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Safety/Irony Alert. CNBC (December 25): Your new home security system may be an open invitation to hackers to make you, and perhaps many others, unsafe.” -- CW

Click on the picture to see larger image.... Low Society News. AP: "... Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were among the guests as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin’s) married a Scottish actress. Mnuchin exchanged vows Saturday night with Louise Linton at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington. Mrs. Trump wore a pink blush dress" CW: which, if you follow Reality Chex, you will know was enhanced by some really costly baubles that remind the bride of Grace Kelly or happy times or something.

New Yorker: "In a paper in the journal Nature, an international team of researchers announced that they have pushed back the date of the earliest human remains to three hundred thousand years ago. And the specimens in question were found not in East Africa, which has become synonymous with a sort of paleoanthropological Garden of Eden, but clear on the other side of the continent — and the Sahara — in Morocco." -- CW ...

Washington Post: "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus took a final, bittersweet bow Sunday, staging its last three shows [in Uniondale, N.Y.,] after 146 years of entertaining American audiences with gravity-defying trapeze stunts, comically clumsy clowns and trained tigers." -- CW 

Guardian: "Pippa Middleton [sister of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge --] has married James Matthews in what has been called the society wedding of the year, in front of royalty, family and friends." -- CW

Washington Post: "Two months before Monday’s [May 8] announcement that Sinclair Broadcast Group would pay $3.9 billion for Tribune Media and add to its dominance as the nation’s largest owner of local TV stations, a top executive at Sinclair beamed a short commentary piece to many of the company’s 173 stations.In the segment, which looks like it belongs in a newscast, Sinclair vice president for news Scott Livingston stands before a wall of video monitors and warns that 'some members of the national media are using their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think.' He accuses the national media of publishing 'fake news stories' — a direct echo of President Trump’s frequent complaint — and then asks viewers to visit the station’s website to share 'content concerns.' The piece was a 'must-run,' meaning news directors and station managers from Baltimore to Seattle had to find room for it.... While partisan coverage is a familiar staple of cable networks — Fox News on the right, MSNBC on the left — it remains mostly unheard of in broadcast TV, where it has generally been accepted that public airwaves should be used in the difficult-to-define public interest.” -- CW 

CNN: "21st Century Fox and the private equity firm Blackstone are in talks to launch a bid for Tribune Media, one of the nation's largest television broadcasting companies, a source with knowledge of the matter said Sunday. The deal currently under discussion would see Blackstone and Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox forming a joint venture. Blackstone would provide the cash for the acquisition while Fox would add all its owned-and-operated television stations to the joint venture." -- CW 

New York Times: "Prehistoric humans — perhaps Neanderthals or another lost species — occupied what is now California some 130,000 years ago, a team of scientists reported on Wednesday. The bold and fiercely disputed claim, published in the journal Nature, is based on a study of mastodon bones discovered near San Diego. If the scientists are right, they would significantly alter our understanding of how humans spread around the planet." -- CW 

If you're curious as to how realistic the New York City apartments of TV sitcom characters are -- in terms of what the characters could reasonably afford -- the Washington Post checks out several of the hovels & dream rentals of a number of shows. Kinda fun. CW: My husband & I (he paid the rent) had a fairly spacious two-bedroom with a galley kitchen (dishwasher included!) & dining room plus teensy closets on Washington Square in the 1980s & '90s. NYU owned the building & helped considerably with the rent.

Politico: "Comedian Hasan Minhaj will be this year's entertainer for the White House Correspondents' Dinner later this month, the association's president announced on Tuesday. Minhaj is a stand up comedian and senior correspondent on 'The Daily Show,' where he has performed caustic bits on ... Donald Trump, liberals and others in between. Minhaj has Washington experience already, having performed as host of last year's Radio and Television Correspondents' Association Dinner." -- CW 

AFP: "After months of uncertainty and controversy, Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature at a jovial, champagne-laced ceremony on Saturday, [April 1,] the Swedish Academy announced. The academy, which awards the coveted prize, ended prolonged speculation as to whether the 75-year-old troubadour would use a concert stopover in Stockholm to accept the gold medal and diploma awarded to him back in October." -- CW 

