FACTS about immigration and “border security”

Now, I know you TeaPublicans have your heads so far up Trump’s ass that truth cannot penetrate — and I know you spend you waking hours foaming at the mouth watching Fox.

Still, I hope maybe facts can penetrate the pile of bullshit under which you live.

FACTS

LIE: Trump says immigrants are bringing in disease — speaking specifically about people coming in from Central and South America.

FACT:  The countries of Central and South America have vaccination requirements that are far more strict than ours.  Vaccination against common and uncommon diseases are MANDATORY in those countries and the rate of vaccination is almost 100%.  Unlike the US, there is no one permitted to opt-out. Now, I know some of you have heard of a measles outbreak among the Somalia community in Minnesota.  That happened after a grouip of anti-vaccination biblethumpers got into the community and convinced people to not vaccinate their children.  Public health authorities stopped that nonsense but not until 40 or so kids contracted measles.  Trump lies.

 

LIE.  “They’re bringing drugs . . .”

FACT. Most drugs that enter the US illegally come in through LEGAL BORDER CROSSING POINTS, smuggled in on trucks carrying legal cargo.

 

LIE. ” They are rapists and murderers and criminals . . . ”

FACT.  Acccording to FBI and state statistics,  immigrant communities from all countries have the lowest rates of all crime.  Yes, occasionally an immigrant — legal or illegal — commits a heinous crime.  But they are the minority and there’s nothing unusual about it.

 

LIE.  “They are flooding across our border. . .”

FACT.  Bullshit.  Illegal border crossings are now at their lowest rate in over 40 years.  The main reason is improved economic conditions in South and Central America — people no longer have to leave home to find work in the US.

 

LIE.  Mexico is going to pay for the wall through the new NAFTA agreement.

FACT.  Bullshit.  The new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement is nothing but NAFTA slightly revised.  Nothing in the agreement will result in Mexico paying for our border security.

 

BOTTOM LINE:  Trump lies and you dimwits eat it up.

 

Memo to Trump’s kids: Don’t spend that inheritance just yet

There’s a saying in New York: “To meet Donald Trump is to wish that you had never met Donald Trump.”  Donald Trump has been to New York what the Cubs were to Chicago, a lovable loser. Nobody took his claims to wealth, sexual prowess, or business acumen seriously. He was like the loud uncle at Thanksgiving that you get wasted watching football, so that he sleeps through dinner.

All of which suited Donald Trump just fine. Mainly because it was the perfect cover. After all, who would ever think that a guy you have to remind to zip up before he leaves the bathroom could be a criminal mastermind.

Trump got away with his myriad schemes in New York for 35 years mainly because he just wasn’t worth the trouble. He ran a mom and pop bodega operation, and as long as he was discreet enough to provide at least some cover to his chicanery, he just wasn’t worth the trouble.

Not anymore. And it was Trump’s unrelenting ego and narcissism that did him in.

The problem for Trump with the Mueller investigation isn’t so much Russia, as it is the fact that the investigation gave the agents and prosecutors access to many other things that might not touch directly on Russia, but sure did make for interesting bedtime reading on other subjects.

The incoming Attorney General for the state of New York has quite the laundry list of sins that she can’t wait to see if she can’t wrap Trump up in like a dead fish in yesterday’s newspaper. I’m not so sure that she actually has the authority to investigate the Trump Tower meeting, but I admire her spirit. But there are a host of other shenanigans, such as money laundering, bank fraud, wire fraud, and state income tax evasion that should keep her quite busy for the foreseeable future.

The thing to remember is that a pardon can’t save Trump from retribution, not even on the federal level. Forget the issue of whether a President can pardon himself, it doesn’t matter. While Trump may be able to make his own criminal negligence go away, his company is a different matter. You can’t pardon a company, and the Trump organization is the vehicle that Trump used for most of his nefarious schemes. It is also his sole source of wealth.

Trump’s favorite excuse for not releasing his tax returns is that they are perpetually “under audit.” True or not, Trump’s assertion that his annual tax return is the size of the greater Manhattan white pages only indicates just how intricately his personal wealth is interlinked with his business entities.Which can kill him. If he is found guilty of tax fraud, or money laundering, or bank fraud, prison is the least of his worries. The penalties, back payments, and interest could bankrupt the company.  Knowing the endless avarice of Trump, and his belief in his own criminal brilliance, there are plenty of crimes to find that are well short of any statute of limitations come January of 2021. And if a Democrat wins the White Hose, I don’t see the new Attorney General having serious qualms about unleashing the justice department dogs of war. And call me silly, but I don’t think that Allen Weisselberg is too crazy about modeling an orange jumpsuit to protect Trump.

And the state is even worse for Trump. First of all, Trump can’t pardon himself from criminal prosecution on state charges. But more importantly, criminal charges may again be the least of his worries. Thanks to incredible journalism, the state of New York is now undertaking unraveling all of the shabbily hidden “gifts” that Trump and his siblings received from their parents. If those are found to have been made in a way that sheltered them from legitimate taxes, I heard one estimate that the Trump’s may owe in excess of $150 million in back taxes, interest, and fines. And that’s personal money we’re talking about, not company funds.

