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Showing posts with label USA Today. Show all posts
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Friday, August 10, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Chain Migration, In-Laws And The Utter Shame (VIDEO)

Viktor (left) and Amalija Knavs have become US citizens with their attorney Michael Wildes watching on.
Do as I say, not as I Do!

Chain migration is a term used by scholars to refer to the social process by which migrants from a particular town follow others from that town to a particular destination. The destination may be in another country or in a new location within the same country.
CBS NEWS (January 2018)
What is "chain migration"?
"Chain migration" -- officially known as "family reunification" under federal law -- is the process by which green card holders or legal U.S. residents may sponsor a family member for immigration to the United States. 
It is the most common legal form of immigration to the United States. According to the Department of Homeland Security, 238,087 immigrants were categorized as a "family-sponsored preference" in 2016, and 566,706 came as "immediate relatives of U.S. citizens" (spouses, children, or parents). 
Between 60 and 70 percent of all lawful permanent immigration to the United States in the past decade has family-based roots.

White House definition via Twitter 2017 

In 2016 and consistently sense.....

December 2017 White House Twitter page


I offer what you just reviewed is a penultimate example of Trumpism and an anthem for US Conservatism


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Race Card? US Bank Mortgage Lending Kills That Phrase

Related imageDo you ever tire of hearing or reading about African-Americans suffering discriminatory practices grounded in racism? How about your reaction when you hear African-Americans complain about discrimination and racism? Are you one of the millions who quickly throw up that tired and worn defense: "Oh the race card!" If you thought, "well yes" to either question, you are an enabler of racists behavior perpetrated against a people in a blanket manner solely based on skin color.

Starbucks recent problems related to store managers not allowing equal access to restroom facilities and quickly calling law enforcement as quickly as Wyatt Earp's Doc Holliday could draw his Colt 45 single action revolver (and fire off four rounds), is an overt publicly recorded example of personal bias which folds into corporate policy and practice. 

Allow me to remind of the first Starbucks interaction which led to handcuffing and the jailing (for hours) of two black men who entered the store for a meeting.

The Voice
• 4:35 p.m. - Nelson and Robinson arrive at the Starbucks 10 minutes early for a business meeting. Nelson immediately asks to use the restroom but is told its only for paying customers. He sits down with Robinson and the manager comes over to ask if they want anything, they explain they're fine and are just waiting for their friend. 
• 4:37 p.m. - Police are called. 
 •4:41 p.m. - Officers arrive.

ABC News reported the stare manager defended her quick call to the cops based on an Excessive Loitering policy.  Well, yes, but such policies still places the burden of policy enforcement on the inner core perceptions and psyches of store managers.  Watch the last few seconds of the video if you are willing to lay the Starbucks handcuffing off to a policy.

The Los Angeles Store Manager really stepped into the "caffeine" as she used all the wrong behavior while applying here discrimination against a black person. as you watch a longer version of her interaction and discrimination, notice the words "....a private business". notice the nonverbal dissing of the guy with the cell phone and not the show of the open spread finger hand palm.  While the man with the camera wouldn't have felt at all differently about his restroom denial, the manager's non-verbals seemed to heighten the level of her actions.  Before moving on, allow me to remind of the mindset which places "private business" squarely in the realm of acceptable discriminators.  One last example of a private business along with total recall of Rand Paul's comments to Rachel Maddow about the ability of private businesses to discriminate ("discriminate" my word, Paul's implication and typical Libertarianism).

A few days later Starbucks executives spoke openly about "mistakes" made" and a need to review its operations as well as a two-hour bias sensitivity training across the corporation.  

Point made? 

I digress for purpose of illustration. 

This piece relates to corporate discrimination based on race which has a far greater impact than a retail store denying service with race as a potential contributing factor.  Some US banks seem to have unwritten policies (which lead to practices) that discriminate at a far great scale.  Home and business lending and an apparent corporate policy of avoiding lending to African-Americans and probably Latinos.

The list of major US banks which have settled discriminatory practices lawsuits for millions (actually billions) looks like a list of Who's Who in US Banking. 

