Monday Reads: Right now, we can choose between keeping our Republic or losing it

Good Afternoon Sky Dancers!

I placed a call to Boomer last night to make sure she had the phone numbers down here for some criminal attorney friends of mine because I was deep into working with folks to start planning protests in New Orleans and an opportunity popped up for this morning. I wasn’t actively planning on getting arrested but it seemed likely that there would be arrests.

I was getting ready to head out when I was stopped by the reminder of a meeting that I had completely forgotten but had to attend. During the meeting helicopters flew low over the house heading downtown. I was really startled. I’ve attended protests and rallies before but I know how important these would be. My spidey sense knew there were going to be arrests and there were. Some guy also tried to run over a protester with a pick up truck.

This sky is still that weird yellow color indicating bad weather approaching as I start looking for local news. The insidious mix of bad policing practices, racism, and an Administration marching us towards Fascism means it is rightly lit. The sky is a sick color.

AG Jeff Sessions–the oldest living confederate widow–and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen–who is sounding more like a character from an Orwell book each passing day–are in New Orleans addressing Monday’s opening session of the National Sheriff’s Association annual conference. Law enforcement and immigration were the topics. Protests were the order of the day. There were 5 arrests.

There was a woman hit and injured by a cursing truck driver who took off unarrested and unfollowed. I rabbled the troops last night so I’m probably back on some list. It’s been since the Nixon years I’ve had that distinction except now I’m on social security and semi-retired. The tits are getting saggy but the ability to know right from wrong has never been stronger. I’m not a university student any more. I am a university professor.

The DHS Secretary is doing what all the women employed in this administration are doing. Lying for the big guy. Gaslighting for the big guy. Signing on to the Direct Express to the lowest hell realm for the big guy.

From HuffPo: “DHS Secretary Says There’s No Family Separation Policy ‘Period’. Last week, DHS announced that nearly 2,000 kids had been separated from their parents during a six-week period ending last month.” It’s mislead the Sheeple Monday. Trump must be assigning them to either Putin or Kim Jong Un for training sessions on Despot Support and Propaganda Techniques.

“This misreporting by members, press and advocacy groups must stop,” Nielsen wrote in a series of tweets Sunday evening. “It is irresponsible and unproductive. As I have said many times before, if you are seeking asylum for your family, there is no reason to break the law and illegally cross between ports of entry.”

We do not have a policy of separating families at the border,” she continued. “Period.”

The Convention Center is about 2 miles down the river road from me. It’s a short bike ride or bus ride there. Louisiana Sheriffs are living up to their image per Raw Story. New Orleans protesters are fierce.

A woman hit by a truck driver while protesting a speech given by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in New Orleans Monday said the man driving was shouting about the demonstrators — and that he wasn’t stopped after colliding with her.

John R. Stanton, a national correspondent for BuzzFeed News, tweeted that Sarah Morrison, the woman struck by the truck, told him the driver “was cursing at protesters before he hit her.” “[New Orleans Police Department] didn’t stop him,” Stanton continued, adding that they took a report from the woman who is shaken by alright after the ordeal.

Here’s some background information from the Raw Story link.

The woman, identified by the New Orleans Times-Picayune as “Sarah Morris,” said she was protesting Sessions’ speech in light of the Trump Justice Department‘s recent policy changes that separate children from their parents when detained by immigration officials.

“This isn’t what our country is about, taking children and caging them and they are doing this in our land,” the woman said. “Where does it go from here? Where does it end?”

The woman also told the Times-Picayune she doesn’t believe she was hit intentionally, and that she suffered a hit on the head and had cuts on her knee that drew blood.

Demonstrators didn’t find out about the attorney general’s speech at the National Sheriffs’ Association or the planned counter-protest until hours before it was slated to begin. He appeared alongside Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA).

Subsequent reports from the protest revealed that police from multiple Louisiana parishes had begun arresting demonstrators.

Raw Story has now included an update.

UPDATE: In a statement to Raw Story, NOPD said it is investigating the driver hitting the protester outside the Sessions speech. Although NOPD interviewed the driver, “no charges have been filed nor have any arrests been made at this time.”

TV station WWLTV is reporting five people have been arrested. It is also reporting on the content of Sessions speech.

