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“I’m not exaggerating, 100% of the clients that come to me who are undocumented said that their abusers would constantly say, ‘I’m going to have you deported if you don’t behave,’” said Hollingsworth.
This is why the United States grants special visas to victims of crimes including victims of rape and domestic violence. This is why we need "sanctuary cities" where parents can report the statutory rape of their daughter or son without worry that their own families will be torn apart. This is all that stands between Trump's self-styled "outlaw" base and intimidation/violence/rape and murder of innocents who are easy targets because they are "illegal."
In Maricopa County, Arizona, the Justice Department has been investigating the sheriff’s office for engaging in unconstitutional policing, in particular how it treats Latinos in the community. Amid the investigation, the DOJ said the sheriff’s office admitted that it had failed to properly investigate more than 400 cases of sexual assault and child molestation over a three-year period in 2007. In many of the cases, the sexual assault victims were undocumented Latinos or their children.
Trump does not even have to change policy. The recent rise in deportations of immigrants is enough to send a powerful message to their community. And if immigrants--documented or not--are afraid turn to local law enforcement for help when they are victimized, it will be open season on immigrants. The NeoNazis and KKK and all their sympathizers will deliberately target hand working undocumented Americans---and there will be nothing the immigrants (who pick your crops and bus your tables and clean your Trump Tower hotel room) will be able to do about it. When you close the sanctuary, you enable criminals--born in the USA criminals, the kind that love Trump so much--to do what they love to do, bully the weak to make themselves feel more powerful.
Keep in mind that Putin, Trump's master, lives in a country that recently decriminalized domestic violence, and you can see where this country is heading. Back to the days when immigrants were openly lynched. Note the faces of the men in the photo below. Today we would call them "white". A century ago they were "Italian" immigrants.
Trump’s supporters do not fear immigrants. They hate them. They hate them because they hate themselves, and it is easier to take out all that rage and frustration on someone else---an “other.” And they love Trump, because he is giving them carte blanche to victimize immigrants as long as they do not upset the apple cart that makes rich Americans even richer. Fascism 101.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Feb 12, 2017, 01:06 PM (5 replies)
Alec Baldwin was great. Melissa McCarthy was wonderful! Bowling Green Massacre is timeless. But in between chuckles, if you really want to understand what is going on rather than just being entertained by it, Eric Hobsbawm is still your man. Read his book "Bandits" available at Amazon and you will understand why Trump's gaffe "You think the U.S. is so innocent?" is worse for him politically than all his lies, tax dodging, angry outbursts and bigotry. There are very few things that a self styled Bandit King is not allowed to do. The list includes Cowardice (Think Stephen King's "The Dead Zone."), Rape (of an innocent, not promiscuity which is a virtue in a Rebel King) and Disloyalty to his village, his clan, his family or country. So, if you want to do more than generate laughs, if you really want to drive a wedge between the man and his base, focus on these three crimes. If you don't want to read the book, think about every mobster as public hero number one movie and ask yourself "If a mob boss did this in a movie, would a Hollywood writer have to kill him off before film's end to keep the audience happy?"
"You think the U.S. is so innocent?" is the kind of thing that lefties will hesitate to focus on, because many of them know that U.S. is not innocent. No one is innocent, especially not those who are rich in a world full of poverty. But, Trump crawled into power and stays in power by pretending to be Don Corleono. Mob bosses and Revel Kings hold onto their power by painting the world in black and white---Us versus Them.
How will you know when Trump steps out of characters in a potentially politically damaging way?Ask yourself "Would Al Pacino say this?"
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Feb 5, 2017, 01:44 PM (0 replies)
The New York Times headline spells it out in plain English "Trump Attacks Judge."
In an early-morning Twitter post from his waterfront Florida resort, where he is spending the first getaway weekend of his presidency, Mr. Trump wrote, “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”
"Overturned" by whom? Not the Courts. Every court so far has ruled against Trump and the 8 member SCOTUS will be no different. So, how does Trump, leader of the executive branch plan to "overturn" a ruling by the judicial branch which has been empowered to oversee the Department of Justice and the nation's police?
