Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner Open Thread

I was thinking today about how four short years ago I was a Trump-skeptic. I didn’t think he was seriously running and even if he was I didn’t believe he would get very far. I figured he would drop out before Thanksgiving.

Here is where I freely admit that I misunderestimated Donald John Trump.

Then today I saw this comment over at Don Surber’s place:

I love the fight in our President!!

Suddenly I had an epiphany. Or maybe it was just a bad acid flashback. I dunno. But I suddenly realized something. I don’t support Donald Trump because he fights.

Polls from 2016 showed that the number one reason Trump supporters gave for supporting Trump was “Because he fights.”

Speaking only for myself, I support Trump because he wins.

Which would you rather have, a bodyguard who gets his ass kicked trying to protect you or a bodyguard who kicks some ass protecting you?

You know why the Left keeps attacking Trump’s alleged rhetoric (He’s a meany) and his sexual history? Because they ain’t got nuthin’ else. Democrats won’t even mention the economy right now, but let the stock market crash and they won’t stop talking about how it was all Trump’s fault.

Not one of the dire predictions the Left made about Trump winning has come true. The stock market didn’t crash, the economy didn’t tank, we’re not dying from the fallout from Trump’s nuclear war, gays have not been rounded up and forced to undergo conversion therapy, and while there are indeed mobs of fascist thugs using violence and intimidation to take control of our streets, Antifa is the terrorist wing of the Democrat party.

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Happy Bastille Day!

As Don Surber pointed out, today is Bastille Day.

Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm and dismantle the Bastille, a royal fortress and prison that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, a decade of political turmoil and terror in which King Louis XVI was overthrown and tens of thousands of people, including the king and his wife Marie-Antoinette, were executed.

By the summer of 1789, France was moving quickly toward revolution. Bernard-René Jordan de Launay, the military governor of the Bastille, feared that his fortress would be a target for the revolutionaries and so requested reinforcements. On July 12, royal authorities transferred 250 barrels of gunpowder to the Bastille, and Launay brought his men into the massive fortress and raised its two drawbridges.

At dawn on July 14, a great crowd armed with muskets, swords, and various makeshift weapons began to gather around the Bastille. Launay’s men were able to hold the mob back, but as more and more Parisians were converging on the Bastille, Launay raised a white flag of surrender over the fortress. Launay and his men were taken into custody, the Bastille’s gunpowder and cannons were seized, and the seven prisoners were freed. Upon arriving at the Hotel de Ville, where Launay was to be arrested and tried by a revolutionary council, he was instead pulled away by a mob and murdered.

The capture of the Bastille symbolized the end of the ancien regime and provided the French revolutionary cause with an irresistible momentum. In 1792, the monarchy was abolished and Louis and his wife Marie-Antoinette were sent to the guillotine for treason in 1793.

In 1776 we declared our Independence from England, and France helped make it come true. 13 years later the French tried to stage their own little government reorganization but it didn’t work out so well for the French.

When anybody talks about starting a revolution, ask him/her if they are familiar with the French Revolution. America was very lucky. A religious person might see the hand of Divine Providence assisting us. Maybe so, but the Devil was in charge over in France.

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I Have Some Questions For The Witness

When I was younger I loved listening to Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story.” It is amazing what one or two omitted facts can do to change your opinion of an event.

This is from USA Today:

MS-13 beat me up and threatened to kill me. Then the US government took my kids.

I crossed the border into the United States on March 13 in search of safety for myself and my sons, ages 4 and 10. We had fled for our lives from El Salvador, where MS-13 gang members had threatened to kill us. We turned ourselves in to the first Border Patrol officers we saw after crossing into Texas. They took us to a Border Patrol station, where I tried to explain that my sons and I needed protection. I could never have imagined immigration authorities would take my children away from me for seeking asylum.

The immigration officers told me that I was going to be taken to an immigration detention center. They said my sons could not come with me. I was given only five minutes to say goodbye. My babies started crying. It breaks my heart to remember my youngest wail, “Why do I have to leave? Mami, I want to stay with you!” My oldest was confused and did not understand what was happening.

Through my tears, I asked them to be brave and promised that we would be together again soon. I begged the woman who took my sons to keep them together. She promised that she would, and then left with my boys.

