The hits just keep on coming… WTF tries to keep pace with all the hubbub that Trumpty Dumpty is doing since he became the fearless leader of the so-called free world…
Almost overnight… with the stroke of a pen… America had become a country who was now a country where human rights were more endangered than these rights had been in a very long, long, long time… even more so than its “normal” self of being antihuman rights.
The reaction of many in America of falling through over sideways upside down that rabbit hole into this new bizarro Alice in Wonderlandish world was to take to the streets… to demonstrate in masses… in airports… in the streets… wherever they could… to voice outrage… opposition… to Trumpty’s edict of extreme vetting that would begin with his declaring the closure of America entry ports to certain specific middle east countries. Countries that allegedly harbored hordes of Muslims who trafficked in terrorism and would threatened the clean cut, flag waving, apple pie eating, baseball (OK, football, too) loving, white Christian American way of life.
Trumpty’s executive order banned travel into the United States for citizens from seven countries for 90 days… the sinister seven nations being Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen…
To be clear and above board…
It is true there are extremist terrorist groups in each of those countries… ISIS is in parts of Syria, Iraq, and Libya… al-Qaeda has a significant presence in Yemen… and al-Shabab is based in Somalia. Further it is also true that the U.S. State Department “says” Iran, Sudan, and Syria support international terrorism.
An immigration expert at the libertarian Cato Institute says that the total acts of terrorism that caused any American citizens to cease to live by anyone from those seven countries from 1975 to 2015 is…
As for murderous Muslim refugees… the same Cato Institute spokesperson says that out of the 3.25 million refugees that have gained entry into the US, 20 have been convicted of attempting and/or committing terrorism on U.S. soil. And… in those attacks perpetrated by those 20 refugees three Americans were murdered… by Cuban refugees in the 1970s.
But, what about all those other terrorist killings that have occurred on American soil?
The San Bernardino shooting that killed 14 people? Carried out by an American-born US citizen of Pakistani descent and a lawful permanent US resident of Pakistani descent.
The Orlando nightclub incident where 49 people were murdered? An American-born US citizen of Afghani descent.
The Boston marathon bombers who wreaked so much bloodletting and horror and left three dead in the streets? Ethnic Chechens who came from Kyrgyzstan and grew up Massachusetts.
The incident in Tennessee where four marines were left dead? A Kuwaiti-born US citizen whose parents were Palestinian and Jordanian.
The Times Square bomber? Well attempted bomber… the bomb kind of fizzled out and caused more mayhem and sowed seeds of fear than it did destruction and death. Anyway… a Pakistani-American.
The dude that murdered 13 at the 2009 Fort Hood incident? Born in Virginia to Palestinian parents.
None of those countries that had links to any of those murderous terrorist incidents are on Trumpty’s list of countries effected by his executive order.
Fact… outside of 9/11… the vast majority of so-called Muslim terrorists have been American citizens or legal residents.
Fact… not even one murderous terrorist incident was ever committed by anyone from the seven countries restricted by Trumpty’s travel ban.
So what’s it all about, Alfie?
Seems like someone has some sort of ulterior hidden motive behind all this executive order banning travel from some supposed terrorist stronghold countries, eh?
Could it be that American business interests could suffer if we started banning travel from… say… someplace like Saudi Arabia? Like the prez himself has in that country?
Or, some other country that Trumpty’s refugee ban in the Middle East avoided that he has business ties in? Businesses like golf courses in the United Arab Emirates…. luxury towers in Turkey… recently created companies in Egypt… or… that Ivanka, his daughter, was angling to do some major business deals in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
None of these countries made Trumpty’s top seven hit parade of countries that are havens for terrorists who threaten to come to America to kill American people.
Or, weren’t some of you aware of all that? That he was doing business with some of these foreign entities. Foreign entities who had real ties to terrorism? Ties that were either overt or covert or both.
Sound like Trumpty is spreading around a bunch of smoke and using a bunch of mirrors and presto chango sleight of hand shit to pretend he be saving we the people from the murderous hordes of bad guys when all he is doing is no damn thing whatsoever. All he is doing is causing a lot of people to be pissed off, inconvenienced and illegally discriminated against and detained proper entry into America where they have every damn right to be.
And why? Simply because they are Muslims or people of color and because the damn ass can do it. Regardless of the fact that many AGs from various states of the union are saying that what he is doing is illegal and are already processing legal action against his travel edict.
Acting Attorney General Sally Yates very recerntly said “I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right. At present I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful.”
