Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Because there is no vetting. It is all crony politics. Twitter users don't know this? Do they understand what crony politics are? TAKE A GOOD LOOK, THIS IS IT!

February 21, 2017
By Jenni Fink

...On Friday, (click here) Trump's director of scheduling, Caroline Wiles, resigned before her background check was completed, according to the 
Washington Examiner. In a statement posted by the Florida Times Union, Wiles said:

“It has been my honor to serve President Trump in the campaign and the transition. I resigned my position last Friday and look forward to serving the Administration in a new capacity beginning next week.”

Sources told Politico that Wiles, the daughter of Trump's Florida campaign director and former campaign manager for Governor Rick Scott (R-FL), will now be taking a job in the Treasury department.

The staff's inability to pass a required background check made some Twitter users wonder how they were even in their positions in the first place, or how Wiles was able to be reassigned to Treasury.

The names of the other five staffers have not been released, and the White House has not commented on their dismissal.

Churches are legal sanctuary. I can't believe this is going on.

There are churches actively accepting refugees and/or the undocumented into their sanctuaries.

February 21, 2017
By Michael D. Shear and Ron Nixon

Washington — President Trump (click here) has directed his administration to more aggressively enforce the nation’s immigration laws, unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest and deport those in the country illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes.

Documents released on Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security revealed the broad scope of the president’s ambitions: to publicize crimes by immigrants; enlist local police officers as enforcers; strip immigrants of privacy rights; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speed up deportations.

The new enforcement policies put into practice the fearful speech that Mr. Trump offered on the campaign trail, vastly expanding the definition of “criminal aliens” and warning that such unauthorized immigrants “routinely victimize Americans,” disregard the “rule of law and pose a threat” to people in communities across the United States.

Despite Mr. Trump's talk, research shows lower levels of crime among immigrants than among native-born Americans....

The courts. The undocumented and especially refugees do have rights under the USA Constitution. They are persons.

Pyler vs. Doe

This is a class action, (click here) filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in September 1977, on behalf of certain school-age children of Mexican origin residing in Smith County, Tex., who could not establish that they had been legally admitted into the United States. The action complained of the exclusion of plaintiff children from the public schools of the Tyler Independent School District.[2]The Superintendent and members of the Board of Trustees of the School District were named as defendants; the State of Texas intervened as a party-defendant. After certifying a class consisting of all undocumented school-age children of Mexican origin residing within the School District, the District Court preliminarily enjoined defendants from denying a free education to members of the plaintiff class. In December 1977, the court conducted an extensive hearing on plaintiffs' motion for permanent injunctive relief....

...The District Court held that illegal aliens were entitled to the protection of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and that § 21.031 violated that Clause. Suggesting that "the state's exclusion of undocumented children from its public schools . . . may well be the type of invidiously motivated state action for which the suspect classification doctrine was designed," the court held that it was unnecessary to decide whether the statute would survive a "strict scrutiny" analysis because, in any event, the discrimination embodied in the statute was not supported by a rational basis. Id., at 585. The District Court also concluded that the Texas statute violated the Supremacy Clause.[5] Id., at 590-592.

Pyler vs. Doe illustrates clearly PERSONS are real with real circumstances. The reason the school district in Texas wrote a law barring the undocumented children was because they would cost money to educate. Sadly, the Texas school district lost sight of the LONG VIEW. If these children were not educated they would not be productive people within the borders of the USA. 

So, the USA's courts determined discrimination was not costly to educate HUMAN BEINGS within the borders of the USA.

Below is out of order to above:

...In considering this motion, the District Court made extensive findings of fact. The court found that neither § 21.031 nor the School District policy implementing it had "either the purpose or effect of keeping illegal aliens out of the State of Texas." 458 F. Supp. 569, 575 (1978)....

Pyler vs. Doe runs into some trouble in that according to Trump there are means to remove the undocumented from the country. However, it has yet to determine whether or not the "Trump SS" is carrying out legal search and seizures and conducting deportation according to the law.

WHAT actually NEEDS TO BE DONE is to grow more courts for immigration and reduce the backlog. Trump is loading the front end of the deportation backlog without providing a way to resolve the legal issues that face these undocumented. Like most Republicans it is all show with little substance.

Trump's SS is adding to the backlog and clogging up the immigration courts even further. Those rounded up like cattle will be back to their lives in the USA before too much longer.

Laws are laws, but, they lose their authority when human life is effected adversely. It is a human rights issue and if this precedent of rounding up people believed to be the undocumented and sending them to the courts for deportation is allowed, where does it stop? It is a precedent and a very dangerous one. In comparison to the problems the undocumented cause in a country of over 330 million legal Americans the precedent isn't worth it. I know there are criminal deaths and I am sure if it were mine I would feel differently, but, that does not negate the precedent as being dangerous.

