Sunday, August 20, 2017

Trump Administration demanding that sheriffs keep undocumented immigrants in jail longer than legally allowed in order to allow time for deportation.

Courtesy of The Daily Beast:  

President Donald Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants has some sheriffs worried the White House is pushing them to break the law – demanding they violate the Fourth Amendment or face vilification from the commander-in-chief. 

“It’s a total mess,” said Bob Gualtieri, the sheriff of Pinellas County, Fla. 

At issue is a complicated question: Should sheriffs keep undocumented immigrants in their jails for more time than otherwise necessary so that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers can pick them up to be deported? 

The White House is demanding sheriffs do just that, by honoring ICE’s requests that sheriffs keep certain people locked up long enough for the agency to take them into custody. Those requests are called detainers. And many sheriffs would happily comply – except that federal courts have ruled repeatedly that the Fourth Amendment bars them from keeping an undocumented immigrant in jail who would otherwise go free. 

“If we violate the law by doing what they ask us to do, we’re subjecting ourselves, no question, to civil liability and civil rights violations,” Gualtieri said.

Galtieri goes on to say that he contacted the head White Nationalist at the White House, now that Steve Bannon's gone,  Stephen Miller and he did not seem to have any real understanding of the law.

Least surprising part of this whole article. 

So to be clear the White House is pushing local sheriffs to break the law so that they can tear apart families and send people who may only have had a minor legal infraction back over the border.

However in the meantime Donald Trump wants to forgive Nazis who beat people with clubs because "they had a permit."

Oh yeah, that's the kind of country I want to live in.

This is how everybody should resign who currently works with Donald Trump.

#RESIST.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Donald and Melania Trump are skipping the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony because apparently they are too politically toxic.

I hate you so much. You are the reason I am shunned by society.
Courtesy of WaPo:

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have elected not to attend the annual Kennedy Center Honors in December amid a political backlash among those who will be feted at the event. 

The first family will not participate “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Saturday morning. 

The announcement comes as three of the five honorees — television producer Norman Lear, singer Lionel Richie and dancer Carmen de Lavallade — said they would boycott the traditional White House reception related to the celebration. As for the other two, rapper LL Cool J has not said whether he would attend, and Cuban American singer Gloria Estefan said she would go to try to influence the president on immigration issues. 

Presidents and first ladies traditionally attend the Kennedy Center program each year. But the backlash against Trump was prompted by his handling of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last weekend, which ended in the death of a counter-protester.

As the New York Times reports other presidents have skipped this celebration in the past (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter to be precise.), but all of them were no shows because they had pressing presidential business to attend to, NOT because they were toxic assholes that nobody wanted to spend the evening with.

Probably for the best actually, after all nothing ruins an evening of celebration like having the Nazis show up.

The Kennedy Center itself responded by saying that they are "grateful for this gesture."

Hey, remember when THIS gorgeous couple received standing ovations during the Kennedy Center awards?

Good times.

Robert Mueller's Russian investigation is now focusing on Trump Jr..

Don't let them take me Dad, don't let them take me!
Courtesy of Buzzfeed:  

Federal prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller are focusing keenly on the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and are trying to determine his intent when he attended a controversial June 9, 2016, meeting with a Russian lawyer, according to a source familiar with the investigation. 

Trump Jr. has acknowledged that he was looking for negative information about Hillary Clinton when he, as well as Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, met with the lawyer. But he claimed he did not receive any useful opposition research. 

The source familiar with the investigation said that prosecutors have been trying to determine exactly what information was provided and are scrutinizing Trump Jr.’s statements about the meeting. 

Requesting or accepting anything of value for a presidential campaign from a foreign national violates federal election law, legal experts told BuzzFeed News.

Of course none of this will lead to actual imprisonment because Trump will DEFINITELY have his pardon pen out and at the ready for his son.

Now if this were Eric he might just let them take him, but this is Donnie Junior!

