Closing Thought–09Oct18

With the mid term just days away (28 to be accurate) and the House is up for re-election…maybe the voters in California should pay attention to one of their officials.

We know one of the major cowards of the House, Nunes, he is the leader of the Trump enablers in Congress…..it is fun to watch him when his betrayal of the American people is discovered he looks like a deer caught in the headlights when he faces the cameras.

He taunts the fact that his family are California dairy farmers……maybe not so much…

One fact seems to emerge in every profile of Devin Nunes, the powerful GOP chair of the House Intelligence Committee and one of President Trump’s staunchest defenders: As the familiar story goes, Nunes’ family runs a dairy farm in California, and that farming background is central to his very being. But Ryan Lizza at Esquire writes that he has uncovered a “secret” about all this: “The Nunes family dairy of political lore—the one where his brother and parents work—isn’t in California. It’s in Iowa.” The Nunes did have a farm in California’s Central Valley—and an uncle is still there—but the congressman’s immediate family sold their farm in 2006 and bought another in the small town of Sibley, Iowa. Nunes, however, seems to have gone to great lengths to keep this fact under the radar, writes Lizza. Why? It might have something to do with undocumented immigrants.

Farms in that part of Iowa survive mainly on immigrant labor, and Lizza writes that it’s an “open secret” that many of those laborers are in the country illegally and use bogus documents that say otherwise. “Eighty percent of the Latino population out here in northwest Iowa is undocumented,” says one dairy farmer who adopts a don’t-look-too-closely attitude at the ID papers presented. Does that mean that Nunes’ farm does the same? Not necessarily, but another farmer says it would be “next to impossible” for a farm of that size (43 acres) to have only fully legal workers. That could explain the frosty reception Lizza was given by Nunes’ brother, and the rotating white Yukons that seemed to follow him everywhere he went in Sibley. Read the full story.

Nunes is a tool……Nunes is an enabler of a corrupt administration….he gives the term douche bag a new meaning.

On that note I take leave for the day…..you guys have a good day and evening…..chuq

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Build The Wall! (Repeat)

Closing Thought–20Sep18

Remember during the 2016 election and the chants of “Build the wall” coming from the mindless drones of the Trump camp?  And of course that Mexico would pay for it (this has nothing to do with the post but if does help the word count)…

This is Trump’s, Our Dear Leader, answer to stopping the flow of immigrants into the US.  Does everyone remember this?

It seems he is a “One Trick Pony” on the control of immigrants….he gave a Spanish minister some advice…..

Spain’s foreign minister says President Trump offered the Spanish government some very Trumpian advice on dealing with an influx of cross-Mediterranean migrants. Josep Borrell says the president suggested building a wall across the Sahara desert, even though only two small enclaves in the region are Spanish territory, the Telegraph. Borrell, who accompanied Spanish royals to the White House in June, told an event in Madrid this week that when skeptical Spanish diplomats pointed out that such a wall would have to be more than 3,000 miles long, Trump said, incorrectly: “The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.” A ministry spokesman tells the Guardian: “We can confirm that’s what the minister said, but we won’t be making any further comment on the minister’s remarks.”

Since most of the immigrants  originate south of the desert and make their way north to try and find passage to Europe.

The map below shows the extent of the Sahara and to build a wall across the Southern limits of the desert is just a pipe dream…..nay it is a fucking joke from a comedian that has NO idea about the geography of the region.

Image result for sahara desert

Like is said a “One Trick Pony”.

Another wind bag GOPer that has NO idea of geography and thinks slogans will solve a problem.

 

Closing Thought–25Jul18

I have pretty much stayed away from the immigration stories….basically because there is just too much bullshit circling around the subject (silly noise)……but the other day a friend sent my something in an email and asked if I had heard anything about this situation…..

L. Francis Cissna, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), revealed to the Associated Press (AP) that his agency would be creating a task force to find and denaturalize immigrants who, in the agency’s view, should not have been naturalized in the first place.

According to the AP report, Cissna’s task force would be focused on “cases of immigrants who were ordered deported and are suspected of using fake identities to later get green cards and citizenship through naturalization.”