Trumpty must have been watching reruns of his old show the Apprentice where he was known for telling losing competitors… “You’re Fired.”
Only problem is this ain’t no reality TV show. This is the real McCoy. Life itself. Real reality.
And, people are suffering because he thinks he can do whatever the fuck he wants simply because he sits behind a desk in the Oval Office inside of the Casa Blanca in Washington D.C.
So, rightfully tens of thousands… hundreds of thousands… maybe a million or more folks stood and demonstrated against hypocrisy, against injustice, against discrimination, against racism. They stood for the right thing… they stood tall and proud and told the president and reigning twitter king of the world… fuck you and fuck off!
Not since the 1960s and 1970s… when people fought for civil rights and against racism… and… stood forcefully against the morally bankrupt and arguably illegal Vietnam War have this many people been motivated enough to stand up and be counted and accept whatever abuse might come their way.
I watched and smiled with pride that the people… of all ages… of all colors… of all ethnicities… of all religions… men and women… workers… unionists… middle class folks… business people… corporate leaders… professionals… people from the arts… people of America could actually stand and come together right now and fight injustice with such clarity and such force and determined conscience.
My one misgiving? My fear?
I fear that these souls will eventually fall by the wayside the way a previous generation once did.
It was my own who failed to continue on with the battle and silently slacked off thinking we had won the battle against racism and against war when the truth was we had only won a stay against injustice. Injustice still loomed behind closed doors waiting for the chance… the opportunity… to come slithering out from its dank sordid hidey hole and reign supreme.
And… little by little… through the years… it crept ever closer to flinging open the door that secreted it away… until the moment it had long awaited to spring out and prey upon people’s worries and fears to once more gain a foothold throughout America.
I pray the people of this occasion of raising up as one to fight injustice; to fight racism and discrimination; to fight against hate and demand equality for all are not just summer soldiers and will stay together in unison until the fight is truly over and all power has been grasped from the fools of tyranny.
Reprise of the immigration SNAFU…
I want to revist the words of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates in reaction to the immigration ban edict via his executive order that Trumpty Dumpty issued and what unnecessary problems that his hingo jingo bullshit caused throughout the entry ports of America from other countries… primarily people (including American citizens or peoople with green cards) with ethnic ties to the aforementioned Sinister Seven Nations.
I want to quote parts of Democracy Now’s January 31, 2017 show… “Watergate Veterans: Just Like Nixon, Donald Trump Appears to Think He is Above the Law.”
The Watergate Veterans who appearred on the show, with moderators Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, were Elizabeth Holtzman, a former U.S. congresswoman from New York who served on the House Judiciary Committee that voted to impeach Richard Nixon and Jill Wine-Banks, a former assistant Watergate special prosecutor and the first woman to serve as U.S. Army general counsel.
Especially noteworthy and very significant are portions of the show that speaks about Tricky Dicky Nixon, his invilvemnt in the so-called Saturday Night Massacre and Trumpty Dumpty’s immigrastion edict…
I quote… somewhat extensively… from that Democracy Now show…
Amy Goodman: Let’s go back to 1973. This is how NBC’s John Chancellor broke the news of what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre.
John Chancellor: Good evening. The country tonight is in the midst of what may be the most serious constitutional crisis in its history. The president has fired the special Watergate prosecutor, Archibald Cox. Because of the president’s action, the attorney general has resigned. Elliot Richardson has quit, saying he cannot carry out Mr. Nixon’s instructions. Richardson’s deputy, William Ruckelshaus, has been fired. Ruckelshaus refused, in a moment of constitutional drama, to obey a presidential order to fire the special Watergate prosecutor. And half an hour after the special Watergate prosecutor had been fired, agents of the FBI, acting at the direction of the White House, sealed off the offices of the special prosecutor, the offices of the attorney general and the offices of the deputy attorney general. All of this adds up to a totally unprecedented situation, a grave and profound crisis in which the president has set himself against his own attorney general and the Department of Justice.
Then after some pertinent small talk. the show turned to commentss from former Senator Holtzman…
Liz Holtzman: Well, it was an extraordinary abuse of power, what Richard Nixon did, the firing of Archibald Cox, having him fired. It was an impeachable offense; it would form part of the articles of impeachment. Why? Because President Nixon was using the powers of his office not for the benefit of the United States of America, but to cover up a crime—namely, the break-in at the Watergate Hotel by operatives of the White House and by operatives of his re-elect committee. So that was a cover-up and part of keeping the cover-up going. And it was abuse of power, because Richard Nixon didn’t care about the law. He wanted the special prosecutor out of the way.
