Sunday, June 24, 2018

Now this is just stupid

So each sector has to balance, according to the authors of this story.

Now that is fake news.

US imported more seafood in 2017 than any prior year

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data say the U.S. imported more than 6 billion pounds of seafood valued at more than $21.5 billion in 2017. 

The country exported more than 3.6 billion pounds valued at about $6 billion.

The data say the seafood trading deficit grew by more than 10 percent from 2016 to 2017. 

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has identified reducing the deficit as a priority for the federal government.

The U.S. is home to major commercial fisheries for species such as Alaska pollock and New England lobster, but it imports more than 90 percent of the seafood the public consumes.

Another basis for impeachment of The Duce

Trump administration's 'secret shutdown' of immigration program discriminated against Latinos: Lawsuit

How Bozo sees that the laws are faithfully executed.

S.A. had been waiting decades to bring her daughter and now her grandson to the U.S., where she is a legal resident, from her native El Salvador, where she escaped violence and poverty.

Through a special immigration program, she was finally close to her dream.

In February 2017, she made a final payment of $2,500 to the U.S. for her family's flights. 

They were told by authorities they would be given final documentation and a plane ticket to travel in two weeks time -- but months went by, and nothing ever came.

Without notifying them, President Trump's administration had already frozen the program just days into his term, even as it solicited and collected thousands of dollars from S.A. and others like her who had been granted conditional approval, according to a new lawsuit that argues the administration broke the law and was driven by "racial animus against Latinos."

They'll be back

Charlottesville rally organizer gets approval for 'anniversary' event

The organizer of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left a woman dead last summer, has been granted permission to hold an “anniversary” event in Washington in August.

Jason Kessler, who was behind the “Unite the Right” rally in August 2017 where white nationalists held a torchlight rally, clashed with protesters and caused a political furore when Donald Trump blamed “both sides” for the violence, filed an application with the National Park Service (NPS) to hold a “white civil rights rally” outside the White House.

Kessler had received initial approval from the NPS to hold the rally on Saturday 11 August and Sunday 12 August, the Washington Post reported

The weekend marks the anniversary of the Unite the the Right rally in Charlottesville, where Heather Heyer was killed when James Alex Fields Jr, a self-described Nazi, drove his car into a crowd of protesters.

In Kessler’s application for a 2018 rally permit he said the purpose of the event was: “Protesting civil rights abuse in Charlottesville, VA/white civil rights rally.”

He asked for permission to hold a rally at Lafayette Park, located in front of the White House, for 400 people. 

In a section of the form asking if the applicant believed anyone might “seek to disrupt the activity”, Kessler wrote: “Members of antifa affiliated groups will try to disrupt.”

The moron in the White House and the Constitution

The Fifth Amendment binds the federal government and we should all be glad nobody believed Madison that a Bill of Rights was unnecessary.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; 

nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; 

nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; 

nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

It doesn't say "no citizen" and courts have never thought it means "no citizen".

The Duce this morning tweeted.

We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. 

When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. 

Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. 

Most children come without parents...

....Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years! 

Immigration must be based on merit - we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!

Discussing this today MSNBC thought it pertinent to display and read section one of the Fourteenth Amendment, which does not constrain the federal government, rather than the Fifth Amendment, which does.

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.

Three days ago Der Fuhrer reportedly tweeted on the same point.

“We shouldn’t be hiring judges by the thousands, as our ridiculous immigration laws demand, we should be changing our laws, building the Wall, hire Border Agents and Ice and not let people come into our country based on the legal phrase they are told to say as their password,” Trump tweeted.

The only part of the constitution his fans care about is the Second Amendment.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Evangelicals are the real aliens among us.

Why Rank-And-File Evangelicals Aren’t Likely To Turn On Trump Over Family Separation

Oh, lots of reasons.

Read it.

These folks will be fine with internment and with mass deportation, when it comes to that.

These are folks whose ancestors hated immigration of "the wrong sorts", too.

First, polling on white evangelical Protestants has shown that they’re more likely than any other religious group to support hardline immigration policies and to have negative views of immigrants overall.

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that 70 percent of white evangelical Protestants are in favor of expanding the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, compared with only around half of white mainline Protestants and white Catholics and much lower shares of other religious groups.