The Atlanta Star  (March 2015 article linked)

JPMorgan Chase & Co.M&T Bank
Wells FargoBank of America
CitigroupNational City Bank/PNC Bank
Evans BankU.S. Bank

In March of this year, another US bank, Capital One, was charged with discriminatory practices against African-Americans and Latinos while using paid actors from each race to spur business. Of course, the discrimination lawsuit hasn't been settled, but the recency of the legal actions attests to an industry committed to race-based lending. 

Let's take a look back a few years for critical color commentating (to borrow a sport vernacular) on how the business of white privilege manifests. (albeit at times requested and unexpected by many) 

In 2012, an audio recording during a meeting (we must consider surreptitiously taken) investigators heard a revealing reality of one US banks lending practices.

During a BancorpSouth meeting, a manager was reported to have told meeting participants to give quick rejections (turned down in 21 days) to members of "protected classes" (minorities..and maybe unbeknownst to him women). He went further to state applications from whites shouldn't be restricted by the short review periods.

Follow this USA Today reporting of Mississippi based BancorpSouth. During a meeting, someone testified who deep-down didn't fully support BancorpSouth's discriminatory practices.

USA Today
"In discussing the explicitly race-based denial policy, a loan officer commented that 'they need to get their credit up,' and "stop paying their damn bills late,' and then laughed," the complaint charged.
As meeting participants discussed the bank's hiring of an African American employee, the complaint said a loan processor cautioned, 'don't use the n-word,' the complaint alleged. 
"A few moments later, a bank employee quipped, 'what's up, niggas!' the complaint alleged, saying meeting participants laughed at the racial remarks.

Wonder if that loan processor was so accustomed to hearing the "N" Word, the person set up the surreptitious recording?

In June of 2016, USA Today published a piece about the federal complaint and investigation which lead to a $10 million settlement of a Mississippi based bank.

    BancorpSouth(BXS)has agreed to pay a $10.6 million settlement of allegations the Mississippi-based regional bank used discriminatory mortgage lending practices that harmed African Americans and other minorities, federal officials said Wednesday Federal officials and the complaint alleged BancorpSouth violated federal housing and equal credit opportunity acts by:
  • Illegally redlining in Memphis, the market from which it receives the most applications, by structuring business to avoid and discourage mortgage applications from consumers in minority areas from at least 2011 to 2013.
  • Improperly having one of the bank's lending units deny mortgage and other loan applications from African Americans at higher rates than whites.
  • Discriminating against African American borrowers by charging them higher annual percentage rates than whites with similar loan qualifications.
Ugly, eh?

If you don't find what you have just completed reading clear and irrefutable evidence of why so many in America do not hesitate to call out racism when it should be called out, well........I will allow your to finish that thought.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Backtracking Trump's Puerto Rico Remarks (The Carnival)

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Hurricane Maria was a historic weather event (catastrophe) for the Virgin Islands  Puerto Rico and Vieques.  After a week of no comment from, Trump and a slightly longer period of no relief efforts, the nation's 45th President visited the Island of Puerto Rico. Or, should I say Trump visited a portion of San Juan the Island capital.

Before Trump visited the Island, he spent a couple of minutes of a photo opportunity to sprinkle typical Trump oratory to those who continue to buy into his false rhetoric. CNN linked; excuse the advertisement). Trump hyperbole, overuse of superlatives, and flat-out lies is to state it mildly, shameful. Especially if we consider Trump's actual brief (and cut short) trip to the devastated island.

First a couple of quick reminders of the devastation.


USA Today

Well, Trump eventually visited San Juan, and the visit was typical self-aggrandizing Trump replete with carnival theatrics.

You may have noticed a significant portion of the previous video was missing an important and shameful element of Trump's Puerto Rio visit: the paper towel throw and catch. 

After promising the fellow Americans on the island a much assistance as they need within days Trump pulled a customary flip-flop. 


He continued in a third tweet: "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!"
If there is a surprise in Trump's behavior, the surprise is your surprise, not Trump's post-island visit comments. Another surprise would have been the White House and its cabinet czars allowing Trump's comments to stand as he placed the comments in his iPhone (via his early morning tweets). 

CSPAN and Ben (I was once brilliant) Carson, HUD Czar.

CNN offered additional reporting on the administration's work to backtrack on their leader's pajama pants tweets regarding the catastrophe. 

With all respect for the US Presidency, how long will the nation allow Trump's carnival to run?

