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Showing posts with label immigration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label immigration. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Trump Delivers A Fear Laced Mess; Obama Denied 2014 Airtime

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Oh, how we play the game differently. 

In 2014 President Barack Obama requested air time to speak about the nation's growing immigration problem. He didn't get the time he requested; only liberal media ran the speech.

Before The Young Turks video, think about how all electronic media broadcast Trump's lie-filled fear mongering nine-minute diatribe against what he calls "illegal aliens." We will not post Trump's remarks here as we work to avoid exhibitions of utter manipulation and political posturing from an administration which is fizzling down to a heap of embarrassing garbage. In short we strive to avoid posting lies and at last count, the Washington Post tracked Trump's lie level since taking office in 2017 at over 7400. That means the lie for Trump is a pathology. 

We prefer to post a definition of what the right calls "illegal aliens." 
An alien who entered the United States illegally without the proper authorization and documents, or who entered the United States legally and has since violated the terms of his or her visa or overstayed the time limit. An undocumented alien is deportable if apprehended.Nov 5, 2018 
Immigration Terms and Definitions Involving Aliens | Internal Revenue ...
"..... violated the terms of his or her visa or overstayed the time limit."  In 2017, cases of visa limit violations surpassed 600,000.

The Daily Mail UK
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While we do not have numbers of successful illegal border crossings at the southern border is impossible to state accurately we can look at the number of apprehensions in 2017.  Bloomberg offers a noteworthy review of southern border crossings or attempted crossings as well as where they are reported to have crossed into the US. The article states the number of successful crossings in 2015 down significantly from previous years. Data indicates the number of such crossings has dropped significantly after the Bush Great Recession.

Trumps Wall With Mexico: How many people cross illegally into the U.S. from Mexico?

Trumps Wall With Mexico: Would a wall be effective
Yes, we have Central American and Mexicans who wish to enter the US and many are or were doing so legally via presenting themselves at border stations with requests for asylum. They are not wanton lawbreakers in "caravans" seeking to enter the US. Recall the pre-election "caravan" which wasn't? How about Trump dispatching a few thousand US troops to the southern border for what amounted to a bivouac and gross waste of budget dollars?

"...they are bringing drugs." (Heroin and Fentanyl)


The administration claims there has been a dramatic spike in illegal drugs entering the country at the southwest border. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there was an increase in the number of drug seizures of methamphetamine and fentanyl from fiscal year 2017 to fiscal year 2018. (The data for fiscal year 2018 doesn’t have numbers for September.) 
In a 2018 DEA drug threat assessment report, several of the drugs highlighted by Customs and Border Protection pass through legal ports of entry, not through illegal border crossings. (The agency traced most heroin and cocaine to privately owned vehicles passing through legal ports of entry. Fentanyl from Mexico is most often transported this way, too. Sometimes, drugs are mixed in with legal goods on tractor-trailers.)

According to drug threat assessments from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the majority of the drugs that cross the southwest border are brought in through official ports of entry. This has been the case for years. 
David Bier, an immigration policy analyst for the libertarian Cato Institute, wrote in a December 2018 blog post noted that the drugs Border Patrol agents seize at official ports of entry were three times more valuable than the drugs seized outside of those ports. 
“In other words, a border wall would not target the most valuable drugs crossing the border,” Bier wrote.
The PBS article published mere hours before Trump took to US airways to pitch for a wall which will if built quickly become a major waste of US Funds If built a wall Trump convinced millions Mexico would pick up the tab. In the article, Bloomberg highlights and reviews nine facts regarding Trump's "border crisis" the non-crisis. Yet, we live every day with lie after lie from Trump and his cabal.

The daily doses of Trumpism also fit neatly into the revenue streams of US media.  

There was enough red herring B/S to back P.T. Barnum into a submissive position, but the least of which is summed up in the following meme.  Trump mentioned Murderers and graphically depicted three cases of murder perpetrated by immigrants. I offer the following as the most dangerous as we live our lives.

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While only certain media ran with Obama's border address, we remind that all television networks carried the Trump nine minutes of lies as if the nation had again landed on the Moon.