Another Pew survey, conducted last year, found that while majorities of nearly every religious group agree that immigrants strengthen our country, white evangelical Protestants are more divided, with a plurality (44 percent) saying that immigrants are a burden.

These findings line up with results from other surveys too, like a 2017 poll from the Public Religion Research Institute that found that white evangelical Protestants were the only religious group in which a majority (57 percent) said they’re bothered when they encounter immigrants who don’t speak English.

They were also the likeliest to say that they have little or nothing in common with immigrants.

Daniel Cox, the research director at PRRI,2 said these findings help explain why evangelicals aren’t likely to abandon Trump over the child separation crisis, even if they’re troubled by it.

“More than other groups, white evangelical Protestants seem to perceive immigrants as a threat to American society,” he said.

“So even if they don’t like this particular policy, they’re on board with Trump’s approach to immigration in general, and that makes it likelier that they’ll see this as a tactical misstep rather than a breaking point.”

. . . .

Robert Jeffress, the pastor of Dallas’s First Baptist Church and a strong Trump supporter, told FiveThirtyEight that the separation of children from their parents was “disturbing” but quickly added that Trump has the “God-given responsibility” to secure the border in the way he deems appropriate and punish people breaking the law, even if it appears harsh.

. . . .

A 2015 poll by LifeWay Research, a Baptist-affiliated research organization, found that although a strong majority (72 percent) of evangelicals agreed that “immigration reform should protect the unity of the immediate family,” even more believed that “immigration reform should respect the rule of law” (88 percent) and “guarantee secure national borders” (86 percent).

Partisanship and racial anxieties are also likely playing a role, said Janelle Wong, a political scientist at the University of Maryland and the author of a new book on evangelicals and immigration.

“Evangelicals are in a difficult position because of their emphasis on supporting the traditional family,” she said.

“But here, if you strongly support the president’s overall strategy on immigration and see immigrants as dangerous lawbreakers — some even blame the parents for putting their children in this position — it’s easier to justify.”

Using victims of actual criminals to justify treating all of them as criminals

Trump hosts victims of undocumented migrants amid family separations row

There is not the least doubt in the world that a tiny minority of illegal immigrants is comprised of very bad people.

The despicable liar in the White House trots out some of their victims to justify his Nazi treatment of the vast majority guilty of nothing but illegal entry, including illegally preventing entry by people legally seeking asylum.

All which, by the way, has taken loads of federal law enforcement and immigration and border agents off dealing with the actual criminals and wasted them on this crime against humanity.

Feel safer already, do you?

"Your loved ones have not died in vain," he told the group of so-called Angel Families at the White House.

. . . .

"These are the American citizens permanently separated from their loved ones," Mr Trump said on Friday, before introducing family members of victims.

"I cannot imagine it being any worse, but we promise to act with strength and resolve.

"We'll not rest until our border is secure, our citizens are safe and we end this immigration crisis once and for all," the president added.

. . . .

In 2017, Gallup polls showed that almost half of Americans believe that immigrants raise crime rates. Yet many studies have found that the reverse is actually true.

Native-born Americans are more likely to commit a crime than immigrants, and more likely to be incarcerated.

One study spanning four decades compared immigration rates with crime rates. The researchers found that immigration appeared to be linked to decreases in violent crimes like murder, or property crime such as burglaries.

"The results show that immigration does not increase assaults and - in fact, robberies, burglaries, larceny, and murder are lower in places where immigration levels are higher," said the paper's lead author, Robert Adelman.

A 2017 study by the Cato Institute found that the incarceration rate for native-born Americans was 1.53%, compared to 0.85% for undocumented immigrants and 0.47% for legal immigrants.

Federal courts like DACA

Though the Republicans at the time and since have argued, rightly to my mind, that it was unconstitutional overreach by president Obama.

DHS stands by DACA rescission in court-requested filing

This report shows much support for the program among jurists.

Calling his supporters in madness "deplorables" understates it

Trump jabs 'Wacky Jacky and Pocahontas' while campaigning for Dean Heller in Nevada

Better her in the White House than him, by a long, long way.