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The Commentariat -- June 17, 2017

Late Morning/Afternoon Update:

The Most Unethical President Ever, Ctd. Trump's Middle East "Policy," Explained. David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times: "President Trump has done business with royals from Saudi Arabia for at least 20 years, since he sold the Plaza Hotel to a partnership formed by a Saudi prince. Mr. Trump has earned millions of dollars from the United Arab Emirates for putting his name on a golf course, with a second soon to open. He has never entered the booming market in neighboring Qatar, however, despite years of trying. Now a feud has broken out among these three crucial American allies, and Mr. Trump has thrown his weight firmly behind the two countries where he has business ties, raising new concerns about the appearance of a conflict between his public role and his financial incentives." CW: Not an "appearance"; a conflict.

Anna Fifield & Thomas Gibbons-Neff of the Washington Post: "U.S. and Japanese forces joined in air-and-sea search missions Saturday for seven American sailors missing after their Navy destroyer and a much-larger container ship collided off the coast of Japan. The damaged USS Fitzgerald reached its home port at Yokosuka Naval Base, south of Tokyo, after emergency efforts at sea to control flooding." -- CW

Graham Bowley & Richard Perez-Pena of the New York Times: "The judge presiding over the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial declared a mistrial Saturday after jurors reported being hopelessly deadlocked. The exhausted jurors had been deliberating since Monday, sometimes for as much as 12 hours a day. The mistrial, which Mr. Cosby's lawyers had supported, means that prosecutors will need to decide whether to retry Mr. Cosby on the charges at a later date." -- CW

*****

Trump Lawyers Up. Josh Dawsey of Politico: "... Donald Trump has added another high-profile lawyer to his personal legal team as the special counsel investigation heats up. John Dowd, who investigated Pete Rose for Major League Baseball and represented John McCain during the Keating Five Scandal, among other high-profile clients, has joined the president's legal team, according to two people familiar with the pick." -- CW ...

... Betsy Woodruff, et al., of the Daily Beast: "... Donald Trump woke up on Friday and decided to publicly confirm that he is under criminal investigation -- and to put his deputy attorney general in the line of fire.... 'He's furious at [Rod] Rosenstein, but the list of his people who enrage him is ever-growing,' a longtime Trump confidant, who recently spoke to the president, told The Daily Beast. 'He has no qualms about throwing [Rosenstein] under a bus.'" Trump's tweet -- "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt" -- "threatens to upend the administration's legal and public-relations strategies surrounding an FBI probe into alleged Russian election-meddling.... A frustrated senior Trump administration official quipped in response to the tweet, 'Has anyone read him his Miranda rights?'... Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, took it as a direct threat to the deputy AG. 'I'm growing increasingly concerned that the president will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller,' she said in a statement." -- CW ...

... Crazy Old Guy Living in White House Yells at TVs. Julie Pace & Jonathan Lemire of the AP: "Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit -- and potentially end -- his presidency. Some of his ire is aimed at [Assistant AG Rod] Rosenstein and investigative special counsel Robert Mueller, both of whom the president believes are biased against him, associates say." -- CW ...

... Mike Levine of ABC News: "The senior Justice Department official with ultimate authority over the special counsel's probe of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' own recusal, sources tell ABC News. Those private remarks from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are significant because they reflect the widening nature of the federal probe, which now includes a preliminary inquiry into whether ... Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he allegedly tried to curtail the probe and then fired James Comey as FBI director. Rosenstein, who authored an extensive and publicly-released memorandum recommending Comey's firing, raised the possibility of his recusal during a recent meeting with Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the Justice Department's new third-in-command, according to sources.... Rosenstein is keenly aware that he could become a potential witness in the investigation." -- CW ...

... Matt Ford of the Atlantic: "The Justice Department seemed to suggest Friday afternoon that [Rosenstein's] recusal may not be imminent. 'As the deputy attorney general has said numerous times, if there comes a point when he needs to recuse, he will,' a DOJ spokesman said. 'However, nothing has changed.' While Rosenstein does not exert day-to-day control over Mueller's probe, he established its parameters and has the ultimate say on any prosecutions that spring from it." -- CW ...

