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June 22, 2019

Don’t look away! We must understand what is happening!

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Harm, Hate, Health, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 05:03

myth versus fact

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Fascism, Greed, Harm, Hate, History, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 04:51

Have you heard that children were separated from their parents under Obama & Clinton? Then, you need a little Facts vs Myths lesson. Michelle Martin, PhD Cal State Fullerton summed up the most important FACTS:

There is so much misinformation out there about the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy that requires criminal prosecution, which then warrants the separating of parents and children at the border. Before responding to a post defending this policy, please do your research…As a professor at a local Cal State, I research and write about these issues, so here, I’ll make it easier for you:

Myth: This is not a new policy and was practiced under Obama and Clinton – FALSE. The policy to separate parents and children is new and was instituted on 4/6/2018. It was the brainchild of John Kelly and Stephen Miller to serve as a deterrent for undocumented immigration, approved by Trump, and adopted by Sessions. Prior administrations detained migrant families, but didn’t have a practice of forcibly separating parents from their children unless the adults were deemed unfit.

Myth: This is the only way to deter undocumented immigration – FALSE. Annual trends show that arrests for undocumented entry are at a 46 year low, and undocumented crossings dropped in 2007, with a net loss (more people leaving than arriving). Deportations have increased steadily though (spiking in 1996 and more recently), because several laws that were passed since 1996 have made it legally more difficult to gain legal status for people already here, and thus increased their deportations (I address this later under the myth that it’s the Democrats’ fault). What we mostly have now are people crossing the border illegally because they’ve already been hired by a US company, or because they are seeking political asylum. Economic migrants come to this country because our country has kept the demand going. But again, many of these people impacted by Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy appear to be political asylum-seekers.

Myth: Most of the people coming across the border are just trying to take advantage of our country by taking our jobs – FALSE. Most of the parents who have been impacted by Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy have presented themselves as political asylum-seekers at a U.S. port-of-entry, from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Rather than processing their claims, they have been taken into custody on the spot and had their children ripped from their arms. The ACLU alleges that this practice violates the Asylum Act, and the UN asserts that it violates the UN Treaty on the State of Refugees, one of the few treaties the US has ratified. This is an illegal act on the part of the United States government, not to mention morally and ethically reprehensible.

Myth: We’re a country that respects the Rule of Law, and if people break the law, this is what they get – FALSE. We are a country that has an above-ground system of immigration and an underground system. Our government (under both parties) has always been aware that US companies recruit workers in the poorest parts of Mexico for cheap labor, and ICE (and its predecessor INS) has looked the other way because this underground economy benefits our country to the tune of billions of dollars annually. Thus, even though the majority of people crossing the border now are asylum-seekers, those who are economic migrants (migrant workers) likely have been recruited here to do jobs Americans will not do.

Myth: The children have to be separated from their parents because there parents must be arrested and it would be cruel to put children in jail with their parents – FALSE. First, in the case of economic migrants crossing the border illegally, criminal prosecution has not been the legal norm, and families have been kept together at all cost. Also, crossing the border without documentation is a typically a misdemeanor not requiring arrest, but rather a civil proceeding. Additionally, parents who have been detained have historically been detained with their children in ICE “family residential centers,” again, for civil processing. The Trump administration’s shift in policy is for political purposes only, not legal ones. See p. 18:

Myth: We have rampant fraud in our asylum process the proof of which is the significant increase we have in the number of people applying for asylum. FALSE. The increase in asylum seekers is a direct result of the increase in civil conflict and violence across the globe. While some people may believe that we shouldn’t allow any refugees into our country because “it’s not our problem,” neither our current asylum law, nor our ideological foundation as a country support such an isolationist approach. There is very little evidence to support Sessions’ claim that abuse of our asylum-seeking policies is rampant. Also, what Sessions failed to mention is that the majority of asylum seekers are from China, not South of the border. Here is a very fair and balanced assessment of his statements:

Myth: The Democrats caused this, “it’s their law.” FALSE. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats caused this, the Trump administration did (although the Republicans could fix this today, and have refused). I believe what this myth refers to is the passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, which were both passed under Clinton in 1996. These laws essentially made unauthorized entry into the US a crime (typically a misdemeanor for first-time offenders), but under both Republicans and Democrats, these cases were handled through civil deportation proceedings, not a criminal proceeding, which did not require separation. And again, even in cases where detainment was required, families were always kept together in family residential centers, unless the parents were deemed unfit (as mentioned above). Thus, Trump’s assertion that he hates this policy but has no choice but to separate the parents from their children, because the Democrats “gave us this law” is false and nothing more than propaganda designed to compel negotiation on bad policy.