The Young Turks and Obama's non-opportunity.

If you care to compare Obama's address with that which Trump delivered a few hours ago, you will have to seek it via a Google Search. We are moving to a position of only posting Trump's remarks as part of a fact check piece.

US media really must evaluate its role in advancing Trumpism. The networks are an active participating entity (and support beam) for Trump's reality TV administration while sharing Trump's incessant lies to people who may be gullible enough to believe the lies.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ann Coulter Joins Pat Buchanan As A Purveyor Of White Nationalism (Racism)

A decade after the end of the Civil War, a veteran of the Confederate States of America examines a Union water bottle in front of a Confederate flag in 1875. Here's a look at the evolution of that flag:

Dixiecrats resurfaced the "Southern Cross" flag as a political symbol around the time President Harry Truman supported efforts to end lynchings and desegregate the military in 1948. During that same period, the Ku Klux Klan began using the flag more widely.

Often conservatives and some progressives for different reasons seek to deny that racism and skin color bias is no longer an issue in America. Some conservatives are so dogmatic in their promulgation of nationalism based in race, it is literally impossible to separate their actions and words from white nationalist like Pat Buchanan.
Google definition:
  1. White nationalism is an ideology that advocates a racial definition of national identity for white people. White nationalism ranges from a preference for one's ethnic group, to feelings of superiority to organized forms of white  supremacism.
Actually white nationalism is a commonly accepted vernacular for "racism." Watch Buchanan via a Rachel Maddow segment that ran after during the Sotomayor SCOTUS confirmation hearings and after Buchanan openly declared himself a "white nationalist/racist." The segment is close to seven minutes long, but relevant to the individual syllable.

There are Americans who actually deny the reality of melanin bias and skin color as an inducement to racism and racist acts. On another front, there are American conservatives who unabashedly wear their racism and racist views as boldly as their GOP lapel pins.

Let's take a look at the latest and ugliest manifestation of US racism from a well known right wing propagandist and demagogue: Ann Coulter.

The background from the nascent Coulter attack is as follows
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley publicly asked to have the Confederate flag removed from the state capitol grounds. 

The request to start debate on removal of the flag was a bridge too far for Coulter. What happens when people are stretched to the limit of their paradigm. They either assimilate to the new environment (or ideology) or they lash out in futile efforts to enact their agst. Coulter, of course, chose the latter. Watch as Coulter proves (yet again) racism is a core value inherent in some who claim to be American conservatives. Racial intolerance is endemic among conservatives to a far greater degree and validates the racial and ethnic composition of the GOP: 92% white Coulter goes racial on Nikki Haley as an immigrant and not into Americanism. Coulter will say she stated "immigrant;" It doesn't require a leap of imagination to read between the lines and reach beyond Coulters closeted "dog whistle."

Politifact (See below)

Pants on Fire!CoulterSays South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley "is an immigrant."
— Ann Coulter on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 in comments on Fox Business Network
Media Matters...
But Haley is not an immigrant. As reported by the Washington Post's Phillip Rucker, Haley was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, to Indian immigrant parents (emphasis original):
She's the daughter of Sikh immigrants from India. Haley's parents, Dr. Ajit and Raj Randhawa immigrated from Amritsar to the tiny town of Bamberg, S.C. (population 3,733). Nikki was born there and grew up with a sister, Simran, and two brothers, Mitti and Charan. Mitti was an active-duty officer in the Army for 20 years and fought in Desert Storm. Haley could become only the second Indian-American governor in the country, joining Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R).
Politfact also addressed Coulter's rhetoric. 

Ann Coulter Pants on Fire claim SC Governor Nikki Haley

Coulter is the tip of the iceberg for those on the Right who wear their racism and intolerance as proudly as some relish display of the Confederate flag. As is the case with the Confederate flag, there comes a time when even conservatives should realize the essence of their social paradigm is flawed and runs against the grain of true Americanism. It took the killing of nine innocent church worshippers to push issues with the confederate flag to the forefront of public extinction. What will it take for American conservatives to push overt racism as practiced by the likes of Coulter and Buchanan to the level of extinction?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

White House Twitter Update: An Impoving Society

As we move through the first quarter of the year (Q1), we thought it time to refresh on a few accomplishments from the White House.

