International travelers are avoiding the U.S.

Of course, this was inevitable:

Though they may differ as to the wisdom of the move, the travel press and most travel experts are of one mind: They are currently drawing attention to an unintended consequence of the Trump-led efforts to stop many Muslims from coming to the U.S., pointing to a sharp drop in foreign tourism to our nation that imperils jobs and touristic income.

It’s known as the “Trump Slump.” And I know of no reputable travel publication to deny it.
Thus, the prestigious Travel Weekly magazine (as close to an “official” travel publication as they come) has set the decline in foreign tourism at 6.8%. And the fall-off is not limited to Muslim travelers, but also extends to all incoming foreign tourists. Apparently, an attack on one group of tourists is regarded as an assault on all.
As far as travel by distinct religious groups, flight passengers from the seven Muslim-majority nations named by Trump were down by 80% in the last week of January and first week of February, according to Forward Keys, a well-known firm of travel statisticians. On the web, flight searches for trips heading to the U.S. out of all international locations was recently down by 17%.
A drop of that magnitude, if continued, would reduce the value of foreign travel within the U.S. by billions of dollars. And the number of jobs supported by foreign tourists and their expenditures in the United States—and thus lost—would easily exceed hundreds of thousands of workers in hotels, restaurants, transportation, stores, tour operations, travel agencies, and the like.

Could it be that incidents like this

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… are leading foreigners to say, “Screw that place”?

I have noticed a difference in the quality of tourist in D.C. Far less diversity, and far more herds of sweaty overweight melanin deprived waddlers wearing American flag t-shirts and red MAGA hats.

And yes, I can see their t-shirts and sweat as I walk along the streets of Washington because it’s been hovering around 80 degrees this week in February, not just here, but in most of America, and these non-believers in global warming don’t see the irony in that.

It’s so unseasonably warm, that 5,294 daily high-temperature records were broken across the country from Feb. 1 through Feb. 20, Crouch said. In contrast, there were just 85 low-temperature records broken during that same period, making it a ratio of 62:1 of high versus low new daily- temperature records, he said.

“For every cold daily-temperature record we’ve broken in February, we’ve broken 62 warm daily-temperature records,” Crouch told Live Science. “That ratio is very high. In a normal situation, we would expect those to be a 1-to-1 ratio.”

When did we put an international border between California and New York?

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Then

Your weekly dose of evil from Lugenduck’s America:

Passengers of a domestic Delta flight from San Francisco to New York were told to show their identity documents to uniformed agents of the Customs and Border Protection agency upon their arrival at John F. Kennedy airport on Wednesday evening.
CBP officers are border agents, whose statutory authority is generally limited to international arrivals.
CBP agents inspected passenger identifications on the jetbridge by the door of the aircraft. A CBP spokesman insisted toRolling Stone that this action is “nothing new” and that there is “no new policy.” But the unusual – and legally questionable – search of domestic travelers comes days after the Department of Homeland Security outlined its plans to implement President Trump’s sweeping executive order targeting millions of “removable aliens” for deportation.

Border patrol agents are supposed to patrol the border. San Francisco to New York is within the U.S. border. They have no business doing this. This is an outrage.

But stupid pump truppets are wallowing in the pigshit filled sty they’ve created with smiles on their faces and getting off on how great Amurrka is now.

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And now

FIle this under ‘stupid people’

Words fail:

Caitlyn Jenner, a steadfast Republican, is disappointed. She’s upset that Donald Trump, a man who apparently promised her that he’d “protect the LGBTQ community,” has failed to do so.
In a video message posted to Twitter Thursday, Jenner expressed her profound disappointment with the administration’s recent decision to roll back protections for trans students in public schools with regards to their bathroom preference.
“I have a message for President Trump from well, one Republican to another. This is a disaster. And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community,” she said. “Call me.”

I mean, who could have imagined that Pence’s puppet and Putin’s little pony, a lyingracistanti-Semiticxenophobichomophobicmisogynisticpedophilic thief would have said something he really didn’t mean?

