Trump's Presidency: Is this the next domino to fall?

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Immigration Detention Conditions Were Atrocious Under Obama. Here's Why They're So Much Worse Under Trump.

 

The Marshall Project: How Trump Inherited his Expanding Detention System

 

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The Marshall Project found that every president for the past 25 years has overseen growth in immigration detention, with the average daily population hovering between 30,000 and 40,000 during Obama’s presidency. In fiscal year 2018, under Trump, the average daily population was 45,890, and it has continued to rise this year.

 

 

Trump's  Attorney General Jeff Session's Zero Tolerance Enforcement Policy that was the impetus for family separation, thousands of children being  separated from their parents.  

 

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The widely publicized family separations were a consequence of the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance policy, not the result of an explicit family separation policy. Since the zero tolerance policy was implemented, up to 3,000 children may have been separated from their parents. In addition, thousands more were separated prior to the public announcement of the policy change

 

 

Obama's Immigration Reform Speech in 2014

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Lavender Rain said:

Immigration Detention Conditions Were Atrocious Under Obama. Here's Why They're So Much Worse Under Trump.

 

The Marshall Project: How Trump Inherited his Expanding Detention System

 

Trump's  Attorney General Jeff Session's Zero Tolerance Enforcement Policy that was the impetus for family separation, thousands of children being  separated from their parents.  

 

[Videos omitted to save space, but they're certainly worth watching]

 

tl;dr for our Janus-like parrot friend (BALTY WANTS A CRACKER!): even if both sides are bad, one side is much, much worse. But don't let that stop you from BSABing.

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I'm carrying coals to Newcastle by saying that Trump is worse than Obama, but Obama probably won't be remembered kindly by history. The Obama presidency ended up being about a futile attempt at preserving a ideological and political status quo that had already expired, making compromise after compromise with bad-faith players in the hope of preserving technocratic "norms" that never existed.  The Trump presidency is the "reward" for the Obama presidency.  Much better would have been to pre-empt the right and run a presidency devoted to overturning ideological norms, in the opposite direction.  But that would have been against Obama's entire discourse and style.  That's why he wasn't a good president.

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This could be the start of a new trend...

 

Eric Trump says waitress spat on him at Chicago cocktail bar

 

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Eric Trump, son of US President Donald Trump, has said he was spat on by an employee at an upscale Chicago cocktail bar.

"It was a purely disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems," Mr Trump said to Breitbart, a right-wing news website.

 

The employee was questioned by Secret Service agents and later released, according to local media.

 

The bar confirmed that an "unfortunate incident" had occurred with Mr Trump

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"We did not witness the incident and we are just beginning to learn the details," the Aviary said in a statement. "What is certain is this: no customer should ever be spit on."

 

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The best was his take away from the experience -

 

"It just emphasizes a sickness and desperation and the fact that we're winning."

 

How could a sane person classify being spat on in the face as winning?

 

 

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On June 21, the writer E. Jean Carroll came forward with a vivid and disturbing claim that Donald Trump raped her in a department store in the 1990s. She is the 22nd woman to allege that Trump committed acts of sexual misconduct. These claims are more extensive and more corroborated than the accusations against Bill Clinton.

It’s worth contrasting Trump, who denied Carroll’s claim (as well as his other accusers’), with Clinton because his scandals helped spur the Southern Baptist Convention in 1998 to issue its seminal “Resolution on Moral Character of Public Officials.” That document’s key statement was ominous and unequivocal: “Tolerance of serious wrong by leaders sears the conscience of the culture, spawns unrestrained immorality and lawlessness in the society, and surely results in God’s judgment.”

The relentless drumbeat of claims against Trump–combined with the clear moral declarations of the past–have caused millions of Americans to look at their evangelical fellow citizens and ask, simply: Why? Why have you abandoned your previous commitment to political character to embrace Donald Trump?

Part of the explanation is undeniably basic partisanship and ambition. White evangelicals are largely Republican, and they’re generally going to vote for Republicans. And proximity to power has always had its attractions for religious charlatans of all stripes. But I’d suggest the real reason for the breadth and depth of evangelical support is deeper and–perversely–even more destructive to its religious witness.

That reason is fear....

 

 

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“Tolerance of serious wrong by leaders sears the conscience of the culture, spawns unrestrained immorality and lawlessness in the society, and surely results in God’s judgment.”

