Profiles in mean-spirited incompetence

Here’s what you need to take from yesterday’s massive failure by the GOP. They shat on Obamacare for eight years, and they never even considered putting a plan together as an alternative. They just slapped something together after Election Day because they were certain the tiny-fingered, orange-glazed Richie Rich was going to lose to the qualified smart lady.

Republican leaders abruptly pulled their overhaul of the nation’s health-care system from the House floor on Friday, a dramatic defeat for President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan that leaves a major campaign promise unfulfilled and casts doubt on the Republican Party’s ability to govern.

What doubts? I knew they couldn’t govern.

And then, they took away Carlos

More daily diarrhea from the land of the pump truppets (from the “failing” New York Times);

Ask residents of this coal-mining crossroads about President Trump’s decision to crack down on undocumented immigrants and most offer no protest. Mr. Trump, who easily won this mostly white southern Illinois county, is doing what he promised, they say. As Terry Chambers, a barber on Main Street, put it, the president simply wants “to get rid of the bad eggs.”

But then they took Carlos.

Juan Carlos Hernandez Pacheco — just Carlos to the people of West Frankfort — has been the manager of La Fiesta, a Mexican restaurant in this city of 8,000, for a decade. Yes, he always greeted people warmly at the cheerfully decorated restaurant, known for its beef and chicken fajitas. And, yes, he knew their children by name. But people here tick off more things they know Carlos for.

How one night last fall, when the Fire Department was battling a two-alarm blaze, Mr. Hernandez suddenly appeared with meals for the firefighters. How he hosted a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at the restaurant last summer as police officers were facing criticism around the country. How he took part in just about every community committee or charity effort — the Rotary Club, cancer fund-raisers, cleanup days, even scholarships for the Redbirds, the high school sports teams, which are the pride of this city. …

On Feb. 9, Mr. Hernandez, 38, was arrested by federal immigration agents near his home, not far from La Fiesta, and taken to a detention facility in Missouri. The federal authorities confirmed that he remained in custody, but would not comment on the precise reason for or timing of his arrest. …

The letters have piled up — from the county prosecutor, the former postmaster, the car dealer, the Rotary Club president. In his note, Richard Glodich, the athletic director at Frankfort Community High School, wrote, “As a grandson of immigrants, I am all for immigration reform, but this time you have arrested a GOOD MAN that should be used as a role model for other immigrants.”

This is an uncomfortable stance for a place like West Frankfort. This county, Franklin, backed Mr. Trump with 70 percent of the vote, largely on hopes, people here say, that he could jump-start the coal industry, which has receded painfully here over decades. Illegal immigration was by no means the most pressing issue for this overwhelmingly white area, residents say.

Still, many say they concur in principle with Mr. Trump’s wish to be more aggressive in blocking those who seek to sneak across the border. Things grew more tangled when principle met West Frankfort’s particular reality, in the form of Carlos.

Let me put this as diplomatically as I can. YOU FUCKING MORONS! THIS IS WHAT YOU VOTED FOR!

 

ICE: Being a dick again, as usual

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The defenders of our borders

So what other asinine moves can we pin on the crimson jagoff’s border patrol?

AUSTRALIA’S best-loved children’s author, Mem Fox, was left sobbing and shaken after being detained for two hours and aggressively interrogated by immigration officials at Los Angeles airport.

Fox says she’s unlikely to ever travel to the United States again after being made to feel like “a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay”.

President Donald Trump had created the climate for this sort of behaviour, she said, adding: “This is what happens when extremists take power.”

En route to Milwaukee for a conference on February 9, where she was to deliver the opening keynote address at a literacy conference, Fox was ushered into an airport holding room and told she was travelling on the wrong visa. This was incorrect and the US Embassy in Canberra has since apologised. Fox, 70, said that by the time she checked in to her hotel she was shaking and sobbing.

“I am old and white, innocent and educated, and I speak English fluently,” she said. “Imagine what happened to the others in the room, including an old Iranian woman in her 80s, in a wheelchair.

