You’re fired

Oh Donald Trump, you’re such an idiot:

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners,” wondered the president, “when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’ ” The hypothetical was met with cheers from the assembled crowd.

Trump also said such an owner would “be the most popular person in this country. Because that’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect for everything we stand for.” He added that if fans were to “leave the stadium” in response to a protest, “I guarantee things will stop.”

First, if an owner fired their best player because they kneeled, my guess is they wouldn’t be too popular that team’s fans.

Second, “That’s a total disrespect for everything we stand for”? I thought the country stood for free speech? I guess that’s not as important as blind loyalty for the Donald.

Lastly, if we’re going to fire someone who disrespects our country, can we fire Trump? Please, he’s an embarrassment to everything the country stands for.

The Trump administration loves political correctness

The Trump administration wants to reduce the number of refugees coming in to the US, but a report they had asked for didn’t have quite the conclusion they wanted:

Trump administration officials, under pressure from the White House to provide a rationale for reducing the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year, rejected a study by the Department of Health and Human Services that found that refugees brought in $63 billion more in government revenues over the past decade than they cost.

The internal study, which was completed in late July but never publicly released, found that refugees “contributed an estimated $269.1 billion in revenues to all levels of government” between 2005 and 2014 through the payment of federal, state and local taxes. “Overall, this report estimated that the net fiscal impact of refugees was positive over the 10-year period, at $63 billion.”

What could they do? Why ignore the part they don’t like:

“In an average year over the 10-year period, per-capita refugee costs for major H.H.S. programs totaled $3,300,” it says. “Per-person costs for the U.S. population were lower, at $2,500, reflecting a greater participation of refugees in H.H.S. programs, especially during their first four years” in the United States.

The budget Mr. Trump released in May argued that refugees and other immigrants were a fiscal drain. “Under the refugee program, the federal government brings tens of thousands of entrants into the United States, on top of existing legal immigration flows, who are instantly eligible for time-limited cash benefits and numerous noncash federal benefits, including food assistance through SNAP, medical care and education, as well as a host of state and local benefits,” the document said.

President Trump loves to rail against political correctness, but here his administration is engaging in the real thing. They have a set conclusion and ignore any information that contradicts it. That’s political correctness, only information that is ‘correct’ matters.

New Hampshire, motto: Live or Die

New Hampshire has a motto that it puts on its license plates, Live Free or Die. Let’s see how strongly they believe in that:

United States Border Patrol agents set up a checkpoint on a New Hampshire highway over the weekend that resulted in 25 illegal immigrants being detained, as well as drugs being seized.

The checkpoint was established on Interstate 93 in Woodstock from Friday to Sunday, and 25 people were arrested “who did not possess valid immigration status, 14 of whom were visa overstays from Colombia,” US Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. “Agents also arrested other illegal aliens from Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico.”

In addition, agents recovered drugs and drug paraphernalia including 2 pounds of marijuana and smaller amounts of cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, and hash oil, according to the statement.

The drugs were turned over to Woodstock cops for further investigation.

The press release by the Border Patrol talks about the Woodstock police a bit more explicitly:

U.S. Border Patrol agents based out of the Beecher Falls Border Patrol Station, had a busy weekend August 25 – 27, including arresting 25 illegal aliens and seizing various narcotics and drug paraphernalia. The sector established the checkpoint with the support of the Woodstock Police Department, on Interstate 93 in New Hampshire.

And the Woodstock Police Chief talked about the operation here:

He said federal agents used three dogs and walked them alongside cars as they waited in the checkpoint. If the dog signaled the possible presence of drugs, the driver was asked to park. Occupants of the car exited the car, and a dog went through the interior.

“Those dogs were highly trained and impressive to watch,” Oleson said. Border patrol agents would locate the drugs, field-test them, weigh them, and then turn them over to Woodstock police.

Oleson said border patrol agents have “a lot more leeway,” and he could not use a dog to search a car unless he has a suspicion of drug possession that he can articulate. He said no arrests were made for driving under the influence of drugs.

Hmm, so it would be unconstitutional if he did it but he has no problem bypassing the Constitution with the help of the feds. It still might be unconstitutional though:

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, a 100-mile border zone exists along the country’s borders and shores. The Supreme Court has upheld the use of immigration checkpoints, but only for a brief and limited inquiry into residence status, the ACLU said. Checkpoints cannot be primarily used for drug-search or general law enforcement efforts, the civil rights group said.

Well, what’s the big deal about freedom anyway? Luckily some very dangerous people were taken:

At least three of the undocumented immigrants arrested during the checkpoint were minors, including two 11th graders and a 7th grader.

The students, who are among the detainees originating from Colombia, all attended Excel Academy Charter Schools in the Boston-area.

I feel safer already.

Trump supports the troops some more

This is Trump supporting the troops:

President Trump is preparing to give the Defense Department authority to expel transgender people from the military in an upcoming order, barring the Pentagon from recruiting transgender troops, and cutting off payment for sexual reassignment surgery and other medical treatments for those already serving.

A White House memo that is expected to be sent to the Pentagon in the coming days gives Jim Mattis, the secretary of defense, six months to enforce the transgender ban that Trump announced abruptly last month in a series of tweets. The directive was confirmed Wednesday by a person familiar with its contents but who was not authorized to discuss its details and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The authority has not been finalized. Once it is approved, it would allow Mattis to force out transgender service members by setting a legal standard of whether they would be able to deploy to war zones or for other lengthy military missions.

So when he tweets something like this:

 GREAT HONOR to spend time with our BRAVE HEROES at the Air Station Yuma. THANK YOU for your service to the United States of America!

remember that he doesn’t include everyone in the military, only the ones that appeal to him. Don’t be surprised if the list of people in the military he supports decreases as time goes along. More here.

