We are doomed.
Via Balloon Juice.
A city boy will never learn everything a country boy knows by instinct. A country boy will learn everything a city boy knows in six months.–Bennett Cerf
The Booman points out, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.”
The Seattle Times reports on one outfit bidding to work on Trump’s stupid wall of hate. A snippet:
The company’s listed principal? That would be Albert Speer, the Nazi war criminal who was Adolf Hitler’s personal architect. Speer, who designed the infamous Nazi party rally grounds in Nuremberg, died in 1981.
Trump Wall Solutions is actually a small group of Canadian pranksters mortified by the Trump administration and the border-wall plan, according to two men involved in the project who spoke with The Seattle Times by phone Friday.
That’s not a quote from the Bible.
That’s Republican policy.
Petty, stupid, and vicious–the tripod of Trumpery.
Canadian nurses working at Michigan hospitals were shocked last week when border security officers stopped them from entering the U.S. because of changes to their working visas under new immigration policies.
She (one of the nurses denied entry–ed.) was told advanced practice nurses and nurse anesthetists no longer qualify for the working visas because of policy changes under U.S. President Donald Trump.
“We really question the motives,” said immigration lawyer Marc Topoleski, whose firm is retained by the (Henry Ford–ed.) hospital. “All of the immigration executive orders and all the things being rolled out have been focused on national security first, and this is clearly not an issue of national security whatsoever.”
Follow the link for the full story.
Via Raw Story.
I wonder whether Canada will register an official diplomatic protest about this. I would not be at all surprised if they do.
Were I the Canadian government, I’d consider this an attack on my citizenry and a deliberate provocation.
There’s nothing new about new about rebranding–“old wine in new bottles” is a cliche, but cliches become cliches because they express a truth succinctly. “Alt-Right” for “white supremacist” is a rebranding effort. The rebranders hope that you will forget that behind the shiny new label is the hate bottled from the same cesspool they’ve been swimming in for centuries.
At Above the Law, Elie Mystal excoriates another contemporary attempt to rebrand bigotry, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/politics/trump-travel-ban.html. A snippet:
Again, the Trump Administration is learning that courts are not so easily fooled. When you campaign on a “Muslim Ban,” promise a “Muslim Ban,” and then issue an order that is in effect a “Muslim Ban,” changing its name at the last minute doesn’t work.
This might come as a shock to the Witch King of bankruptcy, but “Rebranding” doesn’t work either. Not in front of a judge. You can stick a funnel on a horse and call it a unicorn, Mr. Trump, but you can’t make it s**t rainbows. You’re dealing with educated people now, not just fleecing yokels anymore.
The Girl Guides (that’s “Girl Scouts” in USAn) of Canada have had enough of Trump and Republican “mean for the sake of mean.”
The ban does not mention the latest Executive Order by President Trump barring travel to “the States” by citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries, and imposing a 120-day moratorium on accepting Syrian refugees.
“While the United States is a frequent destination for Guiding trips, the ability of all our members to equally enter this country is currently uncertain,” GGC executives Sharron Callahan and Holly Thompson said in an advisory Monday afternoon.
More at the link.
Update: Edited to fix the goofs.
Lee Camp notes that, during Trump’s campaign, white supremacists, white nationalists, and wannabe robber barons were not evident in the Trumpian entourage (though garden-variety rascists and bigots certainly were). He wonders where they came from. The relevant section is the first 10 minutes or so in the video (warning: language).
The court in Würzburg (Germany) ruled that the US social media giant is not obliged to actively search out and delete defamatory posts, like those that had falsely linked the claimant, Anas Modamani, 19, to Islamist attacks and violent crimes.
Modamani wanted the US social media giant, represented by Facebook Ireland Limited, to stop the spread of such defamatory fake news, which have been shared countless times.
He was represented by German lawyer Chan-jo Jun, who has previously launched legal action against Facebook, demanding it stop the spread of racist hate speech and other content illegal under German law.
Farron Cousins translates Jason Chavetz:
The Philadelphia Daily News’s Sandy Shea tries to make sense of recent events. A snippet:
The recent desecration of tombstones in Jewish cemeteries in Missouri and Philadelphia and a Catholic cemetery in Philadelphia, bomb threats in Jewish centers across the country, and the recent slaying of Indian IT worker Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas have slammed us back into an ugly past. Surely we abandoned this mindset long ago – and not only those in the “bubble.”
What worries me is that the reappearance of these incidents says something ugly about all of us – and not only those who are filled with hate.
We’ve told ourselves for generations that we are a tolerant nation, that we welcome outsiders, that we are a melting pot of cultures and nationalities. I’ve believed it. But now I have to wonder: Was that tolerance only skin deep? Was collective hatred so close to the surface that all it took was implied (and explicit) permission from someone who encourages suspicion and fear?
A descendant of immigrants muses on the Trumpling of immigrants. A snippet:
So what’s the difference between my ancestors and the Guatemalans and uncounted others trying to cross America’s borders today? Timing, pure and simple. My people had no more natural “right” to be here than the latter-day transplants who walk in their footsteps. They found homes in this country because someone, however grudgingly, let them in. The America that Donald Trump so vehemently insists on putting first rests on a foundation built by generation after generation of newcomers, including his own ancestors. We are their heirs, and our good fortune in finding ourselves firmly rooted here and not knocking on the door in 2017 should be the occasion for humble gratitude, not chest-thumping chauvinism.
A doctor describes the results of being mean for the sake of mean.
I work at a health clinic in South Seattle, where the majority of patients are immigrants from Mexico and Central America. Recently, I had a 5-year-old come to my office whose mother was complaining that he was urinating on himself at home and at school. She also reported episodes of inconsolable crying and outbursts of rage, including kicking and punching other children. Upon further questioning, it was discovered that all of his symptoms started the week after his father was arrested in front of him and deported to Mexico. I was diagnosing a 5-year old with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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Pamela Grundy sees a parallel:
Enslaved African Americans (before the Civil War–ed.) were escaping a violent and immoral system that defined them as property. Those in bondage were required to peacefully accept their servile status. Today’s undocumented immigrants are escaping dead-end, often violent situations by coming to a country that needs their labor, but that has a broken immigration system that makes it virtually impossible for most of them to enter legally.
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