History spells it out. Hitler, outraged that the German Judicial system failed to serve as a kangaroo court for the defendants in the Reichstags Fire, created a special "People's Court."
Hitler determined to increase the political reliability of the courts. In 1933 he established special courts throughout Germany to try politically sensitive cases. Dissatisfied with the 'not guilty' verdicts rendered by the Supreme Court (Reichsgericht) in the Reichstag Fire Trial, Hitler ordered the creation of the People's Court (Volksgerichtshof) in Berlin in 1934 to try treason and other important "political cases." Under Roland Freisler, the People's Court became part of the Nazi system of terror, condemning tens of thousands of people as "Volk Vermin" and thousands more to death for "Volk Treason." The trial and sentencing of those accused of complicity in the July Plot, the attempt to kill Hitler in July 1944, was especially unjust.
Political reliability. That's what Trump wants. He has the Legislative Branch in his pocket and now he is going after the Judiciary. What will he do? Have Congress reduce the judges' salaries to $1? No, that won't work. There is only one way he can achieve his goal--- declare war so that he can set up special military courts and secret prisons to dispense politically reliable justice.
I humbly suggest that we skip over the part where millions of people die in a senseless war, our national debt goes up by ten trillion and a bunch of military tribunals replace our nation's judiciary and condemn thousands of Americans to suffering and death before being disbanded after a crushing military defeat or revolution. Maybe we should act pro actively, instead, to preserve our very sound, very sensible, very judicious judicial system and our democratic form of government.
War is coming. Be alert. Watch for the early warning signs---like Trump declaring himself to be "our country" and above the law. We all saw in 2002-3 how easy it is to sucker Americans into war. Do not be fooled again. When they show us "yellow cake uranium" tell them where they can put their "yellow cake uranium."
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat Feb 4, 2017, 04:34 PM (7 replies)
This ought to be a huge story. Trump's folks are asking for phony intelligence about Poland invading Belarus. Think "yellow cake uranium." Why would Trump want intelligence about Poland invading Belarus? So Putin can invade Poland.
According to one U.S. official, national security aides have sought information about Polish incursions in Belarus, an eyebrow-raising request because little evidence of such activities appears to exist. Poland is among the Eastern European nations worried about Trump's friendlier tone on Russia.
It is very easy to laugh at the "Bowling Green Massacre." But between chuckles be sure to gnash your teeth and let your elected officials know that you are not on board with a Russian invasion of Poland that Trump's U.N. nominee will approve by preventing any U.N. action in defense of Poland.
Thanks to highplainsdem for highlighting this story at DU! Now go rate his/her post up so that it will get more attention.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat Feb 4, 2017, 03:46 PM (10 replies)
Serious questions. Unless she lied and cheated her way through college and then law school, I don't see how any one can be a stupid as this woman wants us to think she is. "Alternative facts"? "Bowling Green Massacre?" These are worse than Ann Coulter at her worst (When she praised our Canadian allies who fought beside U.S. troops in Vietnam. Guess that's why Canada accepted so many draft dodgers during the Vietnam War.)
So, consider this possibility. Maybe Conway, who used to work for Mike Pence still works for Pence. Maybe she has dyed her hair blond and come up with a bunch of outrageous things to say that will make Donald Trump look like an incompetent who has a dumb blond for a top adviser. Her Orwellian remarks in particular made Americans feel even more unsafe and has probably contributed to the whopping 40% who want to see Trump impeached.
Consider the possibility that Kelly Anne Conway is Mike Pence's Nancy Reagan. Or maybe his Lady Macbeth. Does the POTUS employ a food taster to check for drugs in the coffee?
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat Feb 4, 2017, 03:30 PM (22 replies)
Here, I’ll make it easy for you. This is the Amazon link.
Too bad it isn’t on Kindle, then you could get to work right away delving into the minds of the people who still think the sun shines from Trump’s ass two weeks into his administration when his disapproval rating is greater than 50% and 40% of registered voters want him impeached!