In El Salvador, gang members threatened me and threatened my children, too, saying they would take my 10-year-old son from me. I went to the authorities in El Salvador and requested protection, but they didn’t do anything.

Once, the gang members beat me in front of my children. After that, my older son was terrified that they would kill or kidnap me, and he never wanted to leave my side, even to go to the bathroom. He didn’t want to go to school, because he was afraid he would not find me when he came home. My 4-year-old slept in bed with me, and my 10-year-old slept in his own bed in the same room.

I feared not just for my safety but also for my children, so I did what I believe any responsible parent would do — tried to get them to safety. I have family in the United States, and they said they were willing to take us in.

Before we were separated, I had never spent a night away from my children. I asked to be released from immigration detention so I could be with my them, but when I had my immigration hearing, the government alleged that I had an affiliation with a gang. I tried to explain that I was in fact a victim of the gang. As I said in my sworn affidavit, “I have never been a part of or aided the gangs in El Salvador.”

But the judge set a bond of $12,500.

Thankfully, people from all around the country donated money for my bond through a fund set up by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services in Texas. I was reunited with my sons on June 7, after we had been separated for almost three months.

I was so relieved and happy to hold my sons again. But I still think about other mothers who are sick with worry about their own children who were taken from them. I pray that people put themselves in my shoes and theirs, and think about how difficult it must be for mothers to be away from their children.

Jessika L. is part of a class-action lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which assisted her in writing this op-ed. She is using only part of her name in order to protect other family members. The account here is consistent with official documents, including her sworn affidavit in the ACLU case challenging family separation.

Hmmmm. So many questions, where to start. Let’s start at the beginning:

1. Where is the boys’ father? Or is it fathers? I see no mention of him/them.

2. Why did MS-13 threaten to kill you? According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, MS-13 gang members are “God’s children” with a spark of divinity.

3. Is the boys’ father a member of the MS-13 gang?

4. How did you get from El Salvador to the Texas border? Did anyone provide you assistance?

5. Did anyone coach you on U.S. asylum laws prior to your entering our country? If so, what were you told?

6. Why didn’t you go to a crossing station to request asylum?

7. Why did you enter the country and then turn yourself in? Who advised you to do that?

8. Why didn’t you apply for asylum in Mexico?

9. Are your family members in the United States here legally?

10. How did you hook-up with the ACLU?

11. Would you have done anything differently if you had known you would be temporarily separated from your sons?

12. What do you plan to do if your asylum claim is rejected?

That’s a dozen questions. I’m sure I can think of a few more, and possibly a lot more depending on her answers. I would like to know more about the allegation that she has MS-13 gang ties. What was the basis for that allegation? Her quote from her sworn statement was worded by a lawyer. That kind of careful wording always triggers my suspicion bone. (She sounds like Hillary Clinton.)

I realize we’re supposed to “believe all victims” but how do we know if someone is a victim or a liar until we do a little checking? I also realize that it sucks to have to live in a shithole country, but if we bring every resident of shithole countries to America then we’ll become a shithole country too.

The long-term solution to our immigration problems involves getting shithole countries to stop being shitholes. Maybe we should start invading and annexing all the shithole countries of the world and turn them into new states. We could start with Mexico and finish what President Polk* started.

We can call it “The New Manifest Destiny.” We can modify Emma Lazarus’ poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty:

“Keep your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
We’ll come to you instead.”

*Polk was a Democrat

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My New Hero: Thomas Homan

Former ICE Director Thomas Homan testified before Congress today, and he had zero fucks to give.

Homan looks like he wants to relieve stress the old fashioned way – by choking the shit out of some asshole who needs an attitude adjustment.

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Goombas, NPCs, AOC & The Squad

Uh-oh. There’s trouble in la-la land as Democrats go to Civil War with themselves. This is the best show this summer!

This is an open thread.

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If this article was any more slanted it would be vertical

The truth is free-falling. From NBC:

Conspiracy theorists, far-right agitators head to White House with social media in their sights

President Donald Trump is scheduled to host several internet personalities at an event that disinformation researchers say legitimizes people who traffic in trolling and harassment.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to host several right-wing internet personalities at an event Thursday that the White House said was intended to “share how they have been affected by bias online.”