And while there’s not an exact similarity here, because so far we don’t know that there’s a cover-up, but what we have is the same mentality of abusing power, of taking power into your own hands and saying, “I’m first”—not “America First,” “I’m first.” If the attorney general says that this may not pass legal muster, that this may not be lawful, don’t you think the president ought to be asking, “Wow! How do we get this to be lawful? What’s wrong here? I want to obey the law.” No, the president put himself above the law. He didn’t want to find out why this wasn’t lawful, what the qualms were, what the problems were. And that’s the mentality that will bring this president down. You cannot, in the end, put yourself above the law time after time after time.
Juan González: Well, this issue of putting yourself above the law, interestingly, when Sally Yates was being confirmed, she was questioned by Jeff Sessions, who will this week, obviously, take over the job of attorney general, specifically about—he asked her about the issue of what you would do if you disagreed with the president. And let’s hear what he asked her at the time.
Then the direct questioningg from Sessions and Ms. Yates answers…
Senator Jeff Sessions: Do you think the attorney general has a responsibility to say no to the president if he asks for something that’s improper? A lot of people have defended the Lynch nomination, for example, by saying, “Well, he appoints somebody who’s going to execute his views. What’s wrong with that?” But if the views the president wants to execute are unlawful, should the attorney general or the deputy attorney general say no?
Sally Yates: Senator, I believe that the attorney general or the deputy attorney general has an obligation to follow the law and the Constitution and to give their independent legal advice to the president.
Senator Jeff Sessions: Like any CEO with a law firm, sometimes the lawyers have to tell the CEO, “Mr. CEO, you can’t do that. Don’t do that. We’ll get a suit. It’s going to be in violation of the law. You’ll regret it. Please,” no matter how headstrong they might be. Do you feel like that’s the duty on the Attorney General’s Office?
Sally Yates: I do believe that that’s the duty of the Attorney General’s Office, to fairly and impartially evaluate the law and to provide the president and the administration with impartial legal advice.
Senator Jeff Sessions: And just as in a fraud case or any other drug case you might have prosecuted… excellently, it appears… over the years, immigration law is important to be consistently and effectively enforced, should it not?
Sally Yates: I believe that all of our laws should be consistently and effectively enforced and within the confines of the Constitution.
I would like to add this… I have no idea if she has grounds for a lawsuit… BUT… I would love to see Ms. Yates fucking sue the shit out of Prez Trumpty Dumpty and the federal government of the US for unlawful termination and discriminationatory actions.
Previously in WTF…
Let me walk that back… I have no idea if any of these men have the capability to fuck so let me rephrased that… eight materialistic, money grubbing, greedy damn men now have more wealth than half of the world’s population.
I also wrote about the rise of neo-feudalism in America in last week’s column. And, what Trumpty Dumpty’s presidency could mean for the furtherance of the possibility of neo-feudalism becoming a full-fledged reality… a reality where we the people would answer to the whims and fancies of a corporate, profits first world order.
In rides the newly elected savior to all of America’s woes… Trumpty. A dude who was primarily elected by mostly white working class, and a fair amount of middle class, men and women. People who thought he could give them more economic security in their lives because he is not a political denizen of the political swamp in Washington…. he is an outsider. Besides all that, he is a wealthy man who ran huge businesses. So, he must know something pretty good about how to save money and use it wisely to make even more money. Right?
At least, I’m guessing that was their thinking. Because personally I can see no logically sound reason why anyone would ever vote for the dude… and I use that word “dude” very, very, very loosely here.
Since his inauguration January 20th, Trump has relied heavily on executive orders to begin addressing his biggest campaign promises.
Among some of his declarations… he has said that the United States is still gonna build a $20 billion wall on the southern border with Mexico, go forward with the Dakota Acess pipeline, revisit the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and get rid of the Affordable Care Act.
In his first week as the fearless leader of the greatest show on Earth, he signed an executive order to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act… thereby threatening to leaving millions upon millions cast adrift without the safety net of any health care insurance and at the mercy of the health care industry, inclusive of insurance and pharmaceutical comapnies, who would essentially either raise the cost of health services to those left adrift or deny those who would be now uninsured coverage of their ailments because they would now be preexisting conditions.
Trumpty also has said he intends to deregulate the rules that govern how businesses can operate. Because right now in America there are just too many rules businesses need to muck through so the businesses can actually conduct the job of running a company/firm in an attempted profitable manner.
