Buried deep in the Trump Administration’s plans to round up undocumented immigrants is a provision certain to enrage Mexico — new authority for federal agents to deport anyone caught crossing the southern border to Mexico, regardless of where they are from. If present immigration trends continue, that could mean the United States would push hundreds of… Continue Reading →
Prominent political voices are increasingly saying President Donald Trump has gone too far in his assault on the media’s credibility, likening his repeated criticisms to those of dictators. RELATED: Campaigner-in-chief: Trump rallies supporters The debate over the wisdom of Trump’s comments took place on the Sunday morning news shows, with Republican Senator John McCain and others… Continue Reading →
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “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-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
I guess we should give the Statue of Liberty to Canada now.
In a way, it’s almost a relief that they’re finally coming right out with their plan. Because after years of screaming about this stuff, some people thought I was exaggerating, or even imagining things:
A policy manifesto from an influential conservative group with ties to the Trump administration, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, urges the dismantling of the Education Department and bringing God into American classrooms.
The five-page document produced by the Council for National Policy calls for a “restoration of education in America” that would minimize the federal role, promote religious schools and home schooling and enshrine “historic Judeo-Christian principles” as a basis for instruction.
Names of the council’s members are closely held. But the Southern Poverty Law Center published a 2014 membership directory showing that Stephen K. Bannon — now chief White House strategist for President Trump — was a member and that Kellyanne Conway — now counselor to the president — served on the council’s executive committee.
DeVos was not listed as a member, but her mother, Elsa Prince Broekhuizen, was named on the council’s board of governors. Her father-in-law, Amway founder Richard DeVos Sr., twice served as president, most recently from 1990 to 1993. And she and her husband have given money to the council as recently as 2007 through their family foundation, according to federal tax records.
Oddly enough, they removed it from their website after the Post reported on it.
I am always happy when someone else writes the story I’ve been meaning to write about the nice rich white lady who’s telling me not to worry about Judge Gorsuch on the Supreme Court:
Now I am happy that Mr. & Mrs. Nitze have a very nice, privileged life. But I object to Jane telling me she is okay with Judge Gorsuch and implying that I should be, too. The only thing I have to say to that is: “HOBBY LOBBY!” In the infamous Hobby Lobby decision, Gorsuch argued that the requirement that employers cover birth control for their employees would force business owners “to underwrite payments for drugs or devices that can have the effect of destroying a fertilized human egg,” despite arguments from the law’s supporters that an exemption would allow owners to impose their faith on employees. BTW I am still boycotting Hobby Lobby (and I’m a knitter!). The picture above was taken at a Hobby Lobby after a protester rearranged the letter blocks.
In Little Sisters of the Poor, Judge Gorsuch suggested that the opt-out allowed in the federal health care law “imposes a substantial burden on that person’s free exercise of religion.”
Reproductive healthcare for everyone, free birth control for women paid for by their employers, preservation of the Affordable Care Act – these are the things I care about – not whether Jane likes Judge Gorsuch.
The Judicial Crisis Network has invested over $1 million in the Republican Attorneys General Association, over $4 million in state judicial races (aren’t you glad Nebraska doesn’t elect judges), funded the ad campaign touting Jeff Sessions as a “civil rights champion”, and now is funding the $2 million campaign for Jane to tell us that Judge Gorsuch is a good guy.
Judge Gorsuch writes scary opinions (even if he is an Episcopalian), and we should be concerned about him becoming the next Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Don’t listen to Jane.
Also, the GOP twisted the law in the first place so commercials like this could help them keep control.
What did the president know, and when did he know it? From Wonkette:
Things we still don’t know about this story:
- Everything we don’t yet know about how deep Flynn’s ties to the Russians go, exactly what he did for Trump, and why. Investigation of Mike Flynn should not be over, just because he, in theory, is gone! Here are some reasons why, as compiled by the lovely David Corn.
- Full details on the things that have been verified and haven’t been verified in the Steele dossier, up to and including whatever kind of pee hooker kompromat the Kremlin might have on the American president, and including names and alleged activities of Trump associates like Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Carter Page.
- The full extent of the Russian hacking operation into the 2016 election, and what results it achieved.
- That weird computer in Trump Tower that only communicates with that huge bank in Moscow. WHAT DO IT DO EXACTLY?
- Donald Trump obviously has a deep and abiding love for Vladimir Putin, and his fawning behavior sure does suggest he’s compromised! Is he?
- God only knows what skeletons President Steve Bannon is hiding in his closet.
- Information on whoever else in Trump’s inner circle could be part of the scandal.
- Whatever U.S. and British and Israeli intelligence knows that hasn’t managed to leak yet, and oh boy, considering how much has leaked, what we don’t know is surely VAST and HOLY SHIT.
In short, Flynn’s resignation is the tip of the iceberg. So hey media, we shouldn’t blow it this time, and by “we,” we mean “you.”
Read more at http://wonkette.com/612710/dear-media-mike-flynns-resignation-does-not-mean-trumps-russia-scandal-is-over#iQdKYpPH77vJze2m.99
Despite President Donald Trump’s continued insistence that the 2016 Presidential election was rife with fraud, the House Administration Committee voted to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), an agency formed specifically to ensure the integrity of elections. The vote came along party lines, with the six Republican members of the Congressional committee voting in favor of… Continue Reading →
I’ve been bringing up ethnic cleansing all week, because it’s clear to me that’s what the end game is here with these people.
People who are much smarter and more credentialed than I am have rushed to explain to me why that’s silly. But it’s not. We have three people in the White House inner circle who are white nationalists, people who are on the record saying we have to save the country from being overrun by Muslims and other brown people. Their actions of the past week make it clear what they’re doing.
Now that a male blogger is saying the same thing, maybe people will start to listen. I dunno. Apparently I’m overreacting and it can’t happen here.
Because it’s really up to us:
— SuburbanGuerrilla (@SusieMadrak) February 3, 2017
Ilan Berman, vice president of the conservative American Foreign Policy Council think tank, reported that the White House turned off its recording equipment during President Donald Trump’s call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Following the call with Putin on Saturday, the Kremlin published a readout of the hour-long conversation that suggested the Russian president was pleased… Continue Reading →