Trump and other Republican politicians have recently amplified attacks on social media companies for what they see as unfair censorship directed at conservatives. Trump has repeatedly decried “censorship” of users who have been banned from social media for breaking terms-of-service agreements on sites like Twitter and Facebook. Some users have had their accounts terminated by social media platforms for operating fake accounts or directing hate speech at other users.

While the Trump administration has generally embraced the far-right social media sphere, Thursday’s event will be one of the first to bring that digital ecosystem into the real world. Disinformation researchers who spoke with NBC News said the event further legitimizes a network of social media personalities who repeatedly target politicians and social media users with disinformation, trolling and harassment campaigns.

“I feel like maybe the rest of us are in denial, or disbelief, that these kinds of internet celebrities and social media influencers are already a powerful force shaping our culture,” said Erin Gallagher, who maps influence networks of targeted harassment and disinformation. “The people and topics that they elevate with their massive platforms are incredibly toxic and will have very damaging long-term effects on society.”

Well, it looks like it has been firmly established that none of the people attending today’s meeting have any legitimate gripes. They’re all far-right crazies who got booted from social media because they broke the rules.

The toxicity of at least one of the attendees has already caused problems for the event.

Cartoonist Ben Garrison, who was initially invited to the summit, is no longer attending. Garrison faced criticism for a cartoon that showed George Soros as a puppetmaster. The Anti-Defamation League called the cartoon “anti-Semitic” in 2017. Images of Soros, a Democratic donor who is frequently the target of conspiracy theories, have been a recurring trope in Garrison’s cartoons.

Various people have posted on social media their invitations to the event, but it’s unclear whether all will be attending, given some controversy over their past online behavior.

Conspiracy theorist Bill Mitchell, an online radio host and frequent guest on Infowars who has promoted the Qanon conspiracy theory, has tweeted that he will attend the event. Tim Pool, a YouTube personality who has pushed the false conspiracy theory that former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich leaked hacked emails to WikiLeaks, also plans to attend the event.

Right-wing commentator Ali Alexander also received an invitation. Alexander made headlines in recent weeks for questioning Kamala Harris’s ethnicity in a tweet that was retweeted by Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son. Harris was born in Oakland, Calif., and her father and mother are immigrants from Jamaica and India, respectively.

Ben Garrison and Bill Mitchell are far-right crazies? Seriously?

What did Ali Alexander have to say about Kamala Harris that is factually disputed? Here is what Ali tweeted:

Nobody that I am aware of is claiming that Kamalatoe is a complete phony fake black like Rachel Dolezal or Shawn King. But in this age of Identitarian Politics, what does it mean to be “black” or “African-American?” Additionally, who defines what those labels mean? What about
Somali-Americans, and other post-slavery immigrants (and their descendants) from Africa?

When we say an American is “black” we generally mean that that person is descended from one or more African slaves who were brought to America in chains. That definition would exclude both Kamala Harris and Barack Obama. If you want to see some fun, pass a reparations bill that sets aside a pile of money to be divvied up among “Black Americans.”

The more people that qualify for a slice, the smaller each slice will be. Back when Indian gaming became legal there were a lot of people who suddenly wanted to return to their Native American roots, and I’m not talking about Fauxcahontas. The tribes were very strict in defining who qualified as a member.

Ali Alexander’s tweet didn’t get much attention until DJT Jr. retweeted it. Don Jr. is a Trump, so to the news media attacking him is almost as good as attacking his dad. They basically ignored Ali’s ethnicity and claimed that the issue of Kamalatoe’s race to be a far-right conspiracy. But a few weeks earlier, Don Lemonhead was saying the same stuff on CNN.

The issue at today’s social media meeting is not racial identity definitions, it is conservative deplatforming. Can social media giants like Twitter, Facebook and Google censor speech based on ideology? Can the government regulate social media? More importantly, should they?

This crap article from NBC ignores those issues.

Your freedom is at stake. Choose wisely.

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R.I.P. Rip

Elmore Rual “Rip” Torn Jr. (February 6, 1931 – July 9, 2019) passed away yesterday. He was 88.

Things I did not know: Rip Torn was Sissy Spacek’s cousin.
Things I just made up: Rip Torn got his nickname from his ability to fart loudly seemingly at will.

This is an open thread.

I used to get the two Rips confused with each other.

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