Liberty In Peril

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'President' Trump 17                           10-19-18 And Continuing  ©2018 All Rights Reserved

11-16-18

Once again, Republican national socialists, fascists are determined to dictate what women can and cannot do with THEIR uterus.  CBS News reports:

"Two states voted Tuesday to add anti-abortion language to their constitutions in what some opponents say is preparation for a potential overturn of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court."

These goddamned nazis are hell-bent, determined to force their outrageously perverse ideological and religious views on all.  Direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, that is, freedom from religion.

"Voters in Alabama and West Virginia approved state ballot measures that addressed the question of abortion and sought to ban public Medicaid funding of the procedure. Both measures stated their state's constitution did not protect a woman's right to an abortion and their state would not provide funding for the procedure, except in the case of rape, incest and medical emergency, as is required by federal law."

National socialism, fascism, raw nazism.  Hundreds of thousands of U.S. military personnel died fighting this scourge.  Second World War European Theater.

"It basically paves the way to ban abortion in all instances," Shante Wolfe-Sisson, the campaign manager for Alabama for Healthy Families, a group that opposed the initiative, said Wednesday in an interview with CBS News. "In practice, it will sit in the Alabama constitution as a standing law so in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned, it will automatically become law."

Raw nazism.  Who the hell are these fascist bastards to force their outrageously perverse ideological and religious views on all?

"In Alabama, voters agreed to amend the state constitution to include that its policy was to protect "the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life" and its official stance on abortion was to "ensure the protection of the rights of the unborn child in all manners and measures lawful and appropriate." Wolfe-Sisson says these changes would effectively outlaw pregnancy-ending procedures in the event Roe v. Wade gets overturned. Alabama State Rep. Mike Fridy, who sponsored the amendment, did not immediately return a call and email seeking comment."

Goddamned nazi.  Again and ferociously pointedly, hundreds of thousands U.S. military personnel died fighting this outrageous cancer in Europe.  Second World War.  Hitler's Third Reich now resurrected by the Trump nazi, his henchmen, and nazis in the Republican Party.  Trump's Fourth.  Traitors.  Direct assault on liberty.  All civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

"In 1973, the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade prohibited states from banning abortion prior to fetus viability, securing a woman's right to access the procedure throughout the U.S. In recent years, a number of states have enacted measures such as waiting periods and restrictions on clinics that effectively reduce access to abortion without explicitly outlawing it."

All in an outrageously shameless effort to force their outrageously perverse ideological and religious views on all.  Nazis.  Traitors.  Goddamned un-American.

"However, with a Republican White House and increasingly conservative Supreme Court, some believe that the days of Roe v. Wade may be numbered. During a 2016 presidential debate, then-candidate Donald Trump said he foresaw the ruling being overturned if he were elected because he planned to appoint pro-life judges. He stressed the issue again in a speech before the 2018 midterm elections."

A nazi Court dominated by five Republican national socialists, fascists, nazis.  If there is no reproductive freedom, there is no freedom at all.  The nazi element remains too goddamned stupid, hopelessly ignorant to understand this.  'Can fix ignorant, can't fix stupid.'  ... Right, Mr. 'President?'

"So far, the Supreme Court has not agreed to hear a direct challenge to Roe. But if it eventually does so, and if a majority of the justices vote to overturn that precedent, it would be up to individual states to determine whether to restrict or outlaw abortion within its borders. Measures like the ones seen in Alabama and West Virginia are essentially preemptive, said Wolfe-Sisson; in the event that Roe v. Wade is dismantled, abortion will automatically become illegal in Alabama."

Nazi Alabama.  Nazi America.  Revolution doomsday clock strikes ever closer to midnight. Hear the rumble?  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.  Direct assault on all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Fascist police-state quickly transitioning to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

"West Virginians voted for language that said the state constitution does not "secure or protect" a woman's right to abortion. The state ballot measure also outlawed the use of Medicaid dollars to pay for abortion except in the case of rape, incest and life endangerment, said Patricia Puertas Rucker, a Republican state senator in West Virginia and lead sponsor of the amendment."

Another Republican nazi.  These clueless national socialists present an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Traitors.  Blatant, direct, concerted attack on liberty. Un-American.  Right Wing and nazi.

"I believe that that's something that people who have conscious objection shouldn't have to pay for," Rucker told CBS News. Medicaid is jointly funded by states and the federal government. Federal law doesn't allow states to bar Medicaid funding for abortions in cases of rape, incest or if the mother's life is in danger."

If by the above reasoning taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortions, then why the hell should they be forced to line the pockets of corporate war profiteers?  Every goddamned war since Korea was waged to line the pockets of the corporate management suite.  Blood money.

Even Afghanistan could have been avoided had the State Department conducted full background checks on the 9/11 terrorists and heeded warnings of the flight schools the bastards wished only to learn how to fly straight and level, not take off and land.  Ferociously pointedly, why should those of us who object to this bullshit be forced to fund it, required to finance these very same war profiteers who line their pockets off the blood of our troops? Why?  Goddamned blood money.  Nazi America.  Yet, it's okay for religious fascists to use the very same bogus excuse to deny women the right to do with THEIR uterus as they damn well please?  Unadulterated horse shit.  Bogus double standard.

"In a written statement, Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, called the latest state efforts an "unprecedented effort to insert politics into health care."

Far, far worse than that.  No more than a blatant, deliberate, concerted, naked attempt by the nazi element in our formerly great country to force their outrageously perverse ideological and religious views on the rest of us who strongly object to their goddamned traitorous nazism.

"West Virginia currently has laws on the books criminalizing abortion, attaching a penalty of three to 10 years of  jail time for either performing or receiving the procedure. However, the laws are not in effect because both federal and state courts have found the state code to be unconstitutional."

Goddamned right.  Worse?  Treasonous.  Direct concerted assault on all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Raw nazism.

Yet, not all in our formerly great country are goose stepping along with the nazi element:

"Meanwhile in Oregon, voters on Tuesday went the other direction, rejecting a proposal that would have cut state insurance funding for low-income women seeking abortions."

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.


11-16-18

Be interesting to see if Trump uses the replacement of Sessions to engineer the firing of Mueller.  Should that happen, would immediately trigger a constitutional crisis.  NPR reports:

"Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker could make life quite difficult for Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller if he wanted."

Should that happen, would be hell to pay.  Likely beginning of the end of the Trump regime.

"It is a true honor that the President has confidence in my ability to lead the Department of Justice as Acting Attorney General," Whitaker said in a statement Wednesday evening. "I am committed to leading a fair Department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans."

None of that's true.  None of it.  Readers are reminded Whitaker previously contemplated defunding the Mueller investigation.  Called obstruction of justice.  No more complicated than that.

"Of Sessions, Whitaker added he "has been a dedicated public servant for over 40 years. It has been a privilege to work under his leadership. He is a man of integrity who has served this nation well."

Certainly, highly indicative of the values and ideology of Whitaker himself.  Sessions is, and was, a racist nazi.  Presented an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties as Attorney General.  Shamelessly lied when he swore his oath of office to uphold the United States Constitution.

"Now, though, Sessions is gone and the Justice Department says that means Whitaker's purview includes the special counsel's investigation. Whitaker has not been a fan."

Gross understatement.

"Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing," Whitaker wrote in an op-ed last year before he came to work for the government. He called for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and who has been supervising his work, to curb the investigation."

Shameless, blatant obstruction of justice by a Republican nazi in the pocket of Trump.  Loyal partisan.  Forget? Partisanship trumps country.  The Republican nazi way.  Conveniently, forget?  ... Not that the Democrats are any better, or more enlightened.

"Now Whitaker is in charge of the Justice Department and Rosenstein reports to him, putting Whitaker in a position to constrain the special counsel if he wishes or if he's directed to do so by the president."

Should that happen, would immediately trigger a constitutional crisis.  Would not be tolerated.

"Trump has made clear that he believes he has the power to fire Mueller altogether, through the leadership of the Justice Department or outside it. The president's lawyers have argued he has vast privilege under the Constitution to hire or dismiss nearly anyone within the executive branch. Trump asserted that again on Wednesday in a press conference at the White House in which he suggested the only reason he hasn't already ousted Mueller is because it might make him look bad."

What it would do is immediately trigger a constitutional crisis.  No question.  Be viewed as no more than obstruction of justice.  -- A nazi fuhrer more than willing to place himself above the best interests of our formerly great country.

"Whitaker so far hasn't said much about his outlook for the Justice Department or the special counsel investigation; Rosenstein hasn't spoken publicly either since Sessions' dismissal."

Both need to immediately do so.  Assure the nation they will not engage in or tolerate obstruction of justice.

"Critics, however, are calling on Whitaker not to take the reins. Democrats cited his past comments about Mueller as evidence that he too must recuse."

No question.  Even as despicable as the racist Sessions nazi truly was, has to be given great credit for doing the right thing and recusing himself.  -- One of the few things he did right as Attorney General.

"Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russia investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller's investigation," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on Twitter. "Congress must take immediate action to protect the rule of law and integrity of the investigation"

How can that happen when congressional Republican nazis continue to protect and defend their fuhrer in the Oval Office?

"Whitaker's views as an outside commentator before joining the government have been music to the ears of Trump and Republicans. He's been an advocate for sharply restricting the avenues down which Mueller's investigators can travel, as when he responded to reports that Mueller might be looking into Trump's financial relationships with Russians."

Called blatant obstruction of justice.  To protect his fuhrer.

"Experts say, however, that any investigation into the role foreign countries play in domestic politics must delve down financial rabbit holes."

Indeed.  No question.  Have to follow all leads to their conclusion.  Thorough investigation.

"And separately, two years ago, after then-FBI Director James Comey announced he would not recommend charges against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server, Whitaker penned an opinion piece for USA Today headlined "I would indict Hillary Clinton." "Director Comey's judgment was that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring the case. I disagree," Whitaker wrote. "I believe myself to have been a reasonable prosecutor, and when the facts and evidence show a criminal violation has been committed, the individuals involved should not dictate whether the case is prosecuted."

Shouldn't the same be applied to the Trump nazi?  Whitaker is either lying or deluded.  Clearly, he's a Republican partisan in the camp of Trump Inc.  Precisely, why the fuhrer appointed him interim Attorney General.  No more complicated than that.  Grossly unfit for office.  Exactly, why Trump dumped Sessions and appointed him.

The Washington Post reports:

"Within hours of his appointment, there were mounting calls by congressional Democrats and government watchdog groups for Whitaker to recuse himself, citing critical comments he made about Mueller’s investigation."

For damned good reason.  This man is unfit.  No more than a staunch Republican partisan in the pocket of Trump.

"Furious Democrats, emboldened by winning control of the House in Tuesday’s elections, also promised to investigate Sessions’s forced resignation and suggested Trump’s actions could amount to obstruction of justice if he intended to disrupt the criminal probe. “There is no mistaking what this means, and what is at stake: this is a constitutionally perilous moment for our country and for the President,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) said in a statement. He is set to take over in January as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the panel that would oversee any impeachment proceedings."

To date, all talk no action.  Hopefully, that will change in January.  If not, no better than Republican national socialists who egregiously failed to provide congressional oversight.  To protect their nazi fuhrer.

"Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut called Wednesday’s events “a break-the-glass moment” and said he would be introducing legislation to protect Mueller’s work."

Where have we heard this before?  Where?  To date, no action.  Empty talk.

“Any attempt to limit his resources or the scope of his investigation is unacceptable,” he said. “The world, and history, are watching.”

Indeed.

Trouble in paradise.  Unanswered questions.  The Washington Post reports:

"When federal investigators were digging into an invention-promotion company accused of fraud by customers, they sought information in 2017 from a prominent member of the company’s advisory board, according to two people familiar with the probe: Matthew G. Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney in Iowa. It is unclear how Whitaker — who was appointed acting attorney general by President Trump on Wednesday — responded to a Federal Trade Commission subpoena to his law firm. In the end, the FTC filed a complaint against Miami-based World Patent Marketing, accusing it of misleading investors and falsely promising that it would help them patent and profit from their inventions, according to court filings. In May of this year, a federal court in Florida ordered the company to pay a settlement of more than $25 million and close up shop, records show. The company did not admit or deny wrongdoing. Whitaker’s sudden elevation this week to replace fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions has put new scrutiny on his involvement with the shuttered company, whose advisory board he joined in 2014, shortly after making a failed run for U.S. Senate in Iowa."

Fascinating, isn't it?  Plot thickens:

"At the time, he was also running a conservative watchdog group with ties to other powerful nonprofits on the right and was beginning to develop a career as a Trump-friendly cable television commentator. World Patent Marketing — founded by Miami businessman Scott J. Cooper, who had donated $2,600 to Whitaker’s Senate campaign — prominently highlighted Whitaker’s résumé as a former U.S. attorney, which helped lend the company credibility. But Whitaker seems to have been more than a figurehead. He spoke about inventions of the company’s clients in online videos — including a special hot-tub seat for people with mobility issues. He also penned a response to at least one complaint — writing a threatening email in which he cited his role as a former U.S. attorney, according to court filings."

Now, he's Trump's interim Attorney General.

“It’s really upsetting to know that guy will be attorney general,” said Ryan Masti, 26, who lost $77,000 after paying World Patent Marketing to help him bring to market his idea for a social media app to help the disabled. “It’s so offensive. It’s like a stab in the back.” Whitaker did not respond to requests for comment about World Patent Marketing or the investigation. “We’ll decline,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in an email to The Washington Post."

If there's nothing to hide and all is on the up and up, why isn't the Justice Department willing to comment?

"A partner at Whitaker’s former Iowa law firm declined to comment. A spokesman for the FTC also declined to comment."

Fascinating, isn't it?  Silence golden?

"There was no evidence that Whitaker knew company salespeople were making false promises to inventors, court receiver Jonathan Perlman said in an interview."

That right?  If so, why no comment and/or further information from DOJ?

“I have no reason to believe that he knew of any of the wrongdoing,” Perlman said. Whitaker was paid at least $10,000 by the company, according to court filings."

Certainly, lined his pockets.

Get this:

"At the conclusion of the FTC investigation, Perlman sent a demand letter to Whitaker — along with other advisory board members — seeking repayment of the fees they received. Whitaker did not respond, Perlman said."

Why not?

"When Whitaker was appointed to the board of World Patent Marketing in October 2014, a company spokesman said in a press release that he would provide “vision and direction.” Later, the company touted Whitaker’s legal background and said he was working with the company to help investors avoid patent marketing fraud. “As a former U.S. Attorney, I would only align myself with a first class organization,” Whitaker said in a 2014 company news release. “World Patent Marketing goes beyond making statements about doing business ‘ethically’ and translate those words into action.” According to the FTC, however, the company falsely promised clients it would patent and market their ideas in exchange for hefty fees — and then pocketed the money. “For the last three years, Defendants have operated an invention-promotion scam that has bilked thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars,” the agency alleged in a recently unsealed court filing. “In truth and in fact, Defendants fail to fulfill almost every promise they make to consumers.”

No one prosecuted?  If the allegations were indeed true, why not?  Someone paid off?

"Neither Cooper nor his current attorney responded to requests for comment."

Imagine that.

"In court documents, Cooper told the court that the company did provide some services and said the company’s website warned customers that most inventions are not commercially successful, according to the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Sun-Sentinel. World Patent Marketing salespeople would persuade prospective clients to sign a confidentiality agreement and then ask them to explain their idea, according to court documents. Whatever the concept, no matter how banal or improbable, investigators found, the salesperson would pronounce the idea fantastic and encourage the customer to pay for a package to market and patent the idea, documents show. Many people ended up in debt or lost their life savings, according to the FTC."

Anyone prosecuted?  Anyone at all?  If not, why not?

A scam.  Get this:

"Promotional material highlighted the meaty résumés of board members like Whitaker, which seemed to be a key component of the business operation. The company said the board would help review inventors’ ideas to maximize their ability to get rich. “Innovators are today’s revolutionaries — forward-thinking visionaries that have come together to form the powerful and influential World Patent Marketing advisory board,” the narrator of one promotional video intoned, as photos of Whitaker and other board members filled the screen. Masti, who said he struggled with ADHD as a child and hoped his invention would help others like him, said in an interview that he trusted the company in part because he was told that advisory board members, including Whitaker, had reviewed his idea and thought it would be successful. “They said he’s very high up. He’s a professional. He’s got a lot of power,” said Masti, a resident of Cameron, N.Y., who said he voted for Trump in 2016. “That’s how they sold you.”

Sounds like a scam, doesn't it?  Gets worse.  Get this:

"Now, Masti said he is living with his parents and facing crushing debt from loans he took out to pay the company. Another former customer, Penn Mason, an airline employee from Nashville, said he paid World Patent Marketing $21,000 to help him patent and market a real estate app he had invented. The company failed to patent his product and quickly stopped returning his phone calls, he said. Mason said he believes that paid advisory board members like Whitaker essentially pocketed money from unsuspecting victims. “That was our money,” said Mason, 52. Of Whitaker’s selection as acting attorney general, he said, “It makes me sick to my stomach ... It’s like a punch in the gut.” When investors began to complain that they had paid the company large sums with little to show for it, they were threatened, according to interviews and court documents."

Goes on and on.

"Mason said that after he began to complain, he got a call from Cooper, the CEO, who threatened to sue him for slander. “He really scared me,” Mason said. “You feel like you’re dealing with all these bigwigs.” The Miami New Times, which published in an in-depth investigation of the company last year, reported that Cooper would sometimes tell people who had posted negative reviews of the company that he had security with specialized training in the Israeli martial art Krav Maga. In an August 2015 email included in court documents, Whitaker wrote to a complainant who threatened to go to the Better Business Bureau, “I am assuming you understand that there could be serious civil and criminal consequences for you.” He noted he was a former U.S. attorney."

Now, he's interim Attorney General in the Trump Administration.  Fascinating, isn't it?

CBS News reports:

"The nation's new acting attorney general served as a paid adviser to a Florida company shut down by a federal judge earlier this year and fined almost $26 million for allegedly running an invention-promotion scam. Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general and a former U.S. attorney in Iowa, joined the advisory board of World Patent Marketing in the fall of 2014. His involvement with the now-defunct company is attracting attention after President Trump picked him to fill in for Jeff Sessions, forced out as attorney general earlier this week. Indeed, the FBI's Miami office has been conducting a criminal investigation of World Patent Marketing during the period it paid Whitaker as an adviser while it allegedly scammed millions of dollars from customers, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Whitaker oversees the FBI in his newly elevated role as acting attorney general. Closed down by a federal judge in May, World Patent Marketing "bilked thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars" by promising inventors lucrative patent agreements, according to a complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission in March 2017. The company did not admit or deny wrongdoing in the settlement."

Quite a lucrative scam:

"Consumers were told by World Patent Marketing that they had to spend about $3,000 for a "Global Invention Royalty Analysis" to start the process of obtaining a patent. After the initial payment, customers were then offered varying packages that ran from $8,000 to about $65,000, the FTC complaint said. Once consumers paid the company money, they were typically ignored, then threatened or scolded when they requested information or asked for their money back, according to the agency. "Defendants and their lawyers have threatened consumers with lawsuits and even criminal charges and imprisonment for making any kind of complaint," the FTC 's complaint said. In at least one court documented case, the company used Whitaker's prior role as a federal prosecutor to rebuke customers. "World Patent Marketing has become a trusted partner to many inventors that believe in the American Dream," Whitaker stated in a news release touting his new role. "I have always admired World Patent Marketing and its innovative products and dynamic leadership team.  It's an honor to join the World Patent Marketing board." "As a former U.S. attorney, I would only align myself with a first class organization," Whitaker stated in another news release issued two months later by the company."

Charlatan?  Snake oil salesman?  You decide.  -- One thing for sure.  He's now Trump's acting attorney general.

NPR reports:

"President Trump defended his selection of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Friday as new questions arose about Whitaker's fitness for the post and whether his appointment is legal. Trump named Whitaker to the acting position on Wednesday after abruptly forcing out Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In doing so, the president passed over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, installing a political appointee with a record of criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump, who has frequently dismissed that probe as a "witch hunt," feigned ignorance of Whitaker's background. "I don't know Matt Whitaker," Trump told reporters on Friday as he left the White House for a trip to Paris. "Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions. And he was always extremely highly thought of and he still is. But I didn't know Matt Whitaker." In fact, Trump has met with his hand-picked appointee more than a dozen times. As Sessions' chief of staff, Whitaker reportedly accompanied his boss to the Oval Office on multiple occasions."

The president is clearly a liar.

The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump distanced himself Friday from acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker amid intensifying scrutiny of the controversial legal views and business entanglements of the president’s pick to run the Justice Department and assume control of the Russia investigation. With the White House scrambling to manage public examination of Whitaker’s background and resistance to his leadership within the Justice Department, Trump sought to douse speculation that he had installed the partisan loyalist to curtail the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign."

Bet he did.  Think effectively?  Delusionally, believe so?

"Trump insisted that he had not spoken with Whitaker about the investigation being led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III — and the president upbraided a reporter when she asked whether he wanted Whitaker to rein in Mueller. “What a stupid question,” he said. Defiant and testy as he departed the White House on Friday morning for a weekend visit to Paris, Trump claimed four separate times that he did not personally know Whitaker, who had been serving as chief of staff at the Justice Department. “I don’t know Matt Whitaker,” Trump told reporters, adding that he knew him only by reputation. That claim is false, according to the president’s past statements as well as the accounts of White House officials — one of whom laughed Friday at Trump’s suggestion that he did not know Whitaker. Trump and Whitaker have met in the Oval Office several times, and Whitaker briefed Trump when the president preferred not to talk to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom he had disparaged publicly, according to White House officials. As Trump said last month on Fox News Channel, “I know Matt Whitaker.” In addition, Trump was aware that Whitaker was a skeptic of the Mueller probe before appointing him, which factored into his decision to tap him over Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, according to two White House advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid."

Obstruction of justice.

"Meanwhile, Whitaker’s public record is drawing fresh scrutiny. That includes comments during his unsuccessful 2014 campaign in Iowa for U.S. Senate that judges should have a “biblical view,” that he could not support judicial nominees who are “secular” and that he thinks federal courts are supposed to be the “inferior branch” of the government. Whitaker has criticized the Supreme Court’s landmark 1803 ruling in Marbury v. Madison, which serves as the foundation for judicial review of public policy. Federal investigators last year also looked into whether Whitaker, as an advisory-board member of a Miami patent company accused of fraud by customers, played a role in trying to help the company silence critics by threatening legal action. But it is Whitaker’s outspoken criticism of the Mueller investigation that has led Democrats to allege bias and spurred bipartisan efforts on Capitol Hill to pass legislation designed to protect the special counsel and prohibit Trump from firing him.

"Meanwhile, an audio recording has circulated online in which Whitaker expresses doubt about any Russian inference in elections at all. “The left is trying to sow this theory that essentially Russians interfered with the U.S. election, which has been proven false,” Whitaker said. “They did not have any impact in the election.” That statement directly conflicts with the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the election to help elect Trump and the Justice Department’s indictments of more than two dozen alleged Russian agents for interference. Inside the Justice Department, there is considerable resistance to Whitaker, and some officials there say they think he is wholly unqualified to be acting attorney general. Many in the building are concerned about infighting, noting that while Whitaker was serving as chief of staff to Sessions he spoke privately with Trump about taking over as attorney general and did not disclose the conversation to Sessions. A person familiar with the matter said Sessions was surprised when The Washington Post first reported on Whitaker and Trump’s discussion. Whitaker also had been seen as gunning for Rosenstein’s job, which created awkwardness among the department leadership, officials said."

Apparently, not all of the Trump nazi's aides are on board:

"At the White House as well as the Justice Department, senior aides were taken aback by news accounts of Whitaker’s work on the advisory board of Miami-based World Patent Marketing, which was accused of defrauding its customers. Officials said they were particularly stunned by emails showing Whitaker invoked his former job as a U.S. attorney to threaten a man who had complained about the company. Whitaker also rebuffed an October 2017 subpoena from the Federal Trade Commission seeking his records related to the company, according to two people with knowledge of the case. Also under scrutiny is Whitaker’s work as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. In one of its most publicized cases, Whitaker’s office brought charges against an openly gay Democratic state senator, Matt McCoy, for allegedly using his office to extort about $2,000 from a local company that installed motion sensors in the homes of senior citizens to monitor their health. McCoy said he believed the case was motivated because of his politics and sexual orientation, and a jury found him not guilty. A Justice Department spokesman said the case was brought on its merits, not because of politics. Still, for Whitaker, the case ended in defeat and harsh criticism in the local press."

Trump and his henchmen present an exigent threat to our democratic republic.  To say nothing of life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

Even Rosenstein has not turned out to be the protector of the Constitution he earlier appeared to be:

"Seeking to quell the internal concerns and public doubts that have been raised about Whitaker, Rosenstein praised his new boss in brief remarks to reporters Friday in Alexandria, Va. “I think he’s a superb choice for attorney general,” Rosenstein said. “He certainly understands the work, understands the priorities of the department. I think he’s going to do a superb job as attorney general.” He added that he delivered the same message Thursday in a conference call with prosecutors across the country."

Rosenstein has lost all credibility.  Is not fit for the job.

"Justice Department lawyers are bracing for the likelihood that they will face lawsuits over the constitutionality of Whitaker’s appointment. A Justice Department official said lawyers feared that challengers would be able to find a judge, at least at the district-court level, who would be friendly to challenges over Whitaker’s authority — whether they had merit or not — and stir further anxiety at the department. Lawyers Neal K. Katyal and George T. Conway III, who have emerged as prominent critics of the Trump administration, argued in a New York Times column this week that Whitaker’s appointment was unconstitutional because the appointments clause of the Constitution requires “principal officers” who report to the president be confirmed by the Senate. Some other legal scholars dispute that argument.

"Speaking with reporters Friday, Trump distanced himself from Whitaker, just as he has done with other close associates — including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former personal lawyer Michael Cohen — once they become embroiled in controversy. “Well, Matt Whitaker — I don’t know Matt Whitaker,” Trump said. “Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions, and he was always extremely highly thought of, and he still is. But I didn’t know Matt Whitaker.” Trump went on to praise Whitaker as “a very smart man,” “very respected” and “at the top of the line” — and claimed his selection to succeed Sessions “was greeted with raves.” Administration officials and outside advisers said later Friday that they were struggling to divine the meaning of Trump’s assertion he did not know Whitaker. “Could he be running from him? I guess it’s possible,” said one person close to Trump and the Justice Department. “I think he’s just trying to kick the can and not deal with the situation.”

Think the shit's finally about to hit the fan?

Trump has again demonstrated he's a rabid jackass.  ABC News reports:

"President Donald Trump on Friday mocked "Mr. Kellyanne Conway", George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and his concerns that Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general is unconstitutional. "You mean Mr. Kellyanne Conway?" Trump responded when asked by a reporter about the criticism. "He’s just trying to get publicity for himself. Why don't you do this, why don't you ask Kellyanne that question, all right? She might know him better than me. I really don't know the guy."

Then, why talk out both sides your ass, Mr. 'President?'

"George Conway co-wrote an op-ed in the New York Times published Thursday arguing that President Trump's appointment of Whitaker as acting attorney general is unconstitutional because he wasn't confirmed by the Senate. "It’s illegal. And it means that anything Mr. Whitaker does, or tries to do, in that position is invalid," Conway, a lawyer, and Neal Katyal, also a Washington lawyer and former acting solicitor general under President Barack Obama, wrote in the New York Times. "Because Mr. Whitaker has not undergone the process of Senate confirmation, there has been no mechanism for scrutinizing whether he has the character and ability to evenhandedly enforce the law in a position of such grave responsibility. The public is entitled to that assurance, especially since Mr. Whitaker’s only supervisor is Mr. Trump himself, and the president is hopelessly compromised by the Mueller investigation," Conway and Katyal wrote. It's not the first time Conway has publicly shared views opposing those of his wife's boss. Conway and Katyal recently wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post arguing that Trump's proposal to end birthright citizenship is unconstitutional."

Shit continues to hit the fan.  The Washington Post reports:

"Maryland’s top lawyer is asking a federal judge to block Matthew G. Whitaker from serving as acting U.S. attorney general contending the appointment is illegal. Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) says in a planned court filing Tuesday that President Trump’s appointment of Whitaker is unconstitutional and that he should be replaced by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who was confirmed by the Senate. “The Constitution and Congress have established vitally important processes for filling high-level vacancies in the federal government,” Frosh said in a statement. “Few positions are more critical than that of U.S. Attorney General, an office that wields enormous enforcement power and authority over the lives of all Americans.” The challenge to Whitaker’s appointment would come as part of Maryland’s ongoing federal lawsuit that is trying to force the Trump administration to uphold a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. “Who the attorney general is is at the core of this lawsuit,” Frosh said in an interview Tuesday morning. “Aside from the constitutional issue, this guy, Mr. Whitaker, has extreme views and that’s dangerous in itself,” said Frosh, adding he also expects any ruling in the state challenge to Whitaker’s role would be appealed. The planned legal action over Whitaker, first reported by NPR, says his appointment violates the Constitution’s Appointments Clause that requires “principal” senior officials, like the attorney general, to be confirmed by the Senate. Maryland also contends it violates a federal statute that gives authority to the deputy attorney general when the top job is vacant."

Be interesting to see where this goes, -- if anywhere.

CBS News reports:

"The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel on Wednesday released the legal advice it gave the White House as to whether a senior Justice Department official like Matt Whitaker could be appointed acting attorney general, CBS News' Paula Reid reports. In short, the Justice Department's lawyers, in the memo dated Wednesday, argued an appointment Whitaker's is lawful. A senior Justice Department official who worked on the memo and spoke to reporters on a conference call Wednesday morning confirmed the Justice Department gave the White House verbal advice, then codified that advice in a memo."

Be interesting to see if that flies, no?  Sounds like they were 'winging' it, doesn't it?  ... To appease the Trump nazi.

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11-16-18

In follow up to a recent edition here and elsewhere, NPR reports:

"Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted days ago of blasphemy, has been freed from jail after spending more than eight years in solitary confinement awaiting execution. The acquittal of Bibi, who is Catholic, was announced just over a week ago by Pakistan's Supreme Court, which said her accusers had not definitively proved her guilt. She was permitted to leave jail immediately after the verdict, but her release was delayed after protests from an extremist religious group, demanding she be killed. Citing officials, the BBC reports that Bibi left her detention facility in Punjab province under heavy security on Wednesday and was flown to a secure location in Islamabad.

"The Italian government said earlier this week it would help Bibi and her family relocate. Several other Western countries have also offered her asylum. In the past, both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have advocated for her."

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11-16-18

More of the same.  A congenital liar.  NPR reports:

"Days after midterm voting, as ballots are still being counted, Republican lawmakers holding onto tight leads in midterm states are alleging foul play and voter fraud. The claims were amplified by President Trump, without evidence, on Friday morning. "You mean they are just now finding votes in Florida and Georgia — but the Election was on Tuesday?" he wrote in a tweet. "Let's blame the Russians and demand an immediate apology from President Putin!"

    "You mean they are just now finding votes in Florida and Georgia – but the Election was on Tuesday? Let’s blame the Russians and demand an immediate apology from President Putin!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018"

A congenital liar.  No proof.  No evidence.  Abject bullshit.  Forget?  The Trump way.

"Current Florida Gov. Rick Scott, locked in a tight Senate race, said in a press conference Thursday night that "the people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency and the supervisors are failing to give it to us."

Lying because you're losing the race?

"Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant voter fraud in Palm Beach and Broward Counties," he said. "I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida."

Another congenital liar in the mold of the Trump nazi.

In update, NPR reports:

"Two top elections in Florida are heading for recounts, with voters almost evenly divided on candidates in the state's races for governor and the U.S. Senate. Unofficial vote tallies from all of Florida's 67 counties were turned in at noon on Saturday, and the narrow vote margins triggered machine recounts, which must be completed by Thursday. The most acrimonious of the elections may be the U.S. Senate race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson, which will have national consequences. If Scott is able to retain his lead, it would expand the Republican majority in the Senate, which currently stands at 51 seats. Scott's lead had narrowed to .15 percentage points, or about 12,500 votes, by Saturday afternoon. Florida law requires a machine recount when the leading candidate's margin is 0.5 percentage points or less. Nelson has filed a federal lawsuit asking to postpone the deadline for submitting election results and a motion over the process of validating signatures on provisional and absentee ballots. Scott also filed lawsuits in both Broward and Palm Beach counties demanding election supervisors there reveal how many votes are left to count, and judges ruled Friday that those election supervisors had to release that information. President Trump weighed in with support for Scott, calling the potential for a recount a "fraud," and referring to one of Nelson's attorneys, Marc Elias, in a tweet on Saturday.

    "As soon as Democrats sent their best Election stealing lawyer, Marc Elias, to Broward County they miraculously started finding Democrat votes. Don’t worry, Florida - I am sending much better lawyers to expose the FRAUD!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018"

The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump on Monday called for stopping the recounts in Florida’s votes for Senate and governor, alleging without evidence that many ballots are missing and forged and that a valid tally is not possible. In a morning tweet, Trump suggested that the results from the night of the Nov. 6 election should stand, handing victories to fellow Republicans Rick Scott, the governor, in the Senate race and Ron DeSantis, a former congressman, in the gubernatorial contest.

“The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged,” the president said in a tweet that misstated what Florida officials have concluded. “An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!”

Midterm election results are not final in Florida and elsewhere, enraging the Trump nazi, his henchmen, and GOP national socialists.  The Washington Post reports:

"As heavily Democratic counties in South Florida scrambled to meet a Saturday deadline to report election returns, Republican Rick Scott’s lead over Democrat Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race shrunk to just 12,562 votes out of nearly 8.2 million votes cast, ensuring a recount. Vote totals posted Saturday showed the margin in the marquee race in the nation’s biggest battleground state at .015 percent, close enough to trigger a recount by machine. Also hitting that threshold was the race for governor between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis, who is sitting on slightly bigger cushion of 33,684 votes over Gillum.

"Scott, who has also raised allegations of fraud, used his bully pulpit Saturday to encourage Florida sheriffs to keep an eye out for any violations of election laws. But the claims by the president and the governor were undercut Saturday by the Florida Department of State, which said in a statement it found “no evidence of criminal activity at this time. ” The department, which oversees elections, had sent two monitors to observe Tuesday’s vote in Broward County as result of a lawsuit over the mishandling of ballots in a 2016 congressional race."

Scott and the Trump nazi allege voter fraud with no evidence to back it up.  Law enforcement has also claimed to have found no credible allegations.

"A spokeswoman for the state department, Sarah Revell, said the observers were sent to “monitor the administration of the election, including visiting polling locations throughout the day as needed and observing preparation of the voting equipment and procedures for the election.” The monitors have continued to monitor the vote-counting this week.

"Nelson has accused Scott of using the power of his office to try to secure his Senate victory. Earlier this week, the governor called for state law enforcement to investigate the voting in South Florida — a probe that the state agency has so far declined to begin because the state department has not presented any allegations of fraud.

"Under Florida law, a statewide machine recount is conducted when the margin of victory is less than 0.5 percent, and a manual recount is ordered if the margin is less than 0.25 percent. The governor’s race does not appear to meet the manual recount standard, according to Saturday’s tally.

A manual recount is defined as “a hand recount of overvotes and undervotes set aside from the machine recount,” centering on ballots in which voters skipped a race or voted for two candidates in one race."

The Washington Post reports:

"Lawsuits and accusations flew Monday in the recount battle in Florida, with Sen. Bill Nelson (D) calling on Republican Gov. Rick Scott, his opponent, to recuse himself from overseeing the process and a judge ruling there was no evidence of voter fraud even as President Trump alleged without evidence that ballots were missing and forged. Recounts in Florida’s races for governor, Senate and agriculture commissioner were ordered Saturday due to tight margins in the votes and immediately became the focus of lawsuits by candidates. On Monday, state Judge Jack Tuter ruled against a request by Scott that ballots and machines in closely watched Broward County not in use in the recount be impounded. Tuter said that there was no evidence of voter fraud and that Brenda Snipes, the county election supervisor, needs to be allowed to do her job and finish the count. Tuter also appeared to admonish the Scott team for suggesting voter fraud without offering evidence of it. “Everything the lawyers are saying out there at the elections office is being beamed out across the country. We should be careful what we say,” Tuter said. “These words mean things these days, as everybody in the room knows.”

Not only is Scott a liar, so is the Trump nazi:

"Earlier Monday, Trump tweeted that the results from the night of the Nov. 6 election should stand, handing victories to Scott and to Republican former congressman Ron DeSantis in the gubernatorial contest. “The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged,” the president said in a tweet that misstated what Florida officials have concluded. “An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!”

    "The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged. An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2018"

No proof.  No evidence.  Blatant lies.

"Also Monday, a new suit was filed on behalf of VoteVets, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee asked that all mail-in ballots postmarked by last Tuesday be counted. Under current rules, ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Nelson also called on Scott to recuse himself from the recount, charging Monday that the governor can’t oversee the recount “in a fair and impartial way.” “He’s thrown around words like voter fraud without any proof,” Nelson said."

A congenital liar.  Just like the Trump nazi:

"In a Fox News television appearance earlier, Scott called Nelson a “sore loser” and alleged that “he’s just here to steal this election.” In the Senate contest, Scott’s lead over Nelson has narrowed to 12,562 votes out of more than 8 million ballots cast, a margin of 0.15 percent, according to an unofficial tally Saturday from the state. State law mandates a machine recount if the margin is half a percentage point or less. The governor’s race also has tightened, with DeSantis, a staunch ally of Trump, ahead of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) by 0.41 percent. If that margin holds, it would fall short of the 0.25 percent threshold for a more involved manual recount. If the margin in the Senate race holds, however, it would be slim enough to require a hand recount. In that scenario, officials would have three days to inspect ballots with over votes or under votes — ballots on which the voter selected no candidate or more than one candidate in the race — provided there are enough to change the outcome. That could spark disputes about whether the voter intended to mark it that way."

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11-16-18

Although the results are not yet final, the LGBTQ community did extremely well in the election.  NPR reports:

"As the electoral landscape took shape earlier this year, at least one thing became clear: 2018 was set to become a year of firsts. Election Day promised to usher in a group of barrier-breaking candidates, blazing trails for diverse communities that have long gone unrepresented in Congress and other halls of power — and nowhere was that promise more evident than in its record-smashing class of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer nominees. More than 400 such candidates were on the ballot Tuesday, according to the Victory Fund, an advocacy group that supports viable LGBTQ politicians. The sizable crop of candidates had some people even speaking of a "rainbow wave." So, now that Election Day has drawn to a close, how has that record class actually fared at the ballot box? The final answer to that question will need to wait until all of the races are called, of course, but already some candidates have made history."

NBC News reports:

"As the sun set on Washington on Tuesday evening, a rainbow appeared over the Capitol. LGBTQ candidates and advocates hoped it was an early sign that a figurative “rainbow wave” would sweep a historic number of lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer candidates into office. Their hopes were arguably fulfilled. With many races still too close to call, more than 100 LGBTQ candidates emerged victorious in the midterms as of Wednesday afternoon. For perspective, there are currently less than 600 openly LGBTQ elected officials in the U.S. — just 0.1 percent of elected officials nationwide, according to the Victory Institute. “This election is shaping up to be truly historic for LGBTQ candidates," Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of the national LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD, said in a statement shared with NBC News."

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11-16-18

The Trump nazi certainly does not believe in a free press.  The Washington Post reports:

"The White House suspended the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta on Wednesday, hours after President Trump took issue with questions Acosta asked at a news conference."

Can't pointedly question a Republican national socialist, fascist, nazi.

"The move to punish Acosta by removing his access to the White House is believed to be unprecedented. The Trump administration barred another CNN reporter from attending an open media event in July but until now has not gone as far as removing a credential, known as a “hard pass,” which enables a journalist to enter the White House grounds. Press secretary Sarah Sanders cited Acosta’s brief confrontation with a White House press aide during Trump’s midday news conference as the reason for suspending his press pass “until further notice.”

The nazi has spoken.

"During the 90-minute session at the White House, Trump snapped at Acosta after the reporter asked whether the president had “demonized immigrants” by calling a caravan of Central American migrants “an invasion.” After a long and tense back-and-forth, a female White House intern tried to take the microphone from Acosta."

Anything to obstruct free speech.  Questioning of our nazi fuhrer.  The intern certainly did her fuhrer's bidding.

"Acosta held onto it and raised an arm to shield it, in the process making contact with the aide. “Pardon me, ma’am,” he said to her. After their exchange, Trump told Acosta: “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. You’re a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. And the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

Jesus Christ.  Kettle calling the pot black.  Hypocrisy of our nazi fuhrer? Stunning.

"On Wednesday night, Sanders accused Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman” and said it was on those grounds that Acosta’s press pass was being suspended."

Horse shit.  Unadulterated.

“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration,” Sanders said in a statement. “We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question.”

Again, no more than unadulterated horse shit:

"Video of the exchange showed otherwise. On Twitter, Acosta responded to the press secretary’s statement with, simply: “This is a lie.”

    "This is a lie. https://t.co/FastFfWych
    — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018

"The White House Correspondents' Association called the White House’s reaction “out of line to the purported offense” and urged that Acosta’s press pass be restored."

Trump remains no more than a gutless coward.  No ability to withstand and/or answer pointed questioning.

"Appearing on CNN on Wednesday evening, Acosta told host Anderson Cooper that he was “just trying to ask a question of the president.” He added: “I didn’t put my hands on her or touch her, as the White House is alleging. I do think, Anderson, that this is a test for all of us. I think they’re trying to shut us down. I think they’re trying to send a message to my colleagues.”

No question.  Trump again proved he remains unfit for office.  Lacks temperament, judgment.

"Acosta said he learned that his access was denied from a text message he received on his phone. When he went to the White House for “one last live shot,” he said a security officer prevented him from passing through an entrance he has used for the past five years. “I never thought that in this country I wouldn’t be able to cover the president of the United States just for asking a question,” he said. In a statement Wednesday night, CNN accused the White House of retaliating against Acosta because of his questions. “In an explanation, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied,” the network stated. “She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better. Jim Acosta has our full support.” The network also tweeted a video of the interaction “for the world to see.”

Sanders, like her fuhrer, has again disgraced herself.

"Sanders later tweeted a short clip of the interaction, writing: “We stand by our decision.”

No honor.  No principles.  No guts.  Just like her fuhrer.

"Matt Dornic, CNN’s vice president of communications, responded by sharing a fuller video clip, writing: “You manipulated this video. The lies never end.”

    "You manipulated this video. The lies never end. Here’s the actual video. pic.twitter.com/pdVWbDOKTI
    — Matt Dornic (@mdornic) November 8, 2018

    "Don’t believe the lies coming from the WH. Believe in our freedoms. Thank you all for your support. We won’t back down. #1A
    — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018"

Truth?  What's that?  Trump and his henchmen have no clue.

The Washington Post reports:

"The Trump administration is plainly upset with the behavior of a certain CNN reporter. But how far is it willing to go to make its case that the reporter acted improperly during a news conference with President Trump? One answer emerged Wednesday night when White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted a video of the episode, involving CNN’s Jim Acosta, the network’s chief White House correspondent. Experts said the video, in which Acosta is seen rebuffing a press aide’s attempt to take a microphone out of his hands, was altered to exaggerate the aggressiveness of Acosta’s actions. If that is the case, the video may belong in a category rarely employed by democratic governments: visual propaganda. The White House video, apparently made by a contributor to the conspiracy-peddling website Infowars , speeds up the movement of Acosta’s arms as the unidentified aide grabs at the mic during a heated conversation between the reporter and Trump. The video tweeted by Sanders also eliminated Acosta’s comment to the young woman — “Pardon me, ma’am” — as he sought to continue questioning the president."

Here's the problem:

“As visual journalists, we know that manipulating images is manipulating truth,” said the group’s president, Whitney Shefte, a Washington Post videographer. “It’s deceptive, dangerous and unethical. Knowingly sharing manipulated images is equally problematic, particularly when the person sharing them is a representative of our country’s highest office with vast influence over public opinion.”

"Totalitarian governments have long recognized the value of altering photos and videos to manipulate public opinion and perception. Officials were regularly airbrushed out of state photos in the Soviet Union as dictators such as Joseph Stalin purged internal enemies. Wartime governments regularly censor images or release them selectively to maintain popular order and morale. Modern-day regimes vigorously employ digital techniques to fool viewers; North Korea’s propaganda ministry routinely alters images emanating from the isolated nation, from photos of leader Kim Jong Un’s ears to state-issued pictures of the country’s military prowess."

ABC News reports:

"President Donald Trump claimed on Friday that a White House-released video depicting contact between a staffer and a CNN reporter wasn't altered, and he seemingly threatened to revoke the White House press credentials of more reporters. Trump insisted that the video distributed by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was simply a "close-up" and "was not doctored." "Nobody manipulated it. All that is is a close-up," said the president, who then attacked the reporter for asking the question and called him "dishonest." A frame-by-frame comparison with an Associated Press video of the same incident from Trump's postelection news conference Wednesday shows that the video tweeted by Sanders appears to speed up CNN reporter Jim Acosta's arm movement when he makes contact with a White House intern who was trying to take away Acosta's microphone. The speedup appears to make the gesture more threatening."

Trump is a liar.  A congenital liar.  Has no ability to withstand criticism.  Remains egregiously unfit for office.