Trump’s real problem, whether state of federal, is his rather convoluted definition of “wealth.” He has proudly proclaimed himself the “king of debt,” and he wants this to be how America is great again. Trump is right. He doesn’t actually own Trump Force One, it belongs to a corporate spin off. Say Trump Tower is worth $100 million. but if it’s leveraged by $80 million in mortgages and loan guarantees, its true value to Trump is $20 million. This is where the tax and other financial litigation kills Trump, if he’s hit with heavy enough fines and compensation, his assets won’t be enough to cover it all.

So yes, I want to see Trump’s mug shot, and a perp walk would let me die in ecstasy. But just as badly, I want to see Trump reduced to living in a third floor, cold water walk up in one of Jared’s lousy rent controlled buildings on the lower east side. If, that is, he doesn’t drag Klan Kushner right on down with him. And what I wouldn’t give to see Melania walk out of this with a new jacket that says “I married a sexist pig, and all I got was a lousy US passport.”  Mueller isn’t the only one “following the money.” And impeaching Trump allows him to be a martyr to his followers, bankrupting Trump makes him a loser, and an inept one at that. Which one is worse? For Trump, I honestly believe the latter.

Fox will not tell you, but, Trump is finished, the rest is just a formality

Trump is seething, raging after Michael Cohen’s revelations

President Donald Trump’s bill signing was remarkably quiet Wednesday. The president didn’t pop off or randomly make jokes or schmooze the way he normally does. Instead, he signed the bill, shook a few hands and exited.

CNN’s Jim Acosta said that sources told him the president is “seething” in silence, even bellowing that former lawyer Michael Cohen “is a liar.”

The president had a moment to say anything he wanted to the press about Cohen when doing the signing but remained mostly reserved, not something typical of Trump.

Cohen implicated Trump in felonies when giving investigators information that pointed directly to the president.

Former top US attorney details how Trump will go down

Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained exactly how Donald Trump’s second-to-last defense against being indicted when AMI struck a no-prosecution plea deal in Michael Cohen’s sentencing.

Trump’s defenses surrounding accusations that he violated campaign finance laws with “hush agreements” to two women are “crumbling rapidly,” Katyal wrote in a lengthy Twitter thread on the subject.

Trump hires “only the best people” — but no one wants to work for him

President Donald Trump told Republican U.S. Representative Mark Meadows that he wants him to stay in Congress rather than take the White House chief of staff job the president is seeking to fill, three senior White House officials said on Wednesday.

Meadows had been among 10 or 12 people that Trump is considering for the post that retired General John Kelly is leaving early in 2019. Kelly, Trump’s second chief of staff, after Reince Priebus, had tried to bring more discipline to the chaotic Trump White House and frequently found himself at odds with the president.

Trump knows he is “bleeped”

Donald Trump biographer Tim O’Brien predicted there would be a new round of longtime allies of the president who “flip” and cooperate with prosecutors.

“You’ve covered Donald Trump for a long time,” MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace noted. “I think we look at Trump tells — the daily tweets about no collusion, the daily attacks against Robert Mueller for running a witch hunt.”

“Does it look like Donald Trump knows that he’s bleeped?” Wallace asked.

“I think it definitely looks like he knows he’s bleeped,” O’Brien replied.

“He’s cornered and spent a year and a half pointing to the Mueller investigation on a routine basis, nonstop, as being a witch hunt,” he noted. “Anytime he starts tweeting at the investigation or investigators, it’s usually when there’s a big shoe about to drop.”

“He knows in advance that something is about to hit the fan,” O’Brien added.

He also suggested that the investigations are going to entangle Trump’s children, the three eldest of whom worked at the Trump Organization.

“These are developments that are going to bleed into the Trump Organization for quite a long time,” he predicted. “It’s going to get to his children, it’s going to get to other people in that organization, and people are going to start flipping that Trump never thought would flip before.”

Triump’s very bad day is extending into a very bad week . . . month . . . years

Dec 12, 2018

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and the ex-deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee, was sentenced to three years in jail on Wednesday as a part of the most significant chapter yet in the federal investigations encircling the president.

And the undeniable intensity of the sentence was only one of the damning facts for the president revealed in the outcome of Cohen’s sentencing. The prosecutors from the Southern District of New York have already said that Trump directed Cohen to carry out criminal violations of campaign finance law — and the case directly against the president appears to only be getting stronger.

Here are five other details that emerged from the sentencing that should be devastating for Trump:

1. American Media, Inc., has been given a non-prosecution agreement in exchange for its cooperation in this case.

U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami revealed in a press release that AMI, which owns the National Enquirer, participated in corroborating facts in the charges against Cohen. And the fact the company received a non-prosecution agreement suggests that the case is far from over. It’s not clear why the Khuzami would agree to a non-prosecution agreement against AMI if the only target was Cohen. This suggests that Trump, the Trump Organization, or others in the president’s orbit may also be in the government’s sights.

