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Lincoln Memorial Defaced This Morning

August 15, 2017

Words simply fail me.

The National Park Service is removing graffiti from the Lincoln Memorial.

According to a press release, the monument was tagged around 4:30 Tuesday morning with red spray paint that looks to proclaim “F*** Law.”

The monument preservation crew started cleaning up the mess with a “gel-type architectural pain stripper safe for use on historic stone.”

“Treatments will be applied as necessary until all evidence of the graffiti is gone.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the U.S. Park Police at 202-610-7515.

 

Trump Shows His True White Supremacist Feelings Saying Neo-Nazis Are “Very Fine People”

August 15, 2017

Everyone knew that President Trump had not changed his attitude about white supremacists and nationalists when he was forced to give comments before the nation Monday.  He did not believe what he read from a prepared statement any more than believed there was a real man in the moon.  The moment on Monday was for a political show.  He did not step on his own tongue and was labeled by some as a success.

But when the bar is so low that just saying Nazis are bad makes one look like a leader, means the definition of leadership itself is needing to be revisited.

But like everything that Trump does he blows hot one moment, cold the next.  His level of mental abilities comes in likes waves to a shore.  Sometimes it brings in only water, other times a dead fish. Today Trump brought forth a reeking mess from the depths.

A short time ago the truly foolish looking orange-haired man defended some of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who were part of the deadly Charlottesville protests.  It was simply appalling.

With an apparent early dose of sun-downers taking hold of Trump–and just since yesterday when he slammed the pro-white groups who organized the two-day protests–he now says, “There is blame on both sides.”  “I don’t have any doubt about it.”

But note that this is from a half-baked loaf of a man who spreads rhetoric and ideas floated by the alt-right political movement that has ties to white supremacist groups.  Our president is taking the dark side’s position on an issue that my dad and so many other Americans fought against in World War II.

Republican lawmakers made it clear this weekend what they thought of Trump’s lack of a clear response to the white angry men who thought they were going to prance about with fire and vile comments. Therefore there will be again many members of the GOP who will stand up and correctly rebuke Trump.  One of the reason is that he broke with his immediate predecessors by saying there were “very fine people on both sides” of the protests in Charlottesville.  In doing so, Trump essentially rebuffed most U.S. presidents of the last few decades by implying that neo-Nazis can be “very fine people.”

I suspect Barry Goldwater would say that every sound-thinking American should kick Trump in the ass.  Even conservatives know a traitor when they see one.

Was Abby Driscoll Thinking When Voting For Donald Trump? Now Her Immigrant Labor Might Be Deported

August 15, 2017

The news story this weekend from the Center For Investigative Reporting, which was published in the Wisconsin State Journal, underscores a trend I have noticed over the past months.

I have friends on Facebook who were proud to announce they supported and voted for President Trump.  Then the chaos and crazy was put in over-drive from the White House and some are surprised this all could be happening.  How could this be!  Others on-line say they can not even watch the news.

Mom would surely say, ‘you bought it, you own it.’

Along a desolate country road in northeastern Wisconsin, Manuel Estrada speeds toward work in his rumbling silver Ford SUV. He’s running late for his predawn shift. And he’s worried.

His boss is counting on him; she’s been down a worker for a month. More than 400 Holstein cows stand blinking, waiting to be milked. His family needs the paycheck from his $11.50-per-hour job.

And Estrada, 30, hopes the police aren’t waiting for him too.

It’s a risk he runs regularly during his 15-minute commute from his home in Manitowoc, about 80 miles north of Milwaukee, to the 150-year-old family dairy farm where he’s worked for two years. While he hasn’t been a perfect driver since he entered the country illegally 13 years ago, he has avoided any real trouble with police. From past traffic stops, he said, cops do know he shouldn’t be driving a car.

Estrada is an unlicensed driver, and the route passing through one of the top dairy-producing counties in the nation is his pressure point because, if he’s picked up by police, he could have an even bigger worry than a traffic ticket.

But he is in the country illegally, and that’s what matters under President Donald Trump’s agenda to ramp up deportations. Estrada’s boss, Abby Driscoll, said she can’t imagine the dread that Estrada and other employees face each day not knowing whether they’ll make it to or from work.

“I was expecting some things to happen when I voted for Trump,” she said. “As far as all of his immigration policies, I guess I wasn’t expecting it to go as far as it did already.”

The ones who cast a ballot for Trump and are now concerned about what may happen as a result of their irresponsible actions are simply stupefying to read about or watch on the news.   Words from the likes of Driscoll are mighty upsetting for the majority of Americans who took the time to read and understand the implications of casting a serious vote in November 2016.