Donald Trump and Nazis

It seems that President Trump can be convinced to say Nazis are bad, of course he also did this:

“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” the president said in the interview Sunday, speaking from his golf club in Bedminster. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot, and I hate to see what has happened to him.”

It’s pretty obvious that Kevin Drum is right:

Trump refused to explicitly condemn neo-Nazis and white nationalists for two days, and there’s no question that his fans got the message: “He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together,” wrote the Daily Stormer’s Andrew Anglin. “No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.”

Today Trump grimly recited a prepared text from a teleprompter, but did so under such obvious pressure that his white nationalist fans understand he’s just playing a role. This is exactly the way he handled the David Duke controversy last year: weasel words for a couple of days, followed by an obviously insincere condemnation under heavy pressure.

And here comes Dinesh D’Souza:

Author Dinesh D’Souza explained why white nationalists actually belong in the Democratic party, which promotes ethnic nationalism, just days after violence displays by white supremacists left the nation grieving.

It’s always been ahistorical crap that Nazis were on the left, but when actual Nazis and white supremacists explicitly say they like Trump and  say ‘God bless him’, you might want to lay low for a bit.

Oh and here’s more:

Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke said on Saturday that the white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville ― called “Unite the Right” ― was in line with “promises” made by Trump.

We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump,” said Duke, speaking at the rally. “That’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump. Because he said he’s going to take our country back. That’s what we gotta do.” 

And I don’t know if D’Souza noticed but they call themselves the Alt-Right, a term declared by white supremacist Richard Spencer.

Presented for your inspection

Here is part of the ‘argument’ from someone who was in the strategic planning office in the National Security Council (luckily he was fired/resigned):

While opposition to President Trump manifests itself through political warfare memes centered on cultural Marxist narratives, this hardly means that opposition is limited to Marxists as
conventionally understood. Having become the dominant cultural meme, some benefit from it while others are captured by it; including “deep state” actors, globalists, bankers, lslamists, and establishment Republicans. Through the campaign, candidate Trump tapped into a deep vein of concern among many citizens that America is at risk and is slipping away. Globalists and lslamists recognize that for their visions to succeed, America, both as an ideal and as a national and political identity, must be destroyed. Atomization of society must also occur at the individual level; with attacks directed against all levels of group and personal identity. Hence the sexism, racism and xenophobia memes. As a Judea-Christian culture, forced inclusion of post-modern notions of tolerance is designed to induce nihilistic contradictions that reduce all thought, all faith, all loyalties to meaninglessness. Group rights based on sex or ethnicity are a direct assault on the very idea of individual human rights and natural law around which the Constitution was framed. “Transgender acceptance” memes attack at the most basic level by denying a person the right to declare the biological fact of one’s sex. When a population has 2 + 2 = 5.

If you replaced Islamists by Jews, this could have come straight out of Mein Kampf–in two ways: it’s really badly written and uses a big conspiracy, with an enemy, to explain why ‘their’ nation is being taken from them. Here let’s look at a short part:

Political warfare is one of the five components of a Maoist insurgency. Maoist methodologies employ synchronized violent and non-violent actions that focus on mobilization of individuals and groups to action. This approach envisions the direct use of non-violent operational arts and tactics as elements of combat power. In Maoist insurgencies, the formation of a counter-state is essential to seizing state power.

This describes ANY insurgency (for example, it describes exactly what he is trying to do with this memo) but this guy thinks that putting Maoist in there will scare people and end any argument (my father often mentioned how people he was arguing with would say that something he was arguing for was ‘communist’ as if that would end the argument).

And he ends with:

The recent turn of events give rise to the observation that the defense of President Trump is the defense of America. In the same way President Lincoln was surrounded by political opposition both inside and outside of his wire, in both overt and covert forms, so too is President Trump. Had Lincoln failed, so too would have the Republic. The administration has been maneuvered into a constant backpedal by relentless political warfare attacks structured to force him to assume a reactive posture that assures inadequate responses. The president can either drive or be driven by events; it’s time for him to drive them.

This is almost explicitly calling for a Civil War. I’m not sure if he recognizes that, he does seem to be pretty stupid, but it is.

What makes this even scarier is:

Among those who received the memo, according to two sources, was Donald Trump Jr.

Trump Jr., at that time in the glare of media scrutiny around his meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower during the presidential campaign, gave the memo to his father, who gushed over it, according to sources.

In a comedy of errors, Trump later learned from Sean Hannity, the Fox News host and close friend of the president, that the memo’s author had been fired. Trump was “furious,” the senior administration official said. “He is still furious.”

The President of the United States thought this was an intelligent message. We are so fucked.

Trump supporters don’t believe in democracy

Well now, isn’t this comforting:

Nearly half of Republicans (47 percent) believe that Trump won the popular vote, which is similar to this finding. Larger fractions believe that millions of illegal immigrants voted (68 percent) and that voter fraud happens somewhat or very often (73 percent).

Moreover, 52 percent said that they would support postponing the 2020 election, and 56 percent said they would do so if both Trump and Republicans in Congress were behind this.

This was in response to this question:

If Donald Trump were to say that the 2020 presidential election should be postponed until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote, would you support or oppose postponing the election?

Now it seems that they were primed to say this by being asked if they thought there was a lot of voter fraud (I’d be curious how much this would change if they only asked this one question), but it’s still stunning. More than half of Republicans would be ok with postponing the election if Trump said there was a possible problem (I wonder how long they would be willing to postpone the vote). That’s more than a little scary.

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