However I wonder how long these prosecutors could have to sweat Junior before he cracked like a two bit prison snitch?

Let's face it these Trump boys are soft from a life of extravagance and excess.

Just one night in a county jail and Junior would be giving up family secrets like an automatic Pez dispenser.

After Charlottesville the ACLU decides to stop representing hate groups that bring guns to protests.

Courtesy of The Hill: 

The American Civil Liberties Union took a new stance on firearms Thursday, announcing a change in policy that it would not represent hate groups who demonstrate with firearms. 

ACLU executive director Anthony Romero told The Wall Street Journal that the group would have stricter screenings and take legal requests from white supremacist groups on a case-by-case basis. 

“The events of Charlottesville require any judge, any police chief and any legal group to look at the facts of any white-supremacy protests with a much finer comb,” Romero told the Journal. “If a protest group insists, ‘No, we want to be able to carry loaded firearms,’ well, we don’t have to represent them. They can find someone else." 

The ACLU has come under fire after it filed a lawsuit in defense of the organizers who planned the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., after city officials denied them a permit to hold the rally around a statue of Robert E. Lee, which is set to be removed. 

The group was ultimately granted the permit for the Saturday rally, which later turned violent and resulted in one death and more than a dozen injured.

The ACLU just learned a valuable lesson that yes everybody deserves to have their rights protected, but fuck those gun toting assholes!

And why do these sacks of shit feel the need to bring a gun to a protest anyhow.

I go hiking in bear country all of the time with NO gun.

Are they trying to tell me that there is something at a protest that is scarier than a Grizzly Bear?

Because absolutely no, there is not!

James Murdoch criticizes Donald Trump's talking points, but he seems to get most of them from Fox News.

Let's face it Donald Trump is essentially taking the crap bloviated about on Fox News and making it a reality.

That is like giving life to the imaginary monsters that lived under our beds when we were children.

Terrifying.

If Murdock REALLY wanted to stop Donald Trump from tearing this country apart he would shut down his network, take his billions of dollars, and simply walk away from politics and cable news forever.

That would be so heroic that somebody might even put up a statue to honor his sacrifice.

Now that Steve Bannon is out of the White House he is ready to wage war....on pretty much everybody it seems.

It seems that the minute that Steve Bannon was fired from the White House he ran right back to Breitbart to prepare for the war to come.

Bannon also reached out to the Weekly Standard to give yet another angry, whiskey inspired interview describing what that war will look like: 

“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon said Friday, shortly after confirming his departure. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

(Personally I always imagine Bannon's words coming out in a kind of drunken slur.)

Bannon says that his departure was voluntary, and that he’d planned it to coincide with the one-year anniversary of his joining the Trump campaign as chief executive, on August 14, 2016. 

“On August 7th , I talked to [Chief of Staff John] Kelly and to the President, and I told them that my resignation would be effective the following Monday, on the 14th,” he said. “I’d always planned on spending one year. General Kelly has brought in a great new system, but I said it would be best. I want to get back to Breitbart.”

Other reports from inside the White House suggest that Bannon has been on his way out for some time, and that finally Trump had had enough of his constant attempts to take credit for Trump's election win and policy choices.

“Now, it’s gonna be Trump,” Bannon said. “The path forward on things like economic nationalism and immigration, and his ability to kind of move freely . . . I just think his ability to get anything done—particularly the bigger things, like the wall, the bigger, broader things that we fought for, it’s just gonna be that much harder.” 

Bannon assigns blame for the thwarting of his program on “the West Wing Democrats,” but holds special disdain for the Washington establishment—especially those Republicans who have, he believes, willfully failed to provide Trump with meaningful victories. 

And, he believes, things are about to get worse for Trump. “There’s about to be a jailbreak of these moderate guys on the Hill”—a stream of Republican dissent, which could become a flood.

Bannon believes that these moderate Republicans have purposefully interfered with Trump's attempts to keep his campaign promises about building that stupid wall and kicking all of the Muslims out.

