Wednesday Reads: Anchor Babies, Evicted Journalist, and KKK EndorsementsPosted: August 26, 2015
This is unbelievable. Take a look at these headlines, how can these people be serious contenders…. and yet we have the press going ape shit crazy over Hillary with the non-scandal email server crap.
Jeb Bush aggressively defended his use of the term “anchor babies” during a trip on Monday to the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the term describes fraudulent immigration “more related to Asian people.”
“This is ludicrous for the [Hillary] Clinton campaign and others to suggest that somehow I am using a derogatory term,” the presidential candidate said after a roundtable with local officials on border security and immigration in McAllen, Texas.
“What I’m talking about is the specific case of fraud being committed where there’s organized efforts — frankly, it’s more related to Asian people — coming into our country, having children in that organized effort, taking advantage of that noble concept, which is birthright citizenship.”
This was an absolutely horrifying glimpse of what it would mean if by some chance this caveman is elected president, as Donald Trump had his burly bodyguards eject one of the most popular anchors for Hispanic television network Univision, Jorge Ramos, saying scornfully to him, “Go back to Univision.”
Wow. Just wow. Then Trump described the incident this way: “He stood up and started screaming. He’s obviously a very emotional person.”
More on this, see the reaction from National Association of Hispanic Journalist:
As for Trump’s views on what is illegal:
What the meaning of “illegal” is
I keep hearing Trump go on and on about “getting all the bad people out” and he’s not always explicit that these are “bad” undocumented workers. In fact, when he’s talking about the gang members he plans to deport it’s not at all clear that he’s talking about non-citizens.
Digby links to a video of Trump, so take a look….
If you watch that video for a few minutes you’ll see that he claims the 9/11 hijackers were all in the country illegally and that hordes of middle eastern psychos were coming over the border all the time.
The 9/11 hijackers were not in the country illegally. They had legitimate visas, although in fairness, Trump isn’t the only one lying/mistaken on this count. This is a very creepy “misunderstanding” in that it suggest people think that forein=gners in the country on visas are not actually legal.
The point is that I think someone needs to ask The Donald and, by extension, his slavering followers, what they consider to be an “illegal alien” and how they would go about deciding who is and isn’t one.
Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke recently praised Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his tough stance on undocumented immigrants, which Duke called the “greatest immediate threat to the American people.”
So take a look at what he said:
“I praise the fact that he’s come out on the immigration issue,” Duke explained. “That he’s an entrepreneur and he has a good sense of what people want to hear what they want to buy.”
“And I think he realizes that his path to popularity toward power in the Republican Party is talking about the immigration issue,” the radio host continued. “And he has really said some incredibly great things recently. So whatever his motivation, I don’t give a damn. I really like the fact that he’s speaking out on this greatest immediate threat to the American people.”
“I’ve said from the beginning I think his campaign is good in the sense that it’s bringing these issues to a discussion which we have to have in America. And he’s continuing to move the envelope further and I think he understands the real sentiment of America.”
Duke concluded by calling Trump’s campaign a “great opportunity.”
“So although we can’t trust him to do what he says, the other Republican candidates won’t even say what he says,” he opined. “So he’s certainly the best of the lot. And he’s certainly somebody that we should get behind in terms, ya know, raising the image of this thing.”
Let’s update you on a few stories:
A man arrested for climbing a White House wall earlier this year was shot and killed at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse Tuesday after he sliced a sheriff’s deputy with a knife, the local district attorney said.
Curtis Smith, 34, was accused of entering the lobby of the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester about 11 a.m. and slashing a sheriff’s deputy on the arm or hand, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said. A second deputy in the lobby drew his weapon and shot Smith, who was treated at the scene but later died at Paoli Hospital in Paoli, Hogan said.
A new judge in Ferguson, Missouri, has halted court practices that were seen as a major factor in unrest over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown a year ago.
Judge Donald McCullin cancelled arrest warrants issued before this year, mainly to African Americans.
It follows a US justice department report that found the police in the city unfairly targeted black people.
The photo of Borders, taken by AFP photographer Stan Honda as the attacks on the Twin Towers unfolded, has endured as a haunting reminder of the chaos and horror of Sept. 11.
STAN HONDA VIA AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Borders, who was 28 at the time of the attacks, was working on the 81st floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower when the first plane hit. She fled down the stairwell and emerged from the building as the South Tower fell, covering her in dust and debris.
“I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face,” she told the New York Post in 2011. “The world went silent.”
Borders told the Post a stranger pulled her to safety in a nearby building, where Honda took the now-famous photo. According to the Telegraph, Borders kept the clothes she was wearing — still covered in ash — in a plastic bag in her wardrobe, but as of 2011 had never looked at them.
In an interview with the Jersey Journal last fall, Borders speculated that her cancer was related to the attacks.
“I’m saying to myself, ‘Did this thing ignite cancer cells in me?'” she said. “I definitely believe it because I haven’t had any illnesses. I don’t have high blood pressure … high cholesterol, diabetes. … How do you go from being healthy to waking up the next day with cancer?”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 4,000 first responders, rescue workers and survivors who have been diagnosed with cancer linked to the attacks. According to the CDC, skin cancer, prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are among the most common illnesses among those individuals.
And for the last few links…. dementia:
And on that depressing note, hope everyone has a happy day.