard in blue escapes legal accountability.
"The sister of another man shot by police in 2016, Terence Crutcher, said she had mixed feelings after hearing about Slager's sentence. Tiffany Crutcher said she felt both hope and frustration. “I don’t want to take away from the fact that we got some small aspect of justice. It gives me a glimmer of hope to show the powers that be that you can be held accountable,” she said. But she believes that the cases involving shootings by police are still going to be difficult to win. "The burden of proof is too high and it’s subjective," Crutcher said."
Intentionally. By design. To grant officers carte blanche to do as they please. With near impunity. Not accountable. Provided unlimited slack. Protected, coddled. As Llano County Deputy Leroy Rodriguez, Badge #764.
This SS jackbooted bastard in black has not been held criminally accountable for egregious abuse of power involving denial of property rights to a Kingsland property owner. To say nothing of consequent resultant physical damage done to a motor home on that property. The County Attorney continues to stonewall.
"William Johnson, the Executive Director of The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), a coalition that represents police unions and associations across the country, believes the Scott incident was an aberration because times have already changed."
The hell they have. Abject bullshit. Certainly, not here in Nazi Llano County, right, Sheriff? "Sonny Boy?" Madam County Attorney?
"I think the turning point was really the Michael Brown case," Johnson said. "It changed the law going forward. It chilled aggressive police work."
Johnson is either hopelessly delusional, -- or a congenital liar. ... Right, Sheriff?
Amazing how a double standard remains vis a vis the definition of "terror." Interestingly, when officers are violently targeted, law enforcement quickly defines it as terror. When their own murder innocent unarmed civilians while on duty, they quickly, perversely, falsely label it 'self-defense,' officer felt 'threatened,' insult to injury, 'good' policing, etc.. The following example offers an interesting twist. This time, it's the Department of Homeland 'Security' making the claim, not the local department. ... At least, not yet.
"The Department of Homeland Security is calling a series of shootings targeting law enforcement in Pennsylvania a "terror attack." Authorities said Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, 51, was shot and killed by police Friday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after he fired several times at law enforcement officers throughout the city. The string of shootings began just steps from the state's Capitol building when El-Mofty fired several times at a Capitol Police officer and then, shot and injured a state trooper. Later, he used two handguns to open fire at several officers who then returned fire and killed him, according to a statement from the Dauphin County district attorney's office."
Of course, the jackasses at this federal agency have an agenda. ... Trump nazi's war on immigration, -- ala Adolf Hitler, circa 1933.
"Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said there was "no doubt that he was directly targeting police officers," CNN affiliate WGAL reported."
Wake up, Counselor. There's no doubt police are literally targeting, looting, shaking down, killing innocent unarmed civilians all over our formerly great country. Have done so for decades. Where's your outrage? When will you and fellow prosecutors all over this nation finally get off your asses and prosecute criminal officers who murder, shake down, and loot on the job?
"Tyler Houlton, acting DHS press secretary, referred to the incident as a terror attack in a statement released Saturday. He said the incident highlights the "Trump administration's concerns with extended family chain migration."
Two points. First, think a family suffering the loss of an unarmed innocent loved one at the hands of a murderous criminal jackbooted officer doesn't think it's a terror attack? Second, the second sentence of the last quote offers proof positive the agenda of this federal bureaucracy has nothing to do with violence directed at police, but ending non-racist immigration policies as did Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.
Highly reminiscent of Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider the following. It's appalling. Runs against the grain of everything our formerly great country once stood for. No longer.
Once again, the Attorney General Sessions nazi has disgraced himself. Abrogated his falsely sworn oath of office to protect and defend the United States Constitution. Brennen Center For Justice reports:
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions nullified a letter yesterday issued by the Obama-era Justice Department that provided resources for local court officials to reform practices around criminal justice fees and fines, which have contributed to the problem of mass incarceration in America. It’s the latest in a series of decisions by Sessions and the Trump Administration that have undercut commonsense, reform-oriented moves in recent years."
As reported earlier in this publication and elsewhere, if you're rich, have assets, can easily buy your freedom. If not, languish in jail.
“This is a disappointing decision that supports criminalizing poverty,” said Lauren-Brooke Eisen, senior counsel in the Brenan Center’s Justice Program and author of Charging Inmates Perpetuates Mass Incarceration. “Fees and fines are frequently levied against individuals who can’t afford to pay. It’s a perverse, profit-based framework that helps spin the revolving door of the criminal justice system.”
It's how the thieving assholes who run and own Nazi Llano County line their pockets, right, Sheriff? "Sonny Boy?" Madam County Attorney?
"The Brennan Center’s library of work on criminal justice debt was cited extensively in the March 2016 guidance, which went to state court administrators and chief justices across the country. It highlighted a 2010 report on how criminal justice debt is a barrier to successful reentry, as well as Criminal Justice Debt: A Toolkit for Action; Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Jails; a case study from Maryland; and, research on concerning fees and fines practices in Florida."
The Trump nazi and his AG sidekick, the Sessions nazi, want our prisons and jails to remain gulags. Subjugate the bottom of the food chain and the middle class to line the pockets at the very top. Nazi justice in a de facto fascist police-state, soon to be the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
Police were egregiously out of control during Trump's inauguration. Took a determined, concerted, raucous hard dump on the First Amendment. Right to peacefully protest. Happened to be the jackbooted bastards in black who rioted.
Paid a price for this malfeasance recently in terms of six protesters found not guilty. When will the criminal jackbooted bastards themselves be brought to justice? Exoneration of the first six protesters presents prosecutors with quite a problem.
NBC News reports:
"A jury on Thursday acquitted six people on charges of rioting and destruction of property connected to violent protests during President Donald Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration. The case could have major implications for the government's strategy for prosecuting more than 150 others charged for their actions that day. The verdict by a Washington Superior Court jury after two days of deliberations is a setback for the prosecution's approach to the case."
Here's precisely why:
"From the start, government prosecutors did not attempt to prove that any of the defendants had personally committed acts of violence or vandalism. Instead they argued that the entire group of protesters, many of whom wore face masks, was guilty of supporting and providing cover as others smashed windows downtown and set fire to a parked limo on K Street."
What that means is the government had no case. Malicious prosecution since prosecutors knew they had no case. Worse, these six were falsely arrested. In a goddamned fascist police-state where civil and constitutional rights and liberties are routinely abrogated.
"The protesters are being tried in small batches in a process that is expected to extend deep into 2018. This first batch of six protesters served partially as a test case for the government's strategy."
Kangaroo justice in a fascist police-state. To chagrin of nazi prosecutors, the jury clearly didn't buy the ruse.
"Much of the evidence consisted of a variety of videos, from security cameras, police helicopters and, in some cases, posted to social media by the defendants themselves. Prosecutors also interviewed dozens of witnesses, but none who could identify any of the defendants as a perpetrator."
Yet, nazi prosecutors went ahead with prosecutions they knew to be bogus. Worse? Get this:
"The prosecution also used video supplied to them by Project Veritas, a controversial right-wing activist collective that uses guerrilla tactics in defense of conservative causes. The Washington Post recently revealed an apparent sting operation designed to discredit the newspaper by planting a false story against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore."
Still delusionally believe we don't live in a fascist police-state?
"In the trial, prosecutors showed video from a pre-inauguration protest planning meeting that had been infiltrated by a Project Veritas operative. It showed organizers advising protesters on how to handle confrontations with the police, but contained no evidence of plans to commit violence or vandalism."
Yet, nazi prosecutors knowingly proceeded with malicious prosecutions. Gets worse:
"Even before the jury began its deliberations, Judge Lynn Leibovitz seriously damaged the government's case by throwing out the most serious charge against the six — a felony charge of inciting a riot. Leibovitz said there simply wasn't evidence to support the charge and the jury's verdict proved that prosecutors had failed to present convincing evidence to support even the remaining lesser charges."
Our government cannot be trusted. Remains unprincipled. No longer a nation of laws and the Constitution. A nation ruled by nazi fiat and whim.
The Washington Post reports:
"The first six people to face trial in Inauguration Day protests that turned destructive were acquitted of all charges, a victory not only for the defendants but also for advocates who argued the government overreached in its effort to prosecute more than 200 people arrested as they marched through the nation’s capital. Following a nearly four-week trial and two full days of deliberations, a D.C. Superior Court jury delivered not-guilty verdicts Thursday on multiple charges of rioting and destruction of property."
The government clearly had no case. No evidence.
"The defendants — including a nurse for cancer patients, a freelance photographer and a college student — joined throngs of protesters who took to the streets on Jan. 20 to protest Donald Trump’s election. Prosecutors said the six were among a group that cut a violent swath through 16 blocks of the city, smashing windows of businesses, tossing newspaper boxes into the street and damaging a limousine. Authorities tallied the damage at more than $100,000."
Why weren't the first to be prosecuted the ones the government clearly had evidence against and could identify?
"As the jury foreman read the not-guilty verdicts, the defendants began to smile. One of them, Alexei Wood, a 37-year-old freelance photographer from San Antonio, covered his face, sat down and began sobbing. Outside the courtroom, Wood and the other defendants hugged each other and their supporters. One, in tears, pulled out her iPad to FaceTime her family and friends. Jennifer Armento, 38, a Philadelphia woman who was among the six, said the verdict “shows the country that the jury was unwilling to do what the government wanted them to do, which was criminalize dissent.”
Precisely, what this bogus prosecution was all about. Sovereign immunity statutes must be changed to allow victims of police and prosecutors to sue the living shit out of them. Bankrupt governmental entities in an effort to encourage taxpayers to force desperately needed change.
Here's the truth authorities ignored:
"From the start, defense attorneys said their clients and most others in the group of about 500 were peacefully protesting, while only a handful peeled off and became violent. They criticized police for failing to identify those people and said officers unfairly herded a group of about 200 and charged them with rioting."
The criminal jackbooted bastards in black call this tactic "kettling." Outrageously, unconstitutional. Direct violation of the First Amendment right to peacefully protest. Had police done their jobs they would have gone after and arrested those engaging in rioting, not those engaging in peaceful protest.
"In a statement released after the verdict, the U.S. attorneys office said prosecutors continue to assert that a riot occurred on Inauguration Day and the “destruction impacted many who live and work in the District of Columbia, and created a danger for all who were nearby.”
It was law enforcement that rioted. Why weren't and aren't they held legally accountable? Why do they receive a free pass? Operate with impunity? Not accountable?
“We appreciate the jury’s close examination of the individual conduct and intent of each defendant during this trial and respect its verdict,” the office said in the statement. “In the remaining pending cases, we look forward to the same rigorous review for each defendant."
Haven't learned anything from this stunning defeat, have they?
Were certainly on quite an unsuccessful fishing expedition:
"The case follows one of the largest mass arrests for vandalism in the city, and authorities spent months preparing for trial and mining for evidence. Authorities confiscated the cellphones of the defendants to examine text messages and videos. And prosecutors sought court orders for defendants’ Internet records, including website visits and Facebook accounts, in hopes of securing additional evidence to support their theory the protesters planned to participate in a violent demonstration. The searches were challenged by attorneys and civil liberties groups as violating the rights of the users."
As well they should have been. Police and prosecutors had no evidence. Clearly, desperately on a fishing expedition.
"In court, jurors heard from about 40 witnesses, including employees and patrons of businesses who described their fear as protesters pounded on or smashed windows. The jury spent hours watching video of clashes between demonstrators and police. At one point, three of the jurors sat with their eyes closed as the footage was played."
The problem is not holding the people responsible for the rioting accountable. Government falsely targeted protesters not involved in the rioting to discourage peaceful protest. Not acceptable in a democratic republic constitutionally based.
"Defense attorneys also argued that some of the police officers and detectives overseeing the arrests were biased against the protest group’s anti-capitalism and anti-fascism stance. Attorneys identified evidence from the officers’ personal Twitter accounts and police records of statements that attorneys said were anti-Semitic, homophobic and against groups such as Black Lives Matter."
The bias is palpable. Extends all the way up the government chain of command to the Trump nazi and his closest henchmen.
"In her closing argument, defense attorney Sara Kropf reminded the jury that one of the police commanders was heard on a police radio at the beginning of the protest calling the demonstrators “anarchists.” “This is about politics. This is about police and local prosecutors who work for the Department of Justice. And we know who they report to,” she said, referring to President Trump. “All the government proved was that these individuals showed up and walked as protesters,” she said. “And that is not a crime.”
It is to Trump and his delusional sick sycophants.
Think law enforcement has smartened up any? To say nothing of their shills in Right Wing rags? The Washington Times reports:
"Top law enforcement leaders say they have had no bigger advocate this year than President Trump, and they are hopeful he has set the stage for fewer dangerous confrontations between officers and the public, better-equipped departments and, ultimately, reductions in crime."
Unadulterated horse shit. Quite the opposite. Wishful thinking. Particularly dangerous since it ignores reality. Article after article in this publication, week after week, month after month, year after year scream otherwise. Situation will only worsen as the Trump nazi and his AG shill, the Sessions nazi continue to grant the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue carte blanche to continue abusing, shaking down, looting, murdering innocent unarmed civilians on the job.
Our formerly great government, apparently, can no longer shoot straight, -- so to speak. CBS News reports:
"A U.S. judge in Nevada declared a mistrial Wednesday in the case against a states' rights figure, his two sons and another man accused of leading a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents during a cattle grazing dispute. Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in Las Vegas dismissed a jury seated last month for the long-awaited trial of Cliven Bundy, his sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy and self-styled Montana militia leader Ryan Payne."
Come as a surprise? Especially, in view of the following:
"It is the latest in a string of failed prosecutions in Nevada and Oregon against those who have opposed federal control of vast swaths of land in the American West. Jurors in Portland, Oregon, acquitted the two Bundy sons of taking over a U.S. wildlife refuge in Oregon for more than a month in early 2016 amid calls for the U.S. government to turn over public land to local control. In the Nevada case, Navarro faulted federal prosecutors for failing to turn over all evidence to defense attorneys, including records about the conduct of FBI and Bureau of Land Management agents during the standoff. "The government is obligated to disclose all evidence that might be favorable" to the defense, the judge said."
Indeed. Aryan arrogance, -- or could it be the government has no case?
Certainly, got the Sessions nazi's shorts in a wad.
The Washington Times reports:
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped into the Bundy prosecution after Wednesday’s mistrial, ordering a third-party examination of the case in light of the latest government snafu. “The attorney general takes this issue very seriously and has personally directed that an expert in the [Justice Department’s] discovery obligations be deployed to examine the case and advise as to the next steps,” said Ian D. Prior, the department’s principal deputy director of public affairs, in a late Wednesday statement. The decision to intervene came after Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial over the government’s “willful failure to disclose information” to the defense, saying it would have been “impossible” for the four co-defendants to receive a fair trial. “Failure to turn over such evidence violates due process,” Judge Navarro said in the courtroom, the Arizona Republic reported. “A fair trial at this point is impossible.”
In stark contrast to our outrageously bought and paid for judiciary, Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider how other officials honorably, heroically conduct themselves elsewhere in the country.
The following is indicative our formerly great country has lost itself. Constitution remains crystal clear. Anyone detained by government is entitled to legal counsel. Cannot be denied. NPR reports:
"Somewhere in Iraq, a United States citizen has been in the custody of the U.S. armed forces for over three months."
"That is how a federal Judge on Saturday begins her ruling, describing the situation of a never-charged American classified as an enemy combatant, as she ordered the Pentagon provide the prisoner with "immediate" access to a lawyer."
Good to see this judge is willing to courageously stand up to the Trump nazi.
"The still-unnamed man was captured by the Syrian militia in mid-September and handed over to the U.S. military as a suspected member of the Islamic State. A couple weeks later, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a habeas corpus petition and seeking to represent the man, who, by the government's own account, requested an attorney after being read his Miranda rights."
Goddamned entitled to legal counsel. Constitution remarkably clear.
"The Defense Department argued that the circumstances did not warrant the ACLU's having immediate access to the detainee."
The hell they didn't. This prisoner is an American citizen. Has requested legal counsel as guarantied by the Constitution. What's our nazi government so afraid of?
"But in a case shrouded in secrecy, what exactly those circumstances are remains unclear. And the case is reviving thorny issues around the government's wartime powers weighed against individuals' civil liberties."
False issue. Our nazi government is more than capable of handling both. What is it so afraid of? Counsel might expose it to the light of day? If all is on the up and up, why not provide legal counsel?
"In her at-times-blistering ruling, Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia denied the Pentagon's motion to dismiss the ACLU's petition and ordered that it give the group "immediate and unmonitored access to the detainee."
Uncommon valor on the part of the judge. Unlike nazi government, courageously willing to honor her oath of office.
"The ACLU welcomed the decision. "This is a landmark ruling that rejects the Trump administration's unprecedented attempt to block an American citizen from challenging his executive imprisonment," ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Jonathan Hafetz told NPR's Ryan Lucas in a statement. "Ensuring citizens detained by the government have access to a lawyer and a court is essential to preserving the Constitution and the rule of law in America."
No question. A democratic republic guided by the United States Constitution.
"The detainee was captured Sept. 12 and by the end of the month the ACLU had sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, expressing concern about the case and reminding them of the detainee's constitutional right to counsel. The Times reports, "officials familiar with the matter have said he is a dual citizen of the United States and Saudi Arabia who was born on American soil to visiting Saudi parents and raised in Saudi Arabia."
We've lost ourselves. How can this prisoner, an American citizen, be denied counsel over three months? Raw nazism.
"The Times has reported that national security officials in the Trump administration were considering transferring the detainee to Saudi Arabia in a move that could potentially involve the man renouncing his American citizenship. In her ruling, Chutkan ordered that the Defense Department not transfer the detainee to another country until the ACLU learns about and informs the court of his own wishes."
Is the Trump nazi and his henchmen trying to pull a fast one?
In stark contrast to our outrageously bought and paid for judiciary, Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider how other officials honorably, heroically conduct themselves elsewhere in the country.
Once again, the Trump nazi and his henchmen got their asses figuratively kicked hard in court. CBS News reports:
"A federal appeals court panel has ruled that President Trump once again exceeded the scope of his authority with his latest travel ban. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges put its Friday decision on hold pending review by the U.S. Supreme Court, meaning the ban involving six majority Muslim countries will remain in effect. The ruling on Friday says Mr. Trump's proclamation makes no finding whatsoever that simply being from one of the countries cited in the ban makes someone a security risk."
Indeed. Raw nazism, ala Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.
Once again, the Trump nazi and his henchmen got their sorry asses figuratively kicked hard in the UN. The Washington Post reports:
"The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a measure rejecting the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which was repeatedly criticized as undermining prospects for peace."
Trump and his henchmen can't, won't be confused with the truth.
"Despite blunt warnings that U.S. aid to countries that backed the resolution and even funding for the United Nations itself may be cut, the resolution on “illegal Israeli actions in occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of occupied Palestinian territory” got 128 votes. Only nine countries — including the United States and Israel — voted against it. Another 35 countries abstained, and 21 were absent."
Proof positive, unlike the Trump nazi, the UN cannot be bought:
"The vote was a pointed rebuke not only to President Trump but also to a U.S. pressure campaign to sway votes by threatening to cut funding. Although Trump said Wednesday that he would be “watching” for countries that receive a lot of U.S. aid and voted “against us,” the list of co-sponsors grew at the last minute to include Egypt and Jordan, the only two countries besides Israel that receive more than $1 billion in U.S. aid." Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, set the stage for a future showdown over aid linked to U.N. votes."
“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out in this assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” she said. “We will remember it when, once again, we are called up to make the world’s largest contribution to the U.N., and we will remember it when many countries come calling on us to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.” Characterizing the United States as “disrespected,” Haley said the U.S. Embassy will be moved to Jerusalem regardless."
Like her fuhrer, Madam Ambassador cannot, will not be confused with the truth:
“No vote in the United Nations is going to make any difference on that,” she said. “But this vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the U.N. and how we look at countries that disrespect us at the U.N. And this vote will be remembered.”
Clearly, we've lost ourselves:
"Although the measure is nonbinding, it carries political resonance, particularly in the Middle East where the U.S. decision has sparked protests and been condemned by Arab governments. Underscoring the U.S. isolation on the issue, even many allies have publicly appealed to the administration to reverse its position and leave Jerusalem’s status undecided until Israelis and Palestinians negotiate terms."
"The United Nations General Assembly has overwhelmingly rejected the Trump administration's decision to recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. By a 128-9 vote Thursday, the diplomats gathered in New York City ignored U.S. objections and approved a nonbinding resolution calling on countries to avoid moving their embassies to Jerusalem. Among the countries that voted in favor of the resolution are many traditional U.S. allies, including the United Kingdom and France. Israel, which celebrated Trump's decision earlier this month, joined the U.S. in voting against the measure. Thirty-five countries abstained, including U.S. allies Canada and Australia."
Most ironic? How Madam Ambassador can get it so achingly ass backwards from reality:
"Haley, for her part, decried what she sees as building anti-Israeli sentiment in the U.N. "To its shame, the United Nations has long been a hostile place for the state of Israel," Haley told the General Assembly on Thursday. "It's a wrong that undermines the credibility of this institution and that, in turn, is harmful for the entire world. "I've often wondered why, in the face of such hostility, Israel has chosen to remain a member of this body," she added. "And then I remember that Israel has chosen to remain in this institution because it's important to stand up for yourself."
Think the following an appropriate way to spend Texas taxpayer dollars? On what's no more than a political junket?
Texas Standard reports:
"Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton have all traveled to Israel with state-provided security details."
Why? Why are Texas taxpayers looted to pay for this? These state officials work for the State of Texas, not the federal government. They wish to to visit Israel, by all means let them pay for the cost of travel and security themselves.
"Israel has long been a focal point in international policy for Texas Republican lawmakers. Several current Texas officials have traveled to the country. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick even got baptized in the Jordan River."
Why are Texas taxpayers paying for his baptism? First Amendment Establishment Clause is abundantly clear. Church-state separation prescribed, that is, freedom from religion. Patrick should have paid for this himself, not looted taxpayers.
"But Peggy Fikac, Austin bureau chief for the San Antonio Express News, reports that some aspects of these trips have come with hefty price tags for the state’s taxpayers. Fikac says the state’s top officials – the governor, lieutenant governor, and the attorney general – all have state-provided security details that travel with them, both inside and outside the U.S. Each has traveled to Israel, citing the nation as an important trading partner for Texas. Fikac says evangelical voters, who are important to all three men’s electoral success, have an affinity for Israel for religious reasons."
Direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is., freedom from religion. Ferociously pointedly, why didn't their corporate masters finance the trip as well as security? Who benefits more than the corporate management suite?
"Fikac says Attorney General Ken Paxton ran up the largest security tab for an Israel trip, at close to $75,000. Paxton spent a week in Israel as part of a group of state attorneys general. He then extended his trip by another week. Gov. Greg Abbott’s two-day stop in Israel on the way to Switzerland cost taxpayers $32,000. Patrick’s security costs came in at $49,000 for one week."
No more than a political junket at taxpayer expense. Where are the 'conservatives?' Their silence, deafening.
Once again, another nazi Republican governor has disgraced himself.
NBC News reports:
"Ohio is prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, joining other states with similarly strict legislation."
Direct violation of Roe v. Wade by Republican nazis desperate to impose their outrageously perverse religious and ideological views on all in direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is, freedom from religion.
"Republican Gov. John Kasich signed the legislation into law on Friday. Lawmakers had sent the bill to him earlier this month, in one of their last acts of the year."
Deliberate violation of the woman's right to do with her uterus as she damn well pleases.
"The legislation, which cleared the GOP-led Legislature with some Republican opposition, makes it a crime for a doctor to terminate a pregnancy based on knowledge of Down syndrome, a genetic abnormality that causes developmental delays and medical conditions such as heart defects and respiratory and hearing problems."
Why are these goddamned religious nazis practicing medicine without a license?
"It makes performing an abortion in such cases a fourth-degree felony and requires the state medical board to revoke the physician's license if convicted. Pregnant women involved in such procedures won't be penalized."
No, they'll just be denied the right to abort, period. So Republican nazis can impose their religious views on all. In a goddamned de facto fascist police-state, soon to be the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
"Kasich's action was a victory for the anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life, which argued it will prevent discrimination based on misinformation."
It's none of their goddamned business. Not their uterus. Who the hell are these religious nazis to force their outrageously perverse religious views on anyone other than themselves? Here is the Aryan arrogance of these goddamned nazis in all its 'glory':
"Now that the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act is law, unborn babies prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome are given a shot at life" the group's president, Mike Gonidakis, said in a statement Friday."
Not their call:
"Abortion rights groups argued the law would be another blow to women's constitutional right to legal abortion."
Precisely, the intention of Republican nazis.
"The executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, Kellie Copeland, said the law does nothing to support families taking care of loved ones with Down syndrome but instead "exploits them as part of a larger anti-choice strategy to systematically make all abortion care illegal."
Exactly, right. Their intention is to dictate to the 'little lady' what she can and cannot do with HER uterus. Nazi America.
"This law shames women and will have a chilling effect on the conversations between doctors and patients because of the criminal penalties that doctors will face," Copeland said. A statement from the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio on Friday said Kasich signed a "blatantly unconstitutional bill." The civil rights group said it is coordinating with its legal staff and coalition partners to determine the next steps."
Continue to sue the living shit out of the nazi bastards. Fight them every step of the way. Only alternative? Unthinkable. An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming. Hear the rumble?
At least some in the federal judiciary are aware there is a systemic, growing problem in law enforcement. NPR reports:
"On Friday, nine federal judges in Chicago will continue a rare joint hearing to decide whether discrimination is the reason why U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents stage phony drug stash house stings in mostly black neighborhoods in Chicago. The judges decided to get together instead of hearing 12 cases they were overseeing separately."
Stings are no more than legalized entrapment not only tolerated by the judiciary for decades, but promulgated. Needs to change.
"One attorney says while he's never seen anything like the judges' panel before, the phony drug stash house sting operation aimed at suspects is not new."
"I come to you as an ATF undercover agent or a confidential informant and I say, 'Here's this house which has a lot of drugs in it and boy you can get a lot of these drugs but you need to get guns and you need to get guys together to go rob the house,'" Chicago Kent Law professor and practicing attorney Richard Kling said outside the courtroom on Thursday."
Smacks of entrapment. -- One thing for police to arrest someone buying drugs. -- Another to proactively manufacture a ruse to entrap someone the jackbooted bastards intend to prophylactically remove from the streets, allegedly for the public good. Called a fascist police-state.
"The drug stash house doesn't exist, however, and the suspects — some with only minor criminal backgrounds — who get caught up in the sting end up charged and convicted of armed robbery and other crimes. Defense attorneys are arguing racial bias and want the indictments of more than 40 defendants tossed. During the hearing, some of the people caught in these stings are watching the proceedings from the courtroom jury box."
Sad, isn't it? The racial bias is bad enough. Worse? Far worse? Law enforcement sinking to the level of entrapment. Certainly, contributes to exponentially increasing public distrust of police.
"David Flowers, an African-American who was charged along with his brother, says the ATF definitely lures people in the city's black neighborhoods. "I think they can get into any community they want to, if they chose to," he says, "but because it was so easy in the urban community, that's where they stayed." It's easy, Flowers says, because agents dangle the prospect of an opportunity to poor often desperate individuals to pocket thousands of dollars."
... While the corporate management suite conveniently gets to shamelessly line its pockets, those of shareholders, courtesy of shoddy, egregiously overpriced products cleverly, legally designed to loot the masses. Does so with impunity. In fact, considered good business practice.
"Columbia Law School Professor Jeffrey Fagan says his research finds nearly zero percent probability that the ATF stings' racial disparities are by chance."
Come as any surprise? Why? Forget? Law enforcement always targets those they can most easily loot, least capable to fight back vis a vis a court system that remains closed to anyone without massive amounts of money to sue. Forget? Attorneys take few cases on a pro bono basis. Sue on a contingency basis only when they perceive a huge return on their investment.
"But, the government's expert witness, Northwestern University Law Schools' Max Schanzenbach, has a different interpretation of Fagan's study. Calling the data faulty and overly broad, he says its designed to show racial disparity when there is none."
Clearly, doesn't live on the same planet as the rest of us. ... Or, more likely, bought and paid for.
"The judges may issue separate rulings or a single one sometime early next year."
The Trump nazi has once again disgraced himself. Demonstrated profound ignorance, Aryan arrogance, egregious unfitness for office. CBS News reports:
"President Trump on Friday said that law enforcement in the U.S. deserve a greater level of respect and gratitude than they currently receive."
The hell they do. Quite the opposite. Article after article based on fact after fact, in edition after edition of this publication, week after week, month after month, year after year scream otherwise. Trump remains no more than a determined achingly ignorant jackass.
"Speaking at the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony, he also said that criminals who kill police should receive the death penalty."
Already do. Don't have to be a criminal to get executed, however. Kill a cop in self-defense in a state that imposes capital punishment, guess what? Get murdered by the state. Ferociously pointedly, the Trump nazi is well aware of all the murders of innocent unarmed civilians by the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue, yet gutlessly, self-servingly ignores these atrocities in direct violation of his falsely sworn oath of office to protect and defend the United States Constitution.
