Trump’s twisted justice and fakery

Tom Camfield
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Posted 2/7/19

From a Jan. 27 article by the editorial board of The Washington Post: “A few weeks ago, federal prosecutors in Arizona secured a conviction against four humanitarian aid workers who left water …

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Trump’s twisted justice and fakery

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From a Jan. 27 article by the editorial board of The Washington Post: “A few weeks ago, federal prosecutors in Arizona secured a conviction against four humanitarian aid workers who left water in the desert for migrants who might otherwise die of heat exposure and thirst. Separately, they dropped manslaughter charges against a U. S. Border Patrol agent who fired 16 times across the border, killing a teenage Mexican boy.

“That is a snapshot of twisted frontier justice in the age of Trump. Save a migrant’s life, and you risk becoming a political prisoner. Kill a Mexican teenager, and you walk free.”

The aid workers were four women volunteers from the organization No More Deaths. They drove into the desert about 100 miles southwest of Phoenix to leave water and canned beans. They face a fine and up to six months in jail, while the Border Patrol officer faces no further legal consequences. “Since the turn of century, more than 2,100 undocumented migrants have died in the sun-scorched region of southern Arizona, according to Humane Borders . . .”

The public needs more factual perspective and much less exposure to the mindless blathering of Donald Trump, and to that end America’s free press has been laboring hard.

Meanwhile, books already have been written about the high lies and misdeeds emanating from Donald Trump’s unrestrained and boundless vanity. Many of his major lies are general in nature and are a misrepresentation of reality he tries to plant in the public mind to serve his political agenda. A prime example is his talk of “drugs pouring across the border” in the same breath that he is describing the “need for a wall.”

In reality, drugs are not being packed through the desert on foot by individual migrants fighting heat and thirst. A wall would do next no nothing in prevent drug trafficking. Tons of illegal drugs are being seized by the Coast Guard and at highway entry checkpoints.

It’s ironic that the Coast Guard was one agency defunded by Donald’s egoistic partial government shutdown in his power-mad attempt to bully Congress into funding his ego-serving but useless signature wall project. The latest major drug interdiction (late January) included 254 pounds of deadly fentanyl seized aboard a truck under a load of produce at a traffic checkpoint in Nogales, Arizona (a combined 650 pounds of methamphetamine and fentanyl), worth nearly $4.6 million dollars. The bust included the aid of such things as drug-sniffing dogs. Wall opponents in Congress are offering increased funding for border security that smacks less of xenophobia and concentrates more on technology (dogs, drones, x-rays, trained personnel) at border checkpoints and elsewhere. And it certainly would help to give more credit and support to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Here is a very lengthy, excellently illustrated web site describing major drug seizures art border checkpoints during 2018: https://tucson.com/news/local/crime/photos-border-busts/collection_fa781d56-fb1b-11e7-bc69-571662449ef3.html#31

And here’s a site describing that late-January 2019 greatest fentanyl drug bust in U.S. history: https://abcnews.go.com/beta-story-container/Politics/border-protection-agents-make-largest-fentanyl-bust-us/story?id=60758594

Fentanyl is a highly addictive synthetic opioid that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention says is 50 to 100 times as potent as morphine. The CDC notes that fentanyl is often sold as heroin, or at least mixed with it; and in pill form, fentanyl is often mistaken for other potent painkillers. For all of these reasons, alarmingly, fentanyl has emerged as the cause of nearly half of all drug overdose deaths in the U.S.

Coast Guard unloads 11 tons of cocaine in San Diego: https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2018/10/04/coast-guard-unloads-11-tons-of-cocaine-in-san-diego/

USCG cutter home after seizing $61 million worth of drugs: https://navaltoday.com/2018/09/26/uscg-cutter-home-after-seizing-61-million-worth-of-drugs/

16.7 tons of cocaine seized by US Coast Guard: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/cocaine-drugs-bust-us-coast-guard-185-tonnes-a8638886.html

Another weakness in Donald’s wall/fence plan: In Nogales, where a 25-foot already exists, authorities discovered three tunnels in recent weeks.

Will Donald remain so determined to waste $30 billion or more of taxpayer money to build a monument to himself that he’ll try to conjure up a fake “national emergency” to justify drawing funds from the national defense budget (which he inflated last time around)? Personally, I think that’s an empty threat and he knows that it wouldn’t hold up in court.