NPR reports:

"CNN has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration after the White House suspended CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials.

"CNN's complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, calls the move "an unabashed attempt to censor the press and exclude reporters from the White House who challenge and dispute the President's point of view." "While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone," CNN said in a statement to NPR. "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials." The lawsuit against Trump, senior White House officials and the Secret Service argues that suspending Acosta's press credentials violates his First Amendment rights to free speech and his Fifth Amendment right to due process. It demands that his credentials be immediately restored or, if not, that the matter be heard by a neutral arbiter. It's also seeking a declaration that the decision to suspend the credentials was unconstitutional."

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11-16-18

Trump and his henchmen are traitors.  Have concertedly, determinedly betrayed USS Cole survivors.  NPR reports:

"Eighteen years ago, Lorrie Triplett's husband, Ensign Andrew Triplett, rode off on his bike to board the destroyer USS Cole, heading for the Persian Gulf. It was the last time she would see him. On Wednesday, she sat in the U.S. Supreme Court, and she "really wanted to scream." Her husband was among 17 killed in 2000 when al-Qaida suicide bombers in a small boat attacked the Cole while it was refueling in a harbor in Yemen. Dozens more men and women were injured. They and the families of the dead sued the government of Sudan for allegedly providing material support for the attack. Their path for this and similar suits has been long and difficult, and now, to the consternation of the victims and veterans groups, the Trump administration is siding with Sudan, long designated a state sponsor of terrorism and now on the Trump travel ban list."

Blatant betrayal.  Of our best and brightest.  Raw nazism.

"The administration argues that the $315 million in damages awarded to the victims in the case cannot stand. The legal question is one that only a lawyer could love, but not the people whose lives have been affected. The question is whether the notification of the lawsuit was sent to the wrong address. The notice was sent by registered mail to the Embassy of Sudan in Washington, D.C., addressed to the nation's foreign minister and signed for by someone at the embassy. Sudan contends that under U.S. law and international treaty, the notice should have been sent to the foreign ministry in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. That position is supported not just by the Trump administration, but also by Saudi Arabia, which faces similar lawsuits over the Sept. 11 attacks."

Goddamned traitors.  Nazi America.  Where day is night, night is day, and shit smells perversely sweet.  All ass backwards.

"The argument is that to allow such notifications to be made at an embassy would breach the "inviolability" of embassies and consulates that is guaranteed under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The Trump administration argues as well that if Sudan and other countries can be served notice of lawsuits at embassies, the U.S. could suffer a similar fate at its embassies. But lawyers for the Cole victims counter that the U.S. has a firm policy of never accepting such legal service at its embassies and that the U.S. has not had any difficulty enforcing that policy over a period of more than four decades."

Trump and his henchmen are traitors.  Have determinedly, concertedly betrayed U.S. military personnel and their survivors.

Here are the consequences of Trump's intransigence:

"On Wednesday, when the case was argued, a grim group of Cole survivors and relatives of the dead sat in the chamber. Lorrie Triplett, the widow of Ensign Triplett, was shaking when she emerged. Tears poured down her face as she talked about her loss and that of her daughters. Even today, she said, she cannot believe "how drastic" the effect has been on her life. "Never got his body back," she said softly. "Never. Never seen him ever again." The men who stood next to Triplett were angry. "Our own country, siding with the country that harbors terrorists," said David Matthew Morales, who was injured on the Cole. "It was very hurtful," he added, pulling a small piece of metal out of his pocket. It was from the hull of the Cole, and he carries it [with] him everywhere. "We came here for accountability, and we wouldn't expect our government to oppose its citizens receiving justice and holding those accountable for a terrorist attack," said Jamal Gunn, whose brother was killed on the Cole. "Our country should stand behind their soldiers and sailors that's out there every day putting their life on the line for the country," said Rick Harrison, a firefighter and machinist injured on the Cole. "You can look at 9/11. They got justice. ... So why can't the U.S.S. Cole get justice," said David Francis, whose sister was killed on the Cole."

Clearly, no longer possible in Nazi America.  Trump's Fourth Reich.  We've lost ourselves.  Our country.  We're no longer what we used to be.

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11-16-18

Trouble in Trump-Macron 'bromance.'  The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron met here Saturday amid tensions over Macron’s call for a “true European army” — remarks the U.S. president deemed “very insulting” moments after he landed here for World War I commemoration ceremonies this weekend. There were some visible signs of strain between the two men Saturday even as they exchanged warm words at the start of their bilateral meeting at Elysee Palace. Appealing to Trump’s “America First” agenda, Macron stressed publicly that European nations in the NATO alliance should pay more in defense — an attempt to soothe Trump over one of his constant irritations. “I do share President Trump’s views that we need a much better burden-sharing with NATO,” Macron said at the start of their meeting, as Trump sat on the edge of his chair with a tight smile on his face. “My proposals for European defense are totally consistent with that.” Calling Trump “my good friend,” Macron proclaimed “great solidarity” between the two nations and said the leaders will discuss a litany of issues during their one-on-one meeting, including Iran, Syria, Yemen, trade and climate change."

Give me a break.

CBS News reports:

"Mr. Trump's visit to France opened on a testy note after he unleashed an angry Twitter jab at his host as he arrived for the celebration. Just as Air Force One touched down in Paris Friday night, Mr. Trump tweeted that Macron "has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!" Macron's office said Mr. Trump misunderstood Macron's comments about sharing the defense burden and the two men struck a more friendly tone as they opened their meeting at the grand presidential residence. "We want to help Europe but it has to be fair. Right now, the burden-sharing has been largely on the United States," Mr. Trump said, adding that Macron "understands that and he understands the United States can only do so much, in fairness to the United States."

Think Trump truly cares about veterans?  Their sacrifice?  The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump flew 3,800 miles to this French capital city for ceremonies to honor the military sacrifice in World War I, hoping to take part in the kind of powerful ode to the bravery of the armed forces that he was unable to hold in Washington. But on his first full day here, it rained on his substitute parade weekend. Early Saturday, the White House announced Trump and the first lady had scuttled plans, due to bad weather, for their first stop in the weekend’s remembrance activities — a visit to the solemn Aisne Marne American Cemetery, marking the ferocious Battle of Belleau Wood. It was not completely clear why the Trumps were unable to attend. The cemetery is 50 miles from Paris. Perhaps the president was planning to travel on Marine One, which is occasionally grounded by the Secret Service. But the sight of dignitaries arriving at other sites outside Paris, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, led some foreign policy analysts to speculate the U.S. commander in chief just wasn’t up for it."

Apparently, wasn't.  Get this:

“It’s incredible that a president would travel to France for this significant anniversary — and then remain in his hotel room watching TV rather than pay in person his respects to the Americans who gave their lives in France for the victory gained 100 years ago tomorrow,” David Frum, who served as a speechwriter to former president George W. Bush, wrote in tweets. Trump is actually staying at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Paris. So began a weekend in which Trump — battling on a number of political fronts in Washington — seemed distracted and disengaged. Trump left Washington as the list of White House worries piled up: newly empowered Democrats, criticism of his pick for acting attorney general and backlash over his personal attacks against journalists. Trump was in France in body but appeared unenthusiastic in spirit."

The pressure is apparently beginning to get to our nazi fuhrer:

"The White House said Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would attend the Belleau ceremony in the Trumps’ absence, but Frum suggested Trump could have tried to scramble a motorcade to keep his schedule. The cemetery has 2,288 gravesites honoring those who died, including many Americans. The names of 1,060 more Americans who went missing and whose bodies were not recovered are engraved on the walls of the site. Trump held a bilateral meeting with Macron, but the U.S. president appeared subdued, almost sullen, as Macron tried to mask growing tensions between them. When Macron tried to pat Trump’s thigh, the president ignored him and didn’t acknowledge the touch or reciprocate it — a marked difference from their demonstrative power-grip handshakes and back slaps during previous meetings."

NBC News reports:

"The White House’s bad-weather call for Trump is not sitting well with some observers. Francois Heisbourg, a political analyst and former campaign adviser to Macron, posted a photograph on Twitter of someone bicycling in Paris and wrote the weather that kept Trump from the cemetery is: “Nothing a cyclist can't handle, let alone a presidential helo.” A member of the British Parliament and grandson of legendary British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Nicholas Soames, was even more critical, calling Trump “pathetic” and “inadequate” on Twitter because he “couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen” who “died with their face to the foe.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also participated in armistice events outside the city today, at a battle site about two hours north of Paris by car.

        "Today, I joined our delegation of Canadian veterans at Vimy Ridge — to thank them for their service and to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of our freedom.

    "We will never forget.#CanadaRemembers pic.twitter.com/txn66KcnDM
    — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 10, 2018"

Yet, our nazi fuhrer couldn't get his sorry ass there?

The Washington Post reports:

"A century and some change after bugle calls for cease-fire drifted over European trench lines, the French launched a salvo. “There is rain, but it does not matter,” the French army said Monday on Twitter, alongside a photo of a rain-soaked recruit crawling through an obstacle. “We remain motivated.”  The French were almost certainly trolling President Trump two days after inclement weather led him to cancel a planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery — a verdant hillside shrine of arcing headstones that mark the final resting place for 2,289 U.S. troops, many of whom were killed in the Battle of Belleau Wood. The names of 1,060 more who were never found are inscribed on a wall there."

Apparently, Trump couldn't have cared less.  Think the following credible?

"The White House canceled the visit, which would have been aboard the presidential helicopter Marine One, after it was determined that the conditions offered “near-zero visibility,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, amid criticism and speculation that Trump was not motivated to join other world leaders there by car instead. “President Trump did not want to cause that kind of unexpected disruption to the city and its people,” Sanders said. The cemetery is 50 miles outside Paris, and it was not clear why alternative routes — commonly planned for high-profile events — were not used in this case. The weather did not prevent Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron from visits to other sites around Paris."

Trump disgraced himself:

"Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly visited the cemetery on Saturday — a day and a place layered with deep significance to U.S. military history. Saturday was the Marine Corps’s 243rd birthday, and the men — both Marines — walked the cemetery on the edge of Belleau Wood, which quickly became central to Marine lore after the 1918 battle. A brigade of Marines joined two Army divisions in the closing months of the war and fought brutal hand-to-hand combat in the wood, occasionally contending with swirling poison gas. The Germans sent numerous waves in a failed attempt to dislodge the Marines during the battle, which lasted nearly a month."

Trump's sorry ass should have accompanied both generals as they toured the cemetery.  -- The least this fascist bastard could have done to honor our war dead.

"And in April, Macron gave the White House an oak sapling from Belleau Wood, where, he said, “the blood [of Americans] was spilled to defend France.” German troops nicknamed Marines “Teufel hunden” — devil dogs. The name stuck. Bulldogs have become the mascot of the Corps. Now Marines who visit the cemetery and battlefield are drawn to the village of Belleau right outside, where a moss-flecked bulldog fountain spurts water from its mouth. It is customary for Marines to drink from it, in homage to the Americans who never left the wood."

The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump likes to throw Twitter bombs that explode in concentric circles of offensiveness. He delivers speeches that contain insults and falsehoods. He announces policies on a whim, some constitutionally questionable. But on a trip to Europe, the president hardly said a word — and he still managed to outrage at almost every turn.

"He looked uncomfortable and listless in a bilateral meeting with Macron, whose sinewy energy stood in stark contrast to Trump’s downbeat expression as the French leader patted him on the thigh. He was a no-show at a scheduled tour of a military cemetery for Americans, while other world leaders publicly paid homage to those who died on the battlefield. Instead, the president holed up at the U.S. ambassador’s residence, announcing hours later that he had spent a few hours making calls and attending meetings — but not offering to whom or about what. And on Sunday, Trump arrived separately from the 60 other leaders at a World War I remembrance at the Arc de Triomphe. He had no speaking role, sitting stone-faced as Macron railed against the rise of nationalism — a rebuke of Trump’s professed worldview. The overall takeaway to many was a president turning away from the world, a man occupying the office of the leader of the free world who appeared withdrawn and unenthusiastic on the global stage."

Trump remains unfit.  Glaringly, apparent.

“Watching the event from France I cannot recall a time when America seemed so isolated,” David Axelrod, who was a senior political adviser to President Barack Obama, wrote on Twitter late Sunday. “America First feels like America Alone.”

Failed presidency not even two years in.

NPR reports:

"At a ceremony in Paris on Sunday to commemorate the end of World War I, world leaders made impassioned pleas for global cooperation, with several making forceful denouncements against rising forces of nationalism."

For damned good reason.  Rising nazism not only overseas, but right here in our formerly great country.

"In a speech at the Arc de Triomphe, French President Emmanuel Macron took aim at the style of nationalism that has been embraced by President Trump, warning a crowd of dignitaries and heads of state about how the splintering of multilateral institutions led to the first World War and now threaten to divide the world once again. "The traces of this war never went away," Macron said. "The old demons are rising again."

Indeed.  They are.  Resurrection of Hitler's Third Reich to Trump's Fourth.

"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism," Macron continued. "Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. In saying, 'Our interests first, whatever happens to the others,' you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: its moral values."

Point well made.

"Among the dozens of world leaders in attendance were Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Most of the world leaders attending the Armistice Day event were transported to the ceremony site in buses, and they then marched together down the Champs-Élysées toward the Arc de Triomphe. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived to the commemoration separately, citing security reasons. Putin greeted Trump with a thumbs-up at the ceremony. According to The Associated Press, Putin told Russian broadcaster RT that he didn't speak with Trump in Paris but said the two will meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina later this month.

"Later Sunday, Macron convened a Paris Peace Forum, which he said would give world leaders an opportunity to discuss the miscalculations that led to World War I and promote concrete actions toward peace.

"France — and Macron — are taking the lead to empower a global "resistance" of multilateralists hoping to salvage, or rebuild, a dwindling rules-based order. The question remains open whether the multilateralists can do that without U.S. leadership. At the forum, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against taking peace for granted, saying, "We have to work for it."

"Trump did not attend the forum, instead visiting the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial outside of Paris before returning to Washington."

The Washington Post reports:

"As he jetted to Paris last Friday, President Trump received a congratulatory phone call aboard Air Force One. British Prime Minister Theresa May was calling to celebrate the Republican Party’s wins in the midterm elections — never mind that Democrats seized control of the House — but her appeal to the American president’s vanity was met with an ornery outburst. Trump berated May for Britain not doing enough, in his assessment, to contain Iran. He questioned her over Brexit and complained about the trade deals he sees as unfair with European countries. May has endured Trump’s churlish temper before, but still her aides were shaken by his especially foul mood, according to U.S. and European officials briefed on the conversation."

Think this president in full control of his faculties?

"For Trump, that testy call set the tone for five days of fury — evident in Trump’s splenetic tweets and described in interviews with 14 senior administration officials, outside Trump confidants and foreign diplomats, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. “He was frustrated with the trip. And he’s itching to make some changes,” said one senior White House official. “This is a week where things could get really dicey.”

Think the nazi fit for office?

"During his 43-hour stay in Paris, Trump brooded over the Florida recounts and sulked over key races being called for Democrats in the midterm elections that he had claimed as a “big victory.” He erupted at his staff over media coverage of his decision to skip a ceremony honoring the military sacrifice of World War I. The president also was angry and resentful over French President Emmanuel Macron’s public rebuke of rising nationalism, which Trump considered a personal attack. And that was after his difficult meeting with Macron, where officials said little progress was made as Trump again brought up his frustrations over trade and Iran. “He’s just a bull carrying his own china shop with him when­ever he travels the world,” presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said."

Comfortable with Trump and his finger figuratively on the nuclear button?

The Washington Post reports:

"Responding to President Trump’s attacks on his French counterpart, France’s government struck back Wednesday, accusing Trump of lacking “common decency” by spewing invective on the same day the country was commemorating the victims of a major 2015 terrorist attack. Benjamin Griveaux, France’s government spokesman, offered the response a day after Trump unleashed a string of Twitter attacks on President Emmanuel Macron. “Yesterday was November 13,” Griveaux said, according to the minutes of a meeting of France’s Council of Ministers -- remarks that were widely reported in French media. “We were commemorating the murder of 130 of our people.” The Nov. 13, 2015, attacks, perpetrated by a network of Islamic State-affiliated gunmen on a number of sites across the French capital, including the Bataclan concert hall, were the bloodiest on French soil since World War II. “So I’ll reply in English: ‘Common decency’ would have been appropriate,” Griveaux said."

Clearly, not possible for the Trump nazi.

"On Tuesday -- two days after flying home from a two-day visit to France -- Trump took to Twitter to post multiple blistering attacks on Macron, France’s performance in both world wars and France in general. He was responding in part to an address Macron gave Sunday in Paris, where the French president used the 100th anniversary of the 1918 World War I armistice to condemn nationalism as the “exact opposite of patriotism.” The remarks were seen by many as a direct challenge to Trump, who has openly identified as a nationalist. In his Tuesday tweets, Trump personally criticized Macron, who had previously sought to curry favor with Washington. “The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%,” Trump wrote, attempting to explain Macron’s remarks. The French unemployment rate is actually closer to 9 percent. This, for Trump, was the reason Macron defended multilateralism beneath the Arc de Triomphe in a solemn remembrance ceremony: “He was just trying to get onto another subject.” “By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France,” Trump noted, “very proud people-and rightfully so!........”

Insufferable jackass.  ... Only two years in, yet, a failed presidency.

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11-16-18

Trump loses another one.  NPR reports:

"A federal appeals court in California has blocked the Trump administration from immediately terminating an Obama-era program protecting from deportation young immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, ruled unanimously in favor of a lower court's preliminary injunction against the administration's attempt to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The program allows about 700,000 young immigrants to stay and work in the United States. In January, U.S. District Judge William Alsup granted a request to keep DACA operational while its future was being litigated. The ruling is the latest legal setback for the Trump administration over DACA."

Doesn't your heart bleed?

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11-16-18

Trump loses yet another one.  NPR reports:

"A U.S. district judge has issued an order blocking construction of the controversial transnational Keystone XL Pipeline until the State Department conducts further study of its impact on the environment. Judge Brian Morris' 54-page order, issued late Thursday, overturns the Trump administrations's approval last year of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline and at least temporarily prevents it from being built. Although the decision does not permanently halt the pipeline's construction, it nevertheless comes as TransCanada, the Canadian company that owns Keystone, is preparing to start construction in Montana, shipping pipe to various locations throughout the state, the Great Falls Tribune reports. The order stems from a lawsuit filed by the Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast Rivers Alliance, which alleges that the State Department and TransCanada violated National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, the environmental law described in the order as "the basic national charter for protection of the environment."

The Washington Post reports:

"A federal judge temporarily blocked construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, ruling late Thursday that the Trump administration had failed to justify its decision granting a permit for the 1,200-mile long project designed to connect Canada’s oil sands fields with Texas’s Gulf Coast refineries. The judge, Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court in Montana, said the State Department ignored crucial issues of climate change to further the president’s goal of letting the pipeline be built. In doing so, the administration ran afoul of the Administrative Procedure Act, which requires “reasoned” explanations for government decisions, particularly when they represent reversals of well-studied actions. It was a major defeat for President Trump, who attacked the Obama administration for stopping the project in the face of protests and an environmental impact study. Trump signed an executive order two days into his presidency setting in motion a course reversal on the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as another major pipeline, Dakota Access."

More importantly?

"The ruling highlights a broader legal vulnerability in the Trump administration’s push to roll back Obama-era environmental protections. Since Trump took office, federal courts have found repeatedly that his agencies have short-circuited the regulatory process in areas ranging from water protections to chemical plant safety operations. Robust environmental and administrative procedure laws, many dating back to the 1970s, have given the administration’s opponents plenty of legal ammunition."

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11-16-18

Once again, Trump is following in the footsteps of his fascist mentors.  NPR reports:

"The Trump administration is taking steps to stem the flow of Central American migrants crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. The administration issued a new rule Thursday designed to prohibit migrants who cross the border outside of designated entry points from seeking asylum in the United States. The measure is almost certain to face legal challenges. Advocates say federal law allows anyone on U.S. soil to petition for asylum, even if that person crossed the border illegally. The administration wants to get around that provision by using the president's broad authority to exclude any immigrant — or class of immigrants — deemed "detrimental to the interests of the United States." That's the same authority the president used when he issued his travel ban on a variety of mostly Muslim countries. That ban was initially blocked by the courts but after several revisions was ultimately upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Judges may face a similar test, weighing the president's broad authority to exclude migrants against the right to apply for asylum. "The question becomes, if these two provisions conflict, which one wins?" said Stephen Legomsky, former chief counsel for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He suspects the right to apply for asylum would carry the day."

Adolf and Benito would have been proud.  A raucous boot clicking, goose stepping, treasonous, treacherous, traitorous Sieg Heil!, Mr. 'President?'

NBC News reports:

"President Donald Trump fulfilled his midterm promise to crack down on undocumented immigrants crossing the Southwest border on Friday by signing a proclamation that will make it harder for immigrants to claim asylum if they are caught crossing the border between designated ports of entry. Starting just after midnight on Saturday morning, asylum-seekers who do not go through ports of entry will be apprehended, detained and deported unless they can meet a higher bar, such as proving they would be tortured if they were sent home. Within hours, the American Civil Liberties Union sued to block the new restrictions, calling it "the asylum ban." "The asylum ban is not just unlawful but will put families in real danger. We hope that the courts will step in to remedy this injustice," said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project.

"The new restrictions will apply for 90 days, but could end earlier, officials said. Under international law, however, asylum-seekers are permitted to make a claim regardless of where they enter. The administration was expecting lawsuits to be filed, which could keep the new policy from going into effect, but officials told NBC News that they expect the Supreme Court will eventually uphold their right to block asylum seekers with Justice Brett Kavanaugh now on the bench."

Should that happen, time in January for the Democratic House to impeach the Kavanaugh nazi.  Tie up the GOP Senate indefinitely with the trial.

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11-16-18

Think Republican judges are fit to sit on the bench in Texas?  Believe they have the temperament necessary for the job?  NBC News reports:

"A Houston district court judge who lost a re-election bid on Tuesday is facing criticism for releasing a majority of the juvenile defendants who appeared before him Wednesday after allegedly asking them whether they planned to kill anyone. District Court Judge Glenn Devlin, a Republican, lost his seat Tuesday to Democratic opponent Natalia Oakes — in a wave of 59 conservative jurists who had been ousted by Harris County voters, NBC Houston affiliate KPRC reported. And on Wednesday morning, Devlin had made a decision that shocked Steve Halpert, juvenile division chief for Harris County's Public Defender's Office. "The juveniles were asked whether they were going to, if released, whether they would kill somebody," Halpert told KPRC. "It was a little bit shocking because that's not a question Judge Devlin would ever ask. Or any judge."

We've got a problem.  Consider the following:

"The judge’s actions were especially incongruous given his track record of incarcerating juvenile defendants, according to local media. A Houston Chronicle investigation in October revealed that Devlin and Judge John Phillips accounted for more than one-fifth of all children sent to Texas juvenile prisons last year, sending them “younger and for less-serious offenses than the county’s third juvenile court." And even the people who are tasked with helping young men and women fight their charges were alarmed."

For damned good reason.

"I am baffled by why he did it," Harris County Chief Public Defender Alex Bunin told NBC News on Thursday. "It's definitely not good for the kids in that they are being released without any conditions." Bunin said he was worried about the kids released Wednesday, claiming that some of them had no parents or guardians to take them home at the time of their release and that others need support services like mental health treatment. The public defender also said he is sympathetic to the district attorney's concerns saying the judge’s move could “endanger the public," according to a statement by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg."

You think?

"Neither side is happy," Bunin said. "This is different in that it’s across the board. It's just never been done without any consideration of the effect of the release of the child and the community."

"The ACLU condemned the judge’s actions Wednesday calling it "improper" and saying it was "motivated by partisan interests" or the "result of his political loss." The organization has since called on the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct to launch an investigation. "Judge Devlin’s mass release of children today, without any apparent concern for the children's safety or for ensuring that they are released to their parents, proves his detachment from the needs of each child,” the ACLU said in a statement. “I mean, the day after the election when he wasn't re-elected, he changed his policy,” Bunin said. “There doesn't seem to be any intellectual reasoning for it rather than to make a statement.” Texas’ State Commission on Judicial Conduct told NBC News Thursday that they cannot “confirm or deny” the existence of a complaint against the judge due to confidentiality rules in the state, according to Eric Vinson, executive director of the commission."

No question.  We've got a problem.

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11-16-18

Think Trump's not a male chauvinist pig?  LOL.  NBC News reports:

"President Donald Trump personally asked the publisher of the National Enquirer, his longtime friend David Pecker, to help his presidential campaign by silencing women who might come forward with details of his sexual relationships with them, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday."

No question, the bastard's a 'pecker.'  LOL.

"According to the Journal, then-candidate Trump asked Pecker during an August 2015 meeting at Trump Tower what he could do to help Trump's campaign."

Imagine that.  LOL.

"Pecker responded by offering to use his tabloid to buy off women who might attempt to go public with their past sexual experiences with Trump by acquiring the exclusive rights to the stories but never publishing them, a practice known as "catch and kill." At more than 3,000 words, the Journal's article is the most detailed account to date of Trump's alleged involvement in the payoffs that were made to ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult-film star Stormy Daniels. The Journal said it based its reporting on interviews with three dozen people with "direct knowledge of the events or who have been briefed on them, as well as court papers, corporate records and other documents." In mid-2016, Trump requested that Pecker kill a story from McDougal, who'd said she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago, by buying her silence, the Journal said."

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11-16-18

Think the Trump nazi's not a goddamned racist?  The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump’s verbal assaults against black reporters, candidates and lawmakers have renewed criticism that the president employs insults rooted in racist tropes aimed at making his African American targets appear unintelligent, untrustworthy and unqualified."

Par for the course for an ignorant racist, bigoted nazi.

"Over the past several days, including before he left Washington for an Armistice Day ceremony here this weekend, Trump has launched personal attacks against a trio of black female journalists. He accused one of asking “a lot of stupid questions.” He demanded another “sit down” at a news conference and followed up later by calling her a “loser.” He lambasted a third for asking, in his view, a “racist question.”

"Trump recently called Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D), a gubernatorial candidate in Florida, a “thief,” and declared that Stacey Abrams, the former minority leader of the state House in Georgia and the Democratic candidate for governor there, was “not qualified” for the job. A feature of his campaign rallies ahead of Tuesday’s elections was mocking Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a black lawmaker who has been highly critical of him, and calling her a “low-IQ person.”

The truth in reality is Trump is perfectly describing himself as he casts these baseless aspersions.

"Trump’s supporters say he fights all opponents with equal gusto, and he has gone after other reporters in an escalation of his war against the media since emerging from the bruising midterm elections — most notably stripping the White House pass of CNN’s Jim Acosta. But the president’s rhetoric toward prominent African Americans is being singled out as far more offensive."

Intentionally, designedly so.  No way for a racist nazi to effectively hide his bigotry, however.  There for all to see in all its 'glory.'

“His supporters are right, he does attack everyone. That’s clearly true,” said Adia Harvey Wingfield, a sociology professor at Washington University in St. Louis who writes frequently about race and gender. “But there’s also a clear commonality in the attacks he levels against people of color and black professionals. These are straight out of historic playbooks about black workers and professionals in particular — not being qualified, not being intelligent or having what it takes to succeed in a predominantly white environment.”

When he does this, truly betrays his profound boundless ignorance for all to see.

"The latest example came Friday when the president stopped on the South Lawn of the White House on his way to Marine One to field shouted questions from the assembled media. He was asked several questions about the role of Matthew G. Whitaker, who he appointed as acting attorney general Wednesday, as well as about several other topics. But when Abby Phillip, a CNN correspondent, asked whether Trump wanted Whitaker to rein in the special counsel’s ongoing Russia investigation, he snapped. “What a stupid question that is,” Trump replied to Phillip, who is black. “What a stupid question,” he repeated, pointing his finger at her. “But I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions.”

Aren't you talking about yourself, Mr. 'President?'

"The attack prompted an outpouring of support from fellow journalists, Democrats and others for Phillip, who previously covered the White House for The Washington Post. Many praised her for asking the most important and pertinent question of the day."

She did.  Trump's sick sycophants remained too hopelessly stupid, achingly ignorant, Aryan arrogant to understand the obvious:

"But Trump’s supporters reveled in the exchange, holding it up as an example of Trump showing his tormentors who is the boss. “If you ask stupid questions, be prepared for @realDonaldTrump to call you out. #MAGA,” Harlan Z. Hill, a Republican operative and commentator, wrote on Twitter to his 171,000 followers, linking to a video clip of the exchange. The tweet had racked up more than 1,800 retweets and 5,000 “likes” within a few hours."

Proof positive 'can fix ignorant, can't fix stupid.'  LOL.

"CNN’s communications department defended Phillip, saying that “she asked the most pertinent question of the day. The @realDonaldTrump’s personal insults are nothing new. And never surprising.” Several White House officials did not respond to a request for comment for this report."

Proof positive they're not all clueless idiots.

"More recently, Michael Cohen, who served for years as Trump’s personal lawyer before they severed ties after Cohen was indicted, said he had heard Trump use racist language in the past. Asked about the allegations at the White House on Wednesday, Trump flatly denied it. “I would never do that and I don’t use racist remarks,” he said."

Someone's lying.  Guess who.

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11-16-18

The United States to date has certainly been helping Saudi Arabia commit war crimes in Yemen.  Think that's about to change?  NBC News reports:

"The United States will soon suspend its mission to re-fuel Saudi Arabia’s military aircraft flying in Yemen, according to two U.S. officials and one Senate staffer. A Senate staffer said the decision is a means to pre-empt a potentially damaging debate and vote in Congress. The political climate on the Hill has turned hostile to Saudi Arabia over the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and the war in Yemen, the staffer said, adding that some Republican lawmakers who opposed suspending refueling now favor the move."

The fascist bastards now fear the political damage.  Imagine that.

"Saudi Arabia said later Friday, in a statement carried by state-run media, that “in consultation with the United States” it has requested the end of in-flight refueling — placing the decision for the change on Riyadh rather than Washington."

Believe it?

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the member countries of the Coalition to Support legitimacy in Yemen, continually pursue improvements to military professionalism and self-sufficiency," the Saudi statement said. The U.S. military was re-fueling about 20 percent of all Saudi aircraft that fly as part of the operation in Yemen."

Aiding and abetting the Saudis in their concerted, determined effort to kill innocent civilians and other non-combatants.

Clearly, nonetheless, the United States will continue aiding the Saudis to commit these war crimes:

"But the U.S. will not curtail intelligence sharing with the coalition, and will continue “limited intelligence support in defense of Saudi Arabia,” a defense official said."

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11-16-18

The national socialists, fascists, nazis at Fox News remain hopelessly clueless.  Out of touch with reality.  NBC News reports:

"Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., ripped Fox News on Friday for mocking "working-class people" after the news channel did a segment on her struggle to rent an apartment in Washington, D.C. "As I mentioned, we’ve been preparing and will be fine. However, it's been very revealing to see how gleefully Fox News hosts crack jokes about working-class people. It reveals what they actually think about us," she tweeted.

"Ocasio-Cortez, 29, became the youngest woman ever elected to the House on Tuesday when she won her race in New York's 14th congressional district of Queens and the Bronx. She was thrust into the national spotlight after she beat longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in an unexpected primary upset earlier this year. She revealed to The New York Times on Thursday that she will not start receiving her salary until she assumes office in January. "I have three months without a salary before I'm a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real," she told the paper. Representatives are paid $174,000 annually."

Not paid until they take office.

"During a Fox News panel Friday morning, the hosts and guests derided Ocasio-Cortez's comments, suggesting it was a possible political ploy from the self-identified Democratic Socialist.  Fox News contributor Judy Miller called it "a brilliant political line" that will play well with her base, but also admitted that the cost of living in Washington, D.C., is expensive. "I think what she's talking about is all of the money in Washington, all of the wealth in Washington, all of the power and a little, simple person like her from New York can't find a place to live,” Miller said. Fox News correspondent Ed Henry slammed Ocasio-Cortez on the panel, suggesting that she could have been saving her money rather than embracing her newfound celebrity. "Some of those (photo) shoots she had during the campaign, she had these multi-thousand dollar outfits that could pay a month's rent in Washington, D.C.," he said."

This young woman figuratively came out swinging, took no shit from the nazi element at Fox:

"Ocasio-Cortez then slammed their remarks in several tweets. "It is bizarre to see 1%-salaried anchors laugh at the US housing crisis," she said. "There is no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed. Mocking lower incomes is exactly how those who benefit from + promote wealth inequality the most keep everyday people silent about 1 of the worst threats to American society: that the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer."

    1. @FoxNews, why can’t any of your anchors say my name correctly? It’s been 5 months.

    2. It is bizarre to see 1%-salaried anchors laugh at the US housing crisis.

    3. Never purchased pricey clothes + always told my story. But repeating lies until they are believed is your thing. https://t.co/Py5aXFi3Z4
    — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 9, 2018

"She also responded to Henry's claim directly. "Never purchased pricey clothes + always told my story. But repeating lies until they are believed is your thing," she said."

Goes on and on.  Ocasio-Cortez seems to have clearly forgotten Marxist socialism failed a quarter-century ago.  Had been failing for decades.  -- Five year program after five-year program massive failures in the former Soviet Union.  National socialists, fascists, nazis at Fox News seem to have similarly forgotten laissez-faire capitalism, that is unregulated or poorly regulated capitalism, is failing right here in Nazi America.  -- Middle class and bottom suffering extinction due to zero-sum, winner-take-all approach of the nazi element.  Then again, the idiots on the Far Right cannot, will not be confused with the handwriting on the wall.  To say nothing of the truth.

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11-16-18

Trump and his henchmen remain out to lunch vis a vis Iran.  NBC News reports:

"Senior officials in the Trump administration are convinced the Iranian regime is vulnerable to collapse and that tough U.S. economic sanctions could hasten its demise, foreign diplomats and former U.S. officials told NBC News. President Donald Trump himself has questioned if the regime can last. "When I came in here, it was a question of when would they take over the Middle East," Trump said in an August interview with Bloomberg News. "Now it's a question of will they survive. It's a big difference in one and a half years." But European allies and intelligence experts disagree, and see Washington's forecast as a case of wishful thinking. While acknowledging the regime's growing economic and political troubles, European governments believe the Iranian leadership remains firmly entrenched and that any attempt to topple the government could produce a worse outcome, the diplomats said."

Wishful thinking compounded by gross inexperience, -- to say nothing of aggressive stupidity.

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11-16-18

Once again, the Israeli aggressor has struck.  CBS News reports:

"Israel carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Monday after dozens of rockets were fired from the Palestinian territory into Israel. Clashes which erupted during an Israeli special forces operation in Gaza late Sunday had threatened to derail efforts to restore calm to the Palestinian enclave after months of unrest. Seven Palestinians were killed in the overnight clashes, one of whom was a local commander for Hamas's armed wing. One Israeli army officer was also killed. At least six Israelis were injured later on Monday when dozens of rockets were fired from Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short a trip to Paris to commemorate the end of World War I to rush home as tensions rose. Israel stressed its operation was an intelligence-gathering mission and "not an assassination or abduction." The statement from Israeli military spokesman Ronen Manelis signaled that the mission did not go as planned and resulted in the clash, which Palestinian security sources said included Israeli air strikes. An Israeli ground operation to kill or abduct militants inside the Gaza Strip would be rare. Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the blockaded enclave, and its armed wing, spoke of a "cowardly Israeli attack" and an "assassination", vowing revenge. Hamas's armed wing said an Israeli special forces team had infiltrated near Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip in a civilian car. Israeli air strikes followed when the operation failed, it said in a statement. Israel's military had not confirmed those details. Gaza's health ministry said seven Palestinians were killed.

The Washington Post reports:

"Israel’s hawkish Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced his resignation Wednesday, citing his opposition to a cease-fire with Hamas following the worst outbreak of violence in Gaza since a 50-day war in the summer of 2014. In a televised news conference, Liberman, who became defense minister in 2016, said that agreeing to a cease-fire was “surrendering to terror.” He has been a proponent of firm military action against Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, even if it risked a wider conflict. “There is no other definition, no other significance, but a surrender to terror,” Liberman said. “What we are doing now as a country is buying short-term quiet at the cost of our long-term security.” The withdrawal of his party from government leaves Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a thin one-seat majority in Israel’s parliament, known as the Knesset — controlling just 61 of 120 seats. As he resigned, Liberman called for elections to be held as soon as possible."

Growing political trouble in Israeli aggressor 'paradise':

"All eyes are now on Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of Israel’s Jewish Home party, another right-wing politician who has called for a stronger military response to Gaza. Bennett, who has a fractious relationship with Netanyahu, is demanding to take Liberman’s place or his party will leave the coalition, according to senior officials in his party."

Hopefully, will quickly occur.  Anything to destabilize the Israeli aggressor.

"Palestinian armed factions in Gaza announced the cease-fire on Tuesday night after a bout of fighting triggered by a botched Israeli operation into the Hamas-controlled strip. Seven militants, including a Hamas commander, were killed in the incident, which also claimed the life of an Israeli officer. Militants fired more than 460 rockets toward Israeli communities near Gaza in what they said was a response to the deaths, as Israeli jets pounded 160 targets in Gaza, destroying several buildings. The cease-fire announced by Hamas Tuesday night was still holding Wednesday even though there was no official Israeli confirmation it had been accepted. Residents of the southern Israeli communities have protested what they called the government’s capitulation."

Sadly, the Israeli aggressor has it ass backwards.  Been so since 1948.

"Demonstrations celebrating the cease-fire as a victory against Israel were held in Gaza on Tuesday night. Hamas then described Liberman’s announcement as another win. “The resignation of Liberman is a political victory for Gaza,” said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. He said it was an admission of defeat and showed Hamas had succeeded in “creating a political shake-up in the occupation.” Liberman said his resignation comes after weeks of disagreement with Netanyahu over a course of action on how to handle ongoing tensions with the coastal Palestinian enclave, whose rulers have called for Israel’s destruction. Last week Israel facilitated the transfer of $15 million in cash from Qatar to Gaza to pay salaries of civil servants and employees of the Hamas-run government, as part of a wider deal aimed at alleviating the growing humanitarian crisis in the territory."

None of this is sustainable.  Has not been since 1948 when the United States, Europe, and the United Nations bequeathed Palestine to survivors of the Holocaust, -- without consulting the Palestinians.

"It was part of an understanding that would have entailed economic aid for Gaza, including a cash injection and international reconstruction projects, in return for Hamas clamping down on border demonstrations and preventing the use of incendiary kites that have been launched across the border fence into Israel. Netanyahu said on Sunday that the process was to maintain Israel’s security by preventing a collapse in the humanitarian situation for the 2 million civilians “held hostage” by Hamas. Liberman said the transfer of the money was a “turning point” for him. “Everyone saying the money will be regulated after entering Gaza, is wrong — to put it mildly,” he said. “The money went first of all to the terrorists’ families.” The Moldovan-born minister said it was no secret that he and the prime minister held differences of opinion. “I did not agree to allow Qatari money to enter [into Gaza],” he said. “I had to allow it only after the prime minister announced it.”

Goes on and on.  None of this is going to end well.  None of it.

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11-16-18

Think racism isn't alive and well in Nazi America?  NBC News reports:

"A video of Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., who faces a runoff this month against an African-American Democrat, joking about attending "a public hanging" went viral Sunday as she insisted there was nothing negative about her remark. "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row," Hyde-Smith said during a campaign stop in Tupelo, Mississippi. The man she was referring to was identified as a local rancher.

"The video was posted by Lamar White Jr., the publisher of The Bayou Brief, a nonprofit newssite in Louisiana. White told Mississippi Today that he did not take the video, and it was recorded on Nov. 2, before the election. Mississippi has a difficult racial history that includes 581 lynchings from 1882 to 1968, the most of any state in that period, according to the NAACP."

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11-16-18

Think the following 'funny?'  A 'joke?'  CBS News reports:

"Police in Wisconsin are investigating a prom photo that's led to growing international outrage. The photo, posted to Twitter Sunday, appears to show more than 30 male students from Baraboo High School's class of 2019 making a Nazi salute. "As soon as I heard the photographer say, 'Raise your hand,' I knew what was going to happen," senior Jordan Blue told CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz. Blue, who is in the photo, refused to participate.  "Did he say anything to make it clear that it was raise your hand in this way as in this Nazi symbol?" Diaz asked. "He did not say raise your hand in a Nazi symbol way. And I'm pretty sure my classmates just interpreted as raise your hand, let's do this as a joke," Blue said, adding that he thinks the others knew what the symbol represented. "It did not represent my morals, and I could not do something that I didn't believe in," Blue said. The photo surfaced in a now-deleted tweet on Sunday with the caption: "We even got the black kid to throw it up." At least one student is seen making the OK gesture, which some associate with white supremacists."

Think the photographer didn't know precisely what he was doing?

"The photographer, Peter Gust, defended the students in an interview with a local TV station, saying the gestures are being taken out of context."

Think so?

"I said, 'OK boys, you're going to say goodbye to your parents. So wave,'" Gust said. "For society to now turn it around and now blame these kids is absolutely wrong."

Jesus Christ.  A crock of shit.  Hundreds of thousands of American troops fought and died fighting this goddamned Nazi scourge.  Second World War European Theater.

"Baraboo school board members demanded action Monday night. "They seriously need to do some major apologizing when this is settled, and they need to be educated," one school board member said. The Anti-Defamation League, which tracks anti-Semitic behavior, found the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. rose from 1,267 in 2016 to 1,986 in 2017 – a 57 percent increase and the largest single-year increase on record. Asked whether the students are regretful, Blue said, "I think so." "Some of these people have bright futures ahead of them. ... So why did they do it?" Blue said. Blue said at least one parent yelled for the students to stop while the photo was being taken. The Baraboo school district condemned the gestures and said it's investigating. The Auschwitz Memorial in Poland responded to the photo on Twitter warning of the "danger of hateful ideology."

Photographer's head?  Securely lodged up his ass.

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11-16-18

Additional follow up on yet another Republican national socialist who is no more than a congenital liar and racist in the mold of the Trump nazi.  NPR reports:

"Rep. Steve King, the Iowa Republican known for hard-line stances on immigration and racist remarks, challenged a conservative magazine to release audio to prove that he had compared immigrants to "dirt." So The Weekly Standard did."

Did it ever.  LOL.  To its great credit.  Hat's off.

"The magazine reported last week that King, who won reelection earlier this month despite being called out for his white nationalists views, made the incendiary comment. On Friday, King tweeted in response that the magazine had joined the Huffington Post "at the bottom of the lying journalistic gutter." He claimed the article's reporter was lying: "Just release the full tape. Leftists lies exist without original sources because they are false and manufactured accusations," he tweeted.

    "Rachael @RachaelBL Just release the full tape. Leftists lies exist without original sources because they are false and manufactured accusations. Weekly Standard is transitioning into “Antifa News”. https://t.co/oeoQ0c2QJ2
    — Steve King (@SteveKingIA) November 10, 2018"

The magazine stuck it hard to the lying nazi:

"The Standard on Saturday published a YouTube video containing the audio to the article. "We stand by the story," the magazine's editor-in-chief Stephen Hayes said. The tape was reportedly recorded during a campaign stop on Nov. 5 while King bantered with supporters in a restaurant. King discussed his "patented pheasant noodle soup" that includes a sprinkle of homegrown jalapeño peppers. Talking about those peppers, he said:

    "KING: I raised a bunch this year and they didn't have enough bite. So I guess I'm going to have to go get some dirt from Mexico to grow the next batch.

    "UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Trust me, it's on its way.

    "KING: Well, yeah, there's plenty of dirt. It's coming from West Coast, too, and a lot of other places, besides. This is the most dirt we've ever seen.

"The unidentified woman's comments are seemingly about the caravan of Central American migrants currently headed to the U.S. to seek asylum. As the conservative magazine said (emphasis theirs), "Iowa does have a topsoil depletion problem, but it's hard to imagine that the audience and King were discussing the shipment of soil from out of country or from California." King's chief of staff, Sarah Stevens, told The Washington Post that King thought the woman was referring to the "leftist media" when she mentioned dirt — not immigrants. "We quoted Representative King at length, on purpose, to provide readers with all of the context for his remarks," reads an editor's note on the article. "Steve King never mentions the media in his remarks. To claim he was referring to the media when he worried about 'dirt' coming from Mexico is absurd."

    "The Weekly Standard remains, proudly, a reporting-driven, conservative journal of opinion. @RubensteinAdam is a great reporter. There are no lies, willful or otherwise. The story is accurate and very well told. Our reporting wouldn't focus on your bigotry if you weren't a bigot. https://t.co/5K7Ace22Eq
    — Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) November 10, 2018"

Way to go.  Let it rip.  Expose this piece of human excrement for precisely whom and what he is.

"King's views aren't exactly a secret — on immigration, he said on Twitter last year, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies." In August, King did an interview with Austria's Freedom Party — which was founded by a former Nazi officer — in which he talked about the apparent decline of Western civilization and claimed immigrants are replacing white Europeans. Some top Republicans including Steve Stivers, the chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee, have distanced themselves from King after the Pittsburgh shooting in a synagogue that saw 11 dead brought more attention to the lawmaker."

The only way this racist nazi shit will end is for it to see the light of day.  No better disinfectant than full sunlight.