Meanwhile, Sessions took the opportunity on stage to show his support for law enforcement, call for longer sentences for criminals and address to controversy at the US-Mexico border where families are being separated by authorities as they illegally enter the country.

“There’s an important conversation in this country about whether we want to be a country of laws or if we want to be a country without borders,” Sessions said. “We cannot and will not encourage people to bring their children – or other children – to the country illegally by giving them immunity in the process.”
Sessions directly addressed the controversy surrounding new video and images of children being detained in cells and cages after their parents are arrested for illegally crossing the border.

“We do not want to separate children from their parents, we do not want parents to bring their children in illegally,” he said. “We can not and will not encourage people to bring their children or other children to the country unlawfully by giving them immunity.”

Sessions continues to gaslight us on the process and existence of asylum.

Over the weekend, I pasted the links and quotes to the Immigration and Custom site where it clearly stated this as the way to seek asylum.

To obtain asylum through the affirmative asylum process you must be physically present in the United States. You may apply for asylum status regardless of how you arrived in the United States or your current immigration status.

You must apply for asylum within one year of the date of their last arrival in the United States, unless you can show:

  • Changed circumstances that materially affect your eligibility for asylum or extraordinary circumstances relating to the delay in filing
  • You filed within a reasonable amount of time given those circumstances.

You may apply for affirmative asylum by submitting Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, to USCIS. See Form I 589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal for instructions on how to file for asylum,.

If your case is not approved and you do not have a legal immigration status, we will issue a Form I-862, Notice to Appear, and forward (or refer) your case to an Immigration Judge at the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The Immigration Judge conducts a ‘de novo’ hearing of the case. This means that the judge conducts a new hearing and issues a decision that is independent of the decision made by USCIS. If we do not have jurisdiction over your case, the Asylum Office will issue an I-863, Notice of Referral to Immigration Judge, for an asylum-only hearing. See ‘Defensive Asylum Processing With EOIR’ below if this situation applies to you.

Affirmative asylum applicants are rarely detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). You may live in the United States while your application is pending before USCIS. If you are found ineligible, you can remain in the United States while your application is pending with the Immigration Judge. Most asylum applicants are not authorized to work.

I felt I needed to capture all this as it seems disappeared at times.

Former First Lady Laura Bush has penned an editorial. She knows what this policy represents. All good people do of faith and of reason alone. This a take from CBS.

Former first lady Laura Bush criticized the Trump administration over the practice of separating undocumented migrant families, taking children from their parents at the border. “I live in a border state,” Bush wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that was posted Sunday evening. “I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”

She continues, “Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso.” She called the images “eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.” (While the images may be similar, the Japanese Americans were, in fact, U.S. citizens who already lived in the United States when they were forcibly removed to internment camps)

For Bush, the practice of separating families threatens our national identity as “a moral nation.”

“We pride ourselves on believing that people should be seen for the content of their character, not the color of their skin. We pride ourselves on acceptance,” she writes. “If we are truly that country, then it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents — and to stop separating parents and children in the first place.”

Though everyone agrees that the U.S. immigration system “isn’t working,” she says, “the injustice of zero tolerance is not the answer.”

It is very rare for Bush, the wife of ex-President George W. Bush, to wade into political controversies, but perhaps this exception is less surprising because it is in keeping with her longtime advocacy for children. In her op-ed, she writes that while the material needs of the migrant children are being met with “beds, toys, crayons, a playground and diaper changes,” at shelters run by by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, “the people working at the shelter had been instructed not to pick up or touch the children to comfort them. Imagine not being able to pick up a child who is not yet out of diapers.”

It reminded her of her late mother-in-law, Barbara Bush, who picked up and comforted a young child dying of HIV/AIDS. “She, who after the death of her 3-year-old daughter knew what it was to lose a child, believed that every child is deserving of human kindness, compassion and love,” wrote Laura Bush. “In 2018, can we not as a nation find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this

You may read her words at WAPO.