Whatever motivated her vote last year it clearly was not aimed at protecting immigrants in this nation.  While Driscoll knew her labor was coming from one who was in the country illegally she at the same time saddled herself to the most immigrant bashing and xenophobic candidate ever in American history to run for president.

Driscoll’s odd way of conducting her business model on the one hand, and her vote on the other makes her one of the best examples yet of why education, civics, and ethics in our nation matter.  And what happens when they are discarded.

Being a responsible voter is not something that can be shucked aside like a bunch of manure.  Mature and reasoned citizens can make all the difference in a nation.  And as we have seen so can the under-educated.

Probation System Needs Over-Haul

August 15, 2017

I get the fact that probation officers are over-worked, the system is underfunded, and the work consists of dealing with the scum of society.  But having said all that I still have to question how the following was allowed to take place.

Days after a fatal shooting in Madison, Curtis J. Langlois, admitted to his part in the death.  He was captured in Wausau.   The backstory of his life is one like so many others we come to know from news reports.  He was at the end an 8-year prison sentence for a string of robberies in our area.

According to a probation report filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Madison, in February Langlois was placed at a residential re-entry center in Janesville to serve the last months of his prison sentence. But he immediately violated several rules there and was removed. Langlois was sent to the Dodge County Jail, where his behavior was described as disruptive, according to the report. He was then sent to the federal prison at Oxford to complete his sentence.

After his release from custody in April, Langlois repeatedly tested positive for marijuana use, and for the use of other drugs, including methamphetamine, the report states. He was kicked out of his aunt’s home in May. Langlois also missed appointments at the federal probation office. He claimed to be looking for work as required, but didn’t bring in job search logs when he did make it to the probation office, the report states.

The probation office repeatedly had difficulty reaching Langlois by phone. In late July, Langlois asked for permission to live with a woman in Wausau, but because he hadn’t completed in-patient drug treatment, as the probation office had wanted, the move wouldn’t be considered immediately. He moved to Wausau despite not having permission, according to the report.

How did not just one of those disregards about rules of probation not pull this man back into the system where be clearly belonged?  One would think that after eight years in prison one might wish to have a walk in the woods, make out with someone on a beach, have pizza at you favorite restaurant.  But no, for Langlois the mission was to continue his behavior that ran against the norms of society.

How did the probation process not have the levers and pullies available to yank this person off the street and place him back into a controlled setting.  Langlois is clearly not ready for polite society, and likely never will be.

He will now have to put that walk in the woods off for a very long time.  Law-abiding society is fine with that.

Photo Of Empty Oval Office

August 15, 2017

As the Oval Office is undergoing a refurbishing given President Trump calling the White House a “dump”, according to Sports Illustrated, comes this picture of Sean Spicer taking a snapshot of an empty room.

Example Of President Trump Having No Political Skills

August 14, 2017

A skilled governing hand along with a resume-heavy individual is the type we all should desire for President of the United States. This nation did not get such a person when they voted Donald Trump to sit in the Oval Office.  In fact, we got just the opposite.

Today Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of pharmaceutical company Merck, quit Trump’s advisory Manufacturing Council following the president’s woeful and inept response to the violence from neo-Nazi and white supremacists in Charlottesville.

Frazier made it clear how he felt by saying “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry, and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal.”

Most Americans would very much agree.

But less than an hour after Merck released his statement the president angrily responded, tweeting “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”

See, that is not how a mature and reasoned president would react.  Since Trump is neither mature or reasoned he let loose with a bombastic blast.  Had Trump acted presidential on Saturday and not played to his white-supremacist base Frazier would not have needed to distance himself on moral grounds from this White House.

It all comes down to education, skills, and a knowledge of governing.  All which Trump proves daily he lacks.

Is Steve Bannon About To Be Pushed Out Of White House?

August 14, 2017

The rumors are floating and we all should desire that Steve Bannon, who is a white nationalist, be purged from the White House.  National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was interviewed by Chuck Todd on Meet the Press and this back-and-forth was most revealing–even when said in couched ways.

TODD: Can you and Steve Bannon still work together in this White House or not?

McMASTER: I get to work together with a broad range of talented people and it is a privilege every day to enable the national security team.

TODD: You didn’t answer can you and Steve Bannon work in that same White House?

McMASTER: I am, I am ready to work with anybody who will help advance the president’s agenda and advance the security, prosperity of the American people.

TODD: Do you believe Steve Bannon does that?

McMASTER: I believe that everyone who works in the White House who has the privilege, the great privilege every day of serving their nation should be motivated by that goal.

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