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11-9-18

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.

Think the following justice?  Sufficient?  NPR reports:

"The hotel chain Motel 6 has agreed to pay $7.6 million dollars to settle a class-action lawsuit after multiple Motel 6 locations gave guest lists to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Sharing those lists led to arrests and deportations of an as-yet-unknown number of hotel guests. The settlement deal was tentatively reached in July but details were not public until this week. The agreement, which still needs to be approved by a federal judge, calls for Motel 6 to pay money directly to affected guests and also impose tighter controls over private information. Motel 6 has acknowledged the guest lists were given to authorities but denied that senior management was aware of the practice. As of last fall, the company said it had called for all locations to stop sharing guest lists with ICE."

Too little, too late.  Damage already done.

"News of the practice first broke last September when the Phoenix New Times investigated two corporate-owned Motel 6 locations in Phoenix. One anonymous hotel clerk told the alt weekly, "We send a report every morning to ICE — all the names of everybody that comes in ... we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE."

Goddamned fascist police-state.

"With all of these cases we looked at, the person didn't have any outstanding warrant," Antonia Farzan, one of the New Times reporters, told NPR. "There weren't any complaints. There was no sign that they were violating other laws while they were staying at the motel. "In other words, they weren't bothering anybody. They had paid to rent a room. So it's hard to see what problem it was causing for the motel to have them as a customer."

No question.  F--king right.  No excuse for forwarding private information to the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue.

"A few months later, officials in Washington State said that six Motel 6 locations in the Puget Sound region admitted to the same guest-list sharing practice, which violates consumer protection laws. "The hotel turned over the guest list of everybody staying at the hotel. So thousands of individuals had their names turned over to ICE," Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson told NPR in January. "And according to our interviews with employees at Motel 6, ICE agents would circle the names that looked Latino sounding and ran those names through a database and then would detain individuals based on those random checks."

F--king racists.

"Washington State filed a lawsuit against Motel 6 that is still pending."

Imagine that.

"The new settlement deal would resolve a separate class-action lawsuit, filed in Phoenix in January on behalf of affected guests. The lawsuit alleges that disclosing guests' personal information to immigration authorities was a "corporate policy" that violated customers' rights to privacy (as well as Motel 6's own privacy policy) and discriminated on the basis of race, by targeting Latinos. The settlement agreement doesn't include any admission of wrongdoing, and Motel 6 continues to deny that it had any illegal policies."

Why weren't these Motel 6 criminal bastards prosecuted?  To say nothing of jackbooted ICE bastards trafficking in illegally provided customer information?

"Motel 6 has said the sharing of the guest lists was "implemented at the local level" without senior management's knowledge. Ferguson, the Washington state attorney general, was skeptical of that local-practice claim when he spoke to NPR in January. "I asked my team to investigate. And we now know what ... Motel 6 said back in September [2017] was not true," he said. "It's far more widespread than they allowed the public to believe."

Then, why the hell didn't you criminally prosecute them?  Why not?

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11-9-18

In follow up to the last edition, NBC News reports:

"Jacob Wohl, a former hedge fund manager turned pro-Trump conspiracy peddler, was a small-time but persistent figure on the far-right for the past two years. Then came the revelation of his apparent involvement as a central character in a bizarre plot to smear special counsel Robert Mueller. Now the FBI has been asked to investigate the alleged scheme, and Wohl may achieve the notoriety he’s been chasing for years."

How about a prison cell?

"The details of that plot to discredit Mueller were revealed on Tuesday, when journalists reported receiving suspicious emails from a woman claiming she had been offered money to fabricate accusations of sexual misconduct against the special prosecutor investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. NBC News traced a document outlining the Mueller allegations to a company whose website and telephone were registered to Wohl and his family."

Couldn't be, could it?  LOL.

"Wohl, a self-described “Trumpenomics expert,” was perhaps best known on the internet for his dispatches from “hipster coffee shops” where Democrats supposedly secretly disclosed their love for the president. But as a writer on conspiracy sites, with 178,000 Twitter followers along for the ride, Wohl also earned a place among President Donald Trump’s most ardent and trolly online defenders. He was the first to tease that allegations were coming against Mueller, tweeting early Tuesday: “Several media sources tell me that a scandalous story about Mueller is breaking tomorrow. Should be interesting. Stay tuned!"

This idiot has his head securely lodged up his ass.  None of this adds up, but did get the attention of Mueller who passed it on to the FBI.

"Those allegations, called “very credible,” by Wohl, were dropped hours later in a dossier on Gateway Pundit, a far-right, often inaccurate website for which Wohl writes. That dossier seems to have been written by Surefire Intelligence — the company tagline for the self-described “private intel agency” appears on the header of each page, and at least one woman has come forward with an email signed by an agent of Surefire, asking her for allegations against Mueller in exchange for money. Wohl denied any connection to Surefire Intelligence, telling NBC News: “I don't have any involvement in any investigations of any kind. I'm not quite that cool.” But Surefire Intelligence is linked to Wohl in numerous ways, including domain records and a company phone that redirects to a number registered to Wohl’s mother."

Fascinating, isn't it?

"Wohl, 20, has a history of schemes. He was once billed as a teenage financial guru, but his penchant for lying — about his success and credentials — cut his investment career short and attracted investigations by government and industry regulators."

Apparently, precisely why Mueller passed on what he had on this latest alleged scheme to the FBI.  ... Would fit right in with the Trump nazi though, wouldn't he?  LOL.

"Now, faced with allegations that he created a fake intelligence company to fabricate harassment accusations against Mueller, Wohl seems to be digging in with a new conspiracy theory, invented just for him. “Someone inside Mueller’s office likely sent out the hoax email claiming to be a woman offered payment to make an accusation against Mueller!” Wohl tweeted Wednesday. “They know that Mueller’s real victims are coming forward! Tick tock…”

Think this young charlatan won't wind up with his ass in prison?  Be interesting to see how the FBI handles this.  Stay tuned.

NBC News reports:

"Jacob Wohl, a pro-Trump fan of conspiracy theories, and Jack Burkman, a conservative lobbyist and radio host, stood in front of a half-full room of reporters and activists at a D.C.-area Holiday Inn Thursday to detail their allegations of sexual misconduct against Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election. The woman who they said has made those allegations, a Los Angeles native in her 30s, was slated to attend the news conference and give her own account. But, Wohl said, she feared for her life and on arriving in Washington, "panicked and boarded a flight to another location." Burkman promised she would appear at another news conference in the near future."

Think so?  LOL.

"Wohl and Burkman took turns speaking at the podium, detailing the allegations, complimenting each other, and defending their professional records against charges of conspiracy peddling and political bias."

Jesus Christ.  Give me a break.  LOL.

"The conference was streamed by several reporters in the room. A pickup truck parked in the lot outside by one of the activists in attendance carried a giant inflatable rat wearing a blond Trump toupee."

LOL.  ... Comic relief.  These f--kers are idiots.

"Earlier this week, several journalists reported on Twitter that they had received suspicious emails from a woman claiming someone had offered to pay her for making sexual misconduct allegations against Mueller. The journalists said those offers had come from SureFire Intelligence, a company NBC News connected to Jacob Wohl through telephone and domain records. Their claims were later bolstered by a second woman who came forward with an email offering similar payments in exchange for smearing Mueller, signed by a SureFire agent. Burkman opened the news conference by addressing the controversy. "None of this is true," Burkman said of the allegations he and Wohl had been involved in a plot. "There were no offers of payment, there was no wrongdoing, there was no bribery, there was nothing illegal or untoward or unethical that took place here," Wohl said."

That right?  LOL.

"The special counsel's office asked the FBI to investigate the matter last week, after learning of the alleged plot to smear Mueller."

Precisely, why it's covered here and elsewhere, -- despite strong ongoing reservations.

"When Wohl and Burkman opened the floor to questions, the assembled reporters were unrestrained. Wohl was asked about his political bias, specifically for his tweets attacking Mueller, including one where he wrote the special counsel should be sent to Guantanamo Bay. Wohl said his personal opinion had no effect on his professional handling of the investigation. Other reporters questioned 20-year-old Wohl's experience in the intelligence gathering business and why he had lied to reporters days earlier when he denied having any part in the investigation. Burkman responded, calling Wohl "a child prodigy who has eclipsed Mozart." At one point, Will Sommer from The Daily Beast said, "No one is discounting [the woman's] account. We didn't know her name until 20 minutes ago. We're questioning both you two very un-credible people."

You think?  LOL.

"NBC News has elected not to publish the woman's name because she has not gone public, and because of concerns about Wohl and Burkman's credibility."

You think?  Yet, this matter was referred to the FBI by Mueller, precisely why there is continued interest.

"As the hour they had booked was almost up, Burkman announced he would take one more question. Someone from the back shouted, "Are you both prepared for federal prison?"

"No we are not," Burkman answered."

Need to be.

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11-9-18

Saudi debacle continues. The Washington Post reports:

"Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman described slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a dangerous Islamist days after his disappearance in a phone call with President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton, according to people familiar with the discussion. In the call, which occurred before the kingdom publicly acknowledged killing Khashoggi, the crown prince urged Kushner and Bolton to preserve the U.S.-Saudi alliance and said the journalist was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group long opposed by Bolton and other senior Trump officials."

The Saudi Crown Prince is a liar.  Not only that, a disingenuous hypocrite:

"The attempt to criticize Khashoggi in private stands in contrast to the Saudi government’s later public statements decrying the journalist’s death as a “terrible mistake” and a “terrible tragedy.” “The incident that happened is very painful, for all Saudis,” the crown prince, the kingdom’s de facto leader, said during a panel discussion last week. “The incident is not justifiable.” The Saudi ambassador to the United States, Khalid bin Salman, described Khashoggi last month as a “friend” who dedicated “a great portion of his life to serve his country.”

Saudis certainly don't speak with one voice, do they?

"In a statement released to The Washington Post, Khashoggi’s family called the characterization of the columnist as dangerous Islamist inaccurate. “Jamal Khashoggi was not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. He denied such claims repeatedly over the past several years,” the family said. “Jamal Khashoggi was not a dangerous person in any way possible. To claim otherwise would be ridiculous.” A person familiar with the discussion said Bolton did not signal he endorsed the crown prince’s characterization of Khashoggi during the call."

Imagine that.

"A Saudi official on Wednesday denied that the crown prince made the allegations, saying “routine calls do exist from time to time” with the young leader and top U.S. officials, but “no such commentary was conveyed.”

Someone's lying.  Guess who.

"Saudi Arabia has faced international condemnation for its shifting accounts of Khashoggi’s Oct. 2 disappearance at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The kingdom initially said Khashoggi walked out of the consulate unharmed, then announced Saudi agents accidentally killed him in a fistfight and more recently said it had evidence his killing was “premeditated.” Analysts said the crown prince’s efforts to discredit Khashoggi in private suggested a two-faced attempt at damage control. “This is character assassination added to premeditated murder,” said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA official and scholar at the Brookings Institution."

Not surprisingly, Trump and his henchmen are not forthcoming with information:

"The White House declined to discuss sensitive conversations with the Saudis or to say how many phone calls the crown prince and Kushner have had since Khashoggi’s disappearance. The two men have had multiple discussions, according to people familiar with the matter, but the most recent call with Bolton and Kushner happened on Oct. 9. Officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic."

Think so?  Or, did they do so to insulate themselves from the wrath of the Trump nazi?

"Khashoggi’s family said Jamal’s views were much more nuanced than those described by Saudi officials. “Although he sympathized with certain objectives of the Muslim Brotherhood, he also sharply disagreed with many of their positions, especially toward Saudi Arabia,” the family said in its statement. Saudi Arabia severed relations with Qatar last year, charging among other things it harbored Muslim Brotherhood “terrorists.” Although the Saudis maintained a cordial relationship with the Brotherhood for decades after its founding in Egypt as an Islamist political and social movement, Riyadh declared it a terrorist organization after the upheavals of the Arab Spring."

Nothing is ever simple, -- or easy.

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11-9-18

Corporate greed run amok.  NPR reports:

"The pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Inc. is ending a six-year agreement to supply a lifesaving vaccine for children in West Africa. At the same time, the company has started sending the vaccine to China, where it will likely be sold for a much higher price. The vaccine is for a deadly form of diarrhea, called rotavirus, which kills about 200,000 young children and babies each year. Merck's decision means it will fall short of its commitment to supply its rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, to four low-income countries in 2018 and 2019, according to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. By 2020, the company will completely stop delivering its vaccine."

Unbridled corporate greed:

"In April, Merck's agent in China received approval to start selling the vaccine there, where the price per dose will likely be more than 10 times the amount Gavi pays for the vaccine for low-income countries. As a result of Merck's decision, more than a half-million children in West Africa may not receive the vaccine in 2018 and 2019, Gavi told NPR in an email. And more than 2 million may go without the vaccination in 2020."

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11-9-18

Trump nazi distortion of reality and lies continue unabated.  ABC News reports:

"President Donald Trump's latest campaign ad featuring an immigrant who was convicted of killing police officers is being criticized as racist and drawing parallels to another controversial commercial that seemed to play on the same fears 30 years ago. Luis Bracamontes is a Mexican immigrant who was sentenced to the death penalty in April after being convicted of killing two California sheriff's deputies in 2014. Bracamontes' penchant for curse-laden rants about killing cops got him expelled from the courtroom and earned him a place in one of Trump's campaign ads in January. Trump's latest ad featuring Bracamontes uses video of him in court with text overlays that say he “killed our people!” and claims that “Democrats let him into our country” and “Democrats let him stay.” That's followed by footage of people who appear to be part of a migrant caravan pushing down gates, along with another immigrant’s interview and his alleged history of attempted murder. Text then appears asking: “Who else would Democrats let in?” The ad offers no evidence for claims that Democrats let Bracamontes, who was deported twice, into the country. The ad was released on Oct. 31, just six days before the midterms. It was also released on the same day that the Trump administration announced it would be increasing the number of U.S. troops at the southern border from just over 5,000 to 10,000 or 15,000 to deal with the migrant caravan Trump has repeatedly claimed qualifies as an invasion."

There is no invasion.  Trump remains no more than a congenital liar in the mold of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.

"Kim Fridkin, a political science professor at Arizona State University who specializes in negative ads, said Trump's latest offering "is playing to racial fears of 'the other.'" "He's portraying immigrants as criminals basically, so in that way, I think it has racial undertones or overtones," Fridkin said. Mo Elleithee, the executive director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, was more frank. “I think it is one of the most racist ads we've seen in a long time,” said Elleithee, who worked as a campaign strategist for Hillary Clinton and was a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. “It is preying on people's fear of immigrants, and to the extent that anyone’s motivated by racism, that clearly taps into that.”

Raw nazism:

"Trump has pinned the ad to the top of his Twitter timeline, writing: "It is outrageous what the Democrats are doing to our Country. Vote Republican now!"

"Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, who has also been critical of Trump, tweeted Thursday that “This is a sickening ad. Republicans everywhere should denounce it.” Both Elleithee and Fridkin compared Trump’s ad to the one that featured felon Willie Horton during the 1988 presidential election and was produced by a group that supported George H.W. Bush’s bid. At the time, the Horton ad was widely seen as one of the most controversial political ads in modern American history. “I think that when people, political scientists, hear the word ‘Willie Horton,’ what they remember is the ad that was trying to illicit race as an issue and try to play to people's fears of blacks as perpetrators of a crime,” Fridkin said, adding that she sees this Trump ad as having a similar message but applying it to immigrants. “I think it is on the same level as that ad,” she said of the Horton ad."

Nothing ever truly changes in Nazi America, does it?

CBS News reports:

"Cop-killing illegal immigrant Luis Bracamontes stars in a web video from January that President Trump tweeted Thursday. The expletive-laced courtroom footage shows a laughing Bracamontes admitting he killed two police officers and promising to break out of jail soon. "Democrats let him into the country," the video says in all caps. As he says he wishes he had "killed more" cops, "Democrats let him stay" flashes over the screen. Neither the video nor the president cite any evidence to support the allegation that Democrats let him into the U.S. and let him stay. Is the accusation accurate? THE FACTS: No. This is akin to blaming Republicans for criminals who entered the country illegally under Presidents Trump or George W. Bush.

"Bracamontes was deported four times before he killed Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County sheriff's Detective Michael Davis Jr., according to Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.  There is no evidence that any Democrat — or anyone, for that matter — allowed Bracamontes to stay."

Trump is a liar.

CBS News reports:

"NBC and Fox News Channel both said Monday that they will stop airing President Trump's campaign advertisement that featured an immigrant convicted of murder. CNN had rejected the same ad, declaring it racist. Fox pulled the ad Sunday "upon further review," said Marianne Gambelli, president of the network's ad sales department. Fox did not immediately say how many times it aired on either Fox News Channel or the Fox Business Network."

Imagine that.  Too racist and nazi even for Fox.  ... Who'd 'a 'thunk' it, no?  LOL.

"The advertisement aired on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" and MSNBC's "Morning Joe," and drew a heated online response. After reviewing the ad, NBC said it recognizes its insensitive nature."

Why didn't they 'review' it first?

"A source familiar with the matter told CBS News the ad was produced by the Trump campaign, with an ad buy of $1.5 million across TV and digital platforms. The ad includes footage of Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported immigrant from Mexico sentenced to death in California for killing two police officers. It blames Democrats for allowing him into the country. The ad, however, is not factual. It is akin to blaming Republicans for criminals who entered the country illegally under Presidents Trump or George W. Bush. There is no evidence that any Democrat — or anyone, for that matter — allowed Bracamontes to stay. Democratic and Republican administrations alike have deported hundreds of thousands of people a year. Former President Barack Obama focused during his second term on recent arrivals and people with criminal histories, but Mr. Trump quickly directed that anyone in the country illegally could be targeted."

Consider the psychotic, irrational insanity of the following:

"Facebook also announced Monday that the ad violated its advertising policy. "While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it cannot receive paid distribution," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. Mr. Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, tweeted that NBC News, CNN and Facebook had chosen "to stand with those ILLEGALLY IN THIS COUNTRY." He said the media was trying to control what you see and think. Parscale made no mention of Fox's decision. The president's son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted over the weekend, noting CNN's refusal to air the advertisement, saying, "I guess they only run fake news and won't talk about real threats that don't suit their agenda."

There is no threat.

Donny, Jr. is as much a liar as dear old dad.  Chip off the old block.

"CNN said it was made "abundantly clear" through its coverage that the ad was racist and declined to air it when the campaign sought to buy airtime."

Can't confuse a Trump with the truth.

NPR reports:

"With days to go before the midterm elections, President Trump continues to ratchet up his rhetoric on immigration. The president's latest target is asylum-seekers, whom he accuses of exploiting "loopholes" in U.S. immigration laws."

Simply, not true.  The president is a liar.

"In a televised speech from the White House on Thursday, Trump threatened to close the Southwest border to asylum-seekers — including the latest group of Central American migrants making their way through Mexico — unless they present themselves at official ports of entry. But refugee and asylum experts say his plan would violate U.S. law. They say the president's remarks about asylum were riddled with inaccuracies and misleading statements intended to stoke fear of immigrants and drive the president's supporters to the polls. We'll focus here on five statements President Trump made Thursday in the Roosevelt Room."

Trump: "The current influx, if not halted, threatens to overwhelm our immigration system and our communities, and poses unacceptable dangers to the entire nation."

"The total number of migrants apprehended at the Southwest border was actually down slightly last year, to about 521,000, and remains far below the kind of apprehension numbers that were routine in the 1990s and 2000s."

Wouldn't want to confuse his sick sycophants with the truth.  Wake up.  The president is lying.

Trump: "These policies lead to the release of illegal aliens into our communities after they've been apprehended. But we're not releasing anymore. Big change, as of a couple of days ago. We're going to no longer release. We're going to catch; we're not going to release. They're going to stay with us until the deportation hearing or the asylum hearing takes place. So we're not releasing them into the community."

"In fact, under U.S. law, migrant families who have requested asylum are not considered illegal immigrants. And they are being released in large numbers up and down the border. In El Paso, Texas, Ruben Garcia, director of a local shelter called Annunciation House, told reporter Mallory Falk of member station KRWG the shelter had received 332 people Thursday released from immigration custody and are expecting 225 more Friday."

Not only distortion of reality, but an outright lie by our nazi fuhrer.

Trump: "Then they never show up, almost. It's like a level of 3 percent. They never show up for the trial. So by the time their trial comes, they're gone. Nobody knows where they are."

"Actually, the majority of asylum-seekers do show up to court. According to the Department of Justice statistics for the 2016 fiscal year, only about 2 in 5 cases were decided in absentia."

Once again, Trump's a liar.  Has an agenda highly reminiscent of Hitler's treatment of Jews, Gypsies, gays, etc., at the beginning of the Third Reich.

Trump: "This endemic abuse of the asylum system makes a mockery of our immigration system, displacing legitimate asylum-seekers — and there are legitimate asylum-seekers — while rewarding those who abuse or defraud our system, which is almost everybody. Everybody is abusing it."

"Immigration lawyers say this is a wild exaggeration. It's true that only a fraction of all asylum claims are actually successful. Last year, immigration courts rejected more than 60 percent of asylum claims, a number that has been steadily rising since 2012."

Once again, the president is a liar.  Has no credibility.

Trump: "Some people call it an invasion. It's like an invasion. ... These are tough people, in many cases. A lot of young men, strong men."

"The president has claimed repeatedly, without evidence, that the migrants include dangerous criminals and "unknown Middle Easterners." But reporters on the ground say the migrants comprise mainly women and children who are fleeing from violence and extreme poverty in Central America. Refugee and asylum experts accuse the president of fearmongering to rally his political base for the midterm elections."

Despite the five criticisms above, here's the very worst of it, greatest distortion of reality, achingly blatant lie, most highly reminiscent of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini:

"There's a "tragic irony" in portraying the asylum-seekers as a marauding army, said Karen Musalo, director of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at U.C. Hastings College of the Law. "Individuals have come together to walk north in a caravan because the journey north for asylum-seekers has been so dangerous," Musalo said in an interview. "These are very vulnerable individuals, desperately fleeing violence, who have come together as a group to have the protection and solidarity of each other."

Wake up.  You've been bamboozled.  Hoodwinked by Trump and his fellow nazis.

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11-9-18

Lying, distortion of reality by the Trump nazi continues unabated.  NBC News reports:

"Hours before Election Day, President Donald Trump on Monday continued to warn, without evidence, about the prospect of "illegal voting." "All you've got to do is go around, take a look what's happened over the years and you'll see," Trump told reporters before departing from Joint Base Andrews for the first of three campaign rallies Monday. "There are a lot of people ... that try and get in illegally and actually vote illegally, so we just want to let them know that there will be prosecution at the highest level."

The president is a liar.  No factual basis for his assertion.  There is no widespread voter fraud.  Has not been.

"Trump has repeatedly, as a candidate and as president, said that voter fraud is a significant problem. However, experts have repeatedly concluded that voter fraud is extremely rare. Even the president's own defunct voter fraud commission uncovered no evidence to back up his claim that millions voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, according to an analysis of commission documents released in August by a former member."

In fact, Republican national socialists, fascists, nazis have done all they could to suppress voting rights of those they consider unlikely to vote for GOP candidates.  Doing so through gerrymandering, voter suppression, voter id laws, etc..  Not-so-cleverly, perniciously designed by the nazi element in our formerly great country to suppress the vote.

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11-9-18

In follow up to the last edition, more of the same from the King nazi.  NBC News reports:

"Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, erupted in anger and kicked a man out of an event on Thursday after the man questioned King's connection to white supremacist ideology and linked it to the recent Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Kaleb Van Fossen, who was identified by The Des Moines Register as the questioner, asked King about his past controversial comments, which prompted a fiery response from the lawmaker.

"You, Steve King, have been quoted as saying, 'We can't restore our civilization with other people's babies.' You and the shooter both share an ideology that is anti-immigration," Van Fossen said. King, who is running for re-election, quickly shouted down Van Fossen. "No! Don't you do that!" King yelled. "Do not associate me with that shooter. I knew you were an ambusher when you walked in the room, but there is no basis for that and you get no question and you get no answer."

Van Fossen certainly took it to the nazi:

"Van Fossen continued to press King, asking him what "distinguishes" his past comments with that of the Pittsburgh suspect, who has expressed anti-Semitic views, and whether the lawmaker identifies himself as a white supremacist. "No, you’re done! We don’t play these games here in Iowa," said King, who insisted the protester be removed. King was speaking at a candidate forum in Des Moines. Van Fossen is a member of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, which also held a protest against King outside the event, according to The Des Moines Register."

Resistance.

"King, an anti-immigration hard-liner, has come under intense scrutiny for his sharp opposition to diversity in America, which he said is "not a strength." He also praised Austria's Freedom Party, which was founded by a former Nazi SS officer, for its anti-immigration platform and endorsed a candidate running for mayor in Toronto who has espoused white supremacist views."

A nazi.

"Rep. Steve Stivers, an Ohio Republican and chairman of the House GOP campaign arm, excoriated King on Tuesday for espousing white supremacist viewpoints online and in public remarks, saying the lawmaker's behavior is "completely inappropriate" and "we must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms." King pushed back on the accusation Tuesday in a statement, saying he valued the country's diversity and "legal immigrants."

A national socialist, fascist, nazi liar.

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11-9-18

More of the same.  Additional fuel to the fire.  CBS News reports:

"Four alleged members of a white supremacist group were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of inciting violence at California political rallies last year, officials said. The defendants planned and carried out assaults at gatherings in Huntington Beach, Berkeley and San Bernardino, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles said in a statement. The four participated in hand-to-hand combat training and then traveled to rallies to attack demonstrators and others, prosecutors said. Afterward they disseminated photographs and videos of the violent acts to recruit other members for future events, according to prosecutors. Attorney information couldn't immediately be found for Aaron Eason, Robert Rundo, Robert Boman and Tyler Laube. All were arrested last week and charged with one count each of conspiracy. Rundo, Boman and Eason were additionally charged with one count of rioting."

Highly reminiscent of Hitler's Brownshirts.

"Arraignments were scheduled beginning next week. According to prosecutors, the conspiracy and riots charges in the indictment carry statutory maximum sentences of five years in federal prison. Prosecutors said the four are members of the militant Rise Above Movement, a group described in the indictment as "a combat-ready, militant group of a new nationalist white supremacy and identity movement." The indictments come weeks after four other California members of the group were indicted for allegedly inciting last year's deadly riot in Charlottesville, Virginia."

These groups present an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

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11-9-18

Bought and paid for.  NPR reports:

"For months, farmers from Mississippi to Minnesota have been waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to make up its mind about a controversial weedkiller called dicamba. Some farmers love the chemical; other farmers, along with some environmentalists, consider it a menace, because it's prone to drifting in the wind, damaging nearby crops and wild vegetation. This week, on Halloween evening, the EPA finally announced its decision. Calling dicamba "a valuable pest control tool," it gave farmers a green light to keep spraying the chemical on new varieties of soybeans and cotton that have been genetically modified to tolerate dicamba. A coalition of environmental groups that had filed a lawsuit against the EPA's original approval of dicamba blasted the decision to keep it on the market. Paul Achitoff from Earthjustice said in a statement that "EPA's disregard of both the law and the welfare of ... species at risk of extinction is unconscionable."

Surprised?  Why?  Money comes first.  Before all.  Principle?  What's that?  Monsanto will certainly line its pockets courtesy of the Trump nazi and his henchmen.

"Meanwhile, a federal court still has not ruled on the lawsuit that seeks to overturn the EPA's original approval of dicamba."

Be interesting to see what, if anything, comes of that.  Forget?  The judiciary is now run and owned by Republican national socialists. Republicans now sit en masse on the courts legislating their perverse ideological and religious views, lining the pockets of their corporate masters.

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11-9-18

Think Trump, despite close family ties, is not anti-Semitic?  The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump suggested Wednesday that there might be truth to an unfounded conspiracy theory that philanthropist and Democratic megadonor George Soros is funding a caravan of Central American migrants, telling reporters that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if that is the case. As he left the White House, Trump was asked whether he thinks somebody is funding the migrant caravan that is slowly making its way through Mexico toward the U.S. border. “I wouldn’t be surprised, yeah. I wouldn’t be surprised,” Trump responded. Asked whether the funder could be Soros, Trump said: “I don’t know who, but I wouldn’t be surprised. A lot of people say yes.”

Trump is a congenital liar.  Incapable of telling the truth.

"Trump’s comments came in the wake of Soros being targeted with a pipe bomb last week and the fatal shootings this weekend at Pittsburgh synagogue by a suspect who posted frequently about the migrant caravan. The White House did not immediately respond Thursday to a question about what evidence Trump has that points to the possibility that Soros, a wealthy Jewish donor, has funded a caravan that originated in Honduras."

Has none.  -- That simple.  Congenital liar.

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11-9-18

Trump under increased emoluments pressure.  The Washington Post reports:

"A federal judge on Friday denied President Trump’s request to stay a lawsuit alleging he is in violation of the Constitution by doing business with foreign governments, a decision that paves the way for plaintiffs to seek information from his business as it relates to his D.C. hotel. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte in Greenbelt, Md., denied the Justice Department’s request that he pause the case in order to allow a higher court to intervene. And he sharply questioned the president’s position that his business does not improperly accept gifts or payments — called emoluments — as defined by the Constitution. By Trump’s analysis, Messitte wrote, the term emoluments is the subject of such “substantial grounds of disagreement” that payments his business received from foreign governments could not qualify. The judge did not agree: “The Court finds this a dubious proposition.” Messitte ordered the plaintiffs, the attorneys general for D.C. and Maryland, to submit a schedule for discovery — the process of producing evidence for the case — within 20 days. That decision is subject to appeal. The judge previously limited discovery to information related to the president’s D.C. hotel."

Certainly, a step in the right direction.  Emoluments Clause is quite clear.

The Washington Post reports:

"Ivanka Trump-branded semiconductors and voting machines? In China? That’s an odd, if remote, possibility after Chinese trademark regulators awarded preliminary approval for 16 trademark applications from the president’s daughter and White House senior adviser, online Chinese government filings show. The approvals by Beijing on Oct. 13 were notable for their timing, coming just as Chinese and U.S. officials were seeking to restart trade talks that had collapsed amid acrimony. They also raised eyebrows for covering a grab-bag of products, including electoral hardware in a country not exactly known for its elections. Ethics watchdogs have long warned about the possibility of foreign governments seeking to curry favor with President Trump through his family’s extensive business interests, and Ivanka Trump appeared to acknowledge the potential for conflict in her dual roles as White House official and international entrepreneur in July, when she shut down her namesake fashion line. But the recent approvals are a reminder of the Chinese government’s knack for making uncannily timed decisions when it comes to Trump family businesses — even if it’s just coincidence, as Chinese experts say."

Here's the problem:

"The October decisions were the largest batch of approvals for Ivanka Trump since her father entered the White House, and they came as he was locked in a trade standoff with China, according to Caroline Zhang of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) in Washington, who first pointed out the updated filings. “Since she has retained her foreign trademarks, the public will continue to have to ask whether President Trump has made foreign policy decisions in the interest of his and his family’s businesses,” Zhang wrote."

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11-9-18

In yet another judicial blow to the Trump nazi, CBS News reports:

"A federal judge has denied a U.S. government motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of immigrant children by attorneys who say the kids have unconstitutionally been denied the ability to challenge their detention or obtain counsel. Judge Dolly Gee, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, said Friday she will grant class status for children in the case, Lucas R. v. Alex Azar.  The lawsuit was filed in June, initially on behalf of seven children who were separated from relatives after entering the United States. Attorneys said the government has violated the children's constitutional right to due process."

Indeed, it has.

"In a phone call with CBS News, attorney Leecia Welch, who is senior director for legal advocacy and child welfare at the National Center for Youth Law, lauded the decision. "It's a great ruling, we're really excited about it," Welch said. The class of plaintiffs in the case could ultimately include all of the approximately 13,000 unaccompanied children under federal supervision, Welch said."

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11-9-18

Those doing the work don't share in the wealth.  The Washington Post reports:

"The big news Friday is that wages are growing above 3 percent for the first time since 2009. It’s a significant milestone after years of sluggish wage growth, and most economists say workers will probably see strong gains for the foreseeable future. The good news comes with two caveats. The first is the 3.1 percent annual wage growth figure the Labor Department reported Friday is slightly inflated because of some hurricane effects. Remember the really bad hurricanes in the fall of 2017? Those ended up depressing wages in October 2017, so when the Labor Department calculated the year over year change for wages this October, it looked like a bigger jump than normal because last year’s number was low. That said, economists still think we’re likely to see more months of three-plus wage growth, so this isn’t a total blip. The second caveat is that while wage growth is getting better, it’s still well below the norm and coming at a time when U.S. companies are earning record profits."

They are.  Have been.  Not sharing the wealth, however.  Surprised?  Why?  Forget?  Unbridled greed.

"In the 1990s dot-com boom wage growth was regularly at 3.5 percent to 4 percent a month. Those numbers seem dreamy today. (And after adjusting for rising costs, workers are getting only about a 0.8 percent rise based on Friday’s numbers). Corporate profits, meanwhile, are at an all-time high, according to Howard Silverblatt of S&P Dow Jones Indices and government data. Corporate tax cuts have enabled companies to boost profitability, many analysts and executives say. But companies are spending a lot of their extra cash on stock buybacks and dividends, leaving only a little extra for workers."

Imagine that.  Couldn't be, could it?  Unbridled greed.

"This is part of a long-term trend. Workers no longer get the same “piece of the pie” as they did from the 1950s up to the 1990s. Labor’s share of business income has declined steadily since 2001 and fell sharply during the Great Recession. While corporate profits have rebounded since then and hit new highs, labor’s share isn’t even back to where it was pre-crisis, according to Labor Department data. The bottom line is workers are seeing a nine-year high in wages at a time when corporate profits are off the charts. The latest data on this phenomenon is from the quarter that just ended in September, and it shows more of the same: Workers are still getting a small share of income. “Never have corporate profits outgrown employee compensation so clearly and for so long,” noted a recent Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis blog post."

Above quotes are courtesy of a most gifted, insightful writer, Heather Long.

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11-9-18

Trump and his fellow Republican nazis lose another one.  The Washington Post reports:

"Georgia must change its procedures to make it easier for some people flagged under the state’s restrictive “exact match” law to vote, a federal judge ruled Friday, dealing a blow to Republican gubernatorial candidate and Secretary of State Brian Kemp."

Doesn't your heart bleed?

"The “exact match” law flags voter registrations that are found to have discrepancies, such as a dropped hyphen, with other official identifications. Potential voters are allowed to settle the discrepancy by providing proof of identity. But the state’s procedures under Kemp, whose office oversees elections, stipulated that those who had been flagged as potential noncitizens be cleared first by a deputy registrar when seeking to vote. In October, a coalition of civil rights groups sued him."

For damned good reason.  Deliberate abrogation of the right to vote.

"U.S. District Judge Eleanor L. Ross ruled Friday that the procedures were likely to result in the violation of voting rights for a large group of people and needed to be halted immediately. She said Kemp’s restrictions raised “grave concerns for the Court about the differential treatment inflicted on a group of individuals who are predominantly minorities." The preliminary injunction she issued required the state to change its procedures immediately to allow those flagged, some 3,100 individuals, to prove their citizenship more easily, with a U.S. passport or similar documentation, and only to a poll manager. It also signaled that the coalition of civil rights groups that brought the case against Kemp would probably succeed should the lawsuit continue. “With respect to Tuesday’s election, we deem this a total victory in our fight against Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s exact match scheme,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Our goal in filing this lawsuit was to ensure that no eligible voter was unfairly denied the right to vote because of this discriminatory voter suppression effort." Kemp was also ordered to issue a news release explaining how those flagged for potential citizenship issues could still vote by proving their citizenship, as well as offering a phone number for them to call with any questions."

No less than treason perpetrated by Republican fascists, national socialists, nazis.

"The American Civil Liberties Union announced Friday that another court had sided against Kemp in a different voting rights case. It said the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit had denied his request to block a court order that required him to exercise due process before rejecting ballots for handwriting issues. The state attorney general’s office did not say whether it planned to appeal the ruling, with spokeswoman Katie Byrd declining to comment."

... Hear the rumble?  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.  Raw nazism.

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11-9-18

Trump and his fellow henchmen lose yet another one.  The Washington Post reports:

"The Supreme Court refused Friday to delay an upcoming trial in which a number of states and civil rights organizations allege there was an improper political motive in Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in New York. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch said they would have granted the Trump administration’s request to delay the trial. It is unclear how the other six voted — including new Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh — because justices are not required to publish their votes in such procedures. But at least five of the six were unwilling to block the trial."

Amazing, isn't it?

"Later Friday night, the justices refused a Trump administration request to halt a novel lawsuit filed by young Americans that attempts to force the federal government to take action on climate change. Thomas and Gorsuch would have granted the request, but the court said the administration should make its appeal to a lower court first. In the Commerce Department case, the administration has been to the high court several times in an attempt to keep the challengers from questioning Ross and other administration officials about their motivations in adding the question. Department of Justice lawyers finally asked the court to delay the proceedings. Challengers to the citizenship question cheered the court’s refusal to do so. “DOJ has tried every trick in the book (and then some) to block this case — and failed every time,” Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood (D), said in a statement. “You really have to wonder what they’re trying to hide.”

Indeed.  Should Democrats retake the House, think they won't launch an investigation into this and many other highly questionable matters?

"Democratic lawmakers and immigrant rights groups have blasted the idea of adding the citizenship question. They contend that it will make immigrants and their families less likely to fill out the form, leading to a more costly and less accurate census."

No question.  Republican national socialists too clueless to understand?  ... Or, is it the fact they're too goddamned stupid to give a shit?  That is, are these GOP fascists more concerned with removing the undocumented from this country than ensuring an accurate census count?

"Six former census directors and a Census Bureau internal analyst also have said the question would harm the count. That, in turn, could cost states with large immigrant populations representation in Congress and federal funds distributed on the basis of population."

-- One of the reasons why a census is conducted every ten years.

"In an unsigned opinion Oct. 22, the Supreme Court blocked a deposition of Ross authorized by lower federal courts in New York. But it said other discovery could go forward, including the deposition of a top Justice Department official. There are six legal challenges to the inclusion of a question about a census respondent’s citizenship. The states and organizations that brought the lawsuits say probing the intentions of officials is crucial. Ross has “offered shifting and inaccurate explanations in his decisional memo and in testimony before Congress” as well as in new documents filed in the case, said a brief filed by the New York Immigration Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union and others. Ross first said he added the citizenship question at the behest of the Justice Department, which said it was needed to help enforce voting rights. But emails showed that he had been pushing for the inclusion of the citizenship question earlier than that, and the groups and states contend that the Justice Department request was a pretext."

Once again, the government is lying.

"In a document filed in response to questions sent by Underwood, Ross acknowledged that he had discussed the issue with former White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon and a Republican secretary of state who has been a leader in anti-immigration efforts."

Imagine that.  Couldn't be, could it?

"In the document, Ross said he recalled Bannon calling him in spring 2017 to ask whether Ross would speak to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach about ideas for a possible citizenship question on the census. That appears to contradict Ross’s testimony to Congress this year. When asked at a hearing March 20 by Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) whether the president or anyone in the White House had discussed the citizenship question with him, Ross said, “I am not aware of any such.”

Lying under oath?

"The trial is scheduled to start next week before U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in New York. He has denied the Trump administration’s motions for delay, and has been backed up by panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. In asking the Supreme Court for a delay, Francisco said “the most efficient path forward is to stay the trial and resolve the question whether the district court must confine its review of the Secretary’s decision to the administrative record, while leaving sufficient time for the district court to conduct its review followed by prompt appellate review.” Otherwise, Francisco said, there will be a full trial that includes “whether the Secretary harbored secret racial animus in reinstating a citizenship question to the decennial census.” If the judge made such a finding, Francisco said, “that harm would not be fully (or even largely) remedied if [the Supreme Court] subsequently confined the district court’s review to the administrative record.”

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11-9-18

Another judicial loss for Trump.  The Washington Post reports:

"The Supreme Court on Friday night refused to halt a novel lawsuit filed by young Americans that attempts to force the federal government to take action on climate change, turning down a request from the Trump administration to stop it before trial. The suit, filed in 2015 by 21 young people who argue that the failure of government leaders to combat climate change violates their constitutional right to a clean environment, is before a federal judge in Oregon. It had been delayed while the Supreme Court considered the emergency request from the government. Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil M. Gorsuch would have stopped the suit. The other justices did not indicate how they voted on the government’s request."

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11-9-18

Aggressive stupidity knows no bounds in the Trump regime.  NBC News reports:

"The Trump administration is rolling back a child labor rule for thousands of teenagers working in nursing homes and hospitals, eliciting a backlash from worker safety advocates. The regulation targeted by the Labor Department, which was first implemented by the Obama administration, prohibits 16- and 17-year-olds from independently operating power-driven patient lifts, which are commonly used in nursing homes and hospitals to move patients with mobility challenges. The administration took its first formal step toward undoing the regulation in late September, releasing a proposed rollback that cites an employer survey and letters from industry groups as evidence that the regulation is hurting job opportunities for young people in a field already facing major labor shortages."

Far more important issue at stake:

"But worker safety advocates and several Congressional Democrats contend that the Labor Department is relying on flimsy evidence, which they say undermines the legal basis for the department’s deregulatory push. They say that the some of the administration’s justifications for the plan — revealed through a public records request and obtained by NBC News — do not support the administration’s own arguments. And they warn that the rollback will endanger young workers in an industry that already has a high injury rate, pointing to government research concluding that many 16- and 17-year olds “cannot safely operate power-driven hoists to lift and transfer patients by themselves.”

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11-9-18

Delusionally believe racism and bigotry aren't alive and well in Nazi America?  That Trump's not at the heart and center of it?  Wake up.  CBS News reports:

"Pence spoke before Mr. Trump, as sort of a warm-up act for the president, amping up the crowd by discussing administration accomplishments. "I'm here today because I stand with President Trump," Pence said. "We're here because President Trump and I stand shoulder to shoulder with the next great senator of Indiana, Mike Braun." He added that "the time has come to vote 'no' on Joe," referring to Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly. Mr. Trump also attacked Donnelly, resurrecting a moniker he had given the senator in earlier rallies: "Sleepin' Joe." "It's no surprise Joe Donnelly is holding a rally this weekend with Barack H. Obama," Mr. Trump said, writing out with his fingers Mr. Obama's middle initial, which stands for "Hussein." Mr. Trump was the chief promoter of the birther conspiracy theory, which posited that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States."

Nothing ever changes with a racist nazi who is bigoted against not only blacks and latinos, but those from the Middle East as well.

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11-9-18

Think Trump's latest political stunt won't cost taxpayers dearly?  The Washington Post reports:

"The total price of President Trump’s military deployment to the border, including the cost of National Guard forces that have been there since April, could climb well above $200 million by the end of 2018 and grow significantly if the deployments continue into next year, according to analyst estimates and Pentagon figures. The deployment of as many as 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border — potentially equal in size to the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan — occurs as the budgetary largesse the military has enjoyed since Trump took office looks set to come to an end."

Total waste of taxpayer dollars for a non-threat at the border.  Trump nazi is doing this to placate his sick sycophants, ensure their support in the midterm election.

"Although the costs of the border deployments will be a tiny slice of a $716 billion annual defense budget, they arrive as the Trump administration is calling on the Pentagon to cut unnecessary expenditures. The White House recently ordered the Pentagon to slash next year’s budget for the military by about $33 billion in response to the largest increase in the federal deficit in six years."

Readers are reminded the deficit ballooned due to Trump's recent unfunded tax cut, -- most of which went to the top of the food chain.

"Veterans and Democratic lawmakers have complained that Trump is wasting military dollars in a politically motivated stunt ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, at a time when the Pentagon budget is under pressure."

Exactly, right.  No question.  A traitorous act.

“Instead of working in a bipartisan manner to make comprehensive, common-sense, and humane reforms to our immigration system, the President continues to turn to politically-motivated fear mongering and uses [Department of Defense] resources and personnel as a means to drive his troubling anti-immigration agenda,” more than 100 House Democrats wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Nov. 1. Retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described the deployment as “wasteful” in a message on Twitter and said Marines and soldiers were already overstretched."

That's right.  Goddamned disgrace.

"Administration officials have defended the deployment. Mattis said this week that the military doesn’t do stunts. The commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, argued that the deployment is necessary to “effectively and safely” handle the possible arrival of as many as 7,000 migrants walking toward the border in caravans from Central America."

Horse shit.  The numbers have already dwindled to half that.  They're still some 900 miles away.  There is no threat.  Most of these people are women and children seeking asylum from violence, gang activity, grinding poverty.  The president and his henchmen are liars.

"But military planning documents, dated Oct. 27 and published by Newsweek, predicted that only 20 percent of the migrants, or about 1,400 at the higher end of estimates, were likely to complete the journey to the border, raising questions about the size of the deployment."

Political stunt by our nazi fuhrer, -- fearing Republicans are going to lose the House.

“The military has a lot of things that it needs to be doing these days,” said Susanna Blume, a former Pentagon official and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. “Looking at estimates of the size of the caravan, you could ask the question as to whether this is the most appropriate use of U.S. active-duty forces.”

No kidding.