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Fred Camfield

Illegal entry into the United States should not carry a death penalty. This is not North Korea. We should be better than that.

Thursday, February 7
Justin Hale

Tom, still advocating/encouraging illegals I see, no surprise there.

Brother Fred, there is no death penalty for illegal entry.

Thursday, February 7
Tom Camfield

Death comes in many ways, Justin. Like the woman who froze to death as reported in this week's Leader.

She had not been given a literal "death sentence." Sending refugee Honduran back to cities plagued by gangs, death threats or whatever, in many cases could be a likely death sentence in perhaps a figurative way.

Friday, February 8
Justin Hale

@ T.C.

Allowing illegals into our country is a death sentence to all the people they killed, and yet you think it's smart to laud those who encourage illegals.

Friday, February 8
Tom Camfield

Well, Justin, statistics show that per capita, violent crimes by resident home-grown citizens are greater than among immigrants. Donald Trump sits around just hoping for a murder by an illegal immigrant to support the meanderings of his mediocre mind. He then can puff that up well beyond it's actual relevance.

When it comes to murder and real concern for the American public, he'd do better to quit sucking up to the NRA and support more gun control—rather than building a damned fence or wall as a tribute to his personal white supremacy attitude.

Friday, February 8
Justin Hale

Here is the White House 2019 budget fact sheet that explains how funding for border security will be apportioned for those wise enough to question Toms version of reality. [https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FY19-Budget-Fact-Sheet_Border-Security.pdf]

Friday, February 8
Justin Hale

"Well, Justin, statistics show that per capita, violent crimes by resident home-grown citizens are greater than among immigrants. " So what? Is that supposed to be a pro-illegal argument or an excuse to not support a strong border?

To say that the President "sits around just hoping for a murder by an illegal immigrant" is a vile and ignorant thing.

Friday, February 8
Tom Camfield

I call them as I see them, Justin. A few illegals commit a violent crime, and Donald's on it like a chicken on a June bug in an attempt to justify his immigration agenda. Meanwhile, throughout the country, multiple-homicide incidents occur on a daily basis. Mass slaughters are generally by some white teen or adult.

You also seem reluctant to address broader concern for human life, such as illustrated in the first few paragraphs of this blog.''

I also am continuously disgusted with Trump's roughshod propaganda, reminiscent of the "Big Lie" utilized by Adolph Hitler and Josef Goebbels. Tell a lie often enough and people will start believing it. Give the public someone to hate within their society and the racists, misogynists and other supremacists will follow you anywhere. Donald Trump is a sickening individual, eroding our society on all fronts.

Saturday, February 9
Justin Hale

And you Tom let your hatred for the President influence how you see things and regularly tell half truths in your blogs. I'm continualy disgusted by the lies and half-truths that the biased MSM feeds a gullible and ignorant public. Just as they did blaming Trump for the "shut-down of the government". The ignorant masses probably don't know the three branches of government or what duties are assigned to each branch, ergo if the MSM tells them it's all Trumps fault they believe it.

Saturday, February 9
Tom Camfield

So you've signed on with Trump's legion in the attack on our Free Press, Justin? For starters, the media did not "blame" Donald for the government shutdown. He already had taken credit for it before the fact—in his own words, said he'd be "proud to own it." The traditional press labors energetically day and night to fight the gullibility and ignorance pandered by Donald. It rightfully reports what he says and what he does, quoting others qualified by experience in and proximity to the matter at hand. It calls up previous words and actions by Donald, which speak for themselves about his hypocrisy and outright lies. Yet gullibility and ignorance continue to prevail among those who doggedly support him—a large share of them supremacists of one stripe or another, some others just avowed to remain Republicans until they die. A lot of "my party right or wrong" mixed in there

On the editorial and op-ed pages, the newspapers voice their opinion, as do syndicated columnists and letter writers. Our own Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader is proudly in the same journalistic mold. Being an area weekly, it does not try compete directly with the large dailies on national news. However, in its opinion section, which epitomizes Freedom of the Press and of Speech, it gives others the chance to do so via letters to the editor, blogs such as this one, and comments by readers. They do not edit these contributions. This section of newspapers is clearly not presented as outright news.