With so many people so very, very angry and afraid of Trump, why do your relatives who watch Fox News still cheer for him? Are they stupid? Are they being paid? No, they belong to subset of Americans who read and hear the same news that you and I read and hear and react to it in an entirely different way.
These are the American peasants, rural downtrodden workers (and by “rural” l I mean “small minded” not small town) who dream about an idyllic past when everything was peachy for them and the tiny group with whom they identify---usually their family, maybe their church or social circle or profession or town if they really are from a small town. And then, the snakes crawled into Eden and stole their birthright, and they were cast from the garden. Now, helpless, friendless, hopeless, all they can do is pray that someone---a King will come to stamp out the snakes and restore their Eden. And, since the “snakes” have official titles like “officer” and “boss” and “judge”, the King will have to be a rebel. He will have to be willing to break the law, like Jesus in the Temple. He will have to be a Bandit King.
For Trump’s supporters, up is down and right is wrong. Trump’s supporters are the kind of folks who automatically cheat on their taxes, steal internet access, leave their bills unpaid, file frivolous lawsuits. Lying comes as naturally to them as breathing. That’s because they know in their hearts that there is something wrong with the world. In a just and right world, they would be happy. If they are not happy, then something is wrong with the world, not them. And their religion---apocalyptic—teaches them that it is right and virtuous to destroy anything that makes them unhappy or even uneasy. Make that anything they do not understand.
Here is a quick list of things which Trump’s base do not consider sins in a Bandit King.
4. Being Spiteful
5 .Lavish Spending
10. Poaching public lands
Note that much of what normal people hate about Trump’s first 14 days falls into one of these categories. We hate his bigotry towards Muslims and Latinos and women. We hate his lies. We despise his massive ego. We cringe whenever he tramples over the rule of law. His tweets are infuriating. The way he openly profits from his position of power, the way he rewards his family and friends—to ordinary, reasonable Americans these are the signs of an unfit political leader. We worry that he will lead us into war. We worry that he will kill us or bankrupt us. We worry that the world as we know it will come to an end on a whim of the enormous man-child whom the Russians have installed as our president.
But to one of the peasants who has been longing for the coming of the Bandit King, these vices are all virtues.
What would make the peasants change their minds? Very few things, actually. Bandit Kings are cut lots of slack. However, even Bandit Kings have to follow certain rules. Trump’s base will abandon him if he is ever proven to be guilty of
3. Injustice (towards his supporters )
4. Being stingy (towards his supporters)
5. Double dealing and backstabbing (his supporters)
Not much to work with, I know. Journalists who really want to drive a wedge between Trump and his base should probably concentrate on how individual hardworking Americans are suffering from Trump’s policies. But be warned. Bandit Kings have a nasty habit of dying and turning into legends.
P.S. Note that the Evangelicals who are hoping Trump will bring Armageddon only showed signs of abandoning him in the primaries over one thing--the whole "pussy grabbing" affair that was awfully close to rape. But then the FBI and the MSM got the topic of conversation back to Hillary the Witch's Emails and the Evangelicals forgot about the rape. The way to knock Trump out of power is to prove a rape allegation.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Fri Feb 3, 2017, 09:59 PM (4 replies)
He has defied the Judicial Branch. He has fired the acting Attorney General---which is actually worse than Nixon's infamous Saturday Night Massacre (that was just a Special Prosecutor, not the Prosecutor for the whole country). He is rewriting legislation, which means he is trampling all over the legislative branch--although the Republican wimps in Congress are pretending not to notice (must be some pretty bad blackmail material that Putin has on them). He is threatening to stifle the press and impose a state religion. And his popularity is in the toilet, all in a brief 9 days. One in 100 American marched against him a week ago. At the rate he is going, soon one in two Americans will have protested him---the half that do not picket being too young or too old or too sick to take to the streets.
Where does this all end? Trump has backed himself into a corner and has only one play left. He can declare martial law. What will the military do when this happens? I am predicting that all those generals whose asses he has been kissing (see link)
will give him a big "Hell, no!"