2. AMI admitted the most crucial detail in the case against Trump.

To prove that, as Cohen has already pleaded guilty to, the hush money payments to women who say they had affairs with Trump were criminal violations of campaign finance law, prosecutors must show that the purpose of the payments was to directly influence the election. The president’s defenders have argued that Cohen is a particularly unreliable witness on this charge, given his shady character and that he might just be searching for leniency in sentencing for other crimes.

But Khuzami reveals that he has corroboration for Cohen’s damning account of events:

As a part of the agreement, AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election.  AMI further admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman’s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election.

3. There’s also evidence of a willful attempt to hide the payments.

With regard to the hush money payment, Khuzami wrote: “COHEN was reimbursed for the latter payment in monthly installments disguised as payments for legal services performed pursuant to a retainer, when in fact no such retainer existed.”

The fact that the payments were disguised in this deceptive way suggests an attempt to hide wrongdoing, which will likely undercut any claim by the president to be unaware of the illegality of the payments. Perhaps even more damning for the president or others who worked on this matter is the fact that these attempts to hide the payment could raise the possibility of additional charges.

4. Khuzami also sent a pretty clear signal that others are guilty in this scheme.

Prosecutors almost certainly believe that it is not Cohen alone who is guilty in this campaign finance violations, as the following sentence makes clear: “COHEN made or caused both of these payments in order to influence the 2016 election and did so in coordination with one or more members of the campaign.” (Emphasis mine)

5. Cohen’s remarks in court are a stinging rebuke of the president.

“Time and time again, I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds, rather than listen to my own inner voice,” Cohen told the court of Trump on Wednesday, according to the Wall Street Journal. “My departure as a loyal soldier to the president bears a very hefty price.”

Meanwhile, Trump put in his usual half-hour of work today.

President Donald Trump‘s official White House schedule has grown increasingly empty as time goes by. Months into his tenure his aides infamously decided to claim he was on “executive time” every morning, until usually 11 AM, at which time he supposedly would receive his “daily” intelligence briefing.

“Executive time” is code for Trump hanging out in the East Wing (the residence), possibly in bed, watching Fox News and tweeting. He reportedly watches between 4 and 8 hours of TV news a day.

“Daily” intelligence briefings are now at 11:30 AM, and rare. According NCRM’s review of the president’s official schedule, he has been scheduled to receive only 5 since November 1. (There’s no public record of if he received them or not.)

Usually, Trump has a lunch scheduled for around noon or 1 PM, sometimes with a Cabinet official.

After that, well, it’s anyone’s guess.

This is why Trump is in trouble . . . deep, deep trouble

Democratic leaders are not inclined to overplay their hand. Rather they have been very cool, savvy and disciplined.

They will continue to ignore calls for impeachment.

They will investigate everyone around the president, while leaving his case for the special counsel to dissect.

They will work hard to ensure Trump is not reelected, although that should not be a problem — by 2020 the nation will be tired of him, except, of course, for a few diehard MAGAts.

They will continue to encourage tweets and statements that feed a mounting sense of outrage.

Let indictments happen after leaving office – that leaves Trump with no ability to mount a defense on the taxpayer’s dime or extend pardons.

In short, after two years and exceptional midterm results, the Democrats have recognized that the president is the political gift that keeps on giving. Yesterday’s bear-baiting in the oval office was a masterful exercise in what is the best strategy for winning.

NRA is going down . . . they served as conduit for Russian money to Trump’s campaign

Republican operative Paul Erickson claimed in an email he’d set up a private Russia-GOP channel through the NRA

IGOR DERYSH
DECEMBER 12, 2018 12:00PM (UTC)

Admitted Russian spy Maria Butina’s Republican operative boyfriend wrote in private communications that he was involved in setting up a “very private line of communication” between Russia and the Trump campaign using the National Rifle Association as a “conduit.”

Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist, worked for years to cultivate relationships within Republican and NRA circles. She was charged with working as an agent of the Russian government earlier this year and on Monday agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges and cooperate with prosecutors.

In her plea deal, Butina admitted that she and “US Person 1,” who is longtime Republican operative Paul Erickson, “agreed and conspired, with a Russian government official,” whose description matches Russian banker and close Putin ally Alexander Torshin, for Butina to “act in the United States under the direction of Russian Official without prior notification to the Attorney General,” ABC News reported.

Under Torshin’s direction, the document said, Butina “sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics.”

Read more: https://www.salon.com/2018/12/12/maria-butinas-boyfriend-claimed-he-set-up-trump-russia-nra-conduit-as-campaign-funds-flowed/

New NY Attorney General will look at Trump Crime Family finances

Remember:  Al Capone was brought down by tax evasion.

New York Attorney Gen.-elect Letitia James says she plans to launch sweeping investigations into President Donald Trump, his family and “anyone” in his circle who may have violated the law once she settles into her new job next month.

“We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well,” James, a Democrat, told NBC News in her first extensive interview since she was elected last month.

James outlined some of the probes she intends to pursue with regard to the president, his businesses and his family members. They include:

* Any potential illegalities involving Trump’s real estate holdings in New York, highlighting a New York Times investigation published in October into the president’s finances.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/incoming-new-york-attorney-general-plans-wide-ranging-investigations-trump-n946706