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My Fax to my MoC tonight --

Feel free to adopt or adapt any of it, if you like. The last 3 paragraphs were centered, in red, and in larger type. Certainly not my most eloquent -- I dashed it off quickly to just get it done. This is the free service I use:
Fax Senator https://faxzero.com/fax_senate.php
Fax Congressional Rep https://faxzero.com/fax_congress.php

We have a self-inflicted humanitarian crisis on the southern border.

What a day for the U.S. to pull out of the U.N. Human Rights Council – just as the entire world is seeing too much similarity between Trump and Hitler. Separating parents and children, and the internment of children, some of whom will NEVER be re-united with their parents again, is beyond immoral, beyond inhumane.

I repeat: Some of these children will NEVER be reunited with their parents. The administration has NO POLICIES or procedures or even adequate records for reuniting children and parents.

The U.S. has NO RIGHT to treat anyone that way, least of all asylum seekers, and even less so children of any age.

We are breaking our own laws; we are breaking international laws; we are breaking God’s laws.

Even more evil, the U.S. is preventing asylum-seekers from crossing at the designated legal checkpoints, thus forcing them to cross at the wrong spots and in the process to become ILLEGAL border crossers – a misdemeanor not usually punished by having one’s children stolen – to ensure more of them can be made subject to these inhumane Trump policies.

Children are being used as bargaining chips and ransom so Trump can get his way on other border policies. This is extortion. Using children this way is illegal and immoral.




About the bald-faced lies coming out of this administration

I had an epiphany when I heard about Hogan Gidley's astonishing up is down, black is white lies.

They know that their base believes anything. The rest of us don't matter and Trump -- thanks to Bannon's tutoring and advice -- is single-handedly focused on his base.

The lies are a purposeful, intentional strategy. They know they can get away with it with everyone else, and his base will believe him. So whatever narrative they choose to put out there, no matter how startlingly dishonest, will be fine.

Just as anyone of his team who goes on TV is playing to "an audience of one," they're all playing to an audience ONLY of the Trump base.

And they also know a certain percentage of others will hear the lies and eventually believe them.

That there is no price he'll ever pay for his lies, or the administration's lies, so he's home free.

Bald-faced Lying: The intentional media strategy of the Trump administration.

What woke the Republicans up?

Seriiously. Suddenly there's an avalanche of disapproving remarks from Congress about separating children from their parents. It's amazing. Yesterday, just a trickle -- Cruz, and then later in the day Murkowski. Collins was in there too somewhere. Now suddenly it seems everyone's on board.

The Truth about Trump's Zero Tolerance Policy

I'm sorry. I'm too tired and wrung out to format this at all. But it's a very useful thread, with documentation about the TRUTH of what's going on with this border crisis thing.

Thread by @AltNatSecAgency: "So I keep seeing people buying into the administrations bullshit that this is an old “law” that needs to be fixed. First off it is not and n […]" https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1008580714353348609.html

So I keep seeing people buying into the administrations bullshit that this is an old “law” that needs to be fixed. First off it is not and never has been a law:
Trump blames Democrats for own policy separating families
President Donald Trump wrongly blamed Democrats for his own administrator’s immigration policy. "Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there (s…
Second off @TheJusticeDept announced the policy change referring all improper entry cases to DOJ:
Attorney General Announces Zero-Tolerance Policy for Criminal Illegal Entry
Attorney General Jeff Sessions today notified all U.S. Attorney’s Offices along the Southwest Border of a new “zero-tolerance policy” for offenses under 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a), which prohibits both attem…
By the way Improper Entry is a misdemeanor with civil penalties: 8 U.S. Code § 1325 - Improper entry by alien

8 U.S. Code § 1325 - Improper entry by alien
The @TheJusticeDept itself even argued in a lawsuit brought by the @ACLU the splitting of families is discretionary:

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Here is @KellyannePolls admitting it’s an @realDonaldTrump policy:
Fight intensifies over Trump's family separation policy after Democrats visit detention facilities
Trump has falsely blamed the separations on Democrats. But the separations instead largely stem from a "zero-tolerance" policy announced by AG Jeff Sessions.
.@jeffsessions is trying to use the Bible to defend it:
Opinion | Bible verse Sessions used to defend immigration crackdown once defended slavery
Jeff Sessions cites Romans 13 to justify immigration policies, the same Bible passage once used to defend slavery
Stephen Miller was behind it:
Trump aide Stephen Miller brags about policy ripping immigrant kids away from parents: 'It was a simple decision'
Controversial White House advisor Stephen Miller bragged about President Donald Trump’s new policy of child separation as a “simple decision” during a West Wing interview with The New York Times. “No…
And possibly the most infuriating of any of the examples I have in this tweer @SecNielsen denies the policy everyone else is talking about and trying to defend even exists, a bold faced lie:

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Children are put in cages and traumatized:
Hundreds of children wait in Border Patrol facility in Texas
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered a
Children are attempting suicide because of this policy:
'Prison-like' migrant youth shelter is understaffed, unequipped for Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy, insider says
A rare inside look inside the Southwest Key shelters where migrant children are sent after they're separated from their parents at the border under Trump's new "zero tolerance" policy.
Children are being psychologically tortured by this policy:
Doctors Concerned About 'Irreparable Harm' To Separated Migrant Children
One pediatrician says the staff at a shelter facility told her that federal regulations prevented them from touching or holding a crying child to soothe her. The shelter says there's no such rule.
This is an @realDonaldTrump @jeffsessions policy and theirs alone. The @GOP is complicit and refuses to do a god damn thing. Trump tries to blame the @TheDemocrats and say it’s on them to fix, it isn’t. It’s on him and the @GOP as they hold the majority.
The only reason he’s doing this is he’s using the torture of children to blackmail the Democrats into giving him $ for the wall. This is what Nazis started with. This is a crime against humanity. This is the @realDonaldTrump administration in action.
Adding the @DHSgov site itself to this thread:
Frequently Asked Questions: Zero Tolerance Immigration Prosecutions
The Attorney General directed United States Attorneys on the Southwest Border to prosecute all amenable adults who illegally enter the country, including those accompanied by their children, for 8 U.…

Here’s the policy fact sheet:
Fact Sheet: Zero Tolerance Immigration Prosecutions - Families
The Attorney General directed United States Attorneys on the Southwest Border to prosecute all amenable adults who illegally enter the country, including those accompanied by their children, for 8 U.…

And here is the PDF explaining their children have been taken and how to contact them:
Next Steps for Families
Information provided to families who are in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the crime of illegal entry into the United States.

Actual US Gov footage of the cages:

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Also this is bullshit, it deals with unaccompanied minors not families

They missed the Flores Agreement too: “The government is required to release children from immigration detention without unnecessary delay to, in order of preference, parents, other adult relatives, or licensed programs willing to accept custody.”
The Flores Settlement: A Brief History and Next Steps
A Brief History and Next Steps The Ninth Circuit is currently considering an appeal by the U.S. government of the 2015 ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California that th…
Meaning they should be released to parents

HHS's Cruel Games against Asylum seekers makes them break the law

This is unconscionable. It's the equivalent of -- oh, what's the word. When the cops push protesters into a certain closed-in area so they can't escape? These poor people are being set up -- prevented from seeking asylum at the proper places and made to suffer to boot while waiting, then treated like criminals when they try to cross at the INappropriate places. They U.S. makes them break the law by preventing them from following the proper procedures.

- Chris Van Hollen @ChrisVanHollen
At the Hidalgo Bridge. A few weeks ago, the Trump Administration essentially stopped families seeking asylum from crossing at this legal point of entry. Left people stranded for days without food and water. So many then crossed the river, were arrested and had children taken.


Cambridge Analytica just won't die -- working w/Trump 2020 campaign

Report: Trump Reelection Campaign Working With Former Cambridge Analytica Staffers


President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has been working with a company run by former Cambridge Analytica staff members, according to an Associated Press report. Cambridge Analytica shut down last month after it was accused of harvesting the personal data of up to 87 million Facebook users. At least four former Cambridge Analytica employees, including the company’s former head of product and chief data scientist, are now associated with Data Propria, a consulting firm similar to Cambridge Analytica. Data Propria leader and former Cambridge Analytica head of product Matt Oczkowski insisted his new company is not involved with Trump’s 2020 campaign, but is doing work on the 2018 elections for the Republican National Committee.

Ominous prediction from Steve Schmidt


Avenatti's spectacular public relations win

I've been fascinated by Avenatti -- alternately dazzled by his competence and then, in turn, fearful he's about to stop just a little too far.

But one thing he's done with aplomb, and finesse, that I believe will have a lasting effect on women's rights and equality. He has mainstreamed Stormy Daniels' and her profession as one that deserves every bit the same respect as any other "career."

I've watched him from early on treat her with respect, and then demand others treat her with respect as well. We've seen him stare down her detractors, and win.

Had either Daniels or Avenatti themselves shown any less apparent integrity and credibility it would never have worked. But they have been up to the task, so it's worked tremendously well.

I can't imagine what feminists would have had to do to get even half the respectability for this woman and her profession that Avenatti has.

What?? 4 Mile Long eruption of Liquid Sand + stored CO2 @ Fracking opn in CO

I just happened on this guy a day or two ago as I continued to watch Kilauea videos. He tracks earthquakes and such and from the 2 videos I've watched so far, it sounds like he thinks something big is in the works. Well, this video says a plate is shifting (somewhat dramatically).

In any case, I certainly like his anti-fracking stance and while I'm not VOUCHING for him until I know more about him, I do think this is verrrrry interesting and I'll try to find the earlier video I watched the other day as well --

5/31/2014 -- 4 Mile Long eruption of Liquid Sand + stored CO2 @ Fracking operation in Colorado

This isn't it, but it's interesting. I'll say one thing, if I lived in California, I'd definitely be staying up to date with the guy.

6/02/2018 -- Multiple M5.0+ earthquakes strike across whole Pacific -- Hawaii update -- Be prepared
Posted by RandomAccess | Sun Jun 3, 2018, 04:23 PM (6 replies)

I'm a single issue voter --

Borrowed from Twitter:

Posted by RandomAccess | Fri Jun 1, 2018, 02:58 PM (3 replies)
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