It’s clear to nearly ever one that this is a deeply immoral and indefensible position. Yet, every administration official and Trump cult follower are doing everything they can to avoid directly discussing the situation. I’ve never seen such Orwellian pretzel twists of logic and words in my life. If any of this stands, we’re clearly on the road to an autocratic, fascist, dictatorship what ever laws our on our books. The new meme is “come to the table” which buys into the lie that this is a law passed by democrats. What it asks for is a negotiation with a kidnapper, asking for ransom, and demanding an apology for making him do the deed.

Each Republican elected official–including the ones that preface their surrender with some form of objection–is leading us down the path to ruin and evil. What causes this illness? This acceptance of pure unadulterated evil?

Nearly every day, voters have been confronted with heart wrenching stories about immigrant children being separated from their parents upon crossing the border into the United States.

The president incorrectly blames his administration’s policy on Democrats, but regardless of his attempt to pass the responsibility, self-identified Republicans have his back, according to a new Ipsos poll done exclusively for The Daily Beast.

The poll of roughly 1,000 adults aged 18 and over, and conducted June 14-15, asked respondents if they agreed with the following statement: “It is appropriate to separate undocumented immigrant parents from their children when they cross the border in order to discourage others from crossing the border illegally.”

Of those surveyed, 27 percent of the overall respondents agreed with it, while 56% disagreed with the statement. Yet, Republicans leaned slightly more in favor, with 46% agreeing with the statement and 32 percent disagreeing. Meanwhile, 14 percent of Democrats surveyed supported it and only 29% of Independents were in favor.

The sample, according to Ipsos, included 339 Democrats, 335 Republicans and 204 Independents.

On Saturday, President Trump continued to falsely assert that Democrats were to blame for the horrific stories of families being torn apart.

From WAPO: “Trump team cannot get its story straight on separating migrant families” Go look at this Orwellian Laundry list of quotes.

You may watch the speeches from Sessions, Nielsen, and the shame of Louisiana, Congressman Steve KKK Scalise here.

You may read about the even more shameful Trump words here.

Trump continued to cast blame on Democrats Monday, as he detoured from planned remarks on U.S. space policy to defend his administration’s policies. “I say it’s very strongly the Democrats’ fault,” he said at the White House.

“The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” he added. “Not on my watch.”


The one Republican taking action is the Republican Governor of Massachusetts. From WGBH: “Baker Cancels National Guard Deployment To Border, Citing ‘Inhumane’ Treatment Of Children And Families.”

Governor Charlie Baker is canceling the deployment of Massachusetts National Guard troops to the border in light of recent reports about the Trump Administration’s practice of separating immigrant children from families.

“Governor Baker directed the National Guard not to send any assets or personnel to the Southwest border today because the federal government’s current actions are resulting in the inhumane treatment of children,” said Baker communications director Lizzy Guyton in a statement sent to WGBH News.

State officials announced early in June that Massachusetts National Guard troops would be deployed to the border to support in security operations. One helicopter, aircrew, and military analysts from Massachusetts were set to head to the border at the end of June.

The crew was to “provide aviation reconnaissance to offer an additional tool for observation and tracking of unlawful activity in the region,” according to the Mass National Guard.

The cancellation comes amid increased scrutiny over the Trump Administration’s practice of separating children from families at the border, in some cases detaining children in makeshift facilities and, in one facility in Texas, cages. The practice has been condemned by the United Nations, a coalition of Catholic bishops, and numerous public officials, including former First Lady Laura Bush.

Previously, when asked about the Trump Administration’s practice of separation of children and families on Boston Public Radio in May, Baker said he had “ a huge problem with that.”

The deployment was a response to a proclamation signed by President Trump in April calling on National Guard troops to assist in securing the border. The request was made by invoking a statute of U.S. law known as “Title 32,” which allows governors to review requests for National Guard troops and deploy at their own determination, and troops remain under state control. (A “Title 10,” request, on the other hand, is involuntary and troops operate under federal control.)

It’s raining now but that odd yellow color remains. Maybe the wisdom beings are pissing on the Convention Center roof. It would be an irony given it would likely enthrall the wanna be despot planted by Russia and angry WiPiPo. Golden showers on his police state.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

58 Comments on “Monday Reads: Right now, we can choose between keeping our Republic or losing it”

  1. joanelle says:

    People are going to take actions we never thought could happen in the US. Trump is not going to back down until he feels endangered himself.. He is not stable.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    This NYT article has some very good news for Democrats, based on polls.

