Monday, August 19, 2019

Domestic Terrorism in 2018 — the Report which Bill Barr sat on for at...

— You may have missed this overlooked news item — in the flurry of the last couple of days — to figure out who, what, when, where, and why Epstein is dead —   (PS.  it was Colonel...
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Trump’s agriculture secretary calls farmers ‘whiners’ after listening to their complaints about trade war

So if your administration’s policies had screwed one of your boss’s key constituencies sideways, do you think you might hold off on insulting them to their faces? Well, not if you’re part of this administration,...
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Paper straws are the Trump campaign’s new wedge issue, but it can’t outrun the...

Racism is and always will be Donald Trump’s signature political position, but he has to find a few other official campaign issues, and right now, it’s drinking straws. Trump’s campaign is working to tap...

Trump Lackey Rewrites The Statue of Liberty Greeting To ‘Huddled Masses’

Everybody in Trumpworld is an “acting” this or that — including Trump himself, who is nothing but an act, a carnival side show with shades of a horror movie, to be precise. The title “acting” has changed in meaning from “temporary” to “somebody who will never get confirmed in the real job.” Today the acting director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services came up with this gem. Here's acting USCIS director Ken Cuccinelli saying on NPR this morning that the Statue of Liberty plaque should be changed to read, "give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet, and who will not become a public charge." pic.twitter.com/q8OoNn3k6r — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 13, 2019 Emma Lazurus penned “The New Colossus,” the moving inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Forget about that sentiment in this day and age. Moreover, Cuccinelli’s comments evoke the echoes of “welfare queens” and “welfare Cadillacs.” Read the lyrics to “Welfare Cadillac” recorded in 1970 and listen to the song below. This is the quintessential Republican fantasy of what it is to be poor — and it’s now being projected by this administration onto the most marginalized segment of the population. “I know the place ain’t much But I sure don’t pay no rent I get the check the first of every month From this here federal government. – Every Wednesday, I get commodities Sometimes, four or five sacks Pick em up down at the welfare office Driving that new Cadillac, – Some folks say I’m crazy And I’d even been called a fool But my kids get free books and All them there free lunches at schoolWe get peanut butter and cheese And, man, they give us flour by the sack Course them welfare checks They make the payments on this new CadillacThe way that I see it These other folks are the fools They’re working and paying taxes Just to send my youngins through school Salvation Army cuts our hair And gives us the clothes we wear on our back So we can dress up and ride around And show off this new Cadillac But things still gonna get better yet At least that’s what I understand They tell me this new President Put in a whole new poverty plan Why, he gonna send us poor folks money They say we gonna get it out here in stacks In fact, my wife’s already shopping around For her new Cadillac” Stacks of money and TWO welfare Cadillacs! Yup, see it every day. The Republicans won’t be satisfied until they rip every single thread of the social safety net to shreds. Just to interject a note of reality here, I have known poverty and I have known hunger. I grew up in poverty and worked my way out of it, getting grants and scholarships and work-study jobs to go to college, based upon my high school performance and my SAT scores. I believe I was worthy of the assistance that I got. Without college, my socio economic background would have qualified […]
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Farmers Hit Back as USDA Chief Sonny Perdue Mocks Those Harmed by Trump Trade...

Farmers facing record bankruptcies and collapsing incomes due to President Donald Trump's escalating trade war with China were not amused by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's joke about their economic pain during an event...

Justice Dept. Seeks to Decertify Union Representing Immigration Judges.