... Nancy LeTourneau of the Washington Monthly wonders, "Which Comes First? Will Rosenstein Recuse Himself or Be Fired?" Yesterday, Trump tweeted an attack on Rosenstein: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt" But as LeTourneau notes, Trump "told a national television audience that he made the decision to fire Comey prior to the recommendation from Rosenstein." -- CW ...

... ** Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker: "At a meeting in the White House that neither Sessions nor Rosenstein has publicly described in full, Trump reportedly asked Rosenstein to write a memo explaining the case for removing Comey as F.B.I. director. According to senators, Rosenstein later testified in a closed-door briefing that he knew before he wrote the memo that Trump would fire Comey.... Whether Rosenstein was trying to correct a mistake or not, his actions since Comey's firing have been widely commended.... It is classic Trump: he ensnared Rosenstein in a scheme to get rid of Comey. Now that Rosenstein has tried to correct his error and insulate the investigation from further meddling, Trump is using Rosenstein's role in the scheme to try to push him aside. (If this sounds like a plot from 'The Sopranos,' it's because there were, in fact, several episodes like this.)... If Rosenstein is forced to recuse himself, whoever comes after him as Mueller's overseer will know that Trump is hoping that he or she will be more pliable." -- CW ...

... Eric Levitz provides a brief bio of Rachel Brand, who would take over special counsel oversight should Rosenstein go. Her "background is a bit more partisan -- and decidedly more right wing -- than Rosenstein's. That said, Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes, a Comey confidante..., has confidence in Brand's independence.... Seems like there's a decent chance she ends up fired, too." -- CW ...

... CW: Annie Karni of Politico said in a TV interview that the six DOJ positions next in line after Brand have not been filled. Whoever Trump nominates in place of the string of DOJ appointees he may fire will have to sign a blood oath not to prosecute Trump or his close family members. The Trump story is looking less and less like "Trump: International Man of Intrigue," and more and more like the sequel to "The Sopranos." ...

     ... Update: According to Sari Horwitz, et al., of the Washington Post, the "line of succession" currently goes like this: "If Trump ordered Brand to fire Mueller and she refused, the responsibility to oversee the special counsel would fall to Dana Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to a presidential executive order. Boente is serving as the acting head of the Justice Department's national security division. After Boente, the responsibility would fall to the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina and then the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas." CW: I don't know if there are actual people holding those positions In N.C. & Texas. ...

... Faith Karimi & Evan Perez of CNN: "Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russia investigation, with plans to hire more, according to his spokesman Peter Carr. Mueller has assembled a high-powered team of top investigators and leading experts...." -- CW ...

... Tom LoBianco of CNN: "House Russia investigators are planning to call on Brad Parscale, the digital director of ... Donald Trump's campaign, as the congressional and federal probes dig into any possible connections between the Trump digital operation and Russian operatives, congressional sources said this week." -- CW ...

... Christine Simmons of Law.com: "Marc Kasowitz..., Donald Trump's personal lawyer, is facing two ethics complaints with the New York and Washington, D.C., bars over his reported advice to White House staffers. Both complaints cite an article in The New York Times on Sunday reporting that Kasowitz advised White House staff that it was 'not yet necessary' for the president's aides to hire their own lawyers, amid investigations by Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. The ethics complaints contend Kasowitz ... violated attorney ethics rules in New York and Washington by giving such advice to unrepresented individuals." CW Note: Law.com is firewalled. However, you can access the article via Google. As of Friday night, this was the only cogent story on the subject. If I find an accessible story, I'll replace the Law.com piece.

David Remnick of the New Yorker wonders who in the White House will turn on Trump, a man for whom loyalty is a one-way street & the traffic must flow toward him. Remnick recalls -- with considerable help from Bob Woodward -- Alexander Butterfield, the White House staffer who installed, then reluctantly revealed when asked directly, Richard Nixon's taping system. -- CW ...