Trump again demonstrates his self-serving ingratiating embrace of the indefensible:
"Mr. Trump called on the audience to deliver a message back to their precincts: "The president of the United States has your back, 100 percent."
Pull your nose out of their ass, Mr. 'President.' Butt hole stinks. -- Don't know that, sir?
"The president said that America's police has a "true friend" in the White House with him as president, and that he will be "more loyal than anyone else can be."
Loyalty to the criminal murderous jackbooted bastards who abuse, shake down, and murder innocent unarmed civilians on duty is no virtue. No more than direct violation of your falsely sworn oath of office, Mr. Trump.
"During his speech, he began speaking about the nation's crime rate and said, "What the hell is going on in Chicago? What the hell is happening there?" He said that police departments nationwide are "overstretched" and "totally under-appreciated -- except by me."
Jesus Christ. This man is a congenital liar. What he claims is simply untrue. A lie. Statistics prove otherwise. Law enforcement has become cash cow for government. Certainly, the case in Nazi Llano County. ... Right, Sheriff? "Sonny Boy?" Madam County Attorney. Where our criminal jackbooted bastards in black remain protected and coddled.
... Hey, Bill? Why hasn't Llano County Deputy Leroy Rodriguez, Badge #764 been held criminally accountable for egregious abuse of power involving denial of property rights to a Kingsland property owner? To say nothing of consequent resultant physical damage done to a motor home on that property.
"This anti-police sentiment is wrong and it's dangerous and we will not stand for it," he said."
What will you do, Donald? Outlaw freedom of speech, the First Amendment by nazi fiat? Moreover, this pointed, ferocious criticism of criminal law enforcement is more than warranted, called reality, Mr. 'President." Reality you and your henchmen, to say nothing of law enforcement across our formerly great country continue to ignore. Hear the rumble? An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.
"The president said that he instructed the Department of Justice to protect law enforcement from acts of violence against them and has offered $98 million in grants to hire "desperately needed new officers."
How about the criminal acts of violence perpetrated by the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue who murder innocent unarmed civilians while on duty, you clueless, achingly self-serving jackass? What about them, Mr. 'President?' We're already egregiously overpoliced. To line government coffers vis a vis bogus charges, undeserved tickets for violations that did not occur. Happens all the time in Nazi Llano County, right, Sheriff?
"Mr. Trump said that as he had promised, he has allowed local police to access surplus military equipment, which he said is "something the previous administration, for some reason, refused to do."
Jesus Christ. This president is a moron. The former president saw what was happening nationwide, the murderous abusive behavior of the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue. Tried to do something about it. Not exacerbate the problem as the Trump nazi and his henchmen remain so determined to perpetrate. Deaf to the rumble. An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming as our formerly great country continues to deteriorate.
NBC News reports:
"Anti-police sentiment is wrong and it's dangerous, and we will not stand for it," he said. An hour earlier, speaking to reporters on the White House lawn on his way to talk to graduates of the academy in Quantico, Virginia, Trump said: "It's a shame what's happened with the FBI, but we’re going to rebuild the FBI. It’ll be bigger and better than ever."
This man is delusional. Lying like hell because he remains under criminal investigation for obstruction.
"In his speech, the president also made a pitch for cracking down on immigration and stepped up his attacks on the visa lottery system and chain migration, which his administration has called on Congress to end in the wake of recent terror attacks in New York City. He also painted an inaccurate picture, however, of a system that invites the "worst people," insinuating that names were put "in a bin" and chosen out at random. (Actually, visa lottery applicants must meet eligibility requirements to enter the program, and applicants are vetted through strict State Department processes.)"
To be expected of a congenital liar.
"President Trump, minutes before heading to speak at the FBI's National Academy, lashed out at the bureau, saying "it's a shame what's happened with the FBI" and claiming there are "a lot of very angry people that are seeing it."
Once again, the Trump nazi talks out his ass. The only ones supporting his lies, ongoing deception, distortion of reality, remains his shrinking base.
"Trump's comments are the latest in a barrage of criticism he has directed at the FBI. Earlier this month, he declared on Twitter that the bureau's reputation is "in Tatters—worst in History!"
False, outrageously self-serving bullshit perpetrated by a president under criminal investigation for obstruction. Think not? Wake up:
"That assessment came days after special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia investigation, secured a guilty plea from Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn."
Think the nazi warming the seat in the Oval Office isn't shitting in his pants? Wake up. Get this:
"Trump opened the door Friday to pardoning Flynn."
Surprised? Why? Especially, since he continues to disingenuously talk out both sides his achingly gutless ass:
"I don't want to talk about pardons with Michael Flynn — yet," Trump said. "We'll see what happens. Let's see."
While Trump indeed has the constitutional authority to pardon his former sidekick, to do so would incite a hornets nest.
"Flynn has not been sentenced and appears to be a cooperating witness as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. Trump called the investigation a "Democrat hoax," "an excuse for losing the election" and claimed again "there is absolutely no collusion."
We'll see what Mueller reports at the end of the investigation. The fact the special prosecutor has apparently flipped Flynn has clearly rattled the cage of the Trump nazi.
Trump's henchmen certainly know what's at stake:
"Later, White House lawyer Ty Cobb said, "There is no consideration at the White House of a pardon for Michael Flynn."
A pardon would likely result in impeachment. House Republicans would be under enormous pressure since the public would rightfully view a pardon as no more than obstruction of justice.
Moreover, Trump and his henchmen continue to walk an increasingly thinner and thinner tightrope:
"Trump's remarks on his way to Quantico, Va., carried new potency given the president's audience Friday morning: the latest graduating class at the FBI's National Academy for law enforcement managers. In his speech, the president refrained from attacking the FBI. He made only passing references to the bureau in his remarks before U.S. and international law enforcement officers who were graduating from a program at the FBI's prestigious training center. Instead, Trump's speech focused on his "law and order" agenda, and he echoed comments Attorney General Jeff Sessions has frequently made since inauguration day: the administration backs the police."
Moreover, Republicans aren't doing their nazi fuhrer any favors. LOL. Get this. NPR reports:
"Republicans pummeled the FBI and Justice Department on Wednesday as they continued painting its special counsel, Robert Mueller, as the boss of a partisan fishing expedition rife with Democratic sympathizers that is out to get President Trump."
Distortion of reality by GOP nazis in terror of having to ultimately impeach the Trump nazi, -- or not be returned to office.
"But Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resisted the fishing expedition narrative and told the House Judiciary Committee that Mueller is not off inside a locked room hidden from his view, but instead is consulting with him about the directions his team wants to travel. "I know what he's doing," Rosenstein said. "If I felt he was doing something inappropriate, I would take action." The deputy attorney general also reminded the committee that he retains the authority to fire Mueller if he sees fit — but only for what he said is "good cause." Asked what he would do if Trump ordered him to fire Mueller, Rosenstein said he would evaluate that question on its merits. "If there were good cause, I would act. If there were no good cause, I would not."
If he summarily fired Mueller, no question, would create a firestorm the ferocity of which would be unparalleled.
The following is again further evidence our gulags are no more than that, -- gulags. Moreover and of equal significance, the fact ICE has absolutely no regard for the rule of law and the United States Constitution.
"Immigrants detained at four large centers used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement are subject to inhumane treatment, given insufficient hygiene supplies and medical care, and provided potentially unsafe food, according to a federal report. The "concerns" about the treatment of detained immigrants in facilities in California, Georgia, New Jersey and New Mexico is summarized in a report issued by the Inspector General's Office of the Department of Homeland Security."
In fairness to the Trump nazi, these issues go back well before the fascist bastard took office. Yet, surprise, surprise, continues to ignore them.
"The findings are similar to those of outside groups that have alleged 'extensive' human rights abuses at ICE detention centers. The inspector general's report comes as the Trump administration is asking Congress for funding to expand the immigration detention system. ICE says some of its existing facilities are short-staffed. And the acting director has agreed to the report's recommendations."
Fascinating, isn't it? Knew it was going on for quite some time yet did nothing, squat shit. Forget? The American Way.
"The report was based on inspections of five detention facilities, four of which failed to meet certain federal standards, although "not every problem was present in all of them."
Aren't they 'lucky?'
"The report summarized the results of the inspections:
"Upon entering some facilities, detainees were housed incorrectly based on their criminal history. Further, in violation of standards, all detainees entering one facility were strip searched. Available language services were not always used to facilitate communication with detainees. Some facility staff reportedly deterred detainees from filing grievances and did not thoroughly document resolution of grievances. Staff did not always treat detainees respectfully and professionally, and some facilities may have misused segregation. Finally, we observed potentially unsafe and unhealthy detention conditions.
"Detainees ... reported long waits for provision of medical care, poor conditions in bathrooms and insufficient hygiene supplies. OIG inspectors also observed expired, moldy, and spoiled foods in the kitchen in four facilities."
Gulags. No regard for law or the United States Constitution. Yet, no one prosecuted. No one given the boot. ... And yet somehow, someway, we're better than the rest of the world? Think that bullshit? Wake up:
"A 2015 report by the National Immigrant Justice Center questioned ICE's ability to oversee the detention centers it uses."
"In a statement on the 2017 report, the Center's Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy said:
"ICE's inability to provide for the safety and health of the tens of thousands of immigrants in its custody has been documented for years. Today, we are calling on Congress to demand accountability and drastically reduce ICE's detention budget.
"While the Inspector General's report provides documentation of extensive abuses, its remedy is incredibly insufficient: it directs ICE field office directors to review the areas of concern. We know from earlier directives that ICE's internal review processes fail to generate meaningful change."
Yet, the gutless criminal jackbooted nazi storm troopers at ICE remain achingly proficient terrorizing, abusing, abrogating constitutional rights of the undocumented. To say nothing of breaking up families. ... Don't GOP nazis proclaim to be the party of the family? Give me a goddamned break.
"The Women's Refugee Commission said the report is consistent with what the organization and its partners have "documented for years" from visits to ICE detention facilities as well as with research it has conducted over 20 years. Katharina Obser, senior program officer at WRC said in a statement:
"This week's OIG report spells out what WRC and our partners have documented for years, making clear the critical need for greater oversight and reform. Instead, the Trump administration is intent on lowering or eliminating standards for immigration detention – putting detainees' lives at risk – all while promising to ramp up detention on a grand scale. As Congress continues to debate DHS FY 18 appropriations, the OIG's findings show that now is not the time to expand a detention system that ICE is not capable of effectively and safely running. Detention must be reduced and, where needed, humane alternatives to detention, implemented in its place."
Once again, the Trump nazi and his henchmen have taken a raucous hard dump on the public they clearly don't serve. ... Only themselves, their corporate masters, and the rest of the top 1% of the food chain.
The Washington Post reports:
"Federal regulators voted Thursday to allow Internet providers to speed up service for some apps and websites — and block or slow down others — in a decision repealing landmark, Obama-era regulations for broadband companies such as AT&T and Verizon."
A direct, determined, concerted, remarkably well-engineered f--king of the bottom and middle class to line the pockets of their corporate masters.
"The move to deregulate the telecom and cable industry is a major setback for tech companies, consumer groups and Democrats who lobbied heavily against the decision. And it marks a significant victory for Republicans who vowed to roll back the efforts of the prior administration, despite a recent survey showing that 83 percent of Americans — including 3 out of 4 Republicans — opposed the plan."
A fact that will not be forgotten at the polls.
"Led by Chairman Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission and its two other GOP members on Thursday followed through on a promise to repeal the government's 2015 net neutrality rules, which sought to force Internet providers to treat all online services, large and small, equally. The agency also went a step further, rejecting much of its own authority over broadband in a bid to stymie future FCC officials who might seek to regulate providers."
Pai is an achingly shameless, staunch Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged nazi who clearly has no clue Rand herself disavowed her discredited corporate philosophy before she died.
Response has been swift and ferocious. NBC News reports:
"A broad coalition of public officials, activists and content producers vowed to hit Control-Alt-Delete on the Federal Communications Commission's vote Thursday to end "net neutrality" rules that are intended to make sure all internet traffic is treated equally. The FCC's party-line 3-2 vote after a lengthy and fractious public comment period had long been expected, and when it came Thursday, defenders of the Obama-era rules were already swinging into action. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman immediately said he would lead a multistate lawsuit to roll back the vote. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he would also sue."
Excellent. Go for it.
"Allowing internet service providers to discriminate based on content undermines a free and open internet," Ferguson said in a statement."
Certainly, does. Precisely, the intent of the nazi element securely ensconced in the Trump regime.
"Net neutrality rules treat the internet like a utility, ensuring that internet service providers, or ISPs, can't charge different rates based on how much an entity is willing to pay. Theoretically, elimination of the rules paves the way for ISPs to create fast lanes and slow lanes and to block or throttle certain websites."
Think the hopelessly greedy bastards ultimately won't? Believe in the Tooth Fairy?
In follow up to the last edition, Trump continues to nominate egregiously unqualified people to the judiciary. Consider the following example. NPR reports:
"Matthew Petersen has been nominated for a judgeship on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, one of the nation's most important federal courts. Petersen is now a member of the Federal Election Commission."
Hard to believe this guy is a lawyer, went to law school, -- but he did.
"But his trouble began during Wednesday's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee when, among a panel of five nominees, he alone told Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., that he had never tried a case in court. It was all downhill from there."
Was it ever. LOL.
"Kennedy zoomed in on Petersen.
"Have you ever tried a jury trial?" Kennedy asked.
"I have not," Petersen said.
"State or federal court?"
"I have not."
Yet, the Trump nazi nominated him to one of the most important courts in the country.
"Kennedy then got Petersen to admit that he had probably taken fewer than five depositions in his career. He asked him whether he knew what the "Daubert standard is." It is a rule about using expert testimony. Petersen responded that he did not "have it readily at my disposal."
This guy is a lawyer nominated by Trump to, again, one of the most important courts in the country.
"Do you know what a motion in limine is?" queried the senator, referring to a common court motion to request testimony be excluded from a trial. "My background is not in litigation," Petersen said. "I haven't had to do a deep dive."
Jesus Christ. This guy graduated from law school. Has no clue. Literally. LOL.
Coup de grace?
"Petersen does have a law degree from the University of Virginia."
This is a lifetime appointment. Think he's qualified? Ferociously pointedly, what does this say about the Trump nazi and his henchmen?
Surprise, surprise. Guess what? NBC News reports:
"Matthew Petersen, the judicial nominee who was widely ridiculed last week after a video went viral of him struggling to answer basic legal questions at his Senate confirmation hearing, withdrew from consideration on Monday."
What took so long?
"The latest withdrawal comes after just as two of Trump's other judicial picks were knocked out of the running earlier this month. Jeff Mateer described transgender children as evidence of "Satan's plan" and Brett Talley had never argued a case in court and was rated "unanimously unqualified" by the American Bar Association."
Trump's an idiot who lost himself along the way.
"Petersen spent two decades as a lawyer working in private practice and public service, he said in his letter, and believed he had the experience to take a seat on the federal bench."
Jesus Christ. He couldn't answer basic questions regarding the law.
“I had hoped my nearly two decades of public service might carry more weight than my two worst minutes on television," he said in his resignation letter to the president. "However, I am no stranger to political realities, and I do not wish to be a continued distraction from the important work of your administration and the Senate."
... Hey, fool? Take your nose out of his ass. Butt hole stinks.
Nina Totenberg of NPR reports:
"This week Trump judicial nominee Matthew Petersen withdrew his name, amid controversy. It was the third such withdrawal in 10 days. Even so, President Trump's record on filling judicial vacancies has far outdistanced his predecessors. Trump, aided by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has won confirmation of 12 appeals court nominees. That's more than any president in his first year, and indeed, more than Presidents Obama and George W. Bush combined. Part of that success is due to the huge number of judicial vacancies that existed when Trump took office — 122. That staggering number is due to the fact that Republicans, who controlled the Senate in the last two years of the Obama presidency, confirmed only two appeals court judges — a record that dates back to the 1800s."
Consequently, Trump has had the opportunity to nominate Republican national socialists to the judiciary who remain more than willing to legislate their outrageously perverse ideological and religious views from the bench. Raw nazism indeed at work here.
"Democrats in the Senate have been unable to slow down or block judicial nominees at every level, starting with the party-line vote in the spring to abolish the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, followed by the swift confirmation of Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court."
Republican nazis are acutely aware their lifetime appointments of fellow nazis to the bench will ensure their goal of using the courts to rubber stamp their imposition of national socialism on the rest of us for years. Remain achingly ignorant an unwanted dreaded second American catastrophically looms as a result, deaf to the rumble.
"After Gorsuch was confirmed, there still were some steps left for Democrats to use to block Trump's lower court judges — namely the so-called blue-slip system by which nominees traditionally are not considered unless both home state senators return a blue approval slip. There have been times in the past when some nominees were moved forward without the blue slips, but they have been relatively rare. Now, however, the system exists mainly in name only. It has become like Swiss cheese, as much holes as cheese. And senators, particularly Democratic senators, are often not consulted about judicial nominations."
No more than raw nazism at work. Our formerly great country is precisely where Germany was when Hitler and his goons took power in the early 1930s. As repeatedly reported in this publication and elsewhere, many Americans including aviation hero Charles Lindbergh were in favor of Hitler until it became abundantly clear who and what the Nazi Fuhrer stood for. Republicans are again making the very same mistake, this time in our formerly great country, vis a vis the Trump nazi.
"Other checks have gone by the wayside too. While the Obama administration sent all its potential nominees to the American Bar Association for rating as to qualifications, the Trump administration has refused to do that prior to nomination. And at the Senate Judiciary Committee, where traditionally appeals court nominees were considered on their own at a hearing, they now are routinely considered with several other judicial nominees, and senators have to pick and choose who they will question in the five or ten minutes allotted."
Republican nazis determinedly do all they can to ram them through:
"The result is that the vetting process at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue has become, as one Senate aide put it, an accident waiting to happen. And happen it did this month with three nominees for the federal trial courts."
These were the worst of the worst. Doesn't mean, however, others already confirmed are not egregiously unqualified:
"The three nominees who have withdrawn are not the only ones who could have problems. Damien Schiff, nominated for the Court of Federal Claims, wrote a blog post that called Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy a "judicial prostitute." Another, Thomas Farr, has been accused of lying about his role in suppressing the black vote in North Carolina. Both have been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and are awaiting confirmation. But others have sailed through quickly with GOP support. To cite just one example, John Bush, a prominent Republican lawyer was confirmed in June for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit despite some 400 often intemperate and very political blog posts under a fake name — posts that linked to so-called alt-right reports containing conspiracy theories and false information, such as the discredited claim that former President Obama was not born in the United States."
All this, and much, much, more is precisely why an unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looms. Hear the rumble?
The GOP tax f--king is on. -- Agreement between Republicans in both the Senate and House with a final vote pending. NPR reports:
"The bill would sharply reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent, potentially boosting jobs and wages."
Highly, unlikely. The corporate management suite will more likely increase compensation packages for top management, increase shareholder profits. This tax break comes at a time of record corporate profits and cash reserves that clearly have not led to business investment since there is reduced demand.
What is happening here is wealth has so exponentially skewed to the top of the food chain courtesy of the looted middle class, the middle class has become an endangered species. Precisely, why demand for products has declined. None of this is sustainable. Conditions will worsen as even more wealth trickles up to the top of the food chain as a result of this legislation.
Worse? The tax break is permanent for corporations, temporary for individual taxpayers. Clever, isn't it? What happens when Trump's achingly clueless, sick sycophants realized he's f--ked them?
"The measure also temporarily reduces individual tax rates, doubles the standard deduction and offers a reduced tax for so-called pass-through businesses such as partnerships."
Think this won't result in an enormous increase in wealth for the Trump nazi who makes his money through these very same 'pass-through' businesses?
"While the corporate tax cuts in the bill are permanent, the individual cuts are set to expire in 2025."
As the national debt skyrockets as a result of these tax cuts, think individual cuts will be renewed? Believe this won't be an issue? Get this:
"The tax cuts are expected to take a big bite out of government revenue. Even after accounting for somewhat faster economic growth, congressional forecasters say the measure will add about $1 trillion to the federal debt over the next decade."
Readers are caustically reminded the point of diminishing returns vis a vis tax cuts and their supposed shot in the arm to the economy is quickly reached. Certainly, happened both after JFK and Ronald Reagan imposed them decades ago.
"Congressional Democrats are united in their opposition to the tax bill. They argue that it's overly tilted to the rich, with the bulk of the savings going to the top 1 percent of the income ladder by 2027."
No question. To be expected from Republican national socialists.
"The country has been watching and protesting with anger as Republicans are now days away from passing their backdoor deal that digs into the pockets of the middle class to pay for massive tax breaks for multinational corporations," said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee."
The majority of Americans remain opposed to the Republican tax plan. Rightfully, consider it a giveaway to the corporate management suite, shareholders, and the rest of the top of the food chain.
Think Trump's sick sycophants aren't in for a rude awakening? NPR reports:
"Once upon a time, there was a group of conservative intellectuals who were agnostic about Donald Trump. They were not "Never Trumpers," but they weren't Trump superfans either. They thought Trumpism might offer something new for the GOP. Since Trump wasn't tied to the orthodoxies of either party he could, theoretically, offer a more populist path toward the future for Republicans. Conservative writer Henry Olsen, at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, looked to the tax plan to reflect this new vision, but it wasn't there. For now, Olsen said, "Trumpian populism remains a tantalizing promise for people who are interested in it." Olsen expected the tax plan to include some of Trump's populist campaign promises — that the rich would pay more, the forgotten working class would pay less, and special interest loopholes like the carried-interest provision for hedge-fund managers would be gone. But the tax bill ended up instead being traditionally Republican in its focus on cutting taxes for the well-to-do but barely touching the working class and not helping the middle class to a significant degree. "That's not what Trump promised," Olsen said. "And it's not what Trump's voters thought they were getting."
Tough shit. Doesn't your heart bleed? Stupidity always gets what it rightfully deserves, -- royally f--ked.
Kicker? Get this. CBS News reports:
"Sen. Bob Corker is seeking clarity on how a provision that would benefit people like him and President Trump wound up in the final agreement to overhaul the nation's tax code between Republicans in the House and Senate."
This achingly disingenuous Republican son of a bitch hasn't a clue? Give me a break.
"The Tennessee Republican sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Sunday and asked how a provision on pass-through businesses that would reportedly give real estate investors a large tax break wound up in the deal. A reporter had called Corker, he said, alleging that it was a new provision inserted into the bill."
Why bother? The fix was in long ago. Precisely, why when the bill passes and is signed into law, there will likely have been no Democratic support. Consequently, Republicans will own this fiasco.
"My understanding from talking to leadership staff today is that a version of this provision was always in the House bill—from the Ways & Means markup, through House floor consideration—and in reconciling the divergent House and Senate approaches to pass-through businesses this House approach stayed in the final conferenced version," Corker said. Corker's office noted that the senator was not involved in the writing of the legislation and was not a member of the conference committee that crafted it."
Even bother to read it in its entirety? How about his GOP colleagues? Do they even know what's in the bill?
"Because this issue has raised concerns, I would ask that that you provide an explanation of the evolution of this provision and how it made it into the final conference report. I think that because of many sensitivities, clarity on this issue is very important and hope that you will respond in an expeditious manner," he added."
Think he won't vote for it regardless?
"Corker announced on Friday that he would back the plan, which is expected to pass both chambers this week."
The Washington Post reports:
"A new report from a group of 13 prominent tax experts including Lily Batchelder at New York University School of Law and distributed by the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities provides the most detailed explanation yet of how this bill will encourage the wealthy to pursue all sorts of tactics in service of what accountants call “tax avoidance.” This is, of course, almost certainly not what most voters thought they were getting when Trump promised to “drain the swamp” during last year’s presidential campaign."
Trump lied. ... Like he always does. A congenital liar.
"The report claims the bill would encourage use of corporate tax shelters, incentivize high-income people to turn themselves into businesses to obtain lower-income tax rates, and encourage runarounds solely designed to help individuals owe less money to the federal government at the end of the year."
Here's why that's a problem:
"Taken altogether, the Republican tax reform plan is “a substantial blow to the integrity of the income tax,” the authors of the report write. By this they mean that the plan doesn’t just incentivize gaming the system; it also seemingly favors some professionals — like, say, real estate investors — over other professionals like doctors."
Come as a surprise? Why? Trump's first priority as always is to line his pockets. How better to do it than change the tax system to benefit himself and others like him?
"Even as Republicans claim they are offering a majority of Americans a simplified system, the bill increases the complexity of the code in ways that almost certainly will offer more, not fewer, opportunities for people wealthy enough to hire high-priced accountants and lawyers to advise them on strategies to pay less in taxes."
... As intended by the Trump nazi and his henchmen. Clever, isn't it?
In follow up to Corker's question, NBC News reports:
"Sen. Orrin Hatch defended a late provision he added to the GOP tax bill that could extend significant tax breaks to real estate companies, among others. The controversy threw a spotlight on one of the bill's largest and most complicated tax provisions, one where even small tweaks can affect large swaths of the economy. The Utah Republican's statement came after a wave of speculation that the benefit had been added to secure a "yes" vote from Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a wealthy real estate investor who has strongly denied any role in crafting the provision. Hatch said it was a product of House and Senate negotiations and had nothing to do with Corker, who had been on the fence before announcing on Friday that he was backing the bill. "Some have asserted that a new provision was crafted for real estate developers and was 'air-dropped' into the conference agreement," Hatch said, referring to the final bill. "Second, reports have implied that you (Corker) had some role in advocating for or negotiating the inclusion of this provision. Both assertions are categorically false."
Think they're not all liars?
In follow up, NPR reports:
"Congressional Republicans delivered on their first major legislative accomplishment of the Trump era on Wednesday, when the House voted 224-201 to pass a $1.5 trillion tax package. The bill cuts individual rates for eight years and slashes the top corporate tax rate to 21 percent permanently. The bill now goes to Trump for his signature, though it's not clear when he will sign it. Republican lawmakers hoped to put the bill over the goal line a day earlier, after the House claimed victory on a 227-203 vote Tuesday afternoon, but hit a procedural hurdle. The Senate passed the bill with some slight tweaks in the early hours of Wednesday morning on a party-line vote, 51-48. "This is a historic night," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said after the vote."
Indeed, it is. A royal f--king of the middle class on behalf of the corporate management suite and the top of the food chain courtesy of nazi Republicans in both houses of Congress. Without not one Democratic vote. Consequently? Republicans will now own this fiasco. Middle class? Advised to hang your head between your legs and kiss your sorry ass goodbye.
NBC News reports:
"Gripping lumps of coal, Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday demanded Republicans act before the holidays to reauthorize coverage for millions of children in low-income families whose health insurance is at risk of running out. Speaking a day after lawmakers passed a Republican-led tax bill that many say will primarily benefit the ultra-wealthy, members of the Democratic Women's Working Group and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., slammed the GOP. "This is the ultimate bad Christmas carol story. This may be the most shameful day in the history of Congress," Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said at a news conference."
Empty talk. Precisely why with rare exception, Democrats routinely get their asses figuratively kicked at the polls. Remain determinedly out to lunch since November 22, 1963.
What's so incredibly surprising is the fact Democratic ineffectiveness continues so achingly unabated:
"What we're doing here today is basically saying, 'Wealthy Americans, big fat Christmas present for you; Tiny Tim, we're taking your crutch away from you and all the other kids in this country, and we're putting a lump of coal into your Christmas stocking,'" Speier added. Legislators missed the Sept. 30 deadline to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, a federal program that provides inexpensive health insurance to 9 million children and pregnant women who don't qualify for Medicaid yet can't afford private insurance. The program has enjoyed bipartisan support since its inception in 1997, but this year, legislators let the deadline for reauthorizing CHIP pass as they bickered over other health care issues, primarily the latest Republican-led push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act."
Holding a lump of coal is no more than 'symbolism over substance', -- to shamelessly quote a Republican nazi named Rush "The Lush" Limbaugh. Ferociously pointedly, why the hell didn't Democrats walk out Congress in protest? Send GOP nazis a clear unmistakable message? Instead of engaging in a meaningless pathetic stunt.
Think digital assistants aren't tracking? CBS News reports:
"Digital assistants from Amazon and Google are listening – possibly even when you think they aren't, according to a consumer watchdog organization. It studied patent filings from both companies and found Alexa and her high-tech counterpart Google Home could start recording more information than you realize they are."
Track. Invade your privacy to line the corporate bottom line.
"Google and Amazon, the leading companies that make these devices, say they only record your voice when you activate them with so-called "wake words." Those recordings are then transmitted back to Amazon and Google servers, where the questions are analyzed and answered. While they might work that way for now, some are worried that could change in the near future."
... If they haven't already done so:
"They're there to track you, to surveil you and to sell you," Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court said. His advocacy group studied dozens of patent applications for possible future advances in Google and Amazon's smart home technology. "What these patents describe is that they're always watching, they're always listening," Court said."
Consider the following:
"One Amazon patent shows the company could instruct the Echo device to listen for designated trigger words, like a discussion of vacation destinations. It could then transcribe that conversation and use it to try to sell the device's user a related product."