Myth: The parents and children will be reunited shortly, once the parents’ court cases are finalized. FALSE. Criminal court is a vastly different beast than civil court proceedings. Also, the children are being processed as unaccompanied minors (“unaccompanied alien children”), which typically means they are sent into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS). Under normal circumstances when a child enters the country without his or her parent, ORR attempts to locate a family member within a few weeks, and the child is then released to a family member, or if a family member cannot be located, the child is placed in a residential center (anywhere in the country), or in some cases, foster care. Prior to Trump’s new policy, ORR was operating at 95% capacity, and they simply cannot effectively manage the influx of 2000+ children, some as young as 4 months. Also, keep in mind, these are not unaccompanied minor children, they have parents. There is great legal ambiguity on how and even whether the parents will get their children back because we are in uncharted territory right now. According to the ACLU lawsuit (see below), there is currently no easy vehicle for reuniting parents with their children. Additionally, according to a May 2018 report, numerous cases of verbal, physical and sexual abuse were found to have occurred in these residential centers.

Myth: This policy is legal. LIKELY FALSE. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on 5/6/18, and a recent court ruling denied the government’s motion to dismiss the suit. The judge deciding the case stated that the Trump Administration policy is “brutal, offensive, and fails to comport with traditional notions of fair play and decency.” The case is moving forward because it was deemed to have legal merit.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

June 16, 2019

Healthcare in the US

Filed under: Cartoons, Fascism, Greed, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 08:28



So what that means to me is healthcare as a human right. It means that every child, no matter where you are born, should have access to a college or trade school education if they so choose it. And I think that no person should be homeless if we can have public structures and public policies to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life in the United States.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on democratic socialism


GOP translator


June 13, 2019

Wonderful but wrong, the adult mess so adults need to clean it up

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:25


June 12, 2019

This is not a healthcare system, it is a tragedy our country does this to all of us while wealthy people get richer

Filed under: Children, Fascism, Greed, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:25



June 11, 2019

Moral Crisis





mitch mcconnell is owned by russia

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Harm, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 13:52

There are a lot of Democratic House bills to safeguard the 2020 elections from the next Russian attack.

Mitch McConnell is blocking all of them in the Senate.

Kushner Corp Got $90M In Foreign Funding Since 2017

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Harm, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:01

Kushner Corp Got $90M In Foreign Funding Since 2017

The Guardian reports:

A real estate company part-owned by Jared Kushner has received $90m in foreign funding from an opaque offshore vehicle since he entered the White House as a senior adviser to his father-in-law Donald Trump.

Investment has flowed from overseas to the company, Cadre, while Kushner works as an international envoy for the US, according to corporate filings and interviews. The money came through a vehicle run by Goldman Sachs in the Cayman Islands, a tax haven that guarantees corporate secrecy.

June 8, 2019

Another reason for profit healthcare doesn’t work

Filed under: Education, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 16:57

June 6, 2019

Always seemed suspicious

Filed under: Criminal, Facts, Fascism, Greed, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:39

What happened to never again? A concentration camp

“Basically they’ve been forced to live in a Concentration Camp.


Basically they’ve been forced to live in a Concentration Camp.

(Source: anarchist-art, via russalex)

June 4, 2019

Why does the US fund this government of discrimination and abuse

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Religion — Scottie @ 06:44

Israel aggression toward Palestinians is not sustainable.

Israel aggression toward Palestinians is not sustainable.

(via cthulhulovesewe)

June 1, 2019

Trump Administration Separates Some Migrant Mothers From Their Newborns Before Returning Them to Detention

When will this end?  Where will it end?  Taking children from parents simply because they are brown?  Taking newborns from mothers because they are brown?  We have seen this in history where a group of people were separated, held in camps, families broken up, and then …!

Trump Administration Separates Some Migrant Mothers From Their Newborns Before Returning Them to Detention

“I don’t know if they lose their babies for good,” one doctor said. “But I do know the process is torturous for them.”

It has been almost a year since President Donald Trump signed the executive order purporting to end his policy of separating parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border. However, his administration’s broader zero-tolerance policy continues today—and because of it, a particularly heinous form of family separation is playing out in Texas.

As Rewire.News reported in part one of this series, migrants prosecuted under the “zero-tolerance” policy are remanded to U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) custody, and this is when lapses in medical care happen. Advocates told Rewire.Newspregnant migrants detained in USMS custody are not receiving adequate services, and they are shackled when accessing prenatal and postpartum care. Some women are even shackled during birth, as Rewire.News reported in part two of this series.