Thus, I freely express my opinion on the corruption and general rot of the Trump administration. I also document sources by quoting others concerned with the welfare of the average citizen and our society as a whole. I"m basically a grass-roots guy. Donald apparently has no concern for the plight of the common man, woman or child, especially if they's black or tan.

Sunday, February 10
Marge Samuelson

“If we don’t change the legislation, if we don’t get rid of these loopholes where killers are allowed to come into our country and continue to kill ... if we don’t change it, let’s have a shutdown,” Trump told a law enforcement panel discussing the MS-13 gang at the White House. “I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of.”

Direct quote, from Donald Trumps mouth on live television.

Justin, explain to me why having a shutdown solved anything? It affected a lot of people's lives very negatively.

Sunday, February 10
Justin Hale

Tom, how long have we been sharing our opinions, by now you should know, or remember that I totally support the freedom of the press, but with freedoms come responsibilities. Telling half-truths and distortions is not what a responsible press does. You and I will not agree on the actions of the present day MSM, as a lifelong member of the press and a partisan Democrat your stance is not surprising.

I'm glad that we have this forum (as feeble and dysfunctional as it is) to share our opinions, and never fear, I never mistake your hate-filled diatribes against our President as news.

Sunday, February 10
Justin Hale

Marge, thanks for proving my point, you obviously don't understand how the budget process works. The POTUS cannot shut-down the government.

Sunday, February 10
Marge Samuelson

Justine, I know how budgets work. Everyone agrees to fund the border WALL or the president won't sign it. He was happy to take credit for it. He didn't sign it and it was delayed. The next round will see who gives in, will Trump accept funding for "border security" or shut it down again if he doesn't get his 5 billion for a wall.

Monday, February 11
Justin Hale

Give it up Marge, you obviously don't understand the process. First off there was no "it" for the President to sign until the Congress decided once again to shirk its responsibilities and kick the can down the road which he agreed to. The POTUS cannot refuse to sign a budget, he has two options, approve it or veto it in which the Congress can override the veto if they have enough votes. As I said you are a perfect example of how the MSM has duped the public.

Here is a good resource that explains the federal budget process.

Monday, February 11
Justin Hale

Here is that link , https://www.nationalpriorities.org/budget-basics/federal-budget-101/federal-budget-process/

Monday, February 11
Tom Camfield

Trump’s self-proclaimed obsession for the shut-down was aided and abetted primarily by a failure of governance by Republicans in Congress. Both chambers of Congress were Republican ruled until Jan. 3 when new members were sworn in, giving Democrats control of the House.

The federal government's fiscal year begins Oct. 1. There is a law that sets interim deadlines to ensure that a budget is in place before the new fiscal year begins. Both chambers of Congress are to agree to a budget resolution by April 15. That resolution is supposed to create an outline within which the respective Appropriations Committees are to operate. The House is required to pass all appropriations bills to fund the government in the upcoming year by June 30. There is no deadline for action by the Senate or adoption of a final budget. But the clear intent is for all that to get done in the summer, so the new fiscal year begins with a budget approved by Congress and signed by the president.

There is no more fundamental responsibility of Congress than passing a budget for the federal government. Republicans kept claiming that they would return to "regular order" and actually pass appropriations bills in time to avoid the drama and gamesmanship of continuing resolutions under the threat of a government shutdown. Their failure to do so deserves most of the blame for the impasse. If they had done their job, as they pledged to do, the federal government would be fully funded for the year and no one would have the leverage to shut it down.

Remember, Republicans had total control of Congress from April 15 through the beginning the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 (and on until Jan. 3). Oct. 1 rolled around without a budget in place for roughly a quarter of the federal government. The shut down over lack of necessary funding came Jan. 20. There is a law that sets interim deadlines to ensure that a budget is in place before the new fiscal year begins. Their failure to do so deserves most of the blame for the impasse. If they had done their job, as they pledged to do, the federal government would be fully funded for the year and no one would have the leverage to shut it down.

It seems to me current negotiations should be between the House and the Senate, without further bullying by autocratic Donald. If the two houses come to an accord and he doesn’t like it, he can veto their proposal and make it clear it is he who is shutting down government. Sadly, Mitch McConnell and the Senate continue to back up the president whichever way he slithers.

To pass a bill over the president's objections requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber of Congress. Historically, Congress has overridden fewer than ten percent of all presidential vetoes. That’s where Donald holds the whip hand at present.