    • joanelle says:

      My god, look at him, Didn’t Adolf stand that way with that expression on his face?
      And shame on all those people behind him. My God, they are reliving 1940.

    • joanelle says:

      thanks for that BB

  3. palhart says:

    Before I read it was so, I thought this policy of separating families reeks of Stephen Miller’s cruelty that knows no bounds. What will probably happen is Trump promising, but not totally executing, an end to this border policy in exchange for a border wall that will increase the debt. He may feel a rush to fulfill his campaign promises for the knuckle-draggers before November 6th.

    • joanelle says:

      As long as our federally elected continue to collect their salaries for life we will never have enough money for the things our people need. They are greedy bas*@rds and don’t give a rats tail for anyone but themselves.
      Anyone who is so cold hearted to take babies from their moms and dads are not worth a plug nickle and I believe this last act has been the dagger in the heart of the republican party.

      • Sweet Sue says:

        But Joanelle, we keep saying that this surely will spell the end of the Republican party but there’s no low to which Republicans won’t go and applaud. At least thirty percent of our citizens are truly deplorable and that’s keeping me up at night. That and the plight of those children and parents. I urge anyone with a Republican US Senator to call him (or her) express your horror at what is happening and ask him to co-sponsor S 3036, the bill which bans separating asylum seeking parents from their children. It’s Diane Feinstein’s bill and she has, yet, to have one Republican sponsor.

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  5. dakinikat says:

    But behind the scenes, even as the president has agitated in public about firing his attorney general, Sessions is the true architect of much of what people believe to be Trump’s domestic-policy agenda. As implemented in recent decisions to curtail asylum grants, ramp up immigration enforcement, and dial back criminal-justice reform and voting-rights protections, this agenda is more than just the reversal of policies enacted during the Barack Obama era, which Trump promised during his campaign. Rather, from the Black Belt in Alabama in the 1980s to the farthest reaches of the border fence today, the Sessions Doctrine is the endgame of a long legal tradition of undermining minority civil rights.

  6. Sweet Sue says:

    Oh, I forgot to say great post, Dak.

  7. Enheduanna says:

    Thanks for getting out there Dak. It’s unbelievable anyone supports these child prison camps and the forced separation of mothers from their babies. And yet a small plurality of GOPers do. Not as many as support him overall, though – so at least there is that. I hope he is losing moderate GOPers – if there is such a thing.

    Last night here in ATL the sunset was one of the most brilliant orange and coral I’ve ever seen. It faded to a gorgeous fuchsia color and then finally purple. I wonder if the volcano in Hawaii is having an effect on the sky?

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  9. dakinikat says:

    The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents one day last week by immigration authorities at the border, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like they’re crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream “Mami” and “Papá” over and over again, as if those are the only words they know.

    It’s heart wrenching … it’s hard to hear

    • bostonboomer says:

      This is who we are now, for the whole world to see. This is being done in our name.

  10. bostonboomer says:

    I’m watching MSNBC. The WH just pushed back the daily press briefing again until 5PM. They obviously don’t know how to deal with the backlash they’re getting; and, as one reporter just said, the media is not going to let go of this story. This is going to get worse and worse for Trump. I’m going to try to force myself to watch the briefing at 5.

    • dakinikat says:

      The president implied that children were being separated from their parents at the border because of a law enacted by Democrats.

      Actually, the policy in question was enacted by his own administration.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Nielson’s briefing was unspeakably monstrous. She just kept robotically repeating that there is no policy to separate children from their families, but at the same time she said Congress should make changes to what is happening. Some day, if we survive this, her performance will be shown in documentaries about the horrors perpetrated under Trump.

      • dakinikat says:

        The women Trump enablers are the worst imho.

        • quixote says:

          I wouldn’t agree with that. They don’t do the most damage (they don’t have the power), they’re not the most extreme, they’re not providing the philosophical justifications. Sessions, Miller, Bannon, etc., they’re all worse.

          Women toadying for the Dump are the most surprising and disappointing, but that’s different. And that’s only because so many women have been shat on enough to know that’s not a good thing. The density of good people is higher in those groups. I’m convinced it’s why somebody once said that the meek shall inherit the earth. He’s been right over the real long term, too.