Advocates also report that some asylum seekers in the Western District of Texas who have given birth in USMS custody were forced to hand over their newborns to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Reuniting with their newborn hinges on their release from federal custody, and whether they can access legal help to navigate the child welfare system. We learned that women who find their way to advocacy organizations appear to be reuniting with their newborns, but Rewire.News was unable to verify what happens to the children of women who do not have access to legal help.

Late last year, Dr. Shelly (a pseudonym), an OB-GYN in the Western District of Texas, said there were multiple cases where pregnant migrants who had just given birth at her hospital were forced to give their children up to Texas DFPS.

Dr. Shelly said she doesn’t know if the U.S. citizen newborns of detained parents are eventually adopted or whether detained patients are deported without regaining custody of their babies. The OB-GYN is also unsure if foster parents have any obligation to remain in communication with parents remanded to USMS custody.

According to USMS, the onus for child care placement is on the detained parent, though it appears as if asylum seekers who give birth in USMS custody don’t have many choices at all.

There is much more at the link above.  Please read it and understand.  They take the children with no plan to return the baby to the mother.  The department claims that all responsibility to regain custody of the child is with the prisoner!   How can a prisoner do that?   They are selling these children!  They transfer them to Christian adoption agencies that charge tens of thousands of dollars per child to a family that wants to adopt.  This has to stop and the people involved prosecuted!   Hugs

May 31, 2019

Some Joe. My. God. blog reports I recommend reading.

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Gender, Greed, Harm, Hate, Homosexual, LGBTQ, News, Political, Questions, Race, Religion, Sex — Scottie @ 09:18

LOUISIANA: Gov Signs “No Exceptions” Abortion Ban

Laura Ingraham Defends Notorious White Supremacist

Pence Tells Trudeau: “Democrats Support Infanticide”

Bill Barr: Mueller Should Have Decided On Obstruction  ( anyone remember freedom fries? )

Liberty Counsel: Equality Act Will Force Churches To Host Same-Sex Weddings, Criminalize Ex-Gay Books


May 30, 2019

Leader of the hate cult

(cartoon by Paul Fell)

(cartoon by Jim Morin)

(cartoon by Rob Rogers)

May 29, 2019

behind the republican talking points

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Gender, Greed, Harm, Hate, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:36

Trump bending the knee to North Korea is a gift to Russia/Putin. Not sure what joy dickhead Republicans feel as America gets nothing in return for Trump’s treason/corruption.

Are Trumpsters happy that a dictator from the 125th economy uses Trump for photo-ops and laughs at his call for denuclearization?



The combination of racism and reprioritized whiteness can entice and control the entire conservative movement.

How can veterans vote for Trump?


How can veterans vote for Trump?



Republicans talk about “dignity of human life”, but the party fundamentally opposes Social Security and health care as a right.




This is important and needs another posting

Filed under: Cartoons, Fascism, Greed, Harm, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 06:30


May 28, 2019

Human beings with rights

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Fascism, Gender, Greed, Harm, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 06:18


May 27, 2019

We have a crime family running the country and we lost the rule of law. That makes us a despotic nation

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Harm, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 15:11

Trump Official “Doesn’t Care” About Breaking Law

Trump Official “Doesn’t Care” About Breaking Law

“Just retweeted this amazing tweet from both of my Twitter accounts — professional and personal,” Patton wrote on Facebook last week, pointing to a message that championed her boss, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, but was critical of AOC.  “It may be a Hatch Act violation. It may not be. Either way. I honestly don’t care anymore.”

When someone pointed out her potential lawbreaking, Patton doubled down on Sunday evening, mocking those critical of her as “lazy internet parrots” and “liberal snowflakes” on her personal Twitter account.

he 1939 Hatch Act prohibits officials working in the executive branch from using their “official authority for political purposes” and is meant to prevent “federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity,” according to the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Many members within the Trump administration have run afoul of the law before, and last November, six White House officials were reprimanded for using their social media accounts in violation of the Hatch Act.

Patton, who is paid an annual salary of $161,900, according to 2017 figures, is tasked with overseeing one of HUD’s largest regions with a budget in the billions of dollars. But when someone pointed out her potential lawbreaking, Patton doubled down on Sunday evening, mocking those critical of her as “lazy internet parrots” and “liberal snowflakes” on her personal Twitter account.

CREW has singled out Patton for violating the Hatch Act before, including an instance in April when the official displayed Trump campaign material in her government office. The group notes that Patton is currently under investigation by the Office of Special Counsel for using her official Twitter account for partisan activity.


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