But the announcement raised immediate concerns that the agency may in fact begin targeting any naturalized citizens the administration deems undesirable, stripping them of their citizenship and expelling them from the country on whatever pretext the government might choose.

I had to admit that I had not heard or read of this situation at all……and I can see the danger here……this situation could become political at the drop of a hat.

Has anyone heard of this?  If so, please share with the readers of IST that may be interested…..

Closing Thought–26Jun18

So many people are wondering why the evangelicals are quiet over what the president is doing because they see that it flies in the face of the beliefs of Christianity…..there is an easy answer……they want Trump to appoint those judges that will do the bidding so they can have their way with abortions and forcing their Christian beliefs on the country……

Well the most recent ruling but SCOTUS shows the value of having activists judges on the court……the most recent ruling was on the Trump travel ban………

The Supreme Court has just delivered a major victory to President Trump by upholding his travel ban, reports Politico. The justices split 5-4 along the usual lines, with the conservative majority winning the day. The court actually upheld the president’s third version of his ban, this one issued last fall and originally barring travelers from eight countries, reports the Washington Post. The eight were Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, Venezuela, and North Korea, though Chad was later removed. Six of those countries have Muslim majorities, but the White House insisted to the court that it was not a “Muslim ban.” The state of Hawaii and other challengers disagreed and argued, unsuccessfully, that Trump had exceeded his executive authority with the move.

“SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!,” tweeted Trump after the news broke. The decision ends more than a year of legal arguments about a key component of the president’s immigration policy, notes NBC News. Trump put his first travel ban into effect soon after taking office, but it caused chaos in airports and met stiff resistance in courtrooms. The second iteration didn’t fare much better, but the third has now succeeded. The ban has been in effect since December, when the Supreme Court allowed it to take effect while the legal case played out.

Not to worry there is more……..

The Supreme Court delivered good news on Tuesday to faith-based pregnancy centers that oppose abortion. In a 5-4 ruling, the justices blocked key provisions of a California law requiring the clinics to inform patients about low-cost abortions provided elsewhere, reports the Los Angeles Times. While the court did not strike down all of the law, it returned the case to lower courts, with Clarence Thomas writing in his majority opinion that challengers were “likely to succeed.” He concluded that forcing the clinics to talk to patients about abortions probably violates their free-speech rights, reports the AP. “California cannot co-opt the licensed facilities to deliver its message for it,” Thomas wrote. Chief Justice John Roberts joined him, along with Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch.

The law went into effect in 2016 after lawmakers raised concerns that the anti-abortion pregnancy centers were using “intentionally deceptive advertising and counseling practices,” per the LAT. The law was two-pronged, explains NPR. If a center was unlicensed, it had to make that fact prominently known, including in signs and advertising. If the center was licensed but did not provide abortions, it had to post signs saying that the procedures were provided by the state. While the law affects only California clinics, the court ruling could have ramifications in other states. However, as USA Today notes, that might actually be good news for those who support the right to have an abortion. For example, the ruling could possibly be used to strike down laws in conservative states requiring women to have ultrasounds before an abortion.

This is what you get when activist judges are the priority for appointment to the Supreme Court…..

I will be out of pocket tomorrow……I will explain in tomorrow’s post…..chuq

Closing Thought–15Jun18

No need to sweat the implementation of Sharia Law in the US…..because we have own version of the stupidity…..

But first our AG has made it clear where the laws of this country will be governed from……

Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible on Thursday in defense of his border policy, which is resulting in hundreds of immigrant children being separated from their parents after they enter the US illegally. Sessions, speaking in Fort Wayne, Ind., on immigration, pushed back against criticism he had received over the policy, reports the AP. On Wednesday, a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church said that separating mothers from their babies was “immoral.” Sessions said many of the recent criticisms were unfair and some contrary to law. “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,” he said. “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”

Last month, the attorney general announced a “zero tolerance” policy that any adult who enters the country illegally will be criminally prosecuted. US protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are. According to US Customs and Border Protection, more than 650 children were separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border during a two-week period in May. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that she hadn’t seen Sessions’ comments but affirmed that the Bible did back up the administration’s actions. “I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible,” she said. “It’s a moral policy to follow and enforce the law.”

No religious text should decide what the laws should say…..a guideline maybe….but word for word…NEVER!