Karen DeYoung & John Wagner
of the Washington Post: "President Trump announced a new policy toward Cuba Friday that seeks to curb commercial dealings that benefit the Castro regime and could limit the freedom of some U.S. citizens to travel to the island -- but leaves in place many changes implemented by his predecessor. In a fiery speech delivered in the heart of Miami's Little Havana, where an older generation of Cuban Americans has long objected to normalization of relations with the communist government of President Raúl Castro, Trump ticked off a litany of examples, past and present, of the regimes' repression of its citizen.... Significantly, a new directive signed by Trump will not affect those elements of the normalization begun by Obama in December 2014 that are popular with younger Cuban Americans and others who have taken full advantage of them. Unlimited 'family' travel and money sent to private Cubans on the island will remain unchanged." -- CW ...

     ... CW: Although it's impossible to know exactly how the Commerce & Treasury Departments will write up the new regs, it does look as if Trump's intent, as posited in a WashPo report yesterday, is to keep most of his U.S.-based hotel rivals from getting the jump on the Trump brand in the Cuban hospitality market. As part of his "self-imposed ethics" package, Trump promised not to start any new projects abroad while he was president. So notwithstanding his stated motive of undoing President Obama's "bad deal," the whole Cuba policy "pivot" looks like a cover for a Trump business scheme. You can bet there's a signed executive order in Trump's top desk drawer that will change the rules the day before Trump leaves office, whether in cuffs or waving to his last fans standing. ...

... New York Times Editors: Trump's "new [Cuba] policy is just the latest chapter in a spiteful political crusade to overturn crucial elements of his predecessor's legacy while genuflecting to Cuban-Americans in Miami's exile community who helped put him in office. By now, Mr. Trump has perfected the art not of the deal but of dismantling what went before. 'I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba,' he declared, an exaggeration in that he reversed only parts of it.... Mr. Trump's sudden concern for human rights is particularly hard to swallow. No recent president has been so disdainful of these rights or embraced so lovingly authoritarians who abuse their people.... About the best that can be said is that his reversal is not as bad as it might have been." -- CW ...

... Jon Lee Anderson of the New Yorker on Trump's regressive, cold-war-style Cuba policy, which his team developed with help from "Little Marco" Rubio, Trump's new BFF. -- CW

Jill Disis & Cristina Alesci of CNN: "President Trump reported hundreds of millions of dollars in income Friday in financial disclosure forms that shed more light on his vast business holdings. At his golf courses alone, Trump reported $288 million in income in the past year. Trump reported $37.2 million in income in the past year from Mar-a-Lago.... The club has doubled its membership fee in the past year. The Mar-a-Lago income figure was $7.4 million higher than on his previous financial disclosure filing, in May 2016. Trump reported $19.7 million in income through mid-April at his luxury Washington hotel, which has been a center of concerns about conflict of interest...." -- CW

Gail Collins plays Name The Worst Cabinet Winner with some of her friends. "At first [Norm] Ornstein refused to pick for Worst, arguing that the contest for most awful cabinet member should be treated like a kid's athletic competition where everybody's a winner. In the end, however, he went for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. ('Racist on voting rights and more, bringing back mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, promoting the cancer of private prisons.')" You can play, too. -- CW

Elana Schor & Matthew Nussbaum of Politico: "The White House plans to work with House Republicans on administration-friendly changes to the Senate's overwhelmingly bipartisan bill that slaps new sanctions on Russia and curbs ... Donald Trump's power to ease penalties against Moscow, according to a senior administration official. The White House is concerned that the legislation would tie its hands on U.S.-Russia relations, a sentiment publicly expressed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. But Senate Democrats fear the White House may go overboard in preserving its power to talk to Russia and seek to defang the sanctions bill -- which passed 98-2 on Thursday...." -- CW ...

... AP: "Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that new U.S. sanctions on Russia will damage ties between the two countries. Putin said Saturday that 'it will of course complicate the Russian-American relationship,' according to an interview reported Saturday by the TASS news agency." -- CW

Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post: "Congress is considering a bill that would expand the federal government's ability to pursue the war on drugs, granting new power to the attorney general to set federal drug policy. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by powerful committee chairs in both chambers of Congress, would allow the attorney general to unilaterally outlaw certain unregulated chemical compounds on a temporary basis. It would create a special legal category for these drugs, the first time in nearly 50 years that the Controlled Substances Act has been expanded in this way." CW: There are few circumstances in which it is a good idea to give Jeff Sessions more power. This is not one of those few cases. Getting a pass to the DOJ cafeteria -- I'm good with that.