"The cost of the National Guard deployment from April 10 through Sept. 30 amounted to $103 million, according to Pentagon figures. The Defense Department expects the Guard deployment to cost an additional $308 million through the end of next September, including the last quarter of 2018, so long as the operations continue at pace.

"Travis Sharp, a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budget Assessments, estimated that the cost of deploying 8,000 active-duty troops through mid-December in addition to the Guard would amount to $40 million to $50 million. Should the administration deploy 15,000 active-duty troops, as Trump suggested, the estimated cost would rise to as much as $110 million, Sharp said."

Egregious waste of money by our nazi fuhrer, -- desperate he's going to lose the House.

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11-9-18

Even in an environment where discipline is ramrod stiff, iron fisted, there are occasionally serious lapses in cadet judgment.  NBC News reports:

"An Air Force falcon injured at West Point during a prank Saturday before the annual rivalry football game between the service academies is back home and showing signs of improvement. The 22-year-old bird named Aurora "was able to fly around in her pen" on Sunday, said Air Force Academy spokesperson Lt. Col. Tracy A. Bunko. The development is "an extremely good sign," Bunko said, adding that the academy is "grateful for the outpouring of support and optimistic for Aurora's recovery." The falcon will continue to be evaluated and will get antibiotics to prevent infection, Bunko said."

Quite an embarrassment to the Army:

"Army officials at West Point apologized Sunday for the injuries to the falcon and promised a full investigation. "We are taking this situation very seriously, and this occurrence does not reflect the Army or USMA core values of dignity and respect," the academy said in a statement."

Here's what happened:

"Sam Dollas, Air Force's falconry team adviser, told The New York Times on Sunday that two West Point cadets took the birds, threw sweaters over them and stuffed them into dog crates. Dollas said the cadets turned over the birds Saturday morning, with Aurora's wings bloodied — likely from thrashing inside the crate. "I think they had them for a couple hours and then they realized it was a bad mistake," Dollar told the newspaper. "When Aurora started thrashing around in the crate, they decided that wasn't a good thing."

... Youthful indiscretion?  -- You decide.  Certainly, aggressive stupidity.

"Aurora is the Air Force Academy's official and oldest mascot. On the school's falconry page, the bird is described as a white phase gyrfalcon, which is a "falcon species that is extremely rare in the wild and whose beauty will take your breath away." "Unless you are federally licensed, you can't even touch them," Dollas said, adding the Air Force cadets who work with the birds spend two months in training and are tested before they can handle them. Three percent of all falcons are gyrfalcons, and 1 percent of those are white, according to the website. The school acquired Aurora 22 years ago as a gift from the association of graduates."

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11-9-18

Yet another judicial blow to the Trump nazi and his corporate cronies.  NPR reports:

"The Supreme Court has rejected telecom companies' attempts to quash a lower court's decision that upheld net neutrality rules set during the Obama administration. AT&T and other telecoms had asked the high court to void the ruling; the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality last year. The FCC itself also was in favor of voiding the decision that upheld its 2015-era rules, according to Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat on the commission. "It wasn't enough for this FCC to roll back #NetNeutrality," Rosenworcel said in a tweet. "It actually petitioned the Supreme Court to erase history and wipe out an earlier court decision upholding open internet policies. But today the Supreme Court refused to do so."

Fascinating, isn't it?

"The legal moves reflected a desire by conservatives and industry players to cement the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules, which were designed to restrict Internet service providers' ability to manipulate loading speeds for specific websites or apps."

Unbridled corporate greed.  Further proof positive there is no such thing as a 'free' market.  Clearly, the market is owned and manipulated by those with the financial wherewithal to do so.

Here's where it gets most interesting:

"The rejection came after two conservative justices — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh — "took no part in the consideration or decision of these petitions," the court announced on Monday. With those justices removing themselves from the process, Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch were outnumbered. The court's notice says the three justices wanted to "grant the petitions, vacate the judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and remand to that court with instructions to dismiss the cases as moot." As for why Roberts and Kavanaugh recused themselves, Amy Howe of SCOTUSBlog reports:
"The court's newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh, was expected to recuse himself from voting on the petitions because he had participated in the cases while on the D.C. Circuit, and he did. But Chief Justice John Roberts also recused himself – presumably (although there is no way to know for sure) because he owns stock in one of the companies challenging the rules."

Stunning, isn't it, justices are not required to disclose this information?

"Several of the plaintiffs in the case said the rejection wasn't surprising, given that the FCC has already repealed net neutrality. "Today's decision is not an indication of the Court's views on the merits but simply reflects the fact that there was nothing left for the Court to rule on," the Internet and Television Association said. Still, the high court's rejection preserves the appeals court's decision as a possible precedent and makes it even more likely that the issue will resurface if the FCC shifts its makeup — something that would happen if Democrats are able to win back the White House in 2020. The FCC's repeal of net neutrality is also the subject of separate legal battles, after it was challenged by tech companies and advocacy groups, in addition to more than 20 U.S. states."

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11-9-18

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was certainly roughed up during his recent confirmation process.  Deservedly, so.  Nowhere near enough, however.  Apparently, the fascist bastard is nonetheless still smarting from the verbal trashing he endured.  So much so, he's apparently doing all he can to appear less national socialist, fascist, nazi than he truly is. The Washington Post reports:

"The Supreme Court spent a gruesome hour Tuesday debating a constitutional way to execute a Missouri man who has a rare medical condition, with the likely decider, new Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, joining the court’s liberals with tough questions for the state."

Imagine that.  This fascist son of a bitch is no progressive.  No liberal.  No open-minded independent.  Remains what he is, a national socialist.

"Modern and ancient execution methods — a firing squad, electrocution, hanging, lethal gas, being burned at the stake — all made appearances during the court’s sober assessment of ways to kill Russell Bucklew without violating the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Missouri plans to use an injection of a single drug, pentobarbital, to carry out the long-delayed execution of Bucklew. But he suffers from a congenital and rare disease called cavernous hemangioma. It causes blood-filled tumors to grow in his head, neck and throat, which his lawyers say could rupture during the state’s lethal injection process. The result, they contend, would be that he could choke to death on his own blood."

Why would a nazi give a crap about any undue suffering endured by a convicted murderer?  His fellow Republican fascists on the Court certainly couldn't care less.  In fact, for decades Republican nazis have delusionally viewed capital punishment as justice.  Not revenge.

Here's what's so interesting about this case:

"The state’s lawyers say that Bucklew cannot prove his condition would cause him an abnormal amount of suffering, and that his legal fight is a ploy to further delay his punishment and open a new line of legal challenges."

Can these lawyers prove what Bucklew is claiming is not the truth?  LOL.

"Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was a member of the majority last spring. He has been replaced by Kavanaugh, who is considered more conservative, but who was never called upon to rule on an execution as a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit."

Fascinating, isn't it?  Gets better.  Get this:

"Kavanaugh directed all of his questions to Missouri State Solicitor D. John Sauer, pressing him on the outer bounds of the state’s arguments. “Are you saying even if the method creates gruesome and brutal pain you can still do it because there’s no alternative?” Kavanaugh asked. Sauer replied that under the court’s previous rulings, Bucklew would have to come up with an alternative manner of execution acceptable to the state. Kavanaugh pressed: “Is that a yes?” Sauer replied: “Yes, it is, your honor.”

Jesus Christ.  LOL.  Sauer clearly doesn't live on the same planet as the rest of us.

"Later, Kavanaugh asked whether the state had planned to make any special accommodations for Bucklew’s condition, such as whether he would be lying supine on a gurney, or with his head elevated. “Your opposing counsel said, even if everything goes according to plan, there will still be significant suffering. Can you respond to that?” Kavanaugh asked. “I absolutely, absolutely disagree with that,” Sauer said. The court’s attention to such details about the execution was warranted because of the specific nature of Bucklew’s case. He is not contesting his guilt or his sentence of death."

No question, this piece of human excrement is just that:

"In 1996, Bucklew, now 50, stalked his former girlfriend Stephanie Ray to another man’s trailer. He shot and killed the man, Michael Sanders, tried to shoot Ray’s fleeing child and then captured Ray. He handcuffed and raped her, then wounded a police officer in a subsequent gunfight. Bucklew later escaped from jail and attacked Ray’s mother with a hammer before he was recaptured."

Question to be asked here is quite simple.  Does the state wish to stoop to the level of this piece of human excrement?

"He also is not challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty, or even of Missouri’s lethal injection procedure. His claim is that applied to his specific condition, the protocol would result in the kind of tortured death the Constitution forbids."

Of course, most of you Republican nazis out there couldn't care less whether or not this son of a bitch is tortured.  In fact, strongly suspect many of you would revel in it.

"A divided court has upheld lethal injection against a series of challenges. And it has indicated that an inmate who makes a specific challenge specific to his condition must propose an alternative manner of execution. Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been the court’s most outspoken critic of that decision, and said Tuesday that her colleagues had “made up” that requirement without constitutional justification. Nonetheless, she tried to narrow the impact of ruling for Bucklew. It “is not going to abolish the death penalty with respect to everybody,” she said. “It’s going to tell the state: If you have an individual with a unique circumstance in which a method of execution is going to cause that person excruciating pain, cruel and unusual pain, you better find a different way.”

Can't have that, can we?  After all, the nazi element in our formerly great country revels in revenge.  Fervently embraces vengeance.  Forget?

"Justice Stephen G. Breyer pressed Kavanaugh’s point. He said all would agree that burning someone at the stake would violate the Constitution, so why wouldn’t an inmate be able to challenge a method of death that had the same physical sensation for the condemned?"

Indeed.

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11-9-18

Trump is again demonstrating his racist ideology.  NPR reports:

"The Department of Justice has once again petitioned the Supreme Court to intervene in pending cases over the future of DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program that protects immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The program is keeping about 700,000 young people from being deported, NPR's Joel Rose notes. At the moment, DACA is accepting renewals but not new applicants. If the program is ended, currently protected individuals could be deported, though it's not clear how quickly that might happen. More than a year ago, the Trump administration announced it was ending the program. Multiple judges have blocked that change, and three cases have worked their way to the federal appellate level. But the Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to skip ahead in the process — and step in before the lower courts are finished."

Trump is certainly in a rush, determined to keep his equally sick sycophants under his thumb, -- and happy.

"Meanwhile, it's worth noting that the status of DACA recipients also could be resolved through an act of Congress — but in recent years, Congress has had a notoriously difficult time taking action on immigration issues."

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11-9-18

As of January, the House will finally do what the Founders intended it to do.  That is, provide congressional investigative oversight of the president and his regime.  A most unhappy situation that will continue until either the end of Trump's term, -- or Mueller's pending report that may very well end it for him.

Either way, we're in for rough times.  Tough times.  An unsustainable status quo.  Quickly deteriorating.  Certainly, don't look forward to what's coming as our formerly great country continues to decline under this insane fascist abomination in the Oval Office.  Intend to continue exposing him for whom and what he is no matter what.

NPR reports:

"In an extraordinarily combative news conference Wednesday after voters delivered him a rebuke by giving control of the House to Democrats, President Trump went after Republicans, Democrats and the media. He mocked Republican candidates who distanced themselves from him, chided a reporter for asking a "racist question," and walked away from the lectern at one point, as an aide tried to wrest a microphone out of a reporter's hands. Trump said that if Democrats try to use their majority to issue subpoenas, it would be a "war-like posture."

Has he lost his mind?  Delusionally, believe he has the temperament required for the job?

"He said that he could work with Democrats on issues such as infrastructure and health care, but that if they conduct investigations into his administration, "then we're going to do the same thing, then government comes to a halt and I blame them."

This man is, and remains, unfit for the presidency.  This is a democratic republic.  Has three co-equal federal branches of government.  Clearly, Trump does not understand this.  Delusionally, believes he's nazi fuhrer.

"He named checked several GOP candidates who lost Tuesday. He said that Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, "gave me no love, and she lost. Too bad, sorry about that Mia." He said Barbara Comstock, who lost her suburban Virginia district, "didn't want to have any embrace."

Think this man's not nuts?  Out of his mind?

"Trump said Tuesday's results were "very close to a complete victory," despite Republicans losing control of the House. The GOP did add to its majority in the Senate."

This man is delusional.  There is no 'complete victory.'  Nowhere near.  Quite the opposite.  The House in January will begin to execute one of its constitutional duties, -- investigative oversight of the Trump Administration.  Republicans, when they held the House, deliberately failed to execute this constitutional function as intended by the Founders.  Instead, treasonously protected their fuhrer.  Placed party ahead of country.

Should the House during its investigation of Trump discover any impeachable malfeasance, think it won't impeach?  Matters not whether the Senate ultimately convicts and removes him from office.  Would wind up being a useless, dysfunctional lame duck for the rest of his term.  The pressure to resign would be enormous.

Should Mueller release his final report containing any criminal malfeasance of Trump and/or his regime, the pressure on the Senate to convict would be overwhelming.  ... Just as it was decades ago during the Nixon Watergate fiasco.  Never got that far.  Didn't have to.  The Nixon nazi resigned in disgrace.  Was then pardoned by the successor he nominated to replace Spiro Agnew.  Yet, another Republican felon.  No matter what, if this latest fiasco is not resolved quickly, would ultimately tear this country apart.

Think this man isn't insane?  Get this:

"Of Pelosi, who with her party capturing the majority of seats Tuesday stands to become the next speaker of the House, Trump tweeted that she "deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by Democrats," that "she has earned this great honor," and even suggested some Republicans could vote for her, if Democrats "give her a hard time."

    "In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats. If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018"

Jesus Christ.  He's not fit.  Remains an embarrassment to himself and the country.

"Trump again denounced special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russian government, claiming he could have shut it down. Trump said he "could fire everybody right now, but I don't want to stop it because politically I don't like stopping it." Trump called the investigation "a disgrace," saying it "should never have been started, because there is no crime."

Insane.  Non-sequitur.

"Trump has frequently been combative with reporters, and painted the news media as "enemies of the people," but Wednesday's press conference raised the level of his hostility. He called CNN's Jim Acosta, with whom he has frequently spared, "a rude, terrible person." And when PBS Newshour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor asked him if he thought his rhetoric emboldened white nationalists he called it "such a racist question." "I love our country," he said, "you have nationalists, you have globalists," adding "I also love the world." He called himself "a great moral leader," and in answer to another question said he has never used racist remarks."

This man is a sick, congenital liar.

Gets worse:

    "If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018

"Democrats have promised to hold oversight hearings on the Trump administration when they take control in January. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who is set to become chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Wednesday that he intends to: "shine a light on waste, fraud, and abuse in the Trump Administration. I want to probe senior Administration officials across the government who have abused their positions of power and wasted taxpayer money, as well as President Trump's decisions to act in his own financial self-interest rather than the best interests of the American people."

Certainly, a constitutional function of Congress as wisely intended by the Founders.

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also issued a warning for Democrats on Wednesday morning. They must think carefully about whether to proceed with a "presidential harassment" strategy that exploits their new majority in the House to afflict Trump, he said."

Time for ole Mitch "The Bitch" to do the right thing, resign in disgrace.  Been in office way too long.  Oversight is a constitutional duty of Congress.  Mitch and his fellow nazis in the Senate have certainly and intentionally failed to do theirs.  To protect their fuhrer.

The first shoe has dropped. Hard. The Washington Post reports:

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday at President Trump’s request, ending the tenure of a beleaguered loyalist whose relationship with the president was ruined when Sessions recused himself from control of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign."

One of the few things Sessions did right during his tenure.  For that, he gets fired.  LOL.

"In a letter to Trump, Sessions wrote he had been “honored to serve as Attorney General” and had “worked to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part of your campaign for the presidency.” Trump tweeted that Sessions would be replaced on an acting basis by Matthew G. Whitaker, who had been serving as Sessions’s chief of staff."

Whitaker had earlier entertained thoughts of defunding the Mueller probe.

“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” Trump tweeted. “A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”

Here's the problem:

"A Justice Department official said Whitaker would assume authority over the special counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election — though his role could be reviewed by ethics officials. Because Sessions was recused, the special counsel probe had been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who also has had strained relations with Trump, but is considered safe in his position for the moment. A legal commentator before he came into the Justice Department, Whitaker has mused publicly about how a Sessions replacement might reduce Mueller’s budget “so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt.” He also wrote in a September 2017 column that Mueller had “come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing,” after CNN reported that the special counsel could be looking into Trump and his associates’ financial ties to Russia."

Should the Trump nazi fire Mueller, would immediately trigger a constitutional crisis.  At a time when our formerly great country is far from stable.

"Mueller is looking into Trump’s statements seeking to fire Sessions or force his resignation in an effort to determine whether those acts are part of a pattern of attempted obstruction of justice, according to people close to the investigation. Earlier this year, Mueller’s team questioned witnesses about Trump’s private comments and state of mind in late July and early August of last year, around the time he belittled his “beleaguered” attorney general on Twitter, these people said. The questions sought to determine whether the president’s goal was to oust Sessions so he could replace him with someone who would take control of the investigation, these people said."

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11-2-18

Insanity?  Never ends.  NBC News reports:

"Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Thursday that there is no "intention right now to shoot at people" from a Central American migrant caravan if they cross the United States border."

'Considerate' of her, -- and her nazi fuhrer, isn't it?  Forget?  These are civilian migrants desperately seeking asylum.

"In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Nielsen appeared to confirm reports the Trump administration is considering sending 800 active-duty troops to the southern border."

Posse Commitatus precludes the military from engaging in law enforcement.

"NBC News reported Thursday that the Trump administration is drafting an executive action that would make it exceedingly difficult for Central American migrants seeking asylum to gain entry, according to three sources familiar with the proposed measures."

If they attempt to cross at a legal border checkpoint, port of entry, U.S. law allows them to seek asylum.

"In the interview, Nielsen was asked whether U.S. personnel would ever open fire if people "force their way" through. "We do not have any intention right now to shoot at people. They will be apprehended, however," she said. "But I also take my officer and agents, their own personal safety, extraordinarily seriously. They do have the ability of course to defend themselves."

If unarmed, non-violent migrants are gunned down in cold blood by the jackbooted bastards in the Border Patrol, it is cold-blooded murder.

"Asked whether officials would return fire if shot at, she said, "No," before adding, "I think we'd have to work through that. But I want to make it very clear we will absolutely not tolerate violence against border patrol in this situation."

Our lunatic nazi fuhrer needs to be very, very careful how he handles this.  Needs to be very, very carefully thought out.

"The Associated Press cited a U.S. official as saying Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order sending some 800 troops to the border, bolstering the 2,000 National Guard forces already there under a previous Pentagon arrangement. Asked whether she could confirm the 800 figure, Nielsen told Fox News, "Sure ... We've asked for some air support, for some logistics, some planning, vehicle barriers, engineering, ways in which I can protect my officers and agents as well as the ports of entry themselves."

Air support?  What kind of 'air support,' madam?  Up to and including fighter jets?

Think this couldn't quickly escalate to the unthinkable?

"Nielsen said it would be up to Mattis whether the personnel were armed." "The rules of engagement for us are the same as they've always been," she said. "For DoD, we're still in discussions and we're working them out. We're waiting to see what the caravan's going to do, what numbers are looking like, where they're headed."

Sound comforting?  ... Or, one goddamned idiot trying to lead another?

"President Donald Trump made immigration a central issue ahead of next month's midterm elections, and tweeted about the caravan Thursday.

    "To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally. Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018"

At a legal border crossing, port of entry, migrants have a legal right to seek asylum, by U.S. statute.  Aren't we supposedly governed by the rule of law, not men?  Don't like the law?  Change it.  In a democratic republic, the president does not get to be dictator.

NPR reports:

"The U.S. military will be sending 5,000 support troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, the Pentagon announced on Monday. The exact number could be slightly higher or lower, a Pentagon official told NPR. The official said the deployment is being done to support the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection. The uniformed troops will likely be active-duty Army personnel, with perhaps some members of the Army Reserve and Marines. There are already 2,100 National Guard members deployed to the border.

"President Trump has been warning against the caravan for weeks. On Monday morning, he tweeted: "Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!" Because the Posse Comitatus Act prohibits the U.S. military from performing law enforcement activities within the United States, these troops will be in support roles only. They will not have arresting power and won't interact with migrants."

The true threat, most dire threat, is from the Trump nazi, his abrogation of law and the United States Constitution.

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11-2-18

Clearly, Trump has lost his mind.  Hypocrisy?  Unfathomable.  NPR reports:

"The list of prominent people, eight and counting, who were sent suspicious packages reads like a Trump enemies list, politicians and Trump critics who are often targeted in his rally speeches and tweets."

Imagine that.  Couldn't be, could it?  ... Not courtesy of one of his sick sycophants, is it?  -- Or, is it?

"Just Monday night at a rally in Texas, Trump's criticism of Hillary Clinton prompted the now-familiar chants of "lock her up." He told the crowd Congresswoman Maxine Waters, is a "low-IQ individual."

... While certainly no fan of Maxine Waters, couldn't the very same be said of the Trump nazi himself?  LOL.  ... At least, Ms. Waters takes no shit from Trump.  Gives as good as she gets.  -- Most unlike Republican nazis like Sen. Ted "Screw's Loose" Cruz.  Who gutlessly failed to stand up for his wife when she was criticized by Trump, then accepted Trump's endorsement at a campaign rally recently.

"A week ago, at a rally in Montana, Trump imagined a fight with former Vice President Joe Biden. "He'd be down so fast," Trump said to laughter as part of a riff in which he praised a Republican congressman for body slamming a reporter. Suspected pipe bombs have been sent to all three of them, and at least five others, all of whom have criticized Trump and been criticized by him."

Couldn't be coincidence, could it?

"None of the devices have exploded."

Thankfully, not yet.

"At a campaign rally Wednesday night, Trump started by delivering a statement about the ongoing investigation, "any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself," Trump said, calling for people on "all sides" to come together in peace and harmony.'

... Mean goose step in line with you and your sick sycophants, Mr. 'President?'  Your hypocrisy, breathtaking, sir.

"The references to Clinton, Waters, Biden and others were gone from Trump's speech."

Imagine that.  Apparently, the Trump nazi is now exceptionally careful not to encourage violence against those excoriating him.  'Comforting,' isn't it?  LOL.  Clearly, covering his sorry ass.

"Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective," Trump said, possibly referring to his critics rather than himself."

Wake up, Mr. 'President.' You are morally defective, sir.  Evidence?  Overwhelming.  As repeatedly covered in this publication and elsewhere.

"The tone was subdued by the standards of a Trump rally. He mostly stuck to the script and delivered a speech that could just as easily have been in the East Room of the White House rather than an aircraft hangar in a part of Wisconsin that is Trump county. And the president was transparent about what he was trying to do. "Do you see how nice I'm behaving tonight," Trump said. "We're all behaving very well, and hopefully we can keep it that way, right?"

Sickening, isn't it?  Trump not only embraces, revels in incivility, now wants to turn a new leaf?  Give me a break.

Not to last, however.  Get this:

"Not even 24 hours later, Trump was back to his old self on twitter, seeming to blame the media for what is happening. "A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News," he wrote."

Trump remains a congenital liar.

    "A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018"

The 'president' is achingly, hopelessly delusional.  Major news sources do the very best they can to get at the truth, then report it.  -- Despite the fact truth remains a moving target, courtesy of continual lying by all politicians.  Both parties.  Conveniently forget?  For decades, truth has indeed been ruthlessly obliterated by the nazis running our formerly great country.

Became a way of life as our formerly great country lost its way.  For the phony, ersatz sake of political expediency.  Exponentially exacerbated by the congenital liar now ensconced in the Oval Office, his henchmen, particularly, his clueless Press Secretary.  ... How do you know Trump's aides are lying?  Their lips move.  No more than a chip off the old block.  Forget?  In a nazi state, day is night, night is day, and shit smells perversely sweet.  All ass backwards.

"Holding court on the driveway outside the West Wing, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders elaborated, saying media coverage of Trump is 90 percent negative and while he condemns violence he feels "everyone has a role to play."

Called the truth, Ms. SandersWake up.  Negative due to the psychotic behavior of your fuhrer, madam.  -- That very same behavior encourages aberrant behavior in sick supporters.  ... Including you, madam.  Have you no honor, no principles?  How can you lie for this lunatic son of a bitch on a continuing basis?

"Sanders specifically called out CNN, which had to evacuate its New York studios yesterday after one of the specific packages showed up in the network's mail room. It was addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, who has been a vocal Trump critic. Brennan responded to Trump's tweet telling him to stop blaming others and look in the mirror."

The Trump nazi cannot withstand criticism.  None.  What psychotic bully can?

"Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful," Brennan wrote. "Clean up your act....try to act Presidential. The American people deserve much better. BTW, your critics will not be intimidated into silence."

    "Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror. Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful. Clean up your act....try to act Presidential. The American people deserve much better. BTW, your critics will not be intimidated into silence. https://t.co/cS5qNiuU7o
    — John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) October 25, 2018"

No one's said it better, Mr. Brennan.  Hat's off.

"It is not yet known who is behind the packages or what their political leanings may be."

Not yet.

"Sanders told reporters there's a big difference between insulting his critics and taking action. Trump is no more responsible for the suspicious packages, she said, than Bernie Sanders was for a supporter of his opening fire on the congressional baseball practice last year."

Horse shit.  Apples and oranges.  Your fuhrer is a miserable failure.  Has disgraced himself and our formerly great country.  Desperate, aren't you, Ms. Sanders?  Like the Trump nazi, no honor, principles, moral code, madam?  What planet do you and your fuhrer live on?

The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump doubled down Thursday on blaming the media for the nation’s incivility, as suspicious packages sent by a suspected serial bomber continued to target Trump’s outspoken critics."

Our out of control nazi fuhrer needs to look in the mirror.  Assess blame where it truly belongs.

“A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News,” the president said in a morning tweet. “It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!”

Our nazi fuhrer needs to do precisely what he delusionally preaches.  Conveniently, ignores the fact the media is indeed publishing the truth.  Backed by the facts.  Precisely, exactly what this lunatic narcissist cannot withstand.  Nor can his equally psychotic sick sycophants.

"The president has long made the media a target of his ire, denouncing reporters as the “enemy of the people.”

Next to the Second Amendment, the media is the last best defense of liberty.  A national socialist, fascist, nazi cannot understand, grasp this.  Worse?  Couldn't care less.  Precisely, why Trump presents an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  So do his sick sycophants.

"The targets of suspicious packages in recent days have all been derided by Trump as well. After De Niro attacked him in June, Trump fired back on Twitter, calling him a “very Low IQ individual” who had taken “too many shots to the head by real boxers in movies.” One of the undetonated devices was found Wednesday at CNN’s New York headquarters. It was addressed to former CIA director John O. Brennan. Since leaving the government, he has been an outspoken critic of Trump; he is an on-air analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, rather than CNN."

To his credit, did not take Trump's latest bullshit lying down:

"On Thursday, Brennan responded to Trump’s tweet with a scathing tweet of his own. “Stop blaming others,” Brennan said. “Look in the mirror. Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful. Clean up your act. ... try to act Presidential. The American people deserve much better. BTW, your critics will not be intimidated into silence.”

Won't be.  None of us.  Certainly, not this writer.

"Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) also condemned the president’s tweet. “Rise up, America,” he said on Twitter. “The President of the United States is now blaming the attempted murder of Democrats on press criticism of him. I didn’t think his narcissism could sink to this ugly of a place. But it has.”

Called nazism.  From a lunatic, unbalanced, narcissistic nazi.  The public cannot, will not be silent.

"Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) credited Trump for calling for unity during remarks about the pipe bombs made at the White House on Wednesday afternoon. But Van Hollen said that moment was “fleeting.” By Wednesday night, “he was at a rally blaming everybody but himself for this toxic political environment we find ourselves in,” Van Hollen said in a CNN interview. “Everybody needs to do their part here,” Van Hollen said. “When the president went to the rally last night, he didn’t do his part.”

More than that?  Far worse than that?  Treasonously betrayed his country, oath of office to protect and defend the United States Constitution, rule of law.  Done so since taking office.  Repeatedly.

"Sanders also pushed back on a stinging statement by CNN World President Jeff Zucker hours after the package sent to Brennan led to the evacuation of the network’s staff from the Time Warner Center in Manhattan. “There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” Zucker said. “The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”

Quite the opposite.

"On Thursday, Sanders said she found it “absolutely disgraceful that one of the first public statements we heard from CNN yesterday was to put the blame and the responsibility of this despicable act on the president and on me personally when the person who is responsible for this is the person who made and created and put these suspicious packages in the hands and in the arms of innocent American citizens.”

The Press Secretary and her psychotic fuhrer seem to have disingenuously, deceptively, conveniently forgotten their rhetoric elicits this aberrant behavior in their sick sycophants.  Yet, don't seem to understand this, can't grasp the impact of their psychotic rhetoric.  ... Or, worse yet, are deliberately, deceptively doing so to elicit this reaction in their sick sycophants.

Either way, the damage is horrendous.  An exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Un-American.  Right Wing nazi.  ... As the revolution doomsday clock strikes ever closer to midnight.  Hear the rumble?  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.  ... As Trump's sick sycophants remain out to lunch.  Delusional.

CBS News reports:

"President Trump took to Twitter in the very wee hours Friday to continue his run-in with his critics over  the series of suspicious devices sent to prominent Democrats this week."

Raw, rampant insanity:

"At 3:14 a.m., he tweeted, "Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, 'it's just not Presidential!'"

Poor deluded sick nazi.  Achingly, out to lunch.

"Many media members and politicians have blamed him for setting a harsh tone and not taking responsibility for contributing to the ongoing poisonous political atmosphere."

For damned good reason.  Remains root cause.

"Nobody else is being as divisive and inciteful as Donald Trump and so to suggest otherwise is completely wrong," said former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, who is considering a 2020 Democratic presidential campaign. "We wouldn't even be having this conversation with any other president, Republican or Democrat, because they would be big enough to avoid this kind of hateful and inciteful rhetoric."

Forget? Our out of control fuhrer is a lunatic, achingly out of touch with reality.  Dangerously, so.  The true threat is not the poisonous political atmosphere.  Remains the exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties posed by the nazi element in our formerly great country.

NBC News reports:

"A man in Florida was taken into custody Friday and will be charged in connection with the series of bombs found this week addressed to critics of President Donald Trump, law enforcement officials said shortly after the latest two devices were found. Cesar Sayoc, Jr., 56, who has been previously arrested on unspecified charges, is currently in custody, law enforcement officials said. DNA evidence played a role in the arrest, law enforcement told NBC News. Investigators in the Plantation, Florida, parking lot where Sayoc was arrested could be seen placing a tarp over a van with windows covered with dozens of pictures of Trump and decals, one of which appeared to be a version of a presidential seal."

Good they made a quick arrest.  Appears to be great police work.  Hopefully, he's the one and only perpetrator.

"On CNN, where [former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James] Clapper works as a contributor, he called the series of mailed explosives "domestic terrorism." "I think anyone who has in any way been a critic, publicly been a critic of President Trump needs to be on extra alert and take some cautions, precautions, particularly with respect to mail," he said. Clapper stressed that he wasn't "suggesting a direct cause-and-effect relationship" between anything the president has said or done and the sending of the packages, but "I do think he bears some responsibility for the coarseness and un-civility of the dialogue in this country, and that he needs to remember that his words count." After Friday's bombs were discovered, Trump tweeted, "Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this 'Bomb' stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows - news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!."

Sadly clueless, isn't he?

"At least some of the devices sent were flawed in varying ways and would not have exploded, investigators said Thursday. But it's unclear whether the deficiencies were intentional or the result of faulty construction, and officials urged the public to remain vigilant."

Indeed.  ... Won't silence critics of the 'president,' however.  Never, ever.

NPR reports:

"The Justice Department charged a Florida man on Friday in connection with a wave of improvised explosive devices sent to political critics of President Trump. Cesar Altieri Sayoc, 56, is facing five federal charges after he was arrested in Plantation, Fla., following a national investigation. He faces a potential total of 48 years in prison. (Earlier Friday, a Justice Department spokesperson had erroneously said Sayoc could face up to 58 years in prison.) The homemade bombs intercepted or discovered this week "are not hoax devices," said FBI Director Christopher Wray during a press conference with law enforcement officials Friday. They contained "energetic materials" packed into PVC pipes and could have been dangerous, he said, although none of them exploded and no one was hurt. Asked at the same press conference why it appeared that Sayoc only allegedly targeted liberal political figures, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said "he may have been a partisan ... appears to be partisan, but that will be determined as the case goes forward."

CBS News reports:

"Just before Mr. Trump was scheduled to deliver remarks for Turning Point USA's black leadership summit at the White House Friday, law enforcement officials arrested 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc in Florida. "These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country," the president said. We must never allow political violence to take root in America. I'm committed to doing everything in my power to stop it," Mr. Trump vowed. He also praised U.S. law enforcement for doing "an incredible, incredible job" and called it the "best in the world." And he called on Americans to unify and "show the world we are united in peace and love and harmony."

Raw insanity.

The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump began his first public appearance after Friday’s arrest of a mail bomb suspect on a seemingly inclusive note, declaring as he read a script from teleprompters that “we must never allow political violence to take root in America” and pledging to “stop it and stop it now.”

Seems to have conveniently, delusionally forgotten he's root cause.

"But then he kept going. Standing in the White House’s ornate East Wing, the president expressed annoyance that numerous bombs sent to Democrats and a news organization that Trump had long demonized had taken the spotlight from his Medicare drug prices announcement the day before. He told the audience of young black leaders he was addressing that the Democratic Party has betrayed them. He laughed along as some in the crowd chanted “Fake News!” And he echoed a chant of “Lock him up!” about liberal philanthropist George Soros, one of this week’s bomb targets."

Isn't it riveting that it is indeed a Right Wing nazi, one of his own, a sick sycophant, a fellow Republican that sent these goddamned bombs to those who had the courage, audacity to rhetorically challenge the Trump nazi and his henchmen?  Would you believe a number of these whackos initially blamed the Left for doing so?  LOL.

"Ten days before the Nov. 6 elections and facing a host of controversies and crises, Trump has not merely struggled to unify the country — he has shown little interest in trying. Time and again, the former reality television impresario has sought to sow discord, betting that most Americans prefer his pugilistic, divisive style over the sanitized mold of his predecessors."

Precisely, why his fellow, sick nazi sycophants continue to emulate this sad piece of human excrement.

"The midterm elections are increasingly becoming a test of the enduring power of Trumpiness: A brand of anything-goes, combative politics focused on personal attacks and demagogic rhetoric, with little consideration for the presidential tradition of providing moral clarity and unity at moments of tragedy or danger."

This sick nazi in the Oval Office presents an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Appears to be an evil reincarnation of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.  Our formerly great country is precisely, politically where Nazi Germany was in 1933 when Hitler became Chancellor.  The worst, then, was yet to come.  So too today, decades later.  His opposition will not remain cowardly silent.

“These are the times when words really matter,” said historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of a new book on the subject, “Leadership: In Turbulent Times.”

Indeed, they do.  Precisely, why his opposition will not remain silent.

"Throughout history, Goodwin explained: “There are moments when the president’s ambition for self becomes an ambition for the greater good, to become a leader rather than simply a holder of power. The president is in a unique position during moments of crisis for the nation to mobilize the people around common ideals that should bind us together.”

Not so, any longer.  Trump dangerously emulates his German Nazi mentor.

"This week offered a fresh example of Trump’s alternative approach: As pipe bombs were discovered addressed to prominent Democrats and a news network that have been subjects of Trump’s caustic campaign-trail attacks, the president sounded a call for national unity."

There is no way in Hell or on earth there will be 'national unity' under a nazi fuhrer.  Some eight decades ago, the horror of national socialism, fascism, nazism screams otherwise.  All the dead spinning in their graves.  Wake up.

"But the words rang hollow throughout the week as Trump assailed the “Fake News” media, shirked any personal responsibility for his incendiary rhetoric and, on Friday morning, used his bully pulpit to advance a baseless conspiracy theory that the bombs were both fake and orchestrated by the left. Roughly an hour later, authorities arrested 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, a man in Florida with a lengthy criminal record whose white van was covered in pro-Trump and anti-Democratic images."

Credit to the FBI for quickly solving this crime.  Making a fool of the Trump nazi, his sick sycophants, and other whackos in the Republican Party.  Clearly, at least this time, the FBI put country first.

"Later Friday afternoon, as he departed Washington for a rally in Charlotte, Trump told reporters he has no plans to tone down his rhetoric — “I could really tone it up,” he said — and noted that the suspect “was a person that preferred me over others.” He also rejected the notion of responsibility: “There’s no blame. There’s no anything.”

This clueless nazi remains hopelessly delusional.  Psychotic.

"His supporters often argue there is no clear connection between the president’s impolitic remarks and violent acts or threats. In the case of the pipe bombs, which his own FBI director said were “not hoax devices,” many Trump backers emphasized Friday that no one had been injured."

His supporters remain as psychotic, hopelessly delusional as their achingly sick 'hero.'

"With many in the Republican Party following his lead, the president has repeatedly cast Democrats as an out-of-control “angry mob” that is “too dangerous to govern.” Last week, with no evidence, he claimed that unknown “Middle Easterners” had infiltrated the caravans of Central American migrants snaking their way north toward the nation’s southern border before ultimately admitting he had “no proof” for the claim."

Phony propaganda.  Raw nazism.  Congenital liar.

"And on Thursday, news broke that the administration is weighing a plan that would seek to close the U.S. border to Central Americans entirely and deny them the chance to seek asylum."

Should that happen, would be in direct violation of federal statutes.  As long as refugees present themselves at legal border crossings, ports of entry, federal law states requests for asylum must be considered.

"More recently, after frequent targets of Trump’s criticism became the actual targets of at least 14 attempted pipe bombs — including former president Barack Obama, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. and CNN — the president decried “the threat of violence as a method of political intimidation, coercion or control.” But Trump has disputed that he contributes to a divisive political climate and has continued his attacks, calling the media “so bad and hateful that it is beyond description.”

Called the truth.  -- Truth the Trump nazi, any dictator,  any despot cannot, will not accept.  Hitler lied like hell.  So did Mussolini.  So did Stalin.  So did Mao.  Wake up.

"Former CIA director John O. Brennan, the addressed target of an explosive mailed to CNN’s New York headquarters, chastised Trump and urged him to “stop blaming others.” “Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful,” Brennan wrote in a Thursday tweet. “Clean up your act....try to act Presidential. The American people deserve much better.” Responding to Brennan’s criticism on Fox News, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended her boss. “The president, I think, could not have been more presidential yesterday when he spoke directly to the American people,” she said Thursday."

Delusional horse shit, highly indicative of the fact the Press Secretary herself has cowardly, delusionally succumbed to this great evil in the Oval Office.

"For several days, some prominent Trump allies on the right, including talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, fanned a “false-flag” conspiracy theory that the bombs were not real and directed by liberals as a way to reverse Trump’s campaign-trail argument that Democrats are “the party of mobs” and show that conservatives, too, favor mob tactics."

Rush "The Lush" Limbaugh lost all credibility decades ago.  Remains as delusional as Alex Jones.  Mental illness runs rampant in the Extreme Right.  Forget?

"Later Friday morning, Trump edged toward an endorsement of that theory. “Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this ‘Bomb’ stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows,” the president tweeted."

Surprised?  Why?  The abomination in the Oval Office remains as hopelessly psychotic as his sick sycophants.  Great evil personified.  History perniciously repeating itself.

"In a least one high-profile moment — the deadly violence last year at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville — Trump wavered. After coming under criticism for blaming the violence on “both sides,” Trump gave a speech condemning racist hate groups as “repugnant to all that we hold dear as Americans.” But he almost immediately told aides that his lofty remarks were among his biggest mistakes, describing it as the “worst speech I’ve ever given,” according to Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear.”

Mark of a nazi dictator.  Our best and brightest died fighting this scourge, abominable evil decades ago, Second World War European Theater.  We cannot remain gutlessly silent.

“It’s very hard to think of a president in American history who has been as aggressively divisive as this one and who has shown essentially no moral leadership,” said James K. Glassman, a former ambassador and undersecretary of state who is the founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute. “Presidents set the tone, and certainly you can’t say President Trump is responsible for somebody sending bombs to Democratic leaders across the country, but there is a climate in this country that’s being encouraged by the president.”

Quite right.  Great evil.

"Trump has long exhibited disinterest in expected norms of the presidency, arguing that his freewheeling style is more exciting. “It’s so easy to be presidential, but instead of having 10,000 people outside trying to get into this packed arena, we’d have about 200 people,” Trump said during a recent campaign rally in Wheeling, W.Va., exaggerating the size of the crowd."

Lying.  Insanity run amok.

"Then, he held up a sheet of paper and began impersonating his version of a more conventional commander in chief, rattling off a list of buzzwords — “ladies and gentlemen,” “great Americans,” and “thousand points of light.” “Which,” Trump said, continuing to ad-lib, “nobody has really figured out.”

This man is psychotic.  An exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Wake up.  Before too late.

Above quotes courtesy of two most gifted, insightful writers, Ashley Parker and
Philip Rucker.

NPR reports:

"Authorities say they found Sayoc's fingerprint on one of the suspicious packages and possibly his DNA inside two others. "These people have worked so hard and to have done it so quickly," Trump exclaimed. "It's a needle in a haystack." Speaking to a group of young African-Americans in the White House East Room, Trump delivered a conventional call for the nation to come together. "We must show the world we are united together in peace and love and harmony as fellow American citizens," the president said. "There is no country like our country. Hours later, though, Trump was back on the partisan warpath, campaigning against "extreme" and "radical" Democrats, and denouncing the news media for suggesting he's contributed to a hostile climate in the country. "We have seen an effort by the media in recent hours to use the sinister actions of one individual to score political points against me" and the Republican party, Trump told supporters in Charlotte, N.C."

Where along the way did you lose yourself, Mr. 'President?'  Where?

The Washington Post reports:

“We need all hands on deck, we need to stay vigilant,” said FBI Director Christopher A. Wray. He characterized the 13 explosive devices recovered so far as “IEDs,” an abbreviation for improvised explosive devices. Wray said that investigators were able to pinpoint Sayoc after finding a fingerprint on an envelope containing a bomb sent to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and that DNA found on two of the devices was a possible match to a sample previously taken from Sayoc during an earlier arrest in Florida. One law enforcement official said the fingerprint discovery was a major breakthrough. With that, authorities began zeroing in on Sayoc on Thursday, gathering cellphone records to track his past movements and conducting real-time surveillance of his location and activities, the official said."

Good work.  No question.

The Washington Post reports:

"Cesar Sayoc stood in the throng of shouting, teeth-gnashing Trump supporters and joined a chant directed at news cameras. “CNN sucks! CNN sucks!” they screamed. “Tell the truth! Tell the truth!” Sayoc had seemingly found his tribe at the Trump rally in February 2017. In previously unreleased video captured by the crew of filmmaker Michael Moore, the sleeveless shirt Sayoc wore that day in Melbourne, Fla., featured a collage of pro-Trump imagery, and his sign, like his chants, derided CNN — perhaps the most frequent target of Trump’s anti-media rage. In that way, Sayoc — now known as the mail-bomb suspect — had already transformed into the human avatar of his van’s rolling fever dream of political paranoia. The image emblazoned on his shirt could also be seen on a large decal on the white van found during Sayoc’s arrest, near other images of prominent Democrats, including Moore. Also on that van: a large decal that read “CNN sucks.”

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.


11-2-18

Delusionally believe nazism isn't alive and well in our formerly great country?  NPR reports:

"Four Southern California men, allegedly part of a white supremacist group, have been charged by federal prosecutors for violent attacks on counterprotesters, journalists and a police officer at political rallies across the state. Three of the four are in custody. The New York Times reports that Robert Rundo, 28 was taken into custody on Sunday at the Los Angeles International Airport after fleeing to Central America earlier this month. Robert Boman, 25, and Tyler Laube, 22, were arrested Wednesday morning. Authorities are searching for the fourth man — Aaron Eason, 38."

History dangerously repeating itself.  Reincarnation of Hitler's Third Reich to the Trump nazi's Fourth.  Wake up.

"The criminal complaint, filed by the FBI out of Los Angeles on Saturday and unsealed on Wednesday, alleges the four are part of the white supremacist Rise Above Movement. RAM subscribes to a racist, anti-Semitic ideology and trains its members in combat. The group "represents itself publicly as a combat-ready, militant group of a new nationalist white supremacy/identity movement," the complaint says."

Good to see the FBI is standing up to this scourge.  Does not embrace the view of the Trump nazi vis a vis outrageously fascist white nationalist groups.

"The allegations describe an orchestrated effort to squelch free speech as members of the conspiracy traveled to multiple locations to attack those who hold different views," said U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna in a news release."

Many in our formerly great country seem to have forgotten the scourge of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.  Time to smarten up.

"Videos recorded by journalists, bystanders and surveillance cameras, as well as posts on the Internet from the group's members and private social media communications between them, helped the Department of Justice build its case."

Good to see at least some citizens are courageously standing up to this scourge straight out of Hell.

"The DOJ alleges the four men violated federal conspiracy and riot statutes in a series of incidents from March to June of 2017."

With the Sessions nazi at the helm of the DOJ, surprising to see the 'Justice' Department taking action.  Pressure had to have been enormous.

"At a Make America Great Again rally in Huntington Beach in March, the DOJ said in its criminal complaint, members of RAM attacked two journalists and a number of counterprotesters."

Repeat of history.  Hitler's Brownshirts did precisely the same in 1933 as the Nazi son of a bitch rose to power.

