Showing posts from February 7, 2017

Republican congressman says white terrorists are different

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[Rep. Duffy characterized a shooting at a mosque in Canada as "a one off." *RON*]
Aaron Rupar, ThinkProgress, 7 February 2017

During a CNN appearance on Tuesday, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) asserted that “there’s a difference” between attacks carried out by Muslim extremists and attacks carried out by white supremacists or other attackers who aren’t Muslim.

While discussing President Trump’s list of 78 attacks his administration thinks haven’t been sufficiently covered — a list conspicuously devoid of attacks perpetrated by white supremacists, Islamophobes, or right-wing extremists — CNN Alisyn Camerota asked Duffy, “Why isn’t the president talking about the white terrorists who mowed down six Muslims praying at their mosque?”

“I don’t know, but I would just tell you there’s a difference,” Duffy replied. “You don’t have a group like ISIS or Al Qaeda that is inspiring [attacks] around the world. That was a one off, Alisyn.”

Today's Trumpery

[A daily pastiche of Trumpisms and responses thereto. *RON*]

Donald Trump Is Signing Executive Orders That He Doesn’t Read or Understand, GQ ["He gets bored and likes to watch TV."]

In Case It Wasn’t Clear Yet, Steve Bannon Is Our President, GQ [a man "who years ago said that his goal is to 'destroy the state' and 'bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment,' is now going to be an even bigger voice in shaping U.S. foreign policy"]

What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read, Politico ["the new administration—led by Bannon and a cadre of like-minded aides—has set about administering a sort of ideological shock therapy"]

The Conservative Case Against Betsy DeVos, Salon ["Her nomination as education secretary has united liberals, rural Republicans, and Breitbart writers in disdain."]

Trump’s EPA pick slapped with a lawsuit ahead of confirmation, Think Progress [Pruitt has been hiding thousands of emails for 2 years]

U.S. court tosses out case against Canadian government by mislabelled B.C. terrorist

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[A BC woman who said the government ruined her life and business is told "the Government of Canada defendants are immune." There is, evidently, zero accountability on the government's part, even though they have openly admitted to wrong-doing! *RON*]

Canadian Press, CBC News, 6 February 2017
A United States court has tossed out a lawsuit that accuses the Canadian government of ruining the life of a British Columbia woman for allegedly giving false information to American authorities that branded her a terrorist and an arms dealer.

Surge of refugee claimants in Manitoba border town prompts temporary shelter

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[By the sound of it they are doing all this without support from the federal government. Where is Justin "Canadians will welcome you" Trudeau in this? *RON*]

Beth Macdonell, CTV News Winnipeg, 6 February 2017

A burst of refugee claimants who illegally crossed the border from Minnesota into Manitoba caused emergency officials to convert a southeast Manitoba town's community center into a shelter.

RCMP said 22 people illegally crossed the border near Emerson over the weekend. Of the 22 people who crossed, 19 made the trek on Saturday, police said.

“These individuals did not enter Canada through a port of entry. The RCMP picked up the 19 people and transported them to a Canada Border Services Agency location, where they could make their refugee claims,” RCMP spokesperson Tara Seel said in an email to CTV News Monday.

Five Reasons Congress Should Repeal Trump’s Immigrant & Refugee Ban

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[I'm not a fan of the Cato Institute, but this is fact-based and good. *RON*]
David Bier, Cato Institute, 28 January 2017

President Trump signed an executive order yesterday that would ban all Syrian refugees and almost all refugees from all countries from entering the United States for six months, while cutting the overall annual limit for refugees in half and banning for at least 90 days all immigration from seven majority Muslim countries. It implies that this ban could continue indefinitely for certain countries. These policies will not improve national security and will undermine America’s efforts to combat Islamic extremism and terrorism around the world.

1) The order violates the law. Under the Immigration Act of 1965, the president may not refuse to give visas to immigrants coming to live in the United States permanently due to their nationality. The provision is unequivocal in stating that no person may “be discriminated against in th…

Assad 'hangs 13,000 at slaughterhouse jail where prisoners count discarded slippers to know how many have died'

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[The victims, largely made up of government opponents, are being buried in mass graves, an Amnesty International report claims. "If you put your ears on the floor, you could hear the sound of a kind of gurgling. This would last around ten minutes … We were sleeping on top of the sound of people choking to death. This was normal for me then." *RON*]
Chris Hughes & Steve Robson, The Mirror, 7 February 2017

President Assad's regime has executed up to 13,000 people in mass hangings carried out in the basement of a notorious prison, a chilling new report claims.

The victims, largely made up of Syrian government opponents, were sentenced to death following military trials lasting just minutes over the past four years.