There are reasons the undocumented exist and it is not due to the will to prevent it. But, the real answers to the undocumented is to help solve the problems south of our southern border. If life was worth living there there would be virtually no undocumented to worry about and ICE would not be overwhelmed.

That has been the problem all along. The USA didn't solve the problems in Mexico because it didn't solve the problems in Latin America. Columbia acts as a stop gap to some extent, but, even with USA backing in Columbia the problems are not solved.

Real statesmanship to other countries to solve the problems along with more immigration courts domestically and the USA would not be having problems with undocumented.

Anyone can put the "Trump SS Roundup" on camera for the constituents, but, the real results are different than the story the cameras tell. 

It is no different than the "State Dinner" with the UK. It is expected and of course regardless the royal treatment, Trump holds his ground and cannot be called corrupted by money and politics. Everything is a show.

News Conference tomorrow that should not be missed.

Nasa is to host a major press conference (click here) on a "discovery beyond our solar system".

The event will see the revelation of major information about exoplanets, or planets that orbit stars other than our sun, according to a release. It made no further mention of the details of what would be revealed.

NASA will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 22, (click here) to present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets. The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.
Details of these findings are embargoed by the journal Nature until 1 p.m.
Limited seating is available in the NASA TV studio for media who would like to attend in person at the agency’s Headquarters at 300 E Street SW in Washington. Media unable to attend in person may ask questions by telephone. To attend in person or participate by phone, media must send an email with their name, affiliation and telephone number to Dwayne Brown at dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov by noon Feb. 22.
Media and the public also may ask questions during the briefing on Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA.

Defence Secretary James Mattis says US military not in Iraq ‘to seize anybody’s oil’

Nice try, but, tell that to BP. Unless, of course, the DOD doesn't consider the Brits our allies anymore. Dutch Royal Shell is there as well.

The 25-year technical service contract (TSC) (click here) was signed between SOC and BP (47.6%), PetroChina (46.4%) and the State Oil Marketing Organisation (6%), which sets out the framework to redevelop Rumaila and significantly increase production output.

The government of Iraq receives about 98% of the revenue from the 25-year TSC. In June 2010, the Rumaila Operating Organization was formed as a joint venture with these organizations, with the remit to operate and redevelop the field, with BP as the lead contractor. In September 2014, the TSC was extended by another five years to service the field through to 2034, with the target of producing 2.1 million barrels per day.

Today, more than 7,000 people from SOC, BP and PetroChina (93% of them Iraqi) and more than 22,000 contractors (most of them from Basra) support Rumaila’s operations.

BP has invested billions of dollars in new equipment and systems and put global experts to work. For example, 3D seismic surveying, with BP proprietary technology, has given an unprecedented geological understanding of 9,000 cubic kilometres of subsurface terrain. This investment in money and expertise has significantly increased revenues to Iraq, revenues that help Iraq re-build its economy. We believe Rumaila is a model of what can be achieved and it is now one of the largest producing fields in the world....

Rumaila is the second largest oil field in the world. It is what has funded the Iraqi treasury for decades and the corruption since 2003.

What I didn't know until I read this is that PetroChina is in Iraq along with Lukoil.

No, Mr. Kushner, you may not have control of the media. Communist!

February 20, 2017
By Andrew Buncombe

When Donald Trump’s son-in-law (click here) met recently with a senior executive from CNN’s parent company, there were apparently several things he wanted to get off his mind.

Firstly, Jared Kushner, a senior advisor to the president, did not think the network had been reporting fairly on his father-in-law. And, according to the Wall Street Journal, he took particular objection to some of the comments made by CNN contributors Van Jones and Republican strategist Ana Navaro.

The newspaper said that Mr Kushner, one of the people on whom Mr Trump relies heavily, spoke with Gary Ginsberg, Time Warner’s executive vice president of corporate marketing and communications.

“Mr Kushner has taken issue with specific CNN contributors including Van Jones, a Democrat who served in the Obama administration, and Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist, who have each criticised Mr Trump in harsh terms, the people familiar with the matter said,” the report said...

If you ask me and of course no one is, this is more racism by the Trump camp. It could not be any more obvious that Kushner is a Ultra White along with the rest of the White House staff.

Van Jones has been on the Right Wing media hate list since President Obama was elected. Ana Navarro should have been courted by Mr. Kushner as a Republican media darling, but, no Ms. Navarro must be an illegal from Mexico and needing deportation soon.