"Video footage shows Laube punched one journalist three times in the face, after the reporter was jostled by other rally attendees and stumbled backwards."

Gutless pieces of shit.  Exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Wake up, friends.  Far worse is yet to come.

"The Daily Stormer — a neo-Nazi website and online community — praised the violence. "Front page of the stormer we did it fam," one RAM member texted another. In the weeks after the attacks, members allegedly gleefully celebrated the attacks and recruited others to attend an upcoming rally in Berkeley, as well as a training session in hand-to-hand combat before the gathering."

Wake up, friends.

"At that April rally, Rundo, Boman and Easaon assaulted people at the rally. Videos show group members with taped hands — like boxers — punching counterprotesters. In one attack, a RAM member held down a counterprotester while another landed punches. Rundo was arrested for punching a "defenseless person" and a police officer. "Total Aryan victory," a RAM member texted another member the next day."

This is precisely what happened at the birth of Nazi Germany.  Wake up.  Hitler's Brownshirts.

"RAM members again celebrated their assaults, according to the complaint. They posted photos of members holding up a banner celebrating they stole from counterprotesters. On social media, Boman posted several photos of himself attacking others and of RAM members engaged in combat training. Wednesday's charges follows the arrests earlier this month of another four RAM members — Benjamin Daley, Michael Miselis, Thomas Gillen and Cole White — who were charged on conspiracy to riot charges for attacking counterprotesters during last year's Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Va."

Forget?  Trump supports these bastards.  Excused their actions in Charlottesville.  Compared them to those protesting.  Raw nazism.

"The California charges describe connections between both sets of defendants. Between April and August of 2017, the complaint alleges, RAM members "engaged in regular combat training sessions" before attending the Unite the Right rally. They also "used the internet to coordinate combat training in preparation for the events, to arrange travel to the events, to coordinate attendance at the events, and to celebrate their acts of violence in order to recruit members for future events," the complaint said."

Wake up.  These nazis present an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

"Members documented their extremist ideology in public Internet posts, including their affinity of the "14 words" — "a mantra known and used by white supremacy extremists and neo-Nazis," FBI Special Agent Scott Bierwirth said in the complaint. Also according to the California affidavit, Rundo and two men charged in the Charlottesville case flew to Europe last spring to celebrate Adolf Hitler's birthday. There, they met with other white supremacy groups."

Reincarnation of horrendous evil.  Time to wake up.

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.


11-2-18

Saudis can't seem to get their story straight.  -- The problem with lying.  The Washington Post reports:

"Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said Thursday that Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a planned operation, citing information received from Turkish investigators in Istanbul, according to a statement from the kingdom’s Foreign Ministry. It is the latest reversal by Saudi authorities, who last week said Khashoggi was killed accidentally in a fistfight at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by “rogue” agents. President Trump had initially said that explanation was credible but in recent days expressed doubts, calling it “the worst coverup ever.” According to the statement, a joint Saudi-Turkish investigative team “indicates that the suspects in the incident had committed their act with a premeditated intention.”

Which time were they lying?  Then or now?

"The announcement underscored the rapidly mounting pressures on Saudi Arabia to fully illuminate Khashoggi’s killing, after its previous explanations were contradicted by Turkey and met with skepticism by the United States, a close Saudi ally."

Lying always comes back to bite one hard on the ass.

Here's the problem with all the deception, duplicity:

"Still, neither Trump nor Saudi Arabia has been willing to trace the journalist’s killing to an order by the royal court. U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers as well as the European Union have said that an operation targeting a critic of the royal court in a foreign country is unlikely to have been ordered without the knowledge of senior Saudi officials."

Trump can't, won't be confused with the truth.

"Thursday’s announcement comes days after CIA Director Gina Haspel traveled to Turkey and listened to audio purportedly capturing Khashoggi’s murder, giving a key member of Trump’s Cabinet access to the central piece of evidence Turkey has used to assert that the killing was planned."

Haspel, herself, has unresolved issues vis a vis torture in her earlier tenure at the CIA.

"In another sign that the kingdom is seeking to contain the widespread fallout, Salah Khashoggi, the eldest son of Jamal Khashoggi, has left Saudi Arabia, two people close to the family said Thursday. The son, a dual U.S.-Saudi citizen who was photographed receiving condolences from Salman and Mohammed on Tuesday, previously had been restricted from leaving."

Imagine that.  Figurative noose is certainly tightening.

"Salah Khashoggi is headed to the United States to join his three siblings, who are already there, according to one of the people. The photos and video footage of him meeting with the king and crown prince were released by the Saudi government in an apparent effort to showcase their sympathy. Instead, the images elicited scorn on social media, with critics accusing the leaders of exploiting a grieving son."

The Washington Post reports:

"Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday condemned the killing of Washington Post contributor and Saudi government critic Jamal Khashoggi as intolerable, minutes before Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, at the same venue, criticized the global “hysteria” surrounding the murder."

Imagine that.  Unlike his fuhrer, Mattis stood tall.

"Mattis suggested the killing threatened to undermine stability in the Middle East in his first substantive comments on a cascading geopolitical crisis that risks rupturing Saudi Arabia’s relations with the West."

Certainly, does.

"The defense secretary made the remarks at a security conference in the island kingdom of Bahrain, across a bridge from Saudi Arabia, shortly before Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir decried what he said was a rush to conclusions before the investigation’s completion."

Imagine that.  Bastard still doesn't get it.

"Since Khashoggi disappeared at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, Saudi officials have issued an evolving series of narratives. On Thursday, Saudi Arabia appeared to acknowledge that its agents had murdered the dissident Saudi journalist in a “premeditated” operation but have not implicated top officials, including the de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Mattis also said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would be taking unspecified “additional measures” in response to the killing beyond the revocation of U.S. visas for certain Saudi suspects. The administration, however, has so far been reluctant to join calls by European allies and others for harsher measures against Riyadh, including possible halt of arm sales."

That's a problem.  Forget?  The Saudis have been f--king over the American public since January, 1973, -- when gasoline prices doubled.

"Above all, Mattis pushed the message that the Khashoggi killing was both a human rights issue and a national security concern for nations in the Middle East. “When opposing voices can be heard within a political process adapted to each nation’s culture, one that permits peaceful opposition by giving voice and human rights to all, a nation becomes more secure,” Mattis said. “When people can speak and be heard calling for peace and respect for all, the terrorist message of hatred and violence is not embraced. With our collective interests in peace and unwavering respect for human rights in mind, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in a diplomatic facility must concern us all greatly,” he continued."

Amazing, isn't it?  Some sanity left in the Trump regime.  ... Can we stand it?  LOL.

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11-2-18

Noose figuratively tightens.  NBC News reports:

"Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has obtained communications suggesting that a right-wing conspiracy theorist might have had advance knowledge that the emails of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman had been stolen and handed to WikiLeaks, a source familiar with the investigation told NBC News."

Fascinating, isn't it?  If true, chilling as well.

"Mueller's team has spent months investigating whether the conspiracy theorist, Jerome Corsi, learned before the public did that WikiLeaks had obtained emails hacked by Russian intelligence officers — and whether he passed information about the stolen emails to Donald Trump associate Roger Stone, multiple sources said."

What webs we weave.

"Mueller's investigators have reviewed messages to members of the Trump team in which Stone and Corsi seem to take credit for the release of Democratic emails, said a person with direct knowledge of the emails. The source and other people familiar with the matter say they have seen no evidence suggesting either man played any role in the hacking or release of the emails. Stone adamantly denies doing anything but passing on information already in the public domain."

Hopefully, for his sake, that's so.

"Stone appears to be in Mueller's investigative crosshairs, as the special counsel seeks to determine whether the longtime political trickster participated in the secret Russian operation to help Trump win the 2016 election. Mueller has summoned Corsi and nearly a dozen other of Stone's associates to testify before his Washington, D.C. grand jury, people familiar with the investigation told NBC News. Some of them have described the sessions to reporters, saying they were grilled about their conversations and communications with Stone. While grand juries operate in secret, witnesses have a right to discuss their testimony. "I was questioned vigorously for hours," said a former Stone associate, who spoke on condition of anonymity. He told NBC News that Mueller's investigators put enormous pressure on him to recall specific details from the 2016 campaign. "They think they're on to something."

If that's truly the case, think Trump's not shitting?

"In July, Mueller charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with conspiracy to violate U.S. election laws by hacking Democratic emails and releasing them through fake online personas, and later, WikiLeaks. If an American were found to have knowingly aided that effort, he or she could be charged as a member of that conspiracy, legal experts have said."

Long arm of the law.  Should certainly be enforced no matter which party suffers the brunt, and/or the consequences.

Quite a complicated investigation.  Mueller appears to be leaving no stone unturned.  Particularly impressive since he, as a Republican, is courageously placing principle ahead of party affiliation.   Rare commodity these days.

"An author and commentator, Corsi is considered to be the founder of the so-called Birther movement of people who believed Barack Obama was not a U.S. citizen, a lie that Trump used to help propel his presidential candidacy. In 2017, Corsi became the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for InfoWars, a web site run by Alex Jones, whose inflammatory lies about the 2014 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have gotten him banned from YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Corsi no longer works there."

Imagine that.

"Mueller subpoenaed Corsi in September, and he turned over computer, phone and email records, the source said. Mueller's investigators have spent weeks interviewing many of his contacts, asking them what he said about WikiLeaks, the source said."

No matter the outcome, Mueller appears to be doing his job.  ... If there's nothing there ultimately in addition to all those already indicted, so be it.  If not, prosecute the living shit out of the rest of them, that is, all those closest to the president.  ... If the president himself is up to his ears, Mueller will likely leave it to Congress to impeach, convict, and remove him from office.  -- Think the pressure wouldn't be enormous to do so?

"Questioned by Mueller's prosecutors about why he appeared to know before anyone else that WikiLeaks had Clinton campaign chair John Podesta's emails, Corsi told them he simply figured it out on his own, the source said. He concluded, after seeing little about Podesta in the initial WikiLeaks dump of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, that the anti-secrecy organization was holding Podesta's communications for an "October surprise," the source said."

Credible?  Interesting to see what ultimately comes of this.  ... If anything.

"The source said he is aware of no evidence obtained by the Mueller team that would contradict that assertion."

Fascinating, isn't it?  Yet, all speculation until Mueller completes his task.

"Corsi maintained that he did not learn anything about the matter from WikiLeaks, which began dumping Podesta's emails on Oct. 7, 2016, just hours after a tape became public on which Trump boasted about grabbing women's genitalia. However, Corsi expressed in emails a willingness to travel to London and meet with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the source said."

Where's smoke, there's fire?

"For the record, I have never had any communication of any kind with Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, or Guccifer 2.0, or any Russian agents of any kind, including those mythical Russian agents who the Democrats believe wanted to throw the election for Trump," Corsi wrote in March 2017 on InfoWars."

For his sake, hope so.  If not, his ass is likely going down.

"Stone denied that Corsi ever told him before it became public that Podesta's emails had been obtained by WikiLeaks, and he denies involvement with Russia, telling NBC News it's a "left-wing conspiracy theory." But he also says he expects to be indicted, and a lawyer close to the case told NBC News he thought that was likely as well."

Amazing how the Nazi Right seems to always lay the blame on "left-wing conspiracy theory."  Both extremes do this when they've backed themselves into a corner.

"Stone has a recent history of changing his story about his interactions with Russians."

Think he won't be indicted?

"In June 2016, he said: "I didn't talk to anybody who was identifiably Russian during the two-year run-up to this campaign," he said. But that was false. In fact, as he acknowledged this year, he met with a Russian in May 2016 — a month before he issued that categorical denial — who offered to sell incriminating information to the Trump campaign. In the wake of that acknowledgment, he was forced to amend his testimony to the House intelligence committee. He said he had forgotten about the proposal and rebuffed it, telling the Washington Post "[Trump] doesn't pay for anything."

Gets worse:

"Now, Stone is insisting in equally unequivocal terms that he never passed inside information about stolen Democratic emails from the Russians — or their intermediary, WikiLeaks — to the Trump team. He says so despite a series of public statements he made in summer 2016 suggesting he had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks disclosures of the material hacked by Russian intelligence agencies, including a tweet in August that it soon would be John Podesta's "time in the barrel." Stone's assertion is being put to a fearsome test by Mueller, who has grilled Stone's associates about their dealings and communications with him, sources familiar with the testimony told NBC News."

Amazing, isn't it, anyone up to their ears in this would sit down and talk to the FBI and/or prosecutors?

Above quotes courtesy of two most gifted, insightful, probing writers, Ken Dilanian and Anna Schecter.

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11-2-18

Racism remains alive and well.  This time, against a black GOP campaign worker.  CBS News reports:

"Police arrested a man for allegedly harassing and threatening to assault a black GOP campaign worker at an early-voting location in Charlotte Wednesday afternoon, according to CBS affiliate WBTV in Charlotte."

Imagine that.  Strange, isn't it?  Here the guy's working for Republican nazis.  Irony, breathtaking.

"The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. at a voting location in the 11000 block of South Tryon Street, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Officers arrived in response to an armed man threatening a campaign worker at a voting location."

Achingly, inexplicable.  Aggressive stupidity.  On a number of levels.

"Officials say a black man said he was working at the voting location when he saw the armed man in the parking lot with a camera taking pictures or recording the polling location. Police say he approached the campaign worker, and began hurling racial slurs, according to a report from CMPD."

Racist bastard.  Get this:

    "GOP campaign worker says 2men threatened and hurled insults +Nword. Police arrest one man tonight saying he had a BB gun on his hip. @wbtvnews @11p. pic.twitter.com/OSuNGXnVeg
    — Paul Cameron WBTV (@PaulCameronWBTV) October 25, 2018"

Got more than he bargained for:

"The campaign worker said the armed man threatened to assault him before lifting his shirt and displaying a handgun which was in a holster on his belt. He told police the armed man never assaulted him or attempted to remove the handgun from the holster. Around 9:15 p.m., Jason Donald Wayne, 28, was arrested. Police say he was carrying a BB gun in a holster which was located and seized as evidence. Police say Wayne was charged with going armed to the terror of the people, ethnic intimidation, communicating threats and disorderly conduct."

This crap has to end.  Is tearing our formerly great country apart.  Moreover, aggressive stupidity to bring a 'knife' to a gunfight, -- so to speak.

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11-2-18

The following is an appalling atrocity perpetrated by an anti-Semitic Right Wing nazi.  CBS News reports:

"A gunman who frequently posted anti-Semitic threats online burst into a busy Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday and opened fire, killing 11 people and injuring six others. After exchanging gunfire with police, 46-year-old Robert Bowers surrendered and was taken into custody. U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said federal prosecutors are seeking approval to pursue the death penalty against Bowers, who was injured during the shootout with police. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday. Bowers entered the Tree of Life Congregation Saturday morning and fired inside while expressing his hatred toward Jewish people, according to a charging document made public Sunday. It said the statements continued during his gunfight with police, with Bowers telling one officer: "They're committing genocide to my people. I just want to kill Jews."

Raw nazism.  As our formerly great country continues to nazify under the abomination in the Oval Office.

"Bowers was armed with an AR-15 and three handguns during the 20-minute assault. Wendell Hissrich, the city's public safety director, said there was no further threat to the public. "It's a very horrific crime scene," he told reporters Sunday. "It's one of the worst that I've seen, and I've been on some plane crashes. It's very bad."

This aberrant behavior will continue to worsen as this country continues to move to the Hard Right.

"Robert Jones, head of the FBI's Pittsburgh office, said worshippers at the synagogue were "brutally murdered by a gunman targeting them simply because of their faith." Jones said Bowers' full motive is unknown, but said investigators believe he acted alone. Gov. Tom Wolf arrived at the scene Saturday and called the attack an "absolute tragedy."

"President Trump called the shooting was "far more devastating" than anyone previously thought. Mr. Trump said there would have been a different outcome if the synagogue had an armed guard at the building. "If there was an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop him, maybe there would have been nobody killed, except for him, frankly," Mr. Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews on Saturday, adding that the U.S. should "stiffen up" its laws on the death penalty. "When people do this, they should get the death penalty," he added. "And they shouldn't have to wait years and years. I think they should very much bring the death penalty into vogue."

The hypocrisy of the Trump nazi knows no bounds.  White nationalists endorse the Trump nazi.  Tell you anything?  Anything at all?

The Washington Post reports:

"At the end of a weekend that redefined concepts of religious hatred in the United States, a grieving Rabbi Jeffrey Myers directly linked Saturday’s massacre at his Tree of Life synagogue to the rhetoric of U.S. politicians. “It starts with speech,” Myers said to loud applause at a Sunday-evening vigil attended by two U.S. senators. “It has to start with you as our leaders. My words are not intended as political fodder. I address all equally. Stop the words of hate.”

It's nazism, Rabbi.  The world failed to initially stand up to Hitler.  History will not be repeated here in our formerly great country.

"Two hours after the rabbi’s speech, President Trump absolved himself of responsibility and once again blamed others for the nation’s troubles. “The Fake News is doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives and me for the division and hatred that has been going on for so long in our Country,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday night. “Actually, it is their Fake & Dishonest reporting which is causing problems far greater than they understand!”

This man has lost his mind.  Media is accurately reporting the truth.  The Trump nazi continues to blatantly and repeatedly lie.  A congenital liar.  This bastard, his henchmen, and sick sycophants are not 'conservatives.'  They're national socialists, fascists, nazis.  Fascism, nazism, national socialism defined as the pernicious blend of government, business, and religion. 'Justified' by perversion and bastardization of the latter.

"With that, a weekend that marked the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history ended."

Sadly, tragically, far worse to come.  Repeat of history.  As our formerly great country continues to transition from the fascist police-state we've lived in since 9/11 to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

NPR reports:

"The alternative social media network that was reportedly used by the suspect in the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue is now down. Gab.com is a social network that touts itself as an alternative to Twitter and Facebook to give conservatives a platform for free speech. But it also has been criticized for providing a platform for anti-Semitism and white nationalism. The site has come in for increased scrutiny since the shooting. As of Monday, the site displayed a message saying it had been "systematically no-platformed by App Stores, multiple hosting providers, and several payment processors." "We have been smeared by the mainstream media for defending free expression and individual liberty for all people and for working with law enforcement to ensure that justice is served for the horrible atrocity committed at Pittsburgh," it said."

If the site did promulgate violence, it should be taken down.  If it did not, who's next?  Despicable speech needs to be confronted by more speech.

Uncommon valor.  NBC News reports:

"The gunman didn’t ambush Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz during prayers. As the shooter stalked his victims in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Rabinowitz rushed to help the wounded, according to his nephew Avishai Ostrin. The price Rabinowitz paid for his compassion was his life."

Stood tall.  Uncommon valor. Heroic.

“He was a doctor, a healer,” Ostrin said in a Facebook post Sunday. “When he heard shots he ran outside to try and see if anyone was hurt and needed a doctor.” He added: “That was Uncle Jerry, that’s just what he did.” Rabinowitz, 66, was one of 11 people killed in the mass shooting at the synagogue when authorities say Robert Bowers opened fire during services Saturday. A married couple, two brothers and a 97-year-old woman were also among those who died."

Unspeakable carnage.  Repeat of Nazi history under Hitler's Third Reich.  -- Trump's Fourth.

NBC News reports:

"Myers was beginning Saturday morning services when shots rang out in the synagogue. He said he initially thought the noise was a coat rack falling, but then instinct kicked in, and he realized he was hearing gunfire. He was able to aid the people sitting in the front of the sanctuary, but as the shots got closer and louder, he was unable to usher the people in the back to safety. "I heard him execute my congregants," Myers said. Myers then called 911, and stayed on the line for "what felt like it was an eternity," he said. The time that elapsed was about 20 minutes, officials have told him. All the while, the gunman was stalking his victims. The suspected shooter, Robert Bowers, 46, had left a trail of anti-Semitic posts online before entering the synagogue with an assault rifle and at least three handguns Saturday. The rabbi said he was the first to call police, and wouldn't have even had his phone on him if not for a consult with a security advisor in August. "I normally don't carry it on the Jewish Sabbath, but I learned from him, as he said, 'Rabbi, it's a different world. You need to carry it,'" Myers said on ABC's "Good Morning America."

The carnage, -- breathtaking.

"Myers said on "Today" that he's experiencing "anger and disbelief all rolled into one." "I’m standing at a cemetery and this is a massive mausoleum," Myers said, adding his sanctuary cannot be used in its current condition. "It’s my home and it’s been desecrated." "The bullet holes are too numerous to count," he said. "But we will rebuild because we’re Tree of Life. We've been here 154 years. And you can cut off some branches, but the tree will continue to grow." While Myers said he would welcome Trump if the president chose to come to Pittsburgh to pay condolences, the former president of Tree of Life Synagogue said on CNN that she felt strongly that he should not come. "I do not welcome this president to my city," said Lynette Lederman. "He’s the purveyor of hate speech. The hypocritical words that come from him tell me nothing," Lederman continued. "We have people who stand by us who believe in values, not just Jewish values, but believe in values, and those are the not the values of this president, and I do not welcome him to Pittsburgh."

NBC News reports:

"Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday called on President Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric, as the president escalated his attacks on the media, blaming the "fake news" for stoking "great anger" in the U.S.  Johnson, who served as Secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017, told CNN that recent hate crimes, including the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue, "should be a wake-up call to all Americans to insist that their leaders tone it down and try to restore civility to our dialogue."

Not possible for our nazi fuhrer to do so.  How he placates his sick sycophants.

The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump and his Republican allies remained defiant Sunday amid allegations from critics that Trump’s incendiary attacks on political rivals and racially charged rhetoric on the campaign trail bear some culpability for the climate surrounding a spate of violence in the United States. Trump, who has faced calls to tone down his public statements, signaled that he would do no such thing — berating billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer, a target of a mail bomb sent by a Trump supporter, as a “crazed & stumbling lunatic” on Twitter, after Steyer said on CNN that Trump and the Republican Party have created an atmosphere of “political violence.” Later Sunday, Trump lashed out again on Twitter, this time at the media: “The Fake News is doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives and me for the division and hatred that has been going on for so long in our Country.”

Adolf and Benito would have indeed been proud of their fellow national socialist.

NPR reports:

"Eleven people were killed on Saturday when a gunman entered Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue and opened fire on the congregants. The victims ranged in age from 54 to 97; eight were men, three were women. Two of them were brothers, and two were a married couple. Chuck Diamond was a rabbi at Tree of Life until about a year ago, and he remains a member of the community, living just around the corner from the synagogue. He knew many of the victims. "These are wonderful people, good souls, who were just coming to synagogue as they usually did," he told NPR on Sunday. "Synagogue was just getting started and mostly elderly people who come there are there at the beginning, and you could count on them every week for coming. ... It's such a crime that their lives were taken from us." But he said the city's residents are coming together to support one another after the tragedy. "Pittsburgh," he said, "is a wonderful community. It's not only a wonderful Jewish community, it's just a wonderful community."

The Washington Post reports:

"More than 35,000 people have signed an open letter to President Trump from the leaders of a Pittsburgh-based Jewish group who say the president will not be welcome in the city unless he denounces white nationalism and stops “targeting” minorities after a mass shooting Saturday at a local synagogue left 11 dead.

"Nevertheless, the White House announced Trump would travel to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, ignoring the letter as well as a plea from Pittsburgh’s mayor that the president at least refrain from visiting “while we are burying the dead.” The first of the funerals for the 11 shooting victims is expected to take place Tuesday."

The Washington Post reports:

"A mourning family doesn’t want to meet him. Top members of his own party declined to join him. The mayor has explicitly asked him not to come. And yet President Trump plans to visit this grief-stricken city Tuesday, amid accusations that he and his administration continue to fuel the anti-Semitism that inspired Saturday’s massacre inside a synagogue. The president and first lady Melania Trump are scheduled to arrive in the late afternoon, several hours after the first funerals are held for the 11 victims of the mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue. More than 1,000 people have so far signed up for a demonstration at the same time — declaring Trump “unwelcome in our city and in our country.” So has at least one of the victims' families.

No question.  Uncommon valor to stand up to this nazi and what he stands for.

"Congressional leaders from both parties — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) — have all declined invitations to join Trump on his visit, according to three officials familiar with matter. (McConnell’s office said the Kentucky senator “has events in the state and was unable to attend.”)

At least some of the top leadership in our formerly great country remains willing to show some small semblance of 'judgment.'

"Trump offered to visit with the family of Daniel Stein, a 71-year-old who had just become a grandfather when he was gunned down at Tree of Life. Stein’s nephew, Stephen Halle, said the family declined. It was in part because of the comments Trump made in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, when he suggested the synagogue should have had an armed guard. “Everybody feels that they were inappropriate,” Halle said Tuesday — the same day his uncle was set to be buried — of Trump’s remarks about security. “He was blaming the community. “A church, a synagogue, should not be a fortress. It should be an open welcoming place to feel safe.” The city’s Democratic mayor, Bill Peduto, will not be appearing with the president, either, according to a spokesman. Peduto had urged Trump not to visit Pittsburgh until after the funerals for the victims had concluded, saying “all attention should be on the victims.” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, a Squirrel Hill resident who lives half a block away from the synagogue, will not be meeting with the president, either, his spokeswoman said."

Tell you anything?  Anything at all?

"Tens of thousands of people have signed an open letter published by a progressive Jewish organization, Bend the Arc, saying that Trump would not be welcome unless he denounced white nationalism and stopped “targeting” minorities in his rhetoric and policies. “For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement,” the letter says. “You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence. ”

The fascist bastards around Trump remain hopelessly clueless.  The following would be laughable under other circumstances.  Get this:

"The White House woke up to a new furor on Tuesday morning, as video spread virally from a Monday evening rally in which Vice President Pence prayed for the synagogue’s victims with the leader of a “Messianic synagogue” who urges Jews to accept Jesus as the Messiah — a movement condemned by Jewish leaders as Christian evangelism in disguise."

Think its easy for emergency and rescue personnel?  Scars suffered aren't horrendous?  No post traumatic stress?  Seatbelts on.  CBS News reports:

"A doctor who treated victims of the Pittsburgh shooting that left 11 dead and six injured described the harrowing scene in an interview with CBS News Monday. Dr. Keith Murray said he was with his three children at a Halloween party when he received an alert about an active shooter. Murray is the medical director of tactical EMS at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dressed in full SWAT gear, he and his colleague cleared one section of the synagogue before coming across five bodies. They soon realized one person was still alive, holding her friend's body. "The fifth one was not moving at the time, but once we encountered her, we realized that she was shot, she was in shock, and she was simply holding onto her deceased friend," he told CBS News' David Begnaud in Pittsburgh."

Imagine living with that image the rest of one's life.

"I think this was just four people coming to the synagogue to pray with friends," he continued. "They were facing forward, looking at the rabbi, and the [gunman] walked up behind them and just started shooting." Murray said there was an eerie calm over the entire building. "You are walking into this place of worship — it is aesthetically beautiful. You have to reconcile that image with the fact that you are now looking at four dead people," he said. "It is a scene that you never want to see."

Man's inhumanity to his fellow man.

"Armed with an AR-15 and three handguns, Robert Bowers, 46, shot the congregants as he shouted anti-Semitic slurs, authorities said. Bowers made his first court appearance Monday and will be back in court Thursday morning. He remains in custody without bail."

Hard to believe there were no warning signs.  Nothing at all.

"After Murray heard a knocking sound that turned out to be gunfire, he realized an officer had been shot on the second floor of the building. "The knocking became more rapid, more intense, and then it just kind of magnified from there. That was our officers getting into a gunfight with the individual," he said. "It was our number one operator in the room. He took the most gunfire. He went down straight there. One of our guys stepped over him and used himself as a shield," Murray said, adding that they knew the officer suffered life-threatening injuries. "He had two gunshots wounds to his arm and multiple to his lower extremities. He did not look well. We knew that this was going to go bad, potentially." Murray and the SWAT team were able to safely remove the wounded officer from the building. He praised the work of his colleagues and said there's no doubt in his mind that "two people are alive today because of them."

Indeed.  Hopefully, all will recover.  Uncommon valor.

Trump remains hopelessly clueless.  The Washington Post reports:

"A mourning family doesn’t want to meet him. Leaders of his own party declined to join him. The mayor has explicitly asked him not to come. Protesters have mobilized. And yet President Trump visited this grief-stricken city Tuesday, amid accusations that he and his administration continue to fuel the anti-Semitism that inspired Saturday’s massacre inside a synagogue. The president and first lady Melania Trump arrived in Pittsburgh on Tuesday afternoon, not long after the first funerals began for the 11 victims of the mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue. More than 1,300 people have signed up for a demonstration at the same time — declaring Trump “unwelcome in our city and in our country.” Congressional leaders from both parties — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) — have all declined invitations to join Trump on his visit, according to officials familiar with matter. (McConnell’s office said the Kentucky senator “has events in the state and was unable to attend.”)

Gets worse:

"So have relatives of at least one of the victims. Trump offered to visit with the family of Daniel Stein, a 71-year-old who had just become a grandfather when he was gunned down at Tree of Life. Stein’s nephew, Stephen Halle, said the family declined in part because of the comments Trump made in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, when he suggested the synagogue should have had an armed guard. “Everybody feels that they were inappropriate,” Halle said Tuesday. “He was blaming the community."

One thing for certain.  The community did not want him to visit.

"About an hour before Trump arrived in the area, more than 100 people had jammed onto a street corner in Squirrel Hill, the predominantly Jewish neighborhood where the synagogue is located and many victims lived. The number swelled as Trump’s visit neared, with some marching through the neighborhood streets and declaring themselves angry that he would come to their community. "This didn't happen in a vacuum,"Ardon Shorr said. "There is a growing trend of white nationalism. And that has been enabled by Trump, who traffics in the kind of conspiracy theories that we know were foremost in the mind of the shooter last Saturday."

Trump stokes this shit.  Deliberately does so.  Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini did precisely the same.

"Shorr added about Trump’s visit. “He’s not tolerated here, and we didn’t consent to him coming.” Others gathered to protest echoed Schorr’s sentiments in criticizing Trump and questioning his visit. “He’s done nothing but stoke the type of fear and hatred that led to this," said Ben Case, 34. "And he’s coming here for a photo op and to check it off his list. But we know hes not part of the solution.” Marchers in Squirrel Hill sat down in the middle of a street near the synagogue while Trump was in the area, purposely facing away from him so as to turn their backs on the president."

Quite encouraging to see people finally standing up to this growing cancer.

"As Trump left Washington for Pittsburgh, Kara Bernstein was on her way to protests in Squirrel Hill. Bernstein, who lives near Tree of Life and was at another house of worship during Saturday’s massacre, went with two friends in part to urge people to vote. Her second motivation, she emphasized, was speaking out against Trump. “I personally hold Trump and his rhetoric accountable for the tragedy that occurred,” she said. She believes his visit is a “distraction from the grieving.”

CBS News reports:

"Hundreds of protesters assembled to show their displeasure with Trump's presence, some carrying signs that said "Hate has No Home in Squirrel Hill" and "Trump Loves Nazis." As Mr. Trump's motorcade wound through downtown Pittsburgh, some onlookers greeted the president with downturned thumbs."

Peaceful resistance to nazism.  Need to see far more of it.

"Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said now was not the best time for the president to visit. Beth Melena, campaign spokeswoman for Wolf, said the governor based his decision to stay away on input from the victims' families, who told him they did not want the president to be there on the day their loved ones were being buried. The first funeral service were held for three victims Tuesday, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal and his younger brother, David."

The boorish nazi in the Oval Office did not honor their wishes.  Surprised?

"None of the four congressional leaders who were invited joined the president on the trip. A spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he already had events in his home state of Kentucky, pushing back on the suggestion that he declined. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan's office said he could not attend on short notice. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also opted not to participate."

The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump visited a grief-stricken Pittsburgh on Tuesday in a trip meant to unify after tragedy, but his arrival provoked protests from residents and consternation from local officials in the aftermath of the synagogue shooting that left 11 people dead. The hastily planned day trip — which the city’s mayor urged Trump not to make — was executed with no advance public itinerary and without congressional and local politicians. Some had declined to accompany the president, and others were not invited."

Clearly, Trump sorely lacks judgment.  Has no class.  A boor.

“The sense in the community is that they didn’t think this was a time for a political photo shoot,” said Rep. Mike Doyle (D), whose congressional district covers the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where the synagogue is located. “There are strong feelings in the community about him and the divisive nature of his rhetoric.” Trump has faced charges in recent days that his harsh political tone and effort to stoke public fears about immigrants has fomented a rising right-wing extremism embraced by the man charged in the synagogue shooting and by the suspect arrested last week after a series of bombs were mailed to prominent critics of the president. Trump has pushed back, saying the media is responsible for the growing tensions across the country."

How?  By publishing the truth?  Exposing the Trump nazi for precisely whom and what he is?

The fascist bastard got quite a welcoming committee.  LOL.

"As the president touched down in southwestern Pennsylvania on Tuesday, almost 2,000 demonstrators assembled not far from where some of the shooting’s victims had been buried that day. The relatives of at least one victim declined to meet with Trump, pointing to his “inappropriate” remarks immediately after the shooting, when the president suggested the shooting could have been avoided if the synagogue had had an armed guard. City officials said they were concerned about protests, which occurred on the same day as funerals for some of the victims, and were not involved in planning the visit — learning about it only when White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced it Monday. The White House also declined to invite two Democratic officials who represent the area — Doyle and Sen. Robert J. Casey Jr. “We received no call or any kind of correspondence,” Doyle said."

Imagine that.

"Trump’s remarks and incendiary rhetoric in office contributed to the pushback his visit received before Air Force One touched down. Tens of thousands of people signed an open letter from a progressive Jewish group based in Pittsburgh saying he would not be welcome “until you fully denounce white nationalism” and “cease your assault on immigrants and refugees.” About an hour before Trump arrived, more than 100 protesters jammed onto a street corner in Squirrel Hill, the predominantly Jewish neighborhood where the synagogue is located and many victims lived. “This didn’t happen in a vacuum,” Ardon Shorr said. “There is a growing trend of white nationalism. And that has been enabled by Trump, who traffics in the kind of conspiracy theories that we know were foremost in the mind of the shooter last Saturday.”

Raw nazism.

"Around 4 p.m., nearly 2,000 marchers assembled at Forbes Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard, not far from where some of Saturday’s victims had been buried. Organizers led the marches through practice runs of traditional Jewish songs before the crowd began a slow, solemn march down Squirrel Hill streets. “He refused to cancel his rally when it would have been the decent thing to cancel the rally,” said Jonathan Sarney, 72, referring to Trump’s campaign stop in Murphysboro, Ill., held the same day the shooting occurred. “And now he’s coming to intrude on the funerals when it’s an indecent thing to do.”

Mark of a nazi, -- boor and a bore.

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11-2-18

One thing for certain, the Nazi Right in our formerly great country despises liberal philanthropist George Soros.  Yet, the national socialist, fascist, nazi Koch brothers get a free pass from these very same goddamned hypocrites.  Imagine that.  Interesting double standard.  Regardless, consider the following.  NPR reports:

"The U.S. Agency for Global Media has launched an investigation into an anti-Semitic television segment attacking George Soros that aired on a federally funded Spanish-language broadcaster."

Couldn't be, could it? Nazis aren't anti-Semitic, are they???  Give me a break.

"The 15-minute segment, which Radio and Television Martí broadcast in May, calls the billionaire philanthropist a "multimillionaire Jew" who uses his profits to "finance anti-system [political] movements that fill his pockets."

Republican nazi Koch brothers don't do precisely the same?  Forget?  'It's the money, stupid.'

"The video resurfaced Friday, just days after a package containing an explosive device turned up at Soros' home in New York — and one day before a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, murdering 11 worshippers in what a local prosecutor described as a "terrible and unspeakable act of hate." The video that aired in May "is inconsistent with our professional standards and ethics," USAGM chief John Lansing said in a statement released Monday."

Then, how the hell did it make it on air?

"His agency oversees the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which directs Radio and Television Martí and — according to its website — aims "to promote freedom and democracy by providing the people of Cuba with objective news and information programming."

... Anti-Semitism part of the national socialist, fascist, nazi Radio and Television Marti agenda?

"Those deemed responsible for this production will be immediately placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into their apparent misconduct," Lansing said. "Disciplinary action appropriate under federal law may then be proposed, including the potential removal of those responsible, depending on the outcome of that investigation."

How long will you drag your feet?  When will you take action?


11-2-18

War for the liberation of Palestine from the Israeli aggressor, sadly, goes on and on.  NBC News reports:

"Israeli warplanes bombed around 80 targets across the Gaza Strip early Saturday after militants launched a volley of rockets into Israel. Within hours, a widely reported truce calmed what looked like a dangerous escalation in violence. Overnight, explosions rocked the blockaded Palestinian enclave as buildings shook and flames lit up the night sky. In Israeli towns and communities near Gaza, warning sirens sounded through the night, sending residents rushing to bomb shelters. Israeli Air Force said some rockets were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system. The Islamic Jihad — a militant group operating in Gaza — claimed responsibility for rocket strikes into Israel, saying in a statement it "can no longer stand idly" in light of "continued cold-blooded killing of innocent civilians by the Israeli occupation."

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11-2-18

Think the following isn't a joke?  NBC News reports:

"Microsoft announced on Friday that the company was standing by its decision to bid for “JEDI,” a U.S. government project aimed at redesigning the digital infrastructure of the Department of Defense, despite pushback from company employees. Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft, explained the company’s stance in a blog post. “First, we believe that the people who defend our country need and deserve our support,” Smith stated. “And second, to withdraw from this market is to reduce our opportunity to engage in the public debate about how new technologies can best be used in a responsible way. We are not going to withdraw from the future. In the most positive way possible, we are going to work to help shape it.”

Question to be asked is remarkably simple.  How can the military trust Microsoft when their civilian operating systems are grossly overpriced and buggy?  Designed to abrogate privacy?

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11-2-18

Trump and his henchmen continue to load the judiciary with Republican national socialists.  Think not?  Wake up.  NPR reports:

"President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are remaking the federal courts in their own image."

Certainly, are.  No question.  Right Wing and nazi.  Blatant fascists with no regard for the Constitution, rule of law.

"Prior to the Trump administration, there was plenty of tit for tat in the escalating partisan wars over judicial nominations. But these tactics were aimed at blocking nominees. Since President Trump was sworn in, however, the GOP Senate leadership has moved aggressively to speed confirmation of new judges, casting aside long-existing practices and traditions that ensured some consensus in picking the judges who sit on the federal courts of appeal."

Raw nazism.  Direct assault on life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Fascist police-state, quickly transitioning to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

"Gone, for all practical purposes, is the tradition that prevented action on a judicial nominee who was not approved by his or her home state senators. Gone is the practice of not holding a confirmation hearing until the American Bar Association has completed its professional evaluation of the nominee. Gone is the general practice of not piling up multiple nominees in one hearing. And now, for the first time, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding confirmation hearings during a Senate recess, over the objections of the minority party."

Raw nazism.

"No other Senate committee has been holding hearings during the current recess. But for judicial nominees, the Senate confirmation train keeps on running — even though, and likely because, Senate Democrats can't be there. The Democrats and allied independents are defending 26 seats in next month's elections, and have to campaign during the final weeks before the midterms."

Hear the rumble?  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.  ... As the revolution doomsday clock strikes ever closer to midnight.

"This week, just two senators — Republicans Orrin Hatch of Utah, who is retiring, and Mike Crapo of Idaho — showed up at the hearing for two appeals court nominees. The senators excused the nominees after just 19 minutes, several minutes of which were consumed by one controversial nominee talking about his wife, parents, children and even his cat."

Raw nazism.  Highly reminiscent of court activity during the reign of Adolf Hitler, Nazi Fuhrer. Wake up, people.  Before too late.

"Hatch, who chaired the Judiciary Committee for eight years, never held a recess hearing for a federal judge nominee. When asked this week why Republicans went ahead this time, he said "we have to move ahead and if they're not cooperating you just go ahead."

Unsustainable.  Revolution doomsday clock striking dangerously close to midnight.  Where are the goddamned Democrats?  No excuse for them not to be there at the hearings.  Election or no election.

"Going ahead has yielded substantial results for the Republicans over the past two years. The GOP-controlled Senate has confirmed 29 Trump nominees to federal appeals courts, compared to confirming just two nominees over the last two years of the Obama presidency. In all, Trump-appointed judges now represent an astonishing one-sixth of the sitting, active federal appeals court judges in the country."

Republican national socialist, fascist nazis legislating their outrageously perverse ideological and religious views from the bench.

"The federal appeals courts decide cases involving a broad range of issues, from Social Security or veterans benefit claims to more high-profile cases involving, for example, voting rights, abortion or religious freedom. For most litigants, these are the courts of last resort; they decide 27,000 cases each year, compared to fewer than 100 decided by the Supreme Court."

All in an effort to deny justice to the bottom and middle class.  A concerted, determined exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

"Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, who chaired the Judiciary Committee for ten years while Democrats were in the majority, is "disgusted" by what he sees as the dismantling of a long-standing system that was aimed at achieving a limited bipartisan consensus on judgeships. The new partisan process "is eventually just going to make the federal courts look not independent but political," he says. "And that's going to hurt everybody."

This goddamned clueless Democrat remains all talk, no action.  Been in Congress way too long.

Not all Republicans are national socialists, fascists, nazis:

"Even some Republicans occasionally express concern. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., voiced some skepticism last week when questioning 36-year-old Allison Rushing, a member of the conservative Federalist Society and former Supreme Court clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas. Rushing has been nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which covers Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Kennedy asked Rushing to name some mid-level and senior partners at her firm whom she admires. When Rushing did so, Kennedy replied, "I don't mean to offend you but ...Why shouldn't we appoint them? They've been at it awhile. They've had a little life experience. They've had disappointments. They've had to pick themselves up and get back on their feet and keep going. They've experienced a little bit of life." Kennedy would not say after that hearing whether he would vote to confirm Rushing."

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11-2-18

The following is precisely why we desperately need a single-payer health system.  To rein in bottomless provider greed.  If government does not do so, no one else will.  This system is now zero-sum, winner-take-all.  Greed rules.  NPR reports:

"Janet Winston had a rash that wouldn't go away. The English professor from Eureka, Calif., always had been sensitive to ingredients in skin creams and cosmetics. This time, however, the antifungal cream she was prescribed to treat her persistent rash seemed to make things worse. Was she allergic to that, too? Winston, 56, who works at Humboldt State University, found out the dermatologist in her rural Northern California town was booked months in advance. So, as Winston often does for specialized treatment, she turned to Stanford Health Care, a nearly six-hour drive south. She hoped to finally clear up her rash and learn what else she might be allergic to."

Gouged.

"Her Stanford-affiliated doctor had warned her that the extensive allergy skin-patch testing she needed might be expensive, Winston said, but she wasn't too worried. After all, Stanford was an in-network provider for her insurer — and her insurance, one of her benefits as an employee of the state of California, always had been reliable. Then the bill came.

"Patient: Janet Winston, 56, of Eureka, Calif., English professor at Humboldt State University

"Total bill: $48,329, including $848 for the time Winston spent with her doctor. Winston's health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, paid Stanford a negotiated rate of $11,376.47. Stanford billed Winston $3,103.73 as her 20 percent share of the negotiated rate.

"Service provider: Dr. Golara Honari of Stanford Health Care's outpatient dermatology clinic in Redwood City, Calif.

"Medical procedures: Extensive allergy skin-patch testing to determine which substances caused Winston's contact dermatitis, or skin rashes."

Republican national socialists, nazis ludicrously claim there is a 'free' market.  A 'free' market that supposedly reins this in.  Delusional horse shit.  The market is owned, operated, and manipulated by those with the wealth to do so.  As communism failed some 25 years ago, so too is unbridled laissez-faire capitalism that is either virtually unregulated or extremely poorly regulated.

"Medical billing analysts told Kaiser Health News that Stanford's charges for Winston's allergy patch test appeared excessive. They were surprised to hear that Winston's insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, paid Stanford more than $11,000 for the treatment. Stanford's list price, however, is $399 per allergen. "That charge is astronomical and nuts," said Margaret Skurka, a retired professor of health informatics at Indiana University and a medical coding and billing consultant who advises hospitals and providers. She reviewed Winston's bill. The "usual, customary and reasonable" charge for testing a single allergen in the high-cost San Francisco Bay Area is about $35, said Michael Arrigo, a San Francisco-based medical billing expert witness who also reviewed Winston's bill. "The data seems pretty conclusive that the charges in this case are inflated."

The analysis goes on and on, but you get the point, don't you?  If government fails to regulate, this shit continues unabated.  Especially, since the corporate management suite owns its bought and paid for shills in government.  Not sustainable.  ... Hear the rumble?  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.

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11-2-18

Delusionally believe Republicans are not actively denying non-Republican voters the right to vote?  NPR reports:

"Former President Jimmy Carter has personally urged the Republican candidate for governor in Georgia to resign from his position overseeing the state's elections. Carter lodged his appeal to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in a letter dated last Monday and first obtained by The Associated Press. The contents of the letter were confirmed to NPR by a spokesperson for the Carter Center, the former president's organization devoted partly to monitoring democratic elections across the world. In his letter to Kemp, Carter said it was his decades of experience assisting elections abroad that persuaded him to wade into the bitter dispute now roiling the Georgia gubernatorial race. Kemp has been under fire for deciding to purge tens of thousands of voters from the voter rolls — months after declaring his intent to run for governor."