Think this won't happen? Hasn't already? Trust the corporate management suite?
Sexual harassment certainly remains alive and well in the federal judiciary. The Washington Post reports:
"Alex Kozinski, the powerful judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit who was facing a judicial investigation over allegations that he subjected 15 women to inappropriate sexual behavior, announced Monday that he would retire effective immediately."
Good to see him go. One less hypocritical national socialist on the bench. Think the Trump nazi won't replace him with another just like him?
"The announcement comes just days after The Washington Post reported that nine more women had accused Kozinski of making sexual comments to them or of other conduct, including four who said he touched them inappropriately. That story followed an earlier report in The Post, which detailed the allegations of six women, including former clerks who said Kozinski showed them porn in his chambers."
You GOP nazis out there believe all the women are lying?
"After the first report, the chief judge of the 9th Circuit initiated a review of Kozinski’s conduct, and the case was assigned Friday to the 2nd Circuit Judicial Council. It was not immediately clear what would happen to that inquiry or what would happen to the legal matters to which Kozinski is assigned."
At least, the fascist bastard finally did the right thing, -- resigned in disgrace.
Dates back to the Reagan national socialist:
"Kozinski was appointed to the 9th Circuit by President Ronald Reagan in 1985 and over time became one of the most well-known federal appeals court judges in the country. He served as chief of the 9th Circuit from 2007 to 2014. He often wrote colorful opinions and, unlike many of his colleagues on the bench, did not shy from media appearances."
"Just 10 days ago, The Post reported that six women — all former clerks or more junior staffers known as externs in the 9th Circuit — alleged that Kozinski had subjected them to a range of inappropriate sexual conduct or comments."
Think all lied?
"One former clerk, Heidi Bond, who worked for Kozinski from 2006 to 2007, said the judge called her into his chambers at least three times to show her porn, asking her if it was digitally altered or if it aroused her. Bond said Kozinski also showed her a chart that purported to depict women with whom he and his college classmates had sexual relations. “When this happened, I felt like a prey animal — as if I had to make myself small,” Bond wrote in a first person account of her interactions with the judge. “If I did, if I never admitted to having any emotions at all, I would get through it.”
Think she's lying? Determinedly destroying the career of a Republican-appointed nazi on the bench?
"Another woman, Emily Murphy, who clerked for a different judge in the 9th Circuit, said Kozinski talked about her working out naked when she and other clerks were discussing training regimens. When the group tried to change the subject, Murphy and others present said, Kozinski kept steering the conversation back toward the idea of Murphy exercising without clothes. “It wasn’t just clear that he was imagining me naked,” Murphy said, “he was trying to invite other people — my professional colleagues — to do so, as well. That was what was humiliating about it.”
Think she's lying? Republican nazis do no wrong? Don't make abject hypocritical jackasses of themselves? Only Democrats and Independents do? Believe so? Think GOP fascists too pristine, high and mighty not to engage in this behavior? Such behavior relegated only to liberals, progressives, independents, communists, marxists, but not Republican national socialists?
Think Kozinski isn't an arrogant, haughty son of a bitch?
"After The Post published that account, Kozinski told the Los Angeles Times, “If this is all they are able to dredge up after 35 years, I am not too worried.” A week later, The Post reported on allegations by nine more women, including four who said the judge touched or kissed them inappropriately. Those women were not just former clerks, but law students, professors and even a former judge whom Kozinski knew or encountered at events. Two published their own firsthand accounts."
Called Aryan arrogance.
"The earliest of the allegations was from the mid-1980s. Retired U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge Christine O.C. Miller said that around early 1986, Kozinski grabbed each of her breasts as the two rode back from a function in Baltimore."
Don't believe Reagan capable of nominating an unfit piece of shit like this to the judiciary? Can't, won't be confused by the truth?
"But The Post’s story also detailed more recent accounts. University of California at Irvine law professor Leah Litman, for example, alleged that at a dinner this year, Kozinski talked of having just had sex and pinched her side and her leg, just above the knee, with his thumb and middle finger. She said he also tried to feed her with a utensil."
Still don't believe this piece of crap capable of any of this? Refuse to believe the media when it does its job? Exposes shit to the light of day? Especially, if it exposes your guy or gal in government for precisely whom and what he or she is? Wake up.
Worse than the above in terms of damage done to the judiciary and its credibility? The fact no one believed Anita Hill when she exposed Clarence Thomas for precisely whom and what he was and is. Consequently, this unfit national socialist has been sitting on the bench a quarter century, legislating his outrageously perverse ideological and religious views from the bench.
CBS News reports:
"Former Vice President Joe Biden is expressing regret over how he handled the 1991 hearing in which Anita Hill shared stories about alleged sexual harassment from her former boss Clarence Thomas who the Senate was preparing to confirm as a justice on the Supreme Court. "I believed Anita Hill. I voted against Clarence Thomas. And I insisted the next election — I campaigned for two women Senators on the condition that if they won they would come on the Judiciary Committee, so there would never be again all men making a judgement on this," Biden said in an interview published Wednesday by Teen Vogue."
Certainly, was a different time back then. Still no excuse for what occurred during that hearing. Can still remember cringing as Thomas' GOP nazi supporters savaged her. While Biden did nothing. Squat shit.
"Biden chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time of the hearings. Thomas was confirmed in a 52-48 vote. Hill alleged that Thomas had sexually harassed her when she worked in his office. "And my one regret is that I wasn't able to tone down the attacks on her by some of my Republican friends. I mean, they really went after her. As much as I tried to intervene, I did not have the power to gavel them out of order. I tried to be like a judge and only allow a question that would be relevant to ask," he added."
Piss-poor excuse, Joe. You gutlessly failed to effectively stand up to the Republican nazis. Been a problem from November 22, 1963 right up to this very day. Precisely, why with rare exception, Democrats continue to figuratively get their asses kicked at the polls.
Once again, our formerly great country disgraced itself in the world community. Remains hopelessly clueless, achingly shortsighted. NPR reports:
"The U.S. blocked a United Nations Security Council vote Monday on a resolution that called on all states to refrain from building diplomatic missions in Jerusalem."
Amazing how we continue to repeatedly, stupidly, figuratively shoot ourselves in the ass vis a vis the Israeli aggressor. Dooming the region to remain in a perpetual state of war.
"U.S. Delegate to the U.N. Nikki Haley voted against the resolution, using the United States' veto power as a permanent member for the first time in more than six years. The Council's other 14 members, including France and Britain, all voted in favor."
Our UN Ambassador disgraced herself. Once again demonstrated profound short-sightedness on behalf of her equally clueless fuhrer.
"Egypt drafted the text, which does not mention the United States or President Trump by name, but does refer to "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem" and calls for "reversal of the negative trends on the ground that are imperiling the two-State solution."
Amazing how the world so clearly sees what we remain so intentionally, determinedly blind to.
"The recent decisions mentioned include President Trump's move to reverse decades of U.S. policy on Dec. 6 when he declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and announced plans to move the American embassy there from Tel Aviv. U.S. policy had held that the status of Jerusalem is an issue to be decided in peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders."
The Trump nazi and his henchmen remain intent on forcing their will on the rest of the world community, further isolating us from our allies who clearly see we are not, and have not been, an honest broker of peace in the Middle East:
"NPR's Michele Kelemen reported for newscast that Egypt sponsored the resolution in order to "demonstrate that much of the world opposes Trump's action, including U.S. allies on the security council, Britain and France, who see Jerusalem as a shared capital of Israel and a future Palestinian state."
Our intransigence refusing to insist the Israeli aggressor remove its boot heel from the neck of the Palestinians ensures continued violence indefinitely in the region:
"The news set off demonstrations by Palestinians, followed by militants launching rockets in Gaza and Israeli airstrikes. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said the U.S. should no longer be involved in brokering a Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement."
Madam Ambassador was not a happy camper:
"After the vote, Haley lashed out at the other members of the Council, calling the proceedings "an insult" that "won't be forgotten."
The insult was to the Palestinians who have lived under the Israeli aggressor boot heel since 1948. Is the Ambassador's admonition indication the United States will seek retribution against the remaining fourteen members that courageously stood tall against the Israeli aggressor?
"The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America's role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us," said Haley. "It should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council."
Jesus Christ. The Ambassador got it achingly ass backwards. Embarrassed herself displaying profound Aryan arrogance, egregious ignorance of reality and the history of the region. Has nothing to do with American sovereignty.
All to do with sovereignty denied the Palestinians by the Israeli aggressor with support and approval of the United States. A sad, sad day for our formerly great country. We continue to remain on the wrong side of history.
Continue to support the Israeli aggressor no matter how many atrocities it continues to perpetrate. Does so with American-supplied weapons in direct violation of U.S. export law which prohibits their use for offensive purposes. Yet, our nazi government refuses to enforce the law.
The Trump nazi and his henchmen fail to understand this veto will do no more than continue to estrange the United States from the rest of the world community. Will ultimately lessen security for the Israeli aggressor as the world community reacts by further isolating the aggressor.
The following is further indication we've lost ourselves, jettisoned lofty principles we used to stand for:
"Before the vote, Haley was sharply critical of the Obama Administration's abstention from voting on last year's Resolution 2334, which she called a "significant setback."
Setback to what, Madam Ambassador? Justice for the Palestinians?
"That resolution, which had 14 votes in favor, "reaffirmed ... that Israel's establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders."
Called the truth, Madam Ambassador. Not the bullshit you and your nazi fuhrer continue to shamelessly embrace.
"The resolution also said that the Council would not recognize any changes to the June 4, 1967 lines, "including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the two sides through negotiations." "Given the chance to vote again," said Haley to the Council, "I can say with complete confidence, we would vote no and exercise our veto power."
The Trump nazi and his henchwoman are ferociously pointedly reminded the United States gave up territory captured during the Second World War for damned good reason. Why the hell isn't our ally, the Israeli aggressor, held to the very same standard? High principle? Is it because we ourselves have forfeited the high principles we used to courageously stand for?
Madam Ambassador was far from done disgracing herself, however. CBS News reports:
"President Trump will be watching a vote in the United Nations General Assembly "very carefully," and has asked his ambassador to the world body, Nikki Haley, to "report back on those countries who voted against us," Haley wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to some countries. The letter has been obtained by CBS News. Haley also sent a tweet warning the U.S. would be "taking names" in Thursday's scheduled vote, which is intended to show a United Nations unified around getting President Trump to withdraw his administration's unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
the UN we're always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make
a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy,
we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thurs there'll be a
vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names. pic.twitter.com/ZsusB8Hqt4
"— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 19, 2017"
A crock of shit, Madam Ambassador. Not the will of the American people. The will of your nazi fuhrer, Madam. Supported by his achingly clueless sick sycophants, including you, Ms. Haley.
"With the letter and the tweet, Haley is pressing other countries to stand by the U.S. decision, hoping for a better result than in last week's vote on a similar resolution in the Security Council which left the U.S. alone against the 14 other Council members. The U.S., as a permanent member of the Council, was able to veto that measure with a single vote."
No question, the Trump nazi and his clueless henchmen will likely get their sorry asses figuratively kicked hard in the General Assembly. Rightfully, so. We're on the wrong side of history. Backing a shameless, abusive, brutal, murderous, thieving aggressor.
"CBS News obtained a copy of Haley's letter from three different nations -- all allies of the U.S. -- but it was sent to the delegations of more than 180 countries in total. Haley wrote that the U.S., "will take note of each and every vote on this issue." She made the point that the Thursday vote is something to take seriously. "As you know, the General Assembly is considering a resolution about President Trump's recent decision on Jerusalem," Haley wrote. "As you consider your vote, I want you to know that the President and U.S. take this vote personally."
Is that a thinly-veiled threat of retaliation, Madam Ambassador? Directed against countries willing to stand up, do the right thing? Rein in the aggressor?
"President Trump praised Haley's approach as he met with his Cabinet Wednesday at the White House. "I like the message that Nikki sent yesterday at the United Nations, for all of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council, or they vote against us potentially at the assembly. They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us, well, we're watching those votes. Let 'em vote against us. We'll save a lot. We don't care. But this isn't like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars and nobody knows what they're doing," Mr. Trump said in his televised remarks."
Once again, the Trump nazi demonstrated egregious unfitness for office. Perverse willingness to use funding as a weapon to ensure he gets his way. A shameless, narcissistic, nazi fuhrer. A dictator, not an American president, a nazi dictator.
Here's the ongoing insanity embraced by Trump and his achingly shameless shill:
"In Haley's letter to her fellow ambassadors, she explained "the U.S. announcement is an acknowledgement that peace is best advanced, not set back, when all parties are honest with each other about the basic facts. Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since the country's founding nearly seventy years ago."
Nonsense. Abject bullshit. Simply untrue. Re-write of reality, history. Bloody, brutal occupation for fifty years.
"To be clear," she wrote, "we are not asking that other countries move their embassies to Jerusalem, though we think it would be appropriate. We are simply asking that you acknowledge the historical friendship, partnership, and support we have extended and respect our decision about our own embassy."
Delusional. You and your fuhrer are desperately attempting to impose your will in a region you have absolutely no understanding of.
The following is an egregious example of sick religion. NBC News reports:
"The Kentucky preacher-turned-politician who killed himself after being accused of molesting a teenager claimed he once raised a woman “from the dead.” State Rep. Dan Johnson also declared that he watched the second hijacked plane slam into the World Trade Center from his hotel room and spent the next two weeks blessing bodies as they were removed from the ruins at the morgue he set up at Ground Zero. Johnson also boasted about being a White House chaplain for presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and professed to have been a peacemaker in Los Angeles during the 1992 Rodney King riots."
"These were some of the unlikely stories that “Bishop Johnson” posted on the web site of his Heart of Fire Church, which is located in rural county south of Louisville. Those tales were largely debunked in the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting expose which revealed that Johnson was accused by a then 17-year-old Maranda Richmond of drunkenly sexually assaulting her on the night of New Year’s Eve 2012."
A "Bishop" wouldn't do anything like that, would he?
"Johnson, a 57-year-old Republican who represented mostly rural Bullitt County, denied the allegation Tuesday during a press conference at his church. He also defied bipartisan calls for him to resign. “This allegation concerning this lady, this young girl, absolutely has no merit, these are unfounded accusations, totally,” he said."
Is that right? Think so?
"But a little after 7 p.m. Wednesday, Johnson killed himself with a gunshot to the head about two hours after posting another strident denial on a since-deleted Facebook post in which he also wrote that post-traumatic stress disorder from 9/11 “is a sickness that will take my life.” “I cannot handle it any longer…. BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME,” he wrote."
Coup de grace?
"Not long after his death was ruled a suicide, Johnson’s wife, Rebecca, who is the “pastor” of their church, announced Thursday that she will run for his seat and called her husband’s death a “high-tech lynching based on lies and half-truths.”
This guy was clearly a charlatan:
"Before his suicide, Johnson made national news while he was campaigning for posting racist remarks online about former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. That didn’t stop him from getting elected last year in an overwhelmingly white and conservative corner of Kentucky."
Why would it in Nazi America?
"Johnson claimed and to have a “doctorate of divinity” from a Des Moines, Iowa bible school. The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting found no evidence to support that."
"What it did discover is that Johnson was arrested back in the 1980s for torching a Cadillac to collect on the insurance money. He pleaded not guilty and the criminal charges were dismissed in 1987 after completing a six-month pre-trial diversion program."
Why wasn't he prosecuted and imprisoned?
"Later, the news organization reported, Johnson was suspected of torching his own church in June 2000. He blamed the Ku Klux Klan. But the church was bankrupt at the time and rebuilt with insurance money."
Jesus Christ. -- Got to be a special place in Hell reserved for pieces of shit like this.
"Many members of Johnson’s flock were bikers and other unlikely church goers who reveled in this Muslim-bashing sermons and were attracted by other perks like being allowed to smoke during services and the booze-fueled parties he hosted on weekends, the news organization reported. Three times the church was cited for unlicensed liquor sales. But Johnson claimed the alcohol was “communion” so he didn’t need a liquor license. The judge disagreed and fined him $250."
Once again, the Trump nazi and his henchmen have taken a hard dump on the constitutional right to abortion.
"A federal judge on Monday ordered the Trump administration to allow two pregnant immigrant teenagers in U.S. custody to obtain abortions. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said the Republican administration can't prevent the 17-year-old girls from exercising their right to an abortion. Hours later, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to block one of the abortions."
Roe v. Wade is abundantly clear. Trump is again abrogating his falsely sworn oath to protect and defend the United States Constitution.
"Both girls arrived in the country as unaccompanied minors and are being held in federal shelters, though it is not known precisely where. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) went to court on behalf of the two girls, as it did in the case of another 17-year-old girl who was able to obtain an abortion in October following a high-profile court fight."
The public is entitled to know precisely where these women are being held. Public information. No secret gulags in a supposed democratic republic.
"The judge's decision is a reminder that both the law and justice are on our side. We've already seen the courts rule in favor of Jane Doe, and today justice prevailed for two more young women like her," Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, said in a statement after Chutkan's decision. "Unfortunately, the Trump administration has shown no indication that they'll abandon their cruel and dystopian crusade to block abortion access for some of the most marginalized people in our country. We're prepared to keep fighting for as long as we need to."
Never, ever, never give up. Direct abrogation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is, freedom from religion.
"The current controversy stems from the Trump administration's opposition to abortion and its decision to change the policy of the Obama administration concerning minors who are detained trying to enter the country. Earlier this year, the office in the Health and Human Services Department that oversees the shelters prohibited them from taking steps to facilitate an abortion without its direct approval. The cases intersect two of the most controversial issues for the Trump administration — abortion and illegal immigration. One teen is about 10 weeks pregnant, and the other is now about 22 weeks pregnant. The girl "is quickly approaching the limit for abortion in the state where she is being detained," the ACLU argued in its lawsuit."
What we have in the Oval Office is a nazi fuhrer who falsely believes he is a law unto himself.
"Scott Lloyd, the head of the HHS office that oversees the shelters, said in an email that facilities under HHS "should not be supporting abortion services pre or post-release," but rather "life-affirming options counseling."
Direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, as well as Roe v. Wade.
"Chutkan said the HHS office continues to claim "ultimate authority to unilaterally veto the reproductive choices of the unaccompanied minors in its custody."
The nazi son of a bitch does not have the authority to violate the First Amendment as well as Roe v. Wade.
The Trump nazi and his henchmen are also waging war on the right to contraception. CBS News reports:
"A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women's access to free birth control. Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued the injunction, temporarily stopping the government from enforcing the policy change to former President Barack Obama's health care law. The law required most companies to cover birth control at no additional cost, though it included exemptions for religious organizations. The new policy would allow more categories of employers, including publicly traded companies, to opt out of providing free contraception to women by claiming religious or moral objections. Beetlestone, appointed to the bench by Obama, wrote in her ruling that the rule "conjured up a world where a government entity is empowered to impose its own version of morality on each one of us. That cannot be right."
An achingly egregious 'apologist' for pedophile priests has died. NPR reports:
"Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston — once widely seen as America's most influential prelate before resigning in disgrace amid the growing clergy sexual abuse scandal — has died in Rome. The Holy See's press office confirmed Law's death "after a long illness." He was 86. In a carefully worded statement, reflecting the ongoing anger at the longtime prelate for his role helping to cover up the sins of pedophile priests, his successor, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley said, "I recognize that Cardinal Law's passing brings forth a wide range of emotions ...particularly ... all who experienced the trauma of sexual abuse by clergy." He offered "sincere apologies [and] continued prayers and ... support."
The Church still fails to get it:
"O'Malley went on to say, "It is a sad reality that for many, Cardinal Law's life and ministry is identified with one overwhelming reality, the crisis of sexual abuse by priests ... because his pastoral legacy has many other dimensions," from civil rights and ecumenical work, to his care for the poor and immigrants."
Refuses to finally wake up:
"Law was at ground zero of the crisis when it exploded in Boston in 2002. He remained the face of the scandal, as it swelled to the tsunami that engulfed the Catholic Church worldwide. Law's response to the growing crisis only fueled the rage. For example, shortly after the scandal broke, he showed little compunction, issuing a carefully worded, Nixonian concession. "Judgments were made ... which in retrospect were tragically incorrect," he said. Even as allegations and protests continued to mount, parishioners seethed that Law "still didn't get it." "These are not easy days to serve in the pastoral role that is mine," he allowed at a special Mass in Boston in April 2002. It was only after almost a year, when even his own priests were publicly calling on him to quit, that Law did so after 19 years as head of the Boston Archdiocese. Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation."
Too little, much too late. All the damage done to these kids lasts a lifetime. Think whatever good the Cardinal did makes up for all that?
With all the problems remaining in the Church, at least some progress seems to be made regarding the LGBTQ community. The Pope earlier opining who is he to judge certainly seems to show some willingness for tolerance. The following, remarkable. Step in the right direction. CBS News reports:
"A Roman Catholic priest in Milwaukee has come out as gay, writing that he will no longer live in the shadows of secrecy and plans to be authentic to his gay self. The Rev. Gregory Greiten disclosed his sexual orientation on Sunday to the St. Bernadette Parish and he says he was greeted with a standing ovation from his parishioners, CBS affiliate WDJT reports. "I feel freer in my life today than I certainly have felt in the many years prior. If we can bring that kind of honesty and integrity into the lives of others, my coming out story was well worth it," Greiten told WDJT."
The Church, despite achingly rigid dogma, has repeatedly stated for quite some time sexual preference is not the issue, acting on it is. Fascinating, isn't it?
"Greiten came out to his mother when he was 24, but knowing he wanted to be a priest, he stayed in the closet, the station reported. "I literally was in a window and I wanted to jump out of the fifth floor of a building into the concrete below. That was the absolute low point," Greiten told WDJT."
No kid should ever have to go through this. No matter his or her sexual orientation.
"He also wrote a column that was published Monday in the National Catholic Reporter. It's rare for a priest to come out. Greiten said he revealed his sexual orientation because he wants to be a role model for others. He said he's helping to break the silence of gay men in the clergy so he could reclaim his own voice. "I will embrace the person that God created me to be," Greiten wrote. "In my priestly life and ministry, I, too, will help you, whether you are gay or straight, bisexual or transgendered, to be your authentic self - to be fully alive living in your image and likeness of God."
Think the Head Honcho wouldn't agree?
"Greiten wrote that [he] has decided to stand with the "few courageous priests who have taken the risk to come out of the shadows and have chosen to live in truth and authenticity." The church's silent stance on gay priests perpetuates toxic shaming and systematic secrecy, Greiten wrote. The church needs healthy role models for priests who are struggling to come to terms with their sexual orientation, he said."
Years ago, the following would not have happened:
"Greiten met with Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki before coming out, according to an archdiocese spokeswoman. "We support Father Greiten in his own personal journey and telling his story of coming to understand and live with his sexual orientation," Listecki said in a statement Monday. "As the Church teaches, those with same-sex attraction must be treated with understanding and compassion."
Imagine that. No question, the LGBTQ community is entitled to the very same rights the rest of us take for granted.
Republican national socialists in the House continue to take a raucous hard dump on all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. The Washington Times reports:
"The American Civil Liberties Union announced opposition Wednesday to the new House bill to extend the government’s chief foreign intelligence snooping program, saying it doesn’t do enough to protect Americans’ rights and could lead to new opportunities for government overreach."
Precisely what 'law and order' GOP nazis crave.
"The bill would extend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for four years. Without an extension, the authority to scoop up communications of foreign targets would expire at the end of this month. But the ACLU said more reforms are needed before the powers are renewed, and warned lawmakers against accepting a bad bill in a deadline deal. “The last decade has demonstrated time and again that when surveillance laws are negotiated in secret and rushed through Congress with little debate, it often leads to abuse and constitutional violations,” said Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for the ACLU."
Nothing more than the hallmark of Republican nazis determined to eviscerate all civil and constitutional rights and liberties, perversely in the name of 'freedom.' Ersatz 'liberty.'
“Yet House leadership appears poised to repeat past mistakes and quickly push for a vote on this hastily drafted legislation without giving members of Congress or the public time to debate the important privacy interests at stake,” she said."
GOP national socialists have repeatedly demonstrated they have no regard for privacy. None at all. Precisely, why they will not rein in their corporate masters. Remain no more than bought and paid for shills for the corporate management suite.
"The bill includes some new limits on the use of Americans’ communications that are snared, but civil liberties advocates said there are too many loopholes left."
All a ruse. In a goddamned de facto fascist police-state, soon to be the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich. ... Right, Sheriff?
Democrats? Absent without leave. Out to lunch since November 22, 1963.
In stark contrast to Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider how other officers honorably, heroically conduct themselves elsewhere in the country.
Another terrorist attack in New York. Fortunately, did not result in any loss of life. CNN reports:
"One is an US Army veteran with three combat tours. Two are former US Marines, including a bomb technician. The fourth is an attorney with about 20 years as a police officer. The four officers with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are being hailed as heroes for quickly subduing the suspect in Monday's explosion at a New York transit hub before he was able to do anything else. The Port Authority Police Benevolent Association identified the officers as Sean Gallagher, an ex-Marine; Drew M. Preston, a soldier who served in Iraq and Afghanistan; John "Jack" F. Collins, who's also a lawyer; and Anthony Manfredini, a former Marine and bomb technician."
While details remain scant at time of writing, these men have rightfully been hailed as heroes.
"Officials say Akayed Ullah , 27, set off a pipe bomb strapped to his chest Monday morning in the underground walkway. Ullah and five others were injured in the blast, which triggered panic in the busy commuter hub during rush hour. Manfredini encountered the suspect on the floor with what he said appeared to be shrapnel wounds, Egbert said. The officers saw wires running from the suspect's jacket to his pants, according to Egbert. Ullah was reaching for a cell phone, which the officers knew from training could be used as a detonator. After a brief struggle, they managed to separate Ullah from his phone, Egbert said. Once Ullah was in custody, the officers began to evacuate commuters safely. Members of the bomb squad cleared the suspect of any additional explosive devices before he was transported to a hospital, according to Egbert."
Extremely difficult to guard against a lone wolf attack. Fortunately, these officers were in the right place at the right time.
"Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said that Ullah "came to kill, to maim, and to destroy" as thousands of New Yorkers were using the transit system to get to work and go about their lives. Ullah acted "in support of a vicious cause," Kim said. Ullah was taken into custody — and to the hospital — after he suffered burns to his hands and abdomen in a subway station tunnel near Times Square during the Monday morning rush hour. Police say he was wearing an improvised explosive device based on a pipe bomb. Three people who were near the explosion suffered minor injuries. Ullah had been inspired and radicalized by the ISIS extremist group, Kim said in announcing charges against him on Tuesday. Shortly before the morning attack, prosecutors say in the charging document, Ullah posted an update to his Facebook account on Monday that stated, "Trump you failed to protect your nation." Ullah faces five charges, ranging from providing material support to a terrorist group to using a weapon of mass destruction."
"Ullah "admitted that he began researching how to build bombs about a year ago," had planned the attack for weeks, and had built the bomb a week before his attack, Kim said. The prosecutor added that Ullah chose the subway as his target in an effort to maximize the human casualties. The bomb had been filled with metal screws and attached to his body with zip ties, the authorities say.
"A search of Ullah's Brooklyn apartment found pipes, wires, and other materials that suggest the bomb was made there, Kim said. Kim said that Ullah had also left a handwritten note that said, "O America, die in your rage." The suspected terrorist had become radicalized through "pro-ISIS materials online," at least as far back as 2014, according to court documents filed by Kim's office."
While the White House calls for draconian restrictions on immigration to prevent such attacks, Aryan arrogantly ignores the fact these attacks have been home grown after 9/11. Consider the following. ABC News reports:
"A man in Texas has been arrested and charged with supporting ISIS, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya, an 18-year-old U.S. citizen from Houston, was charged with unlawfully distributing explosives information and attempting to provide material support to ISIS in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday morning.
"According to the charges, Damlarkaya engaged in online communications with undercover FBI agents who he believed were ISIS supporters beginning in August. He allegedly discussed his intentions to travel overseas and fight for ISIS. According to the criminal complaint, Damlarkaya attempted to go to Syria twice but failed. He also allegedly stated that if he was not able to go abroad to fight for ISIS, he would plan an attack in the United States. In his correspondence, he allegedly provided a formula for the explosive Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), and how to use it in a pressure cooker with shrapnel. Damlarkaya allegedly asked the undercover FBI agents if he could provide a farewell video to inspire others if he followed through with an attack that resulted in his death."
The FBI fortunately intervened. Not always possible. Trump as a national socialist in the mold of Hitler and Mussolini seems to think immigration is the issue. It's not. Terrorism does not occur in a vacuum. Usually, but not always, is in response to a government putting its nose where it doesn't belong. Forcing its standards on others. Dictating terms to the unwilling. As in the Middle East, particularly, Palestine. Until our approach changes, expect more of the same.
In follow up to the above, Trump indeed has no principles other than those based on national socialism, driven by political expediency. Embraced in an effort to line his bottomless pockets, get his rocks off abusing power. Shamelessly plays to his base, who have concertedly bastardized Christianity, deliberately perverted it into something it's not. Never was intended to be. As did Hitler and Mussolini who falsely professed to be Christians.