     ... CW: Do they have vending machines in the DOJ building? If so, do the vending machines still sell Keebler cookie packets? ...

... Here's a WashPo op-ed by Jeff Sessions wherein he apparently argues for maximum sentencing. I'm guessing that from the headline, as I didn't read his opinion. ...

... MEANWHILE, over at the New York Times, Bret Stephens writes a column which, on the front page, is titled, "Only Mass Deportation Can Save America." CW: I'm just going to assume Stephens' opinion is reprehensible, but I'll never know because I won't be rewarding him with a click. I hope you don't, either. If somebody else writes about how reprehensible Stephens is, I'll link the somebody. ...

     ... CW Update: According to Marvin S., "the Bret Stephens column title is sarcasm. It tells of the advantages of immigrants." I trust Marvin. I'll take his word for it. BUT see also P.D. Pepe's reading, below.

... Marianne Levine of Politico: "The DOJ said Friday that it will switch sides in a Supreme Court case, dropping its previous support for workers to throw its weight behind management. The case, NLRB v. Murphy Oil, addresses whether an employment contract that requires the employee to waive his or her right to bring a class-action lawsuit against the employer violates the National Labor Relations Act. Last year, the Obama DOJ weighed in on the side of the National Labor Relations Board, which had ruled that such arbitration agreements violated federal labor law. Now DOJ will weigh in on the side of Murphy Oil, which argued that they do not. In its new amicus brief, the DOJ argues that 'nothing in the NLRA's legislative history indicates that Congress intended to bar enforcement of arbitration agreements like those at issue here.' The DOJ acknowledged that it previously supported the NLRB's position, but that 'after the change in administration, the office reconsidered the issue and has reached the opposite conclusion.'" CW: Bet you're all surprised.

Ted Hesson of Politico: "The future of an Obama-era deportation relief program remains undecided, the Department of Homeland Security said Friday.... DHS felt compelled to issue a statement on the program's fate after Politico and other outlets reported Thursday on guidance posted to the DHS website that suggested DACA would remain on firm footing under the Trump administration. The guidance came as the administration terminated a separate deportation relief program for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents that had been blocked by federal courts since early 2015.... The department said [Friday] that it intended only to clarify that DACA would not be immediately canceled. The guidance, DHS said, 'should not be interpreted as bearing any relevance on the long-term future of that program.'" CW: Because we want to keep frightening children & young people as long as we can.

Justin McCurry of the Guardian: "Donald Trump has been criticised for delays in appointing a navy secretary and ambassador to Japan, leaving a communications vacuum as the countries continued their search for seven missing sailors off the east coast of Japan.... [They would be the] two officials who would be expected to take a lead in liaising between the US navy, and Japanese and US government officials during the search." See related story linked in today's Ledes. -- CW

Justin Moyer of the Washington Post: "House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was in 'imminent risk of death' when he was flown to a trauma center Wednesday after being shot during an ambush of a GOP congressional baseball team practicing on a Virginia field. 'He will be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks,' said Jack Sava, trauma director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, who spoke Friday about the Louisiana Republican who remains in critical condition at the hospital in the District.... The shot fired at Scalise left perhaps hundreds of bullet fragments internally, many of which may never be removed because surgery might be more dangerous than leaving them in place, Sava said. That circumstance is not uncommon for that type of injury, known as a transpelvic gunshot wound, the trauma surgeon said." -- CW


No One Is Safe from Facebook. No One. Olivia Solon
of the Guardian: "Facebook put the safety of its content moderators at risk after inadvertently exposing their personal details to suspected terrorist users of the social network.... The security lapse affected more than 1,000 workers across 22 departments at Facebook who used the company's moderation software to review and remove inappropriate content from the platform, including sexual material, hate speech and terrorist propaganda. A bug in the software, discovered late last year, resulted in the personal profiles of content moderators automatically appearing as notifications in the activity log of the Facebook groups, whose administrators were removed from the platform for breaching the terms of service.... Six [Facebook employees in Dublin, Ireland,] were assessed to be 'high priority' victims of the mistake after Facebook concluded their personal profiles were likely viewed by potential terrorists." At least one of them went into hiding. -- CW