And if you’re wondering why Jenner backed the Lügenorange in the first place:

Caitlyn Jenner’s support for the Republican party is well-documented and confounding, until you realize that she’s rich as hell. Because staying rich is clearly a priority for the wealthy.

By the way, I think someone’s going to be sitting by a phone that doesn’t ring for a very long time.

An analysis of ‘Arrival’

The Oscars are coming up this weekend and I know my pick for the Best Picture of the year isn’t going to win. (If you click on the video, be aware there are spoilers.)

I think “Arrival” is a great movie, and I believe Amy Adams was robbed of a nomination because I was sure she would have won the best actress award.

I was in awe when I saw where it was going and I still can’t stop thinking about its message about life and time. But when I talked to intelligent people about it, the response was, “what the hell was that all about?”

I’ve seen it four times since then, and it’s been great every time.

The scumbaggery of the pump truppets

CNHRlYnWIAAP_x-The Lügenduck was in Florida this weekend, getting himself off on the slobbering hordes of supporters who think he’s the greatest thing since Mussolini. This happened:

The young Muslim girl in hijab was still there. She was from Orlando and had protested circa Occupy, and she conceded she wasn’t prepared for the reception she’d gotten that afternoon, one that darkened as the day faded and made her want to withhold her name, for fear the night would stretch on forever online.

During the speech, she’d stood among the Trump supporters who watched on the big screen and listened through the loudspeaker. After, she’d moved together with the bloc of protesters who converged to greet the Trump supporters leaving the speech. Her head covering was noticeable, even in the crowd.

Later that night, she texted me a video of people walking in parallel to her, yelling, just a few blocks away outside Keiser University. She said they’d followed her from the rally, and their clothes and conversation suggest as much. The people looked familiar, in the same way that a composite does, in that way that all white people yelling racist things have a sneer that verges on archetype.

“Leave,” a woman shouted on the video, flipping her off. “You don’t like America, get the fuck out … You are a disgrace to America,” the man walking next to her said.

They mocked her camera. “You can jack off to that later, the man drawled. “I’ve got a big ol’ white American redneck dick.”

The woman in the hijab told him where to stick it.

“I can put it up your little tight ass,” he countered, “and I won’t be hittin’ that clit, ’cause it already got removed.”

Yes, the worst president in our history thrives on adoration of the worst people in our country. And it only gets worse.The truppeteers have their fee fees hurt because they don’t understand why the majority of real Americans don’t love the lyingracistanti-Semiticxenophobichomophobicmisogynisticpedophilic thief as much as they do.

Many of President Trump’s most dedicated supporters — the sort who waited for hours in the Florida sun this weekend for his first post-inauguration campaign rally — say their lives changed on election night. Suddenly they felt like their views were actually respected and in the majority.

But less than one month into Trump’s term, many of his supporters say they once again feel under attack — perhaps even more so than before.

Those who journeyed to Trump’s Saturday evening event on Florida’s Space Coast said that since the election, they have unfriended some of their liberal relatives or friends on Facebook. They don’t understand why major media outlets don’t see the same successful administration they have been cheering on. And they’re increasingly frustrated that Democrats — and some Republicans — are too slow to approve some of the president’s nominees and too quick to protest his every utterance.

“They’re stonewalling everything that he’s doing because they’re just being babies about it,” said Patricia Melani, 56, a Jersey native who now lives here and attended her third Trump rally Saturday. “All the loudmouths? They need to let it go. Let it go. Shut their mouths and let the man do what he’s got to do. We all shut our mouths when Obama got in the second time around, okay? So that’s what really needs to be done.”

They shut their mouths when Obama got in the second time around?

WOW! I CALL BULLSHIT ON THAT!!!

Because a certain orange cesspool kept pushing the lie that our 44th president wasn’t born in America and was a communist (meaning he was influenced by Russia in case you want to swallow that irony pill). They compared his wife to a gorilla more than once. They said his daughters should get AIDS. A GOP campaign official said he wished President Obama would have sex with a cow and die from mad cow disease.

Ans do we even want to start on all the venom they spewed in his first term? For God’s sake, they’re still mocking him for winning the Nobel Peace Prize?

The pump truppets have the leader they deserve, because they’re even more despicable than he is.