Note that I did not write "if". That is because he is obviously planning a military coup. Why else would he be making so cozy with the Pentagon while taking a big Trump Dump all over everyone else?
I suspect that Putin told him "Get the military in your pocket, then you can do anything you want." Putin does not know the U.S. and he does not know the U.S. military. We swear to defend the Constitution, not the person who happens to be acting as President.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Tue Jan 31, 2017, 08:15 PM (19 replies)
We have been so alarmed at Trump for taking a big, old stinky Trump dump on the Statue of Liberty and the U.S. Constitution that we have forgotten who benefits from the executive order. Rather than looking to see what the countries do not have in common ( no Trump business ties) look to see what they have in common.
That is where Russia comes in.
Russia is actively courting the oppressive regime in Iran. No links necessary. And Iran has always wanted control of Iraq, the other big oil producing Shia state. Severing U.S. ties with these two countries by turning away political refugees makes it that much easier for Russian controlled totalitarian regimes to oppress and control the Iraqi and Iranian people. Turning away U.S. military assets from Iraq---such as interpreters---will make it harder for the U.S. to do anything in Iraq since no one will want to work with a country that goes back on its promises and abandons its allies---leaving Russia and Iran free to step into the void.
What about the five smaller countries on the list. Were they chosen at random? I doubt it. I think Putin sent Trump a memo. A wish list. "These are the countries Mother Russia wants. Take care of it."
Here is CNN on the seven countries which Trump/Putin targeted.
Syria. Check. We know that Russia is actively attempting to consolidate control of Syria.
On August 21, 2016, former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh urged Yemen’s Houthi government to give the Russian military access to all of Yemen’s bases, ports and airports. To justify this bold policy suggestion, Saleh praised Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “positive attitude” in the UN Security Council, and described Russia as Yemen’s “closest kin” in the international community.
Somalia is asking Russia to help equip its armed forces to fight terrorism in the Horn of Africa nation, where Islamic militant group al-Shabab is waging a deadly insurgency against the Western-backed government, according to Sputnik news agency, which is owned and operated by the Russian government. Mogadishu is also seeking Moscow’s support in strengthening its flagging economy, Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke reportedly said Tuesday at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Sudan’s President Omer Al-Bashir will visit Russia in the coming two months to discuss mutual cooperation, according to the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In a quick turn of events this week, Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar met Russian officials in an effort to secure crucial military support that would pave the way for his control of the North African country.
Why might Putin want to control seven Middle Eastern countries? Oil. If you add up Russia, Iran, Libya and Iraq, you come up with a world oil superpower. But oil doesn't do you much good if you can not ship it. Sudan, Yemen and Somalia make them a powerhouse on the Red Sea. Iran/Iraq/Syria connect the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean.
The last thing that Putin wants is refugees from these countries coming to the land of the free, making a lot of money, gaining political clout and then using that clout to do what Irish-Americans did for their home country. After its losses in Afghanistan, Russia retrenched. But it is ready to become a world colonial superpower again. And it is counting upon Trump to pave the way for them by telling the oppressed people of those countries "You either suck up to Putin and his puppet or die."
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Mon Jan 30, 2017, 06:43 PM (6 replies)
I was thinking about what has been happening and Trump's outrageous behavior and how he seems to be actively participating in the meltdown of his career in politics, and it suddenly occurred to me "Trump is playing some freaky version of Charles Foster Kane from some weird personal misinterpretation of the film."
Keep in mind that in modern America, we all see ourselves as characters in films, just as people used to use fairy tales as archetypes. Bill Clinton's foes would have done well to make note of the fact that his favorite movie was High Noon--meaning he was just waiting for a whole bunch of bad guys to try to take him on.
I decided to look it up online to see if my hunch was correct. And it was. Trump loves Citizen Kane. And he thinks that what happened to Kane was a "modest fall." And that he needed a better woman. Making it all about love. And everyone knows that we love a character in direction proportion to the amount of love he shows for someone or something else. Poor little rich boy. He loved others so much that he tried to save them. And his political foes shot him down. And that made him an even greater man. The End. Roll credits.