Annals of "Journalism," Ctd. Alex Jones Trolls NBC "News." Charlie Warzel of BuzzFeed: "After a week of roiling controversy surrounding the conspiracy theorist's upcoming interview with Megyn Kelly, [Alex] Jones announced a plan to ... scoop NBC. He'd been secretly recording Kelly's day-long interview and was going to release the tapes in full on his own website three days before the primetime airing.... At 3 a.m. Friday, Infowars delivered on part of its promise and published a 30-minute video to YouTube containing roughly 10 minutes of Kelly's pre-interview where she's attempting to get Jones to agree to the interview.... The 30-minute clip -- which contains the usual diatribes from Jones about media fairness, three minutes of ads for Infowars and its array of nutraceutical supplements, and a well-edited series of montages featuring clips of mainstream media bashing both Kelly and Jones for the interview -- is masterfully constructed with the purpose of embarrassing Kelly and NBC News." -- CW

Beyond the Beltway

Mitch Smith of the New York Times: "A Minnesota police officer, whose fatal shooting of a black motorist transfixed the nation when his girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath, was acquitted of all charges on Friday. The officer, Jeronimo Yanez, had been charged with second-degree manslaughter and endangering safety by discharging a firearm in the shooting of Philando Castile." -- CW ...

... The Minneapolis Star Tribune report is here. -- CW

Way Beyond

Craig Whitney & Alan Cowell of the New York Times: "Helmut Kohl, a towering postwar figure who reunified Germany after 45 years of Cold War antagonism, propelled a deeply held vision of Europe's integration, and earned plaudits from Moscow and Washington for his deft handling of the fall of the Berlin Wall, died on Friday at his home in Ludwigshafen, Germany, the Rhine port city where he was born. He was 87." -- CW

News Lede

New York Times: "Seven Navy sailors were missing on Saturday after a United States destroyer collided with a Philippine merchant vessel off the coast of Japan, the Navy said.Several crew members were injured, including the officer in command of the guided missile destroyer, the Fitzgerald. The officer, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, was evacuated from the ship by helicopter to a nearby United States naval base and was in stable condition, the United States Seventh Fleet said in a statement." -- CW

Reader Comments (5)

Marie, the Bret Stephens column title is sarcasm. It tells of the advantages of immigrants.

June 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarvin Schwalb

Just read Stephens and agree with Marvin ––whether it was sarcasm or not it was a misleading title. Brett thinks that second generation non-immigrants who are slackers, are not hard working, god fearing Mericans should pack their bags and get the hell out of here––go back to the country of origin-––wherever that may be. It's the actual immigrants that he praises who love this country, work the hardest and achieve the greatest plus they be fertile–– they be doing a lot of fructifying thereby raising our population although Brett has already complained about the fact we have too many damn people in this country.

Under all this his point about immigrants being hungry and ambitious and thankful to be in this country rings true although his push for Christian affiliation is puzzling. But the wish for the deportation of people that don't fit Brett's moral and ethical mindset is questionable and somewhat unsettling, even if he's only half joking.

June 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPD Pepe

Reality Update:

Reality Winner & Family Relief Fund -- $38,864 raised

Help Convict Reality Winner -- $45 raised

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June 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterD.C.Clark

Unreal Update

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/mistrial-is-declared-in-sexual-assault-trial-of-entertainer-bill-cosby/2017/06/17/6d6d70f2-5114-11e7-be25-3a519335381c_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_cosbymistrial-1027am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

June 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterD.C.Clark

I think the sudden appearance of softening on Dreamers as well as his trip to Camp David are somebody's idea of PR. Trump is cruel and vicious. Deporting Dreamers is an especially satisfying move given the program was especially important to Obama. Do you really believe the Trumps would give up their gold toilets for a weekend willingly? This is part of a PR campaign to address his poll numbers which are in a regular toilet, not the gold variety.

June 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiane
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