This is silly!  NO child should be separated from its mother/father for any reason….this smacks of the old concentration camp days…..I for one do not want my country thought of in those terms.

There are more and more policies that are smacking of authoritarianism……this is just one or many…..

As our country slides into an ugly Americanized form of neofascism, there’s good news: nonviolent protest, when in the service of progressive, egalitarian goals, almost always wins out when it reaches a national critical mass. And we may well be on the verge of that right now. But we must understand what we’re up against.

Donald Trump and his neo-authoritarian acolytes are following an ancient playbook.

Part Machiavelli, part Caesar, part Mugabe/Duterte/Mao, it always includes a few simple and primary elements of seizing and subverting normal political power.

https://www.alternet.org/right-wing/9-ways-trumps-authoritarianism-taking-hold

Of course this cannot be with Trump running things right?

How does bullsh*t sound?

It was one particular remark about Kim Jong Un, however, that has raised the most eyebrows: “He speaks and his people sit up in attention. I want my people to do the same.” When asked by a reporter after the interview what he meant by that, Trump replied, “I’m kidding, you don’t understand sarcasm.” Watch the interview in full here and here.

Anybody that favors dictators to western democrats is just a budding fascist…whether joking or not.

Meanwhile back to the children…….

This is disgraceful and needs to be reversed as soon as possible…..but do not count on Congress that bag of manure will be no help…..the ballot box is the only hope these children have….it is the only hope this country has……I will do my part….will you?

What Is The ‘National Guard’?

My Closing Thought–12Apr18

The big story last week was that Pres. Trump has ordered the National Guard to the border to fight immigration problems…..my thinking is that the National Guard is under the control of the state and the reserves controlled by the federal government…..

Is my thinking accurate?

President Donald Trump recently announced his plan to dispatch National Guard troops to the southern border to assist with security efforts.

The Army National Guard is the oldest defense force in the nation, formed in 1636 as three militia regiments in the Massachusetts Bay Colony armed to defend against the Pequot Indians.

The actual term “National Guard” was first used in 1824 for New York state militia units who wished to honor the Marquis de Lafayette and his French National Guard. The title was officially adopted in 1903 and describes the force which, unusually, falls under both federal and state control.

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2018/04/10/remind_us_what_exactly_is_the_national_guard_113304.html

Did this answer any questions that you may have about the use of the National Guard?

Closing Thought–05Apr18

Trump has a new plan to control the flow of immigrants across our border all coming for free stuff.  His brilliant plan is to use the National Guard as a deterrent….

Since Congress has not authorized their use what will their deployment entail?

Pesident Donald Trump and border-state governors are working to “irmmediately” deploy the National Guard to the US-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, with some troops potentially arriving later Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. “The threat is real,” Nielsen said at an afternoon briefing, adding that Trump was signing a proclamation to put the deployment into effect. “It’s time to act.” The announcement came hours after Trump pledged “strong action today” on immigration and a day after he said he wants to use the military to secure the southern border until his “big, beautiful wall” is erected, the AP reports. In a tweet early Wednesday, Trump said that “Our Border Laws are very weak” and that Democrats “stand in our way” of new laws. He added, “We will be taking strong action today.”

Federal law prohibits the use of active-duty service members for law enforcement inside the US, unless specifically authorized by Congress. But over the past 12 years, presidents have twice sent National Guard troops to the border to bolster security and assist with surveillance and other support. The White House counsel’s office has been working on the idea for several weeks, according to a senior official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal plans. Nielsen said the administration was considering a model similar to a 2006 operation in which President George W. Bush deployed National Guard troops to the southern border, with a focus on assisting US Customs and Border Protection personnel. “We are anxious to have the support,” she said.

This could be a violation of the “Posse Comitatus Act”…..the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. This act, passed in response to the use of federal troops to enforce reconstruction policies in the southern states, prohibited the use of the U.S. Army to enforce laws unless the Constitution or an act of Congress explicitly authorized such use. This act was amended five times in the 1980s, largely to allow for the use of military resources to combat trafficking in illicit narcotics.

But each time Congress has had to vote on the use of US military personnel.  But as usual this president seems to think that he is above the Constitution.

How much further can this president push before the Congress grows a spine and pushes back?