Here is a link.
Be sure to watch the video link. I now believe that Trump is actively seeking his own political ruin out of some misguided desire to emulate Charles Foster Kane. That he never divested because he never really intended to do this job for more than a brief time. That he took advantage of millions of Americans, putting their livelihoods at stake so that he could act out a narcissistic fantasy.
What a tool.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Jan 29, 2017, 06:45 PM (7 replies)
"Alternative facts"???? You would have to be brain dead not to know that this phrase would immediately start a run on George Orwell's 1984. How many people out there heard the words and did not think about "Newspeak"? Anyone?
And vetoing Homeland Security when it suggested---very reasonably--that the executive order to detain folks from certain countries should make exception for people who live here legally--like doctors, U.S. military translators, business owners---or have a very good reason for visiting the U.S---like being honored with an Academy Award nomination or being an athlete???? You would have to have the IQ of slime mold not to know how that one was going to play out in the press.
Which begs the question---what the hell are Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway up to? They certainly are not serving the best interest of the current POTUS. So, who is giving them their marching orders?
Several possibilities come to mind. 1. The most obvious--maybe they are both idiots, in which case they will hang themselves with their own idiocy. But what if they are not as dumb as they look? (Note Conway graduated with honors from both college and law school). In that case, we must consider other possibilities.
2. Maybe it is Russia. Putin and his master Mogilevich are probably very sharp when it comes to engineering a Russian fascist coup, but do they really understand Americans? The same folks that believe that the Constitution gives them a right to fly carrying a loaded assault rifle are less than amused when told to "shut up." That's First Amendment and they know they have a right to wave a Nazi flag in front of a synagogue if they want, and the only thing that separates our country from Europe---where their party is illegal--is the U.S. Constitution. The natural response of Americans when told to "shut up" is to take to the streets, marching and waving signs and getting all up in Trump's face. We are an apocalyptic people, always looking for a good excuse to toss out the old and make way for the new.
Note to Trump. If your advisers are taking advice about how to do pr for your administration from a bunch of Russians, fire them. Russia is full of people who quietly endured the czars and then the communists. They are obviously sheep compared to your average ruggedly individualistic American, descendants of all the Europeans who would not bow their necks under someone's jack boot.
Another possibility---3 a. Manchurian Candidate by character assassination. Are Bannon and Conway under orders to make Trump look so appalling that he is forced to resign or face impeachment. If Bannon and Conway' shenanigans cause the Stock Market to crash, Trump will be blamed and the Republicans who are currently keeping silent will suddenly start demanding his head. Here is what Karl Rove said when Trump caused Boeing stock to drop.
“What he did yesterday was he de-stabled the stock of a major American company,” he said. "That stock is held by millions of Americans."
Imagine what Rove will say if a whole lot of stocks drop?
3 b.Trump could even be complicit in this one. Maybe the blackmail material which Putin holds over his head is so bad (like stat rape) that he would rather look like a mad man and go along with his political ruination that resist and face jail time. An ex-president unfairly hounded from office by his enemies can make a pretty good living. Maybe he is counting the days until he can resign and get the hell out of DC.
The result in either 3a or 3b, Mike Pence, a man who, under ordinary circumstances would never get elected is suddenly POTUS. And Pence, unlike Trump, has proven that he can be bought.
Campaign finance records from a 1990 run for Congress show that Pence, then 31, had used political donations to pay the mortgage on his house, his personal credit card bill, groceries, golf tournament fees and car payments for his wife.
Making Pence an ideal tool for people like Putin and the Kochs. Hell, maybe this whole thing was dreamed up by Karl Rove. He, at least, seems to understand the American people. And he has had nothing but good things to say about Pence. And Rove and Trump had a private meeting back in June....
Oh, and Conway used to work with Pence. Maybe she will be working with him again, soon. Maybe she is Mike Pence's "Nancy Reagan." Trump could sure use a Nancy Reagan of his own right now.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Jan 29, 2017, 05:31 PM (10 replies)