Please define 'God's judgment' :ph34r:

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Ask the Evangelicals - they wrote it. :D

 

They don't seem to fear/believe it these days. Doesn't suit their purpose.

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The law of unintended consequences is a well-understood phenomenon: Public officials impose a law or rule intended to prompt one type of behavior, but fail to consider everybody who might be affected or ways people might react. In this manner, seemingly rational policies often backfire by creating an incentive to do the opposite of what policymakers intend.

President Trump is remarkably cavalier about consequences—and that could become the fatal flaw of his presidency. The latest example comes from Trump’s escalating trade disputes, which are rife with unintended consequences. When Trump put Chinese telecom firm Huawei on a blacklist in May, banning it from doing business with U.S. firms, he probably didn’t intend to harm American companies. But that’s exactly what’s happening.

Delivery giant FedEx has sued the government—the U.S. government, not the Chinese one—saying the Huawei policy shift imposes a burden no shipper can comply with. Under the new policy, FedEx (FDX) isn’t allowed to transport Huawei products—but it doesn’t know what’s inside every one of the 15 million packages it ships every day. It only knows the originating and shipping addresses. So FedEx could end up breaking the law if it doesn’t open every package to see what’s inside—which it plainly can’t do—and inadvertently ships a Huawei product. A Trump policy meant to shackle a foreign company has imposed an absurd burden on a domestic one.

 

 

The Huawei ban is hurting other American companies that supply software or components to Huawei, including Google, Intel, Qualcomm and Micron, and are losing business. Banning Huawei from buying American components also creates an incentive for Huawei and other Chinese tech firms to begin a moonshot program to develop their own componentry, so they’re never again dependent on American suppliers. Trump’s policies could make Chinese tech firms more fearsome in the future, not less.

Trump didn’t campaign for president by promising to put American farmers out of business, yet his tariffs are pounding farmers, too. The Trump tariffs on Chinese imports triggered highly predictable retaliatory tariffs from China on U.S. exports, especially agriculture. U.S. soybean exports have tanked and farm income is down. Trump didn’t intend for these consequences to occur, but an army of economists and trade experts predicted they would. He didn’t care.

Other troubling consequences of Trump action:

 

 

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Derangement 101

 

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Having estranged allies with threats and false accusations, President Donald Trump now faces dealing with the latest crisis he has generated, Iran, without any allies at all.

Trump prepares to meet Thursday and Friday with leaders of the world’s largest industrial economies at the G-20 summit in Japan with the idea, according to the White House, of gaining their cooperation in lowering tensions with Iran. “This is a chance for the president to engage with a number of different international leaders, among our closest partners and allies, to obtain their support and to have discussions about how we can encourage Iran to enter into negotiations,” a senior administration official said this week on condition of anonymity.

Foreign policy experts outside the administration wonder exactly how that might work, given Trump’s record of lashing out at them with falsehoods and reneging on agreements made under previous administrations — including the original Iran nuclear deal itself.

“He’s taken his usual tactic, which is aggravate everyone in advance, up the ante, be obnoxious, with the hope of then acting like the non-abusive parent in the face-to-face meeting,” said Wendy Sherman, the former State Department official who led the U.S. negotiating team for the Iran agreement that Trump scrapped. “What that gets him is not really clear at this point.”

Just hours before leaving on the trip Wednesday, for example, Trump angrily attacked a number of those allies in an interview with Fox Business. “European nations were set up in order to take advantage of the United States,” he claimed.

Trump also turned his attacks against Vietnam for its tariffs — “Vietnam takes advantage of us even worse than China” — and Japan, also for purportedly taking advantage of the United States through its defense treaty: “If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III. We will go in and we will protect them and we will fight with our lives and with our treasure. We will fight at all costs, right? But if we’re attacked, Japan doesn’t have to help us at all. They can watch it on a Sony television.”...

 

 

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On 6/27/2019, 12:57:28, Eupathic Impulse said:

I'm carrying coals to Newcastle

 

What does that even mean?

On 6/27/2019, 12:57:28, Eupathic Impulse said:

The Obama presidency ended up being about a futile attempt at preserving a ideological and political status quo that had already expired, making compromise after compromise with bad-faith players in the hope of preserving technocratic "norms" that never existed. 

 

It is a vital part of that narrative that Obama was a good guy whose noble impulses were thwarted by the bad guys.   Never mind that he took more in campaign contributions from Wall Street than his opponents and was part of the scam.   He did exactly what he was supposed to do.    He was the best friend that Wall Street ever had in the oval office.

