Mar. 6th, 2017

solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Another wonderful day in Bedlam. There are so many stories I've listed them by topic. Sadly they aren't really in this order, but the headlines are preserved so if you search for the first part of the headline you'll find it in the main body below.

Lots on the new muslim-targeted immigration ban - the racist intent, and the people trapped up in the wash, and all that. But this block also includes anti-immigrant stories generally. It's not a good picture:
  • Twitter thread on Trump new muslim immigration ban - why we have to fight this one as hard as the first one
  • ACLU Comment on Trump’s New Muslim Ban
  • Revised executive order bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from getting new visas
  • Veteran fighting deportation after 2 tours in Afghanistan
  • Canadian woman en route to Vermont spa denied entry to U.S., told she needs immigrant visa
  • The Big (Imaginary) Black Friday Bombing (how Trump turned an FBI sting into a fake terrorist attack)
  • [American] Gold Star father Khizr Khan cancels scheduled speech in Toronto after being told his "travel privileges are being reviewed."
  • The Real Goal of Trump’s Travel Ban Is to Make America White Again

Racism and anti-semitism has a bit of a field day; former KKK leader David Duke's twitter account was suspended, but then restored; also, another book Bannon likes to reference a lot, and compare the current refugee crisis to, and of course it's viciously racist. To wit:
  • Muslim Students Trying to Meet Oklahoma Lawmaker Are Asked: 'Do You Beat Your Wife?'
  • David Duke’s Twitter Account Restored, Including Tweet Threatening Synagogues
  • This Stunningly Racist French Novel Is How Steve Bannon Explains The World
  • Study: Black people more likely to be wrongfully convicted

The ICE detainee story probably belongs above, but it also fits here in FASCISM AND POLICE STATE, so I'm putting it here. The III% (three-percent) militant asking Trump to call them up as an army in his (Trump's) defence is pretty fun stuff, by which I mean, sedition. Also, look for more attempts to get a Constitutional Convention going, and the revival of Obama Is Evil And The Villain Of Our Times in rightist media continues apace:
  • Thousands of ICE detainees claim they were forced into labor, a violation of anti-slavery laws
  • 4 Washington state firms interested in building Trump’s border wall
  • After travel ban, interest in trips to U.S. declines
  • George Stephanopoulos has to repeatedly fact-check Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee live
  • ‘Economic terrorism’ bill would toughen penalties on protesters who block roads, damage property
  • III% Anti-government militant makes video for Trump pledging to take up arms if Trump requests on Twitter
  • Republicans and the Constitution: Article V allows a method of proposing amendments that cuts Congress out entirely. This partisanship is just what our founders were trying to avoid.
  • Republicans All Over the Country Are Pushing These Anti-Protest Bills to Silence Peaceful Dissent
  • Right-Wing Media Scramble To Recast Obama As Trump-Era Villain

It's hard to believe that Trump's Russian ties are this far down, isn't it? And yet, here we go:
  • Russian Hackers Said to Seek Hush Money From Liberal Groups
  • Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump’s Wiretapping Claim
  • Knives are out for Reince
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit where it’s not deserved
  • The former British lawmaker at the heart of the Trump wiretap allegations
  • EXCLUSIVE: FBI ‘Granted FISA Warrant’ Covering Trump Camp’s Ties To Russia
  • GOP rep: Trump should 'purge Leftists' from White House
  • Trump wants Congress to investigate leaks
  • Obama 'could not have directed' alleged wire-tapping: former CIA director

TRUMP AND CORRUPTION is a one-entry section, but it didn't quite fit above. But it's a doozy:
  • Donald Trump’s Worst Deal: The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

Anti-queer activity is relatively low - a meaningful setback on trans rights following Sessions reversing course in court, and an attack on an LGBT centre in Oklahoma:
  • US Supreme Court vacates decision, sends back to appeals court for reconsideration
  • Dennis R. Neill Equality Center vandalised

Late in the day, we got a first round of stories on the ACA/"Obamacare" repeal and 'replacement.' It's not designed to insure coverage, it's designed to cut taxes for the upper-middle and upper classes, insured rates will drop like a stone, and they're going after abortion rights (of course) and Planned Parenthood (of course) with a vengeance:
  • Why House Republicans Are Rewriting Their Obamacare ‘Replacement’
  • GOP releases bills to repeal and replace ObamaCare
  • Trump Tells Planned Parenthood Its Funding Can Stay if Abortion Goes
  • GOP Drops Obamacare Replacement Bill, Includes Planned Parenthood Defunding
  • The GOP's Obamacare repeal plan is out--and it's even worse than anyone expected

Two stories in the continuing attack on the environment:
  • ‘Shell knew’: oil giant's 1991 film warned of climate change danger
  • STATEMENT: Rob Bishop’s $50 million land giveaway budget request

And finally, being a bad example still means you're an example to some people:
  • Amid US travel ban, Israel set to bar entry to boycott activists

Good luck out there.

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