Post Script:  
“I met with the president of the Virgin Islands and we had a talk and we will support them...


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Babbling Wisconsin Senator And His BCRA

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It seems the GOP talking points regarding the BCRA did not work well for Wisconsin's Ron Johnson during this morning's Morning Joe show.

We realize some GOP talking heads are very adroit at strategically occupying segment minutes, but Johnson, in this segment, surpassed the more familiar babble of Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn.

I am not going to work to add text to Johnson's babble as his statements clearly indicate the archetypal politician. 

Why bother with inane babble when so many find the Better Care Reconciliation Act a far more "mean" than the House bill Trump signed?

Many medical groups and responsible administrators find the law a harmful to the nation. 


Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Daily GOP Ignominious: “I have nothing to do with Russia!”

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Last October as the nation moved towards the General election vote, Trump and his election army were busy as lake beavers working to influence voters. Of course, Trump had his sycophant minions in the bag. Yes, the Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and Alex Jones worshippers who were chopping at the bit to cast their Trump vote.

The 2016 GOP candidate was all aglow during the period just before the election with day after day of rally lies upon rally lies.  Here is one of his most popular rants as Trump yelled to a Tampa Florida audience:
“I have nothing to do with Russia!” 
Despite common knowledge of Trump's pathological inclinations (as his first thought) to lie, people beyond his rally audiences bought into much of the candidates flat-out lies.

Natasha Bertrand wrote a compelling piece for The Business Insider regarding Trump and Russian events during the 2016 campaign.

The Business Insider

A timeline of events that unfolded during the election appears to support the FBI's investigation into Trump and Russia

USA Today also published a piece on March 28th, regarding evidence of why trump might want the US to be so close to Russia.  USA Today.

Paul Manafort is also showing as a deep, deep Soviet bloc (Russian) operative who would only involve with any entity or organization if there was a prospect of earnings millions. 

Yes, It is starting to look as if your lack interest in Trump's dealings with Russia sheds a light on your as an enabler.  You may be playing a role in the degradation and diminution of a once great nation. Actually, my concerns may be shared by more Americans than the more vocal Trump sycophants and Fox News. USA Today also recently published a video regarding the Huffington Post/You Gov survey. The results do not look good for Trump and company.  Americans want his coziness with Russia investigated at the level of a special investigator (prosecutor). 

How about help us pursue Trump's tax returns post-2005. 


Monday, August 3, 2015

TPI Morning Gazette: Trump'd, Cop Brutality, Low Income Education, Ted Cruz, Koch'd

Non-Progressive News...

A puppet's story. 

You are the Marionette doll. GOP politicians are marionette manipulators and their uber wealthy backers provide the forum.

Think Progress
Ted Cruz Launches Senate Fight To Auction Off America’s Public Lands
In March, Think Progress published about selling or gifting public land via the Koch controlled American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEX) and its spider web like control of state legislatures.
The Quiet Plan To Sell Off America's National Forests Progress Mar 16, 2015 4
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Do you want to see the latest shame from the GOP 'gift' of 2008?

Yes, A Palin PAC has gone there. The fact that Palin loves firing weapons to kill animals is as certain as her disastrous contributions to Obama's defeat of John McCain in 2008. Her current co-joining other Republicans in capitalizing on the highly edited anti-Panned Parenthood videos is also not a surprise. Yet, a bit of a surprise comes with the image and the surprise is pathetic and low-life.

Check out the Palin Facebook post.

Help elect more leaders committed to #DefundPlannedParenthood by clicking here:
"Help elect more leaders....."

Consider taking a few minutes and skip through a nascent example of the "incoherent gift" and Fox News's chief bloviator / propaganda facilitator. 

Recent reports of Fox News terminating the contract of Palin appears to have been rubbish, or is it possible the report was accurate and overridden by Fox's need to feed O'Reilly's large audience. Regardless of the lack of veracity regarding Palin as a contributor, her appearance offers the perfect example of what political movements and ideology do not need as a spokesperson. Additionally, if we factor-in the online solicitation, we get the full picture of "Palinism."

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Have you ever done something, realized you blew-it, and reached for opportunity to over compensate via doing something directly opposite your fiasco. 