To abrogate the right of non-GOP voters to vote.

"In Georgia's upcoming gubernatorial election, popular confidence is threatened not only by the undeniable racial discrimination of the past and the serious questions that the federal courts have raised about the security of Georgia's voting machines, but also because you are now overseeing the election in which you are a candidate," wrote Carter, who served as Democratic governor of Georgia himself before winning the presidency in 1976. "This runs counter to the most fundamental principle of democratic elections — that the electoral process be managed by an independent and impartial election authority." Carter is far from the only prominent figure to raise concerns about Kemp's role as both candidate and referee in next week's election — and last year's voter purge is not the only move that has gotten Kemp embroiled in controversy."

Direct threat to a democratic republic.

"An APM Reports investigation found that removals have spiked during Kemp's tenure overseeing Georgia's election process. More than 1.6 million names were removed from the state's rolls in the past decade, including his eight years in office. And a half-dozen civil rights groups recently sued the secretary of state over the delay of some 53,000 voter registration applications, which his office has placed on hold citing questions about the applicants' citizenship status. According to the AP, nearly 70 percent of those pending registrations came from African-Americans. Kemp's Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, is seeking to become the first black woman governor in U.S. history. "This protocol will continue to have a discriminatory impact on African-American, Latino and Asian-American applicants," the groups alleged in their complaint, "and will continue to impose severe burdens on voting-eligible Georgians' fundamental right to vote that are not justified by any rational or compelling state interest."

Great evil.

"Carter didn't get too deep into specifics in his brief personal appeal to Kemp. Rather, the former president laid out his argument as a broad plea to ensure the stability of Georgia's electoral process. "In order to foster voter confidence in the upcoming election, which will be especially important if the race ends up very close, I urge you to step aside and hand over to a neutral authority the responsibility of overseeing the governor's election," Carter said. "This would not address every concern, but it would be a sign that you recognize the importance of this key democratic principle and want to ensure the confidence of our citizens in the outcome."

Raw nazism.

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11-2-18

More lies.  The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump on Monday accused Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, of being a “thief,” without citing any evidence. The president made the accusation in a tweet in which he sought to contrast the credentials of the Republican candidate he has endorsed, former congressman Ron DeSantis, and Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee.

“In Florida there is a choice between a Harvard/Yale educated man named @RonDeSantisFL who has been a great Congressman and will be a great Governor - and a Dem who is a thief and who is Mayor of poorly run Tallahassee, said to be one of the most corrupt cities in the Country!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2018"

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11-2-18

Once again, the national socialist, fascist, nazi in the Oval Office has again shown his true colors. The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the United States to noncitizens, a move most legal experts say runs afoul of the Constitution."

That's right.  No question.  The 14th Amendment.

"The action, which Trump previewed in a television clip broadcast Tuesday, would be the most aggressive by a president elected to office pledging to take a hard line on immigration, an issue he has revived in advance of next week’s midterm elections."

What it is remains no more than an outrageously unconstitutional usurpation of dictatorial power the fascist son of a bitch in the Oval Office does not enjoy.

“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits,” Trump said during an interview with Axios scheduled to air as part of a new HBO series starting this weekend. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”

The 'president' is a liar.  A congenital liar.  The United States is not the only country that has this provision.

"In fact, more than 30 countries, including Canada and Mexico, have similar policies."

Trump remains out of touch, achingly clueless, blinded by fascism.  To say nothing of narcissism and bigotry.  Another Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.

"Whether the contemplated move is legal, Trump seemed to welcome the controversy his comments ignited. The White House has been intent on stoking a debate over immigration as a way to motivate Trump’s base to turn out for midterm elections in which Republicans risk losing the House."

Should this clueless son of a bitch follow through, would immediately be challenged in court.  Would likely quickly generate a constitutional crisis.

"In recent weeks, Trump has also repeatedly called attention to a migrant caravan making its way toward the U.S.-Mexico border, invoking it as a symbol of what he sees as wrong with the U.S. immigration system and blaming Democrats for a lack of action."

This lunatic needs to look in the mirror.  So do fellow Republicans.  This problem dates back at least 38 years to the reign of the Reagan nazi.  Forget?  Iran-Conta.  Ill-advised material and financial support by nazis in the Republican Party of Extreme Right fascist dictatorships in Latin America.  Now, the chickens are finally coming home to roost.

... And the Trump nazi is blaming useless, worthless Democrats for a fiasco national socialist, fascist Republicans are directly responsible for.  LOL.  No personal responsibility from nazis in the Republican Party who themselves hypocritically accuse Democrats and Independents of doing precisely the same.  Irony? Striking.  Laughable.

"Trump, who has long decried “anchor babies,” said he has discussed ending birthright citizenship with his legal counsel and believes it can be accomplished with executive action, a view at odds with the opinions of most legal scholars. “It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump told Axios."

What nazi dictator does, right, Mr. 'President?'

"When told that view is disputed, Trump asserted: “You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.”

This fascist piece of human excrement has repeatedly abrogated his oath of office to uphold the United States Constitution, rule of law.  A traitor.  A national socialist, fascist, nazi in the mold of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.

“It’s in the process. It’ll happen ... with an executive order,” he said, without offering a time frame."

This fascist lunatic lives in his own reality.

"Trump’s plans were blasted by immigrants-rights activists, including Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “The president cannot erase the Constitution with an executive order,” Jadwat said. “This is a transparent and blatantly unconstitutional attempt to sow division and fan the flames of anti-immigrant hatred in the days ahead of the midterms.”

Indeed, it is.  We have a traitor occupying the Oval Office.  Both major political parties in Congress need to step up.  Rise to the occasion.

"Cristóbal J. Alex, president of the Latino Victory Project, called Trump’s comments “a dangerous political stunt.” “This is Trump at his most vile and un-American,” Alex said."

It is.  No more than treason.  Congress must step up.  The 'president' presents an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

"An executive order would be certain to spark a constitutional debate about the meaning of the 14th Amendment. It reads: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

The 14th Amendment is abundantly clear.  Time for Congress to step up.  Rein in the nazi.

"In the Axios interview, Trump incorrectly asserted that the United States is the only country that offers birthright citizenship. NumbersUSA, a group that favors reduced immigration, has compiled a list that shows 33 nations grant citizenship to anyone born within their borders. The list includes Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and most other countries in Central and South America. The United States and Canada are the only two “developed” countries, as defined by the International Monetary Fund, that have unrestricted birthright citizenship laws."

Not all Republicans are onboard with the Trump nazi and his henchmen:

"Among those criticizing Trump’s planned executive order ending birthright citizenship was conservative commentator Bill Kristol, editor at large of the Weekly Standard. “The shrinking caravan of refugees isn’t a threat to the country or the constitutional order,” he wrote on Twitter. “A president who tries to end birthright citizenship by executive order is.”

He's right.  Time for other patriotic Republicans to wake up, smell the coffee, rein in their lunatic nazi fuhrer.

NPR reports:

"... Trump's idea to revoke birthright citizenship is "ill-timed" and misguided, says Kristen Clarke, the executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. "Aside from being unconstitutional, such an executive order would exacerbate racial tensions, exploit fears and drive further polarization across the country at a moment that calls for the promotion of unity and inclusion," Clarke said. Jess Morales Rocketto, whose Families Belong Together group has fought the Trump administration's family separation policy along the U.S.-Mexico border, was more blunt. "This is ethnic cleansing," Rocketto said. "This is an attempt to whiteout America's history and heritage as a nation of immigrants. And it's unconstitutional."

Raw nazism.

AMENDMENT XIV

Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.

Section 1.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

NBC News reports:

"President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed House Speaker Paul Ryan for opposing his plan to sign an executive order that would end birthright citizenship, ripping the Wisconsin Republican as someone who knows "nothing about" the issue."

Trump does?  LOL.

"Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about!" Trump tweeted. "Our new Republican Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes and Securing our Border!” he added, six days before the midterm elections Tuesday. A spokesperson for Ryan, who is not seeking reelection, did not immediately respond to questions from NBC News about Trump’s latest remarks about him.

"Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about! Our new Republican Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes and Securing our Border!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2018"
 

Discord in GOP paradise?

"Trump's lashing out came just one day after Ryan had rejected comments made by Trump about wanting to sign an executive order that would end birthright citizenship for the children of many immigrants to the U.S. "You obviously cannot do that. You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order," Ryan, who rarely breaks with the president, told WVLK radio. "We didn't like it when Obama tried changing immigration laws via executive action, and obviously as conservatives, we believe in the Constitution." "I'm a believer in following the plain text of the Constitution, and I think in this case, the 14th Amendment's pretty clear, and that would involve a very very lengthy Constitutional process," Ryan said Tuesday. "I believe in interpreting the Constitution as its written, and that means you can't do something like this via executive order."

Clearly and fortunately, not all Republicans are nazis.

"Trump's executive order, if and when it is signed, will almost certainly face legal challenges due to the fact that birthright citizenship is rooted in the interpretation of a constitutional amendment. The "Citizenship Clause" of the 14th Amendment states that "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." Many legal scholars believe the issue was settled by an 1898 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court involving a man born in the United States to Chinese parents who lived here legally."

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11-2-18

Further proof positive of Trump's national socialism.  ABC News reports:

"President Trump called Brazil's new conservative president to congratulate the controversial leader who has praised the country's former military dictatorship and made disparaging remarks about women, Afro-Brazilians, and the LGBT community. Jair Bolsonaro, who won election on Sunday in a run-off vote, ran on a campaign similar to Trump's, tapping into the country's deep dissatisfaction with economic stagnation, years of corruption, and rising violence. With an 11 percentage point victory, he emerged as the clear winner despite those incendiary remarks of the past."

Exactly, how Adolf Hitler rose to power.  Became German Chancellor in 1933.

"But it's also because of those comments that he was sometimes referred to as "Trump of the Tropics" – a comparison that he embraced. Trump tweeted on Monday that the two leaders had "a very good conversation" when they spoke Sunday night. "We agreed that Brazil and the United States will work closely together on Trade, Military and everything else! Excellent call, wished him congrats!" the president said."

The 'president' of the United States has traitorously, treacherously, treasonously praised a fellow national socialist, fascist, nazi who has risen to power in Brazil.

"The administration embraced Bolsonaro on Monday, with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders saying, "We value our longstanding relationship with Brazil. We want to be able to continue to work with them." The State Department added that the U.S. "look[s] forward to working with President-elect Bolsonaro in the coming years," in areas of mutual concern "to promote security, democracy, economic prosperity, and human rights."

Direct opposite is the truth.  Both men have zero interest in democracy, human rights.  None at all.

"But there are fears from human rights groups that the country will see a democratic decline under Bolsonaro, who's been criticized as "a far-right, gun-loving, media-baiting hyper-nationalist" by former World Bank chief economist Kaushik Basu, now a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institute. It's likely inevitable that his time in office will see "human rights violations and retrenchment of social and environmental policies," according to Elizabeth Leeds, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America."

Precisely, what's happening here in our formerly great country.

"As Bolsonaro's victory became more likely, "An atmosphere of permissiveness towards intolerance, hate crimes, and violation of electoral laws has permeated the country," Leeds wrote Sunday. "Whether Bolsonaro will temper his remarks and his policies if elected remains to be seen, but his growing popularity has unleashed an unprecedented number of hate crimes and violence throughout the country."

Precisely, what's happening here in the United States.

"He's called for laxer gun ownership laws and giving police greater license to kill suspected criminals. He's also talked fondly of Brazil's military dictatorship, which ruled the country with brutality from 1964 to 1985, saying it should have killed more dissidents instead of jailing them. "

A fascist police-state, just as we now have right here, -- quickly transitioning to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

"More recently during the campaign, he's pledged to uphold democracy."

Day is night, night is day, and shit smells perversely sweet in a fascist police-state.  All ass backwards.  As right here, right now in Nazi America.

"But minority groups fear that that won't extend to them. Bolsonaro's history of disparaging remarks is more widely known, including saying he would not love a gay son and would rather he died and telling a fellow member of Congress, a woman, "I would never rape you because you do not deserve it."

Wake up.

"In fact, last month, Brazil's public prosecutor charged Bolsonaro with inciting discrimination against black people, indigenous people, women, and gays with his public comments, according to Reuters. Those comments may have also made Bolsonaro more popular, casting an image of a rebel and an outsider – which was popular in a country sick of the status quo."

Just like what's happening right here, right now, in Nazi America.  Wake up.

Trump presents an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Delusionally believe at some point in the future Trump won't abrogate the Second Amendment?  Wake up.  Forget?  -- Indeed, the last best defense to out of control, murderous government as wisely intended by the Founders.  As the revolution doomsday clock strikes ever closer to midnight.  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.  ... Hear the rumble?

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11-2-18

Not all Republicans are national socialist, fascist jackasses.  A few do stand tall. The Washington Post reports:

"The chairman of the House Republican campaign arm on Tuesday condemned recent remarks made by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on white nationalism, becoming the highest-profile GOP leader to rebuke the lawmaker to date."

Hat's off.  Did the right thing.

"In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said that King’s “recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate.” “We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior,” Stivers said in the tweet.

    "Congressman Steve King’s recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate. We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior.
    — Steve Stivers (@RepSteveStivers) October 30, 2018"

Republicans need to stand up en masse.  Racism, among other issues, is tearing our formerly great country apart.  This needs to change.

"Stivers’s remarks set him apart from the top three House Republican leaders — Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.) — all of whom have declined to criticize King in recent weeks."

Uncommon valor displayed by Mr. Stivers.  Especially, in the current political climate.

"King’s Democratic opponent, J.D. Scholten, said he welcomed Stivers’s comments. “Last week I issued a challenge for at least one Republican elected official to condemn @SteveKingIA’s recent behavior. I applaud @RepSteveStivers, Chair of the NRCC. Respect,” Scholten said in a tweet. King has a long history of incendiary remarks on race and immigration throughout his 16 years in Congress. Last year, King was widely criticized after he declared in a tweet that he agreed with far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders that “our civilization” cannot be restored “with somebody else’s babies.”

Racist nazis like King present an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

NBC News reports:

"Corporate donors continue to pull their financial support for controversial Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa due to the eight-term congressman's inflammatory comments, especially in light of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that left 11 people dead. Dairy giant Land O' Lakes announced Tuesday it was axing financial contributions to the political campaign for King — up for re-election on Nov. 6 — who has voiced support for white nationalism and retweeted Nazi propaganda. Amid calls on social media to boycott the company's products, Nestlé-owned pet food maker Purina tweeted on Tuesday that it would no longer support King, adding that his “recent statements are in conflict with our values.” Technology giant Intel, which was working with King on legislation for IP theft protection, said that after reviewing the congressman’s public statements, the company "determined that they conflict with Intel values. As a result, we are no longer donating to his campaigns." Now, other corporate donors, including AT&T and Tyson Foods, are being pressured to act.

The chickens are finally coming home to roost.  About time.

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11-2-18

Be interesting to see if the following grows legs, -- so to speak.  NPR reports:

"The office of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller has notified the FBI about an alleged scheme to discredit Mueller that apparently backfired on Tuesday, a spokesman confirmed. News organizations including NPR have received information about claims related to the alleged scheme. Reporters have so far not been able to verify them. When the special counsel's office became aware of them last week, it alerted the FBI, said spokesman Peter Carr. The FBI declined to comment. At least two conservative media personalities appeared linked to an apparent hoax that may have been designed to ensnare Washington reporters, if not also cause political damage to Mueller."

None of this has been independently confirmed.  The FBI, however, has the resources to quickly lay it to rest one way or the other.  Hopefully, will do so.

"The story begins in mid-October, when an unsolicited email from a Gmail address popped into the inboxes of journalists around the capital city, including one used by NPR. In the message, a person identifying herself as a woman from Florida describes having been contacted out of the blue by someone with detailed knowledge about her work history and her personal finances. That person, according to the account, asks her to establish contact over an encrypted messaging application and then, in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars, to make false but potentially politically damaging misconduct claims against Mueller."

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11-2-18

Another example of sick religion.  This time in Pakistan.  NPR reports:

"Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday announced the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy in a case that has roiled the country. In the courtroom, it took less a minute for the Chief Justice, Saqib Nisar, to upturn a series of legal rulings that had kept Bibi on death row for eight years. In terse remarks to the hushed, packed courtroom, he said that Bibi's conviction and sentence had been voided. In a 56-page verdict issued after the ruling, the three-judge bench appeared to side with Bibi's advocates. They have maintained that the case against the 51-year-old illiterate farmhand was built around a grievance by her fellow Muslim workers who appeared angry that she might drink from the same vessel as them. She was ordered by a local landlord to bring water to the women on a day while they were picking berries. The judges cited the Qur'an, Islamic scholars and Shakespeare in their impassioned verdict, arguing that blasphemy allegations had led to vigilante killings. In Bibi's case, they wrote, her accusers had not conclusively proven her guilt. "She appears to be a person, in the words of Shakespeare's King Lear, 'more sinned against than sinning,'" the judges said."

Heroic action by the court.  Could get the justices killed.  Think the same won't eventually happen here as our formerly great country continues to nazify?

"Shortly after the verdict was announced, security forces shut down access to the sweeping boulevards leading to the Supreme Court to prevent demonstrators from reaching the area. Cities around Pakistan emptied out as merchants shuttered their shops and followers of an extremist religious group poured into the streets to mount angry demonstrations. They demanded Bibi be killed, regardless of the verdict. They said believing Muslims should punish the Supreme Court judges for ruling against Islam."

Delusionally believe the same couldn't eventually happen here?  Handwriting's already on the wall under the Trump nazi and his henchmen. Sick religion at the heart of all of it.  Bastardization of Scripture by the hopelessly psychotic.

"This decision is against the wishes of the entire Muslim community," warned protester Mohammed Fayyaz. "They are playing with fire." A leader of the group, known as Tehreek-e-Labaik, or TLP, called for the judges to be killed."

Wake up.  This cancer is spreading throughout the world.  Think we're immune?  As the insanity in Washington continues unabated.

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10-26-18

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.

Think the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue in Washington, DC aren't egregiously out of control? Wake up.  NPR reports:

"Few police departments are better at confiscating illegal guns than Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department. Every day, teams of officers, often driving unmarked cars, scour the streets looking for people who might be carrying a firearm. These tactics have helped D.C. police seize thousands of illegal weapons. The aggressive search for guns has come with a cost, however — residents in heavily patrolled neighborhoods say they feel targeted."

Because they are.  U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Fourth Amendment mean shit squat to these nazi storm troopers.

"Additionally, many suspects charged with gun possession ultimately walk free, according to an analysis of court documents by WAMU and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, leading to more questions about the usefulness of the tactic. In D.C.'s most violent neighborhoods, officers frequently stop pedestrians and pull cars over, searching for illegal guns."

These criminal jackbooted bastards do it without probable cause as required by the Fourth Amendment.  An illegal search.

"For many longtime residents, these officers have an unofficial name: the "jump-outs." "It's normal in my neighborhood for the police to stop-and-frisk," M.B. Cottingham says. "On this particular day, it was my turn." Cottingham, 39, was hanging out outside his aunt's house in Southwest D.C. last September when several police officers showed up. "'Do we have any guns?' That's the first thing they said," Cottingham says. One of the officers asked Cottingham if he'd consent to a pat-down. Cottingham agreed. What happened next was captured on a cellphone video. It shows an officer repeatedly patting down Cottingham's crotch area."

Called sexual assault perpetrated by the criminal jackbooted bastard in blue.

Guess what?

"Police didn't find a gun."

Imagine that.  Couldn't be, could it?  Did the piece of jackbooted shit get his cookies off committing sexual assault?

"It's not easy to just hand over your manhood like that. It's not easy at all," Cottingham says. "But what can I do?" Cottingham and the ACLU of D.C. are now suing the officer who searched him."

Stick it as hard as you can to the bastard.

"Although D.C. police didn't find a gun on Cottingham, they do take a lot of guns off the streets."

So what?  Ends don't justify the means.  How many innocent unarmed people have been abused by these jackbooted pieces of shit?  How many?

"But those gun seizures and arrests are just part of the story, says Jim Trainum, a former homicide detective with the D.C. police. He now works at a Washington think tank that promotes constitutional policing, which puts an emphasis on protecting citizens' civil liberties in order to promote trust and cooperation with law enforcement. "Everybody looks at the arrests; everybody you know focuses on all of that," Trainum says. "Look at the numbers behind it: How many cases get dismissed? How many cases end up in a conviction?" Police don't track that for illegal gun cases. And neither do prosecutors."

Imagine that.  Convenient, isn't it?

The following?  Absolute horse shit.

"Stop and frisk is a good tool, but we've taken it and abused it over the years."

Without probable cause, it's a violation of the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure.

Ultimately, it's not successful.  Get this:

"An investigation by WAMU and the Investigative Reporting Workshop analyzed nearly 500 affidavits from 2010-2015 in cases where MPD officers had arrested suspects for illegal gun possession. Nearly 4 in 10 of these cases ended up getting dismissed in court."

Along with that, police lose the trust of the innocent public they're f--king over.

"Jim Trainum wasn't surprised by this statistic. "Stop and frisk is a good tool, but we've taken it and abused it over the years," Trainum says. "So that is just another tool that we manipulate in order to get the stats, to get the guns off the street." Trainum says that too often, police stop and frisk residents without legal justification. In order to legally stop and temporarily detain someone, police must have "reasonable suspicion" the person has engaged in criminal activity or is about to. If they don't — or can't prove it in court — the case can get dismissed in court."

Needs to be.  Then, sue the living shit out of the bastards in blue, the department, and government agency responsible.

"Assistant D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee says court cases can get derailed for all kinds of reasons, and that prosecutors are the ones who decide what cases to pursue.  "We are out here to get illegal guns. It's not to violate anyone's rights or have a community uproar. That's not our intent," Contee says."

Horse shit.  The actions of your jackbooted thugs scream otherwise, Chief.  When your bastards have no probable cause, they have no business engaging in stop and frisk.  Quite true, your bastards won't be removing as many illegal weapons off the street.  Some will, indeed, die as a result of these weapons remaining on the street.  The price of liberty.  Something you and your jackbooted bastards can't seem to grasp:

"Contee is concerned about the high number of gun possession cases that are dismissed, but says there are bigger issues at play. "What I know is that that firearm that's been recovered off that street, it won't take the life of somebody out here," Contee says. Contee wasn't the only official to argue that, even if the charges don't stick, taking guns off the streets makes the community safer."

Here's the fallacy of that thinking:

"But there are other consequences. Young black men say they feel targeted and harassed by these stops. To avoid being frisked, they say they lift up their shirts when police drive by to show they don't have a gun in their waistband. This summer, angry and exasperated residents testified at a D.C. Council hearing about police tactics in the city's predominantly African-American neighborhoods. Many shared stories of getting stopped on the street or pulled over in their car by police who were looking for guns. One man who spoke out identified himself by only his initials because of concerns about police retaliation. D.R. summed it up this way: "They look at everyone in the community like villains."

This destroys public trust in law enforcement.  Costs society far more in the long run when the public won't step up and provide police with desperately needed crime information.  Why?  Wake upThey don't trust the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue.  They know we're living in a fascist police-state quickly transitioning to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

"To understand why police were searching certain residents, the WAMU investigation analyzed the police affidavits from a sample of nearly 500 gun possession cases. These affidavits explain why police stopped or searched someone in the first place."

Get this:

"The most common justification: The suspect acted or looked suspicious."

That's not probable cause.  It's horse shit.  Precisely, why police cannot be trusted.

"In some cases, police wrote the suspect appeared "nervous" when they saw the cops; or they crossed the street; or they ran; or they wore a heavy jacket in warm weather; or they held their pants a certain way while walking."

They stupidly run because they're terrified of your criminal jackbooted bastards in blue.  Innocent, unarmed people are routinely murdered by the police all over our formerly great country.  Clearly, Chief, you're too goddamned stupid to understand this.  When they run, you and your bastards take it as carte blanche to murder them.

"Assistant Police Chief Contee said police know what they're doing. As proof, he points to the fact that the incidents end with police confiscating illegal guns."

Do so unconstitutionally.  Can't seem to grasp the fact the ends do not justify the means.  Precisely, why an unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looms. Too deaf, dumb, and stupid to hear the rumble?

"There's certain things that as a law enforcement officer that my eyes are trained to see," Contee says. "And if that behavior that I see is consistent with the person who's carrying a gun, I'm going to stop that individual."

That's not probable cause.  It's aggressive stupidity.  ... As the revolution doomsday clock strikes ever closer to midnight.

Fortunately, not all these bastards are that clueless:

"Trainum, the former D.C. detective, says this aggressive search for guns may work in the short term, but over time, it builds resentment. "Once we start cutting corners, to make that stat, get that arrest, that's when you lose the trust of the community," Trainum says. And, he adds, if that happens, the job of the police gets even harder. When that trust is lost, witnesses go silent, murders go unsolved, and the criminal with a gun is often back out on the street. So far this year, shootings have driven the homicide rate in D.C. up 40 percent."

Can't confuse the nazi element with the truth.  Too damned aggressively stupid.  The truth remains we cannot live without police, nor can we live with them.  If this doesn't change, could spark an unwanted dreaded revolution.

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10-26-18

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.

Feds protect the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue.  Think not?  Wake up. The Washington Post reports:

"It was July 2014 when Eric Garner died after a violent struggle with New York City police on a Staten Island street, an encounter captured on video and replayed worldwide. When a local grand jury declined to indict any police officers, federal authorities announced in December 2014 that they would launch their own civil rights investigation. Nearly four years later, no decision has been made on whether to file charges. “It’s a horror show,” said Jonathan C. Moore, the Garner family’s lawyer. “The family’s very frustrated.”

The federal government protects these murderous criminals in uniform.

"In November 2017, Bijan Ghaisar died after being shot by two U.S. Park Police officers in Fairfax County, Va., an episode also captured on video. The FBI and the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department took over the case within three days. As the first anniversary of that killing approaches, the names of the officers and an explanation of their actions have been withheld by federal authorities. The Ghaisar family has not been told where the investigation stands."

Nazi America.  A fascist police-state quickly transitioning to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

"Justice Department investigations into sworn law enforcement officers — police, jail guards and sheriff’s deputies — often take years. An examination by The Washington Post of more than 50 recent civil rights cases filed by federal prosecutors against such officers found an average of slightly more than three years elapsed from the day of the event to the day that charges were filed. The cases were all the subject of Justice Department news releases in the past year announcing either charges or a conviction in a federal prosecution of civil rights violations “under color of law.” Those are only the cases with charges filed. A study of more than 13,000 misconduct cases submitted to the Justice Department over 20 years, conducted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in 2016, found that no charges were filed in 96 percent of them."

Convenient, isn't it, Sheriff?  No foreign power, no terrorist organization, not even the criminal element presents a greater threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties than all branches and levels of government, -- including law enforcement.

Corruption within law enforcement remains an existential threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  So what else is new?  ... Right, Bill?  Same old duplicitous, aggressively stupid shit occurs right here in Nazi Llano County.  ... Doesn't it, Sheriff?

Think it'll change any time soon?  Don't hold your breath, readers.  Not how things work in Nazi America, right, Sheriff?  Highly reminiscent of how your goons operate though, isn't it, Bill?  Forget?  'Stupid is as stupid does.'  F--ked up is f--ked up no matter where, no matter how.  Problem throughout all law enforcement.

Including right here in Nazi Llano County, right, Sheriff?  Too many officers clearly have their heads securely lodged where the sun seldom shines.  Egregious insanity continues to be perpetrated by the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue.  Ongoing issue.  All over our formerly great country.

Not just in Dallas as in the Guyger case, but all over the nation.  No end to it.  Surprised?  Why?  In today's increasingly national socialist climate anything goes, right, Bill?  Live in a de facto fascist police-state, quickly transitioning to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.  Certainly, a problem here in Nazi Llano County, isn't it, Sheriff?  Your goons, however, aren't held accountable when they egregiously f--k up.  Ever.

Precisely why you refuse to release information on your deputies to the long-suffering public?  That is, employment history, criminal background, results of drug testing, etc..  ... Got to protect your criminal jackbooted thugs preying on the citizenry with virtual impunity, right, sir?

Equally pointedly, 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.

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10-26-18

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.

Once again, the 'President's' acting stupid.  Out of control.  The Washington Post reports:

"The Trump administration’s struggles to curtail illegal immigration have exposed a deep rift among the president and his top advisers, one that could lead to changes in the Cabinet and undermine the government’s response to a record surge of migrant families at the southern border."

'Stupid is as stupid does.'  Not all his advisors buy his bullshit.  Know how dangerous it is.

"Even as President Trump continues to consider immigration to be a political winner next month in helping turn out his conservative base for the midterm elections, tensions in the West Wing have reached a boiling point. A profane shouting match over immigration this week among top aides prompted Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to storm out of the White House and marked the culmination of weeks of mounting anxiety, several senior administration officials said."

This government is no longer stable.  Certainly, not with a lunatic narcissist fuhrer at the helm.

"Trump’s own escalating frustration has led him to excoriate aides for not taking more aggressive actions and to offer his own ideas, officials said. He has ruminated this week over the possibility of sending more soldiers to the border, even though thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed there since April with no evidence of a deterrent effect."

Trump is no executive.  His father was.  Financed this son of a bitch.  Bailed him out when things went south.  So did taxpayers.

"In the summer, the president was so upset by the border numbers that he proposed sealing the entire 1,954-mile U.S.-Mexico border, including shuttering legal ports of entry, blocking trade flows and halting tourism and travel, according to the senior administration officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations."

Our nazi fuhrer does not have the legal authority to do so.  While this bastard considers himself a dictator, the President of the United States is constitutionally NOT a dictator.  Has to follow the United States Constitution Article II.

“Close the whole thing!” Trump demanded at one point during an Oval Office meeting, the officials said. He was talked out of it by advisers who highlighted the effect such a measure would have on more than $600 billion in U.S.-Mexico annual trade, as well as the potential damage to bilateral relations, according to the officials."

Posse Commitatus forbids the use of the United States Military to enforce the law.

Here is the problem for the charlatan currently occupying the Oval Office:

"Experts said the White House is straining under the same political dilemma that past administrations encountered in trying to manage the massive U.S. immigration system despite Congress’s inability to strike a comprehensive legislative reform package. Trump is hitting the limits of what he is legally able to do through executive authority, they said, and the United States has relatively few tools to deal with the gang violence, poverty and hunger propelling a mass exodus of Central American migrant families over the past five years."

Think the United States is not responsible for much of this havoc?  All those years of supporting Extreme Right dictatorships that oppressed their people.  The idiots in the White House delusionally believed these regimes were somehow, some way better than the Marxist communist regimes.  Forget?  End result of both extremes is remarkably similar.  No clue?

"White House officials have sought to play down the tensions. After news broke Thursday about the squabble just outside the Oval Office between Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton over the performance of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement saying Bolton and Nielsen had patched things up."

Trouble in paradise?  Couldn't be, could it?

"But Kelly was audibly cursing as he left the White House grounds and he did not return that day, according to people with knowledge of the situation. The blowup came after Nielsen, during a White House meeting, had touted an effort by the Mexican government to enlist help from the United Nations’ Refugee Agency to process asylum claims from a caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants traveling north toward the United States. Trump has demanded that the Mexican government disband the group and threatened to cut off foreign aid or upend a new trade deal if it fails to do so."

Will certainly exacerbate the problem.  Lead to more illegal immigration.  Clearly, our national socialist, fascist, nazi fuhrer cannot understand this.  Hasn't a clue.

"Nielsen characterized the U.N. involvement as a significant measure that could help stem the flow, according to administration officials. Bolton, a longtime critic of the U.N., responded that the international body was ineffective and expressed disbelief at Nielsen’s view, the officials said, prompting an argument over the DHS chief’s performance. Kelly, who served as the head of that agency for the first six months of Trump’s tenure and handpicked Nielsen to replace him, jumped in to defend her. “The White House wants to see more passion, energy and a more proactive approach, rather than waiting for the president to get pissed off and then come up with a solution,” one senior DHS official familiar with the dispute said of Nielsen."

Conveniently, forget?  Staff only acts productively when there is a competent executive at the top of the food chain.  ... Think there is one?

“Trump threatening to curtail all foreign assistance to Honduras is actually counterproductive,” Pope said. “All evidence shows a couple dominant reasons why people leave — violence and a lack of economic opportunity and no judicial accountability. It’s what foreign assistance is meant to address.”

That's right.  An enlightened competent executive understands this.  The Trump nazi does not.

"At campaign rallies and on Twitter, Trump has sought to blame Democrats and foreign leaders for the mounting number of families at the border. In private, he has summoned Nielsen to the West Wing for regular meetings, aides said."

Trump's incompetence, instability are to blame.

"Trump is pushing for a more muscular response, and he favors sending more U.S. soldiers to the border. About 1,600 National Guard troops are deployed in four states after Trump ordered the move in the spring, according to Homeland Security officials. But DHS officials say they need more legal and legislative firepower. The vast majority of Central American migrants who reach the border are turning themselves in to Border Patrol agents, claiming a fear of return and a desire to seek asylum. More National Guard troops and the border wall that Trump has proposed would be largely irrelevant, experts have said."

If they present themselves to agents at a legal border crossing and ask for asylum, they must be processed by law.  Given a chance to make their case in front of a judge.

CBS News reports:

"A recent increase in migrants crossing into the U.S. from Mexico caused agitation at the White House this week and reportedly led to a heated shouting match between two of the president's top advisers. Border Patrol arrests of migrant families have been surging since the family separation policy ended earlier this year, with nearly 17,000 family members arrested in September. The Department of Homeland Security said that is the most on record for any month – and an 80 percent increase from July."

Imagine that.  Yet, the idiots in our government can't understand why.

"The recent surge is overwhelming government facilities and forcing Immigration and Customs Enforcement to quickly release migrants just hours after they're arrested. Family apprehensions by the U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona increased by 121 percent this year as compared to last."

Intolerable living conditions south of the border are the reason for this.  Worse?  All the violence.  Until these issues are addressed, expect the surge to continue.

NPR reports:

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has all but abandoned its use of federal prisons to house detainees."

Here's the problem:

"ICE's large-scale use of federal prisons to house its detainees was unprecedented and controversial. Many of the detainees sent to the prisons were seeking asylum. Yet, they were treated as criminals, according to multiple immigration attorneys who represented the detainees in several of the prisons, even though few — if any — of the detainees had been charged criminally or were serving a criminal sentence."

Imagine that.  What the hell were they doing in federal prisons?

"ICE was blending the criminal, penal corrections system, blending it with the immigration, asylum system and sort of creating this unified view that they all need to be detained and incarcerated," says Stephen Manning, a Portland-based immigration attorney. He represents the three remaining ICE detainees at the federal prison in Oregon. Manning's firm, the Portland-based Innovation Law Lab, originally represented more than 80 individuals held at the prison. The government moved their asylum cases forward because all of Manning's clients were found to have valid asylum claims."

Imagine that.  Fascinating, isn't it?

"It was an abject failure of government policy to use the federal prisons for the detention of asylum seekers and I hope this constitutionally risky experiment, which failed, resonates and that we won't see it again," Manning says.

"The removal of the immigration detainees shows that there are limits to the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy towards asylum seekers and immigrants," says Kendrick. "By just putting people in a medium security prison, which is designed for convicted prisoners, the Department of Homeland Security and BOP were violating the constitutional rights of the immigrants and asylum seekers."

A nazi fuhrer cares nothing for constitutional rights.

"Immigration detainees are held in civil detention, which under the law is supposed to be a higher standard than criminal detention. But that's not always the case. Jorge Baron, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, says some asylum seekers being held in the federal prison near Seattle told him the treatment in the federal prison was better than the civil detentions' facilities where they had been housed in the past. "This is not to say I saw it as a positive that they were in this prison, but just that how bad our immigration detention system is that folks who end up in a federal prison feel like that's a more human treatment, which gives me serious pause," he says. The fact that, for now, ICE has dramatically reduced its used of federal prisons does little to ease Baron, who says ICE is continuing its efforts to detain people."

Nazi storm troopers.  Raw nazism:

"Now they're ramping up more facilities down on the southern border," he says. "So they may not be using the federal prisons, but they're still detaining an incredibly high number of people throughout the country."

Highly reminiscent of Nazi Germany, circa 1933, when Adolf Hitler became Chancellor.  Worse, then, yet to come.  As so, right here, right now.

Despite all this, the Trump nazi remains achingly clueless, hopelessly out to lunch.  CBS News reports:

"President Trump focused on immigration Friday in Mesa, Ariz., in his second rally in three consecutive days. Mr. Trump was campaigning for Rep. Martha McSally, who is locked in a challenging race with Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to fill retiring Sen. Jeff Flake's Senate seat. Mr. Trump spent much of the rally talking about undocumented immigrants, resurrecting the phrase "bad hombres" to describe criminals entering the country illegally. He said hospitals and schools were "overrun" with immigrants."

No facts to back up his lies.  A congenital liar:

"The casualties in the Democrats' open border crusades are American families," Mr. Trump said, incorrectly saying that the Democratic Party supports drugs and criminals pouring into the country. He said that a Democratic victory in November would be a "bright flashing sign" to allow drug dealers and criminals to come into the country."

Clearly, this psychotic nazi is growing increasingly unhinged.

Think our Secretary of State isn't losing his mind as well?  NBC News reports:

"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raised the stakes Sunday night as thousands of Central American migrants headed for the United States marched into Mexico, claiming they were inciting violence under the influence of politically motivated leaders."

Where is your evidence, Mr. Pompeo?  Where?

"On Sunday night, Pompeo — who met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso — went on the offensive, alleging in a statement that many of the migrants were criminals themselves."

Where is your proof?  Determined to emulate your psychotic lying fuhrer in the Oval Office, Mr. Secretary?

"We also are deeply concerned by the violence provoked by some members of the group, as well as the apparent political motivation of some organizers of the caravan," Pompeo said."

You're talking out your ass, Mr. Pompeo.  Show us the proof.

"As President Trump has stated, consistent with U.S. law, the United States will not allow illegal immigrants to enter or remain in the United States," said Pompeo, who offered no examples of violence instigated by the migrants. The travelers have said they are fleeing unemployment and violence in Honduras."

When or if they reach a legal U.S. border crossing, they have the right to seek asylum.  By U.S. law.

"Trump, who has previously threatened to cut off all aid to Honduras if the caravan isn't stopped, said Sunday on Twitter that the procession was "a disgrace to the Democrat Party," without offering evidence of Democratic involvement."

The president is a congenital liar.

Trump is growing increasingly desperate.  CBS News reports:

"President Trump tweeted Monday morning that the United States will begin slashing foreign aid to Central American countries including Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, after they were "not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country" and joining a caravan of thousands headed towards the U.S. Mr. Trump, who has for days now blasted Democrats and the United States' immigration laws over the caravan, also warned, without citing evidence, that "unknown Middle Easterners" and "criminals" are mixed into the caravan of people heading towards the United States' southern border. The president declared on Twitter he has alerted the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. military "that this is a national" emergency."

The hell it is.  True national emergency?  A psychotic narcissistic nazi fuhrer in the Oval Office.

"Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S.," Mr. Trump tweeted Monday. "We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them."

Only increase the surge.  Trump is stupid.  Can't, won't be confused with the truth.

"Mr. Trump has for days threatened to cut off aid to the Central American countries if they fail to stop residents from pouring into the United States. The president has also criticized Mexico for failing to stop the crowd.

"Sadly, it looks like Mexico's Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States," the president tweeted moments earlier. "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!"

More psychotic horse shit.

"Mr. Trump has openly described the caravan and border crisis a great issue for Republicans politically ahead of next month's midterms. Mr. Trump has repeatedly claimed the Democrats don't care about security or law and order, particularly when it comes to immigration. The president has threatened to seal off the U.S.-Mexico border entirely, if necessary. Many of the migrants hail from Honduras, fleeing violence, poverty and a lack of jobs."

Pathetic.  Gets worse, more disjointed:

"Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms!" Mr. Trump also tweeted Monday morning. "So unfair to those who come in legally."

No end to the insanity.

... And duplicity. The Washington Post reports:

As we speak, the Democrat Party is openly encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overwhelm our nation. That’s what’s happening. The Democrats have launched an assault on the sovereignty of our country, the security of our nation and the safety of every single American.”

No truth to the above.  None of it.  Forget?  Trump is a congenital liar.  While the Democrats have not been worth a crap since November 22, 1963, Trump's assertions are simply not true.  Hyperbolic bullshit.

"A guy comes in, as an example, West Side Highway in Manhattan. That’s where I am. Beautiful park, beautiful highway. This animal is driving a car down, and he decides he’s going to make a right, right into the park where everyone is working out, exercising, running, bicycling. And he knocks everything down, including kills eight people. And badly wounds — you ever notice they never talk about the people that are wounded, where they lose their arms, and their legs, and their lives can never be the same? They never talk. They say eight people died. They don’t talk about the 12 people that lost something so important.

"These are people that are in a park where they go to exercise so they can be in perfect shape. And they go home months later without their legs, without their arms. Because this animal going at a very fast speed just decided he’s going to make a right into the park and run people over.

“So he has 22 people that came in, because he’s here. So he’s here. It’s called chain, a chain, nice name, chain migration. He’s here. His mother comes with him, his father then comes, his uncle, his aunt, his brother, his nephew, his sister, 22 people. No jobs. Just 22 people.”

Highly reminiscent of Adolf Hitler, the Trump nazi seems to revel in the violence.  Uses it to support his national socialist, fascist agenda.  Ferociously pointedly, isn't that precisely what your wife, the First Lady, did for her parents, Mr.'President?'  Your hypocrisy?  Unbecoming, -- even for a nazi fuhrer.

Earlier Trump rhetoric:

“We’ve removed thousands, thousands of them. They came in through the wonderful Obama administration. We removed thousands and thousands of these people. And the towns are liberated. And you see the people, they’re clapping from their window. I’m telling you, it’s like a war. It’s like a war zone.”

Later:

“They’re people. They carve you up with a knife, but they’re people.”

This man is nuts.  Presents an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

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.


10-26-18

The following remains appalling.  Appears to be getting worse.  Clearly, Trump has no backbone.  Priority?  Money.  Principle?  What's that? The Washington Post reports:

"A spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party vowed Saturday that Turkey would “uncover what has happened” to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, hours after Saudi authorities said that the Washington Post contributing columnist had been killed earlier this month during a fistfight inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The Saudi explanation — that an argument in the consulate led to a fatal brawl — is at odds with the conclusions of Turkish investigators, who believe that Khashoggi was deliberately killed by a team of Saudi agents who were dispatched to Istanbul.

"Turkey’s reaction to the Saudi admission is being closely watched because of the conflicting stories and because Turkish authorities are said to possess evidence, including audiotapes, that could reveal exactly how Khashoggi was killed. Erdogan’s government has so far refused to publicly reveal that evidence, possibly to protect Turkish surveillance methods but also, analysts said, to preserve a measure of leverage over the Saudis and the Trump administration, which has tried to protect its Saudi allies."

Need to immediately release what they have.  Why sit on it any longer?  Unless, of course, they're talking out their ass.

Here's the problem:

"Khashoggi, a resident of Virginia, vanished on the afternoon of Oct. 2, after visiting the Saudi Consulate to obtain documents that would allow him to remarry. For weeks, Saudi Arabia had denied any knowledge of his whereabouts and insisted that he had walked out of the consulate unharmed. The denials became harder to maintain as the Turkish authorities leaked investigative details, many lurid, about the case to the local and international news media."

Again, why sit on this information?  Why play games?

"The Saudi story changed early Saturday, when the government acknowledged for the first time that Khashoggi, who had written columns for The Post critical of the Saudi leadership, was dead. Saudi authorities said they had fired five top officials and arrested 18 other Saudi nationals as a result of the preliminary investigation. Two of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s close advisers were among those fired."

Fall guys?

"Turkish investigators are still searching for Khashoggi’s body, which they believe was cut into pieces after he was killed. The Saudi statements on Saturday did not address what happened to the body."

Imagine that.

NPR reports:

"Saudi Arabian officials confirmed the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who had been missing for 18 days, in a statement issued Saturday morning local time. The statement, translated into English by the Saudi Press Agency, said a preliminary investigation into the events of Oct. 2 revealed that Khashoggi was killed in a fight that broke out while he was visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul."

Credible?  Gets worse:

"The meeting "developed in a negative way [that] led to a fight and a quarrel between some of them and the citizen / Jamal Khashoggi, yet the brawl aggravated to lead to his death and their attempt to conceal and cover what happened," the statement said. The agency also confirmed that 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested "in preparation for reaching all the facts."

That right?

"While the investigation is ongoing, officials said, "The Kingdom expresses its deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place and stresses the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring them to justice."

Think so?

"Following the announcement the White House issued a statement saying: "The United States acknowledges the announcement from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that its investigation into the fate of Jamal Khashoggi is progressing and that it has taken action against the suspects it has identified thus far. We will continue to closely follow the international investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent, and in accordance with all due process. We are saddened to hear confirmation of Mr. Khashoggi's death, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family, fiancée, and friends."

Empty, rings hollow.  Get this:

"At a roundtable with defense contractors Friday night at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, Trump called the Saudi announcement "a great first step," but reiterated that he didn't think sanctions for the journalist's death should affect U.S.-Saudi Arabia arms deals."