          • bostonboomer says:

            Did you watch her speech this morning and her presentation this evening? She is just as responsible as anyone else. She needs to resign or she will be the face of this cruel policy years from now.

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          • quixote says:

            I’m not saying they’re innocent! Absolute ratbags, the lot of them, and I agree she needs to resign. They all do! But it’s like Kellyanne Conjob, Sarah Sanders, and, hell, even Ivanka for that matter. They’re enablers and mouthpieces, and they lend themselves to evil and (some of them) give it a pretty face, but they’re just window dressing. Pointing the window toward the pit of hell is mostly the doing of people with more and more real power.

      • Sweet Sue says:

        I have never seen such a stone, cold bitch in my life. She was terrifying.

        • bostonboomer says:

        • quixote says:

          Joy Reid makes an interesting point: that it’s hard for some of us to understand that not everyone feels empathy for the abused kids and parents.

          She’s right. I’m finding it downright impossible. Unfortunately, she doesn’t explain. The don’t feel empathy because they trained themselves out of it? They were born with bits of their brain missing? Their hatred is strong enough to overwhelm any empathy? Is there a research study somewhere that’s looked at what’s going on here? (bb?)

          Much as I hesitate to call somebody not-human, to me somebody who doesn’t empathize with lost crying children is not human. I really can’t understand it, just as Reid says.

          • NW Luna says:

            They’re the people who don’t think anyone but white people count. And of the white people, they think only certain people count. They’re the ones who followed orders in Hitler’s Germany. They’re the ones who beat their own children. They’re the ones who believe if you get cancer it’s god’s will. They are evil.

          • Sweet Sue says:

            I’ve been crying all day. Well, now I know, what I’d lay down my life for.

          • Jslat says:

            The Basket of Deplorables!

  11. dakinikat says:

    Michelle Obama joins Laura Bush in taking on Trump’s immigration policy

  12. bostonboomer says:

    This post by Charles Pierce is magnificent.

    These Children Will Have Stories to Tell. And They Will Be Told.

    • dakinikat says:

      “The government* of the United States has decided that taking children from their parents and locking them in cages is what they’d like to be remembered for.”

      Okay, i have to cry some more …

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  17. dakinikat says:

    sit down …
    Ted Cruz introduces legislation to keep immigrant families together after they cross the border
    Cruz’s Protect Kids and Parents Act would require the federal government to keep immigrant families together “absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children.”

    • dakinikat says:

      U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, Texas’ senior senator and the second-ranking Senate Republican, said on the chamber floor earlier Monday that he, too, would introduce legislation on this front.

    • NW Luna says:

      !!! Finally Cruz has grown a heart. Or is he just scared about the backlash?

      • quixote says:

        Scared of the backlash is my guess. Apparently his bill is to get the parents “processed” faster (translation: deported faster) and to get the kids chucked out faster with them. If that’s a valid explanation of what his bill actually does, then it’s just a ploy to rescue Repubs from having to vote on Feinstein’s bill.

  18. dakinikat says:

    According to the United Methodist News Service, more than 600 United Methodist Church clergy and laity say they are bringing church law charges against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions related to the “zero tolerance” policy and resulting separation of families along the Mexico border.

    In a complaint Monday, the group from the UMC accused Sessions of child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination and dissemination of doctrines contrary to the standards of the doctrine of the United Methodist Church.

    “However, an authority on church history and polity said he’s unaware of a complaint against a lay person ever moving past the district level,” the United Methodist News Service stated.

    • NW Luna says:

      Well, that’s right Christian of them. Part of me thinks this is a good move and part of me thinks religion is best kept out of politics. OTOH, this could be viewed as a church bringing religious-law charges against one of their own — which seems very appropriate, especially since Sessions was trying to twist Xian scripture to falsely endorse his heartless policy.

      • Sweet Sue says:

        We need to explain to the deplorables that they are going to Hell. They will stand before the Throne of God and they will be condemned to everlasting torment.

  19. joanelle says:

    But they only seemed to believe what is convenient and I’m sure they wouldn’t see retribution as convenient or necessary for themselves