How better to combat charges of racism against Mexicans and immigrants from Central America than to dispatch (via termination) a staffer who used slightly racially charged Tweets and Facebook post against President Obama? The fired adviser was actually fired in 2014 for attempting to coax Trump until what some writers call an unflattering BuzzFeed profile. Imagine being fired from working to have your boos develop an unflattering internet profile. As you have gleaned Nunberg was rehired; apparently in the spring of 2015. An indication of a disheveled and erratic campaign team or erratic presidential candidate. Do you think he may have angered Trump and was fired the adviser only to settle into a more non-emotional state of mind with resulting 'rehire?'  Regardless of answer, the scenario denotes issues related to judgment and decision-making.


Sam Nunberg, adviser to Donald Trump, via social media while attacking President Obama.
“Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser.”He also referred to Obama as a”Pan Arabist Marxist Muslim.”

“Universal Kenyan health care” and “Kenyan socialism.”
Beyond the racist basis for the comments, question should ensue about the "end-of-the-day" point of the comments. Obama isn't running for office in 2016. Alas, I have commented myself into the realization Nunberg was merely peppering his audience with racism for affect, as has his former boss. Interesting, Trump was awarded for his racism via jumping ahead of the GOP candidate pack. Apparently, timing is critical as Nunberg's remarks may have given Trump a "white knight" calling card via inadvertent opportunistic self-alignment for the white knight's lance. Nunberg's remarks came after Trump's head of the pack status.  The white knight lanced Nunberg! 

It is unfortunate, but racism effectively works as an entree into the conservative psyche. The Business Insider published a piece that adds much to the Trump former staffer. 

More from the Trump campaign trail. 

Did Trump answer a question about police brutality in this manner?

"Give Power Back to the police!"  Seriously?

In 2014 the number of black lives lost to killing cops looks like this:

"Give more power to the police?"

The Donald's solution to police brutality? More powerful police.
Posted by Think Progress on Sunday, August 2, 2015

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Conservative politicians win elections primarily via manipulation of the social psyche of large swaths of Americans.  Despite a history of horrific fiscal waste and lack of national economic performance, millions continue to rush to voting places and cast that "red" vote. Since the late 1960s the US South and Plains states have become a solid voting nation for the GOP.

A stark reality that would lead the uninformed to believe denizens of these states enjoy legislative benefits that offer the "good life." 

Poverty charting doesn't support the premise.

  1. USA Today February 2015

  • Using Census data on poverty, we've created a list of the states, and D.C., with the highest poverty ratings.
    • Kentucky. • Number of people living below poverty during 2013: 800,635. ...
    • District of Columbia. • Number of people living below poverty during 2013: 115,551. ...
    • Georgia. ...
    • Arkansas. ...
    • Louisiana. ...
    • New Mexico. ...
    • Mississippi.

  • 6 states and D.C. with the most people in poverty - USA Today

    Alas, there is a much ore dire and troubling set of data for US Red States. The Southern Education Foundation published a revealing set of data represented via a similar chart of students who live in low income regions; they are the majority enrollment in public schools. 
    Let's do a bit of comparative analysis.

    The GOP has a solid lock winning the votes in the the majority of states depicted in red.  The red legend identifier relates to low income children. Yet, the GOP will not support potential fruitful (non-watered down) job bills. The party will not consider raising the minimum wage.  And, for the most part the GOP has cut education budget while dismantling public employees unions.  

    Is it possible the GOP will effectively lowered the cognitive and mental abilities over time? We can assume a majority of the identified low income students are white, based on the fact white America comprises 75% of the population. While minorities may comprise higher ratios of the low income students on a ratio comparison basis, like welfare programs whites are also being forced into schools the GOP has work to lessen funding and deprive of teachers.

    Editor's Choices
    Veteran editors say exactly what they think about NY Times' botched Clinton story:— Media Matters (@mmfa) August 1, 2015

    This says it ALL! Not to mention the $1.3 trillion annual deficit Bush handed Obama, which Obama has cut by two-thirds.

    Under Pres. Obama:
    • We are now creating 250,000 jobs a month
    • The Dow Jones has nearly tripled in value
    • The Bush Wall Street bailout was paid back in full with a slight profit to taxpayers
    • One war is over and the other is winding down
    • Unemployment has been cut nearly in half, to 5.3%
    • The auto industry is thriving
    • And Osama is dead!

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