Monday, February 11
Marge Samuelson

If he veto's the bill it means he won't sign it. No agreement. Bring me a budget with what I want and I will sign it. So another shutdown. Can't run a government without funding. The fact is the house did not want that 5 Billion in funding for a wall. Neither do I.

Monday, February 11
Justin Hale

Marge, "Everyone agrees to fund the border WALL or the president won't sign it." If everyone agrees with the budget then they will override the veto. And it's not a matter of what the President wants, it's a matter of the Congress agreeing, if they do that then it won't matter if Trump vetos, or as you say doesn't sign the bill, so in the final analysis it's the Congress that must agree on a budget,if they do then there is no shut-down.

And by the way, the funding that President Trump is asking for is not just for a wall, DHS officials say it could cover the replacement of “dilapidated” fencing, new wall sections and secondary wall structures, as well as roads and lights for Border Patrol agents.The “wall system” also includes sensor technology that would enable agents to detect movement coming toward the wall, “starting the clock” for officials to respond before anyone starts to try to scale it.

I'm betting that the Congress will once again pass a continuing resolution and move on to other matters.

Monday, February 11
Justin Hale

" aided and abetted primarily by a failure of governance by Republicans in Congress." Nonsense, if the Republicans controlled both houses they probably would have agreed on a budget, and even if the POTUS vetoed it they would have the votes to override and it would become law. But as soon as the do nothing to make Trump look good Democrats took the House we got a shut-down, and with the help of the MSM managed to dupe the ignorant masses into believing it was Trump who was responsible. That's politics for you.

I've read that in the last 40 years a "regular order" budget has been passed only 4 times, usually a CR is resorted to to continue business as usual. So the blame for the budget mess is not the sole responsibility of either House, Dems or Reps.

I'll be happy if the House and Senate can get their act together and quit playing politics,,,,,what am I thinking.

Monday, February 11
Tom Csmfield

Let's get real! Republicans had it all in their hands for 8 1/2 months. Democrats were powerless until 19 days ago. Both chambers of Congress are charged with agreeing to a budget resolution by April 15.

As I mentioned in a comment above, both chambers of Congress were controlled by Republicans all the way from failing to wind up budget deliberations April 15 until an Oct. 1 final deadline, with Donald in the Oval Office vacillating on things with his ever-changing godly "gut decisions" that never require any heavy effort, such as reading or listening to others. Democrats were left out of the picture until last month, when newly elected House members were sworn in giving them control of that body.

So Republicans in Congress spent 5 1/2 month kicking the can around until Oct. 1 , then lame-ducked it all for another 3 months until the first of 2019. As I write this, the reality is that Democrats have had control of the House for only 19 days! So it's ridiculous for someone like Lying Donald to try blaming this imbroglio on Democrats, after he'd proclaimed himself that he would use a shut-down as a weapon to get his way.

Another aspect that I'm not going to drop every thing to study on at length. others might want to skim over, however, on Wikipedia. "The United States House Committee on Appropriations is a committee of the United States House of Representatives. The committee is responsible for passing appropriation bills along with its Senate counterpart. The bills passed by the Appropriations Committee regulate expenditures of money by the government of the United States. As such, it is one of the most powerful of the committees, and its members are seen as influential. They make the key decisions about the work of their committees—when their committees meet, which bills they will consider, and for how long."

Donald, of course, claims to have been overworked all the way, burdened with "executive time." Devoting countless hours of hiring, firing and insulting other over Twitter, watching Fox News on TV and chatting with Sean Hannity—and doing heavy thinking during never-ending rounds of golf. He also has to get in strutting time at Mar-a-Lago. He seems to work well past midnight, as many of his tweets are time-stamped around 3 or 4 a.m.

Tuesday, February 12
Justin Hale

As I've said many times Tom "a pox on both their houses", this is what you get with a two party system. Maybe there should be a rule that if they, either party, doesn't get their job done on time they don't get paid, or better yet they get fired because the Millionaires in Congress could go without pay.

Tuesday, February 12
Tom Camfield

Donald illustrates why we need a two-party system rather than some dictator pretending benevolence. Third parties seem aways to be little more than frustrated adventures just mucking up the works.

3 days ago
Justin Hale

Spoken like a true Partisan invested in the status-quo.

3 days ago