To facilitate that desire Trumpty signed an executive order Monday aimed at slashing federal regulations that is being called the “one in, two out” plan. This order requires that any federal agency who wants to get into place any new regulation governing business must have in place a plan to cut two existing regulations.
While, I believe there is entirely too much regulation by government… too much bureaucracy… I don’t think you can simply say get rid of two, if you want to put into place a needed directive to make sure a business is being run properly within the law and ethically.
Sounds good on paper and as a sound bite for his supporters… but… in reality… way too simplistic and naïve. And, just like his immigration ban snafu… impossible to actually impellent as stated.
And, his revisiting of his folly of building that damn wall between Mexico and the U.S.? Seesm Mexico is saying something to the effect of “Hell, no. We ain’t gonna pay for shit!”
His answer to the Mexico? Fine, then to pay for the wall how about America just ppalces a 20% tariff on everything being imported from Mexico? That’ll teach them damn Mexicans a damn lesson.
Exqueeze me? That’s called a tax on the American people! Does anyone realize what exactly we import from Mexico? Not to mention how many jobs depend upon business that is conducted in Mexico?
According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 6 million U.S. jobs depend on U.S. trade with Mexico.
And… it is estimated that 40 cents of every dollar’s worth of goods imported from Mexico was actually made from jump street in the United States. Yep, Mexico imported product from the good old U.S.; used it to produce another product and then sent it back to the U.S. Thereby that product actually cost the US less in the net result.
But, beyond all of that… we import literally tons of produce or product. Stuff like… tomatoes, onions, peppers, fresh fruit, beer, wine, liquor, cars, electrical devices, optical and photo equipment, medical and surgical Instruments and believe or not… crude oil. It’s all gonna cost more to import if Trumpty has his way and a 20% tariff is imposed on all Mexican imports.
Who do you think will ultimately pay that 20% increase? It ain’t gonna be the businesses who are doing the importing that’s for damn sure. As the cost of the goods are respectively raised, it will be we-the-damn-overtaxed-as- it-is-people.
Going back to deregulation… he wants to repeal Dodd-Frank or at least extremely modify it. Dodd-Frank was enacted in order to prevent the type of risky lending that was the major reason for the of the housing crisis where millions either lost their homes with some people literally being put out on the streets or went completely bankrupt. But hell… let’s go back to the good old days and let the banks spend, spend, spend and ramp up their lending once again.
If, Trumpty has his way… say sayonara to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. If, the demise of the five year old watch dog agency were to occur… and some are saying it could in Trumpty’s first 365 days as our fearless leader… then the banks would see about $1.4 billion fall into their coffers.
There are many other bureaus and rules and regulations that are being considered to either being eliminated or severely emended but why belabor the point… I think the point has been established.
Which is… the financial sector of commerce or business is regulated to prevent those institutions… banks and Wall Street… from being duplicitous and taking investors for a financial ride to nowhere where if it all goes into the shitter (as it did a few times in our very recent history) they come out clean and the investor takes the fall. In short, if Trumpty’s ways are put into reality then there will be no agency that would be able to take any actions to protect investors, consumers, or prevent reckless and unethical banking practices that could ultimately tank not only the American economy but the world economy as well…
So, one more time what’s it all about, Alfie?
Just this… American billionaires, profited immensely off of record-high stock prices during Trump’s first seven days in office. The ten wealthiest Americans added $15.8 billion to their combined net worth.
A few notable names…
Warren Buffett’s net worth jumped $2.5 billion to $74 billion. He is currently the second richest person and his wealth his rising. Bill Gates ($85 billion) is #1.
Mark Zuckerberg, was $2.1 billion. Facebook’s stock is approaching record highs.
Larry Ellison, of Oracle fame made an extra $985 million. Poor baby.
And worldwide… Carlos Slim Helu, the richest person in Mexico, made $1.6 billion… yeah… take your damn 20% tariff and shove it where the sun don’t shine.
And Russia’s billionaires? In total they have added an estimated $29 billion since Trump’s election.
Trumpty Dumpty got elected primarily on his promise to “Make America Great Again.”
There are about 500 billionaires in America. Life was damn good for all of them Trumpty got elected.
It’s a hell of a lot better so far.
So… one more time exactly who did all those who voted for Trumpty think was gonna benefit the most by Trumpty getting elected?
It ain’t you, babe…
(Editors’ Note: BTW… the source of most of this info? Forbes…)
Another thousand words…
This weeks gratuitous pictures…
Antonia “Toni” Garrn (28) is a German model…
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