 

On 6/27/2019, 12:57:28, Eupathic Impulse said:

The Trump presidency is the "reward" for the Obama presidency.  Much better would have been to pre-empt the right and run a presidency devoted to overturning ideological norms, in the opposite direction.  But that would have been against Obama's entire discourse and style.  That's why he wasn't a good president.

 

Trump was inevitable, but give some credit to Clinton and George W. for preparing his arrival.       

 

Clinton oversaw the most aggressive stage of transforming the US Democrats from a labor party to one following a corporate, managerial, neoconservative agenda.   George W. and his administration (with bipartisan support) own what will be at least a 25 year quagmire in the middle east.  

 

Bernie Sanders'  appeal comes from the same dissatisfaction that incubated Trump.  

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Mr. Inevitable hisself responds to recent polls showing him trailing several Democratic candidates by double digits and launches his own push poll to end all push polls.

 

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1. Who would you rather see fix our Nation’s shattered immigration policies?
  •   President Trump
  •   A MS-13 Loving Democrat
2. Who do you trust more to protect America from foreign and domestic threats?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Corrupt Democrat
3. Who would you rather handle our Nation’s economy?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Radical Socialist Democrat
4. Who do you believe is more transparent with the American People?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Lying Democrat
5. Who do you trust to NOT raise your taxes?
  •   President Trump
  •   A High Tax Democrat
6. Who do you believe will ALWAYS put America FIRST?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Sleazy Democrat
7. Who do you believe will keep their promises?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Lyin’ Democrat
8. Who do you believe will fight for you every day?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Low Energy Democrat
9. Who do you believe is better for America?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Low IQ Democrat
10. Who will you vote for in 2020?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Radical Socialist Democrat

 

You can't make this shit up. Probably won't stop Loretta from trying, though.

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Womp, womp. How's all that winning going, Trumpsters? Tired of winning yet?

 

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A federal judge on Friday issued a ruling blocking the Trump administration from tapping billions of dollars in military funds to construct a wall on the United States's southern border.

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam issued the permanent injunction in a California federal court, after initially ruling last month to temporarily halt the administration’s use of military funds for the border wall.

President Trump declared a national emergency earlier this year in order to divert roughly $6 billion in Defense Department funds toward border wall construction. Friday's ruling blocks the administration from using $2.5 billion in military funds for a border wall.

The injunction halts border wall construction at different sites in New Mexico, California, Arizona and Texas, expanding Gilliam's previous ruling.

Gilliam, an Obama appointee, made the ruling on the military funds in a lawsuit brought forward by several groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Sierra Club, challenging the diversion of the military funds under the scope of the national emergency order.

The Trump administration had argued that the use of the military funds was lawful under the scope of the national emergency, as the need for the funding was "unforeseen." And the lawyers claimed that if they are unable to award the federal dollars to contractors by the end of the fiscal year, they may lose the funding.

In his ruling Friday, Gilliam wrote that the administration lawyers "present no new evidence or argument for why the court should depart from its prior decision, and it will not."

"Because no new factual or legal arguments persuade the court that its analysis in the preliminary injunction order was wrong, [the groups’] likelihood of success on the merits has ripened into actual success," the ruling reads.

The judge also found that the groups suing to block use of military funds for the wall would suffer "irreparable harm" over border wall construction because it "will harm their ability to recreate in and otherwise enjoy public land along the border."

 

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35 minutes ago, El Jeffo said:
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1. Who would you rather see fix our Nation’s shattered immigration policies?
  •   President Trump
  •   A MS-13 Loving Democrat
2. Who do you trust more to protect America from foreign and domestic threats?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Corrupt Democrat
3. Who would you rather handle our Nation’s economy?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Radical Socialist Democrat
4. Who do you believe is more transparent with the American People?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Lying Democrat
5. Who do you trust to NOT raise your taxes?
  •   President Trump
  •   A High Tax Democrat
6. Who do you believe will ALWAYS put America FIRST?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Sleazy Democrat
7. Who do you believe will keep their promises?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Lyin’ Democrat
8. Who do you believe will fight for you every day?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Low Energy Democrat
9. Who do you believe is better for America?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Low IQ Democrat
10. Who will you vote for in 2020?
  •   President Trump
  •   A Radical Socialist Democrat

 

 

There are currently 20 Democrats in the race.   What about the other 10?   

 

Have a good day, Jeffo.   

 

Smooch.  

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