The following sets of tweets are from the White House Twitter page. Rightwing social media would take great exception to each of the tweets, the facts are facts and facts are insulted from rightwing propaganda and Obama derangement.

Enjoy the ride if you are open to credible information and if you are an American who simply wants a better society for all.  Grab the tissue if you are opposite the open minded American from the previous sentence. The tweets will induce heartburn. 



March 10, 2015

March 15, 2015
 More Job Openings Since 2001




ENERGY (To Hell with the Kochs)


How about a quick 2016 Budget visit....

We will published a much more in-depth set of data related to the improving economy in a few days. In the meantime, don't listen to the GOP and Fox News, you world is much better-off than with any Republican in the White House. If you had given the Democrats a shot at retaining a Senate Majority and gaining on the tea party laden House, your economy would improve at a greater pace.


Monday, July 7, 2014

David Gregory, Meet The Press, Joined Conservaitves In "Chaisng The Dragon" On Obama Executive Action


“The lesson of these 236 years is clear – immigration makes America stronger. Immigration makes us more prosperous. And immigration positions America to lead in the 21st century.”
President Obama, July 4, 2012

While America's conservatives are spending an inordinate amount of time and energy seeking opportunity to show just how ugly they carry themselves, you and I are deluged with reminders of what we know as true. Conservative America is rabid and over-flowing with white nationalism and afflicted with extreme intolerance of all things non-Christian and people with gift of melanin as a physical component of skin. As the the matter of Christianity, I should clarify, they practice a form of American Christianity that seems outside the tenants of their Bibles.

One aspect of the current California protest against attempts to humanely house people who are fleeing stands as clear as the US Flags waved as a moniker of their disgust: "It is all Obama's fault." It would be easy to leave scrutiny of the Murietta California disgust in Southern California. The disgust spreads across the nation as thoroughly as an electronic blanket conveniently engaged via turning on Sunday Morning "Conservative" news shows.

The following Meet The Press segment with the king of conservative Sunday Morning TV, David Gregory, provided the perfect example.

Despite Gregory's libido driven efforts to blame President for 50,000 desperate souls sojourning to the United States, I cannot find any validation. Gregory and his producers/management team joins other conservatives in attempting to label Obama as over-reaching his authority via Executive Action. Why does Obama receive accusation of over-reaching his executive authority when he clearly falls shy of Executive Orders issued in his 5 plus years in the Oval Office?

If you prefer to restrict the review to modern times Vs the comprehensive historic view, take a more myopic look.

My question above the graphics of "why" has been addressed by a few liberal media personalities. One noted MSNBC host has on more than one occasion has adroitly stated his case on why the Right objects to tall things Obama. In mid-2014 Real clear Politics published a must read piece, that provides an answer to the question above.  As John Boehner threatens to sue the president for his exercise of executive action while Boehner's House sits on its recess vacations, I continue have difficulty in locating evidence of Obama's head-handedness. A visit to White House Dot Gov yielded nothing of the sort. 

As I visited the site, I sought a particular executive action that could lead to the impression Obama is behind the current influx of women and children from Central America. Again nothing stood out as a catalyst for the current influx of desperate women and children. 

First sighting on the White House website was a video related to Immigration Reform.

After the video I clicked through a series of pages titled posted.

  White House Dot Gov
Creating an Immigration System for the 21st Century
Cracking Down on Employers Hiring Undocumented Workers 
Earned Citizenship 
Continuing to Strengthen Border Security 
Streamlining Legal Immigration
After failing to find Obama's alleged path for the Central Americans, I decided to locate one of the many lies about Obama's culpability in enticing the hordes of migrants.  I found the perfect lie for the consummate Senatorial liar. Ted Cruz and his claim "Obama has promised amnesty (Politifacts)."