Blatant insanity.

"Anadolu reported that Turkish security officials say "on the same day of Khashoggi's disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while Khashoggi was still inside." It added: "All of the identified officials have since left Turkey." One suspect, a senior intelligence official, is known to be a "frequent companion of [Saudi] Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman," according to the Times."

The following?  Pathetic:

"Trump said Thursday that if Saudi Arabia is responsible, the consequences will be "very severe," according to the Times."

Think so?  Our nazi fuhrer intends to proceed with the arms sale to these murderous bastards.  Think that's "very severe?"

CBS News reports:

"Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia should "immediately produce" the body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi so that independence forensic experts can conduct an autopsy in line with international standards. The human rights group issued the appeal on Saturday, after Saudi Arabia said the columnist for The Washington Post was killed in a fistfight in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate -- a reversal from previous Saudi assertions that it knew nothing about Khashoggi's fate. The writer vanished after entering the consulate on October 2. Samah Hadid, Middle East director of campaigns for Amnesty International, said in a statement that the Saudi version of events can't be trusted and that whoever is responsible, regardless of their rank or status, should be brought to justice."

Trump doesn't think so.  Wants to continue selling these murderous sons of bitches arms.

"Hadid said an independent investigation ordered by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres would be necessary to avoid a "Saudi whitewash" of circumstances surrounding the killing or any attempts by other governments to "sweep the issue under the carpet to preserve lucrative arms deals and other business ties with Riyadh." "The world needs to know what happened to Khashoggi," it says in a statement calling for action."

Clearly, the United States, under the Trump nazi, cannot be trusted to lead the charge.

The Washington Post reports:

"According to a list confirmed by Turkish officials, 15 Saudis flew to Istanbul on the morning of Oct. 2, participated in an operation that left Khashoggi dead and then quickly left the country. At least 12 members of that team are connected to Saudi security services, and several have links to Mohammed himself, according to a review of passport records, social media, local media reports and other material. Those personal connections and U.S. intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi home have contributed to a growing suspicion that the crown prince was personally linked to the incident. But the Saudi statement did not implicate him in the killing. The preliminary investigation conducted by the prosecutor found that the “suspects” traveled to Istanbul to meet with Khashoggi as he had expressed an interest in returning to Saudi Arabia, the official news agency said. Discussions that took place “developed in a negative way” and “led to a fight and a quarrel between some of them and the citizen,” it said. “The brawl aggravated to lead to his death and their attempt to conceal and cover what happened,” it said."

Not all are marching in goose step with Trump on this issue:

“To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said in a Twitter post. “First we were told Mr. Khashoggi supposedly left the consulate and there was blanket denial of any Saudi involvement. Now, a fight breaks out and he’s killed in the consulate, all without knowledge of Crown Prince.” Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was also dismissive of the Saudi account. “The announcement that Jamal Khashoggi was killed while brawling with a team of more than a dozen dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not credible,” he said. “If Khashoggi was fighting inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, he was fighting for his life with people sent to capture or kill him.” Schiff added, “The kingdom and all involved in this brutal murder must be held accountable, and if the Trump administration will not take the lead, Congress must.”

Get this:

"A senior U.S. official said the Saudi explanation raised more questions than it answered about Mohammed’s knowledge of the incident. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to give a frank assessment, noted that Assiri and Qahtani are among Mohammed’s closest aides and said they could not have acted without orders him. “It’s impossible to blame them for anything without MBS having a direct role,” the official said, using Mohammed’s initials."

NPR reports:

"Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "brutally murdered" as part of a meticulous operation by a team of Saudis, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday, rejecting Saudi Arabia's claim that the death was accidental. Erdogan called for Saudi Arabia to share facts about the case and said the suspects should be tried in Turkey."

Why haven't you released all 'evidence' you claim to have, Mr. President?

"Neither the Vienna Convention nor other international laws allow the investigation into such a brutal murder to be cloaked behind the shield of diplomatic immunity," the president told members of his ruling party in Ankara. Erdogan made the remarks in a much-anticipated speech about Khashoggi's killing — remarks timed to coincide with Saudi Arabia's high-profile Future Investment Initiative summit, dubbed "Davos in the Desert." State news agency Anadolu has reported that Turkish security officials say a 15-member team traveled from Saudi Arabia to Turkey just before Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. In his speech to Turkey's parliament, Erdogan said the teams arrived in separate groups — two sets of three people and one group of nine."

Again, why not release all 'evidence' you claim to have, sir?  Why play games?

"The information and evidences uncovered so far show that Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered," Erdogan said. "Covering up such a brutal act would wound the conscience of all mankind." Erdogan also laid out what he called a series of troubling questions. Among them, he said: "The body of Jamal Khashoggi is still missing — why is that?" Saudi Arabia has said Khashoggi's body was turned over to a local collaborator but that it doesn't know what happened to the remains afterward. On Tuesday, the Turkish president asked, "Who is the local collaborator?"

Good question.  All the more reason you need to immediately release everything you've supposedly got on this murder.

"Pressing for full disclosure of who ordered the operation that led to the killing, Erdogan also said, "leaving some security and intelligence forces holding the bag will not satisfy — neither us nor the international community."

Your failure to disclose all evidence you claim to have is certainly a problem, Mr. President.

"CIA Director Gina Haspel is traveling to Ankara and is expected to review the evidence gathered by Turkish investigators — possibly including audio recordings that anonymous investigators have spoken about to journalists, but that have not been shared to date, according to Turkish officials."

Poor choice.  Especially, since Haspel has her own unresolved issues vis a vis torture.

CBS News reports:

"The Turkish president presented no new evidence to the world on Tuesday from his country's investigation into the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, as skepticism intensified about Saudi Arabia's account that he died accidentally in its consulate in Istanbul. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said he would "go into detail" about the case that has shocked the world and raised suspicions that a Saudi hit squad planned Khashoggi's killing after he walked into the consulate on Oct. 2, and then attempted to cover it up. The key piece of evidence -- which, if it exists, the Turks have been keeping to themselves -- is a purported audio recording of the killing itself. Turkish officials have leaked gruesome details of the alleged recording to the media over the past two weeks. However, both the Turks and U.S. officials say no such audio has been shared, and thus far its existence has not been proven."

Why not?  Far more pressure needs to be brought to bear on the Turkish president to be far more forthcoming.

"Erdogan said on Monday that he would reveal to the world the "naked truth" about what happened in the Saudi consulate, but addressing lawmakers in the Turkish parliament on Tuesday, the Turkish leader added little more than rhetoric to the scandal, accusing the Saudi government of a "savage," premeditated "political murder," but offering no solid evidence to back the claim. He did not mention any audio or video evidence in the case."

This is a problem.  Goes to his credibility.

NPR reports:

"Newly released surveillance footage shows a man apparently wearing the same clothes Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was wearing the day he disappeared after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. A Turkish ruling party official called the footage evidence of a Saudi cover-up, while another official described the man seen in the video as a "body double."

CBS News reports:

"Global outrage over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of an alleged Saudi Arabian hit squad has raised the heat on U.S. companies to justify doing business with the kingdom. President Donald Trump seemingly has fewer qualms, recently defending the countries' commercial ties -- especially when it comes to supplying Saudi Arabia with arms -- by saying the relationship creates lots of U.S jobs. But how many jobs? Mr. Trump said at an event last week that agreements between American defense contractors and Saudi Arabia account for 600,000 jobs in the U.S. We set out to verify if that number is correct."

It's not.  Trump continues to talk out the ass.  Keeps changing his story.  Forget?  Truth's a moving target in Nazi America.

"In 2017, the White House said in a release that U.S. defense agreements with Saudi Arabia present "opportunities for American companies in the region, potentially supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in the United States." Last week, however, Mr. Trump told Fox Business News that U.S. defense contracts with Saudi Arabia valued by the White House at $110 billion that the contracts account for half a million U.S. jobs. Specifically, he said: "Again, I've had some senators come up and some congressmen that said, 'Well, you know, sir, I think what we should do is we should not take that order.' I said, 'Who are we hurting? It's 500,000 jobs.'" Only days later, however, Mr. Trump told reporters at a roundtable that canceling the contracts would mean giving up on 1 million jobs, according to the Post."

Precisely, why the nazi in the Oval Office has no credibility.  Zero.  None.  Nada.  Zilch.

"A report by the Aerospace Industries Association found that in 2016 the U.S. defense and national security sector generated $146.7 billion in sales and supported a total of 355,500 jobs. Meanwhile, a tally of the five biggest U.S. defense contractors shows the companies have a total of fewer than 400,000 employees around the world. On its website, Boeing says its defense division employs about 32,000. The whole company, which includes commercial aircraft, had a total workforce of 140,800 last year, according to an SEC filing. Raytheon's global workforce is about 64,000, according to a 2017 regulatory filing. Northrop Grumman has roughly 70,000 workers. General Dynamics, which also owns private aircraft maker Gulfstream, lists nearly 97,000 employees in a 2017 filing. And Lockheed Martin reports about 100,000 employees."

Somebody's lying.  Guess who?

"The upshot: It's hard to square the actual number of U.S. jobs supported by Saudi contracts with Mr. Trump's more expansive figure."

... So, what else is new?  LOL.

CBS News reports:

"President Trump told reporters Tuesday the cover-up of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death executed by the Saudis was "one of the worst in the history of cover-ups."

Think so?  How about Trump's effort to stonewall the ongoing Mueller investigation of his administration?

"Speaking in the Oval Office for a bill signing alongside members of Congress, Mr. Trump told reporters he would leave it to Congress to decide how to handle the situation with the Saudis. But he said the Saudis had a "very bad" idea that "should have never been thought of." "They had a very bad original concept," Mr. Trump said. "It was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups. Very simple. Bad deal, should have never been thought of."

Can't the same be said of you, Mr. 'President?'

"But the president said he's still waiting on all the facts. CIA Director Gina Haspel, as CBS News has previously reported, visited Turkey earlier this week over the Khashoggi situation, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Pompeo announced Tuesday that the U.S. would be revoking the visas of Saudi operatives who are accused of killing Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. "I think I'll know everything in a short period of time," the president said Tuesday. "I want to see the facts first."

Facts?  Facts?  You create your own, sir.  Remain a congenital liar.

"Mr. Trump has been reluctant about the possibility of ending arms sales with the Saudis, emphasizing the importance of the investment in America's economy. He's claimed America would lose a million jobs without that relationship. "We do that, we're just hurting ourselves," the president said of pulling out of the Saudis' order. "It is a terrible thing, but it would really be hurting ourselves."

He's talking out the ass.  The Saudis have been f--king over the United States since January 1973.  ... When gasoline doubled in price courtesy of the Saudis.  Of course, Big Oil in the United States got in on the action, lined their pockets as well the last 45 years in conjunction with these bastards.  Amazingly, the public put up with this horse shit.  Still does.

"Sen. Ben Cardin, the Maryland Democratic ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations, who was in Oval Office Tuesday when Mr. Trump made those remarks, said Congress is reviewing all its options for punishing the Saudis, including, but not limited to, sanctions. "There is a growing group of senators, both Democrats and Republicans, who recognize how serious this is, and it will have consequences in regards to our relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia," Cardin said."

About goddamned time.

"I think Congress is going to demand that there will be appropriate action," Cardin added."

Empty rhetoric, -- until it happens.  Then again, don't hold your breath.  Forget?  Congress is bought and paid for by the corporate management suite.

CBS News reports:

"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that the U.S. would be revoking the visas of Saudi operatives who are accused of killing Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi.  Pompeo briefed reporters Tuesday, after meeting with Saudi and Turkish officials in the wake of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He did not specify how many visas the U.S. was revoking."

Why not?  The public is entitled to this information.

"The secretary of state also told reporters at the State Department that the U.S. has identified some of the people "who we suspect to be responsible" for Khashoggi's death. Pompeo also said that the State Department is working with the Treasury Department on the applicability of global Magnitsky sanctions to the Saudis responsible. This will not be the last word on the matter, he promised, though he also acknowledged shared strategic interests with the Saudis."

Talking out both sides the ass.  No principles.  No honor.  Money rules.  Forget?

"We're making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence," Pompeo said."

No you're not.  Quite the opposite.

Here comes the bullshit:

"Pompeo said that the Turks have been "very cooperative with us," although he declined to answer a question about whether any U.S. officials have heard an audio recording of Khashoggi that Turkish officials reportedly have in their possession. "I don't have anything more to share with you about particular data sets," the secretary said."

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.


10-26-18

Think the following presidential?  Indicative of a man of principle?  Honor?  ABC News reports:

"A misdemeanor assault charge is something that most political candidates would like forgotten. That could be the case for Rep. Greg Gianforte, a Republican running for re-election in Montana, who first garnered national headlines in May 2017 when he allegedly body-slammed a reporter. The controversial move was appealing to President Donald Trump, apparently. He praised Gianforte at a rally on Thursday, saying, "Any guy who can do a body slam, he is my type!"

Think so?

"The Associated Press reported that Gianforte pleaded guilty in June 2017, paid a $385 fine, completed 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management training, wrote an apology letter and donated $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists."

Trump supports this criminal activity.  Think that presidential?

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.


10-26-18

Your hard-earned tax dollars at work.  CBS News reports:

"The Air Force has responded to an inquiry by Sen. Chuck Grassley about the high price of cups purchased for the Travis Air Force Base, where cups have been purchased for $1,280 each this year. Grassley sent a letter earlier this month to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, asking for the total combined cost of these cups, and asking why the price of cups had jumped from $693 in 2016 to $1,280 in 2018."

Simple.  Someone's pockets are lined.  Wake up.

"These cups, which are able to reheat liquids, have handles which break when dropped, meaning that they often need to be replaced. In his letter, Grassley asked Wilson "what cheaper alternatives for providing hot coffee have been explored by the Air Force," and whether she would ask the Office of the Inspector General to review the spending on cups."

No rocket science here.  More breakage means more replacement means more money, got it?  LOL.

Here comes the bullshit:

"In a reply dated Oct. 17, Wilson responded that Grassley was "right to be concerned about the high cost of spare parts." The cups plug into aircrafts in order to reheat contents. Wilson also said that a recent review showed that the Air Force is able to make replacement handles for the cups using a 3D printer for 50 cents each. Responding to Grassley's questions, she said the Air Force had spent $326,785 on 391 of these cups since 2016. The increase in price from $693 is due to increased price for raw materials to make the cup."

Think any of these goddamned politicians good at anything other than lining their pockets?

"In a statement, Grassley expressed his continued displeasure with spending taxpayer dollars on Air Force-approved thermoses. "While I appreciate that the Air Force is working to find innovations that would help save taxpayer dollars, it remains unclear why it cannot find a cheaper alternative to a $1,280 cup. Government officials have the responsibility to use taxpayer dollars efficiently. Too often, that's not the case. I intend to pursue this issue further," he said."

Do what?  Shit squat?  Get this:

"Grassley previously inquired about overpriced toilet seat lids purchased by the Air Force. The Air Force has since moved to making lids with a 3D printer for $300, as opposed to purchasing lids for $10,000 each."

Jesus Christ.  No hope.  LOL.

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.


10-26-18

Trump and his henchmen intend to define 'sex.'  NPR reports:

"A memo that has reportedly been circulating at the Department of Health and Human Services aims to narrow the federal government's definition of "sex" under Title IX — a change that could leave transgender people without a number of the legal protections that have become standard in recent years."

The nazi way.  Adolf and Benito would have been most approving.

"The memo reported on by The New York Times has not been released publicly. NPR has not seen it, and HHS says it does not comment on "alleged leaked documents." But the potential impact of the policies described in the memo, and the headline under which the Times ran its story – " 'Transgender' Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration" — inspired grave fears and fervent protest. People gathered in New York City's Washington Square Park on Sunday evening to rally for trans rights, and on Monday, protesters rallied in front of the White House holding signs that declared, "We will not be erased."

The Nazi Right intends to do all it can to do precisely that.

"The Times reports that the document was written in the spring and proposes that different government agencies adopt a unified definition of sex — specifically one that defines it as determined "on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable."

Think so?  Wake up:

"The agency's proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with," the Times reports, based on the draft seen by its reporters. "Any dispute about one's sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing."

Goddamned f--king nazis.  Determined to impose their outrageously perverse religious and ideological views on all.  In direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, that is, freedom from religion.

"Title IX is the federal law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex "under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." The term "sex" refers to gender, which has since been expanded under the law to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

"The Trump administration has already taken steps to try to disqualify most transgender people from serving in the military. Earlier this month, the State Department implemented a policy denying visas to same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and the staff of U.S.-based international organizations if they're not legally married. Many of the affected couples are from countries where same-sex marriage is illegal."

Raw nazism.

The Washington Post reports:

"Jordan Evans, 27, is a town constable and an elected library trustee in Charlton, Mass. She’s a Republican, as are most of the people in her hometown, a rural community where about 54 percent of voters cast their ballots for Donald Trump in 2016. Evans is also transgender, as are about 1 million other adult Americans, according to rough estimates. Few combine the two identities. Evans is believed to be the lone openly transgender elected Republican — “my cross to bear,” as she puts it.

“I am afraid,” the Republican politician said in an interview. “I’m absolutely distraught.” “Not so much afraid for me," clarified Evans, who has been embraced by those closest to her since she first came out as transgender in 2013 and began to medically transition in 2015. "I’m afraid for people who are younger than me — people who don’t have the kind of experiences in the world that I’ve had. They see this, and they’re rightfully terrified.”

Courtesy of Republican nazis determined to impose their perverse religious and ideological views on all.  While Democrats do squat shit.

"The new policy, she observed, would be in line with the president’s attempt to ban transgender troops — an order repeatedly blocked by the courts. The administration has also prohibited officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using the word “transgender” in official budget documents, as The Washington Post reported in December, and the Department of Health and Human Services has archived a page that outlined services available for LGBT people. In February, the government revoked Obama administration protections for transgender students that allowed them to use bathrooms, locker rooms and other facilities that matched their gender identity rather than their sex assigned at birth."

Raw nazism.  Sick religion.

"Evans said the new move would be “shortsighted of the administration.” The country is growing more accepting of transgender people, she said, as the president is moving the government in the opposite direction. “As a Republican, it’s disgusting to see my party continue to push these types of things through in a world that’s changing. If we don’t change with the world, we are ultimately going to lose.”

No question.  Bloom is more than off the rose.

"She said she has been encouraged by the swift response from the transgender community. “Trans people have been under attack by this administration from day 1 and in state legislatures for years now,” Laverne Cox, the transgender “Orange Is the New Black” actress, wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “Let’s join together America and assert #TransRightsAreHumanRights.” She added, “#TransIsBeautiful.” Both rallying cries were trending on social media over the weekend. Politicians joined the chorus against defining sex as immutably male or female and requiring genetic testing to settle any disputes. By and large, however, those who have spoken out differ from Evans in a notable way. They don’t share her partisan affiliation."

Yet, Democrats remain all talk.  No action.

“We will always protect our transgender brothers and sisters,” Democratic Sen. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts wrote on Twitter. “We must transcend hate every day. And we must transfer power on Election Day.” The Democratic attorney general of New York said her office would “do everything in our power to protect transgender New Yorkers.” Transgender politicians who have gained a measure of national prominence also weighed in. Christine Hallquist, a Democrat of Vermont and the first openly transgender major party nominee for governor, used colorful language to describe how she would respond if elected. The Virginia House Democrats tweeted its support for Danica Roem, the first openly transgender lawmaker in a U.S. statehouse.

    "Wow. Sure as hell hope I win this election! The Trump administration is going to get a can of whoop-ass from me! https://t.co/fv8xZLgEAL
    — Christine Hallquist (@christineforvt) October 21, 2018"

When will support transition to something more than empty talk?

CBS News reports:

"Anatomy at birth may prompt a check in the "male" or "female" box on the birth certificate — but to doctors and scientists, sex and gender aren't always the same thing. The Trump administration reportedly is considering defining gender as determined by sex organs at birth, which if adopted could deny certain civil rights protections to an estimated 1.4 million transgender Americans. But variation in gender identity is a normal part of human diversity, the American Academy of Pediatrics, or AAP, stresses in a new policy that outlines how to provide supportive medical care for transgender youth."

Trump and his henchmen are determined to please their base on the Nazi Right.  What better way than impose their outrageously perverse ideological and religious views on all?

"Sex typically refers to anatomy while "gender goes beyond biology," says Dr. Jason Rafferty, a pediatrician and child psychiatrist at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island, and lead author of the AAP's transgender policy. Gender identity is more an inner sense of being male, female or somewhere in between — regardless of physical anatomy, he explained. It may be influenced by genetics and other factors, but it's more about the brain than the sex organs. And transgender is a term accepted across science and medical groups to mean people whose gender identity doesn't match what Rafferty calls their "sex assigned at birth."

Forget?  Nazi Right remains utterly incapable of being confused by the truth.

Here's the insanity of the Trump nazi in all its 'glory.'  Get this.  NBC News reports:

"U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that transgender issues were in flux and he aims to protect the country after a report that his administration was considering defining gender as male or female based on genitalia at birth drew widespread condemnation. “We have a lot of different concepts right now. They have a lot of different things happening with respect to transgender right now,” Trump said amid a protest outside the White House and outpouring of criticism on social media about the proposal. Asked about a campaign promise to protect the LGBTQ community, Trump said: “I’m protecting everybody. I want to protect our country.”

This man is dangerous.  An idiot.  A lunatic.  A direct, exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

"Under a proposal first reported by the New York Times on Sunday, the Trump administration would narrow the definition of gender to male or female at birth and it would be unchangeable later in life."

Who knows better than the Trump nazi and his fellow idiots?  Forget?  Has to satisfy, appease his fellow lunatics on the 'Religious' Right.

"The move would remove recognition of and protections for transgender people under U.S. civil rights laws promoted by the prior administration of President Barack Obama in health care, schools and the military."

Raw nazism.

"About 1.4 million U.S. adults identify as transgender, according to a 2016 estimate by the Williams Institute, a research center at UCLA Law School focused on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Medical experts said on Monday that defining gender based on genitalia at birth is scientifically inaccurate and may harm patients’ health. Dr. Joshua Safer, executive director of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, said the Trump administration’s definition is “not consistent with current western medicine or science in terms of how we actually operate or define sex of individuals.”

To the achingly ignorant Nazi Right, sick 'religion' trumps reality, science, medicine, to say nothing of the United States Constitution.

“Sex of individuals is not correlated always with their genitals at birth, or with their chromosomes,” said Safer, who also serves as president of the United States Professional Association for Transgender Health. Most transgender people live with a profound sense that the gender assigned to them at birth was wrong and transition to the opposite sex, while others live a non-binary or gender-fluid life. “We urge the administration to ensure all public health policy is firmly rooted in science, and to keep discrimination and political interference out of our nation’s health,” said Dr. Lisa Hollier, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists."

Clearly impossible for a national socialist, fascist, nazi dictator masquerading as president of the United States.

"Beyond the broader issues raised by the administration memo, doctors said the new policy would be impossible to apply to “intersex” babies who are born with ambiguous genitalia or reproductive organs."

What then?

“Trump’s definition does not even take this entire group of patients into consideration,” said Dr. Natasha Bhuyan, a family medicine and LGBTQ care specialist in Phoenix. If the administration’s recommended definition is adopted, these patients will likely be assigned a male or female sex at birth, which can have devastating long-term psychological and health consequences, she said."

A national socialist fascist nazi, -- and his henchmen, couldn't care less.

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10-26-18

Where's the outrage of the Nazi Right?  CBS News reports:

"A man accused of groping a woman during a Southwest Airlines flight over the weekend apparently justified his actions by invoking President Trump. According to an affidavit obtained by CBS affiliate KHOU, he said the president says its OK to grab women by their private parts."

Indeed, Trump did.  Conveniently, forget?

"Bruce Alexander, 49, was arrested on Sunday after a Southwest Flight 5421 coming from Houston landed in Albuquerque. He appeared in federal court on Monday and was charged with abusive sexual contact after he allegedly touched a woman's breast while he was sitting behind her on the Southwest flight."

Think this guy's not a pig?  Get this:

"The victim said she felt Alexander's hand move from behind her and grab her right breast, according to the affidavit. She said she fell asleep about 20 minutes into the flight and not long after, she felt him touch her but assumed it was an accident. In a second incident 30 minutes later, she said she felt Alexander's hand grab the back of her arm and grope around her ribs and then her breast. The woman then stood up and told Alexander she did not understand how he could think that was OK and he needed to stop. She then asked a flight attendant to reseat her and was relocated to another section of the plane. Both Alexander and the victim said they had not been drinking alcohol or had taking any sleep aids, the affidavit said. The victim said Alexander was a "total stranger."

Kicker?  Get this:

"When Alexander was questioned by authorities, he said he could not recall touching the woman. He said he was sitting behind a woman and was asleep for most of the flight. Upon arrival at Albuquerque International Sunport, Alexander was detained and asked FBI agents what the sentence was for the charge he was being arrested for. He later stated to officers, "the President of the United States says it's OK to grab women by their private parts," according to the affidavit."

Indeed, he did.  ... That now called the 'Trump defense?'

"His defense comes in reference to a 2005 Access Hollywood tape that recorded a conversation between Mr. Trump and then-host Billy Bush in which the future president used sexist and disparaging language about women as Bush laughed along. The tape is best remembered as the moment where Mr. Trump boasted that women allowed him to "grab them by the p****."

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10-26-18

Think the nazi, national socialist Republican-controlled U.S. Supreme Court is not in the pocket of the Trump nazi and his henchmen?  NPR reports:

"The Supreme Court has temporarily shielded Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from having to sit for questioning under oath in the lawsuits over a controversial citizenship question the Trump administration added to the 2020 census. In a separate concurring opinion for Justice Clarence Thomas and himself, Justice Neal Gorsuch described a lower court's order allowing "a trial to probe the Secretary's mental processes" as "highly unusual, to say the least." Released on Monday, the court's order allows the administration to file additional requests for the high court to permanently block Ross' deposition."

These fascist bastards on the highest court of the land are protecting the Trump nazi and his henchmen.  Legislate their perverse ideological and religious views from the bench.

"In a written statement, Kelly Laco, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, called the order "a win for protecting the rights of the Executive Branch." The agency is representing the Trump administration in these lawsuits. "The intrusive and improper discovery in this case disrupts the orderly functioning of our government and is, as Justices Gorsuch and Thomas noted, 'highly unusual,' " she wrote. "The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the rule of law and looks forward to further proceedings before the Supreme Court."

No more than a kangaroo court for the Nazi Right in our formerly great country.  With rare exception:

"The administration's request to temporarily block other lower court orders for the lawsuits, however, were not successful. The Supreme Court is allowing the plaintiffs' attorneys to question Justice Department official John Gore, who leads the department's civil rights division that the administration says needs the citizenship question to better enforce the Voting Right Act. Document requests from the plaintiffs can also move forward as the start date for the first potential trial over the citizenship question draws closer. In a written statement, Amy Spitalnick — a spokesperson for the New York state attorney general's office, which is representing the plaintiffs in one of the lead lawsuits — said the plaintiffs "welcome the Court's decision to allow us to complete discovery in the case, with the exception only of Sec. Ross' deposition.""We'll get to the bottom of how the decision to demand citizenship status was made, as we continue our case to ensure a full and fair Census," Spitalnick wrote in an email."

Think so?

"New York is among the dozens of states, cities and other groups that are suing to get the question Ross approved for the upcoming national head count removed. The question asks, "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" The plaintiffs' attorneys are trying to prove that Ross misused his authority over the census by adding the hotly contested question. In his opinion from September that accompanied the lower court order allowing the questioning of Ross under oath, U.S. District Jesse Furman wrote: "Secretary Ross must sit for a deposition because, among other things, his intent and credibility are directly at issue in these cases."

"Gorsuch noted in his opinion that the trial in New York may have to be postponed if the Trump administration asks the Supreme Court to hear the case."

Convenient, isn't it?  Think Gorsuch and his four other Republican colleagues on the Supreme Court are not in the pocket of the Trump nazi?

Here's the problem:

"The administration says the Justice Department's civil rights division, currently led by Gore, needs the question's responses to better enforce the Voting Rights Act protections against racial discrimination. Census Bureau research, however, suggests using the census to ask every U.S. household about citizenship status in the current political climate could discourage noncitizens, including immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, from taking part in the head count. The Constitution requires the federal government to count every person living in the U.S. — regardless of citizenship status — once a decade."

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10-26-18

In stump speeches for fellow Republican fascists, Trump falsely but coyly claims to be a 'nationalist.'  Not so.  Goes far beyond.  He is and remains a national socialist. Fascism, nazism, national socialism defined as the pernicious blend of government, business, and religion. 'Justified' by perversion and bastardization of the latter.

NPR reports:

"But the word nationalist has connotations other than simply embracing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It has too often been associated with far more divisive attitudes. Trump was asked in the Oval Office on Tuesday about the meaning of white nationalism. He claimed never to have heard of that usage. Apparently, no one asked if he had heard of black nationalism, which has also been a thing."

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10-26-18

The Trump nazi can't, won't be confused with the truth.  A congenital liar.  NPR reports:

"Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018

"Later, he repeated that unsubstantiated claim, telling White House reporters "you're going to find MS-13, you're going to find Middle Eastern. You're going to find everything. And guess what? We're not allowing them in our country. We want safety." Reporters traveling with the caravan and the migrants themselves say they haven't seen any Middle Easterners in the group."

Couldn't be, could it?  'President' wouldn't lie, would he?

"While it's not unheard of for people from the Middle East to try to cross the border illegally from Mexico, it is extremely rare. Of more than 300,000 people apprehended last year trying to cross the Southern border illegally, fewer than 100 came from countries in the Middle East, according to data gathered by Customs and Border Protection. Tuesday afternoon the president acknowledged, after some back-and-forth with a reporter, that he had no proof there are Middle Easterners in the Central American caravan. "There's no proof of anything," Trump said. But he insisted the migrants and illegal immigration in general pose a serious threat to the country."

Delusionally, believe so?  His sick sycophants certainly do.

"Many mainstream Republicans thought they would be running this year on the strength of the big tax cut that Congress passed in 2017. But as time has passed, that tax cut has not worn very well. Maybe people aren't seeing a bump in their own take-home pay. Or perhaps they're worried about the federal deficit, which has ballooned as corporate tax revenues fell. Approval for the tax cut is hovering around 40 percent."

Clearly, the public grew wise to the ruse.

"The president has been offering supporters a fix for this: another tax cut, this time directed at the middle class rather than those at the top of the income ladder. "We're going to be putting in a 10 percent tax cut for middle-income families," Trump told supporters in Houston Monday. "It's going to be put in next week."

Think so?

"Whatever you might think of the merits of another tax cut, it's not going to happen next week as the president suggested. Congress is not even in session until after the election. Moreover, no one outside the White House seems to have much of an idea of what the president is talking about."

Clearly, neither does he.  LOL.

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10-26-18

Psychotic Nazi Right at it again.  NPR reports:

"The Secret Service said Wednesday that it has intercepted two suspicious packages that were addressed to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Westchester County, N.Y., and former President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. On Monday, an explosive device was found at the home of billionaire George Soros — a frequent contributor to Democratic and progressive causes.

"CNN also reported that its New York City office was evacuated Wednesday morning due to a suspicious package received in its mailroom. In a note to staff, CNN President Jeff Zucker said the Time Warner Center was cleared "out of an abundance of caution."

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10-26-18

Republicans continue to do all they can to abrogate voting rights.  NPR reports:

"Since the 2010 elections, 24 states have implemented new restrictions on voting. Alabama now requires a photo ID to cast a ballot. Other states such as Ohio and Georgia have enacted "use it or lose it" laws, which strike voters from registration rolls if they have not participated in an election within a prescribed period of time. Mother Jones journalist Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot, says that many of the restrictions are part of a broader Republican strategy to tighten access to the ballot — an effort that was bolstered in 2013 by the Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder ruling. "[That] decision," Berman explains, "said that those states with the longest histories of discrimination no longer had to approve their voting changes with the federal government." You're seeing a national effort by the Republican Party to try to restrict voting rights, and it's playing out in states all across the country."

Sadly, going on for years.  Despite the fact Democrats have not been worth a crap since November 22, 1963.

"As a result, Berman says, "You're seeing a national effort by the Republican Party to try to restrict voting rights, and it's playing out in states all across the country." Many of the new voting restrictions are occurring in states like Georgia, North Dakota and Kansas, which have critical races in the 2018 midterms. Berman says that it's still unclear what the impact of the restrictions will be on the upcoming elections, but he remains hopeful that the tide might be shifting on voter restrictions."

Don't hold your breath.

NBC News reports:

"Georgia election officials must stop rejecting absentee ballots and applications because of a mismatched signature without first giving voters a chance to fix the problem, a federal judge said Wednesday in a ruling that could impact the race for governor where voting rights has become a major issue. U.S. District Judge Leigh May ordered the secretary of state's office to instruct county election officials to stop the practice for the November midterm elections. She outlined a procedure to allow voters to resolve alleged signature discrepancies. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican who oversees elections in the state, and Democrat Stacey Abrams sparred over voting rights and allegations of suppression in their first debate on Tuesday night. The race is neck and neck, polls show. Kemp accused Abrams of encouraging undocumented immigrants to vote illegally, while Abrams charged her rival with mass purging voters, many of whom are African-Americans."

The Republican way for quite some time.

"May's order comes in response to two lawsuits filed earlier this month allege that election officials are improperly rejecting absentee ballots. The lawsuits said the rejections without first letting voters challenge the determination violated voters' constitutional rights. May gave the parties until noon Thursday to comment on whether the language in her order is "confusing or will be unworkable" for election officials. One lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and its Georgia chapter on behalf of the Georgia Muslim Voter Project and Asian-Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta. The other was filed by the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda and five individual voters, including two candidates for office."

Sad, it's gotten down to this, isn't it?  Duplicity?  Unfathomable.  Un-American.  Right Wing.  National socialist.  Fascist.  Nazi.  Now, the American Way.

"Both lawsuits challenge the rejection of absentee ballots and absentee ballot applications without allowing voters an opportunity to dispute a finding of a mismatched signature. The lawsuit filed on behalf of the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda and individual voters also challenges the rejection of absentee ballots because of what it calls technical errors, like writing the current year in a space designated for the voter's birth year or signing on the wrong line."

Anything to abrogate voting rights to non-Republicans.

"The lawyers behind both lawsuits had filed emergency requests asking May to make certain immediate changes while the litigation is pending, though they sought different remedies. Both sets of lawyers applauded the judge's ruling. May wrote in her order that she was only addressing the signature mismatch issue. She had said during a hearing Tuesday that she was especially concerned about people whose signature doesn't match and who may not be able to vote in person if their absentee ballot is rejected, noting that submitting another absentee ballot or application may not fix the problem if the signature still doesn't match."

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10-19-18

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.

More of the same.  Aggressive stupidity at its very worst.  ... Hear the rumble?  ABC News reports:

"The Trump administration informed a federal judge in Chicago on Friday that it's seeking to scuttle a plan negotiated between the nation's third-largest city and the state of Illinois that envisions far-reaching reforms of Chicago's 12,000-officer police force under close federal court supervision."

Certainly, can't have that in a goddamned fascist police-state, can we, Mr. Attorney General?

"In a statement announcing the intervention, Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasted the roughly 200-page plan, also known as a consent decree, because of the court oversight. And he offered a full-throated defense of Chicago police, saying they must take the lead in stemming city violence."

They are the cause of at least some of this violence, you clueless national socialist, fascist, nazi son of a bitch.  Wake up.

"There is a misperception that police are the problem and that their failures, their lack of training, and their abuses create crime," Sessions said. "But the truth is the police are the solution to crime, and criminals are the problem."

You're delusional, Mr. Attorney General.  Police are inciting at least some of this violence.  -- Violence the criminal element is responding to in at least some of these cases.  Worse?  The public fears both the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue as well as the criminal element for damned good reason.  Have difficulty distinguishing who's worse.  Wake up.  Your ignorance, Aryan arrogance, unbecoming.  Direct threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

"An 11-page Justice Department statement of interest — filed with Judge Robert M. Dow Jr., who must grant the proposal final approval — says the reform plan, as it is, would deprive police of flexibility to do their jobs right. And it criticizes criteria in the plan meant to assess police compliance as vague."

They are not, and have not been doing their jobs properly for decades.  At least, since the Democratic Convention of 1968.  A half century of police brutality.  Abuse of authority.  Determined ignorance of all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Precisely, why an unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looms.  Not just in Chicago, but across our formerly great country.

"It asks Dow "to allow state and local officials — and Chicago's brave front-line police officers — to engage in flexible and localized efforts to advance the goal of safe, effective, and constitutional policing in Chicago."

Called bullshit.  No more than a determinedly pernicious, rubber stamp of police brutality.  Abuse of authority.  Presents an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

Think the Attorney General isn't a clueless national socialist, fascist?  Consider the following:

"The filing and Sessions' comments came a week after jurors convicted white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder for shooting black teen Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014 as he walked away from police with a knife."

Clearly, the U.S. Attorney General remains determinedly clueless, indifferent to raging violence imposed by the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue.  Stone cold oblivious to the fact no foreign power, no terrorist organization, not even the criminal element presents a greater threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties than all levels and branches of nazi government, -- including the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue.  ... Right, Sheriff?

"A video of the shooting, released about a year later, sparked outage nationwide and led to an Obama administration investigation of Chicago police, which was followed months later by a damning report that found widespread police abuses."

Abuses our nazi U.S. Attorney General remains determinedly oblivious to.  Ignorant of.  Then again, can you reasonably expect any better from a racist out of control nazi?

"The Department of Justice Friday simultaneously announced the creation of a "Gun Crimes Prosecution Team" at Chicago's U.S. attorney's office focused on gun crimes. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will assign five violent-crime coordinators to work with federal prosecutors."

Jesus Christ.  First target of investigation needs to be law enforcement.  Clean up this problem first.  So law enforcement regains some semblance of trustworthiness.  Currently has none, worse, losing ever more ground.

"Responding to the announcements, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Matt McGrath, said the city appreciated the additional resources, "but we don't appreciate efforts ... to impede our public safety reforms or inhibit our efforts to rebuild the bonds of trust between officers and residents."

That's gone.  Across the country.  Will be increasingly difficult to restore under the Trump nazi and his sidekick, the Sessions nazi.

"Illinois Attorney Lisa Madigan — without objection from Emanuel — sued the city last year to ensure any police reforms would be overseen by a judge. That killed a draft plan negotiated with Trump's administration that didn't envision a court role in reforming the department and led to the ultimately successful talks to create the current plan. The reform plan now on the table foresees far stricter rules on the use of force by officers. One provision requires officers to file paperwork each time they point their weapons, even if they don't fire."

All a step in the right direction, although nowhere near enough.

"Sessions again echoed President Donald Trump, who told officers at a convention in Orlando on Monday that a three-year-old agreement between Chicago and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois to curb stop-and-frisk procedures by police prevented officers from doing their jobs."

More insane horse shit from this achingly clueless, racist Sessions nazi.  Direct violation of the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights.  The abusive, criminal jackbooted bastards in blue have no probable cause to routinely, proactively unconstitutionally stop-and-frisk.  Direct, intentional, determined violation of the Fourth Amendment when there is no probable cause a crime has indeed been committed.  Raw nazism.

"When police are restrained from using lawfully established policies ... when arrests went down, and when their work and character were disrespected, crime surged," Sessions said. "There must never be another consent decree that continues the folly of the ACLU settlement."

The racist Sessions nazi is hopelessly, determinedly insane.  Has deliberately, concertedly violated his oath of office to uphold the United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights.  Think those arrests did not go down precisely because they were indeed false?  The fact the bastards had no probable cause to make them in the first place?

These policies were not lawfully established.  Remain in direct violation of the Bill of Rights.  Determinedly, perniciously ignored by the racist Sessions nazis and others who think like him.  This line of 'thinking' is precisely why an unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looms.

The "work and character" of the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue are rightfully disrespected, rightfully ridiculed because they were and are phony.  Sessions is too racist, too nazi, too determinedly, concertedly clueless to be United States Attorney General.  This man presents an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Determinedly so.  Perniciously, so.  Unconstitutionally, so.  Like the Trump nazi, Sessions is a traitor.

"Chicago officials and the ACLU have said those and similar claims by Trump administration officials are exaggerated, get the data on crime in Chicago wrong and misstate the underlying causes of crime."

No question, achingly true.  Determinedly, so.  Forget?  A nazi has no rationality.  No regard for the truth.  No respect for the Constitution, Bill of Rights.  Only in determined abuse of power, traitorous obliteration of all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

"Karen Sheley, the director of the police practices project at the ACLU of Illinois, said the move Friday by the Trump administration to sink a plan in the works for over a year was "a last-minute political play at the expense of real people in our city."

What it is remains no less than a traitorous, treacherous, treasonous abrogation of the United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights.  This regime is great evil, highly reminiscent of Nazi Germany, circa 1933, when Adolf Hitler became Chancellor.  Far worse to come then, and now.

"The Trump Administration and Sessions' Department of Justice have never attempted to learn about the problems in Chicago or what reform is necessary," Sheley said in a Friday statement."

Clearly, true.  Moreover, using it as an excuse to obliterate whatever is left of the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights.  This is great, unvarnished evil perpetrated by this racist, nazi United States Attorney General and his fuhrer, the Trump nazi.

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10-19-18

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.

County officials across the country are beginning to step up and oppose the criminal jackbooted bastards in ICE.  NPR reports:

"While the aggressive immigration enforcement policies of the Trump Administration continue nearly unabated at the national level, activists on the left are succeeding on a smaller scale as they convince local governments to end jail contracts with ICE. Their hope is that shutting ICE out from the jails that hold immigrants awaiting deportation and court hearings will pressure the Trump administration to loosen its "zero-tolerance" policy toward undocumented immigrants."

Not a chance.  Our nazi fuhrer and his equally psychotic henchmen will never give up.

"Local officials are yielding to this scaled-down localized version of the #AbolishICE movement in both liberal and conservative areas. In California, local governments in Contra Costa County, Sacramento County and the city of Santa Ana recently pulled out of their contracts with ICE. The same thing happened in Williamson County, Texas, which will no longer hold immigrants come this January, and in Atlanta, where the mayor issued an executive order to stop accepting ICE detainees."

Surprising turn of events in Williamson County, -- which has a well-earned reputation in Texas for being home to a well-entrenched jackbooted bastard in blue mentality.  ... Right, Sheriff?

"The latest success for the movement was in Hudson County, New Jersey."

Another surprising venue which has certainly changed over the years.  Citizens are apparently finally getting tired of this crap.

"When local legislators in diverse and Democratic Hudson County met in July to renew a long-standing contract with the federal government to detain immigrants, they quietly voted on the deal without so much as announcing it beforehand on the meeting agenda."

Unbridled Aryan arrogance of the nazi element in power.

"The resulting firestorm blindsided the all-Democratic board of freeholders, which run the county. A group of local religious leaders sued. Protests outside the Hudson County Jail, which detains nearly 700 immigrants, grew so loud that the jail director said the noise stirred a near riot in an immigrant wing of the facility. Finally, last Thursday the freeholders voted 6-3 to end their multi-million-dollar contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement by 2020."

LOL.  There is hope.  People are tired of this ongoing nazi fiasco.

"We come to you tonight because you do have the power — and it may not be a lot," said Carl Schwartz, one of scores of ICE opponents to speak at the 4 1/2-hour freeholder meeting. "It may be for one county, in one state, over one detention center. But if we can get this thing shut down here in Hudson County we can show what we really stand for in North Jersey."

About time.  A new day.  Certainly, must have the Aryan arrogant, national socialist element shitting in its pants.  LOL.  Doesn't your heart bleed?  Further evidence there is little difference between both major political parties.

"Hudson County has a 43 percent foreign-born population and it's run entirely by Democrats, so it is particularly vulnerable to scrutiny. Opposition is also mounting in the two neighboring counties, Essex and Bergen, which are likewise filling their jails with ICE detainees. Together the three counties hold as many as 2,000 immigrants at a given time and collectively take in about $6 million per month from ICE, a near 50 percent increase from the end of the Obama administration, records show."

Blood money.  These criminal jackbooted bastard in blue assholes seem to have conveniently forgotten our UNDOCUMENTED forebears arrived on this continent centuries ago, STOLE this land from its native inhabitants, then BROKE every goddamned treaty ever signed.

Can't stomach the truth?  Don't like the tone?  Read another publication.

"Activists were arrested earlier this year protesting the ICE contract in Essex County. And in Bergen County, attention turned to how immigrants are forbidden from hugging their visiting relatives after the sheriff who runs the jail resigned in the wake of being caught on tape in a racist rant."

Jesus Christ.  -- Sheriff's true colors for all to behold.  ... A goddamned racist.

"Activists are, however, frustrated that they're not making even more progress. The 2020 contract expiration date that Hudson County freeholders approved last week didn't satisfy a variety of advocates who say immigrants shouldn't be marooned in the jail, where conditions have been described as "inhumane," for at least two more years. They want the contract cancelled immediately, which the freeholders have the power to do."

Here's the problem.  An endangered bottom line is at stake:

"But time is needed, freeholders said, to find ways to make up for the tens of millions of dollars that the county receives annually from ICE. "There's a strong possibility that we'll phase out sooner [than 2020]," said Freeholder Anthony Romano. "So it's not just rhetoric."