Not only is Trump guilty of this, so is the Israeli Prime Minister. Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel guaranties there'll be no end to the violence. We're already seeing consequent resumption of unrest and violence in the Middle East as a result of this insanity embraced by the Trump nazi and his equally fascist counterpart in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. NPR reports:
"Protesters clashed with security forces Sunday outside of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in response to President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. NPR's Ruth Sherlock reports from the demonstration that for the most part, the protesters were peaceful. "Then, there was a commotion at the front, and suddenly police in riot gear fired volleys of tear gas. Some protesters threw rocks. Most scattered. Four people dragged away a woman who seemed hit very badly with tear gas, and was unable to walk."
Sadly, just the beginning of a downward spiral.
"President Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week marked a dramatic shift from decades of American foreign policy. Previously the U.S. position had been that Jerusalem's status should be resolved in peace talks between the two sides — a position shared by many world powers, who have located their Israeli embassies in Tel Aviv to avoid the appearance of taking sides in the dispute."
The United States has never ever been an honest broker in the Middle East. This latest move by the Trump nazi puts the lie to the line of bullshit that it has been.
"The State Department warned that protests could break out in the region following the change in policy. As NPR's Daniel Estrin has reported, "Palestinians protested throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Some burned tires and threw rocks at Israeli forces, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Some demonstrators were wounded." There have also been demonstrations in other cities around the region and around the world. In Jakarta, Indonesia, Reuters reports that thousands of protesters gathered outside the U.S. Embassy with signs reading "Pray for Palestine" and "Freedom for Palestinians." Leaders in Indonesia — the world's largest Muslim country — have condemned Trump's decision. A number of American allies have expressed alarm as well. In a statement U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said this was a moment of "great anxiety." "There is no alternative to the two-State solution," Guterres said, "There is no Plan B."
Trump is a fool. Again, demonstrated egregious unfitness for office.
CBS News reports:
"Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza on Friday in protests which were part of a so-called "Day of Rage" over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Dozens were wounded in skirmishes, and at least one Palestinian was killed in Gaza, according to the French news agency AFP. Demonstrators were furious with the United States for, in their view, unilaterally siding with Israel, CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reports. Bracing for violence, hundreds of additional Israeli security forces were deployed early Friday morning, while the faithful of all ages, including young men, were allowed into the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City. One of the holiest sites for Muslims, the mosque is at the heart of the controversy over President Trump's decision, Doane reports."
Clearly, the Trump nazi did not carefully consider the consequences, -- or worse, simply didn't care. Our UN Ambassador remains as delusionally insane as her boss:
"At the United Nations on Friday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the U.S. still has credibility as a mediator with Israel and Palestinians following President Trump's decision. However, she said the U.N. has damaged the prospects for peace in the Middle East. "The United States has credibility with both sides. Israel will never be, and should never be, bullied into an agreement by the United Nations, or by any collection of countries that have proven their disregard for Israel's security," Haley told the U.N. Security Council."
Got it achingly ass backwards. Clearly, the Israeli aggressor has had its boot heel on the neck of the Palestinians since 1948. Truly amazing how the nazi element in our formerly great country ignores, denies, distorts reality. Re-writes history.
Fox News reports:
"On "Fox News Sunday," Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said President Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital will speed up the Middle East peace process. Trump on Wednesday ordered the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. The move inflamed tensions across the Middle East. "We think this is actually going to help us fastball the peace process going forward," Haley told host Chris Wallace."
Does she also believe the earth is flat?
"Wallace noted that many world leaders, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Pope Francis, expressed concern that this move could destabilize the peace process. "We don't do things just to please every other country in the world, we do things to advance the ball. And that's what the president did with this," Haley said, explaining that it was time to acknowledge the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that is a necessary part of a lasting peace."
The Ambassador, like her boss, is insane. Proof positive? Get this:
"Haley added that the U.S. remains committed to the peace process."
The insanity continues. CBS News reports:
"A senior US. official has appealed to Middle East leaders to calm tensions in the region following the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which has drawn criticism and sparked unrest across the region. In a briefing with Arab journalists Sunday, Acting Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield said that President Donald Trump's pronouncement last week was a "recognition of simple reality" and not meant to prejudge final-status negotiations about the city's final borders."
Goddamned double talk. Pathetically, meaningless. Abject bullshit nearly the entire world community has rejected.
"He said he hoped Arab and world leaders understand the U.S. remains committed to moving forward with a peace plan he expects to be unveiled in the new year."
Goddamned sham. A ruse. The Trump nazi has already imposed his will by recognizing Jerusalem as capital of the Israeli aggressor.
"This is a question of choice: Do leaders choose to speak to their peoples, to their regions in terms that reflect reality or in terms that incite or inflame?" He said. "We hope it's the former."
Jesus Christ. The direct opposite is the truth. Re-write of reality. Re-write of history. Action taken by the Trump nazi that has already resulted in renewed violence in the region.
"Israel's prime minister is backing Mr. Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in the face of criticism, including from its ally France. Benjamin Netanyahu spoke alongside French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Sunday. Macron said he disapproves of Mr. Trump's move, echoing the criticism of many U.S. allies in Europe and beyond. Macron said "what's new is that the United States unilaterally recognized something that is not complying with the international law."
That's right. It's not.
"But Netanyahu said the recognition is "central for peace." He said Jerusalem is the capital of Israel just as Paris is the capital of France. "We respect your history and your choices," Netanyahu told Macron, "And we know that as friends you respect ours."
Netanyahu is a national socialist who remains as delusional as the Trump nazi. Netanyahu is precisely where Hitler was ideologically at the very beginning of The Third Reich. Coup de grace? Get this:
"Netanyahu said Jerusalem had been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years and had "never been the capital of any other people," BBC News reports."
That's a crock of shit. Has not been for generations. Was lost as a result of the excesses of the Israelites. Netanyahu is perversely re-writing history, talking out his ass.
"Violence erupted near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, and elsewhere on Sunday. Protesters In Beirut burned an effigy of Mr. Trump, U.S. and Israeli flags, as well as piles of garbage, sending plumes of smoke into the air. Many demonstrators wore black and white scarves, BBC News reports. They chanted slogans decrying Mr. Trump."
Just the beginning of yet another downward spiral.
"Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says his people no longer want the U.S. involved in brokering any Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, after President Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week. Abbas called Trump's actions a crime and said he'll appeal to the United Nations. Abbas made his forceful remarks Wednesday toward the end of an emergency session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, held in Istanbul. The meeting was dominated by talk of how to respond to the Trump administration's decision to change U.S. policy on Jerusalem and to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv."
Why would Abbas cooperate with Trump? Accept the f--king imposed by the Trump nazi?
"Listing several demands from the international community, Abbas said there would be no peace in the world without Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.
"Abbas described President Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as crossing a red line and a flagrant violation of international law. Abbas also declared the Palestinians will pressure the United Nations to fully recognize Palestine as a member state and will ask the U.N. to sponsor the peace talks with Israel."
The United States is not, has never been, an honest broker in the Middle East. Trump's short-sighted action reinforces this unfortunate truth.
The following is precisely why there will be no peace in the region any time soon:
"The largest percentage of Palestinians polled — 44 percent — believe an armed uprising against Israel is the most effective means of establishing a Palestinian state. Only 27 percent of those polled preferred peace negotiations. The poll questioned 1,270 Palestinians and had a margin of error of 3 percentage points."
Yet, Trump remains achingly delusional. Can't, won't be confused with the truth.
Our formerly great country continues to deteriorate, becomes a smaller and smaller fraction of what it used to be. The continuing scandal of sexual harassment, groping, assault, etc., has exponentially spread throughout the entertainment, business, and government communities. Intolerable anywhere, but especially throughout government.
While it is certainly good to see Democrats caught up in the scandal resigning, why are Republicans so willing to look the other way when it occurs in their ranks? Specifically speaking about the Moore and Trump nazis. Why won't they hold these two bastards accountable? Why is political expediency getting in the way?
While highly critical of the UN Ambassador in this publication vis a vis other matters, she did get one thing right regarding Trump's accusers. CBS News reports:
"U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday, in light of a growing number of probes into sexual misconduct against lawmakers, that "the time has come" to start bringing "a conscience" to the situation surrounding the treatment of women in the workplace as well as on Capitol Hill. When asked what she thinks of the "cultural shift" taking place in the U.S., Haley said she is "incredibly proud of the women who have come forward." "I'm proud of their strength. I'm proud of their courage," Haley said on CBS News' "Face the Nation."
She took it courageously much, much further than that, however:
"When asked to assess similar allegations of misconduct leveled against President Trump during the 2016 campaign, Haley replied, "Women who accuse anyone should be heard. They should be heard and they should be dealt with." "I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up," she added."
The Washington Post reports:
"Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that the women who have accused President Trump of touching or groping them without their consent “should be heard.” Haley's comments, made on CBS's “Face the Nation,” diverged from the White House position on the more than a dozen women who have accused Trump of misconduct. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said that the White House's position is that the women are lying and that the American people settled the issue by electing Trump despite the accusations."
Fascinating, isn't it? Finally, some honesty from one of Trump's achingly sick sycophants, the UN Ambassador. More remarkable? Get this:
"Asked by CBS's John Dickerson whether she considered the allegations a “settled issue” given last year's election results, Haley responded, “You know, that's for the people to decide. I know that he was elected. But, you know, women should always feel comfortable coming forward. And we should all be willing to listen to them.” She addressed Trump's accusers after praising women who have come forward with allegations about powerful men in various other industries. Dickerson then asked her how “people should assess the accusers of the president.” “They should be heard, and they should be dealt with,” Haley responded. “And I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”
There are others who are far more dissatisfied, want Trump investigated by Congress. The Washington Times reports:
"A House Democrat introduced a measure Tuesday calling on Congress to establish an official congressional probe into allegations that President Trump harassed women in the decades before he won office. The resolution, should it reach the House floor, could force Republicans to have to vote either for or against a probe. “At a pivotal time, when the nation should be able to [look to] a president for moral leadership, we must look elsewhere,” said Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, the New York Democrat who introduced the measure. He said the investigation could either be through an existing committee or through a special investigative panel convened specifically for the purposes of a probe. “When women share personal accounts of sexism and violence towards them, we should listen rather than summarily dismiss their concerns,” he said."
NBC News reports:
"More than 50 female Democratic lawmakers on Monday asked the House oversight committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump. In a letter to committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the Democratic Women’s Working Group wrote that the country deserves “a full inquiry into the truth of these allegations.” “At least 17 women have publicly accused the President of sexual misconduct,” the letter, which was signed by 56 lawmakers, said. “We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations.”
Yet, inexplicably, we have.
"Earlier Monday, three women appeared on "Megyn Kelly Today" recalling encounters with Trump during which they said he acted inappropriately. One of the women, Rachel Crooks, said Trump repeatedly forcibly kissed her inside Trump Tower in 2005. Another woman, Jessica Leeds, said that Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt more than three decades ago when he sat beside her on an airline."
Needs to be investigated. If false, these women need to be exposed as liars. If true, Trump needs to leave office.
CBS News reports:
"Members of the Democratic Women's Working Group (DWWG) are calling for a congressional investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against President Trump. Reps. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, Brenda Lawrence, D-Michigan, and Jackie Speier D-California have asked for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to investigate the allegations of misconduct leveled at Mr. Trump before he took office."
The Washington Post reports:
"President Trump attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in a sexually suggestive tweet Tuesday morning that implied Gillibrand would do just about anything for money, prompting a swift and immediate backlash. "Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Charles E. Schumer and someone who would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump,” the president wrote. “Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”
Once again, the Trump nazi disgraced himself.
"The backlash and criticism was near instantaneous, with Gillibrand replying directly to Trump on Twitter. “You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office,” she wrote. At a news conference later on an unrelated issue, Gillibrand called Trump’s tweet “a sexist smear attempting to silence my voice.” “I will not be silent on this issue, neither will women who stood up to the president yesterday and neither will the millions of women who have been marching since the Women’s March to stand up against policies they do not agree with,” she added."
What's clearly incredible is the fact Trump's sick sycophants still support this son of a bitch no matter what he does. Yet, hypocritically consider themselves Christians. This man is a pig. A misogynist. Has no respect or regard for women. Only what the bastard can get from them.
"Gillibrand once again called on GOP congressional leaders to launch investigations into the allegations made by women against Trump, saying, “It’s the right thing to do, and these allegations should be investigated. They should be investigated thoroughly. That is the right thing to do, and I’m urging them to do that — as should their constituents.”
That should have commenced January 20 when the nazi took office.
"Asked about her interactions with the president, Gillibrand told reporters that Trump was “just a supporter — a supporter of my first campaign.”
Imagine that. Fascinating, isn't it?
NBC News reports:
"Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., called President Donald Trump's Twitter attack on her a "sexist smear" meant to silence her and those who have accused him of sexual misconduct after the two sparred on Twitter on Tuesday. Trump, in an early morning tweet, called Gillibrand a "lightweight" and a "total flunky" for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who also represents New York, a day after she called on the president to resign amid a series of sexual misconduct and assault allegations against him."
Think Trump's temperament not in question?
"He also claimed she would beg for campaign contributions "not so long ago" — before he was a politician — suggesting she "would do anything for them." "Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!" the president tweeted."
Once again, Trump demonstrated egregious unfitness for office.
"Several of Gillibrand's Democratic colleagues have since come to her side. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who frequently tussles with the president, called the attack an attempt "to bully, intimidate and slut-shame" Gillibrand.
you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do
you know who you're picking a fight with? Good luck with that, @realDonaldTrump.
Nevertheless, #shepersisted. https://t.co/mYJtBZfxiu
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 12, 2017
"Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, also defended Gillibrand and attacked the president. "He’s a misogynist and admitted sexual predator and a liar. The only thing that will stop him from attacking us, because nobody is safe, is his resignation," she said.
"Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told reporters on Tuesday, that the president will falter in his attempt to bully Gillibrand. "I could just tell you that the president will fail in any effort to intimidate Kirsten Gillibrand. It ain’t going to work," he said. "If anything she is going to be strengthened in her efforts. She is a pretty determined person."
What president in his right mind would engage in any of this?
There are a few incredibly courageous people left in our formerly great country willing to stand on principle. NPR reports:
"Two Democratic representatives, John Lewis and Bennie Thompson, say they will not attend the long-awaited opening on Saturday of two museums dedicated to Mississippi's history and civil rights struggle because of the planned appearance of President Trump. Lewis is a Georgia Democrat and icon of the civil rights campaign. Thompson is Mississippi's only Democratic congressman. In a joint statement, they said they made their decision "after careful consideration and conversations with church leaders, elected officials, civil rights activists" and many others."
Did the right thing. Stood tall. The Trump nazi and his AG surrogate, the Sessions nazi, are bigoted white nationalists. Say one thing, do another. No credibility. None.
"President Trump's attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum. The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi. President Trump's disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants, and National Football League players disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and countless others who have given their all for Mississippi to be a better place."
Trump has repeatedly proven to be the antithesis of the above.
"Soon thereafter, former Navy Secretary Ray Maybus, who is white, tweeted that he would not attend the museum opening either, citing Trump's planned speech. "His support of white supremacists and racism exact opposite of what museum is about," said Maybus, a former Democratic governor of Mississippi."
No question. Quite evident long before the nazi won the election.
"The White House issued a statement in response to Lewis' and Thompson's announcement: "We think it's unfortunate that these members of Congress wouldn't join the President in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history. The President hopes others will join him in recognizing that the movement was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of all backgrounds."
Jesus Christ. Actions of the Trump nazi and his henchmen scream otherwise. Day is night, night is day, and shit smells perversely sweet in the convoluted world of the national socialist.
CBS News reports:
"President Trump on Saturday toured and delivered brief remarks at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson in a visit that did not come without controversy. "These buildings embody the hope that has lived in the hearts of every American for generations," Mr. Trump said. "The hope for a future that is more just and is more free."
While he and the Sessions nazi do all they can to turn back the clock.
"Mr. Trump, speaking after he toured the museum, said it highlights the "injustice" leveled against the African-American community, and the efforts to fight for equality."
While he and Sessions effectively take the country back to the days of separate but equal.
"That's big stuff," the president said. "Those are very big phrases, very big words."
Other than squat shit, what does that mean, Mr. 'President?'
"But the president's visit was criticized by black leaders. The NAACP urged Mr. Trump not to attend, and two African-American Democrats in Congress -- Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi -- canceled their trip. In a joint statement issued Thursday, Lewis and Thompson called the president's presence an "insult."
No more than the result of clueless Aryan arrogance.
"President Trump's attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum. The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi," they wrote. "President Trump's disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and countless others who have given their all for Mississippi to be a better place. After President Trump departs, we encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit this historic civil rights museum."
Kicker? Get this:
"The controversy was so intense that Mr. Trump spoke at a private event instead of at the main ceremony, and left after he delivered his remarks, instead of sticking around for the ribbon-cutting ceremony."
Is Trump so stupid he thinks this trip accomplished anything? Anything at all? Other than offer further proof positive the president is egregiously unfit for office.
NBC News reports:
"Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded at a White House Press Briefing on Thursday, saying that she hoped "those individuals would join in that celebration instead of protesting it. However, they have every right to protest it.” Congressman Cedric Richmond, D-La., the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was quick to deride the White House’s response. “It’s laughable that the White House is criticizing John Lewis and Bennie Thompson for not attending the opening of a civil rights museum that honors the sacrifice of ...wait... John Lewis, Bennie Thompson, and many others,” Richmond said. “This White House is not serious about civil rights,” the congressman added. “From dismantling the civil rights division in DOJ to equating peaceful people who protested racism to Neo-nazi’s and White Supremacists, they just don’t get it.”
What fascist does?
Think Trump isn't nominating egregiously unfit candidates to the judiciary? The Washington Times reports:
"Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley advised President Trump on Tuesday to reconsider two of his federal district court nominees, saying they have made troubling comments that could taint their confirmations. He singled out Brett Talley, an Alabama district court nominee, and Jeff Mateer, a Texas district court nominee. "I’ve advised the White House they ought to reconsider,” Mr. Grassley told CNN. “I would advise the White House not to proceed.”
For damned good reason:
"Mr. Talley has faced criticism from Democratic and Republican senators for blogging in support of the Ku Klux Klan and withholding information about his wife’s position as chief of staff to White House counsel Don McGahn. Lawmakers said this presents a conflict of interest."
Think this candidate isn't a racist?
"Mr. Mateer allegedly compared the Nazi regime to the treatment of Christians in the United States and said transgender children are part of “Satan’s plan,” sparking backlash from liberal organizations."
Think this sick 'Christian' national socialist fit to sit on the bench?
"Mr. Talley was approved on a party-line vote in committee in November, but hasn’t received a floor vote. Mr. Mateer hasn’t had a confirmation hearing yet."
Think Trump is nominating candidates who have any respect, regard, and understanding of the Bill of Rights, that is, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties? Think these fascist bastards will uphold the rights of, provide due process to, the LGBTQ community, all racial and ethnic minorities?
In follow up to the above, NPR reports:
"The nomination of Brett Talley, the Justice Department official in line for a lifetime judicial appointment, "will not be moving forward," a Trump administration official told NPR Wednesday. Talley had been rated "unanimously unqualified" for the post by the American Bar Association this year after an evaluation that questioned his experience. Talley had never argued a case, or even a motion, in federal court, he testified."
What could the Trump nazi possibly been thinking? ... Almost forgot. He wasn't. Just wanted a bona fide nazi on the court.
"Even after Talley's nomination advanced through the Senate Judiciary Committee on an 11-to-9 party-line vote, media reports and good government groups cast doubt on his credentials for the spot on the U.S. District Court in Alabama, along with raising questions about his alleged failures to disclose blog posts and his wife's work in the Trump White House."
Republican nazis remain for the most part unwilling to be confused with the truth.
"The Senate on Tuesday narrowly confirmed one of President Trump's judicial nominees despite a rare "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association. On a party-line vote of 50-48, the Republican-led Senate backed Leonard Steven Grasz to serve on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
"Grasz served for more than 11 years as Nebraska's chief deputy attorney general and was general counsel to the Nebraska Republican Party. In one opinion he helped craft, he said the legacy of the landmark abortion rights ruling Roe v. Wade was its "moral bankruptcy." Another opinion he helped write warned of the "grave danger" of the Nebraska Supreme Court recognizing same-sex marriages from other states, and he advised that legislation refusing to recognize same-sex marriages could be defended against a constitutional challenge."
Think this Republican nazi will be impartial on the bench? Put aside his perverse ideological and religious bias when ruling on a case? Believe he'll uphold the constitutional right to abortion affirmed by Roe v. Wade? Laws protecting the LGBTQ community? Republican nazis on the bench continue to take a raucous hard dump on all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. Present an exigent threat to liberty, moreover, our supposed democratic republic.
The Trump nazi and his henchmen lost another big one in court. NPR reports:
"Following a federal court ruling, the Pentagon has confirmed it will allow openly transgender individuals to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1. The Trump administration had resisted that deadline in court, seeking to have its ban on new transgender troops reinstated — but on Monday, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly upheld an earlier decision to temporarily block President Trump's ban.
"As NPR's Camila Domonoske explained then, Kollar-Kotelly found "that trans members of the military have a strong case that the president's ban would violate their Fifth Amendment rights." The administration appealed that ruling, seeking to implement its ban during the pending court cases, only to see the appeal denied by Kollar-Kotelly on Monday."
Amazing how the LGBTQ community has to fight so hard to retain rights the rest of us all too often take for granted.
"Later on Monday, a third judge issued a ruling blocking the president's ban on transgender recruits. U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman ruled in Seattle in the case of a soldier based in Washington state and two men who hope to enlist."
Indeed, a good day for civil and constitutional rights and liberties under siege by the Trump nazi and his henchmen.
"In her decision, she noted that she was "not convinced by the vague claims" that the Jan. 1 deadline needed to be delayed. At the same time, she reiterated her October argument that trans service members have a strong case and questioned the administration's "portrayal of their situation as an emergency," considering more than three weeks passed before it filed the appeal. "If complying with the military's previously established January 1, 2018 deadline to begin accession was as unmanageable as Defendants now suggest, one would have expected Defendants to act with more alacrity," she added in the final line of her decision."
Good to see the judiciary stand up to the nazi fuhrer in the Oval Office. DOD and the Oval Office are not happy campers:
"The Department of Defense has announced it will comply with the order to allow transgender recruits — but in a statement Monday, the department made clear that it is doing so reluctantly."
Tough, isn't it? ... Any day the Nazi Right gets a figurative hard kick to the ass desperately trying to force its perverse ideological and religious views on others is indeed a good day.
"This policy will be implemented while the Department of Justice appeals those court orders," a Pentagon spokesperson said in the statement, adding: "DoD and the Department of Justice are actively pursuing relief from those court orders in order to allow an ongoing policy review scheduled to be completed before the end of March." White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Justice Department is also "reviewing legal options" to ensure that the president's directive can be implemented."
Constitution? Bill of Rights? All civil and constitutional rights and liberties? Mean shit squat to the national socialist enthroned in the Oval Office. Hopefully, the lawsuits will be successful, rein in the Trump nazi.
With a burgeoning annual defense budget in excess of half a trillion, the following is stunning. NPR reports:
"The Defense Department is starting the first agency-wide financial audit in its history," the Pentagon's news service says, announcing that it's undertaking an immense task that has been sought, promised and delayed for years."
How can that be? Where are 'conservatives' in the Republican Party? Why no massive outcry? Is it because their pockets are lined by corporate war profiteers?
"Of the tally that's starting this week, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said, "It demonstrates our commitment to fiscal responsibility and maximizing the value of every taxpayer dollar that is entrusted to us."
A crock of shit. Where have you been all these decades? Lining your pockets? Strangling the Golden Goose?
"Beginning in 2018, our audits will occur annually, with reports issued Nov. 15," the Defense Department's comptroller, David L. Norquist, said. The Defense Department has famously never been audited, despite receiving hundreds of billions of dollars annually and having more than $2.2 trillion in assets."
Where is the outrage of the Republican Party?
"For the Pentagon to get to this point, it's been, as they say, a process. The U.S. government established requirements for each agency to present financial statements back in the 1990s. But for more than 20 years, the Department of Defense has lagged other agencies that were following modern accounting standards, reporting what they've received and spent. In 2010, Congress included a requirement in the National Defense Authorization Act that gave the military "an extra seven years to clean up the books and get ready," as Sen. Chuck Grassley said last year. That set a new deadline to be ready for an audit by September of 2017."
Jesus Christ. The Golden Goose. Where are the 'conservatives?' Now, no more than greedy GOP nazis lining their bottomless pockets courtesy of their war profiteering corporate masters?
"In late 2016, reports emerged that Pentagon officials had "buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, as The Washington Post reported."
Why aren't you achingly hypocritical nazi bastards in the GOP demanding a criminal investigation? Forget? Duty, Honor, Country. Goddamned phonies. Well over a half trillion in annual defense spending. The Golden Goose. The public, egregiously bamboozled.
An unexpected electoral surprise in Alabama. NPR reports:
"Democrat Doug Jones has won the Alabama Senate special election, a victory that was a stunning upset in a deeply red state that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump. The president, who had backed Republican Roy Moore despite multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and assault, congratulated Jones on Twitter."
Imagine that. Couldn't be, could it?
"The win by Jones, projected by The Associated Press two hours after the polls closed Tuesday night, is sure to send shock waves through Washington. The special election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who left the Senate in February, was upended in November as multiple women came forward to say Moore had pursued them romantically as teenagers when he was in his 30s. Some alleged he had sexually assaulted them, including one woman who said he had initiated sexual contact with her when she was just 14. Moore has denied the accusations. The unfolding controversy made what should have been a safe GOP race anything but."
Indeed. At time of writing, however, Moore has not conceded:
"Moore refused to concede Tuesday night, saying that his campaign would "wait on God and let this process play out." He pointed to the uncertain write-in totals he believed could still change the outcome and trigger a recount. However, there has to be a difference of 0.5 percent or less between the two candidates to trigger an automatic recount, and with almost all the votes in, Jones' margin of victory was about three times that."
Fascinating, isn't it?
"Alabama has been at a crossroads. We have been at crossroads in the past, and unfortunately we have usually taken the wrong fork," Jones said in his victory speech. "Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, you took the right fork."
"NBA legend Charles Barkley returned to his native Alabama to campaign for Jones in the closing days and told CNN after the Democrat's victory, "We got a bunch of rednecks and ignorant people, but we got some amazing people here and they rose up today."
Certainly, did. ... But a very, very slim majority.
"It's the first major electoral blow to Trump since his own upset victory just over a year ago, giving Democrats a special election win after several near misses. Democrats were victorious in November in the Virginia and New Jersey governors' races, but the win in such a red state that Trump won by almost 30 points is a political earthquake heading into the 2018 midterm elections."
Democrats have a long, long, long way to go. Been effectively out to lunch since November 22, 1963. Unless and until this changes, will continue to consistently lose at the polls. Moreover, neither major political party has anything to offer any longer. Each passing day, becoming increasingly obvious. -- As our formerly great country, sadly, continues to deteriorate.
Apparently, surprisingly, the Trump nazi does not approve of Well Fargo business practices. Imagine that. Who'd 'a 'thunk' it? Got to be something more than meets the eye. LOL. CBS/AP reports:
"President Donald Trump weighed in on an investigation into scandal-plagued Wells Fargo, tweeting Friday that fines and penalties against the bank would not be dropped, and may actually be "substantially increased." Trump's statement comes a day after Reuters reported that Mick Mulvaney, the president's budget director and now acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was weighing whether the bank should have to pay tens of millions in fines already levied against it for mortgage lending abuses."
Think the bank may have f--ked the Trump nazi somehow in the past? LOL.
"Fines and penalties against
Wells Fargo Bank for their bad acts against their customers and others
will not be dropped, as has incorrectly been reported, but will be pursued
and, if anything, substantially increased. I will cut Regs but make penalties
severe when caught cheating!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2017"
Think so? LOL.
Then again, airline travelers will continue to take it hard up the ass. LOL.
"The U.S. Department of Transportation released a statement last week announcing it would withdraw a proposed rule that would force airlines to disclose baggage and other fees at the time of ticket purchase. The decision to rescind the yet-to-be-enforced regulation from the Obama administration received heated responses from members of Congress and airline consumer rights organizations.
is NOT how you make air travel great again:https://t.co/4nVMyR4Rwc
— Flyers Rights (@FlyersRights) December 9, 2017
Trump Admin’s reckless reversal is a gift for the airlines’ bottom line
- and a slap in the face for travelers who deserve clarity when buying
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) December 8, 2017
"The Obama administration proposed and drafted the rule (called a "rulemaking" in DOT language), but it was never finalized because the Trump administration froze the rulemaking process shortly after taking office. So while the department's decision to drop the rule has riled up lawmakers and consumers alike, it technically hasn't eliminated any rules that were in effect."
Enjoy. ... Won't stand up to the Trump nazi and his henchmen? ... Continue to support the bastard no matter what he does? -- Get what you deserve. LOL. No sympathy.