After reviewing Cruz'a latest....False, I followed my journalistic instincts and looked a bit farther. About Dot Com has archived a piece that delineates an Obama 2012 ruling regarding so-called "hardship waivers" for immigrants with family already in the States.

The new rule would allow family members of U.S. citizens to petition the government for the so-called hardship waiver before the undocumented immigrant returns home to formally apply for a U.S. visa. Once waivers are approved, immigrants can apply for green cards. 
The net effect of the change is that families will not endure long separations while immigration officials are reviewing their cases. Separations that lasted years now will take only weeks or less. Only immigrants without criminal records can apply for the waiver.
 Again failure! The ruling clearly relates to a specific population who have relatives in the States.

The search became frustrating and a challenge for my ability to perform a successful Internet search with results indicating Obama initiated the surge from Central America. Have you noticed the surge is not from our southern border neighbor Mexico? (For my conservative readers, the word "surge" is used in its classic context and not as the capitalized "S" Republican Iraq War military metaphoric noun "Surge"). Do you wonder why no surge from Mexico? Could the answer lie in manipulation and subterfuge in the host countries? An item for another post; I have a conspiracy theory on the Central American influx.

No the Dream Act did not induce the 'surge', the "ruling" did not induce the surge ultimately Obama did not induce the surge. The genesis of the surge reaches back to a presidency that continues to cast a dark cloud over the United States.

Chris Hayes, MSNBC-NOW, July 7th.

My failure to find specific acts that point to Obama as the catalyst to the influx from the south isn't a true frustration as the results were expected.

The Latino Rebels published a noteworthy, yet non-definitive piece about how the problem manifest.

The U.S.-Created Child Migrant Crisis

The New York Times has also published a piece the seems to echo (with more detail) the piece form The Latino Rebels. Hint: "Bushed"

Despite David Gregory's efforts to support conservative (GOP) political mantra and talking points related to allegations of Obama's culpability in the Central American 'surge simply is not based in fact.


Friday, June 28, 2013

The Whirlingwind Dot Com: The United States Of Apartheid

The United States Of Apartheid

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The United States of Apartheid
by Benjamin T. Moore, Jr.


Germany didn’t wake up one fine morning to discover they were under the dictatorship of Adolph Hitler. It was a gradual process. Hitler *seemed* quite sane with the best interests of Germany at heart. Hitler’s first act upon coming to power was not to open death camps. That came later. His was a subtle dance of seduction. Rarely does great evil spring upon a people full blown. It begins as a little cloud in the sky. The weather is beautiful a few days before a hurricane.
We are at a fork in the road. Fortunately, we have the advantage of being able to look at history. I personally do not believe in coincident. Everything that happens is the result of cause and effect. Often the *cause*is plotted and planned in dimly lit, cigar smoke filled rooms. The *effect* is designed to take you by surprise.
We need to decide what type of society we’re going to become. Those who are enlightened and evolved, care little about the ethnic designation of those in charge, we care only about their integrity and competence. We recognize the mutual commonality of humanity. We all share the same needs. Safety, opportunity, a clean environment and being able to educate our children such that each successive generation will surpass the last. We also care about the welfare of our fellowmen. We understand that as a society we are no richer than the poorest amongst us. For us to prosper, we all must prosper together.
Unfortunately, there exists a dark cabal who are more concerned with securing and maintaining power for those of their own ethnic designation. For them, power and control is the objective. If you’ve been paying attention, you can see them sliding the pieces in place to set up a society that does not represent the lofty goals, hopes and dreams of the majority of U.S. Citizens. Rather than pass a Jobs Bill to put people back to work rebuilding our infrastructure, they’d rather take another meaningless vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act which will provide health care for children and poor families. Rather than fund our system of education, they’d rather give away billions in subsides to oil companies that don’t need them.
Though we cannot see the wind, we can mark its passage by the leaves it blows and the grass it bends. Thus it is by looking at the areas receiving their most ardent focus, we can determine their true motives. Look. Pay attention and connect the dots.

Re-posted from The Whirlingwind Dot Com