A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article in which I said that the excuses that we’re hearing from Trump administration officials regarding his policies is nothing new. The blathering pap that they spouted actually trace all the way back to the Nuremburg trials at the end of World War II, where the standard excuse was “I cas only vollowink orders!” But after the two DHS hearings in the House yesterday, I realized that it’s even worse than that. The standard defense of most defendants at Nuremburg was simple. They held that they were not responsible for any atrocities coitted during WWII in which they took part, simply because they were only following orders from superiors in a time of war. They seldom if ever denied that the atrocities took place, only that they were blameless for their actions because others ordered them. They didn’t deny atrocities, they denied personal responsibility for them. But in the hearings yesterday, we encountered a whole new breed of cat. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen did not actually come out and deny that immigrant children were kept in cages, instead she played semantic games by refusing to call them cages. In another hearing, a DHS subordinate, being questioned about the high number of abuse claims from immigrant minors in the custody of HHS, after being delivered to HHS by his DHS employees, came right out and stated that it wasn’t his responsibility to protect minor children in his departments care fro being turned over to possibly abusive employees of another department! Let that sink in for a moment. An official of DHS, high enough up the food chain to be called before congress to testify, basically reduced his department to a Bekin’s Moving operation. “We pick ’em up here, we drop ’em off there, get a signature on the clipboard, and we’re done with ’em.”If an employee of another department is abusing children, it’s no skin off of his nose for providing them, as long as they wait until he’s around the corner before they start the abuse. Let’s say that you drive a school bus, taking kindergarten kids to school and back. When you open the door at the school, the teachers are waiting to take their kids inside. You recognize one of them, a convicted pedophile, who had to register with the police as a sex offender. According to this DHS official, you have no responsibility to go to the principal, the school board, or the police. You just “pick ’em up here, and drop ’em off there.” what you may know happens afterward is immaterial. I didn’t think that it would ever be possible to say this, but these Trump drones are actually worse than the Nuremburg defendants! At Nuremburg, the criminals didn’t try to claim that the atrocities took place, only abdicating their responsibility for them. With the Trump acolytes, there is no reason for them to deny responsibility for the atrocities, simply because there were no atrocities to start with! These were well thought out policies, and they are just being misunderstood. Not only don’t they disavow the atrocities, they are willing to defend them, and personally endorse them. There is no other way to interpret their testimony. They can’t believe that they actually have to come in and explain this shit. Every time that […]
I have a humble request for all of the non-FAUX News media outlets out there. Pretty please, with sprinkles on top, do you think you can pull your collective heads out of Michael Cohen’s ass long enough to take a good look around? There is some serious shit going on right now, and you’re barely paying lip service to it, much less covering it in the depth that it deserves. Anybody here remember a little controversy having to do with child separation at the southern border? Remember the anguished cries, and the outraged protests? How about the heart wrenching pirated audio tapes of screaming migrant children, with arrogant, uncaring guards cracking sarcastic jokes at their expense? The first pictures of cages with concrete floors being used to store toddlers and small children like the good scotch in the back of a liquor store? That’s all still right there. And it’s still a vital issue. And we got a picture window view of it yesterday, in a congressional hearing. And MSNBC and CNN barely covered it, airing only a couple of snippets of FS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s testimony once an hour, and only on one occasion did it warrant a segment with a panel discussion of the content. Nielsen got her Nordic ass handed to her on a silver platter yesterday in her public testimony. And of all of the myriad of sins that she was responsible for which one became the focal point of the hearing? Her constant attempts to parse the dictionary definition of what constitutes a fucking cage! She spent all of her time trying to refer to them as “”security containment areas.” Let’s be clear, what we’re talking about here are areas of metal poles sunk into the concrete floor, from floor to ceiling, with chain link fencing affixed to it all the way around, with a gate in it. In other words, a cage. If it were outside, with or without a tarp covering it, it would be called a “run,: or a “pen.” Nielsen tried to separate it from the cage she wold keep her dog in while she’s at work by saying that it “had facilities like a chair” in it. News flash. You could put a blanket on the floor for your dog, but that wouldn’t mean that it wasn’t still a cage! This issue has the potential to be kryptonite for the GOP in 2020, and I’m not talking about just Trump. This wound is still raw, and Trump has said or done nothing to make people think that he won’t do it again if he gets the chance. We have all seen the pictures of Nielsen’s “security confinement areas,” and they’re actually called cages. Note this one thing. Nowhere in the testimony that I saw did Nielsen ever contend that immigrant children were never kept in them, she simply insisted to play semantic games as to what they should officially be called. Look, forget about Trump’s “base.” I’m talking about sentient beings here, you know, ones with the sense God gave a piss ant. Those are cages, and people know it. There are a whole lotta Republicans out there who are going to have to run for reelection next year with Trump at the top of the ballot, and they’ve mostly been as silent […]
This world has seen its share of dictators, and they all tend to share common characteristics. Hard, steely eyed autocrats, Men of iron will, with fists to match. Men like Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Amin, and Ceausescu come to mind. But when the have-nots, never-wills, and shitless-wonders of the United States decide to vote themselves a despot into power, who did they manage to saddle the rest of us with for 4 years? None other than the real life version of William J LePetomaine, Mel Brooks’ moronic, lazy, incompetent, horndog Governor in Blazing Saddles, wandering around the office all day with his pants around his ankles, talking to his secretary’s cleavage, “Work, work, work. Hello boys! I missed you.” Only in America can “life imitates art” equate “art” with a Mel Brooks movie. But most dictatorships share something else in common. Sooner or later, they tend to fall apart. Sooner or later, they kind of tend to push people to a point where dying just ain’t all that drastic of an alternative to living. And once the dictator is finally deposed, dragged through the streets being pelted with garbage, and thrown into an unmarked grave, people start to finally realize that he couldn’t have done it alone. For two idyllic, halcyon years, the Trumpocracy has chugged along down the tracks unabated. Oh sure, the great unwashed have howled with indignation at the excessive corruption and decadence of the reign on King stewie the 14th, but as Empress Ibanka is wont to say, “Let them eat, like, you know, cake or something.” With the Republicans firmly in control of the government, the madness could continue forever, to the merry “Ching!” of shekels clinking together. But then the sore loser Democratic peasants stormed the Bastille, and took over the House. And while Der Gropinfuror may still be sitting in the bunker (change in similes), screaming about some phantom army of GOP voters massing to save the day, some of the underlings are finally being called to the Principal’s office. And once again, history is repeating itself. I caught some clips of the House hearing on HHS yesterday regarding Trump’s child separation policy, and the administration flunkies replies to House members questions gave me a historical case of “Deja vu all over again.” As Yogi Berra used to say. Pretty much their response when called to the carpet for their brazen indifference and stupidity? “I vas chust vollowink orders!” That ring a bell for anybody? It didn’t work then, and it can’t be allowed to work now. If you get a chance, try to catch up on a little of that testimony, and pay attention to the faces and expressions of those being grilled. There was no nervousness there, no shame, no apology. Instead, their faces were blank, arrogant, and almost dismissive. Their body language seemed to say “Well, DUH!” before they even opened their mouths. When asked if they understood that by ripping families apart without having a system in place to keep accurate track of the individual family members, they were making eventual reunification almost impossible, the reply seemed to be, “Not my department, I’m in demolition, not rehab,” said with a blank, uncaring, monotone quality to it. I wrote yesterday about the obscenity of literally thousands of migrant children, both unaccompanied, as […]
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