“What Trump ran on—border wall, where is the funding for the border wall, one of his central tenets, where have they been? Have they rallied around the Perdue-Cotton immigration bill? On what element of Trump’s program, besides tax cuts—which is going to be the standard marginal tax cut—where have they rallied to Trump’s cause? They haven’t.”

“I think they’re going to try to moderate him,” he says. “I think he’ll sign a clean debt ceiling, I think you’ll see all this stuff. His natural tendency—and I think you saw it this week on Charlottesville—his actual default position is the position of his base, the position that got him elected. I think you’re going to see a lot of constraints on that. I think it’ll be much more conventional.”

Bannon is also under the impression that he has already made a lasting impact on American politics during his brief tenure in the White House, but now unshackled can do even more.

“I feel jacked up,” he says. “Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, ‘it’s Bannon the Barbarian.’ I am definitely going to crush the opposition. There’s no doubt. I built a f***ing machine at Breitbart. And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.”

"Hands back on my weapons," well this seems a little unsettling.

Especially since Trump significantly raised Bannon and Breitbart's profile, giving them the kind of mainstream conservative legitimacy that they struggled for before.

Bannon really could push Trump's agenda forward and shame Republicans for not supporting it, or turn on Trump like a rabid dog and help bring down his presidency.

Which clearly worries Trump enough that he is still smooching on Bannon's lily white, acne encrusted ass.

MSNBC is now the number one cable news channel. Deal with it!

Courtesy of Variety: 

MSNBC ranked as the number one network across all of cable in total viewers for the first time in its history, according to Nielsen data. 

For Wednesday, Aug. 16, MSNBC averaged 1.52 million viewers for the total day across all of cable, edging out second place Fox News, who averaged 1.5 million. CNN ranked fourth among all cable networks for the day with 1.13 million total viewers. Nickelodeon was third with 1.17 million. However, in the key adults 25-54 demographic, CNN was number one among the cable news networks for the total day, averaging 381,000 viewers in that measure. Fox News was second in the demo for total day with 353,000 viewers, and MSNBC was third with 343,000. 

In primetime, MSNBC was also first in total viewers among the cable news networks with 2.61 million viewers. Fox News was second with 2.4 million. CNN was third with 1.59 million. In the key demo for primetime, MSNBC was first with 613,000. Fox News narrowly outpaced CNN for second place with 560,000, with CNN averaging 557,000. 

Across all of broadcast in primetime, Wednesday’s episodes of “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” were among the top 10 shows of the night in total viewers, with Maddow averaging 3.25 million viewers at 9 p.m. and O’Donnell averaging 2.54 million at 10. They were both the highest-rated and most-watched cable news programs in their respective time slots, with Maddow also nabbing 778,00 viewers in the key demo and O’Donnell nabbing 597,000.

This has been my go to cable news channel since 2004 so I am glad to see they are finally getting the recognition they deserve. 

Rachel Maddow still remains my all time favorite, but I am loving me some Joy Reid. Katy Tur, and Lawrence O'Donnell as well.

OK Cupid bans white supremacist for life.

Courtesy of WaPo: 

After a Vice documentary about last weekend’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville featured white supremacist Chris Cantwell, he was banned from Facebook. And on Thursday, he was kicked off OkCupid as well. 

The online dating site announced the decision via Twitter and followed up by tweeting that “there is no room for hate in a place where you’re looking for love.” The site also asked users to report anyone who appears to be involved in a hate group. 

Chief executive Elie Seidman gave a statement to Gizmodo saying, “OkCupid has zero tolerance for racism. We make a lot of [decisions] every day that are tough. Banning Christopher Cantwell was not one of them.”

Just in case you are having a little difficulty remembering who this Chris Cantwell douchbag is, it's this douchebag. 
I also heard that Pay Pal kicked him off and that he no longer has a source of income.

I am going to try and shed a tear for him just as soon as I am finished rolling on the floor and laughing.