In a visit to boost one of the nation's most vulnerable Republican senators ahead of this fall's November election, President Donald Trump unveiled a new nickname for the Democrat running to unseat Sen. Dean Heller.

"Wacky Jacky," Trump said at the Nevada GOP convention, in reference to Rep. Jacky Rosen. "You don't want her as your senator."

. . . .

As controversy still rages over his administration's handling of immigrant families at the Southern border, Trump said he sees the issue as immigration as a winner for Republicans in the midterms.

"I think I got elected largely because we are strong on the border," Trump said.

Of undocumented immigrants, he said, "if they see any weakness, they will come by the millions."

Trump also noted that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a potential 2020 challenger, was in the state Saturday speaking at the state Democratic convention, again using the "Pocahontas" slur to describe the Massachusetts Democrat.

"Wacky Jacky is campaigning with Pocahontas, you believe this? In your state! Can you believe this?" Trump said at the Nevada GOP convention. 

"When you see that, that's not the senator you want."

He apparently does not recall that Hillary got millions more votes than he did.

What "border security" is about

Mike Huckabee accused of bigotry and racism after tweet touting Pelosi's 'campaign committee'

Nancy Pelosi introduces her campaign committee for the take back of the House.

According to a guide to from New Jersey's Office of the Attorney General, some of the hand gestures seen in the photo are used as gang signs for MS-13. According to the Department of Justice

"MS-13, which is short for La Mara Salvatrucha, is a gang composed primarily of immigrants or descendants from El Salvador. 

In the United States, MS-13 has been functioning since at least the 1980s."

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, said when reached for comment, "Trump and his surrogates will continue to repeat blatantly false attacks as long as the media continues to take the bait and print them."

The image and caption has also generated backlash on Twitter, including accusations of bigotry and racism against Huckabee.

Conservative commentator Bill Kristol referred to the tweet as a "dog whistle."

Dollars to donuts Gomer's ancestors railed similarly against Italian immigrants, the Black Hand, and the Mafia.

Imagine what they said about the Jews.

The Post-Gazette goes red

Rob Rogers fired for doing cartoons critical of the Duce

Until he was fired last Thursday—because he insisted on doing his job, which included lampooning the president of the United States—Rob Rogers was the celebrated editorial cartoonist of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“They clearly had a plan to either break me or get rid of me,” Rogers told The Daily Beast about the abrupt end of his 25-year career, at age 59, as the house caricaturist for western Pennsylvania’s dominant media outlet—equal parts satire and indignation, punctuated by a bare-knuckled visual punch.

Rogers’s bosses had killed 19 of his cartoons in recent weeks and all but banned his work from the newspaper. 

A typical Rogers cartoon depicts a morbidly obese Trump, his too-long tie dragging on the ground, as he brandishes a key and bends over a terrified caged immigrant child. 

“This is tragic!” Trump exclaims. “It should be Hillary in there!”

For many year the Pittsburgh Post Gazette was a Democratic newspaper.

But recent changes have resulted in a marked shift to the right.

Starting in March 2018, the traditionally liberal paper started shifting more conservative following the consolidation of its editorial department with that of longtime sister newspaper The Blade and the appointment of that paper's chief editor Keith Burris, a strong supporter of Donald Trump.

In June 2018, cartoonist Rob Rogers was fired after working 25 years for the newspaper.

Rogers had drawn cartoons critical of Donald Trump. Rogers told The Guardian, "Suppressing voices in any situation is bad. You want to have as many voices as you can and they are starting to have only one voice of the paper, and I think that goes against what a free press is all about – especially when silencing that voice is because of the president." 

Bill Peduto, mayor of Pittsburgh said, "The move today by the leadership of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to fire Rob Rogers after he drew a series of cartoons critical of President Trump is disappointing, and sends the wrong message about press freedoms in a time when they are under siege.

"This is precisely the time when the constitutionally protected free press – including critics like Rob Rogers – should be celebrated and supported, and not fired for doing their jobs. 

"This decision, just one day after the president of the United States said the news media is 'our country's biggest enemy', sets a low standard in the 232-year history of the newspaper."

So now Pittsburgh, a Democratic city, has a Trumpist paper and a loony right digital only paper, The Pittsburgh Tribune.