Tough shit.  Should have thought about that before inviting the ICE jackbooted bastards in.

"In the meantime, the freeholders gave their support last week to two new oversight boards to improve detainee treatment at the jail. The Hudson County Correctional Facility has been plagued by problems — suicides, poor medical care, bad food. But freeholders were floored when three recently released detainees spoke at the meeting last week to tell of abuse they suffered there, including sexual assault by other ICE inmates."

Law enforcement and the jails at their very 'best.'  Gulags in Nazi America.

"My experience at Hudson was some of the worst of my life in my life," said Leisvel Gonzalez, a 25-year-old from Cuba. "I was a victim of rape." Gonzalez alleged that he reported two incidents of rape to a corrections officer who works with ICE, but nothing happened. He then pointed to the officer, who was in the crowd at the meeting. The officer — a corrections department lieutenant who is the jail's ICE liaison — confirmed that he was indeed told about the incident."

Surprised he didn't lie like hell, Sheriff?  Isn't that what your boys would do, sir?

"The jail director, Ron Edwards, then interjected to say he'd investigate the incidents. He added that he has a zero tolerance policy for assaults."

Crock of shit from another piece of human excrement who has no business being in corrections.

"But there's another wrinkle to the situation for immigrants at the jail, who now make up the majority of inmates. Almost all of them were picked up by ICE in New York, which makes them eligible for pro bono legal representation provided through city and state funds. With detainees moved out of Hudson County, they could be sent far away, without access to their free attorneys. Immigrants without lawyers are far likelier to be deported."

What webs we weave in Nazi America.  ... Right, Sheriff?

"Families and lawyers and their community are here," said Ryan Brewer of The Bronx Defenders, a public defender agency that represents detainees. He said immigrants need to be in proximity to legal resources to "to actually win their cases and remain permanently in the United States, or obtain release on bond."

Can't have that, can we?  Wouldn't want to enforce the Constitution, would we?  Certainly, not in a fascist police-state, quickly transitioning to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

"Others wanted to keep the contract as it is. Democrats in Hudson County had initially argued that the contract is necessary to keep taxes down and avoid layoffs of public workers at the jail. Yvonne Balcer, 70, a lifelong resident of the county seat, Jersey City, scolded the freeholders for shifting their priorities. "Your job is to represent the taxpayers of Hudson County, not to represent a social group!" she said. "And if you don't start putting us first we will start electing those who put us first."

The job of the freeholders is to enforce all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  For all in this country.  Remove your clueless head from your ass, madam.  Today, undocumented immigrants. Tomorrow, ignorant assholes like you, madam?

No foreign power, no terrorist organization, not even the criminal element presents a greater threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties than all branches and levels of government, -- including law enforcement.

Corruption within law enforcement remains an existential threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  So what else is new?  ... Right, Bill?  Same old duplicitous, aggressively stupid shit occurs right here in Nazi Llano County.  ... Doesn't it, Sheriff?

Think it'll change any time soon?  Don't hold your breath, readers.  Not how things work in Nazi America, right, Sheriff?  Highly reminiscent of how your goons operate though, isn't it, Bill?  Forget?  'Stupid is as stupid does.'  F--ked up is f--ked up no matter where, no matter how.  Problem throughout all law enforcement.

Including right here in Nazi Llano County, right, Sheriff?  Too many officers clearly have their heads securely lodged where the sun seldom shines.  Egregious insanity continues to be perpetrated by the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue.  Ongoing issue.  All over our formerly great country.

Not just in Dallas as in the Guyger case, but all over the nation.  No end to it.  Surprised?  Why?  In today's increasingly national socialist climate anything goes, right, Bill?  Live in a de facto fascist police-state, quickly transitioning to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.  Certainly, a problem here in Nazi Llano County, isn't it, Sheriff?  Your goons, however, aren't held accountable when they egregiously f--k up.  Ever.

Precisely why you refuse to release information on your deputies to the long-suffering public?  That is, employment history, criminal background, results of drug testing, etc..  ... Got to protect your criminal jackbooted thugs preying on the citizenry with virtual impunity, right, sir?

Equally pointedly, 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.

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10-19-18

In follow up to the last edition vis a vis the latest ongoing Israeli aggressor fiasco, CBS News reports:

"An American graduate student in detention at Israel's international airport over allegations that she promotes a boycott of the Jewish state appealed her detention Thursday before an Israeli court in Tel Aviv. Lara Alqasem appeared calm, mostly keeping her hands on her knees during the court hearing, only smiling giddily when she was surrounded by journalists and photographers. She is to remain in detention until the court delivers its ruling; no date for the ruling has been set."

This young woman stood tall.  Fearlessly, but peacefully, challenged the aggressor.  Uncommon valor.

"The 22-year-old American with Palestinian grandparents landed at Ben-Gurion Airport last week with a valid student visa and was registered to study human rights at Jerusalem's Hebrew University. But she was barred from entering the country and ordered deported, based on suspicions that she's an activist in the boycott movement. Israel insists she can leave at any time but must renounce the BDS boycott movement if she wishes to be reconsidered for admission."

F--k 'em.  While she may never consequently be granted entry, certainly is exposing the fascists running Israel for precisely whom and what they are.  Causing them great embarrassment.

"Israel enacted a law last year banning entry for any foreigner who "knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel." It's come under heavy criticism for its handling of Alqasem's case."

Rightfully, so.  Certainly, doing irreparable damage to its image internationally.  Aggressive stupidity at its very worst.

"Alqasem, from the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Southwest Ranches, Florida, is a former president of the University of Florida chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. The group is a branch of the BDS movement, whose name comes from its calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel."

Rightfully, so.

"BDS supporters say that in urging businesses, artists and universities to sever ties with Israel, they are using nonviolent means to resist unjust policies toward Palestinians."

That's right.  Israeli citizens themselves are questioning what their leaders are doing vis a vis the Palestinians.  So are many Jews in the United States.  Again, rightfully so.

"Israel says the movement masks its motives to delegitimize or destroy the Jewish state."

Israeli leaders themselves have already been doing this for decades in their treatment of the Palestinians.  Remain too ignorant to understand these oppressive, brutal tactics are counterproductive.  Will eventually lead to precisely what they are desperately trying to avoid, destruction of the State of Israel.

"Gilad Erdan, Israel's minister for strategic affairs, described Students for Justice in Palestine as an extremist organization. "We don't want to see their activists coming to Israel and trying to use our infrastructure to harm us and destroy us," he said."

You're already doing this to yourselves as well as the Palestinians.  Have done so since 1948.  Status quo, not sustainable.

"Alqasem's lawyers say she is no longer involved in BDS activity, and former professors have described her as a curious and open-minded student. Jewish groups in the United States as well as the Hebrew University itself have come to her defense."

Stunning, isn't it?  What are the nazis running Israel so afraid of?

"A pair of dovish Israeli lawmakers also attending Thursday's hearing to protest Alqasem's lengthy detention. Mussi Raz of Meretz called on Erdan to free her and stop a "snowball" that is getting larger all the time. "Stop this circus, you are causing grave damage to Israel's image," he said."

That's right.  Aggressive stupidity at its worst.

New readers are reminded the United States, Europe, and the United States granted survivors of Hitler's death camps the land mass of Palestine in 1948.  -- Land the Israelites lost generations ago due to their excesses.  Executed this land grant without consultation of the Palestinians.  Precisely, why there's armed conflict in the region ever since.

Reportedly, the Israeli's bowed to intense international pressure.  Released Alqasem.

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10-19-18

Another example of uncommon valor.  NPR reports:

"In Philadelphia, a battle between local officials and the Trump administration is heating up."

Is it ever.

"In defiance of threats from the Justice Department, public health advocates in Philadelphia have launched a nonprofit to run a facility to allow people to use illegal drugs under medical supervision. It is the most concrete step yet the city has taken toward eventually opening a so-called supervised injection site."

About time.  Lives will be saved.  Can't have that, can we?

"The non-profit, called Safehouse, was formed after a political heavyweight, former Pennsylvania governor, Ed Rendell, joined the board. In August deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, told NPR that the Justice Department will not tolerate the opening of a supervised injection site in Philadelphia. Rosenstein said anyone involved in running one is "vulnerable to civil and criminal enforcement."

... Hear the rumble?  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution has catastrophically loomed for quite some time as our formerly great country continues to deteriorate, nazify over the last fifty years or so.

"Rendell is unfazed. "I have a message for Mr. Rosenstein: I'm the incorporator of the safe injection site nonprofit and they can come and arrest me first," Rendell says."

Think they won't when push comes to shove?  Forget?  Since 9/11, we've lived in a de facto fascist police-state, quickly now transitioning to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.  Uncommon valor, Mr. Rendell.  Hat's off.

"Opioid addiction has worsened in Philadelphia and nationwide in recent years since the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl has caused a rise in overdose deaths. In Philadelphia last year, 1,217 people died of overdoses, mostly from opioids."

Nazi Right, can't, won't be confused with the truth.

"Most of them died alone in the year 2017. It's the highest rate per capita of any big city in America," says Rendell, noting that the city has one of the worst per capita overdose rates, only surpassed by the county that includes Pittsburgh. "We got to do something to stop it."

A supervised injection site will certainly lower the number of drug deaths from overdose.  Step in the right direction if followed by ready access to treatment of addiction.

"Rendell, a former mayor and district attorney of Philadelphia and author of A Nation of Wusses: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great, says sometimes you have to ignore bad laws in order to pursue good policy."

Certainly, part of our history.  Last sixty years of the Civil Rights movement offers salient proof positive.

"It's easy to say, 'It's the law, I'm sorry, guys, I can't do it. It's the law. I'm sworn to uphold the law," he says. "Look, the history of this country is about change brought about by people having the courage to say, 'This law makes no sense.' "

Exactly, right.  Never seems to change.  Mindless law.  Not well thought out.  Not well-enforced.  Aggressive stupidity at its very worst.  Certainly, one of the reasons why our formerly great country is coming apart at the seams.

"Rendell says his brazen position takes him back in time to the early 1990s when he was mayor and welcomed Philadelphia's first needle exchange during the AIDS crisis. Back then, state officials said they would shut it down because it violated drug paraphernalia laws, yet Rendell promised to be the first arrested. A crackdown never materialized. And health officials estimate the move helped drive down new HIV cases in the city more than 95 percent since 1992."

Can't confuse the nazi element in our formerly great country with the truth, can we?

"But offering clean needles to drug users is one thing. Inviting them into a building to use illegal opioids is a different matter entirely."

No question.  Use drugs?  You're stupid.  Yet, if addicted, have no choice.  This is a step in the right direction.

"Ronda Goldfein, executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, is another board member of Safehouse, the new nonprofit. She agrees that it is a divisive idea, but the model has saved lives in Canada and Europe."

Wouldn't want to confuse the yellow-bellied Nazi Right with the truth, would we?

"The idea is if today we can prevent that fatal overdose and we can build that relationship of trust, then maybe tomorrow, or even later today, we can encourage that person to get into treatment," Goldfein says."

Can certainly make the attempt.  Better than nothing other than an unsustainable status quo.

"Although 100 such sites operate worldwide, the United States has none. Philadelphia, Goldfein says, might just be the first to officially open one. "We recognize that there are many aspects of addressing the opioid epidemic and we can have an impact on one small piece," Goldfein says. "The thing we all know is you have to survive in order to get into treatment, so if we can keep people alive for one more day, then it's one more day of a possibility that people will enter treatment and get their lives back."

As repeatedly stated in this publication, prohibition of alcohol gave us the Mafia.  Drug prohibition corrupted every law enforcement agency in this country to at least some extent.  Done nothing to curb drug use.  In fact, quite the opposite.  Time for change.  Desperately needed change.

"At the facility, participants will receive a physical and mental health assessment before entering a room in which they can use the illegal drugs under the watch of medical professionals. They will be provided with fentanyl test strips — so they can see the makeup of their drugs — and clean equipment. After they use, they will be directed to another room where they can talk to staff members about social services, including housing needs and referrals to primary care, according to the group's internal documents. Although the site would be in violation of state and federal law, including the federal "crack house" statute that criminalizes maintaining a place for the use of a controlled substance."

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10-19-18

Delusionally believe insanity isn't alive and 'well' in the Oval Office?  LOL.  NPR reports:

"It was surreal moment even for a White House accustomed to surreal moments. During a meeting with President Trump, Kanye West delivered animated and wide-ranging remarks on issues from the 13th Amendment to U.S. manufacturing. West spoke to reporters for nearly 10 minutes in the Oval Office. Wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat, he repeatedly complimented Trump, who nodded in agreement."

Bet he did.  LOL.

"West said he loved everyone — including Trump's former presidential rival, Hillary Clinton — but he said he could relate to Trump's "male energy." "It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman," West said. "You made a Superman cape for me, also, as someone who looks up to you ... looks up to American industry guys." After West finished speaking, Trump, who is known for his own stream-of consciousness speaking style, said, "I tell you what — that was pretty impressive." "That was quite something," Trump added. West was joined in the Oval Office by legendary football player and activist Jim Brown."

Who's minding the store?

The Washington Post reports:

"For more than 10 minutes Thursday, President Trump was struck nearly speechless as rapper, activist, entrepreneur and MAGA-hat wearing, Trump-loving, dragon-energy-exuding Kanye West held forth in an Oval Office soliloquy that included an f-bomb, references to male genitalia and a presidential hug that looked more like a mauling."

Who'd 'a 'thunk' it?  LOL.

"West, slouched in a chair facing the president, called himself a “crazy mother- (expletive)” and rued the “bull- (expletive)” the president endures. He called the 72-year-old president “bro.” He wore no tie and he kept the red hat on throughout."

Think it didn't make the Trump nazi proud?  LOL.

"The office is no stranger to blue language — cue the Richard Nixon tapes — but West’s often incoherent performance occurred before reporters and cameras. Republicans have long groused that former Democratic president Bill Clinton disrespected the Oval Office with pizza parties and his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky, and complained that former Democratic president Barack Obama was photographed with his feet up on the desk and didn’t always wear a coat and tie like his predecessor, George W. Bush."

Nothing quite like hypocrisy, is there?  LOL.  ... Or, a little comic relief for that matter.  One idiot leading another.

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10-19-18

Hard to believe it's been twenty years.  The Washington Post reports:

"His family didn’t bury his remains after Shepard was beaten and left to die near Laramie, Wyo., out of concern that the site would be desecrated.

"When Matthew Shepard died on a cold night 20 years ago, after being beaten with a pistol butt and tied to a split-rail wood fence, his parents cremated the 21-year-old and kept his ashes, for fear of drawing attention to a resting place of a person who was a victim of one of the nation’s worst anti-gay hate crimes. But now with the anniversary of their son’s murder approaching on Friday, the Shepards have decided to inter his remains inside the crypt at Washington National Cathedral, where gay-equality activists say they can be a prominent symbol and even a pilgrimage destination for the movement. Although the cause of LGBT equality has made historic advancements since Shepherd was killed, it remains divisive in many parts of a country reembracing tribalism of all kinds.

"Savagely beaten and left to die, Shepard was found almost 18 hours later by a bicyclist who thought his limp body was a scarecrow. Shepard died a few days later, on Oct. 12. On Oct. 26, his ashes will be placed in a niche in the crypt columbarium, a private, off-limits area on the lower level of the massive Gothic cathedral, which is the seat of the Episcopal Church and a popular spot for high-profile national spiritual events. Shepard, who had been active in the Episcopal Church, will be one of about 200 people interred at the cathedral in the past century. Others include President Woodrow Wilson; Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan; and Navy Adm. George Dewey, said cathedral spokesman Kevin Eckstrom. Although visitors will not be able to access the crypt, cathedral officials are considering installing a plaque that they can view and touch, similar to one in Braille installed for Keller."

Above quotes courtesy of a most gifted, insightful writer, Michelle Boorstein.

NPR reports:

"The remains of Matthew Shepard, whose death became an important symbol in the fight against homophobia — and whose name is on a key U.S. hate-crime law — will be interred at Washington National Cathedral later this month. Shepard's parents say they're "proud and relieved to have a final resting place for Matthew's ashes." "This is incredibly meaningful for our family and for everyone who has known him," Judy and Dennis Shepard said in a statement emailed to NPR. "We'd been looking for just the right place to finally put Matt to rest, and we think this is the perfect fit and the perfect time."

"The Washington National Cathedral says it is "honored and humbled to receive the earthly remains of Matthew Shepard and entrust them to God." "While Matthew died too young," the cathedral said, "his death nonetheless gave life to a new generation of activists and allies who are committed to proclaiming God's love for all of God's children — no exceptions or exclusions."

Indeed.

"His parents say they hope his spot inside the cathedral will become a place where people can visit and "reflect on creating a safer, kinder world." The Washington National Cathedral, which has served for decades as the place where the U.S. mourns and remembers presidents and other influential Americans, will honor Shepard on Oct. 26 in a public service that will be streamed online at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Shepard's ashes will then be placed in the cathedral crypt, in a private ceremony. For the Shepards, the decision to entrust their son's remains to the cathedral ends decades of uncertainty. It was a complicated process, they said, citing both their personal wishes and their son's role as a symbol in the fight for gay rights."

Imagine the anguish of his parents:

"In a statement shared by the foundation that bears their son's name, the Shepards said: "When Matt was taken from us, we hadn't had any death or plot plans. We were living overseas at the time, and from a practical standpoint, we did not want our son to be put to rest on the other side of the world. We didn't want to leave him in Wyoming to be a point of pilgrimage that may be a nuisance to other families in a cemetery. We didn't want to open up the option for vandalism. So we had him cremated and held onto the urn until we figured out the proper thing to do. "We're comforted to know he will be among other Americans who have done so much for our country."

Indeed, he will be.

"Judy and Dennis Shepard concluded their note by thanking people who have supported their family and fought to celebrate diversity and compassion over the past two decades. And in a nod to the upcoming midterm elections, they added, "Vote for Matt in November." Here's how Judy Shepard remembered her son in a 2010 interview with NPR: "Well, he was a 21-year-old college student who, like most college students I remember in my past, drank too much and didn't study enough. He was gay and out and proud of who he was and who he was becoming. He had a smile, like all mothers say, that would light up a room, great sense of humor, very empathetic and kind, really cared about humanity."

"Shepard will join some 200 people whose remains have been interred in the cathedral over the past 100 years. Others include President Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan, and Adm. George Dewey."

Think as a country we'll ever be able to get past homophobic hatred?

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10-19-18

Let you decide what you think about the following.  CBS News reports:

"First lady Melania Trump, whose "Be Best" campaign focuses on the well-being and bullying prevention efforts of young children across the country, says she considers herself to be one of the "most bullied" people in the world. In excerpts of a wide-ranging interview set to air on ABC News on Friday, Trump also discussed an environment of distrust in the White House as an area of concern. "I could say that I'm the most bullied person on [sic] the world," the first lady said. "One of them -- if you really see what people are saying about me." She said the personal connection is one reason that led her to focus on educating children on best practices for social media and online behavior. Trump did not cite specific examples of acts of bullying against her."

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10-19-18

Think the following isn't a growing problem?  The Washington Post reports:

"A small but increasing number of children in the United States are not getting some or all of their recommended vaccinations. The percentage of children under 2 years old who haven’t received any vaccinations has quadrupled in the last 17 years, according to federal health data released Thursday. Overall, immunization rates remain high and haven’t changed much at the national level. But a pair of reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about immunizations for preschoolers and kindergartners highlights a growing concern among health officials and clinicians about children who aren’t getting the necessary protection against vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, whooping cough and other pediatric infectious diseases."

Think the following can't or won't have serious ramifications?

"The vast majority of parents across the country vaccinate their children and follow recommended schedules for this basic preventive practice. But the recent upswing in vaccine skepticism and outright refusal to vaccinate has spawned communities of undervaccinated children who are more susceptible to disease and pose health risks to the broader public."

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10-19-18

Death knell of the death penalty?  The Washington Post reports:

"The Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down the death penalty there as unconstitutional and “racially biased,” a ruling that makes it the latest in a string of states to abandon capital punishment in recent years. The order will not stop any scheduled executions because Washington state has already frozen its death penalty under a moratorium by Gov. Jay Inslee (D) in 2014. But the court’s order, which declares that death sentences in the state should be converted to life in prison, is a sweeping rejection of capital punishment at a time when it is being used less nationwide and as states are struggling to obtain the drugs needed for lethal injections."

Apparently, times are a changing.  ... Or, are they?

"In their opinion, the justices focused on what they said was the unequal use of the death penalty, describing it as a punishment meted out haphazardly depending on little more than geography or timing."

Been a problem for decades.  Ongoing issue since the Sixties.

“The death penalty is invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner,” the justices wrote. “While this particular case provides an opportunity to specifically address racial disproportionality, the underlying issues that underpin our holding are rooted in the arbitrary manner in which the death penalty is generally administered.”

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10-19-18

Careful with dietary supplements. The Washington Post reports:

"Researchers found unapproved and sometimes dangerous drugs in 746 dietary supplements, almost all of them marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss or muscle growth, a new analysis published Friday shows. The review of a Food and Drug Administration database of contaminated supplements for the years 2007 to 2016 most commonly turned up sildenafil — the drug sold as Viagra — and other erectile dysfunction drugs in sex enhancement products; sibutramine and the laxative phenolphthalein, both banned by the FDA, in weight loss supplements; and steroids or their analogues in muscle-building products. About 80 percent of the supplements were contaminated by one pharmaceutical that should not have been in the product. Twenty percent contained at least two such drugs, and two of the supplements contained six unapproved drugs. One product contained a drug that raises blood pressure and another drug that lowers it. Despite these contaminants, fewer than half the products were recalled."

Imagine that.

"The presence of unknown drugs in supplements “poses a serious public health risk,” the researchers wrote. More than 50 percent of the U.S. population consumes dietary supplements, and many consumers mistakenly believe the products are carefully regulated and accurately labeled."

At prices charged, think users aren't entitled to at least some government oversight of these products?  At minimum, to content, purity?

"The drugs found in the supplements have “the potential to cause serious adverse health effects owing to accidental misuse, overuse or interaction with other medications, underlying health conditions or other pharmaceuticals,” the researchers wrote."

NPR reports:

"The Food and Drug Administration has identified hundreds of supplements tainted with pharmaceuticals — from antidepressants and erectile dysfunction remedies to weight-loss drugs — since 2007, a study published Friday shows. Even after FDA tests proved the supplements contained unapproved or recalled medications, many of the products continued to be marketed and sold, the analysis finds."

Why?

"The report in JAMA Network Open calls into question the FDA's ability to effectively police the $35-billion-a-year supplements industry. "The FDA didn't even bother to recall more than half of the potentially hazardous supplements," says Dr. Pieter Cohen, a Harvard Medical School professor and an internist with Cambridge Health Alliance in Boston, who wrote an accompanying commentary in the journal. "How could it be that our premier public health agency spends the time and money to detect these hidden ingredients and then doesn't take the next obvious step, which is to ensure that they are removed from the marketplace?" he asks."

Simple.  Bribery.  Time for a criminal investigation.  Delusionally believe it'll happen?

"Although the FDA has the power to recall tainted supplements, the federal agency failed to require any of the 146 companies that manufactured the adulterated products to remove them from the market."

Imagine that.

"In 360 cases, manufacturers announced a voluntarily recall of the tainted supplements, though there is no way of knowing if the products actually were recalled, Cohen says."

Convenient, no?

"In 342 cases, the agency posted a notice on its website warning the public about the tainted supplements."

Why weren't they ordered removed?

"Only in seven cases did the FDA issue a warning letter nudging the manufacturer to remove the adulterated products. Before the FDA could seize a supplement and destroy it, it would have to send a warning letter to the manufacturer, Cohen says. The study's authors write that they find it "alarming" that the adulterated supplements continue to be sold."

Wake up.  Someone's being paid off.

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10-19-18

Someone's lying.  Guess who?  The Washington Post reports:

"Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross recalled talking with former White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon and Attorney General Jeff Sessions about adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, according to a document filed Thursday by the Justice Department, though he testified to Congress that he had not done so. The document, part of a multistate lawsuit against the Trump administration over the question, said Ross recalls Bannon calling him in the spring of 2017 to ask whether Ross would speak to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach about ideas for a possible citizenship question on the census. The document appears to contradict Ross’s testimony to Congress this year. When asked at a hearing on March 20 by Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y) whether the president or anyone in the White House had discussed the citizenship question with him, Ross said, “I am not aware of any such.”

NPR reports:

"Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross now recalls speaking with a White House official about the possibility of adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. That's according to a new court document from the administration's attorneys that confirms conversations between senior officials during the early months of the Trump administration. This disclosure backtracks Ross' congressional testimony in March. As the head of the Commerce Department, Ross oversees the Census Bureau and approved adding a controversial question about U.S. citizenship status to forms for the upcoming national head count. "Has the president or anyone in the White House discussed with you or anyone on your team about adding the citizenship question?" Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., asked Ross during a House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on March 20. "I am not aware of any such," Ross testified."

Think so?

"We are responding solely to the Department of Justice's request," Ross replied during the March 20 hearing after Rep. José Serrano, D-N.Y., asked whether President Trump or anyone else at the White House directed him to add a question about citizenship status. Revelations in the document released Thursday, as well as documents previously released as part of the six lawsuits the Trump administration is facing over the citizenship question, demonstrate that was not the case. They contradict a timeline Ross described to Congress of how the question was added to the census."

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10-19-18

Honor?  Principle?  Class?  What's that?  NPR reports:

"A Republican congressman who should have waltzed to re-election is now in the fight of his career. Duncan Hunter, who has represented an inland Southern California district for a decade, was indicted in August on charges of using a quarter of a million dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses."

Unbridled greed.  Aryan arrogance to delusionally believe he could get away with it unnoticed.  Worse?  Get this:

"As the race grows tighter, Hunter is attacking his Democratic challenger for his Palestinian heritage. A controversial television ad accuses Ammar Campa-Najjar of trying to "infiltrate" Congress. It says that Campa-Najjar changed his name to hide his family's connection to terrorism. It points out that his grandfather was part of the deadly attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics."

Jesus Christ.  Not only is this piece of human excrement cluelessly Aryan arrogant, worse?  Remains devoid of all principle.

"Campa-Najjar never knew his grandfather, who was killed by Israeli agents 16 years before the candidate was born. This is just one of the commercial's questionable associations. The Washington Post's Fact Checker gave the ad its worst rating: 4 Pinocchios, which it defines as "a whopper."

A liar.

"Hunter was not available for an interview, and he has had no public campaign events during the time NPR reported on the race. But in remarks last month to a GOP women's group, he again made Campa-Najjar's name sound shady. "He changed his name from Ammar Yasser Najjar to Ammar Campa-Najjar," said Hunter, "so he sounds Hispanic. ... That is how hard, by the way, that the radical Muslims are trying to infiltrate the U.S. government." Actually, Ammar Campa-Najjar is Christian. And Campa is his Hispanic mother's family name."

Jesus Christ.  Wouldn't want to confuse a Republican national socialist, fascist with the truth, would we?  Adolf and Benito would have been proud of this piece of crap.  Think this fascist has any regard for the truth?  Get this.  Consider it carefully:

"Hunter argues that it is Obama administration holdovers in the Justice Department wielding their influence who are responsible for his current legal troubles. As he told a reporter from KGTV, the Department of Justice "is the Democrats' arm of law enforcement. That's what's happening right now. It's happening with Trump and it's happening with me, and we're going to fight through it and win."

Think so?  Wake up:

"Another fact check: The United States attorney who approved the 60 criminal charges against Hunter is a Trump administration appointee."

Italics, mine.

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10-19-18

Think Trump capable of learning from egregious past mistakes.  Think again.  The Washington Post reports:

"The White House is actively considering plans that could again separate parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to reverse soaring numbers of families attempting to cross illegally into the United States, according to several administration officials with direct knowledge of the effort."

ABC News reports:

"A leading Republican critic of President Donald Trump slammed a reported proposal for the U.S. to resume separating migrant and refugee families at the U.S. border, saying such a policy "simply is un-American." Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., responded to a question from ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday about a report that the White House is weighing a new effort to separate families at the border in hopes of reducing the number of people trying to enter the country illegally."

The Trump nazi is incapable of smartening up:

"The president on Saturday commented on the proposal, which was first reported by The Washington Post. "If they feel there will be separation, they don't come," Trump said."

Not true.  Keep coming regardless.  For damned good reason.  Their lives are threatened by the regimes they're living under.  Another delusional lie from the congenital liar occupying the Oval Office.

"Stephanopoulos asked Flake about the timing considering that a new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Democrats have a big edge over Republicans on who voters trust to handle immigration. "Is the president making a mistake here?" Stephanopoulos said. Flake responded, "Yes, he is. We shouldn’t bring that policy back. That, that simply is un-American, and I think everybody recognized that. The president seemed to. Certainly the first lady and others spoke directly against it."

The Trump nazi can't, won't be confused by the truth.

"In an exclusive interview with ABC's Tom Llamas last week, first lady Melania Trump said the administration's earlier family separation policy was "unacceptable." "It was unacceptable for me to see children and parents separated," the first lady said. "It was heartbreaking. And I reacted with my own voice."

She did.  ... At least, on this issue.

The following is interesting.  Certainly, indicative even Republicans are having issues with the Trump nazi.  Get this:

"With midterm elections approaching in just over three weeks, Flake said in an interview with C-SPAN this week that he hopes somebody runs against Trump in the Republican primary in 2020."

Imagine that.  LOL.

More striking?  Get this:

"Stephanopoulos asked Flake if he agrees with commentator George Will's call for conservatives to vote for Democrats in the midterms as a check on Trump. The Arizona senator, who will leave office in January after choosing not to run for re-election, said he hopes Republicans can be a check on the president while still holding a majority in Congress. "I think that Republicans need to provide that check, and that's what our system of government does, and I hope that they can without a change in who controls Congress," Flake said. "But I think that that may be coming if you believe the conventional wisdom, and I kind of do: The House will likely flip [to Democratic control]; the Senate will remain in Republican hands."

We'll see.

"Flake also commented on the public's view of the confirmation of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. According to the new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday, a majority of Americans believe that the Senate Judiciary Committee did not do enough to investigate the claims made by Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers.The poll also found that a majority of Americans want more congressional inquiry into Kavanaugh."

Gross understatement.

"Flake, a Judiciary Committee member, had demanded an investigation of allegations that arose during the confirmation process of sexual assault and sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh during high school and college. After the FBI conducted a supplemental background investigation of the nominee, Flake joined the Senate majority in approving Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court."

Rank gutlessness.

Worse?  The following clueless horse shit:

"I know a lot of people wanted [the supplemental investigation] to be more broad," Flake said. "I would have liked to have started it earlier and had it more broad, but it was a good investigation. And I think we’re in a better place than we would have been" without the additional investigation."

Direct opposite remains the case.  The revolution doomsday clock struck ever closer to midnight.  The Senator remains too aggressively stupid to understand this.

"Flake added that he doesn't think Congress should hold any additional investigations into Kavanaugh or into how Ford's allegation became public. Ford's said he had that while the confirmation was an "awful process," he doesn't believe that Congress should conduct any further investigations to Kavanaugh nor the leak of Christine Blasey Ford's letter. "I don't think that we should move forward, the Congress certainly, with additional investigations," he said."

'Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.'  Should the House be retaken by Democrats, the Kavanaugh nazi needs to be impeached.  Tried in the Senate.  Would certainly generate a far more comprehensive investigation.

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10-19-18

The military continues to have problems with sexual assault.  NBC News reports:

"A Navy admiral is under review for waiting to remove a member of his staff after complaints from several female employees and a civilian that they were assaulted and harassed during a company Christmas party. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson waited four months to remove the officer, Cmdr. Chris Servello, after receiving allegations that Servello had assaulted a woman and harassed another at a Pentagon Christmas party for Navy public affairs officials in 2016, the Pentagon Inspector Attorney General's office stated in a report obtained by NBC News."

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10-19-18

Not clear yet where the following is going.  We'll see.  No matter what, remains horrendous. The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump vowed “severe punishment” for Saudi Arabia if the United States determines that Saudi agents killed Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, calling the journalist’s suspected murder “really terrible and disgusting.” In excerpts of a new interview released Saturday morning, Trump said that the incident is being investigated and that the Saudis deny any involvement, despite the mounting evidence that the Saudi regime was implicated in Khashoggi’s disappearance last week. “Well, nobody knows yet, but we’ll probably be able to find out,” Trump said in the interview with Lesley Stahl of CBS’s “60 Minutes,” which will air in full Sunday night. “It’s being investigated, it’s being looked at very, very strongly. And we would be very upset and angry if that were the case. As of this moment, they deny it, and they deny it vehemently. Could it be them? Yes.” Trump added, “We’re going to get to the bottom of it, and there will be severe punishment.”

If this turns out to be true, time to end all import of oil from Saudi Arabia.  Certainly, no longer need it.  Forget?  Our country now exports more oil than it imports.  These bastards have been f--king the United States since January 1973.  Looting us blind.  Now this.

CBS News reports:

"President Donald Trump said in an interview with 60 Minutes that the Saudis could be behind the disappearance of missing journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, and if so, the U.S. would inflict "severe punishment." In a clip broadcast on "CBS This Morning," Mr. Trump said there is a lot at stake "and maybe especially so because this man was a reporter."

"Mr. Trump said the Saudis denied "in every way you can imagine" having anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance when his son-in-law Jared Kushner spoke with Saudi Arabia's crown prince. But Mr. Trump said the country may still be responsible and an investigation is ongoing. "Could it be them? Yes," the president said. When asked what kind of punishments he may pursue if Saudi Arabia is found to be behind the disappearance, Mr. Trump wouldn't commit to sanctions or cutting sales of military equipment to Saudi from American companies. "I'll tell you what I don't want to do," Mr. Trump said, "I don't want to hurt jobs. I don't want to lose an order like that. And you know what, there are other ways of punishing." "There's a lot at stake," Mr. Trump continued. "And, maybe especially so because this man was a reporter. There's something, you'll be surprised to hear me say that, there's something really terrible and disgusting about that if that was the case."

Think the 'president' intellectually capable of properly responding to this crisis?

Think we'll ever smarten up vis a vis Saudi Arabia?  The Washington Times reports:

"Saudi Arabia warned Sunday it will respond to any “threats” against it as its stock market plunged following President Donald Trump’s warning of “severe punishment” over the disappearance of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi."

Think Trump serious?  ... Or, just talking out the ass.  Likely the latter since the clueless bastard remains unwilling to stop selling arms to this aggressor.

"Mr. Trump made a point of visiting the kingdom on his first overseas trip as president and has touted arms sales to Saudi Arabia."

Forget?  The Saudis have been egregiously looting the United States since their oil embargo of 1973.

"But both the White House and the kingdom are under mounting pressure as concern grows over the fate of the veteran journalist and critic of the Saudi government, who vanished Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul."

Apparently, he was murdered by these bastards.

"Already, international business leaders are pulling out of the kingdom’s upcoming investment forum, a high-profile event known as “Davos in the Desert.”

Positive development.  Drain the bastards dry.

“The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures or repeating false accusations,” said the statement published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency on Sunday."

Cut off all trade.  Don't buy their oil.  Stick it to the bastards.

“The kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action, and that the kingdom’s economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy.”

Time for that to change.

"The statement from the world’s top oil exporter came after the Tadawul exchange in Riyadh dropped by 7 percent at one point during the week’s first day of trading, with 182 of its 186 listed stocks showing losses by the early afternoon. The market clawed back some of the losses, closing down 3.5 percent for the day."

Doesn't your heart bleed?

"Turkish officials say they fear Saudi agents killed and dismembered Mr. Khashoggi after he entered the consulate, saying they have audio and video recordings of it that they have not released."

Savages.  These are the very same vicious bastards who have in the past beheaded royalty caught engaging in adultery.  A Saudi princess.

"The kingdom has called the allegations “baseless,” but has offered no evidence the writer ever left the consulate."

How could they?  He didn't.  No evidence he did.  Amazingly, they delusionally apparently believed they could get away with it.

"But Turkish Foreign Minister Mevut Cavusoglu has said Saudi officials have thus far not cooperated with their investigation despite a statement from Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz vowing to uncover “the whole truth.”

Goddamned liars.

"According to the Associated Press, in an interview to be aired Sunday, Mr. Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that the consequences of Saudi Arabia being involved would be “severe.” “There’s something really terrible and disgusting about that, if that was the case, so we’re going to have to see,” he said. “We’re going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment.”

How so?  The Trump nazi remains unwilling to stop selling the bastards weapons.  Despite the fact these weapons are being used to kill foreign civilians.  Forget?  To the Trump nazi, business comes first.  Principle?  Non-existent to the lunatic nazi.

"However, Mr. Trump in the same interview said: “As of this moment, they deny it and they deny it vehemently. Could it be them? Yes.”

Then, why won't you cut off all arms sales?  Bottomless corporate greed?  Lining your pockets?  Apparently:

"Mr. Trump also said “we would be punishing ourselves” by canceling arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which his administration touted on his first overseas trip. The sale is a “tremendous order for our companies,” and if the kingdom doesn’t buy its weaponry from the U.S., they will buy it from others, he said. Mr. Trump said he would meet with Khashoggi’s family."

Any excuse at all.  Forget?  Money trumps principle in the world of the Trump nazi.

"American lawmakers in both parties have been more critical of Saudi Arabia, with several suggesting officials in the kingdom could be sanctioned if they were found to be involved in Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance and alleged killing. On Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, said the Trump administration should skip the Saudi’s upcoming international investors conference."

Nowhere near good enough.

"Mr. Khashoggi, who was considered close to the Saudi royal family, had become a critic of the current government and Prince Mohammed, the 33-year-old heir apparent who has shown little tolerance for criticism. As a journalist, Mr. Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticism of its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women’s rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving. Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen."

Time to cut off the Saudis.  Do the right thing after all these decades.

"Mr. Trump has repeatedly criticized Saudi Arabia and King Salman over rising global oil prices. Benchmark Brent crude now trades above $80 and U.S. gasoline prices have risen ahead of the midterm elections. Earlier this month, Mr. Trump suggested Saudi Arabia’s king “might not be there for two weeks” without U.S. military support."

Trump continues to talk out both sides his ass.  Has no credibility.  None.

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10-19-18

Think the military isn't treacherously taking a raucous hard dump on its own, and family survivors? NBC News reports:

"More than four years after Navy Lt. Rebekah Daniel bled to death within hours of childbirth at a Washington state military hospital, her husband still doesn’t know exactly how — or why — it happened."

Why not?  He's entitled to this information.

"Walter Daniel, a former Coast Guard officer, demanded explanations from officials at the Naval Hospital Bremerton, where his wife, known as Moani, died on March 9, 2014. He says he got none. No results from a formal review of the incident, no details about how the low-risk pregnancy of a healthy 33-year-old woman — a labor and delivery nurse herself — ended in heartbreak, leaving their newborn daughter, Victoria, now 4, without a mom."

Who is the military determined to protect?

“There was no timeline, no records of what steps were taken,” recalled Daniel, 39, sitting in his Seattle lawyer’s office last month. “I’ve had no answers.” Daniel, who now lives in Dublin, Calif., filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in 2015, but it was dismissed, as were subsequent appeals. The dismissals were based not on the facts of the case but on what’s known as the Feres doctrine, a 68-year-old federal ruling that bars active-duty military members from suing the federal government for injuries."

Including information?

"This week, Daniel is taking his quest for answers to the U.S. Supreme Court. Through his lawyer, he petitioned the high court on Thursday to amend the 1950 ruling, creating an exception that would allow service members to sue for medical malpractice the same way civilians can."

Think that unreasonable?

"The military health system, with 54 hospitals and 377 medical clinics, serves about 9.4 million beneficiaries, including nearly 1.4 million active-duty members. “I don’t want this to happen to any other family,” Daniel said."

The following is quite interesting:

"The Supreme Court hasn’t considered the Feres doctrine in more than 30 years, since the 1987 case U.S. v. Johnson, where the justices ruled 5-4 to uphold the ruling. That decision drew a scathing dissent from Justice Antonin Scalia, who declared that the rule should be scrapped. “Feres was wrongly decided and heartily deserves the widespread, almost universal criticism it has received,” Scalia famously wrote."

See, readers, the Scalia nazi was indeed right about a few issues.  LOL.

"Since then, however, the court has refused to accept at least two petitions that would have allowed reconsideration of Feres. And chances are slim now. Of the 7,000 to 8,000 cases submitted to the Supreme Court each term, only about 80 are accepted. But Daniel and his lawyer, Andrew Hoyal of the Luvera law firm in Seattle, insist that the circumstances of Moani Daniel’s death warrant new scrutiny. “We thought if we’re ever going to take a shot at the Feres doctrine, this is the case to do it,” Hoyal said. “It was clear negligence. It was an awful situation. And every civilian in the country would be able to bring a lawsuit to get accountability, except for members of the service."

That's right.  Members of the military and their families should not be considered second class citizens.  A terrible injustice.

“She was treated differently because she had lieutenant’s bars.”

That's outrageous.

"Daniel disputes the findings of a Navy autopsy concluding that Rebekah Daniel died of “natural” causes possibly linked to an amniotic fluid embolism, a rare, hard-to-prove complication of childbirth. Daniel claims that his wife — who worked in the maternity unit where she delivered her baby — died from botched medical care that failed to stop her from hemorrhaging nearly a third of the blood in her body. “It was utter chaos,” he recalled. “I remember multiple towels and sponges like they were trying to soak up the blood … but it kept coming.” Doctors failed to perform vital tests, to employ an obstetrical balloon — a standard device used to halt postpartum hemorrhage — and to start massive blood transfusions until too late, court documents claim. Just four hours after the birth of her 8-pound, 7-ounce daughter, Moani was dead. “I was in shock,” recalled Daniel."

The military continues to stonewall:

"Capt. Jeffrey Bitterman, commanding officer of Naval Hospital Bremerton, said in an email that the circumstances of Moani’s death were “thoroughly examined in a quality review process.” The results of the review cannot be publicly released, he said, declining to comment further because of pending litigation. However, in a press release promoting the Aloha Moani 5K run organized in Daniel’s honor, Navy officials publicly said she died “due to a rare complication of childbirth.”

Sad, isn't it?  Especially, since her husband has received no reasonable explanation.

"The Feres doctrine holds that active-duty members of the military cannot sue under the Federal Tort Claims Act for harm “incident to service.” The justices wanted to ensure that Congress would not be “burdened with private bills on behalf of military and naval personnel.”

Egregious injustice.

"Custin and other critics claim that the Feres doctrine strips military members of a constitutional right to seek redress for grievances, while also allowing military hospitals and doctors to escape scrutiny for negligent care."

Clearly, so.

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10-19-18

Hypocrisy of the Collins nazi.  The Washington Post reports:

"A conservative group that poured more than $5 million into a campaign to defend Brett M. Kavanaugh launched a new ad buy this week: thanking Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) for her vote supporting the nominee. “In the midst of the chaos one leader stood out,” one of the Judicial Crisis Network’s ads says. “She did the right thing, supporting him. Thanks Susan Collins, for being a reasonable voice in Washington.” The ad ends with a phone number for Collins’s Washington office. The group did not disclose the cost of its ad buy but said it would amount to more than $100,000 for television and digital ads."

Blatant hypocrisy of the Nazi Right:

"Judicial Crisis Network is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization — a “dark money” group that is not required to disclose the sources of its funding, regardless of the industry groups or individual donors behind them. It poured at least $5.3 million into its pro-Kavanaugh advertising campaign, much of it targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats in red and swing states. At least $1.5 million of that was spent defending Kavanaugh after Christine Blasey Ford went public with her allegation of sexual assault against him. A liberal group of a similar stripe, Demand Justice, spent at least $700,000 of a planned $5 million campaign trying to scuttle Kavanaugh’s nomination. [Susan Collins calls donations to her future opponent a ‘classic quid pro quo’ to extort her] Both groups represented the intense emotion and political energy generated by Kavanaugh’s nomination and confirmation fight, and both were subject to heated accusations that moneyed interests were clouding the debate."

Certainly, were.  Determinedly, so.

"Collins, who was the focus of a sustained effort by activists concerned by the prospect of Kavanaugh’s confirmation on the court, was one of the loudest of these voices. During a 44-minute speech on the Senate floor last week in which she announced her support for Kavanaugh, effectively sealing his confirmation, she lambasted special-interest groups that spent an “unprecedented amount of dark money” to oppose him. On Friday, she did not immediately respond to a request sent to a spokeswoman about whether she disavowed the use of “dark money” in the campaign to support her."

Goddamned hypocrite.

"Collins’s reelection chances in 2020 are already the subject of considerable intrigue. Her reputation as a moderate has taken a hit because of her support of Kavanaugh, a distinctly conservative judge who displayed a level of partisan fury at one of his hearings that raised questions about his fitness for the Supreme Court."

She needs to be voted out of office.  Presents an exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

"A group of liberal activists raised more than $3.5 million during the nomination fight to be given to Collins’s eventual opponent. Susan E. Rice, a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and national security adviser under President Barack Obama, hinted on Twitter that she could be interested in the seat. Rice’s family is from Portland, Maine. This week, Collins broke party ranks to vote with Democrats in a failed attempt to block a plan touted by the Trump administration for short-term health plans as an alternative to Obamacare."

So what?

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