This is what they do to old white ladies. Imagine what they do to brown people. Fuck it. Don’t imagine. Here’s what they do:

Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother were detained at a Florida airport and asked about their religion as they returned from Jamaica, according to a family spokesman who said they were flagged for their “Arabic-sounding names.” …

… Ali and his mother were initially flagged by immigration agents for their “Arabic-sounding” names. He said Camacho-Ali was not detained after she showed officials a photograph of herself with her ex-husband, but when Ali Jr. could not produce a photograph of himself with his father, who died last year, immigration officials separated the two and detained Ali for approximately two hours.

[I]mmigration officers asked Ali Jr. about his religion within the first 30 minutes of being detained and again when he was taken to a small holding room where he was held for another 90 minutes.

By the way, that’s what they do to American brown people. What tortures are they inflicting on brown foreigners?

Meanwhile, drooling pump truppets happily wallow in their moral cesspool.

 

How are they going to be remembered?

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I know Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has a difficult job, and for the most part is made up of good people, but at some point, someone in the agency will have to think seriously about how he or she as an individual wants to be remembered.

Because they have to stop doing shit like this:

Muhammad Ali Jr. had just returned to Florida from Jamaica, where he had accompanied his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, who was there giving a speech about black history. After arriving at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport, Ali Jr. — son of one of the greatest boxers of all time — was detained and asked at least twice about his religion, according to family friend and attorney Chris Mancini. Ali — born in Philadelphia in 1972 — and his mother are both Muslim.

“To the Ali family, it’s crystal clear that this is directly linked to [President] Trump’s efforts to ban Muslims from the United States,” Mancini told the Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) on Friday about the alleged incident, which occurred on Feb. 7.

About 75 years ago, this was tyranny:

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Eighty years from now, when photos like the one below are viewed …

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… do ICE agents want their grandchildren and great-grandchildren to vilified them as if they were the German soldiers in the World War II photo?

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

Early warning signs of fascism

From the Holocaust Museum in Washington (click to enlarge):

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OK, so what inspired my latest surge of paranoia?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has earned a rare rebuke by the Senate for quoting Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor.

The Massachusetts Democrat ran afoul of the chamber’s arcane rules by reading a three-decade-old letter from Dr. Martin Luther King’s widow that dated to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ failed judicial nomination three decades ago.

The chamber is debating the Alabama Republican’s nomination for attorney general, with Democrats dropping senatorial niceties to oppose Sessions and Republicans sticking up for him.

King wrote that when acting as a federal prosecutor, Sessions used his power to “chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.”

Quoting King technically put Warren in violation of Senate rules for “impugning the motives” of Sessions, though senators have said far worse stuff. And Warren was reading from a letter that was written 10 years before Sessions was even elected to the Senate.

Still, top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell invoked the rules. After a few parliamentary moves, the GOP-controlled Senate voted to back him up.

Now, Warren is forbidden from speaking again on Sessions’ nomination. A vote on Sessions is expected Wednesday evening.

That’s right Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Turtlewax) felt that the delicate sensitivities of Sen. Beauregard (R-Lynchmob) were being besmirched because another U.S. senator was reading a letter from one of the icons of the civil rights movement that explained how the Alabama dandelion used his power to suppress black voters.

Which is totally relevant to the debate on the confirmation of an attorney general, in case you didn’t notice.

I’m sorry Democrats, but this is where you’re supposed to take a stand. When Warren was silenced, every Democratic senator (and every independent, Bernie!) should have marched to the Senate chamber and stood in line to stand at the podium and read King’s entire letter. And when McConnell silenced the next senator, one should marched to the lectern immediately to read the same letter.

If that had happened, and if every Democrat (and you too, Bernie!) had been silenced, then we would have known if the Holocaust Museum’s warning sign was an abstract concept to contemplate or the new reality in the era of Hookerpiss.

By the way, this is what McConnell said:

“She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

And at 7:20 Eastern time Tuesday night, the Alabama pussy willow was confirmed as attorney general in a 52-47 vote.

The Senate split mostly along party lines in the vote for Sessions. Only one Democrat – West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin – crossed the aisle to support Sessions.

Time to get rid of Manchin. Since he’s going to vote Republican, he should join the Republican party.