Bill Barr’s Justice Department cannot properly manage a suicide watch over one of its most high profile detainees, but is taking time to try to decertify the union representing Immigration judges in its attempt to speed up deportations. Newsweek “The Trump administration has been accused of trying to “evade transparency and accountability” with its new push to decertify the union representing immigration judges in the U.S. Last week, a Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesperson told The New York Times on Friday that the department had filed a petition to the Federal Labor Relations Authority seeking to know whether the National Association of Immigration Judges could have its certification revoked. The union’s members, the DOJ argued, are technically “management officials” and should therefore be unable to collectively organize.” Management officials? Not so says the union president: “This is nothing more than a desperate attempt by the DOJ to evade transparency and accountability, and undermine the decisional independence of the nation’s 440 Immigration Judges,” said Judge Ashley Tabaddor, who serves as president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, in a statement to NPR. “We are trial court judges who make decisions on the basis of case-specific facts and the nation’s immigration laws. We do not set policies, and we don’t manage staff,” she said. The DOJ’s suggestion that immigration judges should be viewed as managers is “absurd,” she said, adding: “We don’t even have the authority to order pencils.” The article points out that already, Trump & Co. has appointed twice the number of new immigration judges than did the Obama admin…more than 100 so far. The union is just one more obstacle in the way of our complete transformation into a banana republic.
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Immigration judges oppose Trump’s expedited deportations—so Barr is trying to bust their union

One of the many, many groups that have expressed alarm at Donald Trump's attempts to unravel the rule of law, in his white nationalism-based efforts to remove asylum-seekers and other migrants from the nation...

New Evidence Emerges Regarding Nuclear Reactor Explosion in Russia: Now 7 Scientists Killed

As I first wrote about this last weekend, the nuclear accident occurring offshore in northern Russia’s Nenoska test site last Thursday continues to raise troubling questions for Western analysts. The death toll has risen to seven from the weekend report of five, according to a new New York Times report today. The offshore accident was followed by what local officials reported to be a spike in radioactivity in the area. The official Russian explanation continues to involve “small scale sources of energy with the use of fissile materials. But, those explanations ring hollow to many American officials: United States intelligence officials have said they suspect the blast involved a prototype of what NATO calls the SSC-X-9 Skyfall. That is a cruise missile that Mr. Putin has boasted can reach any corner of the earth because it is partially powered by a small nuclear reactor, eliminating the usual distance limitations of conventionally fueled missiles. The accident would be the largest nuclear accident in Russia since Chernobyl, but all agree it would – in a worst case scenario – still be several magnitudes of severity lower than the Chernobyl incident . The Russians purportedly developed the “Sky Fall” missiles in an attempt to evade North America’s nuclear missile defense shield. In several recent Pentagon and other government reports, the prospect of a Russian nuclear-powered cruise missiles has been frequently cited as a potential new kind of threat. They are launched into the air and able to weave an unpredictable path at relatively low altitudes. But even with the news surrounding the new threat, tests on the actual missile delivery system continued to be plagued by accidents even prior to last week’s more severe event. Meanwhile, Russia’s explanation for the accident continues to change as the death toll rises. Without regard to the official explanation, the accident may inform American specialists. Beyond the human toll, American intelligence officials are questioning whether Mr. Putin’s grand dream of a revived arsenal evaporated in that mysterious explosion, or whether it was just an embarrassing setback in Moscow’s effort to build a new class of long-range and undersea weapons that the United States cannot intercept. Increased candor and cooperation with Russia, perhaps leading to quicker and more truthful explanations, actually would be a benefit of having a president with prior good relations with Russia. However, as always, the “good relationship” Trump has with President Putin appears largely one-sided. Indeed, the two nations’ decision to rip up the former IBM restrictions signed decades ago by Ronald Reagan seems more indicative of two nations accelerating toward new and more dangerous weapons, weapons pointed at each other. Meanwhile, American scientists are left largely guessing at the severity of the nuclear accident, and the radioactivity unleashed in the Russian Arctic. I will continue to follow the story as information warrants. **** Peace, y’all. Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com  
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Lindsey Graham: If the GOP wins in 2020, ‘I can promise you’ we will...

No surprise, but it’s official now: The Republican Party is running on repealing the health care of millions of Americans in 2020. The Hill reports, “’If we can get the House back and keep our majority...
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Another Common Sense Question the Media is FAILING to Ask

— Reporter’s Question:  If Republicans are so quick to blame Mass Shootings on Mental Illness — WHY then have they been trying to cut Mental Health coverage guarantees from the ACA? Huh, Mr Republican — Why do you hate...

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