Think you're not egregiously f--ked by the hopelessly greedy in the healthcare community? NPR reports:
"Two pills to wipe out hookworm could cost you four cents. Or $400. It just depends where you live. The four cents is in Tanzania. That'll cover the two pills it takes to knock out the intestinal parasite. But in the United States, where hookworm has reemerged, the price for two 200 mg tablets of albendazole can cost as much as $400."
Wake up. You've been bamboozled. Shamelessly f--ked.
Think former President Obama might not be reading this publication? LOL. CBS News reports:
"Former President Barack Obama says Americans must be vigilant in their defense of democracy or risk following the path of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. At a speech earlier this week, the former president told the Economic Club of Chicago that "things can fall apart fairly quickly" if Americans don't "tend to this garden of democracy." During the speech Tuesday, Obama pointed to Hitler's rise to power in Germany as he implored the audience to "pay attention ... and vote." Obama also defended the media. He said the press "often drove me nuts" but that he understood that a free press was vital to democracy."
In stark contrast to Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider how other officials honorably, heroically conduct themselves elsewhere in the country.
Trump has no clue the United States constitutionally has no provision for a nazi fuhrer. Apparently, believes juries have a moral obligation to convict the accused, especially the undocumented, of precisely whatever the government accuses them. No matter facts or circumstances. NPR reports:
"A jury in San Francisco has found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a homeless undocumented Mexican immigrant, not guilty of murder in the death of 32-year-old Kate Steinle two years ago in a case that became a flashpoint in the national debate on illegal immigration. As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump cited the Steinle killing as a justification for his intended crackdown on immigration. The president tweeted his reaction to the outcome: "A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration."
A bit presumptuous, aren't you, Mr. 'President?' First, this case is far more nuanced than you make it out to be. Second, not all of us have been created in your mold, sir, that of a bigoted, xenophobic nazi in the image of Hitler at the beginning of the Third Reich.
"The jury of six women and six men acquitted the 45-year-old Garcia Zarate of murder in the first and second degrees, and the alternate charge of involuntary manslaughter. He was convicted on the lesser charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Steinle was killed on July 1, 2015, while walking along a San Francisco pier arm-in-arm with her father."
Unlike you, sir, the jury followed the evidence, law, and Constitution. There was good reason why they didn't return the conviction you so desperately wanted, Mr. 'President.' Convictions must be based on fact, not a political agenda, sir.
"The basic question the jury had to decide was whether Garcia Zarate intentionally and willfully fired the single shot that killed Kate Steinle. The prosecution said that Garcia Zarate fired a handgun deliberately in Steinle's direction, seeking to harm her or others. The defense argued that the shooting was unintentional, that the defendant found the gun wrapped in a cloth under his seat at the pier and that it accidentally discharged. The defense also offered expert witnesses who testified that the bullet ricocheted off of the ground and traveled about 78 feet before striking Steinle."
The Trump nazi cannot, will not, be confused with the truth. Worse?
"The jury's decision indicates that it was convinced that the shooting was an accident."
Trump does not respect this jury's decision. Why not? Runs counter to his political agenda.
"The gun was stolen four days before the killing from the parked car of a visiting Bureau of Land Management ranger. And even the prosecution agreed that there was no evidence linking Garcia Zarate to that robbery. The defendant had been deported five times. He was scheduled for a sixth deportation in 2015 while he was in federal custody for felony reentry. Instead of deporting him, federal authorities sent him to San Francisco on a 20-year-old drug warrant for a small amount of marijuana."
Why? Accomplish what? Loot taxpayers to prosecute and imprison him on a chicken shit charge? Minimum prison time? What about the felony reentry charge? Apparently, that was not adjudicated. Nor the drug charge. Keystone Kops. Themselves to blame. Apparently, someone sound asleep on the job.
"San Francisco prosecutors dropped the [drug] charge and then the sheriff's department let him go, despite a federal detainer request. Under local sanctuary city rules, local law enforcement won't hold a person beyond the term of their incarceration. In the aftermath of the shooting there was a lot of finger-pointing among local officials. San Francisco still won't honor a federal detainer request unless the detainee has committed a violent or serious felony in the past seven years."
Constitution is remarkably clear. A warrant signed by a judge is required to hold on to a prisoner in such circumstances. Interestingly? Get this:
"The city's sanctuary policies were not mentioned in the trial and there were only brief references to the defendant's immigration status."
Fascinating, isn't it? Alice In Wonderland. -- For good reason, however, the defendant's immigration status was irrelevant to what he had been charged with. Would have unduly influenced, prejudiced the jury against him.
Trump is a moron:
"The killing gained national attention, in part, because Republican presidential nominee Trump seized on it as he criticized Mexican immigrants and promised to build a wall at the border. Several months after Steinle's death, Trump claimed that she had been shot five times. In reality, she was shot only once."
Worse? A congenital liar. Yet, the dopey bastards voted for this scourge. -- Not that pilloried Hillary was any better. Two incredibly poor choices for the highest elective office in the land. Neither, qualified. Both, untenable. Achingly, unqualified. Vastly different reasons.
"In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Trump tried to link Democrat Hillary Clinton to the controversy. "My opponent wants Sanctuary Cities. But where was sanctuary for Kate Steinle?" he asked. Yet in aftermath of his sister's death, Brad Steinle spoke out against then-candidate Trump for "sensationalizing" her death."
This achingly ignorant asshole in the Oval Office continues to embarrass himself, his office, and the country he does not serve. Only himself and the Nazi Right.
"Donald Trump talks about Kate Steinle like he knows her. I've never heard a word from his campaign manager, I've never heard a word from him. It's disconcerting," Brad Steinle told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "I don't want to be affiliated with someone who doesn't have the common courtesy to reach out and ask about Kate, and our political views and what we want," he added."
Why would he? How could he? What narcissistic, racist, fascist, national socialist, nazi could, would? Not possible. Certainly, wasn't for Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.
"Attorney General Jeff Session released a statement saying sanctuary-city policies are dangerous:
"While the State of California sought a murder charge for the man who caused Ms. Steinle's death—a man who would not have been on the streets of San Francisco if the city simply honored an ICE detainer—the people ultimately convicted him of felon in possession of a firearm. The Department of Justice will continue to ensure that all jurisdictions place the safety and security of their communities above the convenience of criminal aliens. I urge the leaders of the nation's communities to reflect on the outcome of this case and consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement officers."
"Federal authorities are studying their options for intervening in the case Garcia Zarate. In a follow-up statement, the Deputy Director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas D. Homan said, "Following the conclusion of this case, ICE will work to take custody of Mr. Garcia Zarate and ultimately remove him from this country."
The Sessions nazi remains achingly ignorant. Local law enforcement is constitutionally obligated to release from custody anyone who is no longer being adjudicated for anything. Can't just hold on to anyone with no probable cause, no warrant, no court action, nothing at all but the whim of the nazis in ICE.
The criminal, abusive, jackbooted bastards in ICE need to get off their ass, more quickly follow up, properly arrest and charge the undocumented who have a history of serious criminal activity. Not simply raise the 'crime' of reentering the country undocumented to the level of a felony.
More importantly? Ferociously pointedly? Instead of bastardizing the Constitution for the sake of expediency. These out of control assholes are pointedly reminded the most efficient state ever devised was Hitler's Third Reich. Is that what these out of control assholes in ICE want here in our formerly great country?
In follow up, NPR reports:
"The Justice Department has filed an amended arrest warrant for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the undocumented Mexican immigrant who was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier two years ago. The warrant says the 45-year-old Garcia Zarate violated the terms of his supervised release by possessing the gun that killed Steinle, in a case that ignited a national debate over so-called sanctuary cities. The original warrant, issued by a federal court in Texas, was filed in July 2015, days after the shooting. After a monthlong trial, a San Francisco jury deliberated for six days before finding Garcia Zarate not guilty of murder and manslaughter. But the panel convicted him of being a felon in possession of a firearm. A sentencing date for that offense has not been scheduled. Garcia Zarate could face the maximum penalty of three years' imprisonment."
This appears to be a massive failure of the system of justice in our formerly great country. An exceptionally convoluted failure:
"Garcia Zarate, a five-time deportee, was originally sentenced in 2011 in Texas to 46 months in prison for felony re-entry to the United States. He was to have served three years of supervised release. But in March 2015, he was sent to San Francisco on a 20-year-old drug warrant. When that charge was dropped, local law enforcement released him despite the existence of a federal detainer request that would have led to his deportation."
Why didn't the government take appropriate action to properly charge him, instead of only issuing a detainer request? Why drag their feet? Have only themselves to blame.
"Now, as a Justice Department official told NPR, "there is an existing federal detainer that requires this defendant to be remanded into the custody of U.S. Marshals Service to be transported to the Western District of Texas pursuant to the arrest warrant." Federal authorities say they are working to get custody of Garcia Zarate and ultimately deport him."
Why wasn't this resolved quite some time ago? Why waste time going after a chicken shit crime instead of simply deporting him again? Especially, since the government did not have a solid case vis vis the Steinle killing. Had he no history of criminal activity other than entering the country undocumented, it's the height of aggressive stupidity to raise illegal entry to a felony, then imprison him for years at taxpayer expense. Most of the undocumented are not here to commit crimes. They're here to do low paid, back breaking jobs Americans don't want.
NBC News reports:
"But for the jury, the high-profile murder case apparently came down to a question of reasonable doubt, according to experts in criminal prosecution. The jurors were evidently not convinced that the defendant, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, acted with intent — a bar prosecutors needed to clear to convict him of the most serious charges. "As controversial and tragic as this case may be, and as political as it has become, my best guess is that this turned out to be a very conventional case in that ... the defense just cast doubt on the prosecution's theory," said Robert Weisberg, a criminal justice professor at Stanford Law School."
There was no way the prosecution could have proven intent under the circumstances:
"My general thought is that if it's fairly clear that he did not mean to shoot her, given that the bullet ricocheted off the pavement, you can't argue the most direct and obvious theory of murder — the intent to kill," said George Fisher, a former Massachusetts assistant attorney general. "It would be difficult under those circumstances to push a jury beyond a question of reasonable doubt," said Fisher, who is currently a professor at Stanford Law School."
"But some observers have questioned why Garcia Zarate was not at least convicted of involuntary manslaughter, a charge that is generally applied to crimes that are unlawful but unintentional. Weisberg, the criminal justice professor, who was not involved in the case, said he was "particularly surprised" that the jury did not convict Garcia Zarate of manslaughter. "It's not improbable to think that the shooting showed a gross kind of negligence," he said. Weisberg said prosecutors may have had trouble reconciling the first- and second-degree murder charges with the involuntary manslaughter charge. "It could be that they were just in a situation where they couldn't make an argument that the shooting was both accidental and intentional," he said."
That's right. Only a shyster could believe both could be true at the same time, then convince a jury of the same. LOL.
"Legal experts who spoke to NBC News dismissed speculation that the jurors, culled from famously liberal San Francisco, might have been trying to send a message to the Trump administration. "Whether you're a liberal or a conservative, everyone was horrified by the shooting of Kate Steinle," said Jim Hammer, a former San Francisco prosecutor. "I don't think liberals are more likely to let a murderer go if they're convinced he's guilty. I think that's nonsense."
That's true. Across the board, Right, Center, Left. Only members of the population not to do so? The criminal element.
"The judge during the trial prohibited discussion of Garcia Zarate's immigration status, including the fact that he was repeatedly deported to Mexico, only to return to the U.S. five times. Instead, the six-man, six-woman jury were told to focus on the events surrounding Steinle's death."
Properly, so. No way should this guy have been convicted of murder simply because he had been repeatedly deported. Had they so convicted on that basis, would have been kangaroo justice. Precisely, what the Trump nazi wanted.
"The jury did not declare him innocent," Hammer said. "They said there are reasonable doubts about his guilt, and that's our system throughout the entire country: Twelve strangers went into the room, and they spent six days deliberating over what they saw. I think people should respect that." "People may be disappointed," Hammer said, "but at the end of the day, this is the rule of law."
This time, the system worked in the sense this guy was not convicted of a crime he did not commit. Extremely important the guilty be convicted only of crimes they did commit, not charges piled on by prosecutors to ensure the accused gets convicted of something, anything. That's called kangaroo justice. In what has become a banana republic.
Trump's support of the white nationalists in Charlottesville reinforced his nazi bona fides. In follow up, consider the following. ABC News reports:
"Law enforcement's response to a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia last summer failed on multiple fronts, leading to "deep distrust of government" in the Charlottesville community, an independent review released Friday found."
Not just there, throughout the rest of the country. Reinforced by Trump's failure to condemn the violence of his supporters, white nationalists who instigated, perpetrated race-based violence. Worse, his outrageously false claim both sides were responsible for this violence. A crock of shit in the mold of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini. Repeat of history.
"Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy's monthslong investigation of the Charlottesville rally found that the city failed by not adequately communicating or coordinating in advance and by removing an officer from an area where a car plowed into counterprotesters and killed a woman. Heaphy's team interviewed 150 people and pored over half a million documents for the report, which found a lack of preparation and coordination between state and city police and a passive response by officers to the chaos."
Far worse than all that was the Trump nazi's attempt to falsely equate behavior of both sides. The fascist bastard in the Oval Office revealed his true colors. Nazi bona fides.
"This represents a failure of one of government's core functions—the protection of fundamental rights," the report said. "Law enforcement also failed to maintain order and protect citizens from harm, injury, and death. Charlottesville preserved neither of those principles on Aug. 12, which has led to deep distrust of government within this community."
Chilling repeat of Hitler's early rallies.
"White nationalists who descended on Charlottesville in part to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee began fighting in the streets with counterdemonstrators before the event even officially began. The brawling went on for nearly an hour in front of officers until the event eventually disbanded. Later, as counterdemonstrators were peacefully marching through a downtown street, a car drove into the crowd, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring many more. The report says "planning and coordination breakdowns" before Aug. 12 led to "disastrous results." "Because of their misalignment and lack of accessible protective gear, officers failed to intervene in physical altercations that took place in areas adjacent to Emancipation Park," the report said."
No reason both sides could not have been kept separated by law enforcement. Why weren't officers prepared, properly equipped? Why stand by, watch the violence, gutlessly do nothing?
"State police directed their officers "to remain behind barricades rather than risk injury responding to conflicts between protesters and counter-protesters," it said. And Charlottesville commanders "similarly instructed their officers not to intervene in all but the most serious physical confrontations."
Goddamned unbelievable. Separation of both sides should have been planned well before the rally. Would have minimized clashes, chance of anyone injured including officers.
"Charlottesville Police Lt. Stephen Upman said officials were reviewing the report and plan to confer with the city manager and City Council "to determine our next steps."
Should have happened well before the day of the event. Legitimate function of law enforcement and city government.
The following? Inexplicable:
"State police and Charlottesville police were unable to communicate by radio the day of the rally because they were on different channels, the report said. The review also found that an officer was initially supposed to be stationed near the intersection where the car plowed into counterprotesters. But the officer asked for relief out of safety concerns and was not replaced."
Both issues no more than egregious lack of preparation, failure of effective supervision. Certainly, not the first time police had to prepare for mass gatherings.
Be interesting to see if heads role. Highly unlikely. Precisely, why nothing changes, improves. Why the same old shit occurs over and over and over again.
The walls are figuratively closing in on Trump and his henchmen. Fox News reports:
"Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of making false statements to the FBI, becoming the latest Trump associate ensnared by Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation."
Amazing anyone, innocent or guilty, talks to the FBI no matter what for two separate, distinct reasons. First, common knowledge lying to them results in prison time. Worse? Second, tell them the truth but not what they want to hear, guess what? The target likely goes to prison as well. ... Although quite lawful for these jackbooted bastards to lie like hell to those they question. Galling double standard. Yet, another mark of a fascist police-state.
Here's precisely why Flynn's cooperation with them presents an exigent legal threat not only to Trump, but his henchmen as well:
"As part of the deal, Flynn has agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation -- and already is supplying information about the actions of top Trump transition officials. Though the individuals are not named, court documents show Flynn claiming a “very senior member” of the Trump transition team directed him to contact foreign governments including Russia over a United Nations vote – which was the subject of one of Flynn's false statements."
Some think that official may indeed be Trump's son-in-law.
"The documents also say Flynn called an unnamed senior transition official in December to ask what to communicate to the Russian ambassador about sanctions. That official and Flynn discussed how they didn’t want Russia to "escalate the situation," something Flynn immediately told the ambassador in a phone call. Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, becomes the first Trump ex-White House official charged in the Russia probe."
Think the following didn't send a chill up the spine of Trump's gutless henchmen?
"In a written statement, Flynn said "it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of 'treason' and other outrageous acts." However, he said, "I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel's Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions."
The Washington Times reports:
"The charge stems from a Jan. 24 interview FBI agents had with Mr. Flynn about his interactions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak — the interview was conducted just four days after President Trump was sworn into office. The special counsel prosecutors said Mr. Flynn lied when he told FBI agents that during a Dec. 29 conversation, he did not ask Mr. Kislyak “to refrain from escalating the situation in response to the sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day.” The filing indicates that Mr. Flynn also said he did not remember Mr. Kislyak later telling him that Russia had chosen a moderate response to the sanctions as a result of his requests. Prosecutors also assert that Mr. Flynn lied when he told investigators that he did not ask Mr. Kislyak to delay the vote on a pending United Nations Security Council resolution."
Readers will recall:
"Mr. Flynn, who rose to the rank of lieutenant general over his 33-year career in the Army, was a close adviser to Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign before becoming his White House national security adviser. But he resigned in February after Vice President Mike Pence said Mr. Flynn misled him about the extent of his contacts with Mr. Kislyak. A Republican operative who has worked with the White House said of the development with Mr. Flynn: “Predictable from day one.”
Exquisite example of Aryan arrogant national socialist abuse of power. Anything goes, -- until it doesn't.
"ABC News reported that Mr. Trump and his legal team learned about Mr. Flynn’s guilty plea Friday morning via news reports. Mr. Flynn’s lawyers had notified the president’s legal team recently that they would not be sharing information any more about Mr. Mueller’s investigation."
Couldn't have come as any surprise, however.
"For Democrats, the Flynn charge and guilty plea confirmed that the Russia probe was closing in on Mr. Trump."
Certainly, obvious to Republicans and Independents as well.
“This time, the president can’t get away with claiming these charges aren’t about his inner circle’s contacts with Russia, and he can’t dismiss Michael Flynn as some low-level aide,” said Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “Democrats will not stand by as Trump’s enablers in Congress betray the American people, undermine our democracy, and endanger our national security,” he said. “It’s time for Republicans to commit to protecting this investigation and preserving the rule of law.”
Perez continues to talk out his ass. Democrats have been out to lunch since November 22, 1963. Egregiously ineffective in combating the rise of fascism in our formerly great country as Republicans have perniciously embraced, implemented the tenets of national socialism the last seven decades.
Irony of ironies? Readers are reminded:
"During the convention, Mr. Flynn had said to the crowd: “Lock her up, that’s right. If I did a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today.”
Jesus Christ. Goddamned hypocrite. Worse? This piece of shit will likely see little to no time in prison. Special Counsel likely 'flipped' Flynn to legally nail others much higher up the food chain.
The Washington Post reports:
"In Flynn, we have someone who not only actually served in the White House, but someone for whom Trump clearly maintained a huge affinity even after being forced to fire him. Trump has reportedly rued the day that Flynn forced himself out by misrepresenting his contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak — contacts that are at the heart of his guilty plea — and even sought leniency for Flynn from then-FBI Director James B. Comey. While Trump has signaled he might go to war with Manafort, he has handled Flynn with kid gloves from Day One. The polar opposite approaches have been striking."
Fascinating, isn't it? Could it be Trump may indeed be afraid of what Flynn might have to say to Mueller?
ABC News reports:
"President Donald Trump's friend Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media, said Special Counsel Robert Mueller "poses an existential threat to the Trump presidency." Ruddy, who spoke as part of a roundtable on ABC News' "This Week" Sunday, said he has talked to the president about the federal probe of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion by Trump associates. "I've spoken to the president quite a bit about it recently," Ruddy said. "He sees this as, you know, something that is going to go away pretty quickly. He says to me, 'Look, there was no collusion.’" Ruddy said that of the two indictments and two plea agreements which Mueller has so far netted in the probe, "none directly relate to collusion." But the media executive and friend of the president noted that the special counsel is moving quickly. Mueller has gotten those two convictions and two plea agreements at "lightning speed," Ruddy said. "At the end of the day, my view is Robert Mueller poses an existential threat to the Trump presidency." He also cast doubt on any notion of the special counsel winding up his probe quickly."
The noose is certainly figuratively tightening around the neck of the Trump regime.
The Washington Post reports:
"President Trump issued a fresh denial Sunday that he asked then-FBI Director James B. Comey to halt an investigation into the conduct of his dismissed national security adviser Michael Flynn. “I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn,” Trump said in a pre-dawn message on Twitter. “Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!”
Comey made his claims under oath. If he in fact perjured himself, think Mueller won't hold him legally accountable?
"Trump fired Flynn 25 days into his administration for misrepresenting the nature of his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador in Washington at the time, to Vice President Pence and other administration officials. Comey has alleged that the day after that, Trump urged him to be lenient with Flynn, producing notes in which he quoted Trump as saying, “I hope you can let this go.”
If true, called obstruction of justice.
"Trump stoked the controversy with one of his Saturday tweets, in which he said part of the rationale for firing Flynn was that he had lied to the FBI. “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI,” Trump wrote in that tweet. But critics pounced Saturday on Trump, arguing that if he knew at the time of his conversation with Comey that Flynn had lied to the FBI and was under investigation, it may constitute an attempt to obstruct that investigation. “Are you ADMITTING you knew Flynn had lied to the FBI when you asked Comey to back off Flynn?” Walter Shaub, the former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, asked in a tweet Saturday afternoon."
Fascinating, isn't it?
"On Sunday, Sen. Mark R. Warner (Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Trump should have taken action against Flynn sooner if he already knew that the then-national security adviser had lied to the FBI. “Well, if he knew that then, why didn't he act on it earlier?” Warner said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It raises a whole series of additional questions.”
Trump would be well-advised to end the tweets, stop digging himself in deeper and deeper. LOL.
"Warner also told CNN that Flynn being charged with only one count of lying to the FBI suggests that there are “many more stories that General Flynn will have to tell about his time during the campaign and during the transition.”
Certainly, points to the strong possibility Mueller has indeed been able to 'flip' Flynn. The former general likely remains quite concerned his son might also be legally culpable for his involvement in all this. To date, has not been indicted. Quite likely, Mueller will use Flynn to go after Trump and his closest associates.
"The Post reported Saturday that Trump attorney John Dowd had drafted the president’s tweet, according to two people familiar with the message. Dowd confirmed that Sunday, saying he had passed along a draft to Dan Scavino, Trump's social media director. Two people close to the administration described the tweet simply as sloppy and unfortunate."
Seem to be making excuses for Trump to limit legal damage done by the tweet. No matter what, the buck indeed stops with the president.
"As Flynn pleaded guilty Friday, he made clear that he is cooperating with Mueller as the latter probes Russian meddling in last year’s election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Flynn’s decision to cooperate with Mueller was widely seen as a sign of increasing legal peril for other White House aides and perhaps Trump himself, as the investigation has expanded beyond potential collusion with Russia to include obstruction of justice and financial crimes."
Pressure, certainly on. Trump doesn't seem to be reacting well, effectively, and/or in his best legal interests:
"In an interview Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said it looked to her that “what we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice.” Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said she saw that in the indictments of Flynn and three other Trump associates, as well as the “hyper-frenetic attitude of the White House: the comments every day, the continual tweets.” “And I see it, most importantly, in what happened with the firing of Director Comey, and it is my belief that that is directly because [Comey] did not agree to lift the cloud of the Russia investigation,” Feinstein said. “That’s obstruction of justice.”
Trump's judgment, highly in question. Repeatedly legally advised vis a vis the tweets to no avail.
Think the following isn't indicative of a president with mental issues?
“After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History!” Trump wrote. “But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.”
Jesus Christ. A delusional narcissist, full of himself.
The people in Trump's inner circle trying to defend him against himself have become increasingly desperate. NBC News reports:
"President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd, revealed Monday a potential legal defense in the ongoing Russia probe, claiming that a president cannot obstruct justice. "The president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under (the Constitution's Article II) and has every right to express his view of any case," Dowd told NBC News Monday. Dowd added that the president's weekend tweet — which many have argued strengthened a potential obstruction of justice case for special counsel Robert Mueller — "did not admit obstruction." "That is an ignorant and arrogant assertion," Dowd said. His comments were first reported by Axios and came two days after Trump tweeted, "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI."
Sadly, day is night, night is day, and shit smells perversely sweet at the highest echelons of power in our formerly great country. Apparently, Dowd doesn't seem to understand this is supposedly a democratic republic, not a fascist police-state dictated by the Trump nazi's wishes, whims, predilections, etc..
"He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!" Trump wrote in his Saturday tweet — his first public comments about his former national security adviser after Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about speaking with Russian officials. The tweet caused an uproar in Washington because it suggested Trump knew Flynn had committed a felony — lying to the FBI. Then-FBI director James Comey said earlier this year that the president told him to go easy on Flynn the day after the firing. Trump has denied telling Comey that. Interfering in the FBI's investigation could be construed as obstructing justice, potentially creating legal jeopardy for Trump, some experts argued."
Certainly, provided Mueller with additional fodder.
"But within a few hours of the Saturday post, Dowd stepped in to say that he wrote the tweet, not the president. Meanwhile, several lawmakers and legal experts immediately weighed in Monday morning to express their disagreement with Dowd's position that the president cannot obstruct justice. "I hope my Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate will take the lead on this issue and also on obstruction of justice. There is a credible case of obstruction of justice against Donald Trump," Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe." "If you take the president's own statement, his tweet that he knew Michael Flynn was lying to the FBI when he fired him, which means that he knew Michael Flynn committed a felony when he asked Comey to stop the investigation of him, and when he fired Comey when he refused to do so, and when he fired Sally Yates and when he called Michael Flynn in April to tell him to stay strong, all of these acts are to impede and obstruct justice," he explained."
What remains so incredibly striking about this is the fact Republicans have remained deafeningly silent. ... Unlike back during the Nixon debacle where they stood tall, on principle. No longer. -- At least, not yet.
Readers are reminded:
"The articles of impeachment against both former Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton included charges of obstruction of justice."
They did. Nixon resigned before being impeached. Clinton was impeached in the House, but not convicted in the Senate. If a sitting president cannot be charged with obstruction, he or she is no more than a dictator in what has become a banana republic.
The recently-passed Senate tax bill is a bonanza for the corporate management suite and top of the food chain. The bill was passed with virtually no debate, no bipartisanship, not even time for Senators to read the legislation. -- The national socialist way. ... Right, Mr. 'President?' CBS News reports:
"Some of the biggest winners in the bill are "pass-through" businesses which pass the income through the owners who don't pay corporate taxes. Instead, they file that income on their individual tax returns, reports CBS News correspondent Julianna Goldman."
Doesn't mean, however, these people are not at the top of the food chain:
"The Senate's tax bill is a boon for oil and gas firms, who would be able to take advantage of the lower tax rates on pass-through businesses. The provision was added by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, whose campaign has received more than a million dollars in contributions from the oil and gas industry in 2013."
The American Way. Line the pockets at the top off the backs of those on the bottom, and in the middle.
"We're going to find some really stinky stuff in here that we didn't know," Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said on "Face the Nation." King said there's a lot he and his colleagues still need to learn."
For two reasons. First, no rigorous bipartisan open hearings, no substantive debate. Second, no time to read the bill before the vote.
"Real estate developers like President Trump and the Trump Organization, would also benefit from the tax cuts for pass-through businesses, according to former Obama tax policy adviser and Center for American Progress senior fellow Seth Hanlon. "He is sort of the poster child here of the type of wealthy business person or wealthy billionaire who's going to get a massive windfall from this tax cut," Hanlon said."
While running for office, didn't this lying f--ker falsely claim to be a populist?
Think there is no special interest pork?
"The Senate tax bill is stuffed with provisions for special interests. Car dealerships would be able to fully deduct interest on loans, thanks to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky. Meanwhile, an amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, allows parents to pay for K-12 private school tuition using tax-free college savings accounts. Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, where big private jet companies are based, reportedly got them exempted from a levy known as a "ticket tax."
Nothing ever truly changes, does it?
"The bill would also open up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, a cause championed by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. She was one of the last GOP holdouts on the tax plan. "This is good for Alaska, but more importantly, it's good for the country," Murkowski said."
Think so? Think the entire country will benefit from lower gas prices? Believe wildlife and the wilderness environment benefit during a drilling boom? Especially, when there's a leak or some other calamity?
"Another amendment spared cruise lines from paying higher taxes. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, said it would help communities and businesses that rely on tourism."
"This is just you know slapdash, sloppy, un-transparent lawmaking, and I frankly have never seen anything like this," Hanlon said."
Republicans were anxious for a legislative win, passage of any major legislation. Long-term consequences? Means squat shit to GOP national socialists. Not that Democrats are any better, -- just out of power. Regardless, have not been worth a crap since November 22, 1963.
"The bill is also notable for what's not in it: a research and development tax credit appears to have been accidentally eliminated. More surprises are expected as lawmakers actually finish reading a bill they've already passed."
Jesus Christ. Nothing ever truly changes. Precisely, why the shit is now hitting the fan. Exactly, why the revolution doomsday clock strikes ever closer to midnight. Hear the rumble? An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.
Once again, the Trump nazi has shown his true colors. NPR reports:
"A bit more than a week ahead of Alabama's special Senate election, President Trump is removing any lingering doubts that he fully backs embattled Republican Roy Moore's campaign.
refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican
Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal
immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment
and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!
"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017"
Clearly, partisanship trumps principle.
"Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama," Trump tweeted Monday morning. "Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet [Doug] Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda."
The agenda is nazism.
"Trump's support for Moore comes despite numerous women who say that Moore pursued relationships and sexual encounters with them when he was in his thirties and they were teenagers. One woman told the Washington Post that she was 14 when Moore initiated sexual contact with her."
Matters not to Trump who has no respect, no regard for women. None at all.
"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and many other Republicans in Washington have said they believe the accusations against Moore and called on him to drop out. Colorado Republican Cory Gardner, who is heading Senate Republicans' 2018 campaign efforts, has said that if Moore wins he should be expelled from the Senate."
What we have here is a candidate egregiously unfit for office. After the Trump nazi endorsed Moore, the Republican National Committee (RNC) quickly capitulated, resumed funding the Moore nazi.
In another article, NPR reports:
"From the U.S. Senate race in Alabama to the tax debate in the U.S. Congress, the role of religion in American politics is once again front and center. In Alabama, Republican candidate Roy Moore is an unabashed Christian nationalist, arguing that the United States was established as a Christian nation, to be governed by Christian principles."
Simply, not true. Not factual. The Founders were of many different faiths, beliefs, and in some cases none at all. Precisely, why they provided the First Amendment which includes freedom of religion as well as freedom from it embodied in the Establishment Clause. The Nazi Right remains clueless, hopelessly ignorant.
"I do believe what the Bible says, and I believe for our country it's historically been true," Moore declared at his most recent campaign rally. "I have vowed, when I go to Washington, D.C., as a United States senator, to take a knowledge of the Constitution and the God upon whom it is founded."
This unabashed fascist presents an exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.
"As an Alabama judge, Moore installed a stone monument to the Ten Commandments in the state judicial building. "The institutions of our society are founded on the belief that there is an authority higher than the authority of the State," he said at the installation, "[and] that there is a moral law which the State is powerless to alter." He subsequently defied a court order to remove the monument, and he told lower courts in Alabama to ignore the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage, because he considered it contrary to the teachings of the Christian Bible."
Rightfully, got the boot off the court twice.
"Many politicians base their votes and actions in large part on their religious beliefs, but Christian nationalists like Moore take that idea a step further. "What they're saying is that our laws and our regulations should be affirmatively guided by these Christian principles, not just that individuals [should be] guided by these beliefs," says religion writer Sarah Posner, author of God's Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters."
Remains a direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is, freedom from religion. The problem isn't politicians being guided by their religious views. The problem is when they force them on the rest of us by statute, regulation, court decree, etc..
"The extent to which there should be an explicit Christian direction in the U.S. government has vigorously been debated in evangelical circles."
A problem. First Amendment demands church-state separation.
"An estimated 80 percent of white evangelicals supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, according to exit polls. What mattered to them was less Trump's Christian faith than their belief that as president he would appoint conservative Supreme Court justices and promote other causes that reflect their values."
A problem. Who the hell are they to force their religious views on the rest of us?
"This elevation of political priorities over character, however, has troubled some evangelical theologians. "Churches should not pretend to be public policy think tanks," says Bruce Ashford, a professor of theology and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, which is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. "They shouldn't try to sway elections from the pulpit. They should preach the Gospel."
That's right. Should be the extent. If not, time to give up tax-exempt status.
"Political activity by Christian ministers and their church congregations is currently under discussion in part because Congress, in its review of tax law, is considering whether to repeal the "Johnson Amendment," named after its original sponsor, then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson. The law, enacted in 1954, says that religious organizations that engage in activities to influence elections can lose their tax exemption. Many evangelical Christian leaders want to see those restrictions lifted."
Outrageously, unconstitutional. Why should other taxpayers, in effect, subsidize proselytizing churches to electioneer. -- Electioneer to install politicians willing to impose their outrageously perverse religious views on others through enactment of laws designed to do precisely that.
The profound hypocrisy of Sen. Mitch "The Bitch" McConnell is apparently bottomless. CBS News reports:
"After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on GOP candidate Roy Moore to drop out of his Alabama Senate race, the Kentucky Republican is now saying that voters will decide Moore's fate. "The people of Alabama are going to decide a week from Tuesday who they want to send to the Senate. It's really up to them. It's been a pretty robust campaign with a lot of people weighing in. The president and I of course supported somebody different earlier in the process. But in the end the voters of Alabama will make their choice," McConnell said in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday."
This, after earlier claiming he believed the women, that the bastard should withdraw.
"As for whether the Senate should look to expel Moore if he wins, McConnell told CBS: "We have two ethics investigations in the Senate going on right now. Senator Franken and Senator Menendez and there might well be another one depending upon people who are in the Senate. And it'll be up to the people of Alabama to make this decision. And we'll swear in whoever's elected and see where we are at that particular point."
This gutless duplicity is precisely why politicians are so despised, distrusted, considered self-serving congenital liars.
"Roy Moore tweeted in response: "The people of Alabama have rejected you twice Mitch, on December 12th they will do it again"
In follow up to an earlier edition here and elsewhere, Fox News reports:
"A Texas Republican congressman said Thursday he will not seek re-election to Congress after a nude photo and lewd text messages between him and multiple women surfaced. "I am announcing today that I will not seek reelection in 2018,” Rep. Joe Barton said in a Thursday statement. “To the people of the 6th District, thank you for your support and friendship."
How about that?
"Before the messages were made public, Barton had said he planned to run for an 18th term to the House. But this week, another woman released online messages allegedly showing Barton steering the conversation toward sexual themes. Kelly Canon, a Tea Party organizer in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, released a series of Facebook Messenger conversations with Barton from 2012 in which he asked things like if she was wearing panties. First reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday, the revelation comes a week after Barton apologized for a nude photo of him that circulated on social media."
Doesn't your heart bleed? Stunning hypocrisy.
"Canon later told The Associated Press that she and Barton exchanged online messages from around 2011 to 2015. They included Barton asking after midnight in June 2012 whether Canon was "wearing a tank top only ... and no panties." The congressman was married at the time to his second wife but is now twice divorced."
Jesus Christ. Don't you love it?
"Barton told The Dallas Morning News on Thursday that people “lost faith” in him over the situation."
You think? It's the hypocrisy, stupid.
"There are enough people who lost faith in me that it’s time to step aside and let there be a new voice for the 6th district in Washington, so I am not going to run for re-election," Barton said."
Once again, the United States Supreme Court demonstrated its true colors, national socialist ideology and bias. CBS/AP reports:
"The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. The justices say in an order Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts. The ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen."
Raw nazism, ala Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy.
The Trump nazi has once again taken a hard dump on the environment. Surprised? NPR reports:
"On a visit to Utah on Monday, President Trump announced his proclamations dramatically shrinking the size of the state's two massive national monuments, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. Taken together, Trump's orders mark the largest reversal of national monument protections in U.S. history.
"The Bears Ears National Monument will go from roughly 1.3 million acres to just 220,000 — only about 15 percent of its original size. And Grand Staircase will be diminished by roughly half, from its nearly 1.9 million acres to about 1 million. The specific numbers were provided to reporters by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke prior to Trump's announcement in Salt Lake City."
Not clear he has the authority to do so. Will be sued without question.
"Depending on which side you're on, Monday's announcement is either about an overreaching federal government that prevented development on large amounts of federal land with little local support, or it's the latest example of the U.S. government breaking promises with Native Americans. Many tribal leaders and activists began convening in Salt Lake City over the weekend to protest the president's decision. At a rally Saturday, Ethel Branch, attorney general of the Navajo Nation, predicted the president wouldn't even set foot on or see the land in question. "I want him to visit Bears Ears before he takes any action," Branch told a cheering crowd at a rally outside the Utah Capitol. That's unlikely, with the monument more than a five-hour drive from Salt Lake, and with the president's tight visit also including a trip to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Welfare Square."
Why would he? Forget? The nazi knows best. Can't, won't be confused with reality or the truth.
"Bears Ears is considered some of the most culturally significant land in the American Southwest. Its famous Red Rock Canyon country is dense with ancient artifacts, cliff dwellings and sacred burial grounds. Just a couple of years ago, some of the land was proposed for additional federal protections, but a bill backed by Utah's House Republicans stalled in Congress. Then, last year, the Obama administration held meetings in the region before declaring it a national monument in late December under the 1906 Antiquities Act."
Readers are reminded our undocumented forebears came to this continent, stole this land from Native Americans, broke every goddamned treaty.
"Several environmental groups and tribes have already announced they plan to sue following Trump's announcement Monday."
Excellent. Go for it.
Here's the price of such 'progress.' In another article several weeks ago, NPR reports:
"Helen Nez had 10 children. Now she only has three. Seven of her children died of a disorder called Navajo neuropathy, which is linked to uranium contamination. "Many people died and some have liver disease, kidney disease and some suffer from cancer as a result," Nez said through a translator. When she was pregnant, Nez and her children drank from a spring, located on Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona, with uranium levels at least five times greater than safe drinking water standards, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology in 2015. Four of her children died as toddlers. Three died in early adulthood. Their stomachs became bloated, and their eyes turned a cloudy gray. The three remaining children, now adults, have health problems. "It is worrisome and troublesome, and you hope that something will be done," Nez said."
Don't hold your breath.
"In a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, more than 1 in 4 Native Americans say the quality of their drinking water is worse than in other places. From 1944 to 1986, mining companies blasted 30 million tons of uranium out of Navajo land. When the U.S. Energy Department had stockpiled enough for the Cold War, the companies left, abandoning 521 mines. Since then, many Navajo have died of conditions linked to contamination."
No problem with this?
"People on the outside world say, 'What's wrong with you? Get out of there. Move!' " said Chris Shuey, the director of uranium impact assessment at Southwest Research and Information Center. "That's not economically or culturally feasible. People have been captive to these exposures now for three generations." Shuey, an environmental health scientist, has been studying the impacts of uranium mining on the Navajo people for almost four decades. He points out that Navajos are connected by tradition to the land. When a Navajo baby is born, the umbilical cord is buried in the ground, tying them to that place forever. The community and many others like it want to know why it's taking the federal government so long to clean up the abandoned mines."
What do you think?
The Aryan arrogance of the Trump regime is second to none in recent history. CBS News reports:
"At a Justice Department news conference Wednesday, CBS News legal correspondent Paula Reid was repeatedly cut off by a DOJ spokesperson as she attempted to ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the Civil Rights division's investigations into systemic discrimination. As the Justice Department considers whether to bring a lawsuit against Harvard University for discriminating against Asian-American students, Reid asked Sessions why this is a priority for his Justice Department -- at a time when the Civil Rights division is halting most other discrimination investigations. It was a question his spokesperson advised the attorney general not to answer. He complied and offered no response."
Fascinating, isn't it?
"Reid was reprimanded by the spokesperson for asking a question that was not on the topic of the news conference, which was on anti-opioid law enforcement initiatives. She pointed out that Sessions had already fielded off-topic questions from another reporter on Roy Moore and the Alabama Senate race and on sanctuary cities."
Selective enforcement of civil rights law, apparently. Executed by the racist Sessions nazi on behalf of his fuhrer, the Trump nazi.
Amazing how gutlessly ineffective world leaders remain standing up to abusive power. This problem certainly extends to the religious community. We see it right here in the United States. Continued support of great evil in the Oval Office. We see it overseas vis a vis the papacy. The Pope is a Jesuit, -- Society of Jesus.
Jesuits are the intellectuals of the church. Takes 15 years for a Jesuit to be ordained a priest. These men are soldiers for Christ. Their order was founded by St. Ignatius Loyola, a soldier. Stand tall. Principled. Courageous. Never back down from evil. Don't own the clothes on their back. Take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. All the above, certainly true back in the day this writer was a product of Jesuit education.
Precisely, why the following is so out of character for a Pope who is a Jesuit. CBS News reports:
"Francis, a tireless and fearless advocate for refugees, outcasts and society's most marginal, had drawn criticism from human rights organizations and Rohingya themselves for having failed to speak out publicly about the Rohingya's plight while he was in Myanmar."
That failure is stunning. Especially, since the Church still suffers the consequences of the failure of the papacy to speak out forcefully during the era of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy.
"Francis had remained silent out of diplomatic deference to his hosts, who consider the Rohingya as having illegally migrated from Bangladesh and don't recognize them as one of Myanmar's ethnic groups. More than 620,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar and poured into Bangladesh refugee camps over the last few months amid a scorched earth campaign by Myanmar's military."
All the more reason the Pope should have forcefully spoken out while in Myanmar. Should have been backed up by other world leaders. The papacy was gutlessly silent when fascism ruled in Italy and Germany. Six million Jews were exterminated. Twenty million Russians lost their lives. Millions of others in Europe died during the war. To say nothing of all Allied troops who were killed in combat fighting these bastards. Silence in the presence of great evil is gutless. Encourages great evil, worse, supports it.
"The Vatican defended Francis' silence in Myanmar, saying he wanted to "build bridges" with the predominantly Buddhist nation, which only recently established diplomatic relations with the Holy See. Spokesman Greg Burke said Francis took seriously the advice given to him by the local Catholic Church, which urged him to toe a cautious line and not even refer to the Rohingya by name. And he denied the pope would lose his moral authority as a refugee advocate for his silence, saying his public diplomacy didn't negate what he had said previously or what he was saying to Myanmar officials in private."
Not good enough. Remains remarkably similar to excuses made for the papacy both before, during, and after the Second World War.
"Rohingya have faced persecution and discrimination in Myanmar for decades and are denied citizenship, even though many families have lived there for generations. Their plight worsened dramatically in August, when the army began what it called clearance operations in Rakhine state following attacks on security positions by a group of Rohingya militants."
Precisely, why silence is not golden. Never justified in the presence of evil.
"Rohingya who are living in camps in Bangladesh have described indiscriminate attacks by Myanmar security forces and Buddhist mobs, including killings, rapes and the torching of entire villages. Hamid, the Bangladesh president, accused Myanmar's military of having committed "ruthless atrocities" against the Rohingya, whom he referred to by name, and, in his speech to Francis, demanded international help to return them safely to Myanmar. "Our people welcomed them with open arms, sharing food, shelter and other basic needs," he said. "Now, it is our shared responsibility to ensure for them a safe, sustainable and dignified return to their own home and integration with the social, economic and political life of Myanmar."
That's right. Responsibility of the entire world community to stand up.
"The country's leading English-language newspaper, The Daily Star, said in an editorial it felt "slightly let down" that the pope didn't mention the Rohingya crisis specifically while in Myanmar."
Sounds like they're desperately trying to be polite, doesn't it?
"Pope Francis met with a group of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh on Friday, offering them blessings and hearing their stories — and specifically mentioning the Muslim minority by name, something he avoided doing during his visit to Myanmar, where Rohingya have faced persecution. "The presence of God today is also called 'Rohingya,'" the pope said, at the end of an interfaith meeting that was held in the garden of the archbishop's residence in Dhaka, Bangladesh."
Precisely, what needed to be said during his visit to Myanmar.
"The refugees had traveled from the city of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, where more than 620,000 people have sought refuge amid a violent military crackdown against the Rohingya in Myanmar's Rakhine state that began in late summer. In speaking to them, the pope asked for their forgiveness on behalf of those who have wronged them and those who have ignored them."
Better late than never.
"Pope Francis was visibly moved as he met the refugees who fled a military crackdown in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh," NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports from Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she's been traveling with the pope."
-- Great evil the world community, with rare exception, seems so willing to ignore.
"The pope grasped the hands of the 12 men, two women and two young girls and listened intently to their stories," Sylvia says. "The pope told them, 'Dear brothers and sisters, we are close to you. And on behalf of all those who have harmed you and of the indifference of the world,' the pope added, 'I ask forgiveness. Let us not close our hearts and look away.' "
Stunning, isn't it? Imagine the power, impact this would have conveyed had it occurred during his visit to Myanmar.
"Buddhist-majority Myanmar does not recognize the Rohingya as citizens," as the Two-Way reported earlier this week. Francis had been warned that mentioning the Rohingya by name while in Myanmar could lead to reprisals."
This thinking empowers great evil. Failure to promptly confront great evil alwaysresults in much greater long-term cost, loss of life.
"Myanmar and Bangladesh recently agreed on a deal to repatriate refugees who have fled across the border, but Myanmar says that the terms cover only those Rohingya who have official papers — a tall hurdle for people who aren't considered to be citizens."
An evil Catch-22 requiring the world community to find its voice, place enormous economic and political pressure on the military bastards in Myanmar responsible for all this.
The following is precisely why you should be using Tor as browser, -- one of many reasons. CBS News reports:
"A federal lawsuit earlier filed this week accuses Casper, the direct-to-consumer mattress startup, and a software company named NaviStone of illegally collecting information from visitors to the Casper website in an attempt to learn their identities. The 21-page suit, which is seeking class-action status, alleges that New York City resident Brady Cohen visited the Casper website several times over the past six months while he was shopping for a new mattress. He didn't know the company, which has disrupted a $14 billion mattress industry, was using NaviStone's technology to learn his personally identifiable information (PII), such as his name and postal address, without his consent. Cohen wound up not buying a Casper mattress."
Here is how it was apparently done:
"According to the court filing, Casper is able to observe the keystrokes, mouse clicks and other electronic communications and get detailed information on visitors' habits, thanks to secret NaviStone code embedded in its site, which functions as an illegal wiretap. The Nov. 28 filing says: "...when connecting to a website that runs this remote code from NaviStone, a visitor's IP address and other PII is sent to NaviStone in real-time. This real-time interception and transmission of visitors' electronic communications begins as soon as the visitor loads casper.com into their web browser." The filing added that "The intercepted communications include, among other things, information typed on forms located on casper.com, regardless of whether the user completes the form or clicks 'Submit.'"
Use Tor. It's free. Originally, developed by the U.S. Navy, now updated and improved continually by the Tor community. Your data is encrypted from your computer through your ISP and on to three different relays all over the globe before it is unencrypted, then goes on to and reaches its ultimate destination, making it difficult to track. Your IP address can appear to be anywhere in the world. You can change it every time you access a new URL. -- Don't commit crimes. ... You will ultimately get caught. Takes an enormous amount of effort and resources, but you will get caught.
--Some websites are blocking Tor because they want to track, sell your data. If blocked, run Tor through a free Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Also, along the lines of privacy, consider the following. NBC News reports:
"It sounds like such a fun holiday gift idea: a DNA test that can tell your sister-in-law whether she really has Native American ancestors, or one that promises to craft your friend a perfect diet based on his genes. Home DNA tests are likely a big seller for the next few weeks, but privacy experts say consumers should be cautious, and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said this past weekend that he was asking the Federal Trade Commission to "take a serious look at this relatively new kind of service and ensure that these companies can have clear, fair privacy policies."
Here's precisely why this is so important:
"The problem is that when you send away a tube of your spit or a cheek swab, you are giving away your full genetic code. Every cell on that cheek swab carries the full sequence of your DNA, including the mutation pattern that makes it uniquely yours. “It’s the most valuable thing you own,” says Peter Pitts of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, a nonprofit advocacy group. Legitimate genetic testing companies promise not to sell or give this data away without consent."
That assurance can mean little to nothing:
"But usually, a broad consent is part of the initial contract a consumer makes with a company when he or she submits the test for analysis. “Obviously, there is a lot of fine print,” said Mary Freivogel, president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. “Any time you do anything and you have a big, long agreement in front of you, I think so many of us are accustomed to just clicking ‘agree’.” Even if you do read the whole agreement, which can go on for pages, you may not understand what you’re giving the company permission to do, said Hank Greely, director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford School of Medicine."
That's the problem.
“That analysis shows things about your health that the company never told you because that is not the business they are in,” he said. “They are in the genealogy business.” So here’s some potentially devastating information about your health and it’s in someone else’s hands, Greely said. “For a non-trivial percentage of us, there really are scary things in our genomes,” he said. That information may or may not be useful to someone else. “Maybe you’re doing it for fun or for laughs or for conversation at the holiday table but at the end of the day you may have a good time but the company now can sell that information 100 different ways,” said Pitts. “You don’t want that information displayed to other people,” he added. “Ultimately you don’t want an employer to have access to your information.”
Think it can't, or wouldn't be used against you?
"A 2008 law called the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act forbids discrimination based on genetic information and that would include firing someone because they have a gene that predisposes to an expensive disease. But it would also be hard to prove an employer did that, said Pitts. Right now, it’s hard to identify anyone based strictly on their DNA sequence. But as people enter more and more information into databases, it could become easier. 23andme has an extensive questionnaire about health, lifestyle habits and preferences and while it allows customers to skip any questions they choose to, they can be contributing a lot of personal detail with their DNA sample."
Think that couldn't, or wouldn't be used against you?
"In 2013, a team at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research said they figured out the identities of 50 people from DNA donated anonymously for scientific study using easily available internet databases. That’s why companies do their best to strip away personal information from the genetic codes, but anyone who has been the victim of credit card fraud or identity theft know that anonymizing data is far from foolproof. “You cannot promise people absolute confidentiality,” Greely said. “The other side of it is that it’s possible that somebody will hack into a company database that does contain your information. My financial information has been hacked three times in two years. All that stuff is out there.”
A few additional things to think about:
"People may not want to help out a company trying to make a profit off their DNA, and may not associate “scientific research” with enriching a corporate bottom line. And people may think they are ready to get some interesting news about their disease risks, until they actually get it. “It has emotional consequences that go along with it, and family dynamic consequences,” said Freivogel. “If you have a positive result, you may need to share that with your five sisters. And are you prepared to do that?”
Installed apps on your computer or cellphone can be quite a security problem. Consider the following. CBS News reports:
"Personal data belonging to over 31 million customers of a popular virtual keyboard app has leaked online, after the app's developer failed to secure the database's server. The server is owned by Eitan Fitusi, co-founder of AI.type, a customizable and personalizable on-screen keyboard, which boasts more than 40 million users across the world. But the server wasn't protected with a password, allowing anyone to access the company's database of user records, totaling more than 577 gigabytes of sensitive data. The database appears to only contain records on the app's Android users."
Here's the problem, what you place at risk:
"A large portion of the records also included the user's phone number and the name of their cell phone provider, and in some cases their IP address and name of their internet provider if connected to Wi-Fi. Many records contain specific details of a user's public Google profile, including email addresses, dates of birth, genders, and profile photos. We also found several tables of contact data uploaded from a user's phone. One table listed 10.7 million email addresses, while another contained 374.6 million phone numbers. It's not clear for what reason the app uploaded email addresses and phone numbers of contacts on users' phones. Several tables contained lists of each app installed on a user's device, such as banking apps and dating apps."
Trump has lost his mind. Followed through with his achingly insane campaign pledge to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Stupidly ensures continuation of endless violence in the region. Equally to the point? The United States has never been an honest broker in the region. Has always favored the Israeli aggressor. Trump's latest action is proof positive.
"As President Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, other countries wasted little time in condemning the move on Wednesday. Citing fears that it will inflame tensions and undermine the peace process with Palestinians, who also claim the city as their capital, many in the international community also warned the White House against its stated intention of eventually relocating the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the hotly disputed city. "It incites feelings of anger among all Muslims and threatens world peace," Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque, told Reuters. "The gates of hell will be opened in the West before the East."
Think terror won't be the response?
"Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the Palestinian Islamist militant group Hamas, a frequent rival of Abbas' Fatah movement, told Al-Jazeera, "This decision is a calculated gamble that will know no limit to the Palestinian, Arab and Muslim reaction. "We call on stopping this decision fully because this will usher in the beginning of a time of terrible transformations," he added, "not just on the Palestinian level but on the region as a whole. This decision means the official announcement of the end of the peace process."
What's to negotiate? The boot heel of the Israeli aggressor has been on the throat of Palestinians for decades. Supported by the United States. Think this move by the Trump nazi won't further enflame matters?
"Other Palestinians echoed the angry replies of their political leaders. "This is a conspiracy that is denying us our rights, the first of which is to return. They think we are a branch of thorns that they can step on and break," said one social worker at a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. "But we are a bomb," she told Reuters. "If they step on it, it explodes."
Think they don't mean it? When there is an uprising, the Israelis massively kill civilians in highly-populated areas using American-supplied weaponry in direct violation of U.S. export law that requires such weaponry be used only for defensive purposes.
Yet, such uprisings continue despite the cost in lost lives. Palestinians are fighting for their freedom just as our forebears did here in the United States. Think that won't continue despite the Israeli boot heel? Think the Israelis won't eventually by isolated by the world community?
"Jordan, for its part, issued a statement through a government spokesman Wednesday rejecting Trump's decision outright as "legally invalid." The spokesman cited a 1980 United Nations Security Council resolution, which declared that any Israeli actions that "have altered or purport to alter the character and status" of Jerusalem constitute "a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East." "Jordan stresses the need for the United States to play its role as a neutral intermediary to resolve the conflict and achieve peace on the basis of the two-state solution, which the world has agreed is the only way to resolve the conflict and achieve lasting peace," the Jordanian spokesman said. He added that Jordan would be calling an emergency meeting of the Arab league in Cairo on Saturday."
Turkey is not a happy camper:
"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used even stronger language in a televised speech Monday, anticipating the move. He called it a "red line" for Muslims — and called out Trump by name. If the U.S. proceeds with its plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Erdogan said, "we could go as far as cutting diplomatic ties with Israel."
Nor is Lebanon:
"Reuters reports that the headline in a newspaper Lebanon, another Israeli neighbor, also called out Trump by name in a simple, straightforward statement: "No offense Mr. President, Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine."
Nor is Saudi Arabia:
"Since Trump entered office, Saudi Arabia has become an increasingly close ally of the U.S. in the region — but that did not prevent the kingdom from expressing its own objections to the move this week. "Any announcement prior to a final settlement would have a detrimental impact on the peace process and would heighten tensions in the region," the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Prince Khalid bin Salman, said in a statement to CNN."
Initial reaction to Trump's action has been quite negative throughout most of the world community. Much more to come as this story develops.
Highly reminiscent of Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider the following. It's appalling. Runs against the grain of everything our formerly great country once stood for. No longer.
Truly frightening how our lunatic national socialist president, fascist Texas governor, nazi U.S. senator determinedly talk out the ass, distort reality, outright lie for the sake of political expediency. These fascist bastards have no honor. Wouldn't know truth if it figuratively bit them hard on the ass.
The only thing known for sure at the moment is one Border Patrol officer is dead, another severely injured. The circumstances remain unknown. Didn't stop the above three nazis from lying out the ass regarding the incident. Forget? Truth remains a moving target in Nazi America.
"Details remain scant in what the FBI describes as a "tragic incident" that left one Border Patrol agent dead and another in serious condition. The FBI said both men were found injured late Saturday in a culvert area -- a tunnel structure used for water drainage -- in southwest Texas. Rogelio Martinez, 36, died from his injuries at a hospital Sunday morning. His partner, who hasn't been identified, remains hospitalized in serious condition. The two Border Patrol agents suffered traumatic head injuries and other wounds such as broken bones, according to the FBI, which is leading the investigation. The results of Martinez's autopsy are pending."
The surviving officer has no memory of what happened.
"Although there hasn't been an explanation of what happened, Texas politicians -- including Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz -- have described the incident as an "attack." Chris Cabrera, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, described the incident as an "ambush." And President Donald Trump said the injured agent had been "brutally beaten" as he called again for the construction of a wall between the US and Mexico."
Take the time to read the last paragraph a second time. What the above officials claimed is simply not true. No more than blatant fabrication. No evidence at the moment the claims of these goddamned nazis are true. Think not? Wake up:
"But in Culberson County, where the two officers were injured, the local sheriff painted a different picture, suggesting to the Dallas Morning News that investigators are considering the possibility that the agents fell into the culvert in a nighttime accident. "The evidence is not obvious as to what happened out there," Sheriff Oscar Carrillo told the paper. Martinez and his partner had been on patrol near Interstate 10 in the Big Bend Sector, which runs along the US-Mexico border, when they responded to activity, US Customs and Border Protection said. CBP officials would not say what type of activity. After they responded, Martinez's partner reported that they were both injured and needed help, according to CBP. They were found about 12 miles east of the town of Van Horn at 11:20 p.m. Saturday, according to the FBI. A Customs and Border Protection spokesman said Martinez had not been shot."
Clearly, truth means nothing to the Trump nazi. Manufactures his own. To suit his political agenda:
"Law enforcement has not explained the exact cause of the injuries, and the FBI is investigating the case. Even so, President Donald Trump cited the incident as a reason why the US needs to build a wall along the border with Mexico. "As you heard, we lost a Border Patrol officer just yesterday and another one was brutally beaten and badly, badly hurt," Trump said Monday. "It looks like he'll make it, but very badly hurt." On Sunday, Trumped had tweeted, "We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall."
"Border Patrol Officer
killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will seek out and bring
to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017"
The president is talking out his ass. A congenital liar. No one yet knows what happened to these two officers. Worse? A union spokesman is also talking out the ass with no facts to back up his claims:
"Cabrera, the union spokesman, said that Martinez was the first to arrive at the site of the reported activity. His partner arrived minutes later to find Martinez unconscious -- apparently after being struck multiple times, possibly with a rock, according to Cabrera. Responding agents found both officers incapacitated. "It was a brutal attack," said Cabrera, speculating. "This was something well thought out and planned. They executed their plan." Cabrera said the surviving Border Patrol agent is having trouble remembering the incident."
Jesus Christ. These guys are supposed to be officers, investigators, sworn to tell the truth, not talk out the ass, blatantly lie.
"On Monday, Abbott's office announced a reward of up to $20,000 through Texas Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed Martinez and wounded his partner. He tweeted: "I'm offering a reward to help solve this murder of a Border Patrol Agent in Texas. Help us catch this killer."
There is no evidence at this time this officer was murdered. None at all. The Governor is talking out his nazi ass.
"Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said the attack was "a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them."
The Senator is also talking out his ass. There is no evidence at this point this was an attack. Like our nazi governor, nazi president, the Senator clearly has an agenda.
ABC News reports:
"The FBI is investigating the injuries that left one Border Patrol agent dead and another severely injured as a "potential assault," officials said. The agents had been discovered at the bottom of a ravine in Texas after they had responded to a sensor triggered in the area, law enforcement sources told ABC News. On Monday, authorities were open to the possibility that the two agents had inadvertently slipped into the ravine because of a lack of concrete evidence, the sources said. During a press conference on Tuesday, the FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Emerson Buie, Jr. said it was investigating the case as a "potential assault on federal officers" and appealed to the public to call in with any tips. President Donald Trump said Monday that the agents had been "brutally attacked." When asked if Trump was correct in the description, Buie said that he had not briefed the president on the case. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also referred to the injuries the agents sustained as an "attack."
Politicians clearly have no honor. Remain incapable of telling the truth. Are achingly adept at distortion of reality. Bending truth to suit political expediency. Both parties do this. Since we now have a congenital liar in the Oval Office, Republicans now bear the brunt.
Highly reminiscent of Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider the following. It's appalling. Runs against the grain of everything our formerly great country once stood for. No longer.
When a congressman is involved in a sex scandal hard to know who the hell is ultimately at fault. Especially, since the achingly hypocritical nazi son of a bitch knew better. The Washington Post reports:
"Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), who apologized Wednesday for a lewd photo of him that circulated on the Internet, told a woman to whom he had sent sexually explicit photos, videos and messages that he would report her to the Capitol Police because she could expose his behavior, according to a recording reviewed by The Washington Post."
Pathetic. Achingly, gutless. Think this sniveling coward fit for office?
"The woman spoke to The Post after the lewd photo was published Tuesday by an anonymous Twitter account. She shared a secretly recorded phone conversation she had with Barton in 2015 in which he warned her against using the explicit materials “in a way that would negatively affect my career.”
Got caught with your hand in the cookie jar, Congressman? Tough shit. Had it been a Democrat, Independent, anyone other than a Republican religious nazi, you would have long since called for his resignation. Hypocrisy? Reeks.
"The woman described encounters and contact spanning a five-year period that began online after she posted a message on Barton’s Facebook page in 2011, leading to the sexually explicit exchanges and ultimately a pair of physical sexual encounters in Washington and Texas. Over time, she said, she became aware of and corresponded with multiple other women who engaged in relationships with Barton, who represents a suburban Dallas district and is one of the most senior Republicans in the House."
Who'd 'a 'thunk' it? Sure you want to go down this road, Joe, especially since multiple women are involved?
"The woman, who is not married, spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect her privacy."
Why? Should have let it rip, especially, if you, not the Congressman, is the aggrieved party. Let the shit hit the fan.
"In the 2015 phone call, Barton confronted the woman over her communications with the other women, including her decision to share explicit materials he had sent. In that context, he mentioned the Capitol Police, a comment the woman interpreted as an attempt to intimidate her."
The Congressman clearly thinks with the head of his dick, not the brain supposedly in his head. If he was separated from his wife, no coercion involved, who cares? Certainly, not his constituents. Forget? They voted for the Trump nazi, didn't they? Quite a few women stepped forward during the Trump campaign. His idiot supporters still voted for the nazi.
“I want your word that this ends,” he said, according to the recording, adding: “I will be completely straight with you. I am ready if I have to, I don’t want to, but I should take all this crap to the Capitol Hill Police and have them launch an investigation. And if I do that, that hurts me potentially big time.”
How, Congressman? How? You're a hypocritical, goddamned sniveling coward, sir. Unfit for office.
“Why would you even say that to me?” the woman responded. “The Capitol Hill police? And what would you tell them, sir?” Said Barton: “I would tell them that I had a three-year undercover relationship with you over the Internet that was heavily sexual and that I had met you twice while married and had sex with you on two different occasions and that I exchanged inappropriate photographs and videos with you that I wouldn’t like to be seen made public, that you still apparently had all of those and were in position to use them in a way that would negatively affect my career. That’s the truth.”
The truth, sir, is you're an idiot, gutless coward. Too stupid to know she was recording the conversation? Didn't suspect? That stupid? How are you fit to make command decisions as congressman?
Coup de grace? Get this:
"In a statement late Wednesday, Barton said a transcript of the recording provided by The Post may be “evidence” of a “potential crime against me.”
Pitiful. This guy is hopelessly stupid. For that reason alone, unfit for office.
"He said that he received word Wednesday that the Capitol Police are opening an inquiry. While there is no federal law prohibiting the disclosure of intimate photos of adults without consent, the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday reported that the Twitter photo of Barton could violate a 2015 Texas law banning so-called “revenge porn,” which is the portrayal of another person’s intimate body parts and distributing the images without consent."
May not be so easy to prove even if true. Not clear who posted it. If, in fact, she shared it with other women, who may have wound up posting it without her permission. This is a new law. Be interesting to see if this matter is indeed prosecuted, how it is adjudicated.
“This woman admitted that we had a consensual relationship,” Barton said. “When I ended that relationship, she threatened to publicly share my private photographs and intimate correspondence in retaliation. As the transcript reflects, I offered to take the matter to the Capitol Hill Police to open an investigation. Today, the Capitol Police reached out to me and offered to launch an investigation and I have accepted. Because of the pending investigation, we will have no further comment.”
Barton clearly has no clue how poorly this disclosure makes him appear. If he's not returned to office, it won't be due to the consensual sex or the nude photo. It's how he gutlessly handled the fiasco.
"The woman said she never had any intention to use the materials to retaliate against Barton."
A prosecutor would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt she did.
"Earlier Wednesday, Barton acknowledged “sexual relationships with other mature adult women” that he said took place while he was “separated from my second wife, before the divorce.” “Each was consensual,” he said in a statement. “Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.”
With a number of women involved by your own admission, sure you wish to go down this road, Congressman? Think they won't join forces, share damaging information between legal counsel, give you quite a run for your money, -- so to speak? No matter what, you lose.
Own up to the indiscretions. Tell anyone who has a problem with it go f--k themselves. Bill Clinton certainly got away with all the bullshit, all the dalliances. Even his wife put up with it. To secure the presidency for herself, an achievement she never attained. Still living with the son of a bitch. Deserve one another. LOL.
"A member of the Freedom Caucus, Barton regularly receives top scores from socially conservative groups such as the Family Research Council that analyze members’ stances on positions such as abortion and gay rights. But he is not known as an outspoken culture warrior. In 1998, amid the scandal over President Bill Clinton’s affair with a White House intern, Barton was quoted in the Los Angeles Times saying, “I personally don’t care a fig about what he does in his bedroom with his wife or any other sexual partners he may have, but I do care if he lies under oath.”
Precisely, why Barton's abject fear of this woman seems so out of place. Incomprehensible.
"Barton was still married to his second wife when his relationship with the woman began. His wife filed for divorce in April 2014, according to court records; the divorce was made final in February 2015. A spokeswoman for Barton did not respond to a question about when his separation began."
Not surprising, is it?
"Besides the recording of the phone call, the woman shared text and social media messages she exchanged with Barton, as well as a 53-second cellphone video Barton recorded of himself while masturbating. The conspiracy theory website Infowars obtained a copy of the video and published it Wednesday night, though the video appeared to have been removed from the site later."
Fascinating, isn't it?
"The lewd Twitter photo that Barton acknowledged on Wednesday appears to have been captured from that video. The woman said she did not post the image herself. She shared phone numbers for Barton that match his personal and government-issued cellphones. Barton was not abusive or coercive in his interactions, the woman said, but said she felt he was “manipulative and dishonest and misleading” in his dealings with her and other women."
Precisely, why this may indeed be a difficult case to prosecute as revenge porn.
“It’s not normal for a member of Congress who runs on a GOP platform of family values and conservatism to be scouring the Internet looking for a new sexual liaison,” she said, explaining her motive for coming forward."
Comes as no surprise, does it? Religious nazis always seem to say one thing, do another.
Their relationship, however seems to have been quite involved, achingly convoluted:
"The woman said Barton first reached out to her in 2011 after she posted a comment about politics on his Facebook page. As the two struck up a friendship, they would exchange messages for hours, including when he was on the House floor or in committee meetings, she said. Soon, Barton began flirting, making suggestive comments and sending explicit messages, she said. She described feeling uncomfortable with his advances at first. “He says to me, ‘Do you want me to send you a picture of myself?’ I said, ‘Oh no, no. Please do not do that.’ It kind of started there,” she said."
The Congressman's head was clearly securely lodged up his ass. What did he expect?
"In the spring of 2012, the woman flew to Washington, where he gave her a tour of the Capitol building, she said. The two slept together during that visit, and he reimbursed her in cash for her flight, she said."
Fascinating, isn't it?
"In 2014, she visited him in Texas, where the two slept together for the second and final time, she said. He again paid for her travel, she said. “I was in it for the politics connection,” the woman said of their relationship.“I was kind of unwittingly drawn into it with him because of just the amazement of having a connection to a congressman,” she said."
A 'roadie.' Pitiful.
The quotes are courtesy of two exceptionally gifted, insightful writers, Mike DeBonis and Elise Viebeck.
CBS News reports:
"Rep. Joe Barton said he has accepted a Capitol Police offer to launch an investigation, after a nude image of him emerged online Wednesday."
Doesn't your heart bleed for this son of a bitch? Barton, like most Republicans, believes he can dictate to a woman what she can and cannot do with her uterus. Like his cohorts, thinks a woman should avoid an unwanted pregnancy and an abortion by keeping her panties up, legs crossed.
Now, when he gets caught with his pants down, so to speak, feigns outrage. Tough shit. Why would a political figure under current circumstances in our country be so stupid as to send anyone a nude of himself? Expect the photo never to get publicly exposed, or the shit to hit the fan as a result of his goddamned stupidity?
"The Texas Republican apologized to his constituents Wednesday, after the image from 2013 began to circulate. Barton said he engaged in consensual sexual relationships when he was separated from his second wife before their 2015 divorce."
What the f--k could this clueless jackass possibly been thinking? ... With the head of his dick, rather than the brain in his head? Give me a break. To shamelessly quote an exceptionally insightful movie character years ago, "Stupid is as stupid does."
"But some have pointed out Barton could be a victim of "revenge porn," a prosecutable offense. "Revenge porn" — when sexually explicit photos are posted without a person's consent online — was outlawed in Texas in 2015. The Washington Post on Wednesday published a transcript of a conversation in which Barton appears to tell a woman to whom he had sent sexually explicit photos, images and video that he will make a report to Capitol Police if she exposed his actions."
Jesus Christ. Even if you take him at his word, this guy is achingly stupid. First, for sending the nude. Second, if what he is saying is true, should have told the woman to go to hell, publish the goddamned picture. In today's climate, in the age of the Trump nazi, anything goes. Would have paid no price for the indiscretion. Just like Trump.
The following is pathetic, gutless:
"The Dallas Morning News has identified a potential crime against me and the transcript referenced in the Washington Post may be evidence," Barton said in a statement provided to CBS News. "This woman admitted that we had a consensual relationship. When I ended that relationship, she threatened to publicly share my private photographs and intimate correspondence in retaliation. As the transcript reflects, I offered to take the matter to the Capitol Hill Police to open an investigation. Today, the Capitol Police reached out to me and offered to launch an investigation and I have accepted. Because of the pending investigation, we will have no further comment."
Jesus Christ. That, the best you could come up with, Joe?
"Barton swiftly apologized for the circulation of the image Wednesday, saying he is sorry for not using "better judgment."
Give me a break. 'For your penance, my son, say five Our Fathers, ten Hail Marys, keep it in your pants, sin no more.'
"While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women," Barton said in a statement to CBS News. "Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down."
This guy's a moron. Sniveling idiot. Embarrassment, -- not for getting laid, but groveling, pandering to his constituents. -- Idiots just like him.
Highly reminiscent of Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider the following. It's appalling. Runs against the grain of everything our formerly great country once stood for. No longer.
Think the following isn't direct betrayal of the public it falsely swore to protect? ABC News reports:
"The FBI failed to notify scores of U.S. officials that Russian hackers were trying to break into their personal Gmail accounts despite having evidence for at least a year that the targets were in the Kremlin's crosshairs, The Associated Press has found."
Egregious, treacherous, traitorous dereliction of duty.
"Nearly 80 interviews with Americans targeted by Fancy Bear, a Russian government-aligned cyberespionage group, turned up only two cases in which the FBI had provided a heads-up. Even senior policymakers discovered they were targets only when the AP told them, a situation some described as bizarre and dispiriting."
Feel sorry for them? Got what they deserved, didn't they? After all, they were supposed to be in charge. Apparently, were fast asleep at the wheel.
"It's utterly confounding," said Philip Reiner, a former senior director at the National Security Council, who was notified by the AP that he was targeted in 2015. "You've got to tell your people. You've got to protect your people."
That's right. National security issue.
"The FBI declined to discuss its investigation into Fancy Bear's spying campaign, but did provide a statement that said in part: "The FBI routinely notifies individuals and organizations of potential threat information."
"Three people familiar with the matter — including a current and a former government official — said the FBI has known for more than a year the details of Fancy Bear's attempts to break into Gmail inboxes. A senior FBI official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the hacking operation because of its sensitivity, declined to comment on when it received the target list, but said the bureau was overwhelmed by the sheer number of attempted hacks."
Bogus excuse, abject bullshit. Worse? Get this:
"It's a matter of triaging to the best of our ability the volume of the targets who are out there," he said."
Pitiful. Goddamned pitiful. What does it take to send emails to the accounts that were hacked notifying them of the intrusion?
"The AP did its own triage, dedicating two months and a small team of reporters to go through a hit list of Fancy Bear targets provided by the cybersecurity firm Secureworks. Previous AP investigations based on the list have shown how Fancy Bear worked in close alignment with the Kremlin's interests to steal tens of thousands of emails from the Democratic Party. The hacking campaign disrupted the 2016 U.S. election and cast a shadow over the presidency of Donald Trump, whom U.S. intelligence agencies say the hackers were trying to help. The Russian government has denied interfering in the American election. The Secureworks list comprises 19,000 lines of targeting data. Going through it, the AP identified more than 500 U.S.-based people or groups and reached out to more than 190 of them, interviewing nearly 80 about their experiences."
Imagine that. Did what the FBI couldn't or wouldn't. Equally disturbing?
"Many were long-retired, but about one-quarter were still in government or held security clearances at the time they were targeted. Only two told the AP they learned of the hacking attempts on their personal Gmail accounts from the FBI. A few more were contacted by the FBI after their emails were published in the torrent of leaks that coursed through last year's electoral contest. But to this day, some leak victims have not heard from the bureau at all."
Jesus Christ. Our bought and paid for government no longer serves the public, -- only the very top echelon of power and its corporate masters.
"Charles Sowell, who previously worked as a senior administrator in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and was targeted by Fancy Bear two years ago, said there was no reason the FBI couldn't do the same work the AP did. "It's absolutely not OK for them to use an excuse that there's too much data," Sowell said. "Would that hold water if there were a serial killer investigation, and people were calling in tips left and right, and they were holding up their hands and saying, 'It's too much'? That's ridiculous."
Gets worse, far worse. Get this:
"The AP found few traces of the bureau's inquiry as it launched its own investigation two months ago."
Clearly, these bastards are liars. Don't tell the truth. Distort reality. Make excuses.
Yet, our nazi government continues to reserve the right to digitally intrude on its own citizens with no warrant, no court order. Carefully, consider the following. The Washington Times reports:
"Two years ago, in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelation of sweeping electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency, Congress enacted the USA Freedom Act, to put an end to the NSA’s nationwide bulk collection of telephone “metadata” — who we call, when we call and for how long — on everyday Americans. At the time, some warned that the law would weaken efforts to stop terrorism, but there is no evidence it has done so. The USA Freedom Act was an important milestone in protecting the privacy Americans have a right to expect. But it got only part of the job done. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, authorizes the NSA to collect not just “metadata,” but the actual contents of telephone, email and other electronic communications, again without a warrant or probable cause. The provision is designed to target foreign nationals outside the United States, but has been used by the NSA to intercept and collect electronic communications of Americans and thus clearly implicates Americans’ privacy."
This is precisely what makes out of control government so incredibly dangerous.
"Section 702 sunsets in December unless affirmatively extended, so Congress has to address whether — and how — the law should survive. We come from different ends of the political spectrum. One of us is a past president of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and former chairman of the American Conservative Union. The other is the national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). But we agree that any extension of Section 702 must include important protections to preserve privacy. Sens. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, and Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, have introduced a bill to do just that: the USA Rights Act. It deserves support from anyone who cares about maintaining the privacy that Americans have historically enjoyed, while leaving intact the government’s ability to combat foreign threats. It also stands in marked contrast to a bill proposed by Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican, which would expand rather than reform Section 702."
The above quotes are courtesy of two gifted, exceptional writers, David Keene and David Cole, who clearly understand the danger of unbridled government. Be interesting to see if this bill passes. Regardless, the matter will be followed up.
In a closely related issue, Fox News reports:
"Fighting crime in the digital age will be the focus of an important Supreme Court case to be argued Wednesday, testing the privacy rights of individuals against the high-tech tools used by law enforcement. At issue is whether the government needs a warrant to access a person's cell phone location history. It will be the latest foray by the justices into cyber advances, which often move much faster than current law. The stakes are enormous, since any precedent could be applied more broadly, including to Internet, bank, credit card, and telephone records. "What the Supreme Court is going to have to wrestle with is, how far is it going to extend these historic Fourth Amendment protections for individual privacy in the digital age, where we're conveying all sorts of information?" said Thomas Dupree, a leading appellate attorney who worked in the Bush Justice Department. "Law enforcement has, if it wants to get it, information not just about your communications, but about your physical whereabouts."
With no probable cause, no warrant, it's none of the goddamned government's business. No more than egregious abuse of power in a fascist police-state, soon to become the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
"Civil rights and privacy advocates argue current rules open the doors to government abuse of a citizen's everyday activities in public and private spaces."
No question. A de facto fascist police-state.
"But the Justice Department, supported by a number of states, say if consumers knowingly give their data to third parties-- including cellphone providers-- their privacy rights are diminished. That would permit police to request the transmission data without a warrant."
Disingenuous, patently false bullshit. A circular, phony argument. Forget? You have no choice but to give this information to providers, -- or go without service. Jackbooted bastards in law enforcement are taking advantage of what has often become a life saving necessity in an emergency, a cell phone, to extend their egregious abuse of authority to forced forfeiture of Fourth Amendment rights, guaranties in exchange for cell phone service.
The jackbooted bastards in law enforcement are clearly, egregiously out of control. ... Right, Sheriff? Hear the rumble? An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming. As the revolution doomsday clock strikes ever closer to midnight. As all civil and constitutional rights are eviscerated. Falsely, in the name of security. In reality, to consolidate power. Extend the de facto fascist police-state we already live in to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
As Franklin wisely opined well over two hundred years ago, anyone willing to trade liberty for security deserves and winds up with neither. A raucous, boot clicking, goose stepping, treasonous, treacherous, traitorous Sieg Heil!, Sheriff? You and the boys remain out of uniform. Where is your swastika armband, you nazi son of a bitch?
Yet, our 'leaders' remain achingly clueless. Carefully, consider the following quote from the latest newsletter from Sen. Cruz:
"At Thanksgiving, we pause and thank God for the gift of freedom. This gift, first sought by the Pilgrims in their courageous journey to the New World, has been woven into the very fabric of our nation. We are grateful for the sacrifices of generations of Americans who have defended the liberty we all enjoy."
Jesus Christ. The Senator remains hopelessly delusional. What 'freedom,' Senator? Where? The 'freedom' to do what you're told? What you perverse nazi bastards dictate? What about the freedom of Native Americans who lost theirs? Had their land shamelessly stolen by our undocumented forebears? What about every goddamned treaty that was broken by our nazi government. Haven't a clue, Senator?
Since the end of the Second World War, with the exception of the first few months in Afghanistan after 9/11, every goddamned war since has been fought to line the pockets of your corporate masters, Senator. War profiteers who lined their pockets off the blood of our best and brightest. Even Afghanistan could have been avoided had the jackasses in the State Department run full background checks on the 9/11 hijackers. Failed to do so.
Worse? Ignored warnings from the flight schools these bastards wished only to learn how to fly straight and level, not take off and land. Despite all this, not one head rolled at State. Not one. Instead you goddamned gutless bastards in Congress and the Oval Office eviscerated all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. Think not? Wake up:
USA 'Patriot' Act, 'Real' ID Act, Homeland 'Security' Act, etc.. List can go on and on. You're all gutless charlatans, Senator. Phony as a three-dollar bill. All bought and paid for. With extremely rare exception. Certainly, disgraced yourselves. Abrogated your oaths of office to protect and defend the United States Constitution, particularly, the Bill of Rights. So before you haughtily lecture us on liberty, Senator, look in the mirror.
In a closely related issue, CBS/AP reports:
"New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas are among scores of police departments across the country quietly using a highly secretive technology developed for the military that can track the whereabouts of suspects by using the signals constantly emitted by their cellphones."
Without a warrant. No court order.
"Civil liberties and privacy groups are increasingly raising objections to the suitcase-sized devices known as StingRays or cell site simulators that can sweep up cellphone data from an entire neighborhood by mimicking cell towers. Police can determine the location of a phone without the user even making a call or sending a text message. Some versions of the technology can even intercept texts and calls, or pull information stored on the phones. Part of the problem, privacy experts say, is the devices can also collect data from anyone within a small radius of the person being tracked. And law enforcement goes to great lengths to conceal usage, in some cases, offering plea deals rather than divulging details on the StingRay."
The jackbooted bastards are deliberately abrogating the Fourth Amendment requirement of probable cause and a search warrant. Nazi storm troopers.
"We have a Fourth Amendment to the Constitution," said Jennifer Lynch, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, referring to the protection against unreasonable search and seizure. "Our Founding Fathers decided when they wrote the Bill of Rights there had to be limits placed on government."
The Fourth Amendment is abundantly clear. The jackbooted bastards in blue, abusive prosecutors, and nazi judges have bastardized the requirement for probable cause and a warrant.
"Lawmakers in several states have introduced proposals ranging from warrant requirements to an outright ban on the technology; about a dozen states already have laws requiring warrants. Federal law enforcement said last year that it would be routinely required to get a search warrant before using the technology - a first effort to create a uniform legal standard for federal authorities. And case law is slowly building. Two months ago, a Washington, D.C., appeals court overturned a conviction on a sex assault after judges ruled a violation of the Fourth Amendment because of evidence improperly collected from the simulator without a proper warrant."
A de facto fascist police-state where nearly anything goes.
"In the New York murder case argued by the Legal Aid Society, a judge in Brooklyn last month ruled that the NYPD must have an eavesdropping warrant signed by a judge to use the device, a much higher bar than the "reasonable suspicion" standard that had previously been required. "By its very nature, then, the use of a cell site simulator intrudes upon an individual's reasonable expectation of privacy, acting as an instrument of eavesdropping and requires a separate warrant supported by probable cause," wrote state Supreme Court Judge Martin Murphy. New York City police officials disagreed with Murphy's ruling and disputed that a StingRay was even used in the case, even though there had been a court order to do so. Police officials also said they have since started requiring a higher standard of probable cause when applying for the devices."
Worse? Far worse? Achingly, inexplicable?
"Before the ruling, New York officers had not typically been required to get a warrant, which requires probable cause, in order to use StingRay devices, instead they have only needed a pen register order, demonstrating that the information they might get may be relevant to their case. Legal Aid Society's Greco said he hoped the ruling will push the nation's largest department into meeting the higher standard, and help judges better understand the intricacies of more cutting-edge surveillance."
Time to rein in law enforcement. Sue the living shit out of the bastards every time they fail to secure a warrant based on probable cause. Out of control police present an exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.
"We can't even tell how frequently they're being used," said attorney Jerome Greco, of the Legal Aid Society, which recently succeeded in blocking evidence collected with the device in a New York City murder case. "It makes it very difficult." At least 72 state and local law enforcement departments in 24 states plus 13 federal agencies use the devices, but further details are hard to come by because the departments that use them must take the unusual step of signing nondisclosure agreements overseen by the FBI."
Fox guarding the chicken coop. Nazi justice. Direct determined abrogation of the Fourth Amendment to protect the corrupt, abusive, murderous asses of the jackbooted bastards in blue.
"An FBI spokeswoman said the agreements, which often involve the Harris Corporation, a defense contractor that makes the devices, are intended to prevent the release of sensitive law enforcement information to the general public."
To cover the criminal, gutless, jackbooted asses of the criminals who sport a badge, wear a uniform, carry a gun, and are effectively granted a license to murder on the job, -- with impunity. ... Right, Sheriff?
In follow up to pending oral arguments before the Supreme Court mentioned above regarding unfettered police access to digital information without a warrant, The Washington Post reports:
"A majority of Supreme Court justices seemed to agree Wednesday that the abundance of private information available about Americans in the digital age might require new restraints on government’s ability to access it. In the case before the court, that might mean law enforcement must prove more to a judge about suspected criminal wrongdoing in order to collect cell tower records that can provide what Justice Elena Kagan called “24-7” tracking of a person."
Certainly, encouraging the Court seems to understand this is a growing issue across the entire digital information spectrum:
"But the justices indicated that was only one issue implicated by an explosion of digital information that is transforming Americans’ expectation of privacy. “This is an open box,” said Justice Stephen G. Breyer. “We know not where we go.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the most insistent on protections. “Most Americans, I think, still want to avoid Big Brother,” she said, while acknowledging the public’s increasing reliance on the modern technology that makes surveillance easier."
Sadly, Sotomayor doesn't seem to understand the line has already been crossed. Orwell's 1984 effectively has become reality. Quite some time. Police need to be reined in. Alternative? An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.
In follow up to an earlier edition here and elsewhere, The Washington Times reports:
"President Trump has reached out to the country’s deportation officers and asked for a meeting after their union president, Chris Crane, wrote a letter expressing disappointment in the slow pace of change at Homeland Security."
What do these criminal jackbooted bastards seek? Permission to wear swastika armbands? Full Nazi regalia?
"In the Nov. 13 letter, first reported by The Washington Times, Mr. Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council, said what was happening at the government’s chief interior immigration enforcement agency was “an embarrassment.”
What's an embarrassment is their jackbooted tactics the Trump nazi endorses.
"Mr. Crane told the president of officers ordered to remove bullet proof vests for fear of angering illegal immigrants, and of dysfunction within agency leadership."
Is that the problem, or is it a smokescreen for the fact these jackbooted bastards in full department battle regalia look like German Nazi SS storm troopers? ... Right, Sheriff?
"The ICE Council endorsed Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign and had anticipated having an open line of communication but Mr. Crane said that hasn't happened, blaming the president’s aides for shutting stifling the relationship. “Attempts to communicate concerns to you and requests for meetings with you are simply ignored,” Mr. Crane wrote, saying the union felt “betrayed.”
Clearly, these nazi SS American jackbooted storm troopers expect special treatment from their fuhrer, the Trump nazi, -- in return for endorsement of their lunatic narcissist. ... Right, Sheriff?
"After the letter the president reached out and asked for a call, Mr. Crane says on jicreport.com, a new website the ICE Council set up to tell its story."
Nothing quite like pandering to your jackbooted base, right, Mr. 'President?
“I’m not going to discuss the content of our call publicly without the president’s consent,” Mr. Crane said on the site. “But as always the president treated me with the utmost respect, was polite and sincere, and asked a lot of questions to which I gave him straight answers. In the end, President Trump suggested a meeting which I of course accepted.”
Take your nose out of his ass, Mr. Crane. Butt hole stinks, fool.
“As I’ve told our officers and employees from the beginning, I trust this president and I know he’s going to keep his word and help us drain this swamp,” Mr. Crane continued. “He hasn’t forgotten us. He’s just busy running the country. The fact that he would take time out of his hectic schedule to call me should be proof of that.”
Give me a f--king break. This guy's a goddamned ingratiating jackass, head so far up his ass his eyeballs are turning inside out.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is determinedly, repeatedly betraying his oath of office to protect and defend the United States Constitution. James Braxton Peterson of NBC reports:
"The Russia investigation may be undercutting Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ credibility, but it has not undermined his efforts to take the U.S. Justice Department back in time. The time Sessions wants to go back to features an unforgiving system of mass incarceration that disproportionately targets people of color in a legal structure too often stacked against them."
Precisely, the intention of a racist de facto fascist police-state, right, Sheriff? How you and the boys get your cookies off, right, Bill? Except here, all races are targeted.
"To do this, the attorney general has issued a slew of policy rollbacks - unfortunate for a Justice Department that was only incrementally making progress toward equal justice under President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. In this sense, Sessions’ Justice Department might be the most effective unit of the Trump administration. If Trumpism’s goal is, at least in, part to destroy the progress achieved under the Obama administration, Sessions’ scorecard so far outstrips his GOP colleagues in the Cabinet and former colleagues in the Senate."
Precisely why Trump installed this racist nazi as attorney general. To expand the de facto fascist police-state we already live in to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich. Ignore corrupt, abusive, murderous officers who shake down, steal, abuse, and murder on the job. ... Right, Sheriff?
"In March, for example, the nation’s top law enforcement officer visited St. Louis, next-door to Ferguson, ground zero for the Black Lives Matter movement. Sessions was in St. Louis talking about crime initiatives but also seeming to criticize one of the most useful tools for documenting police brutality: civilian cell phone videos. The choice of venue could not have been a coincidence. By focusing on “targeted police killings,” he deflected attention from the challenges now confronting law enforcement."
That's right. Precisely what's happening. Can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit. Ignore the murders perpetrated by officers on duty, -- which far out number officers killed in the line of duty. ... Right, Sheriff? Forget, Bill? We have five highly questionable killings by officers in this hell hole County over the last decade or so.
"In fact, Sessions has had little to say on how the Justice Department might address matters of police brutality, much less on the matter of Black Lives Mattering. Instead, he has mostly showcased President Donald Trump’s belief that strong policing and incarceration are key to maintaining law and civil order."
Should this nazi philosophy continue, Sessions and the president will have far more to worry about than the current non-existent law and order issue both falsely embrace as truth. There is a far more critical problem pending. An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming. Hear the rumble? Sadly, Republicans remain remarkably deaf.
"Our mass incarceration problem is compounded by overly aggressive policing. In some cities or regions, federal review of local law enforcement has been able to serve as a check when policing goes wrong. But Sessions has registered his distaste for federal oversight of local law enforcement. This may signal an end to consent decrees - a critical process developed in wake of the 1994 uprising following the Rodney King trial. Consent decrees allow the federal government to enter into court-enforceable agreements with local police forces, based on DOJ reports documenting civil rights abuses."
To be expected as a de facto fascist police-state transforms to Trump's Fourth Reich.
"It is as if Sessions’ Justice Department is operating on a set of alternative facts. Because the statistics are well known: Whites and blacks use and sell drugs at roughly the same rates, and African Americans make up roughly 13 percent of the U.S. population. Yet law enforcement records are remarkably different for each demographic. According to Human Rights Watch: "Black adults are more than two-and-a-half times as likely as white adults to be arrested for drug possession. In 2014, Black adults accounted for just 14 percent of those who used drugs in the previous year but close to a third of those arrested for drug possession." In many states, a felony conviction also means losing the right to vote."
Worse than 'alternative facts,' blatant racism in a de facto fascist police-state transforming to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
"Indeed, many conservatives have now joined liberals in advocating lesser charges for minor drug offenses. Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced bipartisan legislation for criminal justice reform in 2014. Meanwhile scholars like Michelle Alexander, in her remarkable “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” and filmmakers like Ava DuVernay, in “13th,” are among many thought leaders and scholars arguing for change in the public square. But Trump changed the discussion. With his Inaugural Address, he depicted a bleak America and embraced the conservative fantasy of “law and order.” It was another example of Trump’s s affinity for President Richard M. Nixon. During the campaign, Trump labeled supporters “the silent majority,” the term Nixon applied to voters who supported his Vietnam War policies and law-and-order agenda."
Indeed, U.S history. History we continue to pay an incredibly steep price for to this very day.
"The historical fact is that Nixon’s “law and order” policies were part of his “Southern Strategy” to win over white Southern Democratic voters. Today, law and order is used to suggest, incorrectly, that crime rates are high (they are low relative to the 1990s). The rhetoric is also a dog whistle of divisiveness to Trump’s constituency. The consequences of aggressive policing have serious negative outcomes in poor communities of color."
Not only there, but across the country, all races, social strata, including the middle class.
These are exceptionally dangerous times for our formerly great country. Especially, as our nation transforms from the de facto fascist police-state we already live in to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich. Presently, we effectively suffer one-party rule. All three branches of government. -- Democrats have been out to lunch since November 22, 1963.
Have certainly offered no effective resistance to the GOP as Republicans began their concerted, determined attack on all civil and constitutional rights and liberties with inauguration of Richard Nixon January 20, 1969. All progress made during the Warren Court was about to be reversed.
All civil and constitutional rights and liberties were immediately in jeopardy as the Nixon nazi proceeded to load the Supreme Court with bona fide Republican national socialists, law and order nazis. The long suffering middle class and those on the bottom had no clue what was coming.
The only reason Nixon was elected was increasingly virulent, public opposition to the Vietnam War. -- 'Johnson's War.' The Nixon nazi took advantage of the opportunity presented. Lied to the public to get elected. Falsely claimed to have a 'secret plan' to end the war. Turned out Nixon had shit squat. All a ruse.
Tens of thousands of additional troops died during the approximately six years he remained in office before forced to resign due to the Watergate fiasco. Ford's pardon of this criminal, although constitutional, was no more than obstruction of justice. Payback for appointing him successor.
To its credit and despite loaded with Republican national socialists legislating their perverse ideological and religious views from the bench, the Supreme Court forced release of the Oval Office tapes incriminating the son of a bitch. Forcing Nixon's resignation. Otherwise, Republicans would have joined Democrats to impeach the criminal. Had they not done so, would not have been returned to office, -- prime directive of all politicians.
Regardless, the Supreme Court continued to be loaded with Republicans more than willing to legislate their outrageously perverse religious and ideological views from the bench. De facto imposition of a fascist police-state. Consequently, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties were eviscerated as the failed 'war on drugs' continued unabated.
This process of so selecting and seating justices to the highest court continues present day. Certainly, have seen it recently when the Gorsuch nazi was seated on the Supreme Court. This achingly fascist charlatan, like his predecessors, was too goddamned gutless to honestly, candidly answer questions posed him.
Knew full well had he done so, his confirmation would have been in jeopardy. Consequently, the confirmation ruse begun in 1969 during the Nixon regime continued. Unabated. Unquestioned. The public was saddled with yet another Republican nazi lying f--ker on the Supreme Court. A ruse. Blatant shameless charlatan. Snake oil salesman.
Consider the following. ABC News reports:
"More than 2,000 conservatives in tuxedos and gowns recently filled Union Station's main hall for a steak dinner and the chance to cheer the man who saved the Supreme Court from liberal control."
First, these people are not conservatives. The late Sen. Barry Goldwater was a conservative. So was the late William Buckley. Not so, the fascists now populating the Republican Party. For new readers: Fascism, nazism, national socialism defined as the pernicious blend of government, business, and religion. 'Justified' by perversion and bastardization of the latter.
Second, the Nazi Right has bastardized the word 'liberal.' Distorted its meaning. Have done so because they haven't a clue what freedom means. Liberty is certainly not the freedom to do what you're told, what they tell you to do, dictate. Forget? Micro management of nearly everything in life is the antithesis of liberty. Both parties have gotten extremely good at this, that is, dictating what Americans can and cannot do in every facet of life.
"Justice Neil Gorsuch didn't disappoint them, just as he hasn't in his first seven months on the Supreme Court."
Certainly, did not. Forget? This guy is a shameless, intransigent blow hard, enamored, like the narcissistic Trump nazi, of himself. Aryan arrogant:
"Tonight I can report that a person can be both a publicly committed originalist and textualist and be confirmed to the Supreme Court," Gorsuch said to sustained applause from members of the Federalist Society, using terms by which conservatives often seek to distinguish themselves from more liberal judges."
No more than a disingenuous crock. What does this guy think the other four nazis on the court beside himself truly are? The terms "originalist" and "textualist" were certainly used by the nazi he replaced on the Court, -- the late not-so-great Antonin Scalia. The haughtiness of Gorsuch certainly rivals that of Scalia.
The following is particularly pernicious, achingly alarming:
"During arguments, Gorsuch has asked repeatedly about the original understanding of parts of the Constitution and laws, and he has raised questions about some long-standing court precedents, including the civil rights landmark ruling on "one person, one vote."
-- Certainly, the mark of a fascist in the mold of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini. A racist desperate to turn back the clock. Forget? A fascist has no vision. Remains intentionally myopic. Perceives issues in terms of black and white. No shades of gray. No brilliant hues of color. Nazis like Gorsuch, Scalia embrace 'originalism' to block progress, desperately-needed change. To maintain the status quo which benefits the top of the food chain, particularly themselves.
The Founders were quite aware this would indeed be a problem as our young nation matured. Precisely, why they set up a vibrant federal government comprised of three co-equal branches, all a check and balance one against the other.
Equally important, provided a mechanism, albeit difficult, to amend the Constitution if necessary. Nazis like Gorsuch and Scalia ignore this fact, blinders on. Decades ago such determined intransigence was called reactionary.
"Daniel Epps, a Washington University law professor in St. Louis and onetime law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy, said he finds Gorsuch's style sometimes grating, less so the substance of his questions at arguments. During a high-profile argument about politics in redistricting in October, Gorsuch began a question by suggesting that "maybe we can just for a second talk about the arcane matter, the Constitution."
Patronizing, condescending Aryan arrogance of a nazi too aggressively stupid to understand he remains achingly wet behind the ears. Too pompous to know he hasn't a clue, has a lot to learn:
"To Epps, the tone was all wrong, especially for the new guy on the nine-member court. "I'd love to see a bit more recognition that the court deals with really hard questions that many people, including his colleagues, have struggled with for a long time. If someone thinks he has all the answers, maybe he's missing something important," Epps said."
Hallmark of the Nazi Right. Simply lack the ability to thoroughly think issues through, -- or simply don't care who gets f--ked as a result of their Aryan arrogance, aggressive stupidity. Trump is certainly proof positive.
Here's the bottom line vis a vis this nazi Supreme Court Justice blinded by his national socialist zeal, what makes him so dangerous, an exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties, exemplified by his willingness to legislate his perverse religious and ideological views from the bench:
"Originalism has regained its place at the table of constitutional interpretation, and textualism in the reading of statutes has triumphed. And neither one is going anywhere on my watch," Gorsuch said."
A raucous, boot clicking, goose stepping, treasonous, treacherous, traitorous Sieg Heil!, Mr. 'Justice.' Adolf and Benito would have been proud, likely high-fiving from their fiery perches. Where's your swastika armband, you achingly clueless, fascist son of a bitch?
The following is appalling. Further indication of precisely how dysfunctional Washington remains. NPR reports:
"The new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau started work Monday — whoever that is. President Trump's pick to lead the consumer watchdog, Mick Mulvaney, arrived at the office early Monday morning with a bag of Dunkin' Donuts in hand. Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, is the acting director of the group until Trump can get a permanent leader through the Senate confirmation process — at least, according to the Trump administration."
Anticipating the Trump nazi and certainly not to be outdone before he walked out the door the last time:
"But the former head of the CFPB, Richard Cordray, appointed Leandra English to lead the group in his wake. He named her as deputy director on Friday, his last day at the head of the group, hours before Trump named Mulvaney. English has since filed a complaint in U.S. district court in Washington, D.C., to block the Trump administration's rival appointment."
Gets more comically convoluted:
"On Monday morning, English was communicating with CFPB staff through an all-staff email — a Thanksgiving message expressing gratitude and saying it was an "honor" to work with her colleagues. She signed the message, a copy of which was sent to NPR, as "Leandra English, Acting Director." Mulvaney, meanwhile, sent a competing all-staff, advising staff to "please disregard" messages from English in her "presumed capacity as Acting Director." In that email, which was also acquired by NPR, Mulvaney celebrated his "very smooth transition" into the role of acting director — and invited staff to stop by for a doughnut."
Jesus Christ. The doughnuts were certainly a hit. LOL. Joke aside, one would have thought all would have been put on hold until the court quickly ruled. Well, you would have been wrong. LOL. Reason is certainly not expected currently. AWOL indefinitely.
Time for CFPB to be made completely independent of the Oval Office. Unbeholden. Given all authority necessary to rein in Wall Street criminals, all banking, consumer lending, etc.. Not to be. Certainly, not under Republican fascists bought and paid for by their corporate masters. Democrats? No better. Just a little less greedy, but equally clueless.
Amazing how ferociously hard Sen. Warren is fighting back against the Trump nazi. Certainly, no shrinking violet, has heroically stood up to the insanity currently raging in Washington. The Washington Post reports:
"President Trump’s perpetual scamming of his working- and middle-class voters takes a new turn Monday, amid a war that has erupted over the fate of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
"In her first interview on this standoff since it erupted, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — the agency’s creator — predicted that if Trump installs his own director, its mission could be hollowed out, emboldening further financial elite defrauding of consumers. Warren suggested that this is part of a pattern in which Trump has embraced conventional GOP plutocracy in betrayal of his campaign posture as a kind of working-class avenger delivering tough justice to predatory financial elites."
Trump is a charlatan. Snake oil salesman. Good to see Warren is calling him on it. Especially, in light of the fact the idiots who voted for this nazi remain clueless.
“This is about whose side President Trump is on — big banks, or working families,” Warren told me. “So far in his administration, he has chosen the big banks time after time. Is he going to stand up for the working families who helped elect him?”
Hell, no. Why would he? He's out to line his pockets and those of his cronies at the top of the food chain. Only a matter of time before his sick sycophants fully understand he's delivered them nothing.
Insult to injury? Proof positive Trump's a jackass? Unfit for office? Get this. NPR reports:
"President Trump decided to bring up one of his favorite nicknames during an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers — but it's one that is widely seen as a slur offensive to Native Americans. "You were here long before any of us were here," Trump told the men who were being honored for their service during World War II, which helped transmit critical secret messages that helped the U.S. and Allied powers win the war. But then Trump continued with a reference to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. — "Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her 'Pocahontas.' "
Jesus Christ. This man is an asshole. Embarrassed himself and the nation in front of a group of Second World War heroes. Directly insulted their Native American heritage.
"The name is one Trump has used to demean Warren. She had claimed Native American heritage in a law school directory, and it later became an issue during her 2012 Senate campaign. Then-GOP Sen. Scott Brown, who is now Trump's ambassador to New Zealand, accused her of using that as an advantage to get ahead in her academic career. The Washington Post Fact Checker found that "outstanding questions about Warren's directory listing — and her relying on family lore rather than official documentation to make an ethnic claim — certainly raise serious concerns about Warren's judgment. But in the debate, [Brown] conflated conjecture and sketchy information to make a claim not supported by the available evidence." The Post gave "Two Pinocchios" for Brown's assertion that Warren had claimed she was Native American in applications for jobs at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. Trump has called Warren "Pocahontas" 12 times on Twitter, in either his own tweets or retweets."
The president is a congenital liar. Disgrace to himself, his office, and the public he allegedly serves.
"White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's use of the term on Monday, saying in the daily press briefing that it wasn't the president's intent to use a racial slur. "I think what most people find offensive is Elizabeth Warren lying about her heritage," Sanders said. Warren responded on MSNBC, saying, "It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur."
Certainly, proof positive of one additional non-deniable truism: 'can fix ignorant, can't fix stupid.'
"It wasn't just Trump's use of Pocahontas that was seen as a major faux pas, though. The Oval Office event also took place in front of a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson — who ordered the forced removal of thousands of Native Americans from the Southeast to the West, known as the "Trail of Tears." More than 4,000 Cherokee people died during the migration."
Nazi America. ... Even back then.
In follow up, CNN reports:
"A federal judge hearing the case over who rightfully can lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on an acting basis Tuesday denied a request to block President Donald Trump from installing Mick Mulvaney as acting director.
"Outside of the courtroom Tuesday, English's attorney told reporters he and his client have options to consider: "We could file a preliminary injunction, or we could file an appeal or we could file a motion to end this case and take it straight to DC circuit court. This judge does not have the final decision."
More on this as the story develops.
Republican nazis in Texas lost another round in court. NPR reports:
"A federal judge in Texas has overturned a ban on a commonly used second trimester abortion procedure, dealing another blow to efforts to restrict abortion in that state."
Excellent. Who the hell is the state to dictate to a woman what she can and cannot do with HER uterus?
"U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel's ruling followed a temporary injunction issued in August preventing Texas from outlawing the procedure known as dilation and evacuation, often referred to as "D&E." That injunction came on the day before the ban was to have gone into effect."
"The Texas law, known as Senate Bill 8 and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this year, was challenged in a lawsuit brought by abortion providers. They argued that the ban would require women seeking to terminate their pregnancies to undergo additional "unnecessary, invasive, and potentially painful medical procedures, in order to access their constitutional right to an abortion," before beginning a D&E procedure."
Ladies? These bastards truly believe they own YOUR uterus.
"The court is unaware of any other medical context that requires a doctor — in contravention of the doctor's medical judgment and the best interest of the patient — to conduct a medical procedure that delivers no benefit to the woman," Judge Yeakel wrote."
Indeed. Raw nazism. The ruling will be appealed by the Paxton nazi. Galling, isn't it?
Think Trump's tax plan is just what you've been waiting for? Answer to your prayers? Will drain the swamp? The Washington Post reports:
"The Senate Republican tax plan gives substantial tax cuts and benefits to Americans earning more than $100,000 a year, while the nation’s poorest would be worse off, according to a report released Sunday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office."
'Let 'em eat cake, right, Mr. 'President?'
"Republicans are aiming to have the full Senate vote on the tax plan as early as this week, but the new CBO analysis showing large, harmful effects on the poor may complicate those plans. The CBO also said the bill would add $1.4 trillion to the deficit over the next decade, a potential problem for Republican lawmakers worried about America’s growing debt."
Don't Republicans claim to be 'conservatives,' that is, concerned about the debt? Deficit spending? Unless of course, it lines the pockets of war profiteers, to say nothing of all their corporate masters.
"Democrats have repeatedly slammed the bill as a giveaway to the rich at the expense of the poor. In addition to lowering taxes for businesses and many individuals, the Senate bill also makes a major change to health insurance that the CBO projects would have a harsh impact on lower-income families."
F--k 'em, right, Mr. 'President?' Their problem, not yours, right, Donny Boy?
"By 2019, Americans earning less than $30,000 a year would be worse off under the Senate bill, CBO found. By 2021, Americans earning $40,000 or less would be net losers, and by 2027, most people earning less than $75,000 a year would be worse off. On the flip side, millionaires and those earning $100,000 to $500,000 would be big beneficiaries, according to the CBO’s calculations."
The Republican Way. -- Not that Democrats are any better. Forget? Been out to lunch since November 22, 1963.
"The main reason the poor get hit so hard in the Senate GOP bill is because the poor would receive less government aid for health care. The Senate Republican tax bill eliminates the requirement that almost all Americans purchase health insurance or else pay a penalty. The CBO has calculated that health insurance premiums would rise if this bill becomes law, leading 4 million Americans to lose health insurance by 2019 and 13 million to lose insurance by 2027."
Don't Republican nazis effectively believe the poor and middle class have the duty, solemn obligation, moral imperative, be more than willing to sacrifice, die if necessary, to support their corporate masters and the rest of the top of the food chain? ... As the elite laugh their financially portly asses off all the way to the bank.
"Many of the people who are likely to drop health insurance have low or moderate incomes. If they drop health insurance, they will no longer receive some tax credits and subsidies from the government. The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), the other official nonpartisan group that analyzes tax bills, put out a similar report showing how lower-income families are hurt by the loss of the health-care tax credits. But the CBO goes a step further than the JCT. The CBO also calculates what would happen to Medicaid, Medicare and the Basic Health Program if the Senate GOP plan became law. The CBO is showing even worse impacts on poor families than the JCT did."
Republicans couldn't care less. They got theirs, now go get yours.
"Republicans, including Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), have argued that their bill helps Americans across the income spectrum. They say the JCT and CBO analyses are misleading because buying health insurance is a choice. If an individual or family no longer wants to do it, then that is their decision. They also argue that lower-income families are not losing any money in their wallets."
These ignorant assholes remain pathetically clueless. How is the purchase of health insurance a 'choice' when few have sufficient income to afford it, work for small businesses who don't provide it? How can they argue people on the bottom won't have less money as businesses increase prices to recover lost income as purchases decrease as a result of the consequent drop in demand due to the increase in prices? A vicious cycle.
At a time of record corporate profits, cash reserves, why would the corporate management suite invest in expansion when there is no demand as a result of a declining market? Clearly, they haven't thought this through. Just crave a legislative win no matter the ultimate cost to the public.
All a charade, voodoo economics:
"Senate Republicans asked the JCT to calculate what happens to families across the income spectrum if only the tax impacts of the Senate bill are taken into account (so assuming zero impacts from the individual mandate repeal). The JCT sent the table below to Senate Republicans. It shows that all income groups — including people earning less than $30,000 — receive a tax cut. But that changes in 2027 because the Senate GOP bill currently allows the individual tax cuts to expire in 2026. In 2027, people earning less than $75,000 would end up paying more, according to the JCT. Republicans say Congress will likely extend those cuts, but that counts on future lawmakers taking action."
You can certainly count on one thing. As things stand, unless you're at the top of the food chain, you will royally get f--ked.
Roy Moore is desperate. The Washington Post reports:
"A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets. In a series of interviews over two weeks, the woman shared a dramatic story about an alleged sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 that led to an abortion when she was 15. During the interviews, she repeatedly pressed Post reporters to give their opinions on the effects that her claims could have on Moore’s candidacy if she went public."
Reporters did not take the bait:
"The Post did not publish an article based on her unsubstantiated account. When Post reporters confronted her with inconsistencies in her story and an Internet posting that raised doubts about her motivations, she insisted that she was not working with any organization that targets journalists. But on Monday morning, Post reporters saw her walking into the New York offices of Project Veritas, an organization that targets the mainstream news media and left-leaning groups. The organization sets up undercover “stings” that involve using false cover stories and covert video recordings meant to expose what the group says is media bias."
In conjunction to the above, carefully consider the following. NPR reports:
"Many actors, politicians and executives, including at NPR, are now facing sexual-harassment allegations in the court of public opinion. But in actual courts, such cases filed by workers against their employers are very often dismissed by judges. The standard for harassment under the law is high, and only an estimated 3 percent to 6 percent of the cases ever make it to trial. That stands in stark contrast to the large pool of people who say they have experienced sexual harassment. In surveys, a quarter to half of women say they've experienced sexual harassment at work. But only a small fraction — estimates range around 5 to 15 percent of women — report their complaints to their employers, largely due to fear of retaliation."
Sad, isn't it? Galling, as well.
"Legal experts say the high dismissal rate of sexual harassment cases also has a chilling effect. University of Cincinnati professor Sandra Sperino has read roughly 1,000 sexual-harassment cases that were dismissed before they went to trial. "You'll see case after case where a woman was groped at work and the court will dismiss the case as a matter of law, finding that's not sexual harassment," Sperino says."
What it is is assault.
"In a 1986 decision, the Supreme Court said the behavior needs to be "severe or pervasive" in order to qualify as harassment, whether it's on the basis of sex or race. Sperino says judges' interpretations of what qualifies are out of step with common sense and standard office policies. She cites one typical case, for example, which involved a male supervisor harassing a construction worker. "[The supervisor] told the plaintiff, 'Hey handsome, come here and sit in my lap,' talked about raping the worker multiple times, talked about his genitals," among other, worse offenses, Sperino says. "The court dismissed the case."Why? The judge reasoned that the two-dozen incidents occurred over a 10-day period — too brief a period of time to qualify as "pervasive." But in other cases where incidents occurred over longer periods, Sperino says judges often say the infractions were too sporadic to be pervasive."
'Judge's' head, clearly up his ass.
"Another Supreme Court case, in 2007, case raised the bar still further, says Laura Beth Nielsen, a research professor at the American Bar Foundation and at Northwestern University. "What you have to prove is that somebody is acting with intention, so that's a much higher standard," which leads to more pretrial dismissals, she says."
Jesus Christ. Precisely, why there is little to no faith or trust in the judiciary. It's all bullshit. Behavior itself is evidence of the 'intention.' Someone gets grabbed by the ass, genitals, breast, etc., any questions?
"There is no central database tracking employment-discrimination cases, but Nielsen's random sampling of cases showed half of cases settle out of court and another 37 percent were dismissed pretrial. She says those included "ones where people would go, 'Oh my God, you get to grope five times and it's still not sexual harassment?' "
Incredible, isn't it? What does it take?
"Some judges downgrade an offense if the groping didn't result in direct skin contact. Or, if there is no proof the victim objected to the sexual advances. These opinions became calcified in law, because both state and federal trial court judges would cite them as precedent for subsequent case dismissals. Only 2 percent of plaintiffs win, Nielsen's data shows."
Clear miscarriage of justice.
"Courts have really required the situation to be pretty hellish before they'll find it actionable," says Deborah Rhode, director of Stanford's Center on the Legal Profession."
Precisely why this problem is ubiquitous. Has finally come to a head.
"She says judges often are older and male, and lack an understanding of the emotional, psychological and professional damage harassment can do. "So it's men behaving badly on the bench, and in the office," Rhode says. But, times are changing, and with it, views on harassment. "Often times it takes a kind of cultural consciousness raising moment like the one that we're having now to force a reevaluation of standards," Rhode says. "Everything that we've seen on the #MeToo hashtag suggests that there's a lot of pent-up fury out there, and more of these women I think are going to seek legal recourse and attorneys in this social climate are going to think they're more likely to win and get substantial damages," she says."
Also, the legal definition of sexual harassment needs to be far more precise. When it extends to unwanted physical contact, it's assault.
Consider the following:
"Indeed, Cincinnati employment attorney Randy Freking says his office recently has seen an uptick in potential clients alleging sexual harassment, against the backdrop of more and more allegations going public. Freking says he only takes cases that have a decent shot at winning, and warns his clients that even the strongest cases always have a good chance of getting dismissed. And the emotional cost can run high."
Worse? Far worse? 'Judges are denying plaintiffs their constitutional right to seek redress in court:
"Very few people realize that judges just have this power to toss cases out, despite the fact that the Constitution has a right to a trial by jury," Freking says. "And for a woman who has been sexually harassed, and been victimized by their employer like that, and then just have that OK'd by some federal judge? It just absolutely rocks your world."
This is further proof positive the Constitution has been determinedly bastardized.
Once again, our national socialist 'president' has displayed his true colors. Raw nazism. The Washington Post reports:
"President Trump on Wednesday shared three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos on Twitter posted by a far-right British activist, drawing backlash from across Britain, including a sharp rebuke from the British prime minister's office."
For damned good reason. This behavior from the Trump nazi is highly reminiscent of that of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi henchmen at the beginning of the Third Reich.
"The videos — whose authenticity could not be independently verified — were first shared by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, which bills itself as a political party but has been widely condemned as an extremist group that targets mosques and Muslims."
The mark of a nazi fuhrer.
"Britain First has previously posted a number of misleading videos, and the three Trump shared were provocatively titled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!,” “Muslim destroys a statue of Virgin Mary!” and “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!”
Nazi propaganda, ala Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.
"Fransen, 31, who lives in a London suburb, was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment in November 2016 after abusing a woman wearing a hijab. Fransen was arrested again earlier this month after comments she made during a speech in Belfast."
Jesus Christ. History is repeating itself.
"The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to why the president retweeted Fransen’s provocative and unverified videos. It was not immediately clear how the videos came to Trump's attention, but conservative columnist Ann Coulter, whom Trump follows on Twitter, retweeted one of them on Tuesday."
Coulter is no 'conservative.' Far from it. Following in the footsteps of the late German Nazi Fuhrer.
"In June 2016, Labour Party member of Parliament Jo Cox was killed by an assailant alleged to have shouted “Britain first!” Leaders of the Britain First group said there were no ties between the attacker and their organization. The assailant, however, had links to neo-Nazi groups. On Wednesday, Cox’s widower, Brendan Cox, tweeted: “Trump has legitimized the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours. Spreading hatred has consequences & the President should be ashamed of himself.”
A fascist has no shame. No moral compass. No rational judgment. Just great evil.
Tim Chorney, Publisher
Liberty In Peril